Friday, September 30, 2016 marks the official US theatrical release of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the highly-anticipated film from director Tim Burton, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by author Ransom Riggs. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the advance press screening Thursday, September 22, 2016 courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

But with such anticipation for its release, how did the film measure up?
Read on to find out for yourselves!
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It is past time for a new Comics Corner, it is around the 77th anniversary celebration of Batman’s first appearance, and I have writer’s block. That means a listicle! A while back (February of 2015, to be exact) I offered you all my thoughts on the Top-Ten Most Underrated Batman Stories (click that link and go read it, hopefully again!).

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Since I know there are many who are fans of Batman, but maybe aren’t too familiar with some of his comic book shenanigans, I thought I’d offer you ten more often overlooked and underrated Batman stories. These are in no particular order, but especially if you enjoyed the issues from the prior list, hopefully here are some new entries to add to your pull list.

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This is not a drill! It’s 2016 and there’s a new Harry Potter book!
For those of you fellow Potter-ites waiting hopefully for the next installment in the Potterverse, wait and hope no longer. This book, based on a play, which was based on an original story by none other than J.K. Rowling, herself, is the next step forward in the series.

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Yes, I know she said she was done with Harry Potter, and, for the most part, this book isn’t really about him. Don’t worry, though, the beloved survivors of the seventh and final book do make appearances in this new story. Mostly, though, this newest tale revolves around Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus Potter and his unexpected friend, Scorpius Malfoy. That’s right, Malfoy’s only son.

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The final frontier returns for further exploration May 2017 with the debut of Star Trek Discovery, the newest Star Trek television series and the first since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, it will premiere on CBS All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service with Fuller, Kurtzman, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts acting as showrunners.

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(image courtesy of CBS Networks)

Star Trek Discovery is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series takes place, following the crew of the USS Discovery as they explore an event from the history of the franchise that has been mentioned but never shown. Little is yet known about the characters or cast except for the protagonist, a female character known so far only by the name “Number One” in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original Star Trek Pilot episode, “The Cage.”

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Seventeen years ago, The Blair Witch Project was all that anyone was talking about. When the quintessential “found-footage” film hit theatres in the summer of 1999, filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez struck cinematic gold, broke box office records, and effectively caught lightning in a bottle in this story of would-be documentarians heading out into the Black Hills forest near Burkittsville, Maryland to investigate the legends of the Blair Witch that supposedly haunted the area. This film was so successful for a few reasons, but most notably because of its insanely high level of believability. This was during the early days of the internet, long before social media was really a thing, where having waves of information hurled at you on a daily basis wasn’t commonplace, and going online wasn’t even really part of the daily routine for most people. The truth was there, but was easy to not see back then, and a huge number of people absolutely didn’t.
Even bigger than that was the fact that The Blair Witch Project didn’t look like any other films anyone had seen. It was all shot on home video cameras, looked extremely amatuer, and its relatively unknown actors looked like average, regular, everyday people rather than Hollywood types. Absolutely everything about this film made suspension of disbelief very, very easy.

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(image courtesy of Lionsgate)

Fast forward to 2016, and Blair Witch – the third installment, and first true sequel (we won’t even get into the meta-sequel Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, beyond merely mentioning that it happened) in the series, is almost exactly the opposite of everything that made the original such a success.

WARNING: this review may contain minor spoilers, as it’s nearly impossible to properly review this film without mentioning some of them. We are fairly confident that you dear readers already basically know what’s going to happen here anyway, but just in case you’re worried for some reason, here’s your spoiler warning as a kindness.

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In what might just be the biggest news of the year to the gaming world, Bethesda Softworks has announced the official release date of ‘Skyrim: Special Edition’ – the fully next-gen remastered version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Windows PC.

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(image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks)

October 28, 2016 is the big day, and gamers all around the world, and of course all over the internet are buzzing about it and its many new improvements.

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a side-by-side comparison (image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks)

Most notably is the fact of just how much better, well, everything looks. The graphics and visuals are far superior to its previous incarnation, which was released for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Windows PC back in November of 2011 (11/11/11 to be exact).

The other big news is that Xbox One edition of the game WILL support mods, whereas the PS4 version WILL NOT. This has understandably caused quite the frenzy among both Xbox One and PS4 console gamers, for exactly the reasons you might think on both sides. Of course, mods are nothing new to PC gamers, who will of course have them yet again. Although causing quite the uproar, it is not exactly surprising considering that Xbox One consoles already have mods for Bethesda‘s OTHER big title, Fallout 4, whereas PS4 also does not. Whether this affects sales figures on either console remains to be seen.

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In 1987, six gentlemen had an idea to pool their resources from their local sci-fi and gaming club to create a gathering place for geek culture to flourish. The convention would be named after one of these gentlemen’s computer, The Dragon, and thus Dragon Con was born. Fast forward 30 iterations later and Dragon Con is the largest geek convention and party of the east coast. With Dragon Con turning 30 the same year as I, my friends and I felt it was time for me to dive into a much larger convention to experience the scene on a scale much larger than I ever have.

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DragonCon 2016 Logo (fair use/dragoncon.org)

But how did Dragon Con 2016 actually measure up? Read on to see for yourselves!

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CLEVELAND, OH – Award-winning composers and dark music pioneers Midnight Syndicate have released the Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack.  
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The new release features Midnight Syndicate‘s signature blend of sound effects and instrumental music set in the modern day, post-zombie apocalypse world of the Zombies!!! board game.  “We wanted to design a soundtrack that would not only heighten the Zombies!!! game play experience, but also appeal to all fans of zombies and our friends in the haunted attraction industry,” said Edward Douglas.  “I think we were able to achieve that.”
 
“Given the character and core elements of the game, I think that both of us immediately felt that this album should focus on having a more modern, aggressive sound. In order to achieve that, we brought in a lot of electronic and percussive instruments and kept the fundamental game scenarios firmly in mind, approaching it more as an actual soundtrack than as a collection of songs built around a particular theme or setting. While there are a few tracks that are more situation or location-specific, most are intended to evoke the general feel and atmosphere of the game world, allowing you to play along without interruption,” added Gavin Goszka.

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Friday, September 2, 2016 marked the official US theatrical release of The Light Between Oceans, the romantic period drama from writer/director Derek Cianfrance based on the novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman. Nerd Nation was in attendance the previous Monday, August 29, 2016 courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.

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(image courtesy of Touchstone Pictures)

Worth noting is that this film will not see its UK/Worldwide release until November 4, 2016, so for our dear readers “across the pond” this will be an exceptionally early review. So how did this highly anticipated adaptation of the bestselling novel measure up?
Read on to see for yourselves!

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Welcome to another edition of ‘Cosplay Spotlight’ – a new feature here at Nerd Nation, where each month we’ll be spotlighting a new cosplay artist in a showcase of both their talent on display in selected photos, as well as the personality behind the talent in an exclusive interview. For this latest edition, we have selected Kona Kyoto of Kona Cosplay.

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Kona is a professional costume artist, cosplayer, model, and performer from Charlotte, North Carolina who has recently been taking the nerd community by storm with her immense creativity, warm, friendly personality, and stunning good looks, most recently taking home some cosplay awards at DragonCon 2016 in Atlanta, GA!  We had a chance to catch up with Kona recently, and talk to her about her life as a cosplayer.

Here’s what she had to say!!

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