There's the good, the great, and then there's the BEST. Welcome to MTV Geek's Best of 2012 -- what we thought were the cream of the crop this year in the world of GEEK!
By Valerie Gallaher, Eddie Wright, Alex Zalben and Charles Webb
10. FACE OFF Eddie says: "It's 'Top Chef' for makeup FX geeks! If Rick Baker is your James Beard awarding-winning chef, this is totally the show for you. Creative challenges and (mostly) super-talented challengers made for great TV this year. Long live that crazy dude who ran away in the first episode of the season." Read More...
Last time around, we rounded up games #10-6 on our list of the top 10 board games of 2011. With the new year upon us, it's time to look at what other top-of-the-class titles from last year should be hitting your table in 2012. Hopefully you've got a reliable gaming partner, as the one most noticeable trend in this top 5 is that 2011 was a fantastic year for 2-player games.
With 2011 now firmly in our rear view mirror, it's time to look back on the year in board games. And what a year it was. The release schedule for 2011 was as crowded as ever, with most publishers upping their output to capitalize on surging board game popularity, and an army of indie developers trying their luck with Kickstarter projects. There's simply no way you could play them all, so now it's time to break down what titles you should be looking for as you game it up in 2012.
It's that time of year again for another installment of our annual Top Ten Toy List here at MTV Geek! Last year's list was far easier to make with the standout toys being easily prevalent, but we also excluded the high-end section of the market. This year that all changes! After much drinking deliberation, we decided that the only rule for this list would be that only one figure per toyline could be represented, i.e. only one Masters of the Universe Classics figure, Marvel Universe figure, etc. As you'll see, it turned out to be a very mixed bag. Will you be surprised? Will you balk at our pics? Will your rage cause you to projectile vomit blood all over your keyboard?! Only one way to find out--read on!
With 2011 almost behind us, it's time to take a look at some of the comic writers who made reading comics worth it this year. In spite of all of the relaunches, revamps, and revisions going on throughout the year, you'll note that the consistent theme through most of our list is some of the up-and-coming but no longer quite new types who've made their way into comics.
Looking through our picks for the best comics of 2011, I've been trying to divine some kind of theme among the Geek staff's choices. Without really going out of our way to do so, the list of books we all gravitated towards ran the gamut from creator-owned to long-running franchises, from big, superhero fiction in revamped universes, to quietly personal dramas about relationships.
What I'm saying is, I guess: keep making things different, diverse, and strange in 2011 comic books, and we'll keep reading you.
From revivals of beloved childhood characters to surprising encounters between pop-culture icons, 2011 was definitely a key year for Geek. Here's our picks for the ten best moments in Geek in 2011:
10. Womanthology Raises over $100,000 on Kickstarter
The significance of this story was two-fold: both demonstrating the power of Kickstarter as a crowd-sourced project-funding tool, and highlighting the issue of a lack of female creators in mainstream comics. Womanthology -- a collection of comics by women spearheaded by artist Renae De Liz -- raised over $100K in only 30 days, far in excess of its original goal of $25,000. Such a massive show of support for women in comics, including celebrity funding contributors Kevin Smith, Jim Lee, and Neil Gaiman, demonstrated that yes, people do want to read and support comic projects by women. With the massive IDW-published anthology on its way to becoming a reality, maybe the next step will be more women actually being hired by mainstream comics publishers.
9. Kevin Keller Mini-Series by Archie Comics
With 2011 drawing to a close, the MTV Geek staff took a look back at the many games that the year brought us. From stories fighting franchises rising from the ashes, to blockbuster shooters doing what they're going to do, I can honestly say it's been a year of more pleasant surprises than disappointments. While we didn't see any big-time experimentation or anything out-and-out strange or new this year among the major releases (no beautiful failures like Mirror's Edge or completely insane masterpieces like Bayonetta), the return of quite a few tried and true titles still provided some pretty spectacular peaks in console and PC achievement.
Here's MTV Geek's 2011 picks for Best Video Games.
2011 was a year of truly awesome artistic talent in the comic book world -- and picking 10 of the best was no easy task. Enjoy this trip through some of the most exciting artists working in comics today!
10. Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode)
We like to refer to Tradd Moore around here as "our" discovery -- in that we picked up The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode not knowing what to expect and realized Moore was one of the breakout new artists of the year. What can we say after looking at his art, but: "Moore! Moorrrrrre!"
9. Mike Allred (iZombie)
It is sooo good to see new Allred stuff hit the stands, and iZombie was the perfect project. One of the few artists to make undead women look sexy, smart, and definitely not mindless (though perhaps also with an appetite for minds).
8. Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., Petrograd)
We're gonna have a TV party tonight! Alright!
[In shakiest old man voice] When I was a boy, we didn't have all of these wonderful animated shows on TV. ABC was trying to convince us that something called Fish Police would be something we'd want to watch. We didn't! Now the range of animation for kids and adults on television has grown to a staggering, unexpected degree--and the MTV Geek staff had some opinions of the best titles from this past year.
Enough about what we think are the best comics of 2010...what do the comic creators think? MTV Geek asked some of the hottest comic book writers and artists out there for their top three picks of 2010!
2010 has been a banner year for role-playing games and accessories -- here's 10 of the best!
#10 - Legend of the 5 Rings 4th Edition
Fifteen years after the first edition was published, AEG has released a brand new remake with this 4th Edition. In the Emerald Empire of Rokugan, characters will be challenged to play a balanced game, mixing honor and service in with the clash of swords. A beautiful project filled with great source material, AEG has done right by fans of the franchise.
#9 - Deathwatch
Space Marines, the most war-hardened soldiers of the Warhammer 40k universe, finally get their role-playing game turn in this release form Fantasy Flight Games. While narrow in scope (the focus here is Read More...
2010 has been a watershed year for comics delivered electronically -- including the birth of the iPad, which has the potential to be a game-changer in the comic book industry. But even with the attention this year paid to digital content for mobile and tablet devices, we shouldn't forget the wealth of entertaining new webcomics out there by independent creators. So without further ado, here is our picks for the best webcomics and digital comics for 2010.
#10: Weird Fishes
Writer: Jamaica Dyer
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Oh, I know you "wait for the trade" types! Nothing gets you more jazzed on new comic Wednesdays than the latest trade paperbacks and gorgeous hardcover collected editions. Well, here's our picks for the best collected editions of 2010!
#10 The Marvel
The comic book cover is a thing of beauty. An image so stirring, so eye-catching, so attention-grabbing, that the best can make you snatch up a title from the shelf, even if you've never heard of the series behind the glorious image. The comic book cover can encapsulate an entire story, the characters' motivations, the cultural zeitgeist or they can just be a lot of fun. These are the cover artists who we think fully embraced and pushed the artform into new and exciting territories in 2010.
#10 Simon Bisley