Nik Kaldobsky is making a Spider-Man webisode comedy. Or rather, he’d like to, if some kindly nerds might help pony for production costs. To this end, Nik had several million of his friends and/ore relatives email me, all within about an hour of each other, separately asking or telling me to feature his “Adjective Spide-Man” on TR. It would have been annoying if it hadn’t been kind of adorable. It also helps that “Adjective Spider-Man” looks very goofy in a very good way, as evidenced by the trailer; plus, I’ll give Kaldobsky credit for making a shockingly accurate Spidey movie costume. His Spidey is even going to some martial arts academy too, just to get in the best shape possible for the fight scenes — and this is all before funding, so he and his team are obviously serious. Anyways, watch the video, and consider donating here. And to all of Mr. Kaldobsky’s friends: you can stop emailing me.
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.