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DragonCon 2016

Another year at DragonCon has come and gone! We had a great time as usual, and it was good to meet up with old friends and make new ones. I tried not to spend as much time as I did last year in the Space and Science tracks, but I probably still spent way too much time in those rooms… The Fantasy Literature and Science Fiction Literature panels I went to we very good as usual, as were the Writers tracks. And as always, I took a ton of pictures (well, not literally a ton, but a few hundred to be sure). Click here to see some of this year’s highlights!

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Rogue One: The Official Trailer

The full two minute trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One has been unveiled! I don’t even know what the say right now! I’m utterly speechless! I keep using exclamation marks even though I know better! So stop reading these random ramblings and just watch the trailer! Do it now!

Blade Runner Noir Trailer

“Blade Runner” is a sci-fi cyberpunk classic, and it already has quite the film noir feel. But what if I told you someone has actually create a remixed trailer for “Blade Runner” in the classic film noir style? Well, someone named Chet Desmond has done just that, and the effect is absolutely gorgeous!

Comic-Con Trailer Bonanza!

Although I didn’t go to San Diago Comic-Con (DragonCon is more my thing) I have certainly been enjoying the flood of trailers pouring out from the various studios. It’s impossible to say which of these movies I’m looking forward to more. I guess I’m looking forward to them all!

“Suicide Squad” is looking better than ever!

The official “Wonder Woman” trailer is here!

And if that wasn’t awesome enough, we also have a “Justice League” teaser trailer, and finally get to see Aquaman!

The Harry Potter franchise continues with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”:

On the Marvel side of things, we get a new “Doctor Strange” trailer:

And as far as Marvel TV series are concerned, here’s a look at all the Netflix/Marvel teaser trailers (helpfully combined), for Daredevil, The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

There’s no such things as too much of a good thing, right?

The Old New World Animation Project

The “Old New World” photo-animation project, by Alexey Zakharov, takes the viewer back to the 1910s and 1920s in a steampunk time machine. Using old-time photographs, and set to a classic ragtime tune, Alexey Zakharov has brought new life to the old world in this computer animated short. You can see more about it here.

Wanderers – Humanity’s Expansion Into the Solar System

Wanderers is a short film by Erik Wernquist envisioning the future of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data, along with the voice over of astronomer Carl Sagan from the series Cosmos.


Doctor Who Video Montage

I just stumbled upon a really cool Doctor Who video montage. It’s worth checking out, if you’re a Doctor Who fan (though it probably won’t make sense if your not). There’s a whole series of these (and a few other shows mixed in too, like Sherlock) by TheGaroStudios. It’s worth checking out!

Sanjay’s Super Team

With all the superhero movies that have been coming out of late, perhaps it’s time for something a little new, a little old, and a little different? Well Disney Pixar has a nice little animated short film called Sanjay’s Super Team, in which young boy finds a new, and very old, brand of super heroes…

Check it out!

Star Wars: The Mega-Infographic

Martin Panchaud, an illustrator and graphic novelist with apparently a lot of time on his hands, has created a truly epic and utterly awe-inspiring mega-infographic of Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Yes, the entire movie, in one gigantic, scrollable infographic. And it’s big. Really big. If printed, the infographic would be over 400 feet long. All I can say to that is: “Impressive… Most impressive.”

You can see the entire infographic here, and you can check out more of Martin Panchaud projects on his home page.


Kepler Finds Even More Exo-Planets

NASA’s Kepler mission has just announced finding some 1,284 new largish balls of rocks and somewhat larger balls of gas orbiting distant stars. That brings the total number of exo-planets discovered to nearly 5,000. That’s 5,000 planets known to exist orbiting distant stars. Wow! They also revealed that 9 of the planets are in the so-called “Goldilocks” zone, which is the orbit around a start believed to be more-or-less optimal for life (as we know it).

As usual, astronomer Phil Plait has a great write up about. Be sure to read it!