Feb 282014
 

I know I typically reserve this column for horror and sci-fi, but every so often a fantasy film finds its way into my neck of the woods. Now, fantasy is technically described as films where magic and dragons and people in vaguely medieval/renaissance costuming dueling it out. But sometimes, fantasies aren’t about traversing a majestic landscape on an epic quest. Some fantasies are about the people who dream them up.

Let’s take a look at The LEGO Movie.

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Feb 282014
 

All-Star Western #31

Yesterday I got quite a scare when Bleeding Cool initially reported that DC had announced the cancellation of All-Star WesternLuckily, series co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti took to Twitter and cleared things up, stating:

“ALL STAR WESTERN is not cancelled at 31…but we have to get the numbers up soon, as sales dictate what happens to a book. Always.”

Then today he stated:

“Just to squash the rumors from yesterday, All-Star Western has NOT been cancelled. Lower numbers but you can help support!!”

I’m a big fan of the Western genre and regret that this title, one that is consistently entertaining, interesting, and redefines what it means to be a Western, is on the verge of cancellation because of low sales numbers. Now, I’m not a man who’s fond of taking the gloomy outlook, especially with series I love, but I’ve been burned before. Still, my goal today is to convince fans to try out All-Star Western so it can keep surviving and filling the comic market with its awesome glory. Why should you support this comic? Check out my breakdown of reasons after the jump.

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Feb 272014
 

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Off the back of Payday 2 and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Swedish studio Starbreeze has recovered from 15 years of loss in only six months.

“To put the past six months in perspective, I would like to highlight that Starbreeze historically, from 1998 to June 2013, accumulated a total loss of SEK 94 million (approximately USD$14.4 million),” CEO Bo Andersson Klint said in the company’s half-year earnings report. “Thanks to our new business model, reorganization and a focus on our own brands, we have – in only two quarters – generated a profit before tax of SEK 104 million (approximately USD$16 million).”

Talk about making bank.

Payday 2 was created by Overkill, another Swedish developer that Starbreeze acquired in 2012. Andersson revealed that Starbreeze signed a new contract with publisher 505 Games to continue developing and refining Payday 2 for the next 20 months.

Andersson also said that Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has finally started generating royalty income for Starbreeze, bringing in around $250,000 in the last quarter.

In this day and age of layoffs and studio closures, it’s nice to hear a longstanding company doing well. Here’s hoping that Starbreeze continues to do well.

[via: IGN and Gamespot]

Feb 272014
 

X-O Manowar #22

X-O Manowar’s Aric of Dacia is about to enter a new phase of his life as he joins both M.E.R.O. and Unity. With his armor back in hand, the Visigoth leader must now become a follower of these organizations. With new threats ever on the horizon for our reluctant hero, let’s take a look at X-O Manowar #22 from Valiant Entertainment.

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Feb 262014
 

Aksys Games, publisher of Muramasa Rebirth in the West, today released the second piece of DLC titled “A Cause to Daikon For” in Europe. It was released in North America yesterday. The first piece of DLC, “Fishy Tales of the Nekomata,” was released on November 7, 2013 in Japan and last month in North America and Europe (January 15 and 22, respectively).  Continue reading »