Nerd Notes 1-4-24

Three very cool streaming stuff and movie trailer for one of my favorite graphic novels.

Stop motion, real celeb interviews, it’s Space Ghost CtoC almost but with the minds of Mike Judge, Zach Woods and Brandon Gardner behind the writing (and voice acting) and Shadowmachine on animation.
Weapons, Guirars, Bikes and more. Let’s see your world Jason!
This already aired on BBCOne but looks fascination in horror thriller.
Sara Varon’s graphic novel Robot Dreams was amazing, seeing it “brought to life” rules.
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In Memoriam 2023: Professional Wrestling

Absolute legends, future legends, people who really made their mark and then those who truly still were making that mark. The losses of Mark Briscoe, Windham Rotunda and days before 2023 ended Mad Kurtis Chapman are losses I feel that will reverberate for a long long time to come still and I know I myself am still truly reeling having had the pleasure of Mark beating up people less 10 inches from me and having gotten to know the man behind the gimmick in Kurtis through mutual friends who I had met outside of wrestling.

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A Long Final Nerd Notes for 2023

Life has been topsy and turvy as the year ends. Figuring out 2024 and what it shall be. While not posting to the website I’ve been busy on social media at Instagram and XTAFKTwitter with cat photos, some art and just loving on shows like Monarch, while enjoying wrestling, focusing SAG-AFTRA strike ending, film season and more. Here is a LONG long drop of music videos, game trailers, TV trailers, movie trailers and more I’ve truly enjoyed over the last three weeks.

I have since seen this documentary and consider it must watch viewing. Soul shattering and soul awakening at the same time.
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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet:The Official Restored Complete Series

The Full 50 Disc DVD Set Available On December 19th

For a record-breaking fourteen seasons and 435 episodes, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet™ aired on ABC-TV from 1952 through 1966, becoming one of the most cherished cultural touchstones of the twentieth century. The gentle humor of the prolific and popular sitcom was brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons David and Rick, all portraying themselves in a trend-setting blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy decades before Seinfeld and other semi-reality based shows.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet™ comedically chronicled the daily lives of the Nelson family as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers. For the very first time, in association with the Nelson family, the entire series has been digitally restored from the original film negatives for superior picture quality.

Joining the Nelsons are Lyle Talbot and Mary Jane Croft as Ozzie and Harriet’s best friends Joe and Clara Randolph along with classic television and film guest stars such as Frank Cady, Linda Evans, Billy Mumy, Kent McCord, Tuesday Weld, StanleyLivingston, Barry Livingston, Mamie Van Doren, Wally Cox, The Four Preps and others.

The Official Restored Complete Series presents all 435 episodes on 50 discs —including the rare final season in color—plus hours of bonuses including new featurettes with family and cast members, promotional spots, cast commercials, home movies and more.

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Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson Finish the DUNE Prequel Trilogy with DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO from BOOM! Studios

Just ahead of Dune Part II’s release, the final prequel in the House Trilogy arrives in comic shops!

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 13, 2023) – BOOM! Studios today proudly announced DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO, a brand new 33-page, oversized, eight-issue, comic book series expanding the rich mythology of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The third and final official prequel to Dune is adapted for the first time by award-winning novelists Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and artist Simone Ragazzoni (Power Rangers Universe), colorist Dan Jackson (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys), and letterer Ed Dukeshire (The Woods), unveiling a closer look at the rising conflict between beloved characters and bitter villains and available in stores March 2024.

House Corrino, once the deadliest House in the known universe as the Imperial family, set up the final pieces leading into the events of Dune and the fall of House Atreides.

While conflicts escalate between the Fremen and House Harkonnen on Arrakis, the Bene Gesserit keep a close eye on Jessica’s pregnancy, and House Atreides takes part in the plan to seal Ix’s fate…

“It’s always great to reach the grand finale. We’ve spent the last couple of years with BOOM! and our artists to develop the visual interpretation of our Prelude to Dune trilogy–ground-breaking novels that we wrote more than 20 years ago–and now that we reach the adaptation of the final volume in comic book form, we have the characters and worlds already designed and established. Now in House Corrino it’s time for everything to come together.” said Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

“I’m so excited to be part of a story written by legends like Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. I’ve been a fan of the Dune franchise ever since I was a kid when I stayed up at night to watch the David Lynch movie on TV. Having the chance to be a part of this project is still surreal to me! Brace yourselves and get ready to step into the world of Dune!” said artist Simone Ragazzoni.

