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Cowboy Bebop Live Action Show

Cowboy Bebop - Spike Lighting Up a CigaretteYou heard right, Cowboy Bebop is getting a live-action television series.

Sunrise, the animation studio who created the original cult classic anime series, is teaming up with ITV Studios and television producer Marty Adelstein.

Adelstein has previously worked on Teen Wolf, Aquarius and Prison Break: Resurrection. I have not seen any of these so I don’t have an opinion on the bloke or his work. Also boarding the spaceship Bebop is Christopher Yost, the screenwriter for both Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

At the time of writing, there is no information available regarding casting and how much influence Sunrise will have in the creative process.

I have been vocal about my disapproval of the recent Ghost In The Shell and Death Note adaptations. If you have read my articles on the topic you might have assumed that I am against this adaptation as well.

0e04e15e5934e5f32c449f3bc955c2bcWell, I’m not jumping up and down and cheering over the news, but I’m not foaming at the mouth and screaming “Oh God, why” in rage either. I’m stuck somewhere in the middle

For me, Cowboy Bebop is a classic, it’s an anime with amazing animation, well developed and loveable characters and a sensational soundtrack. In my opinion, it is simply one of the best anime series out there.

So bringing these characters back into the spotlight isn’t inherently a bad thing. The last adventure staring our favourite bounty hunters was back in 2001. I’m fairly certain that if they announced a spinoff anime series or another anime movie we would be over the moon, but because it’s a live-action remake, many die-hard fans are angry.

Not to mention that a while ago a live-action movie adaptation was being planned with Keanu Reeves set to star as Spike. I for one think a tv show is a better way to bring this story into the third dimension rather than a movie.

jK0QNA8However, I can’t shake the fear that it will fall into the same traps we have seen other live-action adaptations fall into. I have seen some live-action adaptations that I really enjoyed, but never a western one.

Also, we already have a live-action show about misfits in space. It’s called Firefly.

Are they retelling the original story word for word? Are they going to change the story dramatically? How are they going to bring Ein to life? So many questions but no answers. All we can do is wait and hope for the best.

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Monkey business in Overwatch

luneThe Overwatch anniversary event isn’t even over yet and we are already getting new information about upcoming editions to the game.

Last night, Blizzard announced that a test patch is now available on PC. While this is great news for some, for console gamers like myself the news is bittersweet.

True, we are getting trailers and news about upcoming content, but we need to wait for a future patch before we can get in on the action. How long do we need to wait? Blizzard neglected to tell us.

This patch includes the latest map, the Horizon Lunar Colony. The former home of our favourite peanut butter loving monkey, Winston. This location has been mentioned several times in both the comics and the animated short. I for one am excited.

What caught my eye in the announcement is that the Oni Genji skin and the Officer D.Va skin will be added to normal Loot Boxes. As a D.Va main who couldn’t run Heroes of the Storm on her laptop (because it is an outdated piece of junk) I am so happy to hear this. Now I have the chance to get that adorable skin. Thanks, Blizzard!

0865440b102361e7cf2f78032b19817cThere are also going to be some notable changes to McCree, Reaper and Roadhog. Firstly, McCree’s ULT has been altered. For Reaper, his health orbs will be removed but he will gain 20% of the damage he has done to his enemies as health instead.

Roadhog’s head hitbox size will be decreased by 20% and while his bullet damage has been cut down by 33% his clip size is going up by one and his fire rate will shoot up by 30%

For more information such as how to participate here is the original article, enjoy.

Not to mention, today is the start of Season 5 of Competitive Play across all systems. I have a love-hate relationship with this game mode. It is extremely stressful and I feel like garbage if I loose, but nothing compares to the thrill of winning. If you are taking part in this season, I wish you the best of luck!

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Geralt is coming to Netflix

tumblr_nokjfiXSxD1skp6koo1_500Just as I was beginning to calm down from the news about the Deadpool and Judge Dredd shows, the news broke about the latest adaptation Netflix is working on.

A live action series of The Witcher Saga.

Thank you, Netflix!

From what I can gleam, the show will follow the book series that the games are based on rather than the games themselves, but I am not complaining. In fact, this gives me an excuse to read the books.

On top of that, the writer of the original series, Andrzej Sapkowski, will be involved in the series as a creative consultant.

