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MTV Geek Closes Up Shop

MTV news used to stand for something. It used to mean something. It was hip and cool news, about music and musicians. It carried a cache of… if not respectability, certainly influence and cool. MTV news was cutting edge. It was at the forefront of the 24 hour news cycle, offering timely, targeted news in a way that few other outlets had even considered.

MTV

Old MTV Logo

In those days MTV also focused, if not exclusively on music videos, certainly videos were the bulk of the network’s programming. Before the days of The Real Word, Remote Control, Jersey Shore and Teen Wolf, the networks greatest departure from music videos was the news. It tended to be hip news, good at anticipating the interests of the viewers.

Since geek has started to horn in on what was formerly exclusively the realm of chic, it’s hardly surprising that MTV would try to grab their piece of the pie and set up MTV Geek. A blog dedicated, it would seem, to the comics/sci-fantasy/gaming stories that we here at WOTN do so well.

MTV Geek

MTV Geek

And now… it’s gone. On September 27th, they posted the following:

Friends and fellow geeks — We’re shutting up shop and heading to the great arcade in the sky.

Our friends over at MTV News will provide continued coverage of ComicCon, your favorite geek movies, video games and more. Thanks to everyone for the great run.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

For a while MTV Geek was very prominent, exhibiting and holding parties at comic conventions and launching their own comic book line. Hiring Valerie D’Orazio brought comics industry integrity and reliability with her. Unfortunately, it seems to have been in competition with the slightly less visually appealing MTV Splash Page. Though at the time MTV Geek launched, Splash Page was limited to comics news about properties moving to the movies. That’s changed. No need for two pages to cover the same news beat. So MTV Geek (as much an oxymoron of a name as it was a concept) gets the axe.

 

 

10 Things to Know About MTV’s Teen Wolf

If you’ve thought to yourself: ‘what I need on my DVR this summer is a show with teenage, sometimes useless werewolves, monsters, young women who kick ass, and hunters with impressive arsenals’ then fear not, there is a show for you.

Teen Wolf is an MTV production, and did well among viewers last season because of its willingness to write in a large number of scenes where guys lost their shirts, highlight teen angst, and feature the newest supernatural darlings: werewolves.

Last season, the show received a fair bit of criticism for its reliance on certain creative tropes, and an occasionally saccharine, star-crossed romantic storyline. However, the cast is strong, and it’s clear that the writers’ room has taken some of this advice to heart and made improvements.

 Here are some important facts:

1. First off, realize that the hero is not a genius. In fact, he’s the kind of guy that you remember from high school (the nice one who gets into trouble all the time) and he probably just wandered into a den of werewolves and you should really go help him. Right. Now.

2. There is a severe shirt allergy in Beacon Hills, CA. Guys tear off their shirts in times of emotional stress, when the light changes at an intersection, or it’s a day that ends in ‘y.’

3. Women are not used as eye candy. Unfortunately, most of them don’t have a role besides being a) girlfriend or b) mother. Although, some of them have compound bows.

4. Werewolves are kind of freaking awesome. And sometimes scary. But don’t forget how awesome they are.

5. One of the characters is an openly gay guy, and he is one of the most beloved people in town. Even the quintessential ‘entitled jock’ character is his BFF and somehow becomes nicer when around this guy.

6. Lacrosse is making a comeback, and this results in a lot of scenes that are one step away from featuring energy drinks as product placement.

7. If werewolves have arguments, they settle them by tearing off their clothes, growling, and destroying furniture.

8. Watch out for families who are named ‘Argent’ if you’re a werewolf. Or else you’re going to have a really bad day. Just ask Derek Hale.

9. The villain isn’t always the person you suspect, and even your enemy might be willing to make an alliance for the greater good. Think it over.

10. It’s a good idea to trust your friends. If you can’t do that, you might end up howling at the moon, and that can be awkward at parties, not to mention during an intimate moment.

 

If you’re still wondering what it’s all about, check out the links below.

 MTV: Teen Wolf  – airing Monday at 10/9C on MTV.

Twitter: Teen Wolf

Wikipedia: Teen Wolf

 

Is Wizard’s Comic Book “Situation” an Omen of Things to Come?

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino

 

Newsflash!

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame and his family are coming to a comic book shop near you, courtesy of Wizard World Inc.

The company has signed a publishing, development and appearance deal with the Sorrentinos to appear in their own comic book.

Wizard’s putting professional writers and artists on the series, which will feature Mike Sorrentino, his siblings Marc, Frank and Melissa, and their mother Linda. The Sorrentinos will appear at Wizard World conventions promoting their characters and greeting fans, touring North America at the company’s various venues.

