Avenger’s Arena: Marvel Pits Teenage Heroes in Battle Royale Style Fight to the Death (via Comic Book Resources)
In slightly belated but no less exciting news that we just stumbled on, Marvel has announced plans for a Battle Royale themed story-line that pits its teenage superheroes against one another in a battle to the death. Starring fan favorites X-23, the Runaways Nico and Chase, and members of the newly created Braddock Academy, Avenger’s Academy is scheduled for release in December. More details including an interview with creator Dennis Hopeless (great name!) can be found on the CBR website. Who will survive Murder World in this fanfiction wet dream?
The Walking Dead #103 Gets Walking Dead for Kids Variant Cover (via Daily Dead)
Conceived as an April Fool’s joke by artist Chris Giarrusso, this child’s version of The Walking Dead #1 cover will be a variant option available for purchase for issue #103. Word to the wise though, it’s signed and has a limited number of 1,000 so the purchase price will set you back $39.99 through Dynamic Forces. For more information, including a full image of the cover, check out the Daily Dead website. They’re a great source for all things Walking Dead and indie horror.
New and Notable Book Releases! (via FictFact)
1. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2) by Catherynne M. Valente, September travels to Fairyland-Below.
2. A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson, an adaptation of the fantasy/unicorn/time-traveling children’s classic.
3. The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam #1) by Jasper Fforde, this UK fantasy humor novel about dragons is finally released in the US. FINALLY!
4. The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde, Bookworld officer Thursday Next’s forced retirement is anything but restful.
5. This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (John Dies at the End #2) by David Wong, part bizarro part dark humor, all around weirdly good.
6. America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert, a satire/parody on America from the the host of “The Colbert Report”.
7. Son (The Giver #4) by Lois Lowry, nineteen years in the making and The Giver quartet has reached its conclusion as the narratives come crashing together.
Lois Lowry on The Giver Finale Son (via Entertainment Weekly)
At 75, Lois Lowry decided it was finally time to finish up The Giver quartet and tell her young reader’s the fate of escaped Receiver Jonas and baby Gabriel. She initially didn’t intend to ever write a sequel, but after droves of young readers wanted to know what happened in the ambiguous ending, Lowry gave them a conclusion. It just took 19 years. The full interview, including her feelings on current dystopic fiction and why her famous novel is perpetually banned can be found on the EW website.
Better Book Titles Celebrates Banned Books Week (via Better Book Titles)
It’s Banned Books Week and that means a time to celebrate books that have caused the ire of many a Southern Baptist and conservative parent who doesn’t want their children knowing about sex, drugs and/or rock n’ roll. Better Book Titles, known for its snarky take on novel titles has a week of special posts just for the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s holiday. See day one and day two and don’t forget to check out the Banned Books Week posts on our site too.
Neil Gaimain Tweets About His Hat: Internet Hell Breaks Loose (via The Mary Sue)
What happens when fantasy author Neil Gaiman makes an innocuous comment on Twitter about remembering his hat? Answer: time-travel jokes, Warren Ellis being Warren Ellis, and yet another Twitter account created for an inanimate object. The Mary Sue has the full Twitter stream with the gripping conclusion to “Will Neil Gaiman Remember His Hat?” SPOILER ALERT: he totally remembers his hat.
Junot Díaz Selected for MacArthur Genius Grant and a Butt-load of Money (via The Guardian)
The job market is rough, unless you’re a genius and were just chosen to get paid $500,000 over the next five years just for being a damn smarty pants. We’re talking of course about author Junot Díaz, who penned The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the more recent This is How You Lose Her. With half a million dollars to use as he pleases to explore his creative outlet, we expect many more amazing books to come. Like his sci-fi novel Monstro. Also bathtubs full of dollar bills.
Danny Strong AKA Jonathan from “Buffy” Set to Write The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Script (via We Got This Covered)
Andrew may have had his cameo as the much too old intern in Cabin in the Woods, and who knows what’s up with Warren, but Jonathan (Danny Strong) is living large after two Emmy wins AND a deal to write the double script for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts one and two. Which leads us to wonder: Will he ever stop being Jonathan? … NAH! 2014 and 2015 cannot get here soon enough, not that we necessarily think the last novel needs to be two movies. But we’ll take what we can get.
Moby Dick in Space… Space… Space… So That’s a Thing (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Space whales are nothing new. Fantasia 2000 had them, Star Trek IV based a movie on them, Kyle and Stan sent one to the moon, the Doctor helped rescue one and TV Tropes has an entire trope dedicated to them. Despite the fact that whales in space have been done before, some Hollywood-types are working on a movie called Mobius set in outer space and inspired by Herman Melville’s white whale. Because that sounds like a great idea! We’re holding out for an ironic, “Call me Ishmael” joke.
Weta Workshop Unveils The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Merchandise (via Weta Workshop)
Shut up and take our money! While me might already own a few rings of power, various replica weapons, Fellowship cloaks and leaves of Lothlórien, a gal can never own too much Middle-earth merchandise. Especially when it’s being made by the replica masters of Weta. For the first movie they are offering the usual weapons, maps, figures and prints and ::drums from the deep:: the One Ring without Elvish runes. So basically just a ring. But we peed ourselves anyway. All Weta’s new offerings are available through their website. This almost makes up for the random inclusion of Galadriel.
Avengers Tea Party Birthday Cake (via Nerdache Cakes)
Fondant extraordinaire, nerdy girl and best aunt in the world Ant made her three year old niece this Avenger’s tea party cake for her birthday out of vanilla bean cake with a fresh strawberry buttercream and dark chocolate ganache. We have never been more jealous of a toddler in our life. From the bonnets to Wolverine’s pearls and Spider-man trying to crash the party, the fun is in the details. Check out Ant’s Tumblr for even more detailed shots of this scrumptious geekery.