Sapkowski has gone on the record to say; “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over 30 years writing. I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

6304f6b942d6419923f283b57942d53fI don’t know about you, but I have high hopes for this show. Especially since the original creator seems to be heavily involved.

Apparently, the original plan was to make a live action movie, but I think a series is the best way to explore the immersive world and the detailed lore of The Witcher.

Even though the news broke just last night, I am desperate for more information. When Will it be out? What is the budget? Who will play Geralt?

I will admit, I am finding it hard to picture a known actor who could play the legendary Witcher. I hope they go with new talent instead of using famous actors.

While actors have not been named yet, we do know that Sean Daniel (1999’s “The Mummy“) and Jason Brown (2017’s “The Mummy“) will be executive producers.

Personally, I am quite optimistic about this adaptation and I can’t wait to see it. If done right this could be an amazing fantasy show with plenty of action and charm. Cross your fingers, everyone!

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Deadpool and Dredd TV Shows Announced

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My reaction

Earlier this week, we were informed of not one but two upcoming comic book shows, an animated Deadpool show (which has yet to be named) and Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.

Man, I am so excited!

Before I start fangirling, let’s compare notes and see just how much we know about these shows.

Well, not a lot. That isn’t surprising since the news only broke a few days ago, but both FX TV (Deadpool) and Rebellion (Dredd) are keeping their cards close to their chests. Both parties haven’t even released information about the casts.

Let’s start with the animated Deadpool series, which is the one I’m looking forward to the most. Right off the bat, I am glad that the series will be animated. Considering the popularity of adult cartoons like Rick and Morty, Archer and Bob’s Burgers now is definitely the time for a Deadpool cartoon to shine.

Brothers Donald Glover and Stephen Glover have been named as showrunners, executive producers and writers. We have been told that the show will have 10 episodes and it will be released next year, although we have no particular date.

dredd_95998229_mc1_posterJudge Dredd: Mega-City One, on the other hand, will be a live action show filmed in the UK. Apparently, the show is already in the works but there has been no word as to who will play the lawman of the future.

There are four who have been named as executive producers for Judge Dredd: Mega-City One; IM Global Television president Mark Stern, IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford and the brother duo team behind Rebellion Jason and Chris Kingsley.

I’m seeing a pattern here.

The Kingsley’s have worked with Ford before, the three were executive producers of the 2012 Dredd film. On top of that, from the interviews I have read Stern is a big fan of both the live action films and the comic series.

I have to say, this sounds like they have assembled the dream team for Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. I have high expectations for this show, don’t let me down, fellas!

Z4z209W.gifWhile I love movies as much as the next guy, I prefer TV shows as by design there is more time available for character and story development, this helps to create a far more interesting story and immersive world. Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, in particular, will benefit from this.

Overall, I am looking forward to hearing more details about these shows, who are going to play the leads? When are they going to be released? Are they going to be on Netflix?

Time will tell.


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The Darkest King Interview

XBtKZRKHFor many, to write and publish a comic book would be a dream come true. For those who are willing to work hard and take risks, that dream can become a reality. Just ask Tony Scott Astley.

What is your name and the name of your comic?

My name is Tony Scott Astley and I’m the writer of The Darkest King.

What is The Darkest King about?

The comic pits two larger-than-life brothers, the Kings, against one another as they both follow their own quest for power – one seeks external power, while the other faces the struggle within. The younger brother attempts to take back the crime-ridden fictional city, Coldwood, from the crime lords, namely the ring-leader, Mr X, through dirty politics. The elder fights to become master of himself in an internal battle that plays out on the streets of the city, violent vigilante style.

Which brother is The Darkest King? This question is presented throughout the story. With complicated pasts and a reality that forces even the most honourable of characters to act in shades of grey, fans will have to make their own judgement by reading the full novel.

What difficulties have you faced while creating your comic?

smokeHaving to pay for everything upfront was a real stress and strain. No publisher will hire a writer and they rarely hire illustrators, so you have to find and put together your creative team, pay the illustrators and then present your full comic to publishers and even then, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a publishing deal. As for making the comics themselves, everything has run really smoothly. I work with an amazing illustrator and have a good, rising publisher who prints amazing comics.

What part of the comic creating process do you enjoy the most?

