The 13th Doctor Has Been Revealed!

And for some reason, people have a problem with it… Not that this surprises anyone.

This is a long and difficult post. However, I really need to get this off my chest.

A friend of mine and I had a good conversation a while back. It was about gender/race swapping comic book characters. He, as a black man, had some pretty good insights on the subject. Honestly, he’s one of the smartest geeks I know. He will beat you in quite a lot of comic book trivia. But ultimately his opinion boiled down to a simple truth;

If it doesn’t define the character, it doesn’t matter.

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You Were Right

I’m obsessed with a new pop-artist. Sure, Scott C still has my undying love, but I, for some reason, JUST discovered Dan Hipp.
I can’t seem to find an “about” page anywhere, but from what I can tell (what his tumblr and twitter bio says at least) Dan is the Art Director on Teen Titans Go!, which, I’ll be honest, I don’t love. Especially since Young Justice was so damned good and didn’t get a chance to continue past 2 seasons and this is still running…..*sigh*. Here’s a bio from an old (2011) blog:

Illustrator and comics artist Dan Hipp has clients that include Real Simple, Wired, DC Comics, Image Comics and Random House.

When not working on professional assignments, and/or training to survive the zombie apocalypse, Hipp fills his blog with his wonderfully colorful, energetic and in-your-face drawings of characters from comics, movies, games and other aspects of pop culture.

His takes on the characters are usually wacky and imaginative, including mashups and routine zombifications, and are often hilarious. I particularly enjoy his mash-up Tintin covers, in which Tintin meets Ridley Scott’s alien or becomes Han Solo.

Hipp employs large areas of bright but almost monochromatic color, against which smaller passages of contrasting color shine out. He embellishes his linework with areas of darks or textures and cranks it all up to 10 with his great sense of comic exaggeration.

You can browse his blog or Tumblr as well as his Flickr stream.

Unfortunately his limited edition collection Mr. Hip Strikes! is sold out, but you can still purchase some of the comics he has worked on, and, at some unspecified point in the (hopefully near) future you will be able to purchase his new book, Stray Days.

Who Watches the Watchmen, indeed.

Suffice to say, Dan is an amazing and imaginative artist who brings great life and ideas to some of our favorite characters. This particular piece prompted today’s post.
It’s a sort of “What if?” story for everyone’s favorite emo boy, Anakin Skywalker. WARNING….you may find someone cutting onions or the room filling up with smoke or just simple feels right in your heartspace after reading this:

YOUWERERIGHT

So yeah. You love Mr. Hipp now too. Follow his stuff!

Blog: http://mrhipp.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/misterhipp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dan.hipp.1

There’s more, but you’re a smart cookie! Search him out yourself!!

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

Donate your comics!

1601185_3965286467013_664813900_nIf you’re a nerd over 30, chances are you have a ton of stuff you just don’t have any use for anymore, but you don’t know how to get rid of it.  I was in that situation for a while.  I had over 2000 comics and I didn’t know what to do with them.   I thought about selling them on Craigslist or EBay, but there is lot of time and effort that goes into that for very little reward.  If I sell it to a store it will be quick, but they will only give me a nickel per issue.  In the end I figured I’d donate the comics and use it as a tax deduction.  While I got nothing up front at the time, I made the donation, it definitely just helped with my tax refund.  It was also fairly quick and painless.  Read on to see my experience in donating comics.

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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 @ nerd-base.com. Thanks!

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RICC 2013, All images ©Nerd-Base.com.

Pictures from RI Comic Con 2013.

What Are Your Favorite 1-Shot Comics?

Comics bannerWe haven’t had a “Top 10” post in a bit. Everyone seems to love those, but there’s so many out there, coming up with an original idea for them can be a bit daunting. But now I’ve an idea, and I’d like you, our readers to help out building this one. Why am I turning to you? Have you ever read the comments on the lists out there written solely by the authors? EVERYONE has their own advice. I don’t consider myself a definitive authority. Yes, I love comics, but I know there are plenty I’ve never read.

So, email me at info (at) nerd-base.com and let me know your favorite 1-shots!! Fantastic stand-alone comics that you’ve read that stuck with you. They could be part of a series, but not part of a story arc.

When submitting, please include a quick review, images if you have any, and a link to your own blog/page/twitter if you have one so I can add attribution to the entry. The team and I will check out the reviews and pick from there.

 

Comic Book Covers 12/5/2012

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One of Marvel NOW’s most anticipated books releases this week, Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena.  I must say that I’m super excited for this book.  Hickman quickly made Fantastic Four one of my favorite books, so it’ll be great to see what he can do with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  From DC we see the Rotworld story continue with both Animal Man and Swamp Thing releasing their 15th issues.  Now for some covers.

Animal Man #15

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Comic Book Covers 11/28/2012

There’s a bunch of stuff happening in comics this week.  On the Marvel side we have another new Marvel NOW! book in Hickman’s FF #1.  We also see the end of Brian Michael Bendis’ many years long run on the Avengers with New Avengers #34.  Sad to see him go, but it’s in great hands with Hickman.  For DC we get the first part of the big Aquaman / Justice League crossover: “Throne of Atlantis”.  It may be hard to believe but with Geoff Johns at the helm Aquaman has been fantastic.  Before Watchman also returns this week with Ozymandias and Silk Spectre.  Lots of great covers this week, here’s a few of them.

Batman Incorporated #5

Cover by Chris Burnham

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