On this week’s Geekly Roundup podcast, Mark, Lauren, and David discuss how science helped a woman become a mermaid, the changes to the DC Universe in the wake of Convergence, and Simon Pegg’s comments about the direction of sci-fi and fantasy and his later clarifications.
Nadya Vessey lost one leg at seven and another at sixteen, but kept swimming competitively throughout. An innocent question from a young boy at the beach led Vessey to answer that she was a mermaid, setting off a chain of ideas that finally led to some help from Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop; now, Nadya has an articulated, undulating tail that allows her to propel herself through the water, with some extensive detail thanks to Weta’s concept artists — and plans to use it in an upcoming triathlon.
In the wake of DC’s Convergence event, the status quo has changed heavily for Superman; now, with a restricted power set and no secret identity, Clark Kent has a personal journey on which to embark. In this interview, writer Greg Pak and artist Aaron Kuder talk about “Truth”, the upcoming cross-title story arc that establishes how deep the new status quo goes for Superman in the wake of the latest changes to the DC Universe.
Earlier this week, Simon Pegg was roundly criticized for discussing the “infantilization” of science fiction and fantasy. Here, in a well-written, thought-provoking blog post, Pegg clarifies his comments — touching heavily on the ways in which mainstream media has a habit of turning what it touches into a method of pacification, and re-solidifying and re-confirming his own science fiction and fantasy fandom.
One of the fun items to come out of the comedic charity Red Nose Day is this twelve-minute gem by Coldplay and the cast of Game of Thrones. Chris Martin is willing to avoid taking himself too seriously here, and the result is a hilarious romp that allows several of the actors to not just make in-jokes referencing the show, but to allow their personalities to shine — and the cast’s musical performances are absolutely worth the watch, no matter your opinions of Coldplay.
Celebrating their most loved characters, strong creators, diverse storylines, and DC fans, DC Comics has announced a new advertising campaign that highlights a number of characters via print inserts and digital media — the idea that there’s a story for everyone amongst their 25 ongoing titles and their 24 new post-Convergence series. While Marvel generally receives the credit for an increasingly diverse lineup, and deservedly so, we’re curious to see what sort of responses the new advertising campaign evokes.
Elsewhere on the Internet:
GM says you don’t own your car; you just license it (Boing Boing)
Crow reboot recasts its super villain as a woman (The Daily Dot)
World War Z sequel to be released in 2017 (Hollywood Reporter)
New illustrations for Frank Herbert’s Dune (Buzzfeed)
Rockstar Games sues the BBC over Grand Theft Auto docudrama (Spinoff/Comic Book Resources)
Lawrence Kasdan: Lando has a future in Star Wars (Vanity Fair)
Ryan Reynolds grants a set visit wish to young Deadpool fan (Comic Book Resources)
Grant Gustin thanks Flash fans in open letter (Comic Book Resources)
DC moves to stop Rihanna from trademarking “Robyn” (Robot6/Comic Book Resources)
Stan Lee to publish memoir as graphic novel (Los Angeles Times)
Greater than Games announces Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG (Tabletop Gaming News)
Once Upon a Time reveals cover for novel Red’s Untold Tale (Hollywood Reporter)
Simon Pegg’s goal: Make Star Trek 3 less Star Trek-y (Cinemablend)
House of Wolves DLC for Destiny launches…via Instagram (Bungie/Instagram)
It’s a lovely day for a go-kart race in parody Mario Kart: Fury Road (Kris Sundberg/YouTube)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Guide to Blowing Sh*t Up (Arnold Schwarzenegger/YouTube)
The Rock officiates biggest fan’s wedding after getting ordained (Huffington Post)
The Geekly Roundup is a weekly Ace of Geeks feature that brings together all the interesting things we’ve encountered across the Internet this week. The Geekly Roundup podcast this week features Mark Foo, Lauren Harrington, and David Losey.
Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by Ben, MalKontent, Mark, Mike, and Jonathan.