Showing posts with label comic books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comic books. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Panel Discussion - Scans from Batman and Robin, Daredevil, Hellboy, and More!

These are a bit late, but there were a ton of books this past week, so we couldn't just let it go. Firstly, the aptly named...

Took Long Enough - Batman and Robin #6
AHR and I have often discussed the rich vein of misery-ore that is Jason Todd; and yet he has gone untapped since his unceremonious resurrection during a crossover event (Superboy punched a wall... yep.) Leave it to good ol' Grant to breathe life into a character that virtually everybody hates. Here we get a taste of the unique pathos that could only belong to a character who was universally hated, voted to die, pointlessly resurrected only to be universally hated again, starred in terrible crossover event comics, and constantly struggled for the approval of a psychotic who is now dead. Much like Dini did for Hush, I now care about Jason Todd.

Added bonus of Grant's Jason Todd? An unironic awareness of the absurdity of the DC Universe-I love it when characters call the DCU on its super hero death BS. Much like Ralph Dibny in 52, Jason seems to be uniquely aware of the fact that people die and are reborn willy nilly in this world. Why is it only the crazy ones seem to notice?

No Comment - Green Lantern Corps #42

Yikes. Is it just me, or do these two seem to be having too much fun defiling the zombie corpse of Kyle's ex? Makes you wonder what kinda green constructs they "play with" in their down time. Feels more like a disturbing scene from Dexter-if Dexter was set in space and featured red-skinned hotties and zombies... and if Dexter was a pervert.

Best Return to Form - Daredevil #502
It's great to see Kingpin revisiting his Frank Miller glory days-back to his ol' needlessly-murdering self. Super classy touch using the shadow to depict the action, with the contorted hand in the foreground. On an unrelated note: Never make fun of Kingpin's juice.

He's Behind You! - Batman and Robin #6
Usually, there might be a bit of dramatic irony-the character unaware of his/her surroundings while we, the readers, can clearly see the danger looming. That's not how Batman and Robin roll. First you have newRobin being a dick, like the dickish homicidal 10-yr old he is. Then you have him actually announce "He's behind you", all non-chalant like. Then BAM. Classic.
And a less clear cut example from earlier in the same book... but looming danger indeed! Look out Batman! There's a psychotic hanger-on arming himself with heavy artillery behind you! Whew, he caught it. Don't want newRobin doing this again.

Meh... No biggie - Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #8
Wow, waita take a heavy situation lightly. Not only do they casually mention it, but visually, they're tiny within the already small panels. Great way to completely downplay the crazy shit that just happend. Just so you know, that's excalibur, the sword in the stone, that he's lackadaisically swinging around.

Cute Overload - B.P.R.D.: 1947 #5
Lastly, another bit of Hellboy. For a hellish demon spawn, Hellboy makes a pretty damn cute kid. I was torn about which panel to choose-there were about 6 or 7 adorable panels... and putting them all together tells a cute little mini story about Hellboy wanting to play catch (awww). For the rest of the adorableness, pick up the issue (also other stuff happens).

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The 10 Least Practical Superpowers

Who among us hasn't, at some point in their life, tried to bargain for super powers with whatever higher power they prefer. God, god, Allah, Vishnu, Xenu, Rama Kushna, a young George Lucas; you name it, some geek has prayed to it. Come on, don't act like I'm the crazy one here. And in the course of said bargaining, we've all come to the point where we say, "I don't need to be Superman-just give me ONE power!" Well, this post is dedicated to whichever lucky nerd out there gets his or her prayers answered... You don't want to be caught unawares and end up with some stinker of a power all because you were caught in the sway of its superficial coolness.

To that end, this list is, BY NO MEANS, a list of "lame" super powers. In fact, these might be some of the coolest superpowers out there. BUT, I'm judging these powers' practicality based on one's ability to immediately go out there and start "making a difference." How useful would any of these powers be when fighting actual crime, or helping actual people? Because, were any self-respecting geek lucky enough to be granted a super power, he or she is gonna run straight home, drape a bath towel over his or her shoulders, and dive straight into action! Would we have any other choice? Years of black and white comic book morality have left us emotionally crippled-I don't think we'd even be able to think of any other use for a super power. Anyway, read on to be sure you're any actual use to human kind once you've been chosen to defend it.

