Tuesday, 31 May 2016

MCM London Comic Con 27-29/05/2016 Recap




On the 27th to the 29th of May 2016, Geek Mash writers Brad, Casey, Kayleigh, Neil, Phil and Ross took a trip to London's Excel Centre to check out MCM's London Comic Con. 

MCM London Comic Con has just enjoyed its most successful weekend ever, with a record-breaking 133,156 (Geek Mash were the last six :D) people attending the three-day pop culture fest.


The record attendance further cements the show's status as Europe’s leading comic con and the third largest event of its kind in the world. The figure tops previous records set at last year’s events (October’s 130,560 and May’s 122,600).

THROWBACK - Kay & Ross' Trading Card Unboxing!


Ready to get your nostalgia on? Yes, we know it isn't Throwback Thursday yet, but as we're still riding on the excitement of the past weekend's MCM Comic Con, we thought we'd share these trading cards that were purchased there by Geek Mash's Brad for fellow members Kayleigh and Ross. 


Monday, 30 May 2016

Geek Mash's MCM Comic Con Music Video!


We've got our first ever music video! I recorded throughout the MCM Comic Con on Sunday the 29th of May, capturing some of the best cosplayers us Geek Mashers saw, and the general convention. 

Check out the video below!:



MCM London Comic Con Report - NEIL




It's that time of year again!

The MCM London Comic Con ran this weekend 27th-29th of May and as always there were awesome cosplayers, tons of merchandise, and a jam packed hall!
Neil


It's that time of year again!

The MCM London Comic Con ran this weekend 27th-29th of May and as always there were awesome cosplayers, tons of merchandise, and a jam packed hall!

What were you most looking forward to?

I always look forward to seeing the show floor and all of the different things they have to see and do.

I really enjoy seeing all of the people who cosplay walking around. Their costumes are always really good so I always look forward to that aspect of the show too.

There is usually a really nice Japanese bakery called Wagashi that I love so I was looking forward to that too. If you haven't tried their Dorayaki I recommend giving it a go.

MCM London Comic Con Report - ROSS



Ross

It's that time of year again!

MCM ran this weekend 27th-29th of May and as always there were awesome cosplayers, tons of merchandise and a jam packed hall

Here's my report






What were you most looking forward to?


I was most looking forward to seeing the people I have met before during previous Expo's. A large focus is placed upon what booths and which celebs are there, but I far more enjoy spending time with the people who I share so many interests with. From the Star Wars group Agents Of The Force to the wonderful growing community of fans called Critters who are passionate about a group of self proclaimed "Nerdy assed voice actors who sit around playing D&D" Critical Role.


MCM London Comic Con Report - PHIL



Phil

It's that time of year again!

MCM ran this weekend 27th-29th of May and as always there were awesome cosplayers, tons of merchandise and a jam packed hall

Here's my report






What were you most looking forward to?

This was my first time at MCM and so I was excited to just experience it, Cosplayers are some of the friendliest people out there and I absolutely adore the amazing ingenuity they apply to their costumes.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

MCM London Comic Con Report - BRAD





MCM ran this weekend 27th-29th of May and with that fellow Geeks flock en masse, dressing up in cool costumes or checking out all the cool merchandise

I've worked it out that since I first started going in 2005 and missing a couple, is that this is my 20th MCM!

Here's my report






What were you most looking forward to?


Just enjoying the day to be honest, and taking it easy. Just been recovering from 4 lots of surgery and 5 weeks off of work so rest of the crew were running around taking photos which is what I did last time

MCM London Comic Con Report - CASEY



Casey

It's that time of year again!

MCM ran this weekend 27th-29th of May and as always there were awesome cosplayers, tons of merchandise and a jam packed hall.

Here's my report






What were you most looking forward to?


I was looking forward to filming all of the cosplay for a music video, as I just got a new camera. I also wanted to get some shopping done!



MCM London Comic Con Report - KAYLEIGH


So the MCM Comic Con has just finished! The Geek Mash crew (myself included), went along on Sunday. 

It seemed busier than ever, but we all had a lot of fun. Check out more below!


What were you most looking forward to?


I was looking forward to the Press side of it to be honest. I took a lot of photos, and grabbed some contacts for the Comic Village section, so we can get featuring some fantastic artists! I also was looking forward to hanging out with my friends. 




Friday, 27 May 2016

Geeky News Friday 27th May

Friday 27th May

Hey everyone! Little side note a lot of the Geek Mash crew are gonna be at MCM London this sunday from about 9.30 to closing time. Don't be shy and come say hi if you see us. 

