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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Guess What? Back 2 Back Blog Droppings, Courtesy of The Shoppe's Daryll B. & Oh Yeah...Our Latest Grindhouse Podcast!

As you check out the latest extended trailer of tonight's Almost Human remember three crucial things: 1) actor, Michael Ealy is not portraying the first Black android....does anyone know of the real life "Bina" A.I. (modeled after the real life spouse of Sirius Founder, Martine Rothblatt)?

2)Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse podcast, just aired yesterday....you can check it here:

Enter The Grindhouse, Courtesy of Afronerd Radio @6pm, Sat.

And The Comic Shoppe's Daryll B. has graced us with one of his all encompassing and comprehensive link blogs..Enjoy:

A lot on the plate for this week's link-blog so let me dive right in:

-JK Parkin shares Image Creators Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder's experiences and tips with the Kickstarter process:

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/11/montclaire-reeder-share-their-kickstarter-secrets/#more-170572

For all those that think they could just sit on their a$$ and the money will just roll in, better recognize the work/hustle that Montclare and Reeder did here...

-One last plug: Middle of Nowhere. Adam WarRock.

http://adamwarrock.bandcamp.com/

I been like a junkie with this album. Seriously.

-Speaking of things I have been addicted to, you all have been reading Avatar The Last Airbender's The Search right? If no, DO NOT click the following link and go out to your comic shop or local library and find the 3-parter STAT!

http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/review-avatar-airbender-search-ties-loose-raises-interesting-question/

This should have been a movie Fellow Benders! Gawd! First The Promise, then The Search, and upcoming in March, The Rift. Hats off to Gene Luen Yang for these great, faithful followups to the animated series.

-So you wonder who was that character at the end of Thor during the credits cut scene? Well Brian Cronin gives us a brief bio...

http://www.comicbookresources.com:8080/?page=article&id=49038

The Collector's inclusion definitely opens the way for the Avengers and Marvel Studios to go Cosmic! Awesome!

-When Worlds Collide's Timothy Callahan takes a look at Kurt Busiek's run with Power Man and Iron Fist in the part 2 of his retrospective:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49063

Loved this 2 week trip down memory lane and its glimpse into the inner working of the Marvel comic machine at the time...

-Brett White looks at the Marvel Movie Formula:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49044

As I said above, Cosmic! Their success makes ALL ideas possible to be put on screen. There is a plan and even with tweaks here and there, Marvel is implementing it.

-Speaking of the Marvel Movie Formula, and to make this official, welcome aboard Elizabeth Olsen!

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49081

I got my Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for the Avengers! *Cabbage Patching* And I put the odds of FOX handling the characters better than the Avengers at 1,000 to 1...

-For those that were still wondering about this project, Guillermo del Toro says...

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49098

Shocking thing here is that del Toro says Warner Bros. has a plan. I know HE has a plan for JLDark/Shadowpact but it has to be a little uplifting for the DC Diehard Fans to know that DC is getting their act together...right? Right?

-Interesting in-depth study of the mentality behind the art of CosPlay...

http://www.dailydot.com/fandom/psychology-cosplay-survey-results/

Nothing really shocking on the break downs here but I will say that the piechart about the ethnicity of people doing cosplay is definitely skewed. I see more and more people of color getting into the fun and I really want to see the breakdown of this again in about 3-5 years time.

-I WANT ONE!

http://comicsalliance.com/man-at-arms-recreates-thors-hammer-mjolnir/

I know it isn't mystical but damn it looks oh so sweet! 200 pounds though.... I think I will have to start weight training.....

-I'm going to keep pimping this book until everyone gets it. Congressman John Lewis hit Rachel Maddow's Show to talk about 'March'

http://comicsalliance.com/rachel-maddow-congressman-lewis-march-interview-nate-powell-andrew-aydin/

We don't do enough to push good/great books from fellow black people I admit but this is a must read. Con. Lewis has done an amazing job of promotion along with education since the book was announced and I can't wait for part 2.

-Matt D Wilson hits my rightgeousness upside the head with this article...

http://comicsalliance.com/boycotts-comics-marvel-dc/

I can't say he's wrong... matter of fact he hits the notes on all the right beats here. It is just unfortunate that the informed are often lumped in with the crazies when it comes to comics. On the other end, here's Corey Blake's viewpoint which is tied to Enders Game....

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/11/splicing-the-art-from-the-artist/

This is why I am torn because I loved the novel series but his (Card's) viewpoints got me torn ten ways to Sunday... Ugh....

