Can you be a hot girl AND a nerd?

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Now that Nerd Culture is just regular Culture, thanks to the Internet, you’d think everything would have been settled, but there are still some skirmishes going on. And only this week a new mini-ruckus erupted and oddly enough, it was among the girls.

Now, one of the GOOD things about the internet is that it has allowed girl geeks to be just as proud and out as boy geeks and to, indeed, show that they like geek stuff, something that was doubted for a long time.

Speaking as a lifelong nerd myself, I can testify that back in the neolithic age of nerditry, if you had girls genes you were not taken seriously as a comics fan, wrestling fan, Star Wars fan, or anything else that boys thought was just for them. Oh, the looks I got when I said I had read Robert E. Howard. For a long time, I felt like I was the only one. In fact while I was at WonderCon, I was chatting to Sergio Aragones about the olden days and he said, “Remember when you were the only girl?” and I could only laugh in agreement.

The Hero Initiative reunites original SANDMAN team

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HERO COMICS 2011 is a benefit comic for the Hero Initiative, the highly worthy charity which helps down and out creators get back on their feet. Editor Scott Dunbier has a special treat planned for the issue: a reunion of the SANDMAN #1 team of Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for an all new story. However, Kieth has already started work on a 9-page “making of” story (above) that he calls “a little allegorical.”

New CONAN THE BARBARIAN trailer features swordplay, violence

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If you’ve been enjoying Jason Momoa’s portrayel of Khai Drogo, the Dothraki warlord whose fierce nature is tamed only by a knowledge of new sexual positions on Game of Thrones, you will enjoy this first full-length trailer for the new CONAN movie which is action packed, full of lovin’ and killin’ and Hyborean era fashion. And also someone who looks kinda like Lord Voldemort about 45 seconds in.

Gaiman vs Dean round 2 involves mom-decreed apology

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You may recall that yesterday Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean got his website crashed after he called Neil Gaiman “a pencil-necked weasel” and a hated thief over a reported $45,000 speaking see at a library.

Gaiman, naturally, fired the next round at his blog:

Are we losing our precious webcomics history?

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Is a Bill Blackbeard for Webcomics necessary since so much that is on the web is entirely ephemeral and can disappear in the blink of an eye? We’d argue: yes. The Wayback Nachine isn’t enough. Look at Tokyopop’s website — a couple of no-follows and you’re lost forever.

Nice art: Jack Kirby's Three Thors

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Before he designed the Thunder God whose movie opens tomorrow, Jack Kirby had designed two previous characters named Thor, and over at the Kirby Museum they look back at the Sandman version and the Tales of the Unexpected version.

We’ve seen THOR btw and will have a full review tomorrow. Short version: entertaining but 3D sucks.