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Words Good! Read Now!: Volume 2

Welcome back to this thing that is on the internet. In week one of the Words Good! Read Now! micro-revolution I told you about some truly wonderful articles that touched on a 3D printer that could make prescription drugs (incidentally, now they’re making guns with them, so fuck utopia apparently) a look into a legendary recording studio, and the origin story for Nickelodeon Slime. This week there is more brilliance that I have found, more magical stories I wish to share with you — you lucky people!

As always though (and also for the second time ever), we begin with a sexy sexy declarative statement: We do this because we love writers and we love words and if 100 of you read this and go read these articles and then maybe some of you recommend those articles… well, then that will be a decent amount of people reading these things. Blah, blah, blah — Words Good! Read Now!

First up, Rob Lammle tells us about an Indiana Jones movie that would have made Crystal Skull look profound — that’s right, Indiana Jones and the Monkey King. Check out the article on Mental Floss here.

Two articles from Film School Rejects make the cut this week, the first from James Broderick, the author of Now a Terrifying Motion Picture!: Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted From Book to Film,” Mr. Broderick takes an excerpt from his book and tells us all about the origins of the classic horror film, Freaks. If you’re a horror fan or a cult movie fan you must read this article.

The second FSR article comes from David Christopher Bell and it reflects on 7 movies that have had to be altered in response to a tragedy. You can read it here.

While we’re here, I want to recommend this article, written by AJ Focht. AJ was in theater 9 in Aurora and he has been personally touched by this tragedy. This is the first of a 3 part series of articles that Mr. Focht is writing about the media, political, and societal response to the Aurora Tragedy with an on-the-ground perspective. In this article, Mr. Focht takes the  press to task and what he reveals about their conduct will infuriate and disgust. This is an important story written with uncompromising truth and clarity in the midst of personal duress — this is the pick of the week. Click here to read the article on the Suicide Girls Blog.

Bryan Whitefield does a splendid write up detailing the rock-doc Shut Up and Play the Hits, which was produced by Adam Yauch (aka MCA from the Beastie Boys, and I really hope you already knew that). The doc details LCD Soundsystems final show at Madison Square Garden. A doc about a concert should feel like a grainy xerox and an article about the doc that is about the concert should be almost indecipherable from the original, but Mr. Whitefield pays tribute to the film and paints a portrait so vivid that you think you are actually watching the film. Check that out on Prefix Magazine’s website.

 

This article is going to be updated constantly as other companies and people get involved and as more details are firmed up. Scroll down for updates, the most recent one will be in bold.

For many of us, our local comic book shop is a safe haven, a hangout, and someplace special. I drive almost a half hour, past two other shops to get to mine, they know me by name, know my likes and dislikes. In harder financial times they’ve given me a little extra for things I had to sell, in good times they’ve taken a little off the price for things I got to buy. Mine is not a unique story.

All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, Colorado is the only comic shop in that town, the hangout and shop for some of the victims in the theater. One of their employees was in the theater and according to All C’s Jason Farnsworth, Tom Sullivan and his son Alex, who lost his life during the massacre on his 27th birthday, were regular customers with hold bins.

We’re all still reeling from the outskirts, all somewhat paralyzed by shock and grief, and battered by story after story on the killer — something that the media has become obsessed with, hounding the victims for interview requests (according to AJ Focht who is the All C’s employee that was in the theater) and Mr. Farnsworth with questions about the killer, who Mr. Farnsworth says was not a customer.

Through the sadness and through the onslaught of attention All C’s endures because they cannot stand still — they’ve got a community to service, and a lot of people who need the safe haven that a comic shop can provide. Comic book fans, professionals, and retailers are a family and in response to this tragedy, All C’s Collectibles is planning a fundraiser for the victims of the Aurora shooting called Aurora Rise and they’re asking for as much help as possible from the comic book community to help them help those most affected.

Two companies that have stepped up to help in this time of need so far, are Dark Horse comics and Image Comics — Dark Horse spokesman Aub Driver had this to say about the event which is tentatively scheduled for late August and which will benefit the victims and the families of the victims:

“I received a call from All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, CO [Monday]. They’re currently organizing a very large fundraiser for the families, survivors and victims of the Aurora shootings. They’re asking for support from all comics publishers, large and small.

It goes without saying that Dark Horse Comics will be showing full support for this fundraiser.

It’s very important to note that All C’s is the only comic book store in the city. This tragedy has rocked their community at large, as well as the rest of the nation. Some of their customers were present at the theater when tragedy struck, even one of their own employees. Showing your full support for the comic book shop and the comic arts medium is incredibly crucial during this dark time.

This is about community. This is about bringing the community of both Aurora and Comics together. This is about standing as one in the face of evil and knowing that one common factor, our love for comics, can unite us.”

