Hawkeye was a valuable asset in Marvel's The Avengers with his keen eyesight, deadly accuracy, and multi-purpose arrows. But what would happen if he ran out of arrows? When Jeremy Renner hosted Saturday Night Live, they answered that question in a hilarious sketch that goes something...like this.

What did you think of the video?
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Marvel is king of the box office, but this infographic I created shows DC rules live-action television.

Above Image: Marvel Comics vs. DC Comics infographic

The comic book companies Marvel and DC comics have been producing live-action television shows based on their books for decades. DC manages to beat Marvel at every turn. Frankly, I thought the results would be a lot closer.

While shows based on Hulk, Jessica Jones, Mockingbird, Cloak and Dagger and The Punisher are in development, Marvel has to go a long way to catch up to DC's dominance of live-action television.

The graphic shows the number of episodes for each show based on Marvel and DC comic books. While the number of episodes a television show runs is not a complete measure of it's success, shows that work for a large number of people get renewed. Shows that are unpopular do not.


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"Bangers" font by Vernon Adams

What do you think of shows based on Marvel and DC comics? Which us your favorite? Are you surprised by the results?
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There are action figures for everything you can imagine. Of course, there are action figures for cartoon characters, but also characters from movies and TV shows, famous athletes, and even celebrities. Heck, even Saddam Hussein got an action figure. But there's one group who hasn't gotten their due. It's time to celebrate the real heroes: scientists. That was the goal of Russell Gawthorpe (Datazoid) on DeviantArt, and he created this poster of "heroes of science" action figures. Click below to enlarge:

Here's what the artist had to say:
These little guys took between 40 minutes and 2 hours each, totalling around 50 hours of work.

I like action figures. I have a small collection of them. I’ve noticed that you can buy Albert Einstein figures, Nikola Tesla bobble-heads and The Simpsons even brought out a Stephen Hawking figure based on his appearance in an episode. However, I thought it’d be really cool if there was an entire series of them, based on all of the people who’ve contributed to our understanding of the world and the universe it sits in.

The figures are all based on Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: DS9 figures (primarily Odo from DS9, and Picard as Dixon Hill from TNG), and have been heavily modified in Photoshop using Liquify and a great deal of digital painting. Unfortunately, the figures aren’t real. I wish they were.

I realise there are a *lot* of scientists that I’ve missed! I did make a few rules for who I’d include in this selection, which are:

the scientist must have been alive at some point in the 20th century. This is a practical consideration, as it really narrows the field down, and it eliminates a lot of the more outrageously-dressed characters, allowing me to work with mostly dudes in suits.
No scientists famous for major medical breakthroughs. Primarily because medical heroes is a category all of its own, and there are hundreds to choose from. I’ve included Alexander Fleming here, because he was primarily a chemist, and because his discovery of penicillin was not a discovery made in the course of trying to cure something.
What do you think of the action figures? Which ones would you like to own?

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I know, I know, this is hot on the heels of the "honest trailer," but we're not picking on The Dark Knight Rises. Honest. I thought it was a great movie, even though it had its flaws. But this video of "Everything Wrong With The Dark Knight Rises" by CinemaSins is too good to keep. This one tackles seventy-two of the biggest problems, from minor nitpicks to major plot holes. (Warning: Contains spoilers for the movie, as well as point out things that will change the way you see the movie...forever.)

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What did you think of the video? Can you think of any other things you noticed in The Dark Knight Rises?

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Welcome to "Geek Bits" where we share the geekiest bits of the Internet for you.

Above Image: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Spock (Zachary Quinto)

Who owns the rights to the Star Trek comic books? What would Captain America look like as a girl? Where are Kirk and his crew in Star Trek Into Darkness? When will Professor X lose his hair? How boring is Jack the Giant Slayer?

Find out all this and more in this week's "Geek Bits"
  1. Superman
  2. Star Wars
  3. Star Trek
  4. Jack the Giant Slayer 
  5. Batman
  6. X-Men
  7. Pacific Rim
  8. Cosplay of the Week
  9. Blog of the Week
  10. Odds and Ends
Homemade "Sweded" Man of Steel (2013) trailer. The special effects are pretty clever.

