The Nerd Report

Nerds Around Town: Webtoons, streaming wars and more

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 week Nerd Thug Radio sets up our plans for Extra Life which will be November 2nd. It's 24 hours of gaming for a good cause. The donations go towards Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals and it winds up being locally sourced so the child you help could be your own. It's an awesome cause and an awesome thing to be involved in and I always have fun doing it.

WEBTOONS IS BLASTING OFF

Webtoons is home to some of the most read comics in the world, with over 6 million daily users and 17 million monthly users, the sheer number of people who are checking out things on Webtoons is insane. For those who are unaware, it's proof that the comics industry isn't dying at all and is alive and well and we just need to figure out new and better ways to make it happen. By the way, those numbers are almost exclusively from South Korea, Webtoons is just now breaking into the United States. They had a massive booth at Comicpalooza and I had a chance to talk to them then and honestly, they have an awesome system in place. I think these guys are the next big thing.

ROB LIEFELD ANNOUNCES A BOYCOTT OF MARVEL COMICS

So the former rock star of comic books has gone on yet another twitterstorm and complained that he was considering legal action against Marvel Comics, but he wouldn't say why. I personally think it's over characters like Gwenpool and other derivatives of Deadpool that have shown up over the years as well as the cancellation of his other Marvel work like the rest of the Major X story. Liefeld is a complicated figure in the world of comics, at one point the self-taught artist was a major mover and shaker, one of the founders of Image comics and probably the only guy in comics with his own Levi Jeans commercial. His work though became derivative and his original creations after Youngblood didn't resonate with readers. He has a history of personal issues and many burned bridges and twitter beefs with people and he famously launched a kickstarter for his fan loved Youngblood that still hasn't been made and it turns out now he doesn't even own the rights to Youngblood (which might explain why the book hasn't been made and should call into question if he even had the rights to make a Youngblood book), overall he's a complicated figure but one that might want to spend a little bit of time away from the keyboard.

THE STREAMING WARS CONTINUES

HBO MAX announced that in addition to Friends and Big Bang theory being part of the streaming service at its launch, it has poached West Wing from Netflix. When the service launches next year, it will have one of my favorite shows of all time on it, West Wing. Also Disney+ has been begging the world to remember November 12th, which has been working it seems by constantly announcing such great programming. They recently announced a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, holy smokes, that sounds like a great movie. Things are getting tricky for content buyers.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Kevin Feige moving over into control of all of Marvel storytelling basically, I think overall is a solid idea. I think one of the better things that Marvel Films has done over time is that first they taught Hollywood how to make better superhero movies and then they learned from Hollywood when the time came for lessons to be given in reverse. Feige I think is the right guy to make the moves for Marvel Comics.

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!

Look at that, we're already half way there!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

With Hurricane Dorian going strong, and the first images coming in from the Bahamas, its important to be donating to the Red Cross and other aid agencies around the country. These guys are going to need it.

NETFLIX IS CRAZY

Netflix has announced it's going to start moving away from binge releasing it's shows. It wants to try a weekly release format and see what the results of that are. Overall I think this is a mistake, because if they had stayed with the binge watch format they would be basically the only one doing that, giving them a distinct advantage and differentiator from the other services. Part of what's coming next is who offers what, and what features and libraries they have. I personally think it's a mistake because making the shows bingeable lets the writers of the shows develop stories and have arcs and episodes that don't necessarily "drive" the plot. If they move to a weekly release format, I'm not sure they'll be as rewarding overall.

OLD SHOWS MAKING A COMEBACK

Right now I'm watching The 100 for the first time, it's ok but it's fun to find new things to watch and get into. This is one of those shows that maybe I've should have been watching when it started but I totally missed out on and now I'm picking up. One of those that people may not know about is Steven Universe, a great animated series that just released a movie on Cartoon Network, lots of big name RB stars and other stars are involved in the project and there's tons of great characters and music in it.

IMPRESSIVE

It's really impressive that somehow Netflix was able to secretly film a Breaking Bad sequel starring Aaron Paul. No one knew it was happening? No one knew it was coming, nothing had leaked and I keep an eye on all the good rumor websites. Filming a secret movie for such a popular franchise is super impressive and deserving of recognition, so I'll say it. Great job Netflix!! Now here's hoping it doesn't suck.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

The show Stumptown looks great, I'm really excited for it to come out. Cobie Smulders seems great in it and I'm starting to really enjoy her in roles. After a great run as Maria Hill, which I'm guessing she's coming back to in the near future, she was also great in the Jack Reacher sequel and really nailed the action parts. I'm looking forward to seeing her in this role next and hopefully it's as good as these others have been.

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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