-I got a double hitter from David Brothers to end this linkblog. First up he goes into Earl Sweatshirt's song "Pre"

http://4thletter.net/2013/11/its-what-youre-saying-and-how-youre-saying-it/

Not exactly the type of song I would say I have similar type feelings to, but the way David breaks it down is akin to how I would defend listening to Wu-Tang Clan or Eminem to folks that would be shocked....

Then he gets into his "reputation" within the comics scene...

http://4thletter.net/2013/11/a-tree-never-grown-shade-that-was-never-known/

As you readers saw in the comments section, I had to respond to this and I meant every word. You may not like the opinions given to a subject being debated, however it is essential that readers get a variety of opinions/viewpoints to be properly informed. David Brothers is just one voice of many in the long run but his thoughts are well thought out and unique. Traits that are essential reading in the comics world and society.

This is dedicated to Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell.

Until Next Time Readers, Keep Fantasizing.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Two Back 2 Back Musings From The Shoppe's Daryll B.! And Oh Yeah, This Past Saturday's Grindhouse Broadcast!

Welcome to the hub of the Afronerd Radio universe, folks......commonly referred to as Afronerd.com. Please accept our sincerest apologies for our laxity but we assure you that some pretty cool changes to our site are forthcoming. Meanwhile, feel free to check out our latest episode of The Grindhouse and then if that wasn't enough, we have back to back meanderings from the one and only Daryll B. Enjoy!

You're Hearing Double @ Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse, 6pm!

And now for Daryll B's latest blog thoughts:

First, his belated Halloween bloggings-

Due to the Halloween Festivities, Daryll is Link-Blogging it today but he had to add this in for all of you:

THANK YOU ARROW! As an old time Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans fan, it is great to see not only 1 but 2 key antagonists from those days added to your show. At least one comic book show remembers their nerdy fanbase! I looking at you SHIELD....LOL Now onto the links!

-Oops!

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48773

Yeah, this was a pretty big mess up.......

Through Adam WarRock and Mikal kHill I found out about Nerdapalooza shutting down due to financial issues, which is a bummer since there was a New York version planned. At their Bandcamp site though, you can still get compilations from shows from 2009-2012 for name your own price....

http://nerdapaloozafest.bandcamp.com/album/nerdapalooza-2011-recordings

Crossing fingers for a speedy return for the ultimate nerd concert gathering.....

-I don't know where to go with this:

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/retailer-apologizes-for-ripping-up-copy-of-pretty-deadly-1/

He rips up this by Kelly Sue DeConnick, but loads of DC and Marvel stuff goes untouched. Then states it wasn't because Pretty Deadly was written by a woman. Contradictory much Dude?

-411 Mania does it again with their list of the worst replacement superheroes:

http://www.411mania.com/movies/columns/302019

Questions abound about the writer's choices but let's just say half of his choices wouldn't have been on my list.

-I may rip DC on a lot of things, but Hank Kanalz, one of the leaders of their digital arm, shows that they got their bearings in at least one place:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48806

It seems that DC/Warner Bros. got themselves together at least here... In addition, Jim Lee did this to begin the week...

http://comicsalliance.com/jim-lee-rejection-letters-marvel-dc/

Further hope for those aspiring artists out there. If Jim Lee got rejected early, anyone can. So don't lose hope and press on!

-Robot 6 reveal the "secret origin" of Bitstrips, the news social media fad:

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/bitstrips-aka-those-annoying-diy-comics-invading-facebook/

Now EVERYONE is a comic writer/"artist"....BUT me. I haven't used it a lick. Talk about irony....

-A month ago I gave you readers a look into what I collect when I go to the comic shop. Kelly Thompson does the same thing here:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/28/she-has-no-head-the-pull/

What I love about this is that encouraged everyone to share what they collect AND give insights into why.

-Brett White critiques the X-Men Days of Future Past Trailer:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48822

I have nothing to add except that I totally agree with his viewpoint after looking at the trailer for a third time. Talk about a repetitive problem.... Here's the trailer in case you missed it....

http://comicsalliance.com/x-men-days-of-future-past-trailer-marvel-video/

-I know you had to have seen this:

http://comicsalliance.com/ohio-state-marching-band-superman-movie-tribute-video/

FANTASTIC coordination by the band!

-I'll end this link-blog with an article by Matt Wilson about that very thing!

http://comicsalliance.com/the-difficult-alchemy-of-ending-a-comic-series/

"There are no true endings. Let's just call this a goodbye for now..."

