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Sick

I’ve been rather obsessed with Downton Abbey lately, and a good friend asked if it was time for an intervention.

It might be now.  But not just for me.

Adam WarRock, the Internet’s ‘foremost comic book rapper,’ has gone gaga for Downton Abbey, too.

A rapper….all wrapped up in the soap opera at Grantham Hall.  He even posted a confession on his website:

Downton Abbey is the kind of thing that you hear about, and you’re all like, “That sounds terrible.” And then even one of your best friends won’t shut up about it, and then you have to fly to Seattle, and you watch it on the plane, and get completely obsessed with it. And then you’re calling your friend and saying things like “I’m at the part where Matthew Crawley is investigating the entail for Lord Grantham, and the Dowager Countess finds out about it,” and you realize you’re whispering because honestly, what the HELL are you even saying?

I love this guy.

Now he’s gone one step farther and written a rap about Downton Abbey. You gotta give it a listen.

Can’t see any problem with that!

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Out and about

Long before Team Edward and Team Jacob tore the teen world in two,  Betty and Veronica  of  “Archie Comics” fame split the vote of male and female readers alike.

I was a Betty.  (All smart people were.  Disagree?  I’ll still take you.)

So, this is one Betty who’s oh-so-happy to see Veronica finally get her due — that’s rejected, my friends — by Kevin Keller, the hunky new guy in town who she relentlessly pursues after dumping poor Archie yet again in issue #202.

Oh…and did I mention that Kevin is gay?

That’s right.  Riverdale is becoming more inclusive, and kudos to the publisher for taking this brave step forward.  It’s not their first venture into the 21st century; earlier this year, the comic depicted its first interracial relationship between Archie and Valerie, a member of Josie and the Pussycats.

(That group is still around?  I guess there’s still work to be done.)

It’s all part of a master plan to modernize Archie and make the comic more socially relevant.  Apparently they have already penned a two-volume “Twilight” parody (see artwork below — how did that get by me), and are planning a future issue inspired by the television show  “GLEE!” and some digital apps.

This all looks pretty cool.  I haven’t read an Archie comic book since junior high, and I’m curious enough to head to the bookstore and take a closer look-see.

Plus — and  I don’t mean to judge here — but doesn’t Archie seem way more creative with Veronica out of his life? Betty must really inspire him… encourage him to do bigger and better things.  Archie and the whole comic book seem way less self-involved now that Archie and Veronica are on a break.

You go, Betty.

Geek love

In high school we knew — someday we’d have our revenge.

(They even made a movie about it.)

Now we rule the world.  Nerds and geeks created your computer and your smart phone and your mpg player and Facebook and Twitter and all the technology that today, you can’t live without.

It’s even cool to be a geek.  Geeks are sexy.  Geeks are reluctant spies like “Chuck” or good-looking renegade space captains like Mal Reynolds in “Firefly” or scientists taking their geekness to new levels like Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory.”

And geek fans?  They’re the coolest by far.  Everybody wants them — movies, television shows, cartoons, comic books — you name it.  They are the most sought after population on the planet…or so it would appear this week.

Comic Con, the comic book conference that up until a few years ago people only attended under fake names or the cover of darkness, is now the biggest show on the planet.  Major celebrities are in San Diego as we speak promoting their new movie, TV show, or animated series…and I think they still do comic books, too.

It’s insane.  I am so jealous that I’m not there….

With my people.

Someone…get me a t-shirt?