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Interview: The Beauty 6-21-15


Cover of Issue 1

An Interview with Jeremy Haun and Jason Hurley about their recent work The Beauty set to hit the shelves August 12th, 2015


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Escape Velocity Comics

“This is the story that I wanted to tell”
~Jeremy Haun


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A SLYK Quickie Review of : X-Men: Days of Future Past

Once this movie ended I sat for a minute enjoying the lingering nerdgasm.

The flawlessly choreographed fight scenes left me elated, in fact the entirety of the movie left me feeling this way. The passion with which the characters that I have loved from my youth were portrayed gave me goose-bumps.

This movie made up for every disappointment I have had at the interpretation of the franchise in the several movies preceding it. This even erased the third film, X-Men: Last Stand, from my anger. This movie was the X-Men flick I have been waiting for. the X-Men movie we all deserved. It feels like a movie in which the writers, directors, and everyone else involved are fans in their own right.

We were excited on the way to the theater, but the moment the lights dimmed I was thoroughly impressed, entranced by the magical beauty unveiling before my eyes. The dialogue, costuming, acting, special effects, character development came together in an amazingly perfect film. I was enraptured as my doubts and fears melted off of me with each scene.  It will remain in the forefront of my mind for a very long time.

Editor: In short…go see it!

:Come as You Are: The Diversity and Inclusion of Denver’s Comic Con

            The mission of Comic Con has always been to give fans a feeling of acceptance and inclusion. Whether you are black, yellow, orange, white, green, covered in spots, or spikes Denver’s Comic Con opens its doors in welcome. It is the meeting place of many that have felt like outcasts and weirdoes, but Comic Con is a celebration of passions and has been growing exponentially since its beginning.  In this arena we are accepted, encouraged, embraced. This theme of welcoming has attracted a slew of prevalent public figures. They are coming to share their brilliance and the line-up of amazing individuals coming to speak is growing. We shall soon be graced with the powerful words of some pretty fantastic people.

“We know that our fans—and fans of pop culture—come from all races and beliefs, and any sexual orientation. Denver Comic Con guests and programming are deliberately geared towards informing and entertaining the fanboy and fangirl in all of us!” said Bruce MacIntosh, chairman and president of Comic Book Classroom and the director of programming for Denver Comic Con. “Being inclusive of the entire community—both the communities of Denver and the pop-culture community as a whole—has been a focus of DCC since its inception.(Jansky)”

“Denver Comic Con’s diversity mission is about educating children and the general public through pop culture, comics and cartooning, and bringing together the diverse people and interests of the community regardless of age, race, gender or background. By focusing on education and providing guests, programming and events that encourage diversity, CBC/DCC “strives to promote tolerance and empower the members of our community.(Jansky)”

Joining the lineup of celebrities is a man who is a legend, and its alter ego, Adam West. Mr. West is iconic in his role as Batman almost 40 years ago. He is almost as well known for his recurring role as the notorious Mayor West from Family Guy. Adam West continues to act on a multitude of shows, is a writer, and a fantastic entertainer. He even does personalized e-cards and ringtones with his iconic voice that gives you chills. Immortalized through his legacy of work complete with his very own comic, he still remains a hero.

Adam West will also be joined by the boy wonder, Burt Ward will also be coming to the con. Burt Ward is well known for his philanthropy and charity since his time as Robin.  The line up would not be complete without the lovely and seductively dangerous Catwoman, Ms Julie Newmar will also be coming to the con. Julie Newmar has had a long and successful career as a talented actress and vixen.

The panel of impressive guests will also be graced with the presence of none other than the champion against the undead himself. He fight off demons, zombies, evil clones, soul sucking mummies wielding not much more than a chain-saw, a walker, and sense of humor.    Author of If Chins Could Kill, Bruce Campbell.

Shane Bitney Crone, human rights activist and filmmaker of the powerful documentary “Bridegroom” will be honoring our fair city with his campaign for GLBTQ rights. Fair warning, his beautiful and ultimately painful story will bring you to tears. His story of love and loss snaps strings inside your heart and highlights the feigned equality we supposedly have.

