Warren Ellis to Write New James Bond Comics for Dynamite

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 9:15 am

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As part of an official partnership with Ian Fleming Productions, the Transmetropolitan writer, whose Bond-ish graphic novel RED was already adapted into two more comedic films, will be penning new 007 stories, featuring, in his words, "the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books." Ian Fleming's great-nephew, who has the hilariously Bond-ish name of Diggory Laycock...yes, let that sink in for a moment...approves. "We were thrilled when Warren agreed to write the first story in this exciting new chapter of literary James Bond. Warren's style is gritty, dark, and unique, and we can't wait to see James Bond embroiled in an adventure of his creation."

Diggory Laycock.

No more complaining that Bond girl names are unrealistic after that. The first story arc will be called VARGR, which has to be an acronym for something, and is about how "James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent... but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin." Well, if it's Bond, something better be laid, I suppose.


Game of Thrones to Get Todd McFarlane "Nipple-O" Construction Toys

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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As much fun as I have with McFarlane's weird use of the Lego style to try to make dioramas that ultimately just look like his regular toys, in practice I've found them pretty cool to look at, if smaller than one expects. Game of Thrones strikes me as a perfect license for it, in that many of the most iconic things about the show are its large-scale sets, which simply can't be done for most standard-size figures.

Well, the line kicks off in style with Joffrey's throne room, the wall, and a Mother of Dragons set, as well as the usual blind-bagged figures. As theses sets will also be compatible with the Walking Dead sets, you can presumably trick out an RV with medieval weapons, bolster your walkers with White Walkers, or have Tyrion and Daryl suddenly die a horrible double-death in order to alienate every fan left watching.

EW has more pics, and they look damn good to me.

h/t JasonIsLost

Nic Cage Bible Movie Gets YA Spin-Off Flick - Left Behind: The Next Generation

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

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So this is how you do a sequel to a remake of a direct-to-video faith-based film that somehow managed to afford Nicolas Cage the first time around and flopped anyway. Vanished - Left Behind: The Next Generation, based on an actual teen skewing series of spin-off books from the main post-Rapture novel series, promises to be "a fresh and modern story for the post "Twilight" generation, and asks: What would happen if everyone you cared about suddenly vanished?"

I'd try to hook up with one of the people who's still around, but I'm thinking that's not what these teens do. The trailer seems like it has Satan Death Camps for parents, and the Antichrist appearing on TV - too bad Nic Cage isn't around, as he's been known to fight the devil a few times. Maybe when these younger actors refuse to return for part 3, the next one can be about babies. Because if you think babies are innocent, you never had one keep you up all night.

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June GEEKFUEL Unboxing, Featuring A CUTE KITTEN!

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

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We are absolutely not above using the lure of our new, ultra-cute li'l feline pal Toby to get you to watch us opening the monthly subscription box. Kitten!

Geekfuel boxes start at $13.90. To grab some Geekfuel of your own, use our special link to get an extra bonus item.

Now, you can haz kitteh...

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Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club for Kids (Sort of)

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

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In which the creator of Tyler Durden really, really tries to read a PG-version of his own story. Notably, doing so means deleting the major female character...and taking great pleasure in defacing Jared Leto.

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Hannibal Writer-Producer Bryan Fuller Gets His Own Figure for Comic-Con

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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"So, here's the deal, Bryan. We can keep the show going, OR you can have a toy of yourself."

"Hmmmm, let me think about it."

Things probably didn't go down that way. But if they did, I wouldn't blame the guy at all. It's going to be super-exclusive, too:

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Book Review: Inside the Sideshow Studio

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:18 am

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[All images reprinted from Inside the Sideshow Studio by Sideshow Collectibles published by Insight Editions. Copyright © 2015, Sideshow Collectibles.]

At virtually every convention where they have a presence, Sideshow Collectibles' booth is one of the ones to visit, with its wide array of everything from life-size Terminators to Marvel busts and highly detailed 12" figures. They've come a long way from the days when they were known for 8" Universal Monsters and 12" historical figures (I still have my Crazy Horse, who was a mere $40 in the early aughts, and his scowl is genuinely frightening). Inside the Sideshow Studio is not a history of the company, which would be fun to read - I for one would like to know the economics behind moving from mass-market to much higher-end stuff almost exclusively, not to mention the ins and outs of their partnership with Weta.

But that's a book that could never be written in-house. Inside the Sideshow Studio is more of a coffee table book, though in ironic contrast to Sideshow's modern output, it is half the size and a much more affordable price point than most such tomes.


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Buy Bookends Made From Ray Bradbury's House, to Help Fund His Legacy

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm

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Ray Bradbury would want you to keep books around your house, if for no other reason then as penance for the wall-sized TV he predicted would one day keep you transfixed all day, in a permanent state of not caring about wars or the increasing stupidity of the world. So while it's appropriate to buy holders for them made with salvaged lumber from his demolished house, there are other good reasons too:

Sets are accompanied by a thank-you letter from The ReUse People (TRP), the company responsible for salvaging the material, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Alexandra Bradbury, the late author's daughter, and TRP President Ted Reiff.

Each set is $88.50, which includes shipping and handling. Sales tax will be added for California residents during checkout.

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University to help fund the re-creation of Bradbury's home office, a major milestone in the Center's ongoing efforts to preserve his works and legacy.

The bookends are made in a limited run of - what else? - 451. So catch them before the mechanical hounds do.

h/t Adam Jahnke

My Wife Rejoices as J.K. Rowling Reveals Harry Potter's Dursleys' Origins

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

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Dear J.K. Rowling - just go ahead and write more Harry Potter stories. You clearly want to.

In honor of what would be cousin Dudley's 35th birthday, Rowling has revealed new details about his grotesque parents - how they met (at a boring office job), why they attracted one another (as the sister of a witch, she longed to meet somebody less interesting), what they did on one of their dates (decide for yourself if "dropped his battered sausage" is literal, a metaphor, or both), and why they resent Harry.

I'm not going to spoil it all here, as that would save you the time of creating a Pottermore membership (free) and futzing around with the Closet Under the Stairs area to figure out how to unlock the new material, which also reveals how the author picked out the characters' names. Suffice it to say that if you like creating erotic fan fiction centered on repulsive characters, this is essential canon.

The American Gods TV Series Is Finally Happening, at Starz

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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It's hard to believe that both this project - which involves a pantheon of ancient gods both old and new, from Odin and Anubis to the newly minted god of technology - and Preacher are finally happening on TV. Sacreligious depictions of deities are the new black. Or actually, given the way both Neil Gaiman and Jesse Custer dress, they're the old black too.

The series was developed and written by Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and Kings creator Michael Green who will executive produce and showrun. Gaiman also will executive produce the series, which is launching a casting search for the lead role of Shadow Moon.
And it will air on the same network as Ash vs. Evil Dead. I officially have Starz in my eyez now.