Folks, I hope you enjoyed your Halloween celebrations, trick-o-treating, scary movies watching, partying/family time. Until Next Time...(and if I recover from candy sugar shock..)...Readers Keep Fantasizing! And now Daryll B.'s thoughts regarding this past NY Comic Con:

Hiya AfroNerd Readers and Facebook Followers. I really didn't know how I was going to do this blog about New York Comic Con and my experiences. I thought I would at first talk about the cosplayers and the awesome outfits I saw, but every major site has that covered. Then, I thought I would talk about the survey and questions I put towards loads of attendees about comics/science fiction/fantasy in the mainstream. My thanks to everyone who bothered to answer the questions of this weird black nerd in a JLA/Wolverine/Gunslinger Anime Polo Shirt (depending on the morning I caught you), but I think I'll leave my results for the upcoming ComicShoppe Show on Saturday. I found my inspiration from the newscasts around TV/Cable covering the 4 day event on Sunday Night/Monday Morning.

Let's face it: newscasters and reporters by and large are folks that we rely on for the facts and sometimes the truth. You are going to go to an event such as this, you would think that people would do a little homework. Or at least find an entertainment reporter that has a little experience with the subject matter. To say I felt like nerd/geekdom was being talked down to in most of these segments is a MAJOR understatement. You know what people of TV? By and large most of y'all were the beautiful people... the ones who were popular; the cheerleaders; the BMOCs; the fame seekers and party animals....

But guess what? You are now in the environment of the mostly shunned; the outcasts; the ones that were made fun of and you just CAN'T STAND the major steps forward that we have made in the mainstream. That the prophecies professed in Revenge of the Nerds have now been realized and now your everyday lives can't do without us in some form. Think I'm lying? Is that a smartphone in your pocket? Or a bluetooth in your ear? You take our innovations in one hand and push our culture away with the other. Time to wake up. We're here! We're driven! We're dressed up waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before Halloween in costumes and losing our minds meeting A,B,&C rated stars of print, web. tv, and film. Get used to it "in crowd" because you'll be seeing a lot more of us walking your city streets and on your multimedia platforms.

Quick Hits About The Con:

-Remember that whole controversy about Harley Quinn's new look in the Nu52? Forget that now because there were scores of them on my days there....

-NYCC has become crazy popular and I met people from about 12 different countries this year. I heard that 120,000 people attended.

-Over the 4 days I met a couple of stars and industry names... and of course I locked up out of my personal geekdom. Best encounter: I met Sgt. Slaughter just seconds after I picked up G.I. Joe The Movie on DVD for 4 bucks. Encounter I needed to man up for better: Met Brian Cronin and the Comic Book Resources crew at a bar and simply didn't know how to approach this group that I have talked to online for years. Yeah... still working on that face-to-face confidence for these interviews.

-Regret missing out on David Walker and Ken Lashley because I really wanted to pick their brains about the convention and the business.

-Regret my phone settings that had me running out of battery power before taking photos at the wrong times...regretted that especially during the Poison Ivy and X-Men cosplayers group photos...

-Damn there were a lot of various Deadpools and Lokis.... and I think the black cosplayer soup de jour this year was Cyclops. I must have bumped into at least 10 different black people as Cyclops (8 men and 2 women)....

-Not many panels for me this year and boy are my legs letting me feel it in the week that has followed...

-Big as San Diego but without the "Hollywood" aftertaste.... savor it now my fellow science fiction lovers because if other planners have their way, we going to be three times as commercial next year.....*ugh!*

-However, I will suggest that for next year (Oct. 9-12th), everyone experience the early morning CosPlay walk from Penn Station down to Jacob Javitz along 34th Street. It isn't an official thing, but the look on New Yorkers' faces as they see all these costumed characters...PRICELESS.

No links for me this week, as I took a vacation from geek news but count on Saturday at 6pm, The ComicShoppe will be all over this and other events. Until Then Loyal Readers, Keep Fantasizing!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

We're Back...Honestly! Check out The Latest Grindhouse Episode & Daryll B.'s NY Comic Con Musings!

Time to keep matters tight, terse and time sensitive! Check out this Saturday's Grindhouse edition of Afronerd Radio at 6pm eastern. For the first act, we have The Comic Shoppe with your hosts Dburt, Daryll B. and Captain Kirk. Call the show live at 646-915-9620. The topics under the microscope this week are: the crew's thoughts relating to this year's NY Comic Con; Man of Steel 2 starts filming this weekend; the PBS documentary, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle premieres; Is it safe to say that the Carrie reboot is off to a great start when its spoof viral campaign has garnered 41 million hits?; animation and live action pros, Bruce Timm and Zack Snyder combine forces to produce an excellent film short to commemorate Superman's 75th anniversary and lastly, if time permits, our thoughts about CW's Arrow as it enters its second season.

