A Worried Man Searches For The Human Highway

This started out as a Facebook post. Then it got long. Then it turned into a story that I thought was better shared here. If you enjoy it, awesome. If you don’t, I get it. It’s long, but not as long as my wait for a song.

Here’s one of many tales of being a nerd in the days before the internet. I’ll peg this around 1989 – 1990-ish. Continue reading

Reading Without Walls

Of all the social media “challenges” I’ve seen over the years, this is perhaps my favorite, and it’s happening now, in the month of April, but you can feel free to continue it as long as you like.

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

Thanks to books series that have been made popular through movies and TV series like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Twilight, and I’m sure upcoming, American Gods, the hobby of reading books has retained a love and following that I once feared becoming extinct.

This year, however, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, has issued a challenge to the world. #ReadingWithoutWalls

The challenge goes like this:

It’s that simple! Once you’ve finished (or heck, before you even start!) don’t forget to challenge your friends as well. Also, make sure to use the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls on your posts to join the community and spread the word.

Reading Without Walls aims to promote diversity and learning through exposing people to ideas, cultures, experiences and concepts outside of their normal circles and/or comfort zones. To help us all better understand one another at a time when we couldn’t feel or seem more divided.

READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Five Years

Yes. That’s a Bowie nod.

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With that post, I gave up on trying to get one of my close friends to commit to a regular weekly podcast, I gave up on trying to appease other people’s ideas of what was or wasn’t worthwhile content, and I decided to, for better or worse, plant my own niche on the internet, and see how it would grow.

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The Greatest Robots of Sci-Fi Cinema

Greatest Robots of Sci-Fi Cinema

Man….who loves science fiction that doesn’t love robots?

Here’s a list, in no particular order, of the best robots of Science Fiction Films!!

The only real rules on this list are, a) I’m going to stick to just robots. No androids (an easy excuse to not actually create a robot for the film, or save money by just having an actor walk around claiming robotness) or cyborgs (with one arguable entry). Also, I’m going to Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – A Treat for Witches and Wizards Everywhere

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2016 has been a special year for Harry Potter fans. First we were able to get our hands on another Harry Potter book focusing on the children of our beloved characters, The Cursed Child. Now, JK Rowling has given us a brand new set of amazing characters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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In Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter and friends do not even exist yet. Set in the mid 1920’s, we get to experience the wizarding world across the pond in New York City focusing on the adventures of Newt Scamander, author of one of the famous Hogwarts textbooks, wait for it, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t Continue reading

Hero Within: Geek Chic’s Next Level

Today is a special day.

My friend Tony, who is very well integrated in the nerd world (he hosts many panels all over the US, including San Diego Comic Con, and runs his own blog ‘Crazy4ComicCon‘), is bringing fashion and geekiness together with a line of nerdy clothing for men with a slight twist on what we’re used to.

I met Tony a few years ago through common fandoms and interests on social media, and officially at Philly Wizard World when he had reached out to me regarding panels he was set to host, and looking for knowledgeable nerds for panelists, and knew I had quite a few connections. Since then, he’s referred to me as his ‘Nick Fury’ if you will (Nicolette Fury?). I gather geek professionals for his Philly Wizard World panels, and it’s a blast.

What I’ve always noticed each year I saw Tony, even through pictures that he posts on his many con adventures, is that  Continue reading

Jerry Lewis’ Infamous “The Day the Clown Cried” Appears Online!! Sort of…

Any true afficianado of film can likely give you a list of “lost” films that they would love to see. If you’re a fan of cult films, that list is likely more detailed. Two of which that have always piqued my particular interest are Lon Chaney’s 1927 silent thriller, London At Midnight, and Jerry Lewis’ 1972 Holocaust film, The Day the Clown Cried.
I’ve honestly given up all hope of ever seeing London At Midnight as the last known copy is said to have been destroyed in the infamous MGM vault fire of 1967. The Day the Clown Cried is another story.  Continue reading

received_10201747050754434This weekend we’ll be heading out to our favorite new East Coast convention, WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA!

Last year, I was invited to be a panelist on a couple of panels hosted by the gracious con host, Tony Kim (@crazy4comiccon). Tony had me on a general geek trivia and Star Wars panel, both of which were a lot of fun and very well recieved by the audiences. Although, I did get “scolded” by one boy’s mother for teaching him how to respond to her using Darth Sideous’ “No no nooo”. Good times.
This year, I’ll be a panelist on two more panels along with fellow blog/podcasters/nerds, Ben from Next Level Radio, Rob from Caffeine Crew, Cait Pringle a Philly nerd par excellance (did I spel thet rite?), comedian Craig Liggeons, and our good friend, Janice Lai of Ghost Hunters fame (okay, so she was on one episode, but that’s more airtime than all the background acting I’ve done in the last 5 years combined!).
So, here’s the list of panel’s Tony will be hosting. I will be on the panels for Thursday and Saturday, both at 6pm. Also, don’t forget to check back with us next week for our cosplay coverage!

