Conans: The Barbarian + O’Brien

There’s a brand new arrival over in our Conan the Barbarian section on CmdStore.com, which comes as a surprise to me given the distance between this and the ending of the films. The titular Barbarian, after all, has become Governor of California and seems very far removed from his axe-swinging past. Nevertheless, fans can snag this 6-inch NECA Cult Classic figure of Temple of the Serpent Conan.

A likely explanation for the renewed interest in the franchise, though, comes with the all the recent news about the Conan the Barbarian reboot film (Hollywood sure is creative!). The most recent info informs us that Mickey Rourke might be playing Conan’s father, but we shall see whether any of that pans out come 2011.

There’s also the story of another newly-arriving Conan. Namely, this one:

He’s on Twitter! Find him at @ConanOBrien to add him to your twit-list. Here’s the news from Zap2it:

Conan O’Brien, who made fun of Twitter a whole bunch during his “Tonight Show” stint, has joined Twitter.

The sum total of his output (Twitter has verified it’s actually O’Brien) as of 11 a.m. PT Thursday is a single tweet: “Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.” But that single update — funny, and also a little bit heartbreaking — has been enough to collect more than 260,000 followers — more than three times as many as the official NBC/Jay Leno page (@jayleno).

Now, a big Twitter following has very little to do with TV ratings. We just found the numbers interesting, and perhaps an indication that members of Team Coco are still thinking about their guy. Plus, the profile picture is a good one, with O’Brien sporting his hiatus beard and a chimpanzee hanging onto his neck.

As part of his exit deal from NBC, O’Brien has to stay off the air until September. There have been rumblings about him doing a live stage show, but no concrete plans for it have emerged.

The 100 Best Comic Book Covers

As a girl who loves comics and conventions and all things geeky, it’s easy to become a little tired of the same old sex-sells covers that seem to dominate the shelves, especially from Marvel. They feature women with impossible bodies standing around wearing next to nothing as their legitimately muscular and often armored male counterparts are shown doing actual superhero-worthy things.

Now I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with the attractive women (or men) of the comic world, but it’s a little annoying to see them portrayed as being so useless or just good for ogling. A truly powerful male character can be an absolute beast and get by, but God forbid a female not go out without massive breasts and very little clothing (neither of which would be likely on someone who worked out and patrolled the streets fighting crime). And this is why I’m pleased to see a female perspective on The 100 Best Comic Book Covers.

Sure, there’s bound to be a lot of cleavage and curves because there’s not anything else to choose from, but there’s also a lot of truly cool covers that show the best of the best depictions of both men and women from a ton of different books. Click any of the awesome covers below to read the full article!


Alice and Kev: The Final Chapter

If you follow this blog, you might remember back in June when I made a post about Alice and Kev, a pair of Sims in the Sims 3 who were designed as a homeless father and daughter and observed as they made their way through the world of the game, every action–no matter how subtle–recorded by Alice and Kev’s author.

Well, it’s been a while now and while I won’t spoil the ending, I’m sad to say that Alice and Kev is now finished. It’s an incredible story, especially given the source material, and is at once heart-breaking, uplifting and inspiring. Definitely worth a read.

Hosted right here on WordPress, the author is awesome enough to begin the page with a link to the first episode, which allows new fans to catch up at their own pace without seeing any spoilers. It may seem like a lot to read, but trust me. It’s well worth it.

And if you aren’t already playing the Sims 3, here are the Amazon links!

The Sims 3

The Sims 3: World Adventures Expansion Pack


Blog Rec: Make Something Cool Every Day

For those seeking motivation from the outside or a source of inspiration when it comes to art and creativity, check out Make Something Cool Every Day (or the Make Something Cool Every Day Flickr), a blog devoted to creating something new and interesting each day.

Admittedly, the blog is now just a little behind, but the Flickr is still going strong, so be sure to check it out. It’s got some truly inspired stuff that ranges from eerie to hilarious, adorable to strange.

The Dark Knight Returns and Bat Tats

Though far from my favourite Batman yarn, few can deny the impact made by Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ on the Batman fandom. From the striking art to the complex and gritty plotlines and characters, TDKR was a huge book in its time and continues to influence the way people write about Batman today. And since, at the time, such books came with far fewer forms of merchandising, there were few collectibles made available until much later.

This new set is among them.

Featuring repaints of the distinctive Dark Knight Returns Joker and Batman, this 2-pack of arch-rivals is a great-looking tribute to the graphic novel. The Joker’s grim red lips and the rage etched on Batman’s face have been lifted flawlessly from the book’s pages and make a fine addition to the shelf of any fan or DC Direct collector. They stand about 6 inches tall and come with a prestige, 48-page reprint of the original work.

And for more Batman, check out Batman Tattoos, a blog showcasing any and all bat-tats that their bearers want to offer up. Some are amazing, some will make you shake your head and others are just plain weird, but all are Batman. Take a look. I’ve posted a personal favourite below; click it to visit the site.