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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Listen 2 Our "2 in 1" Comic Shoppe & Afronerd Shows, Starting Sun @6pm: Wonder Woman & Black Comic Controversies; New Tech & More!

Greetings, Salutations and crumpets (?) to our ever loyal listenership-stop by this Sunday at 6pm to listen to our new double feature edition of Afronerd Radio which starts with The Comic Shoppe as the entree! Join Daryll B, Captain Kirk and Dburt as they discuss the following sci-fi/fantasy/pulp related topics: a recent article from the Comic Book Resources site, finds displeasure in the the new direction (in continuity) the Wonder Woman series has taken pertaining to the Amazons specifically; Dburt finally gets around to seeing The Hunger Games; the crew opines on David Brother's piece from The 4th Letter in which he waxes on his hesitancy toward embracing graphic novelist, Mark Millar's new Black initiative; did Spiderman make an appearance in the latest Young Justice animated series and what exactly does it mean when comic book houses take liberties with a rival company's intellectual property? And lastly, we finally get a name for the proposed fourth installment of the popular Playstation video game console....watch out for Orbis in 2013.

Next up, Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk at 7pm! Call in "live" (for both shows) at 646-915-9620....the topics up for grabs for this broadcast are: just a bit more on new developments concerning the Trayvon Martin tragedy; talk of new "tube" transportation technology, that mirrors New York's Beach Pneumatic Transit line from more than a century ago; for our Blue Area/positive spin segment-Magic Johnson and his business partners purchase The LA Dodgers for a cool 2B and lastly, the Black Voices site highlighted a piece centered on the quest of a Portland, Oregon sportscaster to become the first contestant of color to be the main focus of the 17th season of The Bachelor.

Feel free to contact us via email or instant message at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com. See you tomorrow at 6/7pm!

Our "2 for 1" Show- The Comic Shoppe at 6pm & Afronerd Radio's Week in Review Broadcast at 7pm......Finally!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mid Week in Review @Afronerd Radio Wed, 7pm EST: Even More Trayvon Info; Hunger (Racism) Games; Wanda Sykes' Ancestry, Mad Men & Sinead O'Connor

Stay tuned for Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review broadcast, airing this Wednesday at 7pm eastern standard time. Dburt and the Capitan will unpack the following top stories: more information has been disseminated by the MSM that disparages the reputations of both Messrs. Zimmerman and Martin; we finally tackle the NYT piece on actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes' unique lineage; racism rears its ugly head toward the two actors of color that can be currently seen in the new Hunger Games film; an interesting Daily Beast article theorizes that AMC's Mad Men 60s period series tells more about race through omission and lastly, famed singer, Sinead O'Connor writes an open letter concerning her interpretation of the Trayvon Martin killing.

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review Broadcast......Finally!

Monday, March 26, 2012

And Now Some Words of Pulp Wisdom from The Shoppe's Daryll B!

Howdy once again AfroNerd and Comic Book Movie readers. Once again I got a lot of topics to touch upon but little time to do it. Before I begin, let's see the misadventures of Theophilus London on the streets of Austin, Texas during SXSW:


Funny stuff but real talk from the Indie Hip-Hop sensation....

Meanwhile, Comic Shoppe favorite Adam WarRock gives his own personal view of the crazy week of music and entertainment:


I hope up and coming performers take heed to some of these words because it sounds like good advice from both artists. Now it is time for quick comic news from around my little site circle.....

1. First up, I can already see Old School "Authority" fans wringing their hands at the news of this project:


Looking back now, Superman vs The Elite a.k.a. Action Comics #775 was an ok book as a parody but I remember at the time I was an intense Authority fan. This book was like a slap to the face. Now, I just wonder how the Superman Fanbase is going to react to an animated feature that has a lot of violence. Remember how DC de-fanged the whole Death of Superman story for their Superman: Doomsday animated feature...?

