Getting Animated!

I’ve been hooked by several animated TV shows recently, and I find them just the right mix of goofy, immature humor, clever plotting, interesting character development, and sly, understated humor. The first one is Steven Universe, which I’ve written about before. The second is Gravity Falls, and the third is my most recent discovery, Star […]

How Cosplay Is Ruining Conventions

Lego-inspired cosplay at CONvergence, July 2015 Recent articles quote a number of folks involved — either directly or peripherally — in the comics industry, decrying the state of modern comic conventions, and how the cosplayers, are, essentially, ruining everything. Perhaps I oversimplify their statements, but the sentiment is accurate, if not precise. Denise Dorman, wife […]

OdysseyCon Schedule

I’ll be at OdysseyCon over the weekend of April 8-10, and will be speaking and/or moderating on a number of panels. Here’s my full schedule: Saturday, April 9 10 AM: Artisanal RPG Design: Threat or Menace? — With Margaret Weis 11:30 AM: Will Horror Fiction Ever Get Respect? — I’ll be moderating, with panelists Paul […]

My Geek-Kon Schedule

My schedule as a guest of Geek Kon has been finalized. Here’s where I’ll be and when: Friday (August 22) Slingin’ Dice: An Intro to RPGs (Bodden, Pavao) – La Crosse – 7:00-7:50pm Gaming with the Guests – Tabletop Gaming Room (Salons D & E) – 8:00pm to 10:00pm I’ll be running a ZOMBIE DICE […]

Are the Muppets “Selling Out”?

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) First of all, let’s throw something away from this discussion. While it may be convenient shorthand to reference the situation, I don’t care for the phrase “selling out” — it reminds me too much of the jealousy of one artist towards another who is more financially successful. That being said, let […]

Walking Dead Still Walking

When I first saw the preview trailers for Walking Dead, I was sold. They were effectively put together, gripping, and tense. I was ready to see it, even having no experience with the comics or graphic novels. After the pilot, I was completely sold. This was something fresh and different; a decent treatment of the […]

Marvel’s Agents Of Shield – Has The Jury Decided?

There’s been a lot of talk on social media over the last few weeks about the ABC Network’s television series, “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Some comments about the show have been negative, some positive, but mostly, people are still talking about it, which is a good sign. Many of the comments state opinions that the […]