Yesterday I was given the opportunity to review a copy of Blind Ferret Entertainment’s first comic in the Virga series. Adapted from acclaimed Sci-Fi author Karl Schroeder’s Virga Series, “Sun of Suns” is a fantastic adaptation of the series. I have always had a soft spot for comics, but teaming up a fantastic author with an amazing team like Blind Ferret results in an amazing experience.
VIRGA is described as:
“It is the distant future. The world known as VIRGA is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and “towns” that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for centripetal gravity. There is an energy field that suppresses electronic technology; without solid ground or computers, a society has emerged with floating cities and forests, a technology limited to steampunk, armadas of airships and jetbikes, and flying pirates.”
As an author myself, and lover of Sci-Fi, I must admit that I have never read the VIRGA series. After reviewing the comic, I am ashamed to admit that. From the beautifully designed cover, to the last page of the comic, my mind was mesmerized. The attention to detail is awe inspiring, and the story captivating. While reading the pages and absorbing the visuals, my mind was in pure ecstasy.
I feel that I am being a bit vague in my review, and that is because I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that once you read the first issue you will be hooked!
The comic offically launches on June 5th, 2013. It will be available for 99 cents from comiXology via iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire,, Windows 8, as well as the always trusty World Wide Web. Each issue purchased via comiXology will include an 8 page sketch book at the end of the publication. If you, like myself, still love the smell of the ink, and the feel of the pages, VIRGA: Sun of Suns will be published in graphic novel form later this year.
As many of you know, I have been replaying the Final Fantasy series from Final Fantasy I and forward. I recently completed IV, and am currently playing Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light. Other than the latter, I replayed the first four on my iPhone. I was skeptical at first, (especially since I own the cartridges) but the ports were amazing! I have delayed starting Final Fantasy V, in hopes of an iOS remake. Now, that it has been announced for Japan (no release date as of yet, but speculated by this summer-or sooner) we can speculate that it will hit the North American App store at, or around, the same time (based on the previous release history).
I know that many people have expressed their dismay in the iOS ports, but I am actually very happy with them. If not for the iOS ports, I would not have near enough time to replay them. However, since they are always at my side, I can play on the go.
With the release of Final Fantasy V, I would guess that we will see VI by the end of the year. That leads us to VII…ahh VII… Although, I do not wish to see VII on the iOS, I have to wonder, are they slowly working us up to a re-release of VII…or will they stop at VI?
Final Fantasy V is available today, in North America, for all iOS devices. Square has also announced that Chaos Rings is also available for Windows Phone. Now, excuse me…I have a lot of leveling up to do…
The recent PS4 announcement seems to have caused a bit of a stir amongst the gaming community. The fan-boys are uber excited, and the haters…well, they’re gonna hate. As a connoisseur of gaming, I don’t really discriminate from one system to another. In fact, I love them all equally, just like my kids. So, I figured I would run down through a list of current consoles and tell you why I like them, as well as my dislikes. My hopes are we can have a mature debate in the comments below and get a sense for what the gaming community, as a whole, wants to see in a system.
Earlier, I saw this video posted in a Facebook group. At first, I though it was merely posted by a spammer hoping to get a few hits, but my curiosity got to me. What I found was an awesome video full of so many nerdy references that I had to watch it a few times just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Oh, and the song isn’t bad either.
Posted on Youtube by GiftedOnWestEast, he describes it as, “After months of hard work, we are proud to release this MV! In “Aurora,” Gowe unwraps his approach to music while intertwining elements of his youth as the foundation to the song”.
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My Daughter’s high school held an event recently where the parents spent seven minutes in each of the student’s classes and followed the same class schedule. It was a neat experience and was very nostalgic traveling from class to class, just as I did in my school days. However, one class really seemed to strike a nerve with me.
As we sat in the English class, the teacher explained that although the students will read some of the classics (Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, etc…) the main reading focus will be geared toward a more technical aspect. They will split the workload 50/50, however will spend more time on technical writings.