TV REVIEW: MAD MEN: THE FORECAST

The Forecast

Review by Slewo

This episode of Mad Men has quite the fitting title. The story spends a majority of its time reflecting upon the past, the decisions made, and using those as tea leaves to divine the future. While the final season has had an air of finality hanging about it, this episode kicks that into overdrive. The 70’s have started, and there are a lot of examples of people feeling past their prime, or wondering what could have been filling the air. Don, Betty, Peggy, Pete, Roger, and everyone else are all sucked in that foul mix of nostalgia and foreboding of what comes next, as well as the prospect of loops being repeated again and again.

Sally throughout the series has been subject to the disappointing reality of her parent’s imperfections, a prime example of how the cycle of parental abuse in the series transforms children. The previous seasons showed her mother’s attempts to control and demean her or her father’s abject apathy and even adultery in the face of the values they attempted to teach her. While Don and Betty have both grown and changed in various ways, in the end they both have habits they fall victim to repeatedly. As Sally tells Don near the end of the episode, her mother and father both can’t help themselves when someone shows interest in them, they both fall victim to their instincts: Betty to her vanity when Glenn showers attention upon her, and Don treating girls like women he can leer at respectively. Sally as has been her want throughout the series doesn’t want to be the way she perceives them: as hypocritical and dishonest. They’ve both shown signs of growth: Betty’s attempts to exist outside the house by studying for a degree in psychiatry (heh), Don’s attempts to integrate himself into the lives of his children respectively. Despite all that though, Sally is once again on the money, Betty still has her need to be worshipped as an idol, while Don is more than happy to flatter someone who appeals to his ego, which makes Sally’s condemnation of her parents less of a misunderstanding, and more of a sad consequence of years of watching her parents act out. While her parents both warn her in their own respective ways of how she’s like them, she also gets embedded in that warning the advice to rise above them. Despite their flaws Betty and Don are one of the very few examples of parents who want their child to rise above what they could give them.

Sally’s own storyline in the entire run of Mad Men has been played to a much sadder conclusion with Glen. Glen has been a favorite character of mine throughout the series, most of his growth has been in the periphery after the first season, and the summation we get here is dark. The way Glen has been played in the last few seasons has been as a reflection of Don: neglected, without drive, and struggling to fill a void left by a lack of motherly love. That attempt extends to even signing up for the military just to escape a disappointed father, and finally have a shot at Betty which completely crashes. He’s not the first person to play a would-be Don, and he’s not the last to attempt to follow in his footsteps even within this episode.17557442-mmmain

In terms of other loops leading back to him, Don’s famous (or infamous) last minute save of Lucky Strike is brought up several times, both in passing, and as one of Don’s awesome feats during his time at Sterling Cooper. Johnny Mathis’ failed attempt to evoke that moment during his client meeting is yet another in a long string of men who made failed attempts to be Don. Duck, Pete, and Ted are a few of the men who’ve either attempted to be like or paralleled Don in their own lives throughout the series, and as Johnny points out to Don it doesn’t always work out for the people who try. Something like showing up in regular clothes as opposed to formal golf attire, or telling off a client might work when you’re Don, but other people don’t have that same confidence that makes it come off as charming, as opposed to idiotic as Glen and Johnny demonstrated.dd2

That theme also leads back to the recurring seasonal theme and even the series theme of attempting to find lasting happiness. Finding what defines you also means examining yourself in the past, as well as the future. Plenty of self-examination occurs in the episode, from the aforementioned incidents, to the performance reviews that keep showing up in the episode, as well as the titular forecast. Don’s being roped into giving the future prospects of Sterling Cooper to their McCann-Erickson masters isn’t really something that can end too well, since as the past few episodes have shown, he’s someone whose greater desires aren’t for something as simple as bigger accounts like Ted hopes for. Peggy’s own trials through the last few episodes also parallels that with her woes at how her job has ruled her life, and her own attempts to find something permanent in the department of happiness. But as they both ought to know, finding lasting contentment, or a permanent work of art in advertising is impossible. They work in an industry that manufactures desire in people, and in them is the struggle for something bigger.

