Feb 26, 2010

Batman is the best.

Batman is the best. At everything. We know this. Now it's been established in the history books. An issue of Detective Comics #27, his first appearance, just sold for....$1,075,500. That beat the record set by a purchase of Action Comics #1, Superman's first appearance, three days earlier for a measly $1,000,000. Thus proving, Batman is the best.

Batman Snow instead of the cover to Detective Comics #27 because we're having another storm here in New Jersey and Batman is the best.

That's exactly what I said when I read the previous owner of the issue paid $100 for it 40 years ago. I, for one, would like to know who these rich geeks are who keep buying $1 million comics. But like, really. If you have their number or email address, please pass it along. I'd like to be their friend. I'll dress up like this if that's what it takes.

Batman. Is. The. Best.

Feb 25, 2010

Nerdy News - Casting Couch

Wowza, this has been an interesting week for casting news. One is inspired, another is freaking brilliant and yet another leaves me scratching my head. Hollywood, you so crazy! I'm still waiting for my call...

Ok so this first one isn't so much casting as it is someone just getting a job on a superhero movie but still, it's very cool news. Latino Review posted an exclusive yesterday suggesting David Goyer would be writing the script for the next Superman film titled, The Man of Steel. They say neither actor Brandon Routh or director Bryan Singer would play any part in the new movie. "I can tell you that Goyer's story involves Luthor and Brainiac. It is NOT an origin and assumes audiences already know about Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Perry. I know the Daily Planet is struggling due to the internet. And I know it sets up a huge Kryptonian mythology," said the reporter.

Yah! right? Well, now there are conflicting reports. Aint It Cool says Legendary Pictures vehemently denies the Latino Review story. The Hollywood Reporter is staying somewhere inbetween saying, "No dealmaking has taken place; only meetings are happening at this stage. Reps for Warners and Goyer had no comment." So maybe he will, maybe he won't but hopefully he'll be involved in some way. A good sign pointing to yes is his past work with Batman savior Christopher Nolan who, it was reported earlier in the month, would be a mentor on the next Superman film.


Does Jim from The Office scream Captain America to you? Frankly, I'm a little appalled and I don't even read Marvel comics.

This week a short-list of actors was released to take the title role in the upcoming Captain America film. Marvel is conducting screentests this week and the candidates are as follows: Michael Cassidy from Smallville, Patrick Flueger from The 4400, Scott Porter from Caprica, Wilson Bethel from...The Young and the Restless, Mike Vogel from Cloverfield and yes, John Krasinski from The Office. I don't quite see him making that jump. Chase Crawford, Garrett Hedlund and Jensen Ackles are apparently also still in talks. "The studio has put the actors on 30-day holds during the testing process," according to THR.

They are casting very young and are sticking with only Americans from the looks of things. "So far, no British or Australian actors have been seriously considered though the search could widen if no suitable candidates are found." I'm still holding out for my hero. but I guess it's a good idea to skew young considering whoever lands the role is going to be signing the rest of their life away. Deadline Hollwood said, "whoever gets the role will have to sign for another nine options for future films that include sequels, Avengers movies, or anything else Marvel decides."


Speaking of Captains, Captain Jack Sparrow is about to get another insanely perfect pirate to joust with. Ian McShane is in negotiations to play the notorious Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Just look at him! I'm giddy over here. "McShane will join Johnny Depp, reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz, Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways, in a tale that revolves around the Fountain of Youth," says THR. The fourth installment of the Pirate franchise is set to open May 20, 2011.

Feb 24, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: One Con Glory

Crap. I wish I had written this. That's what I said to myself the second I put down Sarah Kuhn's One Con Glory. It's not only smart, funny, sentimental and charming, it was written by a woman pretty much just like me--an enormous geek with excellent taste. Who does she think she is writing something so good?

