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Gaming Reviews & Culture

‘Undertale’ Is Over The Top Good

Posted February 6, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re diving into one of the most unusual titles in recent months that has received amazing praise from all over — Undertale! In the world of Undertale, a war has broken out between the two major races: Humans and Monsters. After claiming victory, the Humans sent all of the Monsters […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

Patience Needed And Rewarded For ‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’

Posted February 5, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Xenoblade Chronicles was a highly under-appreciated game. It came out for the Wii and was an amazing JRPG that introduced new gameplay elements, interesting characters, and breathtaking environments. If you haven’t played the game I highly suggest you do. So how do you follow up a game like it? By adding mechs. Xenoblade Chronicles X […]

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Cosplay & Style

Black Superhero Appreciation Month: Al Simmons (Spawn)

Posted February 4, 2016 by Ashley Rogers

Lt. Colonel Albert Francis Simmons, a.k.a Al Simmons, a.k.a Spawn blazed onto the comics scene in the very early nineties and has been adapted into short-lived television and movie series by HBO and New Line Cinema respectively. Michael Jai White (who later went on to star in the titular role of Black Dynamite in a […]

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Cosplay & Style

Sorry Edna Mode, More CAPE Is Coming!

Posted February 3, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Last year we held our very first convention, the Cosplay And Photography Expo, bringing together expert cosplayers and photographers to teach the tricks of their incredible crafts. We are pleased to announce that CAPE 2.0 is a go, coming this Aug. 6-7 at Stonehill College! And the focus of this year’s CAPE is the Play […]

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Reviews

Second Episode Spells Improvement For ‘The Magicians’

Posted February 1, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

If Episode 1 of The Magicians was very much a pilot episode — full of character introductions, world building, and action sequences to hook viewers — Episode 2, “The Source of Magic,” is very much a second episode; it expands on backstory and character dynamics, and further sets the table for upcoming events. Warning: SPOILERS […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

‘Street Fighter V’ DLC System Is A Good Strategy

Posted January 30, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Capcom is doing some very new things with Street Fighter V, from its character redesigns, new V-Trigger system, and even its DLC. Announced back in December, we were shown silhouettes of six more characters that will be added into the game further down the line. And we also got the identities of these characters. We […]

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Novels

Syfy’s New Series ‘The Magicians’ Fails To Cast A Clear Spell

Posted January 29, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Quick, name the series: A hidden school for magicians-in-training; a smart, geeky teen with issues learns he is a magic-user when he’s selected to attend the magic school, and who may be some kind of Chosen One; hyper-competent female magic-user with a chip on her shoulder; personality conflicts among students, challenges with magic classes, and […]

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Gaiman Gets His ‘Shadow’ For Starz Series ‘American Gods’

Posted January 28, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

If you love Neil Gaiman and you don’t get the Starz network, you may want to contact your cable provider. Starz announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon, the central character of Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. The press release also noted that filming is set […]

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Cosplay & Style

Don’t Worry, Supreme Court Not Deciding Jack About Cosplay

Posted January 28, 2016 by Rodney Brown

It is time to euthanize the sad, inaccurate, pathetic clickbait articles that claim that the Supreme Court of the United States is deciding something that will affect cosplay. It isn’t, the decision won’t, and you shouldn’t worry about it — because that decision was made long ago and you are already on the wrong side […]

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Comic Books

DMC Presents: Old Man Logan Livens Up Marvel’s Lineup

Posted January 27, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Ask anyone what the best Wolverine story of past 15 years was and the answer will be Old Man Logan. In the original series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, Wolverine is no more. In the future after the villains united to wipe out the heroes, Logan is living a quiet family life in the […]

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Music

Lolicons Rejoice, BABYMETAL Is Coming To Boston!

Posted January 26, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The trio of teenage Japanese schoolgirl metalheads known as BABYMETAL has just announced dates in a U.S. tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC and Boston, among others. According to a post on Crunchyroll, BABYMETAL will release a new album on April 1 (apparently not an April Fool’s Day joke) and then the […]

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Con & Events News

ReedPOP Announces New ‘Star Trek’ Con For DragonCon Weekend

Posted January 25, 2016 by Rodney Brown

What would happen if the promoter of the largest comic book convention in the U.S. (ReedPOP and New York Comic Con) decided to hold a Star Trek convention on the same weekend as one of the most popular nerd conventions in the country (DragonCon)? Would nerd brains explode? Well, we are going to find out. […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