2. Carla Hoffman gives a mea culpa in terms of digital comics over at Robot 6:


Interesting points brought up, and the appearance of Mark Waid in the comments section is a bonus. I just not jumping all in ...yet....

3. Kevin Eastman has lost his goshdarn mind...


At least Peter Laird understands what diehard Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles fans are going through after hearing from Michael Bay that they'd be aliens instead of mutants in his plans...

4. I may not be the biggest supporter for Hunger Games but I can't wait for this ....


...to be on a Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episode. "Everything coming up Milhouse!"

5. One week... and now I am salivating for this to begin:


Factor in how great Young Justice has been since its return, the inspired DC shorts and the strong writing of the Green Lantern. Let's see how Disney/Marvel raises the bar with Avengers: EMH and Ultimate Spider-Man. It is good to be a comic book animation fan right now...

6. Noted Batmanologist Chris Sims gives a shocking admission:


With his analysis of the character, Sims gives an in-depth reasoning of why Peter Parker is such a relatable character for any comic book reader...

7. Newsarama gives us their top 10 moments for this past season of the Walking Dead:


Honestly this season was an inverse of the first season for me. A dragged out season with a captivating last 70 minutes (last 10 minutes of episode 6 and an awesome 60 minute season finale). With that being said, it has already had an effect in my area of getting people to go out and buy Walking Dead graphic novels. Several comic shop workers and owners that I have talked to have commented on an increase of sales since the finale 2 weeks ago.

8. With the news of Carol Danvers becoming the next Captain Marvel leaking out this past week, 'Rama also gave us this:


I agreed with their number 1 choice but numbers 2 and 6 left me scratching my head due to constant changes surrounding one character and the editorial mismanagement of the other character. By the way, the number 7 selection is WAY too soon to be on this list in my opinion...

9. At 4th Letter, Gavok did it again with another list for us lovers of the fighting genre:


Links are provided to the previous 2 parts on the blog and he makes compelling arguments for the Tekken characters.

10. You folks all know I like a good debate and boy, David Brothers gives a good counterpoint to his buddies at Comics Alliance over the current Justice League series:


I think I am with Team Sims on this one because JL just hasn't been captivating to me.

That's it for this week... until next time readers: Keep Fantasizing!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

2 For The Price of 1-Comic Shoppe Sun @5pm & Afronerd Radio Airs @6pm-DC X Marvel Fans; When Characters Grow Up; Geraldo's Hoodie Remarks+More!

Well folks, we're back again as the month comes to a close and summer (based on the unseasonal balmy weather) appears to be reaching the east coast a month or two early. Stop by this Sunday for our "2 for 1" special broadcast showcasing The Comic Shoppe with Daryll B, Captain Kirk and yours truly at 5pm (airing an hour earlier due to a scheduling conflict) and for the coup de grace, listen to Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk the following hour. The issues at hand for the Shoppe crew entail the following: for our popular Versus segment, we will discuss the DC vs Marvel...fans. Are there legitimate beefs and/or differences? Can one be equally faithful to both houses?; the team discusses the maturing story lines of our favorite characters (i.e. new, important careers; marriages, children, different powers, depowered instances, deaths, etc); director Michael Bay causes an internet geek "freak out" after speculation that his upcoming TNMT film, will depict the characters as coming from space and not a toxic/radioactive sewage; Is The Hunger Games the new Twilight? or Harry Potter? or something entirely different? And lastly, our thoughts on celebrity inspired and/or written comics (i.e. Joshua Jackson's Fringe comics; Rashida Jones' Frenemy of the State, etc). Call us live at 646-915-9620.

