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Eevee is Coming to Build-A-Bear!

One of the cutest Pokémon ever is getting the Build-A-Bear treatment!

A 14″ version of Eevee will be available at Build-A-Bear online and in stores on Thursday, September 1.

Build-A-Bear’s Eevee Plush

The standard plush will retail for $28, with accessories available for Eevee at an additional cost. One such accessory is a Pokeball sleep suit, which will be available online and in stores for $12.50.

All Eevees purchased online and in store will come with an exclusive Pokémon Trading Card Game card.

Can’t wait until Thursday to claim your own Eevee? Fear not!

Zealous Pokémon fans can order the exclusive online set right now.

The online-only set retails for $62 and includes the Eevee plush (duh), an Eevee cape, the Pokeball printed sleeper, an Eevee 5-in-1 sound insert, and the exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop Pokémon TCG card.

Eevee’s Adorable Cape

The Eevee cape (which is adorably patterned with Eevee’s many evolution forms) and the 5-in-1 sound insert will be exclusive to the online-only set and will not be available for individual sale.

Eevee isn’t the first Pokémon to get the Build-A-Bear treatment – the stuffed retail giant also offers a Pikachu plush.

Fingers crossed that Build-A-Bear will continue to add more Pokémon to their growing family!

Will you be purchasing your very own Eevee? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Bleach’ to Receive the Live-Action Treatment

Bleach‘s impressive 15-year manga run may have ended this week, but fans haven’t yet seen the last of Ichigo Kurosaki and his ridiculously powerful friends.

Weekly Shōnen Jump (the publication behind Bleach) has confirmed that the popular supernatural action series will be getting a live-action adaptation.

Few details about this upcoming film have been released, but it has been announced that Sota Fukushi (Kamen Rider) will star as Ichigo Kurosaki. Shinsuke Sato (Gantz) is set to direct, and it has been confirmed from the horse’s mouth that Bleach creator Tite Kubo will be heavily involved in the production of the film.

The film is scheduled for a 2018 release.

Do you think it’s possible to condense 15 years of action in film? Let us know in the comments!

Hungry for more Bleach goodies? Check out what Ari thought of the manga finale!

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‘Pokémon Go’ Abandons Tracking, World Explodes

Pokémon Go has received a new update… and it’s nothing short of disastrous.

One of the game’s most interactive features – the 3-step Pokémon tracking system – had been broken for weeks, making it impossible for trainers to track Pokémon without the aid of a third party site or app. But rather than fixing the flawed tracking system, Niantic has decided to scrap the feature all together.

Niantic provided little-to-no information about the update once it was made available (smooth, real smooth), but they finally broke their silence late last night, explaining that the tracking system was “confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmm… I’m free ballin’ my thoughts here, but maybe, just maybe, that confusion is rooted in the fact that Niantic included no tracking tutorials within the game? Or any tutorials for that matter?

A lack of information from Niantic, coupled with the tracking system’s poor (and mostly non-existent) performance, ultimately sent many trainers into the warm, reliable arms of third party Pokémon Go websites and apps designed to help trainers find Pokémon in their area. These apps were especially helpful for physically disabled trainers, many of whom relied on this information to plan their Pokémon Go route.

But did we really think Niantic would make Pokémon hunting that easy? Ha!

Niantic has since issued cease and desist letters to all third party Pokémon finding sites and apps (including the popular Pokevision), and as of this writing, nearly all are abiding by Niantic’s wishes and have shut down their services for the foreseeable future.

 

With tracking and the third-party Pokémon finder sites disabled, trainers now have no choice but to wander around their neighborhoods mindlessly in order to find that Dragonite, Gyarados, or, God help us, Pidgey.

Needless to say, folks aren’t happy.

The social media backlash after the removal of the tracking feature has been massive, and some of the more zealous (and cheap) trainers have even gone so far as to demand refunds from Google and Apple for Pokémon Go in-game purchases. And shockingly enough, people are actually receiving them.

