Random Tuesday: Happy 200th Sam & Dean! Sci Fi Book Things! Amazon Pilots! More!

It is cold and I am grumpy. I really shouldn't be because we got Comic Con tickets on Saturday and then we saw Big Hero 6, which was all kinds of lovely. But it's cold now and I hate the cold. I can't feel my toes. Let's find some random things to distract me.

This guy named Scott Park made a post with all these awesome female characters from great genre films and television. It's called Hall of Heroes and you can buy a copy of it at his Society 6 store if you love it as much as I do.

io9 has an exclusive look at Scott Westerfeld's upcoming post-apocalypse graphic novel, The Spill Zone. It includes an essay that Westerfield wrote and some sneak peeks at artwork from the book. The Spill Zone will be released by First Second at some indeterminate point in the future.

Continuing on the trend of science fiction books and io9, those awesome people have compilled a great list of awesome opening sentences in scifi books. Are there any ones missing?

Tonight is the 200th episode of Supernatural, which is insane to think about considering I've seen most episodes more than once and all of the first five seasons more times than I can honestly comprehend. EW asked 10 of the cast members which episode is their personal favorite. Of course Jared likes a silly one and Jensen liked a sad one.

Amazon has announced the 7 pilots for their 2015 "pilot season". The only one that jumps out to me is the adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, but perhaps someone out there might be interested in the other six that could be coming to an Amazon Prime account near you.

DC Comics announced some massive multi-verse crossing event called Convergence written by the guy behind White Collar (don't even ask me how that happened). I yawned. Then I heard about the Nightwing/Oracle part and now I'm all:

My fangirl shipper heart has grown three times and I'm very excited!

Speaking of being excited, Ms. Gingerhaze - Noelle Stevenson - is going to be writing her very first comic for the big 2 with a story in Marvel's Thor Annual. It will come out in February and you should buy it. Congrats to her and all her amazing, well-deserved success!

That's it from me this week. If you haven't seen Big Hero 6 yet, go see it. It's awesome.

Random Tuesday: Shawn Yap's Art, Funko Takes My Money, Free Stories Online & More

I had a bad day at work today, so I went on a hunt for awesome art to cheer me up. The images scattered throughout this week's Random Tuesday are by Shawn Yap and you can see even more of his awesomeness at his DeviantArt account.

James Hubb has a great compilation of all the 2014 Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards that you can read online for free. There's hours of enjoyment at that link.

The Huffington Post found three faerie tales that Disney would have a very difficult time turning into movies. What other faerie tales would be difficult to spin into a happily-ever-after story?

Make sure you're in a well-lit room before clicking on this next link. These amazing examples of cos-play and special effects makeup are incredible and really creepy.

I've never read any Flash comics, so it's interesting to see this list from io9 of the things from the comics the upcoming Flash television show should avoid.

The Television Critics Association named Gotham the most promising new show of the Fall 2014 season. I'm going to second that and hope Fox doesn't cancel it just because I like it. They seem to do that a lot.

Marvel had some drama over the last couple of weeks due to a really bad variant cover for their up-coming relaunch of Spider-Woman. After the drama that came with that contriversy and considering how visually tone deaf DC can be, I'm glad to see these Darwyn Cooke variants for their female comic lines coming out in December.

Funko really needs to stop announcing new Pops. They already get too much of my money. Here's their new Hobbit line.

There will also be a Lady Sif Pop soon. I needs it.

I need a new bathing suit for a trip. Something tells me these superhero costume bathing suits will be outside my price range, but it's nice dreaming.

We just finished listing to the radio play adaptation of Neverwhere with James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch, among many other awesome British actors. Now I find that Good Omens is getting a radio adaptation and that MERLIN is going to be in it. I'm excited!

And finally - A Harley Queen hoodie that belongs in my closet.


Random Tuesday: Art from Katie Cook, Lord Mesa & NinjaBot

So Comic Con was nearly a month ago, but I have so many things I still want to share! We got to see the pilots for The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine, so we should have reviews of all three of those in the next few weeks. I also came home with quite the book haul, which I will share this weekend. But first, my favorite thing about Comic Con is meeting artists and getting new things for my walls.

After 5 years of attending Comic Con, our walls are getting a little full, so I was put on a limited budget this year. Even so, I came home with several new awesome things to put around the house from some of my favorite artists.

