One Night Only Milwaukee Screening Of The Documentary “To Be Takei”

Presented By A Reel Of One’s Own

 

Milwaukee, WI - On Jan. 7, 2015, the documentary “To Be Takei” will screen at AMC Mayfair Mall (2500 N. Mayfair Road). The screening is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. “To Be Takei” explores the extraordinary life of the beloved actor and activist, from his early days and childhood in the American internment camps during World War II, to his career, especially his breakout role as Sulu on the hit show “Star Trek,” and his later years where he came out and entered a new phase in his career as an Internet celebrity and advocate for gay rights.

 

“To Be Takei” also features many candid moments with Takei and his husband Brad, interviews with many of his former costars, such as Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and the man who succeeded Takei as Sulu, John Cho. There are also interviews with LGBT activists, such as Dan Savage, who discuss Takei’s contributions to the fight for LGBT rights.

 

The documentary will screen at the AMC Cinema in Mayfair Mall at 2500 N. Mayfair Road. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at facebook.com/areelofonesown or https://www.tugg.com/events/12278.

 

About A Reel Of One’s Own

 

A Reel Of One’s Own was founded by Andrea Thompson in order to bring great film to Milwaukee. In addition, the organization also utilizes social media to promote this mission, and to expand on it: showcasing its own movie reviews, local film community news and events in or around Milwaukee, as well as other events of interest to its audience.

 

It’s been a long time coming, but the Geek Inc. Comics store is now officially open in Hanover Park, IL!  Come check us out at 5654 Arlington Drive East, Hanover Park, IL 60133.  We’re right off of Lake Street (Rt. 20) just a few blocks West of Gary Ave.  Store hours are Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  We stock roughly 20,000 back issues at any given time, with a huge focus on key issues from the golden age on up, along with toys, statues, games, t-shirts and hoodies, as well as the largest button collection of any store in the area!

Geek Inc. Comics offers 25% off cover price of all trades every day, plus a subscription service that can net you up to 25% off your new issue purchases!  Don’t forget to check out the wide range of buttons and T-shirts that aren’t available in any other store anywhere! Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Just ask one of our helpful staff members.  We attend dozens of conventions each year as well as maintaining a large network of dealers and suppliers around the country to make sure that whatever you need, we can find it and at the right price too.

Keep an eye on the site here as well as our Facebook page for regular gaming tournament announcements as we will be sponsoring a wide range of events from video game tournaments to collectible card games like Magic The Gathering to table top miniature gaming like 40K and Heroclix.

Still need more reasons to stop on by?  How about free comics?  That’s right, FREE COMICS!  Just mention this post and get a free comic book of your choice with thousands to choose from.  We’re all about the give aways, and want to make sure you know how much we appreciate you coming in.

Once again, that’s Geek Inc. Comics at 5654 Arlington Drive East, Hanover Park, IL 60133, come on by today!

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Tiny Tyrant Cosplaying and special guest Hawkeye In The City will be bringing a cosplay contest to Mighty Con Dupage this Saturday, Dec. 13th!  With cash prizes for the winners and multiple categories including kids and adults, it’s shaping up to be a great time for everyone.  We’ve got hundreds of dollars in cash prizes plus extra goodies for our entrants, not to mention multiple categories such as best craftsmanship and best performance to make sure everyone has a chance at the spotlight.  Please share the image above everywhere you can, as we want to make this the most costume filled holiday show ever!

The kids category will be for anyone under the age of 18, and anyone 18 or over will be entered in the adults category.  Prizes will be handed out to winners in both categories, and entrants will be judged by a panel of cosplayers along with an extra special guest to be announced at the show.  Entrants must be present to take place in the contest and win, and the contest itself will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event.  Entrants can check in all day up until 3:00 p.m. with the judges, who will be circulating the show floor or set up at the judging table near the stage.  Be sure to circulate yourself and get the crowd pumped up about you being there, and don’t forget that performance is a factor in the show.  Don’t just look like your character, BE your character!