Niantic has not yet revealed any plans to reinstate a working version of the tracking feature, but if the backlash surrounding its absence says anything, they’d be fools not to at least try.

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ is Coming to Theaters!

Batman: The Killing Joke may be heading straight to DVD, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to check out the latest Batman flick on the big screen!

Fathom Events will be airing The Killing Joke for one night only in select theaters on Monday, July 25 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (local time).

The special event will include an introduction from Mark Hamill and a never-before-seen documentary about how Hamill’s role in the film as an actor and fan. The event will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s musical number from the comics was recreated for the film.

Batman: The Killing Joke is a brand new animated movie based on the comic book of the same name.

The story follows The Joker as he is transformed from a failed stand-up comedian into Batman’s greatest nemesis. The film includes the vocal talents of Mark Hamill (The Joker), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl), and Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon).

Tickets are available now, so check to see if your local theater is hosting the viewing event!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: Legacy

GeekGirl Lacey and I recapped and reviewed Legacythe latest episode of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, which originally aired December 9, 2015.

We discussed the episode’s heartbreaking developments, explored what it means to leave a legacy, and speculated what’s next for our dearest Rebels after the mid-season break.

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Rebels Recaps? Check out our reviews for episodes from a long, long time ago here!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: Relics of the Old Republic & Always Two There Are

Behind on your Star Wars Rebels episodes? Disney XD aired Relics of the Old Republic (Season 2, Episode 2) on October 21, 2015 and Always Two There Are (Season 2, Episode 3) on October 28, 2015. To get you all caught up, GeekGirl Lacey and I recapped and reviewed what happened the last time we saw our favorite animated Rebels.

Relics of the Old Republic

Lacey and I dished on what it takes to earn someone’s trust, gushed over one character’s surprising change of heart, and struggled to be as eloquent as Ahsoka Tano, who is voiced by the lovely Ashley Eckstein (who we interviewed at Star Wars Celebration back in April, by the way)! View our full recap below:

Always Two There Are

Lacey and I got goosebumps talking about the creepiest episode to date (which appropriately aired the week of Halloween). We shuddered thinking about what might happen to our dearest Rebels now that not one, but two Inquisitors have it in for them! Watch our full review below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Be sure to catch Star Wars Rebels Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm on Disney XD!

Want more Rebels Recaps? Check out our review for Season 2 Episode 1, The Lost Commanders.

 

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Recap: The Lost Commanders

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels aired season 2 episode 1, titled The Lost Commanders, on October 14, 2015. In preparation for this week’s new episode, GeekGirl Lacey and I recapped and reviewed what happened the last time we saw our favorite animated Rebels.

We discussed the sensation of loners not actually wanting to be alone, whether or not we would ever trust a clone, and gave a shout out to Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman, who we interviewed earlier this year.

Something from our recap that ironically ended up on the chopping room floor was our description of Chopper, the crew of the Ghost’s droid. Chopper reminds me of Lacey because he is strong-willed, sassy, a bit temperamental, and extraordinarily loyal. One thing I love about Star Wars Rebels is how relateable the characters are, whether you’re a child or an adult (or an alien from a galaxy far, far away). It makes me genuinely root for the characters, and leaves me caring what’s going to happen next!

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Be sure to catch Star Wars Rebels Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm on Disney XD!

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First Teaser Trailer for ‘The Jungle Book’ Releases

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Following the trend with Disney’s live action remakes of originally animated movies, The Jungle Book, directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, and starring newcomer Neel Sethi  as Mowgli, is set to hit theatres next spring. Yesterday, the studio released its first teaser trailer for the film and held a #thejunglebook Q&A on Twitter.