And for "round two," continue listening to Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk which airs right after, The Shoppe at 6pm eastern standard time. Special guest and friend of the show, Martin Adams stops by to discuss the recent trades of Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow in the world of gridiron sports; yet even more on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, including a controversial diatribe (video, above) by famed TV journalist, Geraldo Rivera in which he affirms that the urban gear that some Black and Brown youth wear may lead to their untimely deaths; picking from last week's expose on comedienne, Wanda Sykes unique roots and the new world of internet advertising. AGAIN....call in live or you can reach us via the chatroom (@afronerdradio.com)or email/instant message at afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Afronerd's Mid Week in Review Show Airs Wed @7pm-Trayvon Martin Cases Heats Up; The Blue Area; Wanda Sykes' Genes: VA Student's (Lack of) Blackness

Mark your calendars, set your clocks or just rely on your good old fashioned memory to ensure that you hear this Wednesday's Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk at 7pm eastern standard time. The topics to be discussed are: the untimely death of Trayvon Martin for what appears to be specious circumstances appears to have caught the eye of the FBI; a new NYT piece denotes that actress/comedienne, Wanda Sykes has an interesting familial distinction that many other African-Americans are lacking; in our Blue Area segment, we must unpack the story of a local NYC teen hero who tried his best to avert a grotesque tragedy; a VA African-American student while reading a Langston Hughes poem was instructed by his teacher that he wasn't reading it "Black" enough and lastly, time constraints not withstanding, a recent Daily Beast article unveils how the internet has changed how Madison Avenue advertises products to its consumers. AGAIN....listen and call us live at: 646-915-9620 or contact us with your comments/protestations/questions via email or instant message at-afronerdradio@yahoo.com

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Double The Mint, Double The Pleasure! The Comic Shoppe Airs Sun @6pm & Afronerd Radio Starts @7pm EST-Call in Live (646) 915-9620

The water is warm so let's just jump into it by keeping it tight and concise, shall we? Join us tomorrow evening at 6pm for the first part of our aural extravaganza by pulling up a seat and listening to all things pulp, courtesy of the team at The Comic Shoppe. The issues at hand are: our predictions relating to DC-52's revised take on Earth 2; and speaking of reboots (or is that rebirths?).....our thoughts on yet another new Spiderman acolyte, Marvel's Scarlet Spider; getting back to our Versus segment, digital vs print comics-the good, the bad and the ugly-which represents the future of the comic book medium; picking up where we left off from last week's episode-a review of Street Fighter X Tekken and if time permits, the growing controversy with the third installment of the Mass Effect video game. Call Dburt, Daryll B and Captain Kirk live at: 646-915-9620 or leave your comments/questions at the chatroom, courtesy of afronerdradio.com.

Next up, Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk....starts at 7pm, directly following the Comic Shoppe broadcast. Check out the team as they wax on (or about) the following current event referenced topics: former Goldman Sachs mid manager, Greg Smith resigns from the financial giant via a NYT op ed piece that puts the company in the cross hairs of a PR nightmare; is Black Dog syndrome (aka bias) a reality? and how similar is it with respects to Black Human bias?; for our Blue Area/positive spin segment, a Harlem college student tap dances his way to the Ellen show and a scholarship; the racial animus depicted in the recent anti-Obama bumper stickers that exclaim "Don't Re-Nig in 2012" and lastly, AGAIN, if time permits, a brief discussion centered on the politics of the New York Knickerbockers basketball team.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tune in This Wed 4 Afronerd Radio @7pm EST-Issues: Dburt on UK TV, Finally!; The Blue Area; Afghan Killings by US Soldier; Black Nerds MIA?

As the week progresses, tune into our infamous "Mid Week in Review" broadcast of Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk on Wednesday at 7pm eastern standard time. The issues to be dissected by our heroes are: picking up some of the remaining slack from the previous episode (i.e. Dburt's penchant for British television; the Blue Area segment highlighting Sue Simmons); the dearth of Black Nerds in cinema....why no shoutouts on shows like The Big Bang Theory or the now defunct, Chuck?; will the tragic killing of 16 Afghan citizens by a US soldier rush the timetable for the Obama administration to pull the troops out of the war?; a Mass. man was arrested for biting off the ear of the coach of the opposing team during his son's grade school basketball game and lastly, can a rash of Tide detergent thefts be connected to the drug business? Call in live at: 646-915-9620 or contact us via email/IM at: afronerdradio@yahoo.com.