Sarah deLaine from Image Comics has also been an early supporter of Aurora Rise, coordinating the donation for Image and it’s imprints. The goods that are being donated for the planned silent auction by Dark Horse and Image are listed below and more is expected from these companies and others.

[Update: All C’s has just told me that Steve Niles will be involved and on hand for the event and that they are considering putting the auction on eBay. Mr. Niles joins Tim Daniel on the roster of comic pros who are set to be involved. Details to follow.]

[Update: Matt Fraction will be at the event which is scheduled to take place on August 25th and August 26th. In the time since this article went live, Comic Book Resources, Bleeding Cool, and others have helped to spread the word, please do what you can to do the same. More updates to follow. (7/30/12)

Right now Mr. Farnsworth is looking for any help he can get, so if you would like to know more or if you are able to help please reach out to All C’s Collectibles at (303)751-6882 or by Email, allcs@comcast.net. You can also visit their Facebook page or the page that has been set up for the event.

I will stay with this story and keep updating it’s progress, but I want to ask my peers in the comic book media to write about this as well so that we can use what power we have for the good work of educating our readers about this positive and helpful act of charity for the victims of this tragedy. These people need all the help they can get to cover medical bills, counseling costs, and living expenses going forward and they are what is most important now.

Dark Horse Items for Silent Auction: (More items will be included)

2 GHOST Lithos signed by Adam Hughes
4 AGE OF REPTILES Lithos signed by Ricardo Delgado
5 USAGI YOJIMBO Lithos signed by Stan Sakai
4 GRENDEL Lithos signed by Matt Wagner
2 BUFFY Lithos signed by Jo Chen
3 UMBRELLA ACADEMY Lithos signed by Gerard Way
3 ABE SAPIEN Lithos signed by Mike Mignola / Jason Shawn Alexander
1 ONE-SHOT WONDER Litho signed by Mike Mignola / Joss Whedon

Image Comics Items for Silent Auction: (More items will be included)

From Image Comics’ Skybound imprint:

The Walking Dead Walkers Watch signed by Robert Kirkman
Rise of the Governor HC
Invincible Compendium
Invincible Shirts
Super Dinosaur Vol 1 and 2
Super Dino Shirts
Thief of Thieves Shirt
Thieves of Thieves Image Expo Variant

From Image Comics’ Top Cow imprint:

Walking Dead #100 (Marc Silvestri cover) signed by Marc Silvestri
Darkness #100 signed by Marc Silvestri
Witchblade #150 (cover G) signed by Marc Silvestri
Cyber Force Issue #13 Page 17, which will be signed by Marc Silvestri before they send it.

Image has also secured a copy of the Robot Chicken: Star Wars III DVD signed by Seth Green for the auction. Again, we will keep updating this and let you know how you can participate in this fundraiser when that information comes available.

In the days after the horrific massacre in Aurora, Colorado many are still looking for answers, comfort, or any way to help the healing begin. I believe everyone who’s a fan of movies has felt a connection to those victims in Aurora and our hearts have been hurting ever since we learned the terrible news. The Dark Knight Rises will likely be forever linked to this heinous crime, but I like to hope the community of Aurora and fans worldwide will eventually rise above it.

But here’s something that can bring a little joy during these tough times, AP is reporting Christian Bale is currently in Aurora visiting victims of the shooting. The story first came from The Denver Post who learned of the actor’s unexpected visit through Facebook when Carey Rottman, one of the 58 people injured, posted photos of himself and Bale.

Seeking further confirmation the press spoke to Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Bros. corporate communications, who said that Bale is in town representing himself and not Warner Bros.

There had been a internet campaign calling for the actor to make such visits, but I like to think this was something he felt was necessary to do on his own. Well done, Mr. Bale.

Source: Pop Culture Brain

Editorial: The Blame Game

We’re three days into a tragedy and up to our knees in a sea of anger, sadness, information and factoids about a killer. I’m not goona name him, I’m not goona talk about his motives here. These people sometimes seek notoriety and the mainstream press has gift wrapped infamy. That is their way — the ever continuing conveyance of identical information, fear mongering, and anything else that gets you to stay in front of your television. This is their agenda, there are many others who have one as well.

I am exhausted by people from the left and the right who try to use tragedies as an opportunity to spread and enhance their agenda. I have friends who are saying that we need to discuss gun control, friends who say that if someone else had had a gun in the theater this would have never happened. These people are still my friends, some of them have a good point, and all of them have terrible timing.

I am disappointed by the people who wonder why someone in the crowd wasn’t “courageous” enough to stop this. I am disappointed by the people who imply that this has happened because we have supposedly abandoned God and I am mortified by those who use their faith to justify abominable acts of protest against the dead. These are the same kind of statements that we hear surrounding any tragedy — statements like “homosexuality caused Hurricane Katrina”, or the Haitian Earthquake, or anything bad really, because it helps inch that agenda forward and it helps get them notoriety. I’m not naming these people either — not because they are on par with the killer, but because I just don’t want to see their names again.

