Apr 29, 2011

Jem is truly outrageous. Again!

Jem was totally one of my idols growing up. I loved her so much I still have all the dolls in my closet right now. So I'm happy to hear Jem and the Holograms will once again be airing on television!

Starting May 28, the Hub will start airing old episodes of the 80s classic. By May 31st it will be part of their weekly lineup. Jem and the Holograms originally ran from 1985-1988 and revolved around Jerrica, a buisnesswoman by day, rockstar by night. And let's not forget about Jem/Jerrica's purple-haired boyfriend Rio.

Now granted, I did have three older brothers growing up so seeing all these G.I. Joe, ThunderCats remakes had me excited but Jem...Jem was my girl right up there with She-ra. I haven't watched Jem and the Holograms *since* the 80s so I'm sure I'll be cringing at most of the episodes but you can't stop me from singing along to all of the band's awesome songs. Not to mention the Holograms rival band, The Misfits. No, not those guys, these guys. I may even take out my dolls. timeslot

The Hub airs a six-episode marathon starting at 2 p.m. on May 28 with its regularbeginning May 31 at 7 p.m. I'm still waiting for the live-action movie.

Apr 27, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape!: Superhero Take Your Kid to Work Day

Take Your Daughter to Work Day (which is now Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day) is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April every year. I used to go with my mom or dad to work whenever it came up but that was mostly so I didn’t have to go to school. I guess you’re actually, I don’t know, supposed to learn something about careers or some such nonsense. For most kids I know, it basically instilled in them the urge to never actually work a day in their lives because they saw how boring it could be.


But I digress. For those parents who had different or exciting jobs, I’m sure Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a fun experience. So that got me thinking. Pretty much every kid at one time or another says they want to be a superhero when they grow up. What about the children OF superheroes? Do they want to be just like mommy or daddy or do they want to go in the opposite direction?

Head on over to Newsarama for this week's Hey, That's My Cape! where I explore some possible Superhero Take Your Kid to Work Day scenarios. And no, I didn't stick to characters who already had kids. :)

Apr 26, 2011

Batman hanging laundry

Presented entirely without commentary, Pat Langton's illustration of Batman from his gallery Think.

Apr 25, 2011

The fastest way to read Harry Potter

Have you really wanted to read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series but just can't find the time? Well now you can thanks to creator Lucy Knisley's abridged versions!

Sorcerer's Stone

You have to click on the images to make them big enough to read but it's totally worth the extra clicks because they are, as the kids say, hilarious. Knisley posted the first four books as one page illustrations on her livejournal a while ago, just posted the fifth earlier this month and is planning to finish the series. On a side note, I'm totally miffed because she was apparently at MoCCA this year and I didn't see her! Next time!

Chamber of Secrets

Prisoner of Azkaban

Goblet of Fire

Order of the Phoenix

I didn't realize, until I noticed I already had a tag on my blog for her, that Knisley did my favorite story in Marvel's Girl Comics last year. "Shop Doc," featured Doctor Octopus shopping for cereal and it was equally adorable/amusing. You can purchase posters of the first three of Knisley's Harry Potter translations in her store.

p.s. I love how her color schemes go so well with my blog decor. :)

Apr 21, 2011

Doctor Who comes to...Springfield?

We all know Doctor Who is coming to America this Saturday on BBC America when the new season premieres at 9 p.m. EST, but did you know the Doctor had been to Springfield? He can travel anywhere in time or space, I see no reason why cartoons would be the exception.

Ok, so the Doctor hasn't really been to Springfield (unless you count that Tom Baker look-a-like that's popped up a few times) but Dean from the blog Springfield Punx has a healthy obsession with the show (who can blame him) and has done the honors of depicting a generous portion of the cast as Springfield inhabitants. You gotta check these out...


The Doctor of course, in all his fez and mop glory from the season finale last year. " I love Matt Smith in the Eleventh Doctor role as well, he's eccentric and brilliant, but also playful and childlike," wrote Dean, "I'd be really pleased to see the Eleventh Doctor stick around for a while if possible."

