All right. I’ve given the new Amazing Spider-Man suit shit for looking like it was made of basketballs, and I’ve knocked the new trailer for looking both humorless and repetitive. But I will no longer mock anything about Andrew Garfield, who crashed his own Amazing Spider-Man panel in a delightfully terrible Spidey costume, and had what has to be the nerdiest celebrity act of nerdery I’ve ever seen. Basically, he just breaks down into a rambling, heartfelt nerd polemic about how awesome Spider-Man is and how much the character has meant to him growing up, and it’s actually heartbreakingly wonderful and awkward and nerdy and amazing. So, whatever else I’ll criticize The Amazing Spider-Man for, it won’t be Garfield. Because either he’s about the nerdiest motherfucker who could have been hired to put on the suit, or he’s a damned fine actor. Either way, I’m nothing but impressed. (Via First Showing)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.