If Harry Knowles is the Odin of internet movie-geek journalism, Devin Faraci - late of Nick Nunziata's Chud.com - is Loki. It's best to think of Devin as the "dark side" of the Promoted Fanboy archetype; a frequent commenter on Chud's forums who landed himself a job writing for the site itself and became, for a time, the infamous "public face" of the whole enterprise... largely based on his outsize, hyper-confrontational personality, penchant for picking fights and "running down" the kind of projects and "sacred cows" other sites (and the "nerd ephemera" in general) were more friendly and/or deferential toward. A month or so back, he quit the site for a mysterious new project, then had a VERY public "falling-out" with Nunziata on Chud's own forums.
Well, now we know where he went: Running "Badass Digest,"a blog/site affiliate of the Alamo Drafthouse brand. It's early yet, but the idea seems to be a kind of "Men's Magazine" for the geek set. Check it out.
I know people tend to "hate" Devin and for myself... yeah, his self-hating geek "schtick" - "I'm better than you because I used to be an activist, I recognize that all this stuff I'm reporting on is stupid and lame and juvenille and if you actually DO take any of it at all seriously you're a sad pathetic loser, did I mention yet that I used to be an activist?" - gets tired as hell...
BUT the guy can write, and he's a unique voice in what does become an awfully same-sounding chorus in this business. Every Rainey Street needs a Dale Gribble, I suppose. So... welcome back, Devin.