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Oblivion Song Looks Beautiful, Slow Like a Wagner Opera Cycle

Posted March 29, 2018 by Luis Correa

In Robert Kirkman’s new comic series Oblivion Song 300,000 people disappeared 10 years ago along with a chunk of Philadelphia into another dimension called Oblivion. In exchange, a legion of flesh-eating monsters appeared in our world and began rampaging throughout the city. The city and the nation managed to contain the threat by largely cordoning […]

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Events

LARP Is a Battlefield: A LARP Experience

Posted March 26, 2018 by Luis Correa

“Uh… *ahem* it looks like more orcs are coming,” Kragshard the drow quietly said upon entering the building from the outside. All those inside the building shifted uncomfortably for a moment and turned to look at the panther helmeted person in front of them. “Are you sure?” someone asked as others grabbed their weapons and […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

The Vermintide That Binds: A Challenging, Fun Warhammer Game

Posted March 15, 2018 by Luis Correa

“Try not to die .. it’s so burdensome to have to do your job and mine,” Kerillian the Waystalker yelled out to me as she notched another arrow and fired into a gibbering pack of Skaven ratmen. “Focus on the task at hand and be silent,” riposted Victor Saltzpyre, the Witch Hunter Captain who I […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

Sea of Thieves Beta: Limited But Exciting Plundering Fun

Posted March 12, 2018 by Luis Correa

“Cut the sails and turn it toward the wind and we can out run them!” A galleon loomed on the horizon as it bore down on our little two-man sloop. With some clever thinking we managed to navigate between two small atolls with some shallow, underwater sand bars. “We might not make it,” I yelled […]

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Anime-Manga

Katsucon 2018: Mo People, Mo Problems

Posted February 22, 2018 by Luis Correa

Another year, another Katsucon ended and here I am at my desktop typing out a review of this year’s convention. Surprisingly this year I opted to go back to my cosplay roots and see the con from a non-press perspective. When you spend a lot of time working the press circles you tend to come […]

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Events

Fans Say Not Cool Over Bungled Szechuan Sauce Event

Posted October 9, 2017 by Luis Correa

At the beginning of Season Three of Rick and Morty, Rick goes on a dark rant about his obsession with a minor sauce known as Szechuan that McDonald’s produced as a promotional tool for the 1998 release of Mulan. The sauce itself was a plum flavored little thing that by all accounts had been mediocre in […]

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Con Reports

Dragon Con: A Cacophony Of Fun And Disgust You’ll Want To Repeat

Posted September 13, 2017 by Luis Correa

My first introduction to Dragon Con had been an elevator saturated in vomit that had a distinct smell of sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and sad dreams. Of course with the frequency of the elevators and the late night need for people to move about — I had been trapped inside that elevator for at least […]

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ConnectiCon 2017 Cosplay Gallery by Crash: The Photos!

Posted July 16, 2017 by Luis Correa

Whatever else may be said about ConnectiCon, the Hartford convention now in its 15th year always draws excellent cosplayers and outstanding costumes. If you are interested in the “whatever else” check out my write-up of my experiences this year. But if you are here for great images of great cosplay, scroll down. Also, trigger warning, there’s […]

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Con Reports

ConnectiCon Continues To Try To Ruin Its Own Fun

Posted July 13, 2017 by Luis Correa

Perception is a very important thing when writing opinions about something like a convention and often it’s best to attempt some sort of critical thinking when diving into an opinion article about a convention you’ve attended. I’d like to preface this with stating that I’ve been an avid ConnectiCon attendee almost since it’s inception. It’s […]

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Comic Books

Spider-Man: Homecoming Weaves a Near-Perfect Web

Posted July 11, 2017 by Luis Correa

I went into the screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming with a lot of hope and some trepidation. I wasn’t an entirely huge fan of the previous movies for a lot of different reasons. The trailers, the casting, the constant reminders of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man being in the new movie left me wondering if […]

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Wasteland Weekend 2016 Is A Wonderland Of Fun

Posted October 4, 2016 by Luis Correa

I can honestly say that it’s been exceptionally difficult to compile all of my thoughts and experiences concerning Wasteland Weekend 2016 into one coherent article. Seeing so many articles talking about the event, I seldom saw one that touched on its large social aspect. It seemed that the easy direction would be to write about the […]

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The Incredibly Biased Suicide Squad Review

Posted August 5, 2016 by Luis Correa

Plenty of gratuitous (directly or indirectly) butt shots of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) peppered the screen as introspective, multi-faceted characters bantered and bonded amongst a not-so-empty cityscape. OK, now that I paid lip service to that controversy, I can officially begin to share my opinion about a technicolor dream of a movie named Suicide Squad […]

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Movies

No Need To Binge On The Purge: Election Year

Posted July 1, 2016 by Luis Correa

My friend Rob and I were escorted into our reserved seats for The Purge: Election Year by semi-armed security officers and then everyone there was told that using any cell phones, tablets or recording devices would be cause for our removal from the cinema. Already this was an ominous start to a movie that revolved around […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ A Solid Entry In New ‘3PS-MMO’ Genre

Posted March 16, 2016 by Luis Correa

“Moving up! Take position on their left flank and advance! I’ll move up onto that elevated position and provide overwatch as the other two assault from the middle!” One of our teammates shouted out orders as the rest of us frantically took cover behind roadblocks, abandoned cars and half broken crates. A loudspeaker somewhere ahead […]

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Con Reports

Asus ZenWatch2: A Working Con-Goer’s Handy Tool

Posted March 7, 2016 by Luis Correa

Saturday morning at 7:40 a.m. my wrist suddenly began vibrating while I continued to slumber heavily with regret. The previous night I had celebrated until 3 a.m. with friends I have not seen in a long time and the drinks flowed readily. My wrist vibrated several more times before I woke from my stupor to […]

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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Luke Cage

Posted February 25, 2016 by Luis Correa

When the editors at Nerd Caliber asked me to pick a hero to write about for Black History Month, my eyes immediately turned to what perhaps is the greatest street level hero in Marvel’s history. Many heroes have back stories that stem from a level of personal misfortune that often were flukes or shaped in […]

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Crash’s Best and Worst Comics of 2015

Posted December 22, 2015 by Luis Correa

When Nerd Caliber approached me to write an article about what I felt had been the best and worst comic of 2015, I admittedly had considered refusing on the grounds that I my current cost of my pull list rounds up to almost thirty dollars a month. Trying to pick out which of the two […]

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Articles

Behind The Scenes Of A Summer Cosplay Photo Shoot

Posted June 22, 2015 by Luis Correa

(Ed. Note: The multi-talented Luis Correa goes by the name Crash: The Photos as a photographer.) Lady Yumie Cosplay can be summed up in one word – incredible. During a recent photo shoot, Lady Yumie debuted her new casual Sailor Neptune costume. The cosplay combined the timeless look of Sailor Neptune with a more realistic […]

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Reviews

Watch ‘Batman Vs. Robin’, Maybe Just Not On Father’s Day

Posted April 23, 2015 by Luis Correa

The title of this movie should have been “Bruce Vs Damien” or “Batman and Robin: Daddy Issues” as the main focus revolved around a father and son who kept trying to find a way around each other’s walls and insecurities. Director Jay Oliva brings over his directing experience from other DC animated movies like Batman: […]

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