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Episode 26 - Bungie's Destiny

OTF looks at one of the most-anticipated games of next year!

Sean Sorensen and Dwight Tejano are joined by guest Evan Nikolich, a World Designer at Bungie Studios.  Dwight and Sean ask about the path that eventually brought him to Bungie, and Evan talks about his responsibilities and what he's looking forward to the most when gamers get their chance to play.

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10:00AM

SDCC 2014: Marvel's Agent Carter

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has definitely blazed a television trail for Marvel Studios. Its success has proven that the stories and characters of the MCU can and do translate to the small screen. Couple that with the popularity of the Agent Carter One-Shot featuring Captain America: The First Avenger's stalwart Peggy Carter, and you have the studio's next long-form project.  

This fall will see the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but in January, Agent Carter will star in her own 8-episode season, following her adventures in a post-World War II/pre-Cold War world. Actress Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy, and will be joined by Dominic Cooper, Enver Gjokaj, and Chad Michael Murray as the series explores the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D.

At San Diego Comic-Con, we joined the roundtable discussions with series co-creators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Executive Producers Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, and Louis D'Esposito, and star Hayley Atwell to talk about what we can expect from the series, and what this era of the Marvel Universe can offer.

Check out the interviews here!

Agent Carter is currently set to premiere in January 2015!

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SDCC 2014: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2013-2014 TV season was definitely Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A year ago we were asking if a television series was the next logical step for a studio that had produced a wildly successful string of movies, and at first, it could've gone either way. However, as the show's inaugural season pressed on, took shape, and found its legs, the loyal viewers who stuck with it had their faith rewarded.

At San Diego Comic-Con, OTF took part in the roundtable discussions with many of the people behind the success of AoS. Producers Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell, co-creators Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, as well as cast members Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, and Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg sit down to talk about what went down last season and what we may or may not see in season 2 as Marvel's premier spy ring begins the healing process.

Check out the interviews here!

Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on September 23rd on ABC!

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SDCC 2014: Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe

It's Comic-Con, so naturally we had to reconnect with the always delightful Ashley Eckstein!

Ashley and Her Universe were particularly busy at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.  They launched the R2-D2-inspired "My Hero" Jewelry Collection, teamed up with Nerdist to sell the Ultimate Convention Hoodie, and, most impressively, hosted the inaugural Her Universe Fashion Show at the Manchester Grand Hyatt to kick off the weekend.

At the LucasFilm booth on the convention floor, we caught up the wonderful Ashley Eckstein to talk about the continuing expansion of Her Universe, the Fashion Show, and what's in store for Ashley on the voice acting front.

Check out the interview here!

Head to Her Universe now for your geek girl apparel, and be on the lookout for the "Cloak and Dagger" episode of Ultimate Spider-Man later this month!

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SDCC 2014: Sunset Overdrive

Now that the new generation of consoles have finally been released, this year's E3 was devoted entirely to games.  Quite a few were worth keeping an eye on, but the game that piqued my interest the most was Sunset Overdrive -- by a large margin.

Compared to most of the games shown, Sunset Overdrive was a breath of fresh air.  In a world of first person shooters set in monochromatic backdrops, Sunset Overdrive revels in color, activity, quirkiness, and fun -- the type of game you'd hope for from the house of Ratchet and Clank. Being a big fan of the Lombax-Robot series, I was excited to see Insomniac Games back with a game that celebrates just being loud, fun, and unique.

At this year's SDCC, we were invited to the festivities at the Xbox Gaming Lounge.  After partaking in the free food and drink, Tek rushed to see what Master Chief was up to and I found my way to Ryan Schneider of Insomniac Games for the details on Sunset Overdrive.  Check out the interview!

Sunset Overdrive crashes onto the scene on October 28, 2014!

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SDCC 2014: Batman: Assault on Arkham - Part 2

In Part 2 of our roundtable disussions at San Diego Comic-Con with the talented people behind Batman: Assault on Arkham, we focus on a handful of the stellar cast members lending their voices to some of DC's most iconic characters.

Batman himself, Kevin Conroy, is joined by Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), John DiMaggio (Futurama), and Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins) as they discuss everything from Batman fandom to voice over technique as we talk about this latest animated adventure. We'll even throw in Troy Baker's uncanny Sam Elliott impression. Enjoy!

Batman: Assault on Arkham is available now! Also, be sure to check out Part 1 of the roundtables if you haven't already!

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SDCC 2014: Batman: Assault on Arkham - Part 1

Last week saw the release of Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest animated adventure from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. However, while the Dark Knight’s name is in the title, the true stars of the movie are the members of the Suicide Squad, the villainous group of DC villains whose roster seems to change every time they appear.

As one of three animated films to be released in 2014 from WBHE, it’s no small feat to bring Assault on Arkham to audiences, but it’s accomplished by a core group of talented people who have done it many times before. At San Diego Comic-Con, we got to sit down with Assault on Arkham’s Co-Director Jay Oliva (Justice League: War), Producer James Tucker (Son of Batman), and legendary Voice Director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) to talk about what it takes to bring this project to the small screen. Check out the video below!

Check back soon for Part 2 of our Assault on Arkham roundtable discussions with some of the film’s talented voice actors!

Batman: Assault on Arkham is available now!

