Author Archive for Mary Knize

Mary Knize, Captain Painway, "C-Pain", and formerly Mary Staggs, was Panels on Pages' May 2010 Fangirl of the Month and is a former rollergirl. When she's not busy writing, she's probably playing a video game. She also loves Wikipedia and science.

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Language Learning With Comics - Comic Strips!

Language Learning With Comics – Comic Strips!

In part 2 of Language Learning With Comics, we’re going to forego comic books for something a little easier — comic strips! Find out how to find and translate your favorite comic strips.

Learning Languages With Comics, part 1

Learning Languages With Comics, part 1

Can you learn a foreign language by reading comic books? In this series, we’ll explore how to use comics as a resource to make learning a new language easier.

Make It So! Pop Culture Constellations

Make It So! Pop Culture Constellations

Mary Knize gazes up at the night sky and wonders if there aren’t better names for the constellations. Should modern mythology replace ancient naming conventions for the stars?

Riddle Me This: Which is the Best Comic Movie Couple?

Riddle Me This: Which is the Best Comic Movie Couple?

It’s Valentine’s Day, and if you were in one of these relationships, you’d have a good chance of being beaten, stabbed, vaporized, dropped off a bridge, or worse. And that’s just the foreplay.

Riddle Me This: Would the Seasons Affect Superman?

Riddle Me This: Would the Seasons Affect Superman?

Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering? Unless you’re pondering if the tilt of the Earth affects Superman’s powers, you probably aren’t.

Riddle Me This: What About the Steam Machine?

Riddle Me This: What About the Steam Machine?

Valve blew some minds this past weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show with thirteen different Steam Machines, but will they change the console landscape for good?

BLAARGH! 2014

BLAARGH! 2014

2014 or 2015? Sure, there are a few good movies coming out in 2014, but it feels an awful lot like a placeholder for the truly epic stuff awaiting us in 2015…

PoP! Science: The Lasso of Truth

PoP! Science: The Lasso of Truth

In this installment of PoP! Science, we take a look at Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth. With all this talk about Wonder Woman’s “guns” (or lack thereof) have we forgotten one of her key weapons (and the real-life science behind it)?

BLAARGH! The Day One Update

BLAARGH! The Day One Update

Once upon a time, we didn’t have to wait for vital updates to download from a overtaxed website to make our video games work. Waiting as a progress bar craws slowly across the stream makes you want to go, “BLAARGH!”

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Why Frozen is a Perfect Disney Movie

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Why Frozen is a Perfect Disney Movie

‘Frozen’ is a great movie, and there are countless reviews out there to tell you so. PoP!-Star Mary Knize takes it a step further with six reasons why ‘Frozen’ is extra-super special.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins

The third installment of the Batman series of video games is back, this time as a prequel and without its previous development company Rocksteady. Does Batman: Arkham Origins live up to its predecessors? (Spoiler-free, rant-heavy)

PoP! Science: Mjolnir

PoP! Science: Mjolnir

Introducing a new video series to Panels on Pages, PoP! Science takes a look at the scientific backgrounds of comics, movies, and pop culture. This episode looks at Thor’s hammer, and just how heavy Mjolnir is… or isn’t.

Outside The Longbox: Real-Life Zombies!

Outside The Longbox: Real-Life Zombies!

It’s that time of year when The Walking Dead returns and everyone re-watches their favorite zombie movies. But did you know that there are actual, documented cases of zombieism? (zombiehood?) Check out these three types of real-life zombies.

Riddle Me This! Nerd Experts vs. The Geek-of-All-Trades

Riddle Me This! Nerd Experts vs. The Geek-of-All-Trades

There seems to be a dividing line in nerd culture, between the obsessive, know-it-all “nerd experts” and the pop-culture-obsessed “geek-of-all-trades”. Which one is the “real nerd”?

Outside The Longbox: Kennedy Space Center

Outside The Longbox: Kennedy Space Center

Science fact is sometimes more exciting and interesting than science fiction. At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you won’t just learn about the past, present, and future of space flight, but you’ll be entertained, too.

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Act Your Age!

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Act Your Age!

Age matters when casting a movie. Justin Bieber can’t play Tony Stark and Sean Connery can’t play Batman (well… maybe). While most actors stay inside their age range, these six took on memorable roles in a way that will make you ask, “They’re HOW old???”

Review: Disney Infinity

Review: Disney Infinity

Enter a magical world of creativity with Disney Infinity! No really, this game is pretty awesome. With beautiful collectible figures and fantastic gameplay, Disney Infinity is a Disney nerd’s dream come true.

