Wizard World Philadelphia 2012: Dennis Calero

Continuing our coverage from Wizard World Philadelphia, we talked with comic artist Dennis Calero, whose work includes Cowboys and Aliens, X-Men Noir, and most recently, The Shadow. Outside of the comic realm, Dennis has also provided art for Dungeons & Dragons, Legend of the Five Rings, and Magic: The Gathering.

E3 2012: Quantic Dream Announces Beyond: Two Souls

The follow-up to the twisting drama Heavy Rain doesn’t look like it’s going to be treading mainstream territory any time soon.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Beyond: Two Souls looks to be another gripping, mindbending story from Quantic Dream that explores the connection of life and afterlife. 

E3 2012: The Last of Us Gameplay Demo

At yesterday’s Sony press conference (did you think we forgot about them?), Naughty Dog floored us all with a demo showcasing their new IP, The Last of Us. Only a few details were known about the game prior to yesterday’s demonstration, and, well, we still don’t know all that much. 

Wizard World Philadelphia 2012: Kirby Krackle

Open the Fridge headed on down to The City of Brotherly Love this past weekend to once again check out Wizard World Philadelphia, an event that has proven itself time and again to be a true tempest of geekdom, enthusiastically bringing together the genres of comics, movies, television, and gaming, in turn uniting the fans who love it all. Among the many interactions OTF had the pleasure of experiencing over the weekend, nerd rock musicians Kyle Stevens and Jim Demonakos, collectively known as Kirby Krackle, sat down with us to talk about the band’s history, their busy schedule, and the nerd rock genre. Be sure to check out their website, KirbyKrackleMusic.com, for the latest music and news!

Kyle and Jim, thank you for coming all the way from Seattle to enjoy Wizard World Philly with us. It was a true pleasure chatting with you!


Open the Fridge: Guys, welcome back to the east coast. You’ve been out this way a few times, yes?

Kyle Stevens: We were at New York Comic Con a couple times, Toronto, and North Carolina, but it’s our first time in Philly.  Geek Nation invited us out to play their show last night at the Field House. That was fun.

OTF: It was a great show – done very minimalistic with just the acoustic guitar and the pre-recorded tracks.

KS: Thank you. It was something new. Usually we just do the acoustic but the pre-recorded tracks were something new. With it, we’re able to bring the full band energy to a place when we can’t take the full band. 

OTF: How long ago did you get started?

Jim Demonakos: About four years ago. We started writing in 2008. That’s when we decided to do “Kirby Krackle”, and then we released our first album in 2009. That’s where we began and we’ve been going ever since.


Hit the jump for the full interview with the awesome duo of nerd rock!

E3 2012: Assassin’s Creed III Gameplay Demo

We’ve been excited about Assassin’s Creed III ever since we found out about its stake in Amercian American history.  I mean, what’s more awesome than giving King George’s men a tomahawk to the head? After a few trailers, we’ve finally got our eyeballs on a demo of actual gameplay, and

E3 2012: Microsoft Announces Xbox SmartGlass

UPDATE: Screenshots added. It seems that Microsoft has taken their commitment seriously to integrate their OSes across all of their devices. Using Xbox SmartGlass, users can connect their tablet or smartphone to their Xboxes to enhance gameplay, media consumption, and to control Xbox navigation. While not terribly exciting in and

E3 2012: Halo 4 Gameplay Demo

Opening their keynote with an anticipated bang, Microsoft showed the very first live gameplay demo of Halo 4. Master Chief crash lands onto a lush green world, with the trusty Cortana at his virtual side. As the Chief investigates, he discovers Covenant forces, but the main opponent appears to be

E3 2012: Nintendo Wii U Detailed

Getting a jump on the yearly gaming marketing spree that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo took to the internet to launch their Nintendo Direct Pre-E3 video, showing the world the finalized look and details of the Wii U.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata hosted the video, detailing the Wii U’s technical specs, in light of its initial design philosophy.


Here are all of the pertinent details:

Wii U GamePad

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There are a few differences from the prototype version of the GamePad first introduced at last year’s E3.  Thankfully, the analog joysticks replace the prototype’s thumbsticks, and the button placement has been slightly shifted for a more ergonomic fit.

Hit the jump for the all of the revealed details of the Wii U – such as NFC support, social networking, and conventional control schemes!