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Con Reports

Cosplay Gallery From the First PAX South!

Posted January 31, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) started more than a decade ago in Seattle, and expanded to Boston with PAX East five years ago. Just last weekend, the latest expansion was held in San Antonio, Texas, dubbed PAX South. We were lucky enough to have Micro Kitty Cosplay attend and be a photographer for us, and she brought back this […]

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Like Night and Day: A Week 1 Review of ‘The Nightly Show’

Posted January 28, 2015 by Ashley Rogers

At the time of writing this there have been four episodes of The Nightly Show available for viewing on Hulu or through the Comedy Central website. Larry Wilmore knew the size of the shoes he had to fill and how many eyes would be upon him when taking over the time slot that had been held for […]

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Arisia 2015 Cosplay Gallery From Our Newest Photographer!

Posted January 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At Arisia we got a chance to work with contributors we haven’t seen in months (welcome back Grace!, and you rock Luis!), but we also started working with a new photographer based here in New England, John Green. He has been shooting cosplay at conventions for a couple of years now and he has a […]

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Elemental Evil: The Newest Storyline For Dungeons and Dragons!

Posted January 23, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Of the many Dungeons and Dragons modules I played so many years ago, The Temple of Elemental Evil was the most memorable. I’m not going to spoil it for those who have never heard of or played it before, but it’s a huge dungeon crawl. It’s a campaign I played for months but never grew […]

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The Real Impact of Cosplayers Charging For Shoots

Posted January 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The latest mostly pointless controversy to hit the online cosplay community is about cosplayers charging to have their pictures taken. Not surprisingly, this is a polarizing issue, with people expounding how it is only fair since photographers sometimes charge for photoshoots, and others saying it is foolish for a hobbyist to charge people to enjoy […]

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Arisia 2015 Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted January 21, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The third day of the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention Arisia featured fewer cosplayers than Saturday — at least wandering the lobby of the Westin Waterfront. In fact, there may have been more overall than Saturday, but many of them were involved in prepping for the Masquerade. Alas, I didn’t go to the Masquerade […]

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Arisia 2015 Saturday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted January 20, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Arisia is a well-established science fiction and fantasy convention held in Boston early each year at the Westin Waterfront hotel. Timed to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, the con runs for four days, and like its much bigger relative DragonCon, it holds events and panels 24 hours for those four days. The […]

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Shovel Knight — Will You Dig It?

Posted January 19, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we go old school with one of the greatest crazes of 2014 – Shovel Knight! (After months of banter, hearsay and appraisal, it was time to “dig into” this game for myself! GET IT?) As its name suggests, you play through the heroic tale of Shovel Knight, a noble warrior […]

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‘Pokemon Omega Ruby’ & ‘Alpha Sapphire’ Are Gems

Posted January 14, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

With great success of Pokemon X & Y and the Kalos region, it’s time to revisit a fan favorite, and come back to the Hoenn region of the third generation of Pokemon, in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. Pokemon has been a video game stable since the late 1990s, taking the world by […]

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Poll: What Movies Do You Most Want To See in 2015?

Posted January 12, 2015 by Rodney Brown

There are lots of movies targeted at us nerds being released this year, from the highly hyped movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to small movies like Chappie. Are you most excited about a sequel like Insurgent, or a remake with a twist, like Pan? Not included in the […]

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Super Smash Bros 4 Beats All Contenders

Posted January 9, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

After a highly anticipated wait Nintendo finally delivers to us probably one of the best games of the 2014 gaming year, Super Smash Bros 4. Super Smash Bros 4 not only delivers what it promised, but then some. An amazing experience from beginning to end, Smash 4 is one of Nintendo’s best games to come […]

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Can ‘Archer’ Recover From Season 5?

Posted January 7, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The satirical spy comedy cartoon Archer has its season 6 debut tomorrow night, and fans are eager to see if it can pull itself out of the slump that most agree it had in season 5. Below I will explain why I think season 5 went off the rails so badly (well, ultimately not so […]

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2015!

