Today in Nerd News – Goodbye ComicsAlliance, In-Home IMAX, and a $2,000 Banana

It seems that nerd news (i.e. news pertaining to anything concerning film, comics, television, games or anything in between) has been lacking these past few days. But, don’t fret! I am here to give you guys something to chew on anyhow! So, in lieu of some hard nerd news (whenever nerd news is lacking), I will present to you some of the funniest stories and videos the Internet has chosen to bless us with that day.


The Death of ComicsAlliance

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I must say that I never used read anything from ComicsAlliance. It wasn’t from a lack of respect or anything, but rather from a lack of knowledge of it’s existence. Without knowing it, Let Us Nerd has taken a page from the book that ComicsAlliance had written. From what I’ve read, their writers were fearless and willing to call the industry out on it’s nonsense. But, now that’s all gone.

AOL, ComicsAlliance’s parent company, unexpectedly pulled the plug on the popular nerd site on Friday, April 26th without so much as an explaination to their madness. There was no swan song; there was no death rattle. There was nothing at all. Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi could have sensed the disturbance.

Friday was also the day the music died as well. AOL decided to shut down many of it’s music services, including the seemingly popular AOL Music and Spinner. According to a Variety article about the closures, it seems that no one who worked for these groups knew they were about to lose their jobs.

We here in the nerd community must keep our heads up, though. Like any good superhero comic, those heroes who pass away leave such an impression on those around them that they will never die. There will always be someone else there to pick up and put on that cape and cowl, and get out there to fight the good fight again.

It seems we have some work to do, nerds.



2009 – 2013

IMAX in Your House


Do you remember your first time at an IMAX theater? I do. I saw The Dark Knight in Tarantum, PA with a couple friends of mine. Yes, one of them was Greg. Thanks for asking.

Now, imagine having that same jaw-dropping experience in the comfort of your own home. Well, now you can — if you’re stinking rich! I mean, you are rich, right?

For the low, low total of $1 to $2 million, you can have your own theater quality IMAX set up in your home’s entertainment room. Here’s what IMAX had to say about their in-home system:

With breathtaking 2D & 3D images, flawless sound and special theatre design to create a more immersive effect, everything about the IMAX Private Theatre is state of the art and custom-designed to deliver the ultimate in-home entertainment experience.

IMAX designs every aspect of the IMAX Private Theatre – from our renowned projection and sound technology to the room acoustics and theatre geometry – to work as a fully integrated solution that is optimized specifically for your home.

IMAX’s team of specialists play an integral role in the entire process, working directly with your architects, developers, interior designers, and custom installers to ensure everything is built to IMAX’s exacting performance standards while catering to your specific design preferences.

I’ll apply my bar philosophy to this one — I’m in if you’re buying…

A Man and His $2,000 Banana

Henry Gribbohm and his prize

County fairs and carnivals are nothing but scams. $2 or $3 bucks per play on most games, and all you win is some cheap ass stuffed toy that isn’t even fit for doggy destruction. You could easily leave missing $20 or $30 missing from your pockets. But, what if you spent $2,000 dollars and all you got to show for it was a stuffed dreadlock’d banana?

If you spent that much, you’d be Henry Gribbohm of New Hampshire. The 30-year-old spent some $2,600 in an attempt to win an Xbox 360 in a game called “Tubs of Fun“. According to Gribbohm, that was his entire life’s savings.

Here’s what Mr. Gribbohm had to say about the game in question:

You just get caught up in the whole ‘I’ve got to win my money back.’”

As you may have noticed, there was something wrong with that statement. Where in winning a $200 to $300 Xbox 360 was he going to win his $2,000 back? Was this a casino game? Or, if he wanted that damned Xbox so bad, why didn’t he just go out and buy one after losing $20 or something? Oh yeah, this is all that  hindsight thing, isn’t it?

So, what’s a man to do that just blew all of his money trying to win an Xbox at a carnival? Well, he goes back to complain. After leaving the carnival with $600 and the stuffed banana, Mr. Gribbohm decided to go to the police to report the supposed fraud. And, he is also considering a lawsuit to get back the money he feels he was cheated out of. But, it isn’t clear where he’ll get the money for a lawyer.

For once in my life I happened to become that sucker,” said Gribbohm. “It was foolish for putting up my life savings.

I think this case is pretty cut, pealed, and dried…

And, that’s about all you need to know to start your day. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and nerd news articles. Also, be sure to check out our podcast, Let Us Podcast, now on iTunes


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