10: Flight

Though probably the most practical in a real world setting-who wouldn't jump at the chance to fly like the eagle and be forever exempt from layovers in Denver-flight, however, is not a great solo power in the world of costumed crime fighting. It would make for easy getaways, and I guess you could scout ahead; but what would you actually do to fight crime? Drop rocks? Hock a loogie? And you'd probably be as easy to hit as a low level duck in Duck Hunt [insert sound effect of that evil 8-bit dog laughter]. And imagine being in a super hero team fighting some sort of sinister alien menace or cybernetic demon... all your buddies will be in the fray while you flutter around and watch helplessly, hoping that you don't get swatted by a stray piece of urban demolition. There's a reason this power is always a compliment, and rarely the sole power... just look at the lamest character on Heroes (and that's saying something), Nathan Petrelli.

*UPDATE* To address the dissenters who argue that this power would be useful in a fight, I ask this: who says you can suddenly pick up people willy nilly just cause you can fly? You don't have super strength; so unless you are currently strong enough to lift a 200 lb. mugger with ease, I don't know why you think you could do it while hovering a few feet off the ground. Yes, you could probably save children and particularly light damsels in distress... otherwise, good luck trying to lift that flailing-with-a-knife lunatic outside the 7-11.

9: Invisibility
The second half of the classic philosophical dilemma: invisibility or flight? (obviously flight) Invisibility is another one of those powers that has a plethora of real world applications (almost all sinister) but isn't much good in the crime fighting department. Sure, you could spy on potential wrong-doers, but you couldn't do a lot more unless you back it up with some crazy karate skills or something. Upon closer speculation, it gets even grimmer. Best case scenario-you can turn your clothes invisible and you're stuck holding your breath and tiptoeing around killers and creeps.... worse case scenario, you're stuck covering your junk, and hoping no one bumps into your translucent, naked ass. Also, you're pretty limited to warmer climes.

8: Talking to Sea Animals
(or any animals really)

I feel bad about this one. Aquaman already catches enough crap from people who don't respect the King of the Sea... but really, talking to sea animals isn't gonna do you much good. The comics have us believe that there is an abundance of giant squid and blue whales; but really you'd be spending most of your time chatting with tuna and scad. And unless you're battling Somali pirates, the vast majority of crime takes place on land. And even if you could chat with land animals, in actuality you'd be mostly talking to the bottom of the food chain. Its not like there are bears and lions casually patrolling the streets waiting for your commands. Hope you know how to work with squirrels and pigeons, buddy.

7: Uncontrollable Monster Form

This one's kind of a "no duh" case; but it's still a common enough power that needs to be addressed. Sure, as a rampaging beast of a man, you could probably stop a whole lotta crime. You could also accidentally level a city street, squash a few misunderstanding cops, and kill your loved ones with an overzealous hug. If you were able to maintain your own consciousness, then obviously this one would be a winner. But if you give up control to the reptilian parts of your brain, then your alter ego is bound to be more of a villain than a hero. Also, the replacement wardrobe costs would bankrupt you.

6: Super Senses

Unless they're backed up by Daredevil's radar sense, super senses make you little more than a super stalker. You can listen to people have sex a mile away and try to check out some girl's butt (of course all you'll see are bones), but you really can't do much to fight crime. I suppose you could be some sort of Super Snitch, just listening to people plan crimes; but you'll probably spend most of your life sucking down aspirin for all the super migraines.

5: Any sort of Power Blasts
(laser eyes, laser fists, etc)

We have now exited the useless-in-the-field portion of the list, and entered the walking-death-factory stretch of the list.
Power blasts are cool, and really useful when fighting robots and other invulnerable super beings; BUT not so great when fighting your standard crime. We all know that a stray blast from Cyclops' eyes can demolish a steel and concrete wall. Well, imagine that same blast making contact with the fragile, waterballoon-stuffed-with-organs that is your typical bank robber: Boom! People confetti. So unless you're looking to haphazardly explode people like so many cut scenes from District 9, Power Blasts won't get you much further than a jail cell (specially designed to hold you of course).

4: Sonic Scream

Another power that is great on 3-color-printed paper, but not so much in practice is the popular Sonic Scream-which has been relegated almost solely to female characters for some offensive reason I'm sure. However, it's hard to imagine any situation where this power doesn't just burst everyones' ear drums within a 5 block radius. Unless you plan on handing out ear plugs to all potential victims before any crime occurs, you're going to spend most of your costumed career being scorned for deafening an entire populace for a few purse snatchers and a car jacker.

3: Pyrokinesis/Self-Combustion
(e.g. The Human Torch)

Fire's totally awesome! And the thought of being enveloped in living flame while being unscathed is equally awesome. Plus, you can fly! Bonus awesome! Too bad you'll be responsible for the burn ward overflow at all the area hospitals. You probably couldn't even get close to anyone, victim or aggressor, without melting flesh from bones. Extra minus: do you know any super smart, stretchy guys who can manufacture your clothing from unstable molecules? No? Well, then you'll have to find someplace warm and private every time you "flame off," cause you'll be spending alot of time naked... and alot of money replacing charred jeans.

2: Adamantium Claws

This might be one of the most popular of all time... naturally thanks to one of the arguably baddest assest superheroes of all time. But let's be honest, the claws aren't what makes the mutant; it's his healing factor. That's why Wolverine is the workhorse of the X-Men, the claws are just the garnish. Also, when not coupled with a healing factor, they can be more trouble than they're worth (as this video clearly demonstrates). Even if we can ignore the massive amounts of personal blood loss, you basically just have 6 deadly knives attached to your hands. You can go out, right now, and try to fight crime with a knife in both hands, and you're practically there... and there wouldn't be too good. You're either eviscerating muggers and landing in jail, or you're just gonna get shot. Either way, the style points don't make up for the all the blood loss and severed digits.

1: Trust Fund and Anger Issues

This last one isn't so much a power, as it is a successful formula for superhero makings. It works great in the comics! Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Oliver Queen, Ted Kord, Danny Rand, whatever Moon Knight's name is (I won't even bother looking it up)... all turned out great thanks to their money and various emotional problems! Why is this not a practical "power"? Because it actually exists! And we don't have a single super hero! You're telling me, out of all the thousands of spoiled rich kids with rage issues, not a one of them bothered to dedicate their life and wealth to fighting crime? This isn't a formula for nigh-invincible, robot armor; so much as it is a recipe for date rape. Wealth and emotional problems are wasted on the rich and emotionally disturbed.

So that's my list of impractical super powers. I look forward to any arguments you may pose... as I'm sure you're all straining your brains to think of practical crime-fighting applications for these stinkers. Either way, when you do get that one wish from a genie, make sure you think long and hard about the power you choose. May I suggest super speed or a green lantern ring?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hitler weighs in on the Watchmocalypse

If you thought Watchmocalypse madness hadn't set in yet, well you obviously haven't seen this youtube clip. Even history's greatest history's-greatest-monster has an opinion... and its not far from what you and I were thinking. Who'da thunk that I'd agree with Hitler on something besides stylish facial hair.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Great News for Continuity Buffs: Sam Jackson in for 9 Marvel Movies!

There was some concern a few weeks back when Samuel L. Jackson denied rumors that he was slated to play Nick Fury in upcoming Marvel movies... well, Marvel must have offered him a purple lightsaber, because now Hollywood Reporter is hollywood reporting (yes, I've used that joke before, but I like it) that he just signed a 9 picture deal with Marvel Studios. So you can now look forward to seeing him in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Ant Man, The Stupendous Hulk, Spiderman 7, Power Pack, Doc Doom's Big Adventure, and My Dinner with Andre the Mutant... ok, most of those were fake-but seriously, 9 movies is a shit ton of movies! Do they even have 9 movies worth of material?

Anyway, this just furthers my argument that Marvel Studios is doing everything right with their franchises. Smart move on their part-I don't remember hearing any audience cheer more then when Sam Jackson stepped out of the shadows at the end of Iron Man.

More Watchmen Viral Marketing

Maybe not quite as cool (or convincing) as their previous viral videos, but you have to give them credit for being thorough. It's certainly getting me excited for the movie (though that's a risk, I'm sure). I particularly love the Watchmen universe take on the classic Mtv intro and the fact that Veidt is so full of himself, that he has his own network rank him as cooler than Dr. Manhattan. Those're some brass Egyptian balls. You check out more of this stuff (including a silly 80's arcade game of The Minutemen at The New Frontiersman.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Geekanerd Spotter: Ant-Man Scrabble

