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.


Hidden Manga Gems: Helen ESP

For my very first review here on Nerd-Base, I wanted to start off with something light and short for the readers out there. Today I will be giving my review of one of my favorite short mangas, Helen ESP.

Written and drawn by Katsuhisa Kigitsu (who also wrote and drew Fraken Fran, another series I’ll be writing a review on) and published in Shounen Champion from 2008 and ending in 2010, this series only ran a total of Continue reading

Naruto Returns! The Seventh Hokage & The Scarlet Spring

narutogaidenSomebody must have cast a stealth jutsu because it seems like this one slid under almost everyone’s radar.

naruto-gaiden-the-seventh-hokage-5631791Last week, everyone’s favorite foxy ninja returned in Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring. Continue reading


Rhode Island Comic Con 2014



This year’s Rhode Island Comic Con was a general success.  The Comic Con attendance greatly exceeded the organizer’s expected turnout compared to all prior years.  In fact, the Rhode Island Convention Center exceeded their expected numbers compared to all other events… ever!  (Nerd pride.)  However, the convention was not without problems.  You can read about the over-capacity debacle here:

But for now, let’s focus on the other experiences, which were generally positive.  The con took place on November 1st – 2nd with a Halloween party the night before (on Halloween).  The party was decently attended.  I enjoyed the drink list which had tasty choices such as the Ecto-1, the Ooze, and the Beetlegeuise.  And of course, it was a great place for the cosplay to begin.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Exceeds Capacity! Fans Stuck Out in the Rain.

Congratulations to The Rhode Island Comic Con organization for blowing way past their turn-out in 2013, on Saturday alone! However, it seems that the Rhode Island Convention Center wasn’t ready for the big leagues.

On November 1st, 2014, a little prior to 3pm, the RI State Fire Marshall shut down the registration area of the Convention Center due to the Center reaching capacity This meant that no one new was allowed to enter the RI Comic Con.

I was covering the convention for Nerd-Base. On Saturday, I arrived prior to the debacle. However, I never received a convention program. I inquired with RICC staff where I could get pick one up and was directed down to the first floor, where Continue reading


Naruto: The End of the Road

Naruto's EvolutionWow. Has it really been that long?

Shonen Jump has announced that after 15 years in publication, the world-famous Naruto manga is coming to an end with its last chapter (supposedly #699, but hopefully #700 because…because it has to be even. That’s why.) being released on November 10th. Continue reading


Live Action Anime Excitement! Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno/The Legend Ends

kenshin kyoto inferno bannerA while back David had informed me that a live action version of one of our mutual all-time-favorite anime series, Rurouni Kenshin had been released. We watched it with understandable reservations. Thankfully, so thankfully, our reservations were unnecessary. For the first time a live action version of an anime/manga had been made that kept true to not only the appearance of the characters, but as well the story that made us love the series.

*Read his review of part one here: Chanbara Fu: Rurouni Kenshin

Granted, much like a long novel being made into a film, much of the story was Continue reading


5 Differences between Edge of Tomorrow and All You Need is Kill


Hopefully you’ve gotten a chance to go see the excellent movie Edge of Tomorrow over the weekend.  I took some time on Friday to go see the movie a second time, and I still love the film.  Now that the movie is out I wanted to go into a deep dive into how the source material All You Need is Kill compares to the Edge of Tomorrow.  This is going to be very spoiler heavy so don’t read on if you haven’t seen the film yet.


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Rhode Island Comic Con 2013 Cosplay

Below are some cosplay photos from the Rhode Island Comic Con 2013 in Providence, RI, Nov 2-3.  I’m Ming the Merciless being pictured with William Zabka (Johnny from The Karate Kid) and SAM JONES (Flash Gordon of course).

Please do not steal our pictures without permission. I wish I didn’t have to say that. If you’d like to be tagged in an image of you, please let us know! If you’d like a copy of one of your own pictures, email us at info @ Thanks!


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Pictures from RI Comic Con 2013.


My Worst Five of NYCC 2013

NB NYCC 2013 bannerEven though New York Comic Con was mostly made up of good times, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the bad.  These are some of my least favorite moments of the con in no particular order.

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