70 Responses to “Speak, Nerd, and Enter!”

  1. I have best cat. After yelling at me for going to bed for a bit, she hopped on the bed & kneaded the blanket to get it just right. When she finally got herself settled, I had to go to the bathroom & felt guilty about disturbing her. When I returned, she was still on the bed
    & let me get back in without any fuss. When I got a call my appointment was cancelled, she let me sleep an extra two hours.

    I had a dream last night:
    One of my high school crushes was in bed with me. She wants to to go apple picking with her tomorrow. Zack Snyder came by to get a copy of my book. I backed up into one of my house pillars.

  2. This is a music video with Dr. Crusher: https://youtu.be/6d4tiSwoIHY
    Dr. Crusher sounds like she should be Dr. Strange’s archenemy.

  3. WheelchairNinja says:

    I’m probably going to be at work when Jill posts an article about the new Pottermore Patronus quiz, so let me get a head start:

    FREAKING REALLY!??! I DEMAND A RECOUNT! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f75f3daf17d3d8366f360b36fcf5354833698243c48172ae8a81892f0cae3e2b.png

  4. That Which Dreams says:

    First look at the Jumanji cast.

  5. SpottedSeaJelly says:

    It wasn’t until today that I actually realized that the Emmy’s were this past weekend. I guess without having actual TV I end up being out of the loop on that sort of thing since I’m not constantly seeing ads.

    Also, Tatiana Maslany FINALLY getting an Emmy reminds me that I really need to watch Orphan Black. I’ve only seen the first two episodes of it.

  6. It’s Monday, so time for me to gush because the artist I’m working with (Val!) continues to knock it out of the park. Look at this. Isn’t that great? Gods. And more Cthulhu monster dressed like Idris Elba. As much as I’d like to (and will) take this moment to advertise ( http://www.starfallwebcomic.com ), Val’s an underpaid retail bum in London who barely makes ends meet. Her commission prices are up on the site and I would strongly suggest taking advantage of her ridiculously generous prices.

  7. I’ve always loved that image. Adam Hughes can rock it.

  8. That Which Dreams says:

    Oh, it’s just Alex and her totally platonic friend.

  9. Jess_Witt says:

    I tried reading initial pages of American Gods, but the prose wasn’t resonating with me. I’m still eagerly awaiting the show though!

    • Yeah it wasn’t quite my cup of tea either and felt a bit different from his other work.

      • Alan Izar says:

        It’s so different, and since it was my first Gaiman I have trouble reading his other prose…

        • bandit_queen says:

          Neverwhere is the only one of the novels I really enjoyed, but I love his short fiction. I think he’s just better at writing shorter things; they have more specificity and impact.

          • MisterShoebox says:

            Or when he’s collaborating with people. I say “Good Omens” is one of the best works of fiction in the history of literature.

          • Alan Izar says:

            My only problem with Good Omens is how… Not meshed at all is. It’s great, but I feel like I am reading two novels: the one where we see the apocalypse happening (and that’s Pratchett’s work) and the one where we see Aziraphale and Crowley hanging out (and that’s Gaiman’s work).

            It’s a great book. But it’s not a cohesive one.

            It works, tho.

          • I like him best, I’ve found, when he’s constrained to kids’ or young adult fare; from what I’ve read (which is admittedly, a fairly small pool) when he goes full adult, it feels like he forces too much of a focus on gross, unnecessary details.

          • the silver ravens says:

            I agree. Some times when i am reading one of his longer works i kind of want him to just get to the point lol i still really like his stuff though.

          • Alan Izar says:

            Yeah, he is great at short work. I guess that’s why I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s also the one that feels closest to American Gods, I think.

          • bandit_queen says:

            I thought it was okay. What I really love are his short stories, though.

    • the silver ravens says:

      Me too, i never finished finished and i might try again before the show comes out. I love Neverwhere tho and might try Anansi Boys next.

    • bandit_queen says:

      It’s definitely not my favorite of his novels (I’m not entirely sure why it resonates so much with people, to be honest), but I’m looking forward to the show. I think they’re going to be able to do some really interesting stuff visually that just feels a bit flat on the page.

      • Jess_Witt says:

        With Bryan Fuller behind the helm, we can hope the show gets a good boost on the visuals and dialogue.

        • bandit_queen says:

          I’m not super familiar with his work, but I’ve heard good things!

          • Go watch Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls right now.

