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Week of Geek Holiday Edition: What’s Coming Up in 2018 Part 1

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Any big plans for 2018?  Stuff going on in school?  New things to try?  Maybe wrapping up high school?  Stuff?  Yeah, stuff.

One of the things I like best about a new year is the sheer amount of fandom and pop culture projects we now get to look forward to.  Shocking, I know.  From movie adaptations of favorite books to more from Marvel to more Szechuan Sauce and just so much else going down, it’s always fun to speculate when a new year comes around.  What will be great?  What will crash and burn?  For now, we can just get excited.

So let’s squee together at upcoming movies and TV shows.


Black Panther – We first met this iteration of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, but the character has had a long history in Marvel Comics.  This will be the first time he headlines his own film, and from what we’ve seen in the trailers it looks like we’re in for a visually stunning treat.

A Wrinkle in Time – A big screen adaptation of the classic book by Madeleine L’Engle.  Planets, dimensions, huge evil threats and tripiness abound.

Ready Player One: Another film adaptation of a popular book, I would watch this for the pop culture references alone.  But it looks like there’s a great sci fi story and a ton of amazing visual elements too.

New Mutants: One of three entries for Fox’s X-Men film universe coming out this year, this one features a group of mutant teens trapped in a research facility, and it looks like this one is going to amp up the horror element a little bit, not that I’m complaining. (Though now that Disney owns Fox, and by extension the film rights to the X-Men, we’ll have to see if this current status quo will change).

Avengers: Infinity War: I have many thoughts, and will have many thoughts as we get closer to May and beyond.  See current thoughts here and previous films here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Details on this are still slim, but come on!  It’s an origin story for Han Solo!  Of course we’re gonna watch it!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: More dinos!  More Chris Pratt!

Ant-Man and the Wasp:  Sequel to Ant-Man, and in this one, as the title suggests, we’ll finally see the Wasp in action.

Alita: Battle Angel: Apparently this one has been in the works for a long time, and we’ll finally see it come to fruition in 2018.  The big eyes on our main character are already causing a stir, but it is based on a manga series, so it seems to me that big eyes are par for the course.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix: The X-Men film series will take another crack at one of the franchises most famous and pivotal stories.  Here’s hoping it works out a little better.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldMore Newt!  And young Dumbledore!

Mortal Engines: Based on Phillip Reeve’s series of books, featuring mobile cities, social upheaval and steampunk.  Squeal!

There’s a sampling.  Other films to watch out for include Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Venom, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns, a live action version of Mulan and an Aquaman solo film.


Quite a bit of new stuff on the anime front this year, including Attack on Titan Season 3…

… the final season of Fairy Tail, season 2 of One Punch Man and a continuation of the Tokyo Ghoul franchise with Tokyo Ghoul Re.

As for network TV it’s early to call, but a couple of things we can expect is a small screen adaptation of Black Lightning

… and a new series called Krypton, which takes place 200 years before Superman and features some of his ancestors.

There’s a lot right there, and honestly there was just too much good stuff to put in one post.  So… stay tuned tomorrow for part 2, when we discuss upcoming YA books.  YAY!

Get excited Geeklings, keep enjoying your time off, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: Holiday Episodes of Favorite Shows

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’s December going?  Still neck-deep in exams and projects?  Hang in there!

To help everyone get back in the holiday spirit, even though time might be a little tight, I thought this week I’d focus on holiday episodes of TV shows, which tend to be about half an hour to an hour.  There are lots of nerdy TV shows that like to indulge in some festive cheer every now and then, so let’s look at some examples…

Rick and MortyAnatomy Park” – From the first season of Cartoon Network’s crass but brilliant Sci Fi animated program.  On Christmas Day Morty discovers his grandfather Rick has created an amusement park inside the body of a man dressed as Santa.  Things do not go well for anyone and it makes for a horrifying but memorable holiday.

Phineas and FerbA Very Perry Christmas” – Phineas and Ferb want to turn their town into a giant Christmas Card to thank Santa Claus for all he’s done, but villain Doofenshmirtz has other ideas, like using a ray gun to turn the town naughty.

Doctor Who Holiday Specials – In what’s become a tradition that’s lasted quite a few years now of a special airing on Christmas Day, the Doctor has had many holiday-themed adventures in time and space.  This year’s episode “Twice Upon a Time” will mark the last appearance of Peter Capaldi before Jodie Whittaker takes over as the first female Doctor…

…but there are lots of adventures to watch in the meantime.  Might I suggest “The Runaway Bride“, “A Christmas Carol” and “The Husbands of River Song“?  There’s a full list here.

