Tuesday, June 30, 2009


July 2 - Chicago Science Fiction - Fantasy Meetup Outing to see "Transformers 2"

The Science Fiction/Fantasy Meetup will be meeting for an outing to see "Transformers2" Thursday, July 2, at the Kerasotes Chicago City North 14, 2600 N Western Ave. For more information on the theatre, call, 773-394-1600.
For more information on the group, go to the meetup.com website.

To find them, "We'll meet in the main snack area. Look for the meetup sign."

Timeline for the impending robot holocaust. Stock up on the tinnned meat, just in case.

apparently, the robots are gonna be doin' it for themselves in about fiftie years and it will be on like heavy metal Donkey Kong. This Sun-Times article elaborates on our impending doom.

July 1 - Chicago Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup Monthly Meeting

The Chicago Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup is meeting Wednesday, July 1. For more information, contact organizer Gina Holochenko at the link below.


Monday, June 29, 2009


Yeah, I know it's essentially an oblique ad, but it raises interesting questions.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Thriller, Captain EO star Michael Jackson dead at 50 |

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Chicago leftist convention Thinkgalacticon opens This Friday.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


"I Fight Dragons" is playing the Elbo Room TONIGHT

I'm blogging on the fly so please click any links for additional information:

Local indie nerd rock group I Fight Dragons is playing the Elbo Room tonight as part of Mob fest. This is the information I ganked from their Myspace:

Elbo Room
2871 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
The party starts at 9 p.m.
For more information:
Phone: (773) 549-5549
Website: http://www.elboroomchicago.com

Sunday, June 14, 2009


True Blood Season 2 Spoiler: SFX Magazine Review

True Blood Season 2 Spoiler: SFX Magazine Review

If we're gonna get this much coverage of "all things vampire" the quality of the vampires better bloody well be good.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Wizard Rockers stand up and speak out against big media

A group of wizard rockers have put together a page speaking out against the rapid rise of consolidated media in the United States. They make their point eloquently on their website and offer a free download of their compilation album. Voldemort can't stop the rock or the little guy.

A Podcast from Panda Rage Productions. Not bad, not bad at all.

Onward Bound: The Reckoning

Panda Rage and Lokean Productions can be found on myspace:

A love letter to my beautiful fandom


June 17 - "Comic Books 101" event hosted by Third Coast Comics and Chicago Nerd Social Club


The Chicago Nerd Social Club and Third Coast Comics owner Terry Gant will host "Comic Books 101" June 17th at 6234 N. Broadway. The event is FREE.

According to the announcement:

"Come join us for a night of fun, conversation and learning all about the comic book genre. For the past few years we’ve been bombarded with Hollywood’s attempts at taking some iconic heroes on the big screen. But if you want the real scoop on these characters, you need to go to the source.

For some, the vast majority of comic titles out there are a bit intimidating, but at the Comic Book 101 event we hope to cut through as much of the confusion as possible. Join us for a discussion on the history of comics in both the DC and Marvel universes as well as major story arcs that are currently active. We’ll talk about some good books that the smaller publishers are putting out, as well as new series that are great jumping on points for new readers. The discussions will be moderated by local Chicago Nerd Terry Gant and the owner of Third Coast Comics.

We’ll also have time for some socializing as well as a general Q&A section. Are you curious about Comics but don’t know which ones to read? Talk with Terry and other comic book gurus to help suggest comics you might enjoy based on your other entertainment hobbies."

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP at: http://comics.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The Stoneflys latest doings

I got a note from the Stoneflys, letting me know their latest gig and doings. Those with Comcast on Demand can check out a video of them performing 2 songs at The Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville. If you have Comcast, simply go to "ON DEMAND" and select "GET LOCAL". Then select "BATTLE OF THE BANDS" and the "THE TREES" and "WHITE SHORES". It's free and it will be available on demand for another 2 or 3 weeks.

Sunday, June 14, the band will perform at Millenium Plaza in Michigan City. For more information, consult the Stoneflys myspace page.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


This Friday! Star Wars documentary at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Cross-posted from meetup.com
to Facebook, Livejournal, Blogger and the Windy Citizen

"The Force Among Us" -- Showing at the Gene Siskel Film Center located downtown at 164 North State Street. Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 for students.

From the website: "On the eve of the Film Center’s tribute to George Lucas, the Chicago-based brother-and-sister filmmaking team of Cristian and Cortney Macht take us deep inside the world of STAR WARS fandom. Sociology profs ponder the phenomenon, Joseph Campbell is name-checked, Christian parallels are explored, the 501st Legion of costumed stormtroopers converges at a convention, and the Machts follow fans on pilgrimages to the original movie locations in Tunisia and Norway. Along the way, they discover that STAR WARS fans are a varied and unstereotyped lot about whom no blanket generalizations can be drawn--except, perhaps, a universal dislike for Jar Jar Binks."

NOTE: This is the Chicago premier! In attendance will be key cast and crew members from the documentary as well the stormtrooper costuming group, the 501st! The film will be followed by a Q+A session with the cast and crew. This is the only scheduled showing.

Not a meetup event yet but might be. Chime in on the message board or email the organizers if you'd like to see a meetup event for this.

Monday, June 08, 2009


"Sebastian's Voodoo" is four minutes well-spent

Sunday, June 07, 2009


"Nine" Tim Burton's coming project

Friday, June 05, 2009


Star Burst

Weta Workshop's Shiny new Raygun, courtesy of Dr. Grordbort.

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Inspired by Chicago: Gunsmith Cats

I love this series because: It's set in Chicago and it revolves around a muscle car driving bounty hunter named Rally.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Steampunk crash course

This gorgeous guy is costume designer Kit Stolen. His Anachronaut site enjoys a pretty healthy following.

What is Steampunk? The definition is nowhere near exhaustive. It's pretty much stuff I like. You'll get the idea.

Wikipedia gives a fair assessment. Check it out here.

Jake Von Slatt, one of the go-to icons of the Steampunk movement gives a really good personal definition. His house is every steampunk's dream home. He really walks the talk.

The go-to band for Steampunk is Abney Park. They really draw crowds at Dragoncon. A fan made this video for them with lots of iconic images.

I also found this fantastically fantastical french video that has some pretty awesome steampunk sensibilities.

a really cool steampunk themed cafe in Portland

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


This year's WindyCon has a Steampunk theme. click below for details.


The dubba dubba CW weighs in on the whole "I was an emo teen vampire" genre with "The Vampire Diaries" coming this fall.


The Series Kings is slated to return to NBC in June. Has anyone actually seen it?