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  1. Entertainment

    Fox Orders Pilot of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, So Yeah, That’s Gonna Go Well

    I don't know about you guys, but I'm starting to think that stories about supernatural steampunk 19th century figureheads and literary characters are kind of overdone at this point. I mean, once you've made Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter, it's tough to get excited about Mina Harker. Fox clearly doesn't agree, however, because they're bringing Alan Quartermain and company back to live action with a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen television series pilot. Right, because that went gangbusters the first time it was attempted in 2003. I'm sure we all look back fondly on the original film with absolutely no ill feelings or criticism.

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  2. Weird

    5 Nemos Who Won’t Ruin Your Plans And Leave You Snowbound This Weekend

    Winter storm Nemo is bearing down on the Northeast today, with snow already starting to pile up in Boston and outlying areas, while those in the New York area hope just to get back home before the worst of the storm lands here tonight. As tens of millions of us are watching our weekend plans buried in increasing snow drifts though, we wanted to remind you that not all Nemos are bad news. Some of them are pretty excellent, in fact, and in the interest of fairness, we present five of our favorites here for your consideration. Enjoy your weekends and stay warm, everyone.

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  3. Entertainment

    Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 Is Not A Complete Travesty

    In an interview with Kurt Amacker of Seraphemera Books, Alan Moore said, "Unless it's as good as Watchmen or at least in the same ballpark, then it will end up as a complete travesty." It's not a complete travesty! Surprise!

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  4. Entertainment

    DC Officially Confirms Watchmen Prequels

    When you're dealing with a hallowed franchise like Watchmen, you have to watch your step around the rabid fanbase. Or maybe, you don't have to watch it at all, because no matter what you do, you're going to piss some of them off. In either case, DC Entertainment has just officially confirmed a set of Before Watchmen prequel comic books; guess who's pissed?

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  5. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 11/28

    Ars Techinca Will Give You Stuff To Donate To Childsplay (Ars Technica) Which Shipping Company Is Kindest to Your Stuff? (Popular Mechanics) Alan Moore Makes A Good Father Christmas (Bleeding Cool) Ilomilo Is Secretly On Xbox Live (GameInformer) Doctor Who is 47, Get Caught Up (Newsarama) 25 Awesome LGBTQ Comic Characters (The Chronicle) Cops Discover Set of Old Slasher Flick; Freak Out (The Pittsburgh Channel) (Ewoks on Ice pic via Look at this Frakking Geekster.)

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  6. Weird

    Dog Carcass In Alley This Morning, Tire Tread on Burst Stomach. Original First Page of Watchmen Up For Auction

    Got five figures to throw around on a piece of real comics history? Then you can go put in your bid at the Heritage Auction Galleries auction of the original pencil and inks of the first page of Watchmen, scripted by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons. The bidding currently stands at $6,500, but don't expect it to stay there for long. In the words of Heritage Auctions themselves:

    Watchmen pages do not come along often, in fact Heritage has never offered one before! We know of many people who have read Watchmen who have never read any other comic book, and given that mass appeal, we expect very strong demand for this lot.
    Just be careful when reading the rest of their description. It's got a serious spoiler in it. ಠ_ಠ

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  7. Entertainment

    Alan Moore Is Intimidating

    "I was just thinking about the day Jim Lee and Scott Dunbier took me and Bryan Hitch and a few other people out to dinner in London in order to explain to us that DC were buying Wildstorm. What they were really worried about was how Alan Moore was going to take it. I spoke to Alan a couple of days later. "I'm affecting a cane, these days," he said, "and when I got out of the taxi I took to meet them at the train station, they saw me emerging from a black car with what looked like a cudgel in my fist and went very pale.' I still wish I'd thought of that, as occasionally I have to walk with a cane and chose not to take it to London with me because the leg was behaving itself." Warren Ellis, and he's actually talking about the end of Wildstorm, from here he goes on to make some (more) interesting points, which you can read after the jump.

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  8. Entertainment

    Alan Moore to Alien Life: Get In Touch, But Don’t Bother After 2150

    Speaking of Alan Moore and alien baptisms, did you know that BBC Radio 6 does a weekly broadcast for aliens? I mean, we all know that we're constantly screaming all of our radio communication in all directions into space like someone talking loudly on their cellphone on a public bus, but BBC Radio 6 has a slew of different artists and personalities give them a short message and a song once weekly to be beamed into space by a radio telescope in the south of England, in the direction of relatively-likely spots of intelligent life. They call it the Wow! Signal, after this weird thing. This week was Alan Moore.

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  9. Entertainment

    Allow Us To Explain: Alan Moore’s Anti-DC Interview

    There's been a lot of hubbub this weekend over an interview published on Bleeding Cool, where Adi Tantimedh, a writer of comics and film, interviewed Alan Moore, a writer of a great many different things, over a subject that was bound to get Moore to say some inflammatory things: Watchmen, who has the rights to it, and his current relationship with DC Comics. It should come as no surprise that Moore said some pretty inflammatory things. The post interview commentator debate seems to be between two camps: those who believe that Moore is a paranoid weirdo, and those who believe that Moore is a justifiably paranoid weirdo. Allow us to explain.

