We are only a few weeks away from ConnectiCon; one of the most amazing shows you will ever attend! if you like anime, manga, web comics, video games, table gaming, cosplay and well.... just having fun with like minded people, then this is a show you can't miss.
One of the special guests this year is actor Noah Hathaway who made his name as Boxey on the greatest TV show of all time; the original Battlestar Galactica. A few years later he rode a BIG dog in the classic film 'The NeverEnding Story'. Since those big roles he had acted in some cult films like 'Troll', had a career as a kickboxrer, taught dance and now customizes motorcycles when he is not acting.
And at ConnectiCon, you get to meet him! Happening July 10th to the 13th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. go to the website at www.connecticon.org and see when and where Noah will be appearing.
And Noah has already agreed to chat with me at the show so if you can't get there to meet him, I hope I can help bring him to you.
It’s that time again--the Summer Reading and Watching Projects are here!
For those that aren't familiar, the Summer Projects replace the Out of the Longbox and Saturday Morning Special segments of the podcast for the summer. We read and watch issues and episodes of the projects each week and discuss them on the show.
We are getting a bit of a late start this year, so we didn’t get to do the polling that we usually do regarding our Summer Projects, but we have a couple of great ones that we think everyone will be excited about.
Summer Reading Project--Uncanny X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past
Given that the latest X-Men movie is tackling one of the most famous X-Men storylines ever, we figured it would be appropriate to check out the comic version of Days of Future Past as well. But DoFP flows directly out of the Dark Phoenix Saga, so we figured it would be a better idea to start with that.
Both storylines cover issues #129-143 of Uncanny X-Men and X-Men Annual #4. Each of these storylines are also available in trade as well as Kindle versions, so everyone should be able to get their hands on them. Here's the Amazon links:
Dark Phoenix Saga
Days of Future Past
ComiXology also has them both:
Dark Phoenix Saga
Days of Future Past
Summer Watching Project--Attack on Titan (Season 1)
A little over one hundred years ago, a race of giant-like humanoids appeared on earth and began devouring people, to the point of almost wiping out humanity. Those that are left now live inside a walled city, and things have been relatively quiet for the past century. That changes one day when a towering 60-foot tall Titan shows up and smashes through the city wall, bringing a horse of smaller Titans with it as well.
Some of the remaining humans join a fighting force to strike back against the Titans before humanity is completely wiped out. Check out a clip below.
Our good friend Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe (the “Anime Librarian” as she’s known to SI listeners) will be joining us for some of the Summer Watching Project segments, and she may even bring some off the voice cast from the show along with her!
When do we start?
We will be kicking off the Summer projects on June 6th with the first two episodes of Attack on Titan. On Monday June 9th, the first issue of the Dark Phoenix Saga will kick off the Summer Reading Project. So you've got about two weeks to get access to the materials and read/watch the first installments. We’ll be covering two episodes of Attack on Titan at a time, so we can get through the first season of 25 episodes in a reasonable time frame.
So get reading and watching!
A show that is getting some rave reviews (and not just from me) in AMC's American Revolution drama, 'Turn'. The series follows a farmer, his family and friends from Setauket, New York who form a group of unlikely spies who do their best to disrupt communications between the British armies occupying the region. In the midst of this there is family drama, love triangles,family division and dudes shooting each other with muskets!
The season is only few episodes in and if you have 'On Demand' on your cable system than you can catch up on the series.
Amazing sets, great music and incredible acting make this a must watch series. And for those who aren't watching AMC on Sunday evening until 'Walking Dead' returns, you are missing out on a spectacular show.
John Barrowman is man of many talents with several roles on stage and screen. His most famous role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped Doctor Who created such an impact that he was given his own spinoff series, Torchwood.
He currently has a recurring role as the villainous Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) on the CW's superhero drama Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comics. Additionally he has appeared on television in Scandal and Desperate Housewives as well as films including Zero Dark Thirty, De-Lovely, and The Producers.
Boston Comic Con is excited to bring John to our show alongside Torchwood co-star Eve Myles to meet the fans!
Tickets are on sale now at Boston Comic Con 2014 Tickets.
BCC 2014: August 8, 9 & 10, 2014. The Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA Boston Comic Con welcomes actor SAM WITWER to our 2014 show!
Sam stars as the vampire Aidan Waite on Syfy's original supernatural series Being Human. A remake of the original BBC show, this version is set right here in Boston and Sam's character has a long, looong history with the city. Sam's performance in the role won him a Gemini Award in 2011 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing, Leading Dramatic Role.
Additionally, Star Wars fans will recognize Sam as the voice of Starkiller from The Force Unleashed video games and Darth Maul on The Clone Wars.
Tickets are on sale now at Boston Comic Con 2014 Tickets.
Well folks, I have just finished my final edits (before the wife gets at it) of my latest book 'The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion' and I'm incredibly excited...to be done and to get it out to everyone. I'm doing a KICKSTARTER-esque thing just between you, and me looking to raise money for the initial print run because i'm gonna need about 400 copies quick!
So here are the levels if you wanna support this book!
$10.00 - a PDF copy and your name in the book
$20.00 - all the above and two prints of your favorite Doctor mailed to you
$30.00 - all the above plus a print copy of the book and two print of your favorite Doctor mailed to you
$50.00 - all the above and prints of all the Doctors mailed to you
$75.00 - a special edition hardcover book (instead of the softcover) with all the above mailed to you
$100.00 - a softcover and hardcover copy of the book plus prints of all the Doctors and name in the book
$1,000 - all the above PLUS I will come to your house and read the book from beginning to end in a British accent! You pay the travel! Have passport will travel!
PayPal accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions please reach out to me at email@example.com
This ends May 1st, 2014 and as always thank you!.
by Brian LeTendre
Our pals over at the Horror News Network have announced a brand new horror convention that will debut this August, right in our own backyard!
The Connecticut HorrorFest will be happening on August 23rd at the Courtyard Marriott in Waterbury, CT. They've already announced a slew of great horror guests, including Tony Moran (Halloween), Micah Sloat (Paranormal Activity) and John Zaffis (Haunted Collector).
More guests are being announced regularly, as we're still five months away from the show. You don't have to wait to get tickets though, you can get yours right now by heading to the show page. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.
You can also like the CT HorrorFest Facebook page to keep up on the latest updates.
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and their fans on winning their first ever Super Bowl. It is an amazing feeling... so enjoy and don't destroy your city!
Happy New Years to all of our Secret Identity family all over the world. Brian and I hope that this year will be a year of joy and happiness... and geeky goodness.
Below is a brief read of my 'Unofficial Doctor Who Companion'! The book is broken up into a chapter based on every Doctor featuring a look at the Doctor, his companions, a complete episode guide and a look at their life; select adventures and major points in his life. Enjoy!!!
The world was not a very happy or very stable place in the autumn of 1963! Some thirteen months before, American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy stood up to the Soviet Union and all of Communism on the world stage during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During October of 1962, the Irish/Catholic president became a symbol of freedom and strength by averting a world ending nuclear holocaust. Sadly President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on the 22nd of November in 1963. Due to his immense popularity, charm and appeal, this tragic event had an impact felt all over the world, especially in the United Kingdom where JFK and his wife Jacqueline were beloved figures. The following day television history was made in the UK but not too many people felt like doing anything let alone sitting around and watching the ‘telly’. Still, on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:15 PM, well over four million viewers got their introduction to the incredible and amazing world of Doctor Who, not knowing the best was still to come!
76 Totter’s Lane
In a foggy and unassuming junk yard is where our odyssey begins. When young, cute and very quirky Susan Foreman begins to draw the attention of two of her teachers; Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, a visit to a junk yard on 76 Totter’s Lane is where we get our first view of the Doctor. Representing the best interest of Coal Hill School (in the Shoreditch area of London) as well as a bit of their own curiosity, the two teachers follow Susan home to see what kind of environment she is living in. Their hope is to better understand why she seems so odd and out of place. As they approach the clutter in the yard they are stopped by an elderly man dressed in a long coat, scarf and wearing an odd hat slightly covering his long grey hair. Before the inevitable interrogation can begin he tells them both he is the young girl’s grandfather and that they better leave his property immediately. But as soon as he gets the opportunity, Ian goes on the offensive by questioning the man who just answers everything asked with a sarcastic tone or a question of his own. Susan’s grandfather is quite standoffish and incredibly defensive and as soon as Ian Chesterton begins to inquire about this oddly placed police call box in the front of the yard, the Doctor becomes downright nasty, much like he is hiding something. With the conversation not going anywhere, Ian and Barbara decide to go fetch a policeman and want the elderly gentleman to accompany him, but Susan’s grandfather will have none of that. Suddenly everyone’s attention is drawn to Susan’s voice coming from within the junked police call box and the duo force their way in. What they discover is beyond their ‘earthy comprehension’ and Ian and Barbara become the first of many who notice its “bigger on the inside”. So now we have the Doctor, his TARDIS and a couple of companions to begin a trip that will last a thousand lifetimes.
WHOVIAN Encyclopedia Entry # 1
TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) - This is the preferred method of travel for the race known as the Time Lords from the planet Gallifrey. Within the TARDIS’ vast and advanced technology is a cloaking device called the ‘Chameleon Circuit’ that allows for the vehicle to change its appearance, allowing it to blend into any surroundings or environments that it finds itself in. A TARDIS is primarily used for scientific use; able to travel to any planet in the universe or any point in that planets history. The TARDIS is much larger than its outside frame and needs a crew of 5 or 6 for optimum usage.
First appearance: ‘An Unearthly Child’ - November 23, 1963