Epic Norse Adventure Worthy Of The Gods In ‘Jotun’

Posted January 24, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Norse mythology has stood out as a popular storytelling theme in games for decades. I have fond memories of trekking through Blizzard’s The Lost Vikings as a kid, and like many across the world I’m enjoying Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today, we take a look at another entry into […]

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Cosplay & Style

Arisia 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday & Monday

Posted January 22, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at Arisia 2016 was loaded with cosplayers, but most of them were involved in some fashion in practicing for, rehearsing for or participating in the Masquerade, and event that traditionally brings out some amazing creativity. Unfortunately, that meant that we got fewer shots than Saturday, being trapped at our table promoting the second annual […]

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Cosplay & Style

Arisia 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 2

Posted January 21, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Saturday at Arisia, the convention held this past weekend at the Westin Waterfront hotel in South Boston, was definitely the busiest in terms of cosplay. And so we now present the second of two galleries from that day. Cosplayers in this gallery include Lady Cels, Chibi Kitsune Cosplay, Wonderllama Cosplay, Sparrow’s Song Entertainment, Harley Bean […]

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Arisia 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 1

Posted January 20, 2016 by Rodney Brown

This past weekend the second convention of the year (YourminiCon in Connecticut took first) in New England was held at the Westin Waterfront hotel. Arisia is a con that specializes in science fiction, fantasy and steampunk literature, TV and movies, with a smattering of gaming and anime thrown in. While the convention has landed many well-known […]

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Comic Books

DMC Presents: Obi-Wan Tales Shine In ‘Star Wars’ Ongoing Series

Posted January 19, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Just over a year ago Marvel took over the Star Wars license after Dark Horse Comics carried the torch for more than 20 years. The change in publisher coincided with the reset button on the expanded Star Wars universe meaning Marvel had a clean slate to work with. The synergy between the Disney owned Marvel […]

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Comic Books

Netflix Hires ‘Jessica Jones’ For Second Job

Posted January 17, 2016 by Rodney Brown

In news that should surprise no one and please just about everybody, Netflix announced that it has ordered a second season of the big hit Marvel comic adaptation Jessica Jones. According to EW.com, Netflix confirmed the renewal of the show at the Television Critics Association event last Sunday. Krysten Ritter returns as Jessica and Mike Colter will […]

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NPH Leads Fortunate And Unfortunate Series of News Bits

Posted January 16, 2016 by Rodney Brown

If you read Gregg Snyder’s ‘Netflix and Nerds‘ 2016 preview of what the streaming network has in store, you know that it is doing a series adaptation of Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books. Now we have a report of who will play the lead of wicked Uncle Olaf, and it is none […]

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Novels

Report: HBO ‘Close’ To Ordering Two More ‘GoT’ Seasons

Posted January 15, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Let’s hope Bran Stark’s abilities have grown up as much as the actor Isaac Hempstead Wright clearly has. Westeros may need him for two more seasons of Game of Thrones. (Warning, Season Five ending Spoiler below.) With the 10-episode season six of Games of Thrones premiering on April 24, many fans are wondering how — […]

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Cosplay & Style

In Memoriam: Severus Snape Cosplay To Honor Alan Rickman

Posted January 14, 2016 by Rodney Brown

By Grabthar’s Hammer, 2016, enough already! Today we have heard the very sad news that the Potions Master himself, Alan Rickman, has died of cancer at the age of 69 (yes, the same age and same general cause of death as David Bowie, just days ago.) Rickman is the definition of the nerd villain for […]

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Tech & Games

‘FFVII’ HD Remake Looks Great, Raises Ire

Posted January 13, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

In demand for decades, it is finally happening — the Final Fantasy VII HD Remake. Now this is huge for multiple reasons, mainly because the fans have been heard, and one of the best video games of all time is coming back for a new generation. However people need to keep in mind that this […]

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Comic Books

DMC Presents: Dawn Of Diana In ‘The Legend of Wonder Woman’

Posted January 12, 2016 by Chris Proulx

This year DC Comics expands their cinematic universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s a pretty big deal for a number of reasons. Obviously it’s big because this will be the first time these popular characters share the big screen together but it’s also a big deal because Wonder Woman will be making […]

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Cosplay & Style

In Memoriam: Cosplays Of David Bowie’s ‘Jareth’

Posted January 11, 2016 by Rodney Brown

In case you have not heard the sad news, legend and genius David Bowie died yesterday at 69, after a secret 18 month long fight with cancer. It is tough to say what anyone in the nerd community knows David Bowie best for — his science fiction songs like ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Diamond […]

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Winter 2016 Anime Season First Impressions

Posted January 10, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The Winter 2016 anime season has begun, and below are some quick impressions of some of the first new titles. Admittedly, these impressions are based on exactly one whole episode each, so the nature of the show may change completely. But more often than not, an anime show wants to set its feel, tone and […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

The Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2016!

