Top 5 Best and Worst Superhero Costumes

6 07 2011

Superheroes go through a lot of costume changes, for better or worse.  Here’s my list of the 5 Best and 5 Worst costumes of both male and female superheroes.

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Suck it, Olivia Munn!

20 06 2011

Book Review: Suck it, Wonder Woman!: the Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, by Olivia Munn with Mac Montandon, published by St. Martin’s Press

Let me start out by saying this: I really, really wanted to like this book.  I love seeing geeky media figures (Justin Timblerlake’s love of Spider-man coming out in an interview; Aisha Tyler’s reference to Street Fighter in her article in Entertainment Weekly).  It makes me giggle when I see a comment that not everyone will get.  I was hoping that Olivia Munn’s Suck it, Wonder Woman!: the Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek would talk about how she got into the industry, what it’s like to work for G4 (or G4TV, or TechTV as it used to be known) and the Daily Show, and what it’s like to be nerd and a girl at the same time.  I was hoping.  Instead, I got a poorly edited book of mostly drivel-ly vignettes and stories that are just downright “fapfodder.”
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For those keeping track…

10 06 2011

Here’s a full list of the 52 DCnU #1 reboots to be expected in September. Thanks to Bleeding Cool for compiling it (because DC would never be that helpful)!

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As I See It: DC Comics Reboot

7 06 2011

Since the 31st of May, the internet has been abuzz with word of the earth shattering DC Comics Reboot

According to Newsarama, “the [new JLA] team will ultimately boast 14 members, with the iconic core of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman. ”

Here are my prophesies (including art) for what the DCU will be like, starting September first.*

*Please don’t take this seriously. This is not journalism, merely comedic speculation.

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The Fourth Wall: I’m Atop It!

5 06 2011

A very long time ago on the internet (read: about three years), there was this guy.  With glasses.  He created these little five-second versions of movies, because it amused him and others.  He got kind of popular.  He started doing other things, like reviews of nostalgic movies.   He got more popular.  He created his own site, and started doing more and more things, like dressing as a bum and mocking newer movies, and dressing in a smoking jacket and answering questions creepily.

This last led to a little contest a year or so later, where the guy with the glasses invited his watchers to submit their own “answering questions creepily” videos.  One such was a guy in a hat.  The guy in the hat found, after doing this video, that he kind of liked it.  Hat-guy already had a site dedicated to tearing apart bad comics, so he made a video version of one of his reviews.  He liked it, others liked it, and so he made another.  And another.  This went on for two years, up until, well, today.

So, why am I rambling about this?  Well,  I got introduced to the famous glasses site about four months ago, and to the hatted guy a month later.   I became a very big fan, diving through the hundred-odd videos of the comic reviewer and enjoying them immensely.   So much so, in fact, that I joined a fan group on Facebook.  And said group was holding a contest.  A contest to create a video tearing apart a bad comic, in the style of the hatted guy.  And I did.

The video quality is bad, the puns are worse, and the comic is the worst of all.  Dedicated to Linkara (the hat guy), because, hey, it’s his characters I’m spoofing, and this literally would not exist without him.  You are an entertaining inspiration, and I hope one day to meet you at a convention.  And not be a crazy fan at you.  Yes.

Oh, and I’ve been wearing my hat for three years, way before I knew of all this (read: way before it was cool, because I’m a nerd fashion hipster).

Heroes: As I See It

1 06 2011

So, it’s already been determined that I am a giant nerd.  I love comic books.  I am also very opinionated about comic books. You start me off on a rant and I will run with it.  I’d like to imagine that this makes me exceedingly entertaining when I’m drunk, but I think some people tire of it very quickly.

HOWEVER, I’m not going to make that assumption anymore!  Comment below with a superhero you’d like to hear about and I’ll provide the history I know of them, why they are a great OR terrible character, and what I think should happen to them.  I’ll post a different hero every week, titles “[Hero’s Name] As I See It.” Comment away!

In the Days of Towels and Radio Shows

26 05 2011

Yesterday (May 25th) was Towel Day.  Towel Day was created in memory of Douglas Adams (1952-2001), author of the ever popular Hitchhiker’s Guide series, and seems to grow each year, in size, participation, and events.   For those who don’t remember:

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.) (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Chapter 3)”

If you haven’t read the series, I would suggest you run out and do so, but, if you don’t have the time to read the book, check out the old BBC radio dramas.  Once upon a time, Ace and I had a radio show together on Themyscira College’s radio station, called the “Science Fiction Double Feature Radio Show.”  On it, we would act out the BBC radio dramas of Hitchhiker’s Guide.  Though doing the shows with only two people was a bit of a challenge, it was the most fun I’d had since I was in Something’s Rotten in the State of Denmark (one of the silliest Hamlet parodies ever written).

It’s a shame that radio broadcast is a dying art; so many great shows once existed on the radio waves, Dragnet, the Adventures of Superman, Abbot and Costello, Laverne and Shirley… Still, the scripts exist and it’s totally possible to do the shows on your own, or with a friend.  So tune in to the old radio shows online, read the scripts, or, maybe, try to go out and start your own.  Just don’t forget your towel.