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.
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.
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 Sun, Midnight Taskforce, Battlecats, & 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.
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.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has fans flipping their lids. The animation, the music, the voice acting, is all on another level from what Marvel has previously done with their animated features. With the latest trailer release, we get to see even more of what we can expect this Christmas. Are you ready to enter the Spider-Verse?
DC is ramping up their marketing, releasing some awesome teasers for it’s new DC Universe streaming service. The latest is Harley Quinn. The teaser trailer makes fun of DC, breaks the 4th wall, and introduces us to a new kind of Harley. Will fans receive the show well? Will it be the breath of fresh air that DC hopes it will be? Or will the internet prove Ivy right? “They’ll hate it.”
Every new incarnation of DC Comics’ The Joker puts the internet into a tizzy. Love it or hate it, each iteration of the classic Batman villain delves deeper into the character’s psyche and stretches the possibilities of what the character means to the caped crusader. Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie announcement is no different. Outcries of support and disagreement are littering the social media highways with equal fervor. More level heads sit back and take a ‘wait and see’ approach before casting out their opinions. With the release of the first test footage of Phoenix’s Joker, the internet has some strong opinions. As we take a look at the newest interpretation of Gotham City’s clown prince of crime, we also look back on some of the most extreme and versions of The Joker that most deviated from the source material – whether fans liked it or not.