The Toy Story That Time Forgot  A great addition to the Toy Story Universe, with a whole lot of dinosaurs.

American DadThe Best Christmas Story Never“, “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever” – The Smith Family’s holidays tend to include time travel and near death experiences.  Not typical but still fun.

SupernaturalA Very Supernatural Christmas” – You wouldn’t think, with all the demons and monsters and whatnot, that Sam and Dean Winchester would have much room for the holidays, but as this touching episode proves there’s always room for some cheer.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Hearth’s Warming Eve“, “Hearthbreakers“, “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” – In the Land of Equestria, they call their holiday season Hearth’s Warming.  “Hearth’s Warming Eve” reveals the roots of the holiday, “Hearthbreakers” show how different families celebrate and “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” is a take on A Christmas Carol.

The Simpsons Holiday Episodes – There’s nearly 30 years of Simpsons episodes to look through, but if you follow those links you’ll find a couple of DVD collections of their holiday escapades.

FuturamaX-Mas Story” “A Tale of Two Santas” – One of the most irreverent takes on the holidays, Futurama introduced the character of Robot Santa, and he is NOT someone you want to come across on Xmas Eve.  Every resident of 31st Century New New York knows to be indoors before sundown the night before Xmas (that is the official name of the holiday by then, pronounced ‘Exmas’), but the Planet Express crew may be in for a chaotic holiday regardless in these two episodes.

Adventure TimeHolly Jolly Secrets Parts 1 and 2” – One holiday season in the Land of Ooo, Finn and Jake stumble across some VHS tapes, which they discover is a video diary of the Ice King.  Upon watching the tapes (which the King attempts to recover) they discover some long-hidden secrets about the King’s past.

Bob’s Burgers, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins“, “Christmas in the Car“, “Father of the Bob” – The holidays are a big deal in the Belcher household, but often times thing go hilariously awry, from an unexpected guest to a Christmas Eve quest to find a new tree to some family drama.  Watch as they find the holiday cheer amidst the madness.

So there’s a smattering to get you going.  Anything super cool I missed?  Post away in the comments section or share your own holiday thoughts on WriteIt.

Stay tuned for more holiday fun, don’t forget about our Study Hall hours if you need a place to cram, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Halloween with Clowns, Classics and Cartoons…

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Hi again Geeklings!

First thing’s first; a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for our first ever Vaughan Fan Con.  There were some amazing cosplays and a whole lot of enthusiasm.  We had a great day last Saturday, and that was in no small part due to everyone who came, so THANK YOU!

Now, we’re about a week away from one of my all-time favorite holidays.  Yup, Halloween is nearly upon us.  *happy noises*  I love everything about this holiday.  The costumes.  The spookiness.  The fall weather.  The excuse to binge as much horror entertainment as possible.  All the pumpkin-related food.  All the candy.  That shivery, orange, red, yellow, fiery, spicy feeling that comes with it.  That sense that you’re continuing something ancient, something ironic (laughing in the face of our inevitable demise) and something awesome.  So much love!

I’ve written before on the Fandom of Horror.  This year I thought I’d bring up some new Pop Culture experiences I’ve had over this season thus far, to offer my humble suggestions to brighten your Halloween fun.

IT: Clowns are scary.  You know it.  I know it.  Everyone knows it.  There was a whole clown scare last year with people dressing up just to freak other people out.  And yet, we perpetuate this common belief that these heavily painted terrors are perfectly acceptable for kids birthday parties and other benign activities.  STOP THIS CLOWN AGENDA WE KNOW THE TRUTH!

Anyway, one of the biggest things out there brave enough to speak true about the terror of clowns is IT.  Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, there was a recent film adaptation that blew everyone away.  We have in the system one of the first adaptations, a miniseries released in 1990 starring the irreplaceable Tim Curry.  Sure, it looks a little dated by today’s standards but it’s still one of Curry’s most iconic performances and it still brings the scares.  If you weren’t scared of clowns before you will be after this.

Hammer Horror Films: After Universal Studios reigned supreme with their classic monsters, Hammer Films emerged from England with their own take on scary movies.  I watched one of their earliest films the other night and quite enjoyed it, so I’m passing the message on.  We’ve got a collection of their horror films in the system, and be sure to give this iconic version of Dracula starring Christopher Lee a try.  Get ready for shivers.

