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Top Ten: So You Wanna Do a Podcast?

About once a week, I receive a request in the Major Spoilers Mailbox asking to spill the secrets of the Major Spoilers Podcast and Critical Hit: A Major Spoilers Dungeons and Dragons Podcast. The great thing about podcasts is the cost of entry is really low, but you might want to run through this Top Ten list before deciding to jump on the podcasting wagon.

Digital Comics
iPad by the Numbers

The Apple iPad has been out for several weeks, and most publishers are jumping on the bandwagon by offering up more and more digital versions of their comics. While there are no day of releases showing up on the various services yet, there is still a plethora of great reading to be had, and over time, the savings should add up for those who prefer to wait for the trade.

Digital Comics
FEATURE: iPad is the new comic book reader.

For years, I’ve been yearning for an electronic device that would allow me to read a large collection of comics no matter where I am in the world. I’ve previously written about my excitement over the iPad, and now that the device is here, how well does it work for comic books, and what comic book applications are the best?

comic casting couch
Comics Casting Couch #4: Marvel Divas

Welcome to my fellow Major Spoilerites to the latest, and I do mean latest, Comic Casting Couch, Edition #4! This week, we use our imaginary influence in the film world to make another modern classic shine of the silver HD screen; The MARVEL DIVAS have arrived!

Digital Comics
30 Days and Counting – Will the iPad change the comic model?

We’re roughly thirty days away from the launch of Apple’s much-talked-about iPad.  While the device looks like a flattened iPod, its potential to revolutionize the way we consume media is staggering.  One of the more interesting aspects of the iPad is the ability to read comic books at nearly the same size as the printed version.  While other e-books only have black-and-white displays, the iPad’s color screen could radically change the way we read and access comics. I’ve talked before about digital comics and how an effective electronic color reader could change the way we access and enjoy comic books. …

Confessions of a Cosplay Girl: How I became a comic geek

“How did someone like you get into comics?” I am often asked this question whenever people discover that I am a comic geek. I find it an odd question and I’m not entirely sure what they mean by “someone like you”. I assume they are referring to the fact that I am a woman but many times the conversation shifts and focuses on my looks. Whatever the case, it’s funny when people say how impressed they are that I know who Geoff Johns is or that I can name a particular Batman: The Animated Series episode by title. I’m not…

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Confessions of a Cosplay Girl: Baltimore Comic Con

The 10th annual Baltimore Comic-Con took place October 10th and 11th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland.  This was my first year attending the show and also marked the first time I would be wearing my Supergirl outfit to a convention (my only other public appearance was at a grand opening of a comic store). I was also pretty excited about Major Spoilers “Spot the cosplayer” contest and wondered if anyone would recognize my boyfriend and I from the site.

The Collection Obsession: Packaging, The Great Space Waster

I’ve got to be the collectible market’s dream come true.  I seem to have an obsessive compulsive disorder that makes me a completest, as once I start collecting something, I’m driven to continue purchasing those items until the collection is complete.  As someone who went through the 1990s rise and fall of the speculation market, it’s also been ingrained into my head that limited edition items should be kept mint on the card or mint in the box if one wants to have any hope of selling the items for a profit in the future.  Having been on a major…

Ultimatum: Just What Ultimate Universe Needed

At first Ultimatum sounded like an awful idea – kill off as many characters in the Ultimate Universe in hopes of shaking things up and bringing readers back to the series that got people interested in Marvel again.  To make matters worse, Marvel opted to go with someone other than Brian Michael Bendis to pen the epic disaster series, which was odd in itself as Bendis has done so much for the Ultimate Universe, it should have been up to him to bring it all crashing down around everyone’s head.  With the final issue of the Ultimatum series, and all…

Cosplay 101: Getting Started

I’m often asked how I got into the hobby of cosplay and surprisingly enough my answer is simple; I saw something that I wanted to try, loved it and have been cosplaying now for the past three years. The first exposure I had to the wonderful world of cosplay were photos of a beautiful Japanese woman dressed as Rikku from the video game Final Fantasy X. I was intrigued that someone put so much time and detail into the outfit. She truly looked like Rikku come to life which instantly captured my imagination. How much fun it must be, I…

Dungeons And Dragons
Character Concept: Wizard of Oz Part 2 – The Scarecrow

Are you stumped for what you want your next D&D 4e character to be? Wish you could somehow adapt one of your favorite characters to a medieval, high fantasy setting? Look no further, in this series I’ll be taking Frank L. Baum’s beloved characters and turning them into D&D badasses. You may also want to check out the first installment of the Oz series, in which I translate Dorothy and Toto into D&D types.

Checking in with M10

Magic 2010, or M10 premiered last weekend. I had the chance to go to a couple release events and finally got a chance to play this highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new set.

Interview: Alex Tse on Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

From comic to feature film to animated short story, screenwriter Alex Tse has played an essential role in helping transition WATCHMEN beyond its initial incarnation. Ironically, when it came to bringing the graphic novel’s classic story-within-a-story, WATCHMEN: TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER, Tse wrote the screenplay without knowing what that final incarnation would be.

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