Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies

R.I.P. Gene Colan and Peter Falk

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?? Gene Colan, one of the best known and best-loved comic artists of the Silver Age, passed away yesterday following complication from liver disease. He was 84. This is one of those times I’m going not open my big, comics-ignorant yap, and just invite you all to read this moving memorial over at Comic Book Resources.

? Actor Peter Falk also died yesterday at the age of 83. His work was shockingly non-nerdy — he he was best known for Columbo, obviously — but he played the grandfather in The Princess Bride, one of the most beloved nerd movies in existence, and that’s enough to have his passing mentioned here. Try to give it a watch and tell someone you love “As you wish” this weekend.

About Author

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.