That’s right, this past weekend Binary System went to ALL the conventions! And by all we mean some. Well, two. But they were really good ones!
Being great big fans, as we are, of the Welcome To Night Vale podcast, it was tough to decide which one of us would write the review for their latest book, It Devours. Rock Paper Scissors and flipping a coin didn’t work (why? It’s tough to explain. Hey look over there…) so we decided we’d both review it in the format of an instant messenger conversation (Hey, it worked for our review of Norse Mythology.)
Click the jump for a spoiler-filled discussion about the coolest parts of the book, sections that may or may not have been shout-outs, and a mild disagreement about the book’s treatment of religion.
NC Comicon: Bull City starts today! Are you ready? Have you finished making your cosplay? Are you interested in attending a panel on science in comics, digital illustration, cosplay tips and tricks, how to make a successful podcast (I may have to attend that one, for reasons), how faith affects our fandom (and vice-versa) or any of a number of other fascinating discussions moderated by the top creators in the comic book world?
Click the jump for a rundown of the panels at this year’s convention.
Matrona shook her head, mulling over Olia’s bizarre words. “What’s ‘snow’?”
“I haven’t the faintest idea” – Jaska shrugged – “but she prattles about it from time to time.”
That little exchange is the first sign you get that the small village in Charlie N. Homberg’s latest book might be a little…odd. Things aren’t completely perfect (other than the weather of course); Matrona Vistin’s newborn sister disappeared without a trace when Matrona was six years old, and her relationship with her parents in the twenty years since can best be described as “strained”. But Matrona is mostly content with being a dairymaid on her family’s farm, and she has her upcoming marriage to the handsome (if a little distant) village butcher to look forward to.
Matrona’s life might have stayed predictable and quiet, if only she hadn’t given in to a moment’s curiosity and stumbled across the tradesman Slava Barinov’s collection of nested wooden dolls. Each doll is painted to look like someone Matrona knows. In fact, there’s one for every member of her village, and trying to separate the two halves of the dolls has a nasty effect on whoever the doll is matched to.
Just three more days until North Carolina Comicon!
NC Comicon: Bull City is Durham, North Carolina’s Premier Comicon and it’s coming to the Durham Convention Center 10-12th, 2017! New exhibits. New panels. New workshops. New all-encompassing comic book pop culture overload experience! All of this plus a massive fan-favorite Cosplay Contest!
For the next few days Pixelated Geek will be posting regular updates about what you’ll be able to see and do at this weekend’s convention. Click the jump for a list of artists and vendors who’ll be in attendance.
The Binary Podcast team may not see the latest blockbusters on opening night. Or opening week. Or the week after that…
Okay, so maybe it takes us a while to get around to things. But we make up for it with almost an hour of fangirling.
Listen in as we spoil all the things and talk about Wonder Woman and Blade Runner 2049. Sure we discuss Amazon warriors and angsty replicants, but then we wander down tangents like American Horror Story, San Diego versus Los Angeles when it comes to the “Who’s Going To Turn Into A Garbage Dump First?” question, CGI super jumps, eating bugs voluntarily, and existentialism regarding existence after death and pragmatism versus faith. No, really, we do. But we also talk about pretty superheroes having sex, so there’s a balance.
Binary System Podcast is back on schedule this week (meaning we’re a week behind with our recaps. “Running behind” is the new “on schedule,” all the cool kids say it’s so.) Listen in as we discuss crime and finances in Night Vale, and wonder what exactly are the rules for Naked Uno. (Probably the same rules as Naked Anything Else.)
Also tune in next week for a spoileriffic podcast as we talk all about Wonder Woman and Blade Runner 2049!
“Now, this is going to sound crazy…”
Picture an empty house, a terrified woman, and a deceased boyfriend threatening her from beyond the grave. Two supernatural troubleshooters – armed with only a medieval torch, a 1987 ghetto blaster, and a dog with no self-preservation instincts – are soon caught in a life-or-death struggle with a monster made entirely out of frozen meat products.
And all of that? Was just the prologue.
The third book in David Wong’s utterly bizarre trilogy came out this month, so it’s high time I finally read book one: John Dies At The End. I’d love to come up with a pithy description, but there’s just no way to summarize what this book is about in three sentences or less. Click the jump to see me flail around trying to come up with something that passes for a review.
Binary System Podcast is celebrating 100 episodes! Well, not counting 20 or so recorded before we started calling them Binary System, plus some bonus episodes here and there, the odd fan art collections…you know what, it’s not important, happy one hundredth episode!
The plan was to record a retrospective of our favorite moments of the last one hundred (..or so..) episodes, starting with our favorite Night Vale episodes, our favorite Weather music, and our favorite fangirl “eeeeeee” episodes like Arrival, Sherlock, and Star Wars (plus a few “arrgh!” moments with Walking Dead.) But of course there were tangents into Blade Runner 2049, Wonder Woman, Friday the 13th the Series, American Horror Story, Saga, and Transformers, because of COURSE Transformers.
Thanks for listening in! And if you’ve got a plan for what our next 100 episodes could be about…you’re more organized than we are!
The month of scary-book reviews continues! I’ve made it part of the tradition to always include at least one piece of classic horror literature in my October review schedule: Frankenstein, Dracula, etc. Last year I reviewed The War of the Worlds, so it wasn’t a big leap to review the 1897 story by H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man.