Welcome to the Nerd Rage Report, a bi-weekly look at the world of comics, cartoons, music, and anything else we feel like bitching about. If there's one thing the world of media needs sometimes is a good kick in the ass, and we're here to deliver. Put on those nostalgia glasses and throw on your flame-retardant suit, because things could get hairy fast.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good Night, Sweet Prince

Well everyone, I'd like to take this opportunity to formally close the Nerd Rage Report. We had a good run, and I just wanted to thank everyone that made this site work. To Sazykilski and TheDudeVonDoom: thanks for being there every step of the way. I hope I was a good boss. To Commander and Rawnzilla: thanks for all your hard work and perseverance.

To you, the reader: thank you, thank you, thank you. You made it possible for people like me to rant about their problems with comics on the internet and actually feel more than the average forum poster.

Anyways, I'm not going to drag this on for longer than it needs to: good night, and good luck. Have a good 2009, and beyond.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Review: Futurama: Bender's Game

Futurama is one of the more nerdy shows as far as mainstream cartoons go. At least when compared to its yellow bodied counterpart. The sci-fi element attracts a lot of geeky humor. Heck, Leonard Nimoy was the guest star of its premiere episode. And to that end, Bender's Game does not get far without making an overt Star Trek reference.

Not that I'm complaining.

Bender's Game is the third movie in Futurama's semi-revival extravaganza that has been successful so far as to bringing back the old cast and crew to deliver the warm-blooded humor of the tragically short-lived series. And while the first movie tried to dig into the deeper character relationships and back stories that the series is known for (while also totally retconning Jurassic Bark), and the second movie recalled the great list of secondary characters that we have grown to love over the years, the third movie embraces the more nerdy side of the series in almost every way possible. Seriously. First of all, there's the title; an obvious send-up to a beloved science fiction classic, Ender's Game. Next, we have convoluted bullshit sci-fi explanations for plot points, something the show has always been fond of. Hermes even happily lampshades that fact during the finale (“You just can't make that stuff up.”). Finally and most importantly we have a full blown Dungeons and Dragons parody. It starts out tame enough, but then it eventually crossbreeds and escalates into a Lord of the Rings spoof that takes over the entire plot of the movie. And by that I mean they actually pause the original plot (a somewhat clever satirical take on the energy crises in the normal sci-fi setting) to make way for the parody which lasts for a good forty minutes (or two of the four episodes that the movie encompasses) and has to completely change the context of the show to take place in the fantasy genre (alternate dimensions: gotta love 'em) To make it even more insane, the conclusion of this offshoot story has little to no effect on the events that precede and follow it. Yes, it's completely ridiculous. One could even say it's ludicrous. But the end result is actually very enjoyable, in a very nerdy way. At the very least it's a nice send off to the late Gary Gygax which the film is dedicated to.

There's some good jokes here. When Bender begins to cave in to his Dungeons and Dragons obsession, Fry desperately calls out “When will young people learn that Dungeons and Dragons won't make you cool?!” As Fry, Leela, Bender, and the Professor are traveling in the alternate fantasy dimension, Hermes shows up as a beautiful centaur called Hermaphrodite...with blond hair and breasts. “Gaze upon my beauty and weep at my loveliness.” he calls. “Oh very well.” says the Professor as he fixes his glasses. “Wipe Castle” is one of the most clever parodies of Minas Tirith I've seen so far. And while that's not saying much, it's still good stuff.

I honestly laughed at many of the jokes.. And to be frank, I really didn't do that with the last two movies. Maybe it was because this movie was blatantly appealing to my nerdy side. I admit that may be a large part of it. On the other hand, the jokes were well done, no matter how nerdy they were. The plot was also a good part of the movie's success, despite the disconnect between the two halves. It kept me interested and allowed lots of very good humor, some well placed satire, and one big heart-felt parody.. In comparison, my biggest complaint about The Beast with a Billion Backs was that it began dragging in the latter half. In Ender's Game, the latter half is a completely separate entity that truly commands your attention. In comparison to Bender's Big Score, we also get more back story. Although, I'm beginning to question the logistics of having Nibbler's people being captured and used to harvest dark matter while also supposedly fighting off Flying Brains and planning Fry's cryogenic time jump into the future at the same time.

Bender's Game is the best Futurama movie to date and I sincerely recommend it to long time fans. Of course, long time fans are really the only ones that are interested in said movies and most of them already have some amount of time dedicated to watch it. Regardless, buy it when you have the chance. More Futurama is always good.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Mark Millar: Latverian Public Enemy #1

Soon after this year's Comic Con, Newsarama indirectly referenced to me, calling me "an evident, Dr. Doom superfan". A few days ago, Millar sat down with Newsarama to discuss Dr. Doom. My reaction (i.e. why I have this new Red Lantern ring) after the jump.

In the midst of an interview that deals largely about that dumb blonde bitch Reed Richard married and knocked up a handful of times, Mark Millar, infamously known for being an envelope pusher and goat licker, decides to leak a tiny bit of news about Victor Von Doom, who even Millar aknowledges as the most iconic villain of the Marvel Universe, and what plans he has in store for the good Doctor:

Mark Millar:We know he went off and got trained up with those monks and stuff—and now here he is...Marvel’s greatest super-villain—but you never even saw how all that happened. The idea of him being this sort of “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” type of character in the sense that there is a guy who trained him; it’s very similar to the whole Sith Master and Sith Apprentice roles in the Star Wars stories—in the sense that Darth Vader was really this rip-off of Darkseid and Doctor Doom.

