'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars:' The ultimate showdown
December 29th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars:' The ultimate showdown

No look back at the year in nerd culture can be complete without one of the most interesting developments in quite some time for fans of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek."

William Shatner took to his YouTube channel in September to declare, once and for all (reminiscent of the movie "Fanboys"), that "Star Trek" is superior to "Star Wars." In the midst of that, he took a few shots at Carrie Fisher (who appeared at Dragon*Con at the same time he did a few weeks earlier).

Fisher defended "Star Wars," and Shatner did not go unscathed either. "Shat" had a retort to Fisher, as well. George Takei, meanwhile, urged peace between the "Star-people," since they have a common enemy: "Twilight."

This debate for the ages inspired us to settle it once and for all, with you, dear Geek Out readers, as the judges. FULL POST

I was a zombie extra in ‘The Walking Dead’
I wasn't allowed to take pictures of myself on set, so here's me recreating my role in the hallways of the CNN offices.
October 26th, 2011
09:47 AM ET

I was a zombie extra in ‘The Walking Dead’

MINOR SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you don't want to know anything at all about the next episode of "The Walking Dead."

I think about zombies a lot.

Ever since age 6, when I white-knuckled my safety blanket while watching a nighttime broadcast of George Romero’s iconic film “Night of the Living Dead,” reanimated corpses have been shambling around the darker parts of my consciousness. Every time I hear a police siren wailing in the distance, some small corner of my mind jumps to “zombie apocalypse!”

Yuri Lowenthal: The voice of anime who's ready for the zombie apocalypse

One sunny afternoon in downtown Atlanta, my phone started buzzing on my desk.

“Is this Michael?” a hurried male voice asked when I picked up, tearing breakneck through his syllables at a rapid staccato. “I’m calling from casting for AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’ We’re filming tonight in central Georgia and we’re wondering if you’d like to come down and be a zombie extra in two scenes.”

A few months previous, I had filled out an online casting call forwarded to me by a friend. They were asking for very thin people to work as extras, playing the titular shambling ghouls in Season 2 of the show. As my friend joked in the email, I was perfect for it, since my body type most closely resembles that of a particularly gaunt scarecrow. (It was later explained to me by the costume director that putting thin people in regular clothes makes the best zombies, giving them shrunken and emaciated look.) FULL POST

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September 3rd, 2011
03:15 PM ET

The 2011 Dragon*Con parade

It was 8 A.M. and the sidewalks of Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, were already filled to capacity. Two hours later, the spectacle they were all there to see was finally underway.

The annual Dragon*Con parade is something that the convention attendees and local townies do not miss. Dragon*Con is well-known for a standard-setting caliber of costuming, and the parade is its ultimate runway show.

Practically every genre of sci-fi and fantasy are represented by parading costumers, from the "Rainbow Bright" friends to Wookies who tower three feet above everyone in attendance. The attention to detail of all the costumes is truly stunning, leaving onlookers with wide eyes and gaping smiles.

Were you at the parade? Send us your photos!

Geeks of Dragon*Con, share your stories!
September 3rd, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Geeks of Dragon*Con, share your stories!

Just in case you couldn't tell from all the other posts on this blog right now, Dragon*Con is happening in Atlanta, Georgia as we speak. It's a veritable bacchanalia of all things geek - a little bit like the Mos Eisley cantina scene, but with a much better-looking drinking scene. (Although you'll definitely be able to find cosplayers re-enacting it.) Since we know that more than a few of you will be in attendance, we'd love for you to share your Dragon*Con adventures with us! FULL POST

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A field guide to the geeks of Dragon*Con
Every year, the best costumers of every genre march in Dragon*Con's legendary parade
September 2nd, 2011
09:11 AM ET

A field guide to the geeks of Dragon*Con

This Labor Day weekend marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Atlanta, Georgia's own Dragon*Con – the largest and most well-attended multi-genre convention in North America. Or, put simply, it’s the “mother of all things geek,” as Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol) of "Battlestar Galactica" said. For one magical weekend, geeks of every stripe imaginable come together as shiny happy people (who just might hold hands at one of the convention’s legendary after-parties.)

When venturing out into the wooly, untamed wilds of geekdom, it can be difficult to keep all of the different fan genres and sub-genres straight. Fortunately, your friends at Geek Out! are here to help with this handy, dandy field guide to the geeks of Dragon*Con. FULL POST

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