Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HIGH MOON

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on the new release of HIGH MOON by papercutz and it just arrived in time for some Halloween reading!  Written by David Gallaher and illustrated by Steve Ellis, papercutz has brought the acclaimed graphic novel series and web comic back to print.  Originally created as a weekly online comic strip then later published in 2007 by DC's Zuda Comics imprint, HIGH MOON combines a wild west adventure with a monstrous horror story.

Papercutz specializes in graphic novels for children and teens but is publishing HIGH MOON through its Super Genius subsidiary that distributes titles that are a bit more artistic and edgier for more mature audiences than its parent company. The first volume in a three part series, "HIGH MOON: BULLET HOLES AND BITE MARKS" is being released on Halloween at book stores and comic shop across the United States including Amazon.com.  Volume 2 is scheduled to be released next May and the final graphic novel of the trilogy will follow that at a yet to be determined date.  The artwork for the first two volumes has been remastered from previous publications and volume three with all new material.  All three graphic novels feature brand new cover artwork by Ellis.

The Super Genius editions of HIGH MOON are printed on larger paper stock than the previous publications by Zuda Comics, but still maintain the landscape format of the original series.  The landscape layout provides a nice panoramic view of the content that enhance the movie like feel of the material you are reading.



Super Genius' HIGH MOON graphic novels include a removable slipcase which is nice for being able to vertically store and display on a book shelf.



I'm a fan of Gallaher and Ellis work and really happy that Super Genius is bringing their Harvey Award winning story back to print so it can be added to my bookshelf of favorite graphic novels.  HIGH MOON follows the investigations of a mysterious bounty hunter who has his own dark secret that emerges every full moon.  This gritty series does an excellent job of taking the elements of a horror flick and action movie so they play out on the pages of a comic book for an incredibly engaging reading experience.  A terror-ific story about cowboys and werewolves in the Old West!



Gallaher's script makes reading the book as interesting as looking at its illustrations....and the artwork by Ellis really is amazing!  One of the best graphic novels you can pick up this year!  Add reading HIGH MOON: BULLET HOLES AND BITE MARKS as part of your Halloween celebration by purchasing it on October 31, 2017.  The graphic novel is available as an e-book, paperback and hardcover edition from Amazon.com.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Comical Football Helmet Mashups

Being a football fanatic and comic book aficionado the next few months are going to be an exciting time!  The NFL is back into the full swing of things for their 2017 season and our local hometown team the Lions are showing some potential for having themselves a decent season.  Plus DC Entertainment's Justice League and Marvel Studios' Thor Ragnarok are hitting movie theaters.  My friends at Costume SuperCenter had some fun creating artwork of what the NFL helmets would look like if its teams were based off of DC super heroes and villains instead of the real life AFC and NFC teams. I enjoyed looking through these images and wanted to share them with you.

One conference would include the Denver Doomsday, Miami Aquamen, Oakland / Las Vegas Two Face, and the San Diego Flash.  CLICK HERE to check out all of their AFC inspired football helmet mashups.




The other conference would include the Atlanta Batmen, Arizona Robins, Detroit Cyborgs, Green Bay Green Arrows, Tampa Bay Jokers.  CLICK HERE to check out all their NFC inspired football helmet mashups.


Looking for a football or super hero themed costume for Halloween?  Costume SuperCenter has some great selections to choose from while also providing great deals on their prices and quick, easy shipping right to your door.  Do your Halloween costume shopping from the comfort of your home computer or a mobile device.  Plus Costume SuperCenter isn't a seasonal operation, they are open throughout the year. In need a costume for a children's party, cosplay event, or masquerade party at a time other than Halloween?  You can still turn to CostumeSuperCenter.com for your shopping needs.

If you are interested in a football themed costume check out their "Football Player Riding A Cheerleader" outfit. It is sure to make you stand out and get people laughing at its goofy look!



Want to go low key to a costume party or dress up for some tailgating fun?  The "Adult Touchdown" costume is a laid back approach that lets a guy or gal show off some good spirit.



