Thursday, June 28, 2012

Coming soon, the next big Marvel hit: The Human Fly! Wait, what?

If you're drawing a blank on this guy, then don't feel bad, up until I saw this post on Geeky Girls Love Sci-Fi, I didn't even know this guy existed. Apparently, the Human Fly was a comic that ran back in the late 70s for 19 issues. Interestingly, the character himself was based on a real life stuntman whose identity was never revealed.

The movie isn't being made by Marvel itself, however, but by two guys who bought the rights because they really, really wanted to make a movie about an incredibly obscure comic book character. On the other hand, if you go to the official website, it looks like it might be a documentary about the actual Human Fly. Yeah, That makes much more sense than a comic book movie.

Picture via Geeky Girls Love Sci-Fi. H/t ComicsAlliance.

This was funnier than it should have been

Naay!
Vader: "Also, that princess you've had the hots for since the first movie? Yeah, she's totally your sister."

Luke: "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU--"

Vader:
(via Wil Wheaton)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kick out the blogrolls, motherf*cker!

So I'm currently asking this on my other two primary blogs and I'll ask it here: How many blogrolls is Nerd-Thing on? Truth to be told, I don't think I'm on any. Unfortunate, but it just means that I need to get off my ass and work harder to make it happen.

*puts on goggles and work gloves*

I can't see a damn thing and my hands are all sweaty.

Here we are, born to be kings, princes of the universe!

You and your ears are so very welcome. :)




Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Zod, I love Blizzard

imgur.
Click to embiggen.
Their sense of humor was one of the things that made me and kept me as a fan. If you click units in Warcraft and Starcraft enough times, and you'll hear some pretty funny quotes.

"Quit poking me!"

(via reddit)

Friday, June 22, 2012

John Green appreciation post 2012

nerd-effect.
I've never read any of his books or watched his videos on YouTube, but I'm going to. Tumblr really gives you an appreciation of how awesome Green is.

(via Wil Wheaton)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The good and the bad news about this new Twilight trailer

The bad: It's the trailer to another fucking Twilight movie.



The good: It's the trailer to the last fucking Twilight movie. Just think; after this monstrosity, we'll never again have to deal with Sparkly Pants and Pedo Werewolf* again! And that is the only reason I am posting this. Rejoice! For the dark times are at their end!

 H/t Tor.com.

*No really, Jacob is basically a pedophile in the books. In Breaking Dawn, he falls in love with Bella's and Sparkly Pants' daughter while she's still an infant**.
**I know this because I got curious one night like two years ago and read the plot summary on Wikipedia.

Guillem March actually isn't that bad of an artist

Okay, so remember that post from several days past about that godawful cover of Catwoman #0 with the impossible pose? The truly mindboggling thing about it is that Guillem March, the chap who drew the cover, is a damn good artist. Check out what he drew for the fourth issue of Huntress after the jump.


Guillem March.
If you remember, I called him a graduate of the Rob Liefeld School of Art, and in light of the above picture, I retract that statement and apologize. He's capable of doing art like that, but somehow put out something like this:

Her spine is basically a Twizzler.
(via Topless Robot)
It makes me wonder if it was even his decision. Maybe he popped something else out, but DC rejected it because in their mind - a barren wasteland - it didn't fit the "excessively overdone masturbatory--er, sexually liberated, strong female character" approach, I mean train wreck that they're going for. Or, maybe this is what they wanted from the start and March had no choice in the matter. Either way, I'm now shifting the blame fully in DC's direction.

H/t Jamie Noguchi of Yellow Peril. Also to Nerdlicious for prompting me to finally make this post.

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm pretty sure this would count as Heaven on Earth

A house in Irvine, Australia. Interesting exterior design.


But wait, what's going on inside? Let's look...


Oh damn, it's book heaven! Throw up some anti-zombie fencing around the property and this would be a good place to ride out an outbreak.

Pictures via thehermitslife.