Geekanerd acolyte, Nick, sent us this screen grab from a game of scrabble this morning. Too bad proper nouns don't work in scrabble... but if it was me, I'd totally accept Hank Pym; the guy invented Pym Particles! Its the least we could do! On the bright side, this image has prompted us at Geekanerd to start our own game of Nerd-Words-Only scrabble... have to use the word in a geeky sentence for it count. Nick also wanted me to mention that he spelled "nymph" on his next turn... I hope he put it on that triple word score tile; cause that's how all the super scientists play.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Farewell to James Jean: One of Comics' Greatest Cover Artists

The cover of today's Fables #81 doesn't bode too well for our favorite blue trumpeter. But even sadder is the fact that this will be James Jean's last cover. James Jean has been creating amazing covers for Fables since issue #1 in 2002; a few months ago he announced that issue #81 would be his last. Virtually every month of the last 8 years, his covers for Fables were easily the most beautiful, most poignant, and at times, the most sexy. He has said on his blog that he is leaving his illustration career in order to devote himself full time to his painting and personal work. The art world's gain is comicdom's loss.

In order to honor his time spent as my favorite cover artist (a huge honor, I'm sure he knows) I've collected my favorite covers here for you to enjoy. Luckily, I had the benefit of the beautiful bound collection of his covers Vertigo recently released... however after going through the book, I had marked nearly every other page. I had some tough decisions to make. If you have favorites that I missed, let me know. Also, if you haven't read Fables, but are planning too, read with caution-I'll be sure not to reveal too much in the text, but some of the covers might give things away... but really, I think we're past the statute of limitations here... these covers are from the past 8 years. I mean, come on now, we all know Snape killed Dumbledore.

Here's the cover that started it all: Fables #1. Unfortunately, it was at this point in my comic book life that I was wandering into my hometown store about 3 times a year and picking up a giant stack of books from my box... I completely missed the first few months of Fables. Thankfully, the guy who owned the store was diligent in his duties, and forced me to read the book. For that I am eternally grateful.

On of Jean's strongest talents has to be composition. He approaches comic book covers unlike most anyone else-and takes bold risks for funnybooks. The results are some of the most compelling mini-scenes you'll find on the shelves.
These 2 are great examples of Jean's skillful splitting of the image. The cover on the left is one of my favorites.

I love these two. Both feature a menacing beast, barely fitting the canvas, peering down at a tiny figure in the corner. Plus, both feature a really cool compositional element: the lower third occupied by the tiny figure is made up of a rigid geometrical pattern-all straight lines and sharp corners. But that gives way to the chaotic forces above and devolves into swirls of fur, leaves, and smoke. Also, check out that genie's arms-plastic man action!

This pair I missed when I originally bought them-it's hard to notice something this subtle with a month in between issues; thankfully I had the cover collection! I didn't even notice these beautiful complimentary covers until last night. I love the contrast between the real world Baghdad and the homeworld's Baghdad

This cover's just one of my favorite covers. Period. Hell, one of my favorite images perhaps. There's just something so bizarrely peaceful about this menacing monster marching toward the (once again) small figure in the lower third. It's equal parts terrifying and serene. Very cinematic-I can picture the quiet tension as the knight stands against the roaring waterfall-just barely able to hear the monstrous footsteps drifting toward him. On top of all that, I love the color palette-the dull blues, greens and greys with just the shock of red on his helmet. Also, creepy face rocks. What's not to love?

Jean also lovingly renders Willingham's characters-giving them an intense amount of emotion. You can feel their years of existence weighing heavily on their shoulders.

Father and Son. Pinocchio was always rendered in the books as a butch little guy-strong jawed and looking like a little man. But I loved the different approach that Jean always took: he's just a little boy-he may be hundreds or thousands of years old... but he's still just a little boy. And there's something particularly tragic about this image of him packing his toy soldiers. Then there's his pop; Jean does an amazing job of making this sweet little old man seem as menacing and dangerous as the monster walking through the waterfall. His hunched back and swooping white hair betray his age-but notice the glower and the particularly threatening way he's holding his tools. Not to mention the fact that he's cast in shadow-while his creation in the background is lit and ominous. This guy means trouble.

Here are two polar opposites: the lovably humble flycatcher tending to his duties... and the sinister Hansel tending to his duties. Note that if you look closely, both have a contented smile on their face (though Hansel's is considerably more wicked and disconcerting).

Lastly, these two are two of my favorite character covers. Snow White on the left is amazing... In the story, she's somewhat at wit's end and finds herself in dire straits... you can clearly get that from her face here. She looks so worn out and unhappy about what she has to do. A big change for a woman who's always in total control-and Jean makes you feel it. On the right is just an amazing portrait of Frau Totenkinder-she looks so kindly, sweet and hobbled... but the vast open space around her and the creepy critters gathered at her feet really imbue a bizarre sense of power on this seemingly dotty old gal. Very fitting considering she's one of the most powerful Fables in the series.

