Random Tuesday: Labyrinth, SciFi Releases, Comic Heroine Teamup & More

And it's Tuesday again! That means it's time for random, like this gallery of Labyrinth art. I dedicate this link to my friend Tabitha over at My Shelf Confessions, who finally pushed me to watch the 80s classic by saying she wouldn't be my friend otherwise. These artists make David Bowie's hair look less ridiculous, which is kind of a miracle. My favorite is probably this one by Holly the Terrible. You can see more of her art on DeviantArt.

If you have been living under a rock, you might not know that Ben Affleck is going to play Batman in the next Superman movie. The internet exploded after the announcement, while I thought that Fernando made it up in an attempt to get me to wake up through nerdly rage one morning. Here is a little bit about how everything went down from /Film. My nerd rage was mostly that they had said they would get old Batman and Ben Affleck is two years older than Christian Bale and therefore not OLD Batman.

We saw The World's End on Friday and I honestly still haven't processed what I saw. I don't recommend reading this interview with director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost if you haven't seen the movie. They discuss the crazy and the ending. (Found via /Film)

Here is a list of science fiction books coming out in September, courtesy of Tor. 

I'm really excited by this new clothing line by Lauren Moshi featuring Warner Brothers character, particularly some of my favorite comic book heroines. A few of the Wonder Woman designs are on Comicbook Resource. 

A new comic book teaming up Zatanna with Black Canary is coming in 2014. It's written by a dude, which I suppose is okay considering Paul Dini has a pretty good track record working with strong female superheroines. This is definitely a series I will check out. The art looks great too. Joe Quinones likes to draw women who don't have breasts larger than their heads, so that's always a plus.

Joss and crew should look at this 11 storylines to steal for the Agents of SHIELD series. I can't wait for that show. It will hopefully be insane. (io9)

Samantha Swords won the Longsword competition at the Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament, which I didn't even know was a thing. There are some cool pics of her in her battle armor. (Fashionably Geek)

Entertainment Weekly released their list of top book releases for the fall. It's mostly serious lit and nonfiction, which doesn't get much attention around here, but some of them sound good.

Returning to the YA sphere I am more familiar with, Macmillan YA compiled their recent cover reveals for winter 2014 books. They're pretty.

And finally here are Katie Cook's instructions on how to draw an adorable robot. It looks pretty easy. Might have to create my own adorable robot friend.


And that's all my random. Hit me up with all your random in the comments!

Comic Con 2012: The Avengers versus Firefly

Avengers Assemble!Later today the cast of Firefly will join with Joss Whedon and some of the writers at a Comic Con panel to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. I could easily write a rant about how to show was wronged by its cancellation and how it could have been a game changer if treated differently by its network, but you can find those kinds of posts all over the internet. Instead, in honor of Joss Whedon's involvement in both, I will recast The Avengers with actors from Firefly.

The most obvious first choice would be Nathan Fillion taking over the armor of Iron Man. Over the past few years, Fillion has been fan-casted as just about every comic book character this side of Batman, but his snarkiness and boyish sense of charm would be perfect for a slightly less sardonic take on Tony Stark.

The next obvious to me is Summer Glau as Black Widow. She did some of the same sorts of acrobatic combat stunts in Firefly (or at least her stunt double did) and she's pretty good with the straight-faced expressions that never shows what she's thinking or feeling.

Fernando decided that Sean Maher should be mild-mannered Bruce Banner. His crazy alter ego Hulk would be CGI anyway, so his lanky stature wouldn't make a different. I think that might be type casting him as a scientist doctor guy, but I think Maher would make a good foil to Fillion's Stark.

Now the casting gets a little harder. There aren't really any more obvious choices, though Adam Baldwin as the gruff Nick Fury seems to make the most sense. He would rock that eyepatch and he's good at playing grumpy characters that like to boss people around. Plus he would get to walk around being a badass and that's where Baldwin excels.

