Random Tuesday: Comic Art, Bookish Things, Sandman & More

Oh Random Tuesday, you strike once again. What random things do you have for me today? Anyone want to take bets on how long I can hold out before a Benedict Cumberbatch gif shows up?

I should know by now that there is a Fyeah____ Tumblr for just about any subject and yet I was still surprised to find this one for my ultimate OTP - Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. Yes, I'm a giant comic book Batman nerd. If you didn't know that, you must be new around here. 

And speaking of comics, I came across this fantastic piece of art by Tumblr user Jasric of a gender swapped Trinity and I want it for my wall. You can see other great pieces by Jasric on her DeviantArt page. She also does Supernatural art that is gorgeous (see later in this post).

From Huff Post, the 7 unconventional reasons why being a book addict is good for you

The Business Insider put together a map of the most famous book set in each state. I haven't brought myself to read any Cormac Mccarthy, so I haven't read the Texas one. Have you read the one for your state?

I stay pretty far away from all the Goodreads drama, but I was surprised to find this article about it on Slate.

If diving into the epic 10 volume Sandman series is a bit daunting to you, The Mary Sue came up with a list of 11 Sandman stories you can read and understand without spoiling the entire story

Here's one of the Supernatural pieces by Jasric. She sells prints of some of her pieces on Society6.

This seems appropriate with Halloween being Thursday - the 6 Best Psychopaths of Film and Books on Work In Progress

Speaking of Halloween, if you don't already have a costume prepared, io9 has some suggestions on how to create a last minute costume.

Noomi Rapace will be playing septuplets in a dystopian film called Whatever Happened to Monday? We'll see if she can match Tatiana Maslany's portrayal of clones in Orphan Black (which is amazing if you haven't seen it). (From TheMarySue.com)

And because you honestly didn't think I'd get through an entire Random Tuesday without him...

Trailer Park Friday: Captain America, Robot Bromance, the Doctors & Silly Supernatural

It's Friday, YAY! That means I get to sleep in tomorrow morning and read for two days straight! I'm going to be on my best behavior and not do an entire Trailer Park Friday post full of Benedict Cumberbatch interviews that I found during several hours of Youtubing earlier this week. Instead have some superheroes, some robots and some silly Supernatural boys.

First up is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which doesn't come out until next April. I thought the first Cap movie was just all right, though I did end up enjoying it more than I had expected. The preview of the second one looks far superior even if it doesn't have Peggy Carter.

Along with bumping the start date to November 17, FOX put out a new trailer for Almost Human. This video may be under 2 minutes, but it has me thoroughly convinced that this may become my favorite show. Television needs more snarky robots.

BBC finally released a teaser trailer for the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who though it doesn't show any footage and it looks like Matt Smith is wearing a terrible wig. Either way, it got my excited to see the episode on November 23.

And just because it's Friday and my hours of Youtube perusing this weekend kept bringing me back to it, have Jensen Ackles being silly. And then even more Supernatural silliness.

 

What videos have caught your eye this week? If you send me links to Cumberbatch videos, you are sending me down a black hole of life sucking propotions (but I will love you anyway).

Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable
Kami Garcia

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I received an advanced copy of this book through the Around the World ARC tour.
Releases October 1, 2013
320 pages
YA / Fantasy / Supernatural

Find it on Goodreads

Preorder it from Amazon

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels

So a lot of things have been compared to Supernatural and more often than not I am completely disappointed in these pretend Supernatural things because they do not have the same heart and sense of fun that the television show has. Despite that, comparing a YA book to my favorite television series and then say that it involves twin boys and a girl falling face first into this world of ghosts at the worst possible moment, and I thought that maybe this could be the exception that wouldn’t disappoint.

And I was completely right. I haven’t read the Beautiful Creatures series, so I have no prior experience with Kami Garcia’s writing. It’s an energetic romp through ghost filled conspiracies while also having an emotional core that never allowed the fantastical elements to pull the story too close to crazy town. Kennedy loses her mother, only to find out that some great demonic conspiracy was the cause of her “heart attack”.

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Random Tuesday: Superheroes, Supernatural & Super Art

This week's Random Tuesday starts with a shoutout to the wonderfully fantastic book blogger Jessi at Auntie Spinelli Reads. She featured me and Working for the Mandroid on her blog earlier today despite my chronic lateness in responding to her survey. Thank you, Jessi!

Now on to your regularly scheduled Randomness.

Artist Katrina Navarro has turned superhero costumes into designs that could actually be worn day-to-day. My favorite is this Robin outfit (of course). I wish I could find a site to see if she has any other art, but her Tumblr has been deleted. (From Fashionably Geek)

EW compiled a list of 7 books that would make great television. I'd totally watch a crime drama that happens to take place in the Batman universe. (From EW.com)

Taking advantage of the popularity of Once Upon a Time and Game of Thrones, a pilot is being made about what happened after The Wizard of Oz. If it happens, it'll be called Red Brick Road. The artwork on that post - not sure if it's associated with the show itself - is gorgeous. (From TheMarySue.com)

A new Arkham game is on the way and it might come out in 2013? Fernando is excited. (From Kotaku.com)

I have no idea who most of these actresses are, but a site put together a series of actresses who could have been the Doctor in Doctor Who if he'd been female. (SciFind.com)

Yesterday was full of happy dance when Supernatural got renewed for a ninth season. YAY SAM & DEAN! The Vampire Diaries and Arrow also got renewed, which also makes me happy. (Hollywood Reporter)

Phillip Postma turned DC superheroes into Pixar characters. It's kind of genuis. Found via TheMarySue.com.

CriminalElement.com put together this history of Batgirl, which is really informative if you don't have much familiarity with the character.

