News and Notes; Blair Butler good-bye, Dark Horse $1 #1s, Michael Emerson voices The Joker

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§ In case you missed the news, G4’s geek-oriented programming is going away, to replaced by an upscale “GQ” type channel which, we predict, will devolve into endless close-ups of motorcycle engines, eel-eating contests and women on trampolines shows in about 6 weeks. That means an end to “Attack of the Show,” the nerd-culture staple. Anyway, today marks the final episode of Blair Butler, definitely a pioneer in the very, very real “smart geek girl” category. She tweeted:


Will some actual cable channel arise to replace G4’s nerd coverage?

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§ Dark Horse has announced new $1 editions for the first issues of both THE MASSIVE by Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson and Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT, both pretty excellent series from what we’ve seen. The new issues will be out in April.

§ Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,
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Part 2, the second part of the adaptation of Frank Miller’s magnum opus, will be out on January 29, 2013 from Warner Home Video. Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman. Michael Emerson as the Joker? Perfect casting. Peter Weller returns as Batman. Extras on the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack:

•       Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
•       UltraViolet™*
•       Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
•       Featurette – “The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death” – An all-new featurette.  A fitting tribute to the Joker, giving perspective as to why this engrossing character is the true arch nemesis of Batman.
•       Documentary – “Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide” – An all-new documentary. Batman and Superman have a long history of
friendship and conflict. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns brought an end to that conflict. This is the story behind that battle.
•       Featurette – “From Sketch to Screen” – An all-new featurette. Director Jay Oliva gives a fascinating animatic breakdown of five of his favorite moments from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
•       Look Back – Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
•       Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series (“The Last Laugh” and “The Man Who Killed Batman”) and an episode from The New
Batman Adventures (“Legends of the Dark Knight”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
•       Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller.

Comments

  1. I would love if another geek-appeal channel rose up, and hopefully be closer to pre-g4 days than the hot dog deep-throating dudebroness.

  2. Johnny Memeonic says:

    If another “nerd channel” appears it will die of the same thing that killed G4 and is currently killing the rest of mainstream TV as it exists today: video content on the internet.

    Two more thoughts:

    One, gamers would rather play games or watch streaming content if into esports so why would they tune into a TV channel? Two, why would I watch cable TV where the FCC patrols for thoughtcrime and naughty words when I could get games and comics news from say, Giant Bomb and Comic Vine where the people running it can say whatever they want?

  3. Yeah, true. G4 couldn’t survive because they didn’t have enough content that could attract an audience away from what the internet offers. Lots of channels suffer from that same problem.

    It doesn’t mean that the feat is impossible.

  4. “Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller.”

    Is this something new?

  5. I won’t miss G4 or Attack of the Show. Their coverage of San Diego Comic Con was just what movies were out, and how many hot women in costumes they could show. Very little about comics or anything else.

  6. Joseph says:

    It’s true that their comic-con coverage leaned heavily towards TV/film celebrity interviews, but they also did segments with all the major publishers as well as on the various collectibles/toys at the convention. And even if that coverage was limited to 20 minutes out of a 3 hour broadcast, it was still 20 minutes more than any other channel gave you.

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