Blue Monday, Little Green Men

Ah, January. Part of me feels you get a bad rap, part of me feels your detractors are fully justified in their hatred. Today is unofficially known as ‘Blue Monday’, the flip to Black Friday’s intoxicating blend of impulse sale buys and retail-based violence; what that means is we’re all poor, we’re all housebound, and we can’t see the impending summer through the SAD-inflicting pitch blackness of 2015’s cold snap start and bare, bare trees. Heck, if you were to look at this very blog, you’d guess Blue Monday got an early start, such is the lazy fugue state I’ve been occupying since the bell tolled midnight on Jan 1st. Write for pleasure? Pfft, there’s boxsets and leftover chocolates to gorge on. Chance is I might have been confused as one of these Smurf wannabes in the past coupla weeks.

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But it’s not all bad. The Starks and co. would have you believe winter is coming (and that overblown fantasy saga happens to be back in April if that’s your bag o’ dragons) but the sun will shine on us once again. Case in point? On this very blue day, mere months after the Lynch legion were given an early Xmas prezzie in the shape of promised new ‘Twin Peaks’ episodes, Fox have confirmed they are intent on opening up ‘The X-Files’ once again.

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OMG!! That stands for Oh My Gillian btw, seeing as this tentative announcement is not merely pointing to a rebooted recast remake, but has creative minds hoping for a reunion between Duchovny and Anderson as the original. Now, the second movie in 2008 was lacklustre – and, before we start seeking the truth that is out there all over again, remember this is still rumour mill stage – but this could be up there with new ‘Jurassic Park’ and aforementioned ‘Twin Peaks’ (still never seen ‘Star Wars’ so can’t comment there) as a nostalgia nuke to get excited about. Push the button, Chris Carter and TV-land people!

All together now…

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Giveaway: Guardians of Christmas

It’s very likely on any self-respecting geek’s Christmas list already, but a festive treat is on its way to one lucky reader in the form of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Whether you’re the only person not to have seen one of the biggest films of the year, or you just want to re-live the insanely idiosyncratic intergalactic adventure all over again, you may be interested to know I have one DVD copy of the Marvel blockbuster to give away this Christmas.

guardians of the galaxy

It’s very simple to be in with a chance of winning. All you have to do is the following:

1) Head over to Twitter during the festive period and follow @nicetogeekyou.

2) Retweet any one of the giveaway-related Tweets I’ll be sending out over the next few weeks before giveaway entry closes on 09/01/2015.

You KNOW you wanna see the New Year in by sticking on a DVD and enjoying the hi-jinx of a talking tree and wisecracks delivered by a renegade raccoon! So, what are you waiting for? Good luck.

Prize Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 09/01/2015. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily @nicetogeekyou tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

Giveaway: ‘Aama’ Graphic Novel

Calling all comic book fans!

The kind – and very cool – folk at SelfMadeHero have handed over a nifty prize in the shape of graphic novelist Frederik Peeters’ brand new book ‘The Invisible Thing’, the second instalment in his sci-fi-fantastic series ‘Aama’.

The planet-hopping space epic follows amnesiac hero Verloc Nim, his brother Conrad and robot ape sidekick (as ya do) Churchill as they journey into the unknown on a strange desert planet. Combining the philosophical fantasy of K. Dick and Kubrick, along with the impressive world-building of ‘Avatar’, Peeters’ series could very well be your next favourite science fiction fix. Already a winner of the ‘best series’ award at Angouleme festival in 2013, ‘Aama’ is a five-star “incredible saga” [Sci-Fi Now].

aama the invisible throng

So, how to be in with a chance for this graphic novel greatness to be your very own?

1) Head over to Twitter and follow @nicetogeekyou.

2) Retweet any one of the giveaway-related Tweets I’ll be sending out over the next couple of weeks.

Simples! Best of luck, geeks.

Prize Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 03/12/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily @nicetogeekyou tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

14 for 2014: Interstellar Summer of Cinema

In 2014, there are myriad reasons to visit the cinema and watch moving images with strangers in a dark room.

First off, this year’s summer blockbuster lineup is a strong one for the comic book tribe. As well as the aforementioned mighty Marvel movies, there’s a return to ‘Sin City’, an electrifying comeback for Andrew Garfield’s ‘Amazing Spiderman’, and perhaps the best cast ever in the twisty-turny timebomb of an X-Men movie ‘Days of Future Past’.

As well as this, it’s the year of a Lego movie (yup), further entries in the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Hobbit’ franchises, and another headache-inducing ‘Transformers’ extended toy TV ad. For something truly original and potentially special, look to sci-fi wonderment from the Waschwoskis in ‘Jupiter Ascending’ and Johnny Depp’s latest weirdo turn in ‘Transcendence’.

Deserving of its own special mention in the countdown is Chris Nolan’s first post-Batman masterpiece (bit early to use that word, but this is the guy who gave us ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’, after all), the mystery wrapped in an enigma shrouded in a question mark that is ‘Interstellar’. With a starry cast, including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and an unknown plot involving a worm hole of all things, this could be ‘Gravity’ as directed by the master who gave us ‘Memento’. Bring it.

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