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Chloe Dykstra, cast-member of Heroes of Cosplay and co-host of the web series Just Cos, grew up apart of the entertainment and nerd communities. This is because her father, John Dykstra, is a special effects artist, best known for his work on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Spider-Man, and Spider-Man 2.

Dykstra clearly developed a taste for nerdiness herself, fostering a love of cosplay, conventions, and sci-fi fantasy characters. She remains wholly involved in the nerd community, sharing her cosplays and providing commentary on geekdom as her full-time job.

However, Dykstra has recently taken to Medium to detail the haunting three-year abuse committed by an unnamed ex-boyfriend when she was in her young 20’s. (more…)

Dungeons & Dragons has been a mainstay of nerd culture since it was first published by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). Since 1997, the game was taken over by Wizards of the Coast and has gone through several revisions currently placing it in its 5th Edition. For decades, the game seemed to be associated with little more than young boys throwing dice in their basements while talking about girls and eating pizza (watch Stranger Things, season 1, episode 1 for a great depiction of this), but many of those young boys… and girls, the ladies love some D&D too, have grown up. Some of them have even become celebrities and one such person happens to be Hollywood’s Magic Mike himself, Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike XXL, and One Tree Hill).

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Despite never claiming the crown in a fancy reality TV competition, Chris Hardwick (aka @Nerdist) could rightly be called King of the Nerds. A stand-up comic, Hardwick burst into our consciousness as the guy who stood next to Jenny McCarthy on Singled Out. Later, he would contribute to Attack of the Show, travel the country MCing panels at various Comic Cons and start the Nerdist podcast. Now, Hardwick is working as the host of AMC’s Walking Dead aftershow, The Talking Dead and his new show, The Nerdist, is about to kick off on BBC America as a part of their Supernatural Saturday’s lineup.

Given the chance to talk to Hardwick on a conference call this afternoon, we asked about his late night ambitions, which Doctor he’d like to bring back for the 50th Anniversary, and the chances of a Singled Out Kickstarter. Before we get to that, though, take a look at what Hardwick had to say when a some of the other writers on the call asked about his new show and whether he would choose The Walking Dead or Doctor Who if forced to make a choice.

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

ABOVE: Yes, it’s a TARDIS in the same drawing as the “Firefly-class” spaceship, Serenity, so lose your mind fanboy! In a piece called cleverly named “The Time JobJohn Sumrow put together an awesome heist piece – the crew of Serenity stealing the Doctor’s signature transport. You’d think Mal would have nicked the Doctors ginger too, you know… since his is still alive and all… [Nerd Approved]

Hit the jump for The Scarlet Witch, Nerdist and more…
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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: A Christmas Story in a galaxy far, far away…  Gordon Tapley created this fantastic Star Wars twist on the lamp from A Christmas Story. [ObviousWinner]

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Fraggles and Piano Rock

As a possessor of somewhat odd tastes I rarely get to experience multiple things I like all at once. There is no baseball video game with a Tom Waits soundtrack and time travel puzzle solving, and rarely does porn include a healthy dose of 90s style sketch comedy or Aaron Sorkin written dialogue. Here though, below these meager words, lives a collection of assembled cool shit. A joyfulness jambalaya for me and those who dig what I dig.

Behold, Fraggles, The Ben Folds Five, a cute girl (Anna Kendrick), Nerdist, and Rob Corddry — all brought together for the Ben Folds Five video “Do it Anyway”. The cake icing? No Gorgs, man I hate Gorgs.

There, now wasn’t that amazing? It kinda reminded me of that old Weezer video for “Keep Fishing”* that had a horde of Muppets in it. Sadly, Weezer began sucking h-h-hard after the “Green Album” (or maybe during it), so here’s hoping Folds, Darren Jessee, and Robert Sledge don’t fall victim to the felt curse as well.

For those of you who are not quite sure what you just watched, here is a link to the Wiki definition of what a music video is. If you don’t know what Fraggles are, there is no help for you.

