Her Universe and CBS to Launch ‘Star Trek’ Fashion Line for Women on July 11th!


Hey ladies!

Her Universe is at it again. The company, famous for creating clothing and accessories for female sci-fi and fantasy fans, announced last week its license with CBS Consumer Products to create Star Trek-themed apparel for women.

The items will debut July 11th at San Diego Comic-Con during the convention and on the Her Universe website. Days ago, the company announced it was also premiering a Doctor Who-themed line for women at the same time. This means that Her Universe will have something for fans of both franchises.

The Star Trek line will feature tops and hoodies adorned with images, characters and phrases from the Star Trek franchise. CBS Consumer Products created a special Star Trek logo that’s only going to appear on Her Universe merchandise.

At this point, Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein’s close to cementing her place in nerd culture history, if she hasn’t already. Not only is she the creator of clothing and memorabilia for fans of multiple genre properties, but she’s also an actress in a popular genre program–Eckstein’s the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (And, naturally, her company’s been selling Star Wars-themed apparel for a while now.)

Star Trek has been one of the most requested Sci-Fi franchises from our fangirls,” said Eckstein via press release. “It is truly a dream come true for me to design for this iconic brand. We plan to boldly go where no one has gone before with the first ever Star Trek apparel line just for women.”

Folks will be able to buy the items at Comic-Con later this month and also in the United States and Canada at store.startrek.com, the aforementioned Her Universe website, and retail stores like Hot Topic.

Check out photos of Eckstein modeling the gear below!



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Holy Bat Surprise! Could ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Match ‘Avengers’ in Ticket Sales?



There’s a good possibility it won’t, but on Thursday, The Los Angeles Times reported that “tracking” (surveys of audience interest) for The Dark Knight Rises right now is slightly behind what the tracking was for The Avengers.

The Avengers made $204.7 million in its first weekend, so the Times and other media outlets are wondering if The Dark Knight has a shot at making that kind of money if the audience enthusiasm is similar.

The Dark Knight opens the week of July 20, so it’s too early to know how well it will do at the box office, but its chances of being a ginormous success are pretty good. According to Box Office Mojo, it won’t face major competition when it’s released next month, and the following week of July 27 sees Step Up Revolution and The Watch hitting theaters, both of which will have a tough time challenging The Dark Knight’s supremacy in ticket sales. (Although it’s possible that gyrating hot young people and the comedic talents of Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn may pull an upset.)

High audience tracking numbers aren’t exact indicators of how well something’s going to sell, but they get people thinking (and writing) about what the future holds. The struggle between some of Marvel and DC’s A-list characters has yet to play out. How well will Batman, Bane, Catwoman, and Commissioner Gordon fare against the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America? No one will know until the dust settles in the fall after all the ticket sales have been counted.


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Her Universe and BBC To Launch ‘Doctor Who’ Fashion Line on July 11th!



Her Universe, a company specializing in female sci-fi and fantasy genre merchandise, announced this week the acquisition of a license with BBC Worldwide to create Doctor Who apparel for the show’s female fans.

The Doctor Who goodies will debut on July 11, and items will be on-sale at San Diego Comic-Con during the convention’s run that same week. Her Universe will sell the apparel and merchandise at other conventions throughout 2012. The apparel and accessories will also be sold in the United States and Canada at www.heruniverseshop.com; www.bbcamericashop.com; and retail chains, including Hot Topic.

And this could be quite the financially savvy move for the Her Universe brand, since Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi television series ever and will likely go on for who knows how much longer. That means the company could be selling clothing, jewelry, and other themed products for a very long time.

It’s definitely a pop culture coup for Ashley Eckstein, Her Universe founder and the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She designed and created her company’s merchandise for throngs of customers.

“Her Universe is a line for the fans,” said Eckstein. “Many of our design choices and decisions are influenced by our fans and Doctor Who was the #1 requested license by fangirls for us to pursue next. It was truly a dream come true when BBC Worldwide asked us to do their female merchandise and I am beyond excited to share this extraordinary announcement with our girls today! In the words of the Doctor, I feel like screaming Geronimo!”

Check out more pics of Eckstein modeling her clothes below!

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Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube Channel To Premiere at San Diego Comic-Con


Hey nerds!

Gearing up for San Diego Comic-Con next month? If you are, here’s one more thing for you to look forward to.

Comic book icon Stan Lee will announce his new YouTube channel, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, during a panel on Thursday, July 12, the convention’s first day. The programs will comprise scripted and unscripted shows, including Stan Lee’s Super.Model, FanWars, Stan Lee’s Academy of Heroes, Super Fans, Cocktails with Stan, DIY Geek, Geek Therapy, Head Cases, and more.

