With 2014 on the go and the craziness of the holidays finally settling down, it's time to finish our year in review, with a comprehensive look at the interviews, stories, and geek features we loved in 2013!
We spent our July like many of of our fellow geeks, getting ready for and finally enjoying Comic Con International 2013 in San Diego. We spoke with Chris Gore on Surviving Comic Con, checked out Geek’s Comic-Con Physical Training Routine, and barely made it out with our lives from the Walking Dead Escape! We were all blown away by the announcement of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, not to mention the reveal of Avengers: Age of Ultron, for which James Spader was later cast as Ultron. We geeked out with Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, ran the Course of the Force and talked horror with James Wan. After celebrating 50 Issues of Elephantmen with Richard Starkings, we checked out 10 Musicians Who Crossed Over to Comics, then ended the month in true Geek fashion with the Star Wars Summit.
The summer continued as Peter Capaldi was Announced as the Twelfth Doctor, and the Internet shut down when Ben Affleck was Cast as Batman. We took a look at one of our most anticipated films of 2014 with our Guardians of the Galaxy Update, while looking back with our Appreciation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We geeked out at the Saturn Awards After-Party, spoke with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow, enjoyed a Cornetto Retrospective with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright, and celebrated the Geekie Awards with Kristen Nedopak. We marveled at Germany’s Fire Breathing Dragon Robot, and squee’d over Scott Petterson’s awesome Blade Runner Action Figures. We said goodbye as Fringe Moved On, and relived our geeky youth with the 40 Best ’90s Cartoon Theme Songs. Finally, we released our new Geek Magazine iPhone App, but you probably already knew that!
Our September started off with a look at the fan-favorite Batman: Black and White 50th Statue Milestone, and we listed our Best It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Episodes. Hayao Miyazaki Announced His Retirement, DC Comics dealt with the Harley Quinn Controversy while we took a look at their recent History of Editorial Problems. We spoke with nerd queen Katee Sackhoff, and enjoyed speaking with Mortal Kombat: Legacy II cast and director Kevin Tancharoen, all while we studied Hunger Games Beauty Tutorials. We unleashed our imagination with X-Force – A GEEK Casting Call, took a look at Marvel Studios Phase Two, and discussed The Slushoverse Theory at length. We were amazed as Voyager I Left the Solar System, and Boston Dynamics showed off their Combat-Ready Robowarrior. We looked to the future of Gesture Control, and were stunned by the Projection Mapping Technology we witnessed in Box.
October saw the government shutdown, which didn’t stop NASA’s Busy Week, and we were collectively amazed yet horrified by Boston Dynamics Super Fast Wireless Robot. Gravity wowed us in theaters, as did the Days of Future Past trailer. We definitely enjoyed our interviews, as we sat down with Curse of Chucky Director Don Mancini, will.i.am and Brian David Johnson discussed Wizards & Robots, Rob Corddry talked about Childrens Hospital among other things, we sent a night with Rich Baker and MAC Makeup, and Jovanka Vuckovic chatted about her new book. We Teamed with Newegg to Build a Liquid-Cooled Computer and started the Console Death Match as the PS4 and Xbox One were released. We took a look at the Greatest Horror Remakes in History, Marvel Comics Best Video Games (don’t worry, we didn’t forget the DC Comics edition), and celebrated Benedict Cumberbatch as the Geek of the Hour!
We checked out the set of Thor: The Lost World, and cheered when we heard Marvel/Netflix were bringing us Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders mini-series. The Sprinkler Meteor puzzled astronomers, and we prepared to head to Mars in the near future. DC Comics moved shop to Burbank, Grant Gustin and the Flash received a standalone pilot, and we chatted with Norman Reedus about the end of the world. We found out what we Need to Know About Doctor Who in time to celebrate The Doctor’s 50th Anniversary in true Geek fashion. Finally we celebrated the holiday with our Favorite Thanksgiving Movies!
We started the final month of the year with a look at the adaptations of Elmore Leonard, then switched gears and checked out Disney’s Frozen. The various Cinematic Universes expanded, as David Goyer signed with DC, Simon Kinberg signed with Fox, and Sony announced Venom and a Sinister Six film right before dropping the first Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. Fox followed all of that up by announcing 2016′s X-Men: Apocalypse, while casting announcements kept coming as we learned Gal Gadot will be Wonder Woman, and Paul Rudd will play Ant-Man! We listed 5 Aspects of Godzilla we Need to See, and checked out Customized Action Figures for the Power Rangers 25th Anniversary.
We continued our interest in science and technology with the Sign Language Ring, and the First Captured Video of the Moon Orbiting Earth. We celebrated 5 Foody Ways to Enjoy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and were thrilled that Knights of Badassdom finally received a release date! We spoke with the team behind Star Trek: Phase II, celebrated 25 Years of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and kept our eyes glued to the DARPA Robotics Challenge. We looked to the future with the Ocean Cleanup Array and the Bioprosthetic Heart, while enjoying the past with Quantum Leap‘s Most Memorable Leaps. We celebrated Christmas Curmudgeons and spent New Years Eve with Spider-Man himself!
We released three more issues of Geek Magazine in the last half of 2013 as well. You picked up our Simon Pegg and Nick Frost cover, then geeked out over our Norman Reedus issue, and fought with your friends over our RoboCop coverage, and we loved every minute of it!
2013 was a great year for us, and we can’t wait to share some of our 2014 plans with our fellow geeks.