Amy Acker not so 'Angel'ic on 'Grimm'
February 10th, 2012
04:54 PM ET

Amy Acker not so 'Angel'ic on 'Grimm'

Amy Acker first hit the geeky pop culture radar with her role as the awkward, bookish Fred, on Joss Whedon's iconic vampire TV series, "Angel."

"Growing up in high school, I was definitely a lot like Fred," she told CNN Geek Out.

"I would cry if I got a B on a test. I really cared about reading and books and doing good work in school," she said. "I would say Fred is one of the closest characters to me that I’ve played."

When asked to define her particular brand of geekdom, she said, “I don’t know if I’m more of a nerd, or just a dork."

But she clearly has a knack for something a bit more threatening. Just like Fred - who eventually transformed into the demonic Illyria - her character on Friday night's episode of "Grimm" (executive-produced by Whedon's "Angel" collaborator, David Greenwalt) is not all that she seems.

As one of "Grimm's" beasties-of-the-week, Acker went deeper into the fantasy genre than ever before. FULL POST

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How Kevin Smith learned to love the mainstreaming of comics
Kevin Smith, foreground, and his 'Comic Book Men.'
February 10th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

How Kevin Smith learned to love the mainstreaming of comics

“It’s a glorious time to be a geek,” Kevin Smith said.

The filmmaker's new reality series, "Comic Book Men," is set to premiere Sunday night on AMC after "The Walking Dead." The show is designed to pull the curtain back on comic book store culture. Though such a spotlight may be brighter than fans are comfortable with, Smith said it's time for comic book store owners, creators and readers like himself to make a few sacrifices.

“You gotta give up a little bit of innocence,” he said. “If you love something so much, it may bug you when other people jump on the bandwagon, but if you love something, you just want to share it.”

Original Media, the producers of "Comic Book Men," came to Smith for "geek programming" ideas, he said.

“What you’re gonna see is not what I pitched,” he admitted.

Originally, he saw a comic book store version of popular series like the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" in which comic books and nerdy collectibles were priced and sold.

Instead, "Comic Book Men" is about Smith's friends Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan, the inspirations for two of his comic book and sci-fi-obsessed movie characters: Randal in "Clerks" and Brody in "Mallrats," respectively. FULL POST