Mid-November: depending on your location, the temperature’s dropping, retail stores are decorating for the holidays, and coffee drinkers are riding out the Gulf. And on a small island off the coast of Canada, a group of comedians is playing a video game for charity. Yes, friends and enemies, it’s once again time for Desert Bus for Hope. This annual fundraiser, run by the fine folks at LoadingReadyRun, has gained a huge following over its 12-year run. For a solid week, the LRR team and friends sit down to play the world’s worst video game: Desert Bus. A real-time simulated drive from Tuscon, AZ to Las Vegas,Read More →

If you’re here reading this, you know who Stan Lee is, you know what he created, and you know why the geek world mourns this week.  You can find lists of his greatest achievements and his influence on the comics industry in a billion different places, but I’m not here to do that.  I choose to remember my hero Stan Lee through the lessons he taught me.  Every character he touched and created influenced all of us who read his work.  We were lucky to have a storyteller, worldbuilder, and teacher like Stan Lee in our lives. Family Is Important Whether your family is theRead More →

Hey, Geeks. Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. It’s Halloween, and I bet at least 70% of you reading this have already watched Hocus Pocus at least once this season, and that it’s one of those things you do every year. While everyone else in the world keeps saying,”Yeah. It’s a thing,” I’m sitting here wondering why more people aren’t saying, “Yeah. It’s a problem.” Let’s chat. You’re Really Only in it for the Nostalgia Every millenial I know watches Hocus Pocus at least once during Halloween season — and they have been doing so forRead More →

Greetings my freaks and geeks, my nefarious nerdlings! It’s that time of year again: spooks and specters and unnecessarily sexy work uniforms will soon be around every corner. So, why not celebrate that a little bit? If you weren’t here last year, we released a special Halloween reading of Lovecraft’s “The Outsider”, and it was so fun the first time, why not go again? This year, as selected by your ambassadors, The Geek Embassy is proud to present Edgar Allan Poe’s classic: “The Tell-Tale Heart.” I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that Edgar Allan Poe was my first exposure to classical horror. Writers like Lovecraft, Crichton,Read More →

Hey, Geeks. I’m glad you’re here. I know that I’ve been poking fun at other people’s creations over the last several weeks, but I want to take a break from that. Let’s dive into my favorite Geekdom: Writing. As some of you know, my debut novel came out a year ago this month. It has been one of the most amazing, terrifying, frustrating, and most rewarding experiences of my life. And, while I cannot profess to be an expert, I can tell you that I’ve learned a lot along the way.  Everyone’s Process is Different. Yours is Not Wrong. People tend to think that thereRead More →

game of thrones sansa stark

It’s easy to argue that Sansa Stark transformed more than any other character in Game of Thrones. She’s gone from a naive brat to a wise leader. Some of this is simply because of all the horrible things that have happened to her, but it’s also because she had the two best teachers that Westeros could offer — Cersei Lannister and Petyr Baelish (aka Littlefinger). It would be easy for someone to spend time around these two characters and not learn a thing. So, what makes Sansa a good student? She’s a good listener. Aspiring Princess When the show begins Sansa wants nothing more thanRead More →

The day this article goes live is the official release date for Magic: the Gathering’s newest set: Guilds of Ravnica. The world of Ravnica is one of the most celebrated planes visited over the game’s 25-year run. With this being the third block set in the cityscape, I wanted to take a look at the impact it’s had. From flavor to gameplay to identity as a Magic player, Ravnica has given a lot since its first appearance in 2005. Grab a spindown and shuffle up, let’s talk about Ravnica. Flavor for Any Taste Right off the bat, no conversation about Ravnica can go very farRead More →

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. The new season of Supernatural premieres today and way, WAY too many of you are excited about that. Let’s talk about where you went wrong. Complacency is No One’s Friend Supernatural started off with a pretty cool premise. Two brothers that are surprisingly easy to love bond while fighting demons and daddy issues in equal measure. Good times. And in the beginning, it was a great ride. There was a specific demon with a specific weakness. The brothers grew and changed and learned to face this adversaryRead More →

Apparently, the third week of September was teasers and trailers week on the Internet, and we’re here to break it down for you!  In this special edition minisode, our panel goes over the news drop of the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series from Netflix, and discuss the trailers for Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest, The Twilight Zone, Daredevil season 3, Doctor Who season 11, and Captain Marvel!  Come and listen to us give our hot takes on the new trailers and news stories of this week! Talk to us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and don’t forget to share us! Get your geek on! Dante: @DanteInformalRead More →

suicide shop

IMPORTANT WARNING! The following piece will be a discussion on the novel The Suicide Shop by French author Jean Teulé. With a title like that, there will be references to self-harm and suicide. We’ll also briefly go over the plot of the novel, so there will be spoilers. Reader discretion advised. Worst of Times Most post-apocalyptic stories show one person’s struggle to overcome a brutal environment destroyed by humanity. Robots, aliens, and/or zombies are out there, and it’s up to Bruce Ex Machina to do…something. Survive, I suppose. The people of Teulé’s world, however, don’t seem too keen on the idea. Instead, they pay a visit toRead More →