There was a really large amount of TV news that came out of NYCC this weekend. I should really do a trifecta or even a STYNK compilation, but the news is all so big it really feels like they each deserve their own post. Like, for instance, this Arrow sizzle reel for the upcoming season, which 1) looks surprising badass (and I say that as someone who thought the pilot was already surprisingly badass) and 2) includes a shit-ton of fan goodness, including Deathstroke in action, Deadshot in action, China White in action (she actually appears on this Wednesday’s episode, for the record), and more. I particularly like the quick glimpse of John Barrowman in full-on Suave, Smug Motherfucker mode. Anyways, I was excited for Arrow before, and now I’m actually ready to forgive them for dropping the word “green.” That’s saying something.
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.