Film Review: Time Is Illmatic

"Time Is Illmatic" tells the story of Nas from his early beginnings to the release of his first album. If you wanted an in depth look at Nas where he grew up, how his environment shape him this is the documentary for you.

Anime Review: K

A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users from the apparent safety of her apartment witnesses a brutal murder online and is quickly immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

Comic Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #1.1

From that fateful night he lost his Uncle Ben, a new life began. But there is more to the story of how Peter Parker became the Amazing Spider-Man.

Cold In July Trailer Starring Michael C. Hall

How can a split-second decision change your life? On a sweltering Texas summer night in 1989, husband and father Richard Dane (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) awakens to the sound of a burglar breaking into his home.

Tech News: Soundwall Combines Art With Sound

Soundwall’s innovative design solves the problem of unsightly speakers, wires and cables in your living space. Simply hang up your framed Soundwall, plug it in, connect to your WIFI – then play music via AirPlay from any Apple device and UPnP for Android devices.

Apr 24, 2014

Otakon 2014 to Feature Manga-ka and Character Designer Yusuke Kozaki

Otakon 2014 has announce it's first guest for this year's convention. This year character designer Yusuke Kozaki has been confirmed to be in attendance. Yusuke Kozaki began accumulating accolades at the age of 19, winning the Young Magazine young talent award, and the Chiba Tetsuya Award soon after. His first short story, "Mikakunin Higoshojo Kaoru", was published by Young Magazine, and in 2002 his long-form story "Kyoko Karasuma" appeared in B-Street. He's currently working on the surreal, apocalyptic manga Donyatsu. Kozaki is increasingly in demand as a character designer; his crisply detailed look lends itself well to both anime (Speed Grapher, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto) and video games (No More Heroes, Fire Emblem Awakening, Osu! Tatakae! Oendan). He also designed the virtual idol duo Meaw for Starchild Records. In addition, his Donyatsu manga has been adapted as a series of CGI animated shorts over the last year, and he has several as-yet-unannounced projects in the pipeline. Kozaki will work as the main character designer and illustrator for a Kickstarter project titled Under the Dog, which will launch its crowdfunding campaign in August. In this capacity, Kozaki will be contributing illustrations, character designs, and other works of art necessary to make Under the Dog visually engaging. Otakon 2014 will be held August 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD

Apr 23, 2014

Interview With Mark D. White (Author Of The Virtues Of Captain America)

We had chat with Professor Mark D. White author of the upcoming book "The Virtues Of Captain America." In THE VIRTUES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA (Wiley-Blackwell; Spring 2014) , philosopher and pop culture expert Mark D. White argues that "Cap" is indeed a hero for the contemporary era and someone to be emulated now more than ever. White reveals that Captain America's focus on core principles and ideals, combined with his sound judgment, compassion, and iron will, is anything but simple--and is precisely what we need to navigate 21st-century problems in our personal lives, our communities, and our country as a whole. White shows us that while Captain America is often regarded as a jingoistic flag-waver, he has been written consistently as representing a kind of patriotism that adheres to basic tenets of liberty and equality while staying above partisan politics.

1. OtakusandGeeks.com: Can you tell us a little about the moment you decided to write this book? When did you fall in love with the art of literature?

Mark D. White: The seed for this book was an op-ed piece I wrote when Captain America: The First Avenger came out, which now serves fairly well as a concise summary of the book. The more I thought about the ideas in that short essay and the personal and civic virtues that Captain America exemplifies, the more I wanted to write a book-length treatment of them. Plus, it was a chance to write an entire book in the style of my chapters for the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, introducing some basic philosophy in the context of a classic superhero, but in this case with more of a directed focus to the book as a whole.

2. OtakusandGeeks.com: What is about Captain America that inspired you to write this book?

Mark D. White: I’ve always admired Cap’s moral code, which is repeatedly dismissed in the comics and by real-world fans alike as “black-and-white” and anachronistic. Also, I always found his focus on principle over politics inspiring and exactly what we should be focusing on if we want to get over the acrimony dominating our politics today.

