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Friday 5: Nerd Culture Highlights of the Week

Friday 5 collects bits of news, fun, and updates on the week’s best nerdy things. Five quick links and your mana pool is replenished for the week. You’re welcome. Now, to the links!

Nerd Culture Highlights for the Week of November 27, 2016.

1.  A podcast gets a graphic novel.

Adventure Zone podcast liveThe Adventure Zone podcast is one of the favorite D&D playthrough podcasts in the industry. Guess what? It’s getting turned into a graphic novel.

I’m thinking this is a first. Click through for full details.

via Nerdist

 

2. Scientists Find Potential Diabetes Drug in Platypus Venom

primary_482I love reading Mental Floss. I enjoy the quirky scientific discoveries and historical oddities that they cover. But even though it is frequently oddball, I got a kick out of the linked story.

I know my attention should have been drawn to the fact that there is a potential pharmaceutical breakthrough to help give relief to diabetes sufferers, but I’ll admit that what caught my eye was the news about the platypus.

via Mental Floss

 

3. How ‘Firefly’ Star Ron Glass Quietly Helped Hundreds of Kids Reach College

ronglassWe already wrote our tribute to the late Ron Glass, but we were pleased to see this update about his efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.

This is another feather in the cap that illustrates that Ron Glass as a person was even more impressive than Ron Glass as an IMDB entry.

via Hollywood Reporter

 

4. Lin-Manuel Miranda to Produce ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Film, TV Series Adaptation

miranda-rothfuss-w529-h352The Kingkiller Chronicles are one of the most beloved properties in fantasy literature. It was just released that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a big fan of Patrick Rothfuss’ work and that he’s signed on to help bring it to our television screens.

Just look at how those two are nerdy out over each other.

via The Wrap

 

5. It’s official: The new X-Men Blue and Gold Teams have been announced.

xmen-1We’ve bantered at length over both our fondness of the X-Men comics of days past and our hopes for 2017’s comic book teams.

Well, Marvel has made the official announcement. Click through for the full team lineups as well as creative teams

via The Marvel Report

 


And we’re out of here, leaving you with those 5 nerdy links. Hopefully they get you caught up on the big stories from nerd culture that you may have missed this week.