Category: Science

Queen of Blood NYC premiere at the PKD Film Festival!

This SATURDAY JAN 17th at 6PM make sure to check out the NYC premiere of QUEEN OF BLOOD as part of The Philip K Dick Film Festival!

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Queen of Blood, directed by Fangoria Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander is the follow up to his horrifically beautiful 2012 film Blood for Irina. Chris Alexander will be in attendance for a very special Q&A. So make sure to pick up tickets now before they sell out!

Tickets available here… http://www.eventbee.com/v/dan999/event?eid=107027113

More info here… http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

 

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STICK IN THE MUD OF TIME

The best comedians are often self-loathing, depressed freakazoids.
Eric Powel, writer and artist on The Goon must HATE himself more than
a Slayer fan who has run out of razor blades, because that cat is
putting out the funniest comic book on the stands today.

This week sees TWO Goon books, the new issue of the title (Goon #44,
often delayed but finally here, we promise,) and the most recent
trade, Goon Vol. 12 Them That Raised Us Lament, which collects issues
38-41. If you’ve been looking for a jumping on point, THIS IS IT.
Inside you will find heart-breaking stories of origin, hilarious takes
on the artist’s own commercial prospects as well as great fights,
cars, jokes and stories.

We all have our weaknesses. I know I plug this dang book maybe more
than I should, but it has won five honkin’ Eisners. I apologize if you
hate award winning, hilarious, sad, well-drawn comic books. I’ll stop
trying to push them on you.

THE OPPOSITE

If I have to recommend NON-Eisner winning comics then I can’t
recommend this week’s Adventure Time #13. Adventure Time will win the
2013 Eisner for best kids publication, you see. I’m sorry if that was
a spoiler, but it is not my fault you’re stuck in a linear time
constraint. Still, the new issue drops this week, as does Avatar The
Last Airbender: The Promise, a deluxe edition of past Avatar stories
based on another awesome cartoon.

I suppose I also can’t nominate Deadpool #5, as it will get a
nomination. If Deadpool is ‘gonna fight Zombie Regan in space, don’t
you think you want to check it out?

SEVENTEEN TIMES LUCKY

Action Comics #17, Batwoman #17 and a slew of other #17 books are out
from DC this week, and are well worth the pick-up. On the Marvel tip,
Don’t miss Uncanny X-Men #2, Alpha #1, Superior Spider-Man #4 and
Avengers #6.

This MIGHT NOT be up your alley, but Marvel is relaunching Nova this
week with a brand spanking new #1. Nova will feature prominently into
Marvel’s future movie plans, and this new book will give you a pretty
good idea of what is coming up for the human rocket!

FLOWING JUICES

Image is finishing up the brilliant Grant Morrison’s strange
“gangsters meet magic” limited series, Happy, this week with Happy #4.
Meanwhile, IDW is relaunching GI Joe under the strong writing of Fred
Van Lente with GI JOE #1!

New beginnings, new endings and fine continuations make this one
swankaroonie week to be a comic book fan! I hope you all did your
taxes, because your going to need that refund check in order to get
all the great books coming out in the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned
to Forbidden Planet for all there is to know about the latest Action
Figures, Manga, Comics and MORE!

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EYE’M WITH STUPID

I’m on hold with tech support. Recently I upgraded my TV to an HD and my DVD to a Blu Ray. After I upgraded my cable to HDTV, I realized that the problem this entire time was ME. I’m still watching TV with the same eyes.

I’d like to tell you had my eyes removed and replaced with new, high definition 3D eyes, but instead I had my eyes removed and replaced with two pieces of equipment which don’t seem to be installed right…hence the tech support.

This all makes me think of Cyclops.

ESSENTIAL UNCANNY X-MEN Vol. 1, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Marvel

Meet Scott Summers, a troubled teen who grew up in an orphanage and, due to a genetic mutation coupled with a plane crash, cannot willingly control the destructive beams of red light that shine from his eyes. Only the ruby quarts lenses of his titular, monocular visor and the calm influence of his father figure, Professor X. keep him on the straight and narrow as the X-Man known as CYCLOPS!

Cyclops is a square peg trying to fit into the round hole of society, always playing the good boy and fighting for equal rights. He loves his teammate, Jean Grey, from afar. He’s a nice mutant boy in a world gone mad, but still believes in a brighter future.

He’s also boring as Hal Jordan, a cookie cutter “Good Guy” who only shines due to the briefly novel addition of teen angst.

X-MEN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 + 2, Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Marvel

Meet Scott Summers, embittered war veteran of the never-ending fight for mutant survival. In these Claremont/Lee stories we see the emergence of the “Scott as General” Cyclops, the mutant who has fought every battle and is best prepared to lead the troops. Scott has grown increasingly quiet, isolated, and struggles to find peace even within his own adopted family.

