Nerd Xmas Stocking

Shopping basket As nerds we are marked by fanatical love of all sorts of things and how better to express and show off that love than shopping for stuff. Clothes, figurines, toys, tech and art, all sorts of stuff to enrich our lives and enhance one’s nerd cred. But times are tough Christmas is racing towards us and with limited funds where is the best place to fulfill your nerd cravings and spend your cash? Have no fear we are here to help with our suggestions for the best Nerd shopping on the web!

amazon logo I know it should not be worth mentioning an obvious first stop for anyone searching to buy things, but we had to start with amazon. It is especially worth noting the masses of stuff available there second hand at ridiculously cheap costs, as well as a place to find items from other places on this list. Now that’s over with let’s move on to more interesting fair.

http://www.amazon.co.uk

thinkgeek If you are unaware of think geek shame on you although based in the USA, with all the shipping costs that entails, it is a one stop shop for a huge store of nerdy things of every description. Also if you find something you like on their site there is every chance you can find it cheaper elsewhere like our first suggestion above.

http://www.thinkgeek.com

etsy2Etsy is a mixed bag in oh so many ways but it hides treasures a plenty if you’re willing to seek them out. Literally everything you can think of from toys to art to full accurate movie costume replicas. We challenge anyone to spend a few hours on Etsy and not come away with a lighter wallet and arms full of swag. Here are some suggestions we came up with for some of our favourite Etsy stores.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Hx5Designs (Nerdy Shirts, Mugs etc)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MovieGunsInc (Movie Guns Prop Replicas)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AltClick (Nerdy Art)

Dave's geeky jerseys Dave’s Geeky Hockey Jerseys is exactly what it says on the tin. It provides a score of designs of nerdy hockey jersey’s. What Designs are being sold go on a shifting pattern with peoples Interest, so if a particular design catches your eyes tell them so it can be in a future sale.

http://www.geekyjerseys.com/store.php

volante designBasically Volante design make cool Assassin Creed style coats. They do a bunch of designs in a bunch of different colours, to help pull together a Cosplay, look suave or if you just need a place to hide your wrist blades!

http://www.volantedesign.us

udreplicasMotorbike’s are cool and so are super heroes, Bounty hunters etc, UD replicas brings these things together in a explosion of coolness. Selling Motorbike related paraphernalia all with nerd themes. The one thing here is as with any Bike wear, it’s expensive but if you want to push out the boat, I can’t think of a better way.

http://www.udreplicas.com 

Branded shopsIf you’re looking for something from a particular franchise then the best place to stop is it’s own themed web store. Most big franchises, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek etc. have there own little corner of the web.These themed stores might not always be the cheapest but it is usually the best place for a one stop shop for all kinds of stuff, also chances are they “have the droids you’re looking for”    

Examples                                                                                                     http://www.hbouk.com                                                                http://www.starwars.com/shop/                 http://www.startrekshop.co.uk/default.aspx 

Mothers Basement

Mother’s Basement is a great place to find Figures toys and collectibles. From movies to comic books and TV to gaming. Focused on memorabilia and collectors items. Based in Staffordshire, UK but available worldwide.

http://MothersBasement.com

NerdohLogo

Nerdoh is a original nerd inspired design label providing mostly t shirts but all kinds of clothes. Designs focused on movies, games, computers, comics as well as all the new fangled gadgets and nerdery of today.

http://www.nerdoh.co.uk

GameTeeGameTee is a great place to get rather unique game related clothes, posters and accessories and also a fair few of your favourite YouTuber’s branded gear. On that note another great place to get you favourite YouTuber’s stuff is Rodeo Arcade.

http://www.gametee.co.uk

http://www.rodeoarcade.com

Heruniverse

For the ladies out there, one can find all sorts of asorted ladies geekery at heruniverse.com. They focus specifically on the girl nerd market so a great place for them to shop or to shop for the Nerd/Gamer girl’s in your life. They have a particular focus on Cosplay but mostly sell themed jewelry and clothes.

http://www.heruniverse.com

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Well that’s our top List of Internet Nerdery and where to find them, any suggestions for places we’ve missed would be very welcome! We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a stocking filled with goodies! Happy Holidays!