So it just kind of blew my mind when I started conceiving the idea that there was a guy that bigger and more evil than Doctor Doom—like this sort of old man that Doom knelt down on one knee for when he saw him. That guy is now coming back—and there’s this idea that 20 years ago, Doom made a promise to concur everything and honor this guy by making a name for himself throughout the cosmos. Now, this guy is back and he’s looking at everything that Doom has achieved during this time that he’s been away...
NEWSARAMA: Is he happy with Doom?
MM: Ah...no. Doom’s been defeated quite a bit...
NRAMA: But he had the power of the Beyonder once...
MM: (laughs)
NRAMA: ...but I guess he lost it.
MM: In the end, the Fantastic Four and all these other people that Doom has faced have found a way to thwart his plans. And now, Doom’s Master isn’t very happy with his record—Doom has dishonored him greatly so he comes back and becomes the new Doctor Doom.

[...] MM: Well, the resolution of the first big storyline is coming. The Invisible Woman is dead—so that’s a new status quo set-up right there. The death of Doctor Doom...a new Doctor Doom coming to make up for how the old one has absolutely failed—and he’s going to try to destroy everything overnight.

Congratulations, Millar. You are the first to ever make me rage over something comic book related.

I don't know where to fucking start with this. I'll start with mentining that the characters involved in being Doom's masters are those previously mentioned in 1985 and the current "Old Man Logan" run of Wolverine. Who is writing those titles? The very same Scottish fuckass who's writing Fantastic Four at the moment. All Millar is doing with Marvel at the moment is razeing the titles that he has taken over and wanking himself and several goats all the while. This is all for himself and the blind mouth-breathers who think they are up in the know of what's hot in comics because they lounge around in their mothers' guest rooms refreshing millarworld.com every five seconds. At least when Bendis makes a 40-year-old comic book history/environment his playground, he has limits and standards.

All of this is actually reminding me all too much of Captain America, who many blame not Ed Brubaker but Mark Millar for his downfall. It was Millar who wrote the half-ass "oh that building's on fire I'm gonna give up" ending to Civil War, taking Cap down in a way that he did not deserve at all. At least when Brubaker dealt the final blow, he did so with style. Doom will not have that luxury, as he will be writing the death and downfall of the Latverian monarch in one biased swoop. At least Cap didn't have a master (albeit an apprentice instead) to take his place.

Who is Doom's master? Doom. That's who. What the flying fuck is this about Doom having to kneel and listen to anyone other than himself? Doom is supposed to be the quitessential self-made man of Marvel, a magical monarch mirror to Batman. This is a man so much of hubris that he refused to take lessons from the Ancient One, the supreme sorcerer prior to Doctor Strange.This is a man who did not back down to the likes of the Beyonder. This is a man who has been king nearly permanently since he's usurping of the Latverian crown, and had little to no help in conquering the world several times over. Oh, but I suppose that's not accountable for anything. I'm sure Doom's "real master" is furious that Vic never took care of his own private vendetta with Richards. Is that what we're soleling basing success on, nowadays? Apparently so, because Millar goes on to call Doom an "absolute failure."

Well then let me write my own report card, you grandeur-delusioning fuckass: I don't care how many of your own stories turn into films. I don't care if your little online forum is one of the most infamous on the internet. I don't care if you were the one to write Red Son or it's complicating and convoluted ending. (On that record, I don't care if you don't know how to write an ending, much less to your own creations, to save your fat pasty ass.) If we're going to base success on one sole thing, I'll choose your ability to be true to a well-established character's personality and legacy. After your wrok with Captain America, countless other characters and series, and now Victor Von Doom, I declare you, Mark Millar, an absolute failure.

External Links:
Newsarama article: Death of the invisible Woman

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Week of Chance

"See, kids? Trying is the first step towards failure."~Homer J. Simpson

Well, it wasn't a good week for me, comics-wise. DC, as usual, had little to offer, and the only Marvel title I cared to read was The Stand: Captain Trips #3. So, I decided to branch out and venture to the other comic companies, and even two brand new series!

#1 The Cleaners:
A new series from Dark Horse comics, The Cleaners is as smart as it is cool. If you like a little House (possibly even Scrubs) with your Dexter, then you'll love this story. The art is solid and has a way with blood. Highly reccomended.

#2: Galveston

Now, the concept of cowboys and pirates kicking ass with all pistols blazing would be great. Unfortunately, an okay story can only go so far with horrible art. The slop that was presented on each page turned this book from a fairly historically accurate into some high school freshmen's poor attempt at establishing their deviantART account. All of this could've been avoided if the interior looked like the exterior.

#3 Savage Dragon 140

For some time now, I have been curious about Savage Dragon. From a distance, he seems like a character I would enjoy; a blue collar monster-do-right mirroring those like Hellboy and The Thing. I was also hesitant, however, due to him being a 90's kid, let alone a child of Image, notoriously known throughout the 90's for their X-TREME books and creators like Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane. Despite this guilt by association, I promised myself to flip through Dragon's pages some day.

