Comic longbox week in review
January 13th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Comic longbox week in review

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

DC Comics announced the “Second Wave” of titles as part of its historic The New 52 initiative. In the same announcement, DC said it will be canceling "Blackhawks", "Hawk And Dove", "Men of War", "Mister Terrific", "O.M.A.C." and "Static Shock" to make room for the new comics. (via the Source)

Diamond Comic Distributors announced that DC Comics’ "Justice League No. 1" was the best-selling comic book published in 2011 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops and that Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book industry’s top publisher, leading in both dollar and unit market shares. (via Diamond Comic)

Marvel Comics held its "Next Big Thing" live blogs this week.  Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman blogged about their upcoming run on "Secret Avengers." Walt Simonson discussed his work on the "AvX" tie-in with "The Avengers." Cullen Bunn, the new writer of "Captain America & Hawkeye" - formerly "Captain America & Bucky" - Greg Rucka and Mark Waid announced the"Omega Effect" crossover between "Avenging Spider-Man," "Daredevil" and "The Punisher." (via Marvel Comics)

DC Entertainment announced the creative team for the new graphic novel based on Stieg Larsson’s international sensation "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The creative team includes Denise Mina, Lee Bermejo, Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti. (via Graphic Content)

Variety published an interview with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who discussed his thoughts on the layout and flow of comics and how they are seen and read on digital devices like the iPad. (via Variety)

Evil Hat Productions announced an agreement to produce, publish and distribute a RPG based on the Eisner-nominated "Atomic Robo" comic book. It will be co-written by "Atomic Robo" scribe Brian Clevinger and "Kerberos Club: Fate Edition" author Mike Olson. Olson also created the "Strange Fate" version of the Fate engine. (via Deadly Fredly)

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

Fandom week in review
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon is producing “The Cabin in the Woods,” which will open SXSW in March.
January 13th, 2012
06:07 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:

■ "The Cabin in the Woods," the long-awaited Joss Whedon-produced horror movie, will open the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. (EW)

■ No fooling: "Game of Thrones" is back on the air on April 1, which is also the premiere date for the animated "Ultimate Spider-Man" (part of a block of Marvel shows on Disney XD). (HBO/Disney XD)

■ The cult classic animated film "Wizards" will finally get a Blu-ray release on March 13. (

■ "American Horror Story," "Community," "Once Upon A Time," "Castle" and "The Vampire Diaries" will have panels at this year's PaleyFest in March. (Paley Center)

■ Things aren't looking too good for another season of "Fringe," and the renewal of "Terra Nova" is still anyone's guess. (CNN Marquee Blog)

■ What would have been, if Frank Darabont had stayed on "The Walking Dead"? (

■ Tim Burton shared more details about the new "Beetlejuice" movie. (MTV)

■ We present to you, H.R. Giger's LEGO Alien (via @woodelijah). (

■ Cons this weekend:

Albuquerque Comic-Con

SnowCon (Orono, Maine)

Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium (Long Beach, California, on the Queen Mary)

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January 13th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

MAGFest runs on video game music

A few weeks ago, we told you why MAGFest was the festival that gamers were least likely to know about, but also the one that they absolutely could not miss. A four-day event featuring live concerts, panels, cosplay and more - all centered on video games and the love of the culture surrounding them - the con just celebrated its 10th year and scored 6,200 attendees, doubling the record of the previous year.

This was my second year at MAGFest, and I was determined to find out why attendees both raved about it to their friends and planned to attend next year's event before this one ended. And after a few days, it was clear that despite a lot of other powerful factors, one theme was its underlying thread.

That theme was video game music: how fans interpreted it, reacted to it and created because of it. FULL POST

Master user week in review
January 13th, 2012
05:02 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:

Mimoco, the folks behind the MIMOBOT geeky USB flash drive, announced the MIMOMICRO™ USB card reader and drive. (via Mimoco)

Wizards of the Coasts announced a new edition of "Dungeons and Dragons" and geek rage happened. (via WotC) annouced the launch of a "three-for-all" sale to celebrate Pathfinder Tales being No. 3 on Barnes & Noble's best fantasy of 2011 list. (via paizo)

Makerbot Industries showed off "The Replicator," the first 3-D printer that retails for under $2,000 and does two-color printing at CES. (via Woot)

Wizkids announced the release of prepainted miniatures, perfect for use with the "Pathfinder Roleplaying Game." (via Wizkids)

Wired's Geek Dad previewed the upcoming "Magic: The Gathering" expansion, "Dark Ascension." The new set hits stores Febuary 3. (via Wired) FULL POST

Yvonne Strahovski looks back on 'Chuck,' forward to 'Frankenstein'
"Chuck" wrapped production toward the end of 2011, and Yvonne Strahovski has a big movie coming up.
January 13th, 2012
02:17 PM ET

Yvonne Strahovski looks back on 'Chuck,' forward to 'Frankenstein'

When Yvonne Strahovski joined the cast of "Chuck," the Australia native didn't quite know what to make of the show's "Nerd Herd."

“It was definitely a new concept for me, which now I know a lot more about than I did five years ago," she said.

After the first season, she joined the cast at San Diego's Comic-Con, one of her first big exposures to American nerd culture and the already dedicated "Chuck" fan base.

“That first year, I was blown away with the costumes and everything going on. The response was amazing, they’ve been the most loyal fans ever since," she said.

About her four years of going to Comic-Con, she said, “It’s definitely intimidating with a few thousand people staring at you, asking you questions, you never know what to expect. It definitely took some getting used to. We always play a clip before we go up there for the panel. My favorite part is watching the audience watch the clips of the show. On set, shooting, we don’t get to see anyone reacting to it, so it’s always a nice treat for me, seeing that."

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