Today I’ve got another interesting assembly of media items for you: A neo-classic fairy tale, a comic odyssey into very weird territory, some side projects from favorite artists of mine, and a whole slew of Mega Man-related media.  Let’s dig in!

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PAX East 2010: A (Very Belated) Look Back

The last weekend in March was a very exciting time to be a fan of all things gaming in Boston, as the Penny Arcade Expo took over Hynes Convention Center for three glorious days.  I couldn’t possibly sum up what PAX means better than geek icon Wil Wheaton did during his keynote speech, so I’ll simply direct you to it (links are provided at the end of each part for the next):

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This is the first episode of OBS to reflect the broad, sweeping changes I have enacted.  Huzzah!
Today I’ve got some excellent independent downloadable games, a great piece of computer hardware, an album by a nonexistent band, an hilarious audio/video podcast, and one of the best X-Men story arcs ever to be written (among other things.)

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OPERATION BACKLOG SLOG (BLOG): Episode 9 – The Steampunk Edition

Steampunk can be a difficult subgenre to wrap one’s head around. But since the mainstream world seems to be embracing it with movies like Sherlock Holmes and video games like Epic Mickey, I figured I would take a look at the things in my collection that might be representative of the genre. We’ve got Steampunk books, movies, music, video games, anime and comics to get through, so it’s time to fire up the boilers! Full steam ahead!

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It’s surprisingly hard to find the time to just sit down and consume media!  Here are a few tasty morsels that I’ve recently devoured: Continue reading


Hey there, folks!  John here.  I’ve got some exciting news about the brand new project I’ve recently launched out of financial desperation and intellectual curiosity: Operation Backlog Slog.

Beginning December 1st, I swore off purchasing any new music, movies, TV shows, video games, graphic novels until I finish my existing stockpile of each.  I haven’t done a full inventory yet, but I’ve got at least 10 video games, 10 graphic novels (here, plus hundreds back home), two high-capacity DVD binders full of movies and TV shows and several albums to go through.  In order to keep me on track (and to offer some potentially helpful recommendations to you, dear reader), I’ll be posting some details about what I’ve consumed here on WITWAR.  Without further ado, here are the highlights from Operation Backlog Slog: Days 1-5! Continue reading

MUSIC: John reviews “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

It’s been a while since I’ve donned my music critic hat, but thanks to several months of searching Rhapsody for new and exciting music, I have a few records I’d like to examine.  I’ll begin with the most recent (so recent it isn’t even available in stores until Tuesday,) 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day.

Depending on whether you consider the Millenium to have occurred in 2000 or 2001, this is either Green Day’s second or third album of the century (Warning was released in 2000 and American Idiot in 2004) and covers much of the same thematic material as American Idiot – dealing with the escalating paranoia, media overload and religion-fueled reactionary mania of a post-9/11 America and world.  It’s a “concept album” in the same sense that American Idiot is a “rock opera,”  as both stretch the definition of their respective terms to the limit.  It consists of three acts, or “sides” as the band refers to them, each featuring the two recurring main characters of Christian and Gloria (the young lovers depicted on the album’s cover.)  The final product is …  Continue reading