As fate would have it, this week rolled around with little to entice me. Fortunately, the latest issue of Savage Dragon - you guessed it: this one - was one of the offers. So when considering my two cents on this issue, remember it's my first time with Dragon, and I'm kinda bitter about the rest of this week.

Straight off the heals of reading and buying (i.e. wasting money on) Galveston #1, I am particularly critical of art at the moment, but the errors inside this issue are too obvious for even the calmest of us to not nitpick. One: sloppy mouths. Two: Limb overextension. Three: Witchblade. Other than those three things, the art is decent and moderately exciting at best. Here's hoping to Larsen one day swallowing his pride and letting someone give Dragon the same treatment that the UDON crew did to Cable & Deadpool, and bring the Finster and his book into the 21st Century.

I can't say much for the story, though it was fairly accessible for already being in the middle of things. Image sure does like to throw subtlety to the wind when they're parodying DC/Marvel characters - re: Solar Man - but I suppose the whole point of parodies are to be at least a little exaggerating. The dialogue seems fitting for each character; Larsen at least has the correct kind of chit-chat for Invincible, and Dragon sounds like how I would imagine he speaks, Patrick Warburton voiceovers and all.

So, I guess 2/3 isn't...failing. Curiosity didn't kill this cool cat, but it did do some unnecessary wallet bleeding. Here's hoping to a new week with more familiarity and quality.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Belated Halloween Special: Film Review - Nocturna

There is a lot of lamentation, among animation fans and filmmakers, about the disappearance of 2D animated films from mainstream theaters. I am among those who mourn. Not that there is anything wrong with 3D animation of course (It would be intrinsically hypocritical of me to say so) However, I’ve always held the highest regard for 2D animation. There is just a certain artistry to hand-drawn stuff that is hard to replicate with 3D techniques. Movement, color, shape, and volume; pull it all off correctly and you can have something really beautiful, a moving painting, a living illustration; where realism is readily traded for the utterly surreal.

You’ve probably never heard of Nocturna. Indeed, I wouldn’t have unless I was in the right place at the right time. It was produced in Spain, but the work done on it is the cumulative effort of many animation studios spanning several countries on both sides of the Atlantic. The list of financiers and production houses that have backed the film and helped bring it to life is very long. It takes almost a full minute to get through all their logos at the beginning of the film. And for their sake, I thank each and every one of them for their efforts. Nocturna is the end result of an extraordinary international effort to produce a feature length 2D animated film in a climate that has mostly discarded the medium (for the time being) to short films and television. And for what it’s worth, the film succeeds wonderfully.

Our protagonist is Tim; a nice name, very easy to remember. Tim lives in an Orphanage (I assume) where there’s no mom and dad to find comfort in. Which is quite unfortunate for Tim because he certainly needs a great deal of comforting. Tim is friendless, unhappy, and a bit of a coward. He has a very deep-set fear of the dark. But in the world that Tim lives in, there is no such thing a nightlight. So Tim finds comfort in the stars, in particular one star that he calls Adhara which he has taken as his own. Every night, he manages to open a window that peeks out onto his star, allowing him to fall asleep in it’s comforting light. But then, after one particular bad day, his star suddenly disappears.

Enter the world of Nocturna, a land that only exists during the twilight hours when children should be sleeping peacefully in their beds. The inhabitants of this land are responsible for everything that’s supposed to happen while you sleep; from bed heads to chirping crickets and even to bed-wetting. Of special importance is the Cat Shepard, the creature responsible for all the cats that prowl the rooftops of the city at night, who are thus each responsible for enticing children to go to sleep with their mews. The Cat Shepard is the first creature of Nocturna that Tim meets, and is the first creature that Tim tries to tell about his star plight. And although the somewhat agitated Cat Shepard is reluctant, Tim manages to convince him to take him to Nocturna headquarters so he can find out what has happened to his star…and several more which have disappeared in the meantime.

The story is simple, straightforward, but poignant; depending greatly on traditional character development, specifically the relationship between the Cat Shepard, who only seems to be friends with cats, and Tim, the loser who just doesn’t have any friends. The growth of their relationship takes center stage, even above the two’s ultimate goal; to find out why the stars are disappearing. Trust is made and broken; loyalty is tested and displayed. And in the end, Tim grows. He matures. And he’s able to sleep without snuggling against the motherly embrace of the stars. It’s a completely enjoyable growth: Tim is a cute little scamp, so there’s no way we’re going to be cheering against him. And the Cat Shepard-–despite being a little stubborn at first–is as loveable as a teddy bear. We want them to grow close and make that bond that they both seem to be missing. And that’s exactly what they do.

But perhaps the most enjoyable part of the film is watching all of the inventive ways that the filmmakers came up with to explain just how the nightlife works. Letter carriers arrive to tell you your dreams in your sleep, style obsessed robots give each kid a unique bed-head hairdo, a full orchestrated ensemble makes all those creepy creaks and groans that your house makes in a strong breeze, flying creatures drunk on water go about dispensing dew on everything in sight. These sequences are funny and delightful and seem like they could have been taken from any classic children’s book. They keep us interested–even more so-–they keep us fascinated with the world that we are in.

