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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Taking A Break, Folks! While U Enjoy Your BBQ, Mark Your Calendars For Wed-Sportswriter, Phil Mushnick Stops By-But 4 Now Check Out The Latest Entry From The Shoppe's Daryll B!

We decided to take a well deserved break for this Memorial Day weekend but Afronerd Radio returns this upcoming Wednesday with another great guest-outspoken sports columnist, Phil Mushnick from the NY Post. We will undoubtedly discuss his recent controversy pertaining to his opinion of the Brooklyn Nets as well as mr. Mushnick's thoughts on the state of NY sports. The Comic Shoppe is also "closed" for the holiday but in the interim, check out the latest posting from The Shoppe's own Daryll B: Good Day AfroNerd Readers. I really don't have much to blog about.... except that little matter of a JLA movie treatment. I have heard that this would be impossible given the current climate of Batman and Superman when compared to rest of the DC "Movie" Universe. However this is me we are talking about and I have ways of even making complete crap work out favorably for me. So here we go, the Daryll JLA movie pitch: Opening: Take a page from Watchmen and do an old-timey montage featuring the JSA and their exploits in WWII. Then end it with the Communist Trials and how the JSA disbanded rather than become hampered by government meddling. End flashback with a statement about the loss of heroes.... Cut to that disregarded Krypton scene from Superman Returns. Show where Superman leaves the rubble... linger there for several seconds to show that something has activated from the very spot where Kal-El stood. From this point, hit several cities on Earth where the audience would see "heroes" in action or at least people of extraordinary abilities discovering them. 4-6 examples (Barry Allen, Green Lantern film footage, Wonder Woman, newspaper from Gotham City / movie footage, Aquaman, John Jones for instance) depending on the heroes that would be used culminating with the Superman saving the city from a falling plane. As the audience sees that, the camera pulls back to an unseen foe looks upon the same images on a video screen saying "Interesting. A Kryptonian among the earthlings along with individuals of varied natural powers. Earth is ready to be harvested." He presses a button and his ship starts to move / launch. From here we focus on a couple of the non-movie heroes in their everyday lives to get a gauge of normalcy.. (Wally? John? Dinah?) when simultaneously pods drop out of the sky with threats that force the "un-heroes" to act. 10 minutes of prologue, 45 mins to an hour of getting to know everyone, then 50 minutes to an hour of the team gelling while facing this threat. Honestly I am torn whether to make the main threat Brainiac (looking to absorb the planet and its heroes into his 'collective') or Mongul (with his WarWorld, looking for new gladiators and a planet to subjugate). Now I hear a gasp about why no Darkseid? You see how he's been represented in the nu52? I want a fully realized team in place BEFORE having them face Darkseid and Apokolips. That would be a JLA movie to end all movies. OK that's my brief fellas and readers... come at me if you got better! QUICK LINKS & Thoughts   1. The title of this one says it all: The Ten Cruelest Things Joss Whedon Has Done To His Characters http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=38763   Man, this reminds me that I REALLY need to pick up that Dollhouse DVD collection.....   2. Interesting article through Comics Alliance about characters who should "come out"   http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/05/11/spandex-closet-gay-superheroes-need-come-out/   Like I said, interesting but it isn't like the big 2 would be ready to go this route right?   http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=38785   O man DC.... *shakes head* 3. Here's the interview I mentioned on the last show between CA and The Legend of Korra voice actress Janet Varney http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/05/11/legend-of-korra-star-janet-varney-interview/ If you haven't been watching this.... WHY NOT? Do you not like fun to go with drama and teen angst???? 4. I should be happy about this.... http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/05/16/toonami-returning-cartoon-network-adult-swim-anime/ ....but come on. This'll be yet another slap in the face to anime fans by Cartoon Network in the long run. Just watch..... 5. David Brothers reminds me of one of my favorite comic scenes of all time from Milestone's Heroes: http://4thletter.net/2012/05/reading-comics-donner-blitzen/ "Just like a stone.." Classic.... 6. On the other side of the dial, 4thLetter's Gavok gives a detailed rundown of another passion of mine: Pro Wrestling... (links to previous articles in the series included within the text) http://4thletter.net/2012/05/wrestling-history-from-my-recollection-conclusion/ 7. New job with new hours may have prevented me from catching Adam WarRock in Brooklyn this past Friday but it won't stop me from getting his new song based on Scott Pilgrim... http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/05/15/parting-shot-adam-warrock-scott-pilgrim-sex-bob-omb-video/ 8. Clark Gregg is the man! http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2012/05/17/avengers-star-clark-gregg-ponders-coulsons-future/ 9. Finally, Kelly Thompson does it again with her latest "She Has No Head" blog: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/05/21/she-has-no-head-dear-marvel-stop-ruining-everything/ Ok, for me this leads to a bigger question: How come for a shared medium (movies and comics) that has ideas only limited by the imagination, we as fans are constantly bombarded with the words "impossible" or constant re-threads of cliche'd ideas and thinking? Who's to say "X or Y character" wouldn't be able to support a movie? I want to see heroes of more varied backgrounds as long as the scripts are QUALITY. Again, Hollywood... you are only limited by lack of foresight and quality thinking... Thanks for reading my comeback folks. Until I write again True Believers, Keep Fantasizing!

