Saturday, October 10, 2015


Today, bookstores, libraries, and retailers will participate in the fourth annual installment of the global event, featuring signings, parties, and more. Last year, events took place all over the world, and this year Star Wars Reads Day is expected to grow even bigger as fans gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

Did you know that C-3PO understands over 6 million forms of communication? Or that the average lifespan of a Wookiee is 400 years? Packed full of weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is the perfect companion to the Star Wars movie saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.

Each page is crammed with "Did you know?"’ Q&As, alongside key characters’ statistics and strange but true facts.  Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Star and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims. From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know will excite new and old fans alike.

Broken down into full page spreads, each chapter carefully cherry-picks the most entertaining, bizarre and cool facts from the much loved galactic saga, from clone troopers and commanders, to bounty hunters and the underworld. It’s the perfect companion to the most talked about film series of all time.

And, thanks to our friends at DK Publishing, we're giving away 3 copies of the Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know!

The Road To Episode VII: Star Wars Reads Day

Today will be a day long remembered as today marks the fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day!

There are thousands of events being held all over the globe as this wide ranging celebration is on a mission to promote literacy while uniting fans of the franchise.

I’m going to be honest, I never knew that Star Wars Reads Day was even a thing until my editor asked me to write an article about it.

Once I looked into what this event was, it really resonated with me because Star Wars taught me how to read.

In Kindergarten, during recess, while my classmates vied for toys and coloring books, I made a mad dash to the cassette player and listened to a read-along version of Return of the Jedi. One day, the cassette player went missing but the book was still there. I decided to read it myself instead of going along with the narration.

My teacher walked by and was astonished as she heard me reading passages aloud about Stormtroopers and Ewoks. She knelt down, looked me right in the eye and said with joyous enthusiasm, “Atlee, you can read!”

At the time, I didn’t understand what the big deal was.

She handed me a Clifford book and asked me to read it so she could see if I truly knew how to read, or if what I was reciting with the Star Wars book was due to memorization. My teacher acted as if she won the lottery when I began to read passages about the big red dog and his friend Emily.

I still didn’t think this was a big deal, but everyone else did, especially my parents. I was even asked to read the entire Return of the Jedi book in front of the whole class. I don’t ever remember having difficulty reading, but my mother told me otherwise.

Star Wars has produced thousands of literary tales over the years. Between books, comics, audio renditions and magazines, these iconic characters and remarkable adventures have touched our lives.

Let’s take a look at three different versions of a story that takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Kickstart The Paranormal Forces CRYPTID COMMAND!

Following in the footsteps of the successful "Sasquatch Brigade" Kickstarter campaign, artist George Coghill launches his newest paranormal embroidered patch set, the "Cryptid Command". The campaign launched on October 1, 2015 and will end on October 31.

Featuring three military-inspired patch designs with Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs as the theme, the Cryptid Command brings together these creatures of land, sea and air as one force.

The campaign reward merchandise will also feature a membership card in the "Paranormal Forces" with exclusive customization available during the campaign only.

Stretch goals (bonus items unlocked when the campaign reaches certain financial milestones), include additional embroidered patch designs, PVC emblems and dog tags, as well as stickers, magnets and window clings featuring the art from the campaign.

Coghill is also offering pledge rewards of original paranormal art, themed to the campaign. Bigfoot, Nessie and UFO/Alien artwork at multiple sizes and pledge amounts.

Coghill's precious campaign, "Sasquatch Brigade", was funded successfully by over 425 backers pledging over $12,000 to make the campaign a success.

Pledges start as low as $1.

Learn more and pledge now at

Slim Jim: Breaking Records and Howling At Moons...

Growing up, I had a fascination with Slim Jims.

First of all, they were cheap.  You could buy several with the change in your pocket, and could rationalize the health benefits from consuming them ("They aren't candy.  They aren't sweet....just delicious meat...").

Plus, according to their ads in comic books (which to this day, I cite as an authority and valuable news source, Slim Jims promoted lycanthropy.

Granted some of the ads featured Dracula, but I was clever enough to know that vampires craved blood, and would likely be dissatisfied by the chewy meat stick, but being a werewolf...that's something cool and if the only real side effect is crave Slim Jims, that's a curse I could both live with and enjoy.

Sadly, the knowledge found in the comics wasn't accurate and my addiction to the meat-sticks not only kept me human, but now very, very thirsty.

Fortunately, Slim Jim is still inspiring people. 

Now, the iconic snack company is encouraging folks who enjoy the tasty treats to break the Slim Jim One-Handed World Records (the other hand conveniently occupied with previously mentioned Slim Jim meat snack).

And some of them are pretty impressive:

In the comments let me know which World Record you think you might be able to achieve.


WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS Arrives on DVD November 17; Digital HD on 10/27!

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Studiocanal comes the romantic drama We Are Your Friends, arriving onto DVD and Digital HD. The film marks Max Joseph’s (MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show) feature film directorial debut, and stars Zac Efron (Neighbors), Emily Ratajkowski (Entourage, Gone Girl) and Wes Bentley (Interstellar, The Hunger Games).

We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.

X-FILES World Premiere Report From MIPCOM‬

This past week, Cannes once again hosted MIPCOM, the year's most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms.  There are plenty of deals being made and lots and lots of screenings.  One intriguing one in particular was a screening that was held to promote the new season of The X-Files.

A well known associate and friend of the site (let's just call him Clyde Bruckman) attended the screening and sent back some intel.

Spoilers after the jump.

The Road To Episode VII: Read Or Do Not

Welcome to Forces of Geek’s Road to Episode VII. We are approximately three months away from the release of the film and everyone is waiting with baited breath to see what the end result is going be.

This time we're looking at three recent releases to the cannon including the last issue of Marvel's Lando mini-series, the second issue of Star Wars: Shattered Empire, set after the events of Return of the Jedi and Paul S. Kemp's novel, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith.

And be sure to come back tomorrow for a special review in honor of Star Wars Reads Day.

In the words of Obi-Wan himself, May The Force Be With You...