On Saturday I went to Birmingham due to all the events being rained out in NE Alabama / NW Georgia. I went to Kingdom Comics in Vestavia Hills Alabama to the Free Comic Book Day event! The line went way back as many people came out to this event! Along with folks from the Alabama Phoenix Festival attending. Many people were dressed in costumes from many geek genres such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Batman, Ghostbusters, and many more!
The goal of Free Comic Book Day is to encourage people of all ages to read comic books. When you see young kids reading a comic book it has to put a smile on your face. Comic books have exploded in popularity due to superhero movies and some TV shows based off of comic books like The Walking Dead. If you did not have a chance to get a comic book, go out to our local comic book shop and pick a few up!
In case you have lived under a rock. Today is Star Wars Day! May be 4th be with you! Star Wars Day has become a celebration of Star Wars and all things George Lucas. Yes, this holiday has gotten huge!
All fans of Star Wars are more excited for Star Wars Day this year due to Disney buying Lucasfilm and announcing more Star Wars films are coming out! By the way, today is also Free Comic Book Day. So today is going to be one of the biggest geektastic days ever! Today, let your inner geek or nerd hang out and watch some Star Wars movies or go to a local comic book shop! Or go see the new Iron Man 3 movie! I encourage you to do something geeky and nerdy today!
Some of the fun from the Noble Street Festival was all the costumed characters! One of the favorites every year is the Star Wars Characters. Each year, the Alabama 501st Legion or the Alabama Garrison, yes there is such a thing, comes out with costumed characters from Star Wars! This year I got lucky as one of the characters got into a gyroscope ride provided by Top Notch Rentals in Anniston.
Here are some pictures and a video from this! I remind you that the Alabama 501st Legion will be at the Alabama Phoenix Festival on Memorial Day Weekend! Learn more about the Alabama Phoenix Festival at: http://www.alabamaphoenixfestival.com/
There’s a crisis going on in the animation world. The number of action animated shows being cancelled is alarming. I mean, I enjoy the comedy animated shows like Phineas and Ferb, My Little Pony: FIM, and Adventure Time. But I also like to enjoy the action animated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Young Justice. Sadly, many animated shows in the action genre have been cancelled. And that sucks!
Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the cancellation on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the delay of the upcoming series Star Wars: Detours. Most likely, Disney is never going to make Star Wars: Detours. The cancellation of The Clone Wars comes at a very bad time! What is going to happen to Ahsoka Tano? Lucasfilm Studios have said they are continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. And they are advising fans to stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. (cough: Disney XD)
It’s too bad we will probably never see Star Wars: Detours. This comedy series co-created by the Robot Chicken team of Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Todd Grimes was going to be awesome!
Sadly, Star Wars is not the only cancellation. Many fans are upset that Cartoon Network has cancelled Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice. Both shows ran their series finale episodes last weekend. The fans and the creators of these shows have been all over Twitter trying to pressure Cartoon Network to save these shows. Cartoon Network will premiere Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman in April on DC Nation. You can tell Cartoon Network is wanting to take DC Nation to a more comedy direction. Also, did you know Cartoon Network is bringing back The Powerpuff Girls? Here is a screenshot from the new series.
Over on Disney XD. Marvel Universe has struggled along with only Ultimate Spider-Man which has done well. Two new series will premiere this Summer. Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents S.M.A.S.H. will air sneak peaks in late May. My hope is these shows will last instead of being cancelled after just one season just like Motorcity and Tron: Uprising. Sadly, I have noticed that both DC Nation and Marvel Universe have been doing poorly in the ratings. This is not a good thing for people who love action animation!
Nickelodeon has The Legend of Korra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And The Hub has Transformers: Prime which is on its last season. Many people have said the lack of action animation is due to the lack of merchandise sales and not due to TV ratings. I know many cartoons on TV today are tied to the merchandise sales to determine if the show gets another season or is cancelled. I still think there is a market for action animated shows on TV. The networks have to give these shows a chance to find an audience. I hope I get to watch and review more action animated shows on Geek Alabama in the future!
Remember the gaffe from President Obama when he said “Jedi Mind Meld.” Yea; many people in the geek and nerd world were upset about that! Obama got Star Wars and Star Trek mixed up; this is one of the biggest battles in the nerd world. Many geeks and nerds often debate on which series is better. In this video from Screen Junkies, Hal Rudnick talks about why “Jedi Mind Meld.” was wrong in so many ways! Enjoy!
By the way; it’s “Jedi Mind Trick” and “Vulcan Mind Meld” if you were wondering!
In the geek world there are two types of fans; the Star Wars fans and the Star Trek fans. After President Obama said he wasn’t able to perform a “Jedi mind meld” over the sequestration talks. The debate over which franchise was better came up again. I really don’t get this debate at all. Both franchises have had its great successes. And J.J. Abrams is directing movies in both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises. Thanks to Hark; we have a great infographic comparing the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises. This infographic puts the franchises head to head and could possibly determine a winner in this never-ending confrontation. Enjoy!
We all know that Disney bought Lucasflim for a lot of money. So what if Disney made the original six Star Wars films? The folks from Smosh and Awesomeness TV have made videos showing that possibility. Here are two different versions showing what if Disney made the Star Wars movies. Remember, they are making more Star Wars movies! Which version do you like the best?
Right now at the North Pole. The elves are working overtime to make the toys for all the kids in the world. But did you know there are some elves doing something else for the naughty kids. The North Pole has a small mining operation for getting coal. Some of the coal is used for heat and energy. But the rest of the coal is used for the naughty kids. So for the naughty kids getting coal. You are getting true North Pole coal, sweet!
The classic music group Wham! released the single called Last Christmas in 1984. The music video for the song showed the band and friends having a great time in the mountains. I also liked the beat to this song and it can get addicting!
Adult Gift Idea:
Since many of us now have cell phones and smart phones. Why not get a pratical Christmas gift. This U-Socket Wallplug comes with USB ports so you can charge your cell phone! Find at Thinkgeek.com.
Child Gift Idea:
Have a Star Wars fan? Then you need to get this! You can buy the kit to make your very own lightsaber! You can mount it to a wall and light it up with a remote control! Find at Thinkgeek.com.
Today I want to talk about the USO. This charity fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Their volunteers help with an extensive range of programs and events at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries. And of course, the USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for the troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind. Just like the USO slogan, until every one comes home. The USO is a great charity that could use your donations. For more information go to: http://www.uso.org/.
I loved this video! This is a video showing a light saber battle between a kid and Darth Vader. What the kids do not know about Darth Vader is great! From the mother:
“At the time of the video (May), our kids had been separated from their dad for almost 3 months. They thought they wouldn’t be seeing him until December. My son had stated that he wanted a Star Wars party so he could be Luke and fight Darth Vader (whom he thought was going to be his older cousin). My husband came home for 96 hours to surprise our son at his birthday party… dressed as Darth Vader. The little Princess Leia in the video is our daughter, too! My husband is currently deployed (his first deployment) and we are counting down the days til he’s home!”
See; Star Wars can bring happiness to anyone! Enjoy the video!