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Fangasm: Unreality and the Devaluation of Geek Cultural Currency

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo
Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo

Fangasm is a SyFy reality show which employs the standard “bunch of strangers forced to live in a house for a few weeks” format. It’s produced by 495 Productions, the creators of MTV's exploitation hit Jersey Shore, but instead of “guidos” Fangasm is about “geeks” -- which is to say in the simplest way possible, passionate individuals drawn to a deeper understanding of creative works like comic books, video games, science fiction, fantasy and related genre entertainment. The six-part series has been hyped by the network and its associated principals as this really real... thing about geeks and our culture.

In reality (no pun intended), what we casually refer to as "geek culture" has in the last 10+ years ascended from a derided subculture to a massive consumer class actively serviced by virtually every commercial sector in America, a fact that's put an existential challenge to the nature of "geekdom," particularly its claim to underdog status. That Fangasm exists at all speaks to this notion of cultural currency, but unfortunately it's the literal currency that is the most basic and base element of the entire Fangasm enterprise, which we discover is even faker than the kinds of series -- to use the reality show parlance  -- it throws under the bus.

However, it is through Fangasm's breathtakingly brazen expression of unreality and exploitation that we ultimately see the truth of how geek culture is understood by those to whom geeks pledge their once hard-earned allegiance, and perhaps by a generation of geeks themselves.

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Link Ink: ‘Batman ’66′ Mez-Itz, The Complete ‘RASL’ And SyFy’s ‘Cosworld’

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Toys: Mezco's first wave of Batman '66 Mez-Itz is slated for a July debut.

Upcoming: Cartoon Books will collect Jeff Smith's complete RASL in a 472-page, full color, oversized hardcover this September.

Gaming: It's n

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Link Ink: ‘Robot Chicken DC Comics Special’ On Blu-ray, More ‘Man Of Steel’ Lego And Gunpla Tutorials

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Movies: The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special is set for release on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9.

Lego: New images of the Lego DC Universe Super Heroes "Superman: Battle of Smallville" set have arrived online, wit

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‘Face Off’ Superhero Contest Winner Appears in ‘Justice League Dark’ #16 [Preview]

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Well, that was fast.

The winning character from last week's episode of the SyFy reality series Face Off, a heat-powered man named The Infernal Core, shown above with his creator, makeup artist Anthony Kosar, will appear in one of the DC Comics hitting shelves today. It's just as DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee promised on the show. And the book isn't Earth 2 as I predicted. It'll be Justice League Dark #16,

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SyFy’s ‘Face Off’ Makeup Artists Have a Weird Concept of Superheroes [Recap]

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If you're as unfamiliar with it as I was about a week ago, SyFy's reality show Face Off pits makeup artists against one another in character design and creation battles. Most of the time, those battles involve whipping up some movie s

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Link Ink: New ‘Elfquest’ Online, ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Delayed And ‘Collection Intervention’

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Indie: Elfquest is back with a new story, "The Final Quest," set for regular serialization on Boing Boing starting September 10.

Movies: It looks like the "Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One" Blu-ray collection is still comi

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Syfy’s ‘Booster Gold’ TV Pilot Script Nearing Completion

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Things have been quiet on the Booster Gold front for some time, outside of the character's appearances in DC's Justice League International series, but that doesn't mean that the time-traveling superhero isn't still moving towards world domination; the writer of the CW's upcoming Arrow series is about to hand in his script for the pilot of Syfy's television incarnation of the character.Talking to fan sit

SyFy Orders ‘Booster Gold’ TV Pilot Script

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DC Comics' most shameless superhero could be getting his own hour-long drama on SyFy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, SyFy has ordered a pilot script for a potential Booster Gold series, which will be written by Fringe and Warehouse 13 co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. The project is reportedly being helmed by Berlanti Productions and Warner Horizon Television, with founder Greg Berlanti (G

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Link Ink: Marvel’s ‘Season One’ Books Get Digital Download Codes, Avoiding Tangents and Mini Galactus

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Digital: Just like with its Ultimate line, Marvel will include free digital download codes with copies of its Season One titles.

Webcomics: 4 Color Rebellion points us in the direction of FrankComics.net, John Pading's new site stocked with several of his free comi

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SyFy’s Superpowered ‘Alphas’ TV Show Has Everything You’ve Seen Many Times Before

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This week, the SyFy Channel -- fresh off the cinematic triumph that was Almighty Thor -- have once again thrown their hat in the grand ring of super-hero television. This time, they're going with Alphas, a new series created by Michael Karnow and Zak Penn. Penn

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