Apparently Conan’s new TV show studio is right next to the DC Animation building at the Warner Bros. studio lot, so Conan decided to drop by and film a segment. He got Bruce Timm to draw him as a superhero — hilariously, he’s only described as an “animator,” and not the animation god we know him to be — but he mostly stopped by to make fun of old, lame DC superheroes. Excuse me, Mr. O’Brien, but that’s the internet’s job. We online nerd sites would greatly appreciate it if you kept your hands off our most basic, essential material.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.