Posted January 9, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome (back) to Indie Spotlight! First off, a belated Happy New Year to all! Some may have noticed that the past few months have had a slight lack of indie reviews (okay, more like all-out non-existence). I’m happy to say that we’re getting right back to it — and what better way than to go over […]

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Novels

‘Shannara Chronicles’ Trips On Teen ‘Tude Speak

Posted January 8, 2016 by Rodney Brown

I had hopes for the new MTV high fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, because I thought updating the writing might solve many of the issues I had with the books. Alas, while the updating did happen, it simply made the series more appropriate to the MTV audience. I read the first book in Terry Brooks’ […]

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DMC Presents: Marvel Makes A Violent Family Drama For The Vision

Posted January 7, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Welcome to the inaugural “DMC Presents:” a new weekly column looking at some of the best comics out on the shelves today. My name is Chris Proulx and I am the co-owner of Double Midnight Comics. Our shop has been around for over 13 years and I have been an avid comic book reader for […]

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Articles

‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer Confirms 3/18 Release

Posted January 7, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The rumor is dead, and Daredevil Season 2 will not be released on the same day as the opening of DC’s next blockbuster, Batman v. Superman — it will debut the weekend before, March 18, 2016. A one-source rumor was picked up and very widely distributed across the Internet (we did too on our Facebook […]

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2016: Welcome To Another Great Year For Netflix And Nerds

Posted January 6, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Well, it’s 2016, and Netflix wants to ramp up its efforts to keep your eyeballs glued to your screens. They plan to keep you watching with multiple series featuring characters from The Defenders comics in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, as well as several comedies and sci-fi series. Luke Cage, the much-anticipated tie-in to Jessica Jones, is […]

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Anime-Manga

Crunchyroll Releases Its Winter 2016 Lineup

Posted January 5, 2016 by Rodney Brown

One of the reliable sources of timely anime from Japan (often simulcast or next day if you are OK with subtitles) is Crunchyroll. Recently it put out the chart of its upcoming new shows or seasons for this winter. I won’t cut and paste the whole thing, just provide you with a link to it […]

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Tech & Games

‘Scalebound’ Now Bound For A 2017 Release

Posted January 4, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Just weeks after we ran a preview of the game from our games guru Jibrii Ransom, the developers of the game Scalebound have announced that it will be pushed back from a 2016 release to 2017. In a blog post today, Platinum Games said that it needed the extra time to ensure it could “deliver on our […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

MKX Kombat Pack 2 DLC Packs A Mostly Tame Punch

Posted January 4, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

The fighting game Mortal Kombat X has been doing amazing business. The game has a growing fan base, and is making strides in the fighting game community, so people have been eagerly waiting to see what is coming, and the latest is MKX Kombat Pack 2. I think fighting games have it pretty easy when it […]

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Cosplay & Style

Comiket 89 Cosplay Music Video from Netageo

Posted January 3, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Before you ask, no, we don’t have the resources to get someone to Comiket, the twice-yearly manga and anime convention in Japan. Someday… But the folks at the YouTube channel Netageo did go and posted this excellent short video of some of the cosplay outside the enormous venue. To be fair, I only recognize a […]

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The Winds of Winter (Isn’t Coming This Spring)

Posted January 2, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

(Note: the link to George R.R. Martin’s blog entry contains some spoilers pertaining to both the books and the HBO series.) Sorry for the Stark — and somewhat stark — pun, but unfortunately, it’s appropriate. George R.R. Martin just penned a lengthy mea culpa on his blog, explaining that he missed his December 31st deadline […]

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Poll: What Movies Will You See In 2016?

