May 31, 2011

Swimsuits for superheroes

DC Women Kicking Ass posted an image yesterday of an interesting superhero swimsuit. It's a mashup of Wonder Woman and either the Flash or Mary Marvel. Either way, definitely a unique twist. I felt the need to explore the site further and found some other swimwear perfect for our favorite heroes.

Whether it's meant to be or not, this is obviously Zatanna's swimsuit. Or if she's feeling really crazy (or drunk), this one might do the trick.

A bit on the nose for this one obviously but she does LOVE cats so I can totally see Catwoman putting this one on.

And just because I can...

WHAT? It says it's a superhero swimsuit and that guy on his junk could totally be Barry Allen if you look really quick. If.

May 27, 2011

Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Podcast!

You've been asking for it and I've finally caved. After many guest appearances on other peoples' podcasts, I've got my own. Ladies and gentleman, I bring you, Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Podcast!

Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Podcast! is the brainchild of myself and fellow geek mastermind Alan Kistler. You may know him from his work on MTV Splash Page, his Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. column on Newsarama or perhaps....Crazy Sexy Geeks. That's right, Alan has an already successful video show called Crazy Sexy Geeks where, among other guests, he's interviewed the awesome Tim Gunn about superhero fashion.

So, what's Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Podcast! about? Well, geeky stuff and...sexy stuff. Part of the show we'll be focusing on geek dating. But for our pilot episode you can expect talk of DC's Flashpoint, the Torchwood: Miracle Day trailer and how to ask out a geek.

So what are you waiting for?! Listen to Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Podcast! now!

May 26, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! – Get Happy with LI'L DEPRESSED BOY

It’s not often I’ll pick up a comic at my local shop when I haven’t heard a thing about it. I love reading comics but contrary to what you might think, I don’t get to read them for free the majority of the time and well, you know how much they can add up.

It was the title, Li’l Depressed Boy, that first caught my eye. “Hmm, what’s this about,” I thought. I picked it up, flipped through a few pages and immediately put it on top of my pile thanks to the art. It wasn’t until I settled back in at home to read it that I realized I was holding something magical.

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

May 25, 2011

Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale giveaway!

The brand new Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale video game from Atari hits stores today and TheNerdyBird.com has two copies to give away!

If you haven't heard about it yet, Daggerdale is a new roleplaying video game set in the mythology of the Forgotten Realms and uses the rules from the 4th edition D&D books.
The story revolves around Rezlus, an evil Zhentarim Cleric bent on bringing the power of the Black Lord Bane onto Daggerdale and the rest of Daggerfalls. The players are summoned by a mysterious mage and given the duty of defending their homeland. They face a daunting journey as they scale the Tower of the Void in an effort to stop the evil Rezlus. Players can take on the role of the melee expert Human Fighter, the quick and nimble Elven Rogue, the master of the arcane arts Halfling Wizard, and the powerful divine Dwarven Cleric. Each of these characters has their own playstyle and strategies that players will need to master. The key to success when playing in a party with other adventurers is choosing the right character to compliment the group’s playstyle.
You can play Daggerdale in solo, local co-op or online with up to 4 players. Watch the trailer and check out a screenshot from the game:

Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale is being sold for PC for $14.99 and is also available on XBLA for 1200 MS Points but you have the chance to win one now. I'm giving away not one, but TWO copies of Daggerdale for PC. All you have to do is send an email to nerdybirdcontest [at] gmail [dot] com with "Daggerdale Contest" in the subject line and your full (real) name in the body. Winner must live in one of the 50 U.S. states. The contest will end this Friday May 27, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck all!

Oh and, I'll be trying out the XBLA version of the game and reporting back to you guys on it soon!

May 23, 2011

I have a Tumblr now. Tumblrs are cool.

If you don't follow me on Twitter or my Facebook Fan Page you may have missed the news (this is me shaming you into following me at those two spots). I started a Tumblr!

Not to worry! I'll still be blogging here all the time. People have been bugging me to get a Tumblr for a while now and I finally caved. Not familiar with the site? Well it's basically a blog but it's a cross between Twitter and Facebook really too because it's easy to reblog something from someone else you found interesting or simply "like" it.

So, what's my Tumblr called? The Bird and The Bat. And no, in case you were wondering, it's not a reference to Batman and Robin, it's a reference to Batman and me! The Nerdy Bird, the Bird, yeah, you get it. Anyway, it will mostly be Batman related items on there (maybe some terrible drawings by me if you're lucky) but I've been finding it's very addicting to "tumbl" so I may be going hog wild pretty soon with just about anything that strikes my fancy. If you're also a Tumblr user, give me a follow! There's even a handy link in the menu on the right if you forget the address.