3. OtakusandGeeks.com: Did you happen to catch the new Captain America movie "The Winter Solider?" If so what we're your thoughts on the film and its stand of morality, fear and what's right?

Mark D. White: I did, and I loved it – I thought the filmmakers found an excellent way to make Cap relevant for 2014 while his moral character is still very much grounded in the 1940s. It forces him to confront the new ways of government and combat, enabled by modern technology, and apply his timeless principles of justice and liberty to them.

4. OtakusandGeeks.com: How did you prepare for writing this book? What type of research did you do?

Mark D.White: This was the best part: I reread (and in some cases read for the first time) every issue of Captain America and Avengers, and also the various crossover events and guest appearances, taking notes on every mention or display of principled behavior. Then I worked up the most significant ones into the book, along with classic source material from philosophy. It was hard work, but someone has to do it!

5. OtakusandGeeks.com: In the book some of your central themes are about virtues and morality, and how all of us regardless of our differences share basic values. What do you hope readers to take away from this book?

Mark D. White: Exactly that! Seriously, I hope they see that there’s nothing old-fashioned about an ethics based on virtue, duty, and principle, because these ideas are of no use to us without using judgment based on context and circumstances, which keeps them modern and relevant. Also, I hope readers will see that they have more in common with people on “the other side of the aisle” than they might think, which I believe will make political debate more civil and productive.

6. OtakusandGeeks.com:Without giving too much away from your book how is Captain America a symbol for people in this era?

Mark D. White: It’s not giving anything away! It’s the same ideas I emphasized above: he shows how we can apply timeless ethical virtues and principles in changing times by using our moral judgment, and he also shows how we can rise above partisan divisiveness by focusing on shared core ideals such as justice, equality, and liberty.

7.  OtakusandGeeks.com: One thing we love about Cap is that no matter how much the world changes his ideals, his moral code never waivers. It's kind of similar to the basic principles for not just Americans but people all over the world. Is this something you're trying to get across in the book?

Mark D. White: Definitely – Cap learned these ideals and principles as an American, but doesn’t believe they are exclusively American ideals. He consistently applies them to everybody around the world, and also holds our elected leaders to these principles when dealing with the rest of the world.

8. OtakusandGeeks.com: Since this book has a relation to a superhero what are your thoughts on how big superheroes and the values, moral code has shaped generations?

Mark D. White: I think superheroes are just one element in popular culture, along with literature, television, and movies, that subtly impart moral ideas to people. Given the increasing popularity of superheroes today, due primarily to the success of the Marvel movies, I think their influence as role models may be rising as well.

9. OtakusandGeeks.com: How important are superheroes in today's society with everything being accessible from social media? We're exposed so much to things now that we would never have years ago?

Mark D. White: I don’t know if we’re exposed to more things as much as we’re exposed to them in different ways. For instance, comic books used to sell millions of copies each, whereas selling 100,000 issues of a comic book today is spectacular. But you could argue that comic book superheroes are better known today than ever, given not only social media but also the various other media in which they’re showcased, especially movies and TV.

10. OtakusandGeeks.com: How can your readers keep in touch with you? Do you have a Facebook, Twitter ETC?

Mark D. White: I’m on Twitter as @profmdwhite and maintain a personal website at http://www.profmdwhite.com.



The Last of Us: Hardcover Ruled Journal & Poster Collection Giveaway

We have teamed up with the good folks at Insight Editions to giveaway two great prizes. First a little about the prizes and the rules. You can read details for each below.

Prizes:


The Last of Us: Hardcover Ruled Journal
The Last of Us Hardcover Ruled Journal captures Joel and Ellie’s visceral world and engrossing journey, inviting players to chronicle their own epic adventures. Available with either ruled or blank pages, each journal features cover art, textured scuff- and fingerprint-resistant leatherette covers, and full-color endpapers that showcase visually arresting images from the extraordinary game.

The Last of Us: The Poster Collection
Featuring the haunting imagery and abandoned beauty of the game’s dystopian world, The Last of Us: The Poster Collection is a striking collection of forty removable posters showcasing beautifully rendered visuals from the game, containing full-color art of the characters, environments, and key scenes of the post-pandemic masterpiece. With incredible images of Joel and Ellie as they transverse through ruined landscapes, fight off brutal survivors and ravenous Infected, and navigate a familiar but radically altered world, this poster book will take fans back to the immersive world of The Last of Us.

