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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 Delayed Until Tuesday

Just a note – this week’s Nerd & Tie podcast is being delayed until Tuesday, as I (Trae) just got back from driving 500 miles, Pher has a conflict, and Nick doesn’t feel like recording the show alone.

In a cupboard.

Where he lives.

Nick’s life is tragedy.

Anyway, we’ll still be recording a show this week – again, just on Tuesday night. If you need anything else, just enjoy this photo of myself and my wife Crysta with the Rhinelander Hodag I took yesterday:


You may now return to your regularly scheduled lives.

More details about Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD Season 2 emerge

Thanks to San Diego Comic Con, we’re now getting new reports about the Agent Carter TV show and Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD.

Agent Carter will actually begin just one year after the first Captain America film and prior to the one shot that inspired the series. One of the writers, Steve McFeely, told io9:

We like that richness of not being respected by everyone else and, by the end of the one-shot, she won. We’d like to live there a little longer. So the easy answer is, and we reserve the right to change this, this all happens before the one-shot.

Jarvis, Howard Stark’s butler (and one can assume Tony’s inspiration for his AI), will act as a Q-like figure, bringing various gadgets to Agent Carter throughout the series.

As for Howard Stark himself or any of the Howling Commandos? No one is sure. It’ll come down to actor availability.

The Russo Brothers (who directed The Winter Soldier) will also direct episodes 2 and 3 of the series.

As for Agents of SHEILD, we now know that the character Lucy Lawless is playing will be SHIELD agent Isabelle Hardley. Other characters who will appear include Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Reed Diamond as this season’s major antagonist Daniel Whitehall.

All in all, fairly exciting.

Via io9, io9

First Community Season 6 details emerge from San Diego Comic Con

So San Diego Comic Con is currently in full force, and thanks to the eleventh hour save by Yahoo Screen, Community is there.

The rest of us are kind of amazed too.

Anyway, we’re now just getting early details about this upcoming sixth season, which begins filming later this summer. Screenrant reports that while the principle cast from the end of season 5 will be returning, Donald Glover’s Troy likely won’t (although creator Dan Harmon hinted that rescuing an endangered Troy would make a great movie). John Oliver does remain a possibility, but it depends in part on whether or not he’d be available.

It also looks like the show won’t be stretching the limits of “standards” now that it’s online, as Harmon is fully aware that the fans of Community like the show the way it is, and including anything particularly obscene would likely make the show not feel like itself.

Personally, I’m excited.

Via Screenrant

Nickelodeon yanks Legend of Korra from schedule, show is going online only

Most likely due to lower than expected ratings, Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff Legend of Korra has been yanked from the Nickelodeon schedules.

The remaining five episodes that won’t be aired will be available to view online though, and the show appears to be moving to a digital distribution model.

Is the show cancelled? When something gets yanked from the air and has the rest of the season put online, that’s usually what’s happening. But Nickelodeon has already renewed Korra for a fourth season… so lord knows what the heck is going on with this one.


First Look at Roy Harper’s Arsenal Costume for ‘Arrow’

So Entertainment Weekly has posted the first official image of actor Colton Haynes dressed in Roy Harper’s full Arsenal costume in the upcoming season 3 of the CW’s Arrow. Click the image to see the full size version:


Honestly, I think it looks pretty cool. Frankly, it looks a heck of a lot better than what Roy Harper is wearing in the current DC Comics.

Via EW

Sinister Six and Amazing Spider-Man 3 Get Release Dates

Sony has annouced release dates for both the upcoming Sinister Six and Amazing Spider-Man 3 in their Spider-Man film franchise.

Sinister Six will hit theaters November 11th, 2016 and Amazing Spider-Man 3 will follow in May of 2018.

I’ve seen blog entries surprised by Sinister Six happening prior to ASM3, but based on everything Sony has said about the Sinister Six film I’m not. There have been rumors about troubles in the Spider-Man film franchise, with formerly key people like Robert Orci seemingly out of the loop, but from what I’ve been able to find, most seem fairly unfounded.

The real question is, will Spider-Man appear in Sinister Six? Andrew Garfield is only contracted for three films, and one would assume that the third film is ASM3. If Spider-Man doesn’t appear, one questions the structure of a villain centric film with no clear hero.

I guess we’ll find out in 2016.

Via Screenrant

Anthony Hopkins joins cast of HBO’s “Westworld” Pilot

Falling under the category of “remakes that don’t bother Trae,” some of you may know that there is a pilot in production for HBO based off the 1973 film “Westworld.”

Well, TVLine reports that the latest addition to the Westworld pilot’s cast is none other than Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins.

Hopkins will reportedly play the owner of the robot themed amusement park (where robots end up turning on guests and killing them) that is Westworld’s setting. Hopkins is an amazing actor who hasn’t been afraid to work in genre productions, so this in my mind bodes well for the remake’s production.

Via TVLine

“Manimal” Getting Remade Because We Really Needed Another 80s Property Remade as a Comedy

So I know you were saying to yourself “We definitely haven’t remade enough things from the eighties as dumb action comedies.” Or maybe you have good taste and weren’t.

Either way, that’s what you’re getting!

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are remaking Manimal. Now, some of you may not know what Manimal even is, but apparently you can remake stuff these days that only had the cultural significance of a mayfly. Manimal, at its most basic, was a short lived TV show about a guy who had the power to turn into Animals and fought crime. Only eight episodes aired ever, and it faded into the past.

Where it belonged.

But as Starsky and Hutch and 21 Jump Street proved, making dumb jokes about our dated past sells tickets. And as apparently every good property had been torn apart, the ones no one liked in the first place are fair game.

What’s next, the inevitable “Super Train” remake?


“The Spirit” moves from DC to Dynamite

In a move that surprised at least me, Dynamite Entertainment announced that they’re acquiring the rights to Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.”

Comics Alliance wrote:

Dynamite plans to publish new stories starring the character, but has not yet announced creative teams or indicated when these comics might see print. Whether Dynamite has the rights to any archive material or plans to do anything with it remains to be seen. Dynamite Entertainment publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci called the acquisition, “a lifelong dream come true.”

The rights to The Spirit have had several homes over the years, most recently at DC Comics. Dynamite publishes quite a few different licensed works, so I look forward to following the character’s adventures at its new home.

Via Comics Alliance