Review: Agatha H and the Airship City

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Review: Agatha H and the Airship City

Phil and Kaja Foglio’s gaslamp fantasy series Girl Genius is set in a world of automatons and dirigibles, tyrants and heroes, and stories of the famous adventurers, The Heterodyne Boys. It’s a world where a small portion of the population are Sparks, geniuses born with the ability to invent death rays and revenants and robots capable of leveling cities, but usually without the common sense to determine when building something like that is a fantastically bad idea. 

Into all this comes Agatha Clay, a bumbling college student with a lot of big ideas, and a track record of creating things that either fall to pieces or explode. Sometimes both. Nothing she makes ever works, at least until the day the locket she’s been told to never take off is stolen. Suddenly Agatha finds herself a hostage aboard a tyrant’s city-sized dirigible, Castle Wulfenbach, surrounded by the brightest and maddest of the Empire, and building actual working inventions in her sleep. And all that’s before she finds out that she is somehow the long-lost heir to the Heterodyne Family.

The ongoing Girl Genius comic series first started in 2001, and has since won the Hugo Award three times for Best Graphic Story; it most likely would have kept on winning if the Foglios hadn’t withdrawn the series from the competition so they could give other artists a chance. In 2011 the Foglios released the first of the novelized versions of the ongoing story, Agatha H and the Airship City. The book retells the story from the graphic novel, with some interesting additions that can give readers a little more back story about the characters and world that the original version may have missed.

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PREVIEW: Chimera Brigade Vol. 2

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PREVIEW: Chimera Brigade Vol. 2

In the trenches of World War I, a new kind of superhuman was born.

Formed by secret and illegal chemical weapons, this empowered generation is just starting to come of age. Some fight against injustice, others spread terror.

Now, in 1938, on the eve of War, they have risen to take control of the capital cities of Europe.

Above the law, above human authority, these strange metahumans capture the imaginations of the public even as they baffle scientists with their impossible powers. The battles between them are titanic, legendary, and larger than life.

But a new, even more powerful threat is looming, one that could yet erase them from existence and shift the balance of power, as Europe becomes a battle-ground for different political and ideological factions. It is a time that tests allegiances and forges new alliances.

This is how the superhumans of Europe were born… and this is how they died.

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RELEASED 1/26 – 1/30

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RELEASED 1/26 – 1/30

Every week millions of geeks struggle with the same affliction: their hard-earned money going to waste on food and rent when it should be going to much better things.

That’s why we here at the Pixelated Geek Laboratories are hard at work compiling data that will enrich all of geek-kind. Armed with this data, we created a list of some of the best places to put your hard earned money as our contribution to making life better.

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

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Review – Song of the Sea: Soundtrack

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Review – Song of the Sea: Soundtrack

If you asked me what genre of music I listen to the most, there would be a quick thought and an almost instant response: soundtracks. They make up part of my rather eclectic taste in music. For me, soundtracks are one of the most important part to any movie.

Which brings me to the upcoming animated film Song of the Sea. While I was more then interested in seeing the actual movie based solely on the fact it was the studio that brought us The Secret of Kells, after watching but a quick trailer, the music sealed the deal.

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Movie Issues: Tank Girl

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Movie Issues: Tank Girl

That’s right, people! You’re reading that right. We watched the 1995 classic cult film, Tank Girl. It’s the future, there’s no water and the world is in a state of chaos. Enter the Tank Girl who’s there to F**K stuff up! Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice-T and Malcolm McDowell star in this strange movie based on the British comic. This is a really weird flick that has so much manic chaos that it becomes enjoyable. So please download and enjoy with us.  Read On

[State of Play] Going Back on Backwards Compatibility?

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[State of Play] Going Back on Backwards Compatibility?

Welcome to State of Play, an editorial column brought to you by Pixelated Geek. In State of Play, we’ll be dealing with major issues in the gaming community, and we’ll be reaching out to our community for feedback and interaction. The intent of State of Play is to create a respectful, professional, and insightful dialogue within a group of serious interested parties. Games are serious business – not simply the largest moving part of the entertainment economy, but a form of expression where emotionally impactful stories are told throughout communities that grow and bond, and an important educational tool. We take play seriously here, and the goal of this article is to seriously analyze the serious business of gaming.

Of the many fields upon which the console wars are fought, and of the many points of consideration upon which purchasing decisions are made, it cannot be said that backwards compatibility is regarded as foremost in importance. It is far from the sexiest selling point, or the flashiest. In the heated arguments of message-boards and basement couches it is a feature rarely mentioned, and the ramifications of its absence is often overlooked by both parent and child when birthday and Christmas wishlists are lovingly prepared and frantically acquired.

Given their actions over the last 14 months, Sony and Microsoft are counting quite heavily on the above. Neither Microsoft’s XBOX division nor Sony’s PlayStation corps have paid more than lip service towards providing backwards compatibility, and it is the interest of neither to provide it. In this week’s State of Play, we’ll be taking a quick look at the history and role of backwards compatibility in the industry, the current attitude and motivations of the major players with regard to same, and what we can reasonably expect in the future. Read On

Preview – Transformers: Punishment

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Preview – Transformers: Punishment

My reputation as a leader drove me from Cybertron. When the battles end, a war hero…is little more than a peace villain.

Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron, and someone is killing Decepticons. Prime teams with Windblade to uncover the identity of the vigilante… but the answers will uncover darker secrets than anyone expected. See below for preview pages from Transformers: Punishment.

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