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The Umbrella Academy’s Under Review! KickStarter to End Soon…

27 Aug

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Kickstarter ends in 7 days.

The Umbrella Academy has become quite the sensation! Not only has it transitioned from comic book (by Dark Horse Comics) to a successful Netflix show, it’s a card game too! A lot of it owes a debt to writer/creator Gerard Way‘s story of a dysfunctional family of superheroes and Gabriel Bá‘s artistic style.

The game exceeded crowdfunding expectations, and if you want in on an early release, now is the time to visit the Kickstarter page..

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When Lovecraft Country Outdoes Its Competition…

19 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

HBO’s Lovecraft Country beats Netflix’s Stranger Things hands down! Even though the latter program has one more confirmed season, these young actors are growing up fast and are already pursuing other projects. The former shows us a grande design, covering more than just an area, and the latter keeps it all isolated within Hawkins, Indiana. Despite a report from Netflixlife.com saying the Duffer Brothers had time to think of where the series can go next, what they have planned won’t be the same.

Just look at Supernatural. Showrunner Eric Kripke originally planned for five seasons and was marked to have a definitive ending. The CW wanted more and put forth the money to force a rewrite of the ending so it could continue. Afterwards, this series creator was no longer helming the series and it went in ways that left some fans feeling divided. Until we see where The Duffer Brothers take the lads, my hope is that they leave town, attend college elsewhere and encounter new threats!

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Who’s the Boss in Sugar Heist?

1 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Expected Release Date:
December 2020

Preordering is now available!

Had YouTube comedian/animator Alex Clark and Marvel Entertainment’s writer Zach Craley (Spider-Man) been able to license DreamWorks’ Boss Baby–more so the television series than the film–I’m sure their game Sugar Heist can get dressed for an even higher success. Their card game easily hit its Kickstarter goal within hours of its launch and now it’s in full production for a Winter release. Their sense of humour defines this game, and Clark’s art style is very appropriate for the theme.

The game plays like Ocean’s 11 for toddlers. Clark’s comic strip style artwork is gumdrop cute, and the colourful packaging design for the retail release makes this game hard not to resist!

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Welcome to Travel Channel’s Hotel Paranormal. It’s Such a Lovely Place …

30 Jul

www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/tvbanners/18190550/p18...By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Please check local listings for broadcast times.

Dan Aykroyd is the host and spokesman behind T+E’s (Canada) Hotel Paranormal. In the States, it recently debuted on Travel Channel. I doubt his involvement goes beyond that. If he was an executive producer, he’d most likely demand a better approach curtailing interest in the supernatural. I’m on his side when he hosted Psi Factor during the first season, but producers took it to a different direction he said he disliked–despite continuing and the show became more of a fictionalized drama.

For myself, it’s less about getting scared, but rather in understanding why locations are haunted. Kindred Spirits does a terrific job as keeping this focus and consistency. In Sarah Zammit‘s (series producer) product is across the board.

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