The Week in Geek – 29/09/2014

The week in geek is back with more news, the latest in the two announced campaigns from last week and two, yes two, events coming to the UK in the next few weeks. Come check it out!

The Week In Geek

We’re back once again ladies and gentlemen for another awesome edition of The Week in Geek. This week, we’ve had a bit of a slow one, but it’s also been an exciting one for a few reasons. Here’s last week’s geek happenings and what there is to look forward to!



GeekOut South-West’s next meetup

GeekOut Sam

That’s right, last week we did a new post on the next GeekOut South-West meetup which is taking place This Friday. Why not come along if you’re in or around Bristol, UK? We’d love to see you there. More information can be found on our Meetup page.

We are having Kim and Phil, as well as Joel all at this meetup and many more wonderful guests! Come along!


Firestorm Funded!


After only 4 days, Anderson Entertainments’ Firestorm made its’ funding goal! Stretch goals are being put up and achieved in short order, and with every new goal, Firestorm becomes that little bit more awesome. So far we already have a new set – the interior of Ocean Storm, and a bigger explosion – a very real (model) building detonated for our entertainment. So much more still to come, and you still have 28 days left to show your support and get some cool stuff in the process.


Samurai Chef Funded!


That’s right, on a similar vein to the Firestorm announcement above, Samurai Chef has already received more than enough for funding! Exciting stuff lies ahead for us and I really hope Mayamada keeps their momentum going. They are great guys who deserved to get their comic to light. Plus, they do a lot of work within the Otaku community as seen in yesterday’s post.


Games Day


Shameless self promotion:

On October 19th, e-Collectica Games will be hosting a tabletop games day, and because it’s e-Collectica’s birthday this games day they will be including a Settlers of Catan tournament with prizes to be won, their annual Fluxx competition, and will also see the return of Viking Tomato – a role-play using the Savage Worlds system hosted by Quotes From the Tabletop with our very own Mike Pound at the helm. Take the time to try Privateer Press’ Warmachine and Hordes miniature war-game. There will also be a library of games to play, but plenty of space for those of you who want to bring your games to play too.

This is the third such event e-Collectica have allowed me to run, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. If any of you guys are going to be in the Shropshire area on October 19th, come to the Morris Hall on Bellstone from 9:30 onwards. Tickets are £3 on the door, but please feel free to register your name by contacting us here at GeekOut South-West to get the pre-booking discount.


That’s it for this Week in Geek! If you know of anything happening that you think should get a small piece on this site, let us know! Drop us an e-mail or even use the contact form below. If you don’t want your name to be featured or if you want some information to be displayed should your news make it in, then please let us know what you want and we’ll accredit you as expected!


Kickstarter Highlight – Previews of Samurai Chef and Gerry Anderson’s Fireball


Do you like chefs?

Do you like monkeys?

Do you like chefs who happen to be monkeys? Well then look no further as we’re back once again for our Kickstarter Highlight of the week. This week however, we have two Kickstarter Highlight PreviewsQueue the ooh’s!


Complete Samurai Chef Print Edition

What is it?

If you had seen my recent post on Mayamada and Samurai Chef, then this theme of a samurai monkey chef should be a familiar one. Samurai Chef is the awesome content produced by Mayamada, a company based in the UK that sells clothes. The team at Mayamada have been working on a fun, unique concept in manga style.

We last left our Samurai Chef amidst the tough competition, as the samurai chef found himself facing tougher and tougher dishes to try his appetite… For cutting it down.

It’s a fun and quirky story that gave me a good chuckle, so I am hoping part 2 delivers all the same.

This is the Mayamada cast – They all look cuddly, even the Samurai Chef himself.

How much do they need?

The guys at Mayamada are asking for a tiny £650, which is nothing at all in the grand scheme of things. They will be using the money to get the book published.

There doesn’t really seem to be much of a risk with backing this comic, as they have already got a platform to sell their comics on. Further to that: They have already made volume one, so volume two is inevitable! But. without funding it may never see the light of day.


What are the reward tiers?

As I have been given access to review this campaign before it goes live this Saturday, the Mayamada guys are offering these rewards for backers:

  • Pledge £3 or more

    Reward 1: Get your name printed in our credits page. (£3 / $4 / €4).

    Pledge £10 or more

    Reward 2: Digital copy of the Samurai Chef plus colour edition of Samurai Chef Origins.(PDF or eBook format). (£10 / $16 / €12).

    Pledge £15 or more

    Reward 3: Print copy of Samurai Chef Vol 1 & 2 (combined) + pin badge set + Reward 2. (£15 / $24 / €18). Want extra copies? Kindly add £5 (£5 / $8 / €6) per book to your pledge and send us a note. (non UK backers, an extra £5 for shipping and handling will be added to your pledge.)

    Add £5 to ship outside the UK
    Pledge £25 or more

    Reward 4: Exclusive Samurai Chef mug + Reward 3. (£25 / $40 / €31) Want extra copies? Kindly add £5 (£5 / $8 / €6) per book to your pledge and send us a note. (non UK backers, an extra £5 for shipping and handling will be added to your pledge.)

    Add £5 to ship outside the UK
    Pledge £60 or more

    Reward 5: Signed copy with limited edition cover + EXCLUSIVE Samurai Chef t-shirt + Reward 4. (£60 / $96 / €74) Want extra copies? Kindly add £5 (£5 / $8 / €6) per book to your pledge and send us a note. (non UK backers, an extra £5 for shipping and handling will be added to your pledge.)