Amy Pond...in one of many skirts. "It's been neat to see her growth during the series, first as young dreamer Amelia, up to the grown woman Amy, running headlong into temporal paradoxes... and stuff," wrote Dean.

Rory!! "I've really grown fond of Rory over the course of the fifth series, as he has really seemed to have grown in confidence and character. Even as the plastic Auton Rory," wrote Dean. "Now, If you don't know what a plastic auton is, I don't think I'll venture an explanation at this time, but I'll just tell you it's one of the things that are worth watching the series to find out."

And of course River looking sassy as usual. But Dean didn't stop at just the heroes in the show, he also went after the villains.

From the look of this, the Ood totally need a guest-starring role on one of the Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials.

That Weeping Angel's about to take a bit of a peak! Watch out! Dean wrote, "What can I say about the Weeping Angels? To me, they're pretty much tops among the most uniquely frightening villains on tv. I wonder how many people have had nightmares of them after watching them on Doctor Who." And whatever you do, don't look at the gif of this one on the Springfield Punx page.


Dean also illustrated one of the more recent villains on the show, the Silurians. "These are some of the Silurians from Series 5 of Doctor Who, and are some of the coolest looking monsters they've made for the show if I do say so," wrote Dean. I don't think I've mentioned this before but the Silurians remind me a lot of the Jem'Hadar from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


And last but not least, completely apropos, the very first Doctor, William Hartnell in black and white.

You can view the entirety of Dean's Doctor Who Simpsons illustrations here. Also check out his Simpson versions of Adrianne Palicki, Chris Hemsworth and other superhero actors in their costumes.

Enjoy the premiere this weekend everyone! It's AMAZING.

Apr 20, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! – PORTAL Webcomic, Huge Success

So, I pre-ordered Portal 2 from Amazon because they had this sweet deal where you got a $20 credit. Awesome. Not awesome? Waiting for it to get here because I frugally chose their free shipping method that takes longer and listening to all my friends tell me how great it is. In the meantime I’m eating lots of cake. And reading Portal 2: Lab Rat.

Portal 2: Lab Rat is the companion webcomic to the highly anticipated video game sequel. At 26 pages long, it’s about the size of just one comic and is meant to bridge the gap between the two games, but also serves as a bit of a prequel as well. It introduces a character you sort of know from Portal. I’ll explain more in a minute but there’s your spoiler warning.

Read my review in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.

Apr 19, 2011

Doctor Who behind-the-scenes!

Courtesy of BBC America comes a special inside look at the filming of Doctor Who shooting in America! Watch for interviews with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill plus Executive Producer/Lead Writer Steven Moffat and director Toby Haynes.



Make sure you check out all the other behind-the-scenes vids on the BBC America YouTube page as well. Doctor Who premiers THIS Saturday on BBC America at 9 p.m. EST! Prepare yourselves for DW like you've never seen it before. I'd say trust me, I'm the Doctor, but I'm not the Doctor. Just trust me. :)

Also, check out this neat DW theme remix by Mike Relm. It includes brief clips from the new season so beware if you're extra worried about going in fresh.


And just to fill you with even more DW goodness, I decided to focus on the amazing show for my Newsarama column Etsy Made Me Do It today. Click on over if you dare. (I apologize to your wallets in advance!)

Apr 18, 2011

Adrianne Palicki, Chris Hemsworth and other superhero actors Simpson-ized

While trademarked DC and Marvel Comics characters may never wind up guest-starring on the Simpsons, thanks to one blogger, we have an idea what they'd look like.

Dean at Springfield Punx didn't just draw Wonder Woman, he went one step further and has depicted television's new Wonder Woman, Adrianne Palicki as a Simpsons character. He writes, "The track record with this type of superhero show is mixed to be sure, but hey, I'll give it a shot. I actually don't think the costume is bad at all, and it's a real step up from that initial press pic (Thanks for the red boots, NBC!)"

Oh, but he didn't stop there. Dean also Simpson-ized a few other actors in their latest superhero fashion.

Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. "I've long thought that Green Lantern could make a really cool movie, and soon we're going to find out if they've succeeded," wrote the artist, "It looks pretty good to me so far (and you can only tell so much from a trailer - hello "The Phantom Menace"?) but in any case, there are a ton of people out there that don't know who "Green Lantern" is yet. This movie should make him a household name, let's just hope it's in a good way."

Chris Evans as Captain America. Dean writes, "It seems like they're investing a lot of energy in this Captain America; The First Avenger movie. As far as casting, I don't mind Chris Evans at all actually, I find him to be a pretty likable guy. Here's hoping that it all pays off!"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. "This Thor movie looks really interesting," writes Dean, "It could easily turn out 'goofy', but so far it looks like they're taking it seriously. I mean, it has Anthony Hopkins after all!"



And Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Well, at least I *think* it's Garfield. You never know who's under the mask these days..."I'm pretty hopeful about the new Spidey flick," wrote Dean, "The new costume is a move somewhat further from the classic comic book suit, but the basic Spidey shapes and colors are still there, so I'm okay with it."

Besides the movie heroes, Dean's also illustrated a slew of other comic book characters including Batman and Robin, Storm, Darkseid, Rogue and a sweet Black Canary. Keep up the fantastic work Dean! (And if you wanted to Simpson-ize me, I wouldn't mind...)

Apr 15, 2011

New York Times insults female readers, they write back.

I know this is hard to imagine, especially for readers of my blog, but there are some people still out there who don't think females are allowed to like "boy stuff." You know, stories with swords, spaceships or aliens. But one thing I did not expect was the New York Times to perpetuate gender stereotypes. Guess what? I was wrong.

A "review" was posted by NY Times writer Ginia Bellafante of the upcoming HBO series Game of Thrones. For those not familiar, it's an adaptation of the A Song of Fire and Ice book series by George R. R. Martin. Now, I have not read the books but I'm excited about the series since I've been a long-time fantasy lover and anything with armor and swords gets me excited. But according to Bellafante, seeing as how I'm a female, I would never want to read those books or watch the television series.
The show has been elaborately made to the point that producers turned to a professional at something called the Language Creation Society to design a vocabulary for the savage Dothraki nomads who provide some of the more Playboy-TV-style plot points and who are forced to speak in subtitles. Like “The Tudors” and “The Borgias” on Showtime and the “Spartacus” series on Starz, “Game of Thrones,” is a costume-drama sexual hopscotch, even if it is more sophisticated than its predecessors. It says something about current American attitudes toward sex that with the exception of the lurid and awful “Californication,” nearly all eroticism on television is past tense. The imagined historical universe of “Game of Thrones” gives license for unhindered bed-jumping — here sibling intimacy is hardly confined to emotional exchange.

The true perversion, though, is the sense you get that all of this illicitness has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise. While I do not doubt that there are women in the world who read books like Mr. Martin’s, I can honestly say that I have never met a single woman who has stood up in indignation at her book club and refused to read the latest from Lorrie Moore unless everyone agreed to “The Hobbit” first. “Game of Thrones” is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.
"Boy fiction?" What the hell is "boy fiction?" And since when do television producers put sex into a show in order to draw in more women? I thought that was what they did to get MEN to watch. But there I go, generalizing, just like Ms. Belafante.