Holy Halloween Costume Batman!  Super hero fans can find DC Entertainment themed outfits for any age, body style, and price range at the Costume SuperCenter!  Check out this "Collectors Edition Batman Costume."



Marvel fans aren't left out either! They have a great selection of these super hero costumes as well.  Including my favorite Marvel comic book character, Daredevil!




Sunday, October 15, 2017

FINANCIAL FOOTBALL

VISA and the NFL have teamed up to provide a FREE football themed video game to promote people's interest in being financially savvy.  FINANCIAL FOOTBALL is a fast-paced, interactive game that that teaches money management skills while you play.  You can compete on a virtual grid iron in either a one player game or in head-to-head action against a friend by answering finance related question to lead your team across the field to score touchdowns.

Start the game by picking how long you want to play (5 to 20 minutes) and selecting which NFL teams will be going heat-to-head against one another.  Next pick a difficulty setting playing either as a Rookie (Ages 11 -14), Pro (Ages 14-18) or Hall of Famer (18+).  Players then can select defensive and offensive plays with difficulty levels of easy, medium and hard which are followed up with questions about financial literacy and money management that correspond to the selected play's difficulty.  This customization makes the game fun and educational not just for kids but adults as well.

If you get a question right you your team is successful with their play, but if you get the question wrong than your QB will get sacked, your running back hit for a loss, or a wide receiver drops the ball.  The harder the successfully completed question the better your players do so an easy question might get you one or two yards, a medium question 5 yards and a hard question could get you ten yards or maybe even a break away touchdown.

In head-to-head mode players only answer questions on offense.  Whoever does the best will get the best results from their players and win the game! For single player mode, you also have to answer questions on defense with correct answers resulting in sacks, tackles for a loss and interceptions while wrong answers allow the other team to break long runs or have completions in the passing game.  How well you can answer the questions will determine if you are a winner or loser in FINANCIAL FOOTBALL.




FINANCIAL FOOTBALL takes a topic that can be boring and mundane for many kids, as well as adults, and adds some excitement to it that will help ingrain important tips and information into people's heads as their competitive instincts get them involved with this game.  As a parent, I'm always keeping an eye out for opportunities that combine entertainment and education to assist getting kids to embrace learning.

This game created in partnership between the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Visa's Practical Money Skill's for Life program, and the NFL , has been out for a few years now.  I like to promote it during the NFL season each year because it is a very well done effort to educate people on an important topic in an entertaining way.  I really encourage you to take advantage of this FREE football game.

Available to play online via your personal computer or laptop, FINANCIAL FOOTBALL puts players fiscal knowledge to the test in an online simulation game environment by combining the structure and rules of the NFL with financial education questions of varying difficulty. Visa has also released the game as a FREE iPhone app on iTunes, along with an optimized HD iPad version.  The game can be played in single player mode or against a friend in head-to-head action. It really is a fast-paced, fun game that can be challenging for all ages.


For more information about the FINANCIAL FOOTBALL video game, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

THANK GOODNESS IT IS - HULU

Being laid up by a soccer injury is tough, but Hulu has made this bad break of luck a little easier for my daughter.  They sent us a fanny pack filled with classic '90s era goodies like a troll, hair scrunchie, hacky sack, nerds candy, wrist slapper, and lisa frank stickers to promote their new TGI - HULU lineup of shows.  Playing around with these goodies along with watching #tgihulu have been a nice way to spend some time as she is resting up from her injury.



Throughout the 1990's the Friday night sitcoms broadcast on the ABC television network's TGIF lineup were family-friendly must see TV.  Now Hulu has obtained the streaming rights for some of America's favorite television shows from the '90s.  With a Hulu subscription you can stream episodes of Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, Family Matters, Full House, Hanging with Mr. Cooper, Step by Step, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, and Perfect Strangers.


A basic subscription to the Hulu streaming service normally costs $7.99 per month but for a limited time they are offering this option as a one year subscription plan for $5.99 per month. You can also purchase a commercial free subscription plan for $11.99 per month.  Plus before you commit to a subscription you can try out Hulu for with a 30 day free trial.

