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DeviantArt July 2009 Badass Geek Stuff: Mezco-Style Jay & Silent Bob!

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With the coming once again of Comic Con, the coolness starts rolling out! One of the coolest things I’ve seen already is this pair of Mezco-style custom Jay and Silent Bob figures by Kyle Robinson on deviantART. These were specially designed for San Diego Comic Con 2009.
Posted 7/26/2009
NES Controller Business Card shows you mean real geek business - DVICE

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NES Controller Business Card shows you mean real geek business
DVICE
When you do feel comfortable that your techie ego won't be pummeled with ridicule, you can whip out this nifty NES Controller Business Card from Banpresto. ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Directors, actors geek out with fans at Comic-Con - The Associated Press
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Directors, actors geek out with fans at Comic-Con
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Robert Downey Jr. said he wish he could don a Mexican wrestling mask and stroll the Comic-Con floor to check out all the collectible toys and ...

Posted 7/26/2009
July 2008 'Big Bang' stars' geeky roles aren't exactly a stretch

If Comic-Con International ever needs official television mascots, the cast and creators of “The Big Bang Theory” would be perfect. They've got the brains. They've got the video-game skills. Co-creator Bill Prady wears a Green Hornet ring and once spent $8,000 on a rare piece of “Star Trek” memorabilia.
And best of all, the team behind the CBS sitcom about four brainy pals and the babe who befriends them have the deep and abiding love of Comic-Con fans, who know a caped comrade when they see one.
“I thought there would be 30 people out there. I had no idea,” said co-star Kunal Nayyar, who – like his cast-mates – was stunned by the masses who flocked to a 2,000-seat room for the shows' panel session yesterday morning.

NELVIN C. CEPEDA / Union-Tribune
Johnny Galecki (left) and Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” were a big hit at the autograph booth.
Why do the people of Comic-Con love “The Big Bang Theory”? Maybe because creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady see the people behind the Comic-Con clichés.
Yes, roommates Sheldon (USD alum Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) are physicists who store action figures in their original boxes and keep women at arm's length.
But Sheldon, Leonard, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Nayyar) are also extremely smart guys who just happen to have a passion for “Star Wars,” “Battlestar Galactica” and three-dimensional chess. Creators Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”) and Prady (“Dharma and Greg”) have a word for guys like that. It's just not the word everyone else has.
“We always struggle with (people) labeling the characters in a demeaning way,” Lorre said during a post-panel press session. “They're brilliant characters, but I guess 'brilliant' is not as good a word for the media as 'geek.' Or 'nerd.' ”
But while Lorre and and Prady took great pains to give their characters some dignity, the actors were happy to indulge their inner geeks. Which turned out to be not too far from the surface.
When the characters play video games on the show, the actors are really playing video games. Galecki is a huge “Star Wars” fan, and Parsons was once an avid action-figure collector. And when asked what kind of costumes they'd wear to Comic-Con, Parsons and Kaley Cuoco (who plays Penny, the babe) got into the spirit of the Comic-Con floor without leaving their table.
Cuoco said she'd dress up as Galecki's character, while Parsons said he would dress up as “Star Wars” robot C3PO.
“You'd make a great C3PO,” Galecki said admiringly. “I'd pay money to see that.”
Posted 7/26/2008
Nov 2007 comic Conventions = Geek Nirvana! - Corvallis Gazette Times
Forget Disneyland, comic conventions are the happiest places on Earth

When I was a kid, I wanted for nothing. My parents loved me, I had plenty to eat and a beautiful house to shelter me.
Actually, I needed nothing, but I wanted much. I wanted action figures and books and Underoos and T-shirts that read, “I prefer to be called Batman.” I wanted to ride Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, and I wanted to find a golden ticket in my candy bar that would allow me entrance to Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompa sweatshop empire.

In those days, I didn’t think about such things as sweatshops. Why wouldn’t an Oompa Loompa want to toil its life away making me chocolate? For that matter, why wouldn’t someone in Hong Kong want to work for a pittance to bring me my G.I. Joe figures? Such thoughts simply didn’t occur to me. Being privileged enough to live in a world of pure imagination, I did.