I don’t think I have to say much more about the art-direction and animation then that it is completely fantastic. Just look at the screenshots; the character designs are unique and interesting. And the backgrounds are enthralling and complex. And when everything’s moving, it becomes especially exciting. Watching this movie will take you back to Disney’s hey-day when it was the forefront of 2D animation. I do not wonder why there are so many financers to this project; such clean, well-done animation would be very expensive. And when you’re not Disney or Dreamworks, money can be a little hard to come by. I just hope that a company in the US picks up the film so I’m able to buy it.

Nocturna is a beautifully animated piece of fiction, brimming with fantasy, adventure and heart; it delves into our childhood fears of what (literally) goes bump in the night and dispels them with imagination and creativity. And in a world which stills seems to be getting over the novelty of 3D animation, it’s refreshing to see at least someone sticking to tradition.

Check this film out…if you can. Unfortunately, this movie hasn’t been released stateside. You can import it, but it’s expensive and the DVDs only come in the European PAL format. This is one of the only times that I directly recommend you see this movie by any means possible.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Tune into Nerd Rage Radio's Halloween special this Thursday for all your spooky soundtrack needs. Captain Man and myself will be up to our old tricks, of course, but we just might give out a few treats as well!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Nerd Rage Roundtable #1

Well ladies and gents, my and the NRR guys had a chance during our anniversary to sit down in a roundtable discussion and talk about things important to us: comics and cartoons. Hit the jump for our AIM-Pasted conversation.