Rules:

1. Applicants must live in the United States or Canada only.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest entrees be following us on Twitter or Facebook
4. Answer each mulitple choice question correctly to be enter to win.
5. Send your answers using the Contact Us Tab with the subject "The Last of Us Giveaway"
6. Contest Ends 4.24.2014
7. Three winners will be selected.

Questions

1.  Ashley Johnson who plays Ellie in The Last Of Us also voiced a character on Disney's Recess. Who did she play?
A. Corn Chip Girl
B. Ashley A
C. Gretchen
D. Spinelli


2. Actor Troy Baker who plays Joel in The Last Of Us also voice a character on the anime Soul Eater. Who did he play?
A. Excaliber
B. Death The Kid
C. Asura
D. Free


3. The Last Of Us Soundtrack is composed by which musician?
A. Lorne Bewolf
B. Gustavo Santaolalla
C. Hanz Zimmer D.
D. Thomas Jones


4. What was the age of Joel's daughter Sarah?
A. 11
B.  13
C. 12
D. 10


5. Which engine does The Last Of Us use?
A. Unreal Engine 3
B. Havok


Apr 22, 2014

Pics From New York International Autoshow 2014 (Part 2)

We took a trip to this year's New York International Autoshow 2014. Here are some of the cars we saw from Bentley, Aston Martin and many more.






Pics From New York International Autoshow 2014 (Part 1)

We took a trip to this year's New York International Autoshow 2014. Here are some of the cars we saw from Bentley, Aston Martin and many more.








Apr 19, 2014

Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom Entertainment to Host Open Auditions for Magi 2

Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington, their plans to produce an English dub of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, the second season of the fan-favorite Magi anime series. Aniplex of America has also announced that along with Bang Zoom! Entertainment, they plan to hold open auditions for Magi: The Kingdom of Magic at this year’s Anime Expo. The open auditions will be held at the Bang Zoom! Entertainment booth through the entire Anime Expo 2014 weekend starting from Thursday July 3rd plans to hold multiple auditions on each day. Fans who are interested in participating in these open auditions for Magi: The Kingdom of Magic are encouraged to like the official Bang Zoom! Entertainment facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BangZoom) as details on the audition such as the time-slots and how to sign up will be revealed there soon. Both Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom! Entertainment expect an extremely high participation rate this year, so fans are advised to sign-up early to avoid missing the audition time-slots. 

Over 400 people tried out at last year’s open auditions, and from that, several were chosen for call back auditions at Bang Zoom! Studios in Burbank. From those call backs, three finalists were chosen to voice over various characters for the first season of the TV series “Magi.” Sawako Furuya, producer of Aniplex of America says, “We’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity to ambitious voice actor apprentices once again. We had a wonderful experience for the first season with last year’s call-backs so we’re looking forward to welcoming more earnest, passionate dream-chasers into Team Magi this year.” “We’re thrilled to be able to give loyal fans a chance to show us their raw talent,” says Eric P. Sherman, President and CEO of Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Sherman shared that last year’s open auditions were a bigger success than anyone expected. “People even flew in from all over the country to audition. It was truly inspiring!” Because of that Bang Zoom has decided to add more time-slots this year so more aspiring voice actors will have a chance to have their voices heard.


Batman Assault On Arkham Animated Feature With Kevin Conroy


Warner Home Entertainment will be releasing a new DC Comics animated feature  Batman: Assault On Arkham this Fall. The story is set in the Arkham video game universe as well as featuring voice talents from the game and new animation. Unlike the game, Batman will not be a solo act in this feature, as he is joined by Task Force X (Better Known as The Suicide Squad).

BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM is directed by Jay Oliva and will feature the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Neal McDonough as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Hynden Walch and Matthew Gray Gubler. There is no current release date for the animated feature. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.



Unlike the games, though, Batman won’t be a solo act in this mission, as he’s joined by Task Force X, better known to comic book fans as the Suicide Squad.

