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CPAC 2016 Photos By Cantera Image

Posted April 28, 2016 by Rodney Brown

We will take a break from the craziness that is PAX East to stop by one of the other nerd events going on that same weekend, the Castle Point Anime Convention, held at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, right across the Hudson from Manhattan. Manny of Cantera Image hit CPAC for us, gathering […]

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Three Tips On How DC Can Improve Its Planned Movies

Posted April 25, 2016 by Thomas Riccardi

In December of 2007 I went to the movies with my roommate to see I Am Legend. I still remember the opening scene and the movie poster of the Superman logo in the Batman symbol. I lost my mind. I was like “we are really going to be getting a Superman Vs. Batman movie?! Awesome!” […]

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‘Jungle Book’ Does Justice To Disney Animated Classic

Posted April 15, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Disney pulls off several neat tricks in the most recent adaptation of The Jungle Book. It combines several parts of Rudyard Kipling’s original stories into a cohesive story. It pays homage to the feel of the classic 1967 animated movie, while updating it for a 2016 audience. It’s fun, emotional, and absolutely gorgeous. Violence is […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Gallery By Myratheon Cosplay

Posted April 14, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The last cosplay gallery of hall shots taken at Anime Boston 2016 comes from our new team member Myratheon Cosplay, in her newest role as cosplay photographer (in addition to cosplayer and commission costumer). While I was working our table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. Maya was out shooting cosplayers including Moonie Warrior Cosplay, Araikin […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Gallery By Crash: The Photos

Posted April 12, 2016 by Rodney Brown

We now have the cosplay gallery of hall shots at taken various locations around Anime Boston by our team member  Crash: The Photos. Among those locations is our table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. Here you can find cosplayers including Sparrow’s Song Entertainment. Chocobutt, Brandon the Shapeshifter, and Dancing Fool Cosplay, among others. […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery Sunday, Part 2

Posted April 10, 2016 by Rodney Brown

We come to the last of two galleries from Sunday at Anime Boston 2016 of amazing cosplayers taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. This is the last gallery shot (mostly) by FirstPerson Shooter. We will, however, have galleries from other photographers who were taking hall shots at various […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery Sunday, Part 1

Posted April 8, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Here’s the first of a pair of galleries from Sunday at Anime Boston 2016 of amazing cosplayers taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. We will have galleries from other photographers who were taking hall shots at various locations around the convention, including Myratheon Cosplay and Crash: The Photos. Among […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery Saturday, Part 4

Posted April 6, 2016 by Rodney Brown

We’ve reached the end of our Saturday photo galleries taken at Anime Boston 2016. There will be a pair of galleries from Sunday of amazing cosplayers taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. And we will have galleries from other photographers who were taking hall shots at various locations around […]

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DMC Presents: ‘The Fix’ Will Have You In Fits

Posted April 5, 2016 by Chris Proulx

This is a good week to visit your friendly neighborhood comic shop, because there are just so many good titles out this week! Coming home with my stack of comics it was tough choosing which ones to read first and which one to review for the column. Do I choose the amazing Black Panther #1 […]

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New ‘Doctor Who’ Comic Captures Baker’s Four With Flair

Posted April 5, 2016 by Elizabeth Trinket

DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR #1 Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby Artist: Brian Williamson Publisher: Titan Comics FC – 32pp – $3.99 Let us start with a very simply concept: a Whovian. According to Urban Dictionary, a Whovian is a fan of the sci-fi show Doctor Who who has “knowledge which stems from their […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 3

Posted April 5, 2016 by Rodney Brown

We are up to the third gallery of four from  Anime Boston 2016, taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. Cosplayers you can find in the gallery include Lilith Astaroth, Chocobutt, Andy Hex Cosplay, Peachyichii Cosplay, MicroKitty Cosplay, Lucky Grim Creative, Brandon the Shapeshifter, Madam […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 2

Posted April 4, 2016 by Rodney Brown

This is the second of our Saturday photo galleries taken at Anime Boston 2016, taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. Among the cosplayers in this set include Ember Jay Cosplay, Seven Suns Cosplay, Claire Bear Cosplay, Glitch Cos, Man of Bluesteel, MizukiUsagi Cosplays, MicroKitty Cosplay, Moniqa Lefevre, […]

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Five Spring 2016 Anime Shows Worth Watching

Posted April 4, 2016 by Thomas Riccardi

When people think of springtime, thoughts usually turn to baseball, warmer weather and the Easter holiday. In Japan, however, it is the beginning of the new anime season as there are a lot of titles that are being released in this month of April. But out of all the series being released what are the […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 1

