Chinese prisoners forced to play World of Warcraft for money

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It’s a new style of pimping.

Instead of selling their bodies, or busting their backs digging ditches, some Chinese prisoners are forced to play World of Warcraft and pass the winnings on to cruel prison guards.

Where did that Macho Man/Jesus/Rapture painting come from anyway?

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By now you have all seen the above image, which swept through social media yesterday with the tagline “Macho Man prevented the Rapture.” In a world seemingly without order, connecting the senseless (and very sad) death of Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and the impending Rapture predicting by Harold Camping (inexplicably still alive) would seem to give us some joy.

But where did it come from? Such viral images come and go so quickly on the internet, we thought it would be informative to see what we could come up with as an origin story.

RIP: Macho Man

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The war between cars and wrestlers has claimed another victim. Randall “Randy Savage” Poffo, who thrilled the wrestling world with his hysterical rumblings and grumblings as Macho Man, died in a car crash this morning at age 58. He reportedly suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel, and veered across traffic into a tree. His wife of one year was also in the vehicle but was not seriously injured.

Jason Aaron's beard still very awesome

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In case you were wondering, Aaron, author of SCALPED, WOLVERINE and PUNISHER MAX, sports a beard as fearsome as his talent.

Green Lantern heating up…in unexpected ways

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We all know Green Lantern is HOT. The comic, the movie, Ryan Reynolds. Blackest Night set the DCU on a whole new course, and the GL family of books under the guidance of Geoff Johns, has continued to lead the sales charts.

But in Green Lantern hot enough to start a small electrical fire?

Yes.

Preview: The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi — wow!

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An astonishing icepunk adventure by the great French cartoonist Jacques Tardi is coming in March from Fantagraphics. It looks incredible.

Jim Woodring's giant pen writes, and having writ, moves on

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Jim Woodring demonstrates the giant pen at the Gage Academy.

What's it's really like: The V for Vendetta gunman

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As you may have read, a gunman down in Panama City, Florida walked into a school board meeting, sprayed a V for Vendetta symbol on the wall, walked around with a gun, making a lot of statements, started shooting and eventually was shot by a deputy, then killed himself. (Reports differ on this, but the most credible reports are that he used his gun on himself.)

This video is pretty unbelievable, especially the part where a woman sneaks behind him and whacks him with her purse. And gets worse from there.

When love turns violent: Watch Boo Boo kill Yogi

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Back in August we noted that the upcoming Yogi Bear movie appeared to be horror film about deviant sex, based on the perverted poster.

When we finally saw the trailer in theaters, we suggested in jest that shooting the filmmakers was the only way to stop this abomination.

It turns out someone had a similar idea.

Except it was instead to show Booboo shooting Yogi to get a measly $5000 in blood money reward.

NYCC 10: Conan's hints

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Click for a larger, printable version — do it Conan’s way!

Must reading: Today's crappiest comics genres

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Over at Techland, Douglas Wolk pinpoints 14 different kinds of comic books that we could do with less of, using the hideous sight of a crying Dr Doom as the symbol. Samples:

Who is the biggest villain in comics today?

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The recently revamped by Matt Fraction MANDARIN? The revitalized under Paul Cornell LEX LUTHOR? Or … this guy?

Jocks and nerds mix so well together

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As you may know, in recent years, the Padres are scheduled to be on the road during Comic-Con, to alleviate congestion down by the Convention Center and probably so studios can rent out Petco Park for promotional events, like the 300 screening a few years ago. However, as it turns out, the Padres are having […]

Jackie Chan Miyagi

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95092770.jpg Things That Should Not Be? or The March of Progress? [via Jackie Chan ]

PREVIEW: Jim Rugg's RAMBO 3.5

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Jim Rugg writes to tell us he’ll be debuting a new mini comic at SPACE tomorrow, and — as befits one of our most POPULAR categories here on The Beat — gave us an exclusive peek:

Disturbing photos: The portly in spandex

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While we’re all digesting and gossiping about today’s news, here’s some truly disturbing photos, via Interbent. A few are Photoshop jobs. Most, God help us, are not.