Top-Down Smackdown: Headlocked, the Comic

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm


Writer Michael Kingston isn't just blowing smoke or flexing his mental pythons when he says that most wrestling comics suck, and his is finally a good one. They do, just like most wrestling movies suck, in large part because until very recently, nobody who knew what the business was actually like behind-the-scenes was allowed to talk about it. Thus, any fiction about wrestling mimicked the onscreen storylines, unconvincingly trying to persuade the reader that it's all real competition.

Thanks to documentaries like Beyond the Mat, shows like Tough Enough and the Oscar-nominated drama The Wrestler, we now know how to do things right. And Kingston's comic mostly does.

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Here's the Flash in His Season 2 Costume

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

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I'm not sure precisely what's new about it, which may be due to the lighting - but I am assured that it is, in fact, a new suit.

Click to enlarge, and maybe some of you can figure out the devilish details of difference.

Adult Swim's Comic-Con Trailers: Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken and More

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:00 am


Lots to see here. Rick and Morty's second season, Robot Chicken's third DC special that riffs on Crisis on Infinite Earths, a fun skit about that little devil on your shoulder from Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, and a look at Bee Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever.

It looks like there'll be plenty to enjoy while I'm desperately trying to wind down for those precious five hours of sleep a night next season.

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First New X-Files Footage Airs

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm


Not a whole lot of it, but some. And since it just aired during Wayward Pines, I'm going to assume that none of you were watching. Well, that's why I'm here for you. Because I know you want to believe.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Pinkie Pie, Defiance, Dark Shadows and More

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30 am


Got questions? Martha Boyd has all sorts of answers. A desert-dweller, self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, former LAPD officer and widow to a Green Beret, she's seen and heard things crazier than you've imagined. And is ready for whatever odd questions you have, so bring them on!

Hi all. Well, we made it thru Comic-Con. As you all know I was bumped on the site for the event. For those who went - hope you had a great time and left your money behind. Heavens knows all those poor companies need it. This year I understand that LYT had the best Internet connects ever. Yippi, and finally! I know he had a great time and would not miss it for the world. He has been doing Comic-Con since before I knew him.

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First Clip From Sherlock Christmas Special Gets Back to Book Basics

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:02 am


If you've ever wished Sherlock would just be set in Arthur Conan Doyle's time for more accuracy to source, you finally get your wish. This first look at Victorian Cumberbatch dropped last week, but was easily missed in the Comic-Con madness. Thankfully, Indiewire dug it up and now we can run with it.

The episode will air as a theatrical movie in limited markets.

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All 22 of Our Comic-Con 2015 Video Interviews in One Post

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:00 am


This is a wrap on our Comic-Con 2015 coverage, folks. And I happen to think that on a shoestring budget, with a team of one editor in San Diego, one in New York, and one correspondent in Hall H for one day, we stayed competitive with the big guys, who'll be doling out their coverage in drips and drabs for the next month or so while we're busy moving on.

Thanks to Jim for minding the fort and picking a Twitter fight with Max Landis, to Bryce for battling his way into Hall H, for Jason and Kyle who helped me do research, Julia for her "takeover" posts on social media, and Peggy who does my transcriptions. Being underdogs just means we try harder...and do better. I wish I could pay you all a million bucks.

Now, in case you missed any, here are all of our video interviews.

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Comic-Con 2015: Steven Universe Cast and Creators

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 8:15 am


This was, again, a roundtable featuring TR and other nerd sites. Present at the table were creator Rebecca Sugar, supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey, actor Zach Callison, and singer-actress Estelle.

(Thanks to Kyle LeClair for some assists with question compiling.)

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Comic-Con 2015: The Cast and Co-Executive Producer of Adventure Time

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 5:00 am


One major reason why Comic-Con is perceived to be all about the big corporate blockbuster movie panels these days is because those are the events to which major mainstream media outlets grab all the access, and therefore that is their narrative. The nerd blogs that have been covering Comic-Con since day one, not so much - we only get access to Hall H if we somehow persuade a crazy person to wait in line overnight just for the thrilling privilege of seeing themselves on Vimeo.

Which is why I give crazy props to Cartoon Network, who invited multiple nerd bloggers to all of their press events. The following transcription is of a group roundtable interview, with questions asked by me and others. The featured guests were Adam Muto, Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson, John DiMaggio and Tom Kenny.

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SDCC 2015: Heroes Reborn Trailer Is Full Of Trickery

Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Not this one.

The Heroes Reborn panel just wrapped up out in San Diego, and God help me, for a half a second during the trailer, I almost forgot about the original show.

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