thedudevondoom (9:01:44 PM): Hey there, boyos
comanderdarklink (9:01:50 PM): hello hello!
rawnzilla (9:01:55 PM): hi there
cravethought (9:01:56 PM): Gentlemen
rawnzilla (9:02:04 PM): how do we kill superman
saZyK1LSkI (9:02:05 PM): the question before us...
saZyK1LSkI (9:02:08 PM): lol
thedudevondoom (9:02:14 PM): Geoff Johns
cravethought (9:02:19 PM): Hahaha. This is the first time I think we've all been in the same chat.
cravethought (9:02:21 PM): But anyways.
rawnzilla (9:02:27 PM): Geoff Johns
cravethought (9:02:40 PM): I'm going to be recording this and pretty much posting the transcript, so keep things legible.
comanderdarklink (9:02:52 PM): Sounds like a good plan to me
saZyK1LSkI (9:03:15 PM): k
cravethought (9:03:20 PM): Anyways. Tomorrow's the first anniversary of the site, and we've kind of grown a shitload in the past year. I guess I just wanted to start with the general question: how did you get into comics?
saZyK1LSkI (9:03:43 PM): (go in alphabetical order)
cravethought (9:03:55 PM): Or would a better question be "why are we into comics?"
comanderdarklink (9:03:56 PM): Oh god, I feel like a hypocrite
comanderdarklink (9:04:15 PM): Personally, I'm more of a cartoon guy at the moment
comanderdarklink (9:04:37 PM): Hence why I've been covering al lot of cartoon content on the site
cravethought (9:04:53 PM): Run him out of town!
comanderdarklink (9:04:57 PM): But I've read Watchmen, DKR, Batman Year One...
cravethought (9:05:03 PM): Essentials.
comanderdarklink (9:05:05 PM): some of the essentials recommended to me
comanderdarklink (9:05:29 PM): Can I talk how I got into cartoons?
cravethought (9:05:33 PM): Yeah sure.
comanderdarklink (9:06:03 PM): I'm was one those kids who woke up at 7:00 in the morning on Saturday to watch cartoons
comanderdarklink (9:06:12 PM): I watch cartoons network religiously
comanderdarklink (9:06:21 PM): I saw a lot of nicktoons and such
cravethought (9:06:39 PM): Man, I feel like the golden age of cartoons was when this generation was growing up.
comanderdarklink (9:06:40 PM): and I think I've seen almost every Disney animated feature in existence
cravethought (9:06:48 PM): That could just be the nostalgia, though.
comanderdarklink (9:07:01 PM): nostoldia is a big part of it
cravethought (9:07:34 PM): Me next, I guess?
comanderdarklink (9:07:37 PM): but I do think the nineties were a great time for cartoons
cravethought (9:07:53 PM): Agreed.
saZyK1LSkI (9:07:54 PM): yes, you next.
comanderdarklink (9:08:02 PM): yea go
comanderdarklink (9:08:08 PM): I could talk about cartoons all night
cravethought (9:09:19 PM): Anyways, I got into comics relatively recently; seriously anyways. I think my first comics were the ones in Nintendo Power, and I learned how to read off those. I liked Archie comics and the complex mythos of modern heroes.
cravethought (9:09:20 PM): So now in the age of Wikipedia I can catch up to my favourite heroes and it makes things more accessible to me.
cravethought (9:09:35 PM): It's a lot easier to "preview" comics nowadays.
thedudevondoom (9:09:48 PM): just like "previewing" music.
cravethought (9:09:56 PM): Exactly ;]
comanderdarklink (9:10:14 PM): Even with previewing, I still find it overwhelming, I just don't know where to start.
cravethought (9:10:20 PM): I've always had stacks of random comics in my room... I've never been a collector. I'm only really a trade-paperback kind of guy.
cravethought (9:10:26 PM): And I think Dude's next.
saZyK1LSkI (9:11:01 PM): are we going with
saZyK1LSkI (9:11:04 PM): t or d
saZyK1LSkI (9:11:10 PM): serious issue!
cravethought (9:11:17 PM): Rawn, go :P
cravethought (9:11:22 PM): Let's be consistent, I suppose.
saZyK1LSkI (9:11:25 PM): issue avoided!
cravethought (9:11:35 PM): Issue moderated, bitches.
rawnzilla (9:12:18 PM): My older brother collected comics when he was younger and I got started with the action figures of the characters I liked the most. Wolverine, Spider-Man, mostly Marvel characters.
cravethought (9:12:31 PM): Definitely forgot the toy aspect.
cravethought (9:12:44 PM): Batman action figures with needless battle suits. Spring-loaded launcher goodness.
comanderdarklink (9:12:51 PM): I'm just getting into the toys
comanderdarklink (9:13:02 PM): I've got a growing collection on my desk
saZyK1LSkI (9:13:24 PM): My go now?
rawnzilla (9:13:35 PM): My best friend when I was younger had a very large collection of Marvel toys, and we used to watch the X-Men cartoon when it was on TV.
rawnzilla (9:13:40 PM): When I got old enough to enjoy reading, I started collecting Archie comics and eventually moved into Marvel with titles like Amazing Spider-Man and Spectacular Spider-Man.
saZyK1LSkI (9:13:53 PM): Gawd, use multiple lines :)
cravethought (9:14:01 PM): I guess if it's your turn, let us know when you're done ;
rawnzilla (9:14:13 PM): It's your turn, I just had to split my message up.
saZyK1LSkI (9:14:24 PM): this is gonna be a little tl;dr so go get a drink.
comanderdarklink (9:14:28 PM): Oooo, I forget to mention all Superhero cartoons
thedudevondoom (9:14:39 PM): Excellent, an excuse to drink!
cravethought (9:14:49 PM): Yum yum yum Guinness
rawnzilla (9:15:22 PM): This is going to be all about how Sazy picked up the first issue of Action Comics at the newsstand and has been collecting ever since.
comanderdarklink (9:15:44 PM): I love a good story time
thedudevondoom (9:16:10 PM): Sazy's Tale - directed by Peter Jackson
comanderdarklink (9:16:19 PM): lets all huddle in circle on the carpet and listen
cravethought (9:16:23 PM): Cue the Enya!
thedudevondoom (9:20:03 PM): Great story
comanderdarklink (9:20:14 PM): lol
rawnzilla (9:20:24 PM): Classic.
comanderdarklink (9:20:25 PM): He's in post-production
thedudevondoom (9:20:31 PM): Well, I had a few comics when I was a kid - Pinky & the Brain, Sonic, even some Spider-Man issue with Ben Riley and a Gwen Stacy clone
comanderdarklink (9:20:34 PM): gonna take another 10weeks