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Review: Star Wars #20

This will be a day long remembered…

The final installment in Dark Horse’s ongoing Star Wars series arrives today, capping Brian Wood’s run as writer at 20 issues. Over the course of the 20 issues, Wood deftly filled in the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, focusing on the Rebellion’s struggle to find a new home and stay one step ahead of the Empire, but his final entry leaves much to be desired and brings the series to an unceremonious close.

The four great heroes of the Rebel Alliance, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, have set out to rescue a deep-cover operative who also happens to be a childhood friend of Leia, but it becomes a race when droid bounty hunter IG-88 sets his sights on the same quarry. Seren Song, the operative in question, manages to keep herself hidden among some supply convoys, but when the promise of salvation arises, she sets out to rendezvous with her old friend. The happy reunion is cut short, however, by the merciless mechanical hunter, prompting a dogfight between the Millennium Falcon and the IG-2000. After enacting their escape, the Rebels breathe easy as Leia and Seren share a heart-to-heart, as well as the intel that put Seren in so much danger. With years of seemingly innocuous geological data in hand, Seren literally hands Leia the Rebellion’s best hope for finding a new world on which to build their base.

The most surprising part of this finale is that it is a mere two-issue arc. In #19, Wood set up what could have been yet another great, long-form entry into Star Warlore, reuniting the four main characters for a heroic rescue mission which turns into a race against one of the top six Star Wars bounty hunters. Instead, it’s over surprisingly quick, with the majority of the action occurring in issue #19 anyway. There are points where #20 feels like Wood is stretching it out just enough to make the page quota. For an entire page, Seren Song recounts her childhood memories of the planet where she will be meeting Leia and company. It brings the action to a dead halt, making the reader wonder if this world will play a greater role in the future, but seeing as this is the final issue, there is no follow up. The saving grace, however, comes in the form of the Han/Leia banter we’ve come to know and love, bookended the issue. It provides a bit of levity, especially in the absence of the typical comic relief in the form of the droids, but also sets the pair’s relationship down the path we see it on in The Empire Strikes Back.

Several artists contributed to Star Wars during its 20-issue run, but Carlos D’Anda is the man who kicked it off, and it’s only fitting that he be there for the sendoff. What we have seen and come to expect from him over the course of this run is right there, from yet another spectacular space firefight to the subtle emotions creeping across the faces of the characters. D’Anda’s art always had an energy about it, especially in the form of the characters; it’s difficult to put into words, but even his portrayal of Luke during a lightsaber exercise or Chewie reacting to a space-born threat comes off as dynamic through the art. One off-putting surprise, however, is D’Anda’s depiction of the Millennium Falcon. What is known to both characters and fans as a junky, unassuming freighter, is seen in issue #20 as flat and sleek, looking more like an Imperial cruiser than a space hauler that’s been around the galaxy a few dozen times. It hardly detracts from the rest of the art in the book, but it is a surprising image, nonetheless.

It’s a little sad to have been disappointed by the final issue of a series I have loved from #1. Brian Wood definitely made his mark on Star Wars lore by acknowledging what came before while, at the same time, exploring new territory, but the conclusion leaves us wanting just a bit more. Was it a result of the impending departure of the Star Wars license from Dark Horse, which in turn prompted a “why bother?” mentality? Who is to say? For all we know, Marvel may kick off their own series next year to further close the gap between Episodes IV and V, so one can hold out hope.

Star Wars #20, one of the last Star Wars titles to roll off the Dark Horse Comics press, is available today.

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SDCC 2014: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The Halo series continues to be one of the most popular video game franchises in history, spawning not only nine games, but also novels, comics, and even a live-action miniseries. After taking over the production of Halo games from Bungie in 2011, 343 Industries has strived to continue the Halo legacy and create new and exciting content for its rabid fan base every year.

2014 is no exception with the impending release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, an anthology that packages the four Halo games centered around everyone’s favorite Spartan, including the long-awaited HD rebuild of Halo 2 to commemorate its 10th anniversary. In addition, the collection will feature not only access to the multiplayer beta of Halo’s next installment, Halo 5: Guardians, but brand new ongoing content in the form of Halo: Nightfall, a live-action, episodic digital video series in the vein of Halo: Forward Unto Dawn.

At the Xbox lounge at San Diego Comic-Con, we got to talk about both the collection and the series with 343's Frank O'Connor and Nightfall's Christian Contreras. Check out the intervuews below!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches in North America on November 11th, 2014!

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Watch the First Seven Minutes of "Star Wars: Rebels"!

Last night, Star Wars fans were treated to a sneak peek at the upcoming television series, Star Wars Rebels. Following the airing of the Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special, Lucasfilm and Disney XD have brought the first seven minutes of Rebels online and you can check out the video below!

Star Wars Rebels continues the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new adventures following the exploits of the motley crew of the starship Ghost. They are among the select few who are brave enough to stand against the growing tyranny of the Galactic Empire.

Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on the Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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SDCC 2014: Cape/Cowl/Create

To celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary, as well as promote the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment partnered with VICE to bring us Cape/Cowl/Create, an art exhibit showcasing the Dark Knight's famous cape and cowl re-imagined by top artists. Fashion designer Asher Levine was tasked with creating true-to-scale replicas of the cape and cowl and creative individuals ranging from LEGO Master Builder Nathan Sawaya to film director Zack Snyder put their own spin on the famous visage for all to enjoy.

We had the pleasure of talking with a few of the featured artists, including Mr. Sawaya, as well as 5th Cell's Akio Segawa and artist Conrad Leach at the Hard Rock Hotel at San Diego Comic-Con!