Posted January 1, 2016 by Rodney Brown

This year, barely one day old, looks to be the most loaded with nerdy content of any year we’ve ever seen. Are you most excited for the R-rate comedy and violence of Deadpool? The action and OTP-busting drama of Captain America: Civil War (poor Tony!)? The return of the aliens in Independence Day: Resurgence? The […]

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Highs and Lows In 2015 Nerd Movies

Posted December 31, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Like my past two 2015 roundups (nerd TV and anime shows) for this roundup I am not going to call out the best or worst movies I’ve seen this year, but the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments. And I will start with a Special Judge’s Award for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for being both. […]

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Anime 2015 Highs and Lows

Posted December 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Taste in anime is so subjective, and the variety of genres is so wide, that trying to pick a Best and Worst list is almost pointless. So I will do what I did with my nerd TV list — pick two anime shows that were the biggest good surprises and two that were also big […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ Among 2016’s Coolest Looking Games

Posted December 29, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

For years gamers have said there are no original IP’s in the industry, however at E3 this summer we got a glimpse of a brand new game that will hopefully change that mindset. Horizon Zero Dawn was one of my personal favorite games at E3 this past June. Coming from Guerilla Studios, the studio that […]

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Cosplay & Style

The Most Obscure, Odd, Interesting Cosplay of 2015

Posted December 27, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This past year I took plenty of pictures of excellent costumes and cosplayers, but I always get a thrill out the odd ones. The creative mashups, the truly obscure, the clearly ironic genderbending, the just plain strange (I’m looking at you X, and your “Weapons Check Guy”). Not surprisingly, DragonCon is well represented here, but […]

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Highs And Lows of 2015 Nerd TV

Posted December 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This past year was one full of promise for amazing nerdy content on television. Some of these things lived up to that promise, and others failed to, in some cases spectacularly. Below I will look at two that hit the right highs, and to that descended into the depths of low quality. To explain why […]

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Gaming News

Bayonetta Bounces Into Latest Super Smash Bros 4 DLC

Posted December 24, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Wow, Nintendo, just… wow! I have to say, I thought Cloud was a huge surprise but no… the real surprise was the inclusion of Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros 4. It made me insanely happy to see one of my all time favorite video game characters, and my all time favorite female video game characters […]

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Comic Books

Hartford Comic Con And ComiCONN Merge

Posted December 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Today two conventions in the Nutmeg State announced a merger, and the new Hartford ComiCONN was born. Scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2016 at the home of the previous Hartford Comic Con, the XL Center, the convention combines Connecticut ComiCONN and the above mentioned HCC. If you don’t hail from Connecticut, you may not know about […]

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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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Gaming Reviews & Culture

‘Scalebound’: Next Year, Come For Dragons, Stay For Combat

Posted December 20, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

One of my most anticipated games of 2016 is one called Scalebound. This game is being made by the amazing team at Platinum Games, creators of my choice of game of the year for 2014, Bayonetta 2. In Scalebound we take control of Drew, accompanied by his dragon named Thuban in order to explore this […]

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Reviews

‘The Force Awakens’ Lots Of Feels, Much Admiration

Posted December 19, 2015 by Alex Valderana

My earliest memory of Star Wars was seeing it as a young boy at my then best friend’s house. I don’t even think I watched the films in order. I think we started with Return of the Jedi on VHS and went backward. Back then, in the mid-1990’s, Kenner was going nuts with the Star […]

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Reviews

Snoring Since ‘Jedi,’ The Force Finally Awakens Again

Posted December 18, 2015 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Talented actors, an inspired director, and a proven formula combine to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens a worthy entry in the Star Wars universe.  Here is my review of the long-awaited sequel to Return of the Jedi, guaranteed spoiler-free. The first Star Wars trilogy, especially A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, ushered […]

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Cosplay & Style

Star Wars Cosplay In 2015, Part 2 of 2

Posted December 16, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Just one more day before Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens and a great disturbance of joy affects the nerd ether. So today we have the second gallery of photos of the Star Wars cosplay I have shot in the past year. Yesterday was shots of alternate takes on Star Wars characters, and today we have people […]

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Cosplay & Style

Star Wars Cosplay In 2015, Part 1 of 2

Posted December 15, 2015 by Rodney Brown

With opening day for Star Wars: The Force Awakens just two days away, I thought it would be fun to look back at the Star Wars cosplay I have shot in the past year. As it turns out, searching for them was a tall order, not because they were so few, but just the opposite […]

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Tech & Games

Danielle Cosplay On Making And Cosplaying Squall

Posted December 14, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Recently we joined cosplayer Danielle Beaulieu at GiveWave Studios in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, for a photo shoot, interview and video of her as a gender bent version of the Final Fantasy VIII character Squall. GiveWave Studios was an excellent choice as it was central to everyone involved, and is based in a maker’s stdio collective, with […]

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