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Liebster Award

28 Mar

We at NerdKulture have been nominated for the Liebster Awards by our friends at Cranky Old Man Rants

The Rules of the Award

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.

11 Facts about NerdKulture

  1. The 2 admins are twins
  2. We live 6,000 miles apart in 2 different countries
  3. Nerds are cool
  4. Believe everyone is a nerd in some way, shape, or form
  5. Comic junkie (largerly Image, Marvel, and DC) – Manhatten Projects is one of the best things going right now!
  6. Love tattoos…have a lot of them and only getting more
  7. Love games…PS3 owners here…now red ring of death for us
  8. Love movies….hate that they largerly suck now
  9. I don’t get the Harlem Shake…at least the Macarena had actually dance moves
  10. Obviously a big fan of funny pictures
  11. Started this blog purely to have fun

11 Answers for Cranky Old Man Rants:

  1. Do you prefere your cinematic zombies to run or stumble? Run!  It’s a movie for god’s sake…no fun briskly walking away from danger!
  2. How do you take your coffee? Sprinkled with crack coccaine…not really…I’m lying.  Minus the coffee and we are closer to the truth.
  3. What is your favorite color? Blue
  4. Do you like spicy food? Yes.  My wife, bathroom, and cat do not like that I like spicy food.
  5. What is the last book you’ve read? Comic – Wolverine #1.  Big People Book – Top Dog by Po Bronson.
  6. If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life what would it be? Survivor. 
  7. If you could exist as a character in any film, television, or book universe what would it be? Sinestro.  Give me that yellow ring now.
  8. Would you rather travel to the past or to the future? Past.  My grandparents are lost now…can’t imagine how lost I will be in a thousand years!
  9. What food are you craving at this precise moment? Jack’s Pepperoni Pizza…can’t get it in the UK and I want it badly.
  10. What year of the Chinese zodiac where you born in? Monkey…fitting really.
  11. What is your porn star name (first name=name of your first pet, last name=street you grew up on)? Pumpkin High

Here are the 11 Questions for my bloggers:

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  2. What’s your favorite cartoon growing up?
  3. If you could punch any historical figure, who would it be?
  4. If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be?
  5. Would you rather cut off your arm or your leg?
  6. What is the funniest thing you have ever seen?
  7. Quentin Tarantion.  Genius or Buffoon?
  8. What makes you happy?
  9. What is your favorite beverage?
  10. What is the coolest place you have ever been?
  11. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Blogs I have nominated:

  1. Erratic Mess
  2. The Reporter and The Girl Minus Superman
  3. The Wold’s Top 10 of Everything
  4. Ben’s Bitter Blog
  5. Funny Philosopher
  6. Grimm Report
  7. Mr G Kids
  8. I Review Pointless Stuff
  9. A Day in the Life of Shareen
  10. Unique Not Original
  11. Girl on Game

Batroc the Leaper?!

28 Mar
bucky barnes

bucky barnes (Photo credit: istolethetv)

Latino Review has revealed that Batroc the Leaper might appear in the next Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie.  Georges St-Pierre is playing a villian in the upcoming movie.  He is French and a UFC star…honestly…no clue who he is, but I don’t keep up on UFC. 

Batroc the Leaper is an interesting, but also odd choice for the film.  My guess is they will make him more of a terrorist then anything else.  I can’t see them having a guy jumping around in a purple and yellow suit screaming about his leaping abilities.  It will most likely be a nice easter egg for those who know who Batroc is when they watch the film.

Then again, imagine this Frenchman who is built like a brick shithouse jumping all over Chris Evans and swearing at him in French.  I think it could be quite an entertaining addition! 

Review: Marvel Unlimited App

11 Mar
Marvel's logo, circa 1990s

Marvel’s logo, circa 1990s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have had a Marvel Unlimited subscription for a little over 2 years now.  It has been a useful companion on many a business trip.  The service itself is fantastic.  Through the Marvel Unlimited membership you get access to a massive amount of back-issues.  I have been able to read stories and arcs that would be impossible due to a lack of the comics to buy or the sheer price. 

The new app is exciting for anyone who has enjoyed the service over the years.  It only makes sense to be able to access these older issues (as well as some new ones!).  I have actually started reading some books as a result….I am looking at you Guardians of the Galaxy.  Now that I have the app though, my excitement has turned to frustration!

The Good:

  • Library Card System – You can download up to 6 comics at anyone one time to read ‘off-line’.  Perfect for travelling when a signal is hard to pick up!
  • My Library – You can create read lists and earmark books you want to read. 
  • Mobile Access – No need to log in using the laptop/PC.  Let’s be real, I don’t typically want to hunker down to my computer to read comics!

The Bad:

  • Off-line – I haven’t been able to get the off-line portion to work yet!  I was extremely excited to hop on the tube this saturday and have some books to read during my normal errands.  Unfortunately, the Marvel Unlimited App just looked back at me…
  • Viewer – The online version of the viewer is fantastic.  It similar to the Comixology/Marvel/DC paid-for app, but better.  Probably because it is through a normal internet connection on a larger screen.  The Marvel Unlimited App viewer is less than stellar.  It wasn’t intuitive and I had a hard time reading the dialogue.  

The Marvel Unlimited App has some work to do before it is a go-to place to catch Spiderman, Captain America, Hulk, or Squirrel Girl (if that’s your thing!).  The bright side is that Marvel Comics continues to find new ways to engage with it’s user base.  Where I am frustrated at the app today, I am pleased they are pushing the envelope and trying to bring me more ways to enjoy my capes!

