The Force is with Black Friday
Photo credit: Dark Horse Comics
November 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

The Force is with Black Friday

For 20 years, Dark Horse Comics has been publishing the "Star Wars" series of comic books, introducing new stories and characters to the mythos of the galaxy far, far away.

This Black Friday, the company has a very special offer, so that fans unfamiliar with the comics can catch up on what they've been missing.

For 24 hours only, 134 issues, in digital form, will be offered for $100.

Between "Shadows of the Empire," "Star Wars: The Old Republic" and "Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand," there are a lot of classic comics to choose from.

For other gift ideas for the geeks in your life, check out our fandom gift guide, and come back tomorrow for more.


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Turkey Day, an 'MST3K' tradition
November 24th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Turkey Day, an 'MST3K' tradition

Thanksgiving has a dual meaning for MSTies, fans of the 1990s cult classic TV series, "Mystery Science Theater 3000," or "MST3K."

The show, which took on some of the worst movies ever, mocking them in real time, was at its heyday from 1991 to 1995 on Comedy Central (and again in 1997 on what was then the Sci-Fi Channel). During that time, MSTies looked forward to an annual "Turkey Day marathon" - Thanksgiving Day programming that featured some of their favorite episodes of MST3K.

Now that many of the show's episodes are available on DVD (which you probably own), we're suggesting the five best, so you can have your own, ultimate Turkey Day marathon:
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Christopher Nolan spills 'Dark Knight Rises' details
November 23rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Christopher Nolan spills 'Dark Knight Rises' details

Empire magazine has some new details on the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" in its latest issue, which also features two covers: one of Batman, and the other of Bane.

Director Christopher Nolan reveals to the magazine that a lot of time has passed in between the conclusion of 2008's "The Dark Knight" and the starting point for 2012's "Rises."

"It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place," Nolan tells Empire. "Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight.' So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state."

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Nerdmance couples
November 23rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Nerdmance... it’ll fog up your specs

Engagement photos. They bring to mind images of cozy afternoon picnics, romantic strolls on the beach and couple’s lovingly staring into one another’s eyes. And how can anyone forget wizards, mad tea parties, light sabers, slithering snakes and flesh-eating zombies! Right?

Say farewell to holding hands and frolicking into a picturesque sunset because nothing quite says, “I love you” like killing a zombie and braving the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

“Engagement shoots are starting to branch out of traditional norms. Couples are discovering that they don’t need to do the standard or typical. They can do something that really brings out their personality,” said Diana Rush of Diana Rush Photography, who most recently finished an Indiana Jones e-session. “If you’re a couple who totally geeks over Star Wars or Star Trek, why not incorporate those elements into an engagement shoot or wedding?

And so if you’re a geek, odds are that cliché and predictable photos with you and your honey posing stiffly against a studio backdrop simply won’t do. Just ask Los Angeles photographer Amanda Rynda who captured couples Ben and Juliana Lee fighting off a zombie– a shoot that quickly infected the web and went viral.

“Juliana and Ben are total nerds! Juliana came to me with the idea saying, "We want to survive a zombie attack and then hug because we're in love." I thought that idea sounded like so much fun,” said Rynda. “They let their guards down and were themselves – quirky and all! And who doesn't love a little honest portrayal of love? Especially when it beats the crap out of some hungry zombie.” FULL POST

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The woman who made riding dragons possible
November 23rd, 2011
09:28 AM ET

The woman who made riding dragons possible

Many of us have dreamed about riding on the backs of dragons, exploring exotic lands and vanquishing foes. But author Anne McCaffrey brought those mere dreams to vivid life when she created the fictional world of Pern back in 1967.

Anne McCaffrey died Monday from a stroke at her house in Ireland. She was 85.

McCaffrey wrote over 100 books in her illustrious career, many with her son, Todd. The 23rd installment of the Pern series is set to arrive next year.

Her fanbase spanned all ages and nationalities, and up until earlier this month, she remained active on her blog, responding to fans’ questions and letters.

But now, it is the blogosphere’s turn to pay homage to the woman who influenced science-fiction and fantasy and the way we view our bodies, our minds, and our world. Here’s what some have had to say: FULL POST

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