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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: Oh no! Oliver Akuin has drawn Jurassic Park‘s Lex and Tim getting attacked by a T-rex, I guess we’ll allow it. If you’ve already seen the movie, and who hasn’t by now, you know that this failed snack attempt is the least of their worries. [XombieDIRGE]

Hit the jump for hipsters, balloons and X-men!
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The rich history of Superman places a burden on those who choose to sift through those 75 years of comics in search of identifying a finite batch of stories that define the character. Frankly, it is a fool’s errand that is guaranteed to rankle readers who have their own ideas about which Superman stories are must read, but that is part of the fun. So we have gone and done just that with an eye toward balance, historic significance, and good old fashioned quality.

Along the way, we hope that any missing tales don’t stand out like a beacon. With Superman’s 75 year history, an all inclusive list is difficult and impossible to narrow down to ten. What we hope to do is share these and maybe have you discover a few new tales or perspectives on the Last Son of Krypton that give new perspective on the hero.

Many call Superman a character that is often boring, over powered or impossible to relate to by those who haven’t looked deep enough into the character’s origins and his long journey from a scribble and a notion that fell out of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s head. That is selling the story telling short. While the Man of Tomorrow is an orphaned alien from a distant world, he is a reflection of us, and has evolved with us for the last seven and a half decades.

The Superman “S” is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. He was the founding Father of the Superhero genre. A complex hero, an outcast, a Christ-like figure, a being comprised of unfathomable strength and virtue, a scared kid, a stoic old “man”, wounded, alone, a savior and someone who has been saved. Superman has been all of these things throughout his existence, and we hope that these stories demonstrate that, so without further ado, we present the Ten Superman Comics that Everyone Should Read. (more…)

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: When your planet is rocking two suns you need some grade ‘A’ marketing to bring in those customers. So here is a Princess Leia Coppertone ad by Casey Weldon. [MissKateQuinn]

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Welcome once again to another reliably ridiculously round of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you, the readers, get to ask us, the writers of Nerd Bastards, what we think about all manner of geeky topics. This week we’re talking about the good an bad of Disney purchasing LucasFilm and what it means for Star Wars and Indiana Jones. We share our favorite Nerdy possessions, and provide some electrifying comments about Jamie Foxx as Electro in Spider-Man 2.

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I’m still impressed with the amount of comic book news coming out of Comic-Con. Sure some of you might be thinking, well duh, but in past years Comic-Con has become inundated with Hollywood studios pushing their movies or TV shows, and the comics have kind of taken a step back. Apparently, not the case this year.

Dark Horse has announced a new Star Wars series from Brian Wood with art by Carlos d’Anda and covers from Alex Ross. This series will pick up events right after the end of A New Hope, like, “literally days after the Battle of Yavin,” as Wood told Comic Book Resources,

My plan is to pretend that nothing else exists other than ‘A New Hope,’ at least in the minds of the characters. The fact the reader knows so much, especially things the characters don’t just yet — such as Luke and Leia being related, Vader as their father, et cetera — makes for some fun writing. I love ‘Empire,’ and maybe in the future I’ll catch up to that film story-wise, but for right now I’m enjoying this beautiful moment in time, starting literally days after the Battle of Yavin when everything is set up and the future is wide open.

This news is making me so happy. As much as I love The Clone Wars series, and I really, really, do, I want to spend more time with the characters we first met in that Original Trilogy, and telling their story between Episodes IV and V is the perfect point in time.

The news gets even better, as Wood goes on to talk about the expanded role for Princess Leia,

Leia is not going to be sitting around in a gown attending a lot of meetings — she has her blaster and an X-wing and is out there with Luke and Wedge working on building the Alliance back up after losing so much. I really wanted to put Leia into the mix, holding her own in battle.

Leia as an X-Wing pilot? SOLD. The whole interview is worth perusing, but a few more things we can expect are a still inexperienced Luke, Han still being, “kind of jerk,” and Vader getting his deserved punishment for fucking up the Empire’s whole plan, “Vader… is taken to task by the Emperor for not stopping that one X-wing that took out the Death Star.” Oooh…someone’s grounded!