Read More: The Suicide Squad Strikes In New 'Assault On Arkham' Feature | http://comicsalliance.com/batman-assault-on-arkham-kevin-conroy-animated-feature-video-games/?trackback=tsmclip
Unlike the games, though, Batman won’t be a solo act in this mission, as he’s joined by Task Force X, better known to comic book fans as the Suicide Squad.

Read More: The Suicide Squad Strikes In New 'Assault On Arkham' Feature | http://comicsalliance.com/batman-assault-on-arkham-kevin-conroy-animated-feature-video-games/?trackback=tsmclip




by Sean Tucker

Apr 18, 2014

Time Is Illmatic Review

"Deep like the Shining, sparkle like a diamond. Sneak a Uzi on the island in my army jacket lining. Hit the Earth like a comet – invasion! Nas is like the Afrocentric Asian, half-man, half-amazing." - Nas from the song "It Aint Hard To Tell."




It's one of my favorite lyrics from one of the greatest rap albums of all time. If you're a fan of Hip Hop, then it's a good chance you heard of rapper by the name of Nas. You probably also heard of an album that change the landscapes of lyricism called "Illmatic." There is no doubt that Nas has put his mark in the music world and in Hip Hop. However it's his first album that still spawns so much praise. Illmatic has spawn books from authors like Michael Eric Dyson who analyze Ilmatic from a social stand point. Illmatic has spawn references in other songs and remixes. Now Illmatic gets it's own documentary entitled "Time Is Illmatic." 

"Time Is Illmatic" tells the story of Nas from his early beginnings to the release of his first album. If you wanted an in depth look at Nas where he grew up, how his environment shape him this is the documentary for you. Fans of Nas have heard the story of how grew up, how Queensbridge shaped him into the icon that he is today. However this documentary not only shows you his beginnings but gives a more deeper look into his upbringing. Nas gives you a more inside look at his family. He tells stories of his mother Ann Jones and the relationship she had with his father Jazz musician Olu Daru. We also get in depth interviews from his father, his brother and rappers that paved the way for him. The documentary does a great job of showing how some songs were made, or what inspired them. The documentary however doesn't show the effect the album had on a culture. It didn't explore how it inspire an entire generation of talent that we see today. It's main focus is telling the story on how Nas grew up and gave birth to Illmatic. I would have loved to hear how Nas influence other people's careers like Lupe Fiasco and many more of today's artist. Overall "Time Is Illmatic" is a good documentary telling the story of Nas early days. Fans who seen his "Behind The Music" special will say it's nothing new under the sun. Instead approach this documentary with a fresh take on Nas beginnings. 



Apr 17, 2014

K Review

Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.


Cold In July Trailer Starring Michael C. Hall

How can a split-second decision change your life? On a sweltering Texas summer night in 1989, husband and father Richard Dane (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) awakens to the sound of a burglar breaking into his home. In a panic, he shoots the intruder dead—but this nightmare is only just beginning. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the burglar’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Richard embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night. The plot twists pile up faster than the body count in this blistering mystery of vengeance and vice, directed by Jim Mickle


Marvel Unveils Wondercon 2014 Panel Lineups

Today Marvel announced the panel lineup for the upcoming Wondercon 2014. You can read the details below.  

Saturday, April 19th

MARVEL: All-New Marvel NOW!
Time: 7:30pm
Location: 300DE

Want to start reading Marvel Comics?  There’s no better time than Marvel NOW!  And there’s no better place to learn about all our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel!   Panelists include EditorSana Amanat and writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I?, Ultimate FF), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders), and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk)!
Sunday, April 20th

MARVEL: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way
Time: 11:00am
Location: 207

Are you a writer or artist?  Ever dream of working for Marvel?  Do you find yourself thinking "I could do that, if I knew how!"  Well, here's your chance!  Join Editor Sana Amanat and panelists Kris Anka (X-Men), Kelly Sue DeConnick(Captain Marvel), Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I.), Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Richard Isanove (Savage Wolverine), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders), and Mark Waid(Daredevil, Hulk) to find out how to get your foot in the door at MARVEL!


