Beer. Run. Geek. One City!

In this episode, we jump into the One City Marathon and Celebration in Newport News, Va, participating in the Maritime 8k and Marathon Relay! We had a blast running in this inaugural event and participating in the One City Celebration after – check it out!

Comic Guide: Ivar, Timewalker #3

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Ivar Timewalker # 3
Story Fred Van Lente
Pencils Clayton Henry
Inks Clayton Henry & BIT
Colors Brian Reber & Andrew Dalhouse
Published by Valiant Comics

Out story starts in Nazi Germany 1944. Ivar and Neela are trying to find Lurker who stole Ivar’s compass.

Neela meets Gilad Anni-Padda Ivar’s brother . Gilad tries to convince Neela Ivar is evil and has lied to her the whole time. Neela confronts Ivar and it gets hectic from there.

All in all this is a great time travel sci-fi adventure story. I would suggest starting from issue one or wait for the trade.

Valiant is really firing on all cylinders with their Valiant Next books.

Final Score
Story 5 out of 5
Art 4 out of 5
Buy it!

Queue Catchup with Geek Omnivore – Week of 03-23-15

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Welcome back to the Queue Catchup! Sadly, this week it’s been much more emphasis on the Queue, not not much on the catch up. Between work, school, and life getting in the way I haven’t been able to sit and watch as much from my streaming queues. Hey, not every week’s blog post is going to be a gem. If you’re good with that, so am I.
iZombieNow, what I have watched is the first episode of the new show, iZombie. I’ve got to say that I really enjoyed it. The show gives off a real Tru Calling vibe for me, which is a huge positive. Yes, I know it’s due to the superficial environment for the main character Liv Moore (as if there couldn’t be more proof it’s based on a comic book property from the pun of a name . . . a zombie named “Live More”?) working in the coroner’s office and working to help solve murders. I’m not familiar at all with the source material from Vertigo, and while I think the idea of a zombie having higher brain functions is completely opposite to the entire concept of zombies, I do appreciate that Liv’s cognitive abilities are addressed. I think overall the show, even with just one episode so far is off on good footing. Liv’s situation at the beginning is one of despair, and by the end she has hope. Hope that there can be something to her lif- er, her unlife.
Flash-TV-Show-Teaser-TrailerOther than crime-fighting zombies, the only other television I’ve watched was episode 15 of The Flash. With the title “Out of Time” (and yes, I can’t read that in my mind without Aron’s voice. You’ve ruined me Mr Head, ruined I say!) there are some pretty big answers given to the over-all plot of the show. Such as the identity of the Man in the Yellow Suit, and how (adult) Barry was able to be there at death of his mother. The bittersweet moments of the episode came with Carlos Valdes’s departure from the show. I’ve really enjoyed his character, and I hope Valdes can get a regular role on another show soon. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him. Also, when Barry and Iris finally admit to themselves how they feel about each other. Considering we know from the comics that they’ll end up together, it’s been like pulling teeth watching them stumble through figuring it out. Now I think, with the air clear, parts of every episode won’t feel like a trip to the dentist.
That’s really all I’ve got for now, maybe next week I can get through the ever growing queue I have. I know there are episodes of Agents of SHIELD, Once Upon a Time, Jane the Virgin, and all of season two of Orphan Black was added to Amazon Prime.

IoM Visits Universal Studios Singapore!

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Universal Studios Singapore is located in the heart of Singapore’s fully integrated attraction-filled island, Sentosa Resorts World. Within the past few years, the island has fully transformed from unoccupied space to a fully realized tourist getaway, and Universal occupies a large part of that space. Much like the rest of the island, sans the casino, the resort is primarily dedicated towards family entertainment and Universal is no different.

Much like its bigger brethren in the states, Universal Studios Singapore presents a multitude of rides and attractions dedicated toward the studio’s most popular filmography. The park has seven zones dedicated to popular films and entertainment, including Jurassic Park (Lost World), Transformers (Sci-Fi City), The Mummy (Ancient Egypt), Shrek (Far Far Away), Sesame Street (New York), and Madagascar. Also, the park’s layout resembles a smaller version of its predecessors, so don’t expect to see a Hollywood backlot, the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield, Men in Black, or the Hogwarts Express.

