NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Youngblood, Donating Blood and ELeague

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!

It's now officially August, let's get this month going strong as we start to wind the year down.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

As a reaction to this traumatic and crazy weekend, I'm asking people to give blood and give the gift of life. Find your local blood donation center and donate. Check in with the Regional Gulf Coast Blood Center, and donate blood if you can and are able, and apparently its free ice cream month thanks to Blue Bell Ice Cream. So that's nice.

ELEAGUE?

Friday night, TBS aired another episode their ELEAGUE series. Consistently they've been covering most of the big tournaments. Covering things like Injustice 2 and Street Fighter as well as the bigger Counterstrike tourneys amongst other coverage. This week they were airing Gears of War 5 preview event, the game is now out yet and this event was meant to be an attention getting, big time event. Well through the first 45 minutes of the episode there has been almost NO game footage. Tons of snippets but they haven't aired a single match at all. This show has been a consistently good watch for competitive gaming, but this episode I'm not sure if Microsoft has asked them to withhold game footage until the game release or something, but it's disappointing how little of the actual matches they're airing. It's a far step down from the Overwatch coverage ESPN/Disney XD has been doing.

SUPPORT INDY STUFF

This guy Brian reached out to me and bought my comic book so I checked out his independent comic brand, Dojo Kun Comics. It's a combined universe of heroes and characters with some great art and some awesome covers. One cool thing about Dojo that you need to check out is he's figured out how to get on Amazon. You can order his book from Amazon Prime and get it in two days delivered, that's flipping awesome! Amazon is obviously the big daddy of distribution and one of the big troubles with comic books is there is only one national distributor in the industry, and they aren't the easiest to work with, so people who can change the formula and figure out a better way to handle the issue of distribution are definitely ahead of the game. Amazon might be a killer of many industries but in the comics industry, I think they may be a savior if used properly.

YOUNGBLOOD

One of the architects of the rise of Image Comics, Rob Liefeld has recently come forward and announced that he has lost control of one of his debut properties, Youngblood. Youngblood is one of those books that came out during the birth of Image Comics and sold millions of issues over the rich beginnings of the young publisher. The situation he got himself into, was that basically he brought in the wrong guy, and eventually he lost total control of his property. It isn't just Youngblood though, of the roughly twenty-one properties he created during his time at Image and later at Awesome, he now only controls some of them and the others he has partial control. Essentially the sins of his youth have come back and hurt his long-term future. It's ultimately a story every young entrepreneur and creative should learn from.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I was going to write something political here but honestly, I'm done. I'm done talking about politics with people because I think people have already made up their mind. They don't care what happens or what's said or who does what, I think people on both sides have already decided how they feel, what should happen and what's important. It's disappointing to see and it's upsetting that we can't have an evolving conversation about things as they happen and change. Marco Rubio (who isn't one of my favorite people) changed his position on magazine size regulations after he learned about the shooting in his home state and that if the magazines had been shorter there were times were fewer people may have been shot or died because of reloading. I think it's fair for people to change their minds, I think if something happens that makes them feel differently we should be allowed to say so, and at some point I think these shootings have to reach a point where we as a country can agree that there are several factors and some of them may involve looking at how easy it is to buy a gun. There are other factors of course, but one of them might be the ease with which certain people get a gun.

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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