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* By Guest Blogger, Debe Branning, Arizona Haunted Sites Examiner
The Phoenix Comicon 2012 offered several late night happenings for convention goers. One of the popular places to be was the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival held in the ballrooms of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Fans of scifi, horror, thrillers, fan films and zombies were treated to up-and-coming short films from all around the world including several by Arizona filmmakers.
"Date of the Dead" was one of the spectacular zombie movies that premiered at Comicon on Saturday, May 26. Written by Melodie Bogart and directed by Mark Urias of Arizona, most of the cast and crew of "Date of the Dead" attended the event in the packed ballroom.
This is a hot topic that many of us may have to deal with sometime in the future -- dating and dealing with the anticipated Zombie Apocalypse. Will zombies still be feared? Or will they begin to blend in the survivors' daily lives? The story is set fifty-one years after the Zombie Apocalypse. In it we learn how three young women attempt to battle self-esteem issues, controlling mothers and the living dead to try and win over the men of their dreams.
Have you had a Date with the Dead lately? Photo credit: Mark Urias
I could not let April glide past me without acknowledging National Poetry Month and the poet that changed my life.
I discovered Mary Oliver in the collegiate haze of words every English Lit major must wade through in order to find their own truth. I appreciated Keats, Yates, Donne, and their canonic cadre. And when I settled into my seat in “Literature about Nature” I expected nothing.
Her name appeared on a black and white syllabus.
Her book appeared on the bookstore shelf next to Foucault.
But her words.
Her words appeared in my brain with a slow percolation. A wide-eyed realization that something I had not planned to love, was inching its way into my soul.
a guest blog by Mrs. Green (a.k.a. Gina Murphy-Darling)
What if more businesses decided to create more trade situations? Example: Bookmans in Mesa, Arizona. Not only do they have a cafe with great food (Mrs. Green has not tested it yet but stay tuned) and fair trade coffee, they accept trade-ins for food and drinks. I think they may be the first cafe in the country (maybe even the world!) to do that. Know of any others? Please post if you do.
And just running the numbers: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has bought 21,951,188 items since January 15, 2005. I can’t get my head around how much “stuff” that would look like but talk about waste reduction!Read More...
At the 2009 SXSW Interactive conference, I think I heard the word “monetize” roughly 17 times a day. As in “That kitten is cute, but how can we monetize it? What’s the ROI on scratching its tummy?”
Good grief.Read More...
As a long-time video game fan, I am no stranger to hype. Ask any avid-devourer of media, in any form - be it books, movies, television, music, you name it - hype is both your greatest friend, and your mortal enemy. The day always comes, however, when that hype must end - the day you play, watch, read, or listen to the creation in question, after months or even years of being told how life-changing the experience would be. More often that not, you will leave at least somewhat disappointed. There's a lot to be said for going into something with lowered expectations.Read More...