I’ve gotten a lot of tips over the weekend, but none of them have delighted me as much as this incredibly factual docudrama about DC offering Alan Moore the “rights” to Watchmen back and the events that led to Before Watchmen. This is only Part 1, so I’m eagerly awaiting the later scene (spoilers!) where Moore attaches a car battery to Dan DiDio’s nipples. I’m told DiDio still refuses to speak about what happened when he goes to cons; that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask him if you get the chance, though.
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.