Jan 30, 2009

Geek Gods

Greek Mythology always held a fascination for me. Learning about them in school I imagined what it would have been like living in an era where these beings were worshipped. Not just that, I imagined what it would have been like to live among them. You want to scare your child into behaving? Tell them the story of Prometheus. I mean come on, even the Hercules narrator told us the ancient gods were petty and cruel. For good or bad, they were respected.

I propose there are a different breed of "gods" walking among us today. Geek Gods. These individuals are representatives of the early gods in that they've helped geekdom survive in one way or another. Some are definitely worshipped while others love to torture us. Here are your Geek Gods...

Zeus

There is no one better to play the role of the King of the Gods than Stan Lee. I think it's safe to say he's been the single most influential individual to geek society. Even though he wasn't there from the very beginning, Marvel is certainly the house that Stan built. No longer serving as president and chairman, he continues his involvement with comics in all forms. He's the ultimate fanboy favorite when he steps onto the screen for his cameo in Marvel films and without him there would be no Spider-Man, X-Men or Iron Man. Just think where Robert Downey Jr. would be right now...

Hades

He's controlled scores of demons, not to mention other gods, in his time. Of course Joss Whedon is Hades. Though enjoyed by many, few could have predicted the creator of the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer would go on to control his own universe. The Whedonverse is vast and inhabits many. Although not all of his creations have been commercially successful, Joss Whedon will never go hungry. He's created characters people can't get enough of. A feature length film was made out of a tv show that didn't even last a full season and who needs actors when you can continue living out their lives in comics. This past years Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog proves we're truly the devil's plaything.

Hermes

Hermes, the patron of boundaries and travelers, of orators, wit and invention. Wil Wheaton boldly went where no boy had gone before and kept on going. As Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation he joined the Traveler to explore other realities. As normal Wil Wheaton he went on to become a pillar in the geek community. He acts, he write, he plays a mean game of Dungeons & Dragons (or so I've heard). One of the most open geeks in the industry you can read his many varied and humorous ramblings on his blog WWdN: In Exile. He's also taken up residence on Twitter. If you're signed up and not following Wil, you're not a geek.

Dionysos

Dionysos is the god of wine, the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy. If that doesn't sum up Warren Ellis I don't know what does. We might have to switch wine for whiskey though. Is there any subject too taboo for Warren Ellis? If you've read his novel Crooked Little Vein, you know the answer to that. Beware surfing his website while at work or if you're near children or the elderly or someone with a weak stomach for that matter. He's used the internet to the best of it's advantage to promote his comic work, most recently the weekly web comic FreakAngels. He's also an establishment on Twitter. The following that's resulted from his raw talent is no less than cultish at it's best. It's not unsurprising for a man who's mind is like a great labyrinth.

Ares

The god of war. Star Wars. George Lucas created an empire out of a space opera. An evil, evil empire. With that he single-handedly made an entire race of geeks along with something they would pay anything to be a part of for the rest of their lives. He also made studying archaeology cool and that's hard to do. Whether it's swords, whips or lightsabers, Lucas weilds them all with an iron fist. Go ahead, just try to break into LucasFilm. Actually, don't. Just watch Fanboys when it finally comes out. His visual effects company Industrial Lights & Magic made leaps in the industry and has created effects for over 200 films. Heroes geek Masi Oka even got his start there. The world would be a very different place without George Lucas.

Hera

Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away late last year but I could think of no one better to fill the shoes of Queen of the Gods. Majel was with Star Trek from day one and has had a hand in every series to date. She kept the ship flying after her husband Gene's death in 1991 and was well regarded and respected by Trekkies everywhere. It's truly fitting that both their cremated remains were recently rocketed into space for forever exploration.

Demeter

Goddess of the pure, nourisher of youth. How can you not love Felicia Day? The first thing that brought her to our attention was as potential slayer Vi on Buffy. Little did we know she was a tride and true geek, not one of those fakers. She loves video games as well as sci-fi/fantasy novels. She also created, writes and stars in The Guild, a web based sitcom. She's a World of Warcraft player but the show keeps things simple by focusing on a generic online guild. With it she's helped break the stereotype that all online gamers are men who live in their parents basements. If you didn't know Felicia Day before, you certainly did after Dr. Horrible in which of course, she played Penny. She publishes a blog on her website and is another Twitter user.