(Via Geek Tyrant)

Star Trek

Empire Magazine has some exclusive pictures and covers from Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and the following description of the film “With Earth under terrorist attack from Benedict Cumberbatch’s ex-Starfleet employee John Harrison, Kirk is this time forced into a rash decision that breaks a critical Starfleet command, puts his crew in danger & costs him his captain’s chair.  Now out of uniform and dressed down in space civvies of black leather jackets and boots, our three heroes have separated from the Enterprise and headed off on a mission to try and rectify his mistake…” (Via Bleeding Cool)

 Leonard Nimoy hosted Star Trek's movie premiere in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Draft Theater (Via Spacer Guy)

Star Wars

Does Disney now own the rights to the Dark Horse Star Wars comics?! No... (Via TheForce.net)

Snow At-At Sculpture (Via Geek Tyrant)

Jack the Giant Slayer

Synopsis: Jack the Giant Killer Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Just when you couldn't get the movie couldn't get any more boring, the studio releases 10 boring pictures from the production. Not only does the star Nicholas Hoult (Jack) look bored, but so does everyone else. Even the soldiers! I have a bad feeling about this...

Release Date: March 1, 2013

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Awesome chess set for $795 (Via Neatorama)

Unsurprisingly, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were both on the list of the most pirated movies of 2012. (Via /Film)

James McAvoy talked Total Film about Professor X losing his hair...
"[Screenwriter] Simon Kinberg and I had a chat about it and we came up with a whole bunch of idea about how, why and where he might go bald. It’s got to be linked to the plot though. In the comics, he lost his hair as soon as his powers awakened, and we clearly didn’t follow the source material. It can’t just be that he looks in the mirror at the end of the film and goes ‘Oh [frick], I’m losing my hair’. Although that could be quite funny with all this s**t going on… he goes ‘Arge, I’m really stressed…’" (Via /Film)

Pacific Rim
Sci-Fi Action Adventure. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Pacific Rim will be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX on July 12th 2013.

New promotional pic of Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi in a war room. Notice the map shows a lot of activity in the Pacific Ocean near Austrailia. (Via Emileeid)

Cosplay of the Week 
Allison Brie as Lady Captain America (Via ScreenRant)

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Odds & Ends

  • Rifftrax had a massive poll and listed the Top 25 worst movies ever! (Via Blastr)
25. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (7,278 votes)
24. The Wicker Man (7,614 votes)
23. Plan 9 From Outer Space (7,696 votes)
22. Battleship (7,942 votes)
21. Manos: The Hands of Fate (8,148 votes)
20. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (8,269 votes)
19. Eragon (8,272 votes)
18. The Happening (8,286 votes)
17. The Room (8,918 votes)
16. X-Men: The Last Stand (10,341 votes)
15. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (10,353 votes)
14. Troll 2 (10,384 votes)
13. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (10,795 votes)
12. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (11,076 votes)
11. High School Musical (12,878 votes)
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (13,792 votes)
9. Son of the Mask (14,680 votes)
8. Jack and Jill (15,720 votes)
7. Battlefield Earth (16,138 votes)
6. Super Mario Bros. (17,755 votes)
5. Last Airbender (18,086 votes)
4. Spider-Man 3 (19,152 votes)
3. Catwoman (22,544 votes)
2. Batman and Robin (27,929 votes)
1. The Twilight Saga (35,593 votes)

What do you think of this week's links?
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Lots of people have built a model of Doctor Who's trusty space-time transport, the TARDIS. Some have been really good. Some make sounds and light up. But this one by tech writer Greg Kumparak, I think, blows them all away. He built a really cool model of the TARDIS, added a light and sounds, and decided that wasn't enough. What he wanted was to open it up and see inside. And of course, we all know that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. That's why he created an augmented reality app that shows the inside of his model TARDIS through his smartphone in amazing 3-D rendering. And yes, it is bigger on the inside. Check it out (the augmented reality starts at the one-minute mark:

Greg gives a full description of the project on his blog. Now what's really amazing about this is that Kumparak says he started this project around Thanksgiving and finished it around Christmas. So in about a month, he created his own scale model of the TARDIS, taught himself the CGI rendering program Blender and the 3-D game engine Unity, and created this little gem. If this had been made by a team of programmers and engineers, I'd be impressed. If it took him months to create, I'd be impressed. To create it in a month from scratch makes me jealous. I couldn't make this if you gave me a year.