Mighty Con is a strong supporter for creating a safe and enjoyable environment for cosplayers, and will not tolerate harassment of any kind.  If you see any type of harassment or anything that makes the day less enjoyable for any of our guests, please report it to the nearest Mighty Con representative or any of the Tiny Tyrant cosplay team members.  No one should ever be made to feel like an outsider when celebrating their fandom.

A special thanks to everyone in advance, and we can’t wait to see you all at the show!  Mighty Con presents the Dupage Comic Con, Saturday Dec. 13th from 10:00-5:00 at the Dupage Fairgrounds, building 1, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton, IL 60187.

    The Geek Inc. Comics Store Is Almost Open!

 

Well everyone, it’s finally that time!  The Geek Inc. Comics store is ready for you to get a look, and it’s going down this Friday, from 11-7 at 5654 Arlington Drive East, Hanover Park, IL 60133.  Right off of Lake Street a few blocks West of Gary Ave.  Come on by and check out our massive back issue selection, toys, t-shirts, buttons, statues, rare collectible comics, and gaming tournaments.  Don’t miss out on your chance to be the first through the doors!

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Will there be free comics?  Of course there will be free comics!  Everyone who walks through the door gets a free comic book!  But what about if you purchase something?  Well then you get another free comic!  And how about if you enter one of the gaming tournaments?  Yup, another free comic! Oh, but what if you ask really nicely?  Yup, you guessed it.  Another free comic!  That’s right, we’re giving away free comics like crazy, so help us clear out thousands of comics by coming in and getting yours!

So, what about free money?  Because free money if better than free comics right?  Well, that’s debatable, but whatever, let’s give away free money too!  The first 10 people through the door on Friday starting at 11 a.m. get $10 gift certificates for free.  Plus, you know, free comics.

Video game and card gaming tournaments all day long, tons of give aways, and your chance to see the areas biggest new comic store?  How can you go wrong?  That’s this Friday, November 28th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or later in the case of tournaments needing more time) at Geek Inc. Comics, 5654 Arlington Drive East in Hanover Park, IL 60133.  Don’t miss this special sneak preview, and we’ll see you there!

Dupage Comic Con

 

We’re a month away from the next Dupage Comic Con, taking place December 13th in Wheaton, IL, and we’re happy to tell you that this is by far the biggest show we’ve had there yet.  Why’s that you ask?  Well, you see that golden star on the flyer?  That lets you know that we’re in building number 1, a building that is over TWICE the size of our previous setup.  With over a month to go, we’re already at more vendors and artists than would have fit in our previous set up.  But don’t worry fans, we’re keeping the cost the same for you, and still have free parking and free comics at the door for everyone!

Now with more vendors and artists than ever, plus a cash prize Cosplay Costume Contest, the Dupage Comic Con is the suburbs largest comic book show and it’s all thanks to you!  That’s right, with out you fans this show never would have grown the way it has.  We can’t wait to see all of you again soon, and we can’t wait to show off our great new lineup.  Keep watching the official show post for updates on the guest list, and don’t forget to stop by our Facebook event to let everyone know you’re going!

This time around, the Dupage Comic Con show will feature over 18,000 square feet of geeky goodness, and the timing is just right to make sure you can get all the very best gifts for the collector in your life.  Need to find that one of a kind original art print, or maybe a hard to find old silver age key issue?  How about that special child hood toy, or maybe just some really great T-shirts and buttons?  Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here! So remember fans, that’s Saturday, December 13th at the Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton, IL from 10-5.  Pre-order your tickets right here on GeekIncComics.com to get in 30 minutes early for first crack at all the best deals!

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Ultimate Con Is Coming 10/11/14

Ultimate Con, Chi-towns ultimate comic book show, is coming to Chicago this October.  Here’s the info you need to know!

When Is The Comic Book Show?

Ultimate Con, Chi Towns Ultimate Comic Con takes place on Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where is the Comic Book Show?

Ultimate Con takes place at 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

How much is the Comic Book Show?

Adults are just $5, and kids 12 and under are free.  But you don’t just get admission for that.  Every person who attends Ultimate Con gets a free comic book at the door to get their day started off right!

Looking to Sell Your Collectibles Or Show Off Your Brand At Mighty Con?

We’d love to have you there, and setting up is easier than ever!  10′ x 10′ vendor booths come with two eight foot tables, two chairs, and four passes to the show for only $80 (additional tables can be rented the day of the show for $7 each).  Artist/Creator tables include an eight foot table, two chairs, and two passes for only $40.  You can contact us at MightyConVendors@gmail.com with any questions!

Who’s Coming?

 

Geek Inc Comics - Specializing in low priced key issues, Geek Inc Comics has that hard to find issue that you’ve been looking for!  With thousands of keys from the silver, bronze, copper and modern ages, as well as tons of low prices back issues, you’ll find everything you need at the Geek Inc Booth

Mark & Matt Leuck.  For Mightycon we will offer one table filled with bronze age & modern age comic books priced @ 3 for $1  or 100 for $30 .  Another table of golden age,silver age & bronze age comic books- priced at  $1@, $2 @,  $4@ ,$5@       plus silver and golden age comics  60%-80% below guide prices .  And a variety of bargain priced action figures

Pulp Culture Comics And Collectibles – With one of the largest collections of autographed comic books around, you’ll be astounded by both their selection and his prices!  Everything from classic vintage issues to new variants to limited edition prints, all at rock bottom prices and many pieces signed by the artists, writers, creators, or any combination.  This is definitely a must see booth!

Extra Life

Ken Smith Toys

Brainstorm Comics

Greg Franczyk

Dmen Designs

Monologue Comics

Tango Comics Unlimited

JK Steampunk Design

Jack Knippel Jr.

Skull Island Games

Robokor Designs

Happy Day Comics

Comic Wreck

 

Check back here soon for a full list of everyone coming to Ultimate Con!

Chicago Comic Con

Chicago Comic Con

The Chicago Comic Con is coming, as it always does, this August.  So, you ask, what is it?  Well…

Chicago Comic Con

To put it simply, the Chicago Comic Con is comic book convention. Put another way, it’s the Comic book convention, now known as Wizard World Chicago but still carrying the name it held for many many years. Over the years, the Chicago Comic Con has continued to enjoy a steady popularity growth among comic fanatics, lately reaching incredible heights. It’s now one of the largest shows in the world, drawing comic and pop culture fans from everywhere. Tens of thousands of comic fans conglomerate at the Chicago Comic Con convention, where pop and comic culture comes to life. Some of the reasons why fans attend Chicago Comic Con include:

Movies and Comics

Chicago Comic Con gives pop-culture fans an avenue to know more about comics and movies. There is nowhere else you will get to know more about comics, and have the palpable feeling of comic and movie mania, other than at the Chicago Comic Con. Media companies also benefit greatly from Chicago Comic Con. Movie studios and TV networks get a chance to highlight their merchandizes and developments to the comic and movie fans at the Chicago Comic Con. The upcoming Chicano Comic Con will be no different in keeping the movie and comic fire burning. The event will see comic enthusiast get a Guardian of the Galaxy #17 exclusive cover and get to know more about the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy which is sure to be the big buzz all around the convention hall.

Pop Culture Celebrities

The upcoming Chicago Comic con will be hosting a string of well-known celebrities at the convention. WWE superstar John Cena, Actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are some of the popular celebrities gracing the Chicago Comic Con convention this year. This has always been the case with Chicago Comic Con; they have always given comic lovers a chance to meet and mingle with their favorite pop – culture celebrities. Pop Culture fans do actually enjoy taking pictures with their favorite celebrities plus the celebrities signing their autographs. Comic artists are usually found at the Artist’s Alley where they sell or do free sketches for their fans.

Gaming

Comic enthusiasm and gaming passion have become almost synonymous. At Chicago Comic Con, gaming enthusiasts also get a chance to play games and learn more about their favorite games. The floor space offered by Chicago Comic Con offers a great arena for gaming vendors to display their merchandises and mingle with gaming fans at the Chicago Comic Con.

Comic collectable and art

If you are on your wits end on where to get comic arts, then Chicago Comic Con gives you all you need under one roof. The expansive floor space at the Chicago Comic Con offers space for vendors  to exhibit their comic collectibles and arts.

If comic conventions are your thing, and if you’re at this site then that’s a pretty likely scenario, you may not want to miss this one.  Coming August 21st-24th to the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL (next to O’Hare international airport).  Check out Wizard World’s site for more info!

Will Walking Dead Introduce A New Big Bad Soon?

 

The Walking Dead is back on the air soon, and fans of the comics know that there’s a good chance we may soon see some really terrific bad guys popping up. Walking Dead has given us an amazing cast of characters, it’s always the villains that make a story.  We’ve had one amazing one in The Governor appear in the uber-popular TV show, but what else is coming down the pipeline?  Let’s get a look at a the big bad villain that you should know about if you’re more of a fan of the TV show than the comic.  Spoilers follow for events from the comics, but we should all know by now that the way things happen in the comics isn’t necessarily even similar to how they go down in the show.

 

Negan

Negan

Meet Negan

Negan is the pioneer of a group called The Saviors and is the most important antagonist of the current comic arrangement. He assembled a group of strong men and led them into threatening adjacent survivor groups (like the merry band of misfits we’ve come to know and love, Rick and Co.). Negan sets out for retribution against Rick’s gathering after they execute a few parts of his posse. As part of this, Negan requests Abraham’s murder. He has a few trackers find the Safe Zone.  At the time he and whatever remains of his pack take after and trap the gathering throughout their outing to the Hilltop. After Rick rejects an arrangement that would give Negan access to the Safe-Zone’s supplies, Negan ruthlessly kills Glenn with a baseball bat. After that, the safe-zone group provides for him a large portion of the supplies to keep him from murdering any more of their members. Negan is known for utilizing excessive disrespect when he talks, even to his own particular men, and for being a brutal leader.  The show runners have actively talked about having him appear on TV, and as cruel as the Governor was, there’s a good chance we could end up hating (and hence kinda sorta loving) Negan even more.

This is a theme we’ve seen in The Walking Dead before. Negan has a lot in common with the Governor, mainly his love of power games and status.  In both cases the bad guy attacking Rick’s group wasn’t doing so because Rick represented an imminent threat to their lives, but rather because Rick represented a threat to their power.  The viewer knows that if the Governor (and Negan) had just stayed away, it’s unlikely the two groups would have ever clashed and no one had to die.  But in the post-apocalyptic world, men like the Governor and Negan need power as much as they need food or shelter, and that’s why we once again see a bad guy proving that when zombies roam the Earth, it’s still the humans that you have to beware of.

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Comics and Wrestling, the classic combo

