Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Comics Come to Life with Nanits Reader


If you're someone like me who loves comics, you probably have a tablet with a few different apps for reading digital comics. Right now I have Hoopla, Shonen Jump, Kindle, Tapas, comiXology, and Webtoon. They're great, but they're all more or less the same thing: digital comic readers. The way you turn pages is different and the pay models are all different, and they all do what you need them to do. But you're still just reading a static image on the screen. That's why I love Nanits Reader, an app that doesn't just let you read digital comics. It brings them to life.

Monday, September 2, 2019

REVIEW: SteamWorld Heist


I don't know a single thing about this game except that it magically installed itself on my Steam one day. I didn't buy it and I don't have any record of getting a free download code from someone. Nonetheless, I just moved across the country and Uhaul lost my game consoles, so I finally dove into this steampunk space opera.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

REVIEW: Die Vol. 1


Holy crap why wasn’t I reviewing this in single issues before? After somehow ignoring this series since its beginning, I first learned about it from an online post asking for recommendations of “portal fantasy” stories where characters are sucked into magical lands. It’s a common trope in anime and manga, but not so much in the west. Someone mentioned Die and I was like, “Huh, that sounds familiar.” And then the first trade paperback showed up. Man, have I been missing out.

Monday, August 5, 2019

REVIEW: Stardew Valley


In the late 90’s, a franchise called Harvest Moon created a groundbreaking subgenre: the farming simulator. Long before Facebook games had you taping on crops, Harvest Moon was a JRPG style game where you walked around a big empty plot of land, planted crops, took care of animals, went fishing, explored mines, and won women’s affection. And then the DS era began and the franchise took a turn for the less good, becoming less about creativity and time management and more about goofy minigames. Stardew Valley is in an indie game that goes back to the basics of Harvest Moon and brings the original vision into the modern gaming world.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Watching Anime is Really Easy These Days


When I was a kid, I tried so hard to stay up every night and watch the latest episode of Inuyasha. Not because I particularly liked it as a show, but because I liked anime and back in 2004 you worked with what you had. But today? Anime is everywhere. There are a bajillion DVD and Blu-ray releases and a dozen streaming services. Not to mention every time I go to the movie theater I see a poster for a limited release of an anime I never even heard of. I'm envious of anime fans growing up today. They have no idea how easy they have it.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Adventure in Pittsburgh

I first moved to Pittsburgh for college in 2010. Like most of my fellow filmmaking students, my plan was to graduate and then save up money until I could afford to move to LA and find work in the biz. Then I met a girl, and five years after graduation I am still here. And now, because I love that girl so much, it is time for us to say goodbye to this city.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

REVIEW: C-3PO Does Not Like Sand


I first got in contact with Disney Books after attending NYCC in 2017 because I was interested in reviewing their Star Wars and Marvel books. It’s been over a year and a half and so far they haven’t sent me much related to those two franchises, or anything particularly on brand with The Modern Gafa. But this? Well...It’s Star Wars.
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