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VLog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of October 19, 2019

This week we talk about Walking Dead season 10, Studio Ghibli on HBO Max, Green Arrow and the Canaries, Jeff Smith’s Bone on Netflix, Fortnite, Matrix 4, El Camino, and so much more.

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TNTM Video: “1 Minute Reviews” | WALKING DEAD ISSUE #193 (The Final Issue)

Got a minute? Listen to our recap and review of the FINAL WALKING DEAD COMIC!

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TNTM: Walking Dead comic book to end with issue #193?

It has been leaked that The Walking Dead will end this week’s #193 (on shelves July 3rd).  The Walking Dead #193 will be a 71 page comic.  It was not solicited as the series finale and future issues have been solicited for release in August and September.

It wouldn’t be the first time Robert Kirkman has kept a big event secret until the last minute, though.

“I’m upset, too. I’m going to miss it as much as you will, if not more so. It breaks my heart that I had to end it. and we have to move on but I just love this world too much to stretch things out until it doesn’t live up to what I want it to be, I hope you understand. I hope you, dear reader, know how much I appreciate the gift you have given me. I got to tell my story exactly how I wanted to for 193 issues and end it on my terms, with no interference at all along the way… at any point. That’s such a rare thing and it doesn’t exist without the unyielding support this series got from readers like you. Thank you so much.” Kirkman has reportedly stated.

“For a monthly comic book to progress and change the way The Walking Dead has is completely unique, and what’s more impressive is that it has done so for its entire 193-issue run without relaunching or rebooting,” said Stephenson. “Robert Kirkman has told one story and told it well for over 15 years, and while most comics are based on the illusion of change, The Walking Dead has happened in real time. Characters have aged from children to adults, they’ve lost limbs, they’ve lost eyes, they’ve lost family members and friends, they’ve died.”

“Not ‘died’ in the nudge, nudge; wink, wink way that Superman, Captain America, and Wolverine ‘died,’ but in as real a manner as can happen in a fictional story. The series is concluding with the same finality and while that will no doubt be disappointing for some, in the big scheme of things, it’s a remarkable achievement for Robert and his collaborators.”

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Video: TNTM’s This Week in Nerd for June 14 2019

We are going to a different format with the show. It was decided that a review of the cool nerdy stuff from the week would be more entertaining than talking about shows that not a lot of people are watching.

This is the inaugural episode of This Week in Nerd. Patrick and I will ramble on about what we think is the most interesting pop culture goodness from the week.

This week we focus a lot of E3 because… well because E3 is pretty awesome. One of the big announcements was Cyberpunk 2077 with Keanu Reeves voicing one of the main characters. Keanu is a real hot commodity right now. He has been around for a long time, but the success of John Wick has catapulted him to one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now.

E3 also saw the new Star Wars game teaser. about 14 minutes of game play were shown. From everything we saw it looks like it will be worthy of carrying the Star Wars name.

We also talk a little about the new Galaxy’s Edge area at Disney Land. It looks AMAZING! We are both waiting until the Disney World park opens their own Galaxy’s Edge area before we go.

Let us know what you think about the new format for the show. You can also leave your comments about all the cool E3 announcements.

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Video+Story: Walking Dead Season 9 Whisperer War

The Walking Dead comic book has been a great success for Image Comics. It has been an even bigger hit as a TV series for AMC. Sure, there are zombies (walkers) in the show, but they are merely background for the actual drama of the show.

The Walking Dead is really about how bad humans treat each other when the societal norms crumble and it becomes every man/woman for themselves to survive. Inevitably some people rise to the position of leader of their group. Some of those leaders are good (Rick Grimes). Other leaders go too far with their authority and become villains.

The Walking Dead has given us some really good villains in their run so far. We have had Merle Dixon, the Governor, Negan, and now we are gonna be introduced to the Whisperers.

The Whisperers are a group that believe to survive we need to devolve to a more animalistic nature. They don’t protect the women or the weak. They believe they must endure to make them tough enough to live. They travel around in suits made of walker skins and they speak in hushed zombie-like tones. They can direct herds of walkers this way and effectively use them as weapons.

