Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

I'm pleased to introduce a new feature to Felt Up, a little something I like to call:



Yes, from time to time your humble Felt Up blogette likes to avert her eyes from the fiery Firecrotches and various shaved parts of Britney Spears' anatomy and whatnot and instead cast her gaze on the geekier side of pop culture, a wondrous place where wizardry and magic and fantasy reign supreme! Where elves and gnomes ride unicorns through talking forests on their way to meet faeries who sprinkle pixie dust on enchanted dragons!

For instance, today we have two big stories to nerd out on. First, the Associated Press breathlessly describes the new Harry Potter cover!



The cover of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,'' features a dramatic gold-and-orange sky and a teenage boy in eyeglasses reaching upward.

As always, the cover was designed by illustrator Mary GrandPre, U.S. publisher Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday.

''The structures around Harry show evident destruction and in the shadows behind him, we see outlines of other people,'' David Saylor, Scholastic's art director, said in a statement.

''For the first time, the cover is a wraparound. On the back cover, spidery hands are outstretched toward Harry. Only when the book is opened does one see a powerful image of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, his glowing red eyes peering out from his hood.''

J.K. Rowling's fantasy series has sold more than 325 million copies worldwide. ''Deathly Hallows,'' to be released July 21, has an announced first printing of 12 million in the United States.

EEEK! SO EXCITING! But I have many mixed emotions. What happens when The Deathly Hollows comes out and there are no more Harry Potter books to look forward to? Will little kids and big bloggers everywhere have nothing to live for?

In other nerd news, the US Postal Service unveiled its Star Wars stamp set! I'd been wondering why there were R2D2 mail boxes around town, and now it all makes sense! Sadly, the USPS seems to have taken a teenage boy's junior high art project for their designs, but it's still all pretty exciting...You can go to the US Postal Service Jedi Shipping and Mailing site (yes, that's the actual official US government agency's name) to vote for your favorite stamp; the winner gets its own stamp sheet.

The downside? Stamps are going to 41 cents! Boo, hiss!

Here's the big sheet:



And a few close-ups:











Vote Yoda!

1 comment:

chepo said...

the stamps look better than that terrible Harry Potter book cover!