2012: 4 of Bob Leeper’s favorite stories
Nerdvana contributor Bob Leeper shares some of his favorite entries from 2012.
There were so many significant pop culture anniversaries in 2012 it was hard to keep up with them. It was a very nostalgic year for me and I loved looking back at some of my favorite memories of Spider-Man, John Carter and Tarzan. Long may these heroes live in our collective cultural consciousness.
What a crazy year it was for politics, with ample opportunities to skewer our politicians and their celebrity stooges. My friend and fellow Nerdvana contributor, Russ Kazmierczak, is the master of political satire; but I had a lot of fun trying my hand at some political humor with this piece.
So, here we are six months after the shooting tragedy at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., and we’re still suffering from terrible gun violence on what seems to be a daily basis. The NRA is suggesting we add more real guns to the equation and is blaming the fake guns in movies & video games for the recent shootings, as if they are more dangerous than the real thing. Let’s hope 2013 brings some peace and common sense to this crazy world of ours.
I’m still amazed by the enormous success of The Hunger Games this year, and the Katniss Everdeen marketing machine has already begun for the Catching Fire sequel in 2013. Meanwhile the poor John Carter film has been nearly forgotten altogether, despite it being a superior movie in every way. Here’s hoping that next year quality trumps exaggerated publicity – we’ll all be better off.