27764_635429926507_7862757_nUniversal Studios Singapore has a lot to offer that is unique from its counterparts, so those who have visited the U.S. parks will most definitely experience something new.   Those U.S. tourists expecting typical park food fare (burgers, hotdogs, ribs) will be surprised to see much more local offerings at each vendor. You may pass a street food vendor in Jurassic Park offering Bento Box meals or walk into an eatery selling shrimp tempura, poached salmon, satay, or various Chinese or Cantonese plates. Now for those that survive off of American style food, your best bet is still the reliable Mel’s Drive In, which is a staple of Universal parks. Read more

Comic Guide: Superior Iron Man #6

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Superior Iron Man #6
Story Tom Taylor
Art Laura Braga
Colors Guru-eFX
Published by Marvel Comics

Is it bad I like jerkface Tony Stark? No shame I really enjoy this series.

Tony is selling weapon designs to the highest bidder. Pepper finds out and makes a plan to stop him.

Tony makes an attempt at a hostile takeover of a media company only to be too late. Pepper beat him to it and set the trap in motion. Top this all off with a cliffhanger ending and did I mention we find out who the other Iron Man is? This is one of the best Iron Man storylines since “Demon in a Bottle”.

Final Score
Story 5 out of 5
Art 5 out of 5
Buy it! Love it!

Comic Guide: New Avengers #31

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New Avengers #31
Story Jonathan Hickman
Art Kev Walker
Colors Frank Martin
Published by Marvel Comics

This was a Dr. Strange focused issue. The story builds up and builds up but not a lot of details. What we do find out is the identity of the one called Rabum Alal. It’s a shocker that really makes you wonder why and how. This book has been great in the past but this issue dragged along.

Kev Walker’s art is the only thing that saves this issue. If you care about the Time Runs Out storyline pick it up, otherwise leave it.

Final Score
Story 2 out of 5
Art 4 out of 5
Borrow it!

Comic Guide: Chrononauts # 1

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Chrononauts # 1
Story Mark Millar
Art Sean Gordon Murphy
Colors Matt Hollingsworth
Published by Image Comics

Wow this was awesome. A new refreshing look at time travel. Two friends Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are trying to solve a mystery of why modern artifacts keep showing up near ancient ruins. So they do what anyone would do — build a time machine.

Of course something goes wrong when Corbin steps into the time machine. It’s up to Danny to go after his friend before he gets lost in time.

I highly recommend this book. It is just great science fiction.

Final Score
Story 5 out of 5
Art 5 out of 5
Buy it! Add to your pull list!

Comic Guide: Fantastic Four # 644

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Fantastic Four #644
Story James Robinson
Pencils Leonard Kirk
Inks Karl Kesel & Scott Hanna
Colors Jesus Aburtov & Tamra Bonvillain
Published by Marvel Comics

We find our favorite Marvel family In battle against the heroes from Franklin Richards’ “Heroes Reborn Universe.”

Sleepwalker leads Sue, Jim Hammond and Namor into Franklin’s nightmare. They find who is really in control of the dreamworld. Reed squares off against the Quiet Man. It’s sad this series is ending. I think Robinson had just begun his legacy on Fantastic Four and it could have ran for a long while

Final Score
Story 4 out of 5
Art 4 out of 5
Buy it ! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Funnybooks Interviews Raven Gregory and Autumn Ivy!

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Friend of Funnybooks RAVEN GREGORY is back! And not only has be brought new comic writer Autumn Ivy with him, but he’s brought an all-new creator-owned project, Widow’s Web, and a Kickstarter, with him!

Talk to us about Broken Butterfly Comics, your new comic studio. Why was now the time to venture out on your own and produce new content?

RG: While I love writing comics and telling stories, my first love has always been creator owned comics.  The freedom to tell your story the way you want to.  After years of writing comics for other publishers it was only a matter of time before I returned to it.  Now with Broken Butterfly Comics I’m afforded that liberty.

Widow’s Web is the first title coming out from Broken Butterfly Comics. Why was it chosen as the first title, and what’s it about?

