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"Bunch of Nerds"

"Bunch of Nerds"

Bunch of Nerds

“They’ve got access to a Blue Yeti and they’re still just using an iPhone?” I said, incredulous.

Greg replied, “I can understand not having the software but they could have figured out a USB-mic.”

“No man, Ubuntu Studio. Open source. Nobody with access to a computer and a...”

This conversation had been going on just long enough to alienate everyone else in the room, at which point Mike decides to pull the lever on the emergency-topic-exit. “Neeeeeeeeeerds,” said the guy who had just spent the previous two hours giving painfully detailed ramblings about a comic book. Two hours that I then had to cut down into something coherent, despite having never read a comic book in my life.

  Image source . A rough foray...

Image source. A rough foray...

My version of geek culture was physics class and wiring. I always wondered who it was that read comic books because I hadn’t met any of them in my engineering lectures. I’d hung around with my fair share of Whedon worshipers, gotten sucked in by Runescape for months at a time, and watched the entire Fullmetal Alchemist series, not to mention got much more into Naruto than I’m proud to admit, without much of a mention of comic books (yes, I know now those are based on manga, mea culpa). 

So when Greg sent me the files from the first recording session, I had no knowledge behind me. I found myself confused, with Saga Vol. One not exactly being the simplest starting point for the fledgling comic book enthusiast. Close to the deadline, I was googling for character images and snippets of the book to understand what could and could not be cut from the multi-hour raw recording. After a few more edits going equally poorly, I gave in and started reading the source material before editing. But of course, I was still doing it wrong. I would spend pages at at time forgetting to look at and analyze the artwork. Suddenly, the book would be over, and I’d missed half of the point.

Though I did have trouble putting Red Son down once I got started, I still don’t find myself itching to visit the local comic shop just yet. But I’m finding more to like with each release and starting to slow down and appreciate the comics we cover. Now I’m looking forward to recording sessions not just to be with friends for a few hours, but to hear what the actual “neeeeeeeeerds” at the other end of the mic-cable are going to say about comics.

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A Journey to Seattle

A Journey to Seattle

Variant Covers 2: Electric Boogaloo

Variant Covers 2: Electric Boogaloo