Category Archives: Comics

Thoughts on Phoenix Comicon: It keeps getting better

For years I have been attending both Anime Expo and Phoenix Comicon and have seen them experience unprecedented growth and all the problems that’s packaged with. This is the first year I won’t be attending Anime Expo in six years so I resolved not to miss everything Phoenix Comicon had to offer. And I am incredibly glad I did.

The atmosphere of Conventions can change drastically from year to year and it seems to me that Phoenix Comicon’s just keeps getting better and better. From the volunteers to the security guards to the guests, Phoenix Comicon is emanating a kind of positivity that injects the whole convention with new life. In my experience, everyone was having a fantastic time at the con and there wasn’t any negativity towards cosplay, vendors or guests.

In comparison, last year I saw two separate instances of people acting inappropriately towards cosplayers and overheard many conversations in the exhibitor hall about why on earth anyone would buy any of the things on sale. This year, however, I had none of those experiences, and I think the “Cosplay is not Consent” movement had a huge impact on that. The movement is helping to make Phoenix Comicon a better environment for everyone by serving as a deterrent for immature behavior and immediately establishing ground rules for newcomers to the Convention scene.

Along with the changes in atmosphere come more organizational changes that were sometimes difficult to catch. For instance, even though the convention had 75,000 people attend this year, I never felt that impact traffic like I did in previous years. Never was it difficult to get into, or even just stroll through, the exhibitor hall. Hallways seemed less crowded, with traffic even between both buildings. Lines for panels, even though they were still incredibly long, felt more controlled. All of this, I think, is thanks to this year’s volunteers, which were visibly better trained and more enthusiastic. The fact that everything ran so smoothly is only something I noticed after the convention, and I think it’s very impressive considering the traffic problems of last year.

As far as the Exhibitor Hall goes, I was incredibly excited to see plenty of artists there that were representing many different fandoms and groups. Not only did I see the awesome Comic Book art that is usual fare at Phoenix Comicon but there was a great variety of subjects and styles this year. One of which is Christopher Lee, who you can find at thebeastisback.com, who has some great chibi-like interpretations of beloved characters. Another great artist everyone should check out is Kevin Eslinger, who does some amazing art of different pop culture icons.

Alright so I have gushed enough about this years Phoenix Comicon, I want to hear what everyone else thinks or if someone had a different experience than me (it’s bound to happen at these bigger cons!). Let me know here in the comments or on our twitter what your experience was!

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Nerd Assembly Podcast 4!

This week on NAP we get deep into deep sci-fi! After seeing Interstellar, we talk about mainstream science fiction films from the past decade, and whether this movie marks a change of direction in the industry toward more “intellectual” sci-fi. Of course, we all love a good action-based sci-fi, but sometimes we crave less “Transformers” and more “2001.” So have a listen, and let us know what you think about the future of this most nerdy of genres!

As promised, here’s our recommendations for recent sci-fi to watch:
  • Interstellar: It’s tense and visually stunning, but most importantly, it will make you think!
  • Moon: The members of NAP would like to sincerely apologize for leaving this one out of the podcast this week. We don’t know what came over us! But seriously, Sam Rockwell’s acting will blow you away, as will the twists in this thought-provoking story.
  • Gravity: A bit on the action side of things, but definitely has a lot to say about the tenacity and bravery of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.
  • Snowpiercer: Quirky, tense, and beautifully directed, this actiony sci-fi will stick in your mind for weeks.
  • Europa Report: This one’s a bit on the horror side, and a fantastic indie film.
  • Edge of Tomorrow: Tom Cruise, sprinting through a battlefield.
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Nerd Assembly Podcast 3!

This week on the Nerd Assembly Podcast our topic is the newly-announced Marvel and DC Movie lineups and what we are most excited for. We also discuss what we’ve been watching/playing/reading (including Bastion and The Stanley Parable) and the news, which is all about movies this time around!

Marvel Lineup DC Lineup
Captain America: civil War (2016) Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (3/25/16)
Doctor Strange (2016) Suicide Squad (08/05/16)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) Wonder Woman (06/23/17)
Thor: Ragnorok (2017) Justice League Part 1(11/17/17)
Black Panther (2017) The Flash (03/23/18)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (2018) Aquaman (07/27/18)
Captain Marvel (2018) Shazam (04/05/19)
Inhumans (2018) Justice League Part 2 (06/14/19)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (2019) Cyborg (04/03/20)
Green Lantern (06/19/20)

LINK DUMP!

Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf is now Live!

NBC is going to attempt a pilot for a US version of The IT Crowd…. again

Naruto is ending and the new movie is canon

New Harry Potter Stories!

Star Wars Episode VII concept art leaked online

Star Wars principal shooting wraps

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked:

Funny tweet from Marvel blaming Hydra

Official Trailer Here

LOKI’S IN!!!

Benedict Cumberbatch will play as Doctor Strange

Warner Bros. announces slate for 2015-2020

Marvel announces full slate of “Phase 3” movies

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Why are Comic Readers So Sensitive?

Everyone has at least one friend that’s a little too upset when a new comic book movie comes out. “This movie sucks! They did this and that wrong with the characters! It’s a total rip off of issues ### to ###!” are common phrases that this friend says as soon as they walk out of the theaters. But so what? It’s just a movie after all. In the scheme of life, it’s not like it matters, right? So why do comic readers get so sensitive?

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The Nerd Assembly Podcast Episode 2!

In this weeks NAP (I swear it’s gonna catch on) we talk about how fall TV is consuming us, the Ghostbusters 3 movie, and the recent disappointments of the Assassin’s Creed series. Listen in to find out just how much we hate Connor! (Hint: it’s an absurd amount of hatred)

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Comic Books vs. Graphic Novels: What’s the Difference?!

If you’re new to the world of comic books, there’s one question that you’re probably asking above all the rest: What’s the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel?! Well, we here at Nerd Assembly wanted to provide you with a guideline to distinguish between these two terms. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it seems!

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Nerd Assembly Podcast #1!

Hey everybody! So it’s finally time to unveil something fun we’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s the first episode of the Nerd Assembly Podcast!

In this podcast we talk about what we’ve been watching/reading/playing lately along with some of the most recent news including the iPhone 6, the Minecraft acquisition, and Windows 10. Then we head down memory lane to talk about what set us down the nerdy path!

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The Best of Batman

A Bat-fan’s favorites from the city of Gotham

As the resident Batman expert here at the Nerd Assembly, I’m always asked about my favorites in this franchise. Favorite Batman movie? Comic? Video game? And I’ll tell you right now, it’s always a difficult choice. There’s been a lot of great work done with this particular superhero, and sometimes it’s tough to pick out the best of the best. But, here we go: this list represents my must-watch and must-read adaptations starring the Caped Crusader.

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Review: Gotham Pilot

Gotham is upon us! We are now two episodes into the first Batman-esque live action show since Adam West in the 60’s. And what has the reaction been so far? Hopeful.

So, what is making the Bat-fans so pleased with this new series? For one, it’s taking a lot of inspiration from the comics. The Gordon of this series has much in common with Year One’s interpretation, especially the naievety with how the justice system works in Gotham. The city is infested with criminals, the mob is just as slimy and destructive as the police force, and Gordon must adapt quickly if he’s going to survive.

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