Thursday
logo_0010.jpgAVENGERS, SUIT UP: THE ULTIMATE MARVEL FAN PANEL (5:00 – 5:45PM ROOM 115)

Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly, are bringing another epic fan panel to Wizard World, complete with prizes, games, giveaways, and news about all your favorite Marvel superhero movies that are hitting the silver screen. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

X-Men-Apocalypse-Poster-No-Text.0.0FANDOM AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (6:00 – 6:45PM ROOM 115)
From comics, TV, film and the web, we are living in a pop culture renaissance. But with too many options and not enough time, how are we to choose what to follow? Join a panel of professional geeks as we debate the best and worst from Marvel/DC films, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and give our suggestions on what you should be a fan of. With Christopher MannixAnn Cornell, Craig Liggeons and Cait Pringle. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

Friday
c8f026cfba627fe4326e1dec5c095e67ecdec9b5954f5aad72b0788cc4c6c9cbI’M NOT A SIDEKICK: A DISCUSSION ON DIVERSITY IN POP CULTURE (2:15 – 3:00PM ROOM 115)

The pop culture explosion through comics, TV and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exist. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes, current casting decisions and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. With Craig LiggeonsChelsea St Juniors and Janice Lai. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

STORIES SHAPED BY YOU — THE FUTURE OF TV SHOWS WITH INTERLUDE AND SAM BARLOW (4:30 – 5:15PM ROOM 120AB)
Bridging the gap between video games and TV, interactive video is bringing a completely new approach to entertainment. Viewers are no longer just watching a show; they are inside the show, in the driver’s seat. “Her Story” creator Sam Barlow, now creative director at media and technology start-up Interlude, will showcase new exclusive interactive content and discuss his personal 16-year journey, from award-winning gaming director to his current role – creating a new generation of stories.

Saturday
ww_davidduchovny_mitchpileggi_williamdavis_1-1THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE WITH THE X-FILES’ DAVID DUCHOVNY, MITCH PILEGGI, AND WILLIAM B. DAVIS (4:00 – 4:45PM TERRACE BALLROOM)

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, X-Files inspired us to believe. Check out this interview with some of the iconic characters and actors that were a part of this pop culture phenomenon. Moderated by Tony B Kim of Crazy4ComicCon.com , ConRadio.com and DCMoviesPodcast.com

maxresdefaultMARVEL V DC DAWN OF NERDOM (6:00 – 6:45PM ROOM 115)
Nothing has done more to bring our fandom to mainstream than the Marvel and DC films. However, not all films are created equal. Join profession nerds as they compare and contrast decades of great (and not so great) TV shows and films from our favorite caped crusaders. This is must for superhero cinephile of the Marvel and DC universe. With Christopher MannixCraig LiggeonsRob MartinLiz Pochop and Ben Beck Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

Sunday
landscape_movies-stanley-tucci-caesar-flickerman-the-hunger-games-catching-fireBEHIND THE ROLES: STANLEY TUCCI (1:00 – 1:45PM ROOM 120AB)

From the Hunger Games to Transformers to Captain America, there is nothing that the talented Stanley Tucci hasn’t done. Check out this interesting Q&A moderated by Tony B Kim of Crazy4ComicCon.com , ConRadio.com and DCMoviesPodcast.com

Special thanks to Amanda Devine, our Philadelphia Producer, for putting together some amazing panelists. Check out the complete Philly Comic Con programming schedule here.

Nerd-Base’s Top Sword And Sorcery Epics

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If there’s one thing I’ve always found a love for and an urge to watch when there’s nothing else, it’s a good sword & sorcery flick. Bandits, Barbarians, Knights, Ladies, Wizards, Witches, Magic Swords, Dragons, Monsters, and occasionally robots (you’ll see what I mean in a minute), all of these things in a single movie sometimes, there’s just no limit to the high level of awesome these films can contain.

Here’s my list of the best of them. The “must watch” of the genre if you will. Continue reading

The Nerd-Base Impressions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (no spoilers)

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The Nerd-Base crew had been eagerly awaiting the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Now that a bunch of us have rushed to the theaters, we thought we’d provide everyone with our personal impressions.  These impressions will not contain any spoilers but will provide a quick tidbit of information, especially for those silly people that have yet to see the movie.  Continue reading