And for those of you who are curious, the above image comes courtesy of a extremely clever t-shirt from Snorgtees. I <3 it.

May 20, 2011

Women in Comics: A Roundtable about the 'Geek Girl' Phenomenon

I had the honor recently of being asked by ComicsAlliance.com's Editor-In-Chief Laura Hudson to sit in on a women in comics roundtable to discuss the "geek girl" phenomenon. My fellow ladies? None other than G4's comic expert Blair Butler and leader of The Beat (not to mention my boss at Publishers Weekly Comics Week), Heidi MacDonald.

"We decided to assemble several of the most prominent women in comics media to talk about the "geek girl" phenomenon, how things have changed (or not) over the last couple decades, and the way women in comics are regarded by the mainstream media, superhero comics, and other female fans," writes Hudson.

I was extraordinarily happy to be asked to join in on this discussion with three ladies I very much admire. So head on over to Comics Alliance to read what we had to say. And yeah, as you can imagine, we had a lot to say...

May 19, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! – Mixed SMALLVILLE Finale Emotions

I admit, I wasn’t a Smallville fan from the beginning. I didn’t even follow along for the first few seasons. It wasn’t until the last few years — post-Lex, actually — that I started watching more frequently. But there was no way I was going to miss the finale that promised the flights and tights we had been denied for so long with Clark. And well, in the end, the Smallville finale made me happy, mad and a little sad. Spoilers, of course, are on the way.

When it came to Smallville, I usually tuned in when I knew another superhero was going to be a guest-star. Just to see what the creators would do with him or her. For some reason, this version of Clark just didn’t do it for me. I like my superheroes to be in the thick of things already, not learning how to fly as it were. And plus, let’s face it, even the most die-hard Smallville fans can admit the show was downright goofy at times. Remember when Tori Spelling showed up? Actually, let’s not even go there. Though I wasn’t a fanatic about Smallville, the finale definitely brought out some strong feelings in me.

Click on over to this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama to find out just what those feelings were...

May 17, 2011

Geek Week Podcast

Hey all! I've yet to find the time to do my own podcast but I occasionally can squeeze in a guest-visit on someone else's. Last week I was asked by the folks at GeekWeek.com to join in their weekly podcast. Geekness ensued...

Among other topics, we discussed Thor, The Dark Knight Rises rumors, the Playstation Network debacle and geek tolerance. Listen to it now here.

May 12, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! – Movies: Self-Contained vs. Continuity

I went to see Marvel’s Thor this week. I enjoyed it greatly, and not just for shirtless Chris Hemsworth (although that didn’t hurt). I thought Marvel hit it out of the park again. Like they did with Iron Man, they cast the perfect person for the role and were able to capture the characters essence without banging you over the head. But they did knock my noggin a bit with something else. The Marvel Universe.

In comic books you have your continuity stories and your stand-alone stories. It’s the same with comic book movies. Some, like Batman Begins are self-contained films that aren’t leading into another character’s movie. Others, like Iron Man and Thor make sure you know where you are and it’s sitting smack dab in the middle of the 616 (give or take a few Samuel L. Jacksons). Both have their merits and marketing strategies of course but is one inherently better?

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

May 10, 2011

X-Men: First Class character trailers

I tell ya, if X-Men: First Class doesn't turn out to be a great movie, I hope they paid their trailer editor a WHOLE LOTTA CASH for making it look so awesome. Empire Online has four new character trailers for us: Banshee, Havok, Beast and Mystique.









Pretty sweet, right? My favorite may be baby Mystique. Awwwww! X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 1st.


May 9, 2011

Is this a Lazarus Pit?

Over the weekend, pictures emerged from the set of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises that could perhaps indicate a Lazarus Pit being created.

The shots were taken in India where they were shooting on location. You can see the crew spreading out a green screen in that enclosed area. It could turn out to be any number of things of course but with the Batman mythos as it is, Ra's al Ghul could be returning from his "death" in Nolan's first film, Batman Begins.

However, with actor Josh Pence added to the cast as a young Ra's this could just play into a backstory of his. Then again, why bother delving into Ra's backstory if it and/or the pit isn't going to play a part in the present-day plot? Hmmm....

The Dark Knight Rises is set for a July 20, 2012 release.