There are already calls for Kumparak to release the Android app onto the Google Play store, make a version for iPhones, and create a paper version that you can download so we can all share in the fun. And yes, I want one.

What do you think of the augmented reality TARDIS?

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Many lovers of science-fiction and computers call themselves "Geeks" or "Nerds," but which are you?

Above Image: Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Gilbert Lowell (Anthony Edwards) Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine)

A few days ago, my brother Nigel posted the infographic Geek vs. Nerd: Explained. In popular culture the words are used interchangeably. But it wasn't always that way.

Until recently, the word "Nerd" was used a lot, especially on the 70s show Happy Days and the movie Revenge of the Nerds (1984). Since the TV show Freaks and Geeks (1999), the term "Geek" is used more as a less insulting term.

One online dictionary describes "Nerd" this way:
"Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests that are age inappropriate rather than engaging in more social or popular activities. Therefore, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by peers, or will tend to associate with like-minded people."
The word "Geek" is probably a variant of Scottish "geck," or fool, from Middle Low German geck.

Collins English Dictionary describes Geek this way:
1. a person who is preoccupied with or very knowledgeable about computing
2. a boring and unattractive social misfit
3. a degenerate

Does it make a difference? Which are you? Vote using the poll below. Ask your friends to vote too. Let's find out how many Geeks vs. Nerds there are in the world.

Are you a "Geek," a "Nerd" or both?
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There's no better way to illustrate the ridiculous, illogical, and sexist poses of women in comics than to draw men the same way. That's the mission of a unique Tumblr called The Hawkeye Initiative. Its creator Gingerhaze describes its mission this way: "how to fix every Strong Female Character pose in superhero comics: replace the character with Hawkeye doing the same thing." Once again, numerous artists have risen to the challenge. Here are some of the best examples:

What do you think of the Hawkeye Initiative?

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This Star Wars Lego video tells the entire original saga in a hilarious 2 minutes. It's pretty impressive considering the original films are six and a half hours long.

Above Image: The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told (2010)

The short film is made completely using Lego Star Wars toys. Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon, Lego Darth Vader. There are even Lego Star Wars droids. This film has it all. But, without all those annoying plot points or conversations.

Maybe the new sequels can use Lego too?

What do you think of the Lego Star Wars movie?
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We call ourselves the Geek Twins, so the question obviously has come up, "What's a geek?" What's the difference between a geek and a nerd? What are geek movies and what are nerd movies? Where did the terms "geek" and "nerd" come from? This handy infographic answers all those questions and more.

Disclaimer: We are presenting this infographic for entertainment purposes only. We are not associated with, paid by, nor support mastersinit.com in any way.

Do you agree with the distinction between geeks and nerds? Are you a geek, nerd or neither?

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2012 is almost gone and I thought it would be fun to look back at my TV post 10 Fall Genre TV Shows You May Want To Watch In 2012 .

Above Image: Revolution (2012) Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos)  

How close I was to the final product just from the description and the trailer? How did I score?

1. Do No Harm (NBC) 
I Said:
"This one sounds like a cross between Dr. Jekyll and House. Pretty cool. If you've never seen the British show Jekyll by the way. Look for it."

Was I Right? Dunno
The premiere got pushed to January 31, 2013. You should still look for BBCs Jekyll by the way.

2. Revolution (NBC)
I Said:
"It looks like a tired retread of the post-apocalyptic world, but I thought the same thing about Falling Skies and it's heading for season two. When you add Jon Favreau and J.J. Abrams it sounds even better. On the other hand, Abram's last show Alcatraz died on the vine."

Was I Right? Yes

The show is even worse than I thought. You can read my brother Nigel's review here and final thoughts here. But, despite what we think, it's popular. Just looking at ratings, Revolution got 22 percent or 1.5 million persons in total viewers and rank #1 in it's time slot in every key demographic. So, I was right. Just like Falling Skies, which I thought was "good in spots, but nothing exciting" in it's first season and was renewed, Revolution inexplicably did well. It'll probably be back for season two.

3. Last Resort (ABC)
I Said

"It could be interesting and I like the actors. I'm confused about the premise though. It sounds like an undersea drama, but they live on an island?"

