With the Book Cover Smackdown from a few weeks back, I had noticed that many folks thought that the Salamander cover was an illustration of a robot. Actually, it’s a space marine — not one of those namby pamby space marines found in other books or games, but a 7 foot tall, genetically modified, power-armor-wearing, huge-gun-wielding Space Marine.
So imagine my dismay when I see there is a certain amount of disdain associated with this being a Warhammer 40K novel. These books get lumped together with other media tie-in books in many book stores. This means near the back of the ever-shrinking science fiction and fantasy sections with the Star Wars and Star Trek books. For some readers of this genre, these books carry a stigma. These books do not deserve that sort of treatment; and I’m not just saying that because I enjoy reading them.
Comic-Con is one of those events that in recent years has grown to be much more than simply for comic book collectors. All sorts of folks show up these days to learn about new movies and games, and I know that it would have been great to attend. Namely in that it really gives us a chance to see cosplayers. They fill that need to emulate the image of their favorite comic book hero or character from a movie/video game, and they also give us an opportunity to have a little fun. With that preface out of the way, I have found this image over on Sebdal’s Flickr page, and felt that nothing screamed “Caption Challenge” like this one. As with others, remember this is all in good fun so lets not get too nasty…
The “Dungeons and Dragons” (D&D) co-creator and legengary gaming pioneer E. (Ernest) Gary Gygax has died at the age of 69 from complications arising from past multiple strokes.
A gamer all his life, Gygax started out like most kids playing strategy games such as chess and the card game pinochle, as well as others. His love for games found a different outlet in the late 1950’s with miniature war games like “Gettysburg.” His fascination grew to the point where gaming for him became an art form and then he found and fell in love with science fiction. Thus was born his lifelong quest to develop some of the best genre-related gaming in the industry.
Never let it be said that I discriminate against anybody, and I feel that the caption challenge should be open to all sorts of folks including those in the science community. With that, we have a LEGO version of Dr. Stephen Hawking grabbed from the folks over at Argh!. I will admit that the image did get a giggle out of me, and for that I have some guilt until I realized that Dr. Hawking would probably get a kick out of this too. So I look forward to your witty quotes. Now if we could find a LEGO version of Dr. Michio Kaku then we would be set.
My last caption challenge involving Mr. Scalzi just did not seem to have the appeal that some of our previous ones have. While I am saddened by this lack of response, I am not unwilling to continue the effort. This all brings us to a discussion we were having regarding the upcoming Kingdom Hearts CCG from Fantasy Flight Games. Some felt that the game really needed a little H. P. Lovecraft to really make the game accessible, and we bantered about possible characters. Poothulu was one that came up and our resident artist, Trent, took that job to task to create our newest entry. I am sure the emotions generated by this will include shock, outrage, humor, and disdain, but alas I am only the messenger of the great unnamed bear….
In my attempt to both show my true fanboy nature and still maintain a healthy sense of humor, I have taken it to task to find images across the web and then give readers a chance to offer up little quotes that would be appropriate for the image. In this case, I have been given a picture of a younger (and much more hairy) John Scalzi. I really enjoyed the books he has written up to this point, and he has a pretty good sense of humor (bacon cat anyone?). So with that, he becomes the target of the newest caption challenge.
The quote below the image is our weak attempt at LOLcat-speak. I know I am such a geek.
Yes, it is time for another challenge for our readers. This one comes from one of my favorite sites, Forever Geek. They found this Flickr image from the production of the new Indiana Jones film, and I could not resist using it for a challenge. So feel free to give some caption love to Mr. Lucas and Mr. Ford.
Now the arrow points to a t-shirt that says “Han shot first” which can be purchased over at the Star Wars shop and was launched as part of the umpteenth release of the Star Wars Trilogy DVDs.
From Forever Geek, we have a video of “The Shat” (as we call him) responding to the rumors about his lobbying for a part in the new movie. There has been some speculation that he was quite upset regarding the situation and clears the air in this video.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, our crack team (see we have more than one) of book acquisition specialists have braved the parties and lines to not only purchase the new Harry Potter book, but also put in our hands so that we could not only demonstrate that the money spent on Evelyn Wood Speed reading courses was not in vain. So after completing what can only be described as a perusal and skimming of the contents within, we have decided to help all those folks who are not reading the book to learn the shocking secrets held within. Without any additional fanfare (because I am pretty sure there was waaaay too much tonight), SF Signal brings you the top 10 spoilers from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.
Well after a little photo manipulation by our crack team of humor specialists here at SFSignal, we have a shot of Mr. Doctorow in an appropriate pose for a Star Trek episode. I felt that we would be remiss if we did not poke a little fun and offer up a second caption challenge after the success of our previous endeavor (or lack of success depending on how you look at it.) So without further ado, I present Ensign Doctorow and be gentle folks.
Warner Brothers has released a trailer for the new B5 direct to video movie. They have had other videos up covering the production of the movie, but now we have footage from the upcoming film. It is scheduled for release at the end of July and it is looking pretty good.