*I wrongly said the Weezer video was Island in the Sun. I was totally right about Weezer sucking now though. 

Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerd based art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every net based nook and cranny. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly Nerd Art Dumps.

Na na na na na na na na, Batgirls! – Well, one Batgirl and a Robin anyways, but a single Stephanie Brown. We here at Nerd Bastards HQ love the work of Lynne Yoshii, having featured her here several times before, but featuring the former Spoiler turned third Batgirl with her past self is pretty damn cool. When your originally a three-issue deal and you become one of the biggest female characters in comics you know your doing something right. [Comics Alliance]

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Many, like myself, have watched all three Back to the Future movies end-to-end, but some of you may not recognize the name Tom Wilson. Replace that name with either Biff, Griff or Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen and you’re quoting “butt-head” till the DeLoreans come back to the present.

Unlike some of his co-stars, however, Tom didn’t “break out” following the trilogy. With a few bit parts here and there, as well as playing Coach Ben Fredricks in Freaks and Geeks, Wilson was more known for playing his past, present and future family members. That hasn’t stopped him from having a successful artistic and comedic career, but even twenty-two years later many BTTF fans still ask him to call them “butt-heads” or ask if the manure he was covered in was real.

In an interview with Nerd ambassador to the world Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist podcast last Fall, Wilson talked a bit about the past as well as what’s changed in the present with his comedy and career. An image posted on their site went almost unnoticed, but has recently been making a resurgence thanks to Reddit, answering any question you may have been saving up in case you ever met him. Check it out:

I won’t lie, I used to be scared to death of Bif Tannen. Now I see he’s really just a cool guy that loves his fans. Even with the years of constantly having to repeat the same phrases and answers asked of him, he still manages to be a stand-up guy. But I have even more respect for him putting it into song, something he did back in 2006:

Funny, well-respected and best of all, he’s got a few live shows upcoming up that you can actually go to! Check out TomWilsonUSA for his upcoming appearances and BigPopFun to get a look at Tom’s more artistic side – he’s damn good with a brush.

Source: Cinema Blend

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Starting things off with Steven Moffat and Benedict Cumberbatch posing with “The Avengers” at Marvel Studios. Why? Because I can. Check out Comic Book Movie for more from their visit.

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Today marks the much awaited arrival of Youtube’s all new channels. Taking a step in the direction towards providing original content, well, more original than all those ball-bustin’ videos, Youtube has partnered with a few our favorite geeks to bring you channels with all new programming. Both channels launching today, the Nerdist Channel from The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick and Geek & Sundry from the mind of Felicia Day, will feature programs aimed at the geek crowd.

So what have they got for us today? Awesome stuff, that’s what. First up from the Nerdist Channel is Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling. In a bowling match for charity Team Nerdist: Chris Hardwick, Alex Albrecht (4Points), Klye Clark (Nerdterns), and Steve Agee (Indoor Kids) will square off againt Team Machinima:  Adam Kovic (Inside Gaming – Machinima), Khail Anonymous (ETC – Machinima), Bruce Greene (Wrecknology – Machinima), and Matt Dannevik (Inside Gaming – Machinima).

Okay, I don’t know about you but I kinda want to go bowling now. And not Wii Bowling, which I’m a champion at, but outside the house go to a lane real bowling, which I SUCK at. So there you go, Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling has inspired me to leave the house. What did you guys think?

Next is a real treat from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sunday, a new Guild music video! Yay! (Kermit Flail!) It”s a real nerd anthem and it’s already stuck in my head. In a good way.

Yeah, screw those people from high school. Now we’re the cool and trendy ones! “I’m the One That’s Cool” like, “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” before it, was created by Jed Whedon and Felicia Day and I’m gonna bet it’ll be a real hit at the convention circuit this summer.

So what do you guys think of these new Youtube channels? Hooray for the future of web content, I say.  Expect new awesome stuff everyday so make sure you subscribe: Nerdist Channel – Geek & Sundry. Are there any other channels you’ll be checking out? Share ’em below.