Vuguru, a cross-platform entertainment studio, announced this week that it will host the panel and feature clips there. Celebrities scheduled to appear are Stan Lee himself, writer Peter David, producer Jace Hall, actresses Bonnie Burton and Adrianne Curry, and actress and host America Young.

Even though the announcement’s being labeled as the channel’s premiere, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes has already been available for viewing and subscription on YouTube, and it’s got a Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ presence as well as its own website. According to the YouTube page, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes channel will air “all things related to the hero lifestyle and enthusiast culture.”

Vuguru’s content has been distributed in more than 40 countries, and its other projects include Prom Queen; The Millionaire Tour; Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and Little Women BIG CARS.

Next month’s Stan Lee’s World of Heroes Comic-Con panel will run from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Will DC Bring the Metal Men to the Big Screen?


Last week, media outlets buzzed with news that Men in Black series director Barry Sonnenfeld would make a movie about the Metal Men, a DC Comics superteam that debuted in the 1960’s. Sonnenfeld told ComicBookMovie.com in May that he’d spoken to Warner Bros. (DC’s parent company) about “doing a franchise based on a comic that hasn’t been around since the 60s, but it’s too early to talk about it.”

But Vulture started talking about it on June 21 and said that their spies confirmed that the team in question was indeed the Metal Men. According to FirstShowing.net, a Metal Men movie project had been in development since 2007 thanks to seasoned superhero film producer Lauren Shuler Donner, the woman behind every film in the successful X-Men franchise. However, the project seemed to have dropped off the map until this year’s news.

io9 covered the news as well in article with the thought-provoking title, “Could The Metal Men break the curse of DC’s non-Batman superhero films?” And that’s a good question. DC hasn’t had much success with its superhero movies recently except for Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, so could a family friendly, CGI-powered movie about a bunch of quirky robot superheroes in the style of The Incredibles or Toy Story make a nice, profitable dent in the box office?

Oh, and for those of you who wondering why I’m suggesting a Metal Men movie could have an Incredibles or Toy Story tone, I guess I should explain. In the comics, the Metal Men are robots with human personalities who were developed by robotics genius Will Magnus.  Each member is based on and named after an element of the period table—Gold, Mercury, Tin, Iron, Lead, and Platinum—and has a different color. Even though they’re robots, they’ve often been portrayed as cheery, upbeat do-gooders who protect humanity with 1950s, Disney-esque aplomb, and they’re a tight-knit family to boot.

That could be a fantastic recipe for a movie about good-natured, kid friendly automatons who love humans and just want to belong in society. It practically has made-by-Pixar written all over it.

Let’s just hope that Hollywood doesn’t pit the Metal Men against Magneto, or else the film will turn into Metal Massacre.  (Yeah, yeah, I know. But I just couldn’t resist.)

This article’s original version was published on the Word of the Nerd on June 23, 2012.

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Will Green Lantern’s Legacy Confuse the General Public?


The Green Lantern’s well-known, but when I hear someone say something like “the Green Lantern did this,” or “I like the Green Lantern,” or “I’m not really into the Green Lantern,” I often wonder which dude they’re talking about at first because DC has a bazillion Green Lanterns. I read comic books, and even I have a problem at times, so how do non-comics fans do it?

Between Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Alan Scott, and the umpty-jillion other Green Lanterns, that corner of the DC Universe is mighty crowded.

It may take a wee bit of explaining for those you who don’t know much about the characters, so here we go. In DC land, the Green Lantern Corps comprises a bunch people who wear green power rings that give them special abilities. They charge these rings with green energy from cosmic lanterns (hence the codename “Green Lantern”) so they can fly and use the energy to either shoot blasts or create solid objects of almost anything they can think of. There are tons of green rings all over space, which means there are tons of people wearing them, so we’re talking, like, THOUSANDS of Green Lantern superheroes here.

And even more confusing, one of the Green Lanterns, Alan Scott, got his powers from somewhere else: a magical energy source / sentient being called the Starheart. And according to the DC Comics Database, the Starheart was distantly related to the cosmic energy source that gave those OTHER Green Lanterns their powers. So yeah…. confusing.

Alan Scott’s been around since 1940, Hal Jordan since the 1950s, and other lanterns have popped up in the decades since, so DC’s been confusing the hell out of us for generations. And that’s just in comics; movies and TV haven’t made it better. The Green Lantern movie and the current computer-animated cartoon feature Hal Jordan, and the Justice League Unlimited cartoon features John Stewart. Who knows WHO DC will have wearing the ring if the Justice League movie comes around.

