Occupy Chicago First-hand

I’d heard a little about the Occupy Wall Street protest a few weeks ago, but hadn’t thought too much about it. There’s a few reasons for that. One, daily life keeps me busy enough. Two, I thought it would be just another action that I’ve seen mentioned on Facebook that would fizzle out before long.…

Wizard World Comes to Chicago

By Tom Wray and Phillip PowersWindy City Banner Wizard World, Chicago’s largest comic con, took place this last month and it was huge. There were celebrities, cosplayers and, of course, miles and miles of comics. We attended as members of the press and were in awe of the magnitude of it. First of all let’s…

Game Review: M.S. Saga: A New Dawn

By Phillip PowersReviewer Being a longtime fan of the all the Gundam series and a fan of RPG games, I was excited to find out they made M.S. Saga: A New Dawn, a RPG Gundam game. Developer – BandaiPlatform – PlayStation 2Release date – February 21, 2006Genre – Role-playing gameMode – Single player The basic…

OK Go Becomes Coolest Band on the Planet

This video has been floating around on Facebook a couple of day and we had to share. Former Chicago band OK Go, famous for the song “Here We Go” and it’s cheap yet dazzling video and for working with the radio program “This American Life,” has taken the next step to coolness (as if they…

2011 Hugo Winners Announced

World Science Fiction SocietyRenovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the 2011 Hugo Award winners.BEST NOVELBlackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)BEST NOVELLAThe Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)BEST NOVELETTE“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)BEST SHORT STORY“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s,…

Morena Baccarin Off Chicago Comic Con Schedule

By Tom WrayWindy City Banner Wizard World, producer of the Chicago Comic Con, announced this week that actress Morena Baccarin will be unable to attend this year’s even because of film schedule conflicts. Morena, for the uninformed, is best known for her roles in “Firefly, “V” and “Stargate SG-1.” Wizard World said that all Photo…

Anime Review: Code Geass

By Phillip PowersReviewer Code Geass is an interesting anime it blends mechs and political intrigue so well. It starts with the empire of Britannia invading Japan using a type of mech called a Knightmare which they had just invented and it uses a precious mineral called sakuradite as its main power source. Japan is the…