New Ghost Recon:Wildlands Trailer

Announced last year at E3, we finally got a peak at a new trailer for Ghost Recon:Wildlands. It's looking to be the most explosive Ghost Recon game and a fun co-op game. Hopefully, this will turn out to be good and not a flop like Watchdogs was. 




Feature Friday #9 - Bradley Fish




What got you into art?

My brothers comic collection and my brother was drawing a lot too. I was always asking him to draw stuff for me like Captain Planet, the baby from Dinosaurs and me as the Terminator. He did an A4 landscape for me once of the Batcave with the Batmobile in there and Jason Todd's costume

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Geeky News Tuesday 24th May

Tuesday 24th May 


Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Launch Trailer

Only a few more weeks to go until we finally get the new Mirror's Edge game. I've been so excited for this since finishing the first game. Enjoy watching the new trailer below. Let's hope it lives up to the first game, if not better. 




Sunday, 22 May 2016

What Are The Geek Mash Crew Playing/Watching? # 5


Casey

Watching wise I did the same as last time but with the newest episodes, Game of Thrones this week I found to be best episode so far in this season and had some big revelations for some characters. On the other hand, Fear the Walking Dead this week was very slow and not that interesting. I'm hoping that this will change and go back to being a great thrilling series but we will see in the weeks to come. 

Gaming since the last blog I started and finished Uncharted 4: The Thief's End. I was so excited to finally get my hands on Uncharted 4 as I'm huge fan of the series and I'm glad to say it did not disappoint. Not only that, it is the best in the series and one of my favourite games of all time. Everything just felt so spot on; the pacing, the graphics, story, characters and even the ending was perfect to end the series. If you've got a PS4, then this is the best game to play on the system or to show off what the system really can do. 

I only played a few other things. I got little further in Dark Souls 3. I'm still loving it and the feeling each time you finish a boss is so good. Also, I bought Unravel as it was on sale this week. It's a very charming platformer and I'm looking forward to putting more hours into it. 

Also, I played a few hours of  a variety online games - Star Wars: Battlefront, Uncharted 4 multiplayer and Rainbow Six: Siege, which is still very addictive. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Geeky News - Wednesday 18th May

Wednesday 18th May


New Final Fantasy XV World Trailer

It's finally approaching after all these years, but we finally get to see more and more of Final Fantasy XV. Hopefully the west will get it this year, but until then enjoy the new trailer. It shows more of the gorgeous graphics and set pieces. 




Monday, 16 May 2016

Geeky News Monday 16th May

Monday 16th May


Nintendo Looking into Movies

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishi revealed that they want to make movies to expand their brands to new audience. Nothing is set in stone yet, but they are in talks with a few companies to get this done. Also, he stated that they know a lot of people want a The Legend of Zelda movie. It'll be interesting to see where this goes. It could bring great things to video games movies, or bad like Super Mario Bros the movie we will see in the years to come.


5 Times My Mum Was Cutting Onions When I Was Trying to Watch TV



My mum is always cutting onions and preparing dinner when I try to watch certain movies and she does it with tv shows too

I dunno why she does it, it's always at the same point too, it's like she does it deliberately


There are some total spoilers in this so be forewarned now 


Lets take a look at some of them now shall we?




#5 - ER
Lucy and Carter get stabbed







ER is about a group of doctors working in...you guessed it...an Emergency Room

From the pilot episode we follow the story of new intern John Carter as he learns the ropes and becomes a fully fledged Doctor himself

He takes on a new student Lucy Knight in series 5 and in series 6 things take a tragic turn

Having performed a spinal tap on a patient trying to discover what is wrong with him, Lucy tries her hardest to convince John to get a psych consult on him but he is too busy. 

Whilst the rest of the ER staff celebrate Valentines Day with loud music and food, Lucy is bleeding to death on the floor and John soon gets stabbed

The two episodes where at the end of the first they get stabbed and the following episode where the rest of the ER is trying to save their lives is pretty intense tv and my mum must have been cooking a lot of onions that day



What was my mum preparing?

Viennese gulasch

The people of Vienna love gulasch so much they’ve taken the Hungarian dish and made it their own. The secret is to use lots of onion. If you don't like your food too hot, then reduce the amount of paprika to suit your taste

Ingredients


Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the butter and skinned sausages and cook for a few minutes, stirring to ensure all the meat browns.
  2. Add the onion to the pan.
  3. Grate the potato including the skin and squeeze over the sink to remove any moisture.
  4. Add the potato to the pan.
  5. When the pan ingredients are cooked, crack the eggs into the pan. Serve.



