I remember a couple years back when a video called “The Most Astounding Fact” was making the rounds online. In the video, famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is asked, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?” Tyson’s response was as thoughtful as it was beautiful and included the following line:
So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us.
I remember sitting back and thinking about this idea, one that seemed obvious, and yet I had never made this connection myself. As fantastic and science fictional as the notion seemed upon first glance, the fact remained: we are in this universe and the Universe is in us.
I had already been a fan of Tyson for a while before I heard his response. I truly respected his initiative to champion science education, and make sure the public is thinking about science. His notion (and I’m paraphrasing) that we as a society fail when we discontinue our search of the unknown; that when we give up this search, we are committing a disservice against those that came before that dared ask what, why, and how, is one that resonates with me deeply. While watching the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey it immediately becomes clear that Tyson truly believes what he says, and that with Cosmos he is taking a momentous step in achieving his ends.
If this were a movie about Rowdy Roddy Piper trying to survive a zombie attack in an abandoned prison, I’d say they may be on to something. But given that is a movie about Rowdy Roddy Piper, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, and Shane Douglas trying to survive a zombie attack in an abandoned prison, I’m saying it’s a complete stroke of genius.
I was pretty much sold after seeing Piper smash a zombie’s head in with a coconut.
Without further discussion, enjoy the trailer for your future favorite movie.
Thanks to Chris for the heads up.
I’ve always liked the idea of a post-apocalyptic Batman. I figure if any character would be able to not only survive the end of life as we know it, but thrive in the ensuing chaotic atmosphere of existence, it would be Batman. But what would it be like if the Dark Knight had to take on the machine driven world that is that of The Terminator?
Luckily this talented group of folks wondered the same thing and offered their take on what that story would be like. The official description reads:
30 years have passed since Bruce Wayne survived Skynet’s nuclear blasts in August of ’97. Iron demons now roam the planet, and without the requirement to defend the innocent against crime and injustice, Wayne has seeked refuge in the bomb shelter that saved his life; the Batcave.
Having scavenged the wasteland for resources, he discovers the radio of a dead soldier. There is static over a frequency. Flesh and blood is rising up to the west. With The Stinger; a riot control vehicular unit built before the apocalypse along with a refitted bomb blast vest, Batman makes his way across what remains of the United States to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace – John Conner.
Batman versus The Terminator is the mashup that I was completely unaware that I absolutely needed.
For those of you who watch The CW’s Arrow, you know that none other than Barry Allen, the alter-ego of the Flash, was introduced, with the intent of that character spinning off into a separate The Flash television series. Today we get our fist glimpse of what the scarlet speedster is going to look like in the show, and I have to say, I’m liking what I see.
Hit the link to check out the full photo.
We pick an artist or theme and present a collection of awesome art. Today we present:
THE ART OF SKOTTIE YOUNG
Honestly, I’m surprised we haven’t highlighted Skottie’s amazing talent in the past, though his work has been included in previous entries in accordance with various themes. With the recent news that Mr. Young would be behind a solo book featuring everyone’s favorite gun-slinging furry animal, Rocket Raccoon, we figured there’s no time like the present to share some of our favorite examples of his art.
We absolutely had to start with the first image released related to the new ongoing.
With heavy hearts we address the sad news making the rounds: Harold Ramis has passed away from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Though a shock to many who have enjoyed his extensive work, Ramis had been suffering from this rare disease since 2010.
For me, and I’m sure many of those of my generation, I can’t help but immediately think of the role that introduced me to Ramis, that of Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. When I was little, Egon was my favorite, and the action figure relative to the cartoon adaptation of the film was literally never out of my possession. The toy had become so damaged that my parents replaced it while I was sleeping, and my pre-kindergarten mind was never the wiser.
As I got older, I remember being surprised, when becoming interested as to who exactly created many of the movies I had come to love, that he was not only a movie star, but often a writer and director. He also worked on writing duties on the previously mentioned Ghostbusters, but when looking through his filmography you learn that he served as writer, director, and many times both on classics like Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Stripes, and my personal favorite of the list Groundhog Day.
When looking at the list of films this man touched, one simply realizes the impact his amazing comedic mind has had on the genre. The similarities in humor, sentiment, and all around fun associated with these films created a specific “feel” that made it clear you were watching a Harold Ramis movie.
His creativity and the feeling of happiness that comes from his work will surely be missed.
We held nothing back in expressing our excitement for Marvel’s next cinematic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. Sure to be a fan-favorite character included in the ragtag group of outer space cruising ruffians is Rocket Raccoon. Making the rounds however has been a story about the character’s co-creator Bill Mantlo and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his life. In 1992 Mantlo was was the victim of a hit-and-run driver resulting in a debilitating brain injury. With the buzz circulating around the release of the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, comic book creator Greg Pak, among many others, has taken the opportunity to rally comics fans and try to bring some additional aid to Mr. Mantlo.
From Pak’s site, where you can find a link to donate directly:
That ridiculously awesome raccoon with the machine gun who blew your mind in that “Guardians of the Galaxy” footage was created in 1976 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen. Tragically, as LifeHealthPro’s Bill Coffin documented in a tremendously moving article a few years ago, Mantlo was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 1992 and suffered traumatic brain injury.
If you love Rocket Raccoon — or Rom or the Hulk or the Micronauts or Cloak and Dagger or any of the incredible characters Bill Mantlo wrote during his prolific career — please consider clicking the button below to send your donation to Bill’s brother Mike for Bill’s ongoing care.
Additionally, Greg Pak is selling a nifty Rocket Raccoon t-shirt (adorned with the banner image up top), with all profits being donated to help with Mantlo’s continuing care.
Buy a shirt, donate directly, or at least spread the word. This summer we’re all probably going to be loving the hell out of the character he created, let’s thank him appropriately.