Sunday, July 31, 2011

Morena Baccarin Off Chicago Comic Con Schedule

By Tom Wray
Windy City Banner

Wizard World, producer of the Chicago Comic Con, announced this week that actress Morena Baccarin will be unable to attend this year's even because of film schedule conflicts.

Morena, for the uninformed, is best known for her roles in "Firefly, "V" and "Stargate SG-1."

Wizard World said that all Photo Ops and Dual Photo Ops will be refunded. If you purchased a Morena VIP, you will be able to switch to another package.

Video Review: Thundercats

The newest review from GayComicGeek. And it turns out the revival of "Thundercats" is actually pretty good.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anime Review: Code Geass

By Phillip PowersReviewer

Code Geass is an interesting anime it blends mechs and political intrigue so well. It starts with the empire of Britannia invading Japan using a type of mech called a Knightmare which they had just invented and it uses a precious mineral called sakuradite as its main power source. Japan is the main exporter of this resource so it stands as why they would get invaded. After the war Japan was renamed area eleven and the Japanese are now referred to as elevens. The main character is Lelouch Lamperouge a Britannian student attending the Ashford Academy in area eleven. Lelouch is a very smart kid and excels at his studies when he attends class however he likes to skip some days to go into the city and gamble with nobles at chess. One day he tries to save some people in an accident when he meets the mysterious C.C. a young lady held in a containment box in a truck. After that fateful meeting he gains a special ability to command anyone to do anything he says. The power is called Geass and it is the power of kings but he is warned that it will lead him to a life of solitude.

During the encounter we also find out that he is actually Lelouch Vi Britannia direct son of the current emperor of Brittania who was thought to be dead.

From then on he continues to hide who he is by coming up with an alias known only as Zero as he tries to fight with Britannia to find who killed his mother.

As the story goes on he meets his old childhood friend Suzaku who is Japanese and an honorary Britannia in the military. As he makes his way through his siblings to try to find an answer he makes friends into enemies and some enemies into friends. As the story goes on he gets closer to finding his answer until he gets caught and bought before his father when the series gets rebooted and sort of restarted for the start of second season. When the second season starts it’s like the start of the show all over again but it’s different at the same time. All the while Lelouch does get closer to the answers he seeks and when he does he takes some drastic measures however I will not go into it here so not to spoil the story.

As for how I like the show it was very good and I liked it very much and hope that there is a third season for the show which would be great.

Video Review: Captain America- The First Avenger

The latest film review from GayComicGeek:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Final Fantasy 7- Older but Good

By Phillip Powers
Video Game Reviewer

It’s been a long time since I first started playing video games but the most memorable one and still my favorite even today is Final Fantasy 7. Yes, it is an older game having come out in ’97. But it was the first real RPG I ever played and the first Final Fantasy that I played. Even so, it remains a great memory for me.

Some of the best parts of the game lie in the battle system. It was the first Final Fantasy to introduce limit breaks, a special attack that can be used after taking enough damage and you can learn more powerful ones the more you use this special attack. It was also the first Final Fantasy game to be rendered in 3D polygons allowing for a full 360 view of the world.

It even allowed you to raise a chocobo for the first time, which would allow you to find some special items and dungeon. It also introduced character-specific ultimate weapons which when found only a certain character can equip, but when they do it is the best weapon in the game for them. The magic system was also a slightly newer innovation much like the sixth installment which had magicite. This one has items called materia which lets you use the type of magic associated with it. Materia does level up which can open up to better stronger magic of the type and when materia reaches master level it splits into a fresh one and you get to keep the mastered one.

Alas, there were some bad points for as good of a game as it was.

Some of the optional bosses were really quite challenging and there was a certain optional dungeon that was slightly difficult. There are also two characters that you could possibly miss if you are not the explorative type also some special material that can be missed if you just breeze through the story.

All in all, it was a very good game that I would recommend to others that they play it and hopefully they enjoy it all the same.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Browncat Ball 2012 call for bids!