Two wonderful glass ceiling breakers and all around badass female icons Joan Hilty and Kathryn Immonen will also be coming to our lovely state. Joan Hilty is known for being a senior editor at the DC Comics/Vertigo imprint and for her syndicated comic/ tragicomic strip comic highlighting the ups and downs of life, love relationships, the tricky sides of dating and everything beyond. She is truly an inspiration for women breaking into the world of comics

Kathryn Immonen collaborates with her husband Stuart, producing comics for Marvel. She is known for writing for both Marvel and DC. She is a creative and intelligent writer known for many of her titles such as her long running work on Journey Into Mystery, telling the stories of Lady Sif and her miniseries Patsy Walker: Hellcat.  There is only more to come. Along with her husdband they “… live in a castle in the sky in London, Ontario with their very tall son and their very bad dog.(”

Peter Davidson, established actor and  fifth Dr. Who will also be joining our phenomenal line up, along with Walter Koenig (Pavel Checkov from Star Trek), Micheal Rooker and Chandler Riggs from The Walking Dead, Jason David Frank and Walter Jones from Power Rangers, Nicholas Brendon from Buffy and many more exciting guests will also be present at the Con. They are all coming to support the awesome cause of literacy for children and teens, and we should welcome them with our freak flags held high. At Comic Con this emphasis on diversity demonstrates that we are all indeed special little snowflakes, and though many of us have been limited, controlled, ridiculed, and harassed, DCC is truly is a safe place where we can meet and engage in good natured debate about our heroes and inspirations.


The World of 3D Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!


     The fantastical brain children of some of the most intriguing science fiction writers have leapt from the page and screen into laboratories and the hands of the public. When Charles “Chuck” Hull first unveiled the 3d printer in 1983 the world marveled at his invention but none expected the possibility that this concept could be applied to living tissue except for, perhaps, a certain genre’s fiction writers.   Today we are presented with the amazing reality that scientists are beginning to print living tissue.

        Though we are quite a distance from the technology that is seen in The Fifth Element this new development is the incredible beginning. The process is even understood in much the same way, applying layers and layers of tissue along built structures that create blood vessels. Princeton University has even added tech to the generated tissue successfully creating a bionic ear. Though we are just at the beginning stages of this unbelievable discovery the applications of it are vast.  The ultimate goal of this tech is to be able to generate and transplant human organs using the recipient’s own T-Cells; which will reduce the possibility of rejection to non-existent.

        “Advances in the 3D printing of human tissue have moved fast enough that San Diego-based bio-printing company Organovo now expects to unveil the world’s first printed organ — a human liver — next year.(Mearian)” Organovo’s first liver will only be used in a laboratory and not yet for human transplant. This is an extremely important starting point. Many tests will need to be completed to discern what this liver will be capable of.  Lucas Mearian points out that:

        “Printing out sustainable organ tissue could allow pharmaceutical companies to develop and test drugs on human and not animal organs. Using human tissue yields more accurate results. (Mearian)” This will directly correlate with more effective drugs, less animal cruelty and more accurate gauges of side effects.  Princeton also believes it will in the very near future allow for realistic breast reproduction for the large amount of women suffering from breast cancer,  Once we are able to print out fully functioning organs for transplant we can stop the deaths of the 18 people that die daily waiting for organs. The stories that have painted our dreams, excited our wonder, and inspired our faith in possibility are becoming reality in our lifetime.

Awesome Sources:


Novack, Sophie,. “The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing: Human Organs, Scientists are on theirway  to 3-D printing functioning large organs. .” N.p., 27     Dec. 2013. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <       next-frontier-for-3-d-printing-human-organs-20131227>.

Mearian, Lucas. “The first 3D printed organ — a liver — is expected in 2014, Printed tissue could vastly improve   drug testing.” N.p., 26 Dec. 2013. Web. 3 Feb.            2014.<  _liver            _is_expected_in_2014>.


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Review: LORDE – Pure Heroine

Lorde appeared on the scene with such force that at this point you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard her. Her distinct style and soulful, creamy voice couple brilliantly with her unique personality and already established sound. She is an amazing talent with a confidence that is inspiring and a presence that is captivating. There is not a song on the album that isn’t incredible on its own and drenched in her polished sound and style. The order that they are compiled feels perfect, as though you are in fact taking drugs and letting the high build and build, washing over you in waves.  Intelligent and unique lyrics speak of a wisdom and passion many fail to attribute to an artist of her age, but as with “the XX” she demonstrates that youth has no bearing on talent. The multi-layered tapestry feels as though it is splashed with the paint of her bright passion. With such an amazing debut she can only continue to succeed. It is an album that you would lie on the floor in the dark listening to over and over again.

