DD Playtest 2aWizards of the Coast (WOTC) is hard at work on the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons, currently called D&D Next, and has a huge playtest underway. If you're looking for some more background on how this edition is shaping up and what was included in the first playtest packet, check out Jason Enright's excellent post about his first impressions. On August 13, Wizards released packet 2, which included all of the necessary rules for creating and running a D&D Next character up to the fifth level.  Overall, this packet is a great next step for the playtest for those of us who had exhausted the resources provided in packet 1. I took the time to go over the new information and even roll up a few characters of my own to see how these rules worked together and thought I'd share my impressions.

 

To Read ListThe 'To Read' List:


Moriarty: the Dark Chamber by Daniel Corey, Anthony Diecidue, Perry Freeze, and Dave Lanphear
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
The Light by Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele
Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado



Read This Week:


Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

 

 


 



This week has been insane. I finished up my last days at the comic store, enrolled in school, and have been interviewing for internships at comic companies. Due to all of this, I barely had any time to read. I didn't finish any graphic novels, but I did finish the novel Game of Thrones.


Game of Thrones is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction. Martin has created a wonderful, new world that, although it has fantasy elements, is at its best when dealing with its all-too-human characters and the political intrigue that surrounds them. These characters really shine, because Martin writes each chapter in subjective third-person narrative, letting the reader see the world through each of the main character's eyes. This is really cool, because the reader gets to see how different young Sansa views the world from the way her father Ned does. We get to see Jon Snow learn the truth of what lies beyond the wall. We even get into the head of Tyrion, a member of the villainous Lannister family, and learn why, despite all of their cruelty, he still loves his family. This constantly changing perspective is what really makes the book special, and what makes it better than the TV show. Although the HBO series follows all of these characters, it can't get in their heads in the same way that the book does. If you like the show, or have ever been curious, make sure you read the book.




So, that's what I read this week. What have you been reading? Respond in the comments below and let me know; maybe I'll even add it to my reading list. As always, keep reading!

 

 

 

 

Save the DateOne of a handful of romantic dramedies that premiered at Sundance 2012 is Save the Date. IFC acquired distribution rights for a possible release in LA and NYC this year. Despite a low IMDb rating, this romantic film has received positive, as well as negative, reviews. Deciphering why that is has led me to conclude that Save the Date is one of those middle-of-the-road movies, almost quite funny and charming, but something holds it back from really making an impression.  

 

Spike 1The Buffy writing staff has been trying to cure Spike of his Buffy-love and let him stand on his own for some time now. Angel Season 5 moved the bar a bit. Brian Lynch’s time with the platinum blonde vamp in comic form also proved to help him step out of the shadows and into a leading man role. Still, despite these advancements, Spike’s slayer-shaped heartache is still around. Well, blondie bear is back at it again, with writer Victor Gischler taking the vamp with a soul - version 2.0 on a cosmic quest to tackle his demons.



SPOILERS BELOW

Daisy Viktoria 1The following is an interview with costumer Daisy Viktoria, whose amazing creations span historical, fantasy, and cosplay genres.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Daisy Viktoria about the inspirations behind her costumes, the creative process that goes into a new design, and her own love of cosplay and historical reenactments.

This interview was conducted on August 17, 2012.

 

 

Total-Recall-2012-Movie-Poster-300x424For a remake like this, the only thing a person really cares about harkens back to one of the most famous sequences in all of cinema. It was a simple scene. Nothing fancy. Yet, it still fuels the fantasies of many a teenage boy.


Rest assured, the three-t----d chick is back. Briefly. But, she's there.

Ravagers with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

Concept:

After escaping from the top secret organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., which tortured and experimented on them, a group of superpowered teens have to evade capture and figure out what's next in their lives.


 

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

Prop store logoThe following is an interview with Brandon Alinger, who is the Chief Operations Officer at the Los Angeles branch of Prop Store, which trades in the ultimate collectables: original props and costumes.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon talks with Alinger about how the Prop Store began, the process of acquiring authentic items, and how fans can make their favorite movie collectables a part of their very own collection.

This interview was conducted on August 8, 2012.

 

M. Elizabeth HughesAt the premiere of Husbands Season 2 at the Paley Center for Media, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon talks with producer M. Elizabeth Hughes about being back for a second season, the role of Kickstarter, and the advantages and disadvantages of the online format!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit and RunLet’s just make it easy and blame Punk’d.


It was MTV’s lame, Ashton Kutcher-produced practical joke show that introduced me to actor Dax Shepard, who often played various roles in the show’s elaborate “pranks.”   Man, was that show horrible, smug, and staggeringly unfunny.  Because Punk’d was so totally abhorrent, it caused me to never pay much attention to Shepard’s work, even when he was collaborating with people I respected, like Jon Favreau. (Shepard appeared in Zathura.)  And, I was always a little baffled by his real-life relationship with actress Kristen Bell, she of Veronica Mars and sloth-loving fame and somebody I completely adored.

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