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Week in Geek: GaymerX Kicks Off, Flash Speeds to TV, and More

By Jase Peeples

These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.

 

 

 

Thank You For Being a Friend

Jezebel shared this wonderful one-of-a-kind Golden Girls dollhouse a brilliant fan had lovingly created and posted for sale on Etsy.com. From Sophia’s bamboo purse to Rose’s painting of St. Olaf from the season 5 episode “All Bets Off,” there are a number of wonderful Easter Eggs included to challenge even the most die-hard Golden Girls fans. Hopefully the attention this creation has gotten will encourage some toy company out there to actually recreate this iconic home in plastic form sometime soon, because I know exactly where my She-Ra action figures want to spend their golden years, and it isn’t Shady Pines.

Night of the Sentinels

The first teaser for X-Men Days of Future Past hit the interwebs this week, giving us a sweet peek at the film version of everyone’s favorite purple mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels.

The Fastest Man Alive

The biggest tremor in the geek-force this week was the announcement that DC Comics’ Scarlet Speedster, The Flash, would be appearing in 3 episodes of the CW’s Arrow next season, with a spin-off series for the lightning-quick Barry Allen to follow.

According to Newsarama:

Barry will first appear on Arrow in episodes 8 and 9 of season two, though they were unclear whether he'll become The Flash in one of those two episodes, or not until his third appearance, episode 20 of the season. That final appearance will serve as what's known commonly in television as a "backdoor pilot." Rather than a traditional pilot, Barry's new status quo and some supporting cast members will be introduced in the episode, written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, and directed by David Nutter. If that director's name sounds familiar, it's because he directed the pilots for both Smallville and Arrow, as well as last season's critically acclaimed (and deeply disturbing) "The Rains of Castamere" episode of Game of Thrones more commonly known as "The Red Wedding."

As a kid, I adored the live-action Flash series of the 1990s, though it hasn’t held up very well over the past two decades. Nevertheless, I still get nostalgic chills when I see the classic show’s opening. Hopefully this is only the next step in a group of great shows based on the heroes of DC Comics with a shared universe. A TV crossover between four or five series would be — dare I say it? — epic!

Gayme On!

GaymerX kicks off this weekend, August 3–4, in San Francisco. The convention is the first of its kind dedicated to gaymers (a.k.a. gay gamers) and queer geek culture. The two-day event began with a Kickstarter project launched last year with a fundraising goal of $25,000. By the time the convention’s fundraising campaign ended, more than $90,000 had been raised, proving LGBT geek culture is alive and well. “Honestly, something like this, it should have happened five to 10 years ago,” GaymerX founder Matt Conn told The Advocate. “Gaming is the largest entertainment sector in the world and until now there has not been a single company focused on LGBT advocacy in the gaming world.” Tickets are available at Gaymerconnect.com.

 

Catch up with last week's geektastic round-up here, and for more of my nerdy banter, be sure to follow me on Twitter.

JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for The Advocate and Gay.net, as well as a contributor for Out.com, HIV Plus, and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.

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