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By: JD Hardin

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The battle has been raging since 2014, Con VS Con, West Coast VS Midwest, San Diego VS Salt Lake. What this writer sees as a petty and expensive display of male genitalia, has turned into front page news. And honestly, its pathetic.

The lawsuit has been tearing through courts and nerd circles for three years. In 2014, San Diego Comic-Con sued Salt Lake Comic Con for a trademark violation over the use of the term “comic con.” In response, Salt Lake Comic Con has protested, saying that a number of other events use the words “comic con.”

In this simple fact, they are beyond correct. Our biggest events in the country often use the specific words “Comic con”. If you’re skeptical of that last statement, just scroll to the bottom.

The idea of the biggest convention in the United States carrying on a crusade against the rest of the industry is beyond a little disturbing. What’s worse, the base of that crusade be based on the generic term “Comic-con”. While San Diego Comic Con, or Comic Con International is, without a doubt, the largest comic convention in the US, it in no way offers enough accessibility for fans across the country. Most fans can’t afford the tickets, travel, and time off of their jobs to attend the massive event. Even the fans that can, usually don’t have enough time to enjoy the convention in its entirety.

As a person trying to gather all the news possible, SDCC offers us the largest flood of information for the year. That still leaves another fifty one weeks in the year that news must be sourced from somewhere. NYCC, SLCC, and ECCC are some of the best events for big news, as well. Naturally, if Comic Con International has their way, these conventions would have to go through the cost prohibitive process of re-branding. The high cost of this would force most smaller conventions to shut down for years, if not indefinitely.

The conventions that do survive would have to recoup their losses in the best (and only) way they can, with higher ticket prices. Higher ticket prices tends to equal lower ticket sales, which after a few years would force a convention down the road of closure. Regardless of the outcome of the law suits, the extensive court costs and lawyer fees for both conventions must be made up in ticket price as well. Either way, the fans lose.

The fact that a larger public outcry is absent is rather shocking. The nerd community is one of the most unified fan groups in modern society. A loud enough public outcry from fans would most certainly see this quarrel fall to the wayside.

 

 

 

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Welcome back to The Nerdery, I’m JD. You’ve all heard me say that hundreds of times. However, today isn’t the same.

 Welcome to Texas, we are all The Nerdery.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the devastation left behind by hurricane Harvey. You’ve watched celebrities donate millions of dollars to the Red Cross. And as good of an organization as it is, the Red Cross won’t rebuild homes or supply a permanent solution to the thousands of families who have lost everything. Once the flood waters subside and the shelters close, people will be returning to their homes to try and piece their lives back together. We as a national community need to step up and help.

Over the nearly four years of running The Nerdery, I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of the greatest artists, writers and publishers from the comic book industry. I ask for interviews and quotes politely. I take great care not to be pushy or ask for anything other than time or an autograph. Today I’m asking, urging and begging for something more.

The Nerdery will be holding a charity auction for comics, autographs, posters, prints, Pops and more. I’m asking for all of our friends, stores, writers, artists and publishers to donate what you can. One hundred percent of all profits will be directly donated to multiple relief funds that use funds to make a direct impact for those affected in Houston, Rockport, Corpus Christi and other areas. such as Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Texas Diaper Bank, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation Beyond Belief: Hurricane Harvey Recovery.

I’m not going to call anyone out by name, but you all know who you are. I ask and urge all of you to donate whatever you can to this cause. Any memorabilia you may be willing to contribute is greatly appreciated. This is no scam. The Nerdery isn’t around to make profits, and to prove that, we are opening the vault and it will be auctioned off. I will also be going through my personal collection and will be contributing to this cause.

Just remember, not all heroes where capes. We spend our time and money collecting, reading, watching and fantasizing about fictional heroes. Now, we all have a chance to be one. Every contributor will be listed on our website and on future episodes of The Nerdery Live.

I want to give a huge thank you to all of our first responders and volunteers out there making a difference in the lives of strangers.

For those wishing to donate or would like more information, please contact me directly at theprez@thenerdery.net

Houston local donations will be accepted at Captain Jack’s Elixers 322 East Texas Avenue Baytown, TX 77520
Publishers, retailers and artists, please contact The Nerdery President, Jonathan Hardin at Theprez@thenerdery.net to arrange a donation method that bests suits you.

 

Charities that will receive these funds:

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Texas Diaper Bank
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Foundation Beyond Belief: Hurricane Harvey Recovery
JJ Watt Foundation

 

By: JD Hardin

It’s What’s Out Thursday!! Yeah, I’m late, but it’s here. Great stuff is littered all over the racks this week. DC releases a slew of crossovers, Marvel drops another Spider-Man, and Image gives us the long awaited Eclipse #8. So don’t miss your favorite books!!!

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By: JD Hardin

It’s been a while, but we’re BACK!!!! And we’re here with NEW STUFF!!

 

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By: Pati Locke

We woke today with the news of Adam West’s passing. Adam was such a huge part of a lot of our childhoods and even into our adulthood, so this news hit so many of us hard. I know I can’t be the only one that ran around in my Batman Under-roos pretending to save the day from a nasty villain or to this day still wanting his fun gadgets neatly tucked away in that utility belt. He was best known from his portrayal of Batman from the 1966-68 T.V. series and the younger generation might better know him from Family Guy, where he played a comical  version of himself. Adam had been acting since 1959 and worked right up until his passing so everyone has come across him from at least one of his many projects. He’s done everything from serious films, kids movies to cartoons (adult and children’s). In any project he worked he was immediately recognizable, his voice alone is iconic. You can’t help but adore a serious actor who is comfortable enough to make fun of himself or take on more comical roles. I think that’s one thing that made him so endearing. It breaks my heart to lay another legend to rest. Rest In Peace Mr. West we will carry you in our childhood memories and remember you always. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends from all of us here at The Nerdery.