And for Afronerd Radio (airing afterward at 7pm), Dburt and Captain Kirk will elucidate on the following issues: a new HuffPost piece, ponders why many perceive Blacks to suffer less pain than Whites; the folks at Shadow and Act debate the existence of a modern audience for serious slavery films and the "Podcast Avengers" will attempt to get to the remaining topics from Wednesday's show (a McDonalds worker gets arrested for confronting the CEO and our thoughts regarding a recent 8Asian.com blog piece entitled, Where White means Mediocre: High-Skilled Asian Immigrant Enclaves). Excelsior!

NY Comic Con Talk...Mostly! The Grindhouse Starts Sat @6pm!

And as promised, check out the latest blog musings, by The Shoppe's Daryll B.:

Hiya AfroNerd Readers and Facebook Followers. I really didn't know how I was going to do this blog about New York Comic Con and my experiences. I thought I would at first talk about the cosplayers and the awesome outfits I saw, but every major site has that covered. Then, I thought I would talk about the survey and questions I put towards loads of attendees about comics/science fiction/fantasy in the mainstream. My thanks to everyone who bothered to answer the questions of this weird black nerd in a JLA/Wolverine/Gunslinger Anime Polo Shirt (depending on the morning I caught you), but I think I'll leave my results for the upcoming ComicShoppe Show on Saturday. I found my inspiration from the newscasts around TV/Cable covering the 4 day event on Sunday Night/Monday Morning.

Let's face it: newscasters and reporters by and large are folks that we rely on for the facts and sometimes the truth. You are going to go to an event such as this, you would think that people would do a little homework. Or at least find an entertainment reporter that has a little experience with the subject matter. To say I felt like nerd/geekdom was being talked down to in most of these segments is a MAJOR understatement. You know what people of TV? By and large most of y'all were the beautiful people... the ones who were popular; the cheerleaders; the BMOCs; the fame seekers and party animals....

But guess what? You are now in the environment of the mostly shunned; the outcasts; the ones that were made fun of and you just CAN'T STAND the major steps forward that we have made in the mainstream. That the prophecies professed in Revenge of the Nerds have now been realized and now your everyday lives can't do without us in some form. Think I'm lying? Is that a smartphone in your pocket? Or a bluetooth in your ear? You take our innovations in one hand and push our culture away with the other. Time to wake up. We're here! We're driven! We're dressed up waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before Halloween in costumes and losing our minds meeting A,B,&C rated stars of print, web. tv, and film. Get used to it "in crowd" because you'll be seeing a lot more of us walking your city streets and on your multimedia platforms.

Quick Hits About The Con:

-Remember that whole controversy about Harley Quinn's new look in the Nu52? Forget that now because there were scores of them on my days there....

-NYCC has become crazy popular and I met people from about 12 different countries this year. I heard that 120,000 people attended.

-Over the 4 days I met a couple of stars and industry names... and of course I locked up out of my personal geekdom. Best encounter: I met Sgt. Slaughter just seconds after I picked up G.I. Joe The Movie on DVD for 4 bucks. Encounter I needed to man up for better: Met Brian Cronin and the Comic Book Resources crew at a bar and simply didn't know how to approach this group that I have talked to online for years. Yeah... still working on that face-to-face confidence for these interviews.

-Regret missing out on David Walker and Ken Lashley because I really wanted to pick their brains about the convention and the business.

-Regret my phone settings that had me running out of battery power before taking photos at the wrong times...regretted that especially during the Poison Ivy and X-Men cosplayers group photos...

-Damn there were a lot of various Deadpools and Lokis.... and I think the black cosplayer soup de jour this year was Cyclops. I must have bumped into at least 10 different black people as Cyclops (8 men and 2 women)....

-Not many panels for me this year and boy are my legs letting me feel it in the week that has followed...

-Big as San Diego but without the "Hollywood" aftertaste.... savor it now my fellow science fiction lovers because if other planners have their way, we going to be three times as commercial next year.....*ugh!*

-However, I will suggest that for next year (Oct. 9-12th), everyone experience the early morning CosPlay walk from Penn Station down to Jacob Javitz along 34th Street. It isn't an official thing, but the look on New Yorkers' faces as they see all these costumed characters...PRICELESS.

No links for me this week, as I took a vacation from geek news but count on Saturday at 6pm, The ComicShoppe will be all over this and other events. Until Then Loyal Readers, Keep Fantasizing!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ok..We're Finally Putting UP A Current Post! Check Out Our New Grindhouse Broadcast Airing this Sat. @6pm & Also Daryll B. Latest Pulp Musings!

