10 Geek-Worthy Gifts for the Season

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Deciding which collector series comic book to buy your fanish friend can be difficult, but a Star Wars kitchen accessory — now that’s magic.  Nothing will curry favor like an unexpectedly geekish present.  I’ve vetted the webs for my top picks.  Here’s a Geek Salad-approved shopping list for all your geek holiday needs.

 

  1.  Throw Back Throw
Photo Credit: Hot Topic
Photo Credit: Hot Topic

Hot Topic has a barrage of geek-themed throw blankets, but this old school Nintendo console blanket would make me snuggly and nostalgic on cold winter nights.

http://www.hottopic.com/product/nintendo-nes-classic-controller-throw/10777002.html#q=Throw&start=30

 

  1. Star Wars Waffle Makers — BB8 and Death Star
Photo Credit: Think Geek
Photo Credit: Think Geek

Get out the maple syrup and powdered sugar. These single-serve waffle makers cook up a perfectly-formed Death Star or BB-8.  You’ll find your lack of plates disturbing.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/huik/

 

  1. Marvel Unlimited Subscription
Photo Credit: Marvel
Photo Credit: Marvel

If you’d like to splurge and make a comic book reader very happy, this is a great gift. 

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Valerian – Luc Besson’s New Sci-fi Epic

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the first in an obscure graphic novel series that’s been a favorite of visionary filmmaker Luc Besson since his childhood.  Now, the 5th Element director is adapting the story into the biggest film Europe’s ever produced: a CG laden epic with a budget of 180 million (figured in US dollars).

Valerian
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Why did I not know about this amazing sci-fi time-traveling comic story existed?  I feel ashamed. Just a glimpse at the trailer leaves me star-struck.    As a graphic novel series, this story lends itself to Besson’s sweeping visual style.  The trailer, fresh pressed, shows a tantalizing array of intergalactic settings with dream-like surrealism that makes Avatar look tame.

Valerian Comic

The film is based on the cult sci-fi graphic novel series Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’, and centers on the adventures of two galactic cops with a fiery relationship.  One is a lusty playboy, the other a no nonsense heroine who continually halts the advances of her partner. 

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  • Hello there, I am Robin Lee from the Maxfield Parrish Motif Project. I sadly filmed AND documented the destruction of the iconic estate art studio of pop culture artist, Maxfield Parrish. It was truly a terrible thing to watch, this was the home and art studio of a master artist and his beautiful model who will later be linked to Star wars films. George Lucas said that it was the art work of Maxfield Parrish that directly inspired the feel and look of his Star Wars films, The Lucas Effect, page 282. Imagine if you could be at the art studio of Maxfield Parrish, I was and it was an amazing place to be. I have worked on this story and research for over twenty years and have uncovered so many epic discoveries. ** I know now that Star Wars truly began in the art studio of Maxfield Parrish around 1904. I need help getting this story global so that all can weigh in, it has merit and the force, please pass it on and podcast about it, Peace, Robin Lee, Maine — look all of this up on the internet, it is so fantastic and important.

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Iron Fist

Netflix: A Land Where Heroes are Born

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A friend asked a question of me when I posted my Doctor Strange blog.  “Where does Iron Fist fit into this?”  The answer is Netflix.  The rising popularity of watching a series directly from a streaming service has led to Marvel issuing a string of stand-alone shows.  Iron Fist among them.

And the list keeps growing.

Marvel started with Defenders, a four-series thematic storyline using the darker heroes from New York City’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”  Marvel put its feelers out with the likes of Jessica Jones (a dark and gritty anti-hero drama) and Daredevil.  Other bloggers have heralded Luke Cage here at Scenes, which has also joined the pantheon of Mavel streaming with a warm welcome from fans.

Netflix Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil

Iron Fist will debut in March of 2017.  Marvel once toyed with the idea of a movie, but settled on a streaming TV series instead.  Maybe this is because Iron Fist is a compelling contradiction with lots to explore in an episodic format.  An orphan raised at a Buddhist monastery and trained in martial arts, Danny Rand/Iron Fist is also the heir to a billion dollar family business.  

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6 Mind Bending Reasons to Get Excited for Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange will open a new door for the Marvel cinematic universe, delving into parallel dimensions and straight up magic.  What’s so enticing about this film is the contrast between the gritty combat world of the Avengers and all their respective movies and the cerebral mind journey of Strange.  It’s no coincidence Steven Strange was a neurosurgeon.  The film plays on themes of the power of the mind and its unknown abilities.  The film adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch will open on November 4, continuing the overarching story of how the Marvel heroes protect Earth.

  1. Doctor Strange Has More Abilities Than Can Fit on an Action Figure Box

Astral projection, dimensional travel, magic wielding, energy projection and manipulation, telekinesis, illusion-casting…and this is just the short list.  The closest anyone else comes to a myriad of powers like these are the dynamic duo Thor and Loki and more recent mutant-turned Avenger Scarlet Witch.  Strange is a full out sorcerer with the powers to rival Harry Potter.

  1. The Comic Book Back Story is Lord of the Rings Appendices Epic

I spent the good part of an evening reading a wiki on this guy and I don’t know how the scriptwriter’s processed all the story arcs enough to condense it. 

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  • This looks great! Definitely more “out there” than some of the other Marvel characters, but I bet it’ll be a visual feast.

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Lego’s “Go Rogue” & More – A Serving of Geek Side Salad

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Happy Weekend.  I’ve rounded up some fresh geekiness from the interwebs for your browsing pleasure.

Go Rogue

lego rogue one

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Have you seen any of the Lego Rogue One mini episodes?  Because they’re hilarious.  The fan videos give an entertaining back story for Rogue and carry the witty action of the Lego games and spoofs.  The final video just came out, but this page has all four so you can catch up—or watch again for a Jedi mind break.

http://www.blastr.com/2016-9-28/its-lego-star-wars-toys-parade-final-go-rogue-fan-video

 

Marvel at This

Dr Strange

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Here’s a fascinating interview with Benedict Cumberbatch going in-depth into his Doctor Strange persona.  He has an American accent for this gig and stayed in character with the press.  Cumberbatch talks how he got into the mind of the doctor and what tantalized him about the script.  Read all the details here.

https://ohmy.disney.com/movies/2016/09/27/benedict-cumberbatch-doctor-strange/

 

Pirates Ahoy

Pirates of the Caribbean 5

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Oh, and there’s finally a teaser trailer for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

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