The new Star Wars series will be releasing in 2013. Just try and tell me you’re not excited, I won’t believe you. Here’s preview of the cover by Ross as well as some interior art, via io9, by d’Anda that shows of Leia in her new role,

Source: Comics Alliance

Attack Of The New Comics Wednesday: 12-07-2011

Finally it’s new Comics Wednesday and its time to dive into a whole new random pile of books and see what we come up with. To be honest, this week came with a few hints about what 2012 will look like, well for one company that is. Yes, we are on the cusp of hitting comic book crossover event season. “Hey, wait… Fear Itself and Flashpoint JUST wrapped up” you might say, but you know how it works. Big guys are warming us up for the next one.

DC looks like they might be going for smaller events at the moment. Crossing over a few books and letting the characters meet each other again for the first time in the DCnU. Don’t fool yourself, There is the mystery purple hoodie lady, there is something brewing. Who is she? How does she fit in? Is this a set up to how the new Multiverse set up since the reset? Personally, I really wish last weeks Tiny Titans was the true canonical answer to who the mystery lady is, but Dan DiDio would never let that happen, would he.

The other guys, Marvel that is, have an event they just dropped some details on, oh we’ve already covered it, but I just wanted to chime in here. Avengers Vs X-Men? Come on. This had better be bigger than that. Back a few weeks, Marvel Point One hinted more than just your typical and done to death hero vs hero slug fest.  Also, what is Wolverine going to do? He’s on both damn teams! Oh the drama. With any luck, when the Phoenix smacks her/itself into the Earth, maybe Marvel will get is own (imo) much needed reboot.

Ok, so what do we have this week? I bite into another one of those books. You know the one everyone is talking about, one that’s winning awards, one that I probably should have picked up long ago. Also, check in with one of DC’s New 52, one I dropped at issue one and never looked back, even though everyone was talking about great it was and probably going to win awards. Speaking of next years event for Marvel, I grab a book that is supposedly made up of the ‘connective tissue of the Marvel Universe’ so, we should have something to talk about beyond Captain America fighting Cyclops, again. The last one? I prove a point about Alex Ross and marketing ploys.

It’s all up after the jump in the fast and dirty reviews.

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Attack Of The New Comics Wednesday: 10-26-2011

It’s that day again, the day where comic nerds all over the world avoid their real lives and dive into a whole new weeks worth of comic books.

Welcome to Attack of the New Comics Wednesday! I venture into a local comic store, randomly grab a handful of books off the shelf and give them a once over. I think it is every comic nerds duty to keep grabbing up new titles and seeing how they fit, and I am more than happy to do it for you.

This week, we venture into the wild cosmic with Kirby: Genesis, go two the depths of the oceans with two 2nd string characters that rise to the occasion (and no, Sebastian the Crab isn’t one of them) and we attend the first day of classes as Wolverine starts his career as the mutant Mr. Belding.

It all happens after the jump.

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There’s been bits of Game of Thrones news popping up lately, and we’ve neglected to mention any. Shame on us, I know. We’ll be accepting you hate mail shortly. In the meantime, let’s share the latest buzz from Westeros.

As you’re probably well aware, they’re currently filming the second season. Winter-is-Coming.net (a great source for all your up to the minute Game of Thrones news), laid hands on our first look at season two filming. Most importantly, it’s our first look at Emmy winner, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) on set. Here’s a sample,

Check out winter-is-coming.net for the full report.

This week was also the release of Game of Thrones comic’s first issue. Written by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham, art by Tommy Patterson with a cover by Alex Ross. Here’s the first page, just to wet your appetite.

To check out the entire, lengthy preview visit Newsarama. It promises to be a fantastic comic, and I’m sure one day will have a beautiful, complete collectors edition we can all drool over.

Finally, did you know they’re making a PC game based on The Song of Ice and Fire book series. Called A Game of Thrones: Genesis, this strategy game “takes place before the events of the novels, in the time of Aegon the Conqueror, and the trailer shows at least one reason why that’s a good thing: dragons!”

Umm…awesome!

The first  trailer was just released, watch it below,

(TDW: Geek)

I want a dragon.

Oh! One more thing, in addition to Peter Dinklage snagging his Emmy, the show also won a Creative Arts Emmy for their main title design. Okay, I admit it, this is only an excuse for me to include the show’s opening sequence. But I bet you’ll be watching it again, too. It’s addictive. The music, so good. The cool way they represent the map of Westeros. Perfect.

There’s your update on what’s happening in Westeros. Game of Thrones returns Spring 2011 which is really too far off. Hopefully soon the first season will release on DVD/Blu-ray. Re-watching the first season  and rereading the books should tide me over till spring.

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