Bonjour, people! It's Saturday, it's hot and it's The Grindhouse! Stop by today at 6pm and check out the latest in our "double feature" programming. First up, there's The Comic Shoppe featuring your hosts Dburt, Captain Kirk and the Indestructible Daryll B. The pulp infused (or is that enthused) issues up or grabs this week are: the revelations and expectations coming out from this year's San Diego Comic Con..thus far; our thoughts on the new straight to DVD release of DC's Flash centric Flashpoint Paradox story line; Dburt admits to being corrected regarding minority representation while in the midst of reading Marvel's Young Avengers; discussing how video game consoles and Netflix have changed the "game" (pardon the pun) relating to alternative programming (i.e. Heroes, Game of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Hemlock Grove); Beware the Batman makes its debut and Dburt vents his frustration pertaining to the lack of minority characters in video games (dlc's included!!). Call the hosts live at: 646-915-9620.

Batting clean up, we have Afronerd Radio starting at 7pm sharp. Join Captain Kirk and Dburt as they unpack the following current event laden issues: the crew discuss some important films worth viewing (and some not so much)..i.e. Fruitvale Station, 12 Years A Slave, The Butler and more; President Obama weighs in on the Zimmerman verdict; a heroic honorable mention for our Blue Area segment; notables Bill Cosby, Larry Elder and Charles Barkley catch some heat over the Martin tragedy and lastly, picking up from last week-can the new Knewton educational software change how (and how much) the user learns?

Grindhouse Saturdays Start @6pm-2 Shows Double The Fun!

And then we have The Shoppe's Daryll B. with his latest blog musings. Excelsior!

Before I begin this latest blog experiment, I am actually going to kick this off with my links:

-Hugh Jackman is smarter than most movie houses:

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/07/15/hugh-jackman-wants-to-see-wolverine-avengers-and-spider-man-team-up/

Ok even Jackman realizes the movie making opportunity here. Now can FOX & Sony realize this and put their egos in check?

-Interesting parody of Identity Crisis by Dan Slott highlighted in his latest Meta Messages:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/07/14/meta-messages-the-great-lakes-avengers-poke-some-fun-at-identity-crisis/

Count me as one that was on board with Identity Crisis until halfway in. This, as some of the commenters noted, actually tainted some of my early beloved DC memories with its revelations. Captain Kirk always wondered where my "hate" for DC began; look no further than here. The one positive was it finally showed in print how much of a bada$$ Deathstroke could be when facing the top tier heroes.... Something I had tried to convince friends for years.

-well I hope Legendary is as committed to a Pacific Rim sequel as they say they are:

http://movies.msn.com/movies/top-box-office/

I mean Despicable Me 2 is a monster but to get beaten out by Grown Ups 2 also? Ouch!

-Welcome to my world

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=46671

Robotech/Voltron crossover? In addition, they have announced that Dynamite Entertainment is also doing a "Heroes" comic by Cullen Bunn. *Sigh* just take all my money already!

-OK DC Fans, pay attention to this one...

http://comicsalliance.com/dc-entertainments-diane-nelson-on-green-lantern-wonder-woman-and-vertigo-films-sandman-is-right-on-top/

So Sandman right on top? These mainstream fans can't grasp subtext where you have dumbed down 3 universes to form your Nu52 line and they are going to understand Sandman and its metaphors? HAHAHAHAHAHA

-Just got my hands on Justice League Flashpoint and will have a review for the show (along with Beware The Batman) Saturday but until then DC Animation has more news...

http://comicsalliance.com/justice-league-war-dc-universe-animated-geoff-johns-jim-lee-warner-bros/

Ok so Flashpoint essentially created the Nu52 (and "erased Wally West, Donna Troy, and the history I loved) line for DC. Is this going to herald the new "post Bruce Timm/Paul Dini" direction for their animation as well? *UPDATE* I have watched 30 minutes of Flashpoint and the best thing I can say is they have streamlined this story a bit.... and BOY WAS I WRONG about them using the Young Justice animation team.. Ugh..... This isn't good people....41 mins to go.....