Posted January 5, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! With 2015 in full swing, it’s time to get ready for all of the great games that will be coming our way over the next year. Of course, there are far too many to squeeze into a single article, so I have picked out my top 5 most anticipated indie titles […]

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Despite One Major Flaw, ‘Guilty Gear Xrd’ Rocks

Posted January 3, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Heaven or Hell! Duel 1! Let’s Rock! I cannot begin to say how happy I was to hear that Guilty Gear was coming back. Guilty Gear has always been a unique fighter in my book, since most fighters I played came from Capcom, or other fighting games like Tekken, Killer Instinct, and Mortal Kombat. Guilty […]

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Help Us Resolve Our New Year’s Resolutions

Posted January 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

It’s the first day of 2015, and all sorts of people are stating and explaining their New Year’s resolutions. We here at Nerd Caliber also have some resolutions for the coming year. Of course, we call them “business goals,” but the spirit is still the same. Also, we started discussing these resolutions months ago, which […]

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Cosplay & Style

Joker Invades New York Comic Con 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by E. Ortiz

While it may not be our last post from New York Comic Con, it is our last post of 2014, and this penultimate NYCC post is pretty much the ultimate. Check out all the amazing and wonderful cosplay at this year’s NYCC as they interact with our Joker interviewer, Crown Prince of Cosplay! Our funniest […]

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Subversive Queer Representation in ‘The Legend of Korra’

Posted December 24, 2014 by Ashley Rogers

First off we will be discussing the final season of Legend of Korra, in particular the last ten minutes or so of the series. So obviously you should really watch Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Legend of Korra, and: SPOILERS AHEAD Avatar Korra wrestled with a lot over the past four seasons. Where avatar Ang came to […]

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Indie Spotlight: ‘Mark Of The Ninja’ Is Killer

Posted December 23, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! This week we step into the shadows and get the drop on Mark of the Ninja! Brought to you by Klei Entertainment, creators of Eets and Don’t Starve, Mark of the Ninja puts you into the tabi shoes of a shadow warrior that has become the champion of his clan in […]

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Hooked On Phoenix Cosplay is Zatanna!

Posted December 22, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Hooked On Phoenix Cosplay was Zatanna at New York Comic Con 2014 and Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography was able to get these great photos of her for us. You can also check her out as a fantastic Angela, with an excellent Gamora, in the Friday NYCC gallery from FirstPerson Shooter.  

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‘Korra’ Creators Explain Why There Will Be No More Korra

Posted December 19, 2014 by E. Ortiz

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Avatar: The Last Airbender’s and Legend of Korra’s Creators and Executive Producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko about the end of Korra and the future of the Airbender universe. Nerd Caliber: You guys have come such a long way. How do you feel about Korra […]

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Spider-Woman’s New Look Cements Industry Change

Posted December 18, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Readers of USAToday this morning were treated with the first reveal of the upcoming new look for Marvel Comics’ Spider-Woman. The reason why Jessica Drew will soon be wearing a new, more practical costume than her sprayed-on spandex I believe is blatant pandering for marketing purposes — but for all the right reasons. When I first […]

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Jaycee Cosplay Was a Hit as Power Girl!

Posted December 17, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography has another set for us from New York Comic Con, this time of Jaycee Cosplay as Power Girl!  There was even a guest appearance by a Lady Blackhawk and a Huntress!

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One Nerd’s Guide To Speaking On Race In America

Posted December 16, 2014 by Brianne Glover

Gracious reader, forgive me in advance if this article seems opinionated. We all have opinions, and as a black woman —  living in soon-to-be 2015 America —  no, I don’t think we live in a “post racial society” nor should anyone else. Hopefully many of you are up to speed on the recent events involving […]

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GillyKins is Hot as Captain Cold!

Posted December 11, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We have another cosplay set out of New York Comic Con from Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography, this time featuring Canada’s GillyKins as Captain Cold — start the jokes about cosplaying to your environment now.

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Wonder Woman Cosplays at New York Comic Con 2014

Posted December 10, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Check out this quick but awesome collection of Wonder Woman (and occasional guests) cosplay photos by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography. All of these shots were taken at New York Comic Con 2014.  

