Kimberly Brooks as Jasper (and Malachite) in Steven Universe episodes “The Return/Jail Break”. For caedussolo!

Some of the clips are a little choppy but it shouldn’t be too bad. She’s in a few more scenes but I only included the ones she spoke in.

Mass Effect Voice Actors Panel: Denver Comic Con by GSJennsen

A couple of pics taken at the Mass Effect Voice Actors panel this weekend! It was a hugely popular panel, and there were so many Mass Effect cosplayers. Jennifer Hale’s plane was delayed and she was late to the panel - which meant she got to make a very dramatic and entertaining entrance, lol.

The panel was excellent; I laughed through most of it. Mark Meer is always the life of the party, and the others took their cue from him and really relaxed and cut loose.

Some of the choice quotes:

Mark Meer (in Commander Shepard voice): “I’m Commander Shepard, and Ambassador Udina is a dick!”
Raphael Sbarge: “I have to admit when I played, I killed Kaidan - because let’s face it, playing with yourself is just creepy!”
Mark Meer (in response to Sbarge): “I have no problem playing with myself.”
Jennifer Hale: “I do whatever Mark does, cause he’s the shit.”
Kimberly Brooks: “I tried to play Mass Effect once. I spent 10 minutes running into walls - it was ridiculous.”
Raphael Sbarge: “When you’re recording the more intimate scenes, it can get a little weird. I mean, it’s just you, alone in a padded room….”
Kimberly Brooks (in response to Sbarge): “You had padding? I could have used that when I tried to play!”

There was also much discussion - and acting out - of the “exertion panel”, during which one records all the grunts, groans and other sounds of injury and death.

Interesting trivia: Every single instance of “I should go” was a unique recording; Bioware did not reuse the same file over and over again.

Copying it all here because details like this are the best part to me.

New Releases » April 28

Here’s a selection of new YA novels hitting shelves this week!


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 28th
When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling.

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control for Lara. When the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: April 28th
In the most magical town in America, Lila finds herself putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair after some nasty characters bring their Family feud into her friend’s pawn shop.

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: April 28th
Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. And now … Henry and Flora. For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. And Death has always won. Always.

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 28th
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 28th
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds.

Invincible (Invincible #1) by Amy Reed
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: April 28th
Evie was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago. Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly alive.

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: April 28th
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success until all the lies and insults she’s ever said are taped to all the lockers in school.

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
When Ryder emails Amy asking her out, her friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed. But Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And she realizes that she might actually like him.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 28th
Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time.

The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberley Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 28th
Kyra hasn’t been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned.

Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 28th
Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her. Determined to save Garret, Ember must convince Cobalt to break into the Order’s headquarters.

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
In the Sunken City, all who oppose the revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 28th
Madison Parker is on fast-forward. Jesse McMann is stuck on repeat. Slowly but surely, Jesse and Maddie forge a friendship, but do they have what it takes to make their relationship truly sync?

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release date: April 28th
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy.

Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 28th
Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark.

Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: May 1st
Azeril is a ward of the Church, and their most cunning weapon. Az has no memory of his life before the Church, until one night, when a wizard recognizes him from his past.


Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: May 1st
Ben and Noah play on opposing teams in a footy-obsessed town. They each dream of playing on the G - and this is their make or break season. Tensions rise as sledging goes too far.

One True Thing by Nicole Hayes
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release date: May 1st
Frankie is used to being a politician’s daughter, but with her mum now running for Premier, life’s a whole lot crazier than usual. All Frankie wants is to lose herself in her music.

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
Publisher: Walker Australia
Release date: May 1st
Every girl dreams of being part of the line. But what happens when a discovery makes Jena question everything she has ever known? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?


The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell
Publisher: Dundurn
Release date: May 2nd
Tragedy strikes and Cam finds himself falsely accused of a crime. His freedom depends on a person he’s never met. A person who knows that the only way to restore his merit is to confess.


Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1) by Christi J. Whitney
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release date: April 30th
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager, but when strangers arrive in town, Sebastian soon realizes that his world is nothing at all what it seemed.

Better Left Buried by Emma Haughton
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: May 1st
Sarah never knew her brother was hiding a dark secret when he died. But now his reckless actions have led the wolves to her door. And the only way out is for her to run.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: May 1st
Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer.

Bad Bones by Graham Marks
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Release date: May 4th
When Gabe stumbles across a shallow grave he doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening.


James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook were all smiles while leaving the after party for “The Grey” premiere held at the Palms restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

The expecting couple posed for the cameras before taking a walk back to their car.

The “Dawson’s Creek” actor and his wife have been married since April of 2010 and have a one year old daughter together.

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