Weekend Geek Update

#Podcast This week the crew mix it up a little taking on the topic of comic shops. There has been some unsettling news in the industry and we cover what could be the fate of your local shop. Along with a few ideas of their own on what they would like to see, what they would do and who they think are on the right track. Not to mention the usual side tracks and back in my day conversation.


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Meat and Potatoes

spider-man-far-from-home-featured-minOkay we are back to the epic, summer, blockbuster movie that’s also a sequel and reboot. Talk about a formula for disaster, just ask “Men in Black: International”. Now, for the record, I wasn’t a big fan of “Spider-man Homecoming” thought it was a good movie but the handling of Spider-man with a Tony Stark suit upgrades and a friend with a computer that talks in his ear, well it just wasn’t Spider-man to me. So, I’m going into “Spider-man: Far from Home” with hopes that it will be entertaining enough to help me forget about my *old school Spider-man* attitude.

*The MEAT* I *Like* the story here, it not only explains the whole “Endgame” five-year gap thing, but it also ties into a bunch of the Marvel story lines from the past and gives a sneak peek at the future too. Also, after seeing six Spider-man films based in New York, “Far from Home” being mostly in Europe was a cool change of scenery that I didn’t know was needed so badly.

*The POTATOES* Tom Holland plays a great Peter Parker; I always did like that casting choice. Zendaya and all of Peter’s school friends are good too. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a very good Mysterio. So, the acting as a whole gets a *Good all Around* plus there is a surprise returning character that practically made me cheer out loud, I was that happy.

*The Verdict* I want to point out that “Far from Home” had the best Spidey action scenes of all the Spider-man movies, I’m talking the web-slinging, dodging, acrobatic movement that makes Spider-man so unique in the comics was captured in this movie brilliantly. My favorite Spider-man movie has been “Spider-man 2” with Dock Ock, but I do think “Far from Home” is in the argument as the best Spidey film now. I am so happy to report that it is *A Great Movie*, see it on the Dolby or Imax screens if you can, and bring the whole family.

#NewMovie #Movie #Review #Spiderman #Marvel #SpoilerFree #MeatnTaders #5280Geek

Classic Rock Wednesday

#CLRW keeping with the Hot Summer Hits idea there was no way getting around this song in my mind. From the master of the 80’s soundtrack Kenny Loggins who dominated just about every popular film of the day. If you were to give the 80’s decade a sound it would have to be Kenny writing the chorus.

It only seems fitting for today’s choice for Classic Rock Wednesday that we take a trip to Bushwood and one of the all time classic films Caddyshack. Love it or hate it the comic legends in this film can never be out done and same goes for the opening song “I’m Alright” that accompanied it in 1980. I’m the Listener and it’s time to Tee Up, grab your driver, put on your best shades, and do your best gopher here is your Classic Rock Wednesday.

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Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay The temperatures heat up as do the issues hit shelves this week at your local shop. Smurf is here with his #Top5 picks to catch your eye and don’t pass by the new Avengers, Symbiote Spider-man, and Superman. The High Five is sponsored by All C’s Collectibles who is giving you a discount at check out by mentioning us.

invisible womanInvisible Woman #1> Fresh from the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, for the first time Susan Storm-Richards stars in her own limited series – and the secrets about her past revealed therein will shake readers’ perceptions of the Invisible Woman forevermore! Years ago, she undertook an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. – and now it’s up to her to save her former partner from death at the hands of international terrorists! (S) Mark Waid (A) Mattia De Iulis (CA) Adam Hughes

Smurfs Take> One of the most under used and under estimated characters in the Marvel Universe! I know the sorted past with not wanting to us the FF because Marvel didn’t have the film rights but that is still no excuse. I know if we wanted a story just focused on her they could just do a few issue arc and call it good, and they have. I for one am excited to see the Invisible Woman branch out from the FF; Thing has had multiple series and I feel Sue would be way more entreating of a read. It will also be nice to have her away from the team for a change to show just how cool of a character she is.     

vox machina 1Critical Role Vox Machina Origins Series 2 #1> The unlikely heroes of Vox Machina are back in action! Join familiar faces from Critical Role’s smash-hit first campaign as their escapades in Stilben lead them toward new adventure-and a dire threat to Grog when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog’s secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him. From award-nominated writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things) and first series author Olivia Samson, with colorist Msassyk (Isola, Gotham Academy) and letterer Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)! (S) Jody Houser (A) Olivia Samson (CA) Fiona Staples

