Archive for December, 2011

Belated Happy Birthday to the Generalissimo!

Posted in Comics, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on 12/29/2011 by Papa Nerd

Stan Lee

On December 28, 1922, Stanley Martin Lieber was born.

Young Stanley began writing while he was a teenager, but he got his break when he got a job with Timely Comics in 1939.  His first published story for Timely was a text-only Captain America story in 1941, under the pseudonym “Stan Lee,” which he later adopted as his legal name.  After spending a few years in the Army writing propaganda material, Lee returned to Timely, where, with collaborators Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby, among others, he helped create Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and countless other fictional characters.

He was made publisher of Marvel (Timely changed their name to Atlas Comics, then Marvel, after one of the titles they published) in 1972, and he subsequently led the publisher from a small publishing house to a multimedia giant.

Needless to say, Stan’s contributions to the world of comics have made him a legend.

I have to say that I am a huge Stan Lee fan.  One of my dreams is to be able to sit down with him and pick his brain about all aspects of the creative process, and just comics in general.  Maybe I could get some inspiration for my own graphic novel, which is collecting dust at the moment.

Also, he would have to sign my copy of Dunn’s Conundrum.  If you’re a fellow Lee nerd, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

‘Nuff said.

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Nerd News Roundup

Posted in Comics, Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , , on 12/27/2011 by Papa Nerd

I am one lazy bastard.

There.  I said it.  It has been a while since I have rounded up the nerd news, so I’m a little behind.  Here goes…

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Merry Christmas!

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , on 12/24/2011 by Papa Nerd

From my family to yours…

Merry Christmas!

And, remember the reason for the season… the Pagan festivities celebrating the Winter Solstice, which the Church adopted as their own in order to convert more Pagans, then attached the name of Christ to said festivities to make them more holy!  Even though the Pilgrims and Puritans banned Christmas as it was associated with drunkenness and debauchery, it is still the holiest of the holidays!

Enjoy your presents (Pagan ritual) under your tree (Pagan ritual), brought to you by the jolly elf himself (demi-god, who is strikingly similar to Odin), St. Nicholas (actually a Greek bishop, who may or may not have given gifts to the poor), a man so famous, he has a corporate sponsor (Coca-Cola commissioned Haddon Sundblom to paint pictures of him in the 30’s.  They wanted him to use their bright red and white colors, hence Santa’s bright red and white outfit).

Just remember, he watches you sleep, judges you without any real context, and, if he deems you worthy, breaks into your house, eats your cookies, drinks your milk, and leaves you a present he bought at Wal-Mart, instead of one his slaves elves made.

He does all of this under the assumption that you are not Jewish.  If you’re Jewish, he won’t even give you the time of day.  Why he hates Jews, no one knows.

Merry Christmas!

Yet Another Trailer…

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on 12/21/2011 by Papa Nerd

This time, it’s the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

I was a big fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The movies, that is.  I tried to read the books.  I really did.  I just couldn’t get past Tolkien’s long-winded, gas bag descriptions.  I understand he was trying to create his own world, but I really don’t need it described to me down to the every last blade of grass.  When he was actually writing about the characters and the story, it was quite good.  But I wish he would have focused less on the physical environment at times.

I digress.  The bits I did read in the books were faithfully re-created in the films, and I expect no less from Peter Jackson and company with The Hobbit.  I’m glad he was allowed to do this as two movies so the entire story of Bilbo’s adventures can be told.

Without further adieu, here is the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey… after the jump!

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A Very Nerdy Christmas

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , , , on 12/20/2011 by Papa Nerd

Do you have a nerd in your life?  You know, the kind of guy or gal who rarely loves comics, Star Wars (or Trek.  Why anyone likes Star Trek, I’ll never know.  Those shows and movies blow harder than the Star Wars prequels.  That’s saying something.), video games, and the like?  How easy is it to shop for said nerd?  Not easy.  Just ask my wife.

There’s no need to fear, Papa Nerd is here!  I’ll try to take some of the pain out of your Christmas shopping.  Is your nerd a comic book fanboy or girl?  I know how hard it is to find superhero collectibles for someone who seems to have them all.  Luckily, there are people out there who have thought of that.  Check out SuperHeroStuff.com.  They have items for pretty much every superhero out there.  Does your nerd have a hard-on for Superman?  Check this out.

Superman SnuggyI have one of these.  Very comfy.  It sells for $29.95 at SuperHeroStuff.com.  They also have Green Lantern and Wonder Woman snuggies.

Are you on a budget, like me, and find $30 to be a little much?  Try stuff like this:

Superman BobbleheadCool collectible, half the price, at $16.99.  I would like one of these, but I don’t have a place to put it.  Plus, my son would probably destroy it.