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  10. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 9/11

    Finally, Rock Band Oriented Gaming Storage (Wired) Alan Moore: Paranoid, or Justifiably Paranoid? The Debate Rages (Bleeding Cool) A Cappella Inception Trailer (Urlesque) Ico For PS3 Rumors Continue Apace (Kotaku) LotRO Is Now Officially Free To Play (Joystiq) Nooooooooooooooo (ooooooooooooooo) Best Comic Book Modes of Transportation (Comics Alliance) (pic via Topless Robot.)

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  11. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 8/13


    Six ways to procrastinate more effectively online (Wired)

    Giruses: Really big viruses are significantly different from smaller ones (MicrobiologyBytes)

    Kid in Captain Mal costume (GWS)

    Alan Moore guests on Comedy Central podcast (Bleeding Cool)

    Kotaku reviews the first half hour of Fallout: New Vegas (Kotaku)

    And now: Seasons in Pokémon Black and White (1up)

    A detailed history of Akihabara (Danny Choo)

    Bonus video: Adult Swim's Scott Pilgrim animated short:

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  12. Entertainment

    The Alan Moore Interview You Have to Read

    Alan Moore no longer pays any heed to superheroes. In an interview with British music newspaper The Stool Pigeon recently, the creator of the watershed comic Watchmen spoke about the works which made him an international superstar in the comics industry. Despite his stature, Moore is a noted recluse and has insisted strongly on distancing himself from the numerous film adaptations of his work (From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Constantine, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen), which have all fallen short of the nuanced originals. The eccentric writer has now also distanced himself, apparently, from the comic book superhero, "[suspecting] that a lot of superheroes now are basically about the unfair fight." We've collected just a few of his particularly interesting quotes, including his thoughts on the Internet, the iconic Guy Fawkes mask showing up at protests, and real-life superheroes:

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  13. Entertainment

    Girls Like Comics That Are Good

    In any industry there is big money in cornering a new market for your product, and American comics are no exception. Kids, they've got a handle on. They are also pretty in tune with the adult male, after all, the American comics industry is run by adult males. But women and young girls... well. I mean that's some enigmatic shit right there. We're mysterious. Who knows what women like.

    Female comic creator Hope Larson did her own survey of about 200 female comic readers who started reading in their teens, and has reported her findings. The results are shocking. She summarized the answers to her third question, "what comics were your favorites as a teen/tween?" as follows.

    Superhero comics were the most popular category of comic, closely followed by manga. Goth/horror and webcomics were also popular.

    The most popular comic named was X-Men, followed by Sandman, Batman, Rumiko Takahashi’s work (Ranma ½, Inu Yasha, etc.), Spiderman, Sailor Moon, Alan Moore’s work, and comics by CLAMP.

    My god. Women like comics... that are good.

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  14. Entertainment

    The Best Spanish Alan Moore Impersonator Wearing a Blue Bowler Hat You Will See All Day

    There's a Spanish comedy show called "Muchachada Nui" that has a recurring sketch featuring parodies of celebrities called, well, "Celebrities." Recently, the celebrity they chose to lampoon was none other than Alan Moore, the shamanic, thoroughly bearded scribe behind Watchmen, From Hell, and V for Vendetta, among other works.

    Now, whereas an American parody of Alan Moore might use the obvious comedic device of making fun of his personal quirks -- say, his worship of a snake-deity, or his anarchistic philosophy -- the Spanish Alan Moore parody does 'em one better by spinning into all-out-surrealism: their Moore wears a blue bowler hat which he can move using telekinesis, at one point dons a Guy Fawkes mask, V for Vendetta style, and devours a copy of From Hell, for reasons unknown.

    Mostly, we're just excited to hear Alan Moore referred to as a "celebrity."

    Video after the jump:

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  15. Entertainment

    Memo to Mark Millar: Kick-Ass is Not Realism

    I was all ready to ignore Kick-Ass. To just let it slip past my radar and fade into obscurity like Lions Gate's Frank Miller's Will Eisner's The Spirit. I don't see the point of willfully subjecting myself to things that I know I will only find repugnant. But then The Independent's interview with Mark Millar flipped my nerdrage switch. And then, I watched the trailers, and now... here I am. Now I know what Kick-Ass is about, other than, you know, violence. Just as I suspected, it is not an original concept, but to my surprise it is an interesting one. The idea of the realistic superhero, with or without powers, has been tackled over and over again. Watchmen, The Authority, Top 10, Batman Begins, Hancock, the X-Men, Spiderman and more have all attempted, in some way, to bring the superhero down to earth. In a way, this makes me more angry. I'd much rather Millar take a dumb concept and make a bad movie, than watch him take an idea I am honestly intellectually and creatively interested in and make a hash of it. Anyway, here's the first bit that got me: Millar says "There's never been a superhero comic set in the real world."

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