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LET’S PARTAAAAAY!!!

Nerd Stag Do Bnanner

So, recently I was involved in helping to plan a Stag Do for a friend. Those of us involved wanted to do something a bit different from your standard setup. Also It is important to note here that the Stag in question was undoubtedly a Nerd and so we wanted to head towards that as a theme for the event. We couldn’t find any one place where there was a good sum of suggestions or knowledge. So we set out to find everything we could do based around London, as it was most convenient for us. So here is the amassed knowledge we gained for everything you need to create a bad ass Party for any Nerdy friend/event! But also we hope this serves as inspiration for your own ideas that we never thought of!

INVITES

First things first whatever the event you need to invite people to it! And personalised invites or emails Kick off the theme very well. A number of ideas for these that we came up with included: Using actual old Floppy disks as a base for the invitations(Example II), creating an original comic strip/cover related to the groom or event to back the invite. Using the groups images as the avengers (Example III) or the justice league , Mission orders in the style of your favourite military/sci-fi show maybe Flight orders from Battlestar Galactica (Example I).

Battlestar Galactica Invite

Example I

Floppy Disk Invite

Example II

 

Avengers Assemble invite

EXAMPLE III

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ATTIRE

As with any event, especially a Stag Do, Style is key, and there are plenty of Nerdy ideas that even on a budget can draw together a group. The easiest being just making Nerdy shirt mandatory. With a little more thought and effort one could quite easily set up, Star trek Landing party T-shirts(below) Just add a badge to Yellow, Blue and red shirts (Lots of fun can here deciding who gets what shirt, or the Spok ears). Other ideas include Brown coats in homage to firefly, Or black tees with x-wing pilots Call Signs red V etc or Battlestar call signs Starbuck, Apollo etc.

Tshirt star trek

Who are your red shirts? Who is your Captain? And who is the logical Spok?

MUSIC

In all likelihood you will probably end up spending at least some time on the move in vehicles between places. One way to hype up the otherwise mundane travelling is to give your event a soundtrack. Movie soundtrack songs are a great place to start e.g judge Dredd, Lord of the rings, Willow. There is also potential in the car game of naming the franchise of each song first or create teams and see who can get the most. Below was our events get psyched mix:

1.Judge Dredd (1995) Block War by Alan Silvestri
2. Buffy the vampire slayer, Theme song by Nerf Herder
3. Lord of the rings, The rings go South by Howard Shore
4. red dwarf theme Written by Howard Goodall and sang by Jenna Russell
5. Willow Main theme by James Horner
6. Xena opening theme by Joseph LoDuca
7. Monty pythons holy grail, We’re knights of the round table by the Pythons
8. Star Trek next generation opening theme by Jerry Goldsmith
9. Pirates of the Carribean theme by composer Klaus Badeltand and producer Hans Zimmer
10. firefly, Ballad of Serenity, By Joss Whedon
11. Labyrinth, Dance magic Dance By David Bowie
12. Chuck, insrumental Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake
13. Indiana Jones theme by John Williams.
14. Dark angel theme by Joel McNeely
15. Matrix Spybreak by Propellarheads
16. 90s xmen cartoon theme
17. Dont stop me now by Queen (In homage to shaun of the dead)
18. 90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme tune
19. Star wars theme by John Williams
20. Game of thrones theme by Ramin Djawadi
21. Stargate Movie theme By David Arnold
22. BBC’s Neverwhere opening theme
23. Batman Begins ending theme by Hans Zimmer.

If you got money a plenty to spend you could improve these journeys by riding in style by getting a limo or go even further and rent something really cool like the Batmobile or other themed transport.

FOOD

At some point you’re gonna have to feed people and there are lots of great options  for Nerdy drinks/snacks. A great source of ideas and inspiration is the YouTube show Nerdy nummies, where Rosanna Pansino takes you through making all sorts of Nerdy treats for example Diablo 3 potions, Skittle vodka.

