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So here is Round 2 of “Your Questions!” I am still taking ideas on what I should call this. Anyway, next week the blog post will be the covers from the DC52 that have been released and some opinions. If you have any questions for “Your Questions!” please feel free to Tweet them at me at @1nerdycupcake or email me at onenerdycupcake@gmail.com.

You’ve talked about how awkward you are, what is your most awkward moment?- Aurora

Heh. I just am awkward. I don’t know if I have a most awkward moment…I’ve been embarrassed quite a bit just from being recognized, and that’s always awkward to me (that isn’t to discourage people from not coming up to me and saying Hi and talking to me by any means, I’m just not always sure if you’re nice and not going to stab me in the face or mean and going to stab me in the face. I’m not a fan of being stabbed in the face.) Just this morning I had the awkward fun time on the train of being in a car full of gay men and then 2 priests came on board. Then to make the moment more awkward I was standing in between them and the song “Three” by Britney Spears came on. For those of you unaware, that song is about Three-somes. Awkward.

How do you take your tea? A simple tea bag or an elaborate brew with complex flavor? And the follow up of what is the nerdiest tea you have ever seen, read about, or tried?- Chris

The tea I’m dying to try is the Rainbow Sherbet Black Tea from 52teas.com. I love love love Rainbow Sherbet.

As for how I take my tea it depends on the time of day. In the morning I get an iced tea from Argo Tea, usually something with Hibiscus or Pomegranate.  During the day I’ll drink green tea with honey, and before trying to make myself sleep at night I have “Sleepytime” tea with honey.

Nerdiest tea that you’ll catch me drinking I guess would be the Japanese Green Ginger from Argo. I’ll get random cravings for it. It’s got a little kick but its pretty airy…more complex than my usual stuff.

What made you realize you were a nerd? – Ahdji

I guess I’ve always known? I was obsessed as a kid with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then came The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I was made fun of a LOT for that too. Comic books came in around middle school, and in my family we all knew Star Wars from birth. I was just bred to be a nerd from the beginning. I think the most it came out is when the Lord of the Rings series came out and I geekgasmed.  I had (have?) Lord of the Rings evverrryythhiiinnnggg (disappointed that I haven’t been able to go to the screenings that have been going on recently too.)  Nerd is a pretty broad term…and it just fits me pretty well.

Is it weird to be a girl nerd?- Matt

No…should it be? There are plenty of us out there, and more are rising to fame. See: Felicia Day, Olivia Munn…

What is your strangest encounter at a convention?- Ryan

Probably at the first con I ever went to, when I was 16, I went to Anime Central (which is an obviously Anime convention in the Chicago area) (also in realizing this I can’t believe this was 10 years ago) I found out what “Glomp” means. Just as a beginning to this story, at 25 (almost 26) I’m still made fun of for just how awkward I am socially, so at 16 this is much MUCH worse. Plus, my amount of socializing was just screaming obscenities at video games, DDR competitions and being that quiet girl at rock concerts who strangely enough keeps going into mosh pits.

Long story short, apparently I was targeted to be a part of massive glomp by three big guys that I didn’t know. Let me tell you, when three big guys that you don’t know “glomp” you, and you don’t know what that is…that counts as a pretty surreal and strange experience.

Also if you don’t know someone don’t glomp them. Really, it’s terrifying.

Who is your favorite author? – Kongit

Chuck Palahniuk. He’s most famous for Fight Club but if you go into his other books they are really just incredible to me. One of my all time favorite books (that I can just keep reading again and again) is Invisible Monsters. I love crazy twisted stories. I recommend him to everybody.

Other than him the obvious answer to Tolkien.

Do you have an issue with webcomics? – A few different readers

No, not at all. In fact I support them, and I read a few daily and even more weekly. I think this question came about because of what I said with the DC52 and not liking how they are charging for their digital comics the same price as their print. Look, I understand charging like 99 cents or whatever with DC. Hell I think some of the webcomic artists can get away with that too. But to charge 2.99 per issue is crazy to me, especially since people will pay for both. Us poor people can’t do that.

