About Galen Drinnan

Galen is a graduate of the RTA School of Media and works in digital content management. He eats, sleeps and breathes science fiction and fantasy, and once pulled a Crazy Ivan. He is currently working on a Barn Swallow.

New Artwork from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

Long-retired and norotiously low-key, comic creator Bill Watterson of everyone (yes, literally everyone)’s favourite comic strip Calvin and Hobbes has just broken his illustration silence.

According to io9.com, Watterson was “so impressed” with the upcoming documentary Stripped, investigating the lives and careers of cartoonists in an era when newspapers are dropping like flies, that he decided to create the movie’s poster. According to Stripped‘s website, it’s Watterson’s first comic in 19 years.

Holy shit. Check out the trailer for the film (it looks terrific) and catch Watterson’s full poster after the jump.

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All 18 Game of Thrones Season 4 Posters

A plague of posters has descended on the Interwebz with the release of the key poster art for the upcoming Game of Thrones season 4. HBO’s been very smart about their releases too, allocating certain posters to certain media sites. Crafty, crafty.

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via gameofthronesfans.net

When it all comes down to it, though, “valar morghulis“, as they say. Which, if my High Valyrian isn’t too rusty, translates to “It doesn’t matter, they’ve all ended up on the Internet anyway.” Or something like that.

For convenience’s sake, we’ve assembled all 18 posters in one place for your viewing pleasure, covering a bevvy of characters from Westeros and Essos you love to hate and hate to love. Let’s get down to it, shall we?

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The True Identity of Andy’s Mom in Toy Story

One of the cornerstones of my childhood is Toy Story. In fact, one of the first things I’ll ask of a newly-met person is if this is true for them too. If it isn’t, there’s trouble.

But Pixar is wily. Clever. They’ll construct their movies to be taken in on one level, understood on a second level and then, if you possess the cunning (and the time), they’ll hit you with even deeper connections and truths. Jon Negroni knows!

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via jonnegroni.com

As a Pixar theorist, Negroni peels back the shiny exteriors of these animated blockbusters and finds some incredible truths and connections, both within films and between them.

Most recently, Negroni has unveiled a “truth” about who Andy’s mom actually is and how the entire Toy Story universe revolves around her – and it’s absolutely astounding.

Check out the full article here and clutch a pillow or something for comfort/to stifle screams and/or tears.

6 Google Easter Eggs You Need To See

We’re familiar with the concept of Easter eggs in DVD extras for a movie or TV show; jokes and inside fun hidden by the movie’s creators for those with a keen eye. We’re probably also familiar with the concept of Easter eggs for… well, Easter.

But what about Easter eggs in your search engine?

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via google.ca

Google’s known for having a little fun on the Internet – everything from Doodles to the logo itself (the colour scheme does a kid’s playroom) – so it should come as no surprise that there are a few hidden tricks anyone can see while performing a simple search. Here are a few of our favourites:

1. Askew

Tired of seeing everything so up-and-down, all level angles and neat edges? Add a touch of chaos to your day by simply searching the words “askew” or “tilt”. If you’re more of an OCD type, this may not sit so well with you. See it.

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via google.ca

2. Barrel Roll

You’ve wanted to be a stunt pilot since you were 7, but you know that if the bus makes you queasy, an F-18 will have you projectile-vomiting so hard you’ll put Regan’s demon barf to shame. What to do, dreamer?

How about taking a spin in your search engine from the grounded comfort of your computer? Open Google, type in “do a barrel roll” and watch your dream come true. Buckle up.

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via fanpop.com

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No Will Smith for Independence Day 2

Sorry, Captain Heller fans – Will Smith has confirmed he won’t be reprising his balls-to-the-wall pilot role in the Independence Day sequel, currently titled ID Forever Part I. Presumably, this means there will also be an ID Forever Part II.

