Sat, 7 December 2013
If you have an abiding love for Fantasy, SF and Horror, you could do far worse than get yourself to one of the book conventions that crop up around the country on a regular basis. In 2013 the World Fantasy Con returned to our fair shores after a long absence, bringing with it a raft of international authors, book launches, intimate Q&As, large-scale panels and literary awards. Folk from all areas of the publishing industry were brought together with fans to celebrate and promote the ongoing explosion of imaginative fiction into mainstream life.
The Scrolls team was sadly unable to attend this event en mass but we wererepresented by Phil Ambler, who's here to tell Dion all about it. Joining us are a group of authors and bloggers to share their experiences, have a laugh and digress into some disturbing areas. They are:
Stephen Aryan, a.k.a SteveAryan very-nearly-published author, podcaster, bloggerand probably a bloomin' rocket scientist too.
In the episode we chew over first impressions; talk personal highlights, general vibes and unfortunate issues; then give out some prime tips for people who are new to the convention scene. Along the way we hear of the perils of looking out of a bedroom window, discover an academic use for genitalia, get utterly lost in a toilet, and (finally!) learn where they keep all the free booze.
Want to track down that elusive best seller from Fox Spirit? Head over to their home-page.
Wish you could watch John Llewellyn Probert's ghost stories, as recorded at the con? Here you go!
Last but not least, if the episode has whetted your appetite for future cons, here are the links to Bristol Con, Nine Worlds and the Fantasy Con in York.
We hope to see some of you there in 2014!
Until then, keep reading.
Thu, 21 November 2013
In this episode Dave and Barry are once more joined be Stace Whittle of Small Press Big Mouth and Whittle Whaffle. This time the terrific trio discuss this weekend's Thought Bubble Comic Festival in Leeds and the Dr Who 50th Anniversay Episode.
Enjoy and listen to the end!
Wed, 20 November 2013
Welcome to another episode of The Next Level. On the eve of the release of both the Next Gen consoles, Amaechi does a u-turn on his PS4 desires and jumps on the Xbox One and Kinect 2.0 train (Dear God please let Uncharted 4 come out on the PS3). Ant takes a day off on the Xbox One release day so he doesn’t miss the postman and Barry turns vigilante in GTA V Online.
Oh yeah.... and Britain Next Top Model winner Lauren Lambert tells Amaechi her Xbox Gamertag and he stupidly forgets it.
In the news
· FTL – Faster Than Light, PC and Mac space simulator game coming to the iPad
· US retailer Target accidently ships Xbox One’s 2 weeks early
· The Golden Joystick Awards crown GTA 5 ‘Game of the Year’
· Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
· Jonathan Ross joins Microsoft Studio’s as an Executive Producer
· New iOS and Android Dr Who game – Dr Who Legacy announced
· Heavenly Sword film and Ryse Son of Rome Web series announced
But, Rent, Avoid
This month Ant and Barry review Batman Origins, the prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
NEWS UPDATE from Amaechi
Sony and Naughty Dog announce that Uncharted will be a PS4 exclusive.
Noooooooooooooo!!!!! Damn you Sony....Damn you all to hell!!!
Mon, 18 November 2013
This month we review X-Men issue 21 'From Whence Comes...Dominus? (June, 1966). Following on from the previous issue, the X-Men go in search of Professor X's old adversary Lucifer who is in the middle of his evil plan to unleash Dominus on the population of Earth. Professor X still has a fishbowl on his head, Beast addresses Jean as simply 'female' in a move that has feminists the world over grinding their teeth, and Cyclops puts Angel in his place with an optic blast. Drama!
Also, for those who are interested, check out our review of Battle of the Atom here: http://geeksyndicate.co.
Mon, 18 November 2013
Welcome to Episode 214 of the Geek Syndicate podcast. Join Barry and Dave as they once more guide you through the murky underbelly of Geekdom.
