NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Alzheimer's, Ghost Adventures and Metallica

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!

Hey guys, it's a new week and we got this! There's no reason we can't conquer this week, let's get them!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to help support The Adventure Begins as they participate in The Longest Day fundraiser, they will have tournaments and games all day in support against Alzheimer's. There are all kinds of things to get involved and ways to help, check out their website for more details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Start making room in your calendars for this one, this fall in San Antonio is the Paranormal Fest hosted by Curious Twins Paranormal and this year they will be hanging out at The Black Swan hotel in Victoria. The Black Swan is one of those crazy haunted places and was even featured in an episode of one of my guilty pleasures, Ghost Adventures. Man I don't care if they're real or fake, and I'm of the opinion they're real, I can't turn off on of those shows anytime they're on television. I just love a good investigation with these creepy scares and odd moments and everyone freezing and looking around trying to figure out if they just heard something or heard themselves. There's nothing like some great small camera footage of a paranormal incident to really get the blood flowing.

PASSING IT ON!

One thing I used to do a lot more of back in the day that I haven't done as much of recently is focus on some truly cool Kickstarters. So that's going to change. For example today there's a great project worthy of your notice on kickstarter.com called First Date – A RomeoXJulian story, it's a gay love story told over 250 pages of really great art. This is easily one of the most well drawn comic books on kickstarter that I've seen lately and the product looks to be of the highest quality. I recommend getting out there and supporting a book that isn't a traditional comic book story, I can assure you a story of this nature isn't your typical comic book fare. Tons of great levels of support for people interested in supporting the project and a project worthy of your money, make sure to check out First Date!

BOX OFFICE SHENANIGANS

News broke over the weekend that bands including Metallica, have been funneling tickets to scalping websites for awhile to make extra money. It would be easy to say this is a sign of the times, that tours have become the last place bands get to make the big money and therefore they are simply maximizing their opportunities to do so. Except Metallica shut down Napster. It would be easy to say this isn't a crime, it's the continued evolution of the economics of the music industry, except Metallica shut down Napster. Back then when they shut down Napster, it was to protect the artists and to make sure that they were fairly compensated for their hard earned work, which I 100% agree with but now they don't believe in being fair to their fans and giving their fans the same respect they were demanding from the fans. They don't believe fans should have to pay a fair price for the tickets, they don't care how much fans pay to listen to them perform, so suddenly fair is irrelevant again. Funny how convenient that is. They were the "this isn't fair" band of the 00's and now they're the "we don't care" guys of the 10's, that's called being hypocritical.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So in it's first week, my comic book has over 200 orders and that's just amongst friends and family, this week I will be trying to sell as many copies of the project as possible. I'm truly excited and thrilled to be working on this thing and to have the opportunity to really pursue this project and grow it. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone and for all the opportunities that have come my way over the last year or two and I'm excited about what comes next.

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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