Welcome back to Friday Round Up! We’ve got all kinds of things to talk about today, like Star Wars news, an announcement about new live action Marvel superhero shows, and lots of griping about stuff, so let’s get right to it.
More Marvel Shows! In a pretty bold move Netflix is going to get a bunch of live action TV shows based on Marvel comics. There’s going to be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage and Iron First. This could be very amazing or very shitty. I’m way more excited for this than I was for Agents of SHIELD, then again I haven’t even watched a single Agents of SHIELD episode. Who cares about those assholes when you have superheroes running around!
What’s even cooler about these series is that they’re supposed to lead up to a Defenders mini-series featuring all of them together. Hot damn! My only gripe? No Moon Knight.
Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Ball Z is coming out on Blu-Ray! But before you get too excited, realize that while the image is widescreen, it’s actually cropped from it’s original aspect ratio of 4:3. Yes, they cut out part of the picture to make it look like it’s widescreen. What’s worse than this news? The fact that fans voted for this bullshit. Enjoy paying to see less of the image, dummies.
Star Wars: Star Wars Episode VII gets an official release date! I don’t know why I used an exclamation point. The date will be December 18, 2015. It seems like it is very far off.
More Hobbits: I keep forgetting that there are more The Hobbit movies on the way. I enjoyed the first one to some extent, but it was ultimately, completely forgettable. I finally caught the trailer for the follow up, The Desolation of Smaug and I have to say, it looks pretty good. Hope I’m not fooled a second time.
Tabletop Gaming Stuff
Mars Attacks! The Mars Attacks! miniatures game Kickstarter is almost over! I’m in the 150 level (saving a few bucks because I got an Early Bird). There’s so much cool stuff available now. Far more than when I first signed on. Who doesn’t want to play a minis game that features giant robots and flying saucers?! Get this game! And let’s play together!
Redesign Anyone notice anything different? Like the site having a new look!? If you like it you can thank me accidentally breaking the header image last week. While fixing it I decided to dig down and change a bunch of stuff. I guess web design school is paying off. I’m not saying I’m a good designer, I just know how to change things now!
By the way, who sent me the pic of Lego Herman up there? I can’t remember.
Is there anyone out there? I’ve not made it a secret that the blog has suffered in the traffic department. I think changes to Google have really impacted Robot’s Pajamas negatively. Still, I try my best (along with the contributors) to plow through it and continue to provide what we think is fun content. I try to share what I would want to see and I have good taste, so it must be good!
One thing that isn’t helping is the almost complete lack of comments. I realize that it’s not as cool to comment on the actual blog you’re reading and rather post them on social media, but damn is it disheartening to go several weeks and maybe get one comment. We can see numbers, but those numbers don’t feel real unless someone either tells us they enjoyed something or hated it. Just let us know if you’re alive! Your favorite feature here could die because an assumed lack of interest (including this one!).
Geeks For Tots: I’ve been debating making announcement vs. letting sleeping dogs lie, but I’ll just put that out here now: Geeks for Tots is not happening this year.
I really don’t have the time to be involved with anything that really needs the attention level that Geeks for Tots deserves. Plus, I’m just burned out. Each year was a struggle to get entries. People are so fucking lazy. It seemed easy to generate interest, but converting that interest into action was very difficult. So basically, Geeks for Tots is most likely never coming back.