REVIEW: ‘Five Pounds & Screaming’ a Comic Book Journey to Parenthood

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Not too long ago, I received an e-mail from Shawn Brook Williams, the creator of the graphic novel entitled Five Pounds & Screaming. I heard about his book on an advertisment through Kevin Smith’s SModcast Internet Radio and it made an impression on me because I am a fan of slice-of-life stories in comic book format. I had made a mental note to check out the book once. Which is why I was thrilled that Shawn not only wanted to advertise on our website but he also sent us a copy of of the book.

Although this may sound like a cliché, I can’t help but start this review with: this book was made with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of love. At every turn of the page I found myself smiling. The story is simple and linear but finds depth in its honesty.

In just the first few pages, Shawn conveyed the struggle of the main characters, Ben and Eliza, as they tried to get pregnant. I immediately undersood their strong desire to start a family and have children together. With very minimum dialogue or explanation the reader was given the impression that they’ve experienced the disappointment of a negative result from the pregnancy test more than just once. The drawn interaction of the couple with each other showed their love and perseverance. Their past or history, whatever life they had previously, didn’t matter at all because at that moment– during in that particular time of their lives– the reader is already on their side.


Out of this World

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The British Library has a special exhibition on Science Fiction called Out of this World. It’s on till the 25th of September.


It’s not a gigantic exhibition, but they had a lot of really interesting books on display, some incredibly old ones. It covers everything from political satire, to comics, to pop up books.


Batman Live!

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Last Saturday I went and saw Batman Live at the O2 Arena in London. I’d booked the tickets months and months ago and had almost forgotten about it. When I first heard about the show, I was dubious. Live action Batman? I was imagining some of those kids TV show live action things. You know, the ones with Bananas in Pajamas or Barney. But, I was willing to take a risk, it’s Batman, after all. And I’m so glad I did.

First off, the stage was AMAZING. I loved what they did with the space.

It started off with a mini Gotham City, but it morphed to so many different things and so well. They used trap doors and sky rigs and made it work with an audience surrounding them on three sides. That is no small feat when the act involved circus acrobatics, magic tricks, and stage combat.


CONTEST: ‘Suits’ Prize Pack Giveaway!

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This summer’s break out hit show Suits is almost over, with the first season’s finale airing on September 8th. We’re giving away a some swag to celebrate, courtesy of USA Network!

Fans of Suits may often find themselves quoting their favorite lines after watching an episode. Now’s your chance to write a clever line of your own!

1) Custom ‘SUITS’ Nylon Bag ($10)
2) ‘SUITS’ Hat ($10)
3) Powerstick ($50)
4) “Art of Shaving” skin care kit, includes facial wash + moisturize +  a facial scrub + after shave mask ($50)
5) USA Network T-shirt ($15)
6) USA Network 10-City Summer Guide
(Estimated Retail Value: $135) 

Wanna know how you can win?


My Time at an Anime Swap Meet

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Geeks of all fandoms and walks of life satisfy their passions by obtaining material goods. But what happens when old flames fade or when ten years of collecting catches up to you?

It can be very hard for a geek to say goodbye to old treasures and it’s unthinkable to just haul it to the curb or to blindly donate it. Once my anime club donated some manga in a book drive for the U.S. troops in Iraq but what are the odds of a Japanese copy of Revolutionary Girl Utena winding up in the hands of someone who appreciates it?

The answer is: hold a swap meet specifically for fandom goods.

Some conventions such as Fanime and Comic-Con address their attendees’ plights of needing to clear their collections and set up times and spaces dedicated to fans selling, buying, and bartering various treasures.  But why wait for those specific times?


Interview with Gabriel Macht from “Suits”

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It’s been a little over a month since I posted my first article on DefectiveGeeks highlighting five reasons to watch Suits. Since then, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview Tiffani Thiessen and review an early screening of the White Collar summer finale. Hard to believe so much could happen in such a short time! It all came full circle yesterday morning, when I had the chance to join a phone-in Q&A session with Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey Specter on Suits.

The first season of Suits is already coming to a close, with only two episodes left: “Rules of the Game” airs tonight at 10/9c, and the season finale “Dogfight” airs next week on September 8th. In the interview, Gabriel discusses what the remainder of the season has in store and reveals a few tantalizing hints about Harvey’s “mysterious past.” He also sheds light on the relationships Harvey has with Jessica and Mike, as well as give some wonderful insight into the truth behind Harvey’s tough exterior.

Click on the cut to read my write up of the interview!