NERDS AROUND TOWN

SNL, WrestleMania and superhero movies

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!

Man oh man is it Tuesday? Awesome let's nail this bad boy and make the week acknowledge our greatness.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Epilepsy has come with a major stigma for a long time and has dozens of potential symptoms making it a harder diagnosis than many other issues, all of that being said, more research and research money is necessary to help people with this unfortunate issue. 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. Afterwards there's a party at the zoo, and only there can you make a terrible pun about being a party animal.

ROLLING ON 20s

Starting this week on Thursday is one of the great Houston traditions, the 32nd Annual Houston Art Car Parade. Organized by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the Houston Art Car is a massive affair here in Houston, there's a ball, there's a preview show, there's tons of sponsors and of course there's a parade and then an awards ceremony. It starts Thursday with the Main Street Drag where several participants bring their cars to people who won't be able to attend the show, think nursing homes and hospitals and you get what they mean. Then Thursday afternoon there's a preview at Discovery Green, then Friday there's a ball, followed Saturday by the actual Car Show Parade and Sunday there's awards. For those not in the know, the Art Car Parade is flipping awesome, it's exactly what it sounds like, essentially people have turned cars into works of art and then they get to show them off. I'm pumped.

SNL, WHAT THE HELL

This weekend SNL fired shots into the one place every comedian always feels safe to go when they want an easy joke, nerds. The sketch involved three members of a graphics department in poorly matched clothing with glasses and bad haircuts, who seemed to be in a permanent mode of live role playing. They spoke in old English and were mixing fantasy and real world, kneeling before their boss to receive a boon of a free waffle cone from Baskin Robbins. It was an odd sketch, never really finding a funny streak even the audience struggled to get behind it, but the thing that irked me is that it is 100% what people think nerds like me do. I've never said M'Lady or knelt to receive a blessing from a boss. I also have never pantomimed shooting a fireball at someone, overall it was a poorly done sketch taking a low blow at a group of people who are used to having potshots taken at them and even more annoying, there wasn't a girl in the group, reemphasizing the views of mainstream society of our little slice of the world, to get a glimpse of what nerds really look like check out #DnDSelfie on twitter.

CREEPY MUCH

Found a great movie on Indygogo in need of your help, it's got a great premise. A young couple is throwing their housewarming party and then as the evening winds down, there's one guest who just won't leave. That's the real creepy premise of The Housewarming, tell me you're not already pumped for this one. I like the idea of a simple premised small film, one of my favorite movies from 2018 was the small film that could, Kin. With a brief Michael B Jordan cameo at the end, he also produced that one, the movie while it had some killer special effects, the thing that made it good was that great small story. This sounds like it's the same kind of thing.

SUPER HERO FATIGUE

This weekend saw Shazam! debut in theatres and the question that everyone seems to be asking every time a new superhero movie comes out is, "another one?" There's a real general sigh that audiences give when a new unknown superhero movie has a trailer, and even though we live in the age of the Nerds, SNL not withstanding, there's a real chance that one of these movies will be the first to fail. I don't mean make critics angry or make fans angry, I mean actually fail financially, like make $15 million opening weekend or something. I do think sometime soon one of these movies will flop, but I honestly don't think it'll be a Marvel movie, they've been so careful controlling tone and direction that it's hard to see one of them failing, but DC has allowed a lot more flexibility with it's producers and directors making it possible for a real box office failure. We'll see what the future holds.

WRESTLEMANIA

I won't go too far into everything that happened Sunday night at the showcase of the immortals that is WrestleMania as there's a Wrestling Report coming this way on Wednesday morning, but there were some things worth noting. First of all congrats to Becky Lynch winning the first ever all women's main event of WrestleMania, the moment was huge and they lived up to every bit of it. The other thing worth talking about right here in this spot is this, there's been an aggressive change of direction over the last ten to twelve weeks in the WWE and WrestleMania seemed to be the payoff for a lot of those changes with seven titles changing hands in one night, the only title holders who retained their titles were the Usos, which is interesting because one of them recently had a bit of legal trouble although all charges have since been dropped.

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