OK now onto my bit with a little backstory. Back in High school, 2 friends and I had an idea for a comic book that essentially covered the rise of a criminal empire underneath a corporate philanthropic veneer. Being kids, we essentially had these operations being run out of Harlem, Baltimore, East St. Louis, and Compton... You know; the cool places of the time. We came up with a Kingpin/Nino Brown type to run it and came up with at least 30 characters that were associates, rivals, and background. We had a premise that had (to that point of time) not been seen in our comics of a mostly ethnic cast using the air of stereotypes to slowly gain a foothold/power in the country. We had passion, we had drive. We got crushed when I presented the idea to a creator at a comic show and he told me it was rubbish. I lost track of my friends over the years and wonder if in some or fashion are they still trying to make strides within the business/genre like I am here. I hope their passion has fueled their success.

So why bring this somewhat disappointing memory up? Well on Saturday, I sat and listened to the Trayvon Martiin decision becoming quite angry. That this kid didn't get the chance to realize his dreams. Then on Tuesday night, I watched Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera get honored by both All Star teams and a raucous Citi-Field crowd for years of great service. His interviews with his family beside him were just the image of what i think i needed at the time. Lots of love!

A dream deferred along with a dream fulfilled; talk about a 180 degree shift in the spectrum! I cant waste time being down or angry because time is too precious and oh so brief. Folks I say this in another plea to get readers, haters, and passers-by to try and realize their potential. You got a talent...USE IT. You got a voice....USE IT! Don't let it go to waste... PLEASE

I promise to you, faithful readers that I won't stop trying to be better. You all do the same. Until next time Fantasy Fans, Keep Fantasizing!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Listen to The Latest Pre Father's Day Edition of The Grindhouse! The Comic Shoppe at 6pm and Afronerd Radio Pitching Relief at 7pm!

Greetings to our supporters, loyal listeners and (sometime) detractors! Welcome to our special Pre-Father's Day episode of this Saturday's Grindhouse broadcast, courtesy of AfronerdRadio.com. For the first part of our double feature presentation, we have The Comic Shoppe airing promptly at 6pm eastern. Join Daryll B., Captain Kirk and Dburt as they wax about the following pulp/pop-culture fare: perhaps the most obvious matter, the crew gives their critique of the new Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel film which is poised for a 100 mil plus weekend takedown; Conan O'brien unveils the General Zod dlc for the Injustice video game; picking up from last week, does Iron Man have a retconned origin?; Dburt discovers Image's Jupiter's Legacy and lastly, the crew speculates on which properties Marvel Studios might be filming for the newly announced May 2016 and 2017 release dates. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.

Next up, Afronerd Radio airs at 7pm eastern with your hosts, Captain Kirk and Dburt. Afronerd welcomes the "tangential" producer of the show (aka Dburt's Dad), the Oracle to sit in during the show for this special Pre Father's Day broadcast. The issues up for grabs are: from the last show-continuing the Wendy Williams-Lisa Lampanelli n-word debate; more on Dr. Cosby's NY post op-ed; will Father's Day ever reach the respect level of Mother's Day if mothers can get Father's Day cards now?; is there a difference between NSA data mining and stop & frisk? and our thoughts about singer, Miley Cyrus professing to want a "Black" sound for her new record.

Our Pre Father's Day Show @ The Grindhouse-Sat @6pm!

And then we have Daryll B. of The Shoppe new blog piece. Enjoy!

Good Day AfroNerd Followers and Sci-Fi Fans of all cyberspace! I guess you fine folks know what we'll be talking about this week. Yep, it is Man of Steel week and since I am currently in line to see the movie, I am going to wait until the show to give my actually review. However, I can tell you that the trailers have done their job, since I am currently around the corner from the box office in the rain.... and NO ONE is phased by the bad weather. Everyone in line is giddy about the movie. I will however give you fine folks my personal Superman reading list over the last 15 years. These are stories that may not be the best or most highly regarded, are the ones that truly struck a chord with me and should give you a sense of my idea of how Superman should be portrayed on screen....

Death of Superman Trilogy - Might as well start off with the story that made Superman relevant AND helped destroy comics in the '90s. Superman's death from Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Louise Simonson and an army of the era's finest creators was a boon to industry and almost helped capsize it with the out of control "collecting". Lost in that were some fine stories of how a world dependant on the immigrant from Krypton would get along without him. Plus, bonus points to these storyline for introducing John Henry Irons and Ron Troupe... even though DC consistently drops the ball with them...

The Kents - Take the Kent Family tree and the Superman world then twist it through tales of the Wild West and you get this book. I gave this book from John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake the hardest test I know, I passed it to my Dad, who's a bigtime Western fan, after the first month I obtained it and didn't get it back for THREE months! (Happy Father's Day Pop!) We all know that Clark got his ideals from Pa Kent, but here you see that Pa's ideals were passed down through generations... and speaking of generations...

