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Merry Pixelmas!

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Merry Pixelmas!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other of the myriad of End-of-Year holidays (or none at all, for that matter) one things is true: if you’re a geek, you love/crave/gotta have sweet geek loot. Be you a collector of comics, a hoarder of Hylian artifacts, a proponent of the PlayStation 3, a dastardly DM, a fan of Farscape, a connoisseur of Conan, or an aficionado of all things Aliens, you KNOW you have a deep-seated desire for the one gift to rule them all this holiday season.

Well here at PixelatedGeek, we’re no different, and we’ve put together a list of our most coveted childlike-squeal-of-glee inducing Perfect Holiday Gifts, one in a (relatively) reasonable price range, and one so far from the pale of believability as to require an in-flight meal. Feel free to throw in your two-cents in the comments section, or love, hate, adore, mock or drool all over our selections.

Without too terribly much in the way of ado, here we go!

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Mon Frere Update: Audio CD, Filming a Pilot, and New Shows!

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Mon Frere Update: Audio CD, Filming a Pilot, and New Shows!

For the past few weeks, the fellas (and ladies) of Mon Frere have been working hard to produce an audio CD and TV pilot.  Back in November, we ventured to Sanford, NC to record our Harry Potter-themed sketch show “Huffle Puffed!” with Future Ghosts frontman Aslan Freeman.  He graciously recorded (and is currently finishing) the CD for the promise of gas money and beer.  Do us a favor and hit up Future Ghosts‘ facebook page and check out their new video “Spotless” that’s currently tearing it up on YouTube. Read On

Mon Frere has a new show tonight! “Something To Say” to premiere at The Idiot Box!

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Mon Frere has a new show tonight!  “Something To Say” to premiere at The Idiot Box!

To any and all in the Triad or surrounding areas, please come to The Idiot Box Comedy Club in downtown Greensboro, NC at 8 PM!  We fellas and lady of Mon Frere are premiering our newest sketch show, “Something To Say.”  It’s filled with revolution, absurdity, and some of the best humor and references that 1993 had to offer.  Ticket prices are $6 for everyone, and doors open at 7:30 PM.  Also, help us welcome our newest member Tom McCoy, who has already expertly performed in Huffle Puffed!  See you all tonight at The Idiot Box!

Warning: Strobe effects are used, and parents should be advised that some content is not suitable for children.  In fact, most content is not suitable for children.  Leave them at home with a babysitter or that crazy guy on the corner who keeps trying to hock apples that he “stole” from a nearby “tree.”  You can trust him.

Freespace Films releases Starcraft: Final Metamorphosis

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Freespace Films releases Starcraft: Final Metamorphosis

Starcraft: Final Metamorphosis, a fan animation depicting various scenes from the Starcraft universe, is officially out today.

A medley of individual vignettes, Final Metamorphosis depicts ground-level battle scenes and moments mostly from the time period of the original Starcraft, accompanied by a voice-over narration by Kerrigan. Among the apparent scenes included are Kerrigan’s battle with Tassadar on the surface of Char (during the Starcraft Zerg campaign) orbital bombardment of a human world (Korhal, thereby setting in motion the entire campaign), battles between Zerg aerial morphs and Terran and Protoss capital ships, and the birth of the Protoss dark archon Ulrejaz.

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Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland

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Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland

With Comic Issues attending San Diego Comic Con for the first time this year, you could say our schedule was just a bit crazy. With plenty of things to cover, it was difficult to find time for everything.

We had one goal in mind: locate a featured artist. What was so amazing about the goal was just how easily it was accomplished. All it took was a chance meeting with one of our resident host’s Anthony Silva’s friend, Caleb Cleveland.

After just a short meeting with the guy, Anthony and I knew we had found our artist. Caleb Cleveland has a long history with the art community. Most recently, he was the artist of the Farscape comic book series. He also did the amazing Star Wars artwork for the Comic Issues banner.

We got a chance to sit down with Caleb and talk with him about his artwork and discuss what really makes him draw.

Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland
Website: http://www.calebcleveland.com
Deviant Art: http://innerabove.deviantart.com/

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Spare Change: Gears of War 3 Retro Lancer

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The Gears of War franchise has spawned tons of merchandise over the years. Here is a look at one of my favorites, The Retro Lancer.

The Retro Lancer replica is over three and half feet long. The size of it helps put into perspective how big the characters are to wield this gun. When you fire it, it sounds like a toy gun, but the detail on this replica is fantastic. It will look epic hanging over the fire place. If you truly love Gears of War and can afford the retail price of $99.99, it is a fantastic addition to your collection.

Photos by Payne Curlin.

The Artists who Love Star Wars

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The Artists who Love Star Wars

Very few things have had an impact on people the way Star Wars has. At the time of the release of Episode IV: A New Hope, nothing like it had been really seen before. The scope and imagination of it all felt so expansive and endless. It was Star Trek on crack.

Star Wars has continued to capture the minds of the young and old, inspiring many artists to push their own talents all in an attempt to create something that touches people the way Star Wars had touched them. Those artists continue to pay homage in their off time, sketching Star Wars pieces out of love for the franchise that inspired them.

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The Story of “Hideo”

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The Story of “Hideo”

A fan of games, anime, and their respective music, Blair Baker attended two separate Final Fantasy concepts and felt a hole in the performance. It wasn’t in the sound, which was fine, but in the lack of anything on-stage accompanying the music.

“Video games and anime have so much imagery,” she said. “Especially the older ones; each character has their own distinctive theme. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we saw something happening on stage that got to tie into that aspect?”

Thus, in 2009 “Hideo” was born. A two-hour production of twelve pieces/scenes (two more than last year) featuring projections, live music, and acting, performed by “forty-some odd people,” this year marks the second performance on November 5th on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus. The concert features an eclectic mix of rearranged anime and game pieces, including Final Fantasy 6‘s “Aria” and Cowboy Bebop‘s “Good Night Julia.” Their musicians (each performance is performed by a separate musicians) range from pianists and a string section to saxophonists, guitarists, and a mandolin player.

In addition to its major upcoming show, this year’s “Hideo” also featured two “Overture” performances, one at San Francisco’s Animation on Display convention and one at Fanime in San Jose. “Overture” was a half hour long, featuring four songs and “some acting,” but no projections.

“Hideo” is no small undertaking. “Most people underestimate what they can do,” Baker said. “They simply think it [their idea] is not possible. But all you have to do is ask. Yeah, people might tell you no, but if you never ask… I mean, what have you got to lose?”

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