Since I made my announcement that this would be my last week helming TR, I’ve been flooded with kind words, good memories and unnecessary thanks from you all, and it’s just breaking my tiny, scotch-soaked heart. John Mapes, frontman for the legendary Lasagna Cigarette, has even dedicated a special version of “Love Is Lasagna” for me, above. I’ll say this again on Friday, but seriously, thank you all for making these last five years possible, and for making them great, too. I lasagna you all.
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.