All posts by Nick Izumi

Nick Izumi is, for all intents and purposes, a human being. We’ve checked repeatedly, and he continues to assure us this is true. Nick is the cofounder of the Wisconsin Anime Convention “Daisho Con,” and occasionally smells like flour and memories of your forgotten youth. He also created and stars in a series of reviews on youtube called "The Nick Izumi Show." You should watch it. Nick also used to be the co-host on Pher Sturz’s Otaku Tonight prior to its disbanding in Fall of 2016.

Trek Off: Comparing ‘The Orville’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

It was 2005 the last time a new episode of Star Trek aired on TV. Let that sink in.

The franchise has been off the air for more than a decade, and after not only all this time, but also a lackluster 50th Anniversary celebration, fans have been desperate for any new Star Trek. These last couple of weeks would see Trekker’s wishes granted though, not only by the debut of Star Trek: Discovery, but also by The Orville, an obviously Trek-inspired spoof produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane.

Over the last few months, as rumors of issues behind the scenes plagued Discovery‘s PR, some fans joked that with The Orville we would be able to get at least one good Star Trek show. Now that both are out, I think its time to put that theory to the test. We’re going to compare the debut episodes of these two shows to see which one is the better Trek. Continue reading Trek Off: Comparing ‘The Orville’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

The Top 5 Transformers Things You Should be Checking Out! (Instead of The Last Knight)

To say I’m not a fan of what Michael Bay has done with the Transformers is… honestly the biggest understatement of the month. None of us at Nerd & Tie are really fans anyway, so here’s what I would recommend looking at instead!

And yeah, I know I didn’t mention anything Beast Wars/Machines. That’s for another video, I promise.

Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88

The Hollywood reporter has confirmed that Adam West, star of the all time funniest version of the Dark Knight, passed away last night after a short battle with leukemia.

West was not the first actor to play Batman in live action, but he was easily the most memorable. The 1966 Batman show was one of the funniest TV shows of the era, thanks in no small part to West’s deadpan delivery in the face of the cartoon world he existed in. Its hard to understate his importance to making the Caped Crusader a household name.

Adam West, of course, did plenty of voice work in his later years, making quite the comedic comeback after decades of not being able to find work after Batman was canceled.

Adam West will continue to be loved by Bat-fans of all ages, and it is with great sincerity that we send our condolences to his family and friends.

Rest in Peace Batman

Justice League Loses Snyder and Subs in Whedon

The “sadness” in the  DC Carnival of Sadness is normally the kind of sadness that brings about “Nerd Rage.” It’s the kind of thing that makes us disappointed in how iconic characters and fans of those characters are treated.

This is not one of those entries. Director Zack Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, are stepping away from the Justice League film following the suicide of their daughter Autmn back in March. The Snyders tried their best to not make this public and had hoped to return to the film after some time to grieve. Understandably their whole family is still coping though, so (with Warner Brothers’ blessing) they are stepping away and leaving the film in the hands of Joss Whedon.

This story is overwhelming honestly. Firstly, I’ve probably been one of the harshest critics of Zack Snyder in more outlets than I care to list right now, but I would never wish this heartache upon him, or any parent. My heart goes out to both Zack and Deborah Snyder right now.

The news of Joss Whedon seems very strange to me. Keep in mind, the movie is in post-production. At this point, while there’s still room to maybe add a scene or do some re-shoots, the tone, story and characters are all pretty much set in stone. It seems like such an odd move to bring in such a big name to direct what is essentially a wrap-up job. Especially to choose a director with a distinct style that doesn’t exactly match the one Snyder is known for.  This is just really weird news — weird and very sad news.

Justice League is still set to open in November, so right now all we can do is wait.

Our First Look at Pacific Rim Uprising’s Jaegers

We’re not ones to hide how much we love Pacific Rim at Nerd and Tie, so you can bet we were very excited to see what License Magazine and Twitter user Immortan Matt had to share!

Still recognizable, especially the Gipsy Danger-esque blue robot in the middle. I’ll be curious to see how they look when they’re actually moving though.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to hit land in February of 2018.

Evercon Has Now Filed For a Restraining Order Against Scott Windorski (Updated)

Earlier this month, we talked about how Evercon quickly and professionally handled harassment by artist Scott Windorski. Windorski, after extended Twitter exchanges with other vendors and our own Trae Dorn, had mostly gone silent on social media about his expulsion. And, as we had previously assumed, he has not filed any lawsuit against Evercon.

Evercon, on the other hand, is more than willing to take the bull by the horns and has filed a Restraining Order against Windorski.

Since one of Evercon’s staff had told us that he was consulting his lawyers when we interviewed him for our previous story, this is only to be expected. Especially after Windorski’s social media meltdown and bizarre Craig’s List accusations (featuring a picture of man who is not an Evercon staff member)  which are both still online.

We’ll wait for Feb. 3, when a Marathon County Judge will make a ruling on the matter.

Update (2/3): At a hearing earlier today, a harassment injunction lasting four years was issued against Windorski. Windorski is not allowed near any event run by Evercon or the residences of its management. He is also restricted from making any harassing remarks about Evercon or its management, and this includes on social media.

Windorski chose not to appear at the hearing.