Tremble in terror as M.O.D.O.K. dispenses caffeinated goodness!!!
Mental/Mobile/MechanizedOrganismDesignedOnly for Killing, or as you may know and love him…M.O.D.O.K. Perhaps the most ridiculous (and constipated) looking villain in the history of comic books. Just don’t say that to his gigantic face. If you’ve ever stood at the Old Navy t-shirt display and silently cursed the lack of M.O.D.O.K. apparel in a sea of Spidey, Superman, Batman, and Iron Man garments…BEHOLD the M.O.D.O.K. t-shirt! Available this month for pre-order through the PREVIEWS catalog (at your friendly neighborhood comic shop) or through online sources like Westfield Comics (where I ordered mine).
And once you adorn your torso with the mighty one’s menacing, mascaraed visage, why not drink coffee or tea from his humongous cranium? The M.O.D.O.K. figural mug is available this month from the same sources and this Summer from comic retailers who will undoubtedly stock up on cases of these to meet the demand. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, so I will probably use the evil M.O.D.O.K. to hold pens and pencils on the Nerd Cave workbench. Tremble at his awesomeness!
As the self-appointed “Martha Stewart of Nerd Decor,” I’m always on the lookout for cool stuff upon which I can put my own spin. The Zombie Outbreak Zone caution tape came from Amazon I don’t exaggerate when I say that my wife loves it.
What’s that in the middle of the door? It’s a “Big Glass Eye” I got off Etsy. OK Nerds, remind you of anybody in particular? If you didn’t immediately ask “why does he have an Eye of Sauron stuck to his door,” you need to go back to Nerd School.
So, last time we learned that if you’re gonna collect comic books, you’re gonna want to insure them. Whether that’s through your normal insurance carrier or a company that specializes in collectibles…I strongly suggest you do something.
Today’s sermon is less of a “do this” thing because frankly, I hope you never find yourself in this position. This is more of an “I wonder” type thing.
Say hello to Woulda, Coulda, and his good friend Shoulda
We’re coming up on the two-year anniversary of our house fire. Admittedly, I’m feeling a little melancholy about it. Obviously, there are a whole bunch of different facets to going through a personal disaster, whether it’s a fire, tornado, flood, etc. Since this blog is about being a nerd, I’m going to talk about that angle. But believe me, I’m not saying that this particular topic is the most important in my mind, only that it’s what I feel like talking about here.
Wow. Just wow. Somewhere back in the last year’s posts, I think I promised a rant or two. Well here it is…
(Editorial note: Let me just say before I get rolling here, you’re gonna notice places where you’re gonna say, “Why didn’t he use profanity here? That seems like a perfect place to use some good old American profanity.” Believe me, I want to. But I found out recently that my 9 year old pulls my blog up in computer lab to show her friends, so I gotta keep it more or less G rated. But believe me…I would if I could.)
Sellers of eBay. May I have your attention please? Are you trying to kill me? Because that’s what your doing. Your absolutely KILLING me, Smalls. Allow me to vent…in no particular order.
Here’s another recent purchase off Etsy for the Nerd Cave walls. It’s a one-of-a-kind mixed-media sculpture by the talented Jesse Kennedy from Washington. Depicting one of my favorite scenes from the original Hellboy movie, the sculpture really captures the look and bad attitudes of both characters. I was looking for something to fit on a small area of bare wall next to my shelving units and this cool, little piece of art fills the bill perfectly.
Jesse has a nice selection of other pieces inspired by different realms of pop culture. His renditions of Joker are particularly cool as are his Lord of the Rings characters. Not sure if he’s already done them, but I suspect his versions of the Balrog, Sauron, and the Ringwraiths would be pretty sweet. I highly recommend Jesse and his Sculptorio store on Etsy if you’re looking for a cool, one-of-a-kind touch for your nerd cave art collection.
I discovered Etsy a couple weeks ago. And I liked it so much, I bought the company. Well, not really. But I have made some great buys already and machinations to start my own Etsy store are underway as you read this.
“In his house behind the couch, Cthulhu waits dreaming.” –H.P. Lovecraft (sorta)
I like inflatable stuff. Used to have a 5′ green inflatable alien in my old bedroom. I don’t exaggerate when I say “It really tied the room together.”
Recently, while searching “Cthulhu” on Amazon, I came across the Inflatable Cthulhu Arm. Went right into the ol’ Shopping Cart and arrived at my door three days later. Of course, as is often the case with me, I bought it before I’d thought about what I’d actually do with it. Luckilly, inspiration hit quickly and it now resides behind the Nerd Cave couch. My kids love it. My cats love it. My wife…well, she didn’t give me much on it, but I think she secretly digs it. I offered to buy one for our room but she hasn’t gotten back to me on that yet.
Now I just need to find a place to fit in a 5′ green inflatable alien…
Yesterday, while killing some time before heading to the theater to see Oz The Great and Powerful, the Nerd Cave Family pulled into the local antique mall. You probably have at least one in your town. The massive steel building crammed from floor to ceiling with junk, treasures, and everything in between. Like most, this particular store is made up of dozens (if not hundreds) of booths belonging to dealers of everything under the sun. If you’ve ever been to one, you know that one person’s definition of “antique” or “collectable” is often much different from yours.
If you’ve read more than a few of my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to be a bit nostalgic when it comes to the playthings of my youth. Usually, when I acquire something from that time of my life, I feel validated that I have pretty good taste. But occasionally, like an old girlfriend, the memory of something turns out to be a whole lot better than the reality. Case in point is my recent acquisition of a “vintage” Atari 5200 video game system. Continue reading →