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Video+Info: This Week in NerdNews October 28 2018

This week in Nerd is a look back at the Pop Culture events and Nerdy News from the previous week.  This Week in Nerd is hosted by Troy Stegner of Zia Comics/Talk Nerdy to Me.

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TNTM: El Paso Comic Con / EPCON 2017 Guests

El Paso Comic Con 2017 Guest Announcement

El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2016 was a great success. We are building on that event to make EPCON 2017 bigger and better. There will be more celebrity guests, more comic book guests, more cosplay, and more entertainment for everyone.

This video is just to put out the guest list as of February 13, 2017. We still have contracts out waiting to be signed. We plan on adding even more featured guests to the line up. Please watch the video all the way through so you don’t miss out on any of the guest announcements.

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TNTM: Top 20 Board Games part 4

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #05 through #01 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

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TNTM: Top 5 Ninja Turtles characters

Ninja Turtles Top 5 characters

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for a long time.  They have been in nearly every media such as comic books, trade paperbacks, special collector’s editions, toys, cartoons, movies, etc.  With their longevity there have been a lot of characters introduced in the main comic book and through cross-over story-lines from other comic book titles.  Jack and I compile our Top 5 list of favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters, excluding Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first published in 1984 by Mirage Studios. The Turtles started from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman.   Eastman and his friend, Peter Laird, went back and forth trying to outdo each other on the concept of Ninja Turtles. They decided to make a comic book based on the characters they developed.  They used money from a tax refund along with a loan from Eastman’s uncle.  They self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Daredevil ,  New MutantsCerebus, and Ronin.

The Turtles big break into the mainstream market happened when they met licensing agent, Mark Freedman. Freedman introduced them to wider merchandising opportunities. Their biggest deals were for a line of action figures from Playmates Toys and a cartoon seriesWhile the animated TV series (10 seasons) was more light-hearted, the comic-book series continued in a much darker and grittier tone.

The original movie featured the Ninja Turtles and Splinter being portrayed by actors in partially animatronic suits created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The film became one of the most successful independent films.  That movie spawned two sequels as well as inspiring a three-dimensional animated film set in the same continuity. After the end of the cartoon series a live-action series in the vein of the films was created in 1997. The series was called Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and introduced a fifth female turtle called Venus de Milo. The series was largely unsuccessful and was canceled after one season.

The property lay dormant until 2003, when a new animated TV series also entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began to air on Fox Box. The series storyline stuck much closer to the original Mirage comic book series but was still less violent. It lasted for seven seasons and 156 episodes, ending in February 2009.

On October 21, 2009, it was announced that cable channel Nickelodeon had purchased all of Mirage’s rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. Mirage retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year.  The Ninja Turtles were brought back to the movie screen with a modernized/revamped look.  The newer movies are hit or miss with the older crowd that remembers the original Turtles.  The younger crowd that has no memory of the prior Ninja Turtles, overwhelmingly like the new movies.

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TNTM: Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past unboxing

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Zia Comics game guru, Trevor Cooper, was a backer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. He received the “Works” edition of the game. He goes through an un-boxing of the game for all you players waiting for the retail version.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles popularity has withstood time and spanned over numerous different media. They started as an Indy comic book, have several cartoon series, made blockbuster movies, had video games on many platforms, and spawned many card/board games. Shadows of the Past is the next entry into the card/board game arena for the Turtles.

IDW Publishing has the comic book rights for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. IDW has their own game manufacturing branch now. They have been making games that correspond to their comic book titles lately. Most of the IDW Publishing games have been pretty good. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is their largest (by sheer number of pieces) board game yet.

Shadows of the Past began it’s life on Kickstarter. Judging by the amount it got funded, folks are liking the game.

From the Kickstarter campaign

Cowabunga!

It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!

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This campaign’s going to allow us to take a great game and make it amazing through the addition of a set of stretch goals we’re incredibly excited to reveal and—with your help—unlock!

More importantly, with a game this involved, it’s great to have an opportunity to interact with the fans. During the course of the campaign, we hope to answer any questions you have about IDW’s game, comics, or what our favorite pizza toppings are!

