#Fandom5: Five Spinoffs I'd Like to See Get Made

This is my first stab at a 5 Fandom Friday, despite being a part of the Female Geek Bloggers page on Google+ (where it was originally introduced) for over a year. No matter how hard I try, I just seem to always suck at planning ahead on Working for the Mandroid. In an attempt to turn over a new leaf, here’s my first attempt to contributing to 5 Fandom Friday with the five spinoffs I’d like to see get made.

The Supernatural Prequel Show of My Dreams

The Powers That Be over at Supernatural attempted to create a spin off last year. It was an epic disaster of the most monstrous variety. Rather than actually do a spin off with a character or event that had previously been mentioned on the show, they tried to do some weird Romeo & Juliet story with characters that completely destroyed the rules and mythology developed in the many years of the show. Instead of that disaster, I want a prequel show either set in the time of Rufus and Bobby learning to fight monsters or even John learning the ropes of hunting while baby Sam and Dean are stuck in motel after motel (though a show about that sort of child abuse might be difficult to make work). It could be a western set in the time of the Colt being developed or even about the first hunters or how about how Mama Winchester great up in the hunter life and decided to give it up. It’s a rich universe with many potential spin off options, but Bobby and Rufus would be my favorite.

Hawkeye – the Fraction/Aja version

Let’s give Hawkeye his own film, but instead of the quiet serious Hawkeye from the current Avengers movie ‘verse, let’s have the down on his luck Clint from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s current comic run. I would love to see him and Kate Bishop try to figure out life without superpowers in a world with cosmic monsters and magic. It would be full of one liners and sarcasm, plus, of course, boomerangs.

Batgirl & Nightwing

I don’t care if it’s television or a movie, but I need Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson being awesome, in love and kick ass in some visual medium. They are my big untouchable ship, and I want everyone in the universe to see why. If it were up to me, Batman would stay far, far away and it wouldn’t be a grim and gritty Nolan-esque version. I want fun and adventure and adorableness, thank you.

Lord Akeldama’s Adventures in Society

From the Soulless Manga series

From the Soulless Manga series

If you are unfamiliar with Lord Akeldama, he is the fabulous society vampire and advisor to Alexia Taribotti, the most wonderful heroine of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series of steampunk novels. His are some of the best scenes in the series, and like Cassandra Clare did with Magnus Bane, I would love a series of short stories about the many adventures he’s had in high society throughout the years.

How Furiosa Became a Badass

I wasn’t a huge fan of Mad Max: Fury Road, partly because it made me car sick and partly because it had no plot. Going from Point A to Point B and back to Point A is not enough plot for me. I wanted to know more about the characters rather than just have them be ciphers or stand-ins for more developed ideas. I want to know Furiosa’s story, how she grew up, how she learned to take care of herself, and how she became the driver of a war rig. And don’t tell me to read the prequel comics. Those don’t exist. They were also burned in a fire I started with my mind.

Random Tuesday Returns and Everything Is Awesome (Except for Mean Comic Book Workers)

Is it possible? Has Random Tuesday finally returned? Are you about to get a face full of random things? Why, yes, you are. But first, have an ear worm.

You're welcome.

Noelle Stevenson, aka Gingerhaze, is one of my favorite fan artists, except now she's not just a fan artist, but a real comic creator. She created a short comic yesterday about her time visiting a comic book store that didn't go so well. Luckily we're priviledged to have Austin Books & Comics within a short drive, a comic book store staffed with incredibly generous and knowledgable staff of men and women. I have, however, had less pleasant experiences at other shops in the area, occassionally feeling like I was an alien that had stumbled upon a hidden secret planet where I DID NOT BELONG.

Of course said comic then led to some priviledged asshats coming out of the dark cobwebbed areas of the internet to be even more priviledged and more asshatty (totally a word). The formatting on that Tumblr post is a little messed up, so it's difficult to find where the writer changes, but it doesn't really matter.