The Munsters: Switching gears from outright scary to funny with scary overtones, we’re going all the way back to 1960s sitcoms and the creepiest family since The Addams Family.  The Munsters were a typical extended family always up for wacky antics, except they were pretty much all monsters.  Dad Herman was a Frankenstein’s monster-type creature.  Mom Lily was a vampire, as was her father Grandpa Munster.  Lily and Herman’s son, Eddie, was a werewolf.  And then there was niece Marilyn, who was… human.  Totally normal.  One thing about each and every Munster is that they don’t see anything weird about themselves.  They assume everyone lives in haunted mansions and has kids who howl at the moon, which makes for fun misunderstandings.  But the bottom line, they’re quite endearing.  And it’s always fun to see how TV looked back in the day.

(P.S. I’m going as Lily Munster this year for Halloween.  So excited!)

Regular Show: One of Cartoon Network‘s weirder offerings (and that’s saying something), Regular Show is about anthropomorphic creatures who who live together and work at a park.  Despite the main characters being a blue jay and a raccoon, they are your typical slackers, much more interested in playing video games and goofing off.  And getting into misadventures involving zombies, aliens, ghosts, curses and food challenges.  It’s weird but it’s fun, and totally relatable if you’ve been in the workforce for longer than 2 seconds.  And the show goes nuts on it’s Halloween episodes, as the characters gather around and try to outdo themselves with scary stories.  There’s a DVD collection of some of their spookier episodes here.

How about you guys?  What are some things you can recommend for a chilling yet fun Halloween?  Post away or write it out on the WriteIt site.

And since no Halloween season is complete without Disney’s Haunted Mansion, here’s a clip from Disney XD featuring Star and Marco from Star vs the Forces of Evil.  Have fun, be safe, be spooky, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 5, Marvel and DC Throwdown

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Hi again Geeklings!  We’re up to Part 5 of our Fandom Countdown, gearing up for our first Fan Con just a week from Saturday!  Are you getting excited?  I’m getting excited!

This week I thought I’d talk about 2 franchises which are currently battling it out for domination in film theatres across the globe, but before that they’ve been going head to head in comic book stores for decades.  One was the undeniable ground breaker, first publishing their most iconic character all the way back in 1938.  The other, though they only had their first publication the following year, is considered the cooler counterpart, really taking off in the 1960s and 1970s and allowing the political and social upheavals of the day to influence their work.  And now, one has been a clear groundbreaker in creating the practice of a ‘Cinematic Universe’ and the other is working really hard to play catch up… not always succeeding.

Yup, Marvel and DC Comics, and unlike the self-imposed animosity between Star Wars and Star Trek fans, these two guys actually have a legit rivalry going on, and have ever since they’ve existed.

Both companies have gone through name changes, different management and ups and downs as far as sales, but each one has managed to stay relevant through the years, though it’s often been a struggle to adapt to changing times.  But the one thing about these two that I really want to highlight (’cause let’s face it, we’d be here all day if I tried to summarize the full history of both of these franchises) is their Cinematic Universes.

Starting in 2008 (almost 10 years ago, which just dawned on me) with the release of Iron Man, the still new Marvel Studios kicked off a new trend.  They decided to create what we now call a Cinematic Universe, or Shared Universe, where all of their subsequent movies share characters and plot points and all of them culminate into bigger stories.  And they’ve been so successful at this (both with fans and critics) that other movie studios want in on it too, and are rushing to create their own cinematic universes, DC included (Warner Bros is the studio that holds the rights to their characters).  After a couple of false starts, DC and Warner Bros kicked off the DCEU, or DC Extended Universe, with Man of SteelThey’ve still done well financially, but critics and fans alike have responded anywhere from ‘Meh’ to ‘SO ANGRY!’… at least until Wonder Woman came along, and hope was renewed once more with fans.  Ironic considering how long it took to get Wonder Woman on the big screen, with all the ‘Can a woman headline a superhero film?’ nonsense.  So proven now!

This November the two companies go head-to-head once again with Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League.

Has the trend in cinematic universes changed movies for the better or worse?  Will DC be able to pull themselves up dazzling heights?  Time will tell… but for someone like me, it’s plenty captivating to watch.

So I’ve got lists for the MCU, both their movies and their TV shows (which are connected too).

And here’s the DCEU…

And though it’s not tied into their film series, I’m going to include DC’s current crop of interconnected TV shows, commonly known as the Arrowverse, because they’re really good…

Final note; If I can get a little personal here (yup, Aunty Ali’s gettin’ nostalgic!), there was one time when Marvel and DC actually threw down in the comics.  It’s happened, but this time in particular was a moment that stood out for me.  In the spring of 1996, when I was 14 years old, Marvel and DC released a four-part crossover event that I bought religiously from the tiny convenience store a couple blocks from my high school.  The comic series is kind of obscure nowadays, but it’s always stuck with me.  Basically you’ve got two gods of two universes who want to pit their champions against each other, so you end up with a bunch of battles.  We’ve got Batman vs Captain America, Superman vs the Hulk, Wonder Woman vs Storm, Lobo vs Wolverine, Aquaman vs The Sub-Mariner, Flash vs Quicksilver, etc.  It blew my fragile, teenaged, burgeoning fangirl mind!

