As nerds, we connect to fictional personalities in a way “normal” people often look at as oddly serious, if not downright creepy. I’m not saying we don’t understand the difference between fantasy and reality – I’m merely pointing out that many of us are creative, sensitive people. Well-crafted imaginary characters often resonate deeply with us, and their losses can be quite harrowing. While I’m sure there are a few folks out there who’d love to re-enact key scenes from Misery with, let’s say, Joss Whedon (I’m half convinced he’s only bringing back Agent Coulson for S.H.I.E.L.D so he can slaughter him in an even more traumatizing manner), most of us stick to bitching and moaning on the Internet, threatening to boycott the shows in question, and then coming back for more next week.

But however much outrage and despair they may inspire, character deaths are often some of the most memorable moments on television – and feature some of the best writing and performances as well. Sure, there’s no shortage of poorly thought out, bullshit deaths, but they’re for another list. Get out your hankies, my nerdy brethren and sistren, and prepare to have your hearts kicked in the balls all over again with The Top 10 Saddest, Most Gut Wrenching Deaths in Nerdy Television.

NOTE: As most of you will have assumed simply from the nature of this list, it features spoilers galore. If you haven’t seen one of the shows featured, and wish to feel the full emotional impact of seeing one of its characters snuff it, I advise you to skip the entry in question. Enjoy!


Sad Fatality at Comic Con

We’ve got less than twenty-four hours till the start of the year’s biggest comic convention and we already have some tragic news.With 150,000 or more people expected to be attending the San Diego Comic-Con (ourselves included), the Comic-Con Twitter page issued a small warning for individuals:

Please do not line up for Hall H, set-up is not complete. Read the complete line-up guidelines: #SDCC #twilight

This was back on Monday, when fans of the Twilight franchise began lining up early to partake in the panel for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2. It’s going to be a hard panel to get in to and normally we’d be joking about this, but now is nowhere near the time.

It has been brought to our attention that a 53-year-old Twilight attendee has died prior to the opening of SDCC.

Gisella, like many others, was heading for Twilight panel line up when, according to reports, she was struck by an oncoming vehicle while trying to cross at Fifth and Harbor in San Diego. Police were contacted at 9:20 a.m but when the ambulance arrived, the victim had suffered severe head trauma and was bleeding profusely. The driver that struck Gisella stayed on the scene the whole time and Gisella was taken to the hospital, but sadly succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

This poor soul died on her way to seeing people she idolized at a time that should have been the happiest she’d ever been. This is no way anyone should enter the next life and we here at Nerd Bastards offer our condolences to Gisella’s family and friends, as well as everyone who was witness to the unfortunate scene. An online Twitter petition is being passed around asking for a moment of silence at the panel to honor Gisella.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings and please safe out there this week, everyone!

*EDITORS NOTE: Earlier this article ran under a different, regrettable title. It was not our intent to upset people or make light of the situation but we did and we apologize for offending our readers and vow to be more sensitive in the future regarding these matters.

Source: Blastr


Science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey died Monday at her home in Ireland shortly after suffering a stroke. She was 85. She is survived by her two sons and daughter.

McCaffrey published nearly 100 books in her lifetime and was best known for the “Dragonriders of Pern” novels. In her bio on her website, McCaffrey shared the following insights about her approach to writing and her first novel, which was published in 1967:

“Her first novel, ‘Restoree,’ was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s-f novels in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series ‘The Ship Who Sang’ and the fourteen novels about the ‘Dragonriders of Pern,’ that Ms. McCaffrey’s talents as a story-teller are best displayed.”

McCaffrey, born in Cambridge, Mass., moved to Ireland in 1970. In the late 1960s she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for a work of fiction and the first woman to win a Nebula Award. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.

While her health permitted, McCaffrey made frequent appearances at science fiction and fantasy conventions such as Dragon*Con, and she did much to encourage new writers in their craft.

In response to an announcement of McCaffrey’s death on a Random House website, one longtime fan posted this message:

“Anne touched my entire family and was passed from mother to daughter and now granddaughters. I am crying over a woman who touched three generations and will continue to touch more. We love you Anne and know that your legacy will live on within my family and many others. You will be missed.”

Erik Martin was just like any normal kid on the block. He liked to laugh, play and read comic books. However, what most people didn’t know is that Erik was foster child and suffered from a rare form of cancer. Like many ailing kids before him, young Erik was asked to “make a wish” by the kind people of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Erik told wish manager Jessie Elenbaas that he wanted to do things he was never been able to do: to run fast, be powerful and help people. In essence -become a superhero for a day.

So began one of the greatest Make-A-Wish moments for the Washington chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Erik created Electron Boy, a superhero who regularly saved Seattle, Washington from the forces of evil and darkness.

Wearing a handmade superhero costume -that he had helped design-, and riding in a DeLorean sports car, Erik rescued local soccer team -the Seattle Sounders- from the evil Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy.

