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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Marvel superheroes, DC supervillians, video game characters and cosplayers (including Jessica Nigri) of all sorts make New York Comic Con a blast to attend.

Just outside the convention floor, DC Comics was celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman with a showcase of costumes while the US Postal Service was selling a limited print of stamps honoring the Caped Crusader. But for several blocks around the Javits Center, superheroes like the Caped Crusader, supervillians, video game characters and cosplayers descended upon the 2014 New York Comic Con to share their fandom and enjoy the company of like-minded folks. Attendees wore spandex, painted their hair, crafted cardboard weapons and masks and basically tried to differentiate themselves from the twenty plus other Spiderman or Harley Quinn variations that were around. Some people, like Doc Ock, struggled to make their way around the convention floor given the width of their appendages especially in the areas where fans were lined up in droves, like those gathered well in advance of the appointed time for famous cosplayer Jessica Nigri’s appearance. Then there were those who planned collective costumes with their friends, like the Tetrominos or the Batman villians or the LEGO Marvel characters. Check out some photos of the cosplayers below and see why NYCC is a blast to attend.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Dallas, Texas rock outfit Oil Boom writes rock and roll that sounds like classic rock right out of the gate.

A few weeks ago, PopMatters gave you the first look of Oil Boom‘s music video for the song “The Sneak Tip”. Now, we’re proud to premiere the album where “The Sneak Tip” finds its home, Red Metal. The album is a collection of tunes that draws from the traditions of rockabilly and Southern rock, with more than a few tips of the hat to the band’s native Dallas, Texas. The somewhat lo-fi production of the music, particularly on many of the vocals, gives the music a worn-in feel, the kind of rock music that sounds like it’s already pre-aged.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
by Marshall Sandoval
"Human nature might be augmented and highly channeled by technology, but human nature stays the same. And that tech might actually amplify all the worst things about us too."

Cyberpunk has seen a recent resurgence in video games. Seemingly every game developer working today has a William Gibson book tucked under their arm or follows @swiftonsecurity (a satirical Twitter account that imagines a Taylor Swift consumed with cyber security). Cyberpunk video games are pervasive, including cyberpunk game jam projects on itch.io, Twine games, indie titles, and major AAA releases. All of these projects embrace cyberpunk themes and aesthetics. Observers credit the current trend to a number of cyclical and cultural factors. After talking to the indie developers behind a number of exciting cyberpunk titles at the center of this resurgence, I believe that the creators of these games are overwhelmingly inspired by the headlines in today’s newspapers.


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Monday, Oct 20, 2014
The familial vocal harmonies and gentle string arrangements of Run Boy Run's Something to Someone make it a lovely autumnal bluegrass experience.

The Tuscon, Arizona collective called Run Boy Run is a real family affair. Comprised of brother sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), and Jesse Allen (bass), the band’s take on the classic bluegrass instrumental lineup is a delicate and tender thing. The group’s latest album, Something to Someone, is perfectly positioned for its end of October release, as the mood evoked by the music is spot-on for the autumn season.


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Monday, Oct 20, 2014
The latest video from the longstanding jam group moe., "Same Old Story", directed by Jay Blakesberg, is a sprightly run through a graveyard.

When a groovy jam of a tune motivates you, where would you go to let your energy loose? If your answer is “a graveyard”, well, that’d be an odd one. But, as it turns out, you wouldn’t be without company: case in point the Buffalo, NY rock outfit moe., who in its latest music video, “Same Old Story”, directed by Jay Blakesberg, does just that.


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