Posted April 3, 2016 by Rodney Brown

We start our Saturday photo galleries taken at Anime Boston 2016 with the first of four. There will be many more shots from both Saturday and Sunday of amazing cosplayers taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. In this gallery you can find cosplayers like Anastasia […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Friday Part 3

Posted April 1, 2016 by Rodney Brown

This is the third of three galleries from the first of three days at Anime Boston 2016. So you can expect way more shots of amazing cosplayers taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. Cosplayers in this gallery include Lilith Astaroth, AkaneSaotome Cosplay, Sidekicker Cosplay, Human […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Friday Part 2

Posted March 31, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Our second of buttloads of galleries from Anime Boston 2016 continues with shots of amazing cosplayers taken at our con row table at which we were promoting our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. In this gallery you can find such cosplayers as Mini Mal Cosplay, Danielle Beaulieu, Dollilicious, Neocoolstar Cosplay, Cosplay Dad, FergyK, Moniqa Lefevre, […]

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Bonnie The Bunny Asks About Easter At Anime Boston!

Posted March 31, 2016 by E. Ortiz

KIA Cosplay is Bonnie The Bunny of Five Nights at Freddy’s, talking to cosplayers at Anime Boston 2016 about how they would spend Easter at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. The answers range from the frightened (Armin Alert), the aggressive (Alex Mercer), the inspirational (Bernie Sanders) and everywhere in between.    

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‘Final Fantasy XV’ Marketing Explodes: Demo, Anime Launch

Posted March 31, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Late yesterday, at an event in Los Angeles, Square Enix announced that both a downloadable demo and a new five-episode anime series were launching to promote the Sept. 30, 2016, release of the game Final Fantasy XV. The first episode of the series premiered here in the US on Crunchyroll last night. According to the […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Friday Part 1

Posted March 30, 2016 by Rodney Brown

This year again we had  table in Con Row at Anime Boston to promote our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. We gave out a pile of flyers, sold some discounted tickets, and boy did we ever take a ton of pictures. The galleries will likely be parsed out over more than a week, since […]

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DMC Presents: 75th Anniversary Issue Touts A Trio of Caps

Posted March 30, 2016 by Chris Proulx

2016 year is a big year for Captain America. Not only is he squaring off against Iron Man and his fellow Avengers on the big screen in Captain America: Civil War but he also reaches a major milestone — 75 years since he first burst onto the scene by punching Hitler in the jaw! So […]

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‘Batman V Superman:’ Who Really Won?

Posted March 29, 2016 by Johnny Daggers

A year ago I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend to see a screening of the Batman V Superman trailer in IMAX. In addition to an additional 5 second scene of Batman and Superman charging at each other, we were given 2 posters, and tickets for a free pre-screening. Making the drive […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Adds Security, Confusion

Posted March 28, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Anime Boston was one of the very first new cons I attended in my early convention life, way back in 2012. It was my first time in the Boston area and as a newbie I found the con enjoyable since I was with friends and got a thrill out of the cosplays I saw. It […]

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‘Batman V Superman’ Dawn Of Clumsy

Posted March 24, 2016 by Rodney Brown

I wish there was a different word that applied to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the film is as clumsy as the title. Clumsy (OK at times plain bad) writing, clumsy directing and clumsy editing. Not that there aren’t enjoyable — in some cases outstanding — moments in the film, but overall it […]

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DMC Presents: ‘Birthright’ Blends Heroic Fantasy And Horror

Posted March 23, 2016 by Chris Proulx

When young Mikey Rhodes disappeared in the woods while out with his father and brother the worst was assumed. No body was found, there were no clues pointing to the boy’s whereabouts and the blame was placed on his father. Mikey’s disappearance tore the family apart. The family’s shock over their missing son turns to […]

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‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Stronger Than The First

Posted March 20, 2016 by Rodney Brown

There seems to be a fairly vocal contingent that disagrees with my headline, so below I will attempt to explain why I think the second season of the Netflix series Daredevil is better than the first (itself an amazing season) — and do it without spoilers. That will be a challenge, but if something has […]

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Why You Should Love ‘I Hate Fairyland’

Posted March 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Trinket

Ever wonder what Alice would have been like if she never left Wonderland? How about Dorothy and Oz? Or better yet — ever wonder what would happen if Deadpool got dropped into Candyland? Well, look no further, all your inquiries and questions can be answered right here in I Hate Fairyland. The first page of this […]

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‘Kizumonogatari’ Is A Good Vampire Film, Odd Even For Anime

Posted March 17, 2016 by Lauren Grant

  Who doesn’t like a good ‘ol vampire story? I’m not talking about the sparkly kind either. Well, pair vampire tales with anime that is so stereotypically anime that it puts itself in a totally different category and you have the movie Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu. I knew going into this film that I was […]

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‘Batman V Superman’ Pre-Screening Ticket Giveaway!