I could go on for a long time about how close-minded Belafante sounds or how limited her social circle seems to be since she doesn't know one woman who's read and *gasp* enjoyed The Hobbit but I won't because that basically says it all right there. But what I really wanted to do was highlight some of the amazing pieces that have gone up since this ridiculous article went live. Most are by talented female writers I know, one is from a male friend and co-worker at Newsarama who had a great deal to say and a few are from strangers. Either way, take a gander at the shockwave this NY Times "review" has caused.
  • Is Game of Thrones 'boy fiction?' via NYMAG.com
  • New York Times Sets Feminist Movement Back With Game Of Thrones Review via Geek Girl on the Street/Bleeding Cool
  • Why Is the Fact of Women Liking Sci-Fi and Fantasy So Hard To Believe? via Teresa Jusino
  • Response to the NY Times Game of Thrones Review via Geek Girl with Curves, Amy Ratcliffe (the beautiful woman pictured above who happens to be sitting on the THRONE from the series)
  • Today in New York Times navel-gazing via Reason.com
  • 'Game of Thrones' Is Not 'Boy Fiction' via ThinkHero.com
  • NYT says fiction is gendered, Geek Girls unite to tell them, "NO." via Carnival of the Random
  • Game of Thrones & the New York Times: Game Over. via Pop Culture Academic
  • To Ginia Bellafante Regarding Your "Review" Of Game Of Thrones. [Rant] via Geek Girl Diva
  • A Live Woman Who’d Gladly Watch A Game of Thrones (Even Without the Sex Scenes) via GeekMom.com
  • Really, why would men ever want to watch "Game Of Thrones"? via io9.com
  • Hey NY Times - Geek Girls Really Do Exist! via Newsarama (quotes from myself and Ratcliffe)
The really funny thing about all of this is it comes on the heels of an interview I did with MSNBC.com earlier this week titled "Geek girls power viewership for sci-fi/fantasy TV," specifically discussing how these types of shows appeal to women and that networks need to start opening their eyes to that. And yes, Game of Thrones was the main talking point.

NY Times, perhaps it's time to hire some female writers with a bit more range and knowledge of the world.

Feel like telling them how you feel? Write a letter to the editor.


Apr 14, 2011

The Great Comic Book Adventure!

You've been to comic book conventions, you've been to Six Flags, now you can do both at once! It's the Great Comic Book Adventure at Six Flags in New Jersey!

The first I heard of it was when a friend sent me the link to the Facebook invitation. Six Flags Great Adventure (known simply as Great Adventure to us NJers) is holding its first ever comic book convention in the park on Sunday, May 29.
Check out dozens of vendors with everything from bargain comics to investment grade first issues. Meet Golden Age GREEN LANTERN artist Irwin Hasen plus fan favorites Lee Weeks, Fred Hembeck, Daxiong and more! Participate in workshops, panel discussions, a charity auction and a costume contest.
Great Adventure is a place we've all put in our time here in NJ whether it be school field trips or just groups of friends going to get season passes. What I've always loved about the park were it's DC-themed rollercoasters (even if I walked away more than once with whiplash). This year of course is the big opening of the new Green Lantern coaster which is said to be pretty wild.

Show hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there's a link for discount tickets here (just wait for the Comic Book Ticket window to pop up).

Apr 13, 2011

The Who Crew comes to America

Doctor Who has been a British staple, nay, a way of life for almost 50 years. There's no real comparison to anything like it here in the states but it's as much a part of their culture as baseball is to Americans. Last year, the newly cast stars of the fifth season of the show traveled to the United States to promote Doctor Who. They had such a great response that this year, they decided to invade America, Beatles style.

BBC America once again, hosted a premiere screening of Doctor Who at The Village East Cinema in New York City. The event, open to anyone, was a preview screening of the first two episodes of the sixth season, the two-parter "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon." As if that wasn't enough pull for fans to show up (the season doesn't start until April 23), BBC America also threw in a Q&A moderated by Chris Hardwick, with the stars of the episodes, Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy), Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Alex Kingston (River Song) as well as showrunner Steven Moffat, director Toby Haynes and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.

Although the day started out fairly overcast, by early afternoon the sun was shining and it turned out to be one of the nicest days in NYC so far this year. A good thing when you consider the first fans on line got there at 4 p.m. the day BEFORE the event. Besides getting prime seats in the theater, the first few people got a surprise that morning. The cast showed up to deliver donuts to them.

For being on the streets of NYC for 24 hours, they were in cheerful spirits.

By 2 p.m. the line was wrapped around almost three sides of the square block. (Check out a sped-up view in this video from OMFGeek. I'm also in there!) A hashtag began on twitter called #DWLineCon, suggesting that the line itself was an event in and of itself. And truly, it was. No one knew whether or not they'd actually make it in but were still hopeful, sporting reading material, umbrellas to keep the sun off and costumes. Oh yes, there was cosplay.

I donned my Amy costume from WonderCon once again but oddly enough, even here I was glossed over as just a girl in a mini skirt. There were tons of Amys though, and as you can see here, a few Donnas, plenty of 11s, a few 10s and a couple of River Songs. And where there wasn't cosplay, there was Doctor Who t-shirts, buttons or toys to be had.