The most enjoyable is definitely flushing out my ideas on my white/cork board. Brainstorming, planning and writing ideas down really gives you an amazing feeling because you feel the story coming together.

If you had to pick, are you a DC fan or Marvel fan?

Oh, I love them both, but my heart is with DC. My favourite hero is Batman. On the whole, I love DC more due to its darker tones in their stories. Team DC all the way. Ha

Who or what was your inspiration for your comic?

My inspiration for any and every story I write is a simple quote from Toni Morrison “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”

kingDo you have any advice for those out there who want to get involved in making comics?

I didn’t dive straight in. I did months and months of research before I even wrote my story as a comic. Read comics, research them and how to write them. Don’t rush getting your creative team together, it’s going to take time, but the end result will be worth it. Also, if you believe in your comic and yourself, then go out and do it because with a comic it is solely your vision and no one can take that away from you.

Any closing remarks?

Keep your dreams alive. Persistence and Patience is the pain to prevail.

The Darkest King issues one and two are available online here, if you enjoy Film noir stories then I highly recommend you read The Darkest King. It’s a bloody good read.

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Happy New Year + Resolutions

giphyHappy New Year!

I hope you guys have had a fun winter holiday and have made some memories with friends and family.

2016 has been a… interesting year. We have lost icons, the refugee crisis happened and the UK is falling apart. I get the feeling that 2017 might be worse, but let’s not jump the gun. Let’s be optimistic but realistic at the same time.

I have a bad record for New Year Resolutions.  The only resolution I have kept has been to post content on this blog twice a week. So, I’m giving myself some realistic goals.

Goal one: Keep deadlines

Since I have been able to do this last year, I should be able to do it again. This blog helps me maintain what is left of my sanity. Plus, nothing makes me feel better than working hard on a ramble and getting positive messages about it. The total views I got last year was 5,451, which I think is pretty

The total views I got last year was 5,451, which I think is pretty impressive for a blog run by one person. I wrote 105 rambles, some good and some that are pretty duff. I hope I can continue to improve my writing skills over the new year.

Goal two: Cut back tumblr_oeoxb2t7kv1vsoflbo1_1280

I have been gaining a lot of weight over the last few years and it is starting to take its toll. Time to fix that, I’m going to (try) cut back on all the snacks and junk food I eat. Gotta start somewhere. This also ties into my next goal.

Goal three: Exercise

Who am I kidding, I’m never gonna be a size 0. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try to improve my health. So, I’m going to (again, try) workout at least three times a week. My folks say I should exercise five times a week, but that might be a bit much, especially when I’m just starting.

Goal four: Reading

It pains me to say this, but this year I failed my reading challenge. On Goodreads, I pledged to read 30 books in 2016 and I only read half that amount. It sucks. I used to be able to read a lot more, but I don’t have as much free time as I used to. This year, I swear I am going to read at least 30.

I know, I don’t think I will be able to keep all of these resolutions. However, I am still going to do my best to do so. I hope I can do this, and I hope you can keep yours. Speaking of which, what is your resolution? Let me know!

Let’s do our best to make 2017 a great year, I’ll do my best if you do yours!

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Merry Christmas from Nerd Rambles!

largeMerry Christmas, Nerds!

I want to take this opportunity to thank some people for the awesome things they have done for me and this blog if you will indulge me.

First off, thank you Shiloh! Not only have you been there for me at some of my lowest moments this year and for years beforehand, but you have continued to support me and my writing and even contributed some art!

Burning Maggots Squad, you guys are awesome! You may tease me for being a lightweight (Which I am not!) but you lads are always there for me when I need you, just remember that I am here for you too!

I also want to thank those of you who decided that my blog was good enough to follow. At the time of writing, 39 of you have given Nerd Rambles a chance and that means the world to me.

2014-wreaths-decor-ideas-gaming-christmas-wreath-cross-stitch-pattern-f20476Lastly, I want to thank those of you out there that have read my content at least once. I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile when I check my stats to see that I have had several people reading my newest ramble. Better still, when I get a comment or a like.

Not to toot my own horn, but I post rambles twice a week and through this year I haven’t missed a single deadline! I’m pretty proud of myself for that.

Thank you guys for reading this, I hope I can continue to entertain you in the new year!