The Other N-Word

When I was young, my friends and I would spend lunch break in the library. Why the library? Because it was the safest place in the school. The one place we knew we wouldn’t encounter ‘Them’. In the library we could discuss role playing games or look at comics or discuss sci-fi movies / books / TV shows without fear of judgment, harassment or even abuse.

See, it wasn’t uncommon for any of us to be physically assaulted, have our very expensive books or treasured comics taken away, thrown around and belittled in public while we futilely pleaded for mercy or assistance. While different bullies may have different styles or different motivations for bullying, the one thing they shared back then was a socially accepted segregation against those who participated in ‘bookish’ hobbies and were so preoccupied by these hobbies that they suffered at other endeavors, like sports, fashion or dating. Society was against us. We were outcasts who didn’t fit in and those who did had no interest in understanding our point of view, or finding out why we loved these hobbies so much. This obsession became a self-perpetuating cycle after a while as the shunning would push us farther away and deeper into the fantasy worlds we created on Saturday nights around the dinner table, or the heroic action world between the covers of our favorite comic books.
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Iron Maiden Art Show featuring our own Justin White

Come Spend an evening honoring the music of Iron Maiden

Come Spend an evening honoring the music of Iron Maiden.

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30 Years of Dark Dungeons

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In 1984 Chick Publications released the Dark Dungeons comic pamphlet. Chick had been in business for 10 years at this point making religious themed comic strips with 22 panels on various subjects, intent on helping the reader avoid damnation. The comic pamphlets were known as Chick Tracts and covered all manner of threats from Rock and Roll to LSD use. Dark Dungeons was intent on protecting us from the dangers of Role Playing Games and the secret agenda to initiate the players into the world of Satanism via D&D. The fake game in the comic is Dark Dungeons, although the characters refer to it as D&D, waving away the possible confusion of the real subject while still avoiding a lawsuit. Younger readers may not realize this but, once upon a time, playing fantasy role playing games was considered evil and dangerous, an invitation to Satanism, drug use and suicide. With daytime talk shows devoting episode after episode to the subject and even “serious” news programs like 60 Minutes getting in the act. CBS even aired a made for TV movie starring a young Tom Hanks called Mazes and Monsters.

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Comic-Con First Look [HD]

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Gary Gygax Day and 40 years of D&D

Summer break 1983, a 10 year old boy sits at a card table in a basement. His mace does only 1D6 points of damage, but if he can kill these kobolds, hopefully the other boys, some of them in high school, will invite him back to play next week. The basement in question belongs to the parents of 13 year old Craig Brown. The game on the card table is the 1983 edition of the red box basic Dungeons and Dragons game. The kobolds are in the Caves of Chaos and have been harassing the good people of the Keep on the Borderlands. The 10 year old boy is me.

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Local Artists Share Their Love Of Zombies Through Gnomes

As we were walking through the endless isles of  vendors at Wondercon, a small booth caught our eye.   Gnomes, garden gnomes they were every where, but these were special.   They were ZOMBIES!!

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Dinner with Forbidden Panel

Start your San Diego Comic Con adventure off at dinner with your favorite creators, artists and writers from Forbidden Panel.  Friends and Fans are invited to join us  for conversation, dinner, and drinks.  You never know who might show up for this event.

Dinner will be at the Strip Club  ( A Steak House), in the  San Diego Gas Lamp District  at 7:30 pm.  This restaurant is  21 and over, make sure you have your ID with you.

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For Questions email  andi@forbiddenpanel.com

 

 

See you then.

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3-2-1- FIGHT! -Fitness Inspiration from the Geek World

Many years ago, I was introduced to video games.  I had always wanted to play them, but the expensive consoles were never in the budget for my Christmas and birthday lists growing up. ( I also believe my mom had an issue with video games in general and being the youngest of three girls, no one we knew had them…)  I FINALLY broke through when I was 15 and asked… no, begged… for a Sega Genesis and got it for Christmas.  Now, it wasn’t a big win, because I was only given 3 games.. Home Alone, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Little Mermaid.  Yeah I know… absolutely no geek cred there, but I was a kid and had no money and those were the “mom approved games”, so those were the games I played. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marvel Scraps “Fantastic Four” Comics

Having failed to get back the rights to “Fantastic Four” from 20th Century Fox, Marvel has decided it won’t help out Fox in any way in regards to its upcoming “Fantastic Four” cinematic reboot.

Bleeding Cool reports that Marvel is putting all its “Fantastic Four” comic books on hold.

The characters will still be able to make appearances in other comics, but they won’t be the focus. “Fantastic Four” art has also apparently been removed from Marvel offices.

Marvel tried a less aggressive but similar strategy in regards to “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a move that has not exactly been successful considering the reviews and business that film has been doing.

via Marvel Scraps “Fantastic Four” Comics | News | Dark Horizons.

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“Kingsman: Secret Service” Trailer

An adaptation of Mark Millars The Secret Service looks to be somewhat true to the comic.

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