GR2 Weekly- 31 May 2015 Edition

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31 May 2015

Howdy and a good evening to you all!  Azzy here once more and since it seems to be that time of the week (amazing how fast it can fly), guess it’s time for another blogisode of GR2 Weekly!  So yeah, WWE Elimination Chamber was a thing Sunday night (as a WWE Network exclusive).  For an event that was quite literally thrown together at the last minute (it wasn’t even on the docket until a few weeks beforehand). It was fairly well-done.  Let’s just hope they don’t make a habit out of that.

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Sit down, Cole.

But anyhoo, for the sake of straying too far from the geeky norm, things were pretty much the status quo with the usual notable exceptions.  Hot Topic is set to buy out ThinkGeek, a game developer had his game (unfairly) sold for a meager $1, Konami’s PR statement to address the events of recent weeks accomplished absolutely nothing, Jaden Smith is all but set to play the lead role in an upcoming movie adaptation of Static Shock and Dinsey in all its infinite wisdom pulled the plug on Tron 3.  But on the brighter side of life, one gamer turned Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road track into a Super Mario 64 level, we got the first teaser trailer for the new Evil Dead tv show, and while it’s got a ways to go to be adequate, we are finally going to get at least some Women’s teams in the upcoming FIFA ’16 game later this year, it looks like we’re going back to the realm of the supernatural with the next Kamen Rider show (as Kamen Rider Ghost was just trademarked) and we finally got to see the Ball of Awesometicity that is the over-the-top homage to 1980’s action flicks, Kung Fury.  But here are this week’s Winners for Rant and Rave of the Week.  Enjoy!

Geek Rant of the Week

This week’s subject for Rant of the Week one of the bigger doozies I’ve Ranted about this calendar year.  I think it may also have been the very first Rant I’ve done that was based off the very first link I posted for a week.  Anyhoo, the massive Epic Fail goes as follows: At Denver Comic Con the weekend prior, the convention itself came under heavy fire from critics….and for good reasons.  One of the aforementioned convention’s panels, “Women In Comics” had one glaring problem with it, but I’ll show you the description and list of panelists and let you see for yourself what doesn’t add up. “With the female interest in comics increasing lately, this panel discusses many of the popular female characters from the beginning of the superhero mid 1930s comics. Also a focus on some of the women that were able to break in the mostly all male club of creating comics during that time. Includes an introduction to many of the female illustrators/creators attending the convention.

 

 

Kevin Robinette – Instructor Academy Art University of San Francisco, History of American Comics

 

Craig Glassen – Art Instructor, Denver area schools

 

Jason H. Tucker – The Way Interactive graphic novel app

Yeah.  Not a single one of the panelists is female.  This clearly (and understandably) did not sit well with too many people.  The part that’s even more infuriating was they had a golden opportunity to have Trinia Robbins (who is widely regarded as the foremost expert on the history of women in comics) who was a Guest at DCC, yet they never bothered to get her involved.  Also, one of the panelists (as an attendee tweeted), made the remark of “because girls get bored with comics easily.”  Problem #3 comes in the form of the response of the criticism from it’s PR Head, Jason Jansky (of DStreet PR).  Not only did he argue that the all-male panel was justified because the panel was a historical anaylisis of comics history instead of more current involvement with women in the industry, he also had the gall to say (in the immortal words of Michael Cole) “And I quote!”: “The Women in Comics panel was a submitted panel that featured respected academics on the subject.”  Of which I can only respond…….

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I’m sorry, but somebody who creates a “graphic novel app” doesn’t qualify as an Academic, so consider that argument invalid.  But really, If that’s all it takes to be an Academic these days, then where the frig is my Doctor’s Degree?  And all I do is write a weekly blog as a (unpaid) hobby. The attendees made sure they gave their opinions, as he panel got a meager 1.8 Stars out of 5 on Guidebook.  Frankly, I’m surprised it even got that high of a rating.  But enough of that garbage.  Time to move on to something infinitely more entertaining.

Geek Rave of the Week

Speaking of early winners, the subject of this week’s Rave of the Week came just 24 hours after the Denver Comic Con fiasco.  As much grief as I have given the wrestling promotion in recent years, I am still a fan of the WWE (mostly because of NXT, but Raw does have flashes of brilliance) and have been a subscriber of the WWE Network since Day 1.  I do though skip some of its programming from time to time with opting to skip this past Monday’s episode of Raw.  For the most part, I was justified in my action (helped too the new season of American Ninja Warrior started last week), but there was one moment that did kinda make me wish I would have tuned in.  It’s also the reason I’m even mentioning the WWE so much in this week’s blog.

As I do mention every chance I get to people, I am a maor fan of the television show Arrow (based on the DC Comics character, Green Arrow).  It just so happened that one of the fans attending in the front row was none other than Stephen Amell himself (who plays Oliver Queen/Arrow on the show).  Things got pretty interesting soon after the announcers acknowledged his presence.  At the start of the Stardust-Neville match (a match Stardust would go on to lose), Stardust noted Amell’s presence and decided to pay the Savior of Starling City a visit.

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Not sure if that was wise, bro.  :3

But what made the confrontation even more compelling was Stardust’s post-match interview, in which he invited the Arrow star to return for another confrontation, which you can see here.  And as of last night, rumors have been making the rounds that there may very well be a match between Amell and Stardust at SummerSlam.  While I tend to be extremely leery and pessimistic about celebrity involvements in WWE (especially matches), given how immensely I enjoy Arrow and how much Stardust reminds some of my friends of Mr. Sinister, I’m going to give this one a Pass, especially if they decide to make it a Steel Cage match.

Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end.  Like I earlier mentioned, next Sunday will see not a GR2 Weekly blog post, but the Convention Recap for this year’s No Brand Con, so do please look forward to that.  And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to follow me both on Tumblr and WordPress.  You are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page and I just as strongly encourage you to like and comment on some of the links I post.  I enjoy interacting with you all.  See you next week!  While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody.  Sonny Strait will be a happy person.  😛

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