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: Pretty Book Covers, Superheroes with Babies, Comic Con Stuff (Of Course) & More

San Diego Comic Con is less than a month away and I'm getting all twitchy and unable to concentrate on anything else. Have some Random Tuesday.

I don't know what it was about last week, but book covers were leaking out of everyone's ears. HarperTeen especially had some gorgeous ones. You can see a lot of the covers released last week over at Epic Reads here. I've scattered a few of the ones that made me the most excited throughout this post.

Speaking of the Con: Info about Comic Con panels, autograph sessions and swag is starting to leak out from the various companies that attend the Con. Yesterday Simon & Schuester announced their panels and big autograph signings, which include John Barrowman (JACK!) and Cassandra Clare, who will probably be getting a lot of attention at the Con this year. The whole S&S schedule can be found here.

So I loooooooved Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard when I read it earlier this year. It made me squeal like a young girl and swoon over Daniel for days. The sequel comes out next month and Working for the Mandroid has been lucky enough to be on the A Darkness Strange & Lovely blog tour in a few weeks. In the meantime, have a scene from the first book told from Daniel's perspective.

For my shallow purposeless "look at the attractive man with a baby" link for the month: A few weeks ago, Robert Downey Jr meet a tiny fan went disasterously because he did not look like Iron Man and the little boy was very confused. This week Fluffy Spider-man Andrew Garfield was seen hanging out on set with a toddler. It makes me want to steal my niece and fly to New York. Note: I watched this video with no sound, so I have no idea what it sounds.

So far this season of True Blood is batshit insane. I mean, more so than the other seasons, which is really saying something. But it gave me this, so I'm still watching.

There are already over 100 babies named Khaleesi in the United States now. Of all the weird names in the Game of Thrones canon, I'm glad that one is the one taking off. It's not that weird. At least it's not Hodor.

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright try to explain how Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and the upcoming The World's End are an associated trilogy. Uh... sure, guys.

To truly be random, I must include a link to this story about the runaway red panda because it made me go "aaawww" before 8am this morning, which is a miracle in and of itself. And red pandas are ADORABLE.

I want a video of someone walking in this Lego wedding dress. Because that would be awesome.

If you liked Peggy Carter in the first Captain America movie, she's getting a short on the upcoming Iron Man 3 blu-ray. I don't know why it's going on that DVD, but maybe it has Tony Stark's dad in it or something. I'm always happy to get more strong female character screentime though.

And that's about the max of my randomosity for this week. What cool, interesting or just plain weird things have you come across on your travels across the interwebs?