I feel these things but most of all, I feel sad. As has been said by many others in a far more eloquent fashion: these were movie fans, comic book fans, and Batman fans. People who were excited to fall into escapism. This doesn’t make their lives more valuable than anyone elses, but we identify with them and it hits hard.

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Separate and apart from the above text, I spoke to Dr. Travis Langley yesterday afternoon about information overload, the media’s need to keep feeding us information about the killer, and those who try to blame movies, TV, video games, and comics for this tragedy. Dr. Langley is a psychology professor from Henderson State University and the author of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Night. The interview is about 8 minutes long, it is posted below, and I urge you to listen/download it. I also urge you to read up on the victims‘ stories, and as I said the other day, go see a movie.

This is most likely the last thing I have to say on this and once again, my heartfelt condolences to everyone made a victim by this tragedy.

Jason Tabrys Talks With Dr. Travis Langley on 2012 Aurora shooting

People are still talking about the tragic events that transpired this past weekend, where suspect James Holmes walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado and fired upon the crowd. The resulting tragedy unfortunatly left 12 dead, 59 injured and scarred a nation in a way that it may never quite heal from.

Nearly seventy-two hours removed from the initial shock and dismay everyone and their grandmother has voiced their opinion, including American President Barack Obama. Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has already issued a statement, but now Dark Knight director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has released the following statement over the Colorado theater shooting:

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.

The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone.com this past Friday in Paris, where the now cancelled Dark Knight premier was to be held, composer Hans Zimmer said:

“We’re all devastated by what’s happened. When we set up this interview, we didn’t know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris (Nolan)… but I didn’t have the words. Suddenly, words become meaningless because it’s so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word. “It’s just sad.

Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we’d finished it and then this happened.

I just feel so incredibly sad for these people”.

Over at Entertainment Weekly stars Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale also voiced their sympathies over those lost this past weekend.

Anne Hathaway:

“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

Christian Bale:

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

UPDATE: A slew of comic book professionals and heavyweights have spoken up as well. Here’s a look at some of their comments courtesy of Comic Book Movie.

From Brad Meltzer:

“‘No Guns, No Killing.’ That line bears repeating,” quoting a line from a scene in The Dark Knight Rises.

Jonah Weiland, the creator of Comic Book Resources:

“Anybody drawing assumptions between the actions of this man and things they’ve read in a comic book or a movie is just plain wrong.”

“If you really look at who Batman is and what he stands for, he doesn’t stand for what this guy did.”

Neil Gaiman also chimed in, telling the Washington Post that the incident was a “huge and appalling tragedy”. You can check out a few more thoughts on Aurora from others in the comic industry by reading the Washington Post blog‘s roundup from twitter.

We here at Nerd Bastards continue to offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of those involved.

Source: Coming Soon

Words Good! Read Now!: Volume One

Hello kindly reader, how are you? Shh shh, let’s keep the mystery alive. Right now you are reading the first installment of a new column here on NerdBastards.com called Words Good! Read Now! Our goal: Deliver unto you a collection of high quality, thought provoking, and entertaining articles from all across the interweb. Why am I taking time out of my hectic and majestic life to write about other people’s words and suggest them to you? Quite simply, I love writers and I love words and if 100 of you read this and go read these articles and then maybe some of you recommend those articles… well, then that will be a decent amount of people reading these things. What, you thought I’d end with some kind of dramatic flourish? Blah, blah, blah — Words Good! Read Now!

Nick Offerman tells Sean O’Neal (The AV Club) about what it’s like to be a normal, easy going guy in Hollywood, not caring about the Emmy Awards, and how his massive (fake) penis got him work in the early days.  Click here for the article.

You are familiar with Nickelodeon’s green slime, yes? Check out the origin story of that slime with Matt Soniak’s report on Mental Floss. Click here for the article.

I’m a big fan of Rock-Docs, The Foo Fighters, and Rock and Roll history. I also like gourmet cupcakes. Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, checks off three of those boxes and Jon Blistien — a reporter for the upstart indie music magazine Rolling Stone — reports on the progress of the doc that explores the history of the historic Sound City recording studio where Tom Petty, Nirvana, and several other legendary groups recorded some of the greatest albums of all time. Here is the link to this article, and here is a link to an article that will explain to you what an “album” is.

Lauren Davis (IO9) writes about the possibility of 3-D printers gaining the ability to “print” out prescription drugs. It’s a far off concept but it could change the world and save millions of lives by giving them faster access to pharmaceuticals. Read the article here.

Hannah Shaw-Williams from Bleeding Cool takes us on a tour of some of the most outstanding and imaginative crowd-funded films. Click here for the article.