The original animated movie released in 1967 by Disney, and was based on Rudyard Kipling’s writings, is seeing new light with a combination of live action and photorealistic CGI for the animals and environments in this new film. The film will follow Mowgli, a man-cub whose been raised by wolves. When Mowlgi feels unwelcomed, he flees from the only home he’s known to set out on a quest to find himself with the panther turned mentor Bagheera guiding him along with Baloo, the hippy bear.

The film features some great actors and actresses of this generation, and some I think are really good choices just based off their voices (Where’s Rickman, and Cumberbatch?) Ben Kingsley will lend his voice of Bagheera the panther, and Baloo, the free-spirited (hippy) bear will be voiced by Bill Murray. Scarlett Johansson will hypnotize the audience as Kaa the python, Idris Elba is Shere Kahn, the tiger that makes Mowgli leave his only home, and lastly, Christopher Walken will be King Louie, who tries to talk Mowgli into telling him where the red flower is.

Lupita Nyong’o and Giancarlo Esposito will also lend voices to the film. They will play mother wolf Rakasha and alpha-male Akela.

The Jungle Book will release on April 15, 2016.

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Interview with Maia “Crown” Williams, Founder of #MeccaCon

MeccaCon (Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts) will be held September 18-19,  2015, and we had a chance to chat with founder Maia “Crown” Williams about her thoughts on the comics industry and #MeccaCon

GeekGirl World: What inspired you to create #MeccaCon?

Maia “CROWN” Williams: I created MeccaCon, Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts, in 2013, because Detroit and the midwest as a whole needed a prominent fixture in art representation from the black community as a whole. Far too often, Detroit is completely ignored in the the comic book community when it comes to do with black creators. Every time I read or listen to media speaking on Detroit in ANY way, it is 80% negative when referring to people of color, or of the diaspora. Detroit is a beautiful city, full of a LOT of culture. This can be widely due to the auto industry and Henry Ford being known for equal opportunity in employment. Many people migrated to Detroit back then, so we became a huge melting pot. That also helped build the foundation of Detroit art, be it fine art, dance, music, graffiti, and more. I also felt that female representation needed to be highlighted more. The female voice is very much needed in the comic book industry. We get overly sexualized, ignored, brushed off, or paid less. Even in press interviews, i have fell victim to sexism. Artists and writers like Regine Sawyer, Erika Alexander, Ashley Woods, Alitha Martinez, Arie Monroe, Micheline Hess, Jennifer Cruté, Arie Monroe, and many more have helped build and finesse this new microscope of women being held to a higher standpoint than before. And to be honest, it’s about damn time. I also wanted to contribute more to my community via arts. I have been throwing various art events around the city for over 5 years now, and although stressful, the highlight is the energy it brings into the city. Detroit is amazing, and should be uplifted more.

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MECCAcon 2014 artist panel curated by Pat Jackson with Jiba Anderson, N Steven Harris, and Jason Reeves

GGW: What do you hope to accomplish with this convention?

CROWN: I want children to know that heroes live in their own backyard, and don’t necessarily look like they have been so trained and taught for generations. Heroes come in many backgrounds, many hoods, many planet, and many suburbs too, lol. I want these children who come to MECCAcon to walk out with a strength of 1,000 soldiers, ready to create something. Doesn’t matter what: i just want these babies to CREATE. Art can help you reach your goals. Art can actually BE your goal. I want parents to be more encouraging to these children on their creativity. Take them to your local comic shop. Help them pick out age appropriate titles. Let them start studying different artists, different writers. Have their teenagers start reading up on the creators and learn how they got to the level that they are today. MECCAcon will have many classes and workshops to guide them: illustration workshops, writing workshops, dj workshops, and more. 

I also want people to get more in tune with independent films with black creators. MECCAcon also features a very prominent all day film festival. We will have movies from creators from all over the country, and abroad. Independent film is dire. Not everything has to be mainstream. Not everything has to be so generalized. It also encourages people to work on their own goals of filmmaking. 

MeccaConGGW: How do you feel about the history of underrepresentation of Black superheroes and is the comics industry catching up?

