Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Every Monday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first Nerdy Bit is sad news for us all. Looks like the rapture wasn’t a a complete pile of crap. Besides Randy Savage another was taken from us, legendary comic book writer/artist, Frank Miller (pictured above). His partney Kimberly Cox tweeted,
I went to check on Frank and he was happily inking at his drawing table around 5:45… I came back after 6 PM and I don’t understand? Why?
Also in this weeks edition: Just who directed the post-credits bit of Thor?, mod your life with a Millennium Falcon Xbox and Tron lightcycle PC, Ian Mckellan caught playing with himself, Game of Thrones Throne-opoly, The Walking Dead the board game, Pikathulu, play Call of Duty: Black Ops with Samuel L. Jackson, Nerd Lattes, take the Z-SAT – survive the zombocalypse, Universal Studios revamping their Spidey ride, WALL-E is real!, amazing and creepy life-like animation, Boba Fett Tiffany lamp, new Transformers Bumblebee poster, 7 Bizarre Early Versions of Famous Cartoon Characters, Vader with boobs, SNES urinal, super hero bridesmaids, Mortal Kombat theme on an accordion, Periodic Table of Storytelling, It’s A (mouse) Trap!
[Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]
The big news this week is the “death” of Wizard and ToyFare’s printed publications. Effective immediately the magazines are dead, with the promise to re-launch an all-digital format in February that will be called ‘Wizard World.’ I’ve not read Wizard magazine in forever so I guess I’m partially to blame, but I use to love looking through it when I was a much younger comic book fan. I loved the speculative articles about the superhero movies (and this was back when the only regular superhero movies we got were Tim Burton’s Batman). It’s a sad day but also one that seemed to be coming, considering that most ‘traditional’ news magazines are even collapsing.
In other big news, DC & Archie Comics are now the last two publishers to drop the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval label on their books. DC plans to start utilizing a rating system similar to the rest of the industry, while Vertigo will continue using MR for their own mature books.
And finally, Marvel released another teaser for the “Fear Itself” event that will be going down later this year. This time it’s an image for “Fear Itself: Throne of Blood.” It’s this kind of crazy image involving the icons for major Marvel heroes on the wall behind this guy that I’m guessing is a vampire (since that is written nicely across the front of the image). I really really wish people would lay off vampires for awhile. I’m still going with the idea that this “Fear Itself” event sounds interesting but…more vampires? Really?
This week is definitely another Marvel-dominated pull list. We get to find out which member of the Fantastic Four dies and our first peak into Age of X. Before I get into Marvel, though..
The horn of Gondor has been blown. Military ‘Taps’ plays throughout the land. Yes, today is a sad, sad day. Wizard Entertainment has shut down Wizard Magazine and it’s spin-off mag Toy Fare.
Newsarama got a hold of a press release (which you can read after the jump) from a dude with a funny name, Gareb Shamus stating that Wizard Entertainment print media is dead. The company is being reconstructed under a new flagship entitled “Wizard World Inc.” where it will redirect it’s covering of mainstream pop culture to a new digital magazine.
“Wizard Entertainment is ceasing publication of the print magazines Wizard and ToyFare. Wizard World, Inc. will begin production of the online publication “Wizard World” beginning in February. We feel this will allow us to reach an even wider audience in a format that is increasingly popular and more readily accessible.”
The Wizard Word Comic Con tours have not been effected, the tour will go forth as planned, but will now be under the umbrella of a public company.
“This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves,” said Shamus. “Having the Tour produced by a public company provides additional opportunities to expand and grow the Tour. The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.”
Whoa! This is all too much to process. Magazines that I have been shit reading to since I was 12 are done? Magazines that left a positive impression of nerd culture on me and inspired me to want to become cultural commenter myself. What the deuce!? I understand that since the advent of the Internet media-in-print has been giving the kiss of death, nobody reads magazines anymore when we have instant digital gratification. I also know that Wizard went through tome tough times with management and was victim to some skeevy business practices (I.E. with reports of non-payment of freelancers, mail fraud from the Wizard store, and hefty layoffs). Regardless, this sucks so very much. While I gave up on Wizard a long time ago, I’m sad to see the magazine go. Toyfare I am going to really miss, I’ve been a subscriber since it’s 97′ first issue. I read it cover to cover, regardless if it’s content was broad casted across the net months prior. It was still funny and informative. I’m gonna miss Mego Spidey.
I have very little faith in this new webzine format. They already tried 2 times…and nothing came of it. Oi! I just can’t believe that from now on when I go to the comic store every week there won’t be any magazines for me to buy.
Chew #3 Cover Art
Megan is away this week folks, so you’re temporarily stuck with me. I don’t personally read as much, but I’ll do what I can seeing as how I work at the best comic book store in New England.
Every Monday, Diamond Comics (via PREVIEWSworld.com) publishes a list of comics, graphic novels, toys and other pop-culture merchandise to arrive that week to your local comic retailer or pop-culture emporieum.
As always, be sure to check with your local retailer for pricing and availability.
This is a big week too. Pay special attention to Amazing Spiderman as Mary Jane is slated to return and Captain America Reborn has been a really hot title. In addition, Chew has been selling like wildfire and while I haven’t read it personally, TJ Collectibles subscibers have raved about it! I’m personally excited for Star Wars: Dark Times. One can never have enough Jedi running around with colorful glowing swords. Enjoy!