NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Josh Gordon, Jay Z and Case Keenum

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!

Alright, let's whip this week's ass! Let's make this the week that everything goes right!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week I found a very odd thing that I want to point everyone's attention towards, it's this Saturday's James Harden & Friend's Charity Concert w/ Secret Special Guests. It's at Revention Music Center and it's at 6pm on Saturday and tickets are on sale. That's literally ALL of the info. I don't know yet who it benefits or who is performing, but I do love a good mystery. Check it out!

THE JOSH GORDON DILEMMA

The NFL has announced that Josh Gordon will be reinstated to the league and effective this week can be activated and placed on the active roster now. My question is why? I'm not trying to belittle people who deal with addiction or take a strong stance and mock someone's situation, but honestly, how many chances should one screw up deserve? He'll be a 28-year-old restricted free agent, and while all accounts are that he is a great worker and a great presence in a locker room, this will be his third chance to come back to football, all allegedly due to failed drug tests for marijuana. A 28-year-old restricted free agent is a bit of an oddity in the NFL because most guys become a restricted free agent their fifth year in the league. So usually around 25 or 26 you see guys getting this chance to be in a prove it year for their "money" deal if they are worth it or to just get a second contract if they're a lower tier talent. With Gordon, the thing that made him interesting was a high-end top speed and his ability to win the first step, well at age 28 players start to slow down and obviously for all the compliments, here's a guy you can't count on. So again, why are they reinstating him?

JAY Z HAS SEVERAL PROBLEMS

Jay Z has signed a deal with the NFL to help advise their entertainment things and create opportunity and add value to their social programs and is reportedly in talks to buy a piece of a team. This is the thing that needs to happen, this is the thing that can help fuel the change everyone else wants to see. A lot of people are taking shots at Jay Z for this, including Eric Reid and other prominent members of both the black community and the various activist groups who have stood with Colin Kaepernick. There are people who think this is a betrayal, I'm going to be honest, I completely disagree, there is no amount of yelling from the outside that is going to change the hearts of the people inside. The only way you change those hearts is by replacing the people. Jay Z is an ally to the black community and obviously has had his own issues with the police in his past, there is no doubt he sees the issues at play and the optics involved. But it's the job of the icons of communities seeking more to create the opportunities for their communities. Jay Z as an owner opens the door for more black people in front office positions, scouting and personnel and coaching positions, and to say otherwise is to miss the obvious. Jay Z is going to do for his people what he's always done and saying that this is something that crosses a line or that him making money while doing this is wrong isn't seeing the big picture. Some people only respect money and power, and pretty soon they'll have to respect Jay Z too.

THIS AGAIN?

There's been a lot of talk about reboots and revamps over the past few years and two more have gained a lot of traction here lately that I think bears discussing. One is a Mortal Kombat movie, I think for me this is more of a "why?" than anything else and a Kevin Smith led reboot/continuation of He-Man Masters of the Universe. I guess my first question for the He-Man relaunch is the same as the Mortal Kombat question, why? Beyond that, where did He-Man's story end? It was a toy with a cartoon, I have no concept of where this property is even supposed to be and what is the status of all the villains and what not. For Mortal Kombat, beyond that incredible Youtube teaser for a series there has never been a time where people said they loved or wanted more Mortal Kombat on any kind of screen, as either a TV show or a movie. The last two movies were awful and the question of "why?" is one that I keep circling back to. I do love He-Man and I would watch a Mortal Kombat movie, I suppose it's all a question of how much am I willing to pay to watch them?

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

It looks like in Washington that Case Keenum might start for the Washington Redskins. If that happens, he'll be my first REAL example of someone who always gets the best advice from his decision making people. This would be the third team he's started on that honestly, he has no business starting on. I'm not going to kill anyone for two years ago when Minnesota went through their whole depth chart worth of back up quarterbacks, although being in the right place as the third quarterback was a great help. The reality is somehow his agent parlayed his one good season into big money and one starting year in Denver where Elway couldn't see the fraud. So the Texans and the Broncos both tried him when they really shouldn't have and now it looks like on purpose Washington is due to make the same mistake, congrats Team Keenum.

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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