THE favorite commercial when I was in second or third grade was for one of Listerine's competitors, where an actor said, "You've got bad breath. BAD BREATH!!!" At that age: funniest commercial ever, and you heard it repeated on the playground pretty much daily. » 1/27/15 1:33pm Tuesday 1:33pm

Not making excuses for Marvel, but asking out of a lack of knowledge on this subject: Are the figures, shirts, et cetera, that are manufactured the choice of Marvel or of the company that leases the character rights for the shirt, figure, toy, whatnot? » 1/27/15 9:04am Tuesday 9:04am

All this madness could potentially make the "Batman Arrives" period of Gotham very interesting. (Though that moment will never arrive.) Because the task they've set for Batman is that he'd have to declare war on the police first, then go after the criminals only after he's cleaned house on the GCPD. That would make… » 1/27/15 8:38am Tuesday 8:38am

I always loved the "ancient world" trope used in many sf stories: flat, dry, barren landscape, with a thin, cold (yet breathable) atmosphere, a scattering of indecipherable ruins. For me, that always meant a world older than time itself, established an effective mood for the story. » 1/27/15 8:10am Tuesday 8:10am

I wanted to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps — you have to exercise WAY too much to be Batman — but in my saner moments, archaeology appealed. Today: copy editor, ad creator, and (amateur) fiction writer. Reading about archaeology is still a major passion, but if an alien spacecraft crashes nearby, I intend to… » 1/27/15 7:25am Tuesday 7:25am

My favorite are the people who take their foot off the gas and start braking just as they reach the top of the hill, causing everyone climbing the hill behind them to brake, because...uh....because there might not be a road on the other side of the hill? Because the world might end there and they'd drive off the edge?… » 1/26/15 9:23am Monday 9:23am

As one who has pretty much read no Marvel Comics — my brief comic book period was just a smattering of DC — I really, really appreciate stories like this one, that give me access to information gained by others' reading over the course of many years. Helps me feel a bit less like an utter newbie when I watch these… » 1/25/15 11:49am Sunday 11:49am