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Stop by 4 Sunday's New Double Dose! The Comic Shoppe @6pm & Afronerd @7pm-John Carter; New Street Fighter Game; Racism Pill; Kony Madness & More!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Please gather around your sofas this Sunday evening starting at 6pm (EST) and listen, perhaps to the greatest show on earth (well at least in our minds). First, check out The Comic Shoppe starring Daryll B, Captain Kirk and Dburt for the very best in pulp flavored cuisine. The issues to be discussed are: Brazil appears to have its own Batman vigilante (with consent from the policia); the passing of French comic book artist, Jean Giraud aka Moebius; a review of the latest Disney release of John Carter; Street Fighter X Tekken finally makes it to the street; Dburt discusses a new 6 part series he discovered entitled, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode and lastly, with the rising viral popularity of the fan made Static film, will we ever see the day when Warner Brothers actually makes a full fledged movie? And remember folks, The Shoppe is just the entree!

Next up, is the Afronerd featuring Captain Kirk broadcast. The topical concerns up for grabs are: in a definite Twilight Zone send up, two Florida congressmen debate the state's evidence code by evoking Jay-z lyrics; the merits of the latest internet sensation/cause celeb, Invisible Children encapsulates the plight of child soldiers warring in Uganda under the auspices of the LRA leader, Joseph Kony; can a pill actually cure racism?; Dburt picks up what was left on the table from last week's show pertaining to his new found love for British television and lastly, if time permits, for our Blue Area segment, an acknowledgement of journalist and TV anchor icon, NYC Channel 4's Sue Simmons who leaves the network after 30 plus years of service. Call in live at: 646-915-9620...AGAIN, the festivities commence at 6pm tomorrow!

Afronerd Radio's Week in Review

Friday, March 09, 2012

Don't Forget, Folks...Our Sun. Double Feature-The Comic Shoppe & Afronerd Radio Starts @6pm-But 1st The Latest Entry By The Shoppe's Daryll B!

Morning! Afternoon! Evening My Fantasy Lovers whether you are reading this on AfroNerd.com or ComicBookMovie.com. Whatever individual differences we each may have in real life, one thing is certain by reading this: we are all united by an interest in science fiction and fantasy. Condolences to Mr.Starks on his loss within the past month. He's an inspiration to many of the things connected to AfroNerd, so any loss of his is universally felt. In that vein, I am going to try to be upbeat and positive throughout this blog.... *Deep Breath* I know...it's going to be hard...

1. First up, Comics Alliance has had a trio of Milestone/McDuffie related stories that I would like to pass along. This is ultimate fan dedication:


...and yet DC decided for the new soon to be canceled series to give majority control to an artist who admitted to never reading the original book or watching the animated series... *shakes head* I know that sounds negative but it actually gives me hope that eventually Milestone and Static fans will get quality interpretations that will do justice and respect to the heroes of Dakota and beyond.

2. Speaking of Milestone and quality representations:


Interesting... now Teen Titans readers will already state that Virgil has already been connected as the team's "tinkerer" and scientific go to guy but this? It will be amazing if it happens but I am thinking in line with the middle of article that this is going to be Rocket. Why? We have already seen Icon appear several times during the Young Justice series and I even have glimpsed her once (I believe). Now the positive of Rocket over Static is simple: name a postitive black/hispanic female teenager on television at the moment without googling. Yeah. Raquel Ervin through Young Justice would automatically become high profile through Young Justice. Also, she and Static are very flirtatious so there's always a possibility of both being involved.. *Knocks on Wood*

3. Chris Sims gives his review on Justice League Doom:


I wish I could say I loved it as much as Chris did... I mean I liked it but what is keeping me from being head over heels is that fact that I love the original Tower of Babel story to death. I mean Ra's Al Guul being replaced by Vandel Savage is ok although it removed Talia from a pretty important role that wasn't replaced in the animated. Hal as Green Lantern instead of Kyle Rayner made for an interesting change in strategy that actually worked well for the movie. Another Legion of Doom was pretty ok... However, the one change that just didn't work for me was including Cyborg as a member of the team in lieu of Plastic Man.

