Web Comic Spotlight: Onezumi and Harknell
From left: Onezumi, her familliar William, Harknell, his familliar the Demon Pickle, and Garthnell and Negazumi.
October 21st, 2011
10:23 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: Onezumi and Harknell

In Web comics, there's a niche for everyone. "Stupid & Insane Defenders Against Chaos" is the niche that mixes Lovecraftian monsters with Japanese-inspired art and a dash of nerdy humor concerning the most evil careers known to man: business management and finance.

It's a comic that started in 2003, involving two characters, Onezumi and Harknell, who have evil genius versions of themselves in another, horror-filled dimension. Through some shenanigans, these characters swap universes, and things get wickedly funny from there.

For example, there's a character called Mr. OctoPants, who in Onezumi and Harknell's universe is just a goofy octopus who collects really ugly pants from Macy's. A "beast with a thousand horrible pants," if you will. But in the evil universe, he's truly suspicious.

The creative team behind the comic, Onezumi Hartstein and her husband James Harknell, have a far more serious side (albeit still plenty nerdy) when it comes to their business. As early web comic purveyors, they rode the wild, untamed waves of the internet, gathering enough skills to start their own, informative convention for Web artists of all kinds. FULL POST

Fandom week in review
2008's "Punisher: War Zone."
October 21st, 2011
06:29 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:

Quite possibly headed to a theater near you: a live action version of "Akira" (more coverage of that to come) and a new take on "Battlestar Galactica." [Variety|Deadline]

George Romero revealed that he passed on directing "The Walking Dead." [CNN Marquee Blog]

The director of "Batman: Arkham City" defended the controversial Catwoman code. [Wired]

Fox is moving forward on a pilot for "The Punisher" TV series. [Deadline] FULL POST


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'X-Men' anime actor is an X-Fan
October 21st, 2011
05:11 PM ET

'X-Men' anime actor is an X-Fan

There have been several version of "X-Men" onscreen over the years, but nothing like this.

The popular comic book series was recently adapted into an anime series in Japan, and the show is set to make its U.S. debut Friday night on G4.

One of the American actors hired to dub the dialogue is Scott Porter ("Friday Night Lights," "Hart of Dixie"), an "X-Men" fan since childhood, who has taken on the role of Cyclops.

“I was excited to get on the ground floor and be the first to voice the 'X-Men' from this particular perspective for the English audience," he told CNN Geek Out. "“It was very cool to see a different artistic rendering of these well-known characters.”
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Blizzard has spoken
ZOMG pandas!
October 21st, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Blizzard has spoken

There are times when working for a huge news company like CNN has some really great benefits for a nerd. For example: I get to sit at work and watch things like the live stream of BlizzCon 2011!

BlizzCon is Blizzard Entertainment's convention. At BlizzCon, the company makes product announcements and celebrated with the fans: 26,000 people at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California and another 60,000 people witht virtual tickets, watching the convention TV and computers.

Blizzard Entertainment usually makes their yearly "Big Announcement" at the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon, and this year they did not disappoint! FULL POST

The resurgence of fairy tales
"Once Upon a Time" premiers on ABC this Sunday.
October 21st, 2011
03:27 PM ET

The resurgence of fairy tales

Editor's note: Emma Loggins is the editor of Fanbolt.com, an fan news site that specializes in behind-the-scenes information and interviews with the casts and crews of entertainment franchises with organized fan bases.

ABC and NBC have added new spins to classic fairy tales with their fall lineup, Syfy has a Peter Pan mini-series planned and there are not one but two Snow White films headed to the silver screen.

It makes you wonder, why are fairy tales making a comeback? Is it just because Hollywood has nothing new to offer anymore? Because vampires have been done to death?

Perhaps it's a financial decision. After all, no one has to pay for the rights to these classic tales.

ABC’s "Once Upon A Time" premieres on October 23rd, fittingly in the old "Wonderful World of Disney" time slot. Disney, widely known for their versions of "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Snow White," painted fairy tales in pastel shades, making them comfortable, family fare. But ABC's new fairy tale show is not as friendly. FULL POST

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