Who wants to violate the laws of physics? NASA, that’s who.

Well, not so much “violate” as… “steal their lunch?” I don’t know.

Anyway, say there was a way to build a thruster for a spacecraft that only needed electricity to operate. No combustible fuel required, just plain old electricity. But also say that for this thing to work it had to use a principle some scientists thought was actually impossible.

…but what if they built one, and got it to work?

That’s sort of what seems to have happened. Wired has the full story, and the physics are a bit beyond me. But imagine the possibilities of a world where satellites could reposition themselves indefinitely until their solar panels broke. Where spacecrafts could be made lighter because they wouldn’t need to carry as much fuel.

It’s a pretty cool idea.

Via Wired.co.uk

Marvel Trademarks ‘Squirrel Girl,’ Time To Start Rampant Speculation!

So BleedingCool is reporting that Marvel has filed for a trademark on “Squirrel Girl.” For those unfamiliar, Squirrel Girl is probably the best character ever created in modern comics. She’s effectively a silver age style character running around the modern age Marvel Universe. She has the ability to control squirrels… and defeat anyone she fights.

Seriously, she is one of the few characters whose defeat of Doctor Doom hasn’t been retconned.

Anyway, you may be asking yourself “Why is it important that Marvel Trademarked her name?” Well Marvel usually only does that with a name if they intend to adapt the character into other media like film or television. This could mean several things in this case – since Jessica Jones is getting her own Netflix series (and Squirrel Girl worked as Jessica Jones’s nanny in the comics) she might turn up there. Just as likely is that Disney might be adapting Squirrel Girl into a kid friendly property – since it would involve LOTS OF ADORABLE SQUIRRELS.

No matter what though, it means more Squirrel Girl in general, and that’s a good thing.

Via BleedingCool

Throwback Thursday: 3DO To Go – Guardian War/Powers Kingdom

So on a previous Throwback Thursday I posted an episode of my old 3DO game review show “3DO To Go.” I thought it might be nice to post another one this week… because I posted something of Nick’s last week.

And we’ve been alternating turns.

Anyway, this time out I did a review of “Guardian War/Powers Kingdom.” Sorry for the sound quality, but hey — thems the breaks.

Enjoy.

Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org Sends Weird, Overreaching Statement To Banned Attendee

Ryan Kopf and his company Chrono LC (which operates under the name “AnimeCon.org” and manages Anime Zap, QC Anime-zing!, Anime-SPARK!, AniMinneapolis, Meta Con, Con Alt Delete, and Anime Midwest) don’t exactly have the most sterling reputation. I won’t spend a lot of time rehashing stories that have made their way around the con scene, but you can just Google Mr. Kopf’s name yourself if you want to look into it more.

So if you were a part of the AnimeCon.org staff, knowing your organization’s past PR problems, you’d probably go out of your way to avoid creating any bad publicity or anything openly laughable.

Well unfortunately AnimeCon.org’s staff isn’t as smart as my hypothetical “you.”

You see, a guy named Daniel got banned from AnimeCon.org events — and I’m not here to debate that. I don’t know the guy, and maybe it was justified and maybe it wasn’t. The circumstances in which this gentleman got removed are not really at issue. No, what’s at issue is the message an AnimeCon.org staffer sent Daniel informing him that he was banned.

Because it is bizarre, overreaching, and wholly unenforceable. Continue reading Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org Sends Weird, Overreaching Statement To Banned Attendee

New Dumb Star Wars Rumor: Wrestler ‘Sheamus’ To Play Darth Vader

Now that Steven Moffat’s involvement in Star Wars has been thoroughly debunked, I hoped that we were due for a new crazy-ass, untrue rumor to start floating around about the Star Wars sequels.

And my wishes have been granted.

Apparently, the newspaper Irish Mirror is reporting that WWE wrestler ‘Sheamus’ (real name Stephen Farrelly) has been cast in Episode VII as Darth Vader. Their reasoning? Sheamus has played Vader in promotions and he happens to be in Ireland (where Star Wars is filming).

Yep. That’s it.

Nevermind that Vader is dead, and the Special Editions revamped Anakin Skywalker’s force ghost… doesn’t really look like a wrestler. Or that ‘Sheamus’ actually is Irish and might have other reasons to go to Ireland.

We expect this to get debunked pretty quickly, but hey — enjoy the stupid while you can.

Via sescoops.com

The CW’s Arrow casts a Wildcat

The newest casting news for The CW’s Arrow has J.R. Ramirez playing Ted Grant (aka Wildcat) in season 3. Wildcat first premiered in Sensation Comics #1 (in the same issue as Wonder Woman), and is in classic DC Comics canon responsible for training Black Canary and several other key heroes.

He was also a Justice Society member.

Which makes me thing – with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman off the table (and a Justice League film in the works), maybe The CW (between Arrow and The Flash) isn’t so much building to a B-List Justice League as it is building a Justice Society.

It’s just a thought.

Via TVLine

Episode 26 – Incompetence, Not Malice

On this installment of the podcast, we discuss the DashCon fiasco, the Awesome Con conundrum, and the hopes of the Nezumi Con Indiegogo campaign.

We also talk about the changes coming to Marvel comics with different characters taking up the helms of Thor and Captain America, Arrowverse casting, Harmony Gold not being awful for once, Homestar Runner coming back from the dead, and the expansion of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

It’s exciting.

Marvel Announces “Guardians of the Galaxy” Animated Series, Wants to Be Your Favorite Thing Forever

In an ongoing effort to give us everything we didn’t know we actually wanted,  Marvel announced a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series to air on Disney XD. They made this announcement alongside a one-minute preview featuring Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon, a sentence that I don’t think I will ever grow tired of typing.

The announcement happened during a panel that also featured more information about already-established animated series Avengers Assemble and Agents of S.M.A.S.H. It was also announced that Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is going to tie directly into Guardians of the Galaxy, which comes out in approximately 2 days, 8 hours, 45 minutes, and 30 seconds. Not that anyone’s counting.

If we can take anything away from Marvel’s presence at Comic Con this year, it’s that they are doing everything they can to take over every facet of your life, and that’s not exactly a bad thing.

via Deadline.com, Image via AV Club

Agents of SHIELD getting their comic book counterparts

The problem with San Diego Comic Con is that so much stuff gets announced, it’s sometimes hard to catch everything. One of those things we hadn’t reported on was how Marvel comics is going to be adapting the characters from TV show Agents of SHIELD into a comic set in the Marvel Comics Universe proper.

Now, while Phil Coulson had already made the leap from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Marvel Comics Universe, the rest of his team hadn’t so far. The new ongoing, written by Mark Waid, will include the comics universe debut of the counterparts for Fitz, Simmons and May.

This comic will be set firmly in the Marvel Comics Universe, and it kind of makes this interesting. While SHIELD proper obviously started in the comics, the main cast of Agents of SHIELD is original to the TV show. While the interactions between the Cinematic and Comics universes have usually seen Cinematic properties being adapted from Comics properties, this is the first time a title has been headed by characters who transitioned the opposite direction.

“SHIELD” will debut its first issue in December.

Via Comic Book Resources

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