Stonie Williams

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Kickstarter is an amazing resource for creatives and creators to seek crowdfunding for projects that would otherwise never see the light of day. People, fans, nerds, just like you produce amazing works of art with the help of their peers and like-minded fans. NerdBastards would like to take some time to stop and recognize some noteworthy projects in need of funding. Help make all kinds of fantastic art and support independent creators. Today’s spotlight is on…

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In 1978 Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Chewbacca And R2-D2 came out as toys, the first ever Star Wars action figures. The box also contained a diorama display stand, some stickers, and a Star Wars fan club membership card. But in 2017, Carl Cunningham committed one of the biggest scandals in the collectible toy world. And while it happened only 2 years ago and caused such a ruckus within its community, a lot of fans never heard of it. Before his scandal, Cunningham was a trusted name among collectors. What could he have done to lose so much? It started with fellow collector Zach Tann and a very rare, very sought after figure. And Cunningham’s secret to how he obtained his rare finds…

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Huge news for fans of the anime Cowboy Bebop. Casting for a live-action Netflix version of Cowboy Bebop has been announced. Unlike a lot of American produced anime live-action adaptations, Netflix is going with a much more diverse cast, leaning away from the typical whitewashing you see from Hollywood. If fan reaction is any indication, they’re doing something right. Who are the stars of the much-beloved anime? What well-known faces could be seen? Actors from Star Trek, Luke Cage, Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom, and The Miniaturist come together to bring Cowboy Bebop to life in what is sure to be the next big Netflix hit.

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Nothing can remain secret in the entertainment industry anymore. Seems more and more people are paying attention to trademark registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Seems Blizzard Entertainment has registered a “goods and service” trademark for a popular game that could send fans into a frenzy. For years fans have clamored for Blizzard to get into making their own CGI animation. Love or hate the games, there’s no denying that their CGI is top-notch and their shorts and trailers are nothing short of jaw-dropping in terms of quality and storytelling. But will this next endeavor endear fans or ruffle feathers?

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PaxEast gave us a lot of really cool news, but the Borderlands 3 announcement arguably dominated over everything else. But even as they got excited, fans questioned why Gearbox wanted to wait a week before announcing the pre-order and launch information. Then, as the info dropped they slowly became aware. There was a not-so-small caveat to the PC version’s launch that could have gotten Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchard booed off stage. What announcement could incur the wrath of fans so eager for the new game? What decision could’ve been made with the PC launch that Gearbox feared to announce it live and ruining the momentum of their announcement?

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James Gunn has got to be riding high, with his newest movie Brightburn releasing and being reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3. But let’s not forget that he’s also helming Suicide Squad 2. Lots of rumors surround the movie. Is It a reboot or a sequel? What characters will be in it? How short will Harley Quinn’s shorts be? With the departure of Will Smith, other actors have spoken up about their roles in the movie. And it begs the question – if you have returning actors playing returning characters, can it really be a reboot?

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The Borderlands franchise by developer Gearbox is one of the most beloved First-Person Shooters (FPS) in history. Spawning 3 full games, numerous DLC, an iOS games, and an episode game, a comic series, novels, a new card game, and plans for a movie still in development. PAXEast saw the announcement of the much-anticipated Borderlands 3. Fans were treated to a trailer of the new game at the end of the Gearbox panel as well as a quick rundown by Gearbox leader Randy Pitchford. Did it live up to expectations? If the way fans defended the game from the less-than stellar review by website Polygon, the answer is an enthusiastic “yes!”

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DC Comics came into WonderCon Anaheim strong, throwing out many updates for DC Universe. The streaming app had some disappointments for fans as far as the peripheral features went. Fans were excited by the list of TV shows, animated movies, and films that were accessible, but felt the comics section was lacking. The original content line-up was worthy of a side-eye. Even the staunchest DC fan has reservations as to how strong the content on the streaming service would be. Months after release, the DC Universe proves just how strong it bring it, and announces updates that will worthy of a title like DC ‘Universe’.

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Yes, that’s in French.

Now that Disney owns Fox, properties formerly outside the umbrella are finally back where they belong. Fantastic Four and X-Men, primarily. And it’s only a matter of time before the MCU welcome their lost children back to the big screen. And fans have already been throwing out their casting choice. One Redditor gave a suggestion that’s gotten over 20k upvotes or fake internet points. But will you approve? Every Nerd has an opinion on who would be the best Doctor Doom. And even if they don’t have a suggestion, they have an opinion on other’s casting of Marvel’s First Family. But this is a solid list of proven actors that could easily embody these characters and usher the MCU into a bright new phase.

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