NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Clowney, Kobe and Spider-Man

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!

This week isn't over yet, don't quit on it yet.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

In honor of college kids going back to school, I want you to look on Facebook and find one of your teacher friends and click on their Amazon wishlist. They're all doing it this year, they all should be doing it this year except that education is the most important thing in the world for children and we as a society should care more to educate them, poor or rich, white, black or brown. We should be teaching them how to think and ask questions and let them make this world a better place since obviously we don't know how.

PATRIOTS GOOD, TEXANS BAD

The Texans have angered Clowney who reportedly was ready to report this week but instead saw the trade rumors and is now choosing to not sign his franchise tender until he's happy. This gives him leverage like no player in the NFL has ever had, if he isn't happy with a potential trade location he can simply say he won't sign and kill the trade. Meanwhile the Patriots traded for two offensive lineman with starting experience last season but were likely backups this year shoring up their questionable line. The Patriots continue being the pinnacle of football excellence and The Texans continue what has been an offseason of bizarre ineptness for what is usually at the very least a high-class organization.

CONTROVERSY IN COMICS

This week comic book creator Matt Rosenberg tweeted out that it's the job of comic book creators to help promote their comic books projects. This was met with lots of creators complaining and saying they work all the time on creating and don't have the time or inclination to promote their projects. The reality of that though is they're wrong. Yes the publisher should be promoting their books but there are lots of books coming out every month and the shops and the consumers know that publishers want to sell books so they know they're being promoted to. The creators like artists of every era are obligated to sing for their supper like everyone else, it isn't enough to make great works, it's important to tell the fans you appreciate their money and enthusiasm. Entertainment is everywhere and money is tight, earn it.

REALLY GUYS

Shaq and Kobe had a mini feud on social media the other day. Will these two ever shut up? I'm so over the Kobe Bryant fandom and Shaq while dominant isn't the greatest of all time like he keeps trying to act like. I know they are great sports figure and Shaq does have a statue outside of the Staples Center which is impressive but they aren't those guys anymore. The whole obsession over these two and Kobe in particular is annoying to me, the sports world seems to hang on his every word and they seek out his comment on matters of all kind. Oh Lebron scored a triple double, let's talk to Kobe about it. Oh Dwight Howard is on another team let's talk to Kobe about it. James Harden shoots a lot of threes let's talk to Kobe about it. I wish they'd stop it already, talk to Kobe about that.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So Spider-Man voiced by Tom Holland is going to appear in Disney+ streaming service's "What if…" series in at least two episodes, so some people think that means there is a secret deal between Sony and Disney. There isn't. This is because Sony only owns the movie rights to Spider-Man, so television and animated shows they don't need Sony's permission, because they own it. There was an animated cartoon named Spectacular Spider-Man that was produced by Sony Studios but they had to cancel it when Disney bought Marvel specifically because of this reason. That cartoon was awesome and DVDs are on sale everywhere and worth checking out.

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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