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Binary System Podcast #115 – The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

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Binary System Podcast #115 – The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

The planets finally aligned (…took them long enough. Get it together, planets…) and Binary System Podcast was able to get Elizabeth, Kathryn, Nathan, and Jada together at the same time to talk about this year’s Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts. Spoiler warnings for all the shorts (as well as, randomly, Moana) as we go over our favorites, tell “Stupid Theater People” stories, and discuss whether or not Red Riding Hood and Snow White were a couple. (Though we all agree Red is a total badass.)

We also touched on the nominations for Best Feature-Length Animated Film, of which we’ve seen exactly none.

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Kathryn Adams

Review: Sea of Rust

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Review: Sea of Rust

The one truth you need to know about the end of a machine is that the closer they are to death, the more they act like people.

And you could never trust people.

The long-feared robot uprising finally happened, and humanity lost. More than lost actually; it’s been wiped out. The last human left was gunned down fifteen years after the fighting stopped, nameless and starved on the streets of what used to be New York. It was the start of the Robotic Golden Age.

It didn’t last.

Thirty years after the end of the war, a robot named Brittle scavenges for parts in the Sea of Rust and tries not to think about everything she did to free herself from humanity, and everything she has to do now to keep herself free from the world-spanning minds that are absorbing all the remaining freebots on the planet. The very last thing she’s interested in is to join a group that includes the most dangerous person in the planet (for her at least) so she can go on a mission to save the world. Which of course is exactly what happens.

As a long-time fan of the Transformers comic (a fan who’s most common complaint about any story was usually “too many humans”), I figured from the description that C. Robert Cargill’s latest book was something I had to check out. But I didn’t expect the page turning, tragic, sometimes funny, and always powerful book it turned out to be, something that had me going “okay, just one more chapter” several times. I didn’t imagine this book was going to be amazing. 

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llyzabeth

ECCC 2018 – Dark Horse Announces Programming Schedule

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ECCC 2018 – Dark Horse Announces Programming Schedule

Emerald City Comic-Con will be here Thursday, Marcy 1, and Dark Horse Comics has announced their schedule, click the jump for the full list of Dark Horse panels and creator signings at ECCC 2018!

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comic Con at booth 1708 to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out our signings and panels, too!

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llyzabeth

(Spoiler-free) Review – Robert Kirkman’s Oblivion Song #1 from Image Comics

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(Spoiler-free) Review – Robert Kirkman’s Oblivion Song #1 from Image Comics

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead may have been a little underwhelmed by the latest season (lots of telling, not enough showing) but Robert Kirkman’s fans certainly believe it’s the fault of the interpretation, not the source material.

So die-hard fans and casual viewers alike should be happy with Kirkman’s newest series due out this March: Oblivion Song. It’s got all the post-apocalyptic drama of The Walking Dead, with a sci-fi twist and a lot more of the “showing instead of telling.” (It’s light on the words, is what I’m saying.)

Click the jump for a spoiler-free review of Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment’s Oblivion Song #1.

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Kathryn Adams

Binary System Podcast #114 – Placeholder Content

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Binary System Podcast #114 – Placeholder Content

Not sure what’s going on lately, but there’s a wealth of topics that we could turn into podcasts this month. So many fun things going on: the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts are playing at theaters, there’s a new Welcome to Night Vale episode to recap, we’ve got the Hannibal series to review, a list of helpful movie/tv sites to compile, and the number of songs we’d like to talk about from the WTNV Weather segment just keep adding up.

…not that we’re ready to talk about any of that now of course.

Listen in as we go over all the topics that’ll come up in the next few podcasts as soon as we’re capable of discussing them, including Night Vale episodes that haven’t broadcast yet and movies and TV we haven’t finished watching. Plus some random google searches, and Cricket the cat getting bitey because ow ow quit it cat ow ow. In short, a podcast that went off the rails in under nineteen minutes.

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Kathryn Adams

Review: Ramses the Damned – The Passion of Cleopatra

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Review: Ramses the Damned – The Passion of Cleopatra

At the end of Anne Rice’s The Mummy, the centuries-old Egyptian pharaoh Ramses the Damned has given the elixir of immortality to his lover Julie Stratford, the heiress who first introduced him to the world of Edwardian England.

Meanwhile, Ramses’s former lover Queen Cleopatra awakens in a remote hospital in the Egyptian wilderness, having somehow survived the fiery train explosion that should have destroyed her. The murderous queen (who spent two thousand years as a corpse before Ramses brought her back to life) wastes no time in seducing a doctor and planning to track down Ramses and everyone he cares about. The book finishes with the statement “The Adventures of Ramses The Damned Shall Continue.”

That was twenty-nine years ago.

It’s been a long wait, but readers finally get to learn what happened next.

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