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10 Obvious Reasons Why Cosplaying as a Nazi Is NOT a Good Idea

**Warning: May contain some inappropriately appropriate language!!

by Fenny Lin

Can we have “Magneto: Nazi Hunter” as the next Xmen movie??? Because I would watch the fuck out of that.

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See, when you read the title, you’re going to go “well, if it’s so ‘obvious’, then why does it even need to be said?”…and before a few weeks ago, I would have completely agreed with you. But during All-Con Dallas weekend this year, I found out that dressing up as a Nazi is now a “thing”. As in, there are groups dressed up as Nazis…all weekend. Different Nazi costume each day. So that was at least 3 different Nazi costumes that they packed in their luggage. So evidently, it’s not as evident as I thought…which is why we present: Top 10 Obvious Reasons Why Cosplaying as a Nazi is NOT a Good Idea (and seriously, my brain bleeds a little for having to write this…because, again, it’s just so obvious to the rest of us):

1)     DUH.

2)     Having your photo all over the internet…DRESSED AS A NAZI. Good luck with that job interview next week.

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I hope this isn’t  his LinkedIn profile photo

3)     Dressing up as a member that propagated one of the most atrocious genocides in modern history is not appropriate. Not sure why this is a bad thing? Here are some facts that I would like to shove up your arse (there are a shit ton more reasons why Nazis suck, but I can only handle so much before I need to take a power sander to my brain…which is probably something that the Nazis would do; refer to item B below. Ugh.):

  1. Nazis were the cause of over 6 million Jews being killed, and an additional 5 million non-Jewish victims that included: Romani (aka gypsies), mentally and physically handicapped, POWs, and Poles. That’s 11 million people that were persecuted and murdered.
  2. Nazis performed sadistic human experiments on their victims. These experiments varied in levels of horror that ranged from sewing twin children together to create conjoined twins, injecting dyes into eyes to change the eye color, transplanting bone, muscles and limbs without the use of anesthesia, infecting victims with various diseases and illnesses…ugh, I’m going to stop because this is making me ill.
  3. The Nazis established over 15,000 concentration camps and subcamps. That’s 15,000 interment centers to keep people whose only “ Those fit for work would perform back-breaking labor for 12 – 14 hours, with very little food. The mortality rate for these camps were over 50%…and that’s even before we get into the “Final Solution”.
  4.   The “Final Solution” was the Nazi code name for the systematic murder of *all* the Jews in Europe. Auschwitz was just *one* of these extermination camps.

4)     If you decide to dress up as a Nazi as a part of a cosplay group (i.e. Hellboy, Indiana Jones), then you should either make sure that your costume clearly shows that it’s not really a Nazi uniform (i.e. Hydra patches), or stick REALLY REALLY REALLY close to the rest of your group with the counter costumes. As in, if your Captain America goes to the bathroom, you go to the bathroom too. If your Indiana Jones decides that he needs to run up to the room to grab something, you go with him. Do not stand around, alone, WITHOUT CONTEXT as a Nazi. Because, someone is going to snap that photo of you dressed as a Nazi by the bar…and well, refer back to #2.

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Oh just a random Nazi roaming the halls. NBD…or IS IT?

5)     Unlike horrible genocides in the far far far past, the Holocaust and the effects of World War II is still recent. I know friends who have very few family members because their grandparent was the only surviving member of their entire family. We all joke about “too soon”, but this one really is just TOO SOON.

6)     Claiming that your Nazi uniform is a part of a “reenactment” (without the context of having any Allied uniforms nearby – see #4) is the worst cop out. Please just picture a group who decided to don pointy white hats and white sheets and walk around a convention under the pretense that it’s a “civil rights reenactment”. Or a bunch of people deciding to put on ISIS uniforms carrying around severed heads and claim that they are being “topical”. Is that image disturbing and not OK? Good. That same outrage you feel about having the KKK or ISIS “cosplay” should be the same outrage you feel for Nazi “cosplay”.

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If you wouldn’t wear the outfit on the left to a con, then you shouldn’t wear the one on the right either.