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via moviepilot.com

According to Variety, Smith has turned down the offer. I don’t know if I can blame him, to be honest – ID came out in 1996, and he hasn’t exactly had trouble finding work since. According to the sequel’s IMDb page, writer Dean Devlin was paid to write a sequel right after the original but gave the money back as he felt the story wasn’t good enough. RESPECT.

Devlin and director Roland Emmerich are once again teaming up for this bad boy in what’s sure to be a look at the state of the world post alien contact. This writer is pretty leery about another chapter two decades after the original (these things never tend to go well), but there’s certainly a chance it could really hit the nail on the head.

ID Forever Part I is set to hit theatres in July 2016. Providing hostile aliens don’t get here first.

Extended Sneak Peek of Game of Thrones Season 4

Just posted to HBO’s Game of Thrones YouTube channel is the most revealing look to date at the upcoming season 4.

Almost 15 minutes in length, this behind-the-scenes featurette talks with the producers and cast as they share thoughts on the end of season 3, what’s to come in season 4 and where everybody’s at emotionally (answer: all over the place).

Plus (like you needed more reasons), your favourite Westerosi friends answer select Twitter questions! So, will you be watching season 4?

We’ve Got The Rings Like Saturn

Every time I watch a sci-fi film that features distant planets with various moons whirling around them, I wonder: wtf would that look like?

Sometimes planets orbit other planets while orbiting a sun; Tatooine has twin suns. Avatar‘s Pandora is a moon orbiting gas giant Polyphemus. So what would ordinary ol’ Earth look like with some of these features?

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via Ron Miller and io9.com

An article posted on io9.com shows images of what our planet’s sky would look like with Saturn’s rings – and it’s pretty amazing. Perspectives include a far northern Alaska, far southern French Polynesia, Washington D.C.’s latitude and smack-dab on the equator.

The cool thing is they’d remain there day and night – there’s no such thing as ring-rise or ring-set. Check out the article to see more about an ancient Earth that actually did have rings and what’s happened to it since.

Trailer Watch – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Okay, so at 43 seconds long it’s actually more of a teaser, but it appears Michael Bay is climbing back on his old mechanized horse for Transformers: Age of Exinction:

I don’t know where to begin here. I guess it’d be pretty cool to turn your face into a gun (although, ouch?). And then things get really interesting as the movie’s theme really comes to light – dinosaurs. Mechanized, weapon-toting, transformer-riding dinosaurs. From space.

You’ve made me nervous, Michael. New cast, new story… movie #4. Movie #4′s rarely exist for a reason: your story miiiight be done, dude.

Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s release date is set for Summer 2014.

GoPro Records Man Falling from Space

Little portable cameras like GoPros are getting to popular and so cheap that people are scooping them up for everything, from surfing massive waves to walking their dog.

Of course, the bigger the event, the more GoPro-able it is – especially if that event is leaping from the edge of space down to hurtle towards the ground at over 800 mph. Because really, at that point, it’s not just about you – people need to see.

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via airows.com

Professional free-faller Felix Baumgartner did just that on October 28, 2012, and GoPro has just released the HD footage of the event. To be blunt, it’s beautiful, breathtaking and includes moments of Gravity-like intensity and fear.

Check out the video and make sure to put down some towels in case your bladder lets loose. It’s not gross – I’m doing you a favour.

New Elder Scrolls Online Trailer – The Arrival

Here at SexyNerdGirl.com, we’ve totally got a nerd boner for the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online. So when the latest cinematic trailer for the highly anticipated MMO dropped this morning, this writer’s reaction went a little something like so.

It’s no surprise I’m once again salivating over the quality of the graphics here – if I could shoot lightning from my hands, I’m pretty sure it would actually look like that.

Story-wise, we pick up right where the first trailer leaves off with a confrontation between the Daggerfall Covenant, the Ebonheart Pact and the Aldmeri Dominion – and the arrival of something much, much more sinister.

Beta tests aside, damn it, April 4 – get here sooner.