See 'The Devil You Know' with Todd Interview on Feb. 9
Friday, February 06, 2004

Tech TV’s documentary series Nerd Nation celebrates how technology enchants and empowers square pegs living in a world of round holes. In this series they examine subcultures with strange obsessions and see what happens when technology causes cultures to clash. Experience hilarity and appreciate humanity as millennial lifestyles, modern humans and technology collide.

Todd McFarlane’s biography, The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane, fits right into the show’s theme. The Devil You Know is a profile of the most successful comic book artist in history. This is the remarkable tale of a skinny baseball-crazed kid from Calgary, the doodling dreamer in the back row, who went on to be a giant in popular entertainment. Todd McFarlane is driven, controversial and relentless in the pursuit of his goals, but lives a stable domestic life married to his childhood sweetheart. McFarlane’s creative powers have come together with a hard-headed business acumen to transform his fictional creation "Spawn" – a tortured soul caught between good and evil – into and industry that encompasses comic books, toys, animation, video games and movies. His impact is particularly apparent in the loyalty and devotion to his fans – where admiration can lead to obsession. The Devil You Know raises intriguing questions about fandom as it follows two Spawn enthusiasts and explores the zone where art becomes business and fans become customers.

The Devil You Know episode of Nerd Nation will premiere on TechTV at 9 pm EST on Monday, Feb. 9. It will be rebroadcast at 2 pm EST on 2/11, 7 pm EST on 2/14 and 6 pm EST on 2/15.

Additionally, to get your full Todd McFarlane dose, Todd will be interviewed on the 2.9.04 edition of The ScreenSavers also on TechTV. That shows begins at 7 p.m. EST.

Visit and register for the Spawn Giveaway Sweepstakes for a chance to win some great prizes. They'll be giving away signed comic books, through a random drawing on the Web site. Any Todd McFarlane fans in the San Francisco Bay area on Monday, Feb. 9, invited to come see the show in person. We'll be giving away Spawn merchandise to members of the studio audience. Go to and scroll to the bottom of the page to where it says "Get tickets for the show." It directs to the user to a form which to fill out, then The ScreenSavers will get back to them with details.

The second promotion is in conjunction with the Nerd Nation Newsletter, which is giving away merchandise autographed by Todd himself. They've got DVDs, comic books and even Spawn action figures all signed by the artistic legend. To win, simply subscribe to the "N3: Nerd Nation News" newsletter and make sure to tune into The Devil You Know Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern.