Right now, when it comes to comic book adaptations, anything goes. If you had told my teenage geek self that Deadpool and Ant Man and Avengers and Batman VS. Superman would have been eventual movies, I would’ve called you a liar and ran off crying because of your cruel lies. Thing is, here we are. We are in a modern comic book renaissance unlike anything the nerd world hath ever seen before. Yes, I used hath on purpose, as it sounded very epic. But if you look, they are pretty much tapping out all the main characters from the big name comics. Soon, they will be running out of characters they can make movies from. Nope. No they wont. Here are six weird comic book characters who deserve their own movies (and will probably all eventually get one at this rate).
The way a superhero looks – particularly in what they wear – is crucial to who they are and what they do. After all, Spiderman might not have quite the effect during his crime fighting duties if he ditched the iconic outfit and just rocked up in a pair of jeans instead.
However, it’s not just about the costumes when it comes to indentify and making a superhero come to life. Their accessories have a big role to play, too. We’ve taken a look at 5 of the most iconic accessories in the world of superheroes, and why they’re so important to their owners. [Read more…]
We’re on a roll, boys and girls.
Right after we’ve announced the winners for last week’s giveaway, we have another one for you. If you didn’t win last time, here’s another chance. Because we believe in second chances. ;)
Thanks to the guys at Fifth Sun, a provider of officially licensed t-shirts; and of course, what we’re giving away are licensed geek t-shirts – from Marvel to Star Wars to Nintendo to Grumpy Cat, you’ll love their designs.
Let’s take a look at some designs that caught our eye.
Star Wars tees
It’s almost May, so these are the newest and coolest designs you’ll find.
May the 4th be with you.
For Nintendo fans
That’s only a sampling of Fifth Sun’s collection, so I highly suggest browsing the store for more.
So we’re giving away THREE t-shirts or tank tops this week. Winners can select from any of the ones featured above, but you have to be in the U.S. to join.
No one’s leaving empty handed, though. Even if you don’t win, Fifth Sun has created a free shipping coupon code for ForeverGeek readers. Just use “forevergeek” upon checkout. This is valid from April 27 to May 4.
The giveaway starts today and ends on May 3. The winners will be announced on May 4.
Here we go…good luck!
As with all our giveaways, the more you tweet, the higher your chances of winning. So go, go, go!
I could be wrong, but from what I hear, many a wife or girl friend had to “force” their partner to go and watch 50 Shades of Grey.
Some guys say it’s pay back for all the times they forced their partners to watch them play a video game that held no interest to the latter. At all.
Whether you’re male or female, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, if you have even the slightest sense of humor, you will enjoy finding out where Batman really gets his weapons.
Created by YouTuber Josh Meeter, 50 Shades of Wayne puts together the hit movie and Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Josh says, “When my wife told me what Fifty Shades of Grey was all about… this is EXACTLY what I had imagined“.
While fans of the movie may disagree vehemently, there is the argument that Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman might very well be an apt alternative to Christian Grey. After all, they have a couple of things in common.
Billionaire by day, secret activities at night, hello?
Take a look, and let us know how you feel about this portrayal of the Dark Knight. Especially if you’re a hardcore Batman fan.
Do you think there’s movie potential here?
On a more serious Batman note:
Comics for Newbies: 5 Must-Read Batman Stories
Batman is arguably the most popular character in the DC Universe, and if you’re new to comics, you may very well want to start with the Caped Crusader.
As it is with practically all comics, overwhelming is a good word to describe the feeling one gets when deciding to start – and where. Here’s a bit of help, if you want to go read up on Batman: five must read Batman stories.
1. Detective Comics #27
Where is the best place to start? The beginning, of course.
Detective Comics #27 was released in 1939, and it was where Batman/Bruce Wayne made his first appearance. Some distinguishing elements of Batman’s character revealed in his first appearance remain today: billionaire playboy, the Batcave, his costume (although it has changed over the years, of course), and the utility belt. Oh, and Gordon, who has something to say about Bruce Wayne the billionaire.
Bruce Wayne is a nice young chap – but he certainly must lead a boring life… seems disinterested in everything. – Commissioner Gordon
Here’s an awesome thing: the comic is free at ComiXology, so get it now!
2. Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: The Long Halloween takes the reader to the early days of Batman’s fight against crime. It revolves around the mystery of Holiday, a killer who pounces only during – you got it – holidays. Batman teams up with Gordon and Harvey Dent to catch the killer.
This storyline also leads up to the turning of Harvey Dent into the villain Two-Face.
Batman: The Long Halloween is available on Amazon in Kindle, Library Binding, and Paperback.
3. Batman: Dark Victory
Batman: Dark Victory is a limited series edition with 14 parts. Written by Jeph Loeb and by Tim Sale, this is a sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, so it’s a must read Batman story as well.
The main players are Two-Face, who is entangled with a mob war for Gotham’s underworld, and the Hangman, a serial killer. Of course, Batman has to deal with these villains.
Another reason to read this comic is that this is the point where Dick Grayson (aka the first Robin) comes into the picture.
Get Batman: Dark Victory.
4. The Killing Joke
I’m not exactly sure what happened. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! – The Joker
Common consensus is that this is the story that truly established The Joker’s insanity, together with his love-hate (if you can call it that) relationship with Batman.
The Joker’s main goal here is to prove that all it takes is one bad day to turn a good man mad; and he does what he can to push Jim Gordon to that madness. Just as interesting are the references to The Joker’s past, when he was not the villain we know.
Get the The Killing Joke.
5. The Court of Owls
With DC’s the New 52 reboot, you might as well get into this version of Batman, and one good entry point is The Court of Owls.
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime?
Get the NYT #1 best-selling graphic novel The Court of Owls.
Geeks and nerds devour knowledge like a hungry T-rex faced with a bunch of “tourists” who shouldn’t be there in the first place. While the Internet has certainly made it so much easier to find information, there is nothing like a good old book to hold in your hand.
From comic books to omnibuses (or omnibi?) to sci-fi to fantasy to horror to classics – it doesn’t matter. As Cicero said, “Anyone who has a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.”
We’re obviously highlighting the “book collection” part, and that’s why we’re giving you 7 nerdy bookshelves that will make gazing at your book collection even more pleasurable.
Donkey Kong Bookshelf
Never mind that you can’t play the game with this bookshelf, but your collection would look oh so good. The guy who owns the shelf doesn’t seem to have any books – unless I’m blind – but I can imagine my books and omnibuses on this. Plus an action figure or two.
If you like that Donkey Kong bookshelf, then you’ll also want this Pac-Man (or Puckman) bookshelf. Don’t worry, your books will be safe from the chomping Pac-Man. All you’ll have are envious visitors.
Check it out here.
This Mario bookshelf was a DIY project by a couple – obviously avid gamers. You can’t get it anywhere, but you can try your hand at making something similar if you’re into DIY, too. Alternatively, find someone who knows what he’s doing and have one made for you. I bet what you spend will be worth it.
Here’s something a little more modern, but Mario-approved for sure. The Pipe bookshelf is made from urban industrial black galvanized steel and is made-to-order. It costs $155.44, and you can order one (or two) here.
We featured a similar bookshelf about a year ago, also with this Dark Knight version, but this Batman bookshelf, you can buy.
The price tag is $180, so you might think twice about purchasing it, but hey, it IS cool. You can buy the Batman bookshelf here.
This awesome bookshelf has made the Internet rounds, but did you know that it was commissioned by a guy for his 18th birthday? This bookshelf may not be that much bigger on this inside, but it does have that sound that makes every Whovian stand up, pay attention, and run towards its source.
Learn more about the TARDIS bookshelf.
If you’ve got $600, and you get why this Spiral bookshelf is part of the list, then head over to briannakufa’s shop. This bookshelf is handmade, with the following materials: aluminum, clearcoat, stainless nuts and bolts, drywall anchor, and drywall screws.
Do you have your own geeky or nerdy bookshelves? Share them with us, and we’ll add them to the list!
Dashing through the snow…
Everyone know how that goes.
But wait, the guys at Nursery Rhymes TV want to do something different and risk the ire of the, arguably – very much arguably, the best superhero of them all.