Also everyone knows Pizza is the staple of the Nerd Community and if you wanna do a twist on that theme, you could make your own game of thrones themed pizza (another nerdy nummies idea below) or if you remember our evil dead musical blog here is a link to how to make a necronomicon pizza. Another great option comes from your local Pizza places if you ask nicely and pay for the time and ingredients they will often be happy to make a Giant over-sized pizza to share out.

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS ! IT’S APOCALYPSE TRAINING !

There are so many great ideas for fun outdoorsy things to do with a Nerd theme here are just a few examples we came up with…

Everybody Loves/Hates Zombies

Thanks to world war Z, 28 days later and Shaun of the dead the worlds fascination with Zombies is it an all-time high. Because of this there are huge numbers of Zombie based events and experiences across the country and worldwide. One of which that we came across that tickled our fancy was that at  Zedevents.co.uk. They have a Zombie Mall for you to survive, allowing us to relive and experience the joy and terror of a Dawn of the Dead like experience in person. However if that isn’t your cup of tea there are many other companies and options across the country and we have linked a few down below:

http://www.zedevents.co.uk                                     
http://zombieexperiences.co.uk                               
http://www.thelastsurvivors.co.uk                   
http://www.zombiecamp.co.uk/locations

Target Practice

If you’re looking to get involved with zombies you might want to get your shooting eye in and there are loads of fun ways to so it. One way would be the favourite pass time of thousands of ten year old boys, Laser tag! Or Quasar depending on where you are. An oldie but a goodie across the entire world.                                   If you’re looking for something with more pain and more expense you can push the boat out and go for PaintBall. Always more expensive than you’re expecting but if you’re willing to drop a whole hunk of change on paintball’s, it is a good laugh. If you’re looking for local places to do it, or if you want to shop around for a deal there are some links here:

http://london-paintballing.co.uk                 
http://www.campaign-paintball.com                       
http://www.paintballgames.co.uk

Weapons

If you want to try something closer to the real thing another idea we had was a trip to an Archery/Gun range. Often these places will allow you to add your own images to the target. So for added fun one might shoot Gomer, the legend of Zelda boss you could only kill with arrows or if your still on that train a Zombie.There are a number of shooting ranges for archery and guns(I imagine more of the latter in the USA) in the UK and therefore Plenty of opportunity to hone your accuracy.

Shooting links:                                                 
http://www.2020archery.co.uk(archery)                         
http://thebigshoot.co.uk (clay pigeon shooting)   
http://www.onesite.co.uk/find/shooting.htm(shooting
http://www.touristnetuk.com/activities/targetshooting/london/(shooting)       
http://www.first4london.com/directory/Sport_and_Leisure/Shooting/(shooting)

Getting Up Close and Personal

If fighting it out Melee style is more your thing we got you covered as well. If you’re a renaissance man there is the delicate art of Fencing or if you’re more viking/Medieval perhaps the Bastard Sword is more your style. Both are readily available as well as a huge number of other weapons to learn with. So you can easily get your zombie beheading up to scratch and practice for the last line of defence when the ammunition is all gone…

Sword Fighting LInks:        
http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/fencing_for_groups.php (fencing)  
http://www.centrallondonfencingclub.com/index.php  (fencing)  
http://fightmedieval.com/about/ (Medieval weapon fighting)  
http://www.thefightschool.demon.co.uk (Japanese/shogun, Stargate airsoft, LARP, and Sword fighting)

Running away….. I Mean Tactical Retreat!

Lets be honest no one has ever watched a movie where at one point or another the heroes wouldn’t have been better served by running away. However the cowardice in that choice can only be negated in one way, by making it look super cool, and that is where Parkour/Free Running comes in! As the final part of your nerd Event Apocalypse training this is is a super fun thing to do with a group. There are a Number of places across the country that run learning sessions mostly in cool indoor assault courses, which teach you to move, looking cool and fast, to escape the oncoming zombie apocalypse.