I took a spin up and down the line a few times before the show began and from what I saw, everyone was having a great time. You'd randomly find things like "Bad Wolf" or "Vote Saxon" written on the sidewalks in chalk. There was even a wall that got a few larger pieces scribbled on them, though seeing as how it was on an NYU building, was not appreciated. Fans were taking turns to find bathrooms or forage for food while others had coolers they brought with to keep themselves fed.

When showtime approached fans began to spazz out a bit. And with reason. The cast arrived at the front of the theater in a classic blue convertible to sign a few autographs. I noticed some fans becoming annoyed at line-cutters and perhaps even a few strangers who showed up just because they thought they'd meet someone famous. I'm sure being on the street for as long as they were and lack of sleep played a role in their frustrations but it's a hard thing to control once the crowd-beast rises. I'm not sure there's ever an easy way to deal with that type of behavior.

As I mentioned earlier, no one knew how many people would make it in for the screening. The theater wound up opening two additional theaters to accommodate fans. They weren't able to see the Q&A in person but it was telecast live. After being let out of the event I realized the theater was letting in even more left-out fans in for another showing of the two episodes. It's good to know no one (hopefully) walked away unhappy. Entering through a special handicapped entrance allowed me to scoot right by the cast and creators and give a big hello to Matt Smith. Definitely a highlight. Oh, and we got cool DW baseball caps!

So, how about those episodes...well, I'm not telling. I wouldn't have anyway but Moffat specifically asked all the press in the audience not to reveal what we saw so that fans could go in fresh. And believe me, you want to go in fresh. What I can say is these two episodes are among the best I've seen. I was blown away by them, finding myself practically speechless when I met up with friends afterward to discuss it. The scale is epic and back-to-back, the episodes really felt like a movie. If you can resist, I highly suggest recording the first episode and watching it with the second. There is a cliffhanger such that even though we in the audience knew we were getting the second episode right away, gasped and clutched our chairs in eagerness to see more. Then again, we also want BBC America to have huge numbers for the premiere, so go ahead and watch it on April 23. And thank them once again for airing it the same day as in the UK.

The cast turned in some of their best performances to date and Moffat has proved once again he is the master of making us laugh, cry and scream. The new villains, The Silence, are truly frightening and the story is tremendous. The actual look of the episodes are quite different from usual Doctor Who episodes as well. Whether director Toby Haynes has access to different equipment than usual or the sweeping landscapes really made that much difference I'm not sure. Either way, it looks fantastic. The episodes will give you a lot of information but leave you with so many more questions than you can possible imagine. A gif I found on Tumblr today sums it up nicely.

At the Q&A, Darvill was the surprise hit of the evening, receiving bigger cheers than even Smith. There were a lot of Rory lovers in the audience apparently. The entire cast was excited about shooting in America and blown away that fans tracked them down in Utah to watch them work. When a fan asked if Moffat loved his cliffhangers he replied with a yes but said, "Just wait until episode six. It's going to be a long summer." That is of course when the series goes on hiatus. The second half of the season won't be aired until later. Smith said our jaws would be on the floor at the end of episode six. If it's as bad as the cliffhanger in the second episode, I'm not sure I'll survive it. Seriously. It's huge.

Some great moments of the event included just before the episodes when the Master's tapping was started somewhere in the audience until everyone joined in. It was almost as if we were hoping for him to show up, like clapping for Tinkerbell to keep her alive. Moffat told the crowd his dream crossover would be to have the Doctor meet Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Kingston told us she loves getting to kick ass as River (just wait until you see here in these episodes). Another great moment was a fan praising both Gillan and Kingston for playing some of the strongest female characters in sci-fi.

Once again, I have to thank BBC America for hosting an event like this and Village East Cinema for holding it. I think they did a great job trying to keep fans happy and make sure everyone got what they came for. While waiting on one of the street corners with a friend, passersby kept asking what we were waiting for. When we replied "Doctor Who," most had no idea what we were talking about. Doctor Who is becoming more popular in the U.S. with each passing day but we aren't quite to the point of sitting around our televisions watching it together on Christmas Day yet. Well, I am, but I've still got to work on some of you.

Hey, That's My Cape! – Why Batman Is Better Than Spider-Man

Because he's Batman.

What? Oh, you wanted more of an explanation than that? Well, while the debate of who’s better, Batman or Spider-Man, would be a heated one I’m sure, that’s not quite what I had in mind today. I’m biased when it comes to the Caped Crusader but one area I’m almost one hundred percent certain Batman will wind up on top (trying...to...resist...the...obvious...joke), is stage shows.

Read about the Batman Live - the World Arena Tour and why it's far superior to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.

Apr 12, 2011

Experts Ask & Answer: Trauma - What Makes Heroes & Villains?

Amidst the DC Nation panels and Hollywood premieres at WonderCon, there was the Comics Arts Conference, a separate entity that aims to take a more scholarly look at our favorite genre subjects. "Life After Trauma: To Be A Superhero Or Supervillain" was an in-depth look at some of our favorite comic book characters and the tragic events that spawned their careers. Led by Andrea Letamendi, M.S. ABD, the panel consisted of two other accredited psychologists with interest in comics, Robin S. Rosenberg, PHD and Travis Langley, PHD.

“We’re constantly seeing these characters in the face of danger, under threat,” said Letamendi. “How is this affecting them? How do these events have an impact on their development? And why aren’t they developing some serious pathological problems like PTSD? So we think about what they’re facing, the loss, injury, death and we wonder, they’re going to be experiencing fear, horror, do they get broken? How do they endure all this stress and violence and still carry on and persevere?”

Head on over to Newsarama to read the thoughts about this subject with the experts and see if your thoughts about our favorite heroes and villains match up.

Apr 8, 2011

GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS Lets You Sling Ring

It seems Warner Bros. has chosen wisely when it comes to their forthcoming Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game. Although this is a companion to the film to be released on June 12, the game itself does not follow along with the movie plot like many tie-in games, something that has usually vexed fans in the past. Instead it extends the theatrical experience.

“The storyline is set in the universe of the film but it’s a completely unique storyline. The basic story is, the Manhunters who were built eons ago by the Guardians of the Universe, but were exiled after they decided they wanted to destroy all living beings, have come back to Oa and are attacking Oa for reasons that we’re not quite sure of in the beginning,” explained Mike Donges, Development Director at Double Helix, the creator of the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 versions of the game.

“Hal starts off as trying to save Oa from the onslaught of the Manhunters. It’s about his discovery about what’s actually going on and getting to the bottom of it, trying to find out who’s behind all of this mayhem,” he said.

I got the chance to demo both the Playstation 3 and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game at WonderCon last weekend. Head over to Newsarama to check out my report.

Apr 7, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! – WonderCon, Where A Geek Can Be A Geek

Two weeks ago I attended my first C2E2 in Chicago. This past weekend was my first WonderCon in San Francisco. Now setting aside the fact that it was silly of me to do two cons in such close proximity to each other, they might have been my two favorite conventions ever.

You may not know this, but WonderCon is San Diego Comic-Con’s quieter cousin from the north. It’s got the same west coast feel as SDCC but is ten times calmer and certainly smaller. It’s because of that the entire convention felt like one big party. It helped I wasn’t working this one as much and had tons of friends in attendance as well.

Read my full convention report and check out tons o' pictures (including my cosplay as Amy Pond!) in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.

NEIL GAIMAN Calls His DOCTOR WHO Episode "Dream Come True"

Two huge events are taking place on the BBC’s Doctor Who this year. First, in the season premiere on April 23, the Doctor, along with his traveling companions land in the good ol’ U.S. of A for a two-part adventure that traverses Chicago, the open country and our very own capital. The other comes a bit later in the season when award-winning author, and someone Newsarama readers are very familiar with, Neil Gaiman premieres his first-ever Doctor Who episode. And it’s something the British writer has been waiting a long time for.