Aphrodite

Justine Jolie is the perfect fit for the goddess of love, lust and beauty. She's a porn star. To be honest, that's probably the best way she's helped geeks to survive but that's not all there is to her. She's one of the few self-described geeks out there in the industry. Not only does she love games and anime, she goes to comic conventions. She also likes science fiction and Harry Potter. Yup, just your run of the mill geek girl. Who does lesbian porn.

Artemis

The hunter. If you've ever been on the receiving end of one of Rosario Dawson's deep looks, you're the prey, no doubt about it. She definitely got the blood pumping when she played the tougher-than-nails Gail in Sin City but it was when geekdom found out she was really into comics their heads exploded. Not only does she read them, she's created one. O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce was made along with writer David Atchison and illustrator Tony Shasteen. The character Sophia Ortiz was even modeled after her. Through the years, roles in Men In Black II and Josie and the Pussycats gave her plenty of geek cred as well. Coincidentally enough, she voiced Artemis in the soon-to-be released Wonder Woman animated film.

Athena

Athena is the shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavor. That is Gail Simone. You want heroic endeavors? Years ago, she pointed out a fondness female comic characters seemed to have for refrigerators. Shrewd companion of heroes? Let's see...Birds of Prey, Superman, Teen Titans, the Atom. Just to name a few. Her work on the Secret Six has been so popular DC finally made it an ongoing. Now, who am I forgetting? Just the biggest and best! Wonder Woman. Gail Simone made history when she became the first ongoing female writer for the strongest member of the big three this past year. Her great-grandmother was a Suffragette so it's no wonder she's paved such an amazing path for herself and others to follow.


Jan 29, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Me!

In marriage, they say the first year is the hardest and if you can make it through that the rest will be a piece of cake. Does that go for blog writing too? I'd like to think so. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of "Has Boobs, Reads Comics."

I'm working on something fun to post tomorrow so I thought today, I'd take a look back. Here are my top viewed posts of all year:

5.) Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra - My experience at my very first Star Trek Convention. I can't believe it took me that long.

4.) Who guards the Mouse Guard? - My interview with MG creator David Petersen. He's an extremely nice fella. If you aren't reading his comic, you should be.

3.) Batastrophe - My incredible frustration with the ending of Batman R.I.P. We know more about the "real" ending to the story now but that didn't make me feel any better.

2.) A Spell Is Cast - My excitement about Zatanna being cast on Smallville. This one shot right up the list recently due to Rich linking to me and the hot babe. Mostly the hot babe.

1.) NY COMIC CON Day 2 - 2 yaD NOC CIMOC YN - I was very happy with this post and I'd like to think my keen journalistic skills have something to do with it being number one but I'm gonna play it safe and go with "girl in costume" for this one.

Now that I've got that out of the way I want to link you to several of my favorite posts from this past year. Most of these didn't get as many hits as the top 5 but I'm proud of what I wrote so read them if you haven't and show some love.

I can't tell you how happy I am with the success of the blog in just one year. I enjoy it so much but it's been a lot of hard work. I want to thank everyone who's ever visited here and especially my loyal every day readers for keeping me going. Without you I'd be a regular old nerdy girl typing to herself. 

A lot of great stuff has happened this year. For one, I was in Elle FREAKING magazine! Never in my life did I think that would happen. Let's try for more of that kind of stuff this year. By the way, I finally found an online version of the article in case you never got to see it in print. I began writing my column, DoubleDCoverage (along with other bits) at the Girls Entertainment Network. If you don't believe hot geek girls exist, you're not looking very well. These girls rock and I wish we all lived closer so we could be geeky together offline. 

I also met tons of awesome people! Creators, other bloggers, fellow nerds. Thank you for being who you are. Speaking of being who you are...remember my MTV True Life: I'm a Fanboy video? Doesn't look like they picked me but I enjoyed making it and I hope you got a kick out of watching it.

Oh and, the most highly used search in google to get here to my blog? "Boobs" by a LANDSLIDE. Thanks perverts!

