All posts by Trae Dorn

Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

Episode 116 – Split Down the Middle

On this (long delayed) episode of Nerd & Tie, we mourn the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin, ponder the bizarre internet campaign against Black Panther, contemplate American Gods getting a new showrunner, get mad at J.K. Rowling over her cowardice regarding Dumbledore’s sexuality, and get a kick over Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s alternate Chinese title.

We ended up recording this on a couple different nights due to technical difficulties, and there’s an important announcement about a change to the show’s format starting next episode.

What Exactly is Happening With Nerd & Tie

So, as some of you have likely noticed, the Nerd & Tie blog has been pretty sparse these last couple of months. Some of you may not have noticed, and that’s okay too.

We launched the blog section of the site back in 2014, and with the exception of recent events have updated almost every weekday since. These posts usually fall into two different categories: in depth pieces on convention news and pop-culture news. While we often were first movers on the former, the latter was mostly the same stuff you could find at twenty thousand other websites.

But, ironically, the latter took up way more of our time.

Recently we’ve been rethinking the priorities of this website, and it strikes us that our priorities really should be the content you can’t find elsewhere. Our convention news coverage and our podcast are unique to our site, and we want to double down on that. Posting every trailer that comes out though? You have other avenues for that.

So, with that in mind, we’re going to slow down this blog. You’ll see fewer posts here, but we’ll still be covering the important stuff you’ve relied on us for. I mean, seriously, very few of you read any of our non-convention articles to start with. We also will try to branch out to more areas — but posts to the blog will likely drop. You won’t be seeing 1-4 blog entries a day anymore.

We’re also considering bringing other voices to the blog besides myself, Nick, and Gen. That’s not for certain, but we want to branch out. And, of course, there is no interruption to the podcast (I mean, besides the technical ones Skype occasionally throws at us).

Nerd & Tie needs to evolve, and we think you’ll be happy with the direction it’s going. I mean, frankly, we’re just going to stick to the only stuff anyone paid attention to anyway.

On a final note, the lawsuit brought by Ryan Kopf against myself and former contributor Pher Sturz is still happening. As we move closer to a trial, our legal costs are about to skyrocket. If you can help us in any way, please consider donating to our GoFundMe. If you’d rather contribute directly, you can reach out via email at tips@nerdandtie.com and we can arrange something.

The ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Trailer Answers a Nagging Question

One of the big questions during Captain America: Civil War was “Where was The Wasp?” I mean, Ant-Man showed up, and we know she got her suit at the end of Ant-Man, yet she was nowhere to be found during the big rumble. The answer, of course, turns out to be simple.

Scott just didn’t ask her to come with.

It looks like Ant-Man and the Wasp will be dealing with the fallout from Scott’s decision to join Captain America in that whole thing, though who knows what effect the events of Infinity War will have on the plot in general. Also, it still bugs me how young Paul Rudd looks — like every single day. The guy is ten years older than me, but I look like I could play his dad. It’s so annoying.

Ant-Man and the Wasp comes out July 6th.

Acclaimed Author Ursula K. Le Guin Has Passed Away

It was reported yesterday that acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has passed away. The death was confirmed by her son Theo Downes-Le Guin, and while he stated she had been having health problems these last few months, he did not reveal the cause of death.

Le Guin was, of course, the author of many books, including the Earthsea series and The Left Hand of Darkness. Her influence on the literary world cannot really be understated. Reactions from other authors and creators have, of course, been heartfelt:


Le Guin was a brilliant writer, a pioneer, and master of her craft. It’s always sad to see the world lose another great, as things seem slightly less brighter.

Ursula K. Le Guin was 88 years old.

Via NYT

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Continues to Look Stunning in its New Trailer

Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle in Time is coming to theaters pretty soon, and the studio has released a UK trailer for the film. Honestly I’m not sure what to say about the film at this point beyond “It looks gorgeous…”

So, uh — it looks gorgeous.

This trailer has a little more emotional force behind it moreso than the wonder filled US trailer, but it’s still just a stunning thing to look at. I have pretty high hopes for this movie, so I’m crossing my fingers that Disney won’t let us down.

A Wrinkle in Time comes to theaters March 9, 2018.

Episode 115 – Screw the Small Guys?

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we tackle YouTube’s booting of smaller channels from their partner program (including ours), the potential of a Black Widow solo film, Bright getting a sequel (minus Max Landis), and Gillian Anderson leaving American Gods.

Also, we went to Evercon and had a ton of fun.

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The Flash Movie May Finally Have a Director (Again)

It’s been a rocky road for Ezra Miller’s The Flash to his own solo movie. The film has lost not one, but two directors since being announced — and that second one departed over a year ago. Well, the few of you actually excited for this movie (tentatively titled Flashpoint) may have a ray of hope now, as there may be finally someone in charge again.

It’s being reported that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are now in talks to take over directing the movie. The two are probably best known for writing the Marvel and Sony joint venture Spider-Man: Homecoming, and are arguably a pretty solid pair to take on the project should things not fall through.

I don’t know — I’ve been opposed to a standalone Flash movie from the beginning. I mean, there is a successful television series out there digging through stories, and while it takes place in an alternate timeline than the films I have a hard time seeing the film do anything other than retread ground the series has already covered. They literally did a Flashpoint set of episodes for pete’s sake. I like Ezra Miller as the Flash, but I think he’s best used as a character making appearances in other characters’ movies.

But, y’know, that’s what would make sense — and unless it involves Wonder Woman, Warner Bros rarely does things that make sense on the big screen.

Via THR

In the Trailer For ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Season 3, the Final Test Is Coming

Ash vs. Evil Dead has become over the last few years the pinnacle of the franchise it continues. I mean, it’s just so good at capturing the spirit of the second film, and the third season (premiering next month on STARZ) looks to be no different.

The new trailer for the upcoming season hits all the highlights — Ruby is evil again, Pablo’s powers are growing, Kelly gets possessed again… and oh yeah, Ash has a daughter. It has most of us pretty hyped, and if you’re a fan of the series you should be too.

Season 3 of Ash vs. Evil Dead premieres February 25th.

The New ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer Is Very Tomb-Raider-y

A new trailer has dropped for the Tomb Raider film reboot, and it’s looking very, very Tomb Raider-y. This time around it’s all about the relationship between Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft and her father.

The entire thing looks pretty neat, and gives hope that we may have finally uncovered the mythical “good video game adaptation film.” Of course, I know I’ve said that before and been wrong, so who knows anymore.

In any case, Tomb Raider comes to theaters March 16th.

The Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Brings Us a Man Out of His Time

So things are a bit of a mess here at Nerd & Tie right now, but while we’re getting the paper back in stacks, we’re trying to catch up on some of the news items we’ve missed. One of them is that Netflix has released a new trailer for their adaptation of Altered Carbon.

The show looks like it’s going to be pretty faithful to the book (albeit with a couple of notable changes), and is starting to look really, really good. Frankly it’ll be nice to have a decent cyberpunk series to sink my teeth into.

Altered Carbon hits Netflix on February 2nd.