Wednesday, May 20, 2015

That Nerdcast: Episode 001 -- Mad Max Fury Road!


Welcome to "That Nerdcast: Episode 001 -- Mad Max Fury Road!" Special guest host Nick Servatius and myself give our totally spoiler filled thoughts on the most insane action movie of the past ten or fifteen years.... Mad Max: Fury Road!

I've wanted to do something a bit different with this blog for quite a while now and Podcasting is something I already spend a lot of time doing (you can check me out over on The Purple People Podcast!) soooo, I decided that the next logical step would be to Podcast... everything-the-fuck-else that I enjoy. Movies. Books. Comics. Games. Toys.


Written content will of course still be the primary feature around here as well as the return of the 2015 Halloween and Christmas Countdown. And now I can Podcast during some of the downtime between written articles and create some more "enhanced content"

You may also need to update any previous bookmarks or outside links because I went and purchased a domain name. It seemed like the next natural progression. Instead of having a huge "Blogspot URL" you can now find me online at WWW.THATNERDCAST.COM. Pretty cool eh!

So thanks for everyone who stuck around for the first few years of The Astro Lounge and welcome to the next phase of THAT Nerdcast!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Bag of Bones Cheetos

**clears voice**

Hello everyone! It has been far to long since I've last pounded away on the old keyboard and posted some sort of (stupid) new content. This seems to happen every year... a combination of being burnt out from pushing through so much "holiday material" and then hitting the January lull of absolutely nothing interesting happening.

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I think I've finally made it past those those post-Christmas blues and am ready to return to do, uhh... whatever it is that I do around here.

Today's post comes brought to you by the fact that I am hoarder of stupid shit and am currently trying to sort through this mess.

Point in case, Cheetos Bag of Bones from Halloween 2014. One of the many things that I purchased with the intent of writing about and then never actually got around to writing about. Story of my life.

Since today has been a particularly cloudy, rainy day and I've got my copy of John Carpenter's "Lost Themes" playing off in the background, I can think of no better time that now to write about leftover Halloween goodies.

Also, I've been looking at this dumb bag of Cheetos on my floor for like seven months now and am really looking forward to throwing it in the trash. Even if it is always-sort-of-Halloween at my household.... this particular piece has overstayed its welcome.

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I feel like we all sort of take for granted just how strange of a holiday Halloween really is. It's easy to do when all of a sudden every trip to the supermarket is filled with bats and bones, pumpkins and bloodshed.

I'm sensing a really strong Tim Burton / Corpse Bride vibe and I like it. Bonus points are also awarded for Bag of Bones Cheetos basically encouraging you to play with your food.

Taking a step back from it all... isn't it pretty amazing that for one month out of the year we get to eat Cheetos shaped like disemboweled skeleton parts? (hint: it is)

Within the next few weeks I will be rolling out some decidedly summer themed articles and posts but in the back of my mind... I am already thinking about the 2015 Halloween Season!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2/1/15 Comic Book Pickups!

The Super Pack of Comic Books is one of my favorite stupid things in the entire world to purchase. For $3.99 you get six usually shitty comic books all packaged together.

Making the bold claim of having a $15 value in each package what you really end up getting is just a bunch of leftover shit from the early 90's that your local comic book store couldn't sell.

And that is why I love these value packs!

The Super Pack of Comic Books is insane... and the world is better off because of it. You'll get the occasional Marvel or DC book tossed in, but mostly it is Image Comics, Crossgen, Crusade... Dagger Enterprises? I swear I am not making that last one up.

It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to get comics from our local pharmacy. They never seemed to carry the big Marvel or DC books and if they did, you would only get like a single issue. I don't think I ever read a story from start to finish because of that. What they did carry was stuff like this. Stuff nobody seeks out but somehow everyone ends up with.

With that in mind lets take a look at my latest round of pickups:

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Group one consists of Jon Sable Freelance, The Amazon, Darker Image, Negation, Deathblow, and a really strange Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" book.

I have always had a soft-spot for 90's era Image Comics. The upstart company was founded on the idea that comic creators could publish material without having to fork over the copyrights to the characters. It is amazing how shitty both DC and Marvel used to treat the artists, writers, and creators of our favorite heroes. Image Comics represented an industry shift for the better.

Image is the company that gave us Spawn in the 90's as well as bringing to us the mega successful Walking Dead franchise as well as one of my personal favorite publications, Saga. Everyone always mentions Marvel and DC first but Image releases some of the best monthly material, in my opinion.

With that said, Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" is like the most 90's thing ever. This specific issue came out in 1999 and zero fucks where given on who it would offend. Though there is nothing in it you won't find on most television or movies, I can imagine a whole bunch of kids hiding this in there closets from parents prying eyes.

Deathblow is actually issue #1 from 1993. Seems to be a very Sin City inspired tale of a serviceman dealing with the pain of having to kill others. It takes place in a church confessional and wraps itself up before it ever gets going. I've never heard of Deathblow until now but it seems like something at least worth checking into.


The second group includes Shi, The Invisibles, @thena Inc, Angel Fire The Darkness, and not one but two fucking issues of Scorpion Corps, the comic with the big old Nazi symbol on the front. Let's... work out way towards that one.

I've ended up with a lot of copies of The Darkness over the years, all from purchasing these value packs. If you have only ever heard of the series from the video game that came out a few years back, you should really give it a read.