So where to now? It's safe to say the fun doesn't stop here. Nerdy News is constantly happening and I have a lot more I'm sure to ADORE this year. Remember you can find me on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter now too and I hope you'll help vote me Best Geek Blog of 2009. There are some big things on the horizon for "Has Boobs, Reads Comics." It's nothing I can speak of yet but I'm hoping you'll all stick with my blog...what's that they say? As long as we both shall live? No pressure or anything. :)

Jan 28, 2009

DoubleDCoverage 1/14-1/21

Check out what you've missed the last two weeks in DC Comics with my DoubleDCoverage over at the Girls Entertainment Network!

New Krypton rises, a lot of second to last issues are floundering, Superman and Batman turn into bullies and 3-D hurts my eyes. Most importantly, did Batman bite the big one?

Jan 27, 2009

The League of Cliche Evil Super-Villains

Threadless.com, you have chosen...wisely. 

You can always count on Threadless to choose a supremely awesome nerdy t-shirt design every once in a while and this one is no exception. The League of Cliche Evil Super-Villains shows us there really are just 24 categories to choose from when creating a new bad guy or gal. 

The shirt was designed by Joshua Kemble an illustrator/comic book artist who's got a nice resume to back up his talent. On Threadless he talks about his thought process, "I got the idea to do it by looking at a bunch of old cheezy comic books, by none other than Jack Kirby." That seems about right. Anyway, visit his website by clicking his name and check out some of his amazing work. 

By the way, Threadless is currently having a sale on some of their shirts for about another day if you want to pick a few up. Christ, they should be paying me.

Jan 26, 2009

Kindling is Imagination

I've been a huge fan of Fables cover artist James Jean for a few years now. It brings me such joy each month to see him bring my favorite fables to life and he does it like no one ever has before. Like many other people, I was saddened to hear he'd be leaving Fables after issue #81 but it was with the knowledge he'd have time to pursue more personal work. I was therefore thrilled to find out I'd be attending the opening of his debut solo fine art exhibition, Kindling.


Admirers stand before a three-panel piece entitled, "Toy Maker," at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. It was a snowy, picturesque night in the city but it was nothing compared to what I would find inside. Exhibited were mixed-media paintings and drawings on canvas, linen and paper. Each had it's own character and magic.

It was tough deciding on a favorite from the collection. I think the one I'm pictured with here, "Shattered," came in a close number two. The fact that it showed a redhead beating a man had nothing to do with it obviously. :) 

There were also several sketches on display as well. Some were slightly different than their painting counterparts, others were so similar I was astounded they translated so well.


"Fountain 2," the companion piece to "Fountain 1," really caught my eye. The little boy is missing his legs.

Without a doubt one of the most impressive works of art on display was "Willow Horse." It's 72 x 60 and drop dead gorgeous in person. If you live in the area I highly recommend going to the exhibit. It will be running until February 7, 2009.

Last but not least it's my favorite. "Vanity." Can you blame me? More imagination, this man could not have. Turns out James Jean, although born in Taiwan, was raised right here in New Jersey. I knew I liked him for a reason.

I have no doubt James Jean is going to have oodles of success after he finishes his run on Fables next month. Before I even got to the opening almost all of the paintings and sketches were already sold. I wouldn't have been able to afford any of them anyway but it's nice to know his beautiful work is appreciated by all.

Jan 23, 2009

A Spell Is Cast

Abracadabra! Hubba-hubba! Zatanna is coming to Smallville!!


TV Guide landed the exclusive casting news. Model/actress Serinda Swan (kind of a great magician's name itself) will be playing the sexy DC superheroine in episode 17 of this season appropriately titled "Hex." Swan's character will grant Chloe a wish on her birthday. What does Chloe wish for? To lead Lois Lane's "normal" life. She also grants Clark his own wish during the episode.

io9 is also reporting a few more details, "[The antique dealer] warns that Zatanna is after a spell that is supposed to save her dead father, but really will endanger the whole world." Apparently she also temps Ollie with bringing back his parents from the dead but he refuses so she curses him. Doesn't seem like the Zatanna I know, then again, this is Smallville.

Swan hasn't had too much acting experience but she did guest star on that other CW show, Supernatural, a few years ago. So what do we think of the casting? I've never seen her act but I think she's got the perfect look for the role. It actually made me laugh when I started searching for pictures. For all the times people complain about how women in comics proportions are totally wrong, along comes a girl who actually HAS that unrealistic look. For once I don't mind that they're choosing a model for a role, Zatanna definitely has a high standard in my book.