Superman/Batman Generations - John Byrne takes the premise that both title characters have aged normally since their first introduction in the 30's and follows their bloodlines as well as the whole DC Universe in 10 year "shots". Notably here are Byrne's takes on forms of Kryptonite and the heroes involvement in wars... Spawned 3 versions, two that have been collected and the third a maxi-series...

JLA - Grant Morrison's JLA run gave us a strong Superman who was vunerable at the same time. Notably here was Supes wrestling an angel, how the US' Soldiers would feel about firing on the "s", and the whole World War III storyline. This laid the groundwork for what he would do later with Mr. Kent in All Star Superman.

Superman Secret Identity - Major props to Kurt Busiek for taking the Superman Earth Prime concept here and just giving it modern day sensabilities.An unfortunately lad named Clark Kent one day discovers he has received the powers of his namesake... Funny, dramatic, and at times introspective, this is a great homage to the dreams of every kid who wanted to be from Krypton...

Conversely, Mark Waid's Irredeemable is the flipside of that. His Superman analog The Plutonian has totally lost it turning on his adopted world and the heroes he once considered friends. How would you reason with an out of control Superman? Can you ever stop him? How would the world fare in his wake? All of these questions are approached and answered..horribly.. in this series.

Superman and the Legion of SuperHeroes - I get on Geoff Johns for a lot of things, but here he makes my favorite team of future heroes relevant again by answering what the idea of Superman makes for the future of the DC Universe...against the evil views of the Justice League. Yeah, you read that right....

Speaking of future interference, Batman/Superman Absolute Power shows how the Dynamic Duo would fare if they were raised by the Legion of SuperVillains. Notable here is how a regular powered human hero would try to take on Superman... Green Arrow gives a valiant effort...

Finally JLA/Avengers... Busiek, Perez, and the now infamous cover to issue 4 with Supes holding Captain America's Shield and Thor's Hammer. This makes the list on that alone!

Now you may notice the lack of Kingdom Come and All Star Superman here and I love those stories but I figure on this topic, everyone and their best friend would write about those. You know me, I just had to go left... Now onto the links....

-I love this as a poke to the ribs...

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/green-lantern-corps-gives-nod-to-john-stewart-death-decree/

Now was Venditti poking DC, Fialkov, or the fanbase?

-Lucky...

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/action-comics-1-found-in-wall-of-house-sells-for-175000/

But if I was him that aunt that cost him 75,000 dollars because of that rip, won't be getting a Christmas card this year

-Andrew Wheeler looks at Scott Snyder's "new" Batman origin take through virgin eyes...

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/06/12/batman-zero-year-21-review-new-reader/

He nailed the opening, now let's see if Snyder can stick this landing....

-A lil late DC...

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/06/12/justice-league-identity-crisis-doctor-light-dc/

..and I have to agree with a commenter, if this Doctor Light is going to be a "family man", what about Dr. Hoshi???

-Brian Cronin brings some balance to our Mighty Avengers talk...

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/07/al-ewing-and-monica-rambeau-sold/

I STILL HATE GREG LAND!!!!!! But Al Ewing is an up and coming star at least in America..(He's already renowned in Britain/Europe) so maybe he can balance this out... (Please get me Daryl Banks or Ross Campbell on this book ASAP!)

-AfroNerd will enjoy this...

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/12/paramount-eyes-terminator-sequel/

Yeah, you aren't getting Sarah Conner Chronicles back but we will give you Arnold back... moving at 1/10th the speed of the prior trilogy. DBurt will be pleased..... *puts on protective gear now*

Okies fans, doors opening and it is time to go in and hopefully (crosses fingers) get my mind blown. Until next time faithful readers, Keep Fantasizing!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hey, While You Wait For Wednesday's Mid Week In Review Afronerd Broadcast, Check Out Filmmaker, Hilton A. Ruiz' 4th Installment of Zombie With A Shotgun!

Stay tuned for our forthcoming entry relating to Wednesday's topics. Afronerd's Mid Week in Review airs this Wednesday at 7pm eastern.

Oh and after you take a gander at Mr. Ruiz' Zombie episode, check out the latest Playstation 4 reveal and conference.


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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Doubling Up! This Sat @6pm-The Comic Shoppe & Afronerd! Discussing Black Avengers Comic; Archie Movie?; Michael Douglas' Oral Woes; POTUS & The I.R.S. & More!

