NES Screen Saver

If you’re a Gen X geek like me, you’ll fondly recall the glory days of the Commodore 64, the NES, and the Sega Mega Drive. Street Fighter II was king and Mario was just beginning his never ending barrage of titles.

If you want to relive those days, then this new screen saver is for you (and thanks to Geek Chic Daily for the heads up).

The UberNES website not only has box art from all those games but also a Windows screen saver that can be customised to play one or many of 100 demo videos from an assortment of old school games. Check it out and download it here.

 

Superhero Scoreboard

For those who are curious about which superheroes are popular by items sold associated with that character rather than the arguments at your LCS, there’s now a funky widget that is essentially a superhero scoreboard. You can check it out here. It’s updated weekly and tracks all manner of weird and wonderful products sold on eBay, such as toys, pillows, comics, and such and if you’d like to show the world that Hulk is more popular than Iron Man, you can embed the widget on your site.

Cavern Of Comics

There are so many podcasts and assorted blogs all offering their unique voices on comics and pop culture, but the guys from eerietube.com seem to be embracing horror, with original webisodes, and now funky videos about about comics with relish, thanks to comics fan Cooper Barnes. I’ve seen quite a few similar approaches where a few fanboys gather in front of a dodgy camera and discuss the latest developments in comics, and though I appreciate such enthusiasm they’re not always the most sleek looking productions. Now, neither is the eerietube’s new Cavern of Comics, with it’s simple aesthetic (ie, a cavern) but it works with the focus of the site, and Cooper is certainly a natural in front of the camera and knows his stuff, with a likeable personality and not the usual geek speak that makes non-regular comics readers scratch their heads. Press release below.

CAVERN OF COMICS GETS EERIE!

EerieTube.com, the premiere website for original horror and sci-fi content, oozes over with monstrous excitement with the announcement of their all new web series “Cavern of Comics”.

This hip online series showcases hot news and reviews from the depths of the comic world.  “Cavern” stars comic book addict Cooper Barnes from the hilarious comedy troop, Frog Island.

EerieTube creator and producer Mike Costanza describes Cooper as an “awesome  addition to the eerieTube family.  Coop is a genuine comic finatic and his enthusiasm for the genre is highly contagious!”

Titles covered in the “Cavern” pilot include Radical Comics smash hit FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency #1, from writer David Hine and illustrator Roy Allan Martinez.  FVZA sold out at the distributor level prior to its October 28th release!

Future episodes of “Cavern of Comics” feature feature film news, exclusive sneak peaks, and interviews with writers and artists.

About eerieTube:  EerieTube.com features the latest horror movie news, DVD reviews, gaming reviews, and Award Winning horror and sci-fi content.  View all free exclusive content each week on EerieTube.com.

Stephen Dixon At Fantagraphics

Time to get literary. Press release below about indie comics publisher Fantagraphics and their publication in May next year of author Stephen Dixon’s short stories. I can’t say I’ve heard of Dixon, but he seems to be well admired. Details below.

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF STEPHEN DIXON’S WHAT IS ALL THIS?, A COLLECTION OF MODERN FICTION

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of What Is All This?, a 900-page collection of previously uncollected short fiction by two-time National Book Award Nominee (1991, 1995) Stephen Dixon. The collection will be published in May, 2010 and mark the third entry in Fantagraphics burgeoning line of literary fiction, following Alexander Theroux’s Laura Warholic (2007) and Monte Schulz’s This Side of Jordan (2009). Along with Theroux, Dixon is the second National Book Award nominated-author to publish new fiction through Fantagraphics.

“Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters — too secret. I return again and again to his stories for writerly inspiration, moral support and comic relief at moments of personal misery, and, several times, in a spirit of outright plagiaristic necessity: borrowing a jumpstart from a few lines of Dixon has been a real problem-solver in my own short fiction. Please read him, you.” — Jonathan Lethem

Dixon is one of the most acclaimed authors of short stories in the history of American letters. He has published previously through acclaimed independent literary presses like McSweeney’s and Melville House, as well as corporate houses like Henry Holt. His work, characterized by mordant humor and a frank attention to human sexuality, has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Fantagraphics Books is proud to present his latest volume of short stories, a massive collection of vintage Dixon, eschewing the modernism and quasi-autobiography of his I-trilogy and instead treating readers to a pared-down, crystalline style more reminiscent of Hemingway.