So yes, drama on the internet. That's new. If you're looking for a female-friendly comic book store in your area, this Tumblr called Hater Free Wednesdays has a list of shops to check out.

But this isn't random enough. We NEED MORE RANDOM!

io9 has a sneak peak of a Game of Thrones art show that's going to be in Seattle in March. You can several of the GOT inspired pieces here.

Speaking of GOT exhibits, there is a HBO sponsored exhibit of pieces from the show going to several places around the global, including our hometown of Austin. Fernando is excited, but I have no idea how this is going to work with South by Southwest happening at the same time. Bets on if Ned's head will be included?

Between his Facebook and Twitter, Stephen Amell is quickly becoming my new favorite celebrity. I mean, seriously, this guy...

 

 

 

Marissa Meyer released a short story based on The Little Mermaid to celebrate the release of Cress, her third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven't read these books yet, stop what you're doing and go get them.

Lots of people are getting cast for the Flash pilot. I can't even begin to explain how excited about this series and have all my fingers and toes crossed that it happens. (found via TheMarySue.com)

Speaking of possible new television series, a lot of people are getting cast for Gotham as well. I have no idea how this is going to be a television show, but I'm game. (found via EW.com)

And finally, have steampunk Batgirl by Mahmud Asrar. You can find more of his work at his Deviant Art profile.

Random Tuesday: Not So Mild Celebrity Obsession, Superhero Origins, Robots on TV & Other Randomosity

I go through these weird and obsessive phases where an author or actor or musician takes up residence in my head and refuses to leave. They normally park right in the middle of my brain for a few weeks before wandering off as randomly as they wandered in, leaving behind an imprint of fannish glee.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's okay. I'm not entire sure what I'm talking about either. Despite that, the actor who has recently taken residence in my brain and set up a semi-permanent shop of crazy is this guy:

It's become a bit of a problem. He's the prime reason I ended up on Tumblr and gifs snuck into my post about readership age and YA. I keep stumbling across Youtube and finding videos and that's a blackhole to nowhere. Next thing you know, it's five days later and you're twitching. 

We even went to see that movie that bombed over the weekend because he was in it and I only giggled hysterically a little bit. The movie was a bit of a mess and all over the place, but he was really good. Then again with him living in my head, I would say that, wouldn't I?

Yes, it's a problem. And now that I've watched too much stuff on Youtube, I've come to the conclusion that he's kind of a strange guy, which probably means he's probably going to stay camped out in prime brainspace for much longer than he should. Because apparently I have a thing for strange people (see ongoing obsession with Misha Collins).

Seriously - this is starting to become a problem. Somebody get me off of Tumblr and Youtube. So in an attempt to not think about that guy for ten or twenty minutes, let's think about other random things.

Like Under Armour creating superhero workout clothes that I desperately want even though my walks around the neighborhood couldn't really be considered "working out". 

Mike Maihack created another Supergirl / Batgirl comic that's adorably appropriate. (Found via TheMarySue.com)

io9 found this website that has some great Halloween costumes that will prevent you from catching hypothermia, unlike anything you'd find from Party City. 

Almost Human's debut got postponed two weeks until November 17, which bums me out a little because that pilot is pretty sweet and I want more Karl Urban right now, thank you.

I still haven't forgiven Cartoon Network for cancelling Young Justice and now all signs point to a cancellation for Beware the Batman. Boooooo Cartoon Network. I want my weekly cartoon Batman! (From io9)

This Ender's Game concept art really belongs on my walls. It's gorgeous.

Speaking of things that belong on my wall, these posters about the origins of some of geekdom's favorite characters. I really wish I'd found out about this Kickstarter when it was still active because I would have thrown money at it. (Found via SoGeekChic.com)

And now I'm going to try to be productive and read some library books. If you have random, link up in the comments to distract me from that guy living inside my head.

I'm never getting anything done again.