I think I would gender swap Captain America and cast Gina Torres as the super soldier from the past. I would love to see her cast as Wonder Woman in something, though that's the wrong comic company and has nothing to do with The Avengers anyway. I know having a woman - much less a woman of color - as a super soldier from the 1940s is a little weird, but this is a comic book film. Nothing makes that much logical sense.

I'd also gender swap Hawkeye so that Jewel Staite could take over his bow and arrow. Stronger than she looks, Staite would be great at playing the sort of unassuming type that surprises whenever she goes full throttle. I can easily see her hitching rides from her fellow Avengers and being awesome even when most people would doubt her abilities since they aren't "super powers".

For Maria Hill, another gender swap. Hill spent most of the time in the background of The Avengers, barking out orders when things became chaotic or Nick Fury was otherwise disposed. I think Ron Glass, former preacher (possible assassin?), would make a great substitute for the quiet strength that is needed to be Fury's right-hand (wo)man.

Agent Coulson would turn into Morena Baccarin. Coulson is quite possibly the most awesome character in the current Marvel universe and is definitely beloved by viewers. Baccarin played evil straight-faced in V as an alien queen. I think she could easily play the patient and supportive yet stoic Coulson.

Then we come to the silliest casting choice, the one that is the real reason I'm making this list. Alan Tudyk as Thor. Think about it. It's the most ridiculous choice, but wouldn't it be completely awesome? I suppose Thor wouldn't be as seriously minded as he is in the current incarnation of The Avengers, and I don't really think Tudyk could bulk up to the point that's required for the part, but it would be wonderfully hysterical.

And because I've run out of members of the Firefly cast, I'll jump to another milestone in the Whedon overe and cast James Marsters as Loki. He played Spike as on the edge of madness for years and though he's a bit older than Tom Hiddleston, I think he could really take that part and do something crazy with it. Plus it would be nice to see Marsters in something again and we know he can do a believable accent.

Unfortunately I will not be attending this historic reunion of what is arguably Whendon's best show, primarily because hundreds of people were already in line at 11:30pm last night and I'm not very good at sleepy outside. So I hope everyone who gets in had a fantastic time and tells the rest of us all about it.

Comic Con 2010: More Variety, More Joss

Another day, another schedule. While personally Friday’s schedule lacks a big “wow” panel like yesterday’s Thursday schedule, there’s still plenty to choose from, including the latest annual TV Guide’s Hot List and an up-close and personal with Stan Lee. Onward to what I think are some of the most interesting panels across the pop culture spectrum for Friday.
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Comic Con 2010: Bringing the Big Guns Out First

I love comic books. I love webcomics. I love listening to comic book creators and illustrators talk about other comics. At the same time, I love television and movies. And JJ Abrams. That’s why Comic Con is awesome. Television and movies mix together with comic books to create four days of sensory overload, pop culture madness, and overwhelming excitement. Here are some of the most interesting panels across the pop culture spectrum for Thursday:
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Impromptu Firefly Reunion Starts Rumors

Did they lose their spaceship?

Nathan Fillion, formerly Captain Mal Reynolds/Tightpants of the short lived Firefly, posted a link to the above picture on Twitter last night with the simple comment of “Together.  Again.”

Since then, rumors have started flying about what brought together Joss Whedon with members of his former cast.  It’s probably something as simple as a 4th of July barbeque involving fireworks (Adam Baldwin and Fillion seem like fireworks kind of guys), but rumors of a reunion project will follow this group wherever they go.

What do you think is going on?  And why the cagey comment, Nathan?

Whedon Poll Skews Reality

Upon flipping through the July 9 "Best of Summer" issue with the bizarre Will Ferrell-as-a-fish and Mark Wahlberg -as-a-life-guard cover, I found something a little disconcerting. In the Pop Watch section, usually a hodgepodge of blurbs about reality television and quotes from pop culture figures, there was a poll entitled "What is Joss Whedon’s best work?"
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