2013 is almost over, so let's take a moment to compile a year in review as we look back at some of our favorite moments and stories from the past year here on GEEK.
The year started large with the announcement that JJ Abrams would be directing Star Wars Episode VII, which was followed by the reveal of standalone Star Wars films running alongside the new trilogy. We saw the debut of the Weekly Comic Pull List and the Monthly Book Drop, and we saw the end of an era, with the closing of numerous video rental stores as streaming continued to take over the market. The animated short Paperman made a huge splash when it was released on Youtube, and we enjoyed a look at other great cartoons with The 20 Best Superhero Animated Series. A couple of exclusive interviews (Uncanny Avengers Rick Remender and Grimm‘s David Giuntoli) paired with a few great Geek Features (GEEK’s 20 Greatest Joker Moments and Comic Box: Spider-Man’s Confusingly Crappy Clone Saga) ended the first month of 2013.
February began with sad news, as Cartoon Network announced the cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, much to the horror of a dedicated group of fans. This behavior continued later in the year when Beware the Batman was dropped from CN’s schedule. We didn’t let that stop us from enjoying Toy Fair 2013, or The One Expected Hobbit Oscar Party. We spoke with Wreck-It-Ralph director Rich Moore, and shook our collective heads at the travesty that was A Good Day to Die Hard. Chris Pratt was announced as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, and we discussed the character of Wonder Woman and her cinematic future, while learning how to be a better hero with the Greatest Traits of Nightwing. The best moment of the month was undoubtedly the fact that GEEK Magazine started offering subscriptions!
March came in like a lamb as we celebrated on our own GEEK stage at SXSW 2013, and had a fantastic time at WonderCon Anaheim. We mourned the loss of the latest Robin, Damian Wayne while celebrating the Rotating Roster of Robins, and grouped together to help Kickstart the Veronica Mars movie. We got our game on at Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar in Vegas, and listed the 50 Game Sequels and Remakes We’re Dying to Play. We celebrated like geeks with Trekspert Advice and a look at G.I. Joe Collecting, and went out like a lioness with a look at the True Power in Westeros: The Women of Game of Thrones.
The announcement of Finding Dory excited us, but we lost Star Wars 1313 as Disney closed Lucasarts. After listing 8 Companies Disney Should Buy we jammed out with 15 of the Greatest Game Intros, And then we took our time savoring BioShock: infinite, which made our list as one of the Best Games of 2013. After checking out 8 Unaired Comic Book TV PIlots we fought over Capcom’s 25 Greatest Fighting Games, but luckily we reconciled as we discussed 5 X-Men Storylines That Would Make Great Movies. And of course, who could forget our Highly Animated Interview with Cheech & Chong or our Interview with Jerry Buckner!
The summer began with our look at the Next Phase in Augmented Reality, followed by our list of Awesome TV Shows That Didn’t Survive Their First Season. Iron Man 3‘s 2nd Biggest US Opening of All Time not only inspired us to take a look at Shane Black’s Road to Iron Man 3, but to discuss Great Additions to the MCU as well as DC Characters Who Need Their Own Films already. This was followed shortly by the official announcement of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., plus the first trailer for the return of Arrested Development and the announcement of Star Wars: Rebels got us amped up for new television. What really topped this month off was the Xbox One Unveiling and the Halo TV series announcement, not to mention how we Celebrated Geek Pride Day!
We started off June by sitting down with The Hangover director Todd Phillips, fellow geek Sam Witwer, and discussed our future overlords with AI expert Massimiliano Versace. And who could forget our Twitterview with Ryan Penagos AKA Marvel’s Agent M? We enjoyed the Run for Your Lives Undead 5k Run, and had a blast at E3 2013 where we witnessed the Most Hype Trailers and were further introduced to one of our most anticipated games of 2014, Watch Dogs. We took a look at the Comics that Came Before Man of Steel, a film that had the Highest June Opening Ever. The Third and Fourth Amazing Spider-Man Sequels were announced, and we celebrated by taking a look at our Favorite Superhero Best Buds while listening to the geeky nerdcore rap of Adam Warrock. Finally, we went Mental Over 80′s Mecha Metal, in an 8-part series that celebrated the history of some of our favorite 80′s Mechs.
Of course, any look back at 2013 wouldn’t be complete without issues from Geek Magazine. Vol. 2 started off with a bang as we featured the iconic actors of the Star Trek franchise, which was followed up with a look at Revolution, and then, with one of our favorite covers of the year, we took a look at Star Wars. So much more in the issues themselves, which you can purchase here!
That wraps up the first half of our 2013 year in review, and some of our best moments and stories. We’ll take a look at the end of the year following the New Years Eve recovery!