So which TGI - HULU shows are you most interested in viewing? For more information, please visit hulu.com

MAD MOVES

My kids loved the movie Despicable 3 that came out last summer and one of their favorite parts was the Dance Fight scenes.  So they were excited to get a chance to try an advance sample of a new game called MAD MOVES which lets them have their own dance fight battles.  MAD MOVES currently has a Kickstarter campaign going to fund helping get the game off the ground.  I'd encourage you to enchufla, moonwalk, or sashay your way over to madmoves.dance and make a Kickstarter pledge to get yourself  the first edition of this game because my kids had themselves a good time playing the sample one sent our way.

MAD MOVES revolves around a spinner and decks of cards which provide instructions that have players performing hilarious dances.  A player may have to mimic a T-rex dinosaur performing ballet, surfing while doing the limbo or tap dancing as a robot.  You'll get some great exercise and generate a lot of laughs showing off your Mad Moves!



Spin the spinner to see what type of dance moves you have to perform.  Belly Dancing, Break Dancing, Ballet are just a few of the options.  The shade of color for the dance move the spinner falls on also determines the theme of your turn.  Pull from the deck of cards that matches the color the spinner lands on to be assigned a random person, action or animal to incorporate into your dance.  Don't share what is on your card with anyone else. The other players will know what type of dance you are doing from the spinner but will have to guess what your card says.

The first person who guesses what the dancer is mimicking wins that card.  If no one is able to guess what is on a dancer's card then the performer gets thrown a tomato card and his or her category card gets shuffled back in the deck.  The next person gets a turn and around the group the dancing goes as each person does a turn over and over again. When someone gets five tomato cards they are out of the game and everyone else who is left counts the number of category cards they have acquired.  The person with the most cards wins the game!

So here's a turn that occurred while our family played the game.  My son spun the spinner landing on Green Break Dance.  He pulled robot from the green deck of cards. Oh yeah, did I mention you can't talk or make sound effects as clues while doing a dance? That adds an extra level of difficulty into the mix.



Have you ever seen a Break Dancing Robot?  My daughter actually guessed what he was doing so she won a card.



For another turn he landed the spinner on a green twist slot.  He pulled a Grandpa card from the deck.  So he had to do the Twist Dance as a Grandpa.  My daughter didn't guess that one so my son got himself tossed a tomato.



In addition to these charade aspect of the game, players can also land on Dance Battle slots on the spinner.  The player whose turn it is selects an opponent to duel against.  A card is picked from one of the three category decks that matches the color of the slot the spinner landed on.  The first player does a dance move incorporating the category card theme.  The other player matches that move and adds another.  This goes back and forth until someone doesn't replicate all the moves during a turn.  The winning player gets the category card and the loser gets a tomato!

To keep players on their toes, they may also occasionally pull a Freeze Dance card from one of the decks during a regular turn or a dance battle.  If you pick one, then you must strike a pose, scream FREEZE DANCE and the last person among all the players who doesn't mimic you gets tossed a tomato card.  No one wins a category card during this round but a Freeze Dance could knock someone out of the game.

Do you have the moves to win at this game?!  Head over to madmoves.dance to find out!  Based upon my kids delight in playing the game I'm sure you'll have a good time showing off your Mad Moves during a family game night.


Friday, October 13, 2017

THE SNOWMAN

Hmm? Look an unexpected delivery arrived on my front door! What could be inside?  Is that a snowman drawn on the side of the box?!

"YOU COULD HAVE SAVED HER I GAVE YOU ALL THE CLUES"



Wow I feel like the detective in a crime drama!  Oh I get it. This is a promotion for THE SNOWMAN!  Have you heard about this terrifying new crime drama / horror movie starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible -- Rogue Nation) that is being released October 19, 2017?

