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:

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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Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor talks about becoming The Penguin

Via YouTube comes this interview with Robin Lord Taylor of the television series “Gotham.” The “Young Penguin” actor visits with Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrrare of the “Home & Family” Show to talk about auditioning for the role, carrying on the tradition of The Penguin (from Burgess Meredith & Danny DeVito) and working with co-star Carol Kane.

“What a hunk a junk!” J.J. Abrams gives us a look at the Millenium Falcon

As production continues on Episode VII, so do the playful shots between director J.J. Abrams and Superman V. Batman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder.

This one just gave me chills:

Seeing the Millennium Falcon, so up close and personal, just brought out the little kid in me.  Oh how I’ve longed to walk aboard that legendary space freighter, to sit in the co-pilot seat and play “dejarik” (holo chess) against her wookiee first mate.

Oh yeah, is it me or do the themes from Star Wars and The Dark Knight mesh better than expected?

DC Comics Heroes get plush treatment by Bleacher Creatures

WANT A SET OF BATMAN & ROBIN PLUSHES FROM BLEACHER CREATURES?

Read the following info and catch up with me at the bottom of the post!

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New DC Comics Plush Figures to Debut October 1 include Superman, Batman, and the Green Lantern Corps, Plus Many Others

Super Heroes can be cuddly, too—and the company with the super-powers to make them so is Bleacher Creatures. The innovative Pennsylvania-based licensing manufacturer, whose incredibly true-to-life plush figures of pro-sports stars has won them official partnerships with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, will launch a brand-new line of DC Comics plush figures on October 1 under license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment, representing the greatest Super Heroes (and Super-Villains!) in the galaxy.

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