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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Two Back 2 Back Musings From The Shoppe's Daryll B.! And Oh Yeah, This Past Saturday's Grindhouse Broadcast!

Welcome to the hub of the Afronerd Radio universe, folks......commonly referred to as Afronerd.com. Please accept our sincerest apologies for our laxity but we assure you that some pretty cool changes to our site are forthcoming. Meanwhile, feel free to check out our latest episode of The Grindhouse and then if that wasn't enough, we have back to back meanderings from the one and only Daryll B. Enjoy!

You're Hearing Double @ Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse, 6pm!

And now for Daryll B's latest blog thoughts:

First, his belated Halloween bloggings-

Due to the Halloween Festivities, Daryll is Link-Blogging it today but he had to add this in for all of you:

THANK YOU ARROW! As an old time Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans fan, it is great to see not only 1 but 2 key antagonists from those days added to your show. At least one comic book show remembers their nerdy fanbase! I looking at you SHIELD....LOL Now onto the links!



Yeah, this was a pretty big mess up.......

Through Adam WarRock and Mikal kHill I found out about Nerdapalooza shutting down due to financial issues, which is a bummer since there was a New York version planned. At their Bandcamp site though, you can still get compilations from shows from 2009-2012 for name your own price....


Crossing fingers for a speedy return for the ultimate nerd concert gathering.....

-I don't know where to go with this:


He rips up this by Kelly Sue DeConnick, but loads of DC and Marvel stuff goes untouched. Then states it wasn't because Pretty Deadly was written by a woman. Contradictory much Dude?

-411 Mania does it again with their list of the worst replacement superheroes:


Questions abound about the writer's choices but let's just say half of his choices wouldn't have been on my list.

-I may rip DC on a lot of things, but Hank Kanalz, one of the leaders of their digital arm, shows that they got their bearings in at least one place:


It seems that DC/Warner Bros. got themselves together at least here... In addition, Jim Lee did this to begin the week...


Further hope for those aspiring artists out there. If Jim Lee got rejected early, anyone can. So don't lose hope and press on!

-Robot 6 reveal the "secret origin" of Bitstrips, the news social media fad:


Now EVERYONE is a comic writer/"artist"....BUT me. I haven't used it a lick. Talk about irony....

-A month ago I gave you readers a look into what I collect when I go to the comic shop. Kelly Thompson does the same thing here:


What I love about this is that encouraged everyone to share what they collect AND give insights into why.

-Brett White critiques the X-Men Days of Future Past Trailer:


I have nothing to add except that I totally agree with his viewpoint after looking at the trailer for a third time. Talk about a repetitive problem.... Here's the trailer in case you missed it....


-I know you had to have seen this:


FANTASTIC coordination by the band!

-I'll end this link-blog with an article by Matt Wilson about that very thing!


"There are no true endings. Let's just call this a goodbye for now..."

Folks, I hope you enjoyed your Halloween celebrations, trick-o-treating, scary movies watching, partying/family time. Until Next Time...(and if I recover from candy sugar shock..)...Readers Keep Fantasizing! And now Daryll B.'s thoughts regarding this past NY Comic Con:

Hiya AfroNerd Readers and Facebook Followers. I really didn't know how I was going to do this blog about New York Comic Con and my experiences. I thought I would at first talk about the cosplayers and the awesome outfits I saw, but every major site has that covered. Then, I thought I would talk about the survey and questions I put towards loads of attendees about comics/science fiction/fantasy in the mainstream. My thanks to everyone who bothered to answer the questions of this weird black nerd in a JLA/Wolverine/Gunslinger Anime Polo Shirt (depending on the morning I caught you), but I think I'll leave my results for the upcoming ComicShoppe Show on Saturday. I found my inspiration from the newscasts around TV/Cable covering the 4 day event on Sunday Night/Monday Morning.

Let's face it: newscasters and reporters by and large are folks that we rely on for the facts and sometimes the truth. You are going to go to an event such as this, you would think that people would do a little homework. Or at least find an entertainment reporter that has a little experience with the subject matter. To say I felt like nerd/geekdom was being talked down to in most of these segments is a MAJOR understatement. You know what people of TV? By and large most of y'all were the beautiful people... the ones who were popular; the cheerleaders; the BMOCs; the fame seekers and party animals....

But guess what? You are now in the environment of the mostly shunned; the outcasts; the ones that were made fun of and you just CAN'T STAND the major steps forward that we have made in the mainstream. That the prophecies professed in Revenge of the Nerds have now been realized and now your everyday lives can't do without us in some form. Think I'm lying? Is that a smartphone in your pocket? Or a bluetooth in your ear? You take our innovations in one hand and push our culture away with the other. Time to wake up. We're here! We're driven! We're dressed up waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before Halloween in costumes and losing our minds meeting A,B,&C rated stars of print, web. tv, and film. Get used to it "in crowd" because you'll be seeing a lot more of us walking your city streets and on your multimedia platforms.

Quick Hits About The Con:

-Remember that whole controversy about Harley Quinn's new look in the Nu52? Forget that now because there were scores of them on my days there....

-NYCC has become crazy popular and I met people from about 12 different countries this year. I heard that 120,000 people attended.

-Over the 4 days I met a couple of stars and industry names... and of course I locked up out of my personal geekdom. Best encounter: I met Sgt. Slaughter just seconds after I picked up G.I. Joe The Movie on DVD for 4 bucks. Encounter I needed to man up for better: Met Brian Cronin and the Comic Book Resources crew at a bar and simply didn't know how to approach this group that I have talked to online for years. Yeah... still working on that face-to-face confidence for these interviews.

-Regret missing out on David Walker and Ken Lashley because I really wanted to pick their brains about the convention and the business.

-Regret my phone settings that had me running out of battery power before taking photos at the wrong times...regretted that especially during the Poison Ivy and X-Men cosplayers group photos...

-Damn there were a lot of various Deadpools and Lokis.... and I think the black cosplayer soup de jour this year was Cyclops. I must have bumped into at least 10 different black people as Cyclops (8 men and 2 women)....

-Not many panels for me this year and boy are my legs letting me feel it in the week that has followed...

-Big as San Diego but without the "Hollywood" aftertaste.... savor it now my fellow science fiction lovers because if other planners have their way, we going to be three times as commercial next year.....*ugh!*

-However, I will suggest that for next year (Oct. 9-12th), everyone experience the early morning CosPlay walk from Penn Station down to Jacob Javitz along 34th Street. It isn't an official thing, but the look on New Yorkers' faces as they see all these costumed characters...PRICELESS.

No links for me this week, as I took a vacation from geek news but count on Saturday at 6pm, The ComicShoppe will be all over this and other events. Until Then Loyal Readers, Keep Fantasizing!

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