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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Anime Summer Season Preview

Over the past year I have been watching more currently-airing anime than I ever have in my life, which is due to sites like Crunchyroll and Hulu simulcasting seemingly everything that premieres in Japan. The Anime summer season is no different and I’ve caught up on a lot of 1st episodes in the last week. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for a short write-up about the summer season of Anime, one that I am pretty excited about. Keep in mind these aren’t reviews, more like first impressions; so don’t start hating… at least not yet.

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Evo Recap!

So if you saw my announcement on the site a few weeks ago then you already know that I love watching competitive gaming, especially fighting games. I don’t play them often enough (I am absolutely terrible and switching from game to game is incredibly difficult) but I would never miss watching the Evo World Championships.

Evo is the biggest Fighting Game Tournament in the world, so it’s no surprise that I sat down most of Sunday and watched the finals. I was unfortunately busy during most of the Marvel Vs. Capcom finals, but thank god (or our lord Spooky) that we live in an age where these events are almost immediately on youtube. After watching some of the qualifying rounds and all of the finals, I thought I would give you a recap of some of the finals that I watched on Sunday.

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Evo is this weekend!

Alright so as you probably already know we are fans of many different nerdy and geeky things here at The Nerd Assembly. But the thing I have been slowly getting more into over the past few months is Competitive Gaming, or Esports. I have always loved fighting games like Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom and I’ve recently gotten back into Super Smash Brothers Melee. So you can imagine when the biggest Fighting Game Tournament in the world is happening that I’ll be watching.

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A look back at E3: My top moments

Once again E3 has come and gone and I feel as though it was somewhat lackluster this year. Don’t get me wrong; cinematic trailers and teasers for games can be great, but only in small amounts. It seemed that every game at E3 this year was a teaser, or even worse an announcement of an announcement. Even Halo 5, when 343 has promised to give more information and gameplay details numerous times, only had a cinematic trailer (albeit a pretty awesome one at that). But just like every year when this has happened, games comes along to surprise and excite me for the upcoming years in video games. So here is just a short list of the things I loved most from E3.

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Visually Stunning Anime

A whirlwind of a weekend later and Phoenix Comic-con is out of our lives again, at least for a year. 2014’s pop culture convention (that’s really what they should be calling it) was full of great guests and an even bigger vendor hall than last year. Of course the best part was the baloon-animal Optimus Prime. We got to partake in some of our favorite things to do at Phoenix Comic-con while still managing to do number 10: trying new things.

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Photos: Phoenix Comicon 2014

Phoenix Comicon is real up-and-comer in the convention circuit, getting bigger and better each year. 2014 was the best yet, with big name guests, a new and improved Exhibitor Hall, and over 78,000 attendees. You can check out our recap of the weekend here! And if you’re planning on going next year, be sure to read our Top Ten list, so you can get the most out of this amazing con!

But for now, enjoy our photos from Phoenix Comicon 2014:

 

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Recap: Phoenix Comicon 2014

OK, has everybody finally recovered from last weekend’s Phoenix Comicon? I’m still having trouble — what a whirlwind! Great, new guests, tons of incredible cosplay, and oh, that huge Exhibitor Hall!

Apparently, attendance was almost 78,000 this year, compared to 2013’s 55,000. And you could tell right away. I mean, Thursday is usually a relaxing evening of badge pickups, Twitter friend reunions, and a bit of wandering around the Exhibitor Hall. You don’t expect a lot of cosplay on day 0, and panels are lucky to fill their seats.

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10 Must-Dos for Phoenix Comicon

For me, Phoenix Comicon is the best weekend of the year. As a local, I love seeing downtown, which is usually a ghost town, all of a sudden crawling with superheroes, Time Lords, Browncoats, steampunks, Storm Troopers, and furries. The guy offering rickshaw rides from the parking garage is dressed like Darth Vader, the convention center sound system is playing the Star Trek theme song, and everywhere there are nerds. Old nerds, young nerds, in costume and not, eyes shining, clutching their latest purchases, deep in discussion over all things geek. Ahhh….this must be what heaven looks like…

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