Description from the publisher:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the IDW TMNT comic. Taking the role of their favorite Turtle or the ultimate villain Shredder, players battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions in which they develop their characters’ strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex appear throughout the missions as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hero Combat System:

Each Hero player in the game receives their own custom set of dice and Special Move cards uniquely matched to their character’s fighting style.

While it’s fun to have your own unique dice and moves, what really sets this game apart is the shared dice mechanic once combat begins.

Each round, every Hero player simultaneously rolls their dice then lays them out in front of their play area, strategically positioning their dice from left to right in order to lend help to their fellow players.

This means that on the active player’s turn, they’ll have access to their own dice and their teammates’ closest dice on each side of their character. This innovative system helps save players from useless rolls and thematically expresses how closely knit the team is. The only way to defeat the Foot Clan is to truly fight as one. It’s the ultimate co-operative system.

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TNTM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) Universe

The Ninja Turtle Universe has grown exponentially from the original issue #1.  No longer is it just the Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, and the Hand.  Now you have enough other characters to support a second ongoing comic title… which is exactly what IDW is doing!

This new series will tell stories focused on various supporting characters in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle world. Characters named by series editor Bobby Curnow include Casey Jones, Fugitoid, Old Hob, April, Nobody, Harold, and Baxter Stockman.  He also teased we’ll get a couple brand new villains.  “Essentially over the past four-plus years our TMNT world has grown too large to contain to one monthly title.

There are dozens of fan-favorite characters. In short, we need a second title to do the TMNT Universe justice,” said Curnow. “With two series we can flesh out these supporting characters more and devote greater time to the Turtles themselves and expanding their world. Our aim is to tell stories that are self-contained but complementary to the original ongoing TMNT title.”

Paul Allor, who has written previous TMNT comics Turtles in Time and Mutanimals, told us what to expect from the story. “This is a classic siege story in the vein of Rio Bravo and Assault on Preinct 13. It’s a brutal, action-packed siege story packed with villains old and new. It’s also very driven by the relationship between these four brothers,” Allor said.

Issue #1 of TMNT Universe has already hit the shelves and is selling very well.  Run to your local comic book store and pick up your copy now before it is too late.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1• Paul Allor, Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (w)• Damian Couceiro, Kevin Eastman, Bill Sienkiewicz (a)• Freddie Williams (c)

Introducing a new era in TMNT! This series will explore characters and story-lines that are pivotal to the IDW TMNT universe! When a mysterious new mutant targets Baxter Stockman it will be up to the TMNT to reluctantly save him. Little does everyone know that a larger trap is being laid by a new arch-foe! Plus a back-up story from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz!

• 40 pages • $4.99

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TNTM Kevin Eastman interview El Paso Comic Con

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com got the opportunity to interview Kevin Eastman at El Paso Comic Con 2016.

(We apologize for the background noise, but there was a vending machine in the room and there was a con going on in the background.)

Kevin Eastman is best known for co-founding Mirage Comics and co-creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise alongside friend and colleague Peter Laird. He purchased Heavy Metal Magazine and became publisher of it`s U.S. branch. He is currently co-writing and doing covers for IDW`s current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run.

While searching for someone to publish his comics Kevin Eastman met Peter Laird. After working together on several projects the two decided to publish their own independent comic book.  In May of 1984 they released the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles under the company name Mirage Comics. To save on their budget the book was printed in black and white.

The initial print was only 3,000 copies. It was funded by a $1,000 loan Eastman took from his uncle. By September of the following year the first issue had been reprinted five times. With the success of issue 1, demand for issue 2 was much higher. They received pre-orders of 15,000 copies. This allowed Eastman and Laird to work on the series full-time.

In 1985 a How to draw: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book was released by Solson Productions.  They also published several martial arts manuals centered around the Turtles. Shortly after Eastman and Laird began licensing the characters.  There were role-playing books and miniatures released by Polladium and Dark Horse, respectively. In December 1987 the first episodes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series premiered.  It was an instant hit leading to a nine year – 10 season run. This led to Eastman and Laird being approached by Playmate Toys. They licensed a full line of action figures which lasted the entire length of the series with new figures being released with each season.

With the series came more comics, toys, roleplaying games, and even video games. This solidified the Turtles as a franchise to be respected.

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