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The Geek Life: The Spidey Project by Robert T. Trate , Columnist
(April 19, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life sees a different Spider-Man musical.

Cosplay Glory at Comic Con 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 26, 2011)
Comic Con can have varying levels of Cosplay; each with their own take and interpretation of characters. Saturday and Sunday featured tons of people either getting ready for the big contest or showing off their stuff. What we here at Mania love to celebrat

Cosplay Babes and Hotties at SDCC 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(July 24, 2011)
Usually we mix it here at Mania with our Cosplay photos. Never do we lean to one side or the other. This year, on Friday, at the San Diego Comic Con we noticed a hell of lot more ladies dressed up than the men. So let us celebrate the ladies here and now w

SDCC: Amazing Spider-Man Panel by Rob Vaux, Editor
(July 23, 2011)
A Comic Con searching for the energy and excitement of earlier years may have found it with the Spider-Man reboot. The cast and filmmakers spoke to the press briefly before electrifying the Hall H audience with a surprise appearance by star Andrew Garfield

SDCC: AVENGERS Artwork Online by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(July 23, 2011)
Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures may be sitting the SDCC out for a lot of their presentations (waiting instead on the Disney Expo later this summer) but the two have come together to release artwork from The Avengers as the weekend progresses. At th

22 Cool Cosplay Photos at Comic Con 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(July 22, 2011)
What is Comic Con without people dressing up? The first official day of Comic Con had plenty of Cosplayers to both entertain and delight. There were tons of babes, heroes, and of course more Slave Leias.

SDCC 2011 Preview Night by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 21, 2011)
Comic Con is here again. For those fortunate enough to get Preview Night tickets it is a great chance to hit the floor early. It is the best time to grab your exclusives. Score some of that fully in stock swag and if you are lucky, pick up a few free comic

SDCC Thursday Schedule Hits by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(July 08, 2011)
With this year's San Diego Comic-Con poised to open its doors in two week's time, the reps have revealed their schedule for the first day. Here's the movie, TV and other panels that will be taking place on the preview night Wednesday, July 20, 2011 and fir

Comic Con 2011 Toy Exclusive Update by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 08, 2011)
The San Diego Comic Con is ripe with freebees, t-shirts, and of course exclusives. There are always tons of exclusive toys and we here at Mania like preparing you for the Con. Last week, we brought you our 2011 SDCC Survival Guide. A few weeks before that,

San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 01, 2011)
Your weekly Toy Maniac is switching hats this week to bring you his annual San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide. As a participant of Nerdvana now for the fourth straight year I have learned a trick or two. Much of this information will be the same as the pre

8 Final Cosplay Pics from Wizard World Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 24, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

9 More Cool Cosplay Pics from Wizard World Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 22, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

10 Geeky Cosplay Pics from WizardCon Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 21, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

A Report on the 2011 Motor City Comic Con by Tim Janson, Columnist
(May 15, 2011)
The Motor City Comic Con, Detroit’s oldest comic book convention, now in its 22nd year, took place this weekend in Novi, MI. The three-day event is part comic con and part media event as the show always features a diverse cast of guests from current and

Transformers Dark of the Moon Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(February 19, 2011)
It is hard to muster any enthusiasm for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I know that Michael Bay has delivered two very profitable films. In this economic climate that is an accomplishment. The story just doesn’t do anything for me. However, when it comes

21 Avengers Toys at Marvel Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Kimberly McCall, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(February 17, 2011)
The Avengers are about to assemble as Marvel and Hasbro are prepping for two of the biggest superhero movies of all time. At the 2011 Toy Fair in New York City Hasbro debuted toys that will stock the shelves with enough Captain America and Thor to drive ki

McFarlane’s Walking Dead Figures Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2011)
McFarlane Toys has debuted both packaging and prototypes for their The Walking Dead figures. McFarlane Toys will be producing figures in both the comic likeness and figures that look like the actors from the TV series.

13 Final Cosplayers and Geeks at NYCC 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 12, 2010)
Sunday at the New York Comic Con is kids day. The Cosplayers themselves are nothing but big kids and they too were getting in on the last day of fun. Never did I think I would see a Cosmic Spider-Man cosplayer.

20 Great NYCC Cosplay Geeks by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 11, 2010)
Saturday the New York Comic Con was packed to the hilt. The Cosplayers themselves were out in full force. Why? This was the day of the big contest. Check out several contestants and my 15 More Geeky Cosplay Pics from NYCC. What surprised us was a Lion-O, a

15 More Geeky Cosplay Pics from NYCC by Bob Trate, Columnist
(October 10, 2010)
For the fifth consecutive year the New York Comic-Con as packed the Javitiz Canter. This year looks to be the biggest yet as the floor truly has expanded to encompass Anime, Video Games, and Comics like never before. Day 1 of the Con already had an awesome

25 Cool Cosplay Pics from NYCC by Rob Worley, Jarrod Sarafin, Editors
(October 10, 2010)
There's another comic convention happening over in New York and you know what that means, Maniacs. It's a place where the people can go above and beyond the definition of "fans" and show what they truly love. Where they can play dress-up and display their

18 Cosplayers from the Baltimore Comic-Con by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 29, 2010)
The 11th Annual Baltimore Comic Con happened last weekend. Outside of the industry guests and cheap trade paperbacks that always grab our attention; the cosplayers were out in full force. Now obviously Baltimore is not San Diego.

32 Costume Pics from Chicago Comic-Con by Rob Worley, Editor
(August 23, 2010)
Wizard World Comic-Con may lack the blockbuster movie announcements of San Diego. It may not have the big comics publishers of previous years. One thing it does have like crazy is cosplayers. And rather than just rehash the same six costumes you see over a

16 More Cool Cosplay Costumes from Chicago Comic-Con by Rob Worley, Editor
(August 22, 2010)
Wizard World Comic-Con may lack the blockbuster movie announcements of San Diego. It may not have the big comics publishers of previous years. One thing it does have like crazy is cosplayers. And rather than just rehash the same six costumes you see over a

18 Cool Cosplay Costumes from Chicago Comic-Con by Rob Worley, Contributor
(August 22, 2010)
Wizard World Comic-Con may lack the blockbuster movie announcements of San Diego. It may not have the big comics publishers of previous years. One thing it does have like crazy is cosplayers. And rather than just rehash the same six costumes you see over a