7)     Symbolism. Nazis are a symbol of hate. Hate groups *today* use and wear the swatzika and Nazi uniforms. Even 60+ years after WWII, these symbols and uniforms are used today as a tool to intimidate. So when you don on an SS uniform you’re not just “cosplaying”, you’re representing everything that the Nazis stood for…and if you’re not sure what that means, please refer back to #3 (above). Still not sure why historical context should factor in your decision to dress up as a Nazi? Please read Aitch’s article “Breaking Down the Michonne Cosplay Blackface and Some of the Fallacies Within”, and insert the word “fucking Nazis” where appropriate.

8) You know those Direct TV commercials with Rob Lowe? Yeah, don’t be *that guy* who decided to pose for his photo op with his “Nazi Gold”. Not sure why this is so horrific (to the point where I had to go “nooooooooo…this has to be ‘shopped…oh god what do you mean it’s not photoshopped?!?!?”)? Because Nazi Gold wasn’t just gold and money that the Nazis took from their victims (which is pretty terrible to begin with), the NAZIS RIPPED THE GOLD FILLINGS OUT OF THE TEETH OF THEIR VICTIMS. Let’s take a moment to think about that shall we? If you’re not properly horrified by this, please get yourself to a therapist. No seriously, go see a therapist, because you might be a sociopath, and not the cool kind like Dexter. Which leads me to #9…

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WTF dude. “Nazi Gold”? You, sir, are a fucking douche-canoe. Fuck you.

9)     Looking to dress up as a villain? I get it. Villains make up some of my favorite characters. Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are two of the most beloved villains in the Batman universe. And if the number of Loki cosplayers at a convention is any indication, the Trickster God would have NO problems getting a following here on Earth. And I won’t even get into how much better Dark Phoenix was than Jean Grey (or even how much more awesome the Goblin Queen was than plain old Madeline Pryor). So I get it. Villains are interesting. But here’s the thing: these characters are FICTION. The horrible things that Joker, Sabertooth, and Joffery do? All fake. But you know what’s NOT fake? The Holocaust. You know what’s NOT fiction? Concentration camps. There is a difference between dressing up as a fictional villainous character, and dressing up as someone who has ACTUALLY killed millions of people.

10)   Just don’t do it. No really. We, as nerds, have a WHOLE IMAGINARY WORLD to select from. Not just from the hundreds of characters by the Big Two comic book publishers, but we can pick from fantasy, anime, cartoons, TV shows, movies, sci-fi, books, webcomics…the list is endless. Every time I think I’ve seen every cosplay there can possibly be, someone will surprise me with something completely clever and totally awesome. So with all of our imagination, with all the worlds that we can pick from, there is never a need to dress up as people from our historical present. Especially from a group that is still so fraught with emotion and hate. One of the most beautiful things about being a nerd, is that we love weird and bizarre things that used to get us picked on, bullied, and tormented. So why would any of us wish to don on the uniform of a group of people who will forever be remembered in history as the most horrific and worst bullies, murderers, and tormentors?

TL:DR version: The SS uniform was a uniform of terror, horror and GENOCIDE. Millions died. This is not something to dress up as and make funnies and photo ops. So don’t do it. Just…don’t.

P.S. I know I didn’t directly address the whole “freedom of speech” issue, so before anyone messages me about it, I would like to point out that conventions have been known to ask skimpily clad female cosplayers to leave/change their costume. So I would think that a uniform that is synonymous with genocide and horrific atrocities would be a worse thing to wear than something that shows off boobies.

Seriously. Don’t ever do this. EVER. Just…don’t.

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It’s Always Raw…the day after – April 20, 2015

Greetings PCU-maniacs!

Time for another trip into my brain for 5 thoughts from the Monday Night Raw that was held on April 20th 2015.

This week Albany, New York is our home and Triple H is BACK. We’ll talk about him in a couple of points from tonight. I’m not sure how I feel about the show this week. The last couple of weeks I have really enjoyed the show, but this week even though the Kane/Randy/Rollins stuff still played out well the show just felt…off to me…not sure what it was. Aaaaaaanyway.

1) I think the Ambrose/Harper match really helped with the feel of “Why?” when it came to Raw. It was the opening match and it very much continued the feeling between these 2 that they are a step out of synch. This should be a classic smaller guy against bigger guy feud, Ambrose against Harper should have been a great fight, but it like watching 2 really drunk guys trying to slow dance; they are stepping on each other and mistiming moves and it’s just not connecting for me.

