Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Geeks You Should Know: Dara Def, Queen of the Minkles!

Here at the Geek Getaway we don't just like to talk about geeky things, we also like to talk about the people who promote geeky things. Now, I can hear you thinking that I just wanted to put a sexy lady on the blog, but if you have been here before you would know that if the only thing Dara had going for her was sex appeal then I wouldn't be wasting my time. You see, besides being rather easy on the eyes, Dara is probablyone of the biggest geeks I know. To be honest, she might be one of the biggest geeks you know too...only you probably don't even realize it. You see, Dara made the rounds on the net a while back after cosplaying as Rogue and twerking like a pro. Now, I won't put that gif on the blog (the sponsors would lose their shit) but I will drop you a link. You're welcome! I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Jessica Nigiri goaded that twerk out of Dara so don't go judging her to harshly. It's not like any of you would turn down a request from Jessica.

So, now that the perverts got what they came for, let's talk about why this chick is more than just a pair of sexy eyes. (That sentence didn't end how you thought it would did it?) First and formost Dara Def is one hell of a cosplayer. Now, I know a lot of people think cosplay is just slapping on a costume and parading around but those people are morons, so don't listen to them. Dara, like any cosplayer worth their salt, isn't content to make a costume that is good enough. No, Dara goes all out and does her damndest to make sure her costumes are accurate. Well, that is when she is cosplaying as an actual character. You see, in addition to cosplaying as well known characters, Dara also creates characters of her very own. From My Little Pwny to Sith Lord Minkle she let's her geek flag fly high and proud!
Now, if all Dara did was kick ass cosplay then it would be enough to get her on this blog post, but she also does Twitch streaming. Now, this isn't your glitch hunt, jump scare, speed running, awesome gaming streaming. No, her streaming is more akin to watching your kid sister fumble her way through a video game. Now I say that with all the love in the world because despite her inability to drive a car in Watchdogs 2 she is a blast to hang around with during a steam. For those of you who spend a lot of time on stream that last sentence might have confused you, so allow me to explain. You see, back before online gaming was a thing group of kids would gather around a single TV, shooting the shit while passing the contoller around. With the exception of getting passed a controller every now and then, Dara's streams are that same kind of experience. She reads the chat and responds to it almost as fast as it goes up, having actual conversations with her fans and not just screaming at them or acting "silly" to get views. Speaking of getting views, anyone heading to her stream to get a good look at Dara will quickly learn she is no gamer girl and has the game taking up the majority of the screen while she sits in a small box off to the side because Dara is not streaming for cash or attention, she does it beacuse she genuinely enjoys it. While Dara does her thing, others in chat are talking to one another free of meme spam and raid bullshit. It's this intimate atmosphere that makes me hesitant to advertise her stream lest it become so crowded Dara can't talk to everyone. Well, as far as problems go I guess that is a good one to have right?
Fans of Pure Pwnage might be pleasently surprised to find out Dara is a friend of the Pure Pwnage crew, and even gets a shout out in the Pure Pwnage TV show. I'll let you figure out what it is.(Hint: Check out her old handle on twitter or her YouTube page name.) Speaking of her Twitter and YouTube accounts, you can find Dara all over social media, as well as her Patreon page and a place to buy some sweet cosplay prints of hers, by following the links provided below. And, as always. feel free to comment, like, share, tweet, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

Dara on Facebook
Dara on Twitter
Dara on Instagram
Dara on Twitch
Dara on YouTube
Dara's Patreon
Dara's Cosplay Print Shop
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Thor Ragnarok: Will The Enchantress Please Stand Up?

In 2017 Thor Ragnarok will hit theaters and we will treated to another Marvel gem...I hope. It has to be better then Thor: The Darkworld right? I mean Ragnarok is going to have The Hulk in it, so there's that at least. I digress, because we are not here to discuss whether of not Thor Ragnarok will be good or not, we are here to discuss The Enchantress.

For those not in the know, Amora The Enchantress is an Asgardian witch of sorts who uses her powers of persuasion to coerce people to do her bidding. For those who have seen Jessica Jones on Netflix, she's like a female Purple Man with a few more tricks up her sleeve. In addition to her magical abilities, Amora The Enchantress has an Asgardian former executioner named Skurge follow her around like a puppy dog. Skurge is that guy in the picture above, and he has almost as much strength as Thor. It is because Skurge is in Thor Ragnarok that fans have been asking if Amora was also in the movie and I believe she is. In fact, I believe she was cast and paraded in front of our faces yet no one realized. How can that be, well to answer that we first have to discuss another character, The Valkyrie.

