The first episode of The Ultimate Nerd-ament is here and I couldn’t be more excited about it. As if that wasn’t clear by my constant posting of countdown images over the past week.
Lots of people to thank for this one. First off, Darren Passerello who works for Stan Lee. I met Darren several years ago, in the most geeky of ways, through the card and dice game Champions of the Galaxy. Since then we have stayed in touch and last year he came to me saying they were looking for new shows for World of Heroes. That’s how it began.
Next I want to thank Nick Jacklin and Yuka Kobayashi of Vuguru and POW! Entertainment for going with the idea and helping with logistics. Once they heard the idea, they were just as enthusiastic as we were to get the show made.
Huge thanks to the staff of Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles. They were super accommodating and a pleasure to work with. We had a great time at our shoot and the staff made us feel right at home.
A big shout out to everyone who stopped by the booth and took part in the show. The show is all about the fans of comic books and superheroes and you all made the show what it is. We would be nowhere without you. Extra thanks to DMC of Run DMC, Richard Hatch and, the man, Stan Lee for dropping by to talk to us as well.
Thanks to Mike Hollingsworth for the artwork of Stanley & JAX. You may just be seeing those designs on T-Shirts soon.
Thanks to DJ BC for the music he composed especially for the show. It was a happy coincidence that we met him and his music was perfect for The Ultimate Nerd-ament. We are excited to have him as part of the crew.
This show would be nowhere without the crew we put together. Wyatt, our Production Assistant, was on hand to wrangle people to do interviews, hold the mic for those to little to hold it for themselves and keep a running tally of people’s votes. Mike, our producer, who also helped wrangle people, ran the camera and was in hand as makeshift puppet wrangler and more. And we’d be nowhere without our director, David Marquez. He made us look and sound good and it was a pleasure to work with him. He’s a modern day Walt Disney and was our first choice to direct.
Finally, I want to thank my good friend, and co-creator, Russ Walko. Russ was the first person I called after Darren said I should come up with a show idea. Russ is easy to work with, makes me laugh and makes hard work seem incredibly easy. He’s also the voice of reason when I get wound up about things. There’s no one else I’d rather work with.
Thanks to all these people for helping The Ultimate Nerd-ament become a reality. Enjoy episode one. I sure do. And, just so you know, I got an email this morning. They are already talking about a season 2!
Whether you like it or not, the holidays are here and, for the most part, no matter what winter holiday you celebrate, you probably have to buy a gift or two for friends or family. Instead of getting someone another iTunes gift card, I’d like to offer up some suggestions. Let me make two things clear about the following list. One, I get nothing from these links. This is not an affiliate deal or anything. Two, these are things created by my friends, yes, but I also really enjoy the heck of them and I think you would as well.
Welcome to Goon Holler by Parker & Christian Jacobs – www.goonhollergeneralstore.com – I met Parker Jacobs, the mastermind behind Goon Holler via the social media service Vine. His hilarious Tooba character and my Uncle Interloper character became fast friends. I have been absolutely inspired by the way Parker has turned his Goon Holler concept into a whole world, which now includes the brand new book: Welcome to Goon Holler. It’s a great book for kids and adults. It’s an easy read and the artwork is fantastic. Parker’s style reminds me a lot of Jay Ward, creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and that’s a very, very good thing. This is a great gift for the kids on your list or people who have kids. Plus, you can get an autographed copy by visiting Parker’s website www.GoonHollerGeneralStore.
Ghost Train To New Orleans by Mur Lafferty – www.murverse.com – This one is actually two gifts in one because the book, Ghost Train To New Orleans is a followup to the novel Shambling Guide to New York. Now, you don’t really need to have read the first one, Mur does a great job of catching readers up on what has come before, but you SHOULD read the first one. It’s great. If you like stories about vampires, zombies and other monsters living their day to day life with humans, this one is a great read. THere’s some language and situations in it, so it’s not for kids, but I’d say teenagers, 16 or 17 can read it. And if you’re unsure, why not give the book a listen? Mur is currently podcasting a chapter a week of the book HERE for free! No reason not to check it out and then go buy the book via Amazon or your other favorite book buying sight. Better yet, order from Chapel Hill Comics and you’ll get a signed copy! It’s also available in ebook and audio formats. And if you want to pick up The Shambling Guide to New York, you can do that as well. Mur is a great author and a good friend and I whole heartedly recommend any of her work. Check out all of Mur’s work at www.Murverse.com
Tappin’ & Yappin’ Cast Recording by John B. deHaas – www.cdbaby.com/cd/joyandersenandjohnbdehaa – If you’re the type that loves musicals and spoofs of musicals, you must check out the Tappin’ & Yappin’ soundtrack by my good friend John B. deHaas along with Joy Andersen. The musical debuted at the Orlando Fringe Festival and the 2014 Cast Recording is now available as a, super limited edition, CD and digital download. The songs are hilarious and you will find yourself singing and laughing along with them. The show is PG rated, so this one may not be for younger kids, though it’s not blue. Again, if you are a musical theatre fan, or have one you are shopping for, this is a great gift. It’s available via CDBaby.com but is also up on iTunes and other digital download sites. Pick up a copy for you or a friend!
Youth With A Mission Modesto – http://ywam-modesto.blogspot.com – If you are looking for a gift that’s a little more on the ‘do good’ side of things, I recently came across a charity that is doing some amazing work for people in need. Sure, Red Cross, Salavation Army and others get national attention, but we rarely hear about local acts of good. My friend Aaron is involved with Youth With A Mission Modesto and I recently talked with him about all the group was doing in Modesto and it really hit home. YWAMM take the charity directly to the streets to help people in need and they ae doing a darn fine job. I invite you to check out their website and if it jives with your charitable giving, consider a donation.
Herp Derp Ya Don’t Sterp – Devo Spice – https://devospice.bandcamp.com/album/herp-derp-ya-dont-sterp – Comedy/nerdcore rapper Devo Spice has a brand new album that will ‘drop’ on December 2nd. Devo Spice is a regular on The Dr. Demento Show and has had several songs chart on, not only the monthly Dr. Demento Top 10, but also the big end of the year Funny 25 countdowns. If you like funny rap parodies and originals, much in the same vein as “Weird Al”, you’ll love Devo Spice. If you order his album on December 2nd, you’ll even get a bonus album!
Squid Friends by Kristin Hogan – https://www.etsy.com/shop/SquidFriends – I’ve mentioned Kristin and her fantastic squid friends on the blog before but I wanted to bring them up again because how much more unique of a gift could you give than the gift of a plush squid?! You just can’t! But Kristin isn’t just selling squids, she is also selling nautilus’, art, baby blankets and more! If you want a one of a kind gift, Squid Friends is where you need to go! Now.
These are a just a few great gift ideas for those hard to shop for people on your list. The fun thing, to me, is that they are all my creative friends, working hard and creating and putting their creations out into the world. I have purchased (or given to) each of these projects and they all have my personal seal of approval. Again, I get nothing out of this, there’s no affiliate links or anything here. These are just people and projects I believe in and am lucky enough to call friends. I hope you’ll check one or two of them out.
If you’d like to consider purchasing some of my creative projects, you can check out the STORE PAGE at my website. Theres a few ideas there and anything you purchase will go towards producing more. You can also check out Saturday Morning Media’s PATREON PAGE if you want to consider giving a reoccurring donation.
Whatever you decide, I hope you have a very happy holiday season!
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So in an order to provide more content that is of absolutely no interest to anyone, I’ve decided I’d start cataloguing the various collections I have and posting an item at a time from them here on my site. I have several collections (far fewer than I used to have). Among them are…
LJN WWF Wrestling Figures – Used to collect these as a kid. Slowly recollecting them Mint on Card.
Comic Books – Daredevil (hope someday to have the entire run, no matter what condition) and just about anything with Jamie “Multiple Man” Maddroxx in it (my favorite hero).
Jimmy Hart Memorabilia – Jimmy Hart, professional wrestling manager. In 6th grade for Career Day, I dressed as Jimmy Hart. He is/was an idol.
and, the collection I’ll be starting this project with, Memorabilia from the greatest Disneyland/Walt Disney World attraction of ALL time…
The Country Bear Jamboree.
Strap in! It promises to be a hell of a boring ride!