Hump Day Briefs
A little mini-browsing around the internets the last few days has come up with the following:
- There is no Furries vs. Klingons bowling tournament this coming Saturday in Atlanta. But dang, that poster is still cool.
- Nick Mullins at The Comics Reporter notes two main reasons for the kerfuffle over the teacher who got fired over giving a 9th grader Eightball #22: the book is recommended by the Library Journal for 10th grade and up (and that recommendation applied to the series as a whole, where individual issues may vary in their amount of mature content) and, more importantly, mature situations involving art and other visuals will almost always raise more of a ruckus than those involving only words (George Carlin aside). There’s your thousand-to-one ratio at work again.
- Nintendo has surpassed Canon to become the second biggest stock in Japan. Toyota still rules the Japanese market. If they come up with a car that has built-in Wii and can take pictures, it’s a lock.
- Parallel universes have been mathematically proven to exist. Yeah, on Earth-Geek! Oh no wait, we are Earth-Geek aren’t we?
- Because women aren’t exploited nearly enough in our subculture, there’s the Miss Horrorfest contest. Self-exploit and you may win $50,000! So there, Oscar Wilde; we’ve already established that and there’s no haggling over the price! Is there a corresponding "Master Horrorfest" ("master" being the male equivalent of "miss" once upon a time)? I didn’t think so.
- Somebody let Stephen Colbert too close to the Indecision 2008 website again, as the site gets onto a Candidate Casting Couch with presidential hopefuls as superheroes. Would you rather see Simpsons cels referencing movies juxtaposed with the actual film stills? Sure you would.
- Goodie, HarperCollins will be reprinting Zot!, one of my all-time favorites! And Sony’s releasing colorized Ray Harryhausen movies!
- Greetings from Zack Snyder on the set of the Watchmen movie.
- Condolences to the family of the still-anonymous Batman: The Dark Knight film technician who died in a car accident (unrelated to the movie).
- The Winnie the Pooh merchandising case has been dismissed, the main lesson being that if you’re going to sue Disney it’s probably not a good idea to be discovered poking through their trash.