Huffington Post compiled a list of literary characters that they would want as a real life best friend. I don't know how I feel about Lisbeth Salander. She kind of scares me.

And finally Rogue and She-Hulk are getting their own novels? If these are the covers, I have a bad feeling that these will be awful.

Trailer Park Friday: Zombies, Battling Kingdoms, Supernatural and... Noah's Ark?

Welcome to the return of Trailer Park Friday! Today I cover all the categories - books, movies, television and amateur stop-motion animation. What more could you want to start your weekend off with?

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has been taunting me from afar. It has magic, battling kingdoms and someone in a cool shadowy cloak. It comes out in early December, but until then here's the very Game of Thrones-esque book trailer:

This trailer starts all ho-hum boring, been there done that and then hits WTFINSANITY in about two seconds flat. The generic feel of the trailer gets turned upside down around the 1:20 mark when things go crazy. And then the end is just creepy. This will either be a terrible, terrible movie or crazy fun. Here's the first trailer for World War Z.

After this past week's episode of Supernatural, I started going on about how Castiel has to be coming back very soon. Then the preview for next week's episode came on and it was like THEY HEARD ME!

And our last one isn't a trailer for anything, but I think it's pretty awesome. One of the GISHWHES challenges was to film a stop-motion animation film about Noah's Ark. Fernando did a pretty awesome job for only working on it an hour.

 

Mini Reviews: Looper, Supernatural & Revolution

I’m having one of those weeks where I’m not entirely sure what day it is by the time I get home from work, my brain is so scrambled from the day’s endeavors. It’s one of those weeks where everything seems to go wrong and my boss’ frazzled panic turns into my frazzled panic until I have a hard time seeing straight. It’s one of those weeks where it would be incredibly handy for me to be better at scheduling (and pre-writing) posts instead of just writing about whatever occurs to me when I get home. Yeah. It’s like that.

So because my brain is fried from all the frazzled panicking, have a set of mini reviews. That’s about how long my brain can concentrate on any one given thing right now.

 

Looper

This deserves its own full, massive review and maybe I can convince Fernando to write it in the next few days. Looper is a time travel movie that manages to make sense without giant holes for the audience to fall into along the way. It has moments that genuinely surprised me, while still making sense! Yes, if you dive deep enough, you can find things that might not completely make sense, but there isn’t anything obviously out of place or eye-rolling moments where the story falls apart. The near future world was well-developed without needing loads of exposition and the subtle changes made the concepts buyable without too much need for suspending disbelief.

Joseph Gordon Levitt is awesome as usual and completely understated, especially in comparison to Bruce Willis, who probably doesn’t know how to not chew scenery these days. For the first 15 minutes, I was a bit distracted by Levitt’s nose, a prosthetic to make him look more like Willis, but once I realized that’s why he looks odd, I was able to let it go and enjoy the story of a man flung back into time attempting to save himself and the life he had created before it was ever created (time travel is complicated).

It’s difficult to explain this movie without giving spoilers away because it’s all twisty turny time travel. The acting is solid, the story line is intriguing and I was honestly surprised by the ending. This is definitely worth a viewing, especially if you have a fondness for smart time travel movies.

 

Supernatural
08.01 - We Need to Talk About Kevin

So Supernatural came back last night, this time under the watchful eye of Jeremy Carver, a writer from earlier seasons before he went off to create an Americanized version of Being Human. Last season ended in a very interesting scenario with Dean and Castiel banished to the dark corners of Purgatory and Sam doing his best over-emoting as Crowley stole away all the other allies that remained. This first episode of the eighth season picks up a year later, which is unfortunate because it means half the episode is flashbacks. These flashbacks completely disrupt the flow of what could have otherwise been a compelling first episode that set up the rest of the season. It didn’t help that Sam’s flashbacks were completely useless and pointless.

Dean, on the other hand, had flashbacks worth watching, though it would have probably worked better as an entire flashback epi a few episodes into the season. Once again he’s spent a long stretch of time in a dark place, facing whatever sort of torture. Inevitably he’ll run into monsters he’s put into purgatory, so there’s a lot of story there (hopefully), but it seemed a little out of place interwoven with the present day story of finding the prophet Kevin and reintroducing all the players into the game.

I’m a little bit hesitant on the idea of Mr. Pointy Teeth’s resurrection and how that might get dragged out. Hopefully the writers tie him into the main story pretty quickly or his presence is going to old fast.

Overall cautiously optimistic that this season will be more cohesive and well-thought out than the past two seasons have turned out to be.

 

Revolution

Three episodes in and the plot is moving at a fair pace, Charlie is only occasionally annoying with her wishy-washy “Let’s save all the peoples!” philosophy, and super soldier uncle man (whatever his name is) remains awesome. In three episodes there’s been more plot than in entire seasons of some of the lesser sci-fi/apocalyptic that have been introduced and quickly killed over the past few television seasons.

Also – sword fighting. Every episode. It makes all other arguments is invalid.

Trailer Park Friday: Should This Become a Thing?

On Tuesday, I usually have Random Tuesdays, where I post about some of the things I've stumbled upon over the course of the week. Now I'm trying to find a thing for Fridays, a theme that I can use to keep me on track. Perhaps this will work. In celebration of the weekend, I bring you TRAILERS.

Also have the first 50 pages of Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel early. Because Del Rey is awesome.

Supernatural Season 8

So Sarah Gamble is no longer in charge and it looks like my dear Castiel will be returning somewhat to form (please?), so I'm starting to get pretty excited about this eighth season one of my favorite shows.

The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

I mentioned this book on Waiting on Wednesday a few weeks ago. It looks like a pretty cool new angel book. Here's the official trailer.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was in high school and I remember it having an effect on me. I hope they turn it into a really good movie.

 

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