“With the final story in our prequel trilogy adaptation, Brian and Kevin explore the mechanizations of the Imperial family,” said Shantel LaRocque, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “In a very real sense, these are the final days leading up to the tragic events of Dune. The final dominoes are being set up.”

DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO #1 features main cover art by highly acclaimed artist Raymond Swanland (Magic: The Gathering) and variant covers by artists Veronica Fish (Blackwood), and Rebeca Puebla (Dejah Thoris).

Created by visionary writer Frank Herbert, Dune debuted in 1965, has sold millions of copies and is arguably the most admired science fiction novel of all time. After winning the Hugo Award and inaugural Nebula Award, Dune inspired a best-selling novel series and led to multiple live-action adaptations, including the upcoming feature film from Legendary Pictures. The influence of Dune extends well beyond the world of entertainment, with an incalculable influence on modern scientific thinking about politics, religion, outer space, environmentalism, and more.

About Brian Herbert:

Brian Herbert is the son of legendary science fiction author Frank Herbert and has written the definitive biography of him, Dreamer of Dune, a finalist for the Hugo Award. Brian has also written many highly imaginative novels, including the Timeweb trilogy, the ecological fantasy Ocean (with his wife, Jan), The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, The Unborn, and The Assassination of Billy Jeeling. His earlier acclaimed novels include The Stolen Gospels, Sudanna Sudanna, and Sidney’s Comet, as well as Man of Two Worlds (written with his father). Brian has collaborated on many novels in the Dune series with Kevin J. Anderson, all of which became international bestsellers, and they also wrote the Hellhole trilogy together. They recently completed the novel Dune: The Heir of Caladan for Tor, and are also collaborating on the definitive graphic novel adaption of the novel Dune, as well the 2022 Dragon Award-winning adaptation of their collaborative novel, Dune: House Atreides, for BOOM! Studios. Brian also co-manages the legacy of Frank Herbert (with Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert) and is an executive producer of the new motion picture “Dune” and the forthcoming TV series “Dune: The Sisterhood.” He and his wife live in Seattle, Washington.

About Kevin J. Anderson:

Kevin J. Anderson has published more than 175 books, 58 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy trilogy beginning with Clockwork Angels, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Wake the Dragon and Terra Incognita fantasy trilogies, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. He has edited  numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson is the director of the graduate program in Publishing at Western Colorado University. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press. His most recent novels are Clockwork Destiny, Gods and Dragons, Dune: The Heir of Caladan (with Brian Herbert), and Slushpile Memories: How NOT to Get Rejected.

About Simone Ragazzoni:

Simone Ragazzoni is an Italian comic book artist, based in Milan. After graduating from Milan Comics School, he started working as a freelance artist for Sergio Bonelli Editore, on the sci-fi monthly series Odessa. After this, he worked on BOOM! Studios’ Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn, Power Rangers Unlimited and Power Rangers Universe. He has since worked on Supermassive and Rogue Sun, for Image Comics, and Robotech: Rick Hunter by Titan Comics. You can find Simone on Instagram at @simoneragazzoni.

DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; Know Your Station by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; The Neighbors by Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici; Ghostlore by Cullen Bunn and Leomacs; Sirens of the City by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph; Coda by Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara; Rare Flavours by Ram V and Filipe Andrade, and the upcoming Underheist by David and Maria Lapham. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle and Rubine.

Print copies of DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO #1 will be available in March 2024 at your local comic book shop, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

For continuing news on the DUNE comic books from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (December 13, 2023) – Pop culture icons collide in GODZILLA VS MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS II from IDW Publishing in partnership with Toho International, Inc and BOOM! Studios.

