Happy Hobbit Day!
September 22nd, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Happy Hobbit Day!

Will you indulge old Gaffer’s Home Brew?

While it isn’t Bilbo’s 111th birthday, it is a special day for fans of Tolkien as Frodo and Bilbo are said to both have been born today, by Shire Reckoning of course.

Add to that the fact that "The Hobbit" was first published this week in 1937 and you’ve got the makings for a party of special magnificence! Tolkien fan groups have parties planned at which books are discussed and movies are watched. Cookies, honey cakes and even Lembas (Elven waybread) are among some of the Middle-earth themed snacks that can be found at these gatherings.

"Lord of the Rings" cosplayers and casual fans alike can indulge their “inner Hobbit” by going barefoot to celebrate.

“Hobbit Day” has been observed for over 30 years and with the films in production, the event will only surely grow as the upcoming "Hobbit" films near completion.

Do you have any plans to celebrate?

'Lost's' Michael Emerson returns to TV!
Michael Emerson (right), Emmy winner for "Lost," returns to television in the new series "Person of Interest."
September 22nd, 2011
10:35 AM ET

'Lost's' Michael Emerson returns to TV!

Emmy-winning actor Michael Emerson returns to  TV on Thursday with the premiere of "Person of Interest." The CBS series is sure to attract early interest from fans of "Lost," where Emerson played the memorable character of Ben Linus.

"I think that his portrayal of Ben allowed him to gain a ton of geek 'street cred' with all the 'Lost' fans and that his led to his appeal," said Anil Kapur of SpoilerTV.com and TheODI.com. "There have been several moments that I have seen Emerson deliver his lines so perfectly that you truly feel the emotion of the character he is portraying whether he is playing someone 'creepy,' or it's a comedic moment."

The rabid "Lost" fanbase was a big reason why Emerson's role on the series expanded beyond what was originally supposed to be a short story arc in its second season, says Kapur. Viewers just couldn't tell from moment to moment whether Emerson was a hero or villain, and that was a key part of the show's mystique, keeping people guessing. FULL POST

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Before 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park,' there was Ralph Bakshi
Cody Ralph Bakshi, creator of the cult classic animated films "Lord of the Rings" and "Wizards," is planning a comeback.
September 21st, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Before 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park,' there was Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi shocked audiences in 1972 with the animated feature film "Fritz the Cat." The movie, with its adult themes, received an X rating at the time.

"What’s extraordinary is what they’re saying on 'The Simpsons,' on television, is almost more than I did on 'Fritz the Cat,' which I got yelled at and beat up about," Bakshi told CNN earlier this month. "And 'South Park!' What is going on here? I got shot for less than this."

Not only did "Fritz" and many of his subsequent films move animation well beyond kids' fare, but Bakshi's irreverent 1987 take on "Mighty Mouse" for CBS Saturday morning TV, influenced what came just a few years later on television, if only by the fact that it employed the creators of "Ren & Stimpy" and "Batman: The Animated Series".

Bakshi has also had his feet planted firmly in nerd culture for decades. He recently made an appearance at the popular Atlanta, Georgia sci-fi/fantasy convention Dragon*Con to screen his 1977 cult classic film "Wizards," and to take part in a panel discussion of his pre-Peter Jackson version of "Lord of the Rings." FULL POST

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New comics Wednesday: September 21, 2011
George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones #1 Cover by Alex Ross, Mike Miller Writer by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham Artist: Tommy Patterson
September 21st, 2011
01:20 PM ET

New comics Wednesday: September 21, 2011

Wednesday is the best day of the week because that’s when the new books arrive in stores. Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on September 21, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

This week, I'm most excited about Dynamites' comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones #1. With the TV show doing as well as it did and Martin's visual writing style, I cannot wait to see how this book looks and reads.

That's what I am excited about. What comics are you looking forward to this week? Is there a comic out there you are really loving? If so, let us know in the comments. We are always looking for tips on good books! FULL POST

Why Japanese women say they like dating otakus
September 20th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Why Japanese women say they like dating otakus

Recent surveys in Japan have suggested that not only are our youngsters not interested in sex, but that Japanese women are mystifying men just as much as the men's behavior stupefies the women.

Now a survey from Sugoren, translated by Japan Style, is sticking up for the otaku generation and has collated reasons why the male nerds of Japan are the best boyfriends in town.

The female readers of the site came up with these beauties: FULL POST

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