Remembering the Battletech Animated Series

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 I love the world of Battletech. I’m definitely no expert on the franchise, I only vaguely know the tabletop game and don’t know every little detail of the lore form all the eras of the games story. But what I do know I have loved. Many hours of childhood were spent on the Mech Warrior and Mech Commander games. But really what started it all for my young wide eyed baby self, was the Battletech Animated series. It was sometime in the early 90s that my Saturday mornings became forever changed. I don’t even recall why I became so enthralled by this one specific series. Maybe the thought of giant fighting mecs, maybe it was one of the first times […]

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Sci-Fi Con

Well, well, well, we’re almost there, almost at Sci-Fi Con. (14 November. Nine days left and counting). It’s been a few months coming. A few months in the making. And a few months of additional stress, and excited off the wall Jedi-Style bouncing. Soon the great day will be upon us; and we will all be thrown into the world of delicious geekiness and combined nerdiness. All taking place at the surreal looking Midrand English Primary School. (10.00 to 4.30) We have a fantastic day planned. We have well over a dozen stalls in attendance… Powered By Fandom Sin Bin Eye Voodoo Dark Carnival GLOW CwaZyLeigh Creations Fairy Fountains The Virtual Space And so many more…. There will be a […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 5, aka Goodbye for now

And here we are, at the end of an amazing day. It’s just got 11 PM, and Wookiee and I have just finished our last drink at the banquette. (I had a Guinness. He had a coke. Thought you’d like to know.) As I stand here, the cold night air crawling across Hubbard Park, followed closely by a soupy fog, I think back over the amazing day that we have had, and sadly of all the events we have missed. That’s right. Even we have regrets. Even though Geekfest 2015, has been an absolutely thrilling event, and our writers have experienced a number of amazing and fantastic happenings, we couldn’t see everything we wanted to see. There’s a list of […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 3, aka It continues

A parade of winged dogs, and horned hounds begins the Cosplay Competition. Once they have been judged, the Hobbits are unleashed upon the stage. They sing and dance and perform as you would expect from tiny people -lots of enthusiasm and smiles, with demented foot work and awesome power slides. Some of the pets and children put on a better show than their parents. Then the crowd goes quiet as the main event begins! Over the course of the next 3 hours or so, seventy odd cosplayers take to the stage. Some of them come alone; others come in small teams; a few walk on, quickly bow and then leave. But the best -they put on a show worthy or […]

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Geekfest 2015 – Part 1, aka Rise and Geek.

Once again I am alive and awake before the first rays of sunlight pierce my curtains. Within a matter of some hours (Yes, I am a slow mover in the morning), I am dressed and preparing breakfast for the masses that will soon descend on my house; for today we must feast well and plan correctly as we shall soon be spending much of the day assaulting Geekfest 2015. As the crisp morning air bleeds into every gap it can find, crawling across the wooden floors and sending shivers up our malanky legs, the masses, my horde, have already begun to consume their fine repast. A monstrous meal worthy of Wookiee, has been dished out on this fine 4th of […]

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters

During its long run and many comics the DC Universe has grown considerably. One of its many wonderful features is the multiverse in which twisted and alternative versions of our heroes and villains reside; it allows the writers and artists who contribute to this vast fantasy universe to be creative in whichever form they choose while still leaving the original and much loved version accounted for and unchanged. It happens too often that we see interesting and unique takes of our characters which aren’t explored beyond cameos in mainstream characters’ adventures. Bruce Timm, the talented producer and director who brought us Batman: The Animated series, Justice League Unlimited and Batman Beyond aims to change that by creating and focussing on […]

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Top 5 Batman animated films

 

 The Dark Knight has had his fair share of trouble, being a crime fighter and all, but luckily he can’t seem to stay still long enough for us fans to get bored. Unfortunately there are still some nay-sayers out there who need convincing that Bats is the greatest hero of all. I thus thought it my civil duty to list my top 5 Batman animated films of all time. Convert I say, see the (lack of) light and be set free from your fooling beliefs. The Dark Knight Returns (Part 1 & 2) (2012/2013) [youtube id=”TwTMsUbJKeY” width=”600″ height=”350″] Years after his retirement, Bruce realises that the lack of fear for heroes like Batman has left crime to thrive. When he […]

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

 

 When I sat down to watch Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015) I prepared myself for a good hour or more of laughter, Aquaman isn’t a real hero after all, right? I stand corrected as the animated superhero film is based off the New 52 comics and depicts a more respectable and relatable character than the self-important king of bubbles from years past, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Director Ethan Spaulding did right by me. The not-yet united members of the Justice League are called on to investigate the disappearance of an American submarine carrying nuclear weapons. Upon discovering the stranded ship they find evidence suggesting it had been attacked by forces originating from Earth itself, eliminating the proposed […]

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Review – Batman vs. Robin

 

 The only fictional comic book character that tops Batman himself in my books is his son Damian Wayne. With a title that suggests the two of them will face off, this film had me sold right off the bat. Batman vs Robin is a 2015 animated superhero film produced by Jay Oliva, who also worked on Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and Justice League: War. Being a Batman fan I loved every moment of it, the dark tone, the characters and the plot twists, however it seemed to miss the epic scale of the comics off which it’s based. “I should report you for grand theft auto.” – Batman. [youtube id=”6X0szCVmWI4″ width=”600″ height=”350″] “I’d like to hear that conversation, ‘hello […]

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Classic MTV cartoons

I remember the glory days of MTV. During those ancient times, MTV was known for a quality cartoon shows. Here’s my top 5. Celebrity Deathmatch: We’ll start with everyone’s favourite, Celebrity Deathmatch! For those who have not seen this amazing 6 season (1998-2002. 2006-2007), clay-mation monster, you’re missing out. Essentially, the show features various celebrities (rendered in clay), fighting to the death in a blood soaked, commentary filled, super power flinging, melee of note. [youtube id=”4d7joO9vKac” width=”600″ height=”350″] Beavis and Butthead: Next we have the myths, the legends, the compulsive ejaculators, Beavis and Butthead.  Running from 1993 to 1997, and again in 2011, this amazing 8 season show taught us about the power of love, friendship, comradeship… (Anyone buying this?) […]

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