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Thursday, 06 October 2016 20:07
When we think Halloween, we think a number of things bound to happen on that awesome annual days: telling scary stories, setting up fake haunted houses, kids trick or' treating around their respective neighborhoods, people finding Halloween-themed episodes on their television sets, comic colletors picking up their copies of free-to-access comic book items at their local comic shops (if that Halloween day is on the last October Saturday of the year that is), and last but not least, the option to dress up in costumes in public regardless of if they be home-made or store-bought. While you are never too old to enjoy Halloween, it is indeed a day worth celebrating for anyone who is a fan of science-fiction, fantasy, and/or horror and likes wearing costumes or just masks. Read more...
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 17:02
A recurring tradition at genre conventions is that those attending are allowed the option to dress up as characters and mechanisms (like say spaceships and big robots) from works of fiction, and we genre fans can never get enough of them no matter the frequency of people cosplaying each character or mechanism. As a matter of fact, we enjoy seeing cosplays so much that many of us would never dare to attend a genre convention without cameras on us. Read more...
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:19
In 1941, the world was introduced to who may not be the first female superhero ever introduced, but is nevertheless one of the most famous of all superheroines. Yes, we talking a character created by William Moulton Marston known as "Diana Prince", the first depicted of female characters of the DC Universe franchise to maintain the moniker of "Wonder Woman". While multiple versions of this character have been introduced over the years, her life story has always shown her as a long black haired warrior princess of an all-women culture who is as physically strong as the man of steel that is Superman, gifted with intellectual abilities and fantastic powers, and is never afraid to bare some skin while in the battlefield. Read more...
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:55
As a fanboy, I seem to always have a thing for action/adventure comics, films, and television programs about all-star teams; you know teams consisting of major fictional heroes. We have Justice League of America (starring the biggest super-heroes of the DC Universe), Justice Society of Society (starring the major super-heroes from specifaclly DC Comics' golden age), Avengers (starring the most major of the Marvel Universe's super-heroes), Masks (starring an all-star group of fictional heroes originating in pulp magazines), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (starring literature characters of public domain), Swords of Sorrow (starring an all-star team of heroines to which Dynamite Entertainment holds comic book publication rights), etc. There is even The Expendables, which centers around a team of heroes played by legendary action movie actors. Heck, my enthusiasm of the team concept led me to end up writing about my superhero dream teams for ENR; 2 to be exact, but you get the picture. Read more...
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Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:45
When we think equivalents to a fictional character of a media franchise, we usually think of two things not based on each other but just happens to share some common attributes and qualities. For example, Space Battleship Yamato (also known as "Star Blazers") has been referred to as a Japanese equivalent to Star Trek because it shares a few attributes with it (like the fact that both center around starship crews with department uniform color codes). Read more...
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 12:20
For many years, a number of filmmaking countries (including the United States and Canada of course) each has maintained a history of creating works of fiction intended to re-interpret characters and/or stories that originated in storytelling from another country, sometimes changing the setting of the story in particular and/or cultural backgrounds of main characters. The U.S. film and television industry, for example, has a history of creating films and television programs based onJapanese content; 1960's The Magnificent Seven being a cowboy re-imagining of the 1954 samurai-themed film The Seven Samurai, the 1993 Saturday morning cartoon series Sonic the Hedgehog being based on the popular Japanese video game franchise from Sega, 2008's Speed Racer being a remake of the 1960s anime with American actors playing and capturing the visual likenesses of the classic's main characters, 2014's Godzilla being a hit film that placed Godzilla's main battle in the U.S. while being faithful to the character's essence, etc.  Read more...
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Monday, 08 June 2015 16:49
One of the wonders of fiction when it comes to storytelling that it shows us, the audiences, things we wish could exist in the real world but does not and never will. Although there are unreal things we wouldn't want to exist in our world, we always think of fiction as an escape from reality, which is actually its essence. Sometimes, we find ourselves wishing we could live in the universes of our favorite works of fiction, and that I say is okay because let's face it, fictional characters live in what goes beyond the limits of where we exist in, and sometimes, the real world can seem like a more dull and unpleasant place than the unreal worlds we explore ourselves through consumption of film, radio serials, television, novels, stage plays, and even video games. Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:44
ge 6Like Western film and television, Japanese Animation has a history of non-comedic films and television programs that deal with voyages and/or conflicts taking place in outer space. Unfortunately, not a lot of them have the chance at North America-based popularity that classic space adventure films and television programs from the west (1966’s Star Trek and 1978’s Battlestar Galactica for example) been maintaining for a long time, nor do some get the chance to be legally distributed in North America. As for the space adventure anime that do get brought over here in North America, much of them so far, especially ones from the pre-computer animation age, end up among the anime with the smallest North America-based fan bases.   Read more...
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