Geek Apparel of the Week: The Nerdist Comic-Con Hoodie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

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While I may be totally sick of Chris Hardwick, TV host; or Chris Hardwick, wanna-be best friend of everyone cool; I have to give props to Chris Hardwick, fashion designer. This convention hoodie - a rare bit of male-sized apparel to be sold by Her Universe - has the right sized pockets to load yourself up at a convention without having to jam everything into your pants.

The only issue I have is that it is a hoodie. Hoodies are warm. Warmth leads to sweat. Sweat leads to stench. Stench...leads to suffering! At least there's room somewhere in there to pack extra deodorant. Perhaps next year we can get a Nerdist utility belt, or optional add-on Nerdist nose plugs.

The Room's Tommy Wiseau Is Now an Underwear Salesman

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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For a guy who supposedly made his mysterious fortune selling clothes, I'll say this: Tommy Wiseau's fashion sense is certainly the equal of his directorial talents. But at least for all of you who demanded to own garishly colored briefs with the name "Tommy Wiseau" on them, which is exactly nobody, the product exists now.

Here's why this is yet another instance of the unlikely auteur coming off clueless: as fans of The Room know, there is an ENTIRE SCENE centered around underwear in the movie, which culminates in the creative use of the phrase "me underwears." If, instead of putting his name on these undergarments, Wiseau had simply had the sense to write "Me Underwears," people would actually buy that.

Instead, he has made a joint commercial for both the briefs and his never-gonna-happen sitcom The Neighbors. Like everything he does, it's hilariously overacted and paced about as well as a drunk running the New York marathon, featuring Wiseau as a character named "Ricky Rick" who likes "Tommy Wiseau" products. But you have to see it...


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Geek Apparel of the Week: Rocket Raccoon Invades Your Favorite Wolf Moon T-Shirt

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

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James Gunn's sense of humor appears to have rubbed off on the licensors for Guardians of the Galaxy, but even if the movie and the comic behind it had never existed, one-upping the uber-manly and iconic Three Wolf Moon shirt by adding raccoons with guns was clearly an inevitability. For maximum effect, if someone asks you about the shirt, don't even tell them it's a character from comics and movies. Just be all redneck Sam Jackson, and tell them you like motherfucking raccoons with big motherfucking guns. Because who doesn't?

Okay, homeowners trying to keep their trashcans upright. You got me on that one. But who ELSE?

(Bonus GAOTW: Topless Roboteer Brando Lars did a pretty snazzy and unlikely mash-up tee featuring Game of Thrones and...well, you should really see for yourself)

Tentacle Sex Toys, for the Cthulhu Lover Deep, DEEP Inside You

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Soooo...Yeah. These.

Pick a color. Pick the amount of "firmness" you'd like. Stare in horror (or joy) at the way the company chooses to promote it with a fan-fictiony (and very NSFW) image of a foxlike furry with a boner getting his octopus on. As we celebrate freedom this weekend, glob bless the fact that we live in a country where even this is allowed...I guess.

Programming note: minimal posting tomorrow, but the Weekend Open Thread will go up earlier than usual.

Story h/t to The Mary Sue

The 14 Coolest Things on the Harry Potter WB Studio Tour in London

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Although the primary purpose of my trip to England was to see family, my wife and I had a special incentive too - as a birthday present, my cousin managed to procure us tickets to the UK Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford, just outside of London. Now, unlike studio tours here in Hollywood, this was a show-and-tell with exactly one topic: Harry Potter. But on that one topic, it had every damn thing you can imagine short of a personal greeting from Alan Rickman. The studio isn't allowed to have anything that be considered a "ride" - that would infringe on Universal Studios' exclusive international rights to same - but it does have as many props, costumes, miniatures, wigs, effects and other doodads as could presumably be secured, and it presents them in a way that puts most collections of far more acclaimed artworks to shame.

You can probably picture some of what's there already. But I'm here to show you the best things you might not have expected...

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Tony Stark Shakes Hands with Charles Dickens in These Iron Man Gloves

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

It's not too often you get to use the words "Dickensian" and "exoskeleton" to describe the same item of clothing, but these gloves from Etsy user Nerdifacts definitely warrant the juxtaposition. I'm from Houston and I live in Los Angeles, so this is an honest question: What's the point of fingerless gloves exactly?

Thanks to Greggory B for the tip.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Star Wars Death Metal Shirts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

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It's pretty common in L.A. to see T-shirts with filmmaker names done like metal-band logos: Von Trier as Van Halen, Herzog for Danzig, etc. But I've never seen Star Wars names as death metal bands until now.

Here's the million dollar question: how long did it take you to realize that the middle one doesn't actually say "Obituary" on it?

Marvel T-Shirts Contest Winners

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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Your mission was to describe a scene from the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie.

I tried to go for a mix of the silly and the sublime with these, from jokey entries to honest to goodness Holy Shit moments that could happen.

Because there are six winners, there won't be any honorable mentions. If you are one of the winners, please email your name, TR username, address, shirt size and URL of the Marvel shirt you pick to toplessrobot at gmail.

Now, let us find out who you are:

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Sailor Jerry Tattoo-Style Nerd Shirts

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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When Caleb Paullus broke his left arm and in his right hand in a motorcycle accident, he decided to try to recuperate by drawing - and mashing up his favorite movie and TV properties with Sailor Jerry-style tattoo flash art.

His Kickstarter for the designs has already made more than seven times what it needed to, with 17 days to go, so rather than float some hypothetical designs, he sent over a few of the images that will now become real product, from Pokemon to Star Trek themes. And it's way safer to enjoy them on a shirt than on your skin - the former only hurts your wallet.

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GIVEAWAY: Six Marvel T-shirts From Shirts.com!

Monday, June 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

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As you can see, Shirts.com has a variety of styles for all fans of T-shirts, whether you prefer in-universe logos, fake costume/chests, or just a favorite bit of artwork across your upper body. And to celebrate the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, six of you can take home the Marvel shirt of your choice from their vast selection.

I would assume that at this point, most of you have either seen the movie or gotten the general gist. And you know what's coming next: X-Men: Apocalypse.

To win one of these shirts, in comments below describe to me a scene you imagine being in that next movie. It can be what you imagine if Bryan Singer gets everything right...or how it might go if every decision is a terrible one. Or in-between. You have until this Friday at noon, at which point I'll choose six victors. Enter as often as you like, but you can only win one shirt per person...and you must have a valid commenter account with working email address attached to it. Also: sorry, international readers, but shirts can only be sent to U.S. addresses.