Wizard signs "The Situation" to create a superhero


Until now, Jersey Shore and the comics industry had been on blissfully separate tracks. In fact, during a brief interview we had with the Nerdist, Chris Hardwick, he mentioned Jersey Shore as being a part of pop culture that was not part of nerd culture.

But now, Wizard has blurred the line.

And nothing will ever be the same.

The day Al Capp tried to get jiggy with Goldie Hawn


Actress Goldie Hawn was not always the taut Hollywood Royalty you see at movie premieres today. Back in the ’60s she was a teenaged girl looking to get into show biz after a casting agent spotted her on the street. The agent suggested she audition for a TV show hosted by cartoonist Al Capp. And the experience turned out to be rather demoralizing, as Capp came on so strong that she considered giving up her show biz dreams.

Spidey and Gwen Stacy are dating in real life???


Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have been spotted canoodling as they shopped around NYC. The pair play Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in this year’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

While cast romance is manufactured or encouraged by press agents, some thespians can’t help falling in love — or lust — with their co-stars. Or sometimes two cute kids just can’t resist going steady. Somewhere, Jim Carrey is crying.

Weekend con report: Comikaze in LA


Will LA ever get a good comics show? It seems as elusive as a football team. This weekend saw first time show Comikaze unfold at the LA Convention Center, scene of much heartache over the years. Held just one week after the Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze still was a sell-out, according to IGN, but first hand reports were very mixed.

Rhys Ifans, The Hall H Shover, will not be charged


While not as bloody an incident as the 2010 stabbing, this year the fever pitch of Hall H at Comic-Con was again marred by violence when Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who plays the Lizard in the upcoming Spider-Man movie, got into a scuffle with a security guard, which resulted in a citizen’s arrest by said guard.

The incident was said to kick off when Ifans, who might have had a tiny bit to drink that afternoon, him being Welsh and all, went outside for a smoke with his entourage, and upon trying to get back in, found his entourage didn’t have the proper credentials. After a shouting match with the guard, Ifans reportedly gave her a shove, went on stage looking pale and rattled, and upon getting offstage, was arrested.

Will Brangelina’s kid star in BATTLING BOY? — UPDATE: no


This is from the Enquirer so salt and all that, but apparently Maddox Pitt-Jolie, adapted son of Angelina and Brad Pitt, is dying to be an action star, so they are grooming him to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Paul Pope’s upcoming BATTLING BOY comic — which PItt’s production company has optioned.

Frances Bean Cobain sports Al Columbia tattoo in goth-y photos


As many have noted, Frances Bean Cobain, long the innocent ping pong ball in a custody battle with her stability challenged mother, Courtney Love, and other family members, will be 18 in a few days. And to celebrate, she’s been photographed by fashion designer Hedi Slimane, best known for his ultra-slim cut suits. Along the way Cobain shows off a tattoo based on a character by cartoonist Al Columbia (Pim and Francie) — which should come as no surprise, since Cobain’s art alter ego Fiddle Tim lists Columbia as an influence.

These pictures from Slimane have gotten wide play and they are beautiful. If you scroll down the page you see his previous subject was Amy Winehouse. Given Cobain’s genetic influences, (and her swift evolution from relatively healthy looking girl to goth idol) this all looks kinda creepy. But hey, it’s probably all the lighting.

Studio Coffee Run SDCC Sunday: Grimm, Cowboys and Aliens, Save the Date, etc.


Not much happened for me personally at Comic Con on Sunday except for getting the frack out of there before getting quashed by a giant menacing smurf but I nonetheless have a bunch of cool schtuff to share from Sunday and previous days…

The Watchtower: Comic-Con — Superman, Batman, Archie, William Shatner, Joss Whedon, and Other Sexy Topics


Well, another Comic-Con is drawing to a close, with the traditional annual Buffy sing-along, this time in Hall H. (Perhaps they could also add a “Mayhem of the Music Meister!” event as well?)

So, here’s some more interesting tidbits from Comic-Con…

SDCC11: Nerdlebrities deal with it in their own ways


We all know what it’s like for the average attendee of Comic-Con — comics, lines, swag, expensive hot dogs — but what is it like for the Green Room crowd? Nerdlebrities are people too, and the first time appearance at Comic-Con is akin to going over the equator for sailors: following their debut, first-timers put on clothes of the opposite sex, are put in stocks, and forced to eat eggs in the shell.

Okay, maybe that isn’t quite what happens, but The Hollywood Reporter has been interviewing various nerdlebrities about their Con experiences and there is much to be gleaned.

Nerdlebrity moment: Alec Baldwin posing with Superman underpants


It came from Twitter.

VIDEO: Neil Gaiman on Craig Ferguson


An Englishman and a Scotsman talk about Doctor Who. Of Course.

Two nerd tastes that go great together: Doctor Who as Batman


Current Doctor Matt Smith delighted onlookers by dressing in a Batman suit for a play.

Just how interested is Brandon Routh in Superman comics continuity?


Based on this photo of artist Jamal Igle explaining the whole “Superman renounces his citizenship”story from ACTION COMICS #900 to him, his feelings are mixed.

Great moments in Twitter history: Mark Millar/Chris Jericho edition


The mind boggles.

Does anyone care if there are comics at a comic-con?


While we were checking out our ego Google alert, we found a response to our brief critique of a piece on the Anaheim Comic-Con that didn’t mention a single comics type person. The writer of the piece, one Matt Patches, says he was right to stay mute on comics, because everyone expects to find comics and cartoonists at a comic-con so it is not noteworthy enough to report: