Trying to balance an online presence while being a father and a friend isn’t always easy. Finding a balance between being a good husband, father, friend, and blogger is a difficult balance to maintain. Most of the time my online identity is what falls behind but that is ok, because that is the priority I have set in life. My family comes first and with my newborn baby girl, I have not been able to do much lately, and my friends come second but I am sure they feel that is a distant second. I try to do as much as I can with my Nerd Management brothers but alas I fall behind. Luckily they understand as well.
The good thing about an online blog is that it will always be there no matter how many times you quit and then go back. It always waits for you just sitting there waiting for you to tell it what you want to say. Some people have a lot to say and some people have a little. Some people have followers that care and some people just put words into the vastness of space. Either way, its there waiting for you.
A lot has happened since the last time I blogged and we will see what I have to say and how much I will be able to say it in the coming time. Just a reminder for those who remember, http://www.nerdmgmt.com is no longer around but we can be found on soundcloud with season 7 coming up and on facebook as Nerd Management.
With the huge success of Comic Book themed movies today, there is a big question that is brewing all over; who makes the best Comic Book movies? Is it Sony with the Spider-Man franchise? Is it Fox with the X-Men Universe led by Bryan Singer who is single handedly saving that franchise. Is it Marvel Studios led by Feige and crew who are creating a huge Movie-verse that is ever expanding? Or is it Warner Brothers who have had miss and miss with terrible Superman movies and hokie Batman movies in the 1990′s; but with recent hits such as the Nolan Batman trilogy, and the huge success that was Man of Steel have turned it around and look like that are a major contender for Comic Book movie studio studs.
They have all produced disastrous flops such as Fantastic Four (Fox), X-Men: Last Stand (Fox), Daredevil (Fox), Wolverine: Origins (Fox), Spider-Man 3 (Sony), 2 Separate Hulk Movies (Marvel), Batman Returns (WB), Batman Forever (WB), Superman Returns (WB), and let’s not forget Green Lantern (WB) which was panned by many as the worst Comic Book Movie in the 2000′s.
But with every flop each studio has also produced gem after gem. X-Men, X-Men 2, and X-Men: First Class from Fox were absolute gold, which isn’t surprising since they were touched by Singer (Midas himself). Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man from Sony were chart toppers, Marvel has just a plethora of recent homeruns with the end of Phase 1 and so far all of Phase 2 stuff being goldmines. Warner Brothers and DC Comics have come to play too, with the huge success that was the Nolan Batman Trilogy and the recent success of Man of Steel, they have regained a foothold in great Comic Book movie making.
I think we know who does it worst… With what it seems like a passion Fox puts out some poopers with the Fantastic 4 franchise in the 2000′s and now that the reboot sounds atrocious as well. X-Men: Last Stand was so bad that is still leaves a terrible taste in my mouth. Wolverine: Origins butchered almost every aspect of many fan favorite characters, Daredevil was so terrible they got their license for it taken away. Basically everything that Laura Schuler Donner touches turns to crap.
But could the studio that makes the worst comic book movies, also make the best? There is no rule against that I guess. If you make such great comic book movies that they offset the horrible ones that you have also produced that is legitimate. Fox has upped the ante with the latest trailers for X-Men: Days of Future Past and with the success of X-Men: First Class and the classic X-Men 1 and 2 all of which is Bryan Singer’s doings. It may be safe to say that even though Warner Brothers/ DC is such a big part of the landscape right now, and even though Marvel is just pumping out Money Makers from Phase 2; Fox may be the leader in Great Comic Book movies.
A bunch of us play Fantasy Football and some of us don’t. It was always boring for some of us to try to sit around and talk to each other in between some of us talking about Fantasy Sports. So we decided to do something about it. We combined the best of both the Fantasy Sports and the Comic Book world to create: Fantasy Justice League.
It starts out very similar to Fantasy Football in that you have a draft to set your rosters. You can pick from anyone in the known comic book universes. You have roster positions on your team such as: Leader, Magic, Mutant, Elemental, Villian, Acrobat, Rogue, and Heavy Hitter.
You hold a draft based on number of players in your league and you each take turn choosing a character that fits these categories. You can choose how long your season goes and if you want to have back up or “Bench” characters to interchange before the weeks starts.
You put your players into divisions based on the number of people you have playing. Minimum of 4 players and a max of 12 will make this optimum for fun and enjoyment. Each week you will go head to head with someone in the league based on the schedule that you make up.
Points are pretty easy: Appearing on a cover is 1 point for that character. You also aquire points by taking the Number of Pages Your Character Appears On in a book and divide that by Number of Pagesin the Book. You add up all of the points for each starting character and you get your weekly total.
This was amazing and a ton of fun when Warner Swopes and I did this at work with 4 other people. Here is an example of how a team would be made up:
Leader – Captain America
Elemental- Swamp Thing
Rogue- Casey Jones
Heavy Hitter- The Thing
This is something that we all hope catches on because it was so much fun and we hope to do it again, but it takes a lot of hardwork for the correct scoring to happen. It also takes an honor system of each player to gather their own scores but if you use diehard fans than you will have no problems.