The Geekender August 21-23: Fear the Walking Dead, Star Wars: The Dark Disciple, Batman Eternal and more

The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!

Trent Moore: In my younger days, I was very into videogames — and there was no console cooler than Sega's Dreamcast, which landed while I was in high school in 1999. It's hard to believe its been more than 15 years since Sega's last console hit the market, but I'm happy to report it's lost none of its luster. While digging through some boxes in my attic, I ran across a stack of old Dreamcast games and a stray controller. So I hit up eBay for a console, and I've had the pleasure of introducing my son to the joys of Sonic Adventure and Looney Tunes Space Race these past few days. After he goes to bed? I've been digging back into Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi and Shenmue. Fifteen years old or not, these games are still awesome.

Ernie Estrella: The Steve Niles library is a must for genre-fans. Whether it's his star paranormal detective, Cal McDonald, in his creator-owned series Criminal Macabre, his recharge of horror comics with 30 Days of Night, or shorter works like Breath of Bones, they are all worth dipping into. Niles has worked his fascination with astronomy into his latest creator-owned series, The Disciples, with artist Christopher Mitten and colorist Jay Fotos. I'm fascinated at the idea of a dangerously religious tycoon colonizing moons around the solar system with a shortage of understanding of what exists beyond our knowledge. Three astronomers are tasked with recovering a young woman who fell under the spell of said businessman, but the seemingly smooth snatch-and-grab job is anything but. I finally tracked down the first three issues at my local comic shop (they can be found digitally too at and I've already been chilled from what I read so far, especially with the unsettling of drifting into the vast, unknown frontier.

Carol Pinchefsky: I was a huge Stephen King fan back in the day, but I hadn’t read him in many years until recently, when I picked up 11/22/63. Although I thought it was an adequate book, it wasn’t a good ... Stephen King book. A brief search on some best-of lists reminded me that I never had the pleasure of reading The Stand. It’s brutal. I’m at the point where a plague ("Captain Trips”) has culled most of humanity—and the descriptions of slow but inevitable demise are just chilling—and the survivors are shell-shocked but starting to form plans of survival. But an evil is walking the land in cowboy boots. I expect there will be more blood, a few fires (I just met the Trashcan Man), slow death, sudden death, confrontations and, ultimately, a stand. This isn’t a good Stephen King book. This is a great one.

Jeff Spry: I'm going to tackle my hippo-choking stack of Scott Snyder's wild weekly, Batman Eternal, and charge nonstop all the way to the finish at issue 52. This 2014-15 series had some stratospheric highs and some meandering, dull lows, but I stuck with it and need to pick back up at issue 21 or so and march forward to its conclusion. Every time I told my comic-shop buddy to erase it from my pull list, some incredible art by Jason Fabok or Dustin Nguyen would pull me back in like Pacino's Michael Corleone in Godfather 3. Snyder is such a solid writer and the series, which loads the plate with nearly every Bat-villain and Robin variant imaginable, is a dizzying Dark Knight tour de force. Fortified with a good night's sleep and a bag of Trader Joe's kettle corn, I will indeed conquer this daunting task before Monday's dawn breaks.

Don Kaye: Today, I am going out to buy the new album from Ghost, a Swedish heavy rock band who disguise their true identities behind masks and costumes and do not give out their real names. The singer is known as Papa Emeritus while the other band members are only referred to as Nameless Ghouls. I've heard their earlier albums, but never felt compelled to buy one until hearing their third and latest effort, Meliora. Despite their image, Ghost is not a death metal band, as some people have mistakenly categorized them; their music is a combination of metal, psychedelic, progressive and even folk rock, with occult subject matter and a flavor reminiscent of late '60s and early '70s acts like Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and even the Byrds. The new album is amazing, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with it. And yes, I am old school: I still go out and buy CDs.

Krystal Clark: I don't know about you, but I'm ready for fall TV to return. Recently, I've been itching to revisit Grimm. Its mix of horror and fantasy reminds me of shows I grew up on like, Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Of course, Grimm deals with more adult themes, but I still get the same joy out of it. Last season, in particular, really changed the game for the title character. For those who haven't caught up, let's just say there are several deaths and a pregnancy. This weekend, I'm going to tackle the last five episodes of Season 4. I miss the supernatural gang, and can't wait till they're back in full force. There will be drama!

Lisa Granshaw: Asajj Ventress is one of my favorite characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so I've been very excited to read The Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. I enjoyed Golden's other Star Wars novels and love the idea of a dangerous mission that pairs Ventress with Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos. I'm still close to the beginning of the book, but the idea of the Jedi having to resort to such an alliance to try and end the war is fascinating. I can't wait to see what happens! While it would have been amazing to watch this story unfold on TV as part of the show as was originally planned before it was canceled, I'm glad that the story gets the chance to be told somehow!

Matt Dorville: With the recent news of Sesame Street going to HBO, I thought it might be fun to dance my cares away and watch my favorite show as a kid, Fraggle Rock, again. There’s a screening of episodes and a behind-the-scenes clips event at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York over the weekend and a discussion that will, hopefully, include new details about the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-backed Fraggle Rock film in production. I haven’t seen a Fraggle Rock episode in over 20 years, but I vividly remember the ecosystem that Jim Henson created, especially the lovable Doozers who, in opposition to the Fraggles loved to play, enjoyed work and built elaborate constructions (only later to be eaten by the Fraggles in the circle of life). Also there’s an exhibit on cats and the Internet at the museum, so this may seriously be the best weekend ever.

Evan Hoovler: Saturday, I am going to try an Escape Room. This growing phenomenon involves groups of people locked in a room with a ticking clock, then trying to solve a series of devious puzzles to get out. I haven't decided which escape room, yet, there are several companies that have them in the Los Angeles Area. This weekend I am also going to try out Rick & Morty. Seems like this Adult Swim TV show should be my kind of deal. I'm especially excited to watch it with my wife, who loves that tongue-in-cheek kind of sci-fi tone.

Matthew Jackson: My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and my girlfriend knows what I like, so she got me the deluxe edition of Casanova Volume 1: Luxuria by Matt Fraction, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. If you haven't read Casanova, it's a trippy, impossibly cool combination of crime thriller, sci-fi adventure and pop-culture deconstruction, and every time I re-read it I get something new from it. So let's see what I get this time around.

Adam Swiderski: Here's the thing: I have recurring nightmares about zombie apocalypse. They're awful. The promos for Fear the Walking Dead actually kind of made me sick because of how closely they mirrored some of the stuff my brain has kicked up while I'm sleeping. And yet, I'll still watch, because the dead rising from the grave and the breakdown and dissolution of modern society are things from which I simply cannot look away. Oddly enough, I've never been a huge The Walking Dead fan, but I think watching things actually fall apart will be much more compelling ... and much better fuel for my subconscious.

You've heard what we're up to -- now it's your turn! What movies, books, comics, shows and games will you be diving into this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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