By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Yeah, it’s a stock holiday story idea. But just you watch. I’m gonna own this sucker. I promise I’ll try not to offend anybody this time.

People/Things I’m Thankful For This Year:

• Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Catwoman. She was never actually called Catwoman in the movie, which was really weird in retrospect.  But hands down, she’s the best actress to ever play the role. She perfectly combined sleek and sexy with crafty and dangerous. It’s a shame we’ll only get to see her play the part once. Hathaway brings a touch of old school class to whatever she’s involved in. In that sense, as well as several others, she’s very special.

• People who share my distaste for Taylor Swift. When we do it, it’s a whiney and overly dramatic status on Facebook about our love lives. When Taylor Swift does it, it’s a hit song. Not long ago, someone on my Twitter feed said that her ex-boyfriends need to get together and write a song called: “Maybe You’re The Problem.”

• CM Punk and Paul Heyman. Punk has been the life blood of WWE television for almost a year and a half now. He’s unquestionably the company’s MVP. As for Heyman, I’m just happy to see him on TV again. He’s obviously having fun out there.

The exposing of TLC’s Breaking Amish. This show hadn’t even been on for a week, and the internet was already ablaze with photos and info about the cast that contradicted the show’s premise. It was supposed to be about five Amish people who were leaving the lifestyle for the first time, travelling to New York City and being exposed to as much of the “English” life as possible. As it turned out, truth was stranger than fiction. Some of these people had left the Amish community before, others were married before, some had children. It’s even been suggested that Abe and Rebecca, who were married on the show, actually had a child together previously. That’s right Abe, I’m talking about it! But the question of what was real and what wasn’t only served to make the show more interesting. It’s one of the few reality TV shows I’ve sat through in several years.

• The Walking Dead, both on TV and on the page. If you’re not thankful for this one by now, you might be a zombie yourself. In addition to being one of the hottest things in comics and on television, The Walking Dead has brought more positive exposure to the comic book industry than anything that’s come down the pipe in a long time. It’s continuously compelling, with characters that have an awesome depth to them, and consistently awesome art by Charlie Adlard. The fact that it doesn’t have a bunch of men in capes and tights flying around also defies some of the stereotypes associated with the industry. At the end of the day, it’s just a damn good story.

The Avengers. Fanboys the world over were almost universally delighted to see that the first superhero team flick was not only done well, but done almost perfectly. In terms of superhero action, adventure and intrigue, The Avengers was exactly what we wanted to see. The sad thing is that even if Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s proposed Justice League movie is the hit they want it to be, Marvel’s characters got to that mountaintop first. No matter what DC pulls out of the hat, they’re largely banking on the success of The Avengers.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I discovered this web series not long ago. Each episode, which usually run between 10 and 20 minutes, sees Jerry Seinfeld picking up one of his comedian buddies in a classic car and getting coffee somewhere. It’s an idea that screams Seinfeld, and some of the random conversations these guys have are great. The shows with Alec Baldwin and Michael Richards are particularly good.

• George Carlin’s body of work. I found When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? for 89 cents at Good Will a few days ago. It was the only time I actually wanted to give the cashier more than the listed price.

• The Power Rangers DVD box set. Because it’s about damn time.

• The Ninja Turtles being on Nickelodeon. Not only do the boys in green have a new show, but they’re culturally relevant again. Those action figures are getting harder and harder to find…

Batman: Arkham City. This game was everything people said it was. Games like Arkham City are the reason I can’t play very many video games, because I get lost in them too easily. My entire life gets put on the backburner so I can get to the next cutscene. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill were back to deliver fangasmic performances as Batman and The Joker. We got to see the Arkham universe debuts of new characters like the Robin, the Penguin and Deadshot. The action and graphics were as awesome as they’ve ever been. The open world style of the game gave us a chance explore Gotham City at our own pace. I could go on. I don’t envy the folks who have to try and top this baby…

• This picture of Honey Boo Boo.

• The readers of Primary IgnitionWhether you agree with what I say or not, it’s an honor to write for you.

…and more than I can mention here!

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