News Shelf: 10-06-12

One of gaming’s most visible faces walks into the horizon, a Toronto-based game wins honours at Indiecade, and World of Warcraft gets pulled into the equally bizarre world of U.S. politics.

500k in Hours: How Homestuck Made a Boatload of Bucks

If you’ve been paying attention to webcomics in the last couple years, you’ve inevitably ran across MS Paint Adventures, or at least the cosplayers attached to it. Naturally, being aimed at pre-teens-and-older who spend a growing amount of their free time online, this comic is pretty damned popular. That became evident when the comic’s creator, Andrew Hussie, put up a Kickstarter yesterday with the aim of funding an adventure game after the comic finished.

Tales from FanExpo: How to Attend a Convention Panel

My favourite part of any comic convention is going to panels. Panels tend to be great sources of information, and offer a lot for attendees to learn for essentially the price of their ticket. They’re also a great place to sit down and rest some weary feet. As with anything else, however, there’s a right way to go about attending a panel, and there’s a wrong way. Here’s a couple things you can do to make sure that your experience is a good one.

FanExpo: Nerd Speed Dating and the Tale of the Nazi Jedi

“Nerd Speed Dating”. Reading those three words on a convention program inspired a bit of amusement from me. Nerds have always been (often unjustly) stereotyped as a group of people with little-to-no social skills, so putting them all together in a room with only minutes to make good first impressions seemed like a recipe for disaster

Team Fortress 2 is Now Free To Play!

Everyone’s favourite “war-themed hat simulator,” Team Fortress 2, released its “Uber Update” yesterday. Aside from bringing a lot of improvements and additions to the 2007 first person shooter, the game’s developers have announced that it will shift to a free-to-play model which is driven by micro-transactions.

Kill Shakespeare Gets Screenwriting Grant

It’s no secret that Canadians love some home-grown talent; this includes Kill Shakespeare, a graphic novel that I described to my roommate this morning as “Shakespeare crossover fan-fiction that’s actually good.” On Monday, the team announced on Twitter that Astral Media have awarded Kill Shakespeare, among others, money to produce a screenplay.

All-Star Superman Review

All-Star Superman is DC’s newest animated feature and drops today on Blu-ray and DVD; it follows the storyline set out by the comic book of the same name. Released between November 2005 to October 2008, All-Star Superman gave us the quintessential Superman story – there were elements from every part of his mythos, and it was all tied together by one overarching plot point: Superman is dying, and needs to come to terms with his mortality.

New Spider-Man Costume & Title Revealed

Although we’ve had an idea of what the Spider-Man film costume was going to look like for awhile now, we finally get an official picture of the ol’ red-and-blue tights. Along with it comes the announcement of the film’s title: it will be officially referred to as The Amazing Spider-Man in all future news posts.

Marvel puts Cartoon Catalogue Online

Big news for you cartoon buffs out there: Marvel.com now offers many of their animated series to stream for free. This means that you can watch some classic shows to your heart’s content, provided you have a big enough bandwidth budget.

New DMZ Covers Emerge

Two new covers for upcoming issues of Brian Wood’s series DMZ were thrown online via the writer’s Tumblr. The series, which is set in the near future during a second US civil war, is nearing its end with issue #70. These covers for #65 and #66 paint two very different pictures.

Sneak Peek: Transmetropolitan Art Book

Transmetropolitan is my favourite comic book series of all time. When I heard that someone was putting together a Transmet art book to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, I had to check it out. A $79 donation the project’s Kickstarter page got me a Limited Edition Hardcover with a signed bookplate, and after tweeting about my donation, Mike McLarty, the book’s editor, got in touch with me and passed along the image to the right, which might be one of the many that goes to print.

An Evening in Essex County

I thought I was going to go to bed before midnight tonight. I’ve been a bit busy and sleep-deprived for the past couple days; this makes me question my decision to sit and read Jeff Lemire’s Essex County all in one sitting. I have no regrets: instead, I’m wondering why it’s taken so long for me to get around to it.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

Part of what makes me so inclined to try games out is the potential for reward. Nothing warms my nerd heart more than seeing my plans for a game play out with stunning efficiency, and that’s something Robot Entertainment has done with their Orcs Must Die! series.