London Parkour Links:

http://parkourgenerations.com/class?classtype=private 
http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/parkour-london-feature-1616.html

D&D

If all of this exercise sounds overly exhausting you can always turn to the Nerd staple dungeons and dragons. After all it contains all of the above as well as strategy,” a thinking mans preparation”. A great idea we came up with was to write a Bachelor themed Adventure with references to his bride, past conquests and a terrifying end boss the Gorgon known only as “mother in law”. Also there is a lot to be said for board games with added drinking game rules.

Viewing pleasureAlways a good idea if there’s something good on the big screen is a trip to the cinema. Lets be honest these days there is always a comic book movie on at the very least, and to improve this experience you can always go Supersizing and check it out in IMAX.

If you want something a bit special in the movie vein and don’t necessarily want to see the new movies the place for you is Prince Charles Theatre, London. They show all sorts of Cult films and trilogies such as the entire Alien Quadrilogy. They also have all sorts of other weird set ups such as doing regular beer and pizza nights(where included in the price of your ticket to see a movie is beer and some pizza) and cool/weird events such as the labyrinth viewing and subsequent masquerade ball. Details of which you can find on their twitter @thePCCLondon or at their website princecharlescinema.com.

Stand Up comedy Is always a good option with many great staples on tour like Eddie Izzard or Dara Obrain. As well as any of the great comedy clubs in London featuring any number of less well-known acts who also tour the country or perform at Edinburgh comedy festival. If this is your jam and you’re looking for some new comedic talent you haven’t heard of, there will be some more help with that here later this month.

Comedy Links:                                                              
http://www.99clubcomedy.com                         
http://www.comedyclubbookings.co.uk           
http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy                   
https://www.edfringe.com

Eddie Izzard on stage

Theatre doesn’t necessarily come to mind when you think fun or nerdy, especially for a stag do but there are some great options such as  Spamalot (the stage adaptation of Monty Pythons holy grail) or Avenue Q the Muppet’s with the mouth a new side to the Henson company.

GAMING

A Gaming session is always a great idea be it Fifa, World of Warcraft or Halo and there are many options Including another reason to spice it up with more booze. Drinking games for gamers a show by the warp zone on YouTube has a number of great ideas for a multitude of games, one of my favourites is below:

Another great option for gaming if you’re in the London area is a trip to Gamerbase Piccadilly Circus, located at HMV at the London Trocadero. Gamerbase offers 60 plus Custom Built PCs containing the latest Intel processors and Nvidia Geforce technology, a library of over 200 games and 8 XBox 360’s and 3 PS3’s connected to a variety of HD screens, all of which are connected to XBox Live and PSN. So a great place to get down and game with a whole bunch of people. You can find details about gamerbase at londontrocadero.com/tenant/3/Gamerbase or follow them on twitter @GamerbaseTroc.

Hopefully This has given you great ideas for your own event and inspiration for things we never thought of! If that is the case we would love to hear about anything you came up with either as comments here or via our twitter @nerdeyesonly. Whatever the case we hope you’re having fun and getting nerdy with it!                                                

Ewoks, Predators and Nerds Oh my! The return of Comic Con!

Comic Con Banner So it’s that time of year again when the nerds, the geeks, the cosplayers and the gamers are out in force, It’s Comic Con season! So like any self respecting British nerd we made our way down to London Film and Comic Con to join in the fun. We were welcomed by the oddities of Comic Con. Judge Dredd in his undies, Xena and Jack Sparrow getting a pint at the bar and Slave Leia teaching Padme the slave dance (While a crowd developed *silently* so as not to spook them). A host of stars were there in force, including Danny Fucking Glover! A true gent who was lets be honest far to famous for Comic Con. The forgotten planet booth also toted its very own Ewok among other recognisable characters which made us feel bad for the stalls around because lets be honest, it’s hard to beat an Ewok!