Based upon Jo Nesbo's global bestseller, a sociopath who calls himself "The Snowman Killer" has targeted the one person for whom he wants to showoff his methodical, unthinkable skills:  the lead investigator of an elite crime squad.  Using cunningly simple baits, the killer begs the detective (Fassbender) to be a worthy opponent in his sick game.  With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to avoid more murders.

THE SNOWMAN is Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality, and brief nudity.  In addition to Fessbender and Ferguson, the movie directed by Tomas Alfredon (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese stars Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day:  Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).  For more information about the movie, please visit www.thesnowmanmovie.com/



In anticipation of the theatrical release of THE SNOWMAN, A Geek Daddy has a movie themed prize pack to giveaway.  Who wants it?!  Just follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet the embedded message below before 10/20/17 at 11:59 pm ET and we'll randomly pick one lucky winner.  Must be a US resident over 18 years old to be eligible to win.



THE SNOWMAN prize pack includes:
1 - Limited Edition Snowman Plush Doll: This limited edition Snowman plush is only available via this promotion and has a run of 200 pieces worldwide. It is a replica of the killer’s Snowman and features a detachable head and the Snowman logo on the bottom.
1 - The Snowman Official Promo Shirt - An official promo T-Shirt featuring The Snowman logo on the front and the signature design on the back.
1 - Replica Snowman Killer Letter - A replica of the Snowman killer’s note, sealed.

Disclaimer & Rules:  A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by THE SNOWMAN and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per mailing address and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. THE SNOWMAN will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.  A Geek Daddy is not responsible for delivery of the prize.

GRAVEYARD SHAKES

I'm always keeping an eye out for good middle grade reading material that will spark an interest in my kids to want to pick up a book.  Laura Terry's debut graphic novel, GRAVEYARD SHAKES, fits the bill with its quirky tale of a haunted boarding school.  Vibrant illustrations compliment a story that is a perfect read for a child wanting to immerse themselves in the Halloween season but is also a compelling read anytime of the year for kids who enjoy a good ghost story.  I appreciated how the artwork of this graphic novel draws kids into reading the story rather than overshadowing the text.

The plot of GRAVEYARD SHAKES revolves around two sisters, Katia and Victoria, who are new students at the prestigious Bexley Academy.  Both are having a hard time fitting into their new surroundings.  All their classmates talking about the place being haunted by ghosts from the nearby graveyard that scare students from the boarding school to death doesn't help either.

An argument between the sisters one stormy night brings them to the dreaded graveyard where they discover the spirits aren't tall tales and actually are real.   Katia and Victoria discover that while the ghosts have been pranking the students at Bexley Academy they haven't been the ones harming them.  There is something much more sinister going on!


For years a distraught father has been keeping his sickly son from dying by kidnapping Bexley Academy students and transferring their life force into the boy through black magic.  It hasn't been the ghosts killing these students but rather the father who can't bear to say goodbye to his son.  His efforts though have not only ended the lives of innocent kids but turned his own child into an undead zombie dependent on souls for his continued existence.  Watch out Katia and Victoria because someone has his eyes on your souls!

While this plot may sound terrifying, GRAVEYARD SHAKES is more in the tone of Casper the Friendly Ghost hijinks than horror film scary.  If a kid can handle R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books without having nightmares they should be just fine reading GRAVEYARD SHAKES.  There are plot elements meant to make the graphic novel a scary story that include children being kidnapped and killed as well as kids turning into ghosts after they die so parental guidance is recommended to assure readers have the appropriate maturity to be exposed to these topics plus the content is within a family's own comfort level.  There is no sexual content, swearing or stomach churning gory scenes and you'll probably see more violence in a PG rated movie than what is contained within the pages of GRAVEYARD SHAKES.  I let my own kids read the book but as a caveat not right before bedtime.

Published by the Graphix imprint of Scholastic, GRAVEYARD SHAKES is a spooky good read especially around Halloween.  It is available as an e-book as well as in paperback and hardcover print editions.  GRAVEYARD SHAKES is available at most retailers including Barnes & Nobles, Books A Million, Target, Walmart and of course Amazon.com.