One Con Glory is a novella-length romantic comedy from Alert Nerd Press written with the geek community in mind. Specifically the female geek community, which seems to be growing exponentially these days. The story is told from the perspective of jaded fangirl/journalist Julie who, it must be said, has some issues not of the comic variety (although she's got quite a few of those too). From Part One, titled "Pon Farr," I knew I was in for a treat.

Read more about One Con Glory, including why I said, "Klingon mating rituals are HOT" at this week's Hey, That's My Cape! over at Heartless Doll.

Feb 23, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #47

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

I run wild with the expletives in my Blackest Night Flash review. Did you read it? Can you blame me? Hey, if Supergirl can curse, so can I. Speaking of Supergirl, she just turned 50. Ha Ha, like that will ever happen. Reviews/recaps for Blackest Night: The Flash #3 and Supergirl #50 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #47.

Feb 22, 2010

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

They've done it again. Tomorrow, the geniuses at Warner Bros. Animation release to the world, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Hold on to your multiverse!

I attended the premiere of the latest DC animated film last week at New York's Paley Center and was buzzing along with all the other geeks in the room by the time it was over. I know I'm a DC fanatic but that doesn't mean I love everything with their stamp on it. I raved about their Wonder Woman film but was surprisingly critical of Green Lantern: First Flight. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths? Could it hold up to the considerable legacy of the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited television series that came before it? It sure can.

Produced by Bruce Timm and co-directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu, Crisis on Two Earths is in the same general DC animated universe but does not follow the continuity of any series or film that came before it. You don't even need to have any foreknowledge of the multiverse going in as the existence and explanation of it is presented in almost astounding simplicity. It allows for a certain amount of wiggle room that's key to gaining new viewers. It's a good thing their first impression will feature bright, shiny and fantastic animation. Our favorite DC heroes and villains have never looked better. Of course dedicated fans will find plenty of the basics and tons of easter eggs to keep them entertained as well.

The core of Crisis on Two Earths, written by experienced animated series and comic book scribe Dwayne McDuffie, was actually born years ago. It was originally meant to bridge the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series' but never came to fruition. After some slight tinkering a new draft was created to allow the story to stand on it's own. We're presented with a Justice League, in the process of building their satellite, who are taken by surprise when a heroic Lex Luthor shows up from an alternate Earth looking for help. His Earth of course is home to the Crime Syndicate, an evil version of the Justice League. There are laughs, OUTSTANDING fight sequences (with an astonishing amount of bloodshed) and a very surprising love story included in the 72-minute film. Warner Bros. have put out some impressive animated features in the last few years and Crisis on Two Earths is now a contender for one of the best.

I only had two, very small issues with Crisis on Two Earths. One, was that the Crime Syndicate was presented as an blatant mob presence. I suppose that's technically what they are supposed to be (with their "made men") but Brian Bloom's Ultraman was a little heavy-handed when it came to his portrayal as the "boss." It wasn't terribly oppressive but it did take me out of the story a few times and I personally wasn't a fan of it. My other problem is a trivial one - I wish it had been longer. With such a huge cast, those that weren't in the thick of things only got a short time to shine. The minor characters got one or two moments where their personalities were highlighted before moving on to the next beat. But those moments were perfect so I guess my problem is really just that I wanted more of a good thing. Voice Director (and goddess!) Andrea Romano explained in a post-viewing panel that the DC animated films usually run a certain length for the younger audience. While us adults are a big portion of it's viewers, children have a more limited attention span.

Besides the story and animation, the voice actors are obviously the biggest part of these projects. I bow down to Romano for not only this latest project, but her impressive track record during her illustrious career of casting amazing actors. William Baldwin never truly became Batman for me but that may just be because I'm a Kevin Conroy purist. Though James Woods stole the show as Batman's counterpart, Owlman. His performance was simplistic yet genius and exactly what the character called for. Mark Harmon's Superman and Vanessa Marshall's Wonder Woman fit their roles well but weren't exactly the stars of this story. Chris Noth was one of those stars. His Lex Luthor took me surprisingly off-guard. The talented Gina Torres showed us that feminine wiles don't require a pretty face at all. While Torres is most definitely gorgeous in real life and Super Woman is meant to be attractive, it's purely her voice that does her bidding.

