Glen Weldon http://wdiy.org en Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day http://wdiy.org/post/cyborgs-simpsons-and-ticks-all-about-free-comic-book-day Here's the drill: This Saturday, May 3<sup>rd</sup>, is Free Comic Book Day. Walk into a comics shop (you can find the one nearest you at <a href="http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator">www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator</a>), and they will hand you some free comics.<p>Not <em>any</em> comics in the store, mind you, but a selection of comics specifically produced for Free Comic Book Day, which is now an annual event. There are a whopping 57 such books this year – some of them samplers, with excerpts from various titles, while others reprint the first chapters of ongoing series. Fri, 02 May 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 39461 at http://wdiy.org Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman http://wdiy.org/post/dear-zack-snyder-regarding-wonder-woman TO: Zack Snyder, Big Time Hot Shot Hollywood Director<br />FROM: Glen Weldon, Nerd Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31631 at http://wdiy.org Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth' http://wdiy.org/post/moving-fables-gods-men-love-and-monsters-early-earth Despite its title, British writer and illustrator Isabel Greenberg's <em>The Encyclopedia of Early Earth</em> is not mere history, with its assiduous accounting of dusty facts, but is instead a compendium of funny, sad and surprisingly moving fables from the pre-history of a world that exists only in Greenberg's febrile imagination — one that bristles with capricious gods, feckless shamans, daring quests and, of course, doomed love.<p>We meet a man of the frozen "Nord" as he falls in love with a South Pole woman, only to find that some mysterious force prevents them from ever coming into physi Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31289 at http://wdiy.org Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth' Alice Munro, The Punchbowl And Everyday Villainy http://wdiy.org/post/alice-munro-punchbowl-and-everyday-villainy Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature today, taught me something important and abiding and true about evil.<p>Specifically, she taught me about that singular species of evil we swim through all our lives. It's the evil to which we petty humans default, even — especially — as we reassure ourselves that we are blessed creatures, generous of spirit. It's the evil born of thoughtlessness and self-regard, and it crouches, waiting, in every conversation, every appraising look, every single human interaction that fills up our days.<p>Alice Munro taught me this. Actually, it wasn't her. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:04:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 28456 at http://wdiy.org Alice Munro, The Punchbowl And Everyday Villainy A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day http://wdiy.org/post/comic-con-diary-final-day <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>Saturday, 7:08 a.m. PT:</strong> After several minutes of technical glitches, I am taping an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em>. I can't consult the notes I've made to prep for our talk, as the demands of NPR-quality audio means I'm holding the hotel phone up to my right ear with one hand, and my cellphone up to my left ear with the other. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 24252 at http://wdiy.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards http://wdiy.org/post/comic-con-diary-eisner-awards <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>8:28 p.m.:</strong> Jennifer and Matthew Holm are an adorable brother-sister team. They are standing at a podium less than 6 feet away from me and thanking their publisher, because their charming book, <em>Babymouse for President</em>, has just won the Eisner for Best Publication for Early Readers.<p>They are beaming, humbled, happy. I, too, am happy for them. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:04:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 24069 at http://wdiy.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency http://wdiy.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-2-man-steel-man-urgency <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>9:30 a.m.:</strong> I file the Day 1 diary with Linda and send out a tweet asking Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners who are attending Comic-Con to come to the Marriott bar at 5:30 today to get a PCHH pin. It's something on the order of a "meetup," as the kids say.<p>Yeah, I know. I don't recognize myself either.<p><strong>11 a.m.:</strong> Late start today. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 23953 at http://wdiy.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle http://wdiy.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-one-faces-crowd-and-book-middle <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><em><strong>Special note:</strong> If you're at SDCC, there will be an unofficial Pop Culture Happy Hour meetup in the Marina Bar at the Marriott Marquis and Marina Friday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. (Don't get excited, It'll just be Glen handing out PCHH pins.)</em><em></em><p>9:02 a.m. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 23834 at http://wdiy.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night http://wdiy.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-zero-part-ii-man-waits-batmobile-preview-night <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 23742 at http://wdiy.org Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius' http://wdiy.org/post/theoretical-physicist-seeks-concrete-answers-genius Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact that he hates Ted's guts. His wife is sick and getting sicker, just as his employer, a prominent think tank, threatens to fire him for lack of productivity. To keep his job, and its health care coverage, Ted needs an idea.<p>But ideas don't come easy anymore. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 23659 at http://wdiy.org Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius'