Portland! Chubtoad is inside you! RCCC Kickoff Party Report

Chubtoad here coming at you from the Doubletree downtown Portland, Oregon.  I am ready for a nerdy weekend of Rose City Comic Con.  This evening the guys from Things From Another World hosted the comic con’s kickoff party, and it was a nerdy blast!

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The evening was sound tracked and jammed out by DJ Switch who filled out ear holes with some nerdy beats.  If tonight’s party is any indication of what the atmosphere at the con tomorrow is going to be awesome!  TFAW put on one hell of a party with free food fresh from the grill and beer!

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And we were partying in the parking lot with some familiar heroes!

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And surprise!  Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist showed up!

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It was a great evening!  Thank you TFAW!

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Nerd Heard Episode 111 – Back in the Saddle Again!

We’re back!  Nerd Heard has returned and it is going to be fun!  Chubtoad, The Man the Myth, the Legend Kenneth E, Hayes and Danger Ace reunite for what was to be a quick 30 to 45 minute chat that turned into 2 hours of nonsense.

The nerds catch up and discuss a few items here and there.  We debate a few topics such as Ben Affleck as Batman and cos-play snobs.  We are prepping for our big September 28th comeback and we decided to lay a little nerd knowledge on you.  So sit back and relax and know that Nerd Heard is back!  So you can now listen to what these nerds heard!

Nerd Heard focuses on nerd and geek culture. We discuss comics, movies, television, video games and anything else nerdy. Nerd Heard is hosted by Richard “Chubtoad” Sheldon and Kenneth E. Hayes.

Listen to what these nerds heard:

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AMC Developing ‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series!

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Hello kids!  Chubtoad here with exciting news!

AMC and Robert Kirkman have agreed with fans that there can never be enough Walking Dead and have started developing a new spin off series!  AMC announced the project Monday stating that the comics creator Robert Kirkman along with executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert will be the driving force behind this  new series targeted to air in 2015.

This will be AMC’s third foray into the world of the Walking Dead as a companion to the original from AMC studios and the talk show ‘Talking Dead’ with Nerdist host Chris Hardwick.  “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” AMC president and GM Charlie Collier said. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” Kirkman said. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

The world of the walking dead is a huge one and to have other stories with brand new characters is exciting!  In the original series we have met many interesting people along the way.  It might be possible that we see some of those characters again.  This will be Kirkman’s latest small-screen project in development, joining AMC’s adaptation of his newest comic, Thief of Thieves, and Clone, which is set up at Universal Television.

I wonder what they are going to name this thing?

Season four of The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Oct. 13.

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Nerd Heard focuses on nerd and geek culture. We discuss comics, movies, television, video games and anything else nerdy. Nerd Heard is hosted by Richard “Chubtoad” Sheldon and Kenneth E. Hayes.

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“Out with the new, in with the old…”

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Greetings Lords and Ladies!  Danger Ace here.
Let’s have a small talk about something that you may or may not yet be familiar with… The fascinating sub-culture of Steampunk.

To give you someplace to start from, imagine a world created from the visions of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Mary Shelley.  A world where the information age came forth in not the 1980’s but in the 1880’s. A world where mad scientists aren’t so mad and their fantastic creations become fact. Everything from airships to ray guns to Mesmotrons to singing automatons.  A world where the sensibilities of the Victorian age crash into the adventurous spirit of the old west and throw in some gears, brass, and steam.

All these things and more are what Steampunk is.

It’s started as a simple story telling style, but in recent decades it has stepped forth and become a counter culture movement.

New styles of music have sprung forth, a mix of modern and vintage, and Steampunk bands of all different kinds.  All of them tend to be unique unto themselves, everything from vaudeville to swing to hip hop, all with a Steampunk twist.

Amazing Steampunk art, often taking modern day products and re-imagining them with a Victorian feel. Computers with type writer keys. Antique cars with kerosene headlamps.  Clockwork blunderbusses with bizarre tubes and glowing crystals.  Electrified guitars covered in brass and steel that produce unearthly sounds.

And its definitely about fashion. Top hats, Bowlers and Stetsons.  Fancy finery for gentlemen and gentlewomen.  Not so fancy for the not so gentle.  More often than not, a mix of the two.  Adventurers and scientists and airship pirates, oh my!  Vests and waistcoat!  Pinstriped suits!  Dresses with ruffles aplenty.  And don’t forget your goggles!

And let me tell you, while the internet indeed has a wealth of information to try to explain exactly what Steampunk is, to really understand it you need to go to a Steampunk gathering to really get it.

Such was the case with me.  Many years ago I became aware of Steampunk after watching an episode of “Make” on PBS.  It didn’t so much introduce the concept to me as put a label to a genre I was already familiar with.  As a fan of shows like ‘The Wild Wild West’, movies and books such as ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ and ‘The Rocketeer’ and role playing games like ‘Deadlands’, I was already partially immersed in the concepts.

I began looking into it.  I soon stumbled upon Steampunk music in the form of Professor Elemental and the group Abney Park.  I found myself attending a spotlight on Steampunk at a convention and wanting more.  I bought a bowler and some Japanese aviator goggles.  I watched the movie Steamboy repeatedly.  I was starting to get it.

Then, a friend of mine, on Jerry Perry, also known as “And” from the Comedy Swordfighting troupe ‘Cut, Thrust, And Run’, sent me an invite to a Steampunk November party.

I attended.

It changed everything!

This amazing event was easily the most fun I have had in ages.  The bands, the vendors, the sideshow, the drink, the food, the participants. It was all just so amazing.  It was kind of like a semi-secret society grand ball.  How I’m imagining those first Burning Man gatherings might have been!

All I knew was I had arrived.  These were my people.  This was where I fit.

I was a Steampunk!

And this year’s Steampunk November gathering is going to be even bigger and better, and so am I.  I’ve spent the year creating all manner of steampunkery for me and my clan.  And the crew of the Airship the Wayward Son is going to be fully geared up and ready this year.  I find myself almost counting the days…

So in closing, to truly learn what Steampunk is all about, look for local Steampunk events and just go.  Don’t worry that you don’t have proper clothes or even a grasp on what it is.  You’ll find we are a very friendly and helpful lot, and we welcome one and all to come join in the fun!

The Steampunk November party occurs in Texas just south of Dallas and Fort Worth on Saturday November 9th this year, and would be an excellent introduction into Steampunk Society.  Go give it a shot! Hope to see you there!

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Danger Ace is a regular contributor to Nerd Heard and resident science “expert”.  Listen for his Science and Space with Danger Ace on episodes of the Nerd Heard Podcast.

Email Danger Ace at the_danger_ace_01@yahoo.com

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Barrel of Fun! or Breaking Bad Complete Series on Blu-Ray!

Chubtoad here with Jesse Pinkman.  Say hi to the folks Jesse. “Wazzup? Blu-Ray Bitches!”  Thanks Jesse.

This is a must have and is up for pre-order now.  I sure hope that price comes down before the release though.  Either way, I must have this!  Get the greatest drama series to ever grace television in this awesome special packaging!  Just head over to Amazon.

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This set has cool separate packaged discs.  One for each season and come in the awesome replica money barrel.  A booklet from Vince Gilligan with a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan.  Has a Los Pollos Hermanos apron for your next cook.  Set includes a 2 hour documentary , 55 hours of special features including software special features.  As for software special features, there’s an alternative ending, commentary tracks, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

I am excited to see that alternate ending, and I haven’t even seen the actual ending yet!  So, there you go.  Breaking Bad in HD 1080p in cool limited edition packaging.  Get yours!  Set will be released on November 26th in the U.S.

Until then, tread lightly!

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Nerd Heard focuses on nerd and geek culture. We discuss comics, movies, television, video games and anything else nerdy. Nerd Heard is hosted by Richard “Chubtoad” Sheldon and Kenneth E. Hayes.

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FORAGER: An all ages Sci-fi graphic novel.

Chubtoad here.

