Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

NY Comic Con
IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE! The biggest, and traditionally most comics-focused convention on the endless con schedule, New York Comic Con, starts today, and we at Topless Robot are very proud to present this sober, scholarly look at the convention where you can get a free crazy taxi ride when the con is on, and an expensive crazy taxi ride after everyone's already home. We'll be on the con floor every day bringing you news, pictures and snide tweets about what we're seeing, so keep an eye out here and on Twitter for all the latest. We're also linking to every booth and panel listed so you can easily add them to your Show Planner App. And say hi if you see me on the floor, I'll be cosplaying as "Terrified Hypochondriac Man."

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9 Interesting Ways Edge of Tomorrow/Live. Die. Repeat. Differs from its Source Material

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:00 am


Today is a day which I fondly refer to as All You Need is Kills-mas, the day that Edge of Tomorrow comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. You know: Edge of Tomorrow, the Tom Cruise-Emily Blount science fiction spectacle that skidded hard at the box office, despite delighting both critics and the audiences who actually got out and saw it. Edge of Tomorrow, which plays like a sadistic Groundhog Day, as Cruise's character dies over and over again, caught in a time loop, trying to somehow win a seemingly impossible battle. Edge of Tomorrow, inexplicably retitled Live Die Repeat after already being inexplicably retitled from its original moniker, the fabulous, can't-forget-it-once-you've-heard-it All You Need is Kill. Edge of Tomorrow is notable for being an adaptation of a Japanese science fiction novel by Hiroshi Sakurazawa - Japanese SF isn't something that's commonly been mined for Hollywood blockbusters.

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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am


If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.

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How Supernatural's 10 Seasons Represent Buddhist Stages of Reincarnation

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 am


Supernatural is a show that is entering its tenth year. This is a heady accomplishment, especially in a world where Firefly and Brisco County Jr. both only got one season. It's also unique in that it brings in the female fans despite the fact that the main characters are all males (albeit extremely dreamy ones). Thus, with season 10 approaching fast, how can we celebrate Supernatural?

Supernatural tends to be a little circular. Invincible enemies are introduced one season and two seasons later they're basically mooks. The brothers break up and reunite more times than Oasis, taking turns being the "Cynical Brother Who No Longer Cares". Sam goes from being a demonic host to the devil to an angel and Dean goes from being the Sword of Michael to being the new Cain. It's not easy to find a central meaning to Supernatural. You have to think a little outside the box after all these years and after so many tangled story lines. One idea that more or less works is reincarnation. Are the boys trapped in an eternity of living the same lives and making the same choices over and over again? I mean, they are, but what if there's a literal truth to it as well? Assuming there is, let's look at ten reasons Supernatural is all about the path of reincarnation.

(Extreme spoiler warning here. Just stop when you get to the season you haven't binge-watched yet.)

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10 Reasons Hollywood Needs to Stop Catering to Whiny-Assed Nerds Like You and Me.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:00 am


If there's one lesson that is easy to learn, it is this: nerds on the Internet are an angry and contentious lot; far more often than is good for us.

A big contributor to this problem is that the past decade and a half has seen a surge of members of our own ranks entering into the elite circles of the entertainment industry. When guys like Chris Nolan, Bryan Singer, Joss Whedon et al. started to hit the sweet spot of what works for nerds and what doesn't alienate conventional audiences, Hollywood saw a huge spike in profits and praise. Nerd-approved properties have become a perennial market bonanza and Hollywood is continually doing its best to try and court our dollars. Sometimes it even seems that they're doing too good a job of it - to their own detriment. To see what I mean about the forest being missed for the trees or even just the branches, let's get onto the list proper.

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The 10 Most WTF Moments From Fantastic Fest's 2014 Movies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am


Some of us are satisfied with the nerdery Hollywood provides us. Marvel movies are great, we've got another Star Wars saga to look forward to and the Wachowskis keep making crazy movies. For others, HBO's Game of Thrones is as edgy as we need to get. A few, however, need to search the depths of the cinematic fringes for something we've never seen before. The problem is it takes a lot to top the previous 117 years of cinema; at this point we're talking about the cinematic equivalent of autoerotic asphyxiation.

Proceed to the rest of this article at your own risk. Mildly NSFW images ahead.

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4 Reasons We Shouldn't (and 4 We Should) Get Excited About the Marvel/Jack Kirby Settlement

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Photo by Alan Light

Friday afternoon is usually a great time to hide bad news. It's a common enough practice that it has its own name: the Friday News Dump. So you can imagine that there was some befuddlement when this was announced:
"Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."
This was not bad news. This was the exact opposite of bad news. This was acknowledgement of the role of arguably the most important creator in comic book history by a notoriously litigious company on the eve of maybe the opening of the Supreme Court's phase in the litigation. This was incredible news. After 30 years of fighting with Marvel over King Kirby's contributions to their universe, FINALLY there was some kind of positive resolution.

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16 Stories You Might Have Missed This Weekend, From Chris Pratt's He-Man Fanfic to Banana Garfield

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

via Timley-Tardis-Lego

Can you beat a sentient Garfield banana? We'll give it a try, with these amusing tidbits culled form your weekend submissions and collected with the help of Kyle LeClair. Tipsters this week include kegs, donnaryoko, rkwsuperstar, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, clashctyrkr, Rx79immigrant84, SlyDante777

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The 7 Most Amusing Reactions and Possibilities to Come From Microsoft Buying Minecraft

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 am


Last week, a whole lot of people who aren't into video games, but like reading financial news, suddenly heard about Minecraft for the first time when it was announced that the game is being acquired by computer giant Microsoft for 2.5 billion dollars.

This news has been a huge surprise, sending shockwaves through the fan community and the gaming press. Some of those reactions have been particularly entertaining, and the possibilities that the deal presents are interesting as well. Let's take a look at some highlights.

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Cosplayers AREN'T Ruining Conventions. Here Are 5 Reasons Why.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Crowd at SDCC panel, photo by Molly McIsaac

I've seen it posted over and over on my social media in the last twenty-four hours: THE article. The one that says cosplayers are ruining conventions. My highly talented costumer friends - many who make a living from cosplay - are livid, stirred up into mania merely by the title of the article: "Is Cosplay Killing Comic-Con?"

Let's investigate...

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