NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town:  Chicken sandwiches, runaways and Vampirella

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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!

LIGHT THE FUSE

Dynamite comics are releasing a special acetate cover for Vampirella #6 meaning they will lose money on every issue sold. But to them they are happy to do it as they think the marketing and quality cover on the shelf are worth it. The covers, drawn by former DeviantArt user Artgerm, are awesome and honestly they're totally worth checking out but is releasing a cover that makes you lose money on a comic book a good idea? The talk about the comics industry is always, they're losing money, the industry is shrinking, but maybe they're all wrong if someone is willing to lose money like this. Also watching the rise of Artgerm over the past few years is awesome, he started out as a fan artist and slowly he's become one of the hottest cover artists in the game.

CHICKEN SANDWICHES WAR

So are the Popeye's chicken sandwiches ever coming back? Every time I look online to have one of them delivered they are sold out. But in the meantime twice Chic Fil A has twice had free chicken sandwiches delivered to my house while Popeyes can't even sell their sandwiches. It's certainly an interesting dichotomy in how two businesses are run isn't it. One company is trying to measure up and the other company is taking victory laps while still being closed on Sundays.

RUNAWAYS

The return of Runaways is being promoted here lately which means it must be due back on Hulu soon which is great news as the last two seasons has been great, except the end set up an awkward season of body snatching potentially, which isn't fun television-wise. I never really enjoy those type of manufactured suspenseful moments but these guys have done a great job so far so I'm willing to ride with them for one more season especially with Cloak and Dagger coming to town!

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Work is going great on the second issue of Another Day at the Office, the comedy about a cop in a city full of superheroes. We've gotten penciled pages in and those are going through corrections and we're in talks with a colorist, which is the next step in all of this. I'm hoping to start talking to publishers and hopefully maybe wind up at one of the smaller publishers with this project.

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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Many fans weren't impressed with the Texans draft. Composite image by Jack Brame.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article titled "An honest discussion about our expectations for the Texans." In said article, I gave Texans general manager Nick Caserio props for "bringing in some decent talent." While by no means was I admitting Caserio was building a winner, but he brought in a ton of guys on one year deals who are going to be competing for their next contract. Meaning, they'll play hard, but the talent level and chemistry of opposing teams will ultimately win out as the Texans will have a losing season. I predicted they'll go somewhere between 7-10 and 4-13. A record in that range is good for a top 5-10 pick in the draft, which they desperately need in order to assist in the rebuild.

Last week, I wrote about the most likely scenarios for the Texans following the draft. Considering the moves Caserio made, I wasn't too pleased with the draft. They came into the draft with eight picks and drafted only five players after severely overpaying to trade up twice and only getting one of the guys they traded up for, so I felt as if this draft by Caserio left much to be desired. However, it may turn out for the best, but that largely depends on Davis Mills turning into a franchise quarterback and Nico Collins turning into a stud at receiver. Counting on third round picks to become big time stars in order to justify them being drafted over other guys who played positions of obvious need is a reach. Not saying it won't happen, but the likelihood isn't great.

I was optimistic about Caserio's hire initially. I had a short fuse of confidence in his abilities because I hoped he'd had learned enough in his twenty years in New England that he would be capable of doing a good enough job here. Not that I thought he'd be a superstar right away, but effective. The series of one year deals and cleaning up some cap issues made me think I was right. Re-signing David Johnson in light of bringing in Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay made me wonder if he was throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what stuck. Then there was the draft. Taking a quarterback when you already have a contingency plan starter and traded for a backup was puzzling. Sure Mills has some traits and could be a steal, but your biggest needs were on defense. The nail in my confidence coffin was his comment "I'm not a draft expert" when asked what he thought about their draft. Whether he meant it as "I'm no Todd McShay", or as "I'm too dumb to know what I'm doing just yet", the perception is there that the latter is what's believed.

When you're in a situation and you don't really know what to do, but you fake it till you make it, would you tell people? Or, would you let your performance speak for itself? No matter what I thought, if I were him, I would have never uttered those words! Perception is everything in the court of public opinion. So far, Caserio has made me think much less of his abilities moving forward. The only things he can do to change my mind is win big on a Deshaun Watson trade and hit it big with not only this, but the next couple drafts as well. If he can build a playoff contender within in the next couple of years, I'll take it back. Until then, he's just another bum living off the Bill Belichick rub.

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