You can also view and discuss this article at GEN.

Jan 22, 2009

Nerdy News

How would you like to play a video game where you're a facially deformed monster who preys on young, beautiful women? You also play the organ and sing opera. Wait. What?

Don't you just love my graphics work?

Never thought you'd live to see the day The Phantom of the Opera became a video game? According to Variety, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is in talks with publishers to do just that. Sorta.

RUG hopes to bring Webber's music properties to the gaming world but it's not clear in what form. It could be simple as Webber wanting to cash in on the popularity of music games like Guitar Hero or Lips. It would certainly open up the genre to a whole new crowd that's for sure.

But what if they are aiming for something more imaginative? Don't forget, Webber was the composer of Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, just to name a few. "Cats!: Claws of Fury" and "Joseph and the Atomic Transfiguring Dreamcoat" have a nice ring to it don't they? Ok, maybe not.

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Do you know what's in, The Cabin in the Woods? Oh good. Neither do I. But I'm really keen on finding out!

Writing buddies Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are teaming up for this mysterious new horror film and the first actors to star have just been announced. The Hollywood Reporter says Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford will most likely play "white-collared workers with a mysterious connection to the cabin." Whedon will be producing, Goddard directing and both writing the script.

The film already has a release date of February 5, 2010 and is supposed to provide a new twist on a classic scenario. Regarding the actors chosen, Goddard joked with THR, "It's really just your basic typecasting: When you need two actors to run through the woods in low-cut nighties, you immediately think of Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford."  Whedon thinks the casting is a look into the type of film they plan to make, "They're the first proof that though 'The Cabin in the Woods' is a classic horror film, it isn't one you've seen before."

I love both actors and writers but I'm getting a horrible flashback to Surviving the Game so I'm gonna wait for more details.

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What better way to round out this edition of Nerdy News than some super cool "adult" toys?



In honor of J.J. Abrams new Star Trek, Mattel plans to release a set of Barbies modeled after Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana's characters. The dolls will hit stores in April, just before the May 8th release of the film. Each will retail around $49.95.

Collectors probably already know, Mattel has boldly gone here before. Back in 1996 a gift set was created to celebrate 30 years of the classic series using Barbie and Ken instead of actual actors.

Personally, I think they all look adorable and the costumes look really good. I can't wait to see "Spock" used as "Sylar" in future Youtube parodies. 

Jan 21, 2009

Prepair to get Lost

Lost Season 5 begins in...



...and I'm shaky with excitement!! Here's 4 people I can't wait to find out more about in the episodes to come. (Not the much longer and infuriating list of general things I hope they answer by the end of the series)

1.) Daniel! That tiny-headed genius has me wrapped around his little finger and dying to know what else he's got cooking on his bunsen burner.

2.) Miles. He may invoke feelings of rage and the incredible urge to punch him in the jaw most of the time but ghostbusters are never uninteresting.

3.) Richard. Possibly the most mysterious guy on the island. I'm looking forward to finding out he was first a slave on the Black Rock or something similar and also, where he buys his eyeliner when he's on the mainland. Think he's a AVON kind of guy?

4.) Ben. I suspect the war between him and Charles Widmore is really just one giant LARP. It's outcome will be decided on the point of a greatsword or the casting of Magic Missle.


Now the really important question: Who will kick the most ass this season?











Sawyer?





















Desmond?
























or Sayid?










Ok, maybe the question was really, "Who will I swoon over most this season?" You may give your input on either.

Jan 20, 2009

I caught the frak up.

SPOILERS FOR ALL BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AHEAD. You have been warned.

Battlestar Galactica is the most well orchestrated piece of television my eyeballs have ever had the pleasure to focus on. I say that with a huge degree of gratitude to everyone who's ever worked on the show. It's creators, writers, producers, editors, camera operators, sound designers, visual effects artists and yes, even you first assistant accountant Carol Bailey

I have never once given so much praise to a series I've been devoted to. I've was blown away from day one and eternally grateful for missing the boat on this one originally so that I could view it on my own terms instead of being tortured through the breaks in airings. Before the new episode of Season 4 aired this past Friday, I got myself caught up with Razor and the first half of Season 4.  

