Countdown to ACen 2012!

AnimeCentral 46 days until ACen and we have some exciting announcements for you! We would like to give a warm ACen welcome to our new guests of honor: Cassandra Lee, Sixh.IBI, Gashicon, Johnny Yong Bosch and Eyeshine! For more information check out the guest section of our website, or our guest relations forums. We would…

Tom Morello Is Coming to C2E2

Lance Fensterman C2E2 What’s happenin’ Chi-Town? I’ve always longed for shoulder length hair for the simple fact of being able to head bang at rock n’ roll concerts. You know what really gets me going? Epic guitar solos. I’ll have to go out and get the necessary amenities for C2E2 because the rock star guitar…

GENE HA! store signing, New Releases & more

NEW COMICS will be out WEDNESDAY March 14th Thanks to EVERYONE that attended our very first LADIES NIGHT at our CHICAGO LOOP location! Turn out was great and everyone seemed to have a good time!We will be making this a MONTHLY event at the store, setting aside the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month from 6pm-8pm…

Roctober 20th Anniversary Book/Magazine Release Party March 30

Since 1992 Chicago’s own Roctober magazine has celebrated popular music at its most unpopular, exploring previously unexamined corners of music history to explore absurd, dynamic, and obscure musical heroes in passionate, heavily researched articles, exhaustive critical discographies and inane comics. On March 30th, Roctober celebrates its 20th anniversary with a shindig at its favorite store,…

The Far Reach of Steampunk

By Jonathan Boorstein Windy City Banner  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia The monthly meeting of NYC Steampunk was up one flight of Dickensian steps on a side street near Bloomingdale’s.  A woman welcomed me to the future as it might have been.  Dressed in a black corset and matching Degas-like tulle petticoats – as much…

Ralph McQuarrie, 1929–2012

Irene Gallo Tor.com We are sad to report that concept art legend Ralph McQuarrie passed away Sunday. McQuarrie was the designer of the original Star Wars movies, Battlestar Gallactica, ET, Star Trek and many other science fiction classics. Arguably his most recognizable creation was the design for Darth Vader, (back when the movie was still…