NERDS AROUND TOWN

Overwatch and Game of Thrones headline a nerd's weekend

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!

Well, we made it, another week in the books. I hope things are going as good for you as they are for me.

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. Just go, just get out there and help them out.

WHAT ABOUT ME

So this weekend I currently have plans to watch some Overwatch matches, as the Houston Outlaws play their first and second match of Stage Two this weekend and I've got a poker night planned. I haven't played poker in forever, I used to be pretty good at it but again, it's been awhile. I wasn't one of those guys who knows the odds from every hand, as someone who came to adulthood during the "everyman" run of World Series of Poker where ESPN was airing these massive tournaments where amateurs were winning the main event every year there was a whole movement of people who basically learned poker that way, that and the movie Rounders. As interesting as it was and as much fun as I had playing growing up, I never really wanted to pursue it much past that because honestly, you never know if you're just the better player out of your group of friends or actually any good, and I never wanted to find out which size fish in which size pond I was. But this weekend is all about fun and I am excited.

MEANWHILE ON THE RACKS

So while you're running your errands this week, don't forget there's a comic shop somewhere near you and they're looking to help you get your geek on. This week there's all kinds of cool stuff out, worth mentioning from DC comics is Titans #36, which is listed as the series finale. The Titans are essentially a team of the original sidekicks of all the superheroes the first Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, etc. and they've been a group in the DC universe since their inception in 1980. There's usually been some version of this team around in the DC Universe forever, but comics can be complicated and now the guys who started this team are adults themselves, so are they still sidekicks if everyone moved on or are they the B-Team? Journey Into Mystery #1 from Marvel comics is a really cool looking book, it ties into War of the Realms which is a big event going on at Marvel where the other realms from the Thor movie are invading Earth and Asgard, essentially it's a very large war and in Journey into Mystery an eclectic mix of young heroes have been gathered to protect someone who may or may not be, Thor's little sister. Say what? Faithless #1 from Boom Studios is interesting, because it's listed as an erotica comic which means it's going to have some sex in it, graphic sex, but it's about a girl who is bored with her normal life and tampering with black arts in a way that she doesn't really grasp the scope of, so it's an interesting premise, it's got a big time comic writer on and it's a smaller publisher and usually the big time comic writers don't go into this category of book and the smaller publishers don't deviate from their usual style of books so this is a huge deviation for all involved and I'm intrigued as much by that.

THE RETURN OF GAME OF THRONES

So this weekend the thing everyone is probably holding their breath for is obviously the return of Game of Thrones. This is an amazing television series and full props go to HBO and their guys for creating an amazing product that has just been fascinating to watch. Perhaps just as fascinating though is the story of the little book that could, George R.R. Martin when he first pitched this book to publishers was convinced it was a trilogy, and the publisher loved it but thought they would do 5,000 copies of the hardcover and maybe 50,000 copies of the paperback over time. Think about that; they didn't think this thing was the monster it would become. It actually even debuted worse than that though and wasn't even on pace for those numbers and there's even a story of people leaving a book signing when he showed up for it, so it wasn't a great start for this series, but word of mouth spread and eventually the first book caught some heat and fast forward a little over 15 years and a television show debuts on HBO, now here we are on the verge of finding out who will sit on the Iron Throne, and we're all holding our breath and after 70 million copies in 40 languages, the world wants to know how it will end.

GETS YOU RIGHT IN THE FEELS

All right so we're going to focus on something really cool today, a kickstarter called Critical Core. The reason this one is interesting is because it's table top roleplaying game designed to help kids on the Autism Spectrum. Tabletop gaming is a social event, building friendships and having a great night usually a couple of hours playing a game and enjoying yourself and having a whole night of it. Social norms are on of the things that people with Autism sometimes struggle with obviously, being able to do whatever one else does in a social setting isn't usually in the wheelhouse of someone diagnosed with Autism which is what makes this game so cool. This is also designed to be built integrated into a dungeons and dragons game as well, so once someone has gotten used to it and can navigate it, then they have an opportunity to work and play with other people and get those chances at normal behaviors that sometimes has eluded them. I think that's a cause worth supporting, don't you?