Predator Cosplay

This year the festivities were held in Earls Court two. While much larger than the Olympia, where it was held last year, it came with both pros and cons. The major disadvantage was that of having no balcony (like in The Olympia) or any other sensible space for people to just flop down out of the way. But the space did allow for much better through-flow and a larger showing of exhibitors. One noticeable change this year brought was a significant shift in the male to female ratio as close to 50/50 as makes no difference it seemed. This is great however, I would still make it clear, although the nerdy/gamer girl may no longer be the Unicorn it once was it is still not a Horse. And as always Comic Con exists within a Photo bomb level of its own its impossible not to exist in a million peoples photos and to have the same be true for you. Also the big reveal of a secondary LFCC new in October at the Olympia came as somewhat of a surprise but with the convention growing year on year I guess it was inevitable.

To celebrate 20 years of vertigo Dave McKean came down for one of his rare appearances. However he was also there to do a joint signing with S F Said on their new collaboration, Phoenix, following on from their previous work together on the Varjak Paw series. If you are unaware of Mckean’s work he is a fantastic artist that among other thing did the cover artwork for The Sandman Graphic novels.
Dave McKean signingOne of the highs of the weekend was the reunion panel celebrating ten years since the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Due to catastrophic tech failure unfortunately we were unable to bring the talk to you at home. What we took from the panel was this, People didn’t seem to get Avery Brooks’ humour, all the guests were delightful and Armin Shimerman seemed to take on as natural leader of the group. Not surprising when considering how prolific he has been within the science fiction and fantasy genre. One amazing part of the panel was when Max Grodénchik who played Rom in the series described that the origin of his characters voice. Due to an inability to speak normally with the teeth implants he wore he talked out of the back of his throat to overcome it.

The other Important panel to occur was that of The Mortal Instruments Movie adaptation. It was supposed to be the Author of the series Cassandra Clare and actors Jamie Campbell Blower and Lena Headey, but due to Scheduling issues Lena never made it. A full recording of this panel is up on our YouTube channel here. Based on the short sneak peek of the movie (that unfortunately we couldn’t film) the casting seems questionable and the CGI a little clumsy, It might be a lot of fun but I am still concerned. A couple of people worth mentioning that We met over the weekend include a very talented artist that stood out amongst the others present, Artist Olivia Rose. Her work which can be found here, is fantastical and surreal as well as being highly original and truly beautiful. We also met one of the guys from The battery chicken YouTube channel while queuing to enter, they’ve got some really funny content over there so check them out and tell them Nerd Eyes Only sent you!

Zachary Levi and friends at Nerd Hq 2013

Zachary Levi and friends at Nerd Hq 2013

Nerd Hq returned alongside SDCC again and raised a whole lot of money for operation smile. Guests included Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Jared Padelicki and Jensen Ackles, Joe Manganiello and Rob Kazinsky. And all the panels can be found on the nerd machine YouTube channel here. This year it grew again and took over a San Diego baseball field orders of magnitude larger than the venue where they started out. There was also a special camp out on the field to watch Serenity with Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk which looked amazing.

we had a alot of fun at LFCC and across on the YouTube channel there is some extra footage from the weekend, we chat with the guys from LOTNA (League of the no aligned, Science Fiction Group) and you can get a good idea of what being a LFCC is like. We look forward to attending next year and rest until convention season next year.

LFCC Swag

London FIlm and Comic Con Swag!

Exhibitors and Interesting Links from LFCC –

http://www.lotna.org.uk (League of the non aligned science fiction group)                 http://www.startrek-starships.com                                                   http://www.MothersBasement.com (Paraphernalia)                                           http://www.redcarpettours.com  (Holidays)                                                               http://www.nerdoh.com (T shirts)                                                   http://www.autographica.co.uk (Sells Autographs)                                           http://www.ministerofchance.com/ (Podcast)
Fantasy World – The Adventures of Ken(Independent Graphic Novel)
https://twitter.com/jessicameats (Author Jessica meats)                                      Child of the HiveCodename Omega: Omega Rising (novels)

Nerd Eyes Only, Geek Week and A New Home on Youtube!