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Reminder! Attorney, Author & Media Personality, Lisa Bloom Stops By Afronerd Studios to Discuss Her New Book, Swagger!

Here we go, AGAIN! Mark your calendars and set your watches for a special Mid Week in Review broadcast. On May 23rd, Afronerd Radio is scheduled to interview attorney/author, Lisa Bloom and she will be discussing her latest book, Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture. And if Ms. Bloom's visage and accomplishments are not familiar enough to you, she also bears the distinction of being the daughter of famed attorney, Gloria Allred. Stop by this Wednesday at 7pm and feel free to call our live broadcast at: 646-915-9620 or you can submit your questions, statements and/or protestations at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Afronerd Radio Welcomes Author/Attorney, Lisa Bloom to the show, Wed. May 23rd @7pm!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Try Our Double Whopper Audio Meal, 2nite @6pm! The Comic Shoppe: Dburt Wants a Probending VG; Possible Ant-Man Movie & Afronerd @7pm: Zuckerberg & Trayvon vs The Hoodie; Blk MD Called an Ape & Real Life Dr. Frankenstein

You know, a double whopper doesn't sound too bad for a meal, especially as an audio dish, courtesy of Afronerd Radio. Pull up a seat and check out The Comic Shoppe with your hosts, Dburt, Daryll B and Captain Kirk airing tonight at 6pm. The issues under the pulp inspired microscope this week are: more on the animated front with the Avatar: The Last Airbender inspired show, The Legend of Korra and Dburt's desire to see the probending tournaments shown in the cartoon brought to the video gaming world; according to a tweet from Cannes, a Ant Man movie may have been greenlighted; someone (OK, the Avengers and the execution of a bad idea) sunk Battleship with a 25 million dollar box office takedown; in an effort to take the place of Smallville, the trailer for Arrow is released and lastly, according to a recent Comic Book Resources piece, should TV scheduling be considered an antiquated format due in part to DVR technology and the internet? AGAIN....call us live at 646-915-9620 or contact the show via instant message or email at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. And now for the coup de grace...join Dburt and Captain Kirk for a bit more edge on Afronerd Radio at 7pm. This time the issues to be discussed for their Week in Review segment are: more on Facebook Wall Street review and even in the world of high stakes business and finance, the "hoodie" is tolerated begrudgingly-the difference between Mark Zuckerberg and Trayvon Martin's hoodie wearing etiquette; a African-American UCLA doctor being likened to a gorilla denotes old school racism in the new world order; Dburt mentions Giovanni Aldini as the real life inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The entertainment industry mourns the passing of two music giants in their respective genres, Donna Summer and Chuck Brown and megastar, Will Smith lays the smackdown on a fresh reporter during the Russian premiere of Men in Black III. Order Your Double Whopper audio meal, courtesy of The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Afronerd Radio @7pm!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Afronerd Radio Airs Tonight @7pm-Discussing Obama's "Gay" Newsweek Cover; Zimmerman's Med Records; Facebook's Valuation May Rise to 100B!! 1st Lady vs Oprah?

