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Week of Geek: Everyone’s Favorite Teenage Witch

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Hi Geeklings!  Everyone enjoying their August so far?  Ready for summer to be over or wishing it would never end?

Well, I’ve got one thing that might get you excited for the fall (you know, aside from Halloween and Pumpkin Spice and colorful leaves and everything that makes fall my favorite season).  Netflix is creating a new Archie series (after the hit show Riverdale) and this time their focus is on Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.  But it’s not going to be the groovy Sabrina that comic readers were first introduced to 1960s.  This isn’t even the bubbly family-friendly Sabrina that aired in the late 90s and early oughts on ABC.  Nope, we’re getting spooky for this incarnation.  Like REALLY spooky.  She is a witch, after all.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based off of the comic series of the same name.  (Before I go any further I want to mention that Comixology currently rates The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as 15+ only, meaning only teens 15 and up should read it.  We have it cataloged under Adult Comics.  I’ve read it, and it is not for everyone so proceed with caution.)  The comic was released under the Archie Horror line, after Afterlife with Archie became a hit (another series that featured Sabrina).

Archie Horror has now expanded to include Afterlife, Sabrina, Jughead: The Hunger and Vampironica.

Their horror take on Sabrina is set mostly in the 1960s and at first the set up seems pretty par for the course, at least for Sabrina Spellman; our heroine is a teen in high school living with her Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda, her talking black cat Salem and her cousin from England, Abrose.  She’s trying out for the school play, dating her dream boy Harvey and is trying to balance regular teen stuff with the fact that she and her family are witches.  Where it diverges from previous incarnations is that Sabrina and her family are not regular, good people who happen to be magic.  They’re the scary type of witches.  Satan-worshiping witches.  And as a half-mortal Sabrina must choose to follow her family into the church of night and become a full-fledged witch or renounce her heritage and live as a mortal.  Oh, and a terrifying undead witch named Madam Satan who has a serious grudge against Sabrina’s father is also out to make her life miserable.  Things are going to get… dark.

After Riverdale did so well on Netflix they decided to expand their teens-in-comics-in-dramatic-situations catalogue and green-lit The Chilling Adventures of SabrinaRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics and the executive-producer for Riverdale will also produce Sabrina.  That seems like a good thing, as he also wrote the comic it’s based on, as well as several others (he’s a busy dude, it seems).

I just have one question… are we getting a talking, smarmy Salem?

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Well, we are getting a Salem!  Whether he speaks remains to be seen.  Considering how the puppet-version of him was one of the goofy highlights of the 90s live-action series I hope we get some version of him here.

So what do we think Geeklings?  We have to wait until just before Halloween to watch, but will you make it part of your Halloween festivities this year?  (I know I will!)  More excited for more Riverdale?  Hope there’ll be a crossover?  Or so over teenage witches?  Post in the comments or over on WriteIt.

Have a great week, keep up those challenges for the Teen Challenge, don’t forget to register for the End of Summer Party, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: 2017’s Big Moments

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’re your holidays going?  I hope they include lots of food and good times.

So 2017 is almost over.  The year of Fidget Spinners, of wrong films winning Best Picture, solar eclipses, Szechuan Sauce and Last Jedi.  It’s been quite a year for pop culture and nerdy stuff, and as we start looking towards 2018, let’s recap some of the big entertainment moments from the last 12 months…

Envelope mix up at the Oscars – Proof that even with the most careful planning anything can happen on live television, the wrong name was given as the winner of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards  Everyone from La La Land was already on the stage celebrating and thanking everyone when it was revealed that a mix up had occurred and that Moonlight had actually won.  Awkwardness on a worldwide scale.

Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial – Tone deaf and vain, this infamous attempt to merge protest marches with soft drinks quickly got shot down by social media and the public in general.  Lessons learned all around.

13 Reasons Why – This Netflix series based on the YA novel of the same name by Jay Asher raised a lot of questions and concerns with viewers and their parents, mainly asking if the show ended up glorifying suicide.  It sparked a lot of discussion, and became one of the most talked about YA shows of the year.

Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo – This last October Hollywood Big Wig Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, and it began an online movement and a complete overhaul of how we look at people in power, not just in Hollywood but in the world at large, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.

