Fandom week in review
October 7th, 2011
07:58 PM ET

Fandom week in review

Here's a look back at some of the stories that had superfans in the geek world buzzing this past week:

"Marvel's The Avengers" announced a "special event" at the upcoming New York Comic-Con. [Marvel]

A book by Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion's alter ego) topped the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list. Really! [Yfrog/@NathanFillion]

"Ren & Stimpy's" John Kricfalusi gave his take on "The Simpsons'" famed couch gag. [Fox/Hulu]

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Barnes & Noble pulls every graphic novel exclusive to Kindle Fire
October 7th, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Barnes & Noble pulls every graphic novel exclusive to Kindle Fire

When Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire last week, it was announced DC Comics (part of CNN’s parent company Time Warner) would be providing exclusive digital graphic novels and collections to the device — including legendary stories like Watchmen and Sandman.

Well, now Barnes & Noble is firing back. And “firing back” is an understatement. According to Bleeding Cool, the retailer has instructed their stores to pull every book on the list. You can order it online, but you can’t buy it in store (or kill time reading it in the store). You can’t even special-order it. (Correction: Barnes & Noble emailed us to say customers would still be able to special order the titles in store for home delivery, but there is no in-store pickup).

When I reached out to DC last week to ask them if you could purchase the books via the Kindle App, they responded “Buy it on the Kindle Fire, and you’re able to read it throughout the family of devices and apps supported by Kindle.”

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'Weird Al' dazzles on Alpocalypse tour
Yankovic came into the audience to serenade female fans.
October 7th, 2011
04:21 PM ET

'Weird Al' dazzles on Alpocalypse tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic has gone through many looks and styles over the past 30 years, and in a single performance he can appear as a dozen people. But there is a core, essential Yankovic who fuels the energy behind all of spectacle and manages to change gears constantly while remaining timeless.

I caught Yankovic on the Alpocalypse tour in Atlanta on October 1, the same night that his Comedy Central special aired for the first time. He joked with the audience that they could have just stayed home and watched that show for free instead. To thank us, he had his drummer, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, play a couple of solos, the most well-received of which was a single beat, which was met with wild applause.

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Classic 'Lord of the Rings' battle captured in Legos
October 7th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Classic 'Lord of the Rings' battle captured in Legos

Lego sculptures continue to build (no pun intended) pop culture relevance, but one entry into last weekend's BrickCon in Seattle has the geek world buzzing.

A group of builders called TheOneLug turned heads with their detailed re-creation of the Last March of the Ents, one of the most memorable moments from the "Lord of the Rings" books and films. CNN Geek Out spoke to TheOneLug's Brandon Griffith and Remi Gagne about how it all came together.
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Web Comic Spotlight: 'Erfworld's' Rob Balder
October 7th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: 'Erfworld's' Rob Balder

How is it possible to combine flying Peeps, ORLY owls, a propensity for cute baby talk and very serious strategic tabletop gaming with honest, emotional relationships? Probably the only way is to let "Erfworld" creator Rob Balder write it.

There's an awful lot that goes into the Web comic "Erfworld," and Balder exploits the medium for all its communicative layers.

As cute and minimalist as Xin Ye's design of the comic is, the content is stacked deep. Nearly every frame holds an Easter egg - and if you're not in the know, the Google fodder in this comic is off the charts.

I recently got the chance to catch Balder in a rare moment of free time during his hectic convention schedule. We chatted not only about "Erfworld's" clever audience (we have a lot of obsessive readers, Balder said) but about how the Web comic industry is thriving today.

Thankfully for my RSS feeds, this is no part-time hobby for Balder. Here's our discussion: FULL POST

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