The holidays are drawing ever closer, and for some of you today is already smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Worry not, the perfect geek gift for your guy or gal is out there, and we’ll help you find it!

Arkham Asylum/Arkham City

This is a great go-to gift this holiday season since most dedicated Batman fans have the hardware to run these critically acclaimed games, but they simply haven’t gotten the money together to actually buy the game yet. Well, it’s been a few years since the release of Arkham Asylum, so we were able to find it for just under twenty dollars, but the sequel, Arkham City just came out, so the price averaged at about $59.99 to buy it new. Luckily, we were able to find it for ten dollars less.

Captain America: The First Avenger or Thor

Although many will argue about which Marvel feature they prefer over the other, it’s pretty safe to assume that fans of the original heroes were pleased by these adaptations and are gearing up for next May’s Avengers. Anyone shopping for a nerd can’t go wrong with a copy of one of these, unless of course they already have it. If you have a girl between the age of 16-25 on your list, Thor might make a good gift for late night sleepovers spent ogling Chris Hemsworth’s biceps.

Here are the Blu-Ray’s for Thor and Captain America on sale for $24.99 each! For those that haven’t upgraded systems, the DVD versions of Captain America and Thor are only $14.99 each at those links!

Superhero Pajamas

For those sleepovers that we mentioned above, this pajama set is more than just a blatant over-sexualization of classic comic book characters. The rave reviews from customers have convinced us that they are still incredibly comfortable nightwear alternatives. Even if you don’t plan on buying them yourself, the reviews on the page of sale are pretty hysterical. An example: “Bought it for my wife and she is kind enough to wear it.”

A pair of pseudo-sexy superhero pajamas will cost you $24.99 and they come in the Captain America, She-Hulk and Spider-Girl varieties.

Superhero Socks

Although they were a dreaded Christmas present when we were younger, a good set of socks, (particularly a pair with our favorite superhero’s insignia on them) are always useful and well appreciated. If you prefer to not give into the over-sexualization of female comic hero garb (and there’s an excellent article about it here, but be sure to read through the arguments as well for a compelling counter-argument), this is an excellent alternative to a skin-tight catwoman leotard.

A pair of knee-high Wonder-Woman socks will run you $10.99, and although this particular line pictured above is sold out, many vendors have similar pairs here and here.

Superman/Batman bookends

Although the set is pretty spendy, if your secret santa is an uber comic collectible snob and you happen to have the $498.88 to fork out for the collectible bookend set this might just end up holding the ultimate collection of comics in between the two heroes.

Superman Snuggie


Okay, so this may be a little too expensive ($69.95) for a gag gift, but for the true Superfan that has trouble utilizing useless sleeveless blankets, the Man of Steel will keep any helpless citizen comfy and warm.

The Green Lantern or X-Men:First Class

One was really really good, the other one was terrible. Can you guess which one is which? We’ll give you a hint, if you’re looking for a DVD for a young kid, you’re probably willing to sacrifice award-winning writing for a boatload of flashy special effects; so The Green Lantern (on DVD for $9.96 and Blu-Ray for $14.96) will be just fine.

If your gift buying subject is a little older and more intelligent, then the critically acclaimed X-Men:First Class (on DVD for $9.96 and Blu-Ray for $14.99) might work out better.

Superhero Cakelet Pan

Who wouldn’t want to dine on the faces of Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Wolverine? For only $39.95, you can bake your own likeness of each superhero and conquer them in your own delicious way.

The Art of Marvel Studios

This collection of concept and production art from the major Marvel motion pictures of the past few years would look perfect on any comic nerds bookshelf (right by their Superman/Batman bookends). It might be prudent to wait for next year’s Avengers artwork to join the book, but for those who simply can’t wait, the book of art runs just a little south of a hundred dollars.

Iron Man Hoodie

It’s an official piece of Marvel gear, but it is not guaranteed to work like Tony Stark’s flight suit does. Unfortunately, it’s from an independent retailer so the going price of $59.99 is nearly non-negotiable.

You have to admit, the way it is positioned to be completely puffed out without anyone inside of it is pretty outstanding. Maybe it’s not actually made out of the 60% cotton 40% polyester blend that it claims. Maybe it’s made out of Iron that can withstand temperatures up to 3000 degrees fahrenheit!

We wouldn’t try that though.

For those who want to pretend that they’re Iron Man without dropping sixty bucks can check out this neat light up Tony Stark shirt for only $29.99!

 

 

Superhero Earbuds

These earbuds aren’t just for any nerdy Peter Parker. Wear them to proudly display the colors of your favorite hero. It may be a tiny accessory, but it’s the one part of your life that you still need a Batman version of!

Right now, a pair of super-earbuds will cost $21.99 each, but they come in many varieties including Hulk, Superman, Batman, Flash, The Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. A Transformers pair is also available, y’know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Batman Wallet

Oh my goodness, there are just so many different styles of Batman wallets out there. The symbol of the caped crusader could drive away any mugger* who fears the vengeance of the Dark Knight, and with so many of them out there, finding the perfect Bat-money receptacle for your loved one might prove to be the perfect challenge.

*Note: A Batman wallet will not protect you from muggings.

The rebooted “New 52” DC comic series

Recently, the entirety of Detective Comics underwent an overhaul of their material. Although not every continuity has been completely rebooted (Green Lantern and Batman have some backstory covered in earlier comics). This overhaul makes the new 52 line of DC comics way more accessible to the “new fan” who probably just discovered Batman or the Green Lantern from their recent films. We have not provided a link for you to buy them at since the modern comic book shop is in dire need of some assistance, and if you could look up your nearest independent comic retailer and ask them about the “New 52” DC relaunch, they will be able to help you find the perfect gift for your nerdy counterpart.

If you have any good ideas for gifts that any comic fan would love, please leave them in the comments below with a link and description!

Happy Holidays from Hypable!

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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