Comics and Wrestling, the classic combo

The morning of Wednesday, April 9th 2014, people everywhere woke up to the news that wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior (real name James Hellwig) had passed away at the age of 54. The degree to which this news effected you depending on whether or not you were a wrestling fan of course, but it quickly became apparent from browsing through comic related chat groups and message boards that most comic fans were. In fact, it seems like the majority of comic fans either are or at some point in their lives were fans of professional wrestling. WWE even has a reasonable presence in comic books, having titles out chronicling the adventures of characters like The Undertaker, The Rock, and even the Ultimate Warrior. But what is it about wrestling that appeals to comic fans? Why do those two things go hand in hand? Particularly since so many comic fans are at best passive sports fans and at worst couldn’t care less about professional sports (not all of us geeks obviously, but enough that it’s noticeable).
The appeal of comics themselves have a great deal to do with it. We comic fans tend to get interested in comics at an early age, and more often than not the comics represent a nice form of escapism. We can hate the stereotype of the socially awkward physically unfit teenager huddled in a corner reading a comic book, and yes that’s certainly getting to be less and less common as comic books become more and more mainstream, but the fact is that for many people that was the case. Comics where a way to get away from the world for a few beautifully drawn pages. It wasn’t just about escaping though. It was about hope. When times were tough, when your home life was going to hell, when school was a place of harassment and unhappiness, you needed to believe that there were heroes in the world. Not regular heroes though. When you’re so small and the world is so big, you need super heroes. Ones who go above and beyond what mortal men can do, who can whisk you away from danger or fear, who can right the wrongs and save the day.
At some point, many comic fans discovered professional wrestling. And the magic of this sport for many of these kids was that it took that hope and made it somewhat real. These were people, real people that you were watching on live TV, who were doing the impossible. They were super heroes, capable of flying and coming back from the dead and defeating evil no matter what the odds were. Over time, you made them into more than the mere mortal men and women who came to you every week to battle each other over contrived storylines. They were legends in their own time, crashing through tables and plate glass windows, leaping off ladders twenty feet in the air to crash down on their opponents. When life was bad, it was never that bad, because you knew that there were heroes in the world, and one day you could possibly be one too.
The Ultimate Warrior was one of the greatest of these heroes. Hailing from Parts Unknown (because any great super hero needs a dark a mysterious origin), he was able to shrug off devastating blows that would destroy a lesser man. He was buried alive and poisoned by a deadly cobra, but could never be stopped. We loved him for the truth he gave to our stories, the knowledge he gave us that the world was a safer place because he was out there, fighting the forces of darkness. No bully was ever quite as scary, because if things truly got bad enough, the warrior would come and save day.
Yes, Virginia, there is a super hero. He is the Ultimate Warrior, and he exists as certainly as bravery and strength. Alas, how sad it must be to live a life where you do not believe in such things, to only believe in the plain and mundane. These are the people who will look down on wrestling and tell you “it’s not real you know”. Yes, we know what it is. It is the stuff of legends, made flesh and bones and (mostly) muscle. The Ultimate Warrior appeared on Monday Night RAW the day before his passing, and there is no more fitting end to this article than what he said there:
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever.
You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back, I see many potential legends, some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”

Hey there comic fans, what are you up to April 8th through May 4th? Probably a lot, because that’s a pretty long time period. Almost a full month. But in that month, make time to check out The History Of Invulnerability, the story behind the creation of Superman and all the craziness that went into that character.

The History of Invulnerability | April 8 – May 4 |
We all know that every superhero has an origin story, but perhaps no comic book lore is more famous than the Man of Steel – son of Jor-El and Lara, and hero to Metropolis. And yet, the real beginnings of Superman’s creation are filled with controversy and doubt.

From Tony Award and Emmy-nominee, David Bar Katz, comes the larger-than-life account of Jerry Siegel – the Jewish teenager who created Superman in the wake of World War II, sold his prized-possession for $130, and spent the rest of his life trying to bring Superman back home. An ensemble of actors portray dozens of characters, as the heroics and heartbreak of 1930s Cleveland, Auschwitz, New York, and Krypton jump from the panels of comic book legend and come to life before your very eyes. http://ow.ly/uysdb

Taking place at the Rep Theater in Milwaukee, tickets are on sale now, and every true comic fan needs to check this out. The entire world of Super Heroes started here, with one man in tights and a cape, and the story behind him (and, let’s face it, behind comics as we know them) is a fascinating one.

But, that’s not all. The people behind this terrific event have a bunch more fun coming your way, including a cosplay contest at a bar on a Friday night. Now that right there is a fun combination of words. So hit the link above, or here again for ease of use: http://ow.ly/uysdb and we hope you enjoy The History Of Invulnerability.

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