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Theft of Superman Collection from Avid Fan Solved

A few weeks ago, there was a story making the rounds on the comic scene about the story of Mike Meyer; a 48 year-old mentally disabled man from St,Louis who was an avid collector of Superman comics and memorabilia. Mike, who works part-time at McDonalds to supplement his SSDI that he collects for having a mental defect, was robbed of his entire collection of more 1,800 comics and several priceless Superman collectables such as lunch boxes and figurines, by a former co-worker of his who had swindled Mike into allowing him into his apartment and had his girlfriend distract Mike while he robbed the place of the collectables.

Upon reporting the theft and sharing his story with the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, word spread amongst the comic book community as a whole, and a collection drive was established with the intent of building back up Mr. Meyer’s collection for him from donations of fellow comic fans and celebrities. The drive ended up gaining donations from all over the country and even England and Australia, which were collected by a friend and delivered to Mike to his astonishment.

As of today, the story comes to an end, as the robber of Mike’s collection was caught after he robbed a elderly man of money and jewelry. (making him our douchebag of the month) He is currently charged with several counts of burglary and is being held on $100,000 bail. The whole story can be found on the Post Dispatch here.

Just a happy story of how the geek community helps its own, and a sweet tale to end your week on.

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SDCC 2011: IDW Comics making Transformers #81 happen in 2012

There has been a large fan initiative among the Transformers fandom to continue the original Generation One Marvel comic book that ended somewhat abruptly at issue 80. After it was announced that Larry Hama would be picking up the torch on the original Marvel GI Joe comic, Transformers fans have been clamoring the same to happen for the G1 Marvel comic. Since then, both Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman have voiced their support for such a project and that they would be more than willing to return to their roles as writer and artist, respectively.

The IDW/Hasbro comics panel just ended. Transformers fans were told at the beginning that they will want to stay for the full panel and sure enough, those who did, were treated to the announcement that Transformers #81 would be happening and the series would conclude with issue #100. Mark your calendars, folks. An internet petition actually did something.

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Copycatting and Commission Catastrophies Part 2

In other geekery news, comic artist Adam Hughes has declared that he will no longer by doing any convention commissions, after a altercation with a con-goer resulted in a commissioned piece Hughes had done ending up being flipped and sold on Ebay for several times the cost. Adam Hughes partner (and also a damned fine artist) Allison Sohn commented

Thank the piece of shit that moaned and practically wept about needing his Wonder Woman sketch, and today itís on eBay.

Hereís how things will work going forward. Adam was only able to get 3 sketches done this past weekend- and was was for the S.O.B. that turned around and eBayed it. So now Adam will eBay one sketch per convention day. If its a 2-day show, there will be 2 auctions. 3-day show, there will be three auctions. No more $200 and $400 sketches. Sorry. But if Adam has to kill himself drawing so that some lying slime ball can go home and make a profit off of his hard work, then forget it.

What bothers me most is how annoyingly persistent the guy was. He lingered, hovered, and made all sorts of stories up about how much he really wanted his sketch. Essentially, he lied and he lied a lot, at the expense of real fans. Adam could have spent that time drawing for someone on the list that really DID want the sketch. I hope this guy chokes

Again, I put the question to you. Should those who commission art be condemned for turning around and selling it for their own profit?

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Young Justice Clip @ NYCC

New York Comicon-goers got a taste of what the new Young Justice cartoon is going to be packed with. Check it out.

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Rhys Ifans joins Spider-man reboot as unnamed villain had news that Rhys Ifans will be joining the cast of the forthcoming Spider-man film from Sony. He will be playing the part of the villain, but it is not clear just who that is currently. You may remember Rhys as the kicker from the Replacements among many other films.

From the article:

The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.

Webb added, “What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys’ incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character.”

Based on this clue, I’m taking a wild stab in the dark and calling that the villain is going to be one Dr. Curt Connors. Have a guess of your own? Leave it in the comments below!

Here’s the current line-up for who’s on board with this film so far:
Spider-Man/Peter Parker: Andrew Garfield
Gwen Stacy: Emma Stone
Villain: Rhys Ifans
Screenplay: James Vanderbilt
Director: Marc Webb (punny Webb of Spider-man jokes go here)
Producers: Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin

The film is expected to start production in December and release to audiences on July 3rd, 2012.

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Emma Stone to play Gwen Stacy in Spider-man reboot, not Mary Jane Watson

In this week’s PowetCast, we referred to a news article on i09 suggesting that Emma Stone was likely to play Mary Jane Watson in the rebooted Spider-man film. The more I thought about this casting, the more perfect I thought it was, especially after the poor casting of Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane in the former Spider-man films. In a complete reversal of this news, though, has announced that Emma Stone will, in fact, be playing GWEN STACY, and not Mary Jane Watson. Emma will be playing opposite Andrew Garfield, who will be portraying Peter Parker/Spider-man. You may be familiar with Emma Stone from Easy A, currently in theaters, and the fantastic Zombieland.

It seems that they are doing things right by getting Gwen Stacy in the story first, but I’m disappointed Emma Stone won’t be playing Mary Jane. I think the part fits her quite well. Also, my mind keeps asking the question why they casted a blonde for redhead Mary Jane in the previous films, while casting a redhead for blonde Gwen Stacy? Kind of a moot point, but I needed to type that out loud, or whatever I just did there.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

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POWETcast Episode 1: Revenge of the POWETcast

Alright folks, we’re finally ready to unveil the latest addition to the site: the POWETcast! In our oft-delayed premiere episode we talk about the upcoming Nintendo DSi, GABO, Watchmen, Keanu Reeves, TMNT 25, Grand Theft Auto, goatse, the Wrestler, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Final Crisis #6, and so much more! Plus, if we have time we’ll go over everything we’re looking forward to in 2009 (SPOILERS: We don’t, but that stuff is coming!). So come along with us on an audio journey into the heart of geekness. Just don’t forget to bring a replica weapon from your favorite sci-fi franchise…


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