NERDIST is the BESTEST

Just as The Artist’s Way has become a monumental classic, so shall Chris Hardwick’s book The Nerdist Way – How to Reach the Next Level in Real Life.

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This book has changed my life. And if you read it, I promise it will change your life (for the better) too. Whether he helps peel away your thought processes, gives you the tools to organize your life, gets you to start exercising, allows you stop using your “lizard almonds”*, or being more kind to yourself, it WILL change your life in a positive, long-term way. If this book does nothing for you, then:

1. You’re dead inside.

2. I will eat a shit burrito. I’m THAT confident.

Keep reading >

Chew On This

Imagine knowing, in a flash of psychic images, the history of EVERYTHING you eat (except for beets). It would be the WORST! That’s what it’s like for Tony Chu, the lead character in the comic book series Chew. Cutting to the chase, Tony works for the FDA (which acts more like the FBI) to solve high profile food base crimes.

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Sounds boring, right? Not if you live in a world where chicken and other bird meat is deemed illegal after an outbreak of bird flu that killed over 23 million people, and the only way to get it is to travel to the shady underbelly of the underground. It’s like Boardwalk Empire with feathers!

Chew is definitely worth a look. I dare you to try and eat while reading, though…

Don’t Panic: Listen To These Additions To The Hitchhiker’s Guide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the hilarious 5 book “trilogy” that has delighted geeks and non-geeks alike for over 30 years, has appeared in many forms. It was originally a radio drama, then a series of books, a series of towels, a movie and recently a touring radio play:

But for some fans, that’s not enough. There was more of Douglas Adams’ universe to explore – it was time to create their own Hitchhiker’s Guide entries. Keep reading >

Free Books!

Are you sick of your whole nerd life being like this?

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Well, how about a website that has a listing of all the free books available on Amazon? What if it updated every hour?

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Okay, okay, Fry. Sheesh! Here’s the link to the website as a whole.  And here’s links to the sections for sci-fi and comics and graphic novels.

What’ya think about that Fry?

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Fry, you’re confusing! Enjoy the free books everyone else.

5 Goofy Versions of Spider-Man You Might Not Know About

There have been some crazy shake-ups in the Spider-Man storyline recently, what with Doctor Octopus taking over his body in The Superior Spider-Man. But that’s far from the goofiest change that’s happened in Spider-Man’s life; we’ve got five right here:

1) Spider-Hulk

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This was actually the second Spider-Man comic book I ever bought.

Basically, Spidey gets a dose of gamma radiation and becomes just like The Incredible Hulk, only in a torn Spider-Man costume. At the time, I went to my dad and said, “Hey, is Spider-Man supposed to be The Hulk, or what? ‘Cause this comic says so.” And my dad said, “Son, that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard.”

He was right. Keep reading >

Young Adult Books For Feminists (And Everyone Else)

A friend of mine’s daughter is learning to read and she loves books as much as any junior nerd I’ve ever met. Bitch, an awesome feminist magazine, has published a great list of Young Adult Books for Feminist Readers (though any kid would find a bunch of favourites on this list), and I can’t wait to start giving them to her when she’s old enough.

Really want to read one of those Young Adult classics, but simply don’t have the time right now?  Well here A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle in under two minutes:*

*Note: If you haven’t read the book, this probably makes no sense. If you have, you’ll likely find it hilarious and charming!

Superior Spider-Man Lives Up To Its Name

When my friend Jamie recommended the (relatively) new comic book series Superior Spider-Man, I laughed in his face.

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“It’s real cool, man, it’s like, Spider-Man’s dead, right, but Doctor Octopus, like, switched brains with him, so now he’s Spider-man, and he’s a dick about it. But, like, Spider-man’s still in the brain as a ghost.”

ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? It sounded like the most half-assed, bottom of the barrel idea in the history of Spider-man. And I read “Maximum Carnage.” Keep reading >

Adventure Time – The Volume

Nerds can’t get enough of this science-fantasy cartoon created by Pendleton Ward. So when my friend Bob lent me his copy of the graphic novel, I couldn’t help but shout “There’s an Adventure Time book?! Hooray!!” I then insisted we engage in a bro-like fist bump – to which Bob was mildly amused.

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The comic series was written by independent writer Ryan North – you know, that funny dude who created Dinosaur Comics (and pssssst… he’s Canadian!). Keep reading >

Was Sauron Just Misunderstood?

1999 was a very different time in North American pop culture. Back then, The Lord of the Rings movies seemed impossible to film and Peter Jackson was that crazy New Zealand arthouse director best know for movies featuring a troupe of misanthropic anti-Muppets, a low budget alien invasion movie and a zombie movie rated by many as the goriest of all time.

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This era, which I will call BPJLOTR (aka Before Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings) was also a different period in Russian pop culture: it was the year when a Russian writer, biologist and paleontologist named Kirill Eskov wrote his own version of LOTR. It’s a fascinating re-telling of the story from Sauron’s perspective that questions many of the key beliefs of the Tolkien version, much like the Gregory Maguire’s revisionist books on Oz. Keep reading >

Y: The Last Man – and Y we should love it!

I’m sure many of you have read or heard about this jammed-packed and compelling series that follows Yorick Brown, an escape artist and last man on earth. But with the movie in production, I thought it would be good time to revisit it, especially before people go all monkey-sh!t crazy and jump on the bandwagon.

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If you haven’t read this series the premise is simple – Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand are the only dudes to survive, after every male, animals included, simultaneously drop dead. Keep reading >