May 6, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! - I'm a Geek, Girl

I don't like having to explain myself. It's like having to explain a joke. It's not as funny anymore. When you have to explain yourself, things get bogged down. But sometimes I feel the need to do so. I apologize in advance to those who read my column here regularly as you, I assume, are already aware that women read comic books. But for new readers or perhaps those that don’t read comics themselves, this needs to be said.

I'm a geek. I'm also a girl. I’m a Geek Girl. This is how I personally choose to identify myself along with a group of other women who share similar tastes in entertainment with me. I haven’t identified myself as a Geek Girl my entire life even though I pretty much always was one. The term just didn’t exist in my mind or world until a few years ago. In fact, it was one of the terms I came across while trying to find a blog moniker for myself. I eventually chose “The Nerdy Bird” because I thought it sounded interesting but still got my point across. Same with my actual blog title, “Has Boobs, Reads Comics.” When I started my blog in 2008 there weren’t nearly as many females out there writing about their love of comics. I felt my satirical title was necessary to not only grab the attention of potential readers but to also state simply and clearly who I was and what my blog was about. I’ve actually had several women through the years thank me for putting myself out there like that and making them feel more at ease doing the same.

Head on over to Newsarama to read the rest of my thoughts on the Geek Girl phenomena and my State of Geek address as it were, in this week's Hey, That's My Cape!

May 4, 2011

May the Fourth Be With You All

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! In celebration I thought I'd share a few Star Wars tidbits I found around the internet.

Found this first one via the Star Wars blog, who found it on DVICE. Apparently, a solar powered R2-D2 was discovered in Hiroshima, Japan. "Developed by Yosuke Kimura and Daisuke Goto, two electrical systems majors at Hiroshima International University, the radio controlled homage to the Star Wars robot includes two shoulder-mounted solar panels that would conceivably power the droid when its normal energy supply runs down. The robot was recently on display in downtown Hiroshima, Japan as an example of the university's engineering program."

Speaking of R2, this is one of the best mashups I've ever seen. This is Ript Apparel's t-shirt of the day and only available for a few more hours. In case you don't get the non-SW reference, this is a take on the John Cusack/Cameron Crowe film Say Anything. You can watch a bit of the classic scene here.

The next image comes via Pat Langton. He's the artist who did the nifty Batman Hanging Laundry image I posted last week. This is part of a trio of Retro Star Wars posters he designed.

This one's also by Langton but is part of his "Think" gallery. Certainly does make you think...

And last but certainly not least, Star Wars has finally come to blu-ray! You can get the Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy or the Complete Saga.

Oh and actually one more thing, do a search on Twitter for the hashtag, #replaceawordinastarwarslinewithpants, you'll thank me later.

May 3, 2011

Immortals Cavill Says Superman: "Best Superhero Out There"

While going over some posts from last month, I realized I never linked to my Immortal's interview from WonderCon. I spoke with our new Superman, Henry Cavill, who stars in the film, as well as actors Luke Evans and Isabel Lucas, the director, Tarsem Singh, and producer Marc Canton.

Initially it stayed mostly under the radar that Superman would be making an appearance at WonderCon. He was there to promote his new film from the producers of 300, Immortals, but it wasn’t long before conversation in the interview room turned to the Man of Steel.

“There’s nothing intentional about my job choices it’s just what jobs I get offered,” the actor said when asked if he leads himself into new roles with his previous efforts. “I often hear about people saying, ‘Oh, you know, so and so’s choice’ and this or that. I think once you get to a certain level of notoriety and fame where you can open a movie then yes, you are offered scripts and stories and get to choose. Where, certainly at my level you just get the jobs that you’re offered and if it’s a job that you’d like, you go for it but there’s no preplanning. It’s not like I went on Tudors and said, ‘Ok, next I’m going to play a hero for my campaign for Superman,’ it just all happened to happen as it is.”

Check out the rest of the interview on Newsarama!

LucasFilm's Bonnie Burton Gets Crafty with STAR WARS

She’s a Twitter superstar, a Geek Girl goddess and she’s married to R2-D2. She’s Bonnie Burton.

If you don’t already know her or haven’t guessed by now, Burton works for LucasFilm. She’s got one of those jobs everyone who’s ever been in love with Star Wars wants; she gets to talk and write about the films and related franchises ALL DAY. Plus, she gets to do side projects like The Star Wars Craft Book. Burton has previously used her vast Star Wars knowledge to write You Can Draw: Star Wars and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars but has a lifelong history with crafting that made The Star Wars Craft Book a no-brainer.

Head on over to Newsarama to read my interview with the lovely Burton!