Hot Topic


In what might equate to a slap-hands girl-fight in the nerdy business world, today video game retailer GameStop has bought GeekNet – ThinkGeek‘s parent company – even though GeekNet had previously agreed to be bought by fashion/pop-culture retailer Hot Topic.  The deal, as reported in a press release this morning on GameStop’s website, is for $20.00 per share, a sizable increase from the $17.50 per share that Hot Topic had offered.  The difference in price may have been done in order to give GeekNet enough funds to pay the termination fee they’ll owe to Hot Topic in order to void the first contract. GameStop says the deal has a “total equity value of approximately $140 million.”  (more…)

Argh! I hate this on again off again shit. Honestly, what I really hate is your Mom. But, that’s neither here or there. We recently reported that Neil Gaiman‘s comic book The Sandman was no longer getting adapted to television. Erik Kripke, who was in charge of the show, recently said that “unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season. I retain hope that maybe sometime in the future we can resurrect it.”

Now it sounds as if Sandman hopes are still kicking in it’s sleep. Geoff Johns, writer and Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics says that development continues.

Today, Geoff Johns said via Twitter,

Correction to world: The Sandman is AWAKE! 🙂 Psyched to be working with @neilhimself on developing one of the greatest series ever!

The @neilhimself mentioned in the tweet is Neil Gaiman, so that’s a good thing. As Geoff Johns said in a follow-up tweet, “Sandman in any form – comics to live action – doesn’t work without [Neil]”

Ugh, fuck this noise. Personally, Sandman should never be adapted into anything. The series is a staple amongst comic literature. Rich with vision and complexities that could never be adapted properly. I’d hate to see it reduced to a pop-corn live action flick or TV show. More importantly I’d hate to give Hot Topic another reason to stay in business.

I suppose if a artistically resourcesful station like AMC, or STARZ got to have their way with it then it might be given some justice. Perhaps even a Hitchcock type variety hour, a “Sandman Presents” show could effectively leave the existing stories alone & expand awareness of the property. An animated series would honestly be the best route, as you could do a straight adaptation w/o the cause of bullshit creative liberties. But, it’s style and subject matter lends it’s self to one station and one demographic. The CW and fat goth girls. That’s the truth.

Eh, perhaps with Neil himself involved he’ll ensure the vision of the series will be treated properly. Possibly in new and exciting ways.

via ComingSoon

Alice Madness Returns

(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Eleven years after we first ventured to Wonderland with Alice, vorpal blade in hand, American McGee is releasing a sequel to it’s blood, bloody take on the tale down the rabbit hole. Alice: Madness Returns finds Alice no longer at the asylum but still tormented by the memory of her parent’s deaths. She escapes to Wonderland only to find it under the influence of a new evil.

American McGee’s Alice was only released for PC and MAC but this sequel will be finding it’s way to consoles as well (XBox 360, PS3). Personally, this is one of the most anticipated games of the year as it is reported to releases late 2011. The first Alice game is to blame for dragging me into third-person adventure titles, and maybe making me a little obsessed with blades. Something about a knife-wielding chick battling insanity connected with my 13-year old self. And honestly, I’ve never needed  a minute of therapy. At least that’s what the voices in my head tell me…

Check out the trailer and judge for yourself, but it looks like Alice will have her work cut out for her cleaning Wonderland up, again.

Wonderland looked fine before Alice came along. She ruins everything. Eh, at least HOT TOPIC has another reason to stay in business.