Youtube.com-nerdeyesonly Nobody wanted it, nobody asked for it, but what has long been threatened has finally arrived, as of today the launch of the Nerd Eyes Only YouTube Channel has started! But who better to tell you about it than our founder in digital form…

So partly motivated by YouTube’s Geek Week It’s here, it’s bad, get used to it world! But in all seriousness some really cool stuff gonna be happening on the channel in the near future on top of all the stuff here as well. So jump over to YouTube subscribe and check it out!

Thanks Guys!

I’ll have a vampire to go, with no sparkles!

Blood Kiss Poster

Poster artwork and logo design by Christopher D Salmon

“Risk is a pain in the neck, it’s the price you pay for immortality.”

There is no doubt there has been an influx of “the vampire” into popular culture over the last few years. Sadly most has been sub par, and that’s being generous. However there has been some truly great stuff and I think Michael Reaves new movie Blood Kiss may fall in the latter category. On June 14th he funded said movie via Kickstarter at a total of just over $88,000 which he introduced in the video below:

Music for Kickstarter video – composer Robert Sprayberry.

So got your interest? How about a few more details. Blood Kiss is the story of Joe Belicek, a former LA homicide detective turned private investigator. One day a famous torch singer named Ruby Day (Amber Benson) Shows up in his office and wants to hire him and his associates as bodyguards. Belicek tells them their investigators not bodyguards. However she insists, invoking the name of one of his other clients, and Intrigued he accepts. By the time he learns she’s a vampire being stalked by a deranged vampire killer, it’s too late…

Portraits of Amber Benson and Neil Gaiman as they will appear in Blood Kiss by Tom Mandrake

Portraits of Amber Benson and Neil Gaiman as they will appear in Blood Kiss by Tom Mandrake

So that’s the basic plot, what about other things you need to know? Well in blood kiss the vampires are not fantastical monsters they have a symbiotic micro-organism inside them that alters mitochondrial DNA. This makes them allergic to sunlight and silver and it makes them Stronger and faster and near immortal to boot. But they still have reflections and have no aversions to crosses. Neil Gaiman will play Julian an eccentric English Hollywood movie director that films only at night and it has also been confirmed that it will star Christina Moses, but not in a huge part.

Famous haunts like the brown derby will make appearances, Amber Benson may or may not be a villainess femme fatale but will definitely sing and in a move from Buffy to blood kiss she furthers the war against sparkles. Tom Mandrake is also designing a graphic novel of the film to be made side by side, some of the early artwork for which can be seen below. Neil Gaiman breaks his acting rule of exclusively playing himself, as he did in the guild web series, animated TV show Arthur and the Simpsons to take on this new role.

Tom Mandrake Blood Kiss Graphic novel panel progression.

Tom Mandrake Blood Kiss Graphic novel panel progression.

The money raised in the Kickstarter campaign is a wonderful start but if Michael Reaves vision is to be created more always helps. With sets, digital sets, costumes, cameras and little things like feeding the crew on 16 hour days. Some extra funding can be sought now they can show that the fans want to see this, but if you can afford it donations are accepted at the movie home page (http://bloodkissmovie.com/). If you live across the pond in the United States you have an opportunity to help and meet the Blood Kiss crew at San Diego Comic Con next weekend. Blood Kiss will be there at SDCC on Friday July 19th for an Blood Kiss Autograph Signing, from 4:00M-5:00PM at Booth 3919 Geekscape. Where you can meet elements of the production team that is made up of Producer Daniela Di Mase, Producer David Raiklen, Co-Producer Leah Cevoli, Editor Dave Edison,  Associate Producer Dan McKeon and Emmy award winning writer Michael Reaves.

Blood Kiss concept art by Fernando Lopez.

Blood Kiss concept art by Fernando Lopez.

So that’s Blood Kiss a new interesting take on the vampire mythology against the backdrop of 1940’s Hollywood Noire. I don’t know about you but we are genuinely looking forward to it. And if the concept art is anything to go by this could be very very fun.