NOT THAT ANYBODY ASKED

This week we're celebrating a milestone in the House of Cory. I sold my first fiction piece to a private party. Writing has long been something I've pursued and it's gotten me here in a freelance capacity and it continues to open many doors for me and it will continue to do so. Being on the radio for Nerd Thug Radio is so much fun getting to work with my cousin and my little brother and we are essentially a band in how we operate our show, but there's nothing like achieving something that for 35 years you've wanted to do but were never sure you'd get the opportunity to do. So anyway I just wanted to have this moment to victory lap, so to speak, thank you for reading my blog and I'll continue kicking butt for you guys!


I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great weekend 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 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!

Alright, ignore the hangovers and shake off the miss the weekend blues, it's the most important day of the week, MONDAY!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week we're going to focus on helping some people right in the circle of nerds, at the Spring Charity Drag Show. It's a themed drag show within Houston's nerd community and will feature pop culture, gaming and nerd icons as well as prominent drag queens in the "Gaymer" community. The proceeds go towards this group which all year long put on events for their community and give those people a place to go and be accepted.

KEEP ON LOSING

The Hosuton Outlaws played their first game of Stage Two and started off with another loss. They were playing the talented Vancouver Titans who won the Stage One playoffs, but they posted a lowly 1-3 match score and honestly they didn't impress in the outing. Other than Stage 1 of the first season, The Outlaws have struggled to find consistent rhythm and sound strategy and honestly, they've been losers and this initial loss in Stage Two now drops them back to 12th place in the standings and doesn't present a lot of of hope for this season either. Hopefully there's a change in team coordination or maybe it's a chemistry change that has to be made and a trade is necessary but either way, as it's presently composed, The Houston Outlaws aren't much of a threat in the Overwatch League.

NETFLIX TO THE RESCUE

For those who sometimes feel like one man (or woman) can't make a difference, this little tidbit should give you hope. Single time plastic usage has dropped over 50% in just one year, and in the UK they're calling it the "Attenborough effect". Essentially the concept is that data taken in the UK has broken down that while women and the newer generation are most swayed by the messaging in things, even Men at a strong rate have been moved to take an interest in the amount of plastics being used and where they go afterwards. Named after the guy who has put two different docu-series about nature on Netflix (Blue Planet II and Our Planet), David Attenborough. It's very cool to know that people are actively getting involved, they're seeing the effect we're having on this world and realizing we aren't being very good guests and trying to do better. So what difference can one man make, a lot if he tries. So are we all trying enough?

IN OTHER GREAT NEWS

Now I'm not a marine biologist and I don't pretend to even understand the importance of coral reefs. I've been told they are massively important to the ocean's ecosystems but I couldn't give you a lot of reasons why. I know they're dying due to the rise in seawater temperatures oceans wide and that without them overall the ecosystems of the oceans are in danger and that between 25 and 40% of them have now died off in these current conditions. Recent breakthroughs though may have finally given conservationists a short cut to helping these reefs grow back and going back to the previous articles question of "can one man change the world?" we have one man to thank for it. David Vaughan basically discovered by accident that you can sort of replant the reef over and over and it's base system can break off, stay behind and continue to grow helping speed up the process of regrowing large coral reefs in a much shorter amount of time. So that's pretty cool, Apocalypse delayed.

EARTH'S MIGHTIEST INDEED

So tickets are available in pre-sale for Avenger's Endgame which still doesn't come out until NEXT weekend, but the sales have soared to record breaking levels. It's is incredible to see and think, but Avengers Endgame has now sold more pre-sale tickets than Aquaman, Avengers Infinity War, Star Wars The Last Jedi and Captain Marvel combined! Those were the top four movies in pre sales before Avengers came through, meaning this thing is rolling through all the records. This is a essentially a 20 plus movie pay off and there's no telling where the numbers on this thing could go with some estimates have an opening weekend at a mind crushing $800 million. The story of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor may be seemingly coming to an end but the world and Disney will always have Avengers, so it'll be interesting to see what comes next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SPEAKING OF AVENGERS

Game of Thrones debuted last night and don't worry there will be no spoilers here, but for people who have watched from the beginning, how exciting is it now that all the heroes of this story are in one place now? They're all together and they're all preparing to fight against the army of the dead. It's a fascinating story and I'm very intrigued by the finale of this show but honestly if they end this show with some weak, punk ending I'm going to be very unhappy. And if they end this show like the Sopranos with questions unanswered, I'm going to be even more angry. The bar is high but so far they're well over it.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Monday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Tuesday 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.

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