Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

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Awesome! – I’m a fan of South Park so when I recently had the chance to see Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Book of Mormon, I jumped at the opportunity. I enjoyed it so much, I actually went back again in just a matter of days. So imagine how tickled I was to see this fan-made video for the opening number, Hello!, animated in South Park’s distinct style!


Web Comics – Who wants some philosophy in their comics? Admittedly, some of the jokes here went way over my head, but the few I did get were hilarious. Added Bonus: Many of the jokes also include explanations at the bottom– and some are just as funny as the strips themselves. Nevertheless, any comic series making me interested in a new subject while also making me laugh is definitely worth my time. [Existential Comics]

Collectibles – I know there are many, many Cthulhu fan’s out there– and how devoted they are to H.P. Lovecraft. If you fall into this category, then you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this new Kickstarter for some retro style Cthulhu Action Figures. They look so cool! Maybe it’s just the nostalgia overtaking me, but there’s something incredible about 80s-style action figures– when 5 points of articulation were more than enough. [Kickstarter]

Cthulu Figs

Television – Earlier this week (in another shit move), some butthead leaked the entire pilot to the new Flash TV series. Thankfully the YouTube stream was taken down, but we all know this purloined pilot is definitely still out there. I don’t understand the concept of watching a TV Premiere so far in advance of a series’ actual air date. Why can’t people have patience? When did society devolve into a massive blob of needy 4-year-olds? Here’s all I know: I’m going to wait and I’m probably going to enjoy it a lot more than the people who decided to watch the leaked version! [Comic Book Movie]

Books – Is it just me or am I the only one who’s heard enough about how great Grant Morrison’s Batman run was? Don’t get me wrong, it was spectacular in many ways and it’s cool he inspired other writers to carry on his “legacy”… But I’m just tired of having this topic constantly shoved down my throat. Sorry for the “nerd rage” but I’m also tired of people who spit out Morrison’s name just to pretend to have some knowledge of the comic book industry. That said, if you still want to read more about Morrison’s Batman run, check out Sequart Publishing’s new book, The Anatomy of Zur-En-Arrh which discusses the influence the writer had on the Dark Knight. [IGN]

Collectibles – I’ve taken a bit of a break from Hot Toys lately, but I’m still searching for cool statues and collectibles for you. This week I have two sweet statues from Kotobukiya. The first one is this wonderful Wonder Woman ArtFX statue. This pic is for readers who neglect to check out IMJ’s Widget Section at the bottom of every one of our web pages. (If you aren’t checking these widgets out– why not? They showcase some seriously great new stuff every two weeks… And it often takes Ian HOURS to decide which fun stuff to show you!) [Kotobukiya]

WW Kotobukiya

Anime – One of the most popular anime films of all time, Ghost in the Shell, is getting a Blu-ray re-release. A few months ago I missed a special screening of the original version because I chose to go see Akira instead… So this new version might be just the thing I need to finally catch up on a great anime I missed. [Anime News Network]

Television – I’m extremely excited for the new Garfunkel and Oates TV show. (I’ve been itching for the tiniest bit of anything since I first heard about the series months ago.) Finally, my wait is over: The opening credits are on YouTube, making me extremely giddy. I didn’t realize it until now, but my crush on these two directly correlates to the amount of content they distribute, which may result in a problem if their show lasts for a long time…


Comics – Everyone’s favorite Amazonian Princess, Wonder Woman, seems to be having one hell of a good year. Her comic is popular and critically acclaimed, she’s getting a new digital series, she’s preparing for her first big screen appearance, might (if rumours are true) finally be getting her own solo movie and now the original Wonder Woman newspaper strip is being collected and reprinted in a glorious 196 page hardcover. It’s the first time this strip has seen the light of day since the original printing 70 years ago. ‘Bout damn time! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Anime/Clothing – The company Radio Eva has an Evangelion-inspired clothing line. The two latest characters to be showcased: Rei and Asuka. Now, if only I could figure out how to get my hands one of these NERV sweaters. [Anime News Network]

Cool – Check out this LEGO recreation of the first Star Wars Episode VII table read. It’s unbelievably cool! [io9]

LEGO Ep 7 Cast

What?! – North Korea is upset with the trailer for Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film, The Interview… Mainly because the two actors are playing characters who will attempt to assassinate Kim Jong Un. But here’s the wrinkle– the awful dictator plans on watching the film– so he can’t be all that angry. [CNN]

Television – Noooo! Community’s hopes of a pick-up from Hulu, keeping our sixseasonsandamovie dream alive, has crashed. But Sony hasn’t given up quite yet. They still claim to have one more possible outlet to explore before the actors’ contracts expire at the end of the month. I still have hope, but I won’t be caught holding my breath. [Nerdist]

Collectibles – The second awesome statue from Kotobukiya this week is this devilishly stellar Dark Knight. [Kotobukiya Facebook]

OG Batman Kotobukiya

Anime – Sailor Moon and anime fans (Kate Martin I’m looking at you!) rejoice! Sailor Moon Crystal will be available on Hulu, extending its reach to a big mainstream audience. For me, the original anime appeared on YTV (the Canadian equivalent to Nickelodeon), so I’ve always known Sailor Moon to be in the public eye. That said, Hulu brings a whole new meaning to sharing Moon with the masses. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but anything that helps cherished mediums gain new fans is something I will always support. More fans means more content, and more content means people like me and sites like IMJ will always be there to share our love… Or make fun of the shit stuff! [ICv2]

Television – Let me get this straight…The Wachowskis, Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews and Freema Agyeman are all a part of a new sci-fi Netflix Original? ‘Nuff said… I’m there! [BBC]

Video – This Sesame Street/True Blood parody is very odd, but somehow it works.


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