Now, I may be making mountains out of molehills for you if you’re a comic book fan. You probably already know about Green Lantern history, possibly better than I do. But if you didn’t read comics, don’t you think it might be tough figuring this stuff out? (And let’s not get into all those other lantern colors out there, and how some of these folks switch ring teams. These days, being a Green Lantern fan takes a damn master’s degree to keep up with this mess.)

I think the Green Lantern legacy is interesting, but I wonder if its pop culture potency has been diluted over the years. There’ve been fewer guys calling themselves Superman, Batman, Captain America, and Spider-Man than there have been calling themselves Green Lantern. Does this make being a Green Lantern less special or unique? Has the title’s importance diminished over time?

This article’s original version was published on the Word of the Nerd on June 13, 2012.

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6 Post-Prometheus Questions That’ll Set Your Noggin’ On Fire


If you’ve seen Prometheus, the latest film in the mega-popular Alien saga, you know it’s about the origins of life on Earth, with some drama and extraterrestrial blood and guts thrown in. That means it deals with heavy philosophical questions about existence and humanity.

But there are a few things in this movie that just plain don’t make any sense.

So if you’re fired up with questions and opinions about what the stuff on screen actually meant, this article may be for you.


If you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading, IMMEDIATELY, because there be spoilers ahead. BIG ONES!

Got it?

OK. You’ve been warned…

1. Is the planet the explorers go to in Prometheus the same one that Ripley’s crews go to in Alien and Aliens?

No, it’s not. The planet in Prometheus is LV-223, and the one in the other two movies is LV-426, so apparently, the Engineers did their let’s-destroy-humanity experiments in more than one place. Here’s a message board post with a theory on how the planets are connected, continuity-wise.

2. Why were so many characters in this movie so sure that those giant Engineer alien dudes would be all helpful and benign and stuff? Those mofos were KILLERS!

Yup, they sure were. In fact, as soon as that Engineer dude awakened from cryo-sleep (or hyper-sleep, or whatever it’s called), he started massacring those fools with Jason-frickin’-Voorhees-like efficiency. Even the damn ANDROID wasn’t safe.

Granted, the main characters in the movie didn’t know for sure what would happen once they met these aliens, but they made ridiculous assumptions, and you’d think they would’ve exercised a bit more caution.

In the beginning of the movie, Elizabeth Shaw and her boyfriend found those cave drawings of large beings, humans, and star maps. She instantly concluded the aliens wanted humans to come find them, which, I guess, is slightly believable, but after they get to the alien planet and find out everything’s sinister and deadly, that Weyland dude was all like, “I’m going to ask them to save my life, and OF COURSE they’ll help me. This toxic black goo and the dead crew members? Pfshaw! Let’s just pretend none of that happened, shall we?”

Made no sense. Yes, Weyland was in hibernation when all that evil stuff went down, but c’mon, like nobody briefed him on all that crap once he was awake? He SHOULD’VE brought some machine guns with him when he went to the Engineers’ ship, just for good measure.

And in the movie’s final scene, Elizabeth decides to fly to the Engineer homeworld to find out why they didn’t finish the job of eradicating the human race that they started thousands of years ago. She’s a gutsy chick, that Elizabeth, but isn’t she worried about being shot out of the sky when she reaches their orbit or something? And if she lands, how does she know she won’t be killed on sight? Sheeeesh!

3. What does that black soupy stuff actually do? It seems kinda random and chaotic.

Yeah, it does, doesn’t it?

When characters drank it, they painfully decomposed into particles and genetic material at varying speeds (Elizabeth’s boyfriend and that sacrificial Engineer dude at the very beginning), and we also saw the goo morph slugs into large, homicidal worm / cobra hybrid creatures (that thing that crushed that scientist dude’s arm in the cave before killing him) and turn that poor redheaded dude into some kind of superstrong, rage-filled zombie that killed like, five people. And once the goo had contaminated Elizabeth’s boyfriend, his mutated semen impregnated her with some strange octopus, face hugger beast, even though homegirl was sterile.

Now how the hell do you connect the dots? It’s a mystery to me, but at least one person on the Prometheus Movie forums has a theory. Check out the first message board post after this link and see what you think.

4. And speaking of that scientist dude in the cave… shouldn’t he have been a bit more cautious (i.e. not stupid) when he ran into that worm / cobra thing that wound up killing him?

Yeah, there was no excuse for that one, was there? That may have been the most unrealistic part of the whole movie. In real-life, dude would have booked it across the room the second that thing started hissing at him.

