Here’s the first look I’ve seen at AMC and Kevin Smith’s nerds-in-a-comic-store reality show, Comic Book Men. If you’ll recall, I railed against this thing when it was first announced, but instead of being just a look at the few dysfunctional nerds who enter comic shops and give the rest of us a bad name, it’s going to be a Pawn Stars-type show for the comic crowd. I can get behind that. I can’t stand those other pawn reality shows, but I might be interested to see what kind of awesome comics and toys and shit people might bring into Smith’s New Jersey comic store. I was worried that the show would solely focus on how fucked up/creepy nerds can be. While I’m sure there’ll be more than a bit of that, I am relieved that there’s at least more going on “HEY LOOK AT THE NERD HE STILL READS COMIC BOOKS DURRRR”. The show begins in February after The Walking Dead season two part 2 premiere.(Via Nerd Bastards)
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.