“Dixon is one of the few writers whose new work I will put everything aside to read, which is to say he is in the company of Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, and Lydia Davis…. Put aside whatever you’re reading, and read him.” — J. Robert Lennon

“This is our third book of prose fiction —after Alex Theroux’s Laura Warholic and Monte Schulz’s This Side of Jordan— and readers may notice that the common denominator among these books is that language itself serves as the animating literary force,” says acquiring editor and Fantagraphics co-publisher Gary Groth. “Dixon’s finely chiseled sentences cut to the quick of people’s lives. None of these stories have been collected in any book; they have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals over almost 40 years and Dixon has entirely rewritten all of them. Dixon admirers will be cheered to learn that these stories comprise a wholly original work.”

Centrally concerning himself with the American condition, Dixon explores in What Is All This? obsessions of body image, the increasingly polarized political landscape, sex —in all its incarnations— and the gloriously pointless minutiae of modern life, from bus rides to tying shoelaces. Using the canvas of his native New York (with one significant exception that affords Dixon the opportunity to create a furiously political fable) he astutely captures the edgy madness that infects the city through the neuroses of his narrators with a style that owes as much to Neo-Reaist cinema as it does to modern literature. What Is All This? will be published in hardcover, designed by Fantagraphics award-winning Art Director Jacob Covey. “Stephen Dixon is one of the few writers who completely challenged, then changed how I think about writing and reading,” says Covey. “He was the first writer I recognized as making Art that was as viscerally relevant as painting or music. Designing a book for someone who was so formative to me is one of the rarest and most intimidating opportunities I can imagine.”

“I have read a lot of Dixon’s writing. If I didn’t like his writing I would not have read so many things of his.” — Tao Lin

Stephen Dixon was born in 1936 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1958 and is a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. In his early 20s, he worked as a journalist in radio, interviewing such monumental figures as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev. His witty, keenly observed narratives and sharply hewn prose have appeared in every major market magazine from Harper’s to Playboy and have earned him two National Book Award nominations —for his novels Frog and Interstate. He still hammers out his fiction on a vintage typewriter.

This Week’s Marvel Comics

How about a look at a diverse line-up of covers from Marvel this week, followed by their full list of releases? OK, here goes.

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Sales Galore

It’s not only the indie publishers that are having a sale but Marvel too.

Until December 1 Marvel are having a sale at their on-line store. You can grab items such as bags, shirts, prints, and iTunes passes to the Astonishing X-Men and Spider-Woman motion comics, from 15% to 75% off. Bargain! See all the goodies here for some early Christmas shopping. It’s not that far away!

Slave Labor Graphics are having a sale too, and you can grab some exquisite goodies such as Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, Parade (with fireworks), Tales to Suffice and more. Visit SLG’s site for the lowdown.

Buenaventura Press also have a sale, with 20% of all books until the end of November, but the most exciting news is AdHouse Books’ just announced sale.

These guys produce some great books, such as Johnny Hiro and Joshua Cotter’s Driven by Lemons and Skyscrapers of the Midwest. AdHouse have a wealth of books for just $1 and many other goodies. Great stocking stuffers! Now embrace capitalism, and sequential art, I say!

Smallville Season 9 Trailer

For the last few seasons Smallville has been like  a live action version of the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, with all its nods to DC lore and fan fave cameos. Season 9 of the series begins next year and below is a trailer, focused on the much hyped Justice Society of America two parter in which Hawkman, Dr. Fate and Stargirl come out of hiding and show young Clark Kent and his buddies a thing or two about crimefighting. If you watch the teaser carefully, you’ll see Alan Scott’s Green Lantern ring, Dr. Fate and Sandman. The two episodes satisfied the network execs enough that they’ll now be a movie event, titled Smallville: Absolute Justice, which will air in February, and if that’s not exciting enough, the episodes are written by comics scribe Geoff Johns, who also introduced the Legion of Superheroes into Smallville recently.