PLEASE FORWARD AND RE-POST THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT

About the Browncoat Ball (BCB)

The inaugural Browncoat Ball was held in Chicago in 2004, with the goal of establishing an affordable, annual, nonprofit event created for fans by fans,
capable of bringing Browncoats from geographically diverse locations from all over the world together to celebrate Firefly, Serenity and our fabulous fandom. The BCB has been held in San Francisco (2006), Philadelphia (2007), Austin (2008), Portland (2009), Charlotte (2010) and will be held in Providence (Warwick, RI) in 2011.

Hosting the BCB is a labor of love. While the central BCB Steering Committee will share planning materials and tips and offer assistance in the fundraising and promotional process, the 2012 hosts should respect the fact that it is hard work to host a successful BCB, but it is extremely rewarding.

Since the BCB is a small event and cannot sustain comping volunteers, a guiding principal of the BCB since its inception is that everyone pays their own way (attendance, lodging, airfare): committee members, volunteers and attendees alike. This way, the attendees do not subsidize the volunteers or committee members.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Video Review: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Another new feature we hope to bring more now to the WCB. Reviews from Paul, also know as GayComicGeek on YouTube. (Check out his channel. Cute and geeky. Win-win.) Today, we have his review on Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.

Firefly Rap - It's Shiny

We promise, we'll get back to some serious stuff soon. But we had to share. While we love all our geek brothers and sisters, our first love is Joss Whedon's "Firefly" television show. And this talented actor and musician has given a but more shiny love. Share the joy with friends.

Anthony Michael Hall To Attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

ROSEMONT, Ill., – Actor Anthony Michael Hall, who gained fame for roles in 1980's “Brat Pack” films SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB and later starred in “Stephen King's Dead Zone” among dozens of film and television credits, will attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14.  Hall joins such other distinguished celebrities as Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Morena Baccarin, Felicia Day,  Lou Gossett Jr. and James Marsters at the event, which will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Message from Nathan Fillion

Just so you don't forget we're just a bit geeky, here is a very important PSA to all gamers from Captain Tightpants (ask a Browncoat for a translation.) A special thanks to blastr.com for finding this.

OPINION: Are We Turning into What We Fought

By Jeff Willoughby

I remember a time when gays weren't as elitist as the people who once discriminated against us. I guess we are now truly equal.

We have become just as hateful as the people we claim hate us. Many of us have reached the point where we can have great jobs and live great lives but it wasn't always that way. I remember when you could rent an apartment if the landlord thought you were gay let alone go into a club or restaurant holding hands. I remember when people had to carry their leather into the bar and dress inside for fear of being attacked in the streets. It just seems that in our quest to be accepted we have lost the abilty to accept others.

Instead of creating a dialog around the fact that many of our young gay people are being thown into the streets without any one to turn to and when they turn to the very people who are supposed to help them we put up facebook pages and spew hatred from the safety of our computers. We should all ask ourselves what happened to us? We set up centers and raise money for any number of causes but we do nothing about the thousands of gay people who live on the streets. We spend hundreds of dollars cocktailing in bar after bar yet many of us give nothing back to a community that is given us so much.

What happened to activism that helps and heals? What happened to an involved community? One that cares about ALL instead of those who can afford the privilege of being cared about? I was around when AIDS hit this community and the togetherness that came from that one event. Homelessness and hunger, anger and fear are no different a disease and it is just as dangerous. It is killing our future. Yes folks these young "gangs" are our future. Remember ACT UP? That was a fierce gang to everyone who did not understand what the danger was then. I think it is time for this community to take stock and ask what happened to our humanity our anger and our fear? We are directing it at the ourselves instead of the very institutions that should be and are equipped to help.
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This piece was originally posted on Facebook. It has been reprinted with permission.

High Profile Crimes in Lakeview Highlight Divisions

A fight and stabbing in Lakeview over the Fourth of July weekend has started a firestorm of accusations and arguements, especially on the web, with accusations of racism.

The below video was made by a Lakeview resident and posted on YouTube. The video shows two groups of people fighting just below the resident's apartment (For the record, the resident and his partner had called 911 before starting the camera). The victim was stabbed twice and it has been reported by various outlets that he is recovering.