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Musings of a Blerd: Happy 75th Anniversary Wonder Woman! 8 Facts About the Amazing Amazon Infographic

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Originally posted on my personal blog.

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. Next week for the first time, she’ll appear on the big screen in a live action film. In honor of her 75th year, I’ve created an infographic via Piktochart.com that features 8 facts about the amazing amazon.


Musings of a Blerd: A Celebration of Women Aviators Infographic

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As the monthly celebration of Women History Month continues, here’s an infographic I created using Piktochart that celebrates Women Aviators.

 


Musings of a Blerd Black History Month Infographic: Black Star Wars Characters & Actors

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Previously posted on my personal blog

If you weren’t aware, February is Black History Month. In honor of that, I wanted to mix my love of Star Wars with my love of blackness. So here’s an infographic that I created using Piktochart that lists the black characters in the Star Wars universe. Granted this might not be a complete list but I did scour high and low to find as many black characters as I could. In addition there’s a bonus section listing black actors who appeared via their voice acting, motion capture, or as a member of the many alien races in the Star Wars universe.  Enjoy:

 


Musings of a Blerd: Art From Computer Graphics’ Star Wars Reimagined Contest

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Forgive me my fellow nerds and geeks, it’s been two weeks since my last posting. But I’m here today with a new post, it’s Star Wars related but something a little different. Let’s begin shall we?

Whether it’s a book, movie, video, etc. one of the ways creators flesh out their ideas through concept art. Concept art can be really amazing and at times, we lament about the pieces that aren’t used in a project. Well the folks over at Computer Graphics hosted a contest titled Star Wars Reimagined.  The premise of the contest was basically for those who entered to reimagine their favorite character, creature or vehicle from the Star Wars universe and to be as creative about it as they could.

And the results have been freaking awesome! Behold some of the entrees:

 

 

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By Stepan Alekseev

 

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By Nicolas Gekko

 

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By Jeronimo Gomez

 

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By Marcelo Laborda

 

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By Andrei Pervukhin

 

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By Gregory Vlasenko

 

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By Riyahd Cassiem 

Check out the 3D model over at Kotaku.com

 

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By Pirkka Harvala

 

(Via Kotaku.com)


Musings of a Blerd: Awesome Star Wars Books: The Perfect Weapon

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And welcome back to my column! With Star Wars fever at an all time high, I’m starting the new year off by taking a look at some awesome Star Wars books. These books are either from the official cannon, the expanded universe, and beyond. Today’s book is an short story ebook titled Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon.

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Written by  Delilah S. Dawson, the 52 page story focuses on a character featured in the Force Awakens, Bazine Netal, who viewers briefly saw in Maz Kanata’s castle. 

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The short story gives readers backstory on what Bazine was up to before the events in the Force Awakens. Bazine is a mercenary, highly skilled at being a  master of disguise, and armed with a blade, a blaster, or her bare hands. The story is well paced and goes deeper into who Bazine is and what her motivations are.

The Perfect Weapon is easy to read, consists of 11 chapters, and can be read in one sitting. It’s only available in ebook ($1.99) and audiobook ($2.99) formats.  I highly recommend it.


Musings of a Blerd: Awesome Star Wars Books-Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections

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Happy New Year!

It’s been a long while since I’ve written (life got in the way) but this black nerd lady has returned with her musings. I’m going to try and attempt to post here on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is part of my writing new years resolution so bare with me as I try to do my best to not break it. No let’s get on with it shall we?

In nerd/geekdom, 2015 ended with the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and there’s been many articles, gifs, fan art, etc. to celebrate and discuss the film. I’ve only seen the film once so far (I know what’s wrong with me?) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. To celebrate, I would like to feature Star Wars books that I find intriguing-I mean just plain awesome. These books come from the now official cannon, the expanded universe, and beyond.

The first book I’m featuring is titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections Written by Jason Fy, the book was released on the day that the film arrived in theaters. Inside readers will discover the juicy details of the vehicles and spaceships featured in the film. The book contains a total of 12 profiles each explaining the backstory of its subject.

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Here are few pictures of what you’ll find in the book:

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Pretty awesome right? The price is also awesome as the book costs $12.58 on Amazon.  I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely purchasing a copy. Well that’s it for now, I’ll catch ya’ll on the flip side!

