First there was Droids… then there was Troops. Now, the folks at The Warp Zone bring you Vendors, the adventures of a couple of retailers in the Star Wars universe. The first episode details the problems a Sith can have when attempting to purchase a lightsaber… or when trying to commit acts of heinous evil, for that matter. Evil is hard work, you know. You can’t just wake up in the morning and expect to acts of horror and atrocity to just come along. You have to work at it.
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.