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Songs for the Dead

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Questing! Swords! Necromancy! All of these things are completely foreign to me, sadly. Should it be sad that I’m not familiar with necromancy? I guess there is somewhat of a negative stigma attached to the esoteric art of RAISING THE DEAD. My upbringing tended to skew more science fiction and less fantasy so I was very curious about the independent comic book Songs for the Dead when it was brought to my attention. How did I feel about it? Hit the jump to find out!

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BBP! Guide To Fan Expo Canada: Day 4 #FXC17

Day four of Fan Expo Canada 2017 starts with an early rise and shine, a cold shower, a healthy breakfast, and a cup (or two) of coffee. Grab your backpack – we’re heading out the door for our last, but still busy, day at the Metropolitan Convention Centre.

It’s a long weekend here in Toronto, and that means today you’ll see lots of kids saddling up next to their favourite cosplay superhero or Pikachu for a chance at a photograph. School starts next week, and you can be sure that tales of #FXC17 will echo through the locker-clad hallways.

There’s always one-more-thing to get, isn’t there? So, as you pick your brain for that last item of fancy, here are the things Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out between the Sunday hours of 10 AM to 5 PM…

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BBP! Guide To Fan Expo Canada 2017: Day 1 Of #FXC17

It’s Day 1 of Fan Expo Canada 2017. Are you prepped?

Let’s run through your pre-game checklist:

  • A hardy breakfast and lunch
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A backpack
  • A visit to the cash machine
  • Your list of pop-culture themed heart’s desires

If you haven’t got those five items checked off yet, what are you waiting for? This is Day 1! You plan to make it through to Day 2, don’t you???

Follow us down pop culture lane! Biff Bam Pop! is making it’s way to the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre and, between the hours of 4 PM and 9 PM today, there are a number of things to do and see…and tips you need to know.

Let’s not dally another minute…here we go!

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The force is with Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia this May the 4th

It’s May the 4th, which means any self-respecting geek is celebrating Star Wars in some way, shape or form.

This year, as like so many in the past, my Princess and I will be perusing the latest Star Wars hardcover book that our friends from DK sent my way – Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.

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The Flash S03 E14: ‘Attack on Central City’

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In the first half of this special Flash: Gorilla City two-parter, the showrunners gave us a taste of what Super Gorilla Grodd was like in the Silver Age of comics, but this time we see just how dangerous Grodd can be these days. We’ve seen Gorilla City, meet me after the extradimensional jump for my thoughts about “Attack on Central City.” Can The Flash survive?

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 2-1-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes two superhero teams, one elder and one younger, a major villain of a completely different universe, Star Wars, and the best and most fun new super-heroine of the year so far. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Avengers #4, Champions #5, Darth Maul #1, and The Unstoppable Wasp #2!

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Audiences Boarded “Rogue One” This Weekend

It was a big weekend at the box office for Star Wars fans, as the latest film in the sci-fi franchise took over cinemas. Here’s what went down:

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While we wait for the weekend actual to arrive, the estimated box office returns have come in and, unsurprisingly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered outstanding results. The story of the rebels who attempt to steal the plans for the original Death Star from the Empire brought in an estimate $155 million to win the weekend. While the film’s opening weekend earnings is off from last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which had a record setting debut of $247 million, there are factors that need to be considered with that analysis. First, it had been more than ten years between the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, so there had been a lot of pent-up anticipation for a new franchise film. Secondly, Rogue One is introducing a whole new set of characters, whereas The Force Awakens promoted the return of icons like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. There was no way a standalone film would be able to reach those lofty heights, so I’m sure Disney and Lucasfilm are more than ecstatic with both the commercial and critical reaction to Rogue One.

Personally speaking, while I enjoyed Rogue One well enough, I definitely didn’t love it as much as other Star Wars fans. While the performances and special effects were all excellent, I think knowing the end result just made the film somewhat anticlimactic for me. I would also say that the score from Michael Giacchino was incredibly underwhelming. Apparently, he only had something like four weeks to complete the work and it shows. While expecting anyone’s work to reach the heights of John Williams’ classic pieces, Rogue One certainly needed something more epic and stirring than what it received. However, it is nice to see that the studio stayed true to the ideas that this is a self-contained story, while still managing to brilliantly tie it directly into A New Hope.

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Will Audiences Go “Rogue One” This Weekend?

What a silly question, right? Of course audiences are going rogue this weekend. The only question that matters is how much money will the new Star Wars film bring in. Here’s our prediction:

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first standalone film in the venerable franchise. That means this story and these characters are one and done. No sequel. No prequel. And, perhaps most importantly, no Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker – you’ll have to wait until next year for their return in Episode VIII. Even still, the trailers have made it clear that Rogue One will have an appearance by Darth Vader, as it tells the story of the rebels who steal the plans for the original Death Star. While the hunger for new Star Wars product was satiated last year with The Force Awakens, there’s no doubt that Rogue One will still find a huge audience this weekend. Look for a first place debut with $165 million.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S02 E07: “Invasion!”

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The television crossover event of the season, Heroes v Aliens, concludes here in this week’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. To catch up on the Dominion’s attack on the Earth, you can click here for the first night with Supergirl, here for the second night with The Flash, and here for the offbeat third part coinciding with the 100th episode of Arrow. After probing the minds of five of our heroes, the Dominators have constructed a weapon to use on us. As their mothership approaches the Earth for their final assault, can the united heroes of our world save us? Find out after the jump in my review of the concluding chapter of “Invasion!”

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The Flash S03 E07: Killer Frost

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The cliffhanger last episode introduced what is to be one of the major big bads this season, Savitar, the god of speed, but I think the Flash will have his hands full this time with a more closer, intimate threat – his friend and Team Flash mate Caitlin Snow is on her way to becoming Killer Frost! Meet me after the super speed jump for my thoughts on this week’s Kevin Smith-directed  episode “Killer Frost!”

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