He said/She said: 'Once Upon a Time'
October 24th, 2011
02:51 PM ET

He said/She said: 'Once Upon a Time'

Editor's note: The following is an e-mail conversation between CNN Geek Out's Elizabeth Landau and Henry Hanks. If you didn't watch Sunday night's season premiere of "Once Upon a Time," don't read any further. And for more analysis of the show check out Jordan Bienstock's recap.

Hanks: Liz, after watching one of the most anticipated new series of the fall, I was impressed by such an original idea for a TV series. In fact, it seemed like the setup for a great movie (not unlike “Terra Nova”).

Unfortunately, that is also a bit of a problem. I’m not sure where this series goes from there.

I also can’t help but get something of a “meh” feeling about this show. I really wanted to be excited about a series with such a talented cast and extraordinary special effects (and again, unique concept), but for some reason, I was only moderately interested in tuning in again.

Don’t get me wrong, I will give it a few more weeks. But I expected something more. FULL POST

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A live action 'Akira' is coming (but is it a good idea?)
October 24th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

A live action 'Akira' is coming (but is it a good idea?)

Last week's news that the long-rumored live action "Akira" film adaptation was moving forward (possibly starring "Tron: Legacy's" Garrett Hedlund), hasn't exactly been welcomed by fans with open arms.

"I hope that a live action Akira will do for the manga and original anime what [the film adaptation of] 'Watchmen' did for the graphic novel," said "Akira" superfan Joe Peacock. "I hope that the interest in the new film and subsequent buzz will pique interests of casual fans, or hardcore comic fans who never delved into manga or anime, and get them buying the original material and studying it. 'Akira' is such a phenomenon on both the graphic novel and animation fronts - it's the single greatest animated feature film ever made."

Peacock said he thinks the movie is "likely to suck," but he hopes to be proven wrong.

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Are women and comics risky business?
"Has Boobs Reads Comics" blogger Jill Pantozzi.
October 24th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

Are women and comics risky business?

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.

This summer, “Womanthology,” a hardcover comics anthology made entirely by female creators, raised a staggering $109,000 on the fundraising site Kickstarter.

Also this summer, the comics community argued ad nauseum about the lack of women creating mainstream comics. The accusations culminated at San Diego Comic-Con when several people, including a woman dressed as Batgirl, went to panels about DC’s re-launch and asked why only 1% of their creators were women.

In these events lie an incongruity between the support for women making comics and the gaping gender disparity between mainstream comics creators. FULL POST

October 24th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

The effects behind 'Captain America's' Red Skull

"Captain America: The First Avenger" did an impressive special effects job to help transform Chris Evans' heroic character from scrawny Steve Rogers into the massively muscular superhero.

But as a special feature on the Blu-ray/DVD release of the film shows, they didn't save all the effects for Captain America, and used some to properly bring the villain Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving) to the screen.

The exclusive clip above shows how they perfected what they call Red Skull's "negative nose space," which they did using a computer-generated model.

Considering it was one of the most anticipated parts of the film (after all, the Red Skull is the first supervillain in the Marvel Universe and the trailers hid his appearance), how well do you think they did crafting Red Skull's features?

"Captain America: The First Avenger" arrives on Blu-ray/DVD in 3-D and 2-D versions on October 25.

[Cross-posted with Marquee Blog.]

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