You’ve heard of it whispered in the darkest corners of your high school experience, perhaps images of a defamatory news segments or a dorky cartoon flash through your head. You’ve seen the books, lining that section of your comic book store you never go to, dice of strange and unfamiliar shapes shoved into a free-for-all somewhere near the counter. You had a friend or a cousin who wouldn’t shut up about it, maybe made it sound appealing, but it still felt too weird for you. You remember catching the last quarter of a terrible movie about it on television during a mid-day time filler slot. Now, you’re starting to see it everywhere in your Facebook feed. You watched Vin Diesel play it, you saw Dan Harmon‘s HarmonQuest, and of course, people won’t shut up about the Demogorgon after watching Stranger Things. Now you feel like maybe you want to try out Dungeons and & Dragons, but you have no idea where to begin. Well keep reading, because now you’re going to be taken through how to start playing “D&D”. (more…)
When you think of comic book conventions, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the one and only Comic Con in San Diego California. After all, it is the biggest comic con of the year and you can find many big stars and major announcements there. But what about the smaller conventions? You know, the local ones that not nearly as many people go to. While these smaller comic conventions aren’t as popular as the ones that coast an entire savings account to go to, they are nonetheless worthy of checking out. A perfect example of a small con with a big heart is last weekend’s Terrificon Comicon at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
It’s a Pokemon world, we’re just living in it! The debut of Pokemon Go on smart phones everywhere last month became a smash hit and cultural sensation, but the fact of the matter is that Pokemon has been part of kids’ pop culture diet for two decades now; it transverses generations. A big part of that is Veronica Taylor, who that first generation of Pokemon fans will recognize as the voice of Ash, and the voice of Ash’s mom, in the English dub of the Pokemon anime that ran for eight seasons and several movies in the late 90s/early 00s.
Taylor’s credits include a long list of animated shows from both sides of the Pacific Ocean. You can hear her in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as April O’Neal, or as Scarlett in the anime G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. Taylor’s credits also includes Slayers, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mobile Suit Gundam, and the latest dub of Sailor Moon. You can also hear her vocal talents reading books written by Judy Blume, Danielle Steel, and Mary Kay Andrews, and in video games like Ape Escape 2, Grand Adventure, and World of Warcraft. Today though, the topic of discussion was Pokemon, and the legacy that Taylor has helped sew as we countdown the days to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, where Taylor will reunite with many of the people that have made Pokemon, and continue to make it, the success that it is. (more…)
It’s an old story: a bunch of rogues on a spaceship trying to fight their way across the universe with a hundred enemies all after their hides. Dark Matter, now in its second season on SyFy, continues in that fine tradition featuring a group of mercenaries with no memory of who they are, trying to scratch out a living, and stay one step ahead of the law, while trying to deal with their pasts and possibly overcome them. Amongst the crew of the Raza is Three played by Anthony Lemke.
Three is the smart alec bad ass with a heart of gold on Dark Matter; always the first to suggest self-preservation over intervention, always full of snark and sarcasm especially for his fellow crew members, and always ready to go with his sidearm, Bubba. Lemke is no stranger to being the bad guy, his breakout role was as the antagonist Captain Grisham in Queen of Swords, but he’s remained a busy, working actor with stints on Lost Girl, The Listener, and in the Roland Emmerich movie White House Down. As Dark Matter’s second season was about to take off (space pun intended), Nerd Bastards got the chance to sit down with Lemke to talk about sci-fi, acting like you have amnesia, and whether or not he’s optimistic about the future…. (more…)
With the Olympics winding down, the countries of the world revel in the glorious harmony they have wrought by putting forth their best athletes to compete in games of sport and tests of skill. Calling upon grand traditions dating back to ancient times, these sports challenge the strength, speed, and skills of all who participate. While not necessarily the most athletic of the species, it’s high time for nerds to grab some of that glory for ourselves. It won’t be done through training and exercise. It will be done in a game changing, Kobayashi Maru-style coup. Olympic events are added and removed all the time. Now is the time to add the following nerdy games to the Olympics. (more…)
For all his success, critical acclaim, and devoted fan base, Joss Whedon still has his fair share of detractors. On occasion, these haters may present a valid criticism of Whedon and his work (which will be summarily dismissed and disregarded henceforth), but most of the time, they’re riding high on the train of spite and antagonism. They may say things like, “Joss Whedon fans are insufferable,” “Whedonites worship anything Whedon does, even if it’s crap,” or “Whedonites can’t accept that Whedon is a better writer than director, he’s not a cinematic genius of the magnitude of Kubrick or Spielberg, and his attempts don’t hit every time, whether it’s a storytelling choice or a shot at feminism.” This article is an obstinate fist right in their hate-scowls, so buckle up for an overzealous, hyperbolic adventure into the very real virtues of the unparalleled brilliance that is Joss Whedon.
