Viral video imagines the end of 'Voltron'
November 2nd, 2011
03:19 PM ET

Viral video imagines the end of 'Voltron'

With an animated series, an upcoming movie and yesterday's release of "Voltron: The Final Battle" (collecting the final eight episodes of the classic 1980s anime series), Voltron is bigger than ever now.

No surprise then, that a fan-made short film, imagining how the "Voltron" saga might end, has over 200,000 page views so far on YouTube.

CNN Geek Out spoke with director Alex Albrecht (who also co-hosts the web show Diggnation), about how this came together:
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New Comic Wednesday: November 2, 2011
DC Comics Action Comics #3 "Superman, Go Home!" Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Rags Morales, Brent Anderson and Rick Bryant; Cover by Rags Morales
November 2nd, 2011
01:18 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: November 2, 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 November 2, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

This week I am looking forward to reading DC Comics (FYI, both DC and CNN are owned by Time Warner) "Action Comics #3." This book's storyline has just started to hit its stride and is giving us what I think is an interesting retelling of Superman's birth.

Recently, I was lucky enough to talk to the writer of "Action Comics," Grant Morrison. I asked him what’s it like to write for Superman and "Action Comics."

"It’s a kind of method-acting thing," he said. "Superman is very much a physical character, very action oriented - it says it in the title."

But how does one method-act an alien? An Earthling like Morrison can write "Action Comics" because there's an earthy quality about Superman, he says.

"Superman (is a) son of farmers who fights for the simple man," he says.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new Action Comics. 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 comics! FULL POST

The real revenge of the nerds
November 2nd, 2011
12:33 PM ET

The real revenge of the nerds

Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, I saw nerds portrayed on television all the time.

Steve Urkel on “Family Matters.”  Martin Prince on “The Simpsons.”  Minkus on “Boy Meets World.”  Sponge on “Salute Your Shorts.”  Paul Pfeiffer on “The Wonder Years.”  A whole gaggle of supporting nerd characters filled Bayside High on “Saved By the Bell.”

The stereotypes were easy to spot:  suspenders, taped glasses, pale skin, a snorting or gasping laugh punctuating a squeaky voice that insisted on accuracy.

Band geeks, and theater dorks, and science nerds, and oh so many losers in the Chess Club.  Sure, there was some variety—Screech didn’t wear glasses, and Urkel was black.  But when Uncle Jesse on “Full House” imagined one of his twin sons growing up in his mother’s protective shell, and the character in Jesse’s future reverie walked on screen with a buttoned-up flannel shirt and a cowlick, we knew what we were supposed to think.  (The teenager then announced to his father’s chagrin, of course, that he had been named Equipment Manager of the Chess Club.)

And I knew that these characters were supposed to represent me.  FULL POST

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