So where do you stand Geeklings?  Marvel?  DC?  Both?  Post away in the comments section.  To the surprise of probably no one, I like both.  Just like with Star Wars and Star Trek YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!  MY LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS!

Stay tuned for more Fan Con news, don’t forget about Unleash Your Story this Saturday, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 1, Star Trek Wars or Star Wars Treks?

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Hiya Geeklings!  Hope school’s going good so far.  Just gonna leave links for our volunteer programs here and for the Teen Writer’s Club here and Unleash Your Story here.  *wink*

Anyhoo, in just over 6 weeks Vaughan Public Libraries will host it’s first fandom convention we’re calling Vaughan Fan Con, a celebration of things geeky and how all those geeky things just mesh with libraries.  *massive fangirl squeal*

I’m thinking this is a great opportunity for us to spend the next few weeks going over fandoms.  What they are, what they mean, how they’ve impacted the world, etc.

Today, let’s talk about a couple of the big ones.  These two fan groups have often been pitted against each other for nerdy superiority for the last few decades.  But me, being the incurable optimist and peacemaker, I say thee nay!  I LOVE THEM BOTH!  YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!

Of course, I speak of Star Trek and Star Wars.

I think few would argue that any other two Sci Fi franchises have had as much of an impact on the genre as these two have.  Both have had big screen features (click here and here), television shows (here and here), books (here and here), comics (here and here), whole conventions dedicated just to them, etc, etc.  One takes place in our own potential future, where science and reason have won the day.  The other takes place in a galaxy far, far away and uses mystical elements in a classic battle of “good” and “evil”.  I’ve written ad nauseum about both, and you can click on those links to read a little more on each one.  But what I thought I’d talk about today is how they relate to each other, because there is a long and colorful history of Trekkers and Star Wars Fans (who don’t really have a fan name, at least not that I could find; go figure) and how they interact with each other.

For the record, Star Trek came first.  The first episode of the first TV series aired September 8, 1966.  The first Star Wars movie was released May 25, 1977.  And while Trek may have preceded Wars by a full 11 years, it is still endlessly debated over which one has had the bigger influence, which one has more quality over quantity and, frankly, which one is just better.  Debates can get heated, everything is compared (like which space ships are cooler, how the science works or doesn’t in each one, how the weapons stack up, and so on; even grammar), and some fans just cannot be moved on some points.

That’s the thing that always gets me; why it seems to be a completely acceptable thing that the two are not only mutually exclusive but are also adversarial towards each other.  When talking about Trek and Wars there’s almost always a ‘vs’ in there somewhere.  There are so many articles, videos and comments that reflect as such.

Again, I say thee nay!  I would like to submit that they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin.  Science and mysticism.  Pure Sci Fi, and Sci Fi mixed with Fantasy.  Our own potential future, and far off planets and stars.  Logic and passion.  What we can see and measure, and what we can feel.

Plus, they have SO MANY common elements.  Vulcans like logic and aren’t big on emotions.  The Jedi teach being unemotional and that strong emotions lead to the Dark Side.  Both franchises have their brash adventurers, their robots, their heroines, their science types, their wide-eyed noobs, their elegantly tactical villains, their rage buckets, their intergalactic drama.  They even share actors sometimes.

And the most important thing; both have tremendously passionate fans, with their own in-jokes, fan art, conventions, cosplay, websites and love, and boundaries are crossed far more often than anyone wants to admit.  It’s a beautiful thing.

So, a few reading and watching suggestions: There’s a great story in Geektastic about a Star Wars fan (cosplaying as a Jedi) and a Star Trek fan (cosplaying as a Klingon) liking each other ‘that way’, even though each of their friend groups aren’t keep on the other.  It’s full Romeo and Juliet territory.  There’s also a great short story by Rainbow Rowell about a Star Wars fan lining up for The Force Awakens, hoping to have the full waiting-in-line-for-days experience that previous Star Wars fans have had and finding it’s a little different this time around.  And I got lists, because of course I do…

So what do you think Geeklings?  Is one franchise superior?  Are they both awesome?  Post away in the comments or sound off on the Write It! website.

Stay tuned for more news and for more posts on fandoms, and until next time, End of Line.