Smurfs Take> I have to admit I know next to nothing about the Critical Role. It was until recently at DPCC that I got a much larger exposure and understanding of the characters and story and just what all the talk has been about. This looks like the perfect way to get in, looks like the perfect way to get further into a world that even I would love to have a character running around in.

batman 74Batman #74> “The Fall and the Fallen” concludes with a father-and-son showdown. Flashpoint Batman reveals his fiendish reasoning for dragging Batman into the desert, and who is in the coffin they’ve been dragging along with them. But is this a step too far? It’s Bruce Wayne versus Thomas Wayne for the right to wear the cowl, and all of Gotham City hangs in the balance! (S) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin (CA) Mitch Gerads

Smurfs Take> Well it’s about damn time! I just want to see a no holds bar UFC style knock down between these two. All this build up, all the mind games, and I am so excited for this to finally happen.


black cat 2Black Cat #2> Felicia Hardy prides herself on the fact that she can get into ANYWHERE… but does that REALLY include Doctor Strange’s SANCTUM SANCTORUM?! Can the Black Cat get into the most protected house in the Marvel Universe? YES. But the question really is… can she handle what’s inside? (S) Jed MacKay (A) Travel Foreman (CA) J. Scott Campbell

Smurfs Take> What can you really tell from a first issue? The Black Cat has been around forever it feels but still they have never really explored her character. She has always been a strong supporting character for Spidey but so much just left open. The dive in so far was good, solid start and I want to know more, see more, the question I have is if it’s there for the character to give.

flash 74Flash #74> “The Flash Year One” continues! The Turtle has made his grand entrance, and it’s about to bring down the house! As an untested hero with the mastery of his abilities still in its infancy, Barry Allen will face the toughest challenge of his life to defend Central City from the invading forces of those who seek its destruction. Our hero is faced with the fateful choice to either become a superhero or die trying! (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter

Smurfs Take> This has been a big hit for me and I have loved the direction for both the character and story. Who knew I would get such a kick out of the Turtle? This step back to help put Barry into a different light has been pure genius.

#NewComics #Comics #Marvel #DarkHorse #DC #SmurfsTake #5280Geek

Quarters Worth


Upcoming Geek Culture & Pop Culture Events in Denver & A Shameless Plug of The Top Ten Items in the 5280 Geek Store

by John Andreula


Denver Colorado nerds, dorks, and especially geeks…

Geek culture and pop culture enthusiasts up and down the front range…

Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, and beyond…

You all know where you go to when it’s time to geek out.

And even if you don’t live in shadow of the Rocky Mountains here in beautiful Colorado, you cannot not recognize that Denver is a premiere city and hub for all things geek.

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Colorado hosts events and conventions practically every weekend, all throughout the year.

INDIGENOUS POP X will be making its Colorado debut over the last weekend of this month. INDIGENOUS POP X, or IPX for short, is a comic and culture convention showcasing art, music, and fashion from Native American Indian creators and makers.

It may be the deepest and most unique cultural event we will see all year.

And next week is the kick-off to CRUSH WALLS’s yearly festivities. If you haven’t heard of CRUSH WALLS, it is one of Denver’s coolest events! It’s an arts festival that celebrates urban beautification, creativity, and culture through street art and mural painting all over downtown. It’s going to be sick, lit, groovy, or whatever else the kids are saying these days.

Even though the murals won’t be going up until September, just this week CRUSH WALLS’ Instagram page announced that the artist selection for this year’s event will take place on July 11th.

If large crowds aren’t your thing, Colorado also offer more intimate pop and and geek culture experiences.

This weekend Kung Fu Master Christophe Clarke, of the Denver martial arts school ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOVEMENT, will be hosting a weekend of martial arts at the Zhang San Feng Cultural Festival.

This event is a hidden gem. Martial artists will converge in Englewood for their chance to compete and share with each other and the greater community. There will be empty hand and weapons form competitions, as well as Masters’ demonstrations on Saturday, followed by a variety of workshops on Sunday.