The Crisis on Two Earths DVDs include an animated short called simply, The Spectre plus a sneak-peak at the next feature, Batman: Under the Red Hood. The Blu-Ray version offers some intriguing extras such as live-action pilot episodes of the Aquaman and Wonder Woman television series and a whole lot more. Whichever route you decide to go, it's gonna be a winner, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths skips the crisis and goes straight for the jugular.

Feb 19, 2010

Fancy Pants Gangsters

"Those who can, do. Those who can't, do it on the internet." That's the motto of the Fancy Pants Gangsters and I, for one, wholeheartedly agree.

I had to share this image because it's a collaboration between three good friends of mine: Ashley Hay, Meagan VanBurkleo and Rick Basaldua. Ashley, aka Kannaya, is one of the hosts of the Fancypants netcast based in Minnesota. Together they are:
A collection of free thinkers, radio mavericks, and whatever other nomenclature is appropriate for people who couldn’t get a real job because they have no marketable skills. We put on audio netcasts (don’t get me started on the Kleenex of our days, “podcasting”), covering topics like popular culture, video gaming, politics, film, food, along with other aspects of life we find amusing or interesting at the time.
Top Cow inker, and all-around sweetheart Rick Basaldua, created this bad-ass shirt for the netcasters proving talent runs in the family. Rick is brother of Top Cow artist Eric Basaldua. Giving the equally bad-ass sneer in the photo is fellow Girls Entertainment Network writer/cosplayer/friend Meagan, aka Virtual Girl. If you'd like a shirt of your own or some other fine geek wear, check out the Fancypants shop. And of course check out the Fancy Pants Gangsters already archived shows and future broadcasts. :)

Feb 18, 2010

Joss Whedon Wants YOU!

Joss Whedon is looking for a few good geeks. Are you prepared to serve?

Marc Malkin over at E! Online got the scoop that Geek God Joss Whedon is looking for huge nerds for a documentary about San Diego Comic Con. According to an anonymous source he'll be teaming up with Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock for the film. "They want to follow people for about three months leading up to this year's Comic-Con," said the source. "And then they want to film them there. They're looking at all types of people."

No definitive word on this yet of course nor a site to sign up on but I'm sure that will pop up soon. I'd say give Joss my number but apparently I'm not geeky enough for some people.

Feb 17, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: Batlove

There are a few classic couples in comics. Superman and Lois Lane and Spider-Man and Mary Jane are probably the first that pop into anyone's mind. For the most part, these couples have stood the test of time. Their romances aren't dramatic, soap opera worthy stories, just true love. On the other hand, you've got your star-crossed affairs. Your Batman and Catwoman, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Cyclops and...well, I'm not gonna go there.

These couples may have an undying passion for each other but something always seems to stand in their way, preventing them from pure bliss. Seeing as how Valentine's Day just passed us by, I thought I'd take a few minutes to ponder the relationship between my favorite couple in comics. I'm talking about Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson. Read all about it in my latest Hey, That's My Cape! at Heartless Doll!

Feb 16, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #46

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

The main stories this week weren’t anything out of the ordinary but the second features really gave me something to complain about. Reviews for Booster Gold #29 and JSA All-Stars #3 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #46.

Feb 15, 2010

My Promised Land

If you read my blog at all it's easy to figure out I'm a huge DC Comics fanboy. So when Vertigo/DC writer Bill Willingham invited me to take a tour of their offices in New York City I screamed, I cried, I jumped up and down...ok I'm in a wheelchair, I didn't jump up and down but I did shake and buzz excitedly. In case you didn't know, they have the coolest office EVER.

