Merry Christmas Everyone © Geeks Unleashed
Merry Christmas Everyone © Geeks Unleashed

Merry Christmas to all of our readers from myself and the rest of the Geeks Unleashed Staff. We also wanted to thank you all for coming by everyday and keeping us going. We really appreciate you all taking the time to visit us. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas filled with peace, love, prosperity and laughter. Here’s to 2013 being a year of blessings! As is the Christmas season we will be taking a bit of a break until after New Years, we will still be providing you with content but will just be slightly lighter than normal. Some of the staff and I got together to discuss Christmas and highlights of 2012:

Mark Brassington

For the Geek Culture and Music world as a whole it’s been one fantastic year, from the big screen with the Avengers and the final part in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy – The Dark Knight and ending the year with the Breaking Dawn Part 2 and The Hobbit. The small screen has also been equally spectacular with Amy and Rory’s departure in Doctor Who, the Zombie filled Walking Dead delivering shocking cliffhanger after shocking cliffhanger and new kid on the block Arrow being some of the top telly. The Comics world has been utterly amazing but standouts for me this year have been the creator owned titles from Image and Dark Horse Comics. I mainly read older books this year but the one book from 2012 that I did read was mainly set in 2009 anyway and that was Tempest by Julie Cross, the cover and blurb sold it to me and I was’t disappointed. If you like YA and time travel you won’t be disappointed. Overall 2012 has been an exceptional year in terms of output from all industries and I look forward to more of the same in 2013, however my biggest highlight was the launch of this very website. As for Christmas I will be spending it with my Wife and Daughter, she is almost three and is fully aware of Santa and Christmas presents which has brought that excitement back into the house again. I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.

Amadeus Finlay

I have a deeply ingrained habit at the stroke of New Year midnight, and that is to welcome the year with a carefully chosen song. Past highlights have been The Cult’s Sweet Soul Sister and Neil Young’s Unknown Legend. But 2012 was different, seeing as I was in an aeroplane somewhere between Boston and London Gatwick. First of all, I slept for the majority of the flight, and when I did arise from my whiskey-induced slumber, I was neither aware of the time zone nor able to function without first sourcing a handful of mini blueberry muffins.

For 2013, however, I am already organised, and have a playlist lined up on a timer system that will play from the stroke of midnight until twenty-three minutes past the hour. And the reason for this uncharacteristic flurry of organisation is due to 12 months of unmitigated musical successes. As we all know, my find of 2012 was King Lizard and their album Kneel to the King, but I was also treated to the genius that is Mumford and Son’s Babel,never mind aimlessly stumbling upon the hard rocking mayhem of Trucker Diablo. Yes, we lost the great Ravi Shankar as well as the not so great French horn playing of my late father, but 2012 also saw the announcement of the upcoming, inaugural Radstock Festival and revealing that Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein would be headlining Download 2013. And that’s before we even consider the John Lennon jockstrap and The Wurzel’s Christmas album. Aye, it has been a great year, but none of it would have been quite as fun without you guys, our readership, keeping coming back for more. Thanks for your time, have a great Christmas and I’ll see y’all in 2013!

Now, where are the muffins and whiskey…?

Jacqueline Arthur

This year has been pretty amazing! So much has happened in the space of 12 months that it still boggles my little Ginger mind! The highlight of my year has to be going to Canada and the USA on a Trek America trip earlier in the year. Everything about it was absolutely fantastic (…except for maybe raccoons….they are not cool!)

Christmas is by FAR my favourite time of the year. I love spending time with my family and friends (and eating lots of tasty, but oh-so-naughty food!) The thing I’m looking forward to the most this year is celebrating the Yuletide abroad! The cherry on top of a phenomenal year!

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

Olga Polomoshnova

As yet another year is almost a page from history, we remember everything that’s happened to us during the past 12 months. And now, at the end of 2012, let go of everything that’s hurt, upset you or simply gone wrong and think about all the great things that you’ve experienced and I’m sure there have been a lot of them. This year has been a terrific one for music, but as it usually goes in life, even music’s had its ups and downs. We’ve laughed and cried, gone through all sorts of adversities and successes, lived, worried and loved together with our favourite musicians. Music is something worthy being grateful for and no matter what, never lose faith in music, listen to your heart and have fun. Live now and cherish every moment of your life-like nothing else. This life has a lot to offer and while you’re on this planet, enjoy your stay and don’t forget about music to soundtrack your adventure.