In the comics the Whisperers take out quite a few named survivors. They make life very hard for the survivors until they finally reach the point of war. In the comics the Whisperer War takes place over 6 issues. I believe it will consume the second half of season 9 and possibly spill over into season 10. In the comics, Negan is also a big help for the survivors in defeating the Whisperers. The TV series has deviated from the comic book while staying mostly true to the plot. We are interested to see how the Whisperer War unfolds in the TV series.

What do you think about The Walking Dead Whisperer War? Do you think they are a good foe for the survivors? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: This Week in NerdNews December 2 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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Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Sponge Bob, dies at age 57

Netflix orders live action Cowboy Bebop series

Adult Swim/Crunchyroll develops Bladerunner anime

Tom Hanks to portray Geppetto in live action Pinochio

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gets second season

There is a petition to save Daryl’s dog on Walking Dead

There will be 3 Rick Grimes TV shows

Walking Dead Typhoon explores zombie apocalypse in China

Nick Nolte cast in Disney’s Mandalorian

Netflix cancels Daredevil

Batman Who Laughs #1 will have at least 14 variant covers

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Video: TNTM – Our Favorite New TV Shows

There are a ton of great TV series out now on broadcast TV, cable, and streaming services. The only problem is there isn’t enough time to watch them all.

Netflix and Disney are leading the way with their original shows on their streaming services. Disney is pushing out some Star Wars and DC Comics titles that are really looking good.

Netflix is still leading the way with their Marvel Comics related shows, even with the cancellation of Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

What TV shows are you watching that we didn’t mention. Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our DVR.

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Video: Walking Dead Season 9 discussion

Walking Dead has been a juggernaut in both comics and television. The Walking Dead TV adaption has spawned a spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, and numerous games, merchandise, etc.

Walking Dead has proven it is not afraid to kill off popular characters. Season 9 will have us saying goodbye to Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln). These are two very central characters so it will be interesting to see how they write them off the series. They may leave it open so the actors can come back at some time in the future.

We also have to contend with the fact that Negan is still alive, even if detained. Negan is not one to give up easily. He is a persuasive talker and may wiggle his way back into a position of leadership.

Walking Dead has seen a decline in number of watchers over the past few seasons. They are still pulling approximately 8 million viewers per episode, which isn’t bad by any measure.

What are you hoping to see in season 9? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Daily Nerd Brief September 20 2018

All the Nerdy News that is fit to know for Thursday!

MOVIES

Bruce Greenwood cast in “Doctor Sleep”
Ryan Coogler will produce Space Jam 2
Aubrey Plaza cast in “Child’s Play” reboot

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Walking Dead planning movies and spin-offs

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Garfield gets a reality show in “Garfield: TV or not TV #1”
“Cheryl Blossom” and “Go-Bots” will release on Local Comic Shop Day
Carol Danvers origin retconned in “Life of Captain Marvel”
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” moving to Boom Studios
Wolverine’s healing power not quite right in “Return of Wolverine #1”
Dark Horse to publish “Berserk” hard cover deluxe editions
Lex Luthor makes a deal with Batman Who Laughs

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Lego has Star Wars Advent Calendar

GAMES

Sony Playstation Classic will be out December 3rd

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Video: TNTM – Walking Dead Season 8 discussion

Walking Dead has been a ratings powerhouse since it first hit the airwaves in 2010. A lot of people point to the fact that their average number of viewers per season is going down. They want to use that as a harbinger of doom for the show.

Season 7 averaged 11.5 million viewers per episode down from a high in Season 5 of 14.38 million. Numbers don’t lie, there are less people watching the show now than a coupla years ago. In my book over 11 million viewers per episode is not a death knell. Walking Dead is still pulling big numbers. More importantly, they are selling lots of related merchandise. Even characters that have been dead for years on the show are highly sought out on the convention circuit. I don’t think Walking Dead is going away any time soon.

We discuss how we think Season 8 will unfold. The show has been loosely following the story-line from the comics. We are in the midst of the All-Out War. Will the show have the same result as in the comics? Will they deviate a bit and have a slightly different outcome? Most importantly, will any popular characters die in this war?

