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My earliest memory is that of seeing Return of the Jedi in the movie theater; as I was only three years old at the time, I remember nothing but the woods of Endor and the speeder bikes.  Since then, I’ve responded to the call of imagination by:

  • getting two English degrees studying myth and medievalism;
  • spending over a decade teaching literary analysis and composition to some of the most brilliant high schoolers there are;
  • owning twelve game consoles;
  • reading as much imaginative fiction as I can afford to;
  • watching The Dark Knight Trilogy ad nauseum.

10/10 rating from me would liken something to:

  • a television program like Ronald Moore’s Battlestar Galactica
  • a game like BioWare’s Mass Effect 3;
  • a book like Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings;
  • a movie like Christopher Nolan’s Inception;
  • a comic like Geoff Johns’ Justice League.

Thank you so much for visiting our blog–please continue to join us as we discuss all of the awesome things to play, read, and watch.

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My earliest memory is reading a Dondi comic strip in the New York Daily News when I was about 3. My parents thought comic books were the next logical step.  40+ years later, I own about 5,000 comics, have read 1,000+ sci-fi, fantasy, horror (and other types) books and I have seen every geek-related TV show, movie in the last 30 years except for Doctor Who – don’t judge me.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and did computer tech support for 8 years because I’m a geek with a computer science degree and that’s the law.

When I’m not blogging geek-related stuff, I’m discussing geek-related stuff while playing Xbox or checking over my fantasy baseball standings.  I have a lot of strong opinions and I don’t mind debating them.  I’d prefer not to get into name calling wars but if you must, please be aware that I’ve been doing that since I was a kid and I’m probably older than you.

A 10/10 rating from me would be something like:

  • A TV show like Game of Thrones;
  • A book series like David Eddings’ The Belgariad;
  • A movie like Highlander;
  • A game like Dragon Age: Origins;
  • A comic like Brad Meltzer’s Identity Crisis;
  • An animated title like Justice League: Unlimited.

In all seriousness, thanks for visiting!  We’re doing this for our enjoyment.  We hope that comes across and you take some enjoyment out of it too.

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My first exposure to genre material was The Batman/Superman Hour in 1969, when I was three years old. Then, a year or so later, it was on to comic books, and I never looked back, eventually amassing a collection of over 15,000 comics, treasuries, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers over the next 44 years. Early favorites included Justice League of America, Superboy (and the Legion of Super-Heroes), and Teen Titans.

Along the way, I picked up some of the ancillary interests of the avid comic book reader: Star Wars, Star Trek, the Bond novels and films, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among others. I had a brief, but happy, run with Dungeons & Dragons as a teenager, and I’m always happy to take in a big-time summer blockbuster. (Yeah, Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m looking at you.)

For me, it all boils down to the characters; if I care about them, if I’m invested in their fates, then, I’m in for the long haul—be it a film, a comic book, a novel, whatever.

Outside of my hobbies, I’m completely devoted to my role as a high school English teacher—something I’ve been doing for 24 years at this point. Essentially, I spend my days talking to kids about story and language. Beat that with a stick.

A 10/10 rating for me would be something along the lines of the following:

  • a book like Bill Bryson’s The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid or J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows;
  • a TV series like Joss Whedon’s Angel or Chris Carter’s The X-Files;
  • a movie like Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Sam Mendes’ Skyfall;
  • a comic book like James Robinson’s Starman or Geoff Johns’ Justice League.

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Born.  MOVE.  He-Man.  MOVE.  Duck Tales!  Voltron.  MOVE.  Nintendo.  Super Mario Bros.  TMNT.  MOVE.  G.I. Joe.  Commodore 128.  Sid Meier’s Pirates!.  M.U.L.E.  The Boxcar Children.  MOVE. Super Tecmo Bowl.  Power Rangers.  Game Genie.  MOVE.  Goldeneye.  The Wheel of Time.  Final Fantasy VII.  Jesus.  MOVE.  Music.  Drizzt.  Red Faction 2.  Married.  PC.  Battlefield 1942-2142.  Star Wars: Battlefront.  Harry Potter.  Home Owner.  Xbox 360.  Mass Effect.  Assassin’s Creed.  The Name of the Wind.  Mistborn.  Demise of Call of Duty.  Dad.  Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer.  Xbox One.  PvZ: Garden Warfare.  The Stormlight Archive.  Rocksmith.  Friends.  Craft beer.  Loving Life.

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