IDW Entertainment Launches
Batman Weekly Comic
Week that Was
Mighty Avengers 1
Legend of the Blue Marvel
We are joined by Stacey Whittle of the Small Press Big Mouth Podcast to talk about our shared love of Babylon 5 on its 20th anniversary
Mon, 4 November 2013
'Things We Wish We'd Known Earlier (or: How Not To Make Comics)'. As every aspiring comic creator eventually realises, the road to sequential art success is full of pitfalls for the unwary. However, this panel discussion (recorded live at Canny Comic Con, 2012) is here to help guide you past such difficulties - by getting established comic creators to talk through their own mistakes! Stacey chairs the discussion, talking with Nigel Auchterlounie, Al Ewing, Daniel Clifford, Nigel Dobbyn, Jack Fallows and Gordon Rennie about lessons learned the hard way. Their enlightening - and sometimes hilarious - anecdotes and advice provide essential guidance for anyone with any interest in how to make comics.
Tue, 29 October 2013
They roam the streets, this Halloween,
Alive or Dead or in Between,
Escaped from Hell, with Eldritch Plan,
Or Risen by the Hand of Man,
Their rotten flesh in search of prey
To Fight them, or to Run Away?
For whom to turn, with light to shed,
Which podcast speaks of the Undead?
With information, broad of scope,
Dissecting Worlds! Your Only Hope!
Yes, this month Dissecting Worlds turns it's baleful gaze on the phenomenon of the Zombie. Joined by Phil Ambler of the Scrolls Podcast, we look at the scourge of the Walking Dead across Books, Film, TV and Video Games.
The Center for Disease Controls' Response to the threat of the undead can be found here; http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/
Mon, 28 October 2013
Welcome back to Battle Gods Of Pod, the panel game show on the Geek Syndicate Network that pits a panoply of podcasters against each other in various tests of verbosity, inspiration, knowledge and wit.
Joining us this time are Matt Farr, from Dissecting Worlds, Tim Swann from Tim And Max Solve All The Problems With Popular Culture, and Stace Whittle from Small Press, Big Mouth.
We start things off with News Testaments - a variation on the Just A Minute format - before our divergent deities start Speaking In Tongues in a round table debate on the Dr Who the Anniversary We then move on to Revelations, our hidden gems round, before Gotterdammerung begins. The 'quick'-fire quiz will see all the Gods fall in Sudden Death, but who will be the last god standing?
They will join us once again in the New Year final, up against the other two winners...
If you want to track down the hidden gems, here are some good starting places: -
Battle Gods of Pod is seeking a host for Series 2. If you think you'd be up for the challenge, drop us a line at email@example.com and we'll talk details.
Finally, we want to tip the hat to the seemingly anonymous contributors on http://www.soundboard.com/
In case you're interested, the effects were Llama Sound Clip 7, Cookie Monster Soundboard Om nom nom nom, and The Classic Wilhelm Scream 1.
We also re-used a couple of great sound effects from http://www.freesound.org/
The part of Castiel and his dinging halo was played by the Real Castiel and not by Dion at all. Oh no.
Mon, 21 October 2013
* PS4 Bundle announcement,
Additionally, Ant and James give their initial impressions of GTA V. Amaechi and James look back at this year's Eurogamer and we have a quick look at some of the nominations for this year's Golden Joystick Awards.
NOTE: Birth of the Federation (mentioned by James this episode) can be downloaded here: The site also has mods for the game, James says: "ultimate dominion wars is an amazing improvement over vanilla so if recommending to only get one mod then this would be it - they took the original and improved it quite a bit:.
Tue, 15 October 2013
This month on Children of the Atom we're reviewing X-Men issue 20 (May 1966) in which we learn how Professor X lost the use of his legs and we also get a little bit more information about the mysterious and sinister Lucifer. Meanwhile, Cyclops packs a sad and leaves the X-Men, and The Blob and Unus the Untouchable make a guest appearance. In real world news, we visit Krypton Komics for the first time and have our minds blown and our bank account dented.