@thenia Inc, was probably the biggest surprise of the bunch. Just judging it from the cover and the title I had extremely low expectations but, being from Image I had to at least give it a look. Holy crap was I surprised! It is an extremely cool story about an undercover operative who, thanks to some genetic research, has the ability to change into a completely different person.

The artstyle in @thenia Inc is pretty amazing, too. Its got this cool sort of realistic... but photoshopped ascetic and looks like a combination of The Matrix and Blade Runner at times. I haven't had the time to sit down and read the full issue yet, but I am quite looking forward to diving into the world of @thenia Inc!

Alright let's wrap this up with Scorpion Corps. Holy shit, this is the greatest thing ever. For starters I am not really sure why I received two issues of the same book. I've purchased loads of these value packs and never have a gotten two issues of the same thing before.

Especially ones with big old Nazi symbols on the front. Forget the Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" book from earlier, this is the one that you hid from your parents under the bed. Even though its fiction and Nazi killin' is as American as apple pie, its still tough to explain to your parents why you absolutely must bring this copy of Scorpion Corps to school for show-and-tell or whatever.

Scorpion Corps is absolutely batshit insane. To the point that I need to write about this issue in full detail. You know you are in for something special when the first line of dialog in the book is: "Your rouse will not withstand my pyrokinetic abilities. Already, I have started to evaporate your fire retardant foam." 

And it only gets stranger from that point forward, if you can somehow believe that. So expect plenty more from Scorpion Corps here in the immediate future!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 2015 Loot Crate Unboxing!

It has finally arrived! The first Loot Crate of 2015 and this months box is a doozy filled with all kinds of super-sweet merchandise. For those not in the know, Loot Crate is a subscription based service in which every month you receive a black shoebox full of a random pop culture related memorabilia.

Here is this months contents:

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VOLTRON T-SHIRT: I can't say that I have ever gotten into the Voltron cartoon series. It was always a little to Japaneses for my taste. However ever since Pacific Rim came out I've turned into a really big fan of gigantic Japanese robots smashing shit. Perhaps I should give the show a second shot? I probably should.

Side Note: Remember the buildup to the Cloverfield film? That super sweet teaser that played before the first Transformers film (if memory serves me correctly). Nobody knew exactly what the movie was going to be about and it lead to wild speculation... my favorite theory was that it was actually going to be a Voltron film shot gorilla / handheld style.

That was easily my favorite of all the early Cloverfield theories. It would have been such a cool concept to see a monster movie from the point of view of these characters on the ground and then all of a sudden gigantic fucking robots show up to fight it off. That needs to happen. Someone make that film! Kevin Smith, I am looking in your direction.

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8-BIT SUNGLASSES, COMIC NOTEBOOK, JANUARY PIN AND CATALOG: The fine folks over at Loot Crate do a really good job of finding stuff that you never really knew you wanted until you own them. What in the world am I going to do with those 8-Bit looking sunglasses? Absolutely nothing, that is what! I would be far to embarrassed to actually wear them outside but they'll look great on a shelf someplace.

Every month Loot Crate includes a collectors pin. It's a fun little touch. I've been meaning to get some sort of scrapbook or something to put mine into. At the very bottom of this pile is a simple little catalog with a few articles and choice words about all stuff included in this months package.

The Comic Notebook is an interesting little oddity. A pocked sized notebook, broke down into blank comic book panels. You may write or draw whatever you heart desires into those spaces. If only I was artistic, I could put this thing to some serious use!

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10-DOH! FIGURE, BLACK TIE GEEK TIE: I don't ever really wear ties but assuming for a moment that I did.... holy shit a Space Invaders themed tie! I still have quite a bit of nostalgia for the old Atari franchises. And if you can weed through most of the crap that Atari has done in recent years, you can still find superb updated versions of these classic titles. Space Invaders Extreme is one of the PSP's best titles. If you ever get a chance, play it.

One of my favorite items in this months package is the Back to the Future inspired 10-Doh! figure. I've seen these little NES cart figures online before and wanted to purchase a few of them but for whatever reason... just sort of forgot. Now that I own one, it is a safe bet that I will end up with the entire line. Well played Loot Crate. Well played.


STAR WARS #1: This is what it is all about, folks. I can think of no better way to kick off 2015 than with Marvel's Star Wars Issue Number One. I know lots of folks are (still) up in arms over Disney canceling out all the prior Star Wars Extended Universe material... but honestly, I am glad they are doing a soft reboot of the franchise.

So much stuff got written and published over the years that it became next to impossible to figure out what was cannon and what wasn't. Even with the different levels of cannon, things just got confusing. If you are looking to get into the new Star Wars Universe stuff, no better place to start that with this comic book right here!

January 2015 Loot Crate gets 5 out of 5 Deadpool's!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Happy Holidays? Opps. Christmas is over and I sort of forgot to write about it. 2014 was a weird season for me, I went from being temporarily unemployed to back in the work environment in early November. That basically zapped most of my holiday season.

Not that I had much holiday spirit to begin with. Something about this year just didn't click for me. Usually I am sitting here typing up posts about how fast the holidays went and how I'd love to roll the clock back a couple weeks and indulge in the seasons sights and sounds all over again.

This year? Not even the slightest inkling of those feelings. Honestly, I am glad to see the stores move on from the season. I really am. Bring on something different and something new. Whatever junk happens between now and Halloween 2015 is exactly what I want to write about before finding the proper motivation to tackle the next holiday season.

In other news, I purchased a Nintendo Wii U a few days ago. Expect the next article that I publish to be all about that system (and how great it is!).


See you all soon!