This last weekend, I attended WonderCon for the first time. In addition to general convention activities like observing cosplayers and wandering the Exhibit Hall, I was also con liaison for Steve Jackson Games.
WonderCon didn't particularly have gaming as a focus, but there was a sizable gaming area, part of which was reserved for the Steve Jackson Games demo team. It was an interesting and fun experience, so I'm sharing ten things I learned serving as a con liaison and miscellaneous convention attendee.More >>
While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.
Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morelloMore >>
Artist Steve Seck watched every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in chronological order with his wife, and has drawn up a poster featuring at least one character from every episode "from Torgo to Trumpy, Mitchell to Puma Man, Gamera to Krankor, even the mythical and vague Sampo! (Oh yeah, and you can also search for Tom Servo, I think.)" If you buy the poster, it also comes with a character key in case you forgot who's who, or you just want to cheat regardless.
As a prostitute might say, Seck's work is glorious.
Our name for it is better.
Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.
Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_DugallMore >>
It involves a vacuum hose, pneumatic tubes, and lots of yellow, plastic...orbs. It appears to be the world's most expensive and elaborate way to get people like me to write headlines like the one above. And of course it totally works.
Not that it ain't fun to look at in and of itself...More >>
Today, DC's Animal Man comes to an end with issue #29. One of many titles included in the company's New 52 relaunch, it was a surprise critical success, as well as a minor commercial hit for a while. Written by Canadian Jeff Lemire of Essex County and Sweet Tooth fame and illustrated primarily by Travel Foreman and Steve Pugh, it told the story of Buddy Baker, a former Hollywood stuntman who gained the ability to adopt certain animal traits - e.g. the speed of a cheetah, the flight of an albatross, the ferocity of a lion - whenever the need arose. Lemire is moving on to greener, or at least more northern, pastures with Justice League Canada (now titled Justice League United), but as we wait for issue #0 to hit stands next month let's bid a fond farewell to one of DC's most interesting, unconventional and downright excellent titles. Animal Man was something else, and that something else wasn't afraid to scare or gross the hell out of us every other issue.
Here's why we'll miss it...More >>
If you happen to be in the Seattle area in March, George R.R. Martin will be presenting a show of artwork inspired by A Song of Ice & Fire at LTD Gallery. And among the items to be displayed and sold there, these caught our eye - hand-painted, wood-carved "action figures" complete with "battle damage" features and their own blister cards, by artist Mick Minogue.
It was a stipulation of the show that the art be based on the books and not the HBO series, presumably to avoid a glut of Emilia Clarke/Peter Dinklage fanfics. Minogue will be revealing 8 figures total, and says he may not stop there - stay tuned to his Facebook for further reveals, but in the meantime, if you want to see the Hound...More >>
Yeah, I think you know there was a fair involving toys...but what else happened this President's Day weekend? Lots, it turns out. With thanks to Kyle LeClair for the assist in compiling, this week's tipsters include: FakeAssName, skrag2112, Anyone00, rkwsuperstar, SlyDante777, troi, Dr.Gonzo82, Canadian.Scott, Citrus_King, Gallen_Dugall.
Keep reading for some of the weird and wonderful things you might have missed in our weekend open thread.More >>
Yes, nothing says true love like a guy in a goofy costume pursuing you in his neon yellow helicopter that, based on everything we know about science and vehicles, shouldn't actually work at all.
Chicago-based cartoonist Mark Anderson recently picked up these '66-era cards on eBay, and they give you a sense of where the comics were right around the time the Adam West show came out. Of course, we never got goofy dragons on the show, though I have no doubt Batman could have slain them with true love, had it been necessary.
Check out the rest over at Andertoons, including a weird one that tries to make the Penguin endearing to the ladies.
Who were those stylish, square-masked individuals? Perhaps one of many things you missed over the weekend, some of which have been slapped together into this one big-ass post for your enjoyment.
This week's items compiled with the assist of SlyDante777, including tips from himself and Citrus_King, rkwsuperstar, Patch999, James.k.Polk, troi, Anyone00, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, clone_boy99, aidan.jeans.More >>