The Valkyrie, like Skurge, has already been cast in Thor Ragnarok and shares a history with Amora the Enchantress. Over the course of Valkyrie's comic career she has been utilized by Amora far more than by Asgard's ruler Odin. I one time, Amora was able to transfer the soul of the Valkyrie into thebody of a human. It is thisValkyrie that joins the Defenders and becomes an ally of Dr. Strange and The Hulk. Yes, the two characters who seem to have the biggest connection to Thor, Strange's magic being linked to Asgard and Hulk appearing in Ragnarok as Thor's ally, have a huge connection to the Valkyrie. Interesting I hear you thinking, but what does this have to do with Amora? Well, remember when I said Amora the Enchantress was able to transfer the soul of the Valkyrie into a human body. The reason she was able to do this is because Amora had trapped the Valkyrie's soul in a magic orb. What of her body you may be thinking. Well, Amora used that like a skin suit, and pretended to be the Valkyrie!

You see that comic cover? That was the debut of the Valkyrie in Avengers 83, a debut that was revealed to be Amora posing as the Valkyrie. Once again I can hear your thoughts and you have made the connection, the Valkyrie that is debuting in Thor Ragnarok will be none other than Amora the Enchantress in disguise! Since Hela is involved in the plot, I imagine the Valkyrie's soul will be trapped in her realm and freed during the mid or post credits scene of Thor Ragnarok. Well, what do you guys think? Does this theory make sense? As always. feel free to comment, like, share, tweet, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Agents of SHIELD Theory: Aida and The Brain!

Agents of Shield season 4 Ep. 7 Deals with Our Devils ended with the androis Aida creating some sort of brain with the same mystical/scinetific gloves she used to save Coulson and Fitz. Now, I have many people express the opinion that this is forshadowing Aida's turn to evil, making her a sort of Ultron lite if you will, and setting up the villain for the remainder of the season. Well folks, strap yourselves in because the ride is going to get bumpy but it isn't going to end with an evil Aida. You see, Aida was programmed to mimic human behavior and emotion and it is often said that one of the strongest emotions of femals is the desire to have a baby. The one thing Aida could never do, until the Darkhold showed her how she could do just that. I know what your thinking, surely Aida could have built an LMD at any time so why now? What could the Darkhold show her that would make this different? Well, you see Aida know she is a LMD and I suspect any A.I. they could have created prior to the Darkhold's knowledge would realize the same thing, especially if it never aged. So, then what did the Darkhold show Aida? It showed her how to create a child that would age and never realize it was an android. It showed her how to create...Machine Teen!

Who is Machine Teen I hear you asking, well that is slightly complicated but I'll do my best to explain. Machine Teen was an attempt by Marvel to reintroduce Machine Man, a character that playe a huge role in the Earth X series of comics, into the Marvel Universe. I told you it was complicated. Anyways, Machine Man was/is Aaron Stack, the last sentient robot from 2001 A Space Odyssey. Yes, the Stanly Kubrick film of the same name was turned into a comic by Jack Kirby. Abel Stack, Aaron's creator sacrificed his life to remove Aaron's self destruct device, then a monolith helped Aaron achieve true sentience. More or less. Aaron is eventually brought into the proper Marvel Universe nd he goes on to have many adventures, even becoming a member of the Avengers.

As I said before, Machine Teen is a new take on the Machine Man mythos, one that now involves Holden Radcliffe. Yes, that Holden Radcliffe, Aida's creator and the person we began this journey talking about. You see, in the Machine Teen comic Holden tried to pervert Machine Teen's creators work, resulting in Machine Teen being created. See how everything is connected? Machine Teen initially has no clue he is a robot and tries to live life as a normal teen, before stuff happens and he has a few adventures. Yeah, pretty generic description but I am not going to ruin the Machine Teen series for you, just go out and buy it. Eventually Machine Teen joins the Avengers Acadamy, damn maybe it all is connected, and starts to learn to use his powers for good. I believe that Aida is indeed building Machine Teen and the second half of season 4 of Agents of SHIELD will involve him being raised by Holden and Aida as a normal kid until somone discovers he true nature and tries to use his advanced technology to eliminate the Inhumans. So, what are your thougts? Am I right like I was about Jeffery Mace becoming the new Director or am I way off base. As always. feel free to comment, like, share, tweet, or whatever other thing you kids do on your social media these days.

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