27 Hours of Marvel: Surviving 11 Comic Book Films in One Sitting

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

[NOTE: This is NOT a spoiler thread for Age of Ultron. That will come later today.]

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People are always trying to push the boundaries of nerddom. Whether you're going for a gaming marathon, binge watching Daredevil on Netflix, or trying to collect every single Pokemon, there's a group of fans can who, no matter what their love is, they want to be the very best. Hollywood certainly hasn't been opposed to relishing in the attention of nerds and geeks the world around. It's not unusual to see film screening turn extreme.

Other nerd culture websites have put on screenings a day in length, but as impressive as these butt-numbing events are, they still pale in comparison to the epic marathon that Disney, Marvel, AMC, and Regal cinemas have put forth for comic book fans, a marathon that I, as of this writing, am about to embark on. That's right true believers, I, Jason Helton, am attending the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon. The challenge: 11 films, 27 hours, one sitting. Every single film in the non-Sony Marvel universe, from Iron Man, all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Jeremy Renner Sings About Hawkeye's Lesser-Known Powers, and I'd Buy His Album

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:22 am

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While I'm starting to become averse to Jimmy Fallon's desperate pleas for viral video attention via Stupid Celebrity Tricks, Jeremy Renner's actual singing voice makes this one worthwhile. Dude could have been a pop star if he weren't an action hero - and his straight-faced descriptions of his alter-ego's less-heralded abilities hit the spot (though once you see the new movie, you'll realize some are complete violations of canon).

Fight on, Barton.

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8 Nerdy Strains Of Weed To Smoke On 4/20

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Stereotypes permeate every kind of culture, and pot smokers are no different. Though there are plenty of us who love listening to Dark Side of The Moon while watching Wizard of Oz, there are also plenty of us who would listen to a drumset fall down a staircase before listening to Pink Floyd. One of the relatively recent trends to emerge is the link of the number '420' to marijuana culture, specifically using the time 4:20 as a "tea-time" of sorts, and even more specifically the date 4/20 being turned into a holiday. Despite what several people may tell you, this has nothing to do with Earth Day; in fact its origin is more mundane than you may expect. So mundane, in fact, that some of us pot smokers even think the whole idea is kind of annoying. If you smoke regularly, you shouldn't need an unofficial holiday taken from an arbitrary number to be able smoke freely.


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6 Things to Consider When Spending Your Entire Paycheck on a Star Trek Tricorder

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Most of us people of the geeky persuasion have a collection of some sort. With the seemingly infinite diversity of fan bases and the actual limitless lengths companies will go to make money, you can, for the right price, collect just about anything, geeky or mundane. For purveyors of Topless Robot, one might collect toys or comics, films or anime wall scrolls. As someone who loves film, science fiction and technology, my drug of choice for the better part of the eighteen years of my adult life has been movie props.

The problem with collecting props, as a married man with four kids, is that the prices involved with collecting props generally range from "I'm never getting laid again" to "Divorce Court." Therefore, my authentic prop collection is limited to a pair of screen-worn Caprica Buccaneers jerseys (a gift from my wife), and Eddie Griffin's briefcase from Undercover Brother. While I'd love the addition of some top tier props to my collection, the fact is that most cost more than my first car. [Hey, it's tax day - spend your refund! - LYT]

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Most Major Star Wars Celebration Panels Will Stream Live Online

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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This is an interesting wrinkle. I have a press pass and all, but the fan convention just made it all-but-irrelevant to be there in person, with the announcement that Thursday morning's big trailer reveal, as well as panels featuring most of the big-name talents in attendance, will be viewable simultaneously to anyone with a computer.

Assuming the Internet holds up, of course, which is no sure thing at giant conventions. But it certainly makes you think that Comic-Con, ostensibly a non-profit, could head that direction as well, though again, since SDCC basically knocks the entire city of San Diego's Internet access on its ass, some things may not be technologically possible.

Do this and put the trailers and/or clips online right afterward, and a lot of hurt feelings could be salvaged. But is it bad business, or is the added value of seeing a star in person still something folks will pay premiums for?

21 Awesome Cosplays From WonderCon Anaheim 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Courtney of 2 Fresh Cosplay as a box of Nerds
My favorite part of conventions is the cosplay, and not because I like to see all the different excuses some women find to show more skin. I also love seeing little kids dress up. Wait, that sounds worse. What I mean is, I love the creativity people of all ages show, either with inventive props, obscure characters, or whimsical new takes on the classic comic books.

At WonderCon Anaheim last weekend, I went around taking cosplay photos. Where possible, I also gathered the social media info of the pictured cosplayers so we could follow them in the future. Take Courtney, above, one half of 2Fresh Cosplay (find them on Facebook), as a box of Nerds. That's actually a dress they sell in stores, but it works on many levels at WonderCon.

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The 10 Biggest Highlights of WonderCon 2015 (UPDATED w/Flash Sizzle Reel)

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

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We've now learned that this weekend was the last WonderCon for the city of Anaheim, CA, and it was a great four years of accidentally turning into the Disneyland parking lot before making a U turn to find the Anaheim Convention Center. I still miss WonderCon San Francisco, which was far enough away from home to justify spending the whole weekend there, but that's not an issue for any of the out-of-towners who'll make an event out of next year's WonderCon Los Angeles anyway.

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A Japanese Whiskey Company Made Some Amazingly Nerdy Sculpted Ice Cubes

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:50 am

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Using a process that's a bit like reverse 3D-printing - subtractive carving based on a digital file rather than additive layering - Suntory whiskey has been promoting its booze with mini-masterpieces of ice art in glasses of its beverage, from Jaws to Mario and Batman. They're also holding a contest featuring user submissions.

You can see a video of the process below, but be sure to check out all the cool sculpts they already have - either in still photos, or 3D Flash-animated full rotations.

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8 Essential Artist and/or Writer Runs for New Comics Fans (and Old Ones Playing Catch-up)

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

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So you're new to comics and you're not sure where to start. Maybe you've seen a bunch of Marvel or DC movies and want to delve a little deeper. Perhaps you've always wanted to get into comics in general but you find the mass of issues and overlapping, frequently altered continuity daunting (make no mistake, it is). Thankfully, there are some good - some might say amazing - jumping-off points out there, driven by specific writers, artists, or writer-artist teams.

Here are some of the most definitive in the medium...

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You Can Now Officially Propose to Your Sweetheart. The Star Wars Hoth Ring is Here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

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What you are looking at is a Thorsten brand tungsten ring that depicts the Battle of Hoth. You can buy this. Why aren't you?


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