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Friday 5: Nerd Culture Highlights of the Week

Friday 5 collects links and videos spanning all of nerd culture – collating bits of news, fun, and other noteworthy offerings that you might have missed in the hustle and bustle of the week.

Nerd Culture Highlights for the Week of August 14, 2016

1. Serious DnD Player Chugs Wine Underwater To Settle Rules Dispute

This article is me as a PC, 100%.  There are times when I feel like DMs attempt to stick to the rules so much that they don’t allow for what is possible in reality to also be possible in fantasy.  If a DM had told me I couldn’t chug a potion underwater, I’d have gone all Barney Stinson on him in a heartbeat:  “Challenge accepted.”



2.  Hulu Has Ordered Marvel’s Runaways!marvel runaways

We are psyched about the potential Runaways series here at Nerds on Earth.  We love ’em.  Elevator pitch:  Sons and daughters of the west coast villain league rebel and become heroes and runaways.

Jason fills you in on the basics of the comic series here, so be sure to at least read his primer before the shows launches!



3.  If You Loved Stranger Things, Try These Comics Next

This is a genius idea of a post.  So much so that as soon as I read the title I was all, “Why didn’t we think of this?!”  There are some great recommendations in here that carry a similar vibe to Netflix’s breakout series.

Confession:  I did a quick search for any Locke and Key material we have written to seed a link here, and to my great surprise and shame…there is none!  Its a fantastic comic and now that I realize its missing from our own backlogs, you can be sure we’ll address it soon!



4.  Robert Kirkman Announces An End To Invincibleinvincible cover

Rarely has a creator owned superhero character that has gone on for years and years; even rarer is the same creative team having been steering that character. And so while Robert Kirkman is known most for The Walking Dead, his story of Mark, a teenage superhero with powers from his alien dad, may be even more remarkable, potentially being the longest running superhero comic not tied to Marvel or DC. So with the announcement that it will end after 144 issues, it is quite a shock and worthy of a “well done”.



5.  Joss Whedon Is Rumored To Direct A Supergirl/Flash Crossover Musical

I’ve got to confess a bit of hypocrisy when it comes to musicals; particularly musical episodes of shows flash supergirl crossoverthat are otherwise not musicals.  I pretty much universally hate them both…unless Joss Whedos is behind them.

“Once More, With Feeling” is a fantastically fun Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is favorite.  I’ve even been known to sit in on and participate loudly in Dragon*Con’s annual viewing and sing-along.  Me singing is nearly unheard of.

Plus, Whedon has proven great with superheroes.

If these rumors prove true, I’ll definitely give it a watch!


Those are our 5 geek culture links for this week. Join us next Friday for another Friday 5. Until then, join us on Facebook or in the comments, sharing something interesting from nerd culture we may have missed.

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