Fandom week in review
From left, "NEW-GEN" co-creators J.D. Matonti and Chris Matonti, Mark Hamill and co-creator Julia Copolla at New York Comic-Con on Friday.
October 14th, 2011
07:17 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 week:

"Star Wars' " Mark Hamill is returning to comics as creative consultant for the series "NEW-GEN." He will also be involved in the series' proposed movie franchise.

Books-A-Million reportedly joined Barnes & Noble in removing DC Comics graphic novels from its shelves in protest of a deal with Kindle Fire. [Publishers Weekly]

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is coming to comics, from Vertigo. [CNN Marquee Blog]

"Thor 2's" release date was delayed until November 15, 2013, but it picked up a director along the way: Patty Jenkins. [Hollywood Reporter/Marvel]

NBC's upcoming "Grimm" series premiere can be seen early by Twitter followers (and at various screenings across the country, with various members of the cast and crew). [Twitter/NBC]

New York Comic-Con is happening now (upload your iReports)!

At the Con, "Lost's" Harold Perrineau was announced as winning the title role of the new "Blade" anime series on G4. [Marvel]

Plus, Dark Horse is killing Boba Fett – again. [Dark Horse Comics]

And Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly are teaming up for a new comic book series, "Saucer Country." [PaulCornell.com]

Barney Stinson presented a pretty "legendary" slideshow all about Ewoks on this week's "How I Met Your Mother." [CBS/YouTube]

DC Comics announced that it sold 5 million comics since the launch of its "New 52."

Attention, David Tennant fans: the "Fright Night" Blu-Ray release, due December 13, will include a bonus feature mockumentary with the actor hamming it up as Peter Vincent.

Archie Comics announced that it is bringing back its classic "Red Circle Heroes," such as the Shield.

Finally, "The Avengers" teaser trailer was released – and there was much rejoicing. [CNN Marquee Blog]


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'The Walking Dead's' zombie apocalypse evolves
October 14th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

'The Walking Dead's' zombie apocalypse evolves

Should zombies rise up someday soon and take over the world because of an unidentified plague or virus that's caused the collapse of modern society as we know it, how would you react?

Such is the fundamental question of AMC's widely successful show "The Walking Dead," which returns this Sunday for its second season.

Based on Robert Kirkman's comic book, the series is one of the more odd yet complex dramas on television today. At its core, it's about survival and the psychological stress that spending every waking moment together has on a small group. But that could be said about all human beings in that surviving the world is something we do on a daily basis; the trick with "The Walking Dead" is that a pack of ravenous zombies could be lurking around the corner, ready to make you into dinner.

Viewers are consistently presented with questions of morality, instinct and terror, where plots are less about discovery - there's no race for the cure - and more about the struggle to exist.

CNN checked in with "The Walking Dead" showrunner/executive producer Glen Mazzara to see what's in store for season two, how the show finds its storytelling voice and just how they get that authentic zombie feel.

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Why gamers are a great fit at the gym
October 14th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Why gamers are a great fit at the gym

They've been trained to focus for weeks at a time on a single goal. They know how to clearly identify obstacles and form step-by-step plans to overcome them.

They're obsessed with improving specific skills but judge success only by overall progress made in the world they've decided to conquer - as realistic or fantastical as it may be.

It's precisely these traits that make video-gamers great bodybuilders.

Take a moment to laugh, if you must. Now hear us out.

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October 14th, 2011
07:10 AM ET

'Dammit Liz' went to Geek Girl Con (and it was worth it)

If you're a fan of w00tstock, you know about Liz Smith. She's their "Dungeon Master," (that's "Dammit Liz" to you) clearly the strong, organized, feminine presence wrangling the show's producers Paul & Storm, Adam Savage and Wil Wheaton.

But she's not the only girl in the geek performance community. Through creating the perfect environment backstage at w00tstock shows for nerd celebrities, she's had the opportunity to meet other geeky women who she can relate to.

"I was totally obsessed with 'Star Wars' when I was younger, to the point that I scared people," Smith said. So meeting w00tstock guests like Bonnie Burton, who has made a living out of being obsessed with "Star Wars" helped Smith realize that the geek community is not a boys-only club.

Even so, the prospect of attending the first Geek Girl Con in Seattle, Washington last weekend was one Smith held skepticism about. FULL POST

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