NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: The Mandalorian, Thanksgiving and Undercity Tales

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

This is one of the best charity ideas I've heard yet. It's called "Let's Bring 'Em Home" and the charity buys tickets for soldiers in the Armed Forces and flies them home from overseas. Nerd Thug Radio and The Adventure Begins Comics, Games and More will be holding an event to benefit these guys on December 13th. The Nerd Thug Takeover of Adventure Begins will happen starting at 6pm and on December 13th and all proceeds from sales will go to benefit "Let's Bring 'Em Home".

UNDERCITY TALES

Undercity Tales is a great Kickstarter success story. Mike Tener is a guy I found when he was running a crowdfunder for Black Jackets earlier this year. At the time I talked about that project and had him on the radio show to talk about it, it was a success and it was also a great project overall, one of my favorite this year. Undercity Tales was his next project and I recently got my copy of it in the mail, and it only continues his successful run of work. Created and produced by him, it tales a story written by Scott Wilke with art by Brian Balonado, colors by Bryan Arfel Magnaye and Letters by Matt Krotzer. Everyone does a great job and it's a great single issue story to introduce you to the world Tener's created. The story is a single issue murder mystery and it doesn't disappoint, tons of great characters with an interesting story, there's a bit of a pacing issue in the beginning as they rush you through the early details of a murder mystery that in a regular Law and Order episode would take a little longer, but overall it uses the saved pages to give a better finale to the story. Very much worth the read and whatever is coming next from Mike Tener is worth reading, because in my book he's 2/2 on awesome first issues.

THE HOLIDAYS

This time of year for a lot of people brings up complicated feelings and bad memories. Not everyone loves the holidays as much as they could and that's because of things that might've been out of their control as well. Check on your people, say nice things and be there for each other because as unexcited as you are for the in-laws to visit, they're even more unexcited for even the day on the calendar and all the focus on holidays and family and all of that. No matter what they turn off or tune out, something else is rubbing this time of year into their faces and that's a problem for them, so just make sure your people are ok for the holidays.

THE MANDALORIAN

Honestly, this show is great. This is what I've always talked about when I talked about how interesting the Star Wars Universe was but it was being crowded with conversations about Luke Skywalker kissing his sister. There was more to this universe than just the Skywalker family and this is exactly the kind of story I'm talking about. A mercenary trying to do right by his people finds a higher calling when asked to do the unaskable, kill a baby. You have to check this show out if you haven't and it's worth the $12.99 for Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

This week I got to do something SUPER cool and had my first event as Cory de la Guardia the comic book creator. It was a signing at Space Cadets Collection Collection on local comic shop day and it was very cool. I made a few new friends/fans and helped them sale a couple copies of my book, it was a very cool experience and I would like to thank Jen King for helping make it happen.

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.

Jermain Every

We're living in very strange and scary times right now. The coronavirus pandemic has the world at a standstill. Lives have been greatly interrupted, and too many of them have been lost. The economy is screwed. People are hoarding unnecessarily. The country feels like it was woefully underprepared. And the one person uniting us equally is a gay, tattooed, gun-loving, multi-pierced, faux politician, private zookeeper who's doing time for a botched murder for hire scheme! What a time to be alive!

Usually in times like these, we have sports to distract us. After 9/11, we had sports to help us get through the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil. When the housing market crashed in 2008, sports were there for us. This time, we don't have that shoulder to lean on because of what the virus has done to society. Social distancing is very real. People are wearing masks, gloves, and quarantining. Restaurants are carry out or take out only. HEB has the best social distancing process for their checkout line (pictured above). However, how will this affect sports moving forward? What will our sports look like in the future?

The immediate return: fans or no fans

Jermaine Every

Whenever we get back to having sports on a somewhat regular basis, will there be fans or not? Empty arenas have been done in soccer recently during the beginning of the pandemic, and several times over the years because of fan craziness. The notion of no fans in arenas was floated around until things got shut down. I knew it was real when the NCAA basketball tournament was canceled. Initially, I think there should be no fans. When there's a med that can treat the virus or a vaccine, there shouldn't be any fans. If leagues are that desperate for fans in arenas/stadiums, they should only allow a certain number in, only have a set number of seats equally spaced apart, and have a scheduled bathroom and concession time.

Handshakes, huddles, and celebrations

Spec's social distancing sign

Jermaine Every

Handshakes, huddles, and celebrations are as apart of sports as the athletes themselves. I've read things that lead me to believe some won't be shaking hands and stuff when play resumes. Most sports involve at least some physical contact. Will athletes be scared to return? Will leagues require all athletes get tested before returning? What happens if a player tests positive soon after play resumes? Will things get shut down again? What about fan interactions with the athletes? Will that be done away with as well? So many questions and not enough answers. One thing I think we'll see is an easing into these things. Athletes who come back will more than likely have some assurances that they won't get sick by playing. I also think the celebrations will be spontaneous and come back slowly but surely. Combat sports such as MMA and boxing will likely have a hard time keeping things clean. I could see testing being an issue when it comes to setting up fights, especially with athletes from hard hit areas.

A new normal

EA Sports' message about social distancing

Jermaine Every

Eventually, things will get back to normal. What that new normal will look like is hard to tell. I can see someone inventing some sort of virus scanner just like there were new body scanners and such after 9/11. People at gates checking tickets may be equipped with those temperature gauges and check people before they come in. How would you feel if there were sanitizing misters like those water misters? Let's say they mist sanitizing spray on you as you enter a building, arena or stadium and they're also placed in various places around said buildings. I wonder how contracts will be written in the future? Insurance companies (Lloyd's of London specifically) will be in the business writing policies to protect athletes, and maybe even teams and leagues in case something like this happens again. Could we see masks invented specifically for athletes to wear until there's a vaccine?

While I like many others can't wait until sports come back, we must take all precautions we can to prevent the spread of this virus. Use this time wisely. Spend it with those closest to you. Learn something you've always wanted to learn. Watch those shows and/or movies you've always wanted to watch. Gvie some new hobbies a try. Start exercising. Some of you could use this time to learn how to cook finally! Sports play a major part in our lives, but this is showing us how much bigger our lives are than sports. We'll make it through this, but we have to stay vigilent in our efforts. Are you looking for some things to do while waiting on sports to come back? Tune in next week when I give you some things to watch or do to while practicing good social distancing.

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