RG: When both Autumn Ivy (my co-creator/co-writer) and myself developed the story we both knew we had something special on our hands so I decided it would be the first project to debut under the new brand.  The story itself is the classic tale of boy meets girl with a particular horror like twist in that in this case girl may very well eat boy.  What’s really cool is we’re introducing a new genre of monsters that has rarely been seen before and although it’s not set in this world it is still strangely familiar.  

Hey Autumn! Tell us a little bit about the writing experience with Raven. We’ve had him on the show before and love the guy, so how is it working with him on this title?

AI: It has definitely been a hell of a time. Raven has expanded my knowledge not just of the industry but of writing in general since meeting him. It has been such a pleasure having the chance to work with someone who is so well versed in the comic world and getting the opportunity to be the Padawan to his Jedi Master. We get to mess around and hang out and still manage to get a massive amount of work done. Its all about dat “CLARENCE!” baby. Ask us what this means at our next panel, you won’t be disappointed.

How’d you get into the comic business, and what about Widow’s Web appeals to you as a writer?

AI: It was actually kind of a strange situation. I like to write snippets of things on Facebook, and one day Raven saw some stuff that he enjoyed and approached me about a freaking awesome opportunity. We began to discuss this idea that he had, and it grew from hustler style smut article into the beautiful Watchmen style onion that it is now. So luck got me here, luck and a little bit of tragedy. 

Widow’s Web is something that I hold dear as a writer. It’s the ultimate battle against not just ones own nature, but the nature of the realmselves, people get lost, but being able to maintain a relationship while working towards a blank slated future is something really amazing – and I love the idea of being able to tell that story.

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Tell us a bit about how Widow’s Web came together. From concept through finally seeing print this year.

RG: To answer that question would be a whole comic series in and of itself but I wholeheartedly agree with what Autumn said.  Watching the story evolve from what was initially a erotic piece of fantasy fiction, to a new kind of horror thriller, to watching the beautiful tapestry of themes involving relationships swim to the surface, to what it is now has been an absolute joy.  

What’s the cool swag people can get by contributing to the Kickstarter?

RG: The comic itself, kick ass exclusives, original art, immortalized in the comic themselves and so much more.  There’s tons of great stuff so hopefully there’s something for everyone.  

Your Kickstarter has already achieved its goal, but obviously more support is never a bad thing. Tell us a little bit about the reasoning behind going through Kickstarter to fund Widow’s Web. Once issue 1 is funded through Kickstarter, what’s the plan for future issues of Widow’s Web? Will future titles have a similar model of funding through Kickstarter first?

RG: Whenever I’ve done a creator owned book in the past I’ve always worked toward having as many issues in the can before releasing the series.  This way you can avoid the forced creative compromises and countless of negative issues that come with living under the deadline.  So in order to put out the best story possible we’re doing the same with this story.  The catch to this though is it takes much longer to recoup the money you put into the production and boy, I tell you, making comics ain’t cheap.  So being able to reach out to the fans directly via kickstarter goes a long way to helping creators bring their vision to life.  

What’s next for Broken Butterfly Comics?

RG: SOMETHING LIKE MAGIC.  Widow’s Web is just the beginning.


Thanks to Raven and Autumn for chatting with us! Go support Widow’s Web now! The Kickstarter ends Wednesday, April 1, 2015!

Comic Guide: Amazing Spider-Man Special #1

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Amazing Spider-Man Special # 1
Story Jeff Loveness
Art Luca Pizzari
Colors Nolan Woodard
Published by Marvel Comics

This book was pretty good, but I’m kinda tired of the 4.99 price tag on books like this. Oh well.

This was old school Spider-Man with all the jokes and witty banter. A bird-like people seem to be attacking New York City. Spider-Man meets up with Inhuman Queen Medusa. She explains it is New Attilan that is under attack not New York City. Spidey offers his help and the adventures begin.

If you love Spider-Man and don’t mind the 4.99 price tag then pick it up.

Final Score
Story 3 out of 5
Art 3 out of 5
Try it if you are a Spider-Man fan!