The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!
Trent Moore: It's projected to be a wet and rainy weekend in my neck of the woods, so I'll probably spend my weekend catching up on some of the All New, All Different Marvel comics that are hitting the shelves. The highlights: Doctor Strange and The Vision. The Doctor Strange 'book is shaping up to be a fascinating look at the toll all that magic takes on Stephen Strange, while The Vision might just be the most uncomfortably creepy (in the best possible way) comic I've read in ages. It's early days, but the post-Secret Wars shakeup is off to a solid start. Now we just, you know, need Secret Wars to actually end.
Ernie Estrella: Two years back, superstar world traveler, chef and author Anthony Bourdain put out a graphic novel through Vertigo Comics about a legendary sushi chef in a future world where master chefs are crime lords. Co-authored by Joel Rose and with stunning, intricate art by Langdon Foss and José Villarubia, Get Jiro! was the punchiest cocktail for that rare breed of cinema fans of underground Asian culture who also fancied themselves foodies. Thankfully, Bourdain and Rose have put their heads together for a second tale, Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi, and I got my hands on it this week. This is a prequel, with our main character faced with having to learn the life of the Yakuza, or pursue his aspirations of becoming a great sushi chef. Even though we know what his choice will eventually be, this violent sword and slash story is built on the classic crime and revenge motifs, while retaining much of what was adored about the original. I intend to spend the weekend relishing both stories with a warm bottle of sake.
Carol Pinchefsky: Some of you may not know this (OK, you most probably do know this), but the DC Universe has been releasing high-quality animated movies based on their popular story arcs since 2007. HBO randomly shows a DCUA movie or two, but they haven’t in a while. This is my lucky month: Superman/Batman Apocalypse and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies are available, and I will be lapping them up this weekend. Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy voice Superman and Batman respectively, with other characters voiced by my geek heroes Allison Mack, Summer Glau and Clancy Brown. Can’t wait. Note: If you’ve never seen a DCUA movie, I suggest starting with Justice League: Doom, which at times is extremely dark, followed by my personal favorite, All-Star Superman.
Jeff Spry: With Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange movie now filming in Nepal, this is the perfect weekend to project my consciousness into Marvel's new Doctor Strange comic book series. The book is written by Marvel's Star Wars scribe, Jason Aaron, with some striking art by Chris Bachalo. I'm a bona fide Doc Strange maniac, owning all the original Doctor Strange comics from the '60s and '70s, so it seems odd to me that Marvel took so long to give Strange his own solo shot again. The first issue came out last month, but I had to wait for this week's second issue to provide a more satisfying reading session. By the Seven Suns of Cinnibus, it shall be done!
Krystal Clark: This weekend, I really need to catch up on The Librarians. It's a fantasy adventure series based on the TNT made-for-TV movies. I was a huge fan of the The Librarian film trilogy, but I've fallen behind on the show. The second season just started, so I have plenty of time to play catch-up. The best thing about The Librarians is that the original Librarian is a part of it. Noah Wyle played the title character in the films and reprises his role in the series. He also works behind the scenes as an executive producer. I can't wait to see what the new season has to offer.
Lisa Granshaw: Since this Saturday is known as N7 Day by Mass Effect fans, I'll be celebrating the franchise by replaying the trilogy. I recently started a new playthrough and finished Mass Effect 2 this week, so I'll be working on Mass Effect 3 all weekend just in time for the holiday. Of course, I also have some work to do this weekend, but I'll be keeping the Mass Effect spirit alive by listening to the games' soundtracks as I write!
Matt Dorville: This weekend, I'll be attending Comic Arts Brooklyn, an excellent event in Brooklyn that brings out some of the best comic and graphic novel writers currently working today. Comics Arts Brooklyn is definitely more of a Robert Crumb-influenced comic event than Comic Con, which I would describe as more Jack Kirby, but it showcases a variety of comics that are frequently partitioned to a dark corner of the bookstore, but that is worth exploring. I'm particularly interested in seeing the great Daniel Clowes, whose Ghost World and Eightball publications changed the way I viewed comics at a young age, and Derf Backderf, whose sympathetic graphic novel of Jeffrey Dahmer's life, My Friend Dahmer, amazed me in its scope and originality.
Evan Hoovler: This weekend I'm researching some extremely low, but little known, moments in video game history. For instance, did you know that their original sticker prices for the notoriously awful Atari 2600 titles E.T. and Pac-Man were $50 and $37.50, respectively? That's about $125 and $95 in modern dollars. Did you know that the horrible film Howard the Duck had a video game adaptation? A lot of people realize that the Nokia NGage was one of the most diabolically awful systems in history, but lost to the eons is video of their disastrous 2003 press conference, where the only thing worse than the price ($299) was how they revealed it (writing the price on a woman's stomach). It is for disgusting worms like these that I am overturning dusty stones all weekend. I don't even have an article I'm trying to write, I just love the disasters that frequently arise when video games intersect with reality.
Adam Swiderski: Because I'm all fancy and stuff, I've managed to get my hands on the first four episodes of The Expanse, Syfy's upcoming space opera series based on the books by James S.A. Corey. I really dug the pilot when I saw it at San Diego Comic-Con, and I'm interested to see if the show can carry that momentum forward and truly bring the distinctive sci-fi setting (humanity has colonized the solar system, but there's no warp drive or aliens ... yet), intriguing political dynamics and character-driven action of the novels to life. It's been too long since we had a really great space-based TV drama, and I have my fingers crossed that this one'll live up to its potential.
You've heard what we're up to -- now it's your turn! What movies, books, comics, shows and games will you be diving into this weekend? Let us know in the comments!