There are some things, when you're offered, you just don't turn down. Like wearing Doctor Fate's helmet. I actually said no at first because I have a rather large head and was worried it might get stuck. And not in that cool, I'm the new Doctor Fate sort of way either. More like, oh shit someone is gonna have to call the fire department kind of way. Surprisingly, it was a perfect fit. Fate?

Covers and panels from all kinds of books hang on just about every inch of wall available in the building. I actually have a lot more pictures but this is just an example. One of the most interesting side-trips we took on the tour was to the library. It's the room where they keep archived copies of...everything. The first thing I saw when I walked in was bound, hard-cover, encyclopedia style books of the Legion of Super-Heroes. As if being around all that history wasn't enough, the best part of the room was the man in charge of it. He could keep you engaged for hours with the amount of knowledge in his head.

Besides your normal cover shots or movie memorabilia one of the greatest parts about roaming the DC halls is running into a cardboard cutout of Lobo.

Where's Waldo? I mean, The Nerdy Bird. This is one of a few murals in the building and a really entertaining one at that. It's an impressive sight but once you start to look closer you discover some interesting details. Like the fact that Wonder Woman's hand is CLEARLY on Superman's ass. You know, that kind of stuff.

I wasn't able to fit the very last piece of this wall hanging in but it's a great look at the progression of a comic book from script to finished product.

Mad Magazine also shares the building with DC and while there was a giant flying Superman in the one lobby I could have shown you, I thought this had better comedic appeal.

My girl! Besides saying hello to the many DC employees I already know, I got to meet a bunch of new people all of whom were really nice. One of the perks of working at DC is not having to buy anything to decorate your office with. I don't think I saw one office whose shelves and walls weren't lined with action figures, statues and comics. It's majorly nerd-jealousy inducing stuff. Speaking of cool stuff, I also got a sneak peak at some DC Direct items while I was there. Now that is an enviable job to have.

The best was saved for last on the tour. The Batman floor!!

This is the Christian Bale Batman suit of course but I like that the mannequin face is his and not just generic dude. Why does he have to be like 6-feet tall? Bill Willingham was totally willing to help me hoist him onto my scooter but it would have been a little tough sneaking a man in a cape out the door past security.

Holy shadow Batman!

There's a few things I've left out because of their super-secret-awesomeness status but fear not, you'll eventually see most of it down the road. Thank you to everyone at DC for opening your doors to me and being so generous, especially Bill Willingham of course who set the whole thing up. I'm happy to come back anytime you need a crazy fan to tell you what a great job your doing. :)

Feb 12, 2010

Geeks Are Criminals Too

I'll trade you 2 packs of cigarettes for desiccating burst. Quick, swallow your dice, the guards are coming! Don't worry, if you eat the chili tonight for dinner we'll be playing again by lights out.

Why the hell am I talking like I'm in a Kevin Smith remake of The Shawshank Redemption? The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago ruled that a ban on Dungeons & Dragons by the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin was well within their rights. A prisoner by the name of Kevin T. Singer originally attested his First Amendment and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the prison’s decision. They confiscated all of his materials pertaining to the game including a 96-page handwritten manuscript he put together himself. Dude, Dungeon Master got pwned.

The NY Times reported, "Mr. Singer, 'a D&D enthusiast since childhood,' according to the court’s opinion, was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for bludgeoning and stabbing his sister’s boyfriend to death." Bludgeoning. Hmm, sounds like just another day for good ol' Ketar the Half-orc. One couldn't possibly imagine why the prison would want to take it away from him. Their official reasoning? "Dungeons & Dragons could 'foster an inmate’s obsession with escaping from the real-life correctional environment, fostering hostility, violence and escape behavior,' prison officials said in court."

As much sense as that might make to us NPCs, some are arguing D&D is no different than other forms of entertainment allowed by the prison system. The NY Times cited a blog post by Ilya Somin, an associate professor of law at George Mason University. He posed the question, “Should prisons ban ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ on the grounds that it might encourage escape attempts?” He later said in an interview, “Ideally, you should really have more evidence that there is a genuine harm before you restrict something."

