Marvel invites you to a Super Marriage
Northstar pops the question in Astonishing X-men #50
May 23rd, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Marvel invites you to a Super Marriage

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s new comic Wednesday pick is Marvel Comics’ “Astonishing X-Men #50,”  a book that promises to generate a bit of controversy.

Spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know the “big deal” about this book, stop reading now and skip to the lower part of the post to see the list of books coming out this week.

Marvel Comics’ mutant character Northstar has not often been a headliner. If all you know about the X-Men is what you've seen in movies starring Hugh Jackman, then you likely don’t know him at all. FULL POST

The dark side of World Goth Day
May 22nd, 2012
03:13 PM ET

The dark side of World Goth Day

Dim the lights, slather on your eyeliner and get ready to sway in place to the strains of the Sisters of Mercy: May 22 is World Goth Day.

Every day is Halloween to devotees of Gothic music, art, fashion and lifestyle, but this spring celebration is a chance to shed some light on an often-misunderstood subculture. Ask a dozen self-described Goths what the word means, and you'll get 12 different takes, but generally the underpinnings of the aesthetic could be described as "dark." It's life scored in a minor key but not necessarily as morbid or death-obsessed as it's often made out to be.

For every faux fang-wearing, coffin-sleeping, blood-obsessed princess of the night or neon-dreadlocked Cybergoth, there's a pink ruffle-bedecked Gothic Lolita or a 40-something administrative assistant at his desk wearing a Polo shirt and listening to a Cure/Bauhaus/Siouxsie and the Banshees mix on Spotify. What unites them is an appreciation of another kind of beauty - and it's often met with some hostility.

As the credits roll, some movies speak geek
May 21st, 2012
04:21 PM ET

As the credits roll, some movies speak geek

[SPOILER WARNING: This post talks about the end of "The Avengers" as well as a few other well-known movies of years past. Read at your own peril.]

When the end credits start to roll after big budget summer movies and most audience members get up to leave, sit a while and you'll notice that a select group of moviegoers stay glued to their seats.

Now, it may be that these people just enjoyed the movie so much that they want to see the names of everyone responsible. But most of the time – as with "The Avengers," which has now grossed enough worldwide to be the fourth-biggest movie of all time – it's because there's still a little bit of movie left.

More and more, those post-credit scenes are aimed directly at the geeks in the audience. FULL POST

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That hoodie is not size 'nerd'
Mark Zuckerberg rings the Nasdaq opening bell on Friday.
May 18th, 2012
05:49 PM ET

That hoodie is not size 'nerd'

Fresh-faced 27-year-old Mark Zuckerberg wore a hoodie rather than a shirt and tie to meet with potential investors for Facebook's IPO this week, to the consternation of well-dressed financial analysts everywhere.

With his decidedly casual wardrobe, Zuck has entered the pantheon of great and nerdy technological entrepreneurs, famous in part for the "uniforms" they wore.

Steve Jobs' closets full of black turtlenecks, jeans and sneakers were endearing and disarming. While convenient, it disguised the ambitious genius wearing them. Bill Gates' unkempt hair and safety-style specs helped cement his image as a nerd-terrible just as much as his ubiquitous operating system did. Steve Wozniak's out-of-date-and-frumpy wardrobe from the 1980s and 1990s gave him the air of the lovable wunderkind, jovial and enthusiastic about computers, not necessarily fashion.

And Zuckerberg wears a hooded sweatshirt, riling up the suited financial analysts who would like to control his money. They even called him immature.

In an editorial on, Benjamin Nugent contended that nerds like Zuckerberg have no time to deliberate on their wardrobe because their minds are consumed with their work. Whether it's computer programming or art, Nugent said nerds are so singularly focused that they are unconscious of the visual impression they make. That social machinations like being presentable don't enter their head space - they make spastic movements, have childlike laughs, even dress like homeless people, he said.

Nugent, the author of "American Nerd: The story of my people," said: "He's first and foremost an inventor, a tinkerer in a workshop, a monk in hooded robes. Sales, the bottom line, these are not the things that define me, the hoodie says." It's a savvy hoodie.

I respect Nugent immensely and can vouch for his masterful descriptions of contemporary nerds. I've sought his expertise more than once for Geek Out!, but he misses the mark on this point. FULL POST

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'Dancer' delivers intrigue
May 16th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

'Dancer' delivers intrigue

Greetings, fellow comics readers!

This week is an excellent opportunity to show those newly interested in comic books (perhaps due to a certain $1 billion grossing movie) that comics aren't just about superheroes.

The best example of what's possible without a man in tights is this week's first issue of "Dancer," from Image Comics.

This series is not just your usual "retired assassin chased by sniper" story. In this case, the assassin's ballerina companion is a major part of the ultra-violent action in Milan, Italy.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia said this title caught his interest because it is written by Nathan Edmondson, most recently known as the writer of DC's "New 52" series, "Grifter."

“More importantly to me, and people in the store, he produced ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’" said Dean. "Really, really great stuff.” FULL POST

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