Fandom week in review
January 20th, 2012
11:39 PM ET

Fandom week in review

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

A first, close-up look at Johnny Depp in the upcoming Tim Burton film version of "Dark Shadows" (see above for one of the photos). [Twitter/@Wbpictures]

You might have heard something about George Lucas retiring. [CNN Marquee Blog]

Oh, Joss Whedon: It's not enough for you to direct two movies and produce another one set to be released this year. Now there's a "supernatural romance" on the horizon for you as well (now, about "Dr. Horrible 2"...). [Hollywood Reporter]

Patrick Stewart (and Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn) returning to Dragon*Con? Please, make it so. [Dragon*Con]

Speaking of which, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" looks better than ever! [TVShowsonDVD.com]

"Saturday Night Live" and Daniel Radcliffe gave us a new epilogue to "Harry Potter." [NBC/Hulu]

We're intrigued by this "Alcatraz" online game. [Fox.com]

The Force is with this Volkswagen dog choir. [YouTube/Volkswagen]

"BSG" in 8-bit form. Wow. [CollegeHumor.com]

Congratulations on 100 episodes, "Big Bang Theory!" Here's a look back at some of the geekier moments. [Hollywood Reporter]

Also, this just made us smile. [Facebook/Mayim Bialik]
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Vik Sahay floored by 'Chuck' fanbase
January 20th, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Vik Sahay floored by 'Chuck' fanbase

Vik Sahay – better known to fans of NBC's "Chuck" as the Lester half of the rock band "Jeffster" on the cult spy-fi series – recently recalled his first time performing in the two-man band for the at San Diego Comic-Con, as a warmup act for the show's panel.

"I asked (Zachary Levi), who had been to Comic-Con, 'Is this going to be like one of those question and answer things we’ve done for "Chuck"? ' And he went, ‘Oh God no,' Sahay told CNN Geek Out.

"When we walked out, it was this wall, this wave of sound and emotion and frenzy, that I never imagined when I signed on to do a little TV show. It was – in our little world – pure rock star."
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Joe Peacock: 'It's 2012! Ignorance is inexcusable!'
January 20th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

Joe Peacock: 'It's 2012! Ignorance is inexcusable!'

Editor's note: Fans of "Akira" probably know Joe Peacock as the owner and curator of the Art of Akira Exhibit, which tours fan conventions around the world. He is also the Creative Director/Crayon Monkey for FARK.com, a blogger and author.

There were many effects and stories to come out of Wednesday’s huge internet blackout in protest of SOPA/PIPA. But I was struck, specifically, by  how stupid people can be, and how it has polluted our Internet. It made me realize that as geeks, we have a responsibility to help clean up the mess.

If you missed it, this was spectacularly illustrated by a dedicated Twitter feed collecting and retweeting peoples' utterly ridiculous reaction to having no Wikipedia for a day. There were even people who thought Obama banned Wikipedia.

If you’re like me, this sort of thing fills you with outrage. “It's 2012!” you’re yelling. “Ignorance is inexcusable!”

And you’re right.

As Seth Godin points out, not knowing how to do something is the most easily solved problem any of us has these days. The entire sum of human knowledge is available on a 4-inch device that fits in your pocket. If you own a computer, everything you could ever want to know is one click away.

And that’s why we as geeks get aggravated with people taking the time to leave Wikipedia, fire up Twitter, and proceed to demand to know why Wikipedia was down, when Wikipedia put a link directly on the front page explaining why. FULL POST

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Comic Longbox week in review
The new DC Comics logo shown with Superman
January 20th, 2012
03:44 PM ET

Comic Longbox week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had comic book fans geeking out this week:

DC Comics introduced a new logo along with a new identity for DC Entertainment to showcase it's rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters across all media platforms. The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise. (via The Source)

The CW has ordered pilot for "Arrow," an hourlong superhero drama based on DC Comics’ "Green Arrow," CNN can confirm. "Arrow" would be written and executive produced by "The Green Lantern" co-writers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and "Fringe" and "Vampire Diaries" alum Andrew Kreisberg. (via CNN Marquee Blog, more info in TV Guide)

