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A Lesson Learned

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , , on 08/07/2012 by Papa Nerd

I blame Tim Burton and his damn Batman movie.

It’s all his fault.  It’s because of him that I picked up a pencil and taught myself to draw.  I used to draw these crude pictures of Michael Keaton’s Batman.  They were pretty horrible, but to a nine-year-old kid, they were freaking awesome.  There was no depiction of any discernible action.  It was just Batman, standing there, with his head either turned to the side, or looking straight ahead.  No background, nothing else.  Just Batman.

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A Nerd’s Review of the Marvel Cinematic Universe… Thus Far, Part 5

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on 01/21/2012 by Papa Nerd

Captain America: The First Avenger

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A Nerd’s Review of the Marvel Cinematic Universe… Thus Far, Part 4

Posted in Comics, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/05/2012 by Papa Nerd

Up for review this time is Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. It was directed by the always brilliant Kenneth Branagh.

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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.

This Week in Nerd News

Posted in Comics, etc., Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12/07/2011 by Papa Nerd

It seems there is no shortage of nerdy pop-culture stuff happening out there.  Each week, I’ll round up some highlights of the things showing up on the nerd radar.

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Thanksgiving Post of Randomness

Posted in etc., Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/21/2011 by Papa Nerd

Hello, there, blogosphere.  I hope all is well.  As I am taking a week off from work, I will also be taking some time off from writing.  It’s been a slow nerd news week anyway.  Here are some highlights in case you missed them, right after the jump.

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A Nerd’s Review of the Marvel Cinematic Universe… So Far, Part 3

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/17/2011 by Papa Nerd

Next up in my review of the MCU to date is Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johannson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, and the Bad Mutha Shut Yo Mouth himself, Samuel L. (I’m not yelling!  This is how I talk!) Jackson.

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