The Ohio State University Marching Bad is sometimes referred to as the Best Damn Band in the Land, and with good reason: During Saturday’s game, the band performed a Hollywood medley featuring the themes from Superman, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. But this being Ohio State, these weren’t straightforward renditions; no, they were performances, complete with a soaring Man of Steel, a Quidditch-playing Harry Potter and peckish T-rex. Watch for yourself below.
Despite what you may have heard, the real threat to America may not be illegal immigration, same-sex marriage or even Obamacare. No, it turns out that it’s Robert Kirkman & Co.
In an editorial on FoxNews.com, Dr. Manny Alvarez asks, “Is watching The Walking Dead seriously hurting American society?” Before anyone has a chance to consider the question, Fox News Channel’s senior medical contributor answers with a confident “Yes.” And with that solved, Alvarez is free to focus on other pressing concerns, like the nature of Batman and Robin’s relationship, or, y’know, the dangers of socialized medicine or something. Then again, maybe not.
The Internet virtually ripped in two when Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck as its new Batman, with message boards, social media and comment sections exploding with opinions on whether or not the Oscar-winning director has the acting chops to do the Dark Knight justice, much less convincingly go toe-to-toe in an all-out battle with Superman.
And while we’re still a good two years away from finding out how well the actor fills the boots left vacant by the departing Christian Bale, Affleck’s casting isn’t done upsetting the cosmic balance just yet. Yesterday, Good Job Brain, a podcast dedicated to quiz shows and trivia, tweeted a photo illustrating how something as simple as casting a new Batman can have implications that reach far beyond the world of comics and film … to family game night.
Despite its relative obscurity, National Comic Book Day seems to be getting a bit of traction. With apparently zero support from the big publishers or Diamond Comic Distributors, it’s really a grass-roots holiday. As I mentioned in my post Wednesday, these sorts of occasions are useful for reporters who want to write about comics but need a news hook. Perhaps something similar is going on in the marketing department of Jo-Ann Fabrics. Here’s a roundup of National Comic Book Day observances, which may provide a rough map to geek presence in unexpected quarters.
Actually, it’s not quite true that no one celebrates it; when I reported on NCBD last year, a couple of impromptu events had sprung up, and the Patch local-news sites were having some fun with it. Things seem to be quieter this year, if only because Patch has shut down a lot of its sites, and therefore the local activities may be going unreported.
Without significant retailer, publisher or grass-roots support, National Comic Book Day exists solely as an excuse for geeky writers to pitch comics stories to their editors, such as this top five comics series article at Syracuse University’s Daily Orange, or for a nerdy weather reporter to throw a comics reference into the daily forecast.
The most comprehensive description I saw was actually on a Russian-language site. I don’t read Russian, but as it’s always fun to see your culture through someone else’s eyes, here’s the Google translation:
There’s a long and embarrassing history of “sexy” Halloween costumes for women — y’know, a sexy pirate instead of simply a pirate, a sexy devil instead of simply a devil, and so on. But with a new licensed costume for The Walking Dead, that tradition has either been propelled to a new level of absurdity or turned on its head. I haven’t figured it out yet.
SpiritHalloween.com is selling … wait for it … an official “Walking Dead Sassy Rick Grimes Women’s Costume.” Yes, sassy Rick Grimes. Because if any word can capture the spirit of The Walking Dead‘s protagonist, it’s sassy. The outfit consists of a fitted shirt, skirt, hat with badge, badge pin and belt, which, for all I know, may actually make an appearance in the fourth season of the hit AMC drama. It undoubtedly will be the sassiest of all the seasons.
I’m hoping somewhere there are male fans of The Walking Dead who are feeling sassy enough to go out dressed as Sassy Rick Grimes. Granted, they’ll probably be mistaken for a machete-wielding Lt. Jim Dangle, but still … sassy!
And if you’re looking for a Rick Grimes costume for a child, oh, say age 5 to 7, don’t worry: Toys “R” Us has you covered (see the package below).
There’s no two ways about it: Clowns are evil creatures from the very bowels of Hell. The Joker, Pennywise, Violator, Bozo, Ronald — you name them, they’re bad news for any unfortunate soul who might encounter them.
So when the aptly named Northampton Clown began terrorizing — or at least creeping out — the residents of Alan Moore’s hometown, one person made it his mission to stop him. No, not Moore, although his wizardly powers might come in handy. Instead, it’s a guy in a Superman Halloween costume who calls himself Boris the Clown Catcher.
In a real-life crossover, two men dressed as Batman and Captain America rescued a cat from a house fire in Milton, West Virginia, on Saturday.
Unlike other would-be superheroes like Phoenix Jones, the pair — aka John Buckland and Troy Marcum, respectively — weren’t out on patrol; the trouble came to them. Buckland, a former firefighter who served with the Department of Defense in Iraq, runs a service called Heroes 4 Higher that sends costumed superheroes to parties and other events to “bring an age-appropriate, positive message of inspiration, safety and daring to dream.”