Since the dawn of humanity, long before there were even words to describe the two groups, there has been a rift between audiences and critics, a deepening chasm which can never be traversed and can even more rarely be empathized across. Ever since an early hunter elicited cheers from his fellow tribe members by smashing a squirrel with a club only to look over at a fellow hunter smugly critiquing his squirrel-smashing form with an eyebrow raised in a “meh”-shaped arc, the value of work (especially work of a creative nature) has been judged differently by two groups who are looking for very different things. One group is more concerned with the technical aspects of an efficient, artful club swing, while the other is more interested in the finished product of delicious squirrel innards oozing out onto the ground.
The point of critics is to help provide information to help you, potential audience member, make an informed decision. What you decide to do or not do with that information is your own business. Of course, there is absolutely nothing worse (from an entertainment perspective I mean. There are way worse things… like cancer, Donald Trump, and oatmeal raisin cookies) than being all excited and pumped for an upcoming movie release, only to see said movie get absolutely eviscerated by movie critics. Even for those who do not take much stock in what critics have to say, it does sour the experience of going into a flick without some sort of preconceived notion. It’s deflating is what it is, generating that “ahhh, goddammit” voice inside your head (as well as maybe a vocal one). And that’s just your everyday movie. When it comes to the superhero genre, particularly Marvel (Disney) vs DC (Warner Bros), online angst is turned up to 11. Fans/people are getting flippin’ fed up at critics sucking the proverbial dick of Marvel and their overwhelmingly positive reviews for all but a few of their movies. Meanwhile DC/Warner, which is now into its 3rd cinematic installment with the release of Suicide Squad (Fri 8/5), and the scale is so un-balanced there might as well be a 5 ton brick on it. The particular reviews, in this case, are the ones featured on Rotten Tomatoes. Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received an infamous low critics score of 27% vs Captain America: Civil War’s 90%. And as of right now, David Ayer Suicide Squad has a critic rating of 37%.
With a system that appears to be rigged (it’s not), has frustrated one DC fan to the point where he has started an online petition to have the review aggregator site shut down. (more…)
While pretty much all the games in the main Pokémon series have retained an almost unrivalled level in popularity – note the barely lowered prices of any of them in second hand shops – the franchise has been rocketed back into the public sphere by the recent release of Niantic‘s augmented reality game Pokémon Go. Its sheer popularity has caused the servers to be under almost constant pressure, been incorporated in an MMA taunt and even inspired a range of sex toys. It has rebooted the idea of a live action Pokémon movie – not a new idea, but one that has been debated for a long time. (more…)
‘Ello dudes and dudettes! This is your resident Nerd Bastard Luke Gallagher speaking. Talking to you today about GeekFuel, the monthly subscription box that you need to be gettin’ your geek on with. You’ve undoubtedly heard of mystery box subscription boxes before, and have maybe even gotten a box or two from Geek Fuel’s distinguished competition such as LootCrate or Marvel’s Collector Corps. Whether you’re new to the whole subscription box thing or have been a recipient of other services, you should know GeekFuel is the best of the best. Is that a bold claim? Did I already over sell it? Maybe, but let’s find out. We just received their July Box, and the nerdy goodies contained are so so good. Have a looksee below and judge for yourself.