          • bandit_queen says:

            I watched a few episodes of Pushing Daisies, but it didn’t really grab me. I mean, I didn’t dislike it or anything, it was cute, but I never bothered watching the whole thing.

          • Alan Izar says:

            If you ever saw Dead Like Me, the first few episodes of the first season have Bryan Fuller fingerprints all over them, until he left the show for creative differences. It’s pretty obvious when the shift happened.

          • Jess_Witt says:

            Pushing Daisies! I can’t recommend that one enough.

    • Howard_Bannister says:

      For me, it’s been the other way around. American Gods and Anansi Boys remain the most resonant pieces of his work.

      I mean, other than some of his poetry. Some of his poetry is just stunning.

      Just goes to show how highly individual these things are–it’s probably exact the effect that lacks resonance with you that hits me right in the sweet spot.

      • Jess_Witt says:

        I didn’t know Gaiman wrote poetry. Maybe I’ll appreciate that.

        It reminds me of when I felt engaged with Haruhi Murakami’s short stories, but not with his novels. And in that moment, I learned I had limits to my intake of whimsy.

  10. Black Canary says:

    Let me see if I got this right:

    (Left to right)-Catwoman, Oracle, Zatanna, Black Canary, Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Lois Lane, Vixen, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn.

    Did I get it?

  11. Naomi Almaz says:

    The header image is so pretty! At first I was wondering who the woman with the dark red hair sitting in the chair was, then I realized that it’s not a party without Lois Lane.

    • WheelchairNinja says:

      It’s actually Kate Kane. Though now I wish Lois was there. And hey, where’s Huntress? And how freaking hilarious would it be to add Amanda Waller!

      • Naomi Almaz says:

        Huh. I wonder why he drew her with long Lois hair instead of her short red bob. Comic characters aren’t that distict artists, I need their defining characteristics out front! I would love Huntress thrown in there, and with Waller I could see her there as well as in a separate piece with her Squad lady members jazzed up (there’s a photoset of the SuSq cast in evening wear/fancy clothes; like that).

        • WheelchairNinja says:

          I guess they thought her Batwoman hair was more iconic? Plus Lois traditionally has black/very dark brown hair.

          • Naomi Almaz says:

            I suppose, though I struggle to recall a bobbed redhead in comics, so Kate with short hair just stands out more to me. I’m sure there are some, but all the ones I’m thinking about have medium to long red hair (maybe Rachel Summers? But I think her hair is longer than Kate’s iirc).
            I say Lois because a lot of artists have draw her hair with reddish highlights/ straight up auburn even when it’s supposed to be black. I prefer those artists because god help me if I see another black hair, blue highlights comics character. Give them all to Batman and give me some natural highlights; things are colored digitally now, down with the blue/black hair! (this took an odd turn, my apologies).

          • WheelchairNinja says:

            It’s not me you have to apologize to, it’s Wonder Woman–or her closest real-world representative, Nuuni Nuunani. ;-P

          • Naomi Almaz says:

            I’m sorry Wonder Woman, I really like your blue black hair, I do, but there are too many black haired, blue eyed characters and it just doesn’t match up with reality (and I need comics to match up with reality of course). It’s why I’m really glad they went with someone like Gal for the live action movie: that phenotype doesn’t show up that far south, so we get nice brown eyes instead of blue ones.

          • >_> …are you and WheelChair two separate people? Because I thought you had changed your name/avatar.

          • Oh! Cheers! I see…I missed that. XD I just assumed it was you and kept on.

          • It threw me off too since Kate is usually so pale.

          • Naomi Almaz says:

            That too. I suppose she was suppose to mirror Barbara as the other Bat persona (current or former) based on where and how they’re both sitting, but she really looks like Lois. Ivory skin and short red hair is her signature look, it’s a shame he didn’t go with it.

      • MisterShoebox says:

        Or Ragdoll! “I feel very Pretty!”

    • This is one of Adam Hughs’ finest pieces.

      • Naomi Almaz says:

        Yup. I’ve seen some of what I think is his Wonder Woman art and he draws her with some serious muscle. I appreciate that always.

  12. Nuuni Nuunani says:

    To anyone wanting to read golden age Wonder Woman, I recommend the newspaper strip collection.

  13. lev36 says:

    I love the graphic! Took me a while to figure out who Princess D. was partying with, then I noticed boob window… ivy… jester wand… But of course.

  14. Clinton says:

    Anyone else betting on Pokémon’s Ultra Beasts being Pokémon versions of Nina Tucker from Fullmetal Alchemist?