Geek Out's week in review
September 30th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

Geek Out's week in review

Here's a look back at some of the stories that had the geek world abuzz this past week:

Sad week for UK Whovians: "Doctor Who Confidential" was canceled. [The Guardian]

Catwoman (not to mention Starfire) was causing a fuss, both in the comics... [Comics Alliance]

...And when a photo of Anne Hathaway's costume (with ears!) leaked. [Washington Post]

The opening credits for "American Horror Story" freaked everyone out. [EW]

Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly and Michael Rosenbaum were announced as cast members for the straight-to-DVD animated "Justice League: Doom." [TV Guide]

Speaking of Fillion, he once again got to let "Castle's" geek flag fly on this week's episode. []

"The Walking Dead" cast and crew finally opened up about former showrunner Frank Darabont ("This will always be Frank's show," said Jon Bernthal). [EW]

A new "Mortal Kombat" movie is in the works. Cue the techno theme song. [@WarnerBrosENT/Los Angeles Times]

New photos from "Marvel's The Avengers" revealed Joss Whedon in between takes with the cast, and Thor looking more like Fabio than ever. [EW]

The first look at the final season of "Chuck" made fans simulatneously giddy and sad. [NBC/Hulu]

Seth Rogen is still the geek who made good. [CNN; iReport interview]

LARPing in Croatia! That is all. [iReport]

Conventions this weekend:
– APE 2011 (San Francisco)
– Anime Weekend Atlanta
– Nashville Comic and Horror Fest)
– Webcomics Con (Norwalk, Connecticut)
– And last but not least, happy birthday Walt Disney World!

Filed under: Fandom
Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?
September 30th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?

Editor's note: Erika D. Peterman is a Florida-based writer and editor and the co-founder of She has been an Archie fan since Jimmy Carter was president.

They’re as much a part of Americana as Spider-Man, but Archie and his pals don’t always get the respect they deserve.

Think about it: Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie are instantly recognizable characters and archetypes, and I’d wager that most people who grew up reading comics, even casually, cracked open an “Archie’s Digest” along the way.

Some of us never left Archie behind, at least not permanently. While our fellow fangirls and boys might not consider Riverdale to be as relevant as Gotham or Asgard, we know what a special place it still occupies in comics, to say nothing of our personal geek origin stories. Nostalgia is a factor, but there are other reasons why Archie still matters after 70 years.

Viral video explains how to talk to your kids about 'Star Wars'
September 30th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Viral video explains how to talk to your kids about 'Star Wars'

Parents often have anxiety about "the Talk."

But one viral video, which has had nearly half a million views since November of last year, aims to help dads out with that very important discussion with their children.

I'm referring, of course, to the first time parents introduce their kids to "Star Wars."

Anthony Layser, a web video producer at AOL, spoke to CNN Geek Out about it.

Filed under: Fandom • Squee!
Updating classic novels with a comic twist
September 30th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Updating classic novels with a comic twist

Perusing the comic book and graphic novel offerings at Barnes & Noble, I didn’t expect to see Elizabeth Bennet peeking out at me between the latest issues of Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and Spider-Man.

But there she was, one of Jane Austen’s most beloved characters, lovingly sketched on the front of a graphic novel from Marvel. The cover of “Pride and Prejudice” was styled like a teen magazine, suggesting that readers delve inside for Lizzy’s dating advice and curing boy-crazy sisters.

Beyond the intriguing cover, it read like a comic book – that is, if you expect your comic books to contain the Bennets battling for their social status.

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Filed under: Comic Longbox
Does DC Comics' 'New 52' win over new readers?
From "Animal Man #1" by Jeff Lemire, with art by Travel Foreman.
September 29th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Does DC Comics' 'New 52' win over new readers?

Editor's note: Christian Sager is the creator of "Think of the Children" and "Border Crossings". He has also written essays about the comics industry, punk subculture and national identity.

The physical pile of comics I am looking at is 3.5 inches high measured at the spines.

Together they weigh 5.5 pounds.

They are worth $205 in retail value.

Specifically I am describing every issue of DC Comics “New 52” re-launch. I just read them all in one sitting, in the order they were published. It took 6 hours, 37 minutes and 11 seconds.

For most comic book fans this is a dream come true.

I was highly anticipating the binge, reading stories about nuclear men, dark knights and space police. However, at about two hours and forty minutes in, it became less like fun and more like a competition. It was the pile versus me. I was Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, perilously close to falling into the chocolate river and getting stuck in a drainage pipe. But for you dear reader, I kept on. I drank that chocolate by the handful until there was nothing left.

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