Having fought every day of his young adult life we meet a Scott Summers who no longer can identify himself, his goals or his friends…just the fight. He has loved Jean, married Jean, lost Jean, loved clones of Jean and has fathered several children of alternate timelines with Jean.

This Scott is an unlikeable boy scout, always stuffy and square…but it’s not his fault. Wolverine is Marvel’s biggest bad boy, and Scott exists almost solely to contrast Wolvie’s lethal spirit.

CY TO THE CLIZZOPS

In Grant Morrison’s NEW X-MEN and Joss Wheedon’s Astonishing X-Men the plaster on Cyclops REALLY starts to chip. We learn that Cycs has been getting his mental swerve on with the White Queen through Psychic hook-ups behind Jean’s back. We see Cyclops place mutant survival as the surpassing priority. We see Cyclops begin to employ backroom tactics, while pushing Xavier away for employing the same.Grant Morrison

By the time Cyclops decides on the necessity of X-Force, the clandestine group of X-Men charged with the assassination of top-level threats to mutant kind, the natural progression is complete. Cyclops adopts the perfect blending of Magneto’s violence and Xavier’s message in an effort to stop the mutant violence by whatever means he can.

This tired, amoral and sociopathic Scott is also the most likeable Cyclops in years!

In a world where most of your fiends have died and come back to life, where you discover your family members are all space pirates, ancient freaks or alternate timeline versions of yourself, and where, no matter how many times you PERSONALLY save the world you will still be hated and feared, Scott Summers is the believable result of one man fighting his entire life for an unobtainable goal.

I can’t wait to see what happens next…but I will have to wait. Stupid tech support. Stupid broken mechanical high definition eyes­­­.

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Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival: Dec 7th-9th, 2012

Do androids dream of celluloid sheep? Perhaps they will during the inaugural Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, scheduled for December 7th-9th at indieScreen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (at 289 Kent Ave: directions here). It’s being held in honor of the 30th anniversary of classic sci-fi noir Blade Runner, based on one of mind-bending speculative-fiction author Philip K. Dick’s most famous novels. The festival aims to encourage thought-provoking independent explorations of science as a subject of both fiction and fact.

Films on the festival’s roster include, among others, award-winning dystopian indie Sleep Dealer, psychological space drama The Last Push, and PKD adaptation Radio Free Albemuth, starring Alanis Morissette and Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham. Among the confirmed panelists are physicist Ronald Mallett, known for his inquiries into the possibility of time travel; prolific mystery and science fiction novelist Walter Mosley; Jim Freund, host of radio show Hour of the Wolf; and Dennis Paoli, screenwriter of several Stuart Gordon features (H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon).

For further info, click here!

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Storewide Sale Wednesday July 4th

That’s right.  We’re discounting EVERYTHING in our store on Wednesday, July 4th.   We don’t do this often (maybe once a year… maybe), so come on by and take advantage!

Storewide Sale Forbidden Planet coupon discount

Plus, this year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday… New Comics Day!  A ton of great new comics and graphic novels are scheduled to come out that day, and you’ll be able to apply the discount to all of ’em to boot.

Please note, store hours will be 9am-9pm that day, rather than the usual Wednesday 9am-12am.

UPDATE:  Mail order customers, be sure to be on our email list (you can join in the upper right-hand corner of this page) before Tuesday July 3rd.  That day we’ll be sending out a code for extra discounts on our webstore!

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Who leaves the crusts?

Check out the new T-Shirt company An Infinitude of Tortoises by one of my favorite customers… some weird, wild, and great stuff!  Make sure to search for “leaves the crust” for the answer.

An Infinitude of Tortoises:

• Something to Delight, Offend, And/Or Mystify Almost Everyone!
• Stuff Unlike Other Stuff!
• Transcendentally nerdy high esoterica intermingled with straightforward, rib-ticklin’ amusement.
• Overwhelmingly shirts, plus a few bumper-stickers for those with bumpers in need of sticking, and a couple dog garments for good measure, because we mustn’t forget the dogs.

At An Infinitude of Tortoises you’ll find designs for fans of …
• science fiction
• lexiphilia/logophilia/wordplay
• space exploration
• model rocketry
• software/programming
• mathematics
• physics
• entomology
• politics
• literature
• humor
• the “spatially misplaced”
• … and a bunch of other stuff impossible to categorize.

AND there’s at least one item that may well appeal to comics fans….

Tell your friends.  Tell your family.  Tell your pets.  Tell your appliances, both major and minor.
Be on the vanguard; quell your arcane yearnings, your yearnings for arcana — go explore!

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What on Earth?

What on earth is exactly what you would say if you happen upon one of these mystifying earthly objects of mysterious mystery. What I’m talking about here folks are crop circles. Cue theatrical alien theme music of your choice. Premiering April 22nd at Quad Cinema the Suzanna Taylor film What On Earth analyzes the facts and fiction behind these questionable land formations.