Apr 15, 2014

Disney Space Moutain Gets Graphic Novel

Disney's famous attraction at Walt Disney World is getting a new kind of incarnation. This time Space Moutain will come to you in a form of graphic novel. The graphic novel is written by Bryan Q. Miller (Arrow, Smallville). The year is 2125 and the Magellan Science Academy has given two lucky cadets special Thulium tickets to join a team of space explorers on an exciting time-travel mission twenty-four hours into the future. But when their mission goes unexpectedly wrong, the two kids must band together with a tiny flying saucer sidekick to save themselves, their crew, and all of Space Mountain--before time runs out and the galaxy is destroyed!

New Clips From STARZ’ “DA VINCI’S DEMONS” Episode 5

Leonardo reunites with Riario and Nico in the New World. Lorenzo attempts to save Florence with the help of an old flame. Clarice struggles to retain control of the Medici Bank. Clip: “Vespuccia”featuring Tom Riley (Leonardo da Vinci), Gregg Chillin (Zoraster) & Lee Boardman (Amerigo Vespucci) Clip: “Learned Tongue” featuring Carolina Guerra (as Ima) & Tom Riley (Leonardo da Vinci)

VIZ Media Announces Novel Tie In Release For Tom Cruise's Edge Of Tomorrow

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint supports the upcoming release of the gripping sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow with the release of an official movie tie-in novel on April 29th. The new EDGE OF TOMORROW paperback release will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. The book features a cover with the official movie poster featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in their title roles from the film. The EDGE OF TOMORROW novel was written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and was previously published as ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.

The Haikasoru imprint has also announced the May 6th release of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel adaptation. Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, and featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury), the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel that inspired the EDGE OF TOMORROW movie. The graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN, and features an oversized North American graphic novel trim size of 6 5/8" x 10 ¼”. An eBook edition will also be available worldwide for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store. North American fans can also access the graphic novel digitally on the VIZ Manga App as well as through VIZManga.com.

The Edge of Tomorrow feature film is slated for U.S. release from Warner Bros. Pictures on June 6th, and will be presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters, and 3D IMAX. The movie is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The story is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

In 2009, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL served as the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint developed by VIZ Media dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared ALL YOU NEED IS KILL to be a novel that, "reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming," and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru's most popular titles. Sakurazaka's other novels include Characters (co-written with Hiroki Azuma) and SLUM ONLINE, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

“Live…die…repeat. ALL YOU NEED IS KILL / EDGE OF TOMORROW delivers a nightmarish, action-packed spin on reliving one’s own triumphs, and failures,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor, Haikasoru. “Catch the original story that inspired the gripping movie with the official movie tie-in edition and in the Western comic book mode with the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel. Both of these debuts are perfect reads leading up to the highly anticipated theatrical debut of Edge of Tomorrow this summer!”

"The ALL YOU NEED TO KILL graphic novel stays very true to the original source novel," says Joel Enos, editor for the new comic. "We made a conscious effort to create something unique that could stand on it's own away from both the original novel, the film and the upcoming manga, but would nicely complement and pay respects to all three! Lee's retro-futuristic art style especially puts ALL YOU NEED TO KILL as a comic into it's own orbit!"

Author Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970 and published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple, in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and became a television anime series in 2009. His 2004 short story, "Saitama Chainsaw Massacre," also won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with fellow author Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan's most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction.

Haikasoru’s Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene) and Love is the Law. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, Weird Tales, and numerous other venues. He's also written comics for Media Blasters and the Squid Works! Collective and has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson awards.

Artist Lee Ferguson has worked in comics since 2001, when he broke in at Marvel on the 9/11 Heroes tribute book, followed by work on the company's X-Men titles. Since then, he's worked at DC, IDW, and Dynamite, while also putting out Freak, his creator-owned project from Image Comics. His newest book is The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, co-created with Brandon Thomas and published through Archaia Comics. In 2012, Miranda Mercury was on YALSA’s Best Graphic Novels for Teens list and was also nominated for four Glyph Awards, including Best Artist.

For more information on EDGE OF TOMORROW / ALL YOU NEED IS KILL and the Haikasoru imprint, please visit www.haikasoru.com.


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