Blood Kiss Important Links

http://bloodkissmovie.com/

http://www.twitter.com/BloodKissMovie

https://www.facebook.com/BloodKissMovie

https://www.youtube.com/bloodkiss

The Blood Kiss Team

The Blood Kiss Team

Crowd sourcing, Fan Power and the Future of Entertainment!

Kickstarter disturbance in the force

“The world has changed. I see it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air.” Galadriel said it well but in the parlance of Star Wars, I feel a disturbance in the force and it’s convergence is Kickstarter. It seems we are moving into a place where good “art” be it television, movies, podcasting or comics can develop and survive unfettered by outside intrusions. It is true that fan action, innovation and hard work are not new but there has been a building process that is now reaching some of it’s true potential.

Of course many examples of what is becoming more widespread now come to mind. Zachery Levi’s Chuck got a fifth season, Firefly got a damn movie, and going back even further Kevin Smith made Clerks for just $20,000 basically on pure will alone. But now we have two advantages over our fore bearers, technology and community. Modern technology means that anybody can be a content creator, one can literally shoot or record and upload or live stream to the internet from our phones now. But there is also effectively a new nation that exists solely on the internet without borders and baggage that just wants to see and help develop new and interesting projects. An ethos that is particularly emphasised within the “Nerd” community, people want cool stuff and want to help it exist.

Kickstarter Collage

So let’s talk about Kickstarter, If you aren’t aware Kickstarter is a website that devotes itself to helping an incredible range of projects find funding from people across the world via the internet. Most recently it has drawn the attention of mainstream media because of a number of “high profile” campaigns that broke all sorts of records for Kickstarter. First of these was the Veronica Mars Movie, which made more money than any other Kickstarter campaign in history, a sum of $5,702,153. Veronica Mars was a TV show that I honestly wasn’t a fan of, it was set in the fictional town of Neptune, California and starred Kristen Bell as the title character. A student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under tutelage from her detective father.

The Veronica Mars campaign showed a almost Whedonite/Brown Coat levels of fan fervor and it was amazing to see how fans could have such a dramatic Impact and direct in put into something they loved. This was to be followed in media coverage by a passion project from Actor/Director Zach Braff (Probably best known as JD from the television show Scrubs) entitled “wish I was here”. Braff described the new film he proposed to make as a sequel in tone to his successful movie Garden State(Which unlike Veronica Mars I was a massive fan of) with no compromises. In fact the driving force in his campaign was to give him a chance to make his vision without corporate intervention, a thing he was a capable of doing before, in garden state, thanks to a private citizen who believed in Zach fronting a large amount of the costs. This idea of creative freedom is a sentiment that is beginning to sweep through the industry.

Another Campaign that brought some controversy(which in this case was stupid) to the system was that of penny arcade podcast’s, entitled Penny Arcade DLC. Penny Arcade is a company set up by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Initially to write a web comic, one of the only to be successful in becoming a business, but has now diversified to include many things including gaming conventions across the world called PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Their Kickstarter was to raise money to fund a continuation of Podcast’s that they had previously made. Some people (henceforth known as idiots) saw this as some sought of money grabbing exercise that was not needed to create the content they promised. Not at all realising the time involved in producing these new podcast’s would be unfeasible in a large company(workload wise) made up of so few individuals, as is the case at penny arcade, unless it could be sensibly monetised. These new podcast’s will be available soon  but if you can’t wait for that or your stuck waiting for either the Mars or Braff projects it might be worthwhile to check out the old podcast’s here.

Of course there is plenty of opportunity to abuse the Kickstarter system, I shudder to imagine a montage of famous people saying give money to Sony or McDonald’s or Coca cola for example. It is sad that but true some people will do anything if it’s Celebrity endorsed. But ignore all that, there’s always gonna be the bad one’s in the bunch, What I want to champion here is the rise of “Art” unfettered by outside influence of the studio and other manifestations of the corporate. But it is also key to realise Kickstarter is a tool and is not the only force for this new movement.

