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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Bad news folks, due to our dual illnesses (married life, gotta love it), we will not be attending Hurricane Who this year. Rita has a bout of the flu coming on and I am still dealing with a nasty cold myself.

We were schedule to take part in two panels at Hurricane Who but unfortunately, we will not be there.

Look for us at other Cons at SwampCon, MistyCon, TimeGate, Time Lord Fest and Dragon*Con. We look forward to meeting some of you and re-aquatinting with those we already know at one of these great cons!

You may have noticed quite a few pop and geek culture references in our podcasts.  Well, now you have a chance to put your observational powers to good use!  Identify as many of the references as you can and submit a list via the form below.  Include your name, email address, and the total number of references you found as well as the references themselves (so we can check your work).  IMPORTANT: you need list only references from the scripted portions of the show.  Any references contained within either the interview with Dr. Moller or the Geek Culture segment will NOT be counted.   When submitting, write out the quote (or enough of it to make it clear what you’re referencing) and what movie/television show/book it came from.  For example:

“Elevators, Oracles, and Skycars, Oh My!” – homage to the Wizard of Oz

One point will be awarded for each reference that we consider valid.  One bonus point may be obtained by liking us on our Facebook page which can be found by clicking here.  Additional bonus points will also be given for each friend that you get to like our Facebook page up to a total of 5.  Please indicate in your entry if you have liked our page and the names of those who have liked our page at your suggestion.

 The person who has the greatest number of points will win a Dr. Geek’s Lab coffee mug AND a $10 Amazon gift card.  In the event of a tie we will have a drawing to determine the winner.  The winner will also be entered into an end-of-season contest where they will have an opportunity to compete for an awesome grand prize.  The deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 20th.  The winner will be announced on Thanksgiving.  Good luck everyone!

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Hey folks, it gives me great pleasure to present to you the fabulous cover for the forthcoming comic – Star Mage, written and created by yours truly with art from the amazing Ray Dillon. When will it arrive? We’re working on the details and will let you know as soon as we have something to announce. Hopefully it will be coming to a comic shop to you very soon!

Feast your eyes….

Tonight we move from the purple mountains and amber waves of America over to Europe – specifically Italy and the much-celebrated works of Dario Argento.

Any horror geek worth her (or his) salt will tell you that Argento has had a massive impact on the horror scene. His famously kaleidoscopic films are more art house than mainstream and are considered to be masterpieces by many film critics and fans. I was personally introduced to Argento through Fangoria magazine.  I loved that magazine growing up and used to sneak it out of my brother’s room to read and stare for hours at the pictures.  The images from Argento’s movies had always intrigued me as they seemed both horrifying and beautiful – appealing to the psychologically twisted among us who asked for a little bit more from their thrillers.

He’s been called the Italian Hitchcock by some and an ‘astonishing stylist’ by others. Praised for his ‘undeniable originality’, he has been compared to Edgar Allen Poe by critics and with that…boom…the man has a place in my heart.

When I did some research on Argento, I discovered that his obsession with the darker side of life began at an early age, as did his love of film. He was writing film reviews when he was still in high school for heaven’s sake.

In Italy his films began what is now known as the ‘Giallo’ genre.  Based on cheap novels with yellow (Giallo is yellow in Italian) covers, these thrillers mixed eroticism with crime fiction and liberal sprinklings of horror.  Argento transferred this popular mix to film with great success.  Sparking a massive amount of imitators including North American slasher films, he developed a style that incorporated extended, bloody murder scenes laced together with nudity, artistic camera angles and operatic scores.  A surreal assault on the senses, Giallo is disturbing but with enough artistic merit to make it worthwhile to watch.

Tonight’s film, Deep Red, is believed by many to be the absolute best Giallo movie ever made.  The plot follows an English pianist who becomes involved in a series of murders and decides to investigate on his own accord.  As every contact he makes is eventually killed, he starts to wonder how the murderer seems to be able to predict his every move.

Without giving away any more details, I have to say that the plot of this movie is so operatic and hard to follow that it left me wondering what I was missing.  I think watching it again may help me to figure out if it was my own thick-headedness or a genuinely convoluted storyline.  It was easy to look past the confusion however, as the movie is really, really beautiful to look at.  Not as bloody as I had thought, it was full of unique shots, saturated colors and moody lighting instead. It’s obvious from the very beginning that Argento wasn’t just interested in making movies, but making art. As an added bonus it was also incredibly stylish, all the way down to the hair and clothing and being as girly as I am, it made it easier to sit through the terrible dubbing.  (Being as alpha male as he is, my husband mumbled something about needing more sex to compensate. How did he put it? “Not enough explosions, aliens and boobs to keep my attention.”) In general, it really was a pleasure to watch and I’m definitely going to be downloading more of his work to check it out.

‘Deep Red’ might not spook you but I can guarantee you’ll feel like you’ve discovered something really cool if you give it a shot.

The Ken Spivey Band will be appearing at 2012′s Necronomicon convention, October 26th-28th, at the Bayfront Hilton in St. Petersburg. Our performance will be Saturday night, right before the costume contest!

We will also be there all weekend selling shirts, cd’s, and appearing on a few panels.

Join us for the fun!!

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