The NY Times also pointed out that while there were varied opinions on the ruling at the legally focused blog, "they showed that there were many lawyers who at some point owned a pouch with some dice of more than six sides." It's nice to see the NY Times having a bit of fun with this one. Don't worry though, just like drugs and porn, I'm sure D&D will find it's way back into Waupun Correctional *cough*Hide In Plain Sight*cough* somehow...

Feb 11, 2010

This is what happens...

...when nerds have a snow day. Meet the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps. Her name is Snowflakk.

This is also what happens when a nerd is too lazy from playing in the snow all day to write a blogpost.

Feb 10, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: Abracadabra

Zatanna is one of the most popular, non-famous characters in comics. The general public probably has no clue who she is, but to comic readers, DC in particular, she's kind of a big deal.

There's just something about Zatanna everyone loves. Maybe it's the top hat, the tuxedo coat or her penchant for speaking her spell backwards (NAMTAB POTS!). More than likely, it's the fishnets. Either way, after her longtime membership in the Justice League and with a few mini-series under her cummerbund, she's finally getting her very own ongoing from DC.

Read the rest of this week's Hey, That's My Cape! all about our favorite magician over at Heartless Doll.

Feb 9, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #45

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

The Question is brought back from the dead, but is he really? Superman has spent a year on New Krypton, what has he learned? The answers await you. Reviews for The Question #37 and Superman: World of New Krypton #12 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #45.

10 Graphic Novels You Should Pick Up With Twilight

Twilight fans? Are you excited for the graphic novel coming out soon? Are you aware there are OTHER graphic novels in the world?

It's another list, this time on Heartless Doll. Some, possibly the majority of individuals picking up Twilight: The Graphic Novel, have never read a comic book. For years, comic companies and retailers have been constantly trying to come up with ideas to get new readers, and this is their chance. I'm also urging fans to go to their local comic shop to check these out instead of buying online. So, without further ado, here are 10 graphic novels you should consider picking up when you buy Twilight: The Graphic Novel.

7 Reasons We Never Stopped Watching Heroes

I must write in my sleep now. There's no other way I can account for writing as much as I do. Unless...I'm a robot.

Ha! See what I did there? My first article for the awesomely awesome site Topless Robot (brother/sister to Heartless Doll) is now up. After Heroes aired two weeks ago I became overwhelmed with my frustrations about the once-great show, hence the list. Here's a sample:
7) We're Nerds
Heroes relies heavily on geeky references and inside jokes. "Lolz they just made fun of Red Hulk!" "OMG they referenced the space-time continuum!!" So when you notice Peter's apartment number is the same as the address for Xavier's school or see that Kaito Nakamura's license plate is the same as the USS Enterprise registry number, that's a powerful enticement. And let's not forget the countless celebrity cameos from other sci-fi franchises that have appeared on the show. Besides the occasional drops in the bucket like Smallville or Big Bang Theory, geeks aren't normally catered to like Heroes does on the small screen.
What are you waiting for? Go read the other 6 reasons at Topless Robot!

Feb 8, 2010

Absolute Awesome

I live for seeing my favorite comic book characters come to life, whether it be movies, television shows or hell, even really talented cosplayers. This past weekend's Smallville two-hour movie "Absolute Justice" wasn't perfect but it did bring me great joy. (Spoilers ahead obviously.)

I'm not a loyal Smallville viewer. I tend to tune in when I hear a favorite character of mine is being introduced into their canon (like Zatanna) or when one of my favorite writers is doing an episode. In the case of "Absolute Justice" it was both. Geoff Johns wrote this movie event which introduced the Justice Society of America to the show. Herein lies my first issue, none of the characters on the show had ever heard of the JSA before, even though their headquarters (and museum) seemingly reside in Metropolis and they were all costumed heroes. I put that aside because this is Smallville and one must have a suspension of disbelief attitude when it comes to Smallville. Over nine seasons they've worked themselves into a bit of a corner on some things so you just have to go with it.

