“Opening the Mother Box: Exploring my relationship with comic books, religion and George Lucas”

marrowAbout a month ago, I was invited to speak at “The Marrow“, an event that takes place at The Whistler in Chicago each month. At this event, storytellers are asked to read an essay that gets to “the marrow” of who they are.

As it was the first time I’d ever done something like this, I was rather nervous and wrote a piece that was to be a deep, personal exploration of my self.

It was well-received, but after hearing some of the other storytellers that evening – one spoke about trying to find a rehab facility for his ex-wife on a holiday, another about her estranged relationship with her mother and how it all started the day her mom kicked her father out of the house – I knew that I had just skimmed the surface.

Next time, if there is a next time, I’ll go much deeper. But for now, I’ll share with you the essay that I announced that I’d never read in public again. :::laughs::: I’m so full of it:

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The challenge to writing an essay about oneself, especially one that is supposed to get to the heart of who you are, is that you tend to get all caught up in your own bullshit.

You know, you get sidetracked by trying to turn a clever phrase, or using florid language that makes you sound smarter than you think you are.

You find yourself unconsciously using a verbal sleight of hand, one that distracts your reader from the truth that you don’t want them to see you tucking away in your pocket.

So there won’t be any of that from here on out…

Or will there?

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Celebrate the Force Awakens with these Star Wars cocktails!

This weekend, millions of Star Wars fans are going to see one of the most anticipated films in history when “The Force Awakens” finally debuts in theaters!

Now, if you’re of the proper drinking age and would like to celebrate returning to that “galaxy far, far away”, may I recommend making one of these Star Wars-themed cocktails?

They run from the fun and fruity, to downright refreshing. Just be sure to not drink and fly your space freighter. Let the wookiee be your designated driver.

Click on the images for the recipes!

Which cocktail sounds the tastiest to you? I’m partial to the “Poe-jito” myself!

I hope you enjoy them and may the Force be with you!

It’s Lady’s (Arm Wrestling) Night at The Squared Circle!

One of my favorite spots to hang out and have a good, geeky time is at The Squared Circle. First opened by former WWE Diva/TNA Knockout Lisa Marie Varon (AKA “Victoria” and “Tara”), the wrestling-themed specialty pizza joint (think “Hard Rock Cafe” meets “Wrestlemania”) is the place to be when you want to hang out with fellow fans of “sports entertainment.”

The Squared Circle is also known for hosting pay-per-view event viewings and even having stars of the sport pop in from time to time! Now, if you’re looking to hang with some of the stars of ladies arm wrestling, this is the week for you! The Squared Circle will be hosting some of the gals from CLLAW (The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers) and they want YOU to come in, hang out and have fun!

Info after the jump!

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The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode IV at San Diego Comic-Con [VIDEO]

(Image by ApolloNui on DeviantArt)

Of all the panels that take place at the San Diego Comic-Con, this is one that I love the most. Not just because it includes some of the top names in sci-fi and fantasy (like Sam Witwer and Rod Roddenberry) or good friend Dr. Andrea Letamendi (known as @ArkhamAsylumDoc on Twitter), but also because it’s hosted by Brian Ward of Shout! Factory.

‘Cuz boy, I do love me some gingers:

The debate of Star Trek versus Star Wars is certainly a fun one, don’t you think?

As long as we all agree that Star Wars is better. 😉

(Just kidding.)

(Maybe.)

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What did you think about the panel?

Halloween Parties for Chicago’s Geeks & Nerds (and geeky families too!)

Chicago has one of the most vibrant geek/nerd communities in the U.S. and you don’t have to look far to find fun events where you can “get your geek on.”

With that in mind, and knowing that Halloween is one of those holidays that really bring out the kid in all of us, here are some fun events and parties that Chicago’s geeks, nerds and their “norm” friends can enjoy! (With one thrown in for my geeky peeps in the suburbs!):

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CHICAGO LOOT DROP SHAMBLERS’ BALL: I’ve written about this super-cool event before. It’s less than a week away and tickets are STILL AVAILABLE but don’t wait until the last minute! All proceeds go to the Child’s Play Charity which benefits the Comer Children’s Hospital.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!

(More events after the jump!)

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My New Favorite Star Wars Talk Show

Today was the premiere of “The Comlink”, a nerdy talk show devoted to all things Star Wars. The show is hosted by David Collins and can be found on Kevin Smith’s S.I.T. (Smodcast Internet Television) Youtube Channel.

The first episode features an interview with voice actor – and friend of Geek To MeJames Arnold Taylor. He talks about the new episodes of “The Clone Wars” that debuted on StarWars.com, as well as what it was like to interview Mark Hamill:

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