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Week of the Geek 8/26/17

Welcome back to Week of the Geek! Thanks for bearing with me through my little GISHWHES break. I had a blast and my team accomplished so much! I’ll attach some of our more awe-inspiring items at the end of the newsletter. For now, let’s jump into the news!


While there has been no official announcement, during a Q&A on Facebook, James Gunn dropped hints that he might consider bringing in fan favorite Nova for a movie sometime in the future, if the MCU gods allow. The series seems well-positioned for it, as it continues to get a bit more galactic in scope.


Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, considering its phenomenal success, Stranger Things has already been renewed for a third season, with showrunners saying they expect it to end in season 4. Season 2, featuring Sean Astin in addition to the Season 1 cast, premieres on October 27th.

J.K. Rowling fans, rejoice! The first trailer for the latest adaptation of her work is here. Rowling began writing a murder mystery series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith a few years ago, and now it’s getting a series on the BBC. The show premieres tomorrow on BBC One.

Right now everyone seems focused on The Defenders, but the first trailer for the next Netflix Marvel series has been released: The Punisher. The trailer is surprisingly lacking in violence, considering who we’re talking about, but features some decidedly ominous music. There is still no release date, but we can speculate that it’ll be out before the end of the year.


This one may be a reach for your younger gamers, but for those of us who grew up with the series, this is exciting news: there is (FINALLY) an Age of Empires IV in development! The original game studio that made the series is defunct, which isn’t surprising since it’s been over a decade since the last installment, but Relic Entertainment is working to develop the new sequel. There are currently no details available, but we know it’s in development for PC.


Everyone’s been enjoying the Voltron series that’s on Netflix now, with a fourth season about to drop in October. It’s gotten so popular that even Denny’s has gotten in on the fun, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In response to fan’s demands, a new Voltron comic is coming out, also in October. The issues will drop twice a month, so update your pull lists now!


If you enjoy Dungeons and Dragons (and shenanigans), check out The Adventure Zone! I’m not gonna lie — when I started it, I wasn’t crazy about it. I was just coming off of the emotional drama that is Critical Role, and the humor and shenanigans of TAZ were a shock, for sure. But Griffin McElroy’s masterful storytelling (seriously, if you stick to the end, you discover there’s no such thing as a minor character) drew me in and by the end I was left sobbing over these amazing characters. Give it a try!

That’s all for this Week of the Geek! As promised, enjoy the GISHWHES shenanigans below. See you next week!

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Jeff Goldblum!!! on Ice

Week of the Geek: 4/29/17

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Justice League Pop Funko

Can’t wait for the Justice League movie coming this November? No worries! Thanks to DC teaming up with Pop! Funko, you can fill the void with tiny, cute versions of the film’s stars starting in August. Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Superman will all be available (despite Superman’s appearance theoretically being a secret).

Jareth and Sarah in Labyrinth

The 30th anniversary of Labyrinth (which was actually last year) has given rise to a number of new collectibles, including a Jareth figure, a hardvover Visual History book, and an ongoing graphic novel series. Collectors can now add a vinyl record reissue to their vaults. The soundtrack includes 12 iconic songs from the movie (remastered, of course), a replica of the original sleeve, and images of Bowie from the movie. The album is available for pre-order and will ship on May 12th.

Jeff Goldblum, uh… finds a way. That’s how the quote goes, right? He has, at the very least, found his way back to the dinosaurs, as he was announced earlier this week as being cast in the Jurassic World sequel. Dr. Ian Malcolm, a long-time fan favorite, is returning to the franchise, though there’s no word on if this will be a large role or just a cameo.

Lucasfilm announced the release dates for films in two major franchises: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Star Wars: Episode IX, the last in the new trilogy, is slated to be released May 24th, 2019. The next Indiana Jones movie, the 5th in the franchise, will come out the next year with a release date of July 10th, 2020. Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are both returning to the film; no word yet on Shia LeBeouf.

The Kingsman sequel got its first full trailer this week, showing plenty of action and some surprise returns. Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees Taron Egerton as well as Colin Firth returning, joined by Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Elton John, and Halle Berry.


This is technically also movie news, but I’m sticking it down here since most people are familiar, at least right now, with Yuri!!! on Ice as a TV show. That could be about to change, though, as it was just announced today that the series will now be getting a movie. Because this news is so new (and was also announced in Japanese) I don’t have much information on it yet, but I will update you as I know more.


It’s International Tabletop Day! Why are you reading this when you could be playing? Go roll some dice, we’ll still be here tomorrow! Click here to find games happening near you.

Sailor Moon Crystal

Speaking of tabletop games, Sailor Moon has two board games coming out later this year — and in English! The crowds of American geeks whose first exposure to anime was Sailor Moon experienced a childhood devoid of any good merchandise, but the Sailor Moon Crystal reboot has taken care of that problem.

Other Stuff

Ever heard of GISHWHES? If not, you should have! GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, and it is true to its name. Founded and run by Supernatural star Misha Collins, GISHWHES is a week-long event celebrating art, kindness, and thinking outside the box. Signups opened up recently, and I highly recommend anyone who might be interested to check it out! I’ve participated for four years and can’t say enough good things about it. You’ll make friends, change lives, and have fun.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to speak with a geek maker this week, so in its place I offer up another fun playlist. This playlist was inspired by Critical Role, a weekly show about voice actors playing D&D. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds like, I promise. Their shenanigans and drama spawned this playlist. If you love it, Geek and Sundry also has playlists developed by each actor for their character!

Thanks for riding along with this Week of the Geek. Did you learn anything new and exciting, or did I miss something important? Tell me in the comments!