thedudevondoom (9:20:40 PM): and was of course a fan of the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons, among other ones not pertaining to superheroes.
thedudevondoom (9:21:05 PM): Then from middle school to high school they went on the backburner
thedudevondoom (9:21:15 PM): until Hellboy and the other movies came out
cravethought (9:21:21 PM): Just let Dude finish, I suppose.
saZyK1LSkI (9:21:23 PM): yes
saZyK1LSkI (9:21:28 PM): I have to retype in notepad
saZyK1LSkI (9:21:31 PM): and post in peices
thedudevondoom (9:21:41 PM): After those, I started delving into the supes
thedudevondoom (9:21:52 PM): I was too intimidated by DC, though
thedudevondoom (9:22:05 PM): I had a crisis from all the crisesesses
cravethought (9:22:18 PM): And then you found Doom. And all was right in the world.
thedudevondoom (9:22:31 PM): Funny thing about the whole Doom thing
thedudevondoom (9:22:42 PM): I think my love for the Doom Metal sub-genre came first
thedudevondoom (9:23:03 PM): then I started reading about more about Vic, and thought "he seems like a cool guy,"
cravethought (9:23:06 PM): They really need Dr. Doom metal.
thedudevondoom (9:23:12 PM): and then I never looked back.
thedudevondoom (9:23:30 PM): Wagner with some heavily distorted guitars? I'll fund it myself.
thedudevondoom (9:23:48 PM): So, in a nutshell, that's my story.
saZyK1LSkI (9:23:57 PM): ok, I'mma try this again.
saZyK1LSkI (9:24:10 PM): I got into comics at a young age (way back in the mid-late 80s), we had just moved into a new house and I found a box left by the previous occupant.
saZyK1LSkI (9:24:18 PM): In this box was a treasure, Giant Sized X-Men #1-current at that time. I, having just learned how to read not to long before this, dove right in.
cravethought (9:24:25 PM): ...
saZyK1LSkI (9:24:28 PM): Well to make a long story, I was hooked, here was something I could read, and yet, like the other stuff that was targeted at my age group it didn't talk down to me, or assume I was an idiot.
cravethought (9:24:29 PM): Holy grail.
saZyK1LSkI (9:24:38 PM): It was like I had discovered a whole new world. I really can't describe what it was like. And thus, I'm into comics.
saZyK1LSkI (9:24:50 PM): (it was longer, but that would have been more retyping)
cravethought (9:25:00 PM): Well, that really ties into the next question: why are we still into comics? Why not another hobby?
cravethought (9:25:03 PM): Link?
comanderdarklink (9:25:11 PM): yes
comanderdarklink (9:25:16 PM): let me answer
cravethought (9:25:33 PM): I know, I was just moving the discussion to you =]
comanderdarklink (9:26:02 PM): Once again, I'll talk about cartoons
comanderdarklink (9:26:18 PM): because I still find the world of comics somewhat daunting
comanderdarklink (9:26:27 PM): but I do truly want to get into it
comanderdarklink (9:26:37 PM): I just need to take some more baby steps
comanderdarklink (9:26:55 PM): I think a very good reason why I kept watching cartoons into my teen years is because of Toonami, which subsequently led me down a confusing path as an anime fan.
comanderdarklink (9:27:03 PM): For better or worse, it kept me interested. Got me staying up late to see Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Wolf's Rain and some other Adult Swim stuff.
comanderdarklink (9:27:14 PM): But I think a true turning point for me was when I saw Toy Story.
comanderdarklink (9:27:36 PM): Back in 1995, it was so startling new
cravethought (9:27:46 PM): Yeah, I remember that.
comanderdarklink (9:27:54 PM): I was really impressed with that movie
comanderdarklink (9:28:11 PM): And it kept with me until I grew out of my anime phase
comanderdarklink (9:28:21 PM): I kept seeing other Pixar films
comanderdarklink (9:28:38 PM): and thought that I wanted to do that sort of stuff myself
comanderdarklink (9:28:49 PM): hence, I'm studying Film and Animation
cravethought (9:29:05 PM): -applaud-
comanderdarklink (9:29:15 PM): ta daa
comanderdarklink (9:29:18 PM): done
cravethought (9:29:39 PM): I guess the reason I'm still into comics is that I enjoy where they take me. They take me out of my current reality and supplants me into another one.
cravethought (9:30:25 PM): I enjoy a well crafted plot and a creator who genuinely cares about their creation... It's like Gail Simone and Birds of Prey: while she didn't create them, she was there for a huge part of their main run and shaped the characters into amazing ones.
cravethought (9:30:32 PM): I enjoy a well crafted plot and a creator who genuinely cares about their creation... It's like Gail Simone and Birds of Prey:
cravethought (9:30:32 PM): while she didn't create them, she was there for a huge part of their main run and shaped the characters into amazing ones.
cravethought (9:31:52 PM): Really, I'm here for the stories. I'm here for the ups, downs, the spine-tingling moments like when Hal Jordan was resurrected in Rebirth and stopped Sinestro from killing Kyle and Ollie...
cravethought (9:31:54 PM): he was just standing there, 100% hero, saying Sinestro, get the hell away from them.
cravethought (9:32:12 PM): Adrenaline shot.
cravethought (9:32:41 PM): It was the same with the whole "lethal force authorization." I literally said "Fuck yeah!" quite loud... another adrenaline shot.
cravethought (9:32:56 PM): I guess I love comics because I love reading, and love well written things.
cravethought (9:33:00 PM): Anyways, I'm done
cravethought (9:34:36 PM): Rawnny, you're up
rawnzilla (9:34:46 PM): I haven't always been reading comics. When the comic store that I went to for years closed down in 2000, I ran out of places to buy comics.
rawnzilla (9:34:58 PM): Around September 2001, I found a comic store about 20 minutes from where I lived.
rawnzilla (9:35:06 PM): The world was very scary in those initial months after September 11th, and I was still very young.
rawnzilla (9:35:16 PM): I had just entered sixth grade at the time, and I needed some place to escape to. Comics filled that role for about six months until I eventually lost interest in them again.