Taking the action away from your established main characters and focusing on an event that already occurred is a risky maneuver but Razor did just that and it paid off in a big way. Not only do we get to see a young Adama fighting in the first Cylon war (and finding some horrific things along the way), we also see how much more reprehensible those on the Battlestar Pegasus really were. I thought the original telling of the Pegasus was brutal but finding out Admiral Cain had a relationship with Gina/Six makes me think back on her torture and imprisonment and cringe even more. Is Razor required viewing to enjoy BG? No, but you should be ashamed of yourself if haven't watched.

I watched the first half of Season 4 over the course of three days. It was a rush, to say the least. Lee becomes President, Gaius gets a harem, Cally is murdered and the Cylons begin a civil war. One of my favorite moments from the season was when Natalie/Six informs the opposing Cylons that she removed inhibitors in their Centurians to give them the gift of reason. It worked out for her then but I'm not sure the Centurians are going to continue to serve for long. 

Everything changed very rapidly and the humans and renegade Cylons form a shaky alliance to unbox D'Anna who will reveal the Final Five Cylons who, in turn, will lead them all to Earth. It all comes to pass but not without consequences of course. Oh yeah, Earth, it's uninhabitable. Seriously, it was one intense moment after another this first half of the season. Obviously we knew it wouldn't be wrapped up that neatly but wow, where do they go from here?

That brings us to Friday night's premiere. This is it. The home stretch. Earth is no place for them to settle but a plethora of information at least. They find bones but they're all Cylon (along with some unfamiliar metal corpses). Could this possibly mean that EVERYONE is really Cylon? Maybe this is how it ends. No one can claim prejudice because they're all the same. It could very well explain how "this has all happened before and it will happen again." After a thousand years of living in peace, the "freed" Centurians start the "First Cylon War" all over again. It would certainly frak with everyone's minds. It's already having an effect on these poor characters who are hanging by a thread as it is. Laura Roselin has lost all faith, Adama feels like an utter failure, Kara's having an identity crisis and in the moment that made me shriek at 3 AM, Dee shot herself in the head. It was quite possibly the most forlorn moment of the entire series.

By the end of the episode it seems the fifth Cylon is revealed as Col. Tigh's wife Ellen. The way it was left I'm not a hundred percent sure it's true or not. Will they find her someplace else or will Caprica Six eventually age to become Ellen? That's just one of the few things I'm still wondering about of course.

The issue of Cylon's aging, something that's prevented me from thinking certain characters were Cylons for a while now, was brought up when Saul Tigh told Adama he was one of the Five, but never answered. Athena and Helo's child Hera has been revered for being a Cylon/Human hybrid (the natural kind). So why now, after Tyrol has been outted as a Cylon, has his and Cally's hybrid child not been sought after or even discussed at all? I suppose an argument could be made that Hera was the first but now we're about to have a Cylon/Cylon child from Caprica 6 and Col.Tigh. 

That last incident just happened so I'm sure it will be addressed soon as will the mystery behind Kara's corpse and a load of other unanswered questions. But that's what's so great about Battlestar Galactica, they'll get answered. I'm expecting to love what's left of Lost but I'm also expecting to be left entirely unsatisfied with several items brought up throughout the series. The creators have all but admitted to making up a few things just because they thought it was cool. Not Battlestar. You can tell the creators had their designated course set a long time ago. It's not over yet but I, for one, can't wait to hear this orchestra's final symphony.


You can also view and discuss this article at GEN.

Jan 19, 2009

Harmony Bites...Andy Dick

It's tough being a celebrity. You've got no privacy, the paparazzi are always around, it's hard to tell who your real friends are, etc. It could be worse. You could be an "almost" celebrity. Like our girl Harmony from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sure, she was Miss Popularity in at Sunndydale High but after she was turned into a vampire her shot at fame seemed lost. That is until...


Dear god that figure sure looks a lot like Andy Dick! But it couldn't be? Could it?

Yup. They really went there. Former Buffy scribe, Battlestar Galactica wonder girl and soon-to-be Dollhouse writer Jane Espenson wrote the script for the latest issue titled, "Harmonic Convergence." This new issue is the first of a new arc which will consist of standalone stories to be written by a different author each time. Espenson has Harmony pitching a reality show to MTV ("No one knows what that stands for either, but they do reality shows." Yup, they went there too.) with her as the hero and the villain.