So what do we get? Jingle Bells Batman smells…
You’ll have tons of fun singing this song with your kids (or on your own), especially if you don’t like Batman, which is unlikely. Well, if he shows up at your door without killing you first, giving you the chance to explain, you just might have the chance to explain that it’s all for shits and giggles. You just might.
I wonder if there’s a Superman version of another Christmas jingle?
Spread the Christmas cheer:
Has anyone else wondered which of your favorite comic book, movie, or game characters would win, if they were ever pitted against each other? I know I’m not the only one who has thought about this. However, Marvel characters aside, most of my favorites aren’t suddenly going to appear in each others story-lines, just to duke it out.
If a grand battle was to take place, it would have to be fan-made.
The seven members of Super Power Beat Down have taken the theoretical “I wonder who would win in a battle between…” and pushed it to a whole new level, making a mini-series of superhero, villain, and comic book character battles.
According to their website, the premise of Super Power Beat Down is to “take two super powered legends and make them battle! Each new episode viewers will be able to vote to determine the winner.”
They are on episode 15 now. Each Episode is high quality, witty, and authentic.
In the next episode, they are showing Ryu vs Green Ranger, so make sure to head over to their site to vote.
Let’s admit it, anything sexist gets the attention of people. Some women get offended more easily than others. Some men laugh at it, while others agree with how distasteful things are – depending on the specific situation.
In this particular case, DC licensed sexist tees are getting “fans” all riled up because, well, they are supposed to be sexist.
Case in point. This teenager’s tee from Walmart.
I could be thick-headed sometimes, but what’s wrong with being Batman’s wife? One could do worse than the caped crusader, yeah? Then again, there’s the other side to the coin: why would one want to stay up all night and worry if her husband will come home with a few bruises and cracked ribs or if he won’t come back at all. But he’s Batman.
Another DC licensed sexist tee is being sold by Superhero Den, but this time, it features Superman and Wonder Woman.
C’mon guys. Superman waited for decades to get Wonder Woman. Let the guy celebrate!
This tweet is even worse, I think.
— Aimée Morrison (@digiwonk) September 29, 2014
Aren’t we making a mountain out of a molehill here? Tell me your honest opinion, even if it’s to slam mine.
Here’s less controversial reading:
The Long Beach Comic-Con, held in Long Beach, California, hosted its biggest show ever this past weekend, with thousands of fans and creators packing the hall to experience the best in the world of comics. Beyond the expanded programming and the hundreds of comic creators lined up into row after row on the main floor, the show presented its first Dwayne McDuffie Award, celebrating diversity in comics, gave fans an inside look at the past, present, and future of Batman on his 75th Anniversary, and let kids of all ages step into the S.T.A.R. Labs Mobile Unit in anticipation of the premiere of the new Flash series on the CW. Between all of that, there were scores of vendors selling rare collectibles, giveaways galore, and lots of fun activities for the kids.
In a time when some fans complain that bigger shows have taken their focus off of comic books in favor of overwhelming big media properties, Long Beach has stayed faithful to keeping comics and their creators at the center of its show. I’ve been going to Long Beach Comic-Con since the show started in 2009 and I’ve never seen a busier show with a wider array of creators and fans filling the hall from wall to wall. It’s tough to really show just how big and fun the show was in words, or even in pictures, because most artists hunched over their tables sketching away at original art just don’t make the most compelling images. Besides, the most visible component of any convention are the fans, especially those that cosplay. So what better way to show you what Long Beach Comic-Con looked like and what its fans obsess over than by showing you 25 of the best cosplay images we were able to collect at this year’s show? Sure, there were a lot more cosplayers than those seen in this collection, but these are some of the best that we saw over the two day event.
If you’re in Southern California next spring, you have a chance to experience Long Beach Comic-Con’s ever expanding sister show, the Long Beach Comic Expo, from February 28th to March 1st at the Long Beach Convention Center. For fans who love comics, cosplay, fan clubs, and the community that surrounds it, without having to worry about whether you’ll get a ticket or a hotel room that sells out instantly, Long Beach Comic-Con is the place to be.
Images: Doug Kline