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INFINITY BYTE: Unless you have been in hibernation for the last couple of months, you have heard about Marvel Comics’ summer crossover Infinity. I have been giving you weekly updates since the beginning to keep you apprised of the action in the main story and all of the tie-ins. Thursday was my final article on the crossover and without going into too much detail, because I want you to read Infinity or my This Week in INFINITY articles, it was worth every penny! Jonathan Hickman weaved a story that was thought-provoking, well orchestrated, and tied together with a nice ending that will have lasting impact on the Marvel Universe, every corner of it. Hickman had a lot of help from other writers like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Charles Soule and many more. He also had the support of a cadre of great artists including Leinil Francis Yu, Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver and many others. If you don’t have the budget to buy all of the tie-ins go read through my articles and see what you may have missed. Infinity may be over, but the ramifications of it will be lasting. Starting in December with Inhumanity. Give it a look!
comiXology BYTE: Do you struggle with what to buy for your nerdy friend or relative? Do you have problems telling people what to get for you when you really want comics? Well comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, has just the answer for both of those questions… Gift cards! For the first time ever, the digital comic company is offering eGift Cards. With over 40,000 comics and graphic novels to give this holiday season or any time, comiXology lets you give that special someone eGift Cards ranging from $10 to $500 redeemable at www.comixology.com with no hidden fees or expiration dates. Co-founder and CEO David Steinberger said of the announcement, “Shopping for friends, family and loved ones is hard, especially if they’re comic fans, so the comiXology eGift Card takes out the guess-work and makes it easy to be a comics gifting hero. The comiXology eGift Card is another way we’re making it easy for comics fans to get and give the comics they love.” Works for me! You can all feel free to send mine via Word of the Nerd, and thanks in advance for your generosity!
IMAGE BYTE: Image Comics has been carrying the flag for creator-owned comics since 1992. They are continuing that honorable mission by announcing their single issues and collections are now available on Google Play! Publisher Eric Stephenson said of the move, “It’s exciting to bring digital versions of Image Comics titles to the Google Play Store. Our philosophy toward digital content is expanding as the market evolves and grows, and this is just one of many steps we’re taking as we continue to move into the future.” To commemorate the addition of Google Play to Image Comics’ digital outlets, which include Comixology, Apple iBooks, and Amazon Kindle, they are offering the first issues of THE WALKING DEAD, SAGA, CHEW, INVINCIBLE, and SUPER DINOSAUR series for free to Google Play customers.
GUEST BYTES: By Janel McClain-Smith
Cosmic Waves: In the 1990’s Cosmic Waves was a series of comic book anthologies that brought together stories regarding all things nerdy including, but not limited to, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Original publisher Drew Ford’s effort to revive Cosmic Waves is looking to bring new stories together in the same way in order to introduce a new audience to talent from around the world that they might not otherwise find on their own. In order to breathe new life into Cosmic Waves, the project needs funding. Contributions ranging from $5 to $500 get you anything from a digital copy of Cosmic Waves #1, a sketch from one of the featured artists, to an over the phone meeting to discuss original work you submit. Ford is seeking $3000 to facilitate the printing, shipping, design and distribution of Cosmic Waves #1. Be sure to check out Ford’s crowdfunding efforts at: https://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/cosmic-waves-a-comic-book-anthology
BOOM! BYTE: Boom Studios has had a busy and lucrative year. The company continues to make news with top-notch talent, interesting books, and an impressive library of titles among their imprints. Those imprints include KaBOOM!, BOOM! Town, and Archaia. Their latest addition is Boom! Box with which they intend to push the envelope with experimental content from some of the best and brightest creators in comics today. They will launch the new line with Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lambnew’s The Midas Flesh, a sci-fi adventure that follows a space crew as they return to Earth—a planet that has been completely sectioned off, abandoned, and transformed into gold—in the hopes of finding something to help fight a merciless Federation from further expanding its wrath across the universe. Editor Shannon Walters said of the move, “BOOM! Box is meant to be a gleeful space for creators to explore projects that are exciting or challenging for them, as well as giving them the means to do so. We’re interested in publishing comics under this imprint that are a ball to read…no murderbots or male protagonists with a tortured past, perhaps, but dinosaur planets and adventuring best pals and plenty of graphic storytelling made with love.”
MOVIE ROUND-UP: If you can’t get enough of zombie apocalypse (and who can?) and you are a fan of the Godfather of Zombie movies, George Romero, you will love this news. Next up on the reboot list is Day of the Dead. Slated for a summer 2104 release, Romero’s third zombie classic will be directed by a horror genre veteran, Mark Tonderai (The House at the End of the Street). This movie focused on scientists and soldiers studying the zombie epidemic, while trying to learn from the creatures they get in all kinds of trouble.
Now for the casting SPEED ROUND, buckle up… Star Wars Episode VII’s casting process has been pretty secretive all we can add now is that they are looking for two teenage girls, a slightly older guy, and a 40-something military type a la Matt Damon in Elysium. Edgar Wright is still searching for his Ant-Man, Paul Rudd has emerged as the most likely candidate for Hank Pym. The search is still on for Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, Rashida Jones’ name continues to come up for the part. Terminator 5 is testing actresses Brie Larson, Emilia Clarke, Tatiana Maslany for Sarah Connor. The “female lead” role Batman vs. Superman is most likely between Olga Kurylenko, Elodie Young and Gal Gadot, though rumors suggest Gadot is the best bet right now. Just days after the premier of BBC’s Atlantis, the British television company announced that the show has been renewed for a second season. They obviously intend for this show to be the centerpiece for their Saturday night line-up beyond the next 12 weeks. Jaimie Alexander, who starred as Lady Sif in Thor: The Dark World donned her sword and shield one more time. This time not to save the world, but to make it a better place for some sick kids. The actress, rumored to be in the running for a role as Wonder Woman, visited the patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Well done Jaimie!
NERDITORIAL: In a week when we all took some time to recognize what we are thankful for, a tragedy once again shows us how fragile and fleeting life can be. Yesterday, actor Paul Walker lost his life in a car accident in Santa Clarita, California. At first there was a lot of talk about how this was a hoax– those speculations have sadly become commonplace in the digital age. Unfortunately, it was proven true and later verified by reliable sources. Walker’s own Facebook page posted: “It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences.” Obviously, Walker’s death is no more tragic than any other of the many deaths and personal tragedies that any of you may have had, it’s just in the news due to his fame. I only mention it to illustrate my point: life is precious and if you don’t live every day as if it may be your last, then you probably don’t appreciate just how quickly it can be gone. My prayers go out to the Walker family, and to any of your families if you are suffering a similar loss. Godspeed!