How did I not know about this?

geeky-chey (NSFW).
Super Mario chess set.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fact: Most male comic book artists have not one clue about female anatomy, other than boobs and butts

Guillem March, proud graduate of the Rob Liefeld School of Art.
The human body isn't capable of bending like this. One intrepid Tumblr user by the name of giaaeron, went a step further and illustrated just how impossible it is for a body to achieve that pose:


In the picture above are three figures. Figure 1 is the issue cover. Figure 2 is the closest I could get to duplicating it in Daz3D without breaking the model’s back. Figure 3 is the same exact pose as Figure 2, just from the side. You’ll notice some of the differences: The pose, specifically the relationship of butt to bosom. The right arm placement, which is impossible without dislocating her shoulder. Her head placement can’t be duplicated. If you look at Figure 3, you’l notice that the curve of her back is already incredibly pronounced, even in this truncated pose.
The reason of course is that male comic book artists, with a few exceptions, have little understanding of how the body works, as well as comic book companies that care more about sex appeal than basic anatomy.

Cover via Topless Robot.

Ah, gotta love She-Hulk

Second Rule: You don't talk about the Fastball Special. Third Rule: You don't talk about the firmness of Wolverine's butt.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Zac Gorman does it again

Click to embiggen and see the animation.
Right in the feels, man, right in the feels. For those who haven't played a Final Fantasy game, that's an much aged Cloud Strife from FFVII looking at a picture of his younger self with Aerith, one of his potential love interests in the game. Unfortunately, Aerith (spelled Aeris in the English edition of the game) dies part way through the game, killed by the main villain, Sephiroth. Sad times.

As noted in the caption, the picture is a gif, so click it to see the animation.

Via Magical Game Time, h/t Paper Stars on Fire.

She-Hulk movie? She-Hulk movie

Unfortunately, this isn't a "OMFG THEY'RE DOING A SHE-HULK MOVIE DKSDJFDJDS;SDJFLSJFLAJ THANK YOU ZOMBIE JESUS!!!!" post. Sorry to get your hopes up. No, I saw a post on SF Signal that got me thinking about a potential She-Hulk movie and the problems therein. First off, as you can tell, I would not be opposed whatsoever to a movie starring the emerald gal. Indeed, I think Marvel needs to do more movies featuring characters that aren't as well known as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, etc. I know there are rumblings of Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, so its clear that they're starting to expand their focus. The biggest problem I see is how they portray Jen Walters.
Do we get this?
Marvel Comics Database.
Or do we get the Hulk, but with breasts? Personally, I'm shooting for the former. The other question is who should play her? Obviously, we'd get a CGI She-Hulk modeled to resemble whoever they cast to play her human self before her transformation into She-Hulk. That brings up another question, do they keep her in "Hulk mode" after her initial transformation or do they let her shift back and forth. She does possess the latter ability in the comics and it would probably work better than having Walters be She-Hulk 24/7. Back to the previous question, my mind keeps coming back to Keira Knightley. I can't think of anyone else, though I have seen a photoshopped picture of Megan Fox as She-Hulk. Yeah, no thanks.

As for director, that's easy as pie - Joss Whedon.

Now, we just have to hope that Marvel decides to make some movies starring female superheroes, because the current comic movie genre is a near-total sausage fest.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Welp, time to see what this Sherlock thing is all about

You can just tell that they're mentally f*cking each other.
Aside from the apparently homoerotic overtones, I mean. Seriously, spend five minutes on Tumblr and you'll be convinced that they're in a committed relationship, and Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are just trolling the fandom.

Then again, Tumblr is convinced that every fictional male character is gay. They take their shipping very, very seriously.


Picture via Juicy Sushi.

Much like winter, judgement is coming

Tip of the hat to Geek Flag for the pic.

Also, whoever keeps googling for Zelda porn and somehow ending up here, you are barking up the wrong tree, broheims

I toyed with the idea of posting some of it here for shits and giggles, but I'd rather not have to turn on the adult content warning. On the other hand, that would probably give my hits a boost.

Nah.