I have something you must do!  I have been a fan of Jimmy Palmiotti’s work for years.  His company Paper Films has put out 4 KickStarter projects that I have backed and I have not been disappointed.  You can check out these past KickStarter produced works ‘Queen Crab’, ‘Retrovirus’, ‘Sex & Violence’ and ‘Weapon of God’ at http://www.paperfilms.com/ .  If you are not familiar with Jimmy’s work, you can look to his past works at Marvel, DC and Image.  Jimmy and his writing partner Justin Gray have a great way of pulling the reader in and intriguing the mind.  Even if it is in a genre you might not particularly care for.  I am not a fan of western comics, nor have I cared much for Jonah Hex.  However, ever since Jimmy and Justin have taken over that book, I love it!

I once interviewed Jimmy about what kind of preparation he does for writing period based stories.  Jimmy told me that they do extensive research into everything that goes into a story.  For example, if they write a certain brand or style of pocket watch into a scene, they would make sure that it was a brand and style that existed in that era.  You can check out the Dallas Comic Con 2011 episode of Nerd Heard for that interview.

Now for the something I mentioned you must do!  Jimmy has a new KickStarter project you NEED to go and back.  A new all ages Sci-Fi graphic novel ‘Forager’.  This is the basic story of ‘Forager’ taken from the KickStarter page:

In an attempt to save their crumbling marriage, Glenn and Joan Travers take their six-year-old daughter Ellie, on a week’s vacation aboard a luxury Star Liner orbiting the Earth and Mars. 

Soon after reaching orbit, Ellie begins hearing voices from what she calls angels, claiming they are, “coming for our world”. As the days pass, Ellie alarmingly slips in and out of a catatonic state for short periods of time, each time explaining that the angels are getting closer. Are the angels real? Is Ellie suffering a mental breakdown or are we about to make first contact with an alien intelligence? 

The inspiration for FORAGER was born out of frustration with mainstream science fiction movies where nearly all alien life in the universe wants to conquer or eat us. There is very little optimism, hope or joy. So FORAGER draws its inspiration films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET and Starman. 

These KickStarter projects from Paper Films have paid off in spades every time and in this Nerd’s opinion, Jimmy is 4 for 4 and is ready to give us a hit for the 5th time.  Get this project started here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1397702842/forager-an-all-ages-sci-fi-graphic-novel

Go back it!  Do it!  Hurry!

Later!

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Nerd Heard focuses on nerd and geek culture. We discuss comics, movies, television, video games and anything else nerdy. Nerd Heard is hosted by Richard “Chubtoad” Sheldon and Kenneth E. Hayes.

Listen to what these nerds heard:

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Jimmy sketching for Nerd Heard Dallas Comic Con 2011

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Recently “Discovered” Van Gogh Painting a BBC Hoax??

The Danger Ace here!

You may or may not have been aware that this week a “lost” Van Gogh painting was discovered in a man’s attic who allegedly had it for years and had no idea what it was. I only learned of it while watching the noon news… I found it somewhat interesting… and then suddenly as they showed close ups of the painting it became very interesting indeed.

Was that a police box I just saw?

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Might I draw your attention to the “castle” on the left of the horizon.

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Tell me you don’t see the Tardis.

Yes, I could be just seeing what I want to see, I know what its supposed to be… but how many blue castles have you seen where one area of them looks like a police box?

Now, I want to play a game of “What if?”

No, I’m not suggesting Time Travelers are playing around, but, I do have to wonder, isn’t it odd this painting that has an image in it that looks like a certain time machine just happens to be found around the same time as the celebration of Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations are about to begin?

Now, I’m not one to point fingers… but right now I’m going to point at the BBC and declare “Shenanigans!” I could be totally wrong, but they do have the capability and time and money to do exactly something just like this. Why? What better publicity for the show? Good or bad, this would ultimately draw in viewers.

I’m not saying they must be behind this, but if they did, Kudos to them for an excellent marketing strategy. And if they didn’t, they need to tie this painting into a story.

Honestly, this is all wild speculation on my part. I could be right on this guess. I could be breaking a massive story here. Or I could be wrong, and my imagination is in overdrive.

Only time will tell.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/09/world/europe/netherlands-van-gogh-new-painting/

Danger Ace is a regular contributor to Nerd Heard and resident science “expert”.  Listen for his Science and Space with Danger Ace on episodes of the Nerd Heard Podcast.

Email Danger Ace at the_danger_ace_01@yahoo.com

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