Buckland and Marcum were doing just that at an American Legion post when a fire broke out in a house nearby. Seeing the smoke, they dashed to the house to check whether there was anyone inside. Marcum broke the window, and as the smoke poured out, Buckland said, “I reach down and grab something furry.” That was the cat; the homeowners turned out to be out of town, but their cat was overcome by smoke and had to be resuscitated by Buckland.
While in Baltimore to attend Baltimore Comic-Con 2013, while I had some pre-con free time on Friday, I decided to visit the pop culture museum, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. The museum, which is just down the street from the Baltimore Convention Center at Camden Station (across from Camden Yards), is owned by Diamond Comics Distributors President/CEO Steve Geppi. A majority of the museum’s holdings are from Geppi’s private collection.
In recognition of the con this weekend, admission is half off for all Baltimore Comic Con 2013 attendees on September 7-8, 2013. What follows is a series of photos I took while visiting. The collection is vast and varied–and my cell phone camera photos do not do the 16,000-square-foot pop culture museum justice.
While this may not haven even a tenuous connection to comic books, it’s undoubtedly of the Greatest Cultural Importance and therefore deserving of coverage: General Mills is reviving Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy, which will take their rightful places alongside the other Monster Cereals Franken Berry, Boo Berry and Count Chocula for Halloween.
Frute Brute (née Fruit Brute) was introduced in 1975, four years after the debuts of Boo Berry, Count Chocula and Franken Berry, but the combination of frosted fruit-flavored cereal and lime-flavored marshmallows apparently didn’t strike the same chord with young eaters, as the brand was discontinued in 1982. According to General Mills, “It is considered by many collectors to be the most sought-after vintage cereal box. (Likely because it was used by movie director Quentin Tarantino in both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.)”
If the Georgia Institute of Technology experiences a sudden surge in applications, and donations, administrators probably have Nicholas Selby to thank.
The energetic mechanical engineering major delivered a rousing welcome speech to freshmen on Sunday that puts William Wallace’s stirring oratory from Braveheart to shame. “We chose Georgia Tech because we want to do the impossible,” Selby said, and we believe him.
Backed by Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (y’know, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), he quotes Sir Isaac Newton — “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” — before launching into a sermon so fiery, and so wonderful, that the video has gone viral. Not only are Georgia Tech’s freshmen now more confident in their choice of schools, but thousands on campuses around the world are now questioning their own.
I came across my new favorite Tumblr via Richard McAuliffe’s Everything Comes Back To 2000AD blog: Dreddheads, wherein Owen Watts (of such UK small press anthologies as Dr WTF and The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel) regularly posts caricatures dressed in uniform as Mega City One judges, taking his design cues from the 2012 movie version. Sure, your affection for the site will vary based on your knowledge of British comedy, with assorted satirists and sitcom characters prominently featured, but there’s plenty of examples familiar to an international audience. Clint Eastwood, whose Dirty Harry Callahan is often cited as a key influence upon Dredd, finds himself included; as does Carlos Ezquerra, the Spanish co-creator of the futuristic lawman.
Despite competition from cinematic upstarts like Iron Man, Wolverine and Captain America, Batman reigns as the most popular superhero on YouTube, with more than 3 billion views of a staggering 71,000 hours of video. But the character at No. 2 may surprise fans, and undoubtedly please Marvel Studios. Verily.
That’s according to research released today by the video-sharing website as part of its “Geek Week” celebration. The breakdown is based on keyword searches since 2008 for everything from film trailers to fan originals to video-game play.
When I was a kid, it seemed Guinness World Records (then called The Guinness Book of World Records) had very narrow categories, along the lines of tallest and shortest living man and woman, oldest living person, longest fingernails and pole-sitting. In more recent years, however, the scope has broadened significantly to include topics like largest comic book, the most people wearing a fake mustache, the largest gathering of people dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour period in multiple venues and, now, the people dressed as Superman in one place/largest gathering of people dressed as Superman.
BBC News reports 867 people dressed as the Man of Steel on Saturday at the Kendal Calling music festival in Cumbria, England, breaking the previous record set June 5 by the Sears Holdings Corporation in Chicago. The stunt was organized to raise money for Help For Heroes, a 1charity for injured service members and their families.
According to World Record Academy, about 1,200 costumes were distributed, but only 867 people actually donned them for the official count.
Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University has apologized for a student mural depicting Adolf Hitler among a group of superheroes.
In a letter sent today to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had complained about the banner, the Thai school said the administrators and students “deeply regret the appearance of this deeply offensive mural.” The university found that the students who created the image were “unaware of its significance” and have been given a verbal warning.
The enormous graduation banner, hung outside the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts building, bore the word “Congratulations” above images of Superman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk and other heroes, and included Hitler in the background giving the Nazi salute.