After George R. R. Martin managed to piss off just about every nerd on the planet by effectively coming out and saying that the next Game of Thrones book isn’t coming out this year, he decided to do something nice for a change. Mr. Martin recently donated a rare, first edition of The Hobbit to the library at Texas A&M in honor of their receiving their 5 millionth volume. Not only is this an impressive feat for a library, but it’s also nice to see Martin celebrating it with the college through his gift. Additionally, Martin will have a public reading of excerpts of the book, which will be free and on a first come first served basis. Martin became familiar with the library in the 70’s, when he started attending local scifi/fantasy cons at the school.
Worried that he won’t finish his most famous series? Martin has something for you.
Martin has previously donated several other items to the library.
Of course the biggest news this week is the announcement of an all female cast for the reboot of Ghostbusters. Reactions have been mixed and I have to say that I’m a bit skeptical myself. Now, to be clear, I have no issue with the fact that it’s an all female cast, or any of the specific women that were cast. My skeptisism comes from the idea of the movie being a reboot. Sure, I’d love another Ghostbusters movie and when this one comes out, you can bet that I’m going to go see it. But as a friend of mine recently put it, why would you reboot what is possibly the most perfect comedy in history? Unfortunately, no matter how good the movie is, it is likely that people will think less of it because of its amazing predecessor. On the positive side, both Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have come out in support of the new cast (as has Terry Crews).
Last year I sat down with two other geeky guests almost immediately after leaving the floor of Emerald City Comic Con for one of our very first podcast episodes. ECCC was probably the best con I attended last year and I have plans to go back. This week ReedPOP, who is known for putting on shows like NYCC, C2E2 and both PAX shows, announced that they had acquired ECCC. While I am a huge fan of NYCC, I, along with many people, was more than a little concerned by this news. ECCC has a reputation for being a special kind of show, huge but still comic and creator focused, unlike the circus that NYCC has become. Comics Alliance sat down with Lance Fensterman of ReedPOP and Jim Demonakos of ECCC to talk about their plans for the future of both ReedPOP and ECCC. For anyone who attends any of these shows, it’s an interview worth reading. Continue reading