First off is my annual commission from Katie Cook. She is my favorite and I'm happy to say I'm adding two new pieces to my collection. First is my commission of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

The other is a Women of DC print she had for sale. I think it will go nicely in my library. I forgot to take a picture of my print, so here is a copy of it from Katie's webstore.

And my second stop was to my other favorite artist, Lord Mesa. After so many years, he actually remembers me and Fernando, so it was nice to chat with him for a few minutes and see all the great art he's created in the last year. Visiting with Lord Mesa is a Sunday SDCC tradition, so of course, I bought a ton of stuff.

And a big surprise was finding he's drawn Sam & Dean! I had to get that one, so Fernando picked a few of Lord Mesa's Game of Thrones pieces and then the Hulk sitting on Loki just rounded things out nicely.

I also got a grab bag of 10 older pictures that I will have to feature at another time, but it was a good haul. Next year, if we're lucky enough to get tickets, I will have to stop by and have to get him to add to my Nightwing and Batgirl art collection as a commission. You should stop by his Tumblr where he posts tons of stuff.

And with that Fernando dragged me from artist alley so I wouldn't buy up all the things. Until, that is, I ran into The Ninjabot's booth. My home would have been incomplete without this in it:

And to make up for going over budget, I got Fernando the Ninjabot Superman Origins poster.

And with that one, I was truly done with purchasing art. It made me sad that I couldn't get more because there is always fantastic art in artist alley, but I'm really happy with the new things we brought home. Which is your favorite?

Random Tuesday: American Gods Is Back On, Lots of Batman Things & Good Books

No preamble today, just the best random thing I've heard this week - Starz has picked up the American Gods adaptation and Bryan Fuller has signed on to be co-showrunner. This thing just might happen after all.

Speaking of book to television adaptations, did anyone watch The Leftovers on Sunday? It felt really bland and empty to me, so I was wondering if anyone else had thoughts about it. Share in the comments if you watched it!

I haven't read this review of The Girl With All the Gifts because I'm currently reading the book, so I'm just going to leave this here for when I finish. I'm about half way done and all I can say is I do not recommend reading it while eating or right before bed. Even the author warned me! 

So first FOX picked up the Egyptian adventure series Hieroglyph and then they cancelled it months before it was even supposed to air. FOX business practices are weird.

Samantha over at I <3 YA Fiction is discussing bookish pet peeves. Go weigh in on insta-love, love triangles and more items that drive Samantha nuts. My worst pet peeve is probably asshat love interests that need to be punched in the face and yet are somehow desirable.

io9's compilation of many of the fantasy and science fiction books coming out in July. Because our TBR piles needed some new additions, right?

Because Gotham didn't already have enough comic series associated with it, DC is launching two more, including a YA-aimed series taking place in Gotham's most prestigeous boarding school. I rolled my eyes, then saw that Becky Cloonan is writing it and now... I'm probably going to have to read it.

Also in Batman, this is the cover for Batman Eternal #15, created by Dustin Nguyen. I want a big copy, so I hope he has prints for sale at SDCC. You can follow Dustin over on Tumblr.

Speaking of DC, the television branch associated with Warner Brothers announced yesterday that they are doing a MASSIVE panel at Comic Con that will cover Arrow, Constantine, Gotham and Flash. It will include screening both Gotham and The Flash, and I am already having panic attacks at the thought of what I will have to do to get into that panel. Comic Con doesn't start for more than three weeks.


I'm going to go lurk on some Comic Con news sites. What awesome random things have you found recently?

Random Tuesday: New Lunar Chronicle Book, Strong Female Characters, Wonder Woman & Other Randomosity

First of all, just a reminder, we're giving away a copy of Geek Dad Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead. Submissions are being accepted until 12:01AM on Monday, June 23. You should definitely go over there and enter.

With the World Cup keeping my other half distracted for long stretches of time, I've recently rediscovered Twitter and have been spending far too much time over there discussing Game of Thrones, geek things and what television shows Joe Hill should introduce to his kids. I'm always looking for new people to chat about random things (even when it's not Tuesday), so tweet me something silly and random.

Now to random things!

Bookish people and nerdish people are always talking about Strong Female Characters(TM). The Dissolve (a site introduced to me on Twitter) has an article about Strong Female Characters quickly being taken over by Trinity Syndrome. It's an interesting read and another POV in the whole SFC discussion.