rawnzilla (9:35:31 PM): Around 2005, I discovered the magical world of comic book scans. My brother had gigabytes of comics on his computer, and I dove into Ultimate Spider-Man and read the first 80 issues within a week.
saZyK1LSkI (9:35:32 PM): 6th grade? I'm so old.
rawnzilla (9:35:42 PM): I fell in love all over again, and started buying comics within a few weeks of that time. I've been here for the community and the ability to escape from whatever I am dealing with in my life.
rawnzilla (9:35:54 PM): I've stayed with comics because they were my motivation to do well in school.
rawnzilla (9:36:02 PM): My mom knew that I didn't enjoy going to school, so she said that if I did well in school I would be rewarded with a trip to the comic store each week.
rawnzilla (9:36:26 PM): I'm still reading comics because the whole genre has become much more connected with it's fan base.
cravethought (9:36:26 PM): D'awwww
rawnzilla (9:36:51 PM): The internet really makes it easy to find out anything about your favorite comics or creators, and that's what has kept me going.
rawnzilla (9:36:57 PM): All of those reasons, actually.
cravethought (9:38:26 PM): =]
saZyK1LSkI (9:38:48 PM): my turn?
cravethought (9:38:53 PM): Methinks so.
saZyK1LSkI (9:39:11 PM): alright, well, I'm still into comics (and always will be) for a few reasons.
saZyK1LSkI (9:40:00 PM): I'm a huge fan of extensive, well thought out fictional universes. Also they do things that live action or regular novels can't due to a limited format.
saZyK1LSkI (9:40:50 PM): comics (and animation) are able to do things visualy that simply can't be done any otherway, and when they do, it's all cohesive, so you're not jarred by CGI effects against live actors or somesuch.
saZyK1LSkI (9:41:54 PM): I'm just a huge fan of the format (not to mention the content) I suppose.
saZyK1LSkI (9:42:10 PM): DOOM WILL SPEAK!
comanderdarklink (9:42:41 PM): ALL KNEEL BEFORE DOOM
thedudevondoom (9:42:54 PM): uh oh
thedudevondoom (9:43:13 PM): Well, it's funny
thedudevondoom (9:43:45 PM): Despite all the flack most comics get for being silly, I find most of them to be fairly intelligent
thedudevondoom (9:44:20 PM): Some I'd put on the same point of intellectual worth as an HBO series
thedudevondoom (9:44:42 PM): (speaking of which, Kevin McKidd for Thor!)
thedudevondoom (9:45:41 PM): another reason is that despite any attempt to be more realistic and cinematic, comics are still gateways to worlds impossibly fantastic
thedudevondoom (9:45:56 PM): gods and aliens and mutants all living in the same city!
thedudevondoom (9:46:30 PM): I dunno. It's just good ol' entertainment for me.
saZyK1LSkI (9:46:30 PM): oh my!
cravethought (9:46:56 PM): Okay, and the final question is: "Is there anything you really like, or found difficult, about writing about comics?"
thedudevondoom (9:47:13 PM): and so commander doesn't feel so alone, I still watch cartoons because they're good for the soul :)
comanderdarklink (9:47:23 PM): thank you
comanderdarklink (9:47:45 PM): they keep you in touch with your childhood spirit, you know
comanderdarklink (9:47:52 PM): anyway
comanderdarklink (9:48:03 PM): I've only been doing this for a few months, but I find that it's coming suprisingly easy.
comanderdarklink (9:48:15 PM): I've seen so many cartoons as just a regular member of the audience, old a new, good and bad, that I feel like I actually know what I'm talking about.
comanderdarklink (9:48:31 PM): And sometimes, I really DO know what I'm talking about.
comanderdarklink (9:48:40 PM): Studying about the artform of animation has exponentially increased how much I can write about.
comanderdarklink (9:48:51 PM): Mostly though, I just write as a fan.
comanderdarklink (9:48:59 PM): The Nerd Rage report is a very good title for the blog. Leting all my rage out, about all the small annoyances that comes with the medium...just writing about my passion is very cathartic
saZyK1LSkI (9:49:17 PM): (for the record, I came up with that name, thank you)
cravethought (9:49:24 PM): And I thank you for it.
cravethought (9:49:35 PM): I remember we wanted to call it "Gentlemen Geeks" or something similar
cravethought (9:49:49 PM): Anyways. My turn, I guess?
comanderdarklink (9:49:53 PM): the one thing I find difficult is just coming up with ideas for the editorials
comanderdarklink (9:50:04 PM): but reviewing is really easy for me
cravethought (9:50:07 PM): Yeah, it's tough some times.
comanderdarklink (9:50:24 PM): and there's usually a good load of content out there
comanderdarklink (9:50:49 PM): I'll have to start writing about the small short animations I see every day
comanderdarklink (9:50:58 PM): If I ever run out of content
comanderdarklink (9:51:00 PM): anyway
cravethought (9:51:05 PM): I find Vimeo's good for that
comanderdarklink (9:51:22 PM): yeah, I really liked that piece you wrote
comanderdarklink (9:51:31 PM): that site is very good
comanderdarklink (9:51:41 PM): but yes, your turn
cravethought (9:52:12 PM): I'm pretty much going to echo link's sentiments. It's hard to write for the internet when you're writing about comics you only got because you like them. No one wants to waste money
cravethought (9:52:26 PM): Since we've never taken ads, we can't exactly justify wasted money.
cravethought (9:52:41 PM): But I love just venting about shitty writing or artwork, and I love being able to cuss up a storm while doing it.
cravethought (9:53:01 PM): My favourite comic's Transmetropolitan... and really, this is as close to Spider Jerusalem as I'm ever going to get.
cravethought (9:53:47 PM): I love just... expressing myself using word, I suppose. It's good fun. I started the site because I wanted to write about comics while still being able to enjoy them from a fan's perspective; I think it's worked well.
cravethought (9:53:52 PM): Anyways, on to you, Rawn