Saturday, 14 May 2016

Dawn of Predacus Q&A With John-Paul Bove


Brad

Today on Geek Mash we welcome JP as he talks about his love of Transformers and his work on a new comic he's written bridging the gap in continuity between the Transformers original G1 cartoon and Beast Wars: Transformers.

I jumped at the chance to ask him some questions as I'm a big Transformers fan myself.

We've featured JP's work before with the UnEarth comic which you can check out HERE , but today is ALL ABOUT TRANSFORMERS BABY!!!

So, on with the questions...

So Transformers: Dawn of the Predacus bridges the gap between G1 and Beast Wars,  how hard was it to source everything and get a time line in your head?

Well Beast Wars has a complicated relationship with continuity to say the least. Beast Wars has definite mentions of events from both the G1 cartoon and Transformers the Movie and also mentions characters like Primus and has characters like The Vok which either come from or are connected to the Marvel G1 and G2 comics. The problem is that the cartoons and the comics are two different and conflicting timelines.

Soooo... When sitting down to write this,  I didn't want to do some big multiversal thing, but as a fan and a writer I needed to pull the threads together somehow without undoing the seams... That's what led me to the central MacGuffin in the story which is a material called "transmatter" which is an impossible substance which defies becoming any fixed thing. Organic, technological, matter, energy, past, present, large, small, near or far. It can rewrite the reality of an individual, or a race, into any potential possibility. Now that is a technology that no-one can yet control in the story or take to it's fullest extent but they are playing with it. One of the consequences of that is that transmatter allows tiny amounts of reality creep, other possibilities can also bleed in. And just as if the past was changed we would not know things had changed because we'd be living in the resultant timeline. So characters may mention Primus and remember the Quintessons but never see the discrepancy. So there might be little creep from Marvel G1 and G2 but I think it is largely connected to the cartoon continuity (or a continuity that while not literally the G1 cartoon universe certainly shares a substantial number of shared touchstones and events).

Beyond that super sci-fi answer the story first was pitched as a 4 issue mini telling the events of the Great War ending. In drawing up that outline I started mapping out a series of stories that wrap around gaps in the G1 story and predate the Beast Wars so I have roughed out about 300 years of continuity which was why when pulling out just 48 hours of that story to tell was both easy because I knew the timeline and heartbreaking because there are so many more events, and characters, that were slated to appear.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

D&D - Delving Deeper



I said I would get round to finishing talking about my D&D experiences in the first part (which you can read HERE) and damn it I am going to do just that!

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was a massive shift in my mentality of the game, no longer was it hopping between small villages and deep dark dungeons now it felt like worlds were being crafted around me and we would have adventures in the depths of oceans on high mountains and anywhere else the DM would take us. 

Even now my most fond RPG moments are linked to this wonderful rule set (my mighty mage Raymondis Blackheart would be born to this era of gaming and his career would traverse 2nd, 3rd and 4th edition!).

I never ran a game of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons due mostly because a huge amount of my time was absorbed by college and the fact I was deeply invested playing in a regular game, the game was set in the forgotten realms setting. 

As settings go the forgotten realms is extremely varied with just about every type of setting and theme you could imagine contained in its geography. AD&D was very popular and TSR (the owners then of d&d) would over the years swamp the market with adventures, setting and additional (and ever more complicated) rules. 

I think it was this that broke the game, it got too complicated and ultimately put off prospective new players which is a real shame because in my opinion this was the golden age of D&D.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Geeky News -Tuesday 10th May

Tuesday 10th May


New Need for Speed Game Coming 2017

Today, Ghost Games Studio, the developer of Need for Speed's most recent games confirmed that Need for Speed will be returning in 2017. Here's hoping that they make it as good as Need for Speed: Most Wanted on PS3. I loved that game with friends. 


New Pokemon Sun/Moon Trailer and Details

Today, we got our very first full trailer for Pokemon Sun/Moon along with some details. First off, it is being released on the 18th of November in America and the 23rd of November in Europe. Along with that, the starters have been announced as the following:

  • Rowlet - Grass Quill Pokémon, Grass / Flying type, Overgrow ability
  • Litten - Fire Cat Pokémon, Fire type, Blaze ability
  • Popplio - Sea Lion Pokémon, Water type, Torrent ability

What Are The Geek Mash Crew Playing/Watching? #4


Casey

This week I carried on watching the newest Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead. Both are still going strong and I can't wait for the next episode each week. Game of Thrones is definitely my favourite series. I can't think of a bad episode yet, and can't wait for each weeks episode to come around to see what happens next.