Lastly, as I mentioned earlier, I want to appreciate Jean's ability to create some of the most genuinely sexy covers in comics. In an industry littered with ridiculously proportioned women, physically-impossible revealing outfits, and mind-numbing cleavage-its refreshing (and almost startling) to see a cover that is extremely sexy without the sense that you're losing IQ points... this is a thinking man's sexy. Who'da thought that Cinderella would end up being the sexiest comic book character and not an Emma Frost or a Witchblade.

The cover on the left is sexy for obvious reasons... yes yes, it's a girl in her underwear... but there's more to it than that. The implied youthfulness (the pony tails, the pink teddy bear'd underwear... get it? she's goldilocks!) is completely offset by the disturbingly large battle axe that she so effortlessly rests on her shoulders. The subtle power implied by that battle axe is what makes this image shockingly attractive. And the image on the right is hardly even racy... but her beautifully relaxed position (notice the composition divided in two again) and the creepy old guy taking off his coat with that awful, leering smile. Naughty.

Here are two great examples of Cinderella covers. In my opinion, the image on the right is one of the sexiest covers of all time... and she's wearing a parka! There's barely any skin showing at all! All comic artists planning on designing their next sexy super heroine should look at this as an example-a tight strip of fabric does not a sexy costume make.

Anyway, these are just my favorite covers-but every issue is beautiful in its own way... like a snowflake! Pick up the collection and appreciate comics' loss. Check out James Jean's website for more of his "real world" art. And we here at Geekanerd wish him all the luck in his future endeavors and send our (my) heartfelt thanks for the most beautiful covers of the last 8 years.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Screens From Lego Batman Are Gahdorable

AHR was never sold on the Lego Star Wars concept, but I always had a soft spot for them in spite of some fairly dull gameplay. The characters were just too cute to resist, with their little Lego language mumblings, limbs breaking off and being reattached... Anyway, other people seemed to like the style too so now we have Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman on the way. These are the first substantial screens from the LG B'man, and Lego Catwoman is so cute I want to own her and hang her from my ceiling by a string. Not around her neck. Hit the jump for her and more Lego Gotham City rogues. Via Kotaku.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Movie Review: Persepolis

The new Persepolis movie (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s adaptation of Satrapi’s popular comic book) begins with a grown Marjane staring at the departures board in a French airport. She’s looking at a listing for a flight to Tehran. It’s a color scene in a black-and-white cartoon, but you don’t feel like it’s because Marjane is finally alive on the inside or in Oz or anything like that. Marjane looks dismal. She goes through the motions of boarding the flight, but stops short of doing so.

It’s made difficult for certain peoples to see themselves in the representations of other certain peoples. Satrapi’s simple, colorless drawings present an opportunity for overcoming this disability.

The story is told through several long flashbacks, the first of which has Marjane, in late 70s Iran, as a cute, round-faced and extremely self-assured child intoxicated by the glamour of political turmoil. Her parents (Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian) are progressives who worry about their friends and family members being held as political prisoners.

Dealing with an audience who will know at least a little about what will happen, Satrapi and Paronnaud still manage to make the family’s hopeful anticipation of a post-Shah Iran feel immediate and gripping. When the Islamic revolution changes their way of life, the adults in Marjane’s life, vignetted in charcoal, rationalize the situation directly to the camera– half the country is illiterate, religion and nationalism are the only ways the people can come together, things will improve. But Persepolis depicts life in Iran as increasingly repressive and rife with public dishonesty. The movie is very funny, and much of the humor comes at the expense of the most iconic results of the Islamic revolution. Iran sent Cannes a peeved note for showing the film this year, and had it pulled out of Thailand recently.

