Tag Archives: Fandom

Our Valued Customers: A Single-Panel Webcomic That Knows More About Geek Culture Than You Do

Today we’re going to branch out from SFF comics and talk about a Boston-based artist who chronicles fans of mainstream SFF comics, movies, and TV shows with his black and white, single-panel, web comic, Our Valued Customers.
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And Another Thing…What’s With All The Trailer Hype?

In December 2011, we had a week where three movie trailers hit the web: The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit and Prometheus. They looked stunning: these were perfectly crafted marketing tools from films with slick visuals, a promising story, and an unheard of amount of hype around their production. 2012 was shaping up to be an incredible movie year. The Avengers looked quite good good, although it’s trailer was released at a different point in time.

The thing is, in my opinion, none of these movies really held up to the hype. I liked them okay: The Dark Knight Rises was good, but not as good as The Dark Knight (my all-time favorite comic book film), The Hobbit was quite good, but it lingered in almost every scene when it didn’t need to, and Prometheus, well. I liked Prometheus for all the wrong reasons: it’s execution was pretty bad, even as it looked wonderful. The Avengers was the best of the lot, even if it felt like every moment was designed by committee. I fell to the trap of the film’s marketing departments, who knew just what worked to draw audiences to the theaters.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 169): Interview with Hugo Award-Winning Fanzine Editor Christopher J. Garcia

In episode 169 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Christopher J. Garcia, winner of the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine (along with James Bacon) for The Drink Tank.
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The Con Panel: Its Uses and Limitations

A few weeks ago I attended Darkover Grand Council Meeting, a Science Fiction/Fantasy convention held in the Baltimore area. This was the con’s 35th year and it offered a bountiful variety of activities, from music to crafts to meditation sessions to a regency ball. Of course, the convention also had several tracks of programming that included many panel discussions on topics ranging from “Placing Your Story in the Here and Now” to “What Comes After Zombies.”  I spent most of the weekend attending panels, and I was struck by how different they were from the panels at what I consider to be my home convention, Readercon. This led me to spend some of my time thinking about the nature and utility of convention panels for fantastic literature.  As I listened, took notes, and let my mind drift amongst the ideas, good and bad, that the panels produced, I wondered what use the con panel has in our hyper-connected age, what a panel can offer an audience and what makes them fall short sometimes.

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SF Crossing the Gulf (Episode 1): A Discussion of Ted Chiang’s “Exhalation” and Others

Welcome to the debut episode of SF Crossing the Gulf with Karen Burnham and Karen Lord.

We’ll be discussing contemporary hard sf and Caribbean speculative fiction over the course of our new, twice-monthly podcast. We spend most of this first episode discussing “Exhalation” and the collection Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang.

Other books we’ll be discussing in the future:

  • My Bones and My Flute by Edgar Mittelholzer
  • A selection of short stories by Greg Egan
  • and The Rainmaker’s Mistake by Erna Broadber
  • More titles to be announced when we’re sure we can actually lay our hands on them ourselves.

We look at these stories from our perspectives as readers, writers, critics, scientists, sociologists, women, etc.
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 138): Panel Discussion of Book Reviews

In episode 138 of the Hugo Nominated SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Book Reviews. Are they still relevant? Do they shape your purchases?

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Twelve Years Ago Today: The Moon Blew Out of Orbit

On September 13, 1999, a nuclear explosion hurled the moon out of orbit, taking with it a lunar base and a handful of really neat ships. In the years that followed the inhabitants met Joan Collins, Christoper Lee, Brian Blessed, and whip-wielding chicks in catsuits.

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