Is it harder to assemble when you only have 8 bits to work with? Find out in this old-school video game re-imagining of The Avengers!
You’ve gotta give credit to these folks for turning Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky” into an Avengers parody. Well, you don’t have to, but it’s hard not to…
Marvel has historically been the more grounded of the Big Two comic book companies. Its world (commonly called Earth 616) was, by original editorial fiat, our world. There were few fictional settings, with most of the action taking place in an NYC identical to ours save the Baxter Building and Avengers Mansion.
The extra abstraction layer in the Marvel world (as well as DC and other comic book universes) is that SF and fantasy tropes exist in almost equal measure, and in vast numbers. Aside from comic books, such a robust slathering of concepts from both SF and fantasy (not to mention a dollop of horror) is exceedingly rare. The mystic and the mechanical seldom intermingle on such a grand scale successfully. This is especially true in fictional universes that have well-established sandboxes. Miles Vorkosigan will never discover he’s destined to become the next High Mage. Westeros will never encounter a rogue berserker probe.
Because Friday was made for funny videos…
Joss Whedon is bringing The Avengers to movie theaters everywhere on May 4th. Not everyone knows who The Avengers are or what they’re all about, so I thought we might take a look at the team before that movie comes out.
The Avengers began in the pages of Marvel comics way back in 1963. They followed in the footsteps of DC comics who re-launched their team, the Justice League of America, in 1960 (The Brave and the Bold #28). A lot of heroes have been part of the team throughout the years, but the original team had Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and the Black Panther. Captain America joined a little later. Similar to the JLA, the idea was the team would ‘assemble’ whenever there was a threat too big for any one superhero to handle. Hence, they were ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’.
For the film, they are looking at a team of: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow, all of whom have been part of the team at one point or another.
Let’s take a look at each one…
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Frederik Pohl on the Writers of the Future contest.
- Kurt Vonnegut explains drama. [via Cynical-C Blog]
- Cory Doctorow‘s latest Locus column, Special Pleading, talks about the damned-if-you-do/ damned-if-you-don’t nature of free ebook skepticism.
- Over at the Guardian, Eric Brown reviews The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren, The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu, Nova War by Gary Gibson, and The Age of Ra by James Lovegrove.
- Over at Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer is asking for book/beer pairing suggestion..
- Gary Farber knows what Damon Knight actually said about science fiction. [via The Crotchety Old Fan]
- Tor.com is allowing you to preview Chapter 1 of The Gathering Storm, the upcoming volume of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. And more for fans (as per Irene Gallo): beginning October 27th Tor will to release ebook editions of the series…with all-new covers.
- I so want to have Neil Gaiman’s Library. [via John Scalzi]
- @TheBookseller: Publishers cancelling books to cut costs.
- Researcher Lisa Gold in praise of browsing: “Browsing and searching are different- browsing is about the journey, searching is about the destination. Searching is focused on finding specific information quickly and often leads to tunnel-vision, which can prevent you from recognizing useful sources that don’t match your preconceived ideas and assumptions.” [via Gwenda Bond]
- Sean Markey is running a contest: Read his FREE story “Waiting for the Green Woman,” which appears in Sybil’s Garage No. 6., then leave a comment there or at his site, and you can win a FREE copy of Sybil’s Garage #6.
- Cool Art pic of the day: Steampunk Avengers! [via Steam Laughing Squid]
- Puppy on a hovercraft! Puppy on a hovercraft!