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Lando Zion

Chatting with the iconic Billy Dee Williams, coming to Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Apr 15,2014 - This week sees Salt Lake Comic Con once again invade the city’s downtown area. With tens of thousands of tickets sold for the new FanX event, it’s on track to be the biggest convention Salt Lake City has ever seen. And for those of us who are less interested in Olympic sports or organized religion, FanX will be the most exciting event to happen for geeks in Salt Lake City in … well, ever.

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Killer Material

There’s a unique story in—and behind—Larime Taylor’s A Voice in the Dark

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Apr 1,2014 - I like to think it’s my job when writing this column to point you toward comic books and other nerdery that you might otherwise never hear about. The Image Comics series A Voice in the Dark qualifies as a well-executed curiosity

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Guardians of the Galaxy Primer

What to read so you'll be ready for Guardians of the Galaxy this summer

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Mar 18,2014 - Now that the first trailer has come out for Marvel’s summer film version of Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m getting asked quite often what it’s all about, and how in the world it ties into the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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To Be Continued

Live-action superheroes work best taking a page from comics’ cliffhangers

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Mar 4,2014 - If you’ve been awake at all in the past decade, it should come as no surprise that comic books are being adapted left and right, into every sort of medium you can imagine. They’ve had cartoons locked down for decades, the biggest recent summer movies are all comic properties, and a growing crop of television shows are showing a lot of spandex and capes.

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Striking a Balance

It’s worth the effort to fit geeky passions into “real life”

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Feb 11,2014 - Being a geek is a full-time job. There are so many comics to read, movies to see, shows to watch and games to play that you could spend every moment of available time consuming it all. For creative geeks, it’s even worse; you have to spend time making your own stories as well. And most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to do that for our day job; we need to find the spare time to fit in being a geek.

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The Future of Fantasy

Looking back to wonder what we’ll think about golden age movies years from now

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Jan 28,2014 - I recently watched the 1981 fantasy classic Dragonslayer for the first time. It was certainly a product of its time: charming, barely sophisticated, and the special effects were the cutting edge from a bygone era. Disney released it, and Phil Tippett—the genius behind the go-motion special effects in the Star Wars films—brought a dragon to life onscreen in a way no one had ever seen.

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Indie Comics at the Movies

Beyond big-budget spectacles are stories you may not know were inspired by comics

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Jan 14,2014 - The annual arrival of the Sundance Film Festival is a constant reminder of the “indie spirit.” At its best, the festival functions as a showcase for talented young filmmakers who have sacrificed blood, sweat and tears for their art. And it can also be—when you’re looking at it more cynically—a place for big Hollywood distributors to drop their medium-budget art-house and Oscar fare on an audience willing to pay a premium to stand in the cold and see the films first.

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Don't Feed the Trolls

A geeky resolution to stop with the frothing

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Dec 30,2013 - Last year, in the realm of geek, I suggested you start a hold at your local comic-book store, play more board games and read classic geek books that you’d never read before. Those are all still important things you should think about, but this year, I think there’s something you can do to make your geek life and the geek lives of others a lot better.

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A Decade of Battlestar Galactica

Re-visit the landmark TV series as it celebrates 10 years

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Dec 17,2013 - It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the first episode of the revamped Battlestar Galactica aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as Syfy).

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Geeky Gifting

Find some special ideas for the pop-culture fanatic in your life

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Dec 3,2013 - It’s holiday time again, and you’re probably looking to buy something for the geek in your life. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be looking at this column for help. But have no fear: There’s something for everyone.
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