The NSA is collecting millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep

   There are true threats to our country and we rely on the government to keep us safe from these threats. Allowing them tools to accomplish this task is necessary. What is also necessary is for us as a nation to uphold the freedoms and ideals we all share. Otherwise, what the hell are we fighting for? What is it exactly we are protecting?

They say there is an attack on our freedom and that it is terrorists that are to blame. The truth is much more frightening. There is an attack on freedom but the threats are the fear mongers within our own government. They have attacked our freedom and won; and they did it through weaponizing fear. They say that it is for our protection. We sacrifice some freedom so that our armed forces can protect the rest. They called us conspiracy therorists. When their lies were exposed they told us it was for our own good, and anyway, what is the problem if we have nothing to hide? When the U.S. Patriot Act was signed the largest outcries were from a group that no one expected; Librarians. They warned of the egregious evil that would come of this violation of privacy and liberty, but very few listened, and the problem just got worse.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would trade their freedom for their protection deserve neither.” As we learn more details of the reach of the NSA we are finding that it is not only our citizens being victimized by this criminal behavior but also the citizens of our allies.

“The NSA’s access to, and storage of, the content of communications of UK citizens may also be contentious in the light of earlier Guardian( a publication in the UK) revelations that the agency was drafting policies to facilitate spying on the citizens of its allies, including the UK and Australia, which would – if enacted – enable the agency to search its databases for UK citizens without informing GCHQ or UK politicians.(James Ball)”

In response a spokesperson for NSA once again claimed they do nothing wrong.

“Dishfire is a system that processes and stores lawfully collected SMS data. Because some SMS data of US persons may at times be incidentally collected in NSA’s lawful foreign intelligence mission, privacy protections for US persons exist across the entire process concerning the use, handling, retention, and dissemination of SMS data in Dishfire.

“In addition, NSA actively works to remove extraneous data, to include that of innocent foreign citizens, as early as possible in the process.(Oliver Knox)”

However it was Dwight Eisenhower, a former five star general who warned of how dangerous this type of organization would be. He stated that,

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.(Oliver Knox)”

Seven years ago President Obama had an outlook that reflected that of Eisenhower. In a speech he made in 2007 he said, “This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom. That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary. This Administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not. (‎)

It did not take long for him to change his tune. Once the illegal collection of data by the NSA was exposed the president came out to defend the unlawful actions.

To say there’s a tradeoff doesn’t mean somehow that we’ve abandoned freedom,… I don’t think anybody says we’re no longer free because we have checkpoints at airports. (Oliver Knox)”

At an August 2013 press conference, President Obama underlined: “The programs are operating in a way that prevents abuse; that continues to be true, without the reforms. The question is how do I make the American people more comfortable.” In 1961, Eisenhower tried to make Americans more mistrustful of the encroachments of a national-security state. In 2014, Obama is trying to win back their faith, as he made clear in a December 2013 press conference.(Oliver Knox)”

“This is only going to work if the American people have confidence and trust,” he said.(Barack Obama via Oliver Knox)”

Confidence and trust are earned. The trust part being lacking as of late. Our own country labels whistle-blowers as threats to our national security, even when the information they leak does in fact prove that there have been breaches to that trust. Edward Snowden remains in exile and Chelsea Manning remains in jail, not to mention the many others that suffer similar fates for violation of a prison yard mentality that our own government has seemed to adopt. “Snitchs get stitches” should not be American policy. Ignorance and blind faith for those that are in power to have our best interests at heart is the worst kind of naivety. The reach of the NSA has even extended to the point of spying on the citizens of our allies. To expect that violation of trust will not have dire repercussions is utterly ridiculous.

“Former senior NSA executive and SAAII Awardee Emeritus Thomas Drake has written that Manning “exposed the dark side shadows of our national security regime and foreign policy follies .. [her] acts of civil disobedience … strike at the very core of the critical issues surrounding our national security, public and foreign policy, openness and transparency, as well as the unprecedented and relentless campaign by this Administration to snuff out and silence truth tellers and whistleblowers in a deliberate and premeditated assault on the 1st Amendment.(David Swanson)”

“An NSA spokesperson reiterated to The Guardian that “the implication that NSA’s collection is arbitrary and unconstrained is false,” adding that the agency’s activities “are focused and specifically deployed against — and only against — valid foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements.” On Dishfire specifically, the spokesperson said “privacy protections for US persons exist across the entire process concerning the use, handling, retention, and dissemination of SMS data in Dishfire.(Josh Lowensohn)” And we should believe them. After all you could hardly suggest that they lied about tracking SMS information in the first place…right?

