Volbeat Rocking Central Illinois Opinion

Volbeat

I recently saw Volbeat, a band I’ve been wanting to see for awhile now, at the Illinois State Fair.  They were preceded by Canadian band Black Wizard, and Killswitch Engage.  I’d never heard of the first, and I do like some of what Killswitch puts out, but I’ve liked Volbeat since I first heard them … [Read more…]

King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border Comic Book Review

King Conan

I’ve been very happy with Dark Horse’s run of Conan since they started in 2004.  Adapted from Robert E. Howard’s Wolves Beyond the Border, this is one of my favorite parts of Conan’s life.  He’s older, wiser, and a bit more mellow, but no less the brash rogue that fought his way across Hyboria.  Timothy Truman … [Read more…]

The Past Month in Theaters: July Movie Review

The Killing Joke

More trips to the theaters than I thought I would take this month, a total of seven.  And I didn’t even see the Ghostbusters reboot!  Dodged a bullet with that one.  Thankfully, I saw no full-blown garbage.  Which is always nice. I was fully prepared to give this film movie of the month until I … [Read more…]

Mother Russia Comic Book Review

Mother Russia Cover

I managed to pick up the Mother Russia graphic novel, that was part of FUBAR Press’s Kickstarter for the project back in 2013, at C2E2 this year and I’m glad I did.  I originally had issue 1 and 3 of the full-size comic release but never got issue 2 so have been holding this review … [Read more…]

The Past Month in Theaters: June Movie Review

Central Intelligence

I did in fact make seven trips to the theaters in the month of June.  As you may notice, The Conjuring 2 was not on my radar as I have not seen the first one.  It’s on my to-do list.  Like March, no movie truly blew my mind, but none of them were garbage, so … [Read more…]

The Anatomy of Outrage, the Internet’s New Party Game Opinion

ShuffleGate

Editor’s note: While this is an opinion piece I feel it necessary to get as much of the perspective of the people mentioned as possible.  On 06/23 I reached out to Zoe Quinn, Dennis Scimeca, and Brendan Keogh via email for clarification on what has been posted.  As of this writing I have not received … [Read more…]

Creating Untouchable Characters Will Kill Diversity Opinion

Billboard Outrage

Recently actress Rose McGowan took umbrage with the image above, decrying the depiction of violence against women used as advertising material. Never mind that that this is a pivotal dramatic scene in a fictional movie in which the woman is a hero (Mystique) who puts everything on the line to try and stop the villain … [Read more…]

The Past Month in Theaters: May Movie Review

Civil War

A total of five trips to the theater this month, one of which was to see a movie I’d already seen.  That movie shouldn’t be hard to guess.  I did not make it to my local indie theater this month, but that was more a time crunch issue than anything.  Save for one, this month’s … [Read more…]

Zombie Watch: Bringing Dead Brains Back and Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Sorta Satire

Zombie Watch

Editor’s note:  Zombie watch is a feature I haven’t written for a long time, but it takes a light-hearted look at news around the world and explores the idea that these things might be related to a coming zombie apocalypse.  The news is real, the commentary is satire.  Hope you enjoy. Recently a biotech company … [Read more…]

#NotAtMyTable Has Two Sides and Both are Right and Wrong Opinion

Tabletop Creed

Recently a Tumblr post about some awful tabletop stories came up again.  I did a piece on it, so I won’t rehash that.  It’s since lead to a conversation and hashtag on Twitter and a lot of angry postings by both sides, or all sides of this issue.  There really are a lot of sides, … [Read more…]