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There are going to be Q&A’s with the filmmaker, along with other panelist after selected screenings. To find out more information head over to the movie’s website.

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Matt Jones Multiverse

Fans of Wolverine, Stephen Hawking and Black Flag make sure to mark your calendar’s for Matt Jones Multiverse!

Matt is a good friend of mine (and a great customer for that matter) and this is his first solo art exhibit at the Freight + Volume gallery so I want everyone to make an effort to check it out.   Observing his art is like taking a trip into the Twilight Zone, if it was created by Stan Lee.  When I first met Matt his enthusiasm for comics and honest personality made him one of my favorite new faces to see in the shop.  He’s a total Wolverine nut and we have a mutual love of Black Flag so it was an instant friendship.

Matt Jones is now represented by Freight + Volume in New York.

MULTIVERSE, his debut solo exhibition with the gallery, opens March 31, 2011 with a reception-celebration from 6-8PM that night. MULTIVERSE runs through May 7, 2011.

FREIGHT + VOLUME
530 W. 24th St.
New York, NY
10011
PHONE: 212 691 7700

If you stop by FP we are giving away some pretty sweet posters for the show (while supplies last, obviously) so come on down and pick one up.

Oh, and go to the show… bub!

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Man Vs Machine

I’ve been called a Luddite on more than one occasion.  Having a healthy fear of technology is a good thing in my book.  So you might understand why the fact that a computer whooping the asses of two of the biggest Jeopardy champions might just cause me to freak out a bit.  Check out part of the show here.

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Now tell me that Watson thing isn’t creepy as hell, creepier than Ken Jennings and Alex Trebek combined even.

In related news, a new version of Monopoly was revealed at the New York Toy Fair this past week.  It looks like the computers have taken over our boardgames too.  I haven’t been able to keep up with video game technology since the Super Nintendo system was new, now I have to relearn Monopoly?  Why make this too complicated for me too?

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It’s elementary, my dear Watson.

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Lookee! for 2/4/11

Coexist t-shirt from TeeFury

  • Man this is gonna suck, OR, All my dreams torn asunder… The first images from the forthcoming feature film of Kerouac’s classic On the Road have been released.  It stars such noted thespians as Twilght’s Kristen Stewart and TRON Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady.  Egads.  I’ve not seen Control, the Ian Curtis biopic, nor anything else Sam Riley’s been in so I’ll reserve judgment on the casting of the Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise for now.
  • Here’s hoping Gareth Edwards handles Godzilla more like the giant monster movie we’re clamoring for than his previous foray, Monsters, which was overrated to say the least.  Lost in Translation meets Cloverfield, posing as brainy SF and blind to both films’ strengths.

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LOOKEE! for January 6th 2011

Mars rover Spirit’s tracks on its way to “Columbia Hills” in 2004

  • Video: The movie may be a steaming pile of poop, but The making of Tron Legacy (or how to make Jeff Bridges 28 years younger) compiles and dissects some of the few things the filmmakers got right.
  • Orson Scott Card has suffered a mild stroke and will not make any public appearances for the forseeable future, but is still working.  Regardless of your your opinion on his worldview, you’ve got to respect talented folk who take a lickin and keep on tickin’.

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“There’s a meteorite that hit the ground near here. I want to check it out. Won’t take long.” -Opportunity

Not much going on in the Geek Kingdom today (NOT! So totally NOT!) so let’s check in with Mars Rover Opportunity, who, unlike fellow trailblazer Spirit, currently has power and is about to investigate a recently fallen meteorite on the Red Planet.

via NASA and JPL:

Mars+MeteoriteImages that NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took at the end of an 81-meter (266-foot) drive on Sept. 16 reveal a dark rock about 31 meters (102 feet) away. The rover’s science team has decided to go get a closer look at the toaster-sized rock and determine whether it is an iron meteorite.”The dark color, rounded texture and the way it is perched on the surface all make it look like an iron meteorite,” said science-team member Matt Golombek of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Opportunity has found four iron meteorites during the rover’s exploration of the Meridiani Planum region of Mars since early 2004. Examination of these rocks has provided information about the Martian atmosphere, as well as the meteorites themselves.

The newfound rock has been given the informal name “Oileán Ruaidh” (pronounced ay-lan ruah), which is the Gaelic name for an island off the coast of northwestern Ireland. The rock is about 45 centimeters (18 inches) wide from the angle at which it was first seen.

Here’s hoping the courageous little ‘bot can harness the powers of a hokey religion to telekinetically summon an ancient weapon if it soon finds itself hanging upside down in a predator’s cave somewhere.

Speaking of Mars, ever have a pimple so big you nicknamed it Olympus Mons?  Me too.

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