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Ep 130 – Fangirls Night 2: Return to the She-vil Lair

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Hey hey, Evil Geeks! While the Evil Geek guys are away, Undies of Wondy takes over this weeks’ episode. Undies attended Fangirls night at Earthworld Comics back in March and interviewed a bunch of the all female crowd that showed up that night. It’s time for the ladies to geek out on this episode of Transmissions From the Evil Lair!

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Ep 129 – Talking Kapow-I Go Go w/ Matthew Cox & Exploring the Multiverse w/ C. Anthony Burdette

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Hey now, Evil Geeks! we have an incredible show lined up for you today; First up, C-Mart has a 1 on 1 talk with Matthew Cox, writer of the live stage show Kapow-I Go Go. KIGG is a live action tale based firmly in the lore of your favorite cartoons and video games, particularly the Final Fantasy series. For more info and tickets, head over to kapowigogo.com. Next up, Big Evil, C-Mart, Martian Luthor Kang, and Undies of Wondy talk all things comics, with C. Anthony Burdette, writer for The Comics Multiverse blog for TimesUnion.com. Hope you enjoy the show!

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Four Old School Video Games That Should Be Comic Books

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Archie Comics’ Mega Man but it got me thinking besides a few notable exceptions why aren’t there more comic books based on old school video games? It seems like a strange oversight. Perhaps there’s an issue acquiring the legal rights, but never the less here is a hastily assembled list (with a little help from Arthur Harkness) of those that I feel could transition flawlessly.

1. The Final Fantasy Series 

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Even if you only adapted the first 3 U.S. releases in the series you’d still have enough story to make a killer book. There’s a significant lack of high fantasy books on the shelf to begin with, throw in some incredibly iconic looking characters (Black Mage from FF1 anyone?), some cover art by concept designer Yoshitaka Amano and you got yourself a stew/book. The beauty of it is in the first game the plot is pretty basic, but you could incorporate so many more story points while keeping franchise essentials as part of it. The next two games (especially FF3) boast pretty complex storylines that would fit well if it were adapted.

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Villain Spotlight: Sephiroth

Oh what a gloomy day it is today my fellow geeks. It has been nonstop rain in the land of Harkness, and the sky is a dull grey. The best part it, I love gloomy weather. It makes me feel less guilty for being super lazy most of the time. However, even on gloomy days, work needs to be done, and I would be beside myself if I didn’t give you all what you want, because Arthur knows what you all want….Villains!! Today I bring to you the master of doom and gloom, and the bastard of Midgar…Sephiroth!!

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First off, I would like to say that if you do not know who Sephiroth is, you are sorely missing out on a character who is at times more complex than most characters you will encounter in any medium, yet other times so straight forward that you would think he had some kind of asshole disease. He is the star (sorry Cloud, but you know this is true) of Final Fantasy 7, and the main reason (later on) our titular heroes go on the quest to save the day. Wielding a sword that literally is not possible to wield, he creates many misfortunes and schemes that plague the heroes throughout their entire journey.  He is even responsible for what could arguably be one of the most traumatic and shock inducing gaming deaths in history, which we will get to later, because it’s so awesome.

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NYCC Roundup – Top 5 Costumes

Hey Nerds!

We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again, but here’s our NYCC Cosplay Top 5 brought to you from your friendly neighborhood Evil Geeks….hope you enjoy!

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There were so many insanely amazing costumes at comic con that it’s really hard to determine the “best” but I can definitely give you my favorites. For me, it’s very important that you actually physically resemble the person your imitating. So if you have an incredibly elaborate costume but look nothing like the character, your not gonna make it onto Biff Tannen’s list.

5. Matt Murdock – I dont know why but I find this costume both awesome and hilarious. For those of you who don’t know, Murdock is Daredevil’s alter ego a blind lawyer. I saw two Murdock’s, one Friday and one Saturday. The one from Friday changed into Daredevil on Saturday. Both were excellent.

(Which also begs the question, why wasn’t Butter Bean dressed up as Kingpin?)

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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

If you’re anything like me, you have fond memories of Final Fantasy II  (IV in Japan) for the SNES. At the time it did what any great video game sequel does. Take what works from the original, use it as a foundation and build up on it. It gave us an interesting and in depth story (with cinematic opening), well defined characters and excellent graphics. After playing it for five minutes it made you forget all about Final Fantasy I.

*Side Note: This of course would be surpassed in a few short years by Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI in Japan for those keeping score) for the SNES and ultimately Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 1 which could very well be the pinnacle of RPG video games. But at the time Final Fantasy II was the greatest.

After beating Final Fantasy II (IV!) did you ever wonder what happened to Cecil and Rosa? What about Kane, the yojimboing Dragoon? Well, like 99% of the world, probably not. However, in 2008 the Nintendo Wii produced a downloadable WiiWare gamed called Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, set 17 years after the end of the original game.

It features the familiar roster of characters, a few of their children and some completely new ones as well. It utilizes the same maps (with some new locations and dungeons) character design/graphics and that wonderful music we’ve all grown accustomed too.

There are a few drawbacks that I’d be remised to not talk about. The game takes an episodic approach where you follow one of the heroes quest per game and each of these has to be purchased individually. The other big downside is that enemy attack ratio is insane, every 4 or 5 steps you get thrown into a battle. This can become very, very annoying. All in all though, it’s a mindless RPG where you won’t have to learn new things. In fact, I’m not even sure I could properly recall the storyline (something about the second moon returning and the crystals being stolen again?)  If you’re looking for something new that feels old and familiar or if you’re a fan of 16 bit era RPG games this one is for you.

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