IDW Publishing announced a digital comics event that has been 5 million years in the making: "TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy." Exclusively digital, this 12-part series will be released as eight-page chapters every two weeks, through June. Each episode will be 99 cents. (via IDW Publishing)

io9 got an exclusive look at the cover art for the upcoming Marvel Comics "Avengers Vs. X-Men: Colossus versus Red Hulk". (via io9)

Mezco announced an Earthworm Jim articulated figure.  Jim - an intergalactic hero - comes complete with a game-accurate plasma blaster as well as his famous ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit (and an alternate bendy unsuited worm body as well). The 6" tall Earthworm Jim features 8 points of articulation. Shipping is available July 2012, but you can pre-order one now for $17.00. (via Plastic and Plush)

Did we miss something? Let us know if you come across news you that your feel your fellow Geeks would want to know in the comments or on twitter @CNNGeekOut

Master User week in review
Lolth of the Underdark (this evil half-lady, half-spider god) is the big baddy in D&D Online's Forgotten Realms expansion.
January 20th, 2012
02:29 PM ET

Master User week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had master gamers and other computer-loving nerds geeking out this week:

Fez-O-Rama announced pre-orders for the D20 Fez. Embroidered in deep red on an even deeper red velvet background with the namesake number in gold. This elegant fez is the perfect topper for those times when you know luck is on your side and you want to be sure everyone else in the room is aware of it too. (via Major Spoilers)

Wizkids added two new photos of ships, Federation ship USS Defiant and the Klingon Bird of Prey Regency 1, from their upcoming "Star Trek HeroClix:Tactics" game. (via WizKids)

Wizards of the Coast released the "Haunted Temples" map pack including three foldout battle maps for D&D. This pack contains three full-color, double-sided, 21” x 30” battle maps with 1-inch scale grids. One map features two exciting, never-before-seen encounter locations: a crumbling cathedral and a haunted chapel with adjoining cemetery. All three maps provide attractive, reusable terrain suitable for any D&D campaign. (via Wizards of the Coast)

Dave Graffam Models released Crane House, a new paper "print and build" model for tabletop gaming that fits into the Rakes Corner line of tabletop printable scenery. (via Daves Games)

Fantasy Flight Games announced that hand-painted Arkham Horror Monster Figures are now available. The figures are designed to work with Fantasy Flight Games' Lovecraftian board game. Each monster's base is designed with a slot to accommodate a monster token from the "Arkham Horror" or "Mansions of Madness" board games. (via Fantasy Flight Games)

Open Design released the "Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design," a 240-page book of in-depth essays on what makes RPGs tick. The book gives time-tested advice from the top designers in the industry. This compilation includes all three volumes of the "Kobold Guide to Game Design" series — now with new material by Wolfgang Baur, Mike Stackpole, and others. (via Kobold Quarterly)

Wizards of the Coast announced the April release of limited-edition reprints of the original core rulebooks for the "Monster Manual," "Player's Handbook," and "Dungeon Master's Guide." These premium versions of original D&D rulebooks feature new cover designs. Available in limited quantities as a hobby channel exclusive in North America, proceeds from the books will help support the Gygax Memorial Fund—established to immortalize the “Father of Roleplaying Games” with a memorial statue in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast announced the first ever expansion pack to "Dungeons & Dragons Online" (DDO). Developed by Turbine, "Menace of the Underdark," will launch in this summer and will allow players to adventure within the Forgotten Realms setting and the vast subterranean world of the Underdark. The digital expansion will feature new additions like an increased level cap and a new Druid class. (via G4tv)

Wizkids announced the June release of their second major set of Pathfinder Battles miniatures. Pathfinder Battles: Rise of the Runelords Part I will include a range of new figures. The release of the pre-painted Pathfinder Battles: Rise of the Runelords miniatures will support the release of Paizo’s 420-page "Rise of the Runelords" hardcover, which collects and updates six "Pathfinder: Adventure Path" publications (via iCV2)

Did we miss something? Let us know if you come across news you think your fellow geeks need to know about in the comments or on twitter @CNNGeekOut