World-building, Wesen, and Grimm

Grimm - Season 2

Last year, it seemed there were more sci-fi and fantasy-based TV shows than ever before - and at the end of the year, it felt that most of them had been sent packing.  Only a few network shows were notably unscathed. Once Upon a Time was not a surprise, with the Disney backing, well-known actors, dark writing and popular acclaim.   Less expected was NBC's support of Grimm, which had quietly flourished in its Friday-night slot and become a bit of a cult favorite. I know it was certainly one of … [Read more...]

TV Cancellations: The Final Countdown?


Well, decisions have been made, and hardly anyone is happy.  This week, TV networks have been having their "upfronts" - meetings where they announce their lineups and schedules for the next season to press and advertisers.  That means the hard decisions concerning cancellations have been flying thick and fast.  Now, last season's lineups seemed particularly geek-friendly, with quite a few offerings in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.  Perhaps it's not a surprise, then, that not all of them will … [Read more...]

Geek Chic: Fashion Without the T-Shirts


Go to any geek gathering and there's a 'uniform' of sorts - jeans and quirky t-shirts.  And really, why not?  T-shirts are widely available and can convey a range of statements, ranging from irony to adoration to everyone's favorite, the well-placed reference that manages to be pop culture and a little obscure all at the same time.  I have many of these myself. But t-shirts don't fit into every situation.  Maybe you have a job that doesn't require a uniform, but would frown on uniforms.  In … [Read more...]

Genre Invasion: Aliens, Zombies and Werewolves, Oh My


I'm calling it now: vampires are on their way out.   Okay, let's be real.  Vampires will never really die (pun intended).  They've been enjoying a slow, steady burn of popularity for the last 30 years at least.  The combination of sheer horror and a monster who looks normal - or attractive - has ignited our imaginations for years.  The vampire mythology is loose enough that you can make nearly any kind of vampire you like (as evidenced by Whitewolf's Vampire: the Masquerade series).  Vampires … [Read more...]

Happily Ever After – Five Very Different Ways to Love Faerie Tales

Faerie Tales

After my last article about Heroes of the Feywild, it occurred to me that, while I’ve said a lot about my love of faerie tales in earlier articles, there’s so much more I can say. Is it a bit ironic that your Gay Gamer Geek loves Faerie Tales? Maybe a tad, but it’s no less true for all that. You already know so many things I love that touch on Faerie Tales, from the Changeling RPG to the comic series Fables to Disney movies, because I’ve talked about them in these articles. I challenged … [Read more...]