How are you REALLY OKAY with the DC52?? – Brian

I like retelling of stories! I also like that maybe I won’t have to play catch up for 9 million years, which is what it feels like I’m doing right now.

Okay, let me back track that.

I don’t ALWAYS like retelling of stories. Hollywood remakes, piss me off. For the most part, anyway.  Covers of songs I’m usually okay with just because I like seeing how else they can be done. It’s the same thing with the DC52…I’m curious what they are going to bring to the table.

Why do you only blog once a week? – Jim

I’m lazy. Plain and simple. I also can’t always think of a topic. I lucked out with this “Your Questions!” thing working out (please keep sending questions…) because it automatically gives me a topic every other week. Between writing for comedy, writing for here, writing because my brain is overflowing and that’s stuff that doesn’t pertain to the blog, I don’t always have good topic ideas or ones worth reading.

If its on here I really want it to be something worth reading (which is why it takes me so long to write them out as well.) “Your Questions!” is my way of letting you guys ask me what you want to know, what topics I can later on go into with more detail and more opinion. It’s a way of getting you more involved in what you want seen here.

Will you ever go more into video games? – Kayla

Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t have the patience for video games, and they are really good at building my anxiety up. I do what I can but its mostly games I can just play leisurely, and not have to sit and play for hours and hours on end to get the story. This is probably where my obsession with Mario Brothers comes in…

That’s all folks! Again, please feel free to tweet or email me any questions, and there will be a new blog post up next week! Have a good weekend everybody!



A lot of questions have been flying around about the DC Universe Relaunch. In all honesty, it doesn’t bother me. Do relaunches generally mean a downfall? Sure, if you look at the history. But the way I think of it is the following.

I’m still relatively new to DC if you look at it right. Its been about two years since I started really getting into Green Lantern and the like. Why? All I ever knew of DC was Batman and Superman, and to me they weren’t appealing characters. I was always a Marvel reader.

Before you get all up in arms about that last paragraph, please realize I lived in a box when it comes to comics. The problem with where I live (I don’t live IN Chicago but in a suburb of it) is that there is only 1, count it 1, comic book store in my town. Its not even a great one. I honestly don’t like the owners of it, but that also might be a biased thing since I have friends who are comic book shop owners. They just (of course) don’t live anywhere near me, therefore making it difficult for me to acquire comics. Obviously since then my knowledge of comics, and the DC Universe has expanded. Am I late to the game? Absolutely. I am first to admit it.

With this relaunch I get the feeling it will be easier for me to play catch up. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee have already gone on record to say the following (from comicbookresources)

“It’s building off the Green Lantern stories I’ve done since Rebirth,” Johns told AP. “[We’re] Taking it in a very new direction that we’ve never seen in Green Lantern before.”
Green Lantern #1 picks up a few months later in a very different space than we are now,” the writer added. “When you see the cover you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.”

“Its not just renumbering all these books, its about going systematically through the DC universe and re-energizing and re-imagining a lot of stuff that formed these characters and their back stories,” said Jim Lee.

Johns emphasized their comic would get back to basics by focusing on the League’s core team members: Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman.

“One thing I’m really interested in is how these guys get along. Like, Green Lantern when he first meets Batman he is like, ‘So what are your powers?’ Because you assume that this guy that dresses up like a bat and fights bad guys, he cant be crazy, he has to have powers!” laughed Johns.

So really, this doesn’t affect me at all. Do I see where the die hard fans are coming from? Of course, why wouldn’t I? But from my own point of view this makes catch up that much easier. And that much easier to corrupt my nephew and soon-niece into becoming a nerd like their aunt. 😀

Something that does slightly irritate me is the cost. With this relaunch DC is now going digital, being able to purchase your digital comics the same time as print. Technology is moving forward and so is DC. That I’m completely fine with, I’ll still stick to my prints and trades but some people prefer the use of their digital readers. That’s fine.