Yeah, I know that goes against previous statements I had wanting more minority hero representation but Plastic Man's role in the original ToB story added an undercurrent on fun, betrayal then anger at his predicament. The Cyborg role in the animated fulfilled none of those feelings for me. It may be totally fanboyish but I encourage you to read Mark Waid's Tower of Babel then watch the movie again and tell me if I'm not right.

4. Interesting stance taken by one of the industry pros that I have infinite repect for:


Mr. Mazzucchelli would receive royalties from this printing but still warns potential purchasers of the inherrent problems with the book? That's called personal honor boys and girls and it's something constantly lacking from pros from the big two companies.

5. The 4th Letter's Gavok gives us rundown and his personal feelings about the DC Nu52 so far:


I'm in for the long haul with the 2 Legion books but that's it. I'll occasionally read the other series if I have time however I still haven't established emotional connections to this universe since they erased most of what I liked in the reboot....

6. Meanwhile Gavok's partner in crime David Brothers had a busy couple of weeks. First he went head to head with Stephen Wacker from Marvel:


7. Then, gave a thought provoking review of Spider-Man Reign that forces you to ask yourself: "What exactly do I connect to/love about the Spider-Man mythos?"


As far as the previous situation with Mr. Wacker goes, there are reasons I dislike Twitter and e-mail interviews. All of those are on display here. Once again, technology that is supposed to further thoughtful communication lands in the wrong hands becoming a tool of the ignorant. Did both men let their anger/contempt get in the way? Sure. But all that this conflict did was sour me to the Twitter concept even more.

OK, that's it for me this week. Until next time readers: Keep Fantasizing!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Afronerd Radio Airs Wed @7pm! Topics: Does Single Parenthood = Child Abuse?; A Real Jurassic Park; Rochester Student Claims Racism & Rush v. Sponsors!

Unfortunately, our Sunday Afronerd Radio broadcast was preempted due to the recent passing of a close family friend but we're back live this Wednesday for our Mid Week in Review show. Feel free to call in live with your questions, proclamations and protestations at 646-915-9620. The topics up for discussion this week are: Conservative shock jock, Rush Limbaugh feels the heat from departing sponsors after referring to a female Georgetown Law Student as a "slut" in the ongoing debate over contraceptives; Wisconsin State Senator, Glenn Grothman is introducing a bill that proposes that single parenting should be considered a form of child abuse; in a case of truth being stranger than (science) fiction-futurists foresee the possibility of "Jurassic Park-like" zoos which would showcase cloned and/or robotic animals based on long extinct specimens; for our Blue Area-positive spin segment, the story of a courageous one armed High School basketball player; a Rochester, NY student claims that she sustained harassment from her teachers after she made racial allegations stemming from her class assignment on famed abolitionist, Frederick Douglass and lastly, if time permits, Dburt will pontificate (or is that bloviate) on his love for UK television. See you all at 7pm....

Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Afronerd Welcomes A New Writer To The Fold! Introducing Ms. Melanie Yorke-The Topic?...Spawn vs Sandman: The Legal Edition!

Spawn & Sandman Smackdown Ceases

It looks as though the long running legal battle between Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman over copyright issues has finally come to an end. For over a decade, the two have been arguing in court over the precise level of ownership of several characters in the Spawn comics. For those who don’t remember, Spawn, or to use his real name, Al Simmons is one of the world’s true African-American anti-heroes and went on to further ‘spawn’ the movie version of the comic in 1997, where prominent actor Michael Jai White played his character. There are currently rumors that McFarlane is considering a remake of the original Spawn movie, but only if he can maintain full control in terms of writing, editing and production. Whether it comes to fruition is another story.