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Harry Potter Spinoffs

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Harry Potter Spinoffs

As a new movie series set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter is announced, we take a look at the other spinoff movies that are destined to join the Potterverse.

Review: OUYA

Review: OUYA

After a month with a the retail version of the new, open source OUYA video game console, is it a smart buy for gamers? Find out in this article weighing the pros and cons of this revolutionary game system.

Review: Don't Starve

Review: Don’t Starve

“Don’t Starve”, the latest indie game offering from Klei Entertainment, is fun, quirky, and incredibly challenging. Do you have what it takes to survive?

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness *Spoilers*

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness *Spoilers*

Star Trek fan and PoP!-Star Mary Knize reviews Star Trek Into Darkness. Why does she go so far as to say it’s one of her favorites? Beautiful visuals, touching character moments, and… quantum mechanics???

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Companies Worse Than Electronic Arts

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Companies Worse Than Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts was recently named Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” for the second year in a row. But what about the other companies on the list, or ones not even included? There may be worse things out there than Sim City 5…

Review: BioShock Infinite

Review: BioShock Infinite

Better late than never, PoP!-Star Mary Staggs has finally finished BioShock Infinite. The first page of this review is spoiler-free. Move on to page two when you finish the game for the really interesting stuff.

BLAARGH! The Volatile Video Game Industry

BLAARGH! The Volatile Video Game Industry

Making video games seems like a dream job… until you hear about company closings and mass layoffs. Why is a multi-billion dollar industry so volatile? It’s enough to make you go “BLAARGH!”

Outside the Longbox: Superheroes on Broadway

Outside the Longbox: Superheroes on Broadway

Fosse, Fosse, Fosse, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! They’re already wearing tights, and it’s just a short jump from the pages of a comic book to the Broadway stage. There may even be a few shows you never knew were in production…

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Museum-Worthy Video Games

PoP! Top 6-Pack: Museum-Worthy Video Games

Are video games art? The Museum of Modern Art thinks so. MoMA has opened a 14-game exhibit with plans to expand to 40 video games in the future. What games should they include? Here are a few suggestions.

BLAARGH! Fan Convention Disasters

BLAARGH! Fan Convention Disasters

Sometimes, a seemingly legit fan convention can turn into a nightmare. With stories of deceit, mismanagement, non-payment, and last-minute cancellations, these cons are true horror stories.

Hidden Gems: Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits

Hidden Gems: Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits

If you’re looking for an artistic and imaginative independent comic, look no farther than ‘Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits’. Never forget a ghost on the Day of the Dead.

The PrincessCast Episode 0

The PrincessCast Episode 0

Mahoney poisoned Meg. Justice League 2, Image’s #1 issues, new Wizard World president, Bleeding Larry?, Jar Jar forever, infidelity in Spider-Man, Catwoman’s new Pumas ROCK! As always, Mahoney’s opinions don’t matter.

The PrincessCast Episode 113

The PrincessCast Episode 113

This week, DC makes us say “WTF”. RIP to Stuart Freeborn. Star Wars spinoff movies, because enough of Yoda you cannot have. Star-Lord! KHAAAAAAAN! PS3 players can finally get Skyrim DLC. When fictional teenagers behave badly.

Hidden Gems: Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Parody)

Hidden Gems: Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Parody)

Like ‘Downton Abbey’? If so, do yourself a favor and pick up ‘Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey’. You’re welcome.

The PrincessCast Episode 112

The PrincessCast Episode 112

On this week’s PrincessCast: News from the Big Apple, Spazzy drops some STD knowledge, Valentine’s Day plans, TMNT villains, ‘Justice League’ and ‘Man of Steel’, R.L. Stine, Monster High, and Devonton Abbey.

Holy Crap! Remember... Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters?

Holy Crap! Remember… Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters?

The future of Star Wars is constantly changing in exciting new ways. Look back at the original ‘Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters’ and you’ll see how much the Star Wars universe has changed in just the past two decades.

The PrincessCast Episode 111

The PrincessCast Episode 111

This week’s topics: J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars. Atari filed for bankruptcy. Kerouac bought the Batmobile. Ed Kramer makes us feel icky. Chris Pine = Rob Liefeld? The Jenny Olsen conspiracy. Don’t be a jerk and try new things, OK?

A Day at Otronicon

A Day at Otronicon

PAX. E3. BlizzCon. They’re all great video game cons, but there’s only one dedicated to the science of video games and virtual reality. Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center is that convention.