Nerd Culture

Ask any 30-something what the best part of growing up was, and you will probably be regaled with stories of waking up on Saturday mornings, going to the kitchen and making a big bowl of cereal, grabbing your blanket and plopping yourself down in front of the TV to catch the latest offering of He-Man or Transformers. If you stick around long enough you may hear tales of a delicious green Orange-Tangerine flavored nectar, a drink whispered of in legend and now long forgotten to time. I speak of course of the amazing Ecto Cooler. But now, that legend is back…well sorta.

This famous drink is now in alcoholic form at The Quarters Bar Yes, the childhood staple has now been boozed up. Yes, please!  (more…)

The 2019 Popcorn Frights Film Festival hits Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 8th-16th and writer and director Brian Rosenthal will be in attendance! You might recognize Rosenthal from films such as Marvel Zombies vs. Army of DarknessAsh vs. Lobo and the DC Deadand the concept trailer for his sure-to-be cult classic, The Last Blockbuster.  Join Rosenthal and others on Saturday the 10th as they show off their hard work! With more than a week of incredible horror movies there’s sure to be something for every kind of horror fan!

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Toynk Toys Brings Their A-Game For SDCC

 

San Diego Comic Con is like the Nerd Holy land. Nerds from all over the world gather to socialize, network, get the latest news, see celebrities and of course, find awesome loot. Well Toynk Toys is here to give you a heads up on what they’ll be bringing to SDCC. You can be sure to find more of the best quality, officially licensed items that you’ve come to expect for Toynk Toys. X-Men, Avengers, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Fallout 76, and much more will be represented at SDCC. Have you gotten your SDCC tickets yet? What the heck are you waiting for??

 

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Everyone can bitch all they want about Yennefer’s far more model look and all the race-bending in the new Netflix The Witcher series, but they are all ignoring the real visual problem with the adaptation. 

Henry Cavill is too pretty to play Geralt and it’s awful.

Let’s back-trek. By no means am I saying that Geralt of Riviera is an ugly man. Absolutely not. He’s rugged and stoic and a fantasy hero, so obviously he’d charm the pants off of a lot of people. However, no one ever looked at him and thought, “why yes, he looks like he could pass as Prince Charming.” 

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Life as an Anime Millennial: The Glory of Aggretsuko

While commentary sites tend to lean towards the informative or negative, let’s take a moment today to just revel in something super awesome. 

Let’s talk about Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko is a Netflix show about a cute, reliable red panda who vents her rage by singing death metal karaoke. In a world of anthropomorphic animals working desk jobs, the show walks to the beat of its own drum. As does its main character, Retsuko, even though she hides it under sweetness and compliance. 

With 15 minute episodes, the Japanese original series is short, to the point, yet oh so effective. And, somehow, depicts one of the realest expressions of being a twenty something, despite being a bizarre animation about office animals. 

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Our friends at Toynk Toys are out again, this time at Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles. Toynk Toys is known for bringing fun, quality, highly collectible merchandise to everyone who plays with and collect toys, regardless of age. At Anime Expo 2019, you can expect more of the same. Enamel pins, Campos notebooks, and mystery boxes, all My Hero Academia themed await Anime fans at the Toynk Toys booth. But that’s not all. Toynk Toys will also have a ton of the home and office supplies, collectibles and toys from many other franchises, all officially licensed. What do the mystery boxes contain? Where can you find Toynk Toys at the expo? NerdBastards is here to answer all these questions and much more.

 

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We absolutely love it when fictional worlds of popular culture cross into real world consumerism and create unique fan experiences. Such as the case with Baskin-Robbins and Netflix Scifi-Horror series Stranger Things 

Season 3 of the series show will be released on July 4. In conjunction with the upcoming third season, Baskin-Robbins has launched a specialty menu of Stranger Things-flavored ice cream.  (more…)

 

Steve Ekstrom is a writer, editor, letterer, and Indie comic producer. He has successfully Kickstarted projects, worked as a journalist for nerdy news outlets, and started his own indie comics studio, Imminent Press.

NerdBastards.com had a chance to talk with Steve about his career in comics, his love for writing, and his experiences in the indie comic scene, and it is fair to say that we learned a lot. Please enjoy this next installment in our ongoing series of interviews with indie comic creators. (more…)

 

Rick Stafford is a cosplayer with a wide range of charters that he brings to life, but he is most known for his many variations of DC Comics’ heroic defender of the deep, Aquaman. Rick dons the green & gold to attend cons and volunteers to visit sick children in hospitals. He has attended numerous charity events, and conventions to inspire the hero in all of us.

Like any true hero, Rick has had to overcome some extremely difficult obstacles in his life. Some of these obstacles would have broken weaker men, yet Rick continues to preserver, moving forward with the strength and endurance of the indomitable characters he brings to life through his cosplays.

We at NerdBastards had a chance to talk with this real life hero and learn what motivates him to cosplay and volunteer so much of his time to others.
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Mad Cave Studios is an indie comic book company on the rise. With titles like Honor & Curse, Midnight Task Force, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, and their flagship title Battlecats, Mad Cave is making a name for itself and taking its place as a respectable indie brand in the comic community. The company repeatedly creates new and diverse titles to captivate its’ readers. No two titles in the Mad Cave line-up are the same, making their books more accessible to a wider audience.

The MADMAN behind this ambitious indie company and the writer for the majority of its titles is Mark London. His MAD dreams and visions have shaped Mad Cave Studios into a forward-thinking company that prides itself on quality storytelling and beautifully expressive art. We had a chance to talk with Mark about Mad Cave Studios, writing comics, the indie scene, and the future for himself, and his company. (more…)