5. Why do those Engineer dudes dislike humans?

We’re never told, and neither were the characters in the movie. That’s why Elizabeth embarks on her (kamikaze) mission to find the answer at the end. We’ll most likely find out in the sequel, if there is one.

6. This movie was good, but… why wasn’t it better?

That’s between the filmmakers and the movie gods. I thought Prometheus was decent, but it wasn’t as great as I expected. It didn’t grip me like other films in the Alien saga did, and I’m still trying to figure out why. The movie had its good points, but the magic wasn’t there. Its box office weight may even be diminishing as we speak. The film opened last Friday (or Thursday night, if you count midnight showings), and yesterday, it was overtaken by Madagascar 3 in ticket sales.

Don’t get me wrong. I liked the movie, but not as much as I wanted to.

Will the sequel be worth it?

That remains to be seen, but I think it’s possible. In spite of my sarcasm and quasi-unhappiness, as I said, I did think the movie was worth seeing. I just felt that it could have been so much more than it was. Hopefully whoever directs and writes Prometheus 2 will strive for a more gripping plot the next time around.

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Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, Returns to the DC Universe


Amethyst, DC Comics’ classic 1980s fantasy superheroine, returns to comics this September as the star of Sword of Sorcery, a new title in the publisher’s “third wave” of New 52 titles.

According to io9, she’s getting a new origin for modern audiences, but she’s being updated by a pro at creating classic girl power stories and characters. Christy Marx, creator of 80s cartoon superstars Jem and the Holograms, will be writing Amethyst’s adventures with art by Aaron Lopresti. Sword of Sorcery will also feature back-up tales starring Beowulf, another old school DC fantasy character, written by Tony Bedard and drawn by Jesus Saiz.

Here’s the series’ synopsis, courtesy of io9:

Writer: Christy Marx
Artist: Aaron Lopresti
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld — and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.

Check out io9’s Q&A with the creators by clicking here.

This article’s original version was published on the Word of Nerd on June 10, 2012.

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Hey DC! Can’t Vixen Heal Herself?



You folks know Vixen right? The lady in the orange outfit with the animal powers in the Justice League? She can mimic the abilities of creatures in the animal kingdom, INCLUDING reptiles, who can heal from their physical injuries. (You know, like regrowing limbs and stuff).

And we’ve seen her do it in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.

Check out this clip from the episode “Wake the Dead” and pay close attention to it from 1:12 to 1:20. She summons reptile abilities to heal a broken arm.


Vixen can activate her own healing factor when she needs to.

Which is why I was scratching my head yesterday reading Justice League International #10. In it, poor Vixen is recuperating in a hospital bed after injuries she received from an explosion way back in issue #6. It’s been said that she may never walk again.

But, like, if she can HEAL herself and stuff, shouldn’t she just be able to repair her legs and spine and be back in fighting shape? Do the comic book Vixen’s powers work differently than the cartoon one’s do? I wouldn’t think they do, so, honestly…

What are the DC editors smoking? Don’t they have people to like, CHECK on this sh!t or something? This is like Marvel forgetting that the Hulk is bulletproof, or that Dr. Strange knows how to cast spells. I’ll bet you won’t catch DC forgetting about Superman and kryptonite, or that Wonder Woman’s lasso makes people tell the truth.

So why did they forget about poor Vixen’s healing abilities? Can’t a sistah get some love in the New 52 relaunch?

Baby girl should be leaping out of that hospital bed and doing flips by now. *sigh* How much do they pay these people to edit this stuff? Someone needs to be DISCIPLINED for this kind of slip up, dammit!

Oh well, at least she’s not dead. Poor Rocket Red. (They offed his a$$ in issue #7). So I’m sure we’ll see Vixen running around eventually.

I hope.

This article’s original version was published on the Word of the Nerd on June 7, 2012.

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The Nerd Smackdown: Who’s Fairest in Snow White and the Huntsman? Charlize Theron or Kristen Stewart?


Ok, folks.

Snow White and the Huntsman’s out, and it’s another retelling of the Snow White fairytale myth for modern audiences. And, you know how it goes. The Queen’s mad that Snow White’s cuter than she is, so she decides to bust a cap in her a$$, so to speak.

Well, Snow White and the Huntsman features a version of the same storyline, with Charlize Theron playing the Queen, and Kristen Stewart playing Snow White. In the movie Charlize is mad because Kristen’s supposed to be younger and hotter. I think they’re both hot ladies, so is it accurate to say Kristen’s better looking?

But anyways, what do YOU think? Of the two ladies, who’s the fairest of them all?

(And for those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, Charlize is the one on the left, and Kristen’s on the right.)

This article’s original version was published on the Word of the Nerd on June 6, 2012.

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