By: JD Hardin

This past week has been amazing. Red Dog #4, Eclipse #7, and so much more just days after Houston’s Comicpalooza (more on that to come). After a slight delay, DC’s Button series continues, and rumor has it that it will lead up to the Countdown to Doomsday event. Looks like DC is working a pretty awesome long game. After a huge delay, Justice League VS Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continues with issue #4 (it’s about time). Meanwhile, Image celebrates its 25th anniversary and Spawn’s Anniversary with reprints of Spawn #1 and an array of Spawn variant covers for other titles. Marvel continues their Secret Empire with issue #2 and drops a new Luke Cage #1 and Generation X #1.

It’s never a bad week to be a comic book reader.

 

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By: JD Hardin

Seriously, if you’re not reading 451Media, you’re missing out. The small New York publisher is putting out theImage result for RED DOG #4 best stories in comics right now and Red Dog is currently leading the way. With intense emotion, an unpredictable story and characters you can’t help to identify with, it’s no wonder Red Dog hasn’t ever received a bad review.

Red Dog #4 is scheduled to hit the racks this Wednesday and should fly off the shelves. The incredible staff at 451 know exactly how to draw you into every story and allow you to truly experience every panel as if you were in the book. Red Dog sets itself apart from other comics by bringing you into story that has a good wholesome Lassie feel, but with the danger of Star Trek. Issue #3 left us on the very edge of our seats and #4 does the exact same.

Kyle has put himself in extreme danger in order to rescue Red, a seemingly impossible mission. With the rest of the pack in tow, Kyle ventures further and further away from the colony amid swarms of enemies, predators and a lethal environment. Kyle’s father and uncle lead a search party, desperate to find the colony’s only child.

True to 451 Media’s form, the issue delivers the exact opposite of what was expected. Where past issues move you from one emotion to a complete opposite emotion, the fourth issue leads you from mild excitement to pure terror to incredible dread. The issue crescendo’s into a cliffhanger that will take your breath away.

Issue #4 is irrefutably the best issue in the series to date.

Crank this bad boy to 11!!!

 

By: JD Hardin

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Most of the time my comic book choices revolve around realistic titles from Image and other independent publishers, and a select few DC titles. The sci-fi and paranormal books are not what I would call my wheelhouse. But when a publisher sends me a book outside of my norm, I jump at the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone. I certainly don’t waste any opportunity to read a free book.

Recently Houston local publisher, Gray Bear Comics, sent me issue 1 & 2 of their flagship title, Speak No Evil. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve received a large amount of comics from small publishers that were absolutely terrible.

At this point I can happily say that Speak No Evil is a lot of fun. There’s little doubt that the book is geared toward a more mature audience with a little strong language, and copious amounts of blood. Samir Simão‘s art is a mix of Brent Schoonover and Dan Schoening (Back to the Future [2016]) and Bob Montana (Archie Comics) sprinkled with the tone of Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets, Dark Night: A True Batman Story). At first glance, the panels seem a little unpolished, but with a good look they feature far more detail and texture than expected. The grit in every panel fits the story like a well-tailored tuxedo on a British Spy.

The writing features aspects and influences from all over. H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and even a little Mark Twain resonates through the pages of Speak No Evil. It’s more than obvious that Justin Corbett and George Tripsas have obviously submerged themselves in literature beyond comic books, setting their writing on a level well beyond that of an average graphic novel.

This is definitely a 5 out of 5 book! Click here to get your copy!!

By: JD Hardin

451Media is back at it again with Stained #1. Written by acclaimed colorist and 2016 Harvey Award Nominee David Baron and illustrated by Yusuf Idris, Stained is a breathtaking story that offers a peek into the seedy grit of law enforcement in a world in the future. A runaway criminal underground has pushed law enforcement into fear. With the police afraid to pursue the worst criminals, cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter Emma London makes a career of doing their job for them.  But every hunter is someone else’s prey.

Image result for 451 stained #1David Baron began his comic book career at the young age of 15 by coloring covers in 1996. Since then, Baron has made quite a name in the unsung art of coloring. Over the last two decades David has certainly earned quite the resume and witnessed first hand the do’s and don’ts of comics. This storied career has certainly allowed him to generate a compelling story in Stained.

Yusuf Idris is little known outside of a few circles. Image result for 451 stained #1However, don’t base judgement on his fame. Idris’ amazing range could put him next to the likes of Isaac Goodhart (Postal) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets). His art has developed into a style that will, no doubt, become synonymous with excellence.

This is a comic so breathtaking, any synopsis would be an insult to the writer and any artist involved.

By: JD Hardin

It’s that time of year again, first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day. In case you weren’t aware, the first Saturday in EVERY May most comic book stores (check with your local retailer to see if they are participating) have FREE comic books to give away (check with participating retailers as most have a limit of 3-5 books per person).  For those in the Houston area, come hang out with us at All Star Comics & Games in Baytown, or Dimensions Comics in Seabrook!!!

Here’s what will be on the racks!!!

FCBD 2017 GOLD COMICS

FCBD 2017 BETTY & VERONICA #1FCBD 2017 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALLFCBD 2017 BOOM STUDIOS SUMMER BLASTFCBD 2017 DARK HORSE BRIGGS LAND JAMES CAMERON AVATARFCBD 2017 WONDER WOMAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION FCBD 2017 DOCTOR WHOFCBD 2017 SECRET #1FCBD 2017 I HATE IMAGE  FCBD 2017 RICK & MORTYFCBD 2017 STAR TREK TNG MIRROR BROKENFCBD 2017 VIZ LEGEND ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS OCARINA TIME FCBD 2017 X-O MANOWAR SPECIAL

FCBD 2017 SILVER COMICS

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