NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: AJ Green's injury, Top Gun controversy and of course my comic book

ART BY JESUS RODRIGUEZ

Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds! It'll be August this week so let's finish July strong.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to get over to The West Bar and Grill on August 4th. They are supporting 13yr old Kobee Cohen, who having previously defeated Rhabdomayosarcoma recently suffered a return of the disease and now it is in his brain. Looking towards hospice care, the family needs financial aid and support during this difficult time. There will be a raffle and donations for the raffle are still being accepted, everyone is welcome to attend and I'm encouraging them to do so!

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE UPDATE

The first order is printed, boxed and is shipped as of this morning I think. I got tracking info yesterday that said, not picked up, how is that helpful USPS? That's always so annoying right? The useless tracking info, one time I shipped something from a box store, and it showed as still there for three days and then suddenly it was in California and for delivery that afternoon. How's that happening? Anyway, this has been a huge thing for me and I sincerely want to thank everyone for reading through all my puff pieces about it and for everyone who supported it. Thanks in advance for your continued support for my future endeavors.

AJ GREEN'S INJURY

With AJ Green injuring his ankle, and expected to miss a few weeks of the season, suddenly the Player's Association is probably asking a lot of hard questions about why the NFL felt like the Bengals NEEDED to practice on that particular field. Why is that important? Because the PA and the NFL are in the opening rounds of very crucial negotiations where the PA has already advised players to stockpile funds in the event that the labor fight goes long and actual paychecks get missed. So suddenly the NFL is mandating practice locations where star players are getting hurt and placing whole teams seasons in danger, be honest if you're a Bengal you're less sure of your success without AJ Green, all on the eve of these negotiations. One thing the NFL Players watched all summer I can promise is a safe bet was the NBA free agency spending spree, where one-third of the league signed new contracts and most of them guaranteed and most of them more lucrative than the player's previous season of play.

Interesting Times

The internet is ablaze with new controversy, this time an interesting one. You see, someone has looked very closely over the Top Gun trailer and noticed the absence of Japan and Taiwan flags from Maverick's leather jacket. Hmmm, what communist country, who is partially backing and having this film marketed to them doesn't have much love for Japan and Taiwan? Oh yeah! China. So now a movie that is basically a love letter to American fighter pilot bad assery, is making changes to appease a Chinese market that is rapidly becoming the biggest cog in the movie wheel. They are quickly becoming the power ticket in movie ticket buying, so more and more films have to play to their cultural tropes and in the case of Top Gun, that means taking off the politically troublesome flag of Taiwan and the flag of Japan. Interesting times indeed.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Avengers Endgame comes out digitally this week and then also on Blu Ray in a few weeks. Have you noticed how those dates have drifted apart? There was a time when digital was an after thought throw in for the buying the Blu Ray/DVD combo, now I'm not even sure you can buy DVD/Blu Ray combos, I haven't looked for a minute but at this point, it looks like we've completely moved away from the DVD's and now we're looking at Blu Ray and digital having separate release dates and the digital release being ahead of the Blu Ray, if that's an indication of where all of this is moving.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

ART BY JESUS RODRIGUEZ

Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

For the next two weeks I'm going to be pointing to the charity called "Let's Bring 'Em Home." They buy plane tickets for active duty enlisted guys and fly them home for the holidays. On December 13th, Nerd Thug Radio and The Adventure Begins will be teaming up and holding the Nerd Thug Takeover to benefit this wonderful organization. Starting at 6pm, proceeds from sales will be going to this 501c registered charity and will be helping to try and bring some enlisted people home for the holidays so they can see their families.

GREAT NERD GIFTS

So I hate that this is a thing but it's a real thing so it bears doing. This week has also become Christmas shopping kick off weekend, with all kinds of crazy Black Friday deals and a lot of people buy most of their gifts during this weekend so I suppose I owe it to the nerds around town to make some suggestions for people. So here are my five nerd gifts suggestions: 5. Watchmen Deluxe Edition 4. We're not always grim and gritty, maybe a little light hearted Superman and Batman statue 3. Black Science Premiere Hardcover, it's not just superheroes anymore 2. Bloodshot Deluxe Edition, in anticipation of this movie coming out next year and 1. Either "DCeased" or "Batman Who Laughs" they're both equally worthy of the top spot.

PIRATING COMICS

The hot topic of pirating broke out this week on Comic's twitter as the creator of Image comic "Crowded" got irritated when he saw roughly 90k reads of his 10 issue book but he as a starving artist is worried about his book being cancelled. I remember being a kid who illegally swapped music files when that stuff first came out and Lars of Metallica fame came out and went after Napster for stealing from artists. At the time, as a kid not understanding how stuff works I thought he was such a chump for that. Now as a creator who pays his own bills, I recognize the courage and the strength he had to come out and say, "if you're a fan of my music, then you need to buy it." The reality is that paying creatives for their work is the right thing to do. My grandmother passed away early this year and she had asked specific people to speak at her funeral service and after the fact there were conversations amongst the family members that they were surprised some of them took money for coming to speak. I know there are specifics that make this hard to explain well, and it wasn't that my family didn't want her to have a nice service, there was just surprise about the business of it. What wound up coming out of the conversation though is that this is their living, this is how they pay their bills and are able to continue their good works, by asking for and receiving money for their work. IF you like something, pay for it, I'm not saying pay everything for it, I make comics and I literally let people pay me personally whatever they want for a PDF of my comic. I'm not expecting to get rich doing this, but I have to receive value for my work or I can't keep doing it, the same is true for everyone else in this industry.

LIBRARIES BAD?

During the conversation about piracy, a village idiot from the "wise minds" of the Comicsgate community suggested Libraries and piracy are the same thing. This is vastly incorrect and an idiots take on a big idea. Yes libraries only may buy one copy of your work and then let tons of other people read it at no added benefit directly to you. But first of all, they bought A COPY, secondly libraries are the poor person's option to enrich their lives through the arts. You don't get mad that people use libraries, you get thrilled. Reading is the backbone of all modern societies through all of human history that mattered. Passing knowledge freely from person to person in a way that is respectful to the process is exactly what we should want everyone around the world to be doing. We certainly don't get mad at libraries loaning books out for free, that is just stupid. Also from a capitalism standpoint, if you sell your books to the estimated 100k libraries across America, you made a lot more sales than the estimated 2k comic shops across America, just a math thought.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Work is progressing on issue #2 of Another Day at the Office and I'm super excited but the real question is, what's the best way to market it? How exactly should I handle the release of issue #2? These are the big things I'm pondering this holiday.

Feel free to check out my brand-new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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