Monthly Archives: May 2012
Oh boy, Stinkor, the toy whose gimmick is that it smells bad. This one has been given a bit more of an update than the average. Let’s have a look.
Last September I posted a list of five shows you should be watching on Netlfix via instant streaming, which included Doctor Who, Scrubs, Mad Men, Parks & Recreation and The Kids in the Hall. A Nerd Occurrence received a lot of positive responses after publishing the list (thanks for that), and with some months past (giving everyone enough time to watch each recommendation) it felt right to take a look at five more shows you should be watching on instant streaming, especially now that most current TV shows are done for the season. Read the rest of this entry
Not too long ago I joined a bunch of like-minded gamers in the midnight release of Diablo 3. It was a lot of fun, I met some good people, made some new friends, and picked up my own copy of the game to bring home and lose my life to (I regret nothing!). So its been awhile since that night, I’ve had plenty of time to dig deep into the game. The question now is how is it? Has twelve years of waiting and anticipation been too much for any game to live up to? Has it just been too long for the game to be relevant at all? Well, those are good questions; the answers after the break.
It’s hard to get too excited about the fifth (6th? …9th?) He-Man in MOTUC, but I did really like Thunder Punch He-Man when I was a kid. You’d place a standard ring cap (like you’d use in a cap gun) in his backpack, pull him back, and he’d do a Power Punch™ with a loud bang. (He’d also smell like smoke afterwards, fun!) This release gives the vintage Thunder Punch design the MOTUC makeover, minus the action feature of course, and includes a pack-in item the vintage figures were known for.
As a huge fan of midnight releases (both movies and games) it seemed a no brainer for me to head out and pick up Diablo 3 tonight; however, I hadn’t preordered the game. Well, originally I had but when friend of the site Superplayertwo offered me the chance to buy one of the Collector Editions he’d bought I jumped at the chance; the CE had been unavailable by the time I got around to pre-ordering. No longer having a reason to go out and join my fellow gamers in their pre game revelry I was going to let this one pass me by. That is until Superplayertwo invited me along for when he picked up his. On a whim I grabbed my camera, a note pad, a pen, and my journalistic sense of adventure and made my decision to do a write-up about the event. Here it is.
What a good month this has been to be a nerd; specifically this one. We’ve had the biggest movie ever come our way (and I loved it), we had Free Comic Book Day, and I finally got my hands on a copy of Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga #1 (seriously, third printing, turns out the book is kinda popular). How did I feel about this book you may ask (seriously go ahead and ask, it’ll make the part where I tell you seem more natural), well I don’t want to give away the entire review but I’ve read it three times now in two days. To put that in perspective I don’t even read Walking Dead a second time (well, usually), and that is probably my top comic running right now (well, after Saga it’ll probably drop to the second spot). Enough lead in, let’s get to the meat of this here tasty meal.
The Four Horsemen have been designing MOTU figures for about ten years, and now for the first time we have a character they created themselves. Draego-Man is the second figure in the 30th Anniversary sub line, from which we’ve already seen Fearless Photog, the winning entry of the 80s Create-A-Character contest. At first I wasn’t on board for the Anniversary line. I wanted Photog, but completely new characters with no fiction, nostalgia, or history to support them? I wasn’t sure. However, letting the Four Horsemen handle the first completely original character in MOTUC was definitely a good move.
Earlier this morning I was woken up with news from a friend of the site that Avengers had broken all the previous records and had the largest opening weekend of all time. Take that, Harry Potter. Of course if you want more than just the word of some nerds there are official news stories saying the same thing.
So what does this all mean? It means that finally we’re all vindicated for loving these comics so much, for believing you can stay true to the source material and still get a good flick everyone will want to see, oh and that this is the most rad time to be a nerd ever. Enjoy the moment guys, we’ve earned it. Also, seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet get going before someone can spoil it! Run! For the good of the city!
Anyone want to start making plans for a midnight Avengers 2 viewing and party? I know I do.
Happy Free Comic Book Day everyone! The first Saturday in May every year the industry gets together to release a bunch of free comics for people to pick up and enjoy. I made my way out to my LCBS and grabbed my haul (a few of my top choices seen above) and the place was packed. Good to see so many people coming out to celebrate comics. Also picked up a copy of Saga #1 (third printing!) finally so expect a review of that to come. They also had artists signing and doing sketches for free so make sure if you get a chance you go check it out. Of course the best way to end a day of celebrating comics is to go out and see The Avengers, so make a day of it!
For anyone interested here’s a list of comics for free you can check out and see which ones you might want to pick up. Support the store too of course, buy yourself some books or some trades. Comics!
My musical tastes have managed to remain anything but static over the years, I’ve gladly (and happily at times) listened to new stuff and tried to give just about everything a fair try. A few particulars I’ve heard over my long love of music have managed to stick with me from the minute I heard them until time comes I can’t hear it anymore. Today saw the passing of one of these people I really never thought I’d have to imagine a world without; MCA of the Beastie Boys died today after a long battle with cancer. I just want to take a minute to put down some words for not only him but the group about how much I’ve enjoyed their music since the first time I saw the video for “You Have to Fight For Your Right” years ago. I remember distinctly the first time I saw it; this was when rap was something I hadn’t really much paid any interest in, but here I was suddenly captivated by the images I was seeing. The video was just this long entertaining exposition about how sometimes you have to make sure you don’t let the world fence you in; you have to fight to make sure you retain your own identity. The world got a little darker today, MCA will be missed immensely. Thanks for all the hours of good tunes, good times, and good memories with friends listening to the Beastie Boys. Kick it!