2) The Through-line skits were great again, from Rollins backstage fear, to the Kane/J&J stuff even to Triple H saying, “Seth it’s one guy”. Hey Trips, this is the same guy who obliterated your family at one point, and kissed your wife while you were handcuffed to a turnbuckle. (yes he had Legacy with him but lets be honest, J&J are better than they were then.) I will however say that after Orton RKO’d the first people, then people backstage should have been living in a little bit of fear… which would have made things a bit more interesting. Note: I really hope with making Kane the “Gate Keeper” (does that make Katie Vick the Key-master and yes I know those genders are wrong, that is the joke) this whole whim and Rollins thing is not a work to get Randy to be in a false sense of security or whatever.

3) WWE confirmed the return of Tough Enough. Not sure how I feel about this; I mean I’m excited but I won’t know exactly how I feel after the details of the format/prize come out. Is the winner going to get put into NXT or on the main roster? And if it is latter, how are the people in NXT going to feel about it. Hell what about the Diva search they announced with people like Blue Pants (yeah I’m a fan) or even Sasha/Bayley etc how do they feel about this? It’s going to be interesting to see how this stuff works.

4) So this week’s challenger for the John Cena open challenge was Kane. And for the first time we got a match that was not that enjoyable. Maybe it’s because it’s a match we’ve seen so much over the years or because they are trying to make Kane out to be a little out of step or what ever but it was another misfire along the lines of the earlier Ambrose/Harper misfire. After the match Cena gets blindsided and put in the accolade with chain assistance. For someone with so much experience Cena still gets ambushed a lot.

5) The Closing match of the night had Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler in it, so you know I am going to be a happy man. I have said that they have been 2 of the top 3 in ring performers in the WWE for the last year, and any time you give these guys a decent amount of time you are going to get a good match out of them. However their paths going forward are very different. One is headed off to headline a PPV the other is going into a “Kiss My Arse” match that he is fated to lose against a returning heel that the WWE are trying to form into a monster. I’m so sorry Dolph…

BONUS SIXTH THOUGHT! The whole Miz / Mizdow Feud has been handled horribly, this should have had the payoff at Mania; the Miz brand thing being done here on Raw just feels underwhelming, especially since we know Miz is leaving here soon to film another movie with Paige (which is why she was written off TV like she was). Mizdow deserves better. Perhaps this means he can go back to being Sandow and hopefully still be mega over.

Welp with a bonus thought I’ll keep the conclusion brief, so let’s get on with it…

Ben’s Top Three Stars of the Show

1) Seth Rollins

2) Dolph Ziggler

3) Randy Orton

Overall a RAW that felt a little off kilter, and with Extreme Rules coming up and Daniel Bryan’s health in question, things are up in the air quite a bit so lets see where things settle next week.

Anyway, please leave your thoughts and comments below, on our facebook or twitter, or tweet me @BobTGoldfish to discuss your thoughts. Until next week

See you in the Squared Circle

 

Ben Taylor.

 

 

 

PCU Movie Review Brought to YOU: Unfriended (2015)

Director: Levan Gabriadze

Writer: Nelson Greaves

Production Company: Blumhouse Productions/ Bezelevs Company

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Reviewer: Ray Willis

Ghost in the machine

Unfriended is another picture from the Blumhouse Production company that has been putting out a lot of films such as “The Boy Next Door,” “Lazarus,” “Whiplash,” “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” and “Ouija”, Majority of the films have been on a pretty small budget with less than ten million dollars and has made back twice the amount or more at the end of their run in theaters. I can say their strategy works out for them since they’re getting a return but let’s get on with this review.

Unfriended is about a group of teens that meet over Skype with an unknown guest that does not want to leave their group call and are forced into a very sinister game of “Never have I ever” which reveals secrets about each other.  If you do not know “Never have I ever,” I will explain the variation they went which is holding up five fingers and putting one down whenever something mentioned has been done.