Gifs made by Tumblr people like this one. I have no idea how to properly credit Tumblr people. Someone want to give me an edicate lesson?

Random Tuesday: Pretty Covers, The New Doctor, Book Clubs & Sad Robots

First of all, my prize from Comic Con has a cover now! And it's so pretty! This book is taunting me from my bookshelf. I'm trying not to read it right off since it will leave a year and a half until the final volume comes out. I don't know if I could stand such a gap. Do you have books sitting on your shelves that you desperately want to read, but don't want to wait so long for the next book in the series so you haven't read it?

Susan Dennard is hosting a book club alongside Epic Reads for Something Strange & Deadly. If you haven't read this zombie tale set in Victorian Philadelphia, you are missing out and should definitely take part. Susan is posting discussion questions and I'll have my contribution to the conversation up tomorrow. It's too late to sign up officially, but it's still going to be fun so join up unofficially!

A friend of mind posted this article on Facebook celebrating the first anniversary of the Curiousity rover on Mars. NASA sent the code for the rover to sing itself happy birthday. I don't know why, but it just made me sad. Poor robot all alone on its birthday on a far away planet... no wonder the robots are going to have an uprising.

Normal people may find this proposal method kind of sad or impersonal, but I think it's down right awesome - a guy proposed to his girlfriend via memes and commissoned artwork on Reddit. Some of that commissoned artwork is wonderful.

So a new Doctor was announced over the weekend in a bizarre around the world special. The expected front runner Peter Capaldi was announced as replacing Matt Smith in the next proper season of Doctor Who. I think this is a really lame choice. I think the guy will do great as the Doctor, but he has already played a pretty substantial role in the Doctor Who universe through Torchwood. I know there seems to only be a small pool of British television actors and they're all in everything, but really? There was no one else?

Harvey Weinstein thinks Midwesterners are idiots, so he's cutting the substance out of that weird dystopian-on-a-speeding-train Snowpiercer movie. Epic fail, Weinstein, epic fail.

And one final thing before I run off to watch Batman The Animated Series (because that's what I do as a grown up - watch cartoons I didn't have time for as a kid), I present to you the commission from Katie Cook I received at Comic Con. It's Nightwing and Batgirl being awesome.

Share some random in the comments! There can never be too much random!

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.

Random Tuesday: Badass Females, No More Young Justice & ROBOTS!

It's Random Tuesday again. Have some randomosity!

I am the type of girl who usually doesn't like girly things, like Disney princesses. Then Jeffrey Thomas messes that all up by making them crazy badasses of the evil sort and now I want these movies. You can see the entire series at his online portfolio here. Tinker Bell and Wendy are my favorites, though I realize that neither are actual princesses. Belle is pretty awesome too. 

VH1 put together a list of 13 badass females in pop culture in 2013 that includes movies, books, television and... books made into movies and television? It's clearly missing Cinder and Scarlet from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is coming out next week. But they included Hitgirl, so that really negates anybody else anyway.

Fernando (and many others) might have to wait until 2014 for the next Song of Ice and Fire novel, but George RR Martin will be releasing a novella looking at the Targaryens in a story collection later this year. If none of those names sound familiar to you, watch and/or read Game of Thrones

Someone want to make me these awesome Batgirl tights?

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A Week of Random: Random Tuesday - Superhero Videogames, Superhero Art, Superhero Cartoons, Superhero Cupcakes

Five minutes ago, I was unaware this even existed. Now I desperately want this more than anything else in the world and it's my new favorite videogame.

Look! I can be Robin! Or Nightwing! Or Superman! Or the Flash! Or Catwoman! Or or or... I really hope Batgirl is an option. As far as I know, none of the Lego games have been completely open world (Harry Potter is kind of close), but I have loved every single one of them that I've played.  I am so excited about this game and I want it right now.

And now I've just checked on Amazon and it comes out in FOUR WEEKS! If I go missing around June 19, you guys will know why.

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