It's that time AGAIN, folk! It's time for Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review show! Join your "Radio Avengers," Dburt and Captain Kirk tonight starting at 7pm (EST) as they provide some conservative (and oftentimes independent) analysis on your weekly top stories. The issues at hand this (mid) week are: in a blatant display of magazine publishing one-upmanship against the Time mag, Newsweek has President Obama on their cover as the nation's first "gay" president; medical records from George Zimmerman's family physician affirm his initial injuries that were claimed subsequent to the Trayvon Martin shooting; as the popular social networking site, Facebook approaches its initial public offering, its valuation might make it the most highly valued American company to date and lastly, according to a recent NY Post piece, the friendship between First Lady, Michelle Obama and the "First Lady" of media, Oprah Winfrey may have cooled over issues relating to protocol and access to the White House. Call us live at 646-915-9620 or via email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. Listen to Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review Show, Tonight @7pm!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Like Santa, Check Us Twice! On Sun. The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Afronerd @7pm: Marvel 616 Gets Its Black Nick Fury; JLU vs Young Justice; Obama on Same Sex Marriage & Trayvon Gun Targets?

Pretty much like a James Brown lyric, let's get up, get into it and get involved! At the top of the 6pm hour, join Captain Kirk, Daryll B. and Dburt this Sunday for the Comic Shoppe broadcast-the topics on the table are: undoubtedly, more Avengers talk as the film is expected to eclipse a billion dollars in ticket sales...the Newsarama site cites ten classic Avengers' stories that could make for a great sequel; it appears that in the main Marvel comics continuity storyline, courtesy of the Battle Scars limited series, fans get their Sam Jackson inspired Nick Fury after all; revisiting our popular (and rousing) Versus segment, which animated series is the best-Young Justice or JLU? and lastly, Fox's Fringe gets a fifth and final season (including the return of Leonard Nimoy!). Next up, there's Afronerd Radio airing at 7pm. Captain Kirk and Dburt are summoned on the bridge for yet another mission to unpack the following topics: continuing from Wednesday's Mid Week in Review show, who (and why) is Krispy Kreme? Is it a parody and why aren't his Black contemporaries perceived in the same vein?; an update on Akim Camara, the child violinist/prodigy who gained notoriety in '03 at the age of two for his ability to remember and play music pieces before he could speak beyond baby gibberish; President Obama formally comes out in support of same sex marriage: A so-called enterprising webpreneur, is selling Trayvon Martin gun targets and surprisingly (or may be not so much) requests for his product have caused him to sellout and lastly, why does Hunger Games evoke racist reactions in its fans when the story essentially describes a dystopic future free of racial politics? A Huffington Post blogger waxes on the growing furor over a campaign to cast a man of color for the part of "Finnick" in the second installment of the popular film series. Call us live at 646-915-9620 or leave a message, protestation or comment at afronerdradio@yahoo.com. Check Us Out Twice, St. Nick!...The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Afronerd Radio @7pm! Oh..and oops....I forgot to post last week's musing by The Shoppe's own Daryll B! Enjoy!
Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Afronerd and Comic Book Movie readers. After a long blog hiatus, it is I Daryll B. a.k.a BenOrion back with some thoughts straight from my crazy dome. It may seem petty to most but one of the major reasons that I am disliking the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is Sam Alexander, the "new" Nova. Let me try to explain without coming off like The Simpsons' Comic Book Guy. My first major experience with the Nova character was through The New Warriors. Sure, I saw occassional guest spots by Richard Rider in books like Spider-Man, Marvel Two-In-One, and Fantastic Four but NW was the first time I was exposed to his personality for a length of time.... ...and I hated it. To me, Rider was all the jerks in