Review: Solomon Kane stumbles, but still solid sword & sorcery cinema

Pulp author Robert E. Howard is widely regarded as the godfather of the sword & sorcery saga and everyone knows his most famous character, Conan the Barbarian, who has thrilled genre fans since his creation in 1932. But in 1928, four years before Howard envisioned the surly Cimmerian, he created another swashbuckling character who uses […]

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Artists sought for exhibition tying in with steampunk Alice production

Lightning Octopus reported a while back that Mesa’s Desert Rose Theatre is producing a steampunk re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland in October. Now comes word that local artists can get in on the act and have their own sci-fi-Victorian visions of the world “Through the Looking Glass” displayed in the theater’s lobby during the run […]

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Scych: Geek rockers of NerdvanaCon are on a fantastic journey

If you attended NerdvanaCon back in August, you know that while the heat was oppressive, the turnout was impressive. And you likely heard some great video game- and sci-fi/fantasy-inspired tunes emanating from the makeshift bandstand set up outside the OneOhOne Gallery. That was Scych, a geek rock act formerly known as Oblyvion. Comprising Scych are […]

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Opinion: What if Katniss Everdeen fought John Carter and Judge Dredd in a fair fight?

Pop-culture enthusiasts love to debate “what-if” scenarios like, “Who would win if Superman fought the Hulk?” Or, “What if Luke & Leia had followed through with an incestuous relationship?” But an even more disturbing scenario, which has probably never come up until now, is what would happen if The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen battled both […]

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Interview: Steam Crow & friends kick off fall season with Keen Halloween

Do you long for the days when Halloween was more about fun and games in your local community and less about ponying up a hundred dollars’ worth of candy to distribute to a bunch of ungrateful kids? Does your local Halloween “Spirit” store leave you dispirited and uninspired? If so, then you have a kindred […]

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