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Week of Geek: Month of the Macabre, Part 4

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Hi again Geeklings!  Halloween is a week away!  Can you taste all that candy yet?  Got some great costume ideas and some fun times ahead?  I certainly hope so!  I know I’ll be trying by best to creep out our library patrons that day.

So far these last few weeks we’ve covered scary novels, scary comics and scary movies that teens can indulge in.  But what if a movie just isn’t long enough to get properly creeped out?  Luckily, we have TV shows that cover all sorts of spooky subjects, from zombies to vampires to werewolves to slashers to ghosts to headless horsemen to the Upside Down.  So grab some of these and prepare for an epic Halloween bingewatch.

Image result for supernatural season 1 Supernatural – This show is currently airing it’s 14th season.  14th season!  It premiered all the way back in September of 2005, and through it’s entire run the show has focused primarily on the two Winchester brothers, Dean and Sam.  When we first meet them we learn quickly they are not usual new adults; they were raised by their single father after their mother was killed by supernatural forces, and they were raised as ‘Hunters’, meaning their sole mission is to travel the country and take down the scariest creatures, ghouls and ghosts out there.  Over the years the boys have loved and lost, and have found new enemies and allies, particularly an angel named Castiel.  There’s a rich mythology and many near-misses for the whole world.  If the entire run seems a little daunting to watch just start with the first season to get a taste.  (BTW, in Season 13 there’s a crossover episode with Scooby-Doo.  I kid you not.  And it’s great.)

Image result for buffy the vampire slayer season 1 Buffy the Vampire Slayer – “Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampiresdemons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer.”  So this iconic 90s show begins, and it just builds from there.  Buffy Summers wants to be a normal high school student in Sunnydale, California, but there’s a slight hitch.  She’s the latest Slayer and her town is built on a mouth to hell.  7 seasons, several apocalypses, a few love interests, a few ground breaking episodes and characters and a whole lot of scary later, Buffy remains the pivotal slayer, and while some aspects of the show haven’t aged as well as we’d like, she still remains one of the strongest female characters ever put to screen.  Come for the scares, stay for the character development and witty dialogue.

Image result for teen wolf season 1 Teen Wolf – A much more serious revamp of a campy 80s movie, MTV’s Teen Wolf made werewolves a thing again.  Scott McCall is an ordinary guy in high school, hanging out with his best friend Stiles and trying out for the lacrosse team.  Typical stuff… except the night before his sophomore year he ends up getting bit by a werewolf.  We all know what happens now.  Every full moon becomes problematic, and the rest of the time may not be much fun either.  Scott therefore has to learn how to control his power and how to balance all of this with his life at school.  Throw in werewolf infighting, budding romance with massive complications,  werewolf hunters and a whole lot of teen strife, you’ve got yourself a TV show.  Just maybe don’t go walking during a full moon.

Image result for scream queens season 1 Scream Queens – Created by Ryan Murphy, the same guy who brought us Glee and American Horror Story, Scream Queens is big on scares but also laughs and camp.  The first season focuses on the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority (typically made up of catty mean girls), which was involved in a murder and cover up 20 years prior.  Now, someone seems to be out for revenge, dressing as the Red Devil mascot and picking off students one by one.  Some of the sorority members try to solve the mystery while trying to staying alive, and very few people are who they seem to be.  The characters are outrageous, the secrets massive and the slashing abundant.  Plus, Jamie Lee Curtis, one of the original Scream Queens, is in it, so there’s that too.

Image result for the vampire diaries the complete season 1 The Vampire Diaries – This series has a lot of what you’d want from a spooky show, but also has big dashes of romance and drama mixed in as well.  Here we meet Elena Gilbert, a high school student living in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town with a long supernatural history.  That spookyness comes into Elena’s life full-force when she becomes the object of affection for Stefan Salvatore, who happens to be a 162-year-old vampire.  Things are further complicated when Stefan’s older brother Damon, also a vampire, comes back to town.  Vampire hunters, witches, werewolves and family drama are also thrown in.  The show had a spinoff series, The Originals, and will have another spinoff, Legacies, debuting on TV this week.

Stranger Things, Season 1 Stranger Things – One of the biggest hits on Netflix, Stranger Things has taken the current nostalgia craze and run with it, creating something chilling and clever all it’s own.  Set in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the story kicks off with the disappearance of Will Byers.  While his mom and the other adults of Hawkins try to find him, his three D&D playing best friends, Mike, Dustin and Lucas, end up trying to solve the mystery as well, and the arrival of a mysterious girl with even more mysterious abilities unearths a whole bunch of freaky things that should not have been messed with.  Plus there are some older siblings in high school with their own stuff going on.  Both seasons are on Netflix but we have season one in the library system.

IZombie iZombie – Another CW series, but this one takes on everyone’s favorite shuffling undead people eaters.  Liv had her whole life turned upside down when she was turned into a zombie during a boat party.  Leaving her old life behind she quickly learns that if she doesn’t have a regular diet of brains she’ll turn into a shambling, mindless zombie we tend to see in movies.  How to fix that little problem?  By working at the city morgue, natch.  Liv also soon learns that when she eats the brains of the people she’s autopsied she can inherit some of their personality traits and memories for a while, and she uses that ability to help the local police solve murder cases.  Meanwhile, her boss is helping her try to find a cure.  A serial crime show with zombies thrown in?  So intrigued!

Image result for sleepy hollow season 1 Sleepy Hollow – Gotta give a shout out to this one, seeing as how The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of my all-time favorite stories around Halloween.  I grew up on the Disney special and then watched the heck out of the Tim Burton version.  In this TV series, Ichabod Crane was a spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War, but was killed on the battlefied while fighting a horseman and ultimately beheading him.  Crane is then brought back to life in the 21st century.  After meeting Lt. Abigail Mills, Crane soon learns the now headless Horseman is back as well.  Not only that, he and Abby are the two witnesses from the Book of Revelations and that the Horseman is actually Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  So yes, a man really misplaced in time and a police officer just trying to live her life suddenly have to stop the end of the world.  That premise alone is enough for a watch, but watching Crane try to adapt to the modern era after 232 years is also delightful.

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So there are a few to get you started.  Did I miss any?  Post away in the comments below.

Enjoy the last week before Halloween, and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: Hillywood goes Supernatural yet again

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Hiya Geeklings!  Hope everyone’s staying dry.

I got something fun for you this week.  One of my favorite YouTube fandom parody musical teams, The Hillywood Show (I’ve mentioned them before), released a new video this week.  I’m super stoked not just for the new vid but also because it looks like the Hillywood duo is coming to Fan Expo this year *squeal*  For their latest project they decided to revisit Supernatural, except this time we’re getting retro and busting some ghosts.

It’s the mashup we didn’t know we needed but I’m so glad it exists.

One thing I love about Hillywood’s Supernatural videos is that the actors from Supernatural are totally willing to get involved as well.  Go ahead, count ’em, there’s so many!

And be sure to take a look at their last Hunting video.

That’s all for now Geeklings.  Get ready for Vaughan Fan Con coming in just over a month.  It’s the last week of the Teen Challenge so keep up the awesome work and don’t forget to sign up for the End of Summer Party happening this Saturday night at Pierre Berton.  Have an awesome week and until next time, End of Line.

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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: DC Heroines on the Big and Small Screens

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Hi Geeklings!  Everyone have a good long weekend?

Couple of interesting things over from Warner Bros and DC to report this week.  Looks like Supergirl is getting her own movie.  After the success of Wonder Woman and of the small-screen Supergirl series, it seems Warner Bros is willing to take another chance on the teen superheroine and bring her back to movie theaters (an attempt was made in 1984, but the less said about that the better).  For anyone unfamiliar, Supergirl is Superman’s younger cousin and a hero in her own right.  She has the same powers as her cousin and is known as the Girl of Steel.  Details are super scarce at the moment for a film version, but regardless it’s still exciting news!

While DC’s big feature films are hit and miss, it’s television universe is thriving and growing.  The Supergirl TV series is part of the Arrowverse, a collection of series that began with Arrow and are all interconnected and have frequent crossovers.  It was recently announced at San Diego Comic Con that Batwoman will join the Arrowverse, possibly with her own show.

And she’s also been cast.  Exciting times!

So how to get in on this?  Well, for Supergirl may I recommend…

Superman/Batman Vol. 1Superman/Batman Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb – I LOVE this series, it actually got me back into reading comics in my 20s.  This volume collects the first two storylines, and the 2nd one reintroduces Supergirl after she hadn’t been in the comics in years.  Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all here, as well as Big Barda and villain Darkseid.  Everyone is shocked when Batman discovers the pod carrying Kara Zor-El in Gotham harbor, and now everyone, including Kara, has to decide what must be done, especially when someone as powerful as Darkseid catches wind of her arrival.  The events of that story were also made into an animated movie (I personally preferred the comic, but give both a try).

Supergirl: Being SuperSupergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki – This four-issue stand-alone series took a more YA approach to Supergirl, her origin and her day to day struggles.  Kara Danvers has superpowers and crash landed to earth in a ship, but she’s fine to put all of that aside as she tries to deal with the pressures of high school and hang out with her friends and adoptive parents.  As Kara gears up for her 16th birthday an earthquake in her small town unearths some dark secrets, some misplaced trust and kicks her superpowers into overdrive.  Will she figure everything out or will this be her undoing?  You’ll have to read to find out.

Image result for supergirl blu raySupergirl TV Series – Launched in 2015, this popular CBS/CW series has introduced a new generation to Kara, and it’s popularity has helped convince Warner Bros to give a movie a chance.  In this series Kara Zor-El is sent to earth from a dying Krypton like her cousin Kal-El.  But Kara is 13 years old when she’s sent and was tasked to watch out for her baby cousin.  But when her ship is sent off course and finally arrives on earth decades later Kal is grown up, now named Clark Kent and famous the world over as Superman.  Years later, when Kara is 24 she attempts to launch a superhero career of her own, trying to get out of her cousin’s shadow and to hold a normal life at the same time.  (And yes, Superman does make an appearance in this show, but not until season 2.  Patience.)

Age of AtlantisSupergirl: Age of Atlantis by Jo Whittemore – If you’re digging the TV series and want more, there’s a book series tie in!  In this volume Kara has noticed that a lot of superpowered people are turning up in National City, but if that weren’t enough the Department of Extranormal Operations has caught a sea creature… a humanoid one.  So Kara now has 2 mysteries to sort out; all the superpowers showing up and what drew this individual from the sea to the city.  There’s also a collection of digital comics that tie into the series as well.

You can find the rest of the Arrowverse shows from our collection in this handy list.

As for Batwoman, be sure to read…

Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. WilliamsBatwoman by Greg Rucka – This first volume introduces us to the New 52 version of Kate Kane, showing her backstory and her current work as Batwoman.  Former military, kicked out for being gay, Kate decides to take inspiration from Batman and begin fighting crime herself.  But a new threat comes to Gotham; the Religion of Crime and it’s riddle and storybook loving leader, known only as Alice.  But Alice may have secrets… secrets that tie to Kate and to her family.  It’s a riveting tale and a great introduction to this thoroughly modern hero.

What do we think Geeklings?  Excited?  Meh?  Keep giving us Marvel?  Post away in the comments or on WriteIt.

Have a great week, try to stay dry, keep your eyes peeled for Fan Con news, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Your 2018 SDCC Trailer Round Up

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Hiya Geeklings!

So this past weekend was San Diego Comic Con, and as per usual we got a ton of news coming out of California on some of our favorite fandoms.  So today I thought I’d let them do the talking and post some of the new trailers that you guys might be interested in <3

Movies

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe didn’t have any panels or announcements this year (probably because they’re avoiding spoilers for the last Infinity War film) so that gave DC and Warner Bros a chance to shine.  We got our first trailer for this December’s Aquaman.  We first met the Atlantean royalty in previous films like Batman v Superman and Justice League but now he headlines his own film, and it’s looking pretty epic.

DC also unveiled a trailer for this April’s SHAZAM!.  If you guys aren’t familiar, Shazam is a long-running DC superhero (he used to be called Captain Marvel until Marvel Comics put a stop to that).  His alter ego is Billy Batson, a kid who becomes an adult superhero when he shouts SHAZAM, the name of a wizard who imparts his powers to him and an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, all Greek gods and heroes (comics are weird but wonderful, aren’t they?).

This looks like a lot of fun, which is something the DCEU has not been known for lately.  Aquaman looks like it’s going for a more playful tone too, so hopefully that will continue.  These movies are supposed to be fun after all.

To get caught up check out the previous DCEU films.

Warner Bros also released our latest look at the Wizarding World with a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

I’m torn about this one, as I mentioned in a previous post.  Still looks amazing and I love this franchise and a lot of these characters so much but man, those two big problems are hard to get past.  We’ll have to see.  But, of course, we’ve got a perfect excuse to watch the other Wizarding World films (not like we really needed one)…

And we’ve got some monster movie fun for you with Godzilla: King of the Monsters.  If you’ve been watching Stranger Things you might recognize the star.

TV

The new Doctor is getting ready to make her debut and this new series looks delightful.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back!  This was a big surprise at the Con this year.  Fans of the original series had hoped there’d be more episodes, as the show hadn’t really ended the way it was intended too, but there was no real indication that was happening… until the 10 year anniversary panel and this trailer was screened.  Fans are over the moon!  Plus we have the new show Star Wars: Resistance coming soon as well.  Good times for Star Wars animated series.

Netflix and Dreamworks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender screened a trailer for it’s 7th season and announced that there’ll be some representation in their series by introducing Shiro’s boyfriend Adam.

And we got another look at Netflix’s new Matt Groening series Disenchantment (I’ve already hyped this one up pretty hard, take a look).

Other news

Supergirl announced that it has cast the first transgender superhero on network television.  Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actor, will play Nia Nal, a re-imagined version of Dream Girl, in the shows fourth season.  Awesome!

And Star Wars books.  So many Star Wars booksE.K. Johnston will be returning to the galaxy far far away to pen a stand-alone novel for Padme Amidala, the queen/senator/mother of Luke and Leia that we first met in The Phantom MenaceQueen’s Shadow tells of how Padme transitions from queen to senator and how she and her loyal handmaidens must navigate the metaphorical treacherous waters of the Galactic Senate.  There’ll also be a novel by Claudia Gray about Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi and there will also be a horror comic series called Tales from Vader’s Castle.  LOVE IT!  Read the full list of announced books here.

So that’s all for now.  Anything I missed?  Post away in the comments section.  Keep your eyes peeled for more news about our own Fan Con, coming Sept 29, and until next time, End of Line.