Posted March 15, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Who wants to go to an advance screening of “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”?! We have 20 pairs of passes EACH for a show at EITHER AMC Loews Boston Common on Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm OR AMC Plainville 20 in Connecticut on Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm! Answer the question on the Facebook […]

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John Scalzi Talks TV Adaptations, Favorite Authors And ‘Whatever’

Posted March 14, 2016 by E. Ortiz

This January at the science fiction and fantasy convention Arisia in Boston, we had the chance to interview one of the hottest authors in sci-fi of the past decade, John Scalzi. Scalzi, author of books like Redshirts and the Old Man’s War series among others, was the author guest of honor at the convention. Our […]

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Queen City Kamikaze Cosplay Gallery

Posted March 13, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Every year a high school in Manchester, NH hosts a small but well-loved anime convention called Queen City Kamikaze. The name comes from the historical tag of Manchester as the “Queen City” of New Hampshire — I’m not sure what then is the “King City.” The one day con had a small crowd in attendance, […]

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Anime Matsuri Gallery By DivineMaiden – Part 2

Posted March 7, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The popular convention Anime Matsuri was held in Houston recently, and we managed to get the area cosplay photographer DivineMaiden to share her shots of the wonderful cosplayers with us. Here we have the second of her two galleries, and you can go here for the first gallery. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, […]

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DMC Presents: ‘Avengers Standoff’ All About Action, Consequences

Posted March 2, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Throughout the years law enforcement in the Marvel Universe has struggled with what to do with captured super villains. They can’t put them in prison with non-powered criminals. They have tried locking them up in maximum security prisons like The Vault and The Raft but sooner or later they always break out and things go […]

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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Cyborg

Posted February 27, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Booyah! One my favorite superheroes is one of the founding members of the Teen Titans as well as a founding member of the New 52 Justice League, Victor Stone a.k.a Cyborg. Honestly he’s been a favorite of mine from the early days of the Teen Titans cartoon. He was my favorite of the Titans next […]

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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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DMC Presents: After War, A Rebirth, Maybe Long-Planned

Posted February 23, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Last week DC Comics revealed plans for a Rebirth of their universe following sagging sales of the New 52 line. While few details are known about the Rebirth of the DC Universe, architects are stating it’s not a reboot or relaunch of the line. Right now all that is known is there is a Rebirth […]

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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Black Panther

Posted February 22, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

For everyone and their mothers who have already seen the Captain America: Civil War trailer and is wondering “Who is the guy in the Black Cat-looking costume?” I am here to tell exactly who this character is and why his inclusion is so amazing. That character is the Black Panther, T’Challa, king of the highly […]

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DC Reboots … Err, Reveals Details of ‘Rebirth’ Fix for ‘New 52’

Posted February 20, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Months ago, DC teased that it would launch in 2016 “Rebirth,” a crossover event that would affect all ongoing series, driven by the actions of The Flash … but tried to make it clear that it wasn’t a reboot like the crossover “Flashpoint” — a crossover event that would affect all ongoing series, driven by the […]

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‘Deadpool’ Is Not Just Fun, But Maybe Prophetic

Posted February 13, 2016 by Rodney Brown

In case you don’t want to read more than the teaser, let me say Deadpool is the most enjoyable comic book movie I have ever seen. That doesn’t mean it is the best, however. That still would be, for me, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Part of the reason why Deadpool doesn’t reach that level […]

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‘Deadpool’ Is Crazy Good – And Crazy

Posted February 12, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Deadpool is insane — both the character and the movie, and I mean that in the best possible way! First appearing in Marvel’s New Mutants #98 back in 1991, Deadpool aka Wade Wilson, was just one of a handful of new characters introduced by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza at the tail end […]

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DMC Presents: ‘Last Sons Of America’ A Great Adoption Thriller

Posted February 10, 2016 by Chris Proulx

So there’s a problem in comics right now. There are too many good books out there and sometimes smaller books can get lost in the shuffle. One publisher that is putting out some really good stuff is BOOM! Studios. Last year BOOM! decided to cut back on the number of titles they were publishing to […]

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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Hobie Brown (The Prowler)

Posted February 7, 2016 by Rodney Brown

While he didn’t start out as technically a hero, I have always been a big fan of Hobie Brown, The Prowler, and not because we share the same last name. No, I credit The Prowler with helping keep me from my otherwise inevitable transition into a racist redneck. OK, some explanation is clearly required. I […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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