Two (actually three) sad stories conclude this first installment of the column. Tom Davis was a comic legend. Working on SNL in it’s early days, Davis and his writing partner (now Senator) Al Franken created several legendary characters and helped establish and shape the show when it was in its infancy. Crix Lee wrote a wonderful piece about Davis’ career for GeekNation, (which you can read here) but Davis himself wrote a funny, easy going, and soulful estimation of his life amidst the dying. You can read that here, and it is the best thing I read this week.

The second (actually third) sad article is about the Aurora tragedy. Many writers rose in this horrible moment to deliver heartfelt and poetic articles. I don’t know how many of these have been written, and I don’t know how many more need to be, but Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool summed things up about as well as anyone could. You can read his article — “Remember Denver, But Not the Killer” — here.

This concludes this week’s edition of Words Good! Read Now! If you have suggestions throughout the week, please feel free to email me at jasont@nerdbastards.com. If you have mean things to say, email Luke. 

 

In those moments after the panic but within the pain we search for answers. Suddenly we think more guns would have been the solution, or we imagine that security guards within every theater would have thwarted a true life villain that was hell-bent on human destruction.

There is no solace or remedy because that which has been done cannot be undone but these thoughts sometimes help. Someone has pierced our world with their actions and momentarily robbed us of our innocence. It has happened before, it will happen again, and as we sit red eyed and stunned, watching over and over again, as the same horrific headlines flash across the screen, we need to not forget about dreams, fantasies, and escapism.

Yes we need time to grieve but we should also, perhaps, have hope for a calmer day and a rescue from the horror show — that hope is something of value and that rescue is something worth seeking.

I’ve seen a few people say today that they’re going to stay clear of theaters for a little while, that they’re going to avoid them when they are at their busiest. I don’t blame them and if that gives them comfort, if that gives them a sense of security, then I urge them to follow through on that, but I went to see The Dark Knight Rises this morning and I’ll go see another movie tonight or tomorrow. I do this because it is what I need to get through this heartbreaking moment and no one is going to take that from me.

Life is terrifying at times and it is also rapid and painful — sometimes we need a time out, and that’s what movies are. They’re magical not just because of what they can take us away from but for where they can take us away too. Right now I think we need to mix in a little fantasy with the hard truth of this moment.

According to The Wrap, there are reports out of Warner Bros. that they’re considering the cancellation of all screenings of The Dark Knight Rises following the tragic events in Aurora, CO late last night. A 24-year-old man named James Holmes is accused of being the man behind an attack on an audience at a midnight screening of the Christopher Nolan film, breaking into the theater, release tear gas and firing from an assault rifle into the crowd, killing 12 and wounding another 59. It is the largest mass shooting in United States history.

According to initial reporting, an unnamed executive told The Wrap’s website that, “Warner was watching the situation and still considering whether to take further measures beyond cancelling the Paris premiere, including cancelling screenings at theater chains.”

A little while later though, according to sources for E! Entertainment Television, another executive told that site that “he’d be shocked if that happened, but it’s such an unprecedented situation.”

Further reports seem to suggest that Warner Bros. will not be pulling the film, although any further publicity and publicity events have been halted, and all advertisements have been pulled from TV.

In the meantime, both President Barack Obama, and his presidential opponent Governor Mitt Romney have issued statements regarding today’s tragedy.

First the President (courtesy of Bleeding Cool):

Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.

And Governor Romney (courtesy of CBS News):

“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief.  We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

If you feel like making a statement about what happened in Colorado, or if you feel like you have to “do something,” might I suggest the following: get your friends together, head out the nearest theater, and have a great time watching top-notch cinematic entertainment. Matthew Jackson says it’s pretty good.

 

 

First Look at Angelina Jolie as ‘Maleficent’

Shooting is now underway on the long-in-the-works live-action fairy tale film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as the villain from Sleeping Beauty. Today, we get our first look at what Jolie looks like as Maleficent, right down to the horned head wear. Check it out:

Also, Disney has released some character details and other slight reveals about what’s involved with the film.The plot will chronicle how Maleficent became so badass and the “human/faerie conflict”(?). Joining Jolie are Elle Fanning as the young Princess Aurora (AKA: Sleeping Beauty), Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville as the fairies that will later protect the teenage Aurora from Malificent’s curse, and Sharlto Copley as Aurora’s father King Stefan.

Here are some more details from the Disney press release:

Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.

Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).

“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

Source: /Film

Neato Nerd Art. GET BACK IN YOUR BOOK!

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This super cool collection of images is by Lissy Elle she uses photoshop and magic…yes magic to make these characters get back in their books! It’s obvious she’s proficient in photoshop and I couldn’t help but notice that most of the girls have dirty ass feet! She could have easily changed that. That having been said she really does have an amazing thing going here. Hang out after the jump to see full size images of Alice, Wendy, Hermione,Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and Belle (and some dirty feets!).

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