It has been two weeks since my last “Nerd Alert,” and boy does it feel good to be back! Today’s links are truly from around the Web – I don’t think there are any duplicate sites – and highlight a variety of geekynerdy things. In fact, it may be one of my most diverse “Nerd Alerts” yet! As always, I hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!
1. I listened to my first podcast last year when This American Life’s “Serial” took over the airwaves. It was just about all anyone at work could talk about, so over the winter holiday, I caught up on the whole series. While I was totally hooked, I haven’t really listened to any podcasts since – unless you count random episodes of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Then, this past week, within a matter of hours, I saw two different blogs mention Gimlet Media’s “Mystery Show with Starlee Kine.” With both references praising the podcast, I had to check it out and, of course, I’m now obsessed! Kine sees herself as an amateur gumshoe and goes around solving mysteries that can’t be easily Googled, such as why a video store closed its doors the night after a friend became a member or how Britney Spears received a little-known book she was photographed carrying out of a restaurant in 2008. While I could go on about all of the reasons why you should give “Mystery Show” a shot, TheEverygirl’s Lyndsay Rush sells it so much better. Enjoy, and be prepared to lose a few hours following along!
2. Though San Diego Comic-Con International was last weekend, I didn’t have a chance to check out Nerdist’s “Comic-Con: The Musical!” until yesterday and it is genius! The song is set to the tune of “Belle” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and chronicles the various things people love and hate about SDCC (e.g. celebrity sightings and waiting in long lines). While I haven’t had the pleasure of attending the mother of all comic-cons (yet), having been to Awesome Con earlier this year, I can attest that variations of these things appear at cons both large and small – it’s just a matter of scale.
3. In our geekynerdy household, the Mysterious Mr. C is the one who has been reading comic books since he was a kid. Though I’ve started to get into the movie and television franchises they’ve spawned, and even picked up a few freebies on “Free Comic Book Day,” I doubt I’ll get into collecting the books or graphic novels anytime soon. That said, should I ever want to start, this guide from io9’s James Whitbrook will be my go-to reference. Whitbrook breaks everything down – physical vs. digital copies, how to get started with characters you know before branching out into spin-off series, paying more attention to story arcs than issue numbers, and following creators. It really is everything you could want to know about getting started as a collector.
4/5. I am clearly not following enough celebrities on Twitter because I had no idea that the casts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter were waging an epic Dubsmash war until yesterday! Apparently it started on July 10, with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) and Chloe Bennett (Skye) calling out Carter’s Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) and James D’Arcy (Jarvis). Videos between the two camps continued for about a week until the knockout punch was delivered on Wednesday. I don’t want to give anything away, but HitFix’s Donna Dickens has the complete set of videos arranged in chronological order, so you can easily follow along. Speaking of Marvel, I also really liked this infographic from Shirts.com, which breaks down the last 30 years of Marvel films. While other sites have provided similar histories, this one is the easiest (and most stylish) one to follow and includes fun bits of trivia for each of the films.
6. Lance Curran, the self-described “Warehouse Director & Comic Book Czar” for Threadless, a creative community and clothing company, and the co-founder of Arcade Brewery, has an impressive collection of superhero and pop culture-themed mugs and is making a name for himself by holding them in front of his children’s faces in the morning and posting the resulting photos to Instagram under the hashtag #breakfastmugshot. Some of them, such as Jack Skellington standing near a Christmas tree, are extremely on point, while others, like Batman sitting down to play video games in his (her?) Hello Kitty pajamas are a little more incongruous. Regardless, the photos are hilarious and inspire me to build up my own mug collection so I can join in on the fun too!