But the cost of the digital comic will cost the same as the print edition. Why does this irritate me? Well, to be honest, I can see true comic collectors buying both if they have the means to. To be a comic book collector is already a pretty expensive hobby. I guess what my thought process is I won’t have something to physically hold in my hands, to get signed at conventions or anything, so I will have to buy the physical copy, why would I pay the 2.99 for a digital copy?

I guess its not so much irritating to me so much as its just a questionable move. To offer the digital comics at a cheaper rate just makes sense to me since there isn’t anything physical to hold onto, and it is much cheaper to even produce in comparison to a print comic. I understand why the print is 2.99, I just don’t see why the digital should be as well. Do you think you can explain it to me better? Please do!

Here is some pimping I need to do. First off all of the covers and information gathered have been from the DCU blog found here: http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com or from Comic Book Resources found here: http://www.comicbookresources.com. Please feel free to share your opinion, I do welcome them.

Also, every other week will be a “Your Questions!” blog, so please keep sending in your questions! You can tweet them at me @1nerdycupcake OR email to me at onenerdycupcake@gmail.com. I plan on doing them on Wednesdays, so if you want your questions answered please have them to me by then!

I was going to put all of the covers that have been released so far into this post but I think I will give them their own post. I think I did it right in saving them to this account so hopefully that post will be going up later on.  Otherwise it will go up on Monday when I return to work (where all of the files are saved).

 



{June 8, 2011}   Your Questions!

So for a while now I’ve been stating I would do an “Ask the Nerd Girl” type article, but as things would have it a lot of the questions sent in (via Twitter or Email) were personal mixed with nerd things. So I’m just calling it “Your Questions!” until I can think of a better name. I’m going to be answering both types of questions, and do the best I can to answer them to liking. J Luckily for all of you, I have no shame and don’t mind answering the personal ones. The first question I’m answering is the most popular one, which if you follow our Twitter feeds (@1nerdycupcake and @RoundTableNerds) its kind of obvious as to why.

What is the deal with you and @RoundTableNerds?

Once upon a time I was writing on this site as a blog to get me through Battlestar Galactica. Basically to keep me on track with it, voice my opinion through each episode, basically make me watch it. I won’t lie to you, I like Sci-Fi movies, but I’ve never really watched the TV shows. It’s only become more recent that you’ll see me watching that genre. Chris found me through the power of search engines on WordPress (actually, that’s just an assumption as to how he found me) and we started talking from there. Eventually I volunteered to help write for his site, Nerds of the Round Table (which I still suck at doing because he is more on the ball then I am when it comes to the entertainment releases of things.) and I’ve written a few articles for him. We also have mad rivalry when it comes to football because he is a Green Bay Packers fan, and myself being a Chicago-land resident and a lifetime Bears fan… well, lets just say we butt heads once football season comes around. The general having a lot of the same interests keeps us talking pretty regularly. Also he likes to bitch at me since I’m slow with TV shows. He’s also my Twitter pimp, since a lot of my followers come from him doing Follow Fridays with my name on it.

Basically, if I ever become popular it’s his fault. For reals though, his site is updated far more regularly (and with better writing quality) then mine ever is (especially with him being on the ball and all) and you should use him as a better nerd source.

I’ve followed you from your articles and public speaking about Bi-Polar Disorder, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It has been a while since you’ve spoken out about it, and I’m just curious as to why you’ve stopped being vocal. – Tara

First off, that is super sweet to follow me all of this way! I’m very flattered that anyone would follow me that long, and I really appreciate it.

I stopped being vocal about my brain matters because people asked me to is essentially what it boils down to. During my later articles and speaking events I spoke how I refuse medication and treatment for what I refer to as the “crazies” part of my brain. Pharmaceutical companies and the like don’t like that. Also, to me it’s not needed, but I won’t deny that some people do. I guess people started listening to a point where they would go off of their medication or stop therapy and bad things would happen. This is not good for everybody, and while I had tried to get that point across, it would still do more harm then good.

My feelings towards medication and therapy remain the same though; I feel if you are a case like me you can help yourself more than someone or something telling you how to feel can. I also believe you can put your “label” to work; I use my OCD towards my work and my hobbies. It’s a matter of not letting the label control you and you doing what needs to be done to keep yourself happy.

