Maker Faire 2013 NYC

by Katherine Erlikh

The 2013 World Maker Faire took place last weekend at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens, and I was fortunate to attend the event on Saturday. Amongst the booths clustered in the Maker Fairegrounds, there was a number of small hidden treasures that I ended up buying, because I really needed them in my life. Please have this accounting of my most excellent impulse buys good life choices.


'I Declare War' is an action packed coming-of-age film... With lots and lots of paintball. Following a group of pre-teens and teens playing war in the woods, it's probably exactly how a 12-year-old boy would like a story about his life to be told; chock full of explosions and gore. What sticks most with the viewer, however, are the darkly funny battle humor and the very real relationships between friends, crushes, and bullies that shape and frame the war they're fighting. I sat down with Writer and Co-Director Jason Lapeyre, Co-Director Robert Wilson, and star Gage Munroe earlier this month to discuss the film.

MTV Geek: There's a long tradition of stories about kids going on these parentless adventures. Are there any in particular you found yourself drawing upon and what do you think makes this story different from the stories that we have?

Jason Lapeyre: Um, there was no particular film or group of films that inspired the movie. If anything it was a lack of films in the 90's and the 2000's. I felt like I wasn't seeing any films that sort of accurately depicted childhood so that was part of the desire to tell the story. There were touchstones that I wasn't seeing anything else like, like Stand By Me and The Goonies. I wondered why no one had done anything like those again.

Robert Wilson: There was a time where you went to the movies with your parents. I saw a list one summer that started probably with Star Wars and went all the way through the 80's. It was stuff you saw with your parents that didn't insult your intelligence and your parents weren't bored and watching dancing singing cartoons. That was missing and we wanted that back. Even old Disney stuff, there were some hard topics. I remember the first movie I cried at was a Disney movie, and I felt weird because my Uncle had taken me and it wasn't my parents, but this was an experience where you could tell he was choked up too, right. And the moment was intended to solicit the emotion of humans not "We're going to talk directly to the 8-14 year olds here because that's who we can sell tickets to.".

Lapeyre: What movie?

Wilson: I'm not telling you.


Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each week, we look at the best new releases to hit comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading. 

This week, we have picks from Monkeybrain, Marvel, Titan, Panelvision, Image, and Boom!



Cartoonist Jen Vaughn's "Avery Fatbottom, Renaissance Fair Detective" is one of the craziest and coolest comics we've encountered lately – a digital-only series featuring the distinctly un-digital adventures of the eponymous Avery and her friend Gwen, as they handle the daily chaos and calamity of working at a Renaissance Fair, a uniquely anachronistic world of jugglers, jousters, jesters, and historical oddities. We recently spoke to Vaughn about her creative process, her inspirations for this series, and her own experiences in the weird world of Renaissance re-enactments. (And she even drew us a special exclusive MTVGeek-centric image of her characters!)



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We've got your exclusive first look at Frazer Irving's cover art for Grant Morrison's upcoming 'Annihilator' series! Check it out:



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So...what if Michael J. Fox never replaced Eric Stoltz in "Back to the Future"? Find out in our exclusive debut of David Guy Levy and Jeffery Spokes' "Back To Back To The Future" #3!



Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each week, we'll look at the best new releases hitting comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading. 

This week, we have picks from Marvel, Vertigo, Dark Horse, and indie publisher Bergen Street Comics! Read More...


By Matt D. Wilson

Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of The Supervillain Handbook, examines at a major comic news item and picks a few winners and one loser among the week's comic book releases.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman 75 years ago.

Notice I didn't say that 2013 is Superman's 75th birthday, though a lot of people have been putting it that way. The trouble is that Superman isn't an actual person. He's a character creators have been reinventing for decades. Every few years, Superman is reborn, sent to Earth again and picked up by the Kents. He grows up and moves to Metropolis. He becomes that hero all over again. Superman has, by now, probably 30 birthdays. Maybe more. He'll have another when "Man of Steel" comes out June 14.



Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull List! Each week We'll pick some choice titles that hit shelves on that holiest of holy days at comic shops both physical and digital: WEDNESDAY!

This week we've got picks from DC, Titan, and Marvel.


Emanata started life as a simple comic reader app, giving indie comics creators a way to share their stories with the world. Today, things are changing in a big way. While apps like comiXology give readers a full catalog of mainstream digital comics to purchase, download and read on tablets and other mobile devices, Emanata has just introduced a new digital storefront that aims to do the same for indie comics! Read More...

Last year, Harvey Pekar's widow and frequent collaborator, Joyce Brabner, took to Kickstarter with the aim of funding a statue in honor of the late, great comic creator in his Cleveland stomping grounds. That campaign, which went well in excess of its $30,000 goal in a little over two weeks, is now coming to fruition as the statue of Harvey is getting dedicated on October 14th out in front of the Lee Road branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.


Looks like with the last week of September, comics have finally gotten their groove back; or at least, there’s a LOT of comics being released this week… Kicking off with one of the most anticipated titles of the Fall, TALON #0. Spinning out of the highly successful “Court of Owls” storyline from Batman, this is the first new character from DC we’ve seen in a good long while, and one that actually has a short of sticking around. So, that’s exciting.


This week’s comics are once again dominated by a slew of "Zero Month" issues out of DC Comics. The most anticipated? SWORD OF SORCERY #0, which brings writer Christy Marx into the DCU. Beyond raising the female writing ratio on DC books by 33% (don’t check our math on that), Marx is right in her wheelhouse with a new take on Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. There’s also a Beowulf back-up by Tony Bedard, so yay, fantasy!


In the world of "Sailor Twain," the steamboat is king, and fairy tales do exist... In particular, mermaids, who are as beautiful - and dangerous - as you might imagine. Mark Siegel's graphic novel hits bookstores on October 2nd from First Second, but we got to chat with the author/artist in advance of the release to chat about his inspiration, the secret clues littered throughout the book, and Starbucks. Yup, Starbucks:


Jeff Lemire's "The Underwater Welder," fromt Top Shelf Comix is easily one of the best graphic novels of the year. It's sincere, heartbreaking, and beautifully illustrated in Lemire's delicate, offbeat style. And when a talent like Lemire unleashes something as special "Welder" the first thing us selfish fans want to know is when we'll get more! Well, we caught up with Lemire at the Baltimore Comic-Con and he told us when we can expect another heartrending "Underwater Welder"-type epic:


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