The Spawn comic was so popular on first release it could be found on coffee tables everywhere and in 1993 Spawn had been running for several months and was gaining even more popularity with its readers. In a bid to boost the comic’s profile – and to counter some criticisms of bad writing – McFarlane brought on several high-profile writers to write a single issue for the series. As well as Gaiman, who at the time was riding high on the success of Sandman, Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Dave Sim each contributed an issue to the series. In Gaiman’s issue, #9 of the series, he introduced three characters in order to expand the world McFarlane had created.
Angela was an angel introduced to act as a moral mirror to Spawn; where he was a soldier working for Hell, she was a bounty hunter under the command of God and Heaven.

Cogliostro was introduced as a kind of mentor, providing Spawn with information and guidance regarding his newfound abilities, principally informing him that the necroplasm – the source of his power and extended life – is finite and once it is expended his soul becomes forfeit to Hell. Medieval Spawn (later named Sir John of York) was introduced to provide a counterpoint to how Spawn was expected to serve Hell, as instead of murdering to swell Hell’s army, he had attempted to attain redemption through good deeds before he was killed by Angela.


It was always intended that the characters would continue to be used within the series, but the issue of character ownership and subsequent royalty payments was never clearly established in writing at the outset, only that McFarlane promised to treat Gaiman “better than the big guys” did. The initial agreement was for Gaiman’s rights to the characters to be relinquished in return for being granted the rights to Miracleman, which Gaiman wrote until the title’s publisher Eclipse went bankrupt. McFarlane had bought the assets of Eclipse in the bankruptcy and Gaiman was eager to continue the series.

However, a couple of months after the transfer took place July 1997; McFarlane filed trademark and intent to use applications for Miracleman. After a lengthy series of back-and-forth faxes heatedly arguing the issue, Gaiman sued McFarlane for fraud and breach of contract. Additionally, since the characters were subsequently used without Gaiman’s permission or any royalty payments, he also sued McFarlane for damages.
When the case came to court in 2002, McFarlane claimed that Gaiman’s writing had been work for hire and as such he was not entitled to royalty payments or rights to created characters. The judge ruled the argument invalid as there was never any contract of employment drawn up between McFarlane and Gaiman. The ruling was upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in February 2004.

Further Developments

In addition to the three characters introduced in issue #9, in May 2010 Gaiman claimed partial ownership of Dark Ages Spawn (later named Lord Covenant), as he was derived from Medieval Spawn, as well as the angels Tiffany and Domina, both derived from Angela. The presiding judge Barbara Crabbe considered Dark Ages Spawn to be at best a derivation, and at worst a renaming of the same character in an attempt to circumvent copyright issues. Highlighting the transparency, she eloquently pointed out that “If defendant really wanted to differentiate the new Hellspawn, why not make him a Portuguese explorer in the 16th century, an officer of the Royal Navy in the 18th century, an idealistic recruit of Simon Bolivar in the 19th century, a companion of Odysseus on his voyages, a Roman gladiator, a younger brother of Emperor Nakamikado in the early 18th century, a Spanish conquistador, an aristocrat in the Qing dynasty, an American Indian warrior, or a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I?”

Final Resolutions

Any further possible appeals by McFarlane have been rendered ineligible now that a settlement has finally been agreed. Its precise details have not been disclosed, but it upholds the ruling that Gaiman is now 50% owner of Spawn issues #9 and #26, the latter linking the story to a spinoff series starring Angela, the first three issues Gaiman now also has equal ownership of. That this case even came to exist in the first place is somewhat ironic in that McFarlane’s Image Comics was originally founded as a way of maintaining creator-owned works, acting against the standard work for hire contracts of DC and Marvel that meant writers and artists had no rights to any of the work they did. Gaiman stated that the final ruling was “huge in terms of what the nature of dual copyright in comics is. What is copyrightable in comics is now something that there is a definite legal precedent for.”

Melanie Yorke