Granted, not every member of the JSA got a starring role in this episode but the majority of them did make an appearance in flashbacks. Not to mention the beautiful piece of artwork depicting them all hanging in the brownstone. Even Ma Hunkel got a few seconds face time! The flashbacks featured the heroes in plain clothes, not utilizing their powers but it was still cool to see. But don't worry, "Absolute Justice" had enough costumes and powers to go around.

The Star-Spangled Kid looked part Jack Knight Starman as he battled it out with the episodes' villain Icicle. In fact, he even uttered Jack's name with his last breath. Yeah, he died but it's OK because sassy Miss Courtney Whitmore was there to take up the mantle as Stargirl almost immediately. Although I thought she acted better while in costume rather than plain clothes, truthfully she was one of my favorite aspects of the whole show. She wielded the Cosmic Rod rather well and it looked just like I always imagined it would.

Doctor Fate was also depicted spectacularly well in my opinion. The helmet was spot-on of course and his powers were subtle, yet impressive. Above all, his voice was every bit as unnerving as it should have been. His dialogue wound up being some of my favorite in the entire two-hours, particularly his brief encounter with Lois Lane. We also have Doctor Fate to thank for the spectacular reveal of John Jones' (J'onn J'onzz) true form for the very first time. It was brief but it was OMG inducing.

Hawkman was one thing that brought this episode down unfortunately. His bitterness and aggression were very accurate to Carter Hall's but the actor portraying him, Michael Shanks, and his costume left a bit to be desired. Shanks felt the need to put on a gruff Christian Bale Batman impression once he was suited up which was not only unnecessary but annoying. I was also distracted by his lack of bulging muscles. What can I say, I'm a purist? His mace and helmet were pretty awesome (although Hawkgirl's, visible in the museum was by far the cooler of the two) but his chest plate and wings bothered me. I hear the chest plate had to be added because of the wires that needed to be attached to make him fly but I think wings are bound to come out looking like crap in live-action no matter what.

There were a few major things that made the show a success in my eyes and that was the inclusion of Amanda Waller, Checkmate and yes, even in it's casual way, the Suicide Squad. I would have preferred someone a little more evil looking than Pam Grier, who felt the need to stick her chin in the entire time to look menacing, to play the Wall but she did a fine job. Checkmate's involvement was subtle but left the door wide open for, I'm guessing, next season's plot. Waller herself opened the door to something huge. While discussing her motives she mentioned the coming "apocalypse." My brain lit up when I heard the word. Geoff Johns confirmed via his Twitter that was, "With a capital 'A' " So we can assume rather, Apokolips. (!!!!!!!)

There was better-than-expected action in "Absolute Justice," particularly the last fight scene where everyone finally banded together to take on Icicle. It wasn't perfect of course, they still have a CW budget, but it makes you imagine the potential of that Justice League movie that's been in limbo for years now. There were great easter-eggs and subtle nods to comic fans that really made the episode shine. In case you missed it, "Absolute Justice" can be viewed via the CW website. One other thing I got out of watching was seeing the preview for next week. They've got me again. Zatanna's back.

Feb 5, 2010

Hooray for vomit!

Somedays, ya just gotta vomit blood. Or maybe a lot of blood. Either way, Mera, you make this look good.

Introducing Blackest Night HeroClix from WizKids!
The War of the Light comes to HeroClix with the DC HeroClix Blackest Night Starter Game! As the Blackest Night encompasses the world, heroes and villains alike are deputized into the Lantern Corps to fight back against the legions of Black Lanterns. Choose a team of lanterns and take them into battle! This starter game includes everything a player needs to play HeroClix, including figures, map, rules and more.
Earlier this week Newsarama posted the exciting news along with a picture of the Hal Jordan miniature (also awesome) below. They've since added shots of Lex Luthor and Scarecrow, both in their newly deputized Lantern Corps uniforms. Wonder Woman, The Atom and the Flash minis should be appearing soon. WizKids has also developed DC HeroClix The Brave and the Bold of which that version's Flash mini has so far been teased.