    Add £5 to ship outside the UK

That’s it for Samurai Chef. Let’s see if it can slice and dice its way through its funding objective and become a true culinary delight for all to read.

This campaign will be available This Saturday 27th September. Please do look out for it and of course I will be updating this page with the campaign once it’s ready and speaking of it on social media. I hope the guys at Mayamada succeed in their campaign.

What do you think of Samurai Chef and it’s chances on Kickstarter? Have you read volume one or the free origins story from Mayamada yet? I was lucky enough to meet a member of the team behind this story, so it was a real pleasure to be able to keep up with developments of their new work.

Now, I pass you all over to the capable hands of Joel, who has another Kickstarter Highlight preview for us all!

Those of you not familiar with the name Gerry Anderson may well be familiar with the names Captain Scarlett, Stingray, and Thunderbirds! These now classic puppet-action series have been an inspiration to generations of film-producers, and they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the depth and breadth of Anderson’s lifetime of achievements which look set to continue, even following his death in 2012.

Lesser known was his joint project with business partner John Needham, Firestorm, which combined CGI effects and animation which was mainly released for a Japanese market, and was not widely spread beyond. The series began, and fizzled out in 2003. Gone, but not – it seems – forgotten.

A kickstarter is slated to begin on the 30th of September to return Firestorm to the world, not in animation, but in the ultramarionation that made Anderson’s biggest and best titles so infamous, and so far-reaching. Real explosions! Real practical effects! Real puppets!

Now, the information on the Kickstarter itself is not tremendously forthcoming, but that hook is baited and I’m deeply curious to see the beginnings of the campaign next Tuesday. For now, here’s a link to the announcement page and all of the links you’ll need to keep on top of the news as it happens:

Keep informed, let us know what you think! Has the renaissance come for true action puppets? Will the rewards come with (dammit Tim, this is your fault) strings attached? Having been raised on all of the above shows, and many more, I’m more than just a little curious to see what the future holds for the Gerry Anderson legacy.

Who are Mayamada + Samurai Chef review

Mayamada are an awesome clothing company that have ventured into publishing and distributing their very own Manga comics! Come check out who Mayamada are and what they offer!

This past week, Joel and I took to Alcon 2014. It was 4 days of action packed fun and I can’t wait until next years’ Alcon. That’s right, you all know where I’m going to be in a years’ time now: Back to Alcon! I will also be attending several other conventions throughout the year, so do come grab me for a friendly, geeky chat!


During Alcon, we went through the dealers’ hall. I only went there on the Sunday and although there weren’t as many goodies to get through as Kitacon, there were still some stalls that were actively pushing their products. I almost walked out with a brand new bag, but I figured my bag had lasted me for nearly 10 years now and wasn’t looking weak. So I didn’t get a new bag… But instead: I found a wonderful stall from a company called Mayamada.

Mayamada sells geeky clothing, but the guys at Mayamada also worked on their own manga, called Samurai Chef. The story features a monkey who is a chef, but instead of cooking, he slices his competitions dishes down. The tougher the dish is to slice down, the higher the chef scores. The concept amused me greatly so I wanted to quickly share with you all some of the wonderful artwork and how you can get a hold of Samurai Chef for yourself!

Mayamada Logo

You can buy a copy of episode one of Samurai Chef from the Mayamada website and hey, perhaps they’ll have a stall at another convention sometime soon – I hope the guys at Mayamada keep in contact with us so we know when they’ll be at another convention that we’ll be at! You can also get a freebie from this link.

You can buy clothes featuring the zany characters of Samurai Chef, as well as some awesome beanie hats and accessories, so please do check them out. Heck, even their businesses cards were amazing – I’m oddly infatuated by their card. An air of professionalism that really helps the company!

Seriously, this card rocks!
Seriously, this card rocks!

The guys at Mayamada have been kind enough to share some of their art and pages with us!

Follow them at:

Mayamada’s Facebook page



Samurai Chef – Issue 1

In issue 1 of Samurai Chef, we see the Samurai Chef in a televised competition acting as the “judge”, as he cuts through the competitions dishes. The dishes get tougher and tougher throughout and some people from the different cooking schools think they can beat the Samurai Chef.

However he’s one tough monkey! He is constantly able to cut through the competition and gives them a grade. People seem more eager to beat the Samurai Chef than they are to beat one another as heck: this is still a competition! But the contestants are eagerly trying to beat the Samurai Chef.


The art style of Samurai Chef is very appealing, with all of the animal characters being incredibly easy to identify. The expressions are captured perfectly and you can see just by expression alone who is on what side and what purpose each character serves.

The story has been a little confusing at first, but it’s just the right level of “am I reading what I think I’m reading!?” Yes, you really are. This is about a monkey, who’s a master chef and who also happens to be a samurai. Yes: He cuts through the competitions food. It’s zany and it’s fun and there feels to be a big story building up.


See? I wasn’t kidding about him cutting through his oppositions dishes!

I’m enjoying this so far and issue 2 will be out soon enough. I’m excited by Mayamada’s works and I hope to be reading more of it soon. If Mayamada read this, good luck on your venture with Samurai Chef and let’s keep in touch about it!

A sneak peak for all you wonderful readers!
A sneak peak of issue 2 for all you wonderful readers!

What do you think of this story? Have you heard of Mayamada before? Let us know what you thought of this preview in the comments section!