 

 

 


Musings of a Blerd: Thorsday # 6 The Lovers of Thor

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Happy Thorsday people of Midgard! Tis been a few weeks and the break was long needed. But rejoice! I Lady Adina hast returned with a new entry! Today I speak of the lovers of Thor. Yes our thunderer has had several romances but these five mighty women have been his main interests for many a time. And here they are:

 

Lady Sif:

Journey_into_Mystery_Vol_1_650_Acuna_Variant_TextlessNo lover has been more significant to Thor than our Lady Sif. This warrior is Thor’s principal love interest but Midgard and other women have gotten in the way of their love. In spite of these things, their love much like life has manages to find a way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Foster:

250px-Jane_Foster_(Earth-616)This lady had many adventures with the thunderer. A nurse by trade, she was involved in love triangle with Thor and Dr. Donald Blake, unaware that they were one and the same.  One day Thor takes Jane to Asgard where she was granted immortality and goddess status. Unfortunately the All-Father disapproved of the union and Jane was stripped of her powers and promptly returned to Midgard without memories of the realm eternal.  But fret not my dear readers, for love truly dost conquer all and soon she was reunited with her former lover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Enchantress:

Amora_(Earth-616)_Mighty_Thor_Vol_1_14One of the Mighty Thor’s most notable enemies and lovers. She has tried over and over again to seduce Thor while eliminating her competitors with her magic, but she has always failed. Once Thor willingly had a romance with her!  It was during a time when Odin abandoned Thor on Earth without his godly powers.  Eventually Thor and the Enchantress were married when he reclaimed the throne of Asgard. In a dark future that Amora helped her husband create, they ruled both Asgard and Midgard with an iron fist and even had a child named Magni. But all of this became undone when Thor visited the past in order to prevent this future. Talk about heartbreak!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorelei:

Lorelei_(Asgardian)_(Earth-616)_008Just like her sister the Enchantress, Lorelei has also used magic to gain the affections of Thor. With Loki’s help, she gave Thor an elixir that would cause him to fall for her. However this did not work as her sibling’s jealousy caused Lorelei to fall in love with Loki instead and Heimdall exposed the plot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brunnhilde:

Brunnhilde_(Earth-616)_from_Avengers_World_Vol_1_15_0001Against the wishes of the All-Father, this valkyrie attempted to save Thor’s life when he was incarnated as Sigmund. She failed but was able to save Sigmund’s pregnant wife Sieglinde.  As a result Odin punished Brunnhilde by taking her powers and casting her into a deep sleep. Eventually, Thor wakes her as the reincarnated Siegfried the son of Sigmund and Sieglinde. The two become lovers but under the influence of magic, Siegfried betrays Brunnhilde. Despite this betrayal, Brunnhilde still loves him and jumps into his blazing funeral pyre after he is killed.

Moved by this selfless act, Odin fully restores Brunnhilde and Thor but wipes their memories, because he’s the All-Father and does whatever he wants.


Musings of a Blerd Presents: Top 5: My Favorite YouTube Channels

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Happy New Year! After a long hiatus, I have emerged from my cocoon with new Inhuman powers and I bring you a new entry titled Top 5. Today I list my favorite YouTube channels so let’s count them down shall we?

5. CinemaSins and Screen Junkies

I love both of these channels so much that they have tied for fifth place on my countdown. Both of these channels have one thing in common, movies. CinemaSins counts all of the sins in a film with a humor and snark. There’s also their “How to make a ______ movie” series which is also great.  Screen Junkies has lots of funny stuff on their channel but my favorite is their Honest Trailers. Each trailer states what we all have been thinking and will make you laugh and love or hate each film even more.

4. Swoozie

This handsome fella is from the area that I call home O-Town (Orlando) and he tells stories in such a way that not only are you entertained, you also learn something.  This channel will definitely cheer you up when you’re having a bad day.

 

3. Black Nerd Comedy

Whether it’s his rants, interviews, or his awkward talks with girls, Andre is just an entertaining fella. If you love reminiscing about nostalgic topics such as 90’s films, the Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,  or just want to talk about video games, this channel is definitely for you.