Walking through the doors at the Portland Comic Convention last Sunday was like taking a trippy boat ride back in time. I could feel the layers of self-consciousness and political awareness, disdain for my fellow man and anxiety over the state of our culture melting away like so much excess fat.

The first booth I came upon was filled with G.I. Joe figures still in their original packages, Star Wars figures, Transformers and every other imaginable poseable from my youth. On the back shelf, I even saw a Sectaur, a very rare insect-themed figurine I had assumed to be extinct.

I’m not kidding when I tell you I’ve had dreams like this, dreams where I walk into a larger-than-life Toys”R”Us to find aisles upon aisles of action figures that only exist in my mind. These are intricate, fully realized action figures, such as the G.I. Joe Swamp Trooper, that comes emerged in real swamp water in the little four-inch-tall plastic casing that serves as its home.

While none of the booths at the comic convention were selling my imaginary action figure, they were selling Croc Master and Blowtorch, The Baroness and Snake Eyes. There were booths selling only Star Wars figures and others featuring rare movie posters and T-shirts. There were bootleg DVD stands offering otherwise unattainable digital copies of “Thundarr the Barbarian” and the formerly out-of-print pilot to “Twin Peaks.” Boxes filled with discarded X-Wing Fighters and Battle Rams littered the floor under the tables.

Oh yeah, and there were comic books, too. Booth upon booth was filled thousands upon thousands of books. Stands selling only vintage DC and Marvel comics sat next to ones offering 50-percent discounts on trade paperbacks and hardcover collections.

I had to do three laps before I could even think about spending dollar one. Sure, I was almost certain I’d buy that He-Man Zodiac action figure I’d been taunted with as a kid by my best friend, but maybe I’d come upon something even more irresistible.
Posted 11/17/2007
New Poll: Are You a Male, Female or Geek?

I have received rave feedback about editorials on Otakudom. And through the comments, I note that there are quite a few geeks, both male and female here.
So I would like to find out, are we Male, Female or Geek?
The choices are as follows:
Manly Man. If you vote this, I better see you watch stuff like Last Exile, Ghost in the Shell, Planetes and Capeta or Slam Dunk. If a single of those wretched "moe" shows is found on your hard disk, you PHAIL.
Sexy Female. If you vote this, you are probably a geek male. But I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.
Geek Male. I expect 90% of the votes to be this one. Geek is good.
Geek Female. Geek females are every geek male’s dream. If you vote this, leave a comment here so you can get yourself some hot geek guys.
Trap. Impz’s exclusive choice.
Choose one Now, the poll is on the sidebar.
Published 2/25/2007
Dec 2006 Gifts from the Kingdom of Geek - Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - If you're shopping around for hip, high-end toys and collector's items for last-minute gifts, prepare yourself for some sticker shock.
Action figures, statues and replica movie props designed for adult buyers boast adult-sized price tags, with deluxe superhero statues topping $400. And these hot-ticket items can be hard to find.
Case in point: Warp 1 Comics and Entertainment has sold all but one of a rare plush doll from the Angel TV series. It's a 53-centimetre high, half-scale replica of the fuzzy, Sesame Street-like puppet that the title vampire character was turned into on one popular fifth-season episode called 'Smile Time.' It goes for $90.
Retro comic-book statues, such as these ones of Jughead and Archie, aren

Retro comic-book statues, such as these ones of Jughead and Archie, aren't just for young collectors.