Salutations, crumpets and cornbread, folks! Welcome to another festive, feisty and forward moving double entendre episode of The Grindhouse, courtesy of Afronerd Radio-this Saturday airing at 6pm. First up, there's The Comic Shoppe featuring Captain Kirk, Dburt and Daryll B. The pulp encased topics up for grabs this week are: Is Marvel finally creating a Black themed Avengers comic? Sort of....our thoughts on the forthcoming all star minority comic entitled, Mighty Avengers; the crew's thoughts on the new Grayson/Nightwing Youtube series that just hit cyberspace; Comic Book Resources has a piece that confirms the notion that Marvel was toying with the idea of creating a "Black" Captain America in the Ultimate universe; just what is the deal with the retconning of Iron Man's origin?; Archie Comics is headed toward the big screen and lastly, should comics make a greater effort to create more stories and plot vehicles for ancillary characters (i.e. Robbie Robertson, Jimmy Olsen, Alfred, etc)? Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.

And then there's the second act-Afronerd Radio holding court at 7pm sharp! Pull up a seat and listen to Dburt and Captain Kirk wax about the following topics: Dburt picks up on some dropped topics from the last show (i.e. collecting racist memorabilia, actor Michael Douglas' throat cancer and Tyler Perry on the OWN network); a writer from The Root laments about an interracial romance video that was filmed at her alma mater, Howard University and lastly, MSNBC's Martin Bashir causes a stir by positing the IRS attacks against the President as a proxy for using the N-word (huh?). Check out our double feature shows at 6pm and 7pm-post haste!

Doubling Up! This Sat @6pm-The Comic Shoppe & Afronerd!

And if you missed our last episode, listen to it now:

Mid Week Musings @ Afronerd Radio-Wed @7pm!

And then we have Daryll B. of The Shoppe latest meanderings. Nuff said!

Hello once again Afronerd followers and Science Fiction Fans from all walks of life. As I stated previously in my Facebook sports blog, this hasn't been one of my better weeks. As a result, I am going to keep this one to be a quick LinkBlog and try to keep my senses relatively even-keeled.

-At the ComicShoppe, we have been talking about this behind the scenes...

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/nightwing-fan-series-grayson-earth-one-premieres/

I said it before folks, this is the age of "if the studios can't make it for you, do it yourself!". Kudos to these talented super fans for making this... although I think that they fell into the same trap as the Birds of Prey, the "Flying Graysons" pitch and the Halle Berry "Catwoman" movie: you can't take a valued member of the Bat Mythos and TOTALLY divorce them from the characters.By not honoring that, you'll lose the Bat fans extensively..

-Comics Convention season is coming up quickly for Daryll! To whet your appetites along with mine....

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/comics-at-the-book-con-a-day-at-bookexpo-america/

I wish Rep. John Lewis all the luck in the world with his book. Seems his heart is in the right place....

-Kelly Thompson weighs in on the cast of Brian Wood's all female X-Men book...

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/03/she-has-no-head-ladies-of-x/

This is all well and good but I keep waiting for Dani Moonstar to get her elevation to the big team. O well, at least I have her in Fearless Defenders....

-YES! Thank you Townsquare for making this possible....

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/aol-sells-comicsalliance-three-music-sites-to-townsquare-media/

So of course Comics Alliance celebrates their return by giving us fans their "secret origin" courtesy of the guys at Let's Be Friends Again....

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/06/03/comicsalliance-returns-townsquare-comics-everybody-lets-be-friends-again/

...and my cherry on top is Chris and Matt doing a review of the first half of one of my favorite schlock movies in the past 10 years, D.O.A....

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/06/03/comicsalliance-reviews-d-o-a-dead-or-alive-2006-part-one/

Jamie Pressley and Devon Aoki? Consider my attention gotten for more than a minute.....

-Wonder what was the SheZow topic that we at the ComicShoppe were discussing last Saturday? Well Comics Alliance got that covered too...

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/06/03/shezow-cartoon-transgender-superhero-review/

Like I said on the show, I'll give it a couple of views but, being a guy who read Ranma 1/2 and watched their OVAs, I have to see how the writers handle this cartoon.

-Finally Gavok gives a historical rundown to the uninitiated about the newest downloadable character for Injustice For All....

http://4thletter.net/2013/06/guide-to-the-injustice-roster-dlc-appendix-3/

Mortal Kombat's Scorpion? Really? A comics universe full of characters, and you have to go to Mortal Kombat to water down (yet again) one of their famous characters??? *facepalm*

However, my week turned around with me getting Astro City #1 and then finally getting to see this:

http://video.adultswim.com/the-venture-bros/what-color-is-your-cleansuit.html

New season of Venture Bros has begun! YES!

So until next time Faithful Readers, Keep Fantasizing!