CROWN: To be honest, catching up to what or whom, mainstream? Cuz black superheroes have been present since day ONE, lol. Independent comics have been prominent with black characters for decades. Milestone Media and Brotherman are two VERY good examples of that. You also have Griot Enterprises, and a very long list of others. I try not to focus on gaining salutations of the big companies like Marvel and DC Comics, when there are people out here who have been working just as hard with their self owned entities. At MECCAcon, we focus mostly on them. With that being said, I am very happy to see projects from DC like WE ARE ROBIN. I find that to be completely brilliant. Khary Randolph is doing an absolutely outstanding job with the art, as well as the writing team. But… We also have independent titles like TRILL LEAGUE, AJALA, ONE NATION, and many more who are independent labels are also well known in the comic industry. Watson and Holmes was nominated for an Eisner award last year. So I don’t think they need to necessarily catch up. I think mainstream is doing exactly what they intended to do. It’s up to you on how hard you want to get them to notice you. Just make sure you don’t lose yourself in the process.

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GGW: Do you feel that gender stereotypes are still prevalent in the comics and geekdom and what can we do to move forward?

CROWN: Yooooo… Just today, i cringed and left a group on social media because all i saw up and down the page were scantily clad women, severely useless and low functionable outfits, with very badly drawn breasts, lol. Like dude: at least get the breasts right if you’re gonna degrade her, ok? lol. I am so tired of it, you have no idea. I have chosen not to support many projects because they objectify women so much. Be it how she is dressed, or the WOE IS ME, DAMSEL IN DISTRESS role. I’m pretty over it at this point. 

image8GGW:  Who is your favorite comic book superhero, and what is your favorite storyline in comics?

CROWN: I would definitely say Storm… OK, the OLD Storm. I’m not really into the new one. She doesn’t look the same, didn’t act the same, and not even her skin complexion was the same half of the time. That is another conversation in itself, lol. My favorite storyline? Most definitely Shaft, by David Walker. It was very well written, and completely snubbed for an Eisner. The story was written with a lot of character, not just the characters alone. I also related to it a lot. I am more of a realistic fan than a cape and hammer kinda girl, lol. I also am a huge fan of Jem. I think it is brilliant. I’m so disappointed in this movie coming out, i might tear up as I type this, lol. I used to pretend i was Jem when i was little, sit in my mother’s backseat of her Chevy Nova, grab the long windshield scraper, and pretend it was my controller on my space ship. True story. I had her earrings, her dress for Halloween one year, lol, and had every SINGLE Misfit lol. That cartoon was my life, and the comic does not in the least bit disappoint. What i love about it also is that Sophie (Campbell) is so diverse in the art, it’s amazing. Women of all sizes and shapes are represented. Truthfully, every single “diverse” box has been checked off, lol. If i had a daughter, she would DEFINITELY be a huge fan of Jem… She’s truly outrageous. 


#MECCACon will have two different venues this year offering a “three in one” convention experience.  You can purchase tickets HERE!

Follow #MECCACon at:

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Tumblr: http://MECCAcon.tumblr.com/ @meccacon 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MECCAcon @meccacon

MECCAcon/5E Gallery’s DJ & ENTERTAINMENT Night

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

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MECCAcon COMICS & ART CONVENTION 

SATURDAY, SEP 19, 2015

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MECCAcon INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL & PANELS

SATURDAY, SEP 19, 2015 

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Fan Film Friday: Dark Awakening (Star Wars)

From Entertainment Weekly’s sneak peek of The Force Awakens to Cover Girl’s reveal of a Star Wars cosmetics collection, it has been a fun week for one of our very favorite fandoms! Fittingly, we watched and reviewed a Star Wars themed fan film by Black Rose Studios called Dark Awakening. Was the force strong with this Star Wars themed fan film? Check out our review to find out!

Watch Dark Awakening – A Star Wars Fan Film  here.

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