“Getting to write a Doctor Who episode, for me anyway, was probably the nearest to being God that I have ever been or will ever get,” Gaiman told Newsarama. “I remember a similar feeling of megalomaniac power for about fifteen minutes in 1988 when I got to write my first Batman line. I got to bring on Batman and write dialogue for Batman and, I’m making Batman talk. But making Batman talk does not actually compare to the feeling of glorious power you get the moment you type, ‘Interior TARDIS.’”

Check out the full interview with Gaiman and director Toby Haynes at Newsarama! Or, if you're so inclined, you can read it on Yahoo! where it's since been picked up.

Apr 6, 2011

Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds helps the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Our new Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds, is willing to donate a chunk of change to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research and he wants your help to do it.

Reynolds says he'll donate $10,000 of his own money to the cause if the Michael J. Fox Foundation Facebook page can reach 100,000 "likes" before the end of the month.
A dedicated supporter of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Ryan Reynolds sits on the MJFF Board of Directors. As a Team Fox Athlete he challenged himself to run his first marathon in 2008, raising over $100,000 for Parkinson’s research. Now Ryan is challenging YOU to help us reach 100,000 Facebook fans by the end of April. This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, “like” The Michael J. Fox Foundation on Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same. It’s an easy way to stay up to date with our activities to speed a cure, and you’ll be helping us meet Ryan’s challenge. Plus, you can share your story with the Foundation and our community of friends and supporters.
Currently, the Facebook page has just under 22,000 followers. I think with Reynolds spreading the word and all of us doing the same, the goal is totally reachable.

WONDERCON 2011: New THUNDERCATS HOOOOOOOOO (W/Trailer!)

Fresh from the floor of WonderCon it's Thunder...thunder...thunder...THUNDERCATS HOOOOOOO!

This past Sunday, WonderCon hosted the very first panel for the new Warner Bros. Animated produced ThunderCats series from the Cartoon Network. Based on the classic 1980s show, the reimagined ThunderCats has been ten years in the making. The panel featured producers Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding, Art Director Dan Norton and the voice of Lion-O from the original series, who is playing Claudus this time around, actor Larry Kenney.

Check out the full panel coverage plus the first ever trailer at Newsarama!

Apr 4, 2011

New Torchwood trailer and poster!

Over the weekend, Starz released some new material from the forthcoming Torchwood: Miracle Day. Here's my handsome man ready to kick some you-know-what...

The new season not only takes place in America but features new cast members Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins joining originals John Barrowman and Eve Myles. Unfortunately, none of the actors are in the teaser but it's exciting none-the-less. (You can view the trailer on Starz's website)

Miracle Day centers around a day where no one on Earth dies. But when the "epidemic" continues, situations become critical on the planet with resources becoming scarce for the quickly growing population. Phifer plays a CIA agent trying to get to the bottom of it when he stumbles across our favorite secret agency, Torchwood.

Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres on Starz, July 8.

UPDATE: Deadline.com has some fun info about the new season via Mr. Barrowman.

“There is so much more we can do with Torchwood now having made the leap to America. It’s going to be even bigger and better,” said Barrowman, “And,” he added with a chuckle, “for me on a personal level the move to America has been fucking amazing.” The budgets are bigger, the stunts are more dangerous and the sexual chemistry is more explosive, he said, pointing to the opening scene in Season 4, which involves a helicopter. "If we were in Wales shooting, we might not have had that, or we would have had to re-write the sequence.” Overall, "the audience is going to need a forklift truck to pick their jaws off the ground. The stunt work is unbelievable. I used to do quite a lot of stunts except if it was jumping off of buildings but now I’m not allowed to because of the insurance policy. I’m much more valuable in America!”

The article also mentions Captain Jack Harkness gets a redesigned coat this season with, "a lighter weight material and a 'slimmer cut.' According to Barrowman, the former was to account for LA’s hotter weather, while the latter was the decision of the designer, not him."

Deadline also wrote, "According to Barrowman, all but the 10th episode have been written by Russell T. Davies, who is in LA now working on the final script." The jump to the U.S. location and cable network means a greater exposure for the fan-favorite show. "We’ve going to be bigger than cult, now it’s about world domination," said Barrowman.