Art Archive

  •  Video games as art. I could go on and on about how modern games reflect society or how the gorgeous graphics that can rival the ancient masters of the canvas or, in addition, how the music score uses the best orchestral arrangements since Beethoven. All true, however, irrelevant to my salient point. Which is? Art is not complete until it meets the audience. That is to say, that any form of art is not complete until it is presented to an audience. It’s sort of like old adage ‘if there is nobody in the forest to hear the tree fall’, yadda, yadda, yadda. Sure, you can argue that a TV show or movie is complete when the final edit is done. But […]

    Enter the User: What Turns Video Games into Art.

     Video games as art. I could go on and on about how modern games reflect society or how the gorgeous graphics that can rival the ancient masters of the canvas or, in addition, how the music score uses the best orchestral arrangements since Beethoven. All true, however, irrelevant to my salient point. Which is? Art is not complete until it meets the audience. That is to say, that any form of art is not complete until it is presented to an audience. It’s sort of like old adage ‘if there is nobody in the forest to hear the tree fall’, yadda, yadda, yadda. Sure, you can argue that a TV show or movie is complete when the final edit is done. But […]

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  • So I have been following the Static Shock buzz since I heard of it’s relaunch in the DCnU. I had high hopes and all that yadda, yadda, yadda……I was so wanting it to succeed that I bought the books even when the writing bothered me and even when I had problems with the storytelling, I soldiered on and hoped for the best…..wasn’t the first time I waited for a comic to get good. I figured they would change writers and believe in the book as much as the fans would….well they got a new writer but it was too little too late…. John Rozum the initial writer explained why he left the book, I expected his response to be a bit bitter and venomous….and honestly he […]

    Scott McDaniel: “Why Static Failed”

    So I have been following the Static Shock buzz since I heard of it’s relaunch in the DCnU. I had high hopes and all that yadda, yadda, yadda……I was so wanting it to succeed that I bought the books even when the writing bothered me and even when I had problems with the storytelling, I soldiered on and hoped for the best…..wasn’t the first time I waited for a comic to get good. I figured they would change writers and believe in the book as much as the fans would….well they got a new writer but it was too little too late…. John Rozum the initial writer explained why he left the book, I expected his response to be a bit bitter and venomous….and honestly he […]

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  • Say what you want about the sad state of affairs that led to the destruction of this Static Shock DCnU series. But I have got to give major league mad props to cover artist Khary Randolph. The way Static looks, the set up of the composition, the sheer perfection of it all, really makes you want to pick up this book. I don’t knock McDaniel’s art, but I really would have loved to see this level of art throughout the book. In any case this marks the last book with McDaniel as writer, but he will continue the artist duties until issue 8. Check out the new Static Shock Trailer below and feel free to comment on what you think Will you be […]

    Static Shock #6 Cover Art/Trailer

    Say what you want about the sad state of affairs that led to the destruction of this Static Shock DCnU series. But I have got to give major league mad props to cover artist Khary Randolph. The way Static looks, the set up of the composition, the sheer perfection of it all, really makes you want to pick up this book. I don’t knock McDaniel’s art, but I really would have loved to see this level of art throughout the book. In any case this marks the last book with McDaniel as writer, but he will continue the artist duties until issue 8. Check out the new Static Shock Trailer below and feel free to comment on what you think Will you be […]

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  • Some superheroes are larger than life.Others are better than good. And others still are powerful beyond belief. Invincible is all three combined with something extra……..HE IS EPIC. Every issue, and every page, and every panel, every word, every line is nothing short of enjoyable. If you are not reading comics, this is one you will want to start with from issue one. Now I know it sounds like I’m totally “jocking” this book and I am. It’s that fricken good. I wouldn’t build it up as an extremely great book if I wasn’t so certain that it was. Robert Kirkman as a writer is solid (if you think i’m lying, check out the walking dead.) He can really hold a story together. The […]

    Invincible #88

    Some superheroes are larger than life.Others are better than good. And others still are powerful beyond belief. Invincible is all three combined with something extra……..HE IS EPIC. Every issue, and every page, and every panel, every word, every line is nothing short of enjoyable. If you are not reading comics, this is one you will want to start with from issue one. Now I know it sounds like I’m totally “jocking” this book and I am. It’s that fricken good. I wouldn’t build it up as an extremely great book if I wasn’t so certain that it was. Robert Kirkman as a writer is solid (if you think i’m lying, check out the walking dead.) He can really hold a story together. The […]

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  • Matt Wilson, Chief Creative Officer of Privateer Press & Director of the film Wolfsbane sat down with NERD TREK for an exclusive interview.  Privateer Press is responsible for the WARMACHINE product line as well as HORDES, IRON KINGDOMS, and No Quarter Magazine.  The movie Wolfsbane is Wilson’s first foray into the film industry and is a steam-punk twist on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood.   JN:  Hello Matt, thanks for taking the time to meet with NERD TREK and answer some questions!   MW: My pleasure! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to be able to get back to you. I think this has been, quite possibly, one of the busiest years of my life due in no small part […]

    NERD TREK interview with Matt Wilson of Privateer Press!

    Matt Wilson, Chief Creative Officer of Privateer Press & Director of the film Wolfsbane sat down with NERD TREK for an exclusive interview.  Privateer Press is responsible for the WARMACHINE product line as well as HORDES, IRON KINGDOMS, and No Quarter Magazine.  The movie Wolfsbane is Wilson’s first foray into the film industry and is a steam-punk twist on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood.   JN:  Hello Matt, thanks for taking the time to meet with NERD TREK and answer some questions!   MW: My pleasure! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to be able to get back to you. I think this has been, quite possibly, one of the busiest years of my life due in no small part […]

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  • A reader of ours asked us to swing by the Minecraft booth at PAX, so I set a personal mission to do exactly that.  I found the Mojang set up and met with Brad Baldo.  Brad graciously walked me through the game, patiently explaining things to me.  He asked if I was familiar with the game and my unfortunate response was “Isn’t this the game that people use to make 8-bit art?” NOT the best way to start things off but Brad is the man.  Yes, this game is limited by your imagination as far as shaping your landscapes.  In an era where fans line up at Q&A sessions to ask about the lineality of a game, this game is […]

    Minecraft

    A reader of ours asked us to swing by the Minecraft booth at PAX, so I set a personal mission to do exactly that.  I found the Mojang set up and met with Brad Baldo.  Brad graciously walked me through the game, patiently explaining things to me.  He asked if I was familiar with the game and my unfortunate response was “Isn’t this the game that people use to make 8-bit art?” NOT the best way to start things off but Brad is the man.  Yes, this game is limited by your imagination as far as shaping your landscapes.  In an era where fans line up at Q&A sessions to ask about the lineality of a game, this game is […]

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