NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Drama in Vegas, SyFy cancellations and R Kelly

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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Welcome to Wednesday, you guys better recognize that this week is flying fast and it's almost time to make those weekend plans.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Zoey's Angels are having their 8th Annual Family Walk to benefit their organization, a group with a powerful mission and their heart in the best place. Anyone has ever dealt with loss can tell you the gaping hole it leaves inside of you and then you have to keep dealing with all of these regular real world issues plus dealing with your loss and grief. Now imagine it's a newborn baby and it spends several weeks in NICU and then after it passes you have to pay hospital bills in addition to funeral expenses and also your life still goes on and have to deal with it. #NerdsUnite

DRAMA ON THE SPINNER RACK

So in a previous column, I mentioned how comic book retailers were in Vegas for a summit with the monopolistic Diamond Distribution and I said there's always great news stories that come out of that, and one big one did. Friend of Nerd Thug Radio and honestly an awesome guy who cares about comic books, Dennis Barger Jr owner of Wonder World Comics got himself into a spat with firebrand comic creator Mark Waid. These two have had a long standing feud or rivalry or whatever you want to call it and it escalated again, Mark Waid is in the middle of a lawsuit and apparently has been complaining about it with his new publisher Humanoids 1 and as they crossed paths with Dennis, Mark called him one of the scumbags or something along those lines. Later they crossed paths and it went worse and now that they have both returned home, the stories are coming out from both sides. Dennis was strongly buying Humanoids 1 new releases as they've been coming but now says he's out on them until Mark Waid is gone. It's tense.

SYFY DOWN

SyFy announced two big cancellations yesterday, Happy! And Deadly Class. Both are comic adaptations that are wildly different but they were both awesome. I loved both of these shows, Deadly Class was based on an amazing comic book and it's heartbreaking to me that it didn't get a second season as the book is amazing and everyone needs to check it out. Happy! Was an amazing show that I always felt like had a limited run because honestly, it's just too crazy. There's popstars buying kids and selling them on the black market, there's an imaginary friend who in the first season helps rescue a kidnapped girl by finding her dad and then in the second season he's the Dad's imaginary friend and trying to help him rebuild the relationship with his daughter. It's TOO CRAZY.

DESUS AND MERO

I'm rewatching Desus and Mero and I'm not sure they nailed the first season on Showtime. They're hilarious and their genuine but looked at in the context of other comedians with non scripted shows on the premium networks and honestly, they just aren't moving the needle for me. I'm not saying they have to change the world, or challenge the status quo, but if they're going to be on the big networks they need to find something more than just being from New York. Even Seinfeld focused on more than just the big apple in his show. If they make it back for a second season, which I hope they do, I hope they find a stronger direction than just hanging out with big name New York types.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

R Kelly got arrested again for even more charges stemming from a relationship with another girl a few years back. This guy is going to go to jail very very soon and for a very very long time. I don't really have a lot more to say about this, but honestly, why is he even posting bail for all of these charges? Just stay in and start serving time because it's going to happen. The people in charge are tired of being made to look bad by doing nothing and they're going to overreact and throw multiple books at him.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight 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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Here it is, the Friday edition of Nerds Around Town, you made it.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Zoey's Angels 8th annual Family Fun Walk is this Sunday. After the walk there are numerous events and tickets come with a plate of lunch there are all kinds of reasons to get out there and support these great people, not the smallest reason being the great cause. So get out there and help Zoey's Angels on Sunday. #NerdsUnite

STREAMING QUAGMIRE

DC Universe just cancelled its first show on its streaming service, Swamp Thing. If you recall, they were unhappy with both the expense and the direction of the show, cutting costs and rewriting the show to cut it down to 10 episodes from 13. Apparently, after just one week the announcement came down that they will air out these remaining nine episodes but that's it, series over. This isn't a great surprise to me, honestly, this was the one that most stuck out when they announced a line up. I could see the idea of a doom patrol, especially if they're doing a Titans show as they have similar themes and overlapping characters, but Swamp Thing when it was its best book was a big crazy god of the green comic book. The show was taking a southern horror vibe which is great and can be its own thing, but you could tell that same story with characters that are easier to create for the television screen.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

So while you're running around this weekend, one place you should swing by is your local comic book shop. There are several great ones around town and there's more than likely one near you so hop in and check out some of these great titles and more. From Marvel there's lots going on with the War of the Realms stuff and all the side adventures a massive war brings on but also of note Matthew Rosenberg's run on X Men is coming to a close as they prepare for the massive Jonathan Hickman launch next month, so pick up Uncanny X Men #19 and check out how the series comes to it's rocketing conclusion. DC is in the middle of some cool storylines as well with Justice League finishing up a battle with the sixth dimension versions of their future selves and slowly kick off their "Year of the Villains", they also are in the middle of releasing Tom Taylor's what if zombie story, DCeased. It's a fun/scary run through the potential troubles of the DC Universe. Also an interesting Indy book that is well worth checking out is, Sword Daughter. Great art, Jose Villarrubia, amazing writer, Brian Wood and a very interesting story makes this one worth picking up.

ESCALATION IN VEGAS

So friend of Nerd Thug Radio, Dennis Barger has constantly pushed the definitely not a monopoly but only distributor Diamond to step their game up. In response they banned him from their summits for the next year and a half. He's a customer who is regularly in the top 20% of orders and has been pushing for such horrendous change as credit on damaged product and things of that selfish nature and they're just not happy with him. This is the kind of stuff that lets people say that the industry I love is "in trouble." I don't think it is, but I can't argue with people when stuff like this comes up. What am I supposed to say? No it isn't? Because honestly, it does make the whole thing look bad when you can't even take care of your retailers, they're the lifeblood and honestly they're Diamond's customers. What is their problem?

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I need a fun weekend in my life, so this weekend, look out for Drunk Cory. Seriously, I haven't really pulled the pin in a little bit so stay tuned to some potentially devastating hangover horror stories in future editions of "Not That You Asked."

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Friday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Monday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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