A new 16-year-old slayer (Soledad, who's name is not given in the issue) is called while receiving a beating from her fellow gang members. Needless to say, she turns the fight around and is soon contacted to join the Slayer army. She refuses to join another group of girls but decides killing vampires on  her own is a good idea. Eventually Soledad runs into Harmony, who's hanging around with awesome Clem on her reality show, and attends a fake party in "the Hills" to get near her. Harmony manages to bag herself the inexperience Slayer and sucks her dry on camera. Of course ratings go through the roof. In the end, Anderson Cooper makes a guest appearance interviewing Harmony and discussing the "shadowy organization" of Slayers. 

I can't be sure about Andy Dick or Anderson Cooper but MTV isn't holding a grudge for their parody. Check out the bonus content on their site, a guest-blog written by Harmony (Espenson). For even more content visit Myspace Dark Horse Presents for extended hijinks with Clem and the back covers of B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #1, The Cleaners #2, Kull #3, or Solomon Kane #4 for a Harmony Q&A.

Next issue Kennedy and Satsu are back in action and headed to Japan! Editor Scott Allie promises another tie-in on the MDHP page as well. We'll have to wait and see how this official outing of both vampires and Slayers will play out down the road. Oh! And next issue's Jo Chen cover is gorgeous as usual but I'm pretty excited for how adorable the variant is.

Jan 15, 2009

Who watches the Watchmen?

WE will watch the Watchmen!

A settlement has been reached between Warner Bros. and Fox and the film will be released on March 6th as planned according to Variety. The studios had this to say in a joint statement: 
"Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming motion picture 'Watchmen' in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros. acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography.

Fox acknowledges that Warner Brothers acted in good faith in defending against those claims. Warner Bros. and Fox, like all 'Watchmen' fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film’s March 6 release in theatres."
Confidential is all relevant though as Variety claims Fox with receive a gross sum equaling between 5% and 8.5% depending on how much the film brings in worldwide. In addition, they will be a "gross player" in any sequels (wouldn't that be something?) or spinoffs. Fox's name will not be on the film nor will it co-own the property.

Looking for some sort of compensation, WB is likely to set their sites on producer Larry Gordon for starting this whole mess. In court, Fox claimed it retained the rights to Watchmen by way of their 1994 agreement with Gordon. Variety said, "[The Judge] found in his ruling that Gordon, who’s not a defendant in the case, had never exercised his option to acquire Fox’s remaining interest in 'Watchmen' nor had he honored his agreement since 2005 to offer the project to Fox under the 'changed elements' part of the pact."

I, for one, am very relieved. Besides the fact that I was running out of clever pictures to go along with my reports, they were cutting it pretty close with the release date. For a while there I thought there might be a chance we'd never get to see Watchmen at all. So, do you feel bad for any of the parties involved? Besides the fans who had to nervously await the outcome of course.


You can also view and discuss this article at GEN.

KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!


November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalbán passed away yesterday at the age of 88. He had an extensive career but I'll alway remember him as Khan Noonien Singh. He originated the role in 1967 for the Star Trek episode "Space Seed" and reprised it in 1982 with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Check him out in action in this short clip from the classic episode, or you can view it in it's entirety on YouTube courtesy of CBS and the original trailer for the film. His talent and charisma will be missed.

Jan 14, 2009

DoubleDCoverage 12/31-1/7

Check out what you've missed the last two weeks in DC Comics with my DoubleDCoverage over at the Girls Entertainment Network!

This month Final Crisis: Secret Files revealed the lamest secret of all, Blue Lanterns are experts at “Ohm,” Solomon Grundy is going through a lot of changes and Catwoman asserts her dominance. And no, Blue Beetle is NOT dead. Take that haters.

Jan 13, 2009

Geek Girls Rule

I get a break from writing today since some of the ladies from the Girls Entertainment Network and I put together a few fun pieces for you to enjoy over there.

First up, fellow GEN Comic writers VirtualGirl, WITA and myself compiled a list of our favorite comics of 2008. We each chose a few and separated them into handy categories for ya too! So check out "Comics: Best of 2008." I'm betting you guys will probably be able to pick out which were mine.