Matt Benedict-Calico

Happy Yuletide!

I’m about to go off and partake in my 12 days of celebration with friends and family, it’s doubtful if a partridge will end up in a pear tree this year, I’m trying to give that up. If 2012 has taught me anything, it’s that what was broken can always be fixed, an apology is better than regret and get someone else to read your damn appointment letters, you dyslexic nitwit.

2012 saw the death of City of Heroes, I’m still experiencing a very strange grief over it which I wouldn’t feel about computer games otherwise. I think Mercedes Lackey said it best, when she said it felt like our town has been bulldozed. Nobody else is going to understand who wasn’t a part of the CoH phenomena, and that’s fine, if a little sad. It means you didn’t get to experience the perfect storm of developers and players all working together to build something totally unique. But we don’t just give up, of course. Not our style 😉

Anyway, here’s to whatever festival or holiday you are having this winter, because religious or atheist, we can all agree that spending time with friends and/or family surrounded by lights and food is what makes this season precious. Everything else is just trappings.

Next year I’m looking forward to the release of the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC for the PC and Elder Scrolls Online for my MMO fix. There’s also Iron Man 3 to look forward to.

Alright everyone, let’s do this!

In closing: PORT AND TINSEL, WHOOOO!

Jay Dougherty

Cinematically, 2012 has been a bit of a dud. Sure, there have been some amazing films come out, but they haven’t had the coverage they deserve. My movie highlight has to be Sightseers, a fantastic British film about sex, caravanning and murder. I have enjoyed my time as Geeks Unleashed’s premier ‘film guy’, and have big plans for 2013. I just hope cinema can meet my expectations, and is ready for what I’m packing.

As we hurtle towards the end of another year in our pointless existence on this unforgiving rock we call home, so I urge you to see more films in 2013, and not just the multiplex releases. Explore genres and nationalities you never thought you would enjoy. Broaden your horizons. Take chances. Have a Jean-Claude Van Damme marathon. You don’t hear people say: “Don’t bother swimming with dolphins, waste of time”, or: “Why would you want to see the Great Pyramids, they’re just a load of boring old stones”. Film should be the same. Life is just a bunch of loosely connected experiences anyway, so make sure you squeeze out every last drop.

I hope you enjoy the festive minefield of excess, guilt, and awkward family gatherings as much as I undoubtedly will, but if not, just remember: It could be worse.

Thomas Owens

Right you bastards, it’s Christmas again. It would be expected of me to be miserable and to criticise the merry holiday in some pseudo-witty manner. I won’t. Instead I’ll simply say that it’s been a great year for me and taking up writing is a big factor. Between getting back into eSports, building fantastic links with beautiful people and finally convincing my employer to let me teach Games Design it’s the start of a long journey. So I’ll leave you with this, enjoy your holibobs and remember that another year of life has passed us by, the cold soil awaits us. Play Half-Life before you die though.

Laura McIntosh

Merry Christmas, everyone. May your festive season be filled with drinks, dinner and debauchery (which, incidentally, is how I was conceived). 2012 has been a year of ups and downs, just like every other year, but the people I’ve surrounded myself with have made it all worthwhile. A big thank you to family, friends and the Geeks Unleashed team for reminding me that I should be proud of who I am – a massive nerd with a massive heart and equally massive boobs.

Have a good one, folks. X

Emma Crowe

On this, the most festive of occasions, I want to share a Christmas story with you, told to me by a man of great wisdom:
“ In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
And, as that same wise man said: “Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
Merry Christmas guys, long may we continue to write what is right, as is our right.

Heather Jacobs

Can’t believe another year has gone by. This year has been filled with some great television and some not so great television. I’m still reeling from FOX cancelling Alcatraz and ABC cancelling GCB. Don’t judge me. J Also like any good little Whovian I’m waiting with baited breath for the Christmas Special and the remainder of Season 7. What else am I looking forward to? The return of The Walking Dead. I just can’t get enough of those zombies. Well my fellow Geeks I hope you have a fantastic Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Stephanie Robinson

Happy Christmas Everyone!