The one thing I know for sure about Season 8 is…. if Daryl dies, we riot.

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Walking Dead Comic Book & TV show differences

Walking Dead was a comic book for seven years before it became a hit TV show. The comic was first published in 2003 and the first TV show aired in 2010.

The TV show has deviated slightly from the comic book but has remained close to the story-line.

You can enjoy the comic book and the TV show without worrying about having the story “spoiled” for you. The comic book lays out the general direction for the story, but the TV show sometimes takes a different route to get there.

To celebrate The Walking Dead Season 8, I am giving you some of the biggest differences between the comic book and the TV show. There are many more, but these are the ones I feel deserve mentioning.

If you think there are other big differences I should’ve mentioned let me now in the comments.

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TNTM: Top 5 AMC’s The Walking Dead characters

Our 5 favorite Walking Dead characters

The Walking Dead has been in print as a comic book since 2003 and as a TV series since 2010. A lot of great characters have been introduced in both mediums. We compile our top 5 favorite characters from both the comic book and TV series. Please leave your top 5 favorites in the comments.

Walking Dead in pop culture

Unless you have lived completely off the grid for the past 6 years, you know about The Walking Dead. This show has exploded on the pop culture scene. The zombie craze did well for this show. I propose the show is less about zombies than it is about how people treat each other when there are no rules applied to their behavior. Zombies are merely a backdrop to the story. While zombies do present a constant obstacle and are always something that needs to be dealt with, it is the brutal leaders of other groups that are the biggest threat (i.e. Governor, Negan, Terminus, Whisperers). You may disagree with my assessment.

Walking Dead history

A lot of folks don’t know The Walking Dead started out as an ongoing black-and-white comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore back in 2003. The comic book story focuses on Rick Grimes. Rick is a deputy who is shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma in the zombie apocalypse. He eventually finds his wife and son along with other survivors. He assumes the role of group leader.

The TV series came along in 2010 on AMC. It was developed by Frank Darabont.
Much of the series takes place within the Atlanta, Georgia metro area and surrounding countryside. Rick’s group eventually makes their way Alexandria, Virginia.

The TV series makes a few changes from what is in the comics. The idea is for those who have read the comics to not be able to spoil it for the TV show watchers. There are even some characters that were developed specifically for the show that do not exist in the comics. They must be doing something right because both the show and the comic book are hugely successful.

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TNTM: Top 10 Comics for November 2016

Marvel reverses their fortunes in November. The Top 10 for November makes it look even between Marvel and DC Comics.  If you expand your view out to the top 100 a different story is apparent.

Marvel has shook off their performance of the past few months and is the dominant publisher for the month of November.  They have a majority of the sales in November.  Even though Marvel is back on top, DC Comics has the top 2 spots overall with Batman #10 & #11.  In fact, all of DC Comics top 10 titles were Batman related.

DC Comics is leaning heavily on Bruce Wayne right now.  Marvel relied heavily on new titles for their top 10.  Invincible Iron Man #1, Amazing Spider-man:Renew Your Vows #1, Venom #1 and IVX (Inhumans vs X-men) #0 were all in the top 10 for Marvel.

Their only non-new title was Civil War II #7.  The only title not from the big 2 publishers was Walking Dead #160 from Image Comics.

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Talk Nerdy to Me – Invincible: The End of All Things

Most people know Robert Kirkman for creating the comic books Walking Dead and Outcast.  He has another comic book with a super hero theme that has been around for more than 100 issues.  A lot of folks don’t know about it.  That comic book is Invincible.

Invincible (Mark Grayson) is the teen aged son of Omni-Man, an extraterrestrial superhero of the Viltrumite race. Invincible inherited his father’s superhuman strength and ability to fly.  He has sworn to protect the Earth. He has had trouble adjusting to his newfound powers and coping with the reality of his origins.

Sadly, Robert Kirkman has decided to end this series with issue #133 in November, 2016.  The following is his statement on that decision.

“My greatest hope in life is to one day, when I’m much older, be reading an INVINCIBLE comic book by younger creators I haven’t met, who are doing a book that I hate.”

