Glen Weldon en 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=""></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. Sat, 03 May 2014 15:51:26 +0000 Glen Weldon 59964 at Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman TO: Zack Snyder, Big Time Hot Shot Hollywood Director<br />FROM: Glen Weldon, Nerd Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:52:42 +0000 Glen Weldon 49793 at Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In '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 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:45:27 +0000 Glen Weldon 49497 at Alice Munro, The 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. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:18:36 +0000 Glen Weldon 46140 at A Comic-Con Diary: The 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 40418 at A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The 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 21:17:23 +0000 Glen Weldon 40016 at A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:38:51 +0000 Glen Weldon 39945 at A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero: A Nervous Man Ponders A Bag Of Sharp Objects <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><br /> <br />Glen and F's Apartment, Washington, DC.<br /> <br />4:00 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.<br /> <br />4:05 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.<br /> <br />4:10 a.m. ET: Alarm is like, "Hey. HEY. HEY JERK."<br /> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:41:25 +0000 Glen Weldon 39927 at Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In '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. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:25:34 +0000 Glen Weldon 39911 at A Tale Of The Estranged And The Just Plain Strange In 'New School' Dash Shaw is a graphic novelist and animator whose previous books, including <em>Bottomless Belly Button</em> and <em>Bodyworld</em>, seethe with dark, mischievous intent. He sets out to unsettle, using the unique tools the comics medium provides to expose discomfiting truths about relationships both familial and romantic. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:20:25 +0000 Glen Weldon 38877 at