If someone were to approach me about writing or speaking again I would do it in a heartbeat. I want to help and be there for those with cases like mine. I like to hear the stories of people worse than mine who have overcome the labels. I learned a lot, and would like to continue learning more.  I just have to wait for lightning to strike on that deal.

You write a lot about how you are reading DC; do you ever read Marvel or other labels? – Common Question

It’s actually only pretty recently did I start reading DC, within the past two years or so. Before I was always a Marvel reader. I actually fell out of the comic ring for a long time because I honestly just couldn’t afford it anymore.

I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of friends in the comic business and they’ve been the ones guiding me through the current DC Universe, starting with Green Lantern: Rebirth. I am reading Flash: Rebirth right now and starting on Flashpoint.

I still follow X-Men and Spiderman pretty regularly.  I just haven’t been crazy about the Marvel Universe as of late, and just fallen out of pattern.

I just really enjoy comics, and whenever I can afford to keep up I do. I don’t have a preference DC vs. Marvel, because I feel they are two different entities and two different types of comics. Other labels are included; I really just enjoy reading comics regardless of label.

Yes, this also is in regards to webcomics. I love webcomics, and I read them daily. The three specific ones I read on a daily basis is Questionable Content, Girls with Slingshots and Something Positive. Weekly I read Hijinks Ensue, Sam and Fuzzy, Punch and Pie, Three Word Phrase, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Wasted Talent, Shortpacked! and MegaTokyo. I’m sure there is even more I can list here but this article is long enough as it is J

Are you a gamer at all? – John

Not so much anymore. I’ve never been good with video games, because I either get bored or frustrated. I’ve played DnD. Every now and then you’ll catch me on Xbox Live playing Left for Dead or Call of Duty, even on rare occasion Saints Row. I have a Wii system which I usually am just playing classic games like Mario Brothers or Kirby. I do have Epic Mickey (which was, in fact, epic) and the newer Mario games as well (I still have my obsession with Mario even though I don’t play as much) but yeah…I really don’t play as much as I could or should.

Also, there is a Kinect in the house, and with some of the announcements from E3, I think it will be put to more use.  So there’s a good chance there will be more gaming reviews going up on Nerds of the Round Table.

Have you ever considered doing a podcast? – Matt

Yes and no. I’ve been approached about doing one with someone, which I would consider doing more than doing one on my own. I just don’t think I’m interesting enough on my own (and self sufficient enough to remain on schedule, as you can tell with how regularly I update this blog here.)

So if someone wants to do a podcast with me, awesome. I don’t have any equipment or even the knowledge how to do one. Otherwise I’ll just enjoy them on my own.

What made you stop dating? What is your rule that you refer to? – Diana

The rule is “If you want to date me, you have to ask.” Every single relationship I have been in I have been the one doing the asking. I have always been the one to initiate everything. I’ve never been romanced or wooed. For once, I would like that to happen. Also, I apparently cannot pick out my own boyfriends for the life of me considering how each relationship has ended (badly).  Just once I’d like to receive the flowers instead of being the one who gives them. True fact: I have yet to be in a romantic relationship where there is actual romance involved, and I feel this needs to change.

I know I’m a tomboy and hyperactive, I speak my mind and I have no shame or filter. I’m not a supermodel and I never will be. But at the core I’m a good person and loyal to a fault. From what I’ve learned from dating, I’m not what guy’s want. I’m okay with that, I’m okay with not dating. I’ve not so much stopped so much as I’m not being asked.

Why did your professor tell you that you are “too artsy for art school”? –Chris

Art school is about teaching you the rules of art. Being who I am, I don’t like rules or boundaries when it comes to creativity and wouldn’t follow them.  I eventually dropped out because I felt stifled and unjustified.

I think three pages of questions is enough, don’t you? Keep sending them in, personal or nerd related I don’t mind. You can ask on Twitter at @1nerdycupcake or email me at onenerdycupcake@gmail.com. I’ll try to keep answering them as they come in, I actually have about 20 more questions that I could answer and I’ll just save them for next time!



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