Author: Michelle Biller

Gen Con 50: When You Give Michelle a Press Pass, Part II

Critical Rolls In Part I of my Gen Con 50: When You Give Michelle a Press Pass series, I discussed some general observations on my first Gen Con as well as what seems to set Gen Con apart from other geek conventions. This second part of my Gen Con series is what I’m calling Critical Rolls and covers my favorite, most memorable experiences that definitely merit further discussion. Roleplaying with Strangers Our fiery, feisty, and talented best friend Liam of Sandy Pug Games (DriveThruRPG link here) was GMing an RPG he wrote called The Infernal Bone Machine, which used the...

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Gen Con 50: When You Give Michelle a Press Pass, Part I

Gen Con 50: General Stats Alert! Alert! Gen Con newb! Wee-ooo, wee-ooo! But let’s not get too worked up, though. I’m not new to conventions, just gaming conventions. My usual scene (back in the day) was anime & cosplay conventions, as well as some professional conferences. Helluva four days, friends. Not surprisingly, I’ve got some opinions regarding this primo trip. Let’s start with some basic observations about what sets Gen Con apart from other conventions. Duration: +1 day Most conventions I’ve been to are a short weekend gig. You arrive Thursday evening (if you’re lucky) and the actual convention...

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Come to Jesus: Review of ‘American Gods’ Season Finale

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7 CW: Sexual assault Footnotes Footnotes will return next season! This episode has too much to unpack to focus on anything but content. Manipulations “Come to Jesus” sustained a lot of major manipulations from the initial version of...

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A Prayer for Mad Sweeney: Review of ‘American Gods’ Episode 7

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6 Footnotes A collection of the latest Neil Gaiman and American God relevancies, but not as related to the show specifically. This week, I don’t have a dominant Footnote(s), so instead, I thought I’d update on two of the most...

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A Murder of Gods: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 6

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5 CW: Photo depicting violence Footnotes A collection of the latest Neil Gaiman and American God relevancies, but not as related to the show specifically. Do you know what makes for an terrifically grumpy Michelle? When Stephen Fry and Neil Gaiman interview...

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Lemon Scented You: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 5

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4 Footnotes A collection of the latest Neil Gaiman and American God relevancies, but not as related to the show specifically. The past few weeks have proven more fruitful than I’d have imagined when it comes to quality American Gods/Neil Gaiman headlines. My most...

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Git Gone: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 4

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 CW: Suicide, Depression Footnotes If you’ll recall, Footnotes is my section for American Gods related media that is not directly episode related. This week, I’ve got a Footnote I am particularly fond of. Much to my surprise this past Saturday, I finally got to encounter...

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Head Full of Snow: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 3

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Please enjoy a new, balanced structure for more precise reviews. “Footnotes” discusses American Gods’ non-direct facts and accounts: events or notes that happen outside of the show but that are relevant or interest-piquing. “Manipulations” considers changes that have occurred from the translation of the book to the screen: all of the most noteworthy among new events, changes to...

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