Now here's an oddity of blogging

So, several months ago I made these two posts: It's dangerous to go alone, take one of these and Holy frak! Benedict Cumberbatch cast as the villain for Star Trek 2! and both quickly because two of the biggest posts on this blog, which was nice, but also bothersome. Bothersome because they were individually getting more hits than any of the original content that I was putting out. It irked me that a news post and a picture someone else created were more popular than my own labors of love. That's partly the reason why posts on here became few and far between. The other reason was because I had unintentionally allowed Nerd-Thing to become like a lot of other blogs out there, i.e. regurgitating the same shit as everyone else like some kind of Blogging Centipede, but that was an unrelated issue.

Then, the damnedest thing happened recently: those two posts nosedived in the pageview department. The one about Benedict Cumberbatch completely fell off the Earth, while the Zelda one is steadily following suit. I have no idea what or why it happened, but it did and I am so frakking glad! I mean, sure, the two top posts this week (and last...) were the fake Good Omens movie poster and Link's shields, but it's better than having two old (as balls) posts staring you in the face on the stats screen.

I actually don't think they and the regurgitation were the only reasons my blogging on here declined, nor was it the creation of Swords, Dragons, and Nerds and Rayguns and Space Suits. I think I just blogged myself out and it stopped being a fun thing to do.

tldr;
I'm back. Expect more regular posts.

Edit: I just noticed that total number of pageviews has dropped too. Meh, no biggie.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Walden Two: Electric Boogaloo

Went yard saling today and while I didn't buy any yards, I did see the oddity of the above post title on a book. At first, I thought it was a sequel to Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Actually, that's not entirely true, the first thought that came to mind when I read  the title was "Electric Boogaloo". I regret nothing. Anyway, it wasn't a sequel, but a science fiction novel written back in 1948 by some behavioral psychologist named B. F. Skinner. Yeah, never heard of it either.

Odd name for a book, if you ask me and a potentially confusing one at that.

Monday, June 4, 2012

For the Steve Jackson fans

Cross-post from Swords, Dragons, and Nerds, yo.

I thought this video might be of interest. Steve Jackson was on the most recent episode of TableTop, playing Munchkin against Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Sandeep Parikh. TableTop is a web series created by Wheaton and Day as part of the latter's Geek and Sundry YouTube channel. It's actually a pretty excellent show where Wheaton plays different games with a rotating guest list. I'm not going to say who wins, so you'll have to watch. Suffice to say, it's entertaining, what with the backstabbing and two-timing.


Okay, I lied about not saying who won. I love the fact that Steve Jackson won the very game he designed.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

In which Spider-Man is the worst boyfriend ever

I'm guessing this came from a trailer, or someone traveled to the immediate future, bought the Amazing Spider-Man DVD, then made gifs. Really, that's a totally irresponsible use of a time machine and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Dude, you don't defenestrate a woman on the first date ever. You especially don't defenestrate, then catch a woman with webbing when it's Gwen Stacy, because it never ends well.

Gifs via hulkruffalo.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Faux poster for Ready Player One

By lerms.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (who wrote the screenplay for Fanboys) is a pretty excellent book and I'd highly recommend it. Here's a review from SF Signal. RPO is set in a dystopic near-future where the global economy has turned to crap and the masses immerse themselves in an MMO/virtual world called OASIS. The plot revolves around the main character, a teen named Wade Watts, and a group of other players as they try to claim the prize left by one of the creators of OASIS - his wealth and controlling interest in the company that runs the games. At the same time, they have to dodge and hide from an evil megacorporation out to claim the prize for themselves and kill anyone who gets in their way. Their goal is to seize control of the other company and monetize the living hell out of OASIS to the extent that only the rich and powerful would be able to use it.

The book includes a lot of pop culture references. A lot. To be honest, I think Cline overdoes it. On the other hand, the Serenity from Firefly and the DeLorean from Back to the Future are in the book, so that's a plus.

When a vlog comes around, you must link it

Or podcasts, or whatever. As you may or may not have peeped with your peepers, I've added a new blogroll for audio and/or visual delights. At the moment, it only links to shows from Geek and Sundry, but I want to expand it beyond that. SO, if you know of any good vlogs, podcasts, etc., leave a link in the comments and I will check them out and maybe add them.

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