Next, head on over to "You Know You Are A Geek If…GEN Edition." Obviously all the girls at GEN are geeks and I think between all of us we cover just about every kind there is. Well now is your chance to check out specifically what makes up a geek girl and believe me, we get very specific. I sorta came in on the tail end of this one so my list won't be posted until later today or tomorrow depending on how busy VirtualGirl is. I'll give you one preview of mine for now:
She finds Tim Curry's character in Legend irresistibly attractive.

Jan 12, 2009

The Real World: Metropolis

This is the true story, of seven superheroes, picked to live in a house...



Ok, so it's an oldie (picked for the Wizard Direct to Video contest in 2001) but it's a goodie. Also check out Superhero Birthday Party and Deadbeat Superheroes, all from Youtube user mzebwells, for a good laugh.

It got me thinking how awesome it would be if there actually were superheroes on the Real World. Believe me, that would be the next logical step if they were real. Christ, did you see the Real World: Hollywood? It also had me wondering who would make the best cast members. I think Booster Gold or Guy Gardner would be the really obnoxious guy who's always trying to get laid. Starfire would be perfect, she'd walk around naked all the time. Freddy Freeman, the virgin. Scandal, the lesbian. Wonder Girl would probably be the resident blonde with Catwoman as her frenemy throughout the season. And of course, Roy Harper, the guy with the troubled past.

Of course that's just using DC characters, we could do a whole other list with Marvel or mix and match. Who would you cast?


You can also view and discuss this article over at GEN.

Jan 9, 2009

Stop trying to make me dislike vampires.

Normally, when I dislike something, I don't bother writing about it. There's no point, I'd rather write about something fun. But sometimes, oh, sometimes a gem comes along. Something that is so bad I feel almost obligated to share it with you. They lost me at, Superman and Batman Vs. Vampires and Werewolves. I'd rather scratch my nails down a chalkboard then ever say that title out loud again. Even saying it in my mind is making me twitch. The following are my issue-by-issue recaps of the mini-series previously published on GEN (and an early look at the last installment) with added scans for effect.I don't have anything for the first because it was released before I started my column and there was no way I was going back to re-read it. Believe me, you'll get the gist. (Note to readers: I am a big fan of vampires and I think werewolves are cool)

Issue #2 First issue it was actually Wonder Woman and Batman, this time it’s Batman and Nightwing though Superman finally makes an appearance on the very last page. Nightwing brings a werewolf to the Batcave where Batman already has a vampire captured and concluded is the real deal. Before passing out, the werewolf mentions Dr. Combs is behind his transformation. Batman heads to his office only to find him on the floor with an amphibious creature climbing out of his mouth. Dimeter, the vampire from last issue, helps to distract the creature so Batman can kill it. Too bad there’s something much bigger, with tentacles no less, up on the roof. Here’s hoping the team in the title of this book will do something interesting next time.

Issue #3 This limited series might be dragging it’s way through six issues but they manage to reference Lovecraft and Warcraft in this one so it’s can’t be all bad, right? Right?? Again, not much happens this issue but at least Superman is finally in it from the start. He’s busy trying to fight a giant fish/slug thing that happens to be magic while Batman tries getting more information out of the vampire Dimeter. Doctor Combs opened a door the the Land of the Un-Dead while trying to open a door the the Land of the (just) Dead. Superman slays a vampire who was attacking a young man and feels sorta bad about it, then he gets attacked by a werewolf who tells him and his friend to butt-out. Unfortunately, Combs gets to the young man Superman just saved before he can get back to him. Batman gets surrounded by vampires in the park but is saved by Green Arrow and Jason Blood. The preview says “thrilling conclusion” next but this is listed as a six-parter.

Issue #4 I can’t tell you how much I’m beginning to despise this book. Sadly I’m one of those people who must finish what she starts. In a hospital Superman finds Chadd, the young boy he failed to save. He’s in the process of stealing blood and Superman thinks he might be able to save him because he hasn’t fed yet. Green Arrow and Jason Blood show up just as some more werewolves attack. They try to kill Chadd but Superman prevents them from doing so. Batman says all his research has shown the condition is irreversible. He whispers Langstrom as Superman flies Chadd away to safety. Green Arrow explains Dr. Combs once tracked him down while looking for people who had died and come back to life. Dimeter shows up with a werewolf named Janko. He says they were the first of Combs’ experiments and they believe it can be reversed. Another gang of vampires and werewolves shows up and Blood must call on Etrigan for help. Combs also shows up and is caught but Etrigan says him, Dimeter and Janko are not what they seem.