Game wise, I've been carrying on my adventure with Dark Souls 3. I haven't got as far last week due to being ill, but I did take down another 2 bosses and areas.

I did finish Quantum Break on Xbox One. I loved the game, good cast of characters, story and fun gameplay. It's also been set up for a sequel too. Quantum Break has great potential as a big series, so lets hope the studio carries on with it and Alan Wake too!

I completed another game this week too-Superhot. I loved this game, even though it was only 4 hours long, but then is a download game. The premise of the game is that time slows down when you're not moving, but as soon as you do move, everything else does. It's kinda like the Matrix, dodging bullets and trying to defeat all the enemies in the level without getting touched once. The story is interesting too, keeping you wondering all the way to the end. I hope it gets a sequel and the gameplay is fleshed out more as it was a unique experience. 

Lastly, I just got Uncharted 4 today and so far am loving it. Also, it looks gorgeous! I will have more to say next week. 


Kayleigh

I love that Game of Thrones is back on the TV, so I've been watching that of course. I've also been watching season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead. The latest episode dragged in places and felt a little dull, but on the whole the series has been a good watch. 

Playing wise, I have been re-playing The Wolf Among Us. Yeah, another Telltale Games game, but I've been clearing the bundle I bought on the PS4 (I've already played them all previously on the Xbox 360). I plan to play the Uncharted Collection and finally finish Rise of the Tomb Raider next! All of them are games I definitely need to get cracking with.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Big Geeky News Saturday 7th May

Saturday 7th May


Pokemon Sun/Moon Info Coming May 10th

The Pokemon Sun/Moon official site has confirmed that we will finally be getting news on the latest game on the 10th of May. Hopefully this will be proper news this time, not like that repeat teaser we got last time. 

Titanfall Developer Respawn New Game

Titanfall developer Respawn is making a new 3rd person Star Wars game. Not much has been shared at this moment, but hopefully we find out some more info at E3 next month. 


Monday, 2 May 2016

Geeky News - Monday 2nd May

Monday 2nd May


Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Maps/Modes All Free

Naughty Dog confirmed that all multiplayer maps and modes will be free, making it fair for all players to enjoy the whole experience. They also announced that co-op is coming later this year. This is great news! I hope more developers take notice of this. It's a far cry from companies like EA that charge £40 for a season pass is crazy. 



Kitchen Conversations Episode 3

Kitchen Conversations Episode 3

Captain America Civil War Non Spoiler Review




A few days ago I got to see Captain America Civil War, and as the title of this post states this will be my non spoiler review of the film. If you would care to see or hear my spoiler filled review of Captain America Civil War then please comment below or message me via Twitter or our Facebook page


Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Harry Potter Studios Trip!


On the 30th April, I took a trip to Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour with my boyfriend and fellow Geek Masher, Casey. I've wanted to visit there ever since the studio opened its doors a few years ago, but I never had the opportunity to visit. Thankfully, as a birthday treat, I got my chance this April! 

As a massive Harry Potter fan (both the books and the films), I was looking forward to seeing all of the props, costumes and sets up close and in person. A lot of the sets seemed smaller than they appeared to be in the films, which was both surprising and impressive. The Great Hall was an example of this! 

It was also pretty bittersweet seeing everything from a series I absolutely love, complete with music from the films piping through the speakers too. I took a lot of pictures, but here's a few below!


Gryffindor Common Room

What Were the Geek Mash Crew Playing/Watching? #3



Casey
This week I have carried on my hard adventure with Dark Souls 3. I got about 20 hours in and I'm still going strong. I did have a couple of frustrating boss moments, but I just levelled up my gear, character and finally triumphed. Now I am in the catacombs, which is a bit of a tricky area with skeletons and many traps around every corner. I hope to carry on more soon as determined to finish it, best souls game to date in my opinion.

The other game played this week and finished was Star Fox Zero, i will say this i really liked the game but does have problems. The controls are iffy until you get used to them, and it does feel too similar to Star Fox 64 in some levels. Other than that there are some awesome levels in this newest game, which shows some true potential if they push for a whole new game and go for more exciting levels like some of the later levels.


Watching wise, there's been a few things. First is Game of Thrones. What a start to the series! I loved the episode, although I won't spoil anything, but if you are a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. 


Secondly, there's Fear the Walking Dead Season 2. I'm 3 episodes in and liking it more than the newest Walking Dead. The characters are getting more fleshed out now, and feels a lot more tense.


Last but not least, Doctor Who season 9. I finally finished it and I feel a bit meh about the whole thing. It did have some good episodes here and there, but overall I wasn't too bothered about the story and feel like I'm not too bothered for the next season.



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