The first promo for Robot Chicken‘s DC special has arrived, and I’m happy to report it doesn’t look like it’s going to disappoint. Oh sure, not every joke works, but when you pack as many gags per episode in as RC does, not all of them can be kneeslappers (although I would count the criminal only shooting Superman in the balls as a kneeslapper, personally). But my favorite part is Luthor’s demand to his Legion of Doom co-workers that the dude who keeps wiping his boogers on the bathroom wall at the urinal stop it. As you know, Robot Chicken is staffed by a lot of ex-Wizard and ToyFare guys, and someone who worked there myself, I can assure you — with 100% certainty — that this joke was inspired by the dude who kept wiping his goddamn boogers on the bathroom wall at the urinal. I had to stare at those goddamn things every time I pissed for five years. Whenever you guys wish you had a job that is completely nerdy, where you work with fellow nerds on cool, nerdy things, please try to remember there’s a price to pay for that luxury. There’s always a price.
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.