The movie starts out with a glimpse of a girl named Laura Barns, who commits suicide after a video of her at a party leaks out on social media. We are then introduced to some of her friends while they talk in a Skype group call with a mysterious person whom they are not able to make go away. The mysterious person begins to question them on who leaked the video of Laura Barns at the party which led to her suicide. After that, things get more interesting as one of the teens die then paranoia sets in to who this person is and the death game begins as secrets begin to tear at friends and relationships.

I love horror films but I went in with low expectations thinking is going to be a bad film but the film wasn’t bad however it does has some flaws. Some of the flaws were the characters which I didn’t like but the actors did a good job of being unlikable teens. The writing could have been better and should have showed us more Laura Barns which was scarcely done. I wanted to know why was she such a mean person or know what she was like but the film didn’t give me enough information to go on. The film relies on jump scares which I really did not like and the deaths were pretty light on the gore. The ending fell flat and the film did not have really have a lot of scares to go around. I literally just sat there and was like “so that was it…” when it was over.

The highlights of the film are the tension and paranoia that sets in when they are forced to reveal secrets about one another and some of those secrets were given away in the trailers but the other secrets caught me off guard. The director did have a good idea with just using the Skype group call to show each of the characters in their own screen but most taking place on the character Blaire’s screen. The film has some good atmosphere with lights being turned on and off and creepy sounds being produced from some of the characters screens. The film does show the negative effects of social media such as cyber-bullying and online shaming which has been happening a lot in recent years.

I really enjoyed the movie but it wasn’t a masterpiece by no means but it does have some interesting things that happen. The film does do something different with the found footage genre and keeps the perspective on a Skype call throughout the film. The characters are not that good or likeable but well acted in the situation they were placed in. The scare factor wasn’t there at all and relied too much on jump scares. The message of cyber-bullying and online shaming is good and is not overbearing. This was an okay horror movie with an interesting premise that could have been better. It’s one of those films that I would probably rent or catch on television but dead men tell no tales.

2.5  Skype calls out of 5

The PCU Preview: New Valiant Title Announced

Valiant’s most hardcore fans take note! The comic company is putting out an extremely limited series that completionists will need. Read on for info.

Valiant Announces BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER by Fred Van Lente & Juan Jose Ryp – A Retailer Incentive Limited Series Available Only with BOOK OF DEATH #1-4!

 

 

On the heels of BOOK OF DEATH – Valiant’s epic, four-part event revealing the future fates of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak and more in July – Valiant is proud to announce an all-new, first-of-its kind, retailer-incentive companion series, BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER, from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and fan-favorite artist Juan Jose Ryp (CloneGhosted)! As the secrets within the Book of the Geomancer wreak havoc on the present and future of the Valiant Universe, discover the true history and lineage of the very first speaker for the Earth with an all-new series of never-before-seen stories that won’t be collected in trade paperback! 
 
Created specifically to promote Valiant’s upcoming BOOK OF DEATH event, BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER will expand the mythology of BOOK OF DEATH‘s central character – a newly appointed Geomancer, the latest in a long line of mystics that speak for the Earth and shape the course of history – and chronicle the first appearance of the founder of her kind…Anni, the very first Geomancer!
 
Out of the pages of BOOK OF DEATH, the origin of the first Geomancer and the sacred pact that swore her to the service of the Earth can finally be told…but, with it too, the source of the divine mysteries that have haunted her line for centuries. Has Anni’s mission redeemed or corrupted the world that followed in their wake…and will the ultimate secrets of the Geomancers’ book doom us all in the end?
 
“With LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER, Fred and Juan are crafting a dazzlingly beautiful, action-packed corollary to BOOK OF THE DEATH. This is the story of a character that is not only new to the Valiant Universe, but is also vitally important to its history – Anni, the very first Geomancer,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons.
 
LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER is designed to be something special and something distinct from your typical ‘event’ tie-in story,” added Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “This is a little known story, the history of which is only known to a select few of the most important players in the Valiant Universe, and it’s telling will mirror its method of distribution. This will be a rare series that we hope fans will seek, much as they did decades ago for tales like the original HARBINGER #0.”
 
A special, retailer-incentive limited series, all four issues of BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER will be printed in limited quantities and will only be made available to retailers who qualify based on their orders of BOOK OF DEATH #1-4. Fans interested in obtaining this special incentive limited series should contact their local comics retailer to pre-order their copy before the May 28th initial order date for BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4).
 