Diamond Select Toys made only 5,000 of the dolls, all of which have been sold.
'It was a numbered series and we can't get any more in,' says manager Lin Chen. 'These dolls were already selling for over $100 US online when we were still selling our stock for $70.'
So why are fans and the people who love them willing to spend so much and driving the adult collectibles market to such heights?
Chen says it has everything to do with waking up the child within.
'Everybody has a little bit of kid in them and that's what these toys are striving to reach,' she says, noting most buyers are well over 20.
In the past, action figures and statues were mainly comic-book related, but more and more collectibles are spun off hit movies, rock stars and sports figures, expanding their appeal beyond the Kingdom of Geek.
'Movie-related toys are bringing in a different kind of client who aren't comic book collectors or even all that much into toys,' Chen says.
Here are five of the hottest adult collectibles now on the market:
- Replica of Jack Sparrow's sword from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. This will give the ever-popular Star Wars light-sabre replicas a run for their money. The 77-cm fake blade in a wooden display box comes with a very real $195 price tag.
- Oversized TV tie-in toys. At $260, the 60-cm high, limited-edition Kermit the Frog replica doll is a bit over my Christmas budget. I'll likely settle for the 30-cm-high, $50 Talking Stewie doll modelled after the evil baby on TV's Family Guy. The doll boasts 13 Stewie-like expressions such as 'I offer you the opportunity to join me in glorious battle' and 'Oh blast you and your estrogenical treachery.'
- Todd McFarlane's horror movie and rock star figures. I especially like the highly realized line of Elvis figures at various stages of his career. McFarlane, the creator of the Spawn comic book as well as one of the owners of the Oilers, runs one of the world's most popular adult toy and collectible companies.
- 3-D classic movie poster replicas. Also from the pop culture-crazed mind of Todd McFarlane is a line of 32-cm-high replicas of classic contemporary movies (Alien, Jaws).
Not only are they a mass-market treat, these compact items are also only $30 apiece.
- Retro comic book statues and figures. Fans of comic books and newspaper strips from back in the day need not feel left behind. Numerous companies make small statues of characters from the '40s to the '70s.
Posted 12/21/2006
Action Geeks: Grown men play with toys? - East Valley Tribune

THE ARTIST
Not everyone collects action figures just to put them on a shelf. Some, like Great Barrington, Mass.-based artist Jarvis Rockwell, have found a perhaps nobler use for them — putting them on display at museums.
Starting this week, his “Maya II” will be on display in the atrium of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. It is, as the name suggests, a sequel to “Maya,” an installation he did at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2001. Inspired by a 1996 trip to India, Rockwell made a modern version of what he saw there: pyramids and temples featuring rows of sculptural depictions of deities. He envisioned action figures as the current equivalent, and had a head start — a collection with tens of thousands of pieces.
“My father died, and the money started to flow a little bit,” says Rockwell, the son of famed Americana painter Norman Rockwell, of the origins of his collection. “I didn’t even think about it that much. I just started buying toys.
“I ended up with four rooms and two large closets full.”
In typical artist fashion, Rockwell, 75, is vague as to exactly why he started this mass accumulation, other than it was in 1979 and began with figures from the original “Battlestar Galactica” series.
“I was just fascinated with them; I didn’t even necessarily know why I was at first,” he says.
It’s worth noting that Rockwell’s collection and the “Maya” installations aren’t the kind of old-time toys you might expect given his father’s Saturday Evening Post magazine cover pedigree. He’s still buying the toys, and doesn’t discriminate between toys meant for children and those for older collectors; he gets them all.
Anyone who helped construct the “Maya II” saw that. The exhibit, which also has scenes and dioramas of figures staged by Rockwell, was constructed with the help of volunteers who assembled the pyramid.
“I just set them out on the table, and I want everyone to know that we’re all working together,” he says.
As you might expect, Rockwell sees a higher purpose in what are commonly regarded as playthings.
“I think action figures are just a way of expressing ourselves,” he says. “I think we’re very lonely trying to be so perfect and wonderful, and make so much money, and be so superior, I think we need other little figures that represent us that we can almost talk to.”
Posted 11/2/2006
Gods of geek mythology: Autobots, decepticons rule toy freaks' ... - Fort Wayne News Sentinel

Gods of geek mythology: Autobots, decepticons rule toy freaks' ...

