Ryan McKinley

Ryan McKinley
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Author, podcaster, costumer and maker, Ryan has been enjoying Disney, Marvel and Star Wars since his first years of life and is thrilled to be able to pass that passion along to a new audience on LaughingPlace. Check out his award winning novels "The Pirate Bride" & "The Lost Crew" in bookstore nationwide.

New Black Panther Trailer Breakdown

It’s been a good week for new movie trailers. First, The Last Jedi and now, the second exciting preview of Marvel’s next big cinematic...

Just Breathe—The Last Jedi Monday Night Football Trailer Analysis

I’ve done a pretty good job of staying away from spoilers for the upcoming Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. All previous previews...

Book Review: “Leia — Princess of Alderaan”

Before we begin--I’ve been reviewing the new Disney Lucasfilm Press/Del Rey Star Wars novels for about a year now. It’s been a fun assignment,...

Book Review — “Phasma: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

22With the release of Delilah S. Dawson’s new Star Wars novel, Phasma, galactic fans of Armitage Hux’s enforcer from The Force Awakens finally get all the...

Comic Review: “Captain Phasma #1”

Star Wars has some really good bad guys. Jabba the Hutt, Darth Maul, and of course, Boba Fett. Fans lock onto them right away...

Book Review: “Star Wars: Battlefront 2 — Inferno Squad”

The July 2016 release of the new Star Wars story, Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, has cemented one thing for the worldwide...

Thor Ragnarok Trailer at San Diego Comic Con

Thor’s journey as a hero has always been more interesting than his actual exploits and one-sided victories. The first Thor film explored his worthiness;...

Review — “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny”

The week of July 4th, Disney/LucasFilm released the first of a new series of animated shorts, Forces of Destiny. Targeted towards the four to...

Black Panther Teaser Breakdown

By way of tone and intensity, the new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther is setting up an exciting and original franchise that is...

Game Review — “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series”

Let me start with this: I’m not huge into video games. I want to be, and trust me, I’ve tried — I’ve just never...

Vanity Fair Cover Story: “The Last Jedi — The Definitive Preview”

Part of the joy of film, for me, is the secret — not knowing anything about the plot or development before I walk into...

“Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1” Review — A Star Wars...

Jedi can move things with their minds. Humans can understand Wookiee growls and robot beeps as language. Princesses can fall in love with no-rank...

Book Review: The Triumphant Return of “Thrawn”

In 2012, Disney bought LucasFilm. When I heard, I was as giddy as a school boy with a new lunch box. I knew that...

Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ Video clips are a major part of Star Wars Celebration panels. When I attended C3 in 2005, crowds were dying for a look at...

The Continuing Travails of Thor—Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Review

Thor had a bad feeling about this. Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron put some bad mojo into the minds and hearts of our favorite...

Book Review — Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End

In the years that followed 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Star Wars fans had few options for their fix. Television shows about Ewoks didn’t really...

Telltale Games Talk “Guardians of the Galaxy” During PAX East Panel

Last Friday evening at the PAX East convention, con goers packed to Albatross Hall to catch a glimpse and several details about the upcoming...
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Trailer Analysis

Before tonight’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 preview, we’d seen some fun “coming-soon” glimpses of the upcoming sequel to the 2015 breakaway success—funny...

Avengers: Infinity War Featurette Analysis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAOzrChqmd0 When I was growing up, DC had sole control of box-office, comic book films. Starting with Superman in 1978 through 1989’s Batman (we’ll ignore...

Comic Review — “Star Wars: Darth Maul #1”

For a prequel, The Phantom Menace did little to suss out the origin or back story of the most electric of new characters introduced...

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