 

2. The Rad Brad

Speaking of video games, meet the King of the YouTube walkthroughs. I’ve been a subscriber since TellTale’s The Walking Dead Season One and have enjoyed every minute of it. Brad’s a funny guy and you’ll laugh anytime he says “Jesus!” or whenever he checks up on his adorable dog Chubs. He doesn’t talk when the characters are talking and he always tries to show different aspects of the game-the main story, side missions, and just other things you can do.

 

1. Aggressive Comix

Finally my favorite channel Aggressive Comix. I’ve been a fan of this channel since it debuted with Geekgasm which is hosted by Jenny Lorenzo. The channel also features Secrets of the Booze which shows you how to make a geeky cocktail or drink, in addition to convention vids that feature cosplayers and other funny videos.


Musings of a Blerd: The Re-Up

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Greetings my fellow nerds and geeks. After some thinking, I decided to revise what I’ll post on this new column. A lot of the things I wanted to do were brought over from my previous columns and though they were fun to write, I think they should remain where they were. So I’ve reshuffled and here’s what you’ll be reading about in the days to come:

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Mondays(Starting July 7th)

Sailor Moon Crystal Recap

-Beginning in July 7th, I’ll recap each episode of the new series.

 

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Tuesdays:

Sailor Moon Revisited:

-The original series is being aired on Hulu with the site posting 2 episodes every Monday. Each week I’ll recap them starting with the first two.

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Wednesdays (Twice a month)

I’ll post one of the following:

Indie Artist Spotlight:

-I’ll spotlight an indie artist

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Classic Comic Review:

-We’ll go back in time and reminisce about a certain comic book from back in the day.

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Opinion piece:

-Speak my mind on a geek related topic of my choosing.

 

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Thursdays:

Thorsday:

-On this blessed day we shall give thanks for the Asgardian gods and I’ll make haste and post something Thor related for his fans to enjoy. Such as a comic strip, artwork, cosplay, comic book cover, etc.
Alright so that’s what you have to look forward to. I’m excited and I hope that you’ll enjoy my column. Later space geeks!


Musings of a Blerd: Welcome to my column!

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Hello folks out there in geekspace! Welcome to a new column on Gonna Geek written by yours truly.  I had a few ideas that I thought would make a cool column that I wanted to share with you my fellow nerds and geeks. So here’s what you’ll be reading on this new column.

Comicmaniacs: 

Previously featured on Fanboy Buzz, Comicmaniacs is where I do two things: I’ll go back in time and reminisce with the Classic Comic Review and I’ll also feature the Comicmaniac Spotlight which will showcase a person or persons who are in the comic book industry or who are just awesome geeks doing their thing in the geek universe.

Journey Into Manga and Anime:

Previously featured on Comics Crux, this weekly column is for those who are newbies to manga and anime as well as those such as myself who’ve been out of the manga and anime scene for a while and want to get back in it but don’t know where to start. There are four parts to this column and every Monday, they’ll be posted (hopefully).

Set to be featured each week on Monday are the following:

1. Mite Kudasai! (Watch!) Yonde Kudasai! (Read!)
I pick one-three anime series or films for fans to watch and I give my reasons why. One pick will be a classic anime while the other two  will be a series that’s current/popular. I also pick one-two manga series that fans should read and my reasons why.

2. Tali’s Top ?

Once a month I’ll give mine own Top ? list which will be anime/manga/Japan related.

3. JIMAA Journal Entry

These journal entries feature different topics that I think otaku fans ought to know. Topics such as the following have been discussed:

-What is manga? What is anime? A brief history

-The genres of manga/anime

-important info/terms that fans should know.

4. Tali’s Manga & Anime Showcase

Once a month I’ll feature my favorite art, cosplay and AMV (anime music video) from around the web each week.

Finally, I have a few new ideas that I wanted to bring to this column and they are:

Opinion/Misc. Pieces:

I’ll write my opinion or a misc. piece about a geek related topic.

Indie Artist Spotlight:

I’ll spotlight an indie artist.

 Thorsday:

On this blessed day we shall give thanks for the Asgardian gods and I’ll make haste and post something Thor related for his fans to enjoy.

And there you have it! I hope that you’ll enjoy this column.

-Tali