I’ve been asked many times over the thirteen years of writing INVINCIBLE how long I think this book will go. Some form of that statement has always been my answer. I always thought it would be a great honor to see Invincible rise to the level of Superman or Spider-Man in the pantheon of comic book superheroes. Characters who far outlived their original stories and eventually transformed into story engines that sort of tell the same story (to a certain extent) in perpetuity for generation after generation.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that goes against everything INVINCIBLE, as a series, has stood for since the very beginning. When Cory Walker and I created him, and with Ryan Ottley, since he joined the team with issue 8, the point of this series has always been to celebrate what we love about superhero comics, but always put our own spin on it. To play with the tropes of the genre, but twist them into something new, at all times, no matter what.

That is why villains sometimes win, and heroes give up… and eventually stop being heroes altogether… and change happens, and sticks, and characters die, and never come back… no matter how popular they are (we maybe should have kept Conquest alive).

So then, it stands to reason, that if most superhero comics continue forever with no end in sight and over their runs do not, in any way, tell a cohesive story that holds together to form a singular narrative… shouldn’t INVINCIBLE do the exact opposite?

It’s been many years now that Ryan Ottley and myself, with occasional help from co-creator Cory Walker (issue 130 in stores soon!) have been chronicling the adventures of Mark Grayson and the many characters that orbit his life. As I began plotting out the issues that lay ahead of us over this next year, I started to realize I was reaching a… conclusion. The big Viltrumite epic, which began with Nolan Grayson going to Earth and fathering Mark, and kicked off with their confrontation all those years ago in issue 11… was coming to an end. Everything was converging in this one story, and looking back, I realized I’d been working toward this the whole time. In talking it over with Ryan I learned, much to my surprise, that the idea of drawing something other than INVINCIBLE someday… and not being stuck in this monthly grind we’ve been in for well over a decade… appealed to him. So it wasclear, I was writing to a conclusion and Ryan was also drawing to one.

So that led to the question of what comes next?

I briefly considered bringing on another team, starting that eventual march to that book I’d read in my old age and throw across the room saying, “This isn’t INVINCIBLE!” And while I did consider some really cool options that would have led to some really cool issues of INVINCIBLE… more and more as I thought about it, I realized ending the series was the right thing to do.

So that’s what we’re doing! Issue 144, the conclusion of the 12-part epic THE END OF ALL THINGS, will be the final issue of Invincible. I’m sure when it’s all said and done, I’ll be sad, and I know I will miss these characters, but for the time being, I’m excited. Ryan will be coming back to the book with issue 133 in November, and we’re going to hit the ground running. We’ve got a wild ride in store for the fans where we’re going to touch every corner of the Invincible Universe, and in the end, tie things up in a really cool and unexpected way.

So we’ve got a little over a year to go, and it’s going to be one hell of a year! So please join us for our swan song, thirteen years in the making! We couldn’t have done it without you, the fans, so lets all cross the finish line together!

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2016

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Outcast by Robert Kirkman on Cinemax

Jack and Troy talk about the upcoming Cinemax series, Outcast, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman.

Outcast (trademarked as Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta) is an ongoing American comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. It begins here with this terrifying new horror series from THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

It is a supernatural horror that chronicles the story of Kyle Barnes, a man whose loved ones are involved in demonic possession since his childhood. As an adult, with the help of a reverend, he tries to unveil what lies behind the supernatural manifestations and why he seems to carry special peculiarities.

The first issue of the monthly comic was published in 2014 by Image Comics. Before the first release, Kirkman also began to develop a television adaptation, whose rights were bought by Cinemax.

First published in 2014, there are only 14 issues out so far. Interestingly enough, before it even hit comic-book store shelves, Outcast was being developed as a television series by Kirkman, and it was premium cable channel Cinemax that snagged the rights to the series set to air in 2016.

After a two years long development, the project was officially announced on October 2013 at New York Comic Con. Kirkman said it was the first time that he already had a clear ending in mind when he began to write the comic book.

He described Outcast as an epic horror story, hoping to give real scares to readers unlike The Walking Dead. In the first issue Kirkman also stated that first orders were higher than the last Walking Dead issue.

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