The evil Rita Repulsa joins forces with mysterious new allies Astronema and the Alliance of Evil to cause a whole new level of chaos. This action-packed cosmic crossover will also feature familiar foes like SpaceGodzilla, Clawhammer, Tentacreep, and more.

Eisner-nominated writer Cullen Bunn returns for round two of the fan-favorite crossover, and this time the author is joined by awesome artist Baldemar Rivas. Bunn promises this is a crossover that fans of both franchises cannot miss because it will not only deliver fan service, but also some kaiju-sized surprises as well. “If I was going to pit Godzilla against the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers again, I knew I needed to do something huge,” stated Bunn. “Mayhem alone was not enough! And, believe me, what we’re doing in this new series is something wild and unexpected and game-changing! If you’re a Rangers fan… if you’re a Godzilla fan… if you’re a fan of bonkers fun… buckle up! This series is going to knock you off your feet!”

Rivas said Bunn’s ideas for this sequel immediately sold him on bringing the script to life with his art. “Once Cullen told me what he was thinking about doing for Godzilla vs Power Rangers, I knew I had to do it.”

The fast-paced and fun pages of GODZILLA VS MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS II will have colors by Andrew Dalhouse and letters by Johanna Guzman. The debut issue will feature a Cover A by Freddie Williams and Dalhouse, Cover B by Alex Sanchez and Matt Herms, and a RI cover by Hendry Prasetya and Dalhouse.

GODZILLA VS MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS II #1 goes on sale April 3, 2024. Contact a comic shop to learn more about preordering.


A Highland Song (review)

Running away from home can present many challenges, but when you’re a teenage girl in the Irish isles it has even more challenges. If it’s anything like my experience in the game A Highland Song it may be beautiful, enticing, remarkable and amazing but also terrifying, distressing, confusing, and difficult.

I had two playthroughs, one in which I’m fairly sure I died twice but through an unexplained story element did not. I was three days behind on arriving at my destination but felt so close, but then suddenly I couldn’t move forward or backward. I tried but mechanics or a bug or I don’t know blocked mu continuance. This was fine as the game has so many paths and is designed for at least two playthroughs if not more.

My second playthrough is happening but I think I’m lost. I tried an entirely different path but got turned around and now I’m back at the start of it. I don’t know which way to go. I’ll never make it to my uncle’s. I’m going to die out here. Except… I can’t die? I can just learn more and more and keep going and going, which way? What do I know? What have I forgotten? What will I discover? What did I make up? This all sounds like a song… not just cause when I run fast I hear melodies and jump to the beat as best as I can, but because it’s lyrical and nonsense but lovely and mesmerizing.

I don’t know the feelings I’ve described is what A HIGHLAND SONG meant to do, but there they are and I’m glad I have them.

A Highland Song was developed by inlke studios and is available for PC on Steam and also on Nintendo Switch now!

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Nerd Notes (VGA/Day of the Devs 2023 Edition)

There were many many game trailers during the week of 12/4/23-12/8/23, these are the ones PC-S personally got excited by and mentally want to play one day.

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Nerd Notes 12/9/2023

This “ad” for The Killers new greatest hits is rocking.
This hit Prime with little promotion but looks great.
In case you didn’t know, Adam C. Hall has a band.
Sebastian Back released new music 12/8/23
Guns N Roses also released new music 12/8/23
Based on Harlan Coben’s novel. Looks excellent.
I’m sure Sabrina could kiss me better than Santa… but who knows.
1 hour, 9 minutes of “Mr. Show” improv… it’s ridiculous.
I like that despite being supposdley a remake this has NOTHING to do with the movie other than the title.
In this trailer it feels so much more like KONG vs The New Empire (co starring Godzilla) but hopefully this is just a Kong tease.
I really am hping this movie goes really dark since it is A24. We’ll see.
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New (old) Maurice Sendak!

Scheduled to be released 2024! This is the first time this 1970 simple counting book from the remarkable Maurice Sendak will be available to everyone. Here’s an excellent Publisher’s Weekly article explaining more.
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