Wonder Woman – One of the most successful films of any genre this year, Wonder Woman’s first solo live action film was a hit with critics and fans alike, and had the box office numbers to prove it.  It was proof positive that a woman could helm a hero story, both in front of and behind the camera

Another Great Year for Superheroes – The superhero trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  With great films like Wonder Woman, Logan (gotta be 18 to see that one, head’s up), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, we had plenty of reasons to geek out this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Another series based on a book, this dystopian tale of women as 2nd class citizens became very timely in 2017 after #MeToo, the Women’s Marches and the election of Donald Trump.  Life imitating art or vice versa?

Royal Engagement and a 3rd Royal Baby – If you’re fans of the British Royal Family at all, there were two bits of good news this year.  Duchess Kate is expecting her and Prince William’s third child, and Prince Harry announced his engagement to Megan Markle.  Expect wedding bells this May and the new prince or princess this April.

Riverdale – One of the most talked about shows this year, Riverdale premiered back in January, and it’s 2nd season premiered just this last October.  A dramatic take on the classic Archie characters, this mystery has proven popular with teens and almost everyone else.

The Disney/Fox Merger – This only happened this last month, but it was still a HUGE game changer.  Now that Disney pretty much owns Fox it’s led to a ton of speculation from fans.  What does this mean?  How will everything look a few years from now?  Will the Avengers and the X-Men finally be in the same movie?  Not to mention a new reality we all have to embrace, like the fact that Disney now owns properties like The Simpsons or American Horror Story or even Rocky Horror.  WHAT?!

Babadook and Pennywise dating – What started as a mix-up on Netflix turned into a Twitter joke that was fully embraced by the LGBTQ community.  And after It became a hit this last fall it was time for the ultimate ship.

So there’s just a few in a very busy year.  Anything I left out?  Post away in the comments below or write up your own year-end reviews on the WriteIt site.

Have a happy new year Geeklings!  Hope it’s fun, safe and reflective.  See you in 2018 and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Hogwarts, UA and other favorite fictional schools

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Hiya Geeklings!  Did you miss me?  I was up to my eyebrows in fandom pandemonium this last weekend *happy sigh*  Good times.

So, back to school.  Yay?  It is September, and along with the obligatory Pumpkin Spice shenanigans and pretty leaves, many people head back for a new school year this week.  And while school IRL can be a little… unexciting at times, there are many fictional, fantastical high schools in our favorite fandoms that many of us would genuinely look forward to going back to each September.  Here are few that come to mind…

Hogwarts: Of course this is on the list!  Harry Potter and friends spend several years over 7 books (and 8 films) in England’s seminal school for witches and wizards, learning all the spells and potions they need to take down dark lords.  Filled with ghosts, moving staircases and too many secrets to count, Hogwarts is ancient, mysterious and a true home to our heroes.

Starfleet Academy: The galaxy can be a dangerous place, what with unexplored locations, possibly hostile new species and many moral quandaries.  The men, women and everyone else who attend Starfleet Academy in San Francisco become as prepared as possible to face the final frontier head on.

UA High School: The #1 school for teens with superpowers, or ‘quirks’, to learn to become heroes.

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters: The other #1 school for teens with superpowers, specifically mutations that grant them said powers.  Where mutants are feared, hated and persecuted, the Xavier mansion proves not only a school to launch the next generations of X-Men but a safe-haven where different, outcast kids can be themselves.

Mystic Falls High School and Sunnydale High School: If you like your high school experiences with a side dish of vampires, try these two fine institutions.

Riverdale High School:  No matter which incarnation of Archie Andrews you like, there’s no question that Riverdale High is just as much a character in the story as any of its students.

Alola Pokemon School: For a library system with it’s own Pokemon League, I would be remiss to leave this fine school off the list.

Any schools you really love to visit in your imaginations?  Post away in the comments section!

BTW, did you know VPL is hosting it’s own sci fi/comic con next month?  Just gonna leave this link here and tell you to stay tuned for more news to come! *wink*  Also gotta give a shout out to the Teen Writer’s Club!  More details will be posted right here soon but for anyone who loves to write, or wants to get into writing, it’s a spot for you.  Check out my previous post on the subject of writing and sharpen those pencils!  (Or, you know, open your laptop and launch Microsoft Office or whatever.  21st century!)

Have a great start to the school year, stay tuned for more news, and until next time, End of Line.