Again, they have clothes and collectibles for most superheroes, Marvel and D.C.

If your nerd is more of an all around geek, take a look at ThinkGeek.com.  They specialize in all around nerd stuff, not just superheroes.  Do you watch Big Bang Theory?  If so, you may have seen their Periodic Table shower curtain.  If not, it looks like this:

Periodic Table shower curtain
You can have this on your nerd’s shower for $29.99.  My wife and I both want this one.

For the Star Wars nerd, you may consider something like this:

R2-D2 Ice Cube TraysThese babies will set you back a cool $9.99.

This is my personal favorite of the Star Wars things: a remote controlled lightsaber wall lamp!

Lightsaber Room Light

This will set you back $30, but the Padawan in your life will love you for it.

They have a lot of geek toys, gadgets, and collectibles, so if you need any gift ideas for the nerd or geek in your life, give ThinkGeek.com a look.

Until next time…

Finally! The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Hits the Web!

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on 12/19/2011 by Papa Nerd

After months of anticipation, the first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the final Batman film from Christopher Nolan, has been released.

And nerds everywhere are screaming like little Bieber fans.

I won’t insult your intelligence by saying or implying you’re here for any other reason than to watch the trailer, so check it out after the jump!

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This Nerd’s Life

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , on 12/15/2011 by Papa Nerd

Only a short time ago, nerds weren’t cool.  We weren’t fashionable.  We were to be ridiculed and tormented for our love of comics, and those newfangled Nintendo games.  We were thrown into trash cans, given swirlies, and (for the skinnier nerds) stuffed into lockers.

These days, nerdy things are all the rage.  Hollywood can’t make enough super hero movies, and video game development is a billion dollar industry.  There are even websites devoted to selling nerdy items only (and some are awesome.  Especially ThinkGeek.com).  Nerddom is all the rage, these days.

Except here in the Midwest, specifically Missouri, where I live.

People here seem to be about 10-15 years behind on things.  I’m shocked we have cell phone service and internet.

I love wearing super hero shirts.  I love dressing my son in super hero clothing.  It is especially cool when he sees a Superman shirt he’s going to wear, and he grins and says, “Superman!”  Unfortunately, people around here don’t get it.  I don’t get openly made fun of anymore, but I still get the looks.  You know the looks I’m talking about.  The ones that say, “You’re a grown man, and you’re still into that stuff?  There’s something wrong with you.”

I like to try to give them a look that says, “There’s nothing wrong with me.  I’m not an ignorant Missouri hillbilly.  You’re a Republican, aren’t you?”

I’m lucky I can even find said shirts.  Most stores around here, including Target and JCPenney, sell some kind of nerdy shirts.  There’s a problem, though.  They only sell them in athletic cut (tight fitting), and sizes up to XL.  Pardon me if I’m wrong, but aren’t a lot of nerds a bit… overweight?  I know I am.  And yet, the fat guys who are nerds can’t buy the shirts because no one sells them in our sizes, or in a classic fit that isn’t, you know, skin tight.  Because fat guys and tight clothes don’t go together.

Old Navy sells them.  But I refuse to pay over $20 for a t-shirt.  And so does Hot Topic.  But I refuse to shop at Hot Topic.  I’m not an emo wannabe poser.

There are places where a nerd can get his or her fix.  There are a couple of Vintage Stock stores around.  They sell video games from Atari to PS3, cd’s, records, old toys, sports memorabilia, etc.  There are some comic book shops (one is owned and operated by an exact clone of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons), but that’s it.  Most nerds have to hide out in their moms’ basements in order to avoid ridicule.

Some things never change.

I love being considered a nerd.  I love it when people see my Superman wallet and shake their heads.  I think they’re just jealous.  They can’t express themselves.  I like being able to literally wear my interests on my sleeves.  I like not caring what they think.  I like being able to tell my brother (who used to be embarrassed by my nerdiness) it is he who is behind on the times.  When her refers to his locker at the fire station where he works as his Batcave, I like to remind him that he used to poke fun at me for using the same kind of references.

I like the fact my son is embracing all things nerd.  He watched Spider-Man with me a couple of days ago, and he loved it.  Nevermind he calls Spider-Man Superman whenever he sees him.  He still loves it.  And Batman.  He loves some Batman.

Lastly, I’m lucky I found a wife who gets me, understands and embraces my near-unhealthy obsession with movies, comics and video games.  In this place, that’s rare.  I wasn’t willing to give that stuff up just to find a woman, and she never tried to change me.

I don’t care that I live in a part of the world doesn’t embrace my nerdiness.  The people who matter most do accept me.

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