Finally, put your master builder hat on because next month BRICK FEST LIVE LEGO FAN EXPERIENCE returns to Denver on August 10th and 11th. Tickets are on sale for 25% off on GROUPON, including the fees. But hurry that deals ends tonight at midnight!

Even if you miss out on the sale, the experience is awesome. It’s still worth the price of admission, even at full price.


People should come to discover and uncover Denver culture, especially geek culture at 5280Geek.com.

Where else do you get a weekly rundown of the top five comic book new releases each week?

5280 Geek helps you limit your weekly comic buying budget to twenty or twenty-five dollars, instead of that forty dollars you were spending on that handful of books you didn’t really enjoy.

Where else can you get those meat and potatoes movie reviews, or the humorous, uniquely geeky perspectives on books, television shows, video games, and everything else nerdy?

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Okay. Maybe there’s other places for some of that, but none of them are as hip or geek-chic as 5280 Geek.

Obviously, 5280Geek.com is the place to be. It’s comprehensive, and most importantly, it’s free! We do this for all of you for the love, the passion, and the raw geeky entertainment of it.

Now that we are firmly established as your go-to central hub for all things geek and pop culture, it’s time for us to make a couple of asks of you, our beloved readers.

First, please share what you enjoy.

If we truly tickle your dork funny bone, then share it with those in your network on social media. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers. And definitely shout it from the nearest mountain or roof-top.

Second, we want to formally invite you to fly your 5280 Geek flag.

We have just launched an amazing store over at Redbubble.com.

Inside our web store you will find everything from stickers to put on your car or inside the bathroom stall at work, to a 5280Geek branded shower curtain.

We even have you covered where the magic happens. Check out that 5280Geek duvet cover pictured at the top of this article. It’s available in full, queen, and king.

We think you’re going to enjoy our merch so much that we decided to put together a top ten list. And here it is, in no particular order.

Buy one item, or buy them all. You can help support our efforts, and let the world see how you 5280 Geek out!

1. 5280Geek Signal V-Neck T-shirt


Nothing says fashionable geek quite like this.

This stylish shirt works with jeans, or under a sport coat.

2. 5280Geek Roll Premium Scoop T-Shirt


This sexy women’s shirt features our ten-sided die logo imagery.

It’s available in four distinct colors.

3. 5280Geek Travel Mug


There’s no better way to let someone know what you are into when you’re ordering your obnoxiously complicated latte at your favorite local coffee shop.

Just make sure you tip your barista in the end.

4. Stay Geeky Hardcover Journal


What are you doing at the coffee shop in the middle of the day anyway?

You need to have something to write or draw in while you watch people, or just contemplate your most recent geek experience.

5. 5280Geek Signal Leggings


Because why the hell not?

Wear these at home, while you binge your favorite NETFLIX show like STRANGER THINGS, or while your out and about, in the city or anywhere in Colorado’s fantastic great outdoors.

6. Stay Geeky Tank Top


Seriously, this is the shirt you should wear when you’re on swole patrol.

Who were the models for this shoot anyway?

I’m hot, easy, and cheap and I couldn’t get a call for the photo shoot.

Smurf, next time message me first.

7. 5280Geek Framed Art Print


Customize your work space or batcave wall with this fantastic art.

It’s available in a variety or sizes, frame styles, and mat colors.

8. 5280Geek Sleeveless Top


It’s sexy how dorky you are!

Display it while you cruise the floor of next year’s Denver Pop Culture Con, or at any of your favorite haunts.

9. 5280Geek Roll Pullover Hoodie


It does get cold in Colorado and this hoodie sure looks great!

My size is large if you’re playing along at home and you need a holiday gift idea.

I also accept just because presents as well.

10. 5280Geek Mini Skirt


This might just be the coolest item we have in the store.

How hot can we possibly get?

Does it automatically become a kilt if a guy wears it?

I’m just asking for a friend.

We don’t really know exactly what a Racerback Tank Top is?


But now that we’re in the fashion and merchandising business, you should definitely buy one.

We provide you with top notch geek culture and pop culture content every week.

Now we have you covered for your fashion and home decor needs as well.

So what are you waiting for?

Go order some swag now!



John Andreula is a geek & a fashionista residing in Westminster, Colorado.

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