The Blackest Night Starter Set is hitting stores May 10, 2010. I've never played HeroClix but I'm gonna have to buy these. Not so I can play, just so I can stare. I really like the clear resin portions, especially Mera's blood. She's been kicking so much ass in Blackest Night it almost makes me want to do a Red Lantern Mera costume. But there's no way I'm doing another RL, the first one was a lot of work. Sorry to disappoint.

My only problem with the miniatures are, and I know this is going to sound ridiculous, their size. I know they're miniatures, hence tiny, but damn these would look so amazing as statues! I'm only buying them to collect and display and they're totally going to get lost on my shelf. It makes me so angry!! BLAAARGH! Oops, there I go again...

Feb 4, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: Comic Decoupage

Did you ever dream about sitting on Batman's face? I know I have. But I'm really talking about giving your rump a rest on a retro chair with his, Wonder Woman or Spider-Man's mug plastered all over it. Sound like something you'd be into? Today I bring you comic decoupage courtesy of Bombus Design.

What the hell is comic decoupage? Head on over to this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Heartless Doll and find out!

Feb 3, 2010

Comic Book Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32


For almost (gulp) twenty years now Buffy Summers has been my own personal superhero. She may not wear a costume or be able to deflect bullets with her chest but she’s got super strength and senses and is most certainly a hero. Now that superhero comic writer Brad Meltzer has jumped onboard for Season 8, Buffy magically has powers akin to Superman. Coincidence? Who cares!? This issue is every geeks dream.

Read the rest of my review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32 at the Girls Entertainment Network.

Feb 2, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #44

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

This week I picked up one title purely for it’s writer and another purely for it’s second feature. I’ve discovered that’s not always the smartest plan. Reviews for The Atom and Hawkman #46 and Teen Titans #79 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #44.

Dear Everyone Involved With LOST,

You have the possibility of going down in history writing, directing, acting etc. in the greatest television show in existence.

Don't fuck it up.

The Nerdy Bird

Feb 1, 2010

SyFy is ruining my childhood.

SyFy (she wrote with a grimace) loves their original movies. Who can forget such classics as Mansquito and Boa vs Python? Of course, every once in a while they hit the jackpot. The Wizard of Oz inspired 2007 mini-series Tin Man had critics and fans excited. So much so they went ahead with the similar, yet vastly inferior Alice in Wonderland themed Alice. Now, god help us, SyFy has some very interesting plans for our favorite fairy tale characters.

"Red" by Kneil Melicano on Threadless

The network is planning a five-title movie series that gives a modern twist to classic fairy tales. Beauty and the Beast, Hansel & Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood are the first of these Saturday features to be announced. "The series is partly inspired by the network's mandate to find projects with broader appeal that began in earnest last year with the network's rebranding from Sci Fi to Syfy," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Have they considered branching out into smaller comic properties instead of dragging our beloved fairy tales through the inevitable ringer? Perhaps similar to how AMC has acquired Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead? Just a thought SyFy.

"It's exciting to take a treasured brand and put our own sideways spin on it," said Thomas Vitale, Executive VP of programming and original movies at SyFy. "By turning familiar timeless stories inside out, we're creating an entertaining new genre for our popular Saturday night movie franchise." According to THR, Hansel & Gretel will take place years after escaping the witch and Hansel seeking revenge, while Little Red Riding Hood will follow a descendant of Red who discovers her family hunts werewolves.

Just an aside from the SyFy Twitter account (written by the SVP & GM of Digital, Craig Engler) last week: "Funny note from a meeting we had today about the Syfy Saturday movies. 'Why do people keep pitching us scripts about Killer Koalas?' " Ahem.

Beauty and the Beast will jump-start the movie series on Feb. 27. What an original idea SyFy! None one's ever put a contemporary twist on that before.

I love you Vincent!