NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: New comic books, My Chemical Romance and writer's block

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

Next weekend the Firefly 5k/10k Run is happening to benefit Buffalo Bayou Partnership, this is one of the cool ones. A nighttime run with lights and all kinds of fun costumes and afterwards there's a party. It's bright and fun and it benefits a great cause, so come out and get sweaty and be glowing and have a great time.

FOOD FEST

The Houston Food and Wine fest will be this Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $55 and there's all kinds of good food and wine to be tried and eaten. There are over 20 foods and tons of 4 oz wine samples, now me personally, I'm not a wine guy but man do I love a food festival. There's all kinds of goodies to be had and who knows, you might find your new favorite dish and who doesn't love a new favorite dish.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

There's some great books coming out this week including Legion of Super Heroes #1, it's a return from the future as the teen super heroes of the 31st Century come crashing back into DC Comics. This is a big deal because honestly, these guys are a huge part of DC lore and their absence has been criticized and discussed ad nauseum. X-Force #1, the reinvention of The X Men property continues as X-Force becomes the intelligence agency of the Island Nation of Krakoa. This is some very real and very exciting stuff, seeing new stories and a new way to engage the relationship between Mutants and the Marvel Universe. Seriously, check it out. Come by your local comic book shop and check it out.

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

My Chemical Romance has announced a reunion tour and young 20's me is super excited about all of this. I hope to god they are coming to Houston and a quick google reveals they aren't even coming to America but playing New Zealand, Australia and Japan. There's a reunion show in the states but otherwise nothing. What is going on here?! Hopefully these are just warm up shows and down the pipe is some great stuff but honestly, I don't think that's the case. I hope the shows are "get ready" shows, I hope they get back into the studio and make a new album, but as of right now all they have are a few shows scheduled. I loved The Black Parade and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and I really want another album like that… but so far they have a few shows scheduled. Not for nothing, they have Jimmy Eat World on the tour and I love them too.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So I'm a fairly open guy here and I like to make an honest approach to how my life is going and what it's like to be somebody working their way through freelance life. It isn't glamorous, it does afford me a different way of life and a questionably relaxed lifestyle but man I have been straining with a serious case of writer's block all freaking week. Everything I've been writing all week has been absolute crap and I totally apologize to anyone who reads my work this week.

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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