Comic-Con: Hello Kitty's U.S. Director of Marketing Speaks

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am


Forty years after her creation, we sometimes wonder what - if anything - Sanrio won't do with Hello Kitty. With the very first Hello Kitty-Con coming later this year, brand manager Dave Marchi was surprisingly forthcoming.

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Star Trek and Planet of the Apes to Cross Over in Comics

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm


And no, we don't mean Andy Serkis and Chris Pine. Taylor will meet Kirk. Heston and Shatner, together on the page.

If they don't have a shirtless scream-off at the Statue of Liberty, I'm going to dropkick somebody.

I READ YOUR FANFIC! "Garfield's Creed"

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm


If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: Garfield's Creed, or Nothing is Dieted and Everything is Eaten" by Jack Spheniscidae Enterprises

Logline: Garfield and Ezio fight the Templars, with Odie's help.

Acts Involved: No sex in this one - just a lot of ass-kicking and really terrible grammar.

Participants: Garfield, Odie, Ezio, the Borgia family.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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Afternoon Roundup: Batfleck, Weird Al Porn, Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Ben Affleck's Batsuit may be more comic-based in some ways, but it seems that damn black eye paint isn't going away any time soon.

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GIVEAWAY: Strange Kids Club "Turtle Kong" Limited-Edition T-Shirt Boxed Set

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:30 am


Like fan clubs of old, the Strange Kids Club has this special set inspired by your favorite martial-arts reptiles, featuring a T-shirt of the foursome paying tribute to a classic New York-menacing monster, mutant stickers, green "gooze" and a special pizza box case.

After today, this will no longer be available to buy anywhere. But until next Friday at noon, you have a chance to win one. You must have a U.S. mailing address and a comment account with an email; if that's done, the next step is, in comments below, to describe the most Michael Bay scene you can imagine being in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Bring your best Bayhem, and the winner gets a version of the sewer-dwelling foursome that is undeniably cooler.

Guardians of the Galaxy Screenwriter Nicole Perlman Speaks [Video]

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am


Though the finished product bears the hallmarks of James Gunn, there's a great woman behind the man. Nicole Perlman talks about how to pronounce Rocket's name correctly, Bradley Cooper, women in Marvel movies, the politicization of science, Thanos, Dr. Strange and more.

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Comic-Con: Sin City 2 Party

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:00 am


Turns out Michael Rooker loves it if you remember Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Sharknado, Volleyball and Zombies

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00 am


A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Hello all. We are in another excessive heat warning period. Weather is, they say, 116 degrees for today thru the end of the week - joy of joys. Still have not heard anything from Contact in the Desert as to if I am going to volunteer. I almost assume by now that I am not. I really hate, however, that people have gotten really rude and or stupid. If you ask for volunteers would not it be nice to let people know that they are not needed? Another pet peeve: I waited to pick up a key to do an appraisal for a sale this week. Had asked the agent if she could put a lock box on the property and she said no. So I pick up the key, it is already 100 outside, get to the house and guess what there is a lock box on the back door. How rude. Anyway, it has been one of those weeks in the appraisal business.

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The 10 Nerdiest Moments of the 2014 Summer TCAs

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gotham, Det. Jim Gordon vs. Batman Villains
This is gonna be a big year for television. Three new comic book shows, Game of Thrones catching up to the books, and digital platforms giving us more new shows in an instant are things I never would have imagined growing up programming my VCR to record The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and taping a note on the TV warning my parents not to change the channel. We're going to get a peak at a lot of these shows this weekend at Comic-Con, but for an even more in-depth television preview, I spent the last two weeks with the Television Critics Association.

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Overnight Open Thread and Post Advisory - Comic-Con Preview Edition

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Yes, a life-size TMNT pizza thrower will be there

I've been going to Comic-Con since maybe 2000, and much has changed over the years. Notably, that what I used to call "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" has become the thing I stress out about the most. I started just writing about it on my personal blog, managed to get a cover story about it in the OC Weekly, and for five years, reported on it for top online movie trade site Deadline. The first year, I was told, "What you're interested in, we're interested in." The last year, "Beat our competitors to the movie news."

In 2013, I tried using my Deadline training to beat even the big sites to the news, and found it to be much harder without the kind of access the big-name outlets can get you. Six hours in line for Hall H, all day. No thank you. Back when print newspapers weren't in danger (yes, I remember such a time), I thought the best way to cover Comic-Con would be to send a team of ten, to cover ALL the panels, including not just big movie news but all the weird, quirky stuff that makes up the celebration of fandom.

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