Was I Right? Yes
The actors, especially Andre Braugher as Capt. Marcus Chaplin is excellent. The writing is sharp and the characters are well-rounded. Unfortunately, the premise never got any less confusing. The show jumps from the island to the U.S. and never really found it's footing. It's going a full season, but will not be renewed. While the premiere got 9.1 million viewers it plummeted to 5.7 million viewers. Co-creator Shawn Ryan said, "Our ratings had been on the cusp, or really below the cusp, for a few weeks now. It didn't come as a huge shock." It doesn't shock me either.

4. The Following (FOX)
I Said
"A new show starring Kevin Bacon and a bunch of organized crazies? Count me in. I wonder if he's related to everyone?"

Was I Right? Dunno
Series premiere is January 21 

5. Insane or Inspired? (SyFy)
I Said
"I dunno. It looks like another Internet clip show. It could be fun, but why would I want to hear what Brooke Hogan thinks?"

Was I Right? Yes
I never watched it, but you can never have enough Internet clip shows. Like robot wives, they're cheap and effective.

6. Perception (TNT)
I Said 
"Didn't they already try the schizophrenic detective with Jeff Goldblum's Raines? The idea of hallucinations giving clues reminds me a bit of Awake which I loved."

Was I Right? Yes
Though Awake was canceled, this show's been renewed for a second season. "Perception has captured the imagination of TNT’s audience of armchair detectives with wonderfully intricate cases, emotionally charged situations and, of course, a terrific cast led by Eric McCormack," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM. "Daniel Pierce is a truly unique and fascinating addition to television’s pantheon of crime solvers. We look forward to seeing where Perception takes us next." The viewers agree. The show is in my DVR list and I'll probably get caught up with the show in the coming weeks.

So, how did I score? Looks like I was right for the 2012 season! When they announce the fall season for 2013, I'll make another set of predictions and score them. Hopefully, I'll get an A grade for next year too.

Overall, it was an OK year in television. Hopefully, next year will be better.

Did you watch any of the new shows on the list? What was your favorite new show for 2012?
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I've been a fan of old comic strip art since I was in high school. I studied copies of Dick Tracy and other strips, but my all-time favorite are by Alex Raymond.

Above Image: "Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1937-41" cover

Maybe you're only familiar with Flash Gordon from the campy 70s movie, with a Queen soundtrack and starring Play-Girl model Sam J. Jones. Or maybe you watched the horrendous 2007 Sci-Fi channel television series. If so, then you're in for a surprise.

For those not familiar, the comic strip follows the adventures of "Flash" Gordon, a handsome man who is both an expert polo player and Yale college graduate. When the Earth is bombarded by meteors, the mad Dr. Zarkov builds a rocket ship to follow their source into outer space. After Flash and Dale Arden's plane crashes near the launch site, he kidnaps them and the three travel to the planet Mongo. The meteors are weapons devised by the evil ruler Ming the Merciless.

The new book Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1937-41 is a great way to get introduced to the series or relive the characters.

Here's the description from Amazon: "Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this gorgeous collection of library editions feature all-new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations to come.

"Featuring strips from world-famous writer-artist Alex Raymond, restored in their original format, complete and uncut! This volume continues the seminal adventures of pulp hero Flash Gordon, an ordinary man trapped on an alien world, and his ongoing battles with the deadly and heartless Ming the Merciless.

"The Tyrant of Mongo offers readers a series of new, swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures, including:
The Fall of Ming
Ice Kingdom of Mongo
Beast Men of Mongo"

It's a hardcover book of 176 thick pages of beautiful artwork. The book has an introduction giving a brief history of Alex Raymond and the popularity of Flash Gordon from the 1930s to 1940 written by historian Doug Murray.

You'd think comic strips from the 1930s would be corny and hackneyed, but you'd be wrong. The stories are as gripping and exciting as they were decades ago.

I couldn't help wondering what it would be like to produce a movie from these strips. It would easily compete with Avatar with it's sweeping visuals and imaginative creatures. While director James Cameron had teams of designers helping him with his vision, Raymond had enough imagination to create whole worlds filled with amazing creatures. From the tall tree palaces of Arboria to the barren Mongo Desert, the book i a travelogue of science-fiction.

The sweeping stories are compelling. The digitally restored and remastered artwork is spectacular and Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1937-41 is a book worth owning.

Book provided by publisher Random House. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or it's contents. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

Do you like Flash Gordon? Have you read any of he strips or remember him from somewhere else?
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