For trust to exist the formula our government uses in response the exposing of their crimes must change. Lying, denying, and then demanding trust when there is overwhelming evidence that our trust is consistently betrayed is bad governing. There must be transparency and accountability in our administration as well as evidence that the administration will cease the unwarranted and criminal action against our citizens as well as our allies.


Ball, James. “NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep.” The N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.

Knox, Oliver. “Obama NSA speech on anniversary of Eisenhower warning, .” Yahoo News. N.p., 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. < on-anniversary-of-eisenhower-warning-025532326.html>.

Swanson, David. “Chelsea Manning Awarded Sam Adams Integrity Prize for 2014.” N.p., 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. < ticle&id=29319:chelsea-manning-awarded-sam-adams-integrity-prize-for-`2014>.

Lowensohn, Josh. “NSA’s ‘Dishfire’ program said to capture nearly 200 million texts a day.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. < capture-nearly-200m-texts-a-day>.



Freedom From Facebook – UPDATE 10/8/13

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Follow my facebook freedom ride on twitter!  or just search for #freedomfromfacebook

I have a slight problem, an addiction, I have decided to be proactive and face my problems head on…


As of September 28th 2013 I have taken a 2 week hiatus from all things Zuckerberg.

This primarily means Facebook and Instagram. I deactivated Facebook which deactivates a lot of things I signed up for by connecting to Facebook (This means you CandyCrush). I also made sure to delete the apps associated with said links. I signed out of facebook on my iphone, and deleted the facebook, instagram, and vine apps. They will stay dark until Oct 6th but there is one thing I did not do…

I am still on twitter:

I don’t tweet nearly as much as I used to, mostly I look at it for breaking news updates and reviews on certain things, I also don’t follow anyone I actually know, so its almost the complete opposite of facebook. For those of you who say I need to remove this as well, please go check my twitter feed and see if I am really using it THAT much…hint I am not.

Obviously as with any addiction there will be rough parts…Here in this post I will update semi- daily about my withdrawal from it, what I am noticing myself and other fun things! Stay tuned.



DAY 1: 
So I luckily was distracted today with work and all. With the apps deleted I discovered a very funny tick about myself, I literally check my phone every 5 minutes, but without Facebook I have nothing to look at! As the day progressed I found myself doing this less and less, so my body has learned it seems. None of my friends seem to notice as my text messages have not been blowing up, if anything I have gotten LESS texts.

Nothing physically has changed yet, I’m not shaking, pulling my hair out or crying. If anything changes I’ll be sure to note it!

DAYS 2 -3:

So I have definitely stopped looking at my phone as much. Last night (the 1st) I returned home from work with 75% battery… impressive for an iPhone 5!

I do feel slightly disconnected from the world, I haven’t really talked to many of my friends, but on the same hand I feel more productive! I have been working on this here website more, fixing stuff around the house, and I have lost a sense of being tethered. I even left my phone in the other room!

ONE big thing, I typically internet stalk people, from people mentioned in the news, to people I met in passing, and not having a facebook has limited that hobby greatly. That may not be a bad thing though…


DAYS 4- 7:

I have not experienced much more changes physically or mentally.  I have dropped my phone usage even more, I only really look at my phone to text any more and send the occasional tweet.

I HAVE started to use my home PC more, not for facebook or social media, but to do work, like to the website or for media relations, PRODUCTIVE things.

Gone is that sense to constantly check my phone, its a breath of fresh air, and i am starting to feel like a broken record.

My friends mentioned they didn’t notice it was deleted, that was disheartening. Oh well, we shall continue!

Only 6 days left! My plan is to continue to blog when I make my triumphant facebook return and see if the addiction kicks right back in or if I will stay semi-sober.

DAY 9:

My new PrismTV from CenturyLink has a facebook tie-in…oh lord.


So our facebook page for SLYK has been a little dead, I am the main contributor for the page so I had to kill the experiment 4 days shy of  my goal. Though sad I didn’t reach it, it was still a fun experiment!


Social media drives a physical addiction. I was constantly looking at my phone, and now I feel relieved, I will not be installing the FB app back to my phone.

