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List of the Week-Con

Coming this October to the Lawrence, Kansas, Holiday Inn… I hope. Definitely going to have to make some last-minute phone calls if I’m really going to pull this off. But I figure, if Comic-Con can get 130,000 people to flood into San Diego, then surely a week-long celebration of Ranker lists could attract a minimum of 200 times that number to the jewel in the middle of Central Kansas’s crown.

Anyway, I think we’d definitely have a panel on writing good introductions to “List of the Week” blog posts that aren’t too long, and that segue neatly into the main body of the post. Because I need to learn how to do that. Here’s what happened this week!

Comic-Con is Literally Still Going On As I Type This

I’m fairly certain they’ve redesigned the San Diego Comic-Con schedule so that the event technically never ends. As soon as they begin tearing down this year’s booths, the next year’s ones will start going up in their place. Kevin Smith gets a 20 minute rest period in between podcasts, at least. It feels like we’ve been getting a steady stream of Comic-Con news since roughly the final quarter of the Pleistocene Era. (“Avengers! Coming in just several tens of thousands of years!”)

Since Ranker has such a massive library of great lists about comic books and comic book characters, it seems like a great time to take a quick browse through the library…

– Our CrowdRanked list of the Most Ridiculous Superheroes Ever continues to grow, though I’m not sure how you could ever top Bouncing Boy. He’s a guy named Chuck Taine (so already…weird… ) He accidentally drinks a “super plastic formula” which he mistakes for soda pop. (Who’s going around drinking random items in bottles and just assuming that it’s soda?) Now he has the power to inflate his body into the shape of a ball.

Oh, no, wait, it’s just Bud Light.

– Now that superhero films have become such a part of the mainstream culture, the phenomenon of actual people dressing up in costumes and fighting crime (or just one another) has also exploded. One need only peruse the mighty and ferocious battles in our list of the Greatest Real-Life Superhero Brawls to see that masked vigilantism is on the rise. And also to get a little worried for the future of our species. Both of those.

– Finally, this rundown of superheroes who have disabilities includes a number of well-known characters – your Batgirls, your Daredevils – but also brought to mind some lesser-known crusaders for goodness and justice as well. For example, Misty Knight, a sort-of riff on Cleopatra Jones or Foxy Brown, only with a robotic arm this time.

If they ever do a movie of this character, they’d have to CGI that fro. David Hyde Pierce can do the voice-over!

RIP Amy Winehouse

Not all of this week’s news was fanboys and nerdgasms, of course. There was also the death at age 27 of singer Amy Winehouse, whose struggles with alcohol and drug abuse had become a matter of public record.

They tried to make me write a snarky caption underneath this Amy Winehouse video. I said no, no, no.

Winehouse unfortunately joins the CrowdRanked list of rock stars who died before their time, with the most potential for great future recordings. Right now, she’s at #26. It will be interesting to see if she moves up or down once the shock of her passing wears off.

Entourage Ends

Tonight kicks off the very last season of HBO’s probing, epic, sweeping series “Entourage,” based on the true story of some douchebags who moved to LA and went to a lot of parties with B-level celebrities, often with a timely side project to promote. It was this or another season of “Deadwood.” Thank goodness they took the classy route.

So in similarly sophisticated fashion, Ranker users are voting on the hottest “Entourage” ladies of all time. (My money’s on Emmanuelle Chriqui, but any list featuring Carla Gugino is suddenly that much more interesting.)

Remember…this is a family blog…a family blog…

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Greetings, True Be-Listers!

It’s that time of year again, when all the geeks, otakus, gamers, cosplayers, LARPers and, yes, publicists make their annual pilgrimage to San Diego. Their destination? The massive Comics Convention that has grown from a niche event catering to the graphic novel enthusiast into a massive explosion of every sub-sub-sub-sub-genre of nerdistry. Several members of Team Ranker, in fact, are there right now, probably waiting in a 2-hour line to meet a high-profile professional penciller. (Say that three times fast… Eh, you know what, that’s alright.)

The rest of us have stayed behind to man the Ranker ship and enjoy the office’s temporary tranquility, a rare period of a few days when no one’s loudly arguing about which Batmobile is best during work hours.

But those of you who are venturing down to Ron Burgundy’s ancestral homeland – or who want to follow all the action from home – are still in luck, as we have plenty of Comic-Con-ish lists for you to enjoy.

Go enjoy yourself, San Diego. (See what I did there?)

First up, our Comic-Con Survival Guide, full of helpful tips to avoid, say, getting stabbed during a Harry Potter panel or being trapped in an elevator with “Twilight” fans. (Shudder.) It doesn’t include my #1 Comic-Con tip, which is: Avoid the convention all together and simulate the experience at home by paying a sweaty guy $50 to follow you around and randomly push you out of the way for 3 days straight. Think of the money you’ll save!

We’ve also got a very thorough Guide to 2011 Comic-Con Movies, aimed at helping you keep track of the various films getting panels, previews and even screenings during the event. (Yes, it even includes that “Captain America” movie that opens on Friday and is sure to be a big topic of conversation around Hall H all weekend.)

Awesome, I’m the first Avenger! When are the other guys joining up? Oh, not for 70 years? OK, that’s cool… So I’ll just wait here then?

Finally, be sure to check out our look back at filmmaker, podcaster and geek icon Kevin Smith’s Greatest Comic-Con Moments. Warning: Some of these contain some foul language and offensive content. OK, all of these contain foul language and offensive content. It’s Kevin Smith. What were you expecting?