Every day 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. Monday through Friday 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
ABOVE: Cosplayer Riddle salutes the iconic Rocketeer with her feminine take on the character. [Pix and Words]
This super cool N64 controller has been given a NES make-over by designer Zoki64. Check out Nerd Approved for other images and a video!
The gals of the International House of Geek give a tutorial on how to make these nerdy comic book inspired lanterns. Perfect for that romantic Valentine’s Day dinner you’ll be having by yourself in your mom’s basement.
As if coffee could get any better! With this LEGO mug from ThinkGeek, you can build while you drink the nectar of the caffeinated gods! Uh, but I’d be careful not to get too excited by what you’re building. You don’t want to spill your coffee.
This XKCD is actually not new. It came across my Twitter feed today and I felt it needed to be shared, especially because as nerds, we tend to feel like crap about ourselves. So here’s a reminder that you’re wonderful. Aw.
The rest of you mashup artists can just GO HOME because Phil Postma has pwned you all with his superhero/Pixar combos. [Nerd Approved]
TARDIS coasters from ThinkGeek! Whatever, I’m just waiting for someone to make me a wine glass that’s bigger on the inside so that no one knows how much Shiraz I’m imbibing.
The ladies of Team Unicorn are being super teases and only giving us a 30 second look into their new video “For the Win.”
This video game retrospective of Aliens goes all the way back to the 1982 Atari game. Really crazy to see the Commodore 64 graphics, computers have come a long way in just a few decades!
Despite the fact that BlackBerry is a dead company walking, they’re very smart to capitalize on the nerdlove we all have for Neil Gaiman. His “Keep Moving” project was also one of the most beautiful things I saw happen on Twitter last week.
And now, T-Shirts You Gotta Buy…TODAY! (Before they’re gone.)
Don’t forget about our Nerd Bastards’ tees, available at RedBubble!
Welcome to another edition of “Ask the Bastards,” the weekly feature where you the readers get to ask us anything and we get to attempt to impart some wisdom (though usually we’re just cracking dirty jokes). This week we tackle questions about the Rocketeer reboot, why Firefly is so popular, what it would take for our favorite shows to spin out of control and where we stand on the eternal DC. vs. Marvel comics battle.
You all know the game by now – ff you can’t think of anything original, reboot an old title! It looks like Disney may be doing just that (again), as the rumor mill is claiming they have plans to bring The Rocketeer to new audiences. It’s been more than 20 years since the original Rocketeer movie was on the big screen, so at least they waited longer than most studios tend to.
In case you don’t know the story of The Rocketeer:
The first movie was an adaptation of a comic that followed the story of a super hero-like figure in the 1930s by the name of Cliff Secord. His chief super power? A found rocket pack that lets him fly about. After figuring out how to use the thing, Cliff decides to use his techno-abilities to fight evil, mainly in the form of classic 30s bad guys like gangsters and Nazis.
Currently, Disney’s still looking for a writer for the reboot so don’t put your money down on production just yet.
Anyone out there have an opinion on this one? Like the original? Hate the original? Couldn’t care less?
Following up on his breakthrough hoodlums vs aliens flick Attack the Block, not to mention his co-scripting duties on The Adventures of Tintin, it seems that Joe Cornish is looking to adapting the graphic novel Rust: Visitor in the Field for his next project. The novel by Royden Lepp, who will script the film with Aline Brosh McKenna, is about a family who encounters a boy in a jetpack who crashes into their barn while being chased by a giant robot; think E.T. mixed with the The Rocketeer and an evil Iron Giant.
Here’s the plot description of the novel:
Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.
Doesn’t that sound awesome! It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a movie with jetpacks in the local multiplex, and Cornish has my confidence since I’ve seen Attack the Block, which is easily the best alien invasion movie to come out in the past couple of years.
Every day 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. Monday through Friday 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 email@example.com.
Above: Some of you probably have fond memories of The Rocketeer. Others might be like, wha-? Either way you really can’t deny how fantastic this gender-swapped cosplay is. The retro-ness is perfectly accented by those garters, as well as a few other things. Photographed by gsrho. (CBM)
Yes, you read that right. Rocketeer is returning to comics, and he’s doing it under the guidance of one of the biggest writers in the business right now. Hit the jump to learn more about the Waid/Samnee Rocketeer miniseries coming this summer.
The Interwebz is a great place for artists to share their nerdy work, even though the majority of the time it’s a bunch of fuckin’ weird shit. There are a ton of awesome things to behold every day but we’re fuckin’ lazy bastards, so we just put it all together once a week to keep your mojos happy. Even from the other side of the world!
This Vincent Van Gogh inspired Dark Knight piece by James Hance is called The Dark (Starry) Knight. It’s pretty awesome, although it’s not the first bit of artwork exploring this same idea. (EDIT: Apparently Hance’s work did come first!)
Memba The Rocketeer? That 90’s flick about a 1930’s stunt pilot who comes across a jet-pack, dons a Doctor Fate helmet and flies around fighting crime? Sure, it wasn’t the best movie ever conceived by Disney, but for it’s time, it was one of the better comic-book adaptations. Patriotic, all-American fun. Plus it starred John Locke as Howard Hughes. Oh, speaking of Americana, let’s not forget that Rocketeer director Joe Johnston has another helmeted, American hero hitting the silverscreen this year. Yeppers, he’s the one helming Captain America: The First Avenger!
Anyway, that’s beside the point. What we have hear is a charming short-animation, done Ala Pixar style. It was made by animator John Banana as a homage to Dave Stevens’ jetpack-wielding hero.
What can I say, it’s really cute and really cool, both in design and animation. Enjoyable too, with nice touches of character humor. Would definitely not mind if something like this were to inspire a tv series of some kind *wink to Pixar*.
Have you ever wanted to see some of your super heroes being super buffed to the point where their head is so tiny (unlike me who has big body and a big ass head)? How about seeing some heroes a bit scrawny but fits the character? Well, Patricio Betteo took that mindset and drew some interesting pieces. From Wolverine to Rorschach, and from Spider-man to Bone, Betteo has drew various of characters. Check after the jump to see quite a few of them and see if Betteo drew one of your favorites.