NERDS AROUND TOWN

NHRA, Double Dare and Kickstarter

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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

This week is just flying by and we're already to Wednesday; this is where we decide between finishing the week strong and phoning it in. We got this.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting a Walk to End Epilepsy with the Houston Zoo. It's Saturday April 13th at 7am with registration at the front gate of the Houston Zoo. They're promising 95% of proceeds will be donated and this whole event will be held at zero cost to the community, that's awesome. This is one of those cool things where your money and your time are both going to a great cause plus you get to hang out with llamas and rhinos and superheroes, woop!

CHEATERS NEVER PROSPER

For a very long time, it's felt like there are two sets of rules, rules for the wealthy and the rules for everyone else. That hasn't changed necessarily but I feel like it's eroding a little bit. The recent college admissions scandal is still in the news, because many of the parents are trying to fight the charges, with a lawyer for one defendant calling the case deeply flawed. Overall most people have given a pass to the kids, saying they probably didn't know and if they did know did they realize it was a crime, but I actually think this is even more ridiculous. One of the children of Lori Loughlin admitted recently she never even filled out an application to get into USC, how did she think this works? That's crazy talk, didn't even fill out an application? I spent the better part of my senior year of high school filling out those damn things. Anyway new charges have been filed against anyone who hasn't already pled guilty including money laundering and now Aunt Becky might get as much as 40 years in federal prison. Also if you're keeping score at home, one of the families involved were the creators of the Hot Pocket, so this will be their second crime against humanity.

FAST CARS

One thing going on this weekend is the NHRA Spring Nationals, they'll be out in Baytown at the Houston Raceway Park. The NHRA is a nearly year long competitive series of races with various levels of events, Nationals are one of the highest levels, so all kinds of categories of racers will be out and about, rocking and rolling this weekend. The tickets are reasonable, the stakes are high and the machines are loud, this is exactly the kind of thing you should want to be involved in. Michael Jordan used to sponsor a motorcycle team in this series, there are cars that run on alcohol, I mean this is where all of the things that are made to go, go really fast. Also check out my buddy Austin Ford, he should be out there doing his thing all weekend, you've probably heard him on 94.5 the Buzz in advance of the races, the Rod Ryan Show has been a sponsor of his car for several events.

DO YOU DOUBLE DARE ME

Tomorrow at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland they are doing a live version of childhood's favorite show, "Double Dare." If you've forgotten, host Marc Summers would do rounds of trivia and then you had to do physical challenges where there was a flag somewhere and you had to jump in pools of slime or ride up giant pancakes or jump inside of a giant hamburger to find the flag within a limited amount of time. People were always covered in goo by the end of the show and Marc Summers was famously OCD, so this show must have been a real treat for him to make. I'm not sure what is causing the relaunch here but on many levels, I'm pumped.

THE GOOD KIND OF DEAD BEATS

This is one of the coolest kickstarters in a while, it's a horror themed anthology centered around music. It's called Dead Beats, this 160 page anthology has 20 stories from up and coming creators using the story telling device of weird and haunted oddities sold in the music shop. There's some really great names attached to this project including Vita Ayala, Mags Visaggio and others. The project just launched and it's already doing great so there isn't much doubt that the project will make but honestly this is one where you're signing up in order to get it, not to help it make, this is going to be an exciting project, get pumped.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So one element that makes the kickstarter I just talked about so exciting is that one of the creators involved is twitter friend Renfamous, she has long been an activist active against a particular group of people calling themselves Comicsgaters. They're a conservative group of comic book fans who dislike what they call the current state of comic books being an inclusive minded media element. They feel like female heroes and heroes of color are ruining what they believe was a great form of entertainment back in the day. There's one huge problem with this mindset, it's wrong, The X-Men told the story of being a minority in a society that wasn't open to them. Stan Lee was the proud creator of Black Panther who was a king, a scientist and a badass. The Falcon was his own hero with his own agenda who also helped Captain America when he needed it. The other issue that has arisen out of Comicsgate is hate speech and misogynistic language which is where Renfamous comes in, she's been on a crusade speaking out against them and reporting them regularly to twitter to deplatform their hate speech.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House, or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where every shirt is now under $20 or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. 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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Here it is, the Friday edition of Nerds Around Town, you made it.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Zoey's Angels 8th annual Family Fun Walk is this Sunday. After the walk there are numerous events and tickets come with a plate of lunch there are all kinds of reasons to get out there and support these great people, not the smallest reason being the great cause. So get out there and help Zoey's Angels on Sunday. #NerdsUnite

STREAMING QUAGMIRE

DC Universe just cancelled its first show on its streaming service, Swamp Thing. If you recall, they were unhappy with both the expense and the direction of the show, cutting costs and rewriting the show to cut it down to 10 episodes from 13. Apparently, after just one week the announcement came down that they will air out these remaining nine episodes but that's it, series over. This isn't a great surprise to me, honestly, this was the one that most stuck out when they announced a line up. I could see the idea of a doom patrol, especially if they're doing a Titans show as they have similar themes and overlapping characters, but Swamp Thing when it was its best book was a big crazy god of the green comic book. The show was taking a southern horror vibe which is great and can be its own thing, but you could tell that same story with characters that are easier to create for the television screen.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

So while you're running around this weekend, one place you should swing by is your local comic book shop. There are several great ones around town and there's more than likely one near you so hop in and check out some of these great titles and more. From Marvel there's lots going on with the War of the Realms stuff and all the side adventures a massive war brings on but also of note Matthew Rosenberg's run on X Men is coming to a close as they prepare for the massive Jonathan Hickman launch next month, so pick up Uncanny X Men #19 and check out how the series comes to it's rocketing conclusion. DC is in the middle of some cool storylines as well with Justice League finishing up a battle with the sixth dimension versions of their future selves and slowly kick off their "Year of the Villains", they also are in the middle of releasing Tom Taylor's what if zombie story, DCeased. It's a fun/scary run through the potential troubles of the DC Universe. Also an interesting Indy book that is well worth checking out is, Sword Daughter. Great art, Jose Villarrubia, amazing writer, Brian Wood and a very interesting story makes this one worth picking up.

ESCALATION IN VEGAS

So friend of Nerd Thug Radio, Dennis Barger has constantly pushed the definitely not a monopoly but only distributor Diamond to step their game up. In response they banned him from their summits for the next year and a half. He's a customer who is regularly in the top 20% of orders and has been pushing for such horrendous change as credit on damaged product and things of that selfish nature and they're just not happy with him. This is the kind of stuff that lets people say that the industry I love is "in trouble." I don't think it is, but I can't argue with people when stuff like this comes up. What am I supposed to say? No it isn't? Because honestly, it does make the whole thing look bad when you can't even take care of your retailers, they're the lifeblood and honestly they're Diamond's customers. What is their problem?

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I need a fun weekend in my life, so this weekend, look out for Drunk Cory. Seriously, I haven't really pulled the pin in a little bit so stay tuned to some potentially devastating hangover horror stories in future editions of "Not That You Asked."

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Friday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Monday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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