Who won San Diego Comic-Con 2015? Talking about The Force Awakens, Batman V Superman and Grumpy Cat!

On the latest Geek/Countergeek, Keith Conrad and I discuss what went down at San Diego Comic-Con; how Bryan Cranston dropped the mic on a fan; what J.J. Abrams revealed about “The Force Awakens”; and what our reaction was to the new “Batman V Superman” trailer:

Star Wars Fans can now play 20 questions with a Jedi Holocron!

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Star Wars these days, what with Episode VII scheduled for release in December; the movies getting released in Digital HD this week; and the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim less than a week away. If you haven’t been getting caught up in the mania of it all, you’re probably as dead inside as Greedo after a visit to Mos Eisley Cantina. (What? Too soon?)

If that’s the case, here’s a fun Star Wars activity you can do, right there on your laptop or mobile device, to help get you in the mood: play 20 questions with the AI of a Jedi Holocron! How is that? Here’s the skinny from “Uncle Milton’s Toys“, the folks behind “Star Wars Science“:

image003STAR WARS FANS BEING ASKED TO TEST JEDI KNOWLEDGE AGAINST THE FORMIDABLE 20Q ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE!

“Uncle Milton, creator of the innovative Star Wars™ Science brand of toys, is getting ready to challenge aspiring Jedi in a different way. This time, Uncle Milton will be bringing the popular artificial intelligence game of knowledge, 20Q®, into the world of Star Wars with the Jedi Holocron. Holocrons are artifacts that hold an indeterminable amount of knowledge, so what better way to bring the Holocron into our world, than with 20Q®. Even better, Star Wars™ fans can be part of the creation of this new Star Wars™ Science Jedi Holocron! Star Wars fans are encouraged to visit http://starwars.20q.net/play  and start playing the game! Think of any being, location, or technology based on all 6 Star Wars movies and TV series and 20Q® will try and guess what you’re thinking. See if you can outsmart the Jedi Holocron! The more times you play, the smarter the artificial intelligence of the Jedi Holocron will become. Look for the Star Wars Science Jedi Holocron on store shelves beginning in Fall, 2015.

Click HERE to play 20 Questions with the Jedi Holocron! Can you outsmart it?

Ghostbusters Universe? Talking about the Ghostbusters reboot and the merits of GB2 with Keith Conrad

This week’s edition of Geek/Countergeek has Keith Conrad and me discussing the Ghostbusters franchise. What’s up with this new announced “male Ghostbusters” film? Is Sony making it to appease male fans who are upset about the gal-centric reboot? And is Keith crazy for liking Ghostbusters 2 more than the first film? (Spoiler: he is.) All this and more Star Wars talk including the announcement of “SW: Rogue One”!

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Freaking out over Harrison Ford and arguing over the Star Wars Prequels

This week’s edition of Geek/Countergeek has Keith Conrad and me discussing the recent plane crash involving Harrison Ford and how news outlets/social media handled it. Then we move on to the way some Star Wars fans rip the Prequel Trilogy, which just pisses me off. I explain why:

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Soldier for The Empire: Peeking Inside “The Imperial Handbook” with Dan Wallace

If you ask me, Dan Wallace is living the dream! As the author of such geek-tastic tomes like The Jedi Path and The Iron Man Manual,” he has gotten to play with some of the most iconic characters in pop culture.

Now, after giving readers a look at what it’s like to become a Jedi Knight (or follow the path to the Dark Side in Book of Sith) he delves into the life of an Imperial recruit in “Star Wars: Imperial Handbook.”

Corresponding via e-mail, Wallace and I discussed what it’s like working in the Star Wars Universe; how Stormtroopers really aren’t clones; and who would win in a face-off between Darth Vader and Iron Man:

Geek To Me: Let’s get some of the basic fanboy stuff out of the way, shall we? How long have you been a Star Wars fan?

NewessentialguidetodroidsDan Wallace: Since forever! I had the toys, memorized lines, the whole deal. I’ve soaked in Star Wars pretty much my whole life, so to have a chance to contribute a tiny piece to it in my own way is just the best.

Geek To Me: Of all the characters in the saga, which one really resonated with you the most?

Dan Wallace: Personality-wise, I’m most like C-3PO. Not particularly heroic, obsessed with minutiae and procedure. But from a favorite character standpoint I’ve always liked Lando Calrissian. He’s like Han Solo but with a lot more suaveness and gambling skills. Lando is 20% James Bond.

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Army of Darkness VS THE GEEK SHOW!

A few weeks ago I was invited by fellow fanboy Aaron J. Amendola to be a guest on his variety/comedy/talk show called “THE GEEK SHOW”.

As this was my first time at the show, I found it to be a wonderfully charming and funny production, that’s put on by some of the most talented people you’ll meet in Chicago.

In my segment, Aaron and I talk about my contribution to the “Army of Darkness 1992.1” anthology, live-tweeting a date, and who would win in a fight between Darth Vader and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Check it out!:

(Now after seeing myself on video I’m feeling a bit like I need to get back into the gym and work on my geekfit some more. WHO AM I KIDDING? I NEED IT BIG TIME!)

Check back for my next segment on THE GEEK SHOW where I play a game with a member of the audience!

Thanks to Aaron for the invite and kudos to him and the VS THE UNIVERSE CREW for putting on a fun show!

The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer: 88 seconds of Star Wars glory!

Don’t mind me, I’m just gonna watch this on continuous loops for the rest of the holiday weekend. Somebody bring me food?

So much to digest here, but what I appreciated the most was the focus on the future of Star Wars – in John Boyega and Daisy Ridley – with a nod to the past in the Millennium Falcon.

I get goosebumps every time that score hits!

Machinima Prime presents: BATMAN vs DARTH VADER!

“Only a fully trained Jedi Knight with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor.” – Yoda, the Empire Strikes Back

“I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” – Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Returns

Fan-films sure have come a long way! Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I clicked on this video from the Machinima Prime YouTube Channel’s  “Super Power Beat Down” series, where they pit The Dark Knight versus the Dark Lord of the Sith.

“Darth Vader taking on Batman!?” you say? “Oh you know this has gotta be good!” And I agree:

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