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Here's a hot rumor from Comic-Con: The big convention might be leaving San Diego for different climes. Variety is reporting that Los Angeles and Las Vegas are both trying to lure the geek-gathering and pop culture explosion to their respective cities.

It's just gotten too big for the beachside resort town. "We can't accommodate the people we need to," laments Comic-Con marketing director David Glanzer. "(This year) we had a wait list of exhibitors in excess of 300. We sold out before the doors even opened."

As you might expect, San Diego will fight to keep their beloved con in its spiritual home: "Comic-Con is a homegrown, San Diego-born, bred and maintained entity," says Bill Harris, deputy press secretary for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. "We have a lot of pride in it....We are going to continue to work with Comic-Con to accommodate their growth needs in any way we can," he says.

The economic impact of the Con is estimated between $40 million and $60 million, so there's a lot riding on where it's held! What do you think: Would Vegas Comic-Con or L.A. Comic-Con be better? Worse? Indifferent?

Variety: Could Comic-Con leave San Diego?

Spore developer Will Wright is undoubtedly one of the most uber geeks we know. From a childhood aspiration of becoming a mad scientist to concluding that 38% of Spore Creature Creator fans are god, Wright has us more than excited for his highly anticipated title coming out this September. During his presentation on EA's conference earlier, Wright revealed that all creatures manifested through the Spore Creature Creator are going to be populating the Spore worlds. He also revealed a couple of fun facts about the game, such as a Spore celebrity website and a National Geographic special that partners with the game to explain evolution theories further. Keep on conjuring your Spore creatures until this September.

Next week is E3 week, and our excitement is running dangerously high--our geek-meters are in the red and we're getting ready to melt the core. We want the weekend to be over sooner, and this week, we'll all be saying "Thank God it's Monday!" 

Here's an idea of what some of us at G4 are most excited about at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.


Co-Op Games: With games like Valve's Left 4 Dead, Capcom's Resident Evil 5, and Sony's LittleBigPlanet, it appears that this year's "big thing" in multiplayer is co-op gaming. Sure, tea bagging some sap in Halo 3 is still good for a laugh, but there is nothing quite as fulfilling as escaping an onslaught of fast-moving zombies without leaving anyone behind.

This year's E3 certainly seems to be the year of Co-Op gaming and nothing could have me more excited. In particular, the Co-op experience of trying to survive a classic zombie movie in Left 4 Dead is especially appealing. Also, finally being able to team up with my siblings in NY for a bi-coastal rock-splosion tour in Rock Band 2 is going to make my year!
--Jonathan Hunt

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Epic Nerd Battle Waged!

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Posted July 1, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

The recent announcement of a Nerd Tournament at local comic book store Meltdown occasioned a geek-fight of epic proportions on G4 TV's email list. Because it's a lazy summer day, we wanted to share it with you.

Here's how the nerd tourney works: Interested parties apply to select one of the following pop culture characters and debate who would win in a fight:

Lara Croft / Batman / Gandolf / Enid (Ghostworld) / Aquaman / Captain America / Pikachu / Wolverine / Iron Man / Alan Quartermine / Superman / Alien Queen (Aliens) / Terminator / Voltron / Wonder Woman / Darth Vader / Hulk / Spiderman / Thing / Star Buck (Battle Star G) / The Father from the Movie Happiness / The Borg / Thor / Jason Vorhees / Bionic Woman / Cloverfield Monster / Predator / Chewbaca / Snake Eyes (GI Joe) / Mr. Myagi / Freddy Krueger / Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin

The email argument this event spawned is under the cut.

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Supervillain Invades 'AOTS'

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Posted June 19, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

We have a lot of high profile guests on Attack of the Show, but none so high profile as Gage, nemesis of the government-sponsored super hero team, Youngblood.

We recently welcomed the celeb meta-human on the show to discuss his new reality TV program and the hardships of being a celebrity super villain. Don’t remember that episode? Let us refresh your memory.

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Tags: Geek Out, Guests

Geek Out: BSG Live!

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Posted May 8, 2008 - By Yodapollo

This past Tax Day, April 15th, a very special event took place at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California. Nerds from all over crowded together for a sold-out show where composer Bear McCreary brought the music of Battlestar Galactica to a live concert venue.

We were the only ones given full access to everyone and everything inside the club. Sure we could be selfish and keep all the BSG-sweetness for ourselves, but we're not like that. We're about sharing.

Bear, his brother Brendan, the lovely Raya Yarbrough, and the Galactica's own Kandyse McClure all found time to sit down with us and talk about this unique concert event that brought musicians, performers, and geeks together like nothing has before.

Geek Out: BSG Live: The Music of Bear McCreary »


This is the only place where you can see this footage! Also, be sure to check back next week, where we'll have some more BSG Live surprises up our sleeve.

Fresh Ink: New York Comic-Con

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Posted April 23, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Caped crusaders, undead soldiers with otherworldly powers, web slinging wiseacres; all things you’ll find when Blair Butler flips open the covers of awesome, new comics, all so you can get a whiff of the most enticing aroma nerd olfactory senses can detect, Fresh Ink.

Blair will review the funny books as only she can, which means she’ll totally school you with the kind of authoritative, insightful analysis that makes even the most die hard comic geeks look like total posers.

  • Secret Invasion
  • Northwest Passage
  • Madman Atomic Comics #3

Also, a big “thanks” goes out to Golden Apple Comics who were kind enough to allow us to use their space to make the magic that is Fresh Ink. For all of your comic book needs and more, check out Golden Apple. Your inner fanboy will thank you.

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'Street Kings' First Look

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Posted April 10, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

There are a ton of action packed cop dramas out there, but so many of them seem unoriginal and lackluster. You can only follow the same formula so many times before it becomes old hat.

Street Kings shakes things up a bit by adding a level of suspense and noir attitude that has been so very absent from the subgenre for a very long time. Film geeks, after seeing our preview of the film you’ll definitely want to fork over the $10 for box office admission.

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Fresh Ink: Wizard World

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Posted March 19, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Caped crusaders, undead soldiers with otherworldly powers, web slinging wiseacres; all things you’ll find when Blair Butler flips open the covers of awesome, new comics, all so you can get a whiff of the most enticing aroma nerd olfactory senses can detect, Fresh Ink.

Blair will review the funny books as only she can, which means she’ll totally school you with the kind of authoritative, insightful analysis that makes even the most die hard comic geeks look like total posers.

  • Hellblazer: Joyride
  • Queen and Country: Definitive Edition, Vol 1
  • Marvel's Ultimate and Supreme Power Crossover

Also, a big “thanks” goes out to Golden Apple Comics who were kind enough to allow us to use their space to make the magic that is Fresh Ink. For all of your comic book needs and more, check out Golden Apple. Your inner fanboy will thank you.

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Tags: Fresh Ink, Videos

Geek Out: Starship Troopers 3

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Posted March 5, 2008 - By juster

Blair Butler, geek goddess and queen of all things rad, recently caught up with Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock and writer/director Ed Neumeier at WonderCon '08 to discuss the upcoming bugapalooza - Starship Troopers 3.   Check it out below.

 

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EDIT: To answer some of the questions in the comments section... this movie will go straight to DVD.  Since its a Sony film lets all hope that means Blu-ray too.

You can learn more about the film here

 

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