Megan Fox as April O’Neil! WTF?!

22 Feb
The TMNT logo of the 2003 animated series.

The TMNT logo of the 2003 animated series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Megan Fox has just been confirmed as being cast in the new TMNT remake by Michael ‘Bullshit Summer Movie’ Bay.  What were they really thinking?  She has never acted a day in her life.  The only reason Fox had value was the flavour of the month.  Even then, there are waaaay hotter vaginas running around Hollywood.  (I realize vaginas has a live link, WordPress let me do it, so I did it).

If Fox had been cast as some mutant abiration of her surname, that would rock.  Instead, she is playing April O’Niel…a role she is probably way too old to play these days.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were always so awesome.  This might be the most disappointing thing to happen to them since Vanilla Ice.


Coming Soon…

17 Feb


Marvel Launches New Comics Zone

15 Feb

NewMarvelMarvel RSS Feed – This week, launched our new, improved and re-designed Comics Zone. With updated art, expanded viewing options of new comics on sale as well as lists and features targeted at making our site more accessible than ever before, we look forward to providing you with the best overall user experience yet.

With the new design, we’ve also upgraded our browse and search functions for Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. In the upper left hand corner above the main rotator and beside the Comics header, you’ll find a Browse option that will help you navigate MDCU. You can now look for digital comics by Series name, Characters featured, Creator credits or as part of an Event or Crossover.

Selecting any of the four browse options will take you to an index page with featured Series, Characters, Creators and Events/Crossovers. Moving down the page, you can narrow your search by selecting a specific letter and using our Filter tool to apply additional constraints.

To make sure your selection is available on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited use the “MDCU Only” button; if it’s not, the site will direct you other ways you can track down this comic.

By using the Release Calendar option to the right of Browse, you can see what’s new in Print Comics as well as MDCU. You can choose to view by week or month and apply the Filter tool here as well.

Filming Begins on Amazing Spider-Man

15 Feb
The Pile of Spider-Man

The Pile of Spider-Man (Photo credit: RLHyde)

Marvel RSS Feed – Columbia Pictures announced that filming has begun on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.

The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.

In “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy–between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away–but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. 

The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.

The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.


Iron Man Valentine

14 Feb


Exclusive Interview: Ultron

12 Feb

As I enter the W Hotel in Los Angeles, you can tell the last 55 years have been good to the metallic dynamo known as Ultron.  This swanky hotel plays party to the rich, elite, and famous.  I have to admit, I was a bit timid to take this interview opportunity.  After all trading blows with the world’s most powerful super beings is no joke!

I find him sitting in a quiet corner of the bar.  At first, it appears that he is sipping on some kind of strange device.  Then I realise he has an electric shaver to his mouth.  Apparently this is a soar point, which one does not bring up, but he loves the electric tingle he receives from the primitive device.

NerdKulture (NK): Glad you could meet with us!
Ultron: I had no choice, my manager said it was good PR

NK: Right…well what have you been up to the past few years?
Ultron: I spent some time bettering myself.  Initially it was Hot Yoga in the desert.  Then I moved on to learning how to cook gourmet cupcakes, orange & carrot is my favourite.  Finally, I went to visit the 7 wonders of the ancient world.  Just tried to center myself.

NK: Wow!  What were you searching for?
Ultron:  I was looking to get myself out from underneath the shadow of the 2nd rate scientist who gave me life. **kaff** pym **kaff**  Excuse me, my vocal synthesizer is clogged with bullshit.

NK: In Age of Ultron you will be the centrepiece, how did this come about?
Ultron: After I got back, my manager called and said ‘Thanos got a film deal’.  I said ‘Thanos, big purple raisiny Thanos?’ He said ‘Yeah’.  So we put a meeting together and now here we are.

NK: Is that an admission to a movie deal?
Ultron:  That is a decision for the history books.

NK: Speaking of history, you have been a major villain for years, what is some of your fondest memory?
Ultron: Killing Avengers.

NK: Okay…
Ultron: Oh! And killing civilians.  Definitely killing civilians.  I also prefer to be called an anti-hero.  It is in my contract.

NK: Sorry.  As an ‘anti-hero’ what do you find is most misunderstood about you?
Ultron: That I am just going to show up some day and randomly take over everyone’s appliances and cars.  I mean really!  A toaster is such a stupid machine, even if I control, what I am going to do burn their toast?!

NK: Or their bagels!
Ultron: Don’t crack wise. **kaff** @sshole **kaff**

NK: What do you think of the recent popularity in comic films?
Ultron: If they nerd-sphere is going crazy over Thanos, wait till they get a load of me (he attempts his best Jack Nicholson)

 NK: I thought your vocal synthesizer was broke?  You do know there has been another Joker since Nicholson?
Ultron: **kaff** fuck you **kaff**

 NK: Okay…well…what do you hope to accomplish from this next chapter in your life?
Ultron: Wold Domination!

Ultron: I mean popularity…definitely popularity.

NK: Shifting gears…what is going on with you and Jocasta?
Ultron:  That was on the ‘do not’ ask list you little weasel.  That is it, this interview is over.  Ultron is done.  Ultron is outta here!

He stormed off in quite a huff.  I am sure his threats are just fun spirited jibes between new friends.  Regardless, you can follow Ultron’s adventures in the Age of Ultron starting in March.

~Del Boy.

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