Moms sponged Decepticon tattoos onto their cheeks. Students rattled off robot tech specs like they should rattle off multiplication tables. Mild-mannered teachers, doctors, farm workers and artists became breathless geeks, reveling in nostalgia for the 1980s toy line they call 'the next big thing.' At the annual Transformers collectors convention at Lexington, Ky., Convention Center this month, more than 2,000 people tossed around jargon like 'minicon' and 'unicron,' stringing together sentences that barely qualify as English.
BotCon is where geeks find their own.
'BotCon is the Transformers' cultural mecca,' says Joel Boblit, president of BigBadToyStore.com, which sells about 40,000 of the toys through its online store each year. 'This is the only show we come to.'
Matt Lowry, a collector from Lexington, blew his entire Transformers budget for the year in three days. He usually shells out $10 or $15 at a time, but he spent about $300 on advance entry tickets, then another couple hundred on toys. BotCon is not a time for financial planning, says 27-year-old Lowry.
'It's like Christmas,' Lowry says, 'but it lasts all weekend, you get to meet Santa and the elves tell you how to make the toys.'
Lowry has been a fan since 1984, when he opened up his first Transformer, a big black truck named Trailbreaker.
The toys became a TV show, which became a movie, then branched off into other lines of toys, updated TV shows and now a live-action movie to be released next July.
Most of Lowry's collection is held in four large plastic tubs, disguised to look like living room furniture with table cloths and lamps. But at BotCon, he gasped and cheered with the crowd as Hasbro unveiled new toys and showed short clips from the new movie. He shot photos of the fans dressed in cardboard robot costumes.
And he shopped. Oh, how he shopped. He dropped $40 on an Optimus Prime with a Pepsi bottle trailer and a mission to 'quench the thirst of all sentient beings,' then another $40 on Galvatron, a bad guy, just like the one he used to have.
'There are tables straight out of a 1980s toy store,' Lowry says.
He walked around the dealer room, pointing out the good guys (Autobots), the bad guys (Decepticons), the Beast Wars era bots (his favorites) and the smart buys, some sealed in original packaging, shoved in plastic bags or protected in glass cases.
 
Posted 10/25/2006
Geeks galore descend on San Diego Comic-Con - The News Journal


East Valley Tribune
Geeks galore descend on San Diego Comic-Con
The News Journal, DE -
... attendees dressed as characters from "Ghostbusters" and "Star Wars" pose for ... Toy companies (including Mattel and Hasbro), game makers (Nintendo and Sony) and ...
Comic-Con draws superheroes, sci-fi fans, major movie studios
Comic-Con Draws Superheroes, Sci-Fi Fans
Superheroes, sci-fi fans meet in mecca
Published 7/21/2006
Around here, the geeks decide what's cool - San Diego Union Tribune


San Diego Union Tribune
Around here, the geeks decide what's cool
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From exclusive Spider-Woman action figures to Scooby-Doo bobblehead dolls, the booty at the Comic-Con International, which kicks off today at the San Diego ...
Published 7/19/2006
"Geek Week" Video Podcast Episode 3
3rd Floor Productions has released the third installment of their free video podcast covering comics, toys, cosplay, and more items of interest to 'geeks.' The third episode of the Geek...
Posted 6/2/2006
Geek Report: May 31, 2006 - /FILM

Geek Report: May 31, 2006
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... for Transformers fans across the country." The disc will hit store shelves in November to coincide with Hasbro's re-release of the Transformers Classic line of ...
Published 5/31/2006
"Geek Week" Video Podcast Episode 2
3rd Floor Productions has released the second installment of their free video podcast covering comics, toys, cosplay, and more items of interest to 'geeks.' The second episode of the Geek...
Posted 4/27/2006
Sideshow featured on the first installment of Geek Week!
There's a new video-cast making the rounds across the World Wide Web. It's called Geek Week, and the first installment awards viewers with some really fun stuff, including a long interview with Sideshow's own Operations Manager, Brant Bridges, conducted by fellow uber-collector, Julius Marx, and featuring a fun segment starring ...
Posted 4/18/2006
"Geek Week" Video Podcast
3rd Floor Productions has launched a new video podcast (available for free) covering comics, toys, cosplay, and more items of interest to 'geeks.' The first episode of the Geek Week...
Posted 4/13/2006
Blog: Oscar Geek Squads Also Get Honored (AP via Yahoo! News)
AP writers are covering the scene as Hollywood gets ready for its big night on March 5. They'll be filing periodic reports on the goings-on as the perfect outfits are selected, the red carpet is readied and the gold statuettes are polished for the annual awards show.
Posted 2/18/2006
Blog: Oscar Geek Squads Also Get Honored (AP via Yahoo! News)
AP writers are covering the scene as Hollywood gets ready for its big night on March 5. They'll be filing periodic reports on the goings-on as the perfect outfits are selected, the red carpet is readied and the gold statuettes are polished for the annual awards show.
Posted 2/18/2006
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