Sorrentino expressed excitement on behalf of himself and his company, MPS Entertainment.

“MPS Entertainment and I are thrilled and excited about our new business relationship with Wizard World. I grew up reading comic books and now I get a chance to star in my own. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we are working on,” said Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

And Wizard echoed the sentiments. “Wizard World is excited to partner with one of pop culture’s greatest stars.  Mike ‘The Situation’ and his family will broaden our relationships with celebrities to new areas that leverage our access to the media, the fans, and especially our ability to bring comic book characters to life,” said John Macaluso, CEO, Wizard World.

And now that all that traditional news report type stuff is out of the way, I must say…whoa!

Who would’ve thought that Mr. Sorrentino read comics, much less wanted to star in one? And who would’ve thought that Wizard would help him make one… about himself?

It’s too early to tell what these storylines will entail, but will they be the kinds of adventures that Situation, Jersey Shore, and MTV fans will pick up a comic for? And… do many of those fans even read comic books in the first place?

Let’s hope Wizard did their homework before they chose the Situation to carry a comic. This is the same guy who was booed from a stage after giving offensive jokes and who was televised slapping (or lightly tapping) a woman on the face for not wanting to leave a club at the same time he wanted to go. He’s not the best role model to glamorize, and even if he was, how much do existing comic book fans–folks who are used to superhero tales and sophisticated indie material–care about the four-color adventures of a reality TV star who hasn’t had any connection to the kinds of stories they already love?

The Sorrentino family deal could be harbinger of more projects like it. Wizard World’s CEO Macaluso said that the family would broaden Wizard’s “relationships with celebrities to new areas that leverage our access to the media.” The desire to broaden celebrity relationships probably means the company’s looking for more famous people to launch more comic book and appearance deals with.

And who knows? Maybe other companies will follow suit. The day we can pick up Donald Trump vs. Galactus and Civil War: The Kardashians vs. the Hiltons could be coming.

What a situation that would be, indeed.

News: AVENGERS VS X-MEN: WAR JOURNALS

   Well, it looks like Marvel has a great announcement to make. It seems like MTV has the same announcement……Wait a second! Maybe they are announcing something together? I don’t really know, let’s take a look at this great News article straight from the horse’s mouth!

Marvel & MTV Announce AVENGERS VS X-MEN: WAR JOURNALS Video Series

Unprecedented Online Documentary Explores 2012’s Major Comic Book Event

 New York, NY—February 24, 2012—Marvel and MTV Geek have joined forces to produce Avengers VS X-Men: War Journals, an all-new video series going behind the scenes of the year’s most anticipated comic book event. Granted unprecedented access into the Marvel offices, creative retreats, key planning meetings and creator studios, this new documentary from MTV Geek shows just how Avengers VS X-Men was developed by the brightest minds in comics. Each episode will debut exclusively on MTV.com beginning March 28.

“This is the biggest story Marvel’s ever told and we’re excited to partner with MTV for a special look at how Avengers VS X-Men came together,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Comics. “We’ve never shown just what goes on in our top secret meetings—from the development of our best ideas to heated debates—and this is the first time fans will see just how it all goes down, along with new insights into key moments of this series.”

Avengers Vs X-Men #1 arrives in comic shops and the Marvel Comics app on April 4th, uniting the top talent in the comic industry—including Brian Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita JR, Olivier Coipel & Adam Kubert—for the biggest story of the year. This twelve-issue landmark series brings together the world’s most powerful—and popular—super hero teams for a war like the Marvel Universe has never seen before!

“Since launch, MTV Geek has been committed to providing the ultimate access and coverage and can’t wait to present fans this inside look at Marvel’s creative process,” said MTV Digital Executive Producer Tom Akel.  “The characters and talent involved in Avengers Vs X-Men are iconic and we’ll be with them every step of the way to chronicle the making of this epic event.”

This March, fans get a unique look at the biggest super hero war of all time in Avengers VS X-Men: War Journals on MTV.com. And on April 4th make sure to pick up your copy of Avengers VS X-Men #1, in comic shops and on the Marvel Comics app.

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 (JAN120625)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, MATT FRACTION, JONATHAN HICKMAN, ED BRUBAKER

Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

FOC – 2/27/12, ON SALE – 4/4/12

About Marvel:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

 

About MTV:

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand.  With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.

MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

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HOLY CRAP! A Video series with some of the greatest minds behind the Avenger and X-Men! WOW I seriously can’t wait for this to go live. I have been waiting forever for something like this to show up on my doorstep. When this comes out, be sure to check back for the latest update on the series!

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