rawnzilla (9:53:56 PM): I love expressing my opinions and I love having feedback from people about what I think. I love that I can put my thoughts out there and know that something like 200 people will read it and 4 will comment on it.
rawnzilla (9:54:12 PM): If there's one thing that I find difficult about writing about comics, it's when I have no motivation. This actually applies to all of my writings.
rawnzilla (9:54:21 PM): If I don't want to write, it's very difficult for me to get thoughts on paper (or in this case, 15 inch widescreen Macbook Pro.)
rawnzilla (9:54:30 PM): If I honestly don't care about what I'm writing, it's going to be a lot less enjoyable for you to read because it was less enjoyable for me to write.
comanderdarklink (9:55:35 PM): macfag too huh?
thedudevondoom (9:55:42 PM): we 3
comanderdarklink (9:55:42 PM): good times
rawnzilla (9:55:48 PM): I feel that because of the amount of time I spend on the internet, I see certain patterns and connections that others might not.
rawnzilla (9:56:28 PM): I pretty much save EVERYTHING comic related that I see or read. My mind is constantly searching for knowledge and I try and absorb as much as I can.
rawnzilla (9:56:47 PM): My friends had a habit of calling me "Brainiac" because I could answer whatever question about comics that they had.
rawnzilla (9:57:00 PM): I love being able to put all that knowledge into my writing.
rawnzilla (9:57:14 PM): OKay, your turn.
saZyK1LSkI (9:57:50 PM): well, I love talking about comics, I love arguing about events from the perspective of an observer of the unvierse.
saZyK1LSkI (9:58:12 PM): which is why my favorite comics-on-the-internet time was probably during civil war.
saZyK1LSkI (9:58:43 PM): it's just a blast. I love talking about comics (and cartoons) to a fault probably.
saZyK1LSkI (9:59:14 PM): the difficult things I find about writing... choosing what to write about is one.
rawnzilla (9:59:20 PM): oh, I know. whenever i find something interesting about comics I always send you a message.
saZyK1LSkI (9:59:44 PM): I mean, I could gush about power pack or BLSM, but I know I'm in a minorty that reads those and I'd like to keep my stuff relevant to the reader base
saZyK1LSkI (10:00:03 PM): I could also rail on certain creators time after time but that would get old for the people reading as well.
comanderdarklink (10:00:11 PM): BLSM is among one of the few comics I've read
rawnzilla (10:00:23 PM): Sorry to interrupt, but I gotta go. The girlfriend fell asleep reading Peter David comics and I fear I have been boring her.
cravethought (10:00:37 PM): No worries! Sorry to keep you Ron.
cravethought (10:00:40 PM): Have a good evening.
rawnzilla (10:00:50 PM): It's all right. Goodnight!
saZyK1LSkI (10:01:10 PM): also, I find it difficult to remember sometimes that my reader might not have read every x-book ever writen. Writing for the non-marvelologist as it were.
comanderdarklink (10:01:31 PM): lol
thedudevondoom (10:01:53 PM): man, when it comes to critiques, I'm more Dude than Doom
thedudevondoom (10:02:07 PM): that's my big flaw
thedudevondoom (10:02:09 PM): Like Mosey, I have the problem of knowing what I like, or at least have an inclination as to what I like, and then going from there.
thedudevondoom (10:03:00 PM): I find it hard to feel real anger about a given part of a story, too, because I accept it just as another part of the grand scheme
thedudevondoom (10:03:21 PM): (except for Cap quitting the Civil War because of "just fighting." I can never forgive Millar for that.)
cravethought (10:03:23 PM): Well, I guess the title of the blog might be misleading. There's not a whole LOT of rage, because we're mature (cough) individuals.
saZyK1LSkI (10:03:29 PM): cap's death? you didn't get angry about that?
cravethought (10:03:49 PM): But moments like the heroes of 9/11 tackling Captain America... or that stupid "Crossed" comic... RAGE
thedudevondoom (10:03:59 PM): Well, I haven't had as much time to be as emotionally invested in Cap as others.
saZyK1LSkI (10:04:10 PM): it's cap. get invested.
thedudevondoom (10:04:17 PM): Oh, I have.
saZyK1LSkI (10:04:28 PM): not with bucky.
saZyK1LSkI (10:04:30 PM): the real cap.
thedudevondoom (10:04:31 PM): but I like I said. I accepted it as but another chapter.
thedudevondoom (10:04:37 PM): Besides, I really like Bucky and what Brubaker has done with him.
cravethought (10:04:43 PM): There's only so much we can do, anyways.
saZyK1LSkI (10:04:43 PM): yea, but he's not cap.
cravethought (10:04:46 PM): We can't turn back time.
saZyK1LSkI (10:04:46 PM): never can be.
thedudevondoom (10:04:55 PM): Yeah
thedudevondoom (10:05:00 PM): well
thedudevondoom (10:05:01 PM): you know
thedudevondoom (10:05:03 PM): that's just
thedudevondoom (10:05:04 PM): like
saZyK1LSkI (10:05:09 PM): my opinon?
thedudevondoom (10:05:10 PM): BUCKY FOREVER
comanderdarklink (10:05:15 PM): lol
saZyK1LSkI (10:05:15 PM): lol.
comanderdarklink (10:05:19 PM): classic
cravethought (10:05:25 PM): And on that note, I think we should wrap this up
saZyK1LSkI (10:05:33 PM): yea, good times moses.
saZyK1LSkI (10:05:37 PM): thanks for putting this together.
saZyK1LSkI (10:05:48 PM): and giving us a place to post words and stuff.
thedudevondoom (10:05:50 PM): I'm sorry I just had to. :P
cravethought (10:05:55 PM): No worries guys. Just wanted to thank you guys for an awesome year.
comanderdarklink (10:05:56 PM): It was very fun
thedudevondoom (10:06:06 PM): Thank you for having us around.
comanderdarklink (10:06:06 PM): It kept me awake
saZyK1LSkI (10:06:07 PM): yes. now! YEAR 2 ELECTRIC BOOGALOO!
thedudevondoom (10:06:08 PM): all this time
cravethought (10:06:11 PM): I mean, what the hell? a year?
cravethought (10:06:15 PM): =]
cravethought (10:06:20 PM): okay guys. Good night.
cravethought (10:06:21 PM): Thanks so much
comanderdarklink (10:06:23 PM): I have not had sleep for 48 hours
thedudevondoom (10:06:26 PM): Excelsior!
comanderdarklink (10:06:32 PM): I will have a very good night

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