City Weekly - Big Shiny Robot! http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/articles.sec-8504-1-big-shiny-robot_.html <![CDATA[Lando Zion]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[Killer Material]]> By Bryan Young

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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Guardians of the Galaxy Primer]]> By Bryan Young

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. ]]>
<![CDATA[To Be Continued]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[Striking a Balance]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[The Future of Fantasy]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[Indie Comics at the Movies]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[Don't Feed the Trolls]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[A Decade of Battlestar Galactica]]> By Bryan Young

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).]]>
<![CDATA[Geeky Gifting]]> By Bryan Young

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.]]>
<![CDATA[Con-tagious]]> By Bryan Young

By now, you’ve likely heard that Salt Lake Comic Con was so successful this year that the organizers have decided to split the con into two events—the Fan Xperience in April 2014, and a return of the Comic Con in September 2014—with very different flavors.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Board-dom]]> By Bryan Young

It’s been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember to give (and play) board games for the holidays. It turns those dramatic family arguments, discussions of politics and general disrespect into disputes over interpreting game rules. And let’s be honest: It’s way more fun to have an argument over a board game than the politics of your crazy conservative uncle.]]>
<![CDATA[Fan Rage]]> By Bryan Young

I understand the compulsion in geeky fans to work their hardest to take complete ownership of the things they love.]]>
<![CDATA[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]> By Bryan Young

Marvel Studios is about a month into its first television show tied to the incredibly popular big-screen Marvel Universe.]]>
<![CDATA[Geeky Kickstarters]]> By Bryan Young

I’m online so much for work that I just naturally assume that everyone has heard of Kickstarter. But the more I talk to people, the more I realize how many aren’t quite sure what it is, what it does or how it works.]]>
<![CDATA[New Comics to Check Out]]> By Bryan Young

Every once in a while, I break out of the routine of pontificating about issues central to the geek life and actually get to reading comics. It’s a grueling task, but someone has to do it.]]>
<![CDATA[Accepting All Geeks]]> By Bryan Young

Maybe things have changed significantly since my formative years, but the thing that defined me as a geek as I was growing up was my unyielding passion for things no one else cared about. ]]>
<![CDATA[Star Wars vs. Star Trek]]> By Bryan Young

More and more these days, it seems as though we’re asked to take sides on everything, even things that aren’t necessarily opposite in nature. Marvel versus DC. Comics versus comic-book movies. Superman versus Batman. ]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Comic-Con Report]]> By Bryan Young

Another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, with all of the stress and crowds that implies. I was there, in person, seeing all the things so you didn’t have to. Before I left, I felt as thoug]]>
<![CDATA[Comic-Con: It's All Too Much]]> By Bryan Young

The boiling heat of summer signifies the passing of another year and that it’s time again for the San Diego Comic-Con. Held annually in San Diego since 1970, Comic-Con has long been a bright and shining beacon, calling comic book nerds from around the world to its hallways and conference rooms.]]>