Simon & Schuster has announced the first round of releases from SAGA, their new genre imprint. It includes a couple of new books and some re-releases that come out early next year. io9 has all the pretty covers over here.

I hate Mondays, but this news about a secret prequal to Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series tiding us over until the release of the final book in November 2015 made yesterday a really good day. The cover is a bit more ostentatious than the rest in the series, but considering it's about crazy Queen Lavana, I suppose it makes sense. Can't wait to add it to my collection next January.

Many channels save all their scifi and fantasy programming until the summer. Here are a ton of shows starting or returning over the next few months. (from io9)

HBO lost the rights to adapt Neil Gaiman's American Gods. The president of programming finally came out and said why they never made it into a series. (from The Mary Sue)

I can't fathom that this list of release dates for DC Comics big screen adaptations has much truth to it, but if it does, Shazam is a strange choice to do before Wonder Woman. (from io9)

A mother discusses her young daughter's lack of interest in Wonder Woman and what that says about the state of the currrent state of comicbook media. (from Comic Book Resource)

It makes my heart incredibly happy to see all the success Noelle Stevenson aka Gingerhaze is experiencing lately. I've never met her and yet I'm oddly proud of this stranger whose work I'm very fond of. So have a Gingerhaze She Hulk.

And finally, to be truly random, have some adorable pictures of a stray cat wandering into a lynx enclosure in a Russian zoo.


What random things have you come across lately? Any awesome television you're looking forward to watching this summer?

Random Tuesday: Hey, Look Who's Back Edition

Oh real life, why must you constantly take me away from my hobbies? Between work and obligations, I have been MIA way too long, my friends. Let's have some Random Tuesday fun to make up for it.

This made me go o.O and be very thankful that the BBC does require their leading men to be whatever their definition of "attractive" is.

It's almost officially summer time and if you're anything like us, you'll be binge watching at least one show that you've never gotten to before. EW has a binge watching guide for some television shows you might have recently missed. If you're not watching Arrow, you reallyl should binge that one first.

Neil Patrick Harris wrote an autobiography. It's a Choose Your Own Adventure book. We should be besties.

 X-Men: Days of Futures Past was a pretty good movie considering how many characters were crammed into it. Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly put together some very important PSAs you should pay attention to if you're going to cross paths with an X-Man. You can see the other 7 over on Dorkly.

Speaking of awesome television, Orphan Black is probably in my favorite five television shows right now. The Mary Sue has these silly pop culture reference filled visual "recaps" every week. Here is the one from last Saturday's episode (spoilers, of course).

Netflix online had some issues with summaries last week where two movies would get smooshed together for hilarious results. You can see some of the best here. Watch out for those cyborg bubblegum machines.


Unfortunately large scary storms are headed this way, so I have to cut the Return to Random Tuesday(TM pending) short. As we hunker down for more storms, let me know what shows we should binge this summer in the comments.

Random Tuesday: Wooden Superheroes, Bookish Food, Map of the Moon & More

Oh Random Tuesday, you show up so randomly that I never know when I will find you. After several weeks' absence we have returned to random things of randomness full of geekiness and bookishness for your random pleasure.

Amanda Visell creates wood dolls of different characters complete with accessories. I'm very fond of her version of Wonder Woman and really want an animated cartoon in this style. You can see her Wolverine later in the post. Both of these are unavailable for sale, but you can see what she does have for sale here.

When I'm not thinking about books, I'm probably thinking about food. This list from Bon Appetit of fictional restaurants that are now real combine my two favorite things.

Black Milk is going to debut another overly-priced line of superhero-inspired clothing next week. I'm a super geek, but I don't think I would be able to wear those caped superhero bathing suits out in public. (On FashionablyGeek.com)

If you click on this link, you may blink and find you've lost half an hour. Here is an interactive map of the moon that you can explore with a few clicks. (found via io9)

Even though there were fewer female-fronted films in 2013, they still managed to make more money on average than the male-fronted blockbusters. You'd think film studios would piece things together by now. (found via TheMarySue.com)

Charlie Jane Anderson ranked all the characters from Lost from most annoying to least annoying on Jezebel. #1 made me happy.

I shall eat ALL THE DARK CHOCOLATE! (found via io9)

That's what I have for this week's random Tuesday. Hopefully we'll return for more random things next week.