See this is how we do it. Every day we hit up our RSS reeds and links (200+) and what not, and come up with a list of links that reference nerd world. That comes to approx. 2,567 links each day. So how do we pick what to post? What passes muster for information YOU need? Answer: no real formula…you see…we’re CAPRICIOUS!

§ NYC alt newspaper disses “no-look” animation (e.g. FREAK SHOW) with shock shout out to Otto Binder::

When Otto Binder created “The Legion of Substitute Heroesâ€? for DC Comics 40 years ago, he understood that, despite the fact that the characters were inept rejects trying to prove their worth, their powers, while unimpressive, had to be as accessible as their personalities. The aesthetics wouldn’t matter if there were great scripts behind it, but time is never spent investing in the personalities or the abilities of the characters in “Freak Show.â€? Unfortunately, all that exists is a series of tent pole incidents supporting a flimsy plot, which I admit, is not all bad: At times, the astute political throwbacks and incessant banter reaches a smirk-worthy pace, but it’s barely enough to fill out an entire episode.

Now that’s what we call literate!

§ Meanwhile, over at SALON, Douglas Wolk explains why Kevin Huizenga is the cartoonist of the day with shock shout out to CARL BARKS!:

Glenn’s not really an autobiographical stand-in, although his perceptiveness and loopy imagination are obviously a lot like his creator’s. Sometimes he seems more like Carl Barks’ version of Donald Duck: an infinitely durable Everyman in a long-sleeved T-shirt whose life circumstances are whatever they have to be for any given story. Still, one major aim of Huizenga’s comics is to explain the complicated systems that shape people’s lives and emotions — at least as far as it’s possible to understand them. The individual stories here vary enormously in tone and technique and aren’t directly connected by plot threads, but they can be read as the components of a single, elliptical narrative about children longed for, found and lost again, and how people in the world of the living can understand the torments of hell.

§ At Blogcritics Bill Sherman parses the highly enfranchised response to his manga reviews:

This says a lot about the passion that a manga series can elicit among its readership. To those of us with a passing acquaintance with the earlier years of America comics fandom, the dynamics are fascinating and familiar. “Why I remember when I was as excited about superhero comics,â€? the geezerly former fanboy notes, polishing his trifocals to better squint his way through the tinier lettering in a volume of the cooking series Iron Wok Jan. American publishers still have their loyalists, but the numbers clearly favor Japanese comics.

§ Pitcher Curt Schilling is winding up and delivering his inner nerd with his very own online video game development company, Green Monster Games.

Schilling, a serious video game player, prefers a genre of games known in the industry as massively multiplayer online role playing games, or MMORPGs for short. Such games typically feature huge, persistent fantasy worlds — which exist even when you aren’t playing — and allow gamers to create online alter-egos to interact, and adventure with, thousands of other game players.

“I love games with immersive environments that have a significant social effect and impact,” Schilling said in a recent interview. “There is so much creative room in these games.”
Schilling has hired renowned fantasy author R.A. Salvatore as creative director and Todd McFarlane, comic book icon and creator of the character Spawn, as art director.

Schilling admits that running the game may prove difficult during his long, existential roadtrips with the Red Sox, so he’s hiring people who actually know what they are doing to run the company.


  1. Not to be pedantic or anything but it was actually Edmund Hamilton who created the Substitute Legion in 1963. Otto Binder created the “regular” Legion of Super-Heroes in 1958. Still, a nice shout-out.