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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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Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Premiere Review

Gilead’s a cesspool of discomfort that only gets worse, isn’t it?

This last weekend, The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 premiered on Hulu. Instead of gracing fans with just a single episode, though, Hulu gave fans three. Thank you, Hulu gods, for such a gift. Since they premiere Handmaid’s Tale weekly, it’s nice to be able to binge ourselves a little to get back into the show before wait each week to continue the journey. 

As the NerdBastards resident Handmaid’s Tale reviewer, I thought it might be good for me to cover such a momentous debut.

And boy, did the show really go for it.

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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…)

 

Standing six foot, nine inches, Jake Estrada truly is a giant among men. With his catch phrase, “We can do this!”, and his positive encouragement of indie creators, Jake has made a name for himself in his local community and beyond. This gentle giant is a husband, father, indie comic creator, blogger, teacher, producer, artist, actor, and entrepreneur. He is a producer and host for many cons in his local community, including; The Spacie Awards (an award event celebrating indie creators on the Space Coast of Florida), Space Coast Comic Con, and Indiecon (A talent show that will showcase indie creators in Brevard County, FL).

With his publication, Space Coast Comixx, Jake has been able to share his own content as local talent with his local community, elevating those around him as he chases his own dreams.

We had a chance to talk with Jake recently and learned a lot about the indie community, making a movie, and time management. (more…)


Brian Hawkins is an assistant editor at Mad Cave Studious; the writer and creator of Cornrows; and an educator, teaching English to the next generation of comic book collectors and creators. His editorial skills have helped bring books like Knights of the Golden SunMidnight TaskforceBattlecats, & Honor and Curse to life, and his imaginative writing skills are on full display in Cornrows, an explosive story about a vigilante teacher seeking revenge for the death of a former student, merging his two worlds in an urban fantasy comic book.

Brian sat down with us at NerdBastards to answer a few questions and share some advice in the next installment in our series of interviews with indie comic creators. (more…)

Joel Rodriguez is the creator and owner of Metal Ninja Studios, an indie comic book company. He is also the writer of The Dusk County Chronicles, a 24-page horror mini-anthology that asks the questions; “What if Toy Story was a slasher, or Peter Pan required a sacrifice to get into Neverland?” His interesting take on familiar children’s stories and classic horror films makes this anthology a must read.

The Dusk County Chronicles was a Kickstarter project, and after reading it, we at NerdBastards knew we had to interview the twisted writer behind this intriguing book. Joel agreed to answer some of our questions and give us some insight into his future projects.

So, turn down the lights and light a few candles as NerdBastards continues it’s series of interviews with indie comic creators.
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Anthony Cleveland is a freelance comic book writer who specializes in horror comics. His latest comic is called Show’s End, being released in June from Mad Cave studios. NerdBastards reached out to Anthony for an interview about his upcoming project, past works, and future endeavors and the creepily talented writer was more than happy to shed some light on his dark imagination and creations. (more…)

NerdBastards had the privilege, nay, the pleasure, of getting to toss some questions at Daniel Brodie, creator and writer of Morgan’s Organs. Brodie’s comic book, now in it’s third issue being funded through Kickstarter, is the unique perspective of the organs living in a college student, Morgan. Think Pixar’s Inside Out for grown-ups. Low brow humor of the highest quality, Morgan’s Organs gives voice to larger than life characters that many young men will identify with. Morgan’s brain, Bran, and his penis, Pepe, vie for control of Morgan’s love life while his other organs feel the fallout of their choices. Morgan and his organs sometimes seem at odds with each other, having differing goals and opinions. But no matter the situation, their choices affect each other in hilarious ways. Extremely NSFW (that IS a censored penis head in the logo, after all!) Morgan’s Organs provides laugh-out-loud comedy that will keep you engaged, page after page.

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Afropunk refers to the participation of African Americans and other black people in punk and alternative subcultures like Cyberpunk and alternative history fiction similar to Steampunk. And few comics have embodied that like Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer. David Crownson and crew have found success with their comic featuring not only a woman but of a woman of color, with a mostly person of color cast. Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer comes off as a breath of fresh air with a unique perspective and vivid storytelling.

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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Handmaid’s Tale, and with the impressive trailer for season 3, it will hardly be the last.

At the end of season 2, June sent Emily and Nicole to Canada while she stayed behind in Gilead to find her other daughter, Hannah. Though she could have escaped with them, she didn’t. Instead, she went back to the precarious, dangerous Waterford home with the tyrannical Fred and the conflicted Serena Joy.

In my season 2 review, I was frustrated and unsure how the next season would play out. Thinking that leaving was an obvious choice and the writers just kept her in Gilead for drama, I worried they would go back to the old tricks. That season, there had been a bit too much forced Serena Joy/June conflict and I was afraid they’d just re-hash that old conflict.

While I still think the ending wasn’t a logical one, the season 3 trailer shows a writer’s team that’s pulled together an interesting season all over again.

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