Junior High and High School that made fun of me. That beat me up on a daily basis to the point where I still carry psychological scars about revealing myself in public. He was just a dumb jock, not a jokester like Speedball. Not morally upstanding like Marvel Boy. Not sweet like Firestar. Not of my race like Night Thrasher and certainly naturally fun like Namorita. So never in a million years would I think that I would grow to like the character.... ...then The Sphinx happened. The Folding Circle attack with the betrayal of several members close to the team. Vance Astro got arrested for manslaughter concerning his abusive dad's death. Namorita and Nova grew close... The Upstarts decided to use the New Warriors along with X-Force as their pawns.... Psionex fell into and out of trouble... The Sphinx's Lover came onto the scene... The "Mad" Nova, Gaarthan Saal did as well....Nova got stripped of his powers and Namorita was lost to him, possibly forever... I realized that I grew to love this Richard Rider as the character himself grew in wisdom and confidence and when New Warriors ended its fan-favorite run, I eagerly awaited the next major appearance of The Human Rocket. Thank you Comic Gods for Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. DnA's Annhilation Saga revitalized the Marvel Cosmic Properties (outside of the immediate FF Universe) including Richard Rider. Through his adventures within this universe spanning story, Rider had another series, a new corps, and a renewed purpose. Fast forward to the end of the Nova series at #36, and the Realm of Kings/Thanos Imperative event in which Richard has "died". There were no less than 9 Nova Corps characters that could have picked up the slack and continued the story... but nooo. Marvel in their wisdom, allows Jeph Loeb, even after the Ultimates 3 fiasco, to disregard the quality foundation DnA had laid for this Sam Alexander character. Maybe this character will be cool. Maybe he'll be Marvel's Next Big Thing through all the multimedia exposure.... but in typical Daryll fanboy fashion, I choose to remain skeptical. Win me over Marvel..win me over. Quick Hits -I can't believe how fast this first half season of South Park has went by.... Last Wednesday was already the season finale.... -Eureka as usual has hit the floor running with the final season and throwing the status quo into chaos. However, I will not forgive the show for the death in the 2nd episode. Yep you read that *sniff* right. *sniff* "Death". However, the ending of the third episode dealing with it was absolutely note perfect! -News for those still in a cave.... check out Cabin in the Woods when you get the chance. Perfect for those nostalgic for Scream type horror/parody... -Who knew Europe was this crazy about the Avengers? 290 Million international gross as of Tues Night and me finishing this blog.... -Legend of Korra....NickToons....Coming Soon.... set your DVRs people! -BTW, seeing Luke Cage and Iron Fist on Avengers EMH kicks all sort of awesome booty! I can tolerate Ult Spidey with that (and Ms Marvel along with Ronan The Accuser last week and the freaking DnA Guardians of the Galaxy next weekend) batting cleanup... -Young Justice Invasion... Tim Drake...Nightwing....Cassie Sandsmark...Batgirl.... Changeling....LOBO... Holy S***! That rocked.... Quick Links As promised on the show, here's David Brothers' layout of the facts and myths of his current anti-big 2 stance: http://4thletter.net/2012/04/if-newsarama-knew-better-it-would-do-better/ and the original Frank Miller article about creators' rights http://4thletter.net/2012/04/frank-miller-on-jack-kirby-creators-rights-1994/ However, I don't want to be too heavy so here's TechRepublic's top 10 geek rock artists http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/geekend/the-top-10-geek-rock-artists/9435 I think the commenters got 2 of the better omissions in Tenacious D and They Might Be Giants. I would also include Childish Gambino, Odd Future, Devo, and hello..WEEZER??? Okies, that's it for me this week... it felt good to be back and remember AVENGERS MAY 4TH!!! Until next time readers, Keep Fantasizing!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Our Mid Week in Review Show Airs 2nite @7pm-Issues A Plenty: Sun. Show Continued-(Steve Harvey vs Atheists & Blogger vs Black Studies); Terrell Owens on Dr. Phil & Utube Sensation (?), Krispy Kreme

Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk-The Mid Week in Review Ed. kicks off tonight at 7pm eastern standard time. Join your "Radio Avengers," Dburt and Captain Kirk this evening as they utilize their super "powers" of observation regarding the following topics: picking up from Sunday's show, comedian Steve Harvey has a problem with Atheism and a blogger's recent entry suggests that Black Studies college programs should be dismantled; unemployed football great, Terrell Owens makes an appearance on The Dr. Phil Show and lastly, a rap parody (maybe) performance by Krispy Kreme, courtesy of Youtube goes viral. Call the show live at-646-915-9620 or contact us via email or instant message at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com. And speaking of the Krispy Kreme video:

Saturday, May 05, 2012

We Have a 2 for 1 Sale This Sun! Listen 2 The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Afronerd @7pm (EST)-Avengers Film talk; CB Drugs/Elixirs; Phil Mushnick on Jay-z; Steve Harvey, Philosopher? & More!

In life, not unlike the topics that are frequently covered on our broadcast, we are compelled to talk about the unavoidable. This time around, we must discuss the stupendous Avengers film, which I suspect will bleed over from The Comic Shoppe onto Afronerd Radio....we'll see. Join the Comic Shoppe team this Sunday at 6pm to listen to the crew bring analysis to the following issues: our thoughts pertaining to the highly anticipated U.S. release of the Avengers film this past weekend; and now that that the Avengers is on track to become a billion dollar grossing enterprise, will we ever see an analogous Justice League movie in the future?; and dovetailing off a recent Entertainment Weekly piece, what are some overlooked comic book properties that are worthy of some silver screen treatment? And lastly, a brief discussion on infamous comic book drugs and elixirs...Gingold, anyone? And then we land the haymaker with Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk, airing live at 7pm. The topics to be discussed for this broadcast are: NY Post sports columnist, Phil Mushnick writes a racially charged and/or provocative piece regarding Jay-z' partial ownership of the Brooklyn Nets; legendary hip hop artist, MCA (dba Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys succumbs to a heroic battle with cancer; Dburt waxes on comedian, Steve Harvey's views on atheism (and other issues); a new alcohol spray promises to get the user inebriated instantly and lastly, the latest article from The Root untangles a blogger's screed questioning the worthiness of Black Studies programs in institutions of higher education. Remember to call us live, beginning at 6pm at-646-915-9620 or you can contact us via email/IM at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Afronerd Radio Continues-Check Out Our Mid Week in Review Show Wed @7pm: More on HBO's Girls & Its Diversity Problem; Judge's Sexting Scandal, Amar'e Madness, Unlikely Math Genius & Dburt Discovers Custom Car Designer, Steve Stanford!

Let's try to keep this entry like a BMW Mini Cooper...compact! Join Captain Kirk and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm sharp to hear their irreverent take on the following current event enveloped topics: a continuation of the issues that were left on the colloquium "dinner" table this past Sunday (the lack of minority representation critique levied against the writers of HBO's new comedy series, Girls; a Detroit judge gets caught "sexting" a colleague; a Essence managing editor gets axed (sort of) for his right wing views; does the merger involving NY radio giants WBLS and WRKS (Kiss-FM) spell the demise of urban radio?). And then we move forward into Wednesday specific topics: Dburt discovers automotive cable TV programming (as well as African-American custom car designer, Steve Stanford); Captain Kirk highlights math savant, Jason Padgett who acquired his "superpower" from a brutal beating almost a decade ago and if time sees fit, we'll discuss basketball "idiot" savant, Amar'e Stoudemire left handed shenanigans. Call in live at 646-915-9620 or contact the team via email/IM at afronerdradio@#yahoo.com. And remember....Imperious Rex, bitches!
Oh and speaking of legendary custom car designer, Steve Stanford, here's an example of his handiwork: