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Geek Reading

Literary treasures for nerds

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Feb 1,2012 - Geeks don’t just play video games, read comic books and watch stuff. We read books, too. Real books.

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Indie Comics

Terrific stories from smaller publishers

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Jan 26,2012 - With the Sundance Film Festival in full swing, the independent spirit is at the forefront of a lot of minds. More often than not, it’s hard to make it as an independent artist, be it as a filmmaker, writer or artist in any medium.

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Geeking on Board Games

Gather 'round the table for in-person fun

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Jan 17,2012 - I’m going to go out on a limb here and proclaim 2012 the year of the board game. If nothing else, it will be my year of the board game.

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Fighting the Pirates

Comic-book industry vs. illegal digital downloading

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Jan 10,2012 - If there’s one thing I don’t understand, it’s people pirating art they love. I love comic books, and I know how few comic books are sold ...

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Geek Pilgrimage

Visiting NorCal's sci-fi haven

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Jan 3,2012 - Northern California’s Bay Area is home to a lot of very cool things: Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower. But for a Star Wars geek with a few connections, there is no greater pilgrimage than to the facilities where the magic happens.

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John Carter

New sci-fi adventure may blow your mind

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Dec 22,2011 - Some of you might have been to the theater and seen a poster for a movie called John Carter. Some of you might have even seen the trailer and saw the Disney logo in front of it.

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Comics for Young Geeks

Gifts that promote reading, geekdom

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Dec 14,2011 - I think it’s important for us to pass on this legacy of geekdom to the next generation, and what better way to do it than to give these kids graphic novels and comics for Christmas.

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The People vs. George Lucas

Don't hate me 'cause I like stuff

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Dec 6,2011 - More passionate than those offended by the Indiana Jones franchise is that vicious, overly vocal minority of Star Wars fans who absolutely detest any bit of Star Wars that came out after 1997. From the special editions to the prequels, sure, George Lucas has made a couple of missteps, but the level of vitriol coming from some fans is astonishing.

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MST3K Must Die

Movie talkers: Learn some manners

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Nov 28,2011 - Mystery Science Theatre 3000 might have been the worst thing that ever happened to the movie-going experience.

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Deep Sci-Fi

Allegorical stories show us our better selves

By Bryan Young
POSTED // Nov 15,2011 - Science-fiction has long been a fertile ground for the imagination—not just for what life would be like in the future, though. At its best, the science-fiction genre holds up a distorted mirror of our present, allowing us to learn hard lessons about society and the world in a much more palatable way.
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