The Kevin Smith Machine

If you’ve not guessed the person I want to talk about next is Writer/Director Kevin Smith. Partly because what he’s involved in right now and what he has done in the past is so interesting, but also because in many ways he is a symbol of the changes that I’m talking about and want to promote. In many ways Kevin did with his first movie Clerks what people are only just realising they can do now, and for him it was significantly harder. He made a movie for just $20,000! and with the hard work of him and his friends and a whole load of credit card debt he forced his way into the public consciousness.

In many ways Kevin Smith has now returned to his routes after moving away from the big Hollywood flicks of his past. Particularly the Podcast network he has created, or Smodcast as it is known, is a well of entertainment built off of self production. He also self funded a horror movie called Red State and runs across the country to talk to his fans. His latest project, Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, is an animated feature produced by his long time friend Jason Mewes for almost Clerks money at $69,000. He is currently touring across the United states with the movie, which if you’re lucky enough to live there you can see date’s/places here. No word as yet when the international release might be or where one could see it but it definitely looks like fun, check out the trailer.

But more important than helping your favourite TV show getting made into a movie or going on the road to see Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, is this. Use Kevin Smith as a inspiration, go out and do it whatever creative urge you have the tools are there to help you. Or instead help someone else do it, if you have that friend that keeps procrastinating and you believe in their work, help them realise it. The chance is their the future is now go forth and be entertaining.

“If there is a message to my work here it’s go out, do it, create!”                                     Joss Whedon

The Future

Evil Dead…..the Musical?

Evil Dead the Musical

In 1981 Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and a rag-tag bunch of others set off on an adventure to create their own feature-length horror film, the film that was to become Evil Dead. Now a cult classic with two equally adored sequels and soon to have a modern remake (produced by Raimi and Campbell), it is no doubt a pillar of the horror genre. So there was obviously only one way to go with the gore-filled master of the one liner that is Evil Dead.

A musical….okay maybe not the obvious next step, but no doubt intriguing. After the work of another young rag-tag bunch, the Evil Dead Musical started it’s life in the back room of a small bar called the Tranzac club in Toronto, Canada  in 2003.

History of Evil Dead the Musical

2004 – Show opened in Montreal as a featured attraction at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.

Nov, 2006 – Made it’s off-Broadway debut in New York City.

2006 – Cast album from the show debuted at No 4. on the Billboard show charts.

May, 2007 – Opened at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, and became subsequently the longest running Canadian show in Toronto in over two decades.

2007 – Won the Dord Audience Choice award as Toronto’s favourite show.

Present Day – Productions opened in Seoul, Tokyo, Cleveland, Calgary, California, Kalamazoo and many more locations.

More than just a stellar cast, music, and lyrics Evil Dead has another thing going for it that no other musical has, a splatter zone. Like watching Shamu at sea world except with gore bringing you right into the action. With songs like “All the men in my life keep getting killed by Candarian demons” and a great amalgamation of the Evil Dead scripts to dislike this musical is to dislike fun.

To  finish off I leave you with two things first anybody in a situation to bring this production over to the Uk PLEASE DO IT NOW !!!!!!! Information on how to do that is here on the Evil Dead the Musical Website. Secondly in other Evil Dead news, readying for the new adaptation of Evil Dead on the big screen the internet has offered up the perfect snack  Necronomicon Pizza (Pictured Below), you’re welcome.

Necronomicon Pizza

Star Peace

As many people are aware, there has long been a rivalry between the die-hard fans of both STAR WARS and STAR TREK. There has been many a verbal phaser fired and metaphorical lightsaber swung, however with no sign of a retreat by either side it looked set to be an unending battle. That is until now, In December last year George Takei released a public announcement trying to broker peace in Fandom in order to combat a new foe, lurking in the shadows….


The mission now is to broadcast his plea worldwide. Not only to the fans of Star Wars and Star Trek but to every Browncoat, every Whovian, every Tolkien Fan and to the legions of non-aligned in Sci-fi/Fantasy Fandom.

Live Long and Prosper!

 May the Force be with You!

So Say We All!