He also saved a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) worker stuck in a bucket truck, rescued a group of people trapped on the observation deck of the Space Needle, and captured the villains, played to the hilt by Edgar Hansen and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Not bad for a kid 13 year old kid.

Erik Martin sadly succumbed to his disease. Erik died Friday at home. He was 14.

A group of independent comic-book creators inked and published a real comic book of his exploits. And the “Fans of Electron Boy” page, still active on Facebook, drew thousands of members — today, its fans number nearly 12,000. Since news has spread of Erik’s passing the Electron Boy page has quickly turned into a tribute in this young man’s courage and honor, with many kind words of love and support.

One fan left a message that said “Thank you Erik for making me remember the important things, you are an inspiration. I will my hug my kids a little bit tighter this weekend.”

You were a true hero Erik, you lit up the lives of many. You’ll will be missed! RIP, little dude.

Via: Geekologie

The BBC is reporting that Elisabeth Sladen, better known as Sarah Jane Smith of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures series — has died today at the age of 63. She had been battling cancer for some time.

Elizabeth Sladen was part of everything that was great about DOCTOR WHO. One of the series’ most popular characters.

The creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures Russell T Davies said: “I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer said: “‘Never meet your heroes’ wise people say. They weren’t thinking of Lis Sladen.

Sometimes it almost seems like some people will live forever, and when they actually die…?

Fuck you, cancer.

I’m not crying. That’s dirt in my eyes. A lot of dirt.


Most people get their gaming now through disks or digital downloads on systems like the iPad, or online stores for the PS3 and X-Box 360. Yet, if you’re as old or older then I am (22) then you’ve used a game cartridge. Those shaped pieces of plastic that held what was then considered top of the line programs. The oldschool days of Atari, Nintendo and Sega wouldn’t have been possible without Jerry Lawson (pictured left), the engineer that lead the Fairchild Channel F development team. Without his input in the creation of cartridges, the system of gaming he created wouldn’t be around today. Sadly, the man considered by many as important as the invention he created passed away this pass weekend.

Gerald A. Lawson (1940-2011)

Lawson was notable not only for being a rare African American electronic engineer in Silicon Valley, but also for leading the team that created the the Fairchild Channel F. Which hit the market in August 1976. It was the world’s first ROM cartridge-based video game console, a pioneer of it’s time. In an interview with the Mercury News earlier this year Lawson was asked why he made video games:

“The whole reason I did games was because people said, ‘You can’t do it,… “I’m one of the guys, if you tell me I can’t do something, I’ll turn around and do it.”

The IGDA honored Lawson’s contributions to his industry during an informal session at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference on March 4th, 2011. Lawson passed away this weekend at the age of 70 due to unknown circumstances, but Jerry did struggle with severe diabetes for years which may have been a factor. A true pioneer of his time he laid the stepping stones of what turned into the gaming of today. Without his contribution to the industry back in 1976 we might not be spending our weekends playing games with friends around the world.

Thank you sir for changing the playing field, evolving the way games were transported and sold but most importantly for being a man that genuinely cared about what he did. You will be missed by many and forgotten by none, thank you.

Via: Kotaku

Fantasy Author Diana Wynne Jones Dies at Age 76

The world has lost a legend of fantasy literature. Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle, Dark Lord of Derkholm and many other classics of the genre, died Saturday in England after a two year battle with lung cancer.

The news of her passing began trickling onto the net Saturday, first from a death date added to her Wikipedia page, and then through the Twitter feed of her friend, fellow author Neil Gaiman, who wrote a lengthy post on his blog Sunday about Jones and her death. Among the more tear-jerking passages from the post are things like this:

“I do miss her, very much. I have some wonderful friends. I have people in my life who are brilliant, and people who are colourful, and people who are absolutely wonderful, and who make the world better for their being in it. But there was only one Diana Wynne Jones, and the world was a finer one for having her in it.”

A post on Jones’ own website announcing her death also noted that we have not seen the last of her work. Earwig and the Witch, a short novel for young readers, will be published later this year, and a book of interviews, essays and lectures will follow next year.

She was a treasure to everyone who loved works of the fantastic, and she leaves behind dozens of wonderful works that we can keep reading and sharing, to remember the wonderful imagination she shared with us.

Oh noes! The only good thing in Batman Forever has died. Michael Gough, the actor who portrayed Bruce Wayne’s servant and confidant Alfred Pennyworth in four Batman films, passed away Thursday at 94 years of age. 94? Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, that bastard was old when I was born. Fuck, I thought he was 94 when batman came out.

We’re going to need to need a bigger cave 🙁

Gough’s career included more than 100 movies and TV shows, from early Doctor Who and The Avengers, countless Hammer horror films, and movies such as Top Secret, Sleepy Hollow, and several Shakespearean adaptations.

All respect to Micheal Caine, but I’ll always consider Gough the definitive Alfred. RIP you glorious bastard!