The social model for women in post-revolution society intrudes on Marjane’s coming-of-age, which is a whole big piece of this story, and the filmmakers are funny and unflinching in telling it. The black head covering and chador – new and bothersome to Marjane’s cosmopolitan family – are used to great effect in scenes at school (a crowd of teenage girls, their differences wiped away), on the street (two old harpies shift and bend around Marjane, offended by her homemade Punk is Ded jacket and Michael Jackson button (“western decadence!” ))

As Marjane grows up, she becomes incompatible with her country. Her grandma (Danielle Darrieux) bolsters her fierce independence, and acts as an external conscience. That sounds maudlin and predictable, but this grandmother isn’t your sweet and dim movie stereotype. When Marjane has a man arrested to distract Revolutionary Guard officers from noticing that she is wearing makeup, her grandma berates her like nobody’s business. And Grandma makes references to the “small dicks!” of various men, a determined and strident reversal of objectification. And when Marjane pretends to be French at a school party in Vienna, Grandma appears as a shadow stalking her home.

The film is beautiful to look at. It employs some familiar old-school cinematic tools – magic-lantern-type animations, silhouetted and expressionistic renderings of ruination and fear that reminded me, in flashes, of a wide range of black-and-white directors, like Murnau and de Sica. Olivier Bernet’s score is wonderful (and it doesn’t feel fake “Middle Eastern” like you’d hear in a Hollywood movie), and it’s super important in Persepolis, which tends toward an almost episodic structure, at times ending sequences with an iris out to black.

Persepolis doesn’t neglect to tell the story of Western tampering with Iranian affairs, and it doesn’t gloss over European xenophobia. Marjane seems like a misfit everywhere on Earth, and she directs her anger outward, at the Khomeinians who have her people in a headlock, at a cheating boyfriend, at bourgeois Europeans. Only during a trippy, drawn-out sequence in which she takes anti-depressants (she ends up in the clouds with god and who I assume is Marx), do we get the sense that she ever struggles with her reaction to her situation. She has not a moment of self-doubt.

Each main character rejects the Islamic revolution totally and completely, which left me wondering about those who would have their private resistance eaten away by time. I was curious about what is was like for Marjane’s parents to optimistically consider something like the Islamic revolution as a brief downtick in the national soul, only to see its grip on your culture tighten. In one of the movie’s last moments, Marjane is in an Iranian airport with her family. Her parents’ black and white oval faces take on the familiar expressions your parents usually have when you’re about to board a plane without them, but she’s never coming back.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pictures: 2007 New York Anime Festival

The first annual New York Anime Festival took place in Manhattan this past weekend, and Geekanerd was on the scene. While our allegiances lie more on the Western side of comics and cartoons, I dare say you'd be hard pressed to find a serious geek who hasn't at least dabbled in anime's seductive fandom. And speaking of seductive, how about this Wolverine sketch, hmm? While you can find fanart like this by the pound on DeviantArt, this particular sketch is actual concept art by Anzu for the upcoming Del Ray/Marvel manga series starring the X-Men. They're obviously going for the highly-profitable teen girl market, although I don't know that anyone wants their Wolverine looking that pretty.

Crazy cosplayers and more after the jump...

So many kids were dressed as Naruto it hardly seemed worth documenting, and we quickly learned other Naruto-related characters could be spotted by their belt buckle head band thingies. At least 45 percent of the people at the festival had to bewearing them, and if they weren't they were wearing a hat with animal ears.

Many impromptu fights could be witnessed in the halls of the Javits Center, but thankfully no one was killed.
Most of the cosplay was obviously anime stuff, but video games were getting some love, too, as evidenced by this shockingly accurate Travis Touchdown (an otaku assassin from the unreleased No More Heroes) and a full on Smash Bros. Brawl:Also, those damn Star Wars nuts show up everywhere, but this one made a strong effort to be relevant to the Japanamaniacs:

Those expecting to fill their backpacks with free manga and swag were sorely disappointed, as almost all of the booths were occupied by sellers with nothing particularly exciting to promote, and hardly a freebie to be seen. In the last hour of the last day, however, the Central Park Media booth abruptly started throwing their books and DVDs at passerby, quickly attracting a massive, uncontrollable crowd that was probably still there by the time the Javits Center people turned the lights off. I managed to snag one book, and here it is:This is one them there sci-fi romantic comedy mangas, with a plotline that concerns a schoolgirl who is also an alien, and her light-hearted junior high adventures. My favorite story mostly involved the main characters chasing after a mouse.
I also enjoyed this disclaimer that came at the end of the book.
Way to stop those continuity hounds in their tracks!

Some shots from the the title sequence of the upcoming Domo stop-motion series, to be broadcast on Nicktoons Network....
A gang of Citibank vultures camped out in the middle of the sellers floor, presumably to prey on any desperate otaku who needed a quick credit card to buy another giant sword.