The world doesn’t stop if you don’t check facebook! 10 days of freedom has been AMAZING, I recommend everyone do a facebook detox at some point!


Thanks for reading my silliness!

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Labor Day TV Marathon!

Its labor day, you are off from work and or school, what is there to do? DIVE IN to some cable TV marathons! TV Stations are lazy, so they play reruns of one show all day… but what to watch?

Below is a list of shows, their channels and times of the marathon.


*Note: the last time is when the last episode starts

SHARK MOVIE MARATHON! Sand Sharks, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Dinoshark, Sharktopus, Super Shark, Ghost Shark, Sharknado, 2-Headed Shark, Super Shark (Syfy, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.)

US Open Tennis (CBS, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Criminal Minds (ION, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.)

Storage Wars: Texas followed by Storage Wars (A&E, 9 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m.)

Call of the Wildman and Call of the Wildman: More Live Action! (Animal Planet, 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.)

Untold Stories of the E.R. (DFH, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.)

Two and a Half Men (FX, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

American Ninja Warrior (G4, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Minute to Win It (GSN, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Pawn Stars (History, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Arrested Development (IFC, 6:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

Ridiculousness (MTV, 1 a.m. to 2:13 p.m.)

Life Below Zero (NGC, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tues)

The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tues)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Oxygen, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Beverly Hills Pawn (Reelz, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

MythBusters (SCI, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tues)

The Millionaire Matchmaker (Style., 6a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Long Island Medium (TLC, 6 am to 1 p.m.) followed by an episode of Long Island Medium On the Road at 2 p.m.

Castle (TNT, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

The Andy Griffith Show (TV Land, 8 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.)

NCIS (USA, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) followed by an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles at 7 p.m .

Roseanne (WE, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Obviously I am super stoked for the shark movies and castle! How about you guys?


(list sourced from

SLYK E3 Roundup!

This past week most of us sat in awe at our TV’s or computers, literally drooling over the tech explosion that was happening in LA from the 11th to the 13th. We saw new consoles, new games and a whole heck of a lot more, below are some of our picks and favorites from the expo.


Yes Microsoft revealed its newest console (again), and with it came many criticisms, rumors of it always watching you, recording your living room and lot more. Most of these unfounded of course, whats true though, is the fact you will no longer be able to trade games! Software licenses are now one time use so you buy it, you keep it.

An octo-core AMD processor and and AMD/ATI Graphics chip power this beauty, with 8GB of system memory to run everything (3gb dedicated to the system 5gb to games). The Xbox ONE holds up to even todays top gaming rigs. Also in the machine is a blu-ray drive (finally) and a 500gb non-removable hard drive. We hope you have a new TV though as the Xbox ONE will not support Composite or Component video, the rig is going HDMI only.

I would be a fool for not mentioning the kinect is mandatory and is an added accessory in each box. The kinect sensor will need to be connected at all times for the system to function, but users will have the software option to turn off its features.

The Xbox ONE will start at $499.99, preorders are available now.

Chris’ Games to Watch For:









Sony came out of the gate swinging, they showcased that they are everything Microsoft isn’t. The PS4 is the nextgen console that doesn’t forget its roots, or so they would like you to think. The PS4 will not require a constant internet connection, you can still trade games if need be oh and it doesnt have a camera that can spy on you. Lets take a look at what the system is packing!

Much like the Xbox ONE, The PS4 will have an octo-core processor, and 8gb of RAM, the main difference here is the 8GB is unified, meaning one process can take a little more if needed. Memory wise the PS4 features an upgradeable 500GB Harddrive. As for the playstation camera, it will not be a mandatory accessory and will ship seperately for $59.

The PlayStation 4 will ship this fall and starts at a $399.99

Chris’ Games to Watch For:





Everything Else!

So one neat thing is iOS7 will start to accept some game controllers… look out mobile gaming!

Some games that coverage caught my eye but, Hey! I like shiny things!

-Saints Row 4 – Uh saints row with super powers? I AM IN!!! New to the series? Think the cartoon version of Grand Theft Auto.

-Killer is Dead – New Suda 51 game, always great style, i love the art in these games. Are you a fan of No More Heroes? Check this game out!

-Elder Scrolls Online – Its Skyrim with your friends, whats not to love?!

That is everything I thought was cool at E3, but I am sure you have read all this at some point, what are some cool things you guys found from E3?