Issue #5 It’s revealed that Dr. Combs has been using Dimeter and Janko’s blood to spread the vampire and werewolf disease but Etrigan is convinced he has no more power to do so. Superman takes Chadd to see Dr. Langstrom. Langstrom hopes a transfusion of blood will help the boy but he’s not positive. Before they have a chance to begin a few werewolves attack (surprise, surprise) and Langstrom must inject himself to become Man-Bat to fight them off. The sun is about up so Batman sends Dimeter home but not before searching his apartment to find out what he’s been eating to survive.  He claims he has some control and has been surviving on plasma from a local hospital but after Batman leaves he calls a young woman and asks her to stop by. Seems he’s been feeding off a vampire groupie a little bit at a time.  It feels like more has happened in this issue than in previous installments but it’s still not enough to make me believe this series needed to be six issues long.  One more to go.

Issue #6 Finally, it’s over. I can now honestly say that after sticking it out through six issues nothing of consequence happened at all in this mini-series. That boy Chadd that Superman was so desperate to save? The blood transfusion Dr. Langstrom performed did nothing and he woke up a vampire. The best part had to be when he jumped out the window into sunlight and DIED. Just like that. Oh well, sorry Superman. Oh and we’re gonna need his corpse as bait, bring it along! Etrigan uses texts found in Dr. Combs’ office to perform a ritual that will bring forth the fish-like beast (from issue #2) so they can kill it and hopefully turn Dimeter and Janko into humans again. A bunch of other undead creatures arrive to try and stop them and of course they prevail, but not entirely. The beast, who never really seemed much of a threat to begin with, is sent to another plane of existence but Dimeter and Janko are unchanged. The regular vampires still hanging around have reverted back to humans but because they were the original creations they don’t. Oh and Superman, if you hadn’t let Chadd jump out that window he would have turned back to a human too. How’s that kryptonite knife feel in your side? Ugh. Janko leaves pissed off at everyone and Dimeter gets a ride from his vampire groupie Liv, who we never learned anything else about, vowing to find a cure for himself. Dr. Combs is locked away in Arkam with lots of time on his hands to think up a new scheme. The DC Nation page asks, “Want to see Superman and Batman fight more monsters? Let us know!” If it’s gonna be like this? No, no and no. 

Well there you have it. This series started around Halloween and seemed like a fun, appropriate concept title for the season and it might have had it been a one-shot or at most (I'll be generous) three issues. Six were entirely unnecessary. For something called...I'm not going to write it again...it would have been nice if it actually focused on the two heroes it named. How could Superman not have shown up until the end of issue two? Why were there so many other heroes involved? Why did Batman not actually do anything important? I could go on and on. I've never read anything else by Kevin VanHook and this has guaranteed I won't. 

Don't give up publishing stories about vampires and werewolves DC, just do it better next time. 

Jan 8, 2009

Sometimes I think you like me better as a wolf.

Werewolves don't need to be THAT big. Right?

Director of New Moon Chris Weitz and Summit Entertainment announced yesterday that Taylor Lautner will be returning as Jacob Black in the sequel to Twilight. He had a minor role in the first film but studio executives got nervous about his ability to pull off the extended and much "larger" role in New Moon. The character Jacob Black goes through an unusual growth spurt in the book unlike any other teenage boy when he realizes he's part of a line of werewolves. This naturally let to many discussions on how this would be applied in the film. There were reports Lautner was doing his best to bulk up to keep the role.

Even though the deal is sealed we may not see as much of Jacob as we think. The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Still, it's unclear how big Lautner's role will be in the new movie, which is being fast-tracked to come out in November. While the role of Edward is considerably smaller in the 'New Moon' novel, the script is expected to boost his role to allow for more screentime for Pattinson, who is seen as key to the success of 'Twilight.'"

Good news is, at least Chris Weitz is completely behind the choice. "It was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part," he said in a message to StephenieMeyer.com. It always seemed silly to be that they would change the actor. His physical size is not exactly pertinent to the plot. As long as the actual wolves are larger than life I'll be perfectly happy.