Spanning eight issues total, the BOOK OF DEATH event begins in July with BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s blockbuster comics event from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, Green Lantern), superstar-in-the-making Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER, Batgirl) and visionary artist Doug Braithwaite(ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice)! Colliding the next two thousand years of history against the most powerful heroes of today, the summer’s must-read comics event starts here as a new Geomancer emerges to build a bridge to the future of the Valiant Universe!
 
Then, the story continues throughout the summer with four standalone one-shots from an all-star cast of Valiant’s top talents – Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1Joshua Dysart Kano in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1; and Robert Venditti & Clayton Henry in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1!
 
The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
 
Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world.
 
Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?
 
This July, join Valiant superstars Robert VendittiRobert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite as they begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)!
 
Then, Fred Van Lente and Juan Jose Ryp journey into the annals of prehistory to reveal the untold story of the Earth’s sacred guardians in BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #1 (of 4) – in stores the same day as BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)! Contact your local comics retailer today to find out how to reserve your copy!

 

For more information, visit online at FacebookTwitterTumblr, and ValiantUniverse.com.
For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.
 
BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL
Cover B by CARY NORD
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Blank Cover also available
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15)BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover B by JEFTE PALO
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 22 (FOC – 6/29/15)
 
BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #1 (of 4)*
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
INCENTIVE | 24 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15)
 
*ATTENTION RETAILERS: PLEASE SEE THE DIAMOND DAILY OR VALIANT RETAILER EMAIL TO FIND OUT HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THIS LIMITED RATIO INCENTIVE. QUANTITIES WILL BE BASED ON ORDERS OF BOOK OF DEATH #1.
 
BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #1 (of 4) – Cover by Marguerite Sauvage

 

BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER – Character Design by Juan Jose Ryp

 



 

 

BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER – Artwork by Juan Jose Ryp

 


 

 

BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER – Artwork by Juan Jose Ryp

 


 







 

Cosplay Spotlight: Mommy and Me Cosplay

By Valerie Complex

Jannelle is fairly new to cosplaying as she just started in 2014. In a short amount of time, it is obvious that Mommy and Me cosplay has become wildly popular among other cosplaying enthusiast. She is currently studying nursing and lives in Southern California with her two adorable daughters.

You can find more picture and information about Mommy and Me Cosplay on Facebook and Instagram!

Characters Cosplayed: Harley and Catwoman

Who or what inspired you and your children to want to cosplay?

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No one really inspired me to cosplay I’ve always wanted to do it and finally found the time to do so. As far as my girls, they saw how fun constructing a costume was and wanting in on the fun. I figured since they loved crafting so much that I would make it a family tradition.

What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?

I’m actually in the Registered Nurse program right now so I study haha.

Which character is your favorite to cosplay? What about your daughters? Who are their favorite characters to cosplay? 

My favorite character to cosplay so far is Harley from Harley’s Revenge. My youngest daughter is all about Catwoman and my oldest enjoys Poison Ivy.

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What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?

The costume that was the most challenging… hmmm.. Catwoman for sure. I don’t know how many times I put it on, took it off, cut here cut there, put it on to only take it off and re-do it. The cowl alone took me a month to make. I even had to take that a part a few times lol. In the end, it was most rewarding because it was what started Mommy and Me Cosplay.

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What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?  And someone that wants to include their children?

The best advice I could give someone who is new is to just cosplay for you. Don’t worry about what others have to say about your outfit. Cosplaying should be based on what and how you want to do it. There are a lot of judgmental people out there but WAY more nice and friendly cosplayers within the scene. And when it comes to involving your children just know that you should allow them to pick the theme or else they won’t enjoy it. Don’t force your kids to jump into an outfit to match you. Also, when you go to a con with the kids just make sure your outfit is comfortable and you are able to get around carrying all the comics and toys they buy lol.

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Do you get to travel the country to different conventions? Or are your local to one area?

As of right now no, but I plan to in the future.

What show can fans expect to see you at next?

Well, Comikaze and LBCC for sure. SDCC is still in the air.

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