This year for me has been a complete whirlwind. But my highlights primarily revolve around Download Festival, beginning my work for GU and keeping my job as a park ranger after the cuts. I’m most looking forward to hammering Resident Evil 6 and watching Star Trek Voyager over Christmas. Keeping it short and sweet, but my message to you, loyal reader would be ‘stay geeky, drink a raft of booze, play games, dress like its your last day alive, watch some awesome movies and eat your body weight in Quality Street.’
Peace Out
Steph x

Ashley Elizabeth 

All things considered, 2012 has been a great year to be in the book business. I’m really excited about all the things that are coming to Geeks Unleashed in the following months. If you guys are anything like me, you can never have enough books, and GU will be expanding this area in the coming months of 2013. I’m thankful for the readers and those who have taken time to comment and interact! You guys just might change my mind about The Hobbit. 😉 This Christmas season, I am very thankful for the team here at GU that keep me up to date on the latest in other areas. When I’m not writing for the site, I’m reading it. I’m especially thankful for our Editor-in-Chief, Mark Brassington. He’s the behind-the-scenes guy that really makes it all happen. Be sure to keep up with us and tell your friends, 2013 is going to bring new things and new faces to Geeks Unleashed, and I am so excited!

Stephen Hardman 

Christmas is a time for celebration and reflection. And reading comic books – it’s traditional. I’ve said this a lot over the past few months but 2012 really has been a great year to be a comic book fan. Expensive, but great.
The big two publishers have been putting out some quality books each month. I’m thinking of the Bat titles, Snyder’s Swamp Thing, Lemire’s Animal Man from DC, and much of the Marvel Now stuff that has come out in the last few months from Marvel. What has been even more pleasing to see is the range and quality of books coming out of smaller, independent, or creator-owned publishers – IDW, Boom, Image, Valiant, Dark Horse – these publishers have had a creatively rich year, putting out some of the best comics they have ever produced, and some of the best comics on the shelves some weeks.
It has also been a great year for me to be a comic book fan because through the awesome GeeksUnleashed.Me I have been able to combine my passion for comics with my passion for writing and spread the word about this great medium of comic books though a great platform. I’d like to thank everyone involved in contributing to this site – it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to meet and work with everyone in this like-minded little community we’ve got going on.
We wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for all the people who have bothered to check out the site, read the articles, comment on the site and tell other people about the site through Facebook and Twitter. So I’d also like to thank all you guys and gals for spending your time with us. I hope you all have a Super Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year.
2013 shows signs of being bigger and better in the comic book world. I think the same will also be true for GeeksUnleashed.Me, so stick with us and enjoy the ride.

Liam Jones

William Gibson once said “Stand high long enough and your lightning will come.” , Mel Gibson once said “If I’ve still got pants on in the second scene, I think they’ve sent me the wrong script”. Things I have held close this year as I’ve spent some of my better moments on the roof of my flat holding an Ariel up to the sky on stormy nights, getting naked when it suits me and nobody else. My way of describing 2012 is eventful, some things I wanted to happen did and some didn’t, for Horror films it was a winner for the Independent and foreign circles. Ti West’s The Innkeepers was a brilliant tutorial on injecting Horror with a new breath of personality (not just dumb scares) and Spain’s Sleep Tight gave us a great paranoid Horror that played on our mind, thoughts and perceptions. In 2013 I look forward to Ti west’s return with V/H/S and Leatherface and co’s next outing. I did’t like to see Tony Scott go, but like True Romance’s Clarence says “that’s the way it goes, but don’t forget, it goes the other way too”. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

Tim Moon

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This has been an exciting year with a lot of cool stuff happening – like the launch of GeeksUnleashed.Me. Good old 2012 was a year of beginnings and endings – the end of The Dark Knight trilogy and the start of The Hobbit trilogy, the end of Lucas Film (as we know it) and the first union of The Avengers.

Of course, there are also many exciting possibilities in 2013. How will season 3 of The Walking Dead end? What news will come out about the new Xbox? Will we finally learn how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Anyway, I look forward to another year of epic Geekery. But more importantly, I look forward to sharing it with all of you. Cheers!

Jo Edwards

Comics: Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.
2012 was a vintage year for comic books; creators such as Matt Kindt, Sean Gordon Murphy and Darwyn Cooke have excelled themselves, whilst titles such as The Manhattan Projects and Saga have been stellar. What’s more the British Industry has risen like the phoenix from the ashes, with the likes of Luke Pearson, Josceline Fenton and even 2000AD improving beyond measure. This trend looks to continue into 2013 with Jeff Lemire’s Trillium and Scott Snyder’s The Wake. Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year.

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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