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Indie Spotlight: You’ll Get A Charge from ‘Transistor’

Posted December 9, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at one of the most stylish action RPGs of the year — Transistor! Supergiant Games, creators of critically acclaimed Bastion, spent well over a year advertising and promoting their second title Transistor, most notably with a main show floor booth during the past two PAX East events. […]

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New York Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery by Alex Valderana

Posted December 7, 2014 by E. Ortiz

This year Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography worked with us at New York Comic Con. We were lucky to get his talents as a videographer in addition to his excellent eye as a photographer. Below is a selection of his best photos of cosplay, parties and vendor booth items taken at NYCC 2014. Photo gallery tips: Once […]

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Telltale Hits Again With ‘Tales From the Borderlands’

Posted December 6, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

This year, Thanksgiving week brought us more than the usual holiday feasting, stampedes of shopaholics and pre-winter snowstorms in the Northeast — the first episode of Telltale Games‘ newest project Tales from the Borderlands went live! With praise and awards from all over for The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead, I had high expectations […]

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NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery By KBV – Thursday, Friday!

Posted December 5, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Our own Kiera Vallone of KBV Photography was at New York Comic Con, both as a photographer and a cosplayer. Here are her hand-picked shots from the first two days of the convention. Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll […]

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Ridd1e is Harley Quinn at NYCC 2014!

Posted December 3, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our jolly Joker cosplayer interviewed Atlanta’s tiny powerhouse Ridd1e cosplaying as Harley Quinn at New York Comic Con 2014. She talks about the wonderful variety of New York food, designing her bombshell Harley outfit, and might have confessed to a bank robbery with our Joker. After the video, check out the photos by FirstPerson Shooter.

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The Doctor is In at The LI WHO Convention!

Posted December 1, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Photographer Alex Valderana took these awesome cosplayer photos from his time at the second annual L.I.  Who convention held recently in Ronkonkoma (a good Doctor Who planet name, that) on Long Island in New York.  The convention included many guests from the Who universe, including doctors 6 (Colin Baker) and 8 (Ed McGann). Once the page […]

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Indie Spotlight: Nihilumbra Lights Up The World

Posted November 29, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at a very unique gem from June 2012 — Nihilumbra! Nihilumbra is a casual puzzle platformer that tells the story of Born, a child of the Void. He manages to separate himself from the Void and embarks on an adventure through the real world. Though everything […]

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Super MegaFest Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted November 28, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Below you can check out the cosplay gallery from Sunday at last weekend’s Super MegaFest convention held in Framingham, Mass. There are no turkeys to be found! Being a Sunday, the gallery is quite a bit smaller than either of the two parts from Saturday, but the instructions still apply. Once the […]

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Kitsune Kid is Black Canary at NYCC 2014!

Posted November 26, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Kitsune Kid, formerly KO Cosplay, is Black Canary! Check out our interview at New York Comic Con with reporter Unemployed Skeletor about the costume, how she got started in cosplay as well as her thoughts of the fake geek girl controversy. After the video, check out the photos by FirstPerson Shooter.

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Super MegaFest Saturday Cosplay Gallery – Part 2

Posted November 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Here we have the second half of the shots of cosplayers from this past weekend’s Super MegaFest, held at the Sheraton in Framingham, Mass. Among the awesome cosplayers in this group of shots are well-known ones such as Gina B Cosplay, BelleChere, HaruVamp, and Leeleethebunny Cosplay and Mhysa Cosplay as the DeeDee Twins. Once again, with more […]

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Super MegaFest Saturday Cosplay Gallery – Part 1

Posted November 24, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Super MegaFest is a comics and pop culture convention held in Framingham, Mass., at the Sheraton hotel. While it is not among the largest of conventions, it strains the capacity of the hotel and its convention facilities to the limit, as Super MegaFest often draws some of the biggest names in the business. That means […]

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Alana Leilani is Lady Rainicorn! Adventure Time Cosplay at the NYCC 2014

Posted November 21, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our boneheaded interviewer Unemployed Skeletor interviews Alana Leilani at New York Comic Con 2014 about her amazing Lady Rainicorn cosplay from the hit cartoon Adventure Time. In addition to talking about her costume, Alana and Skeletor discuss how to improve the Javits Center. After the video, check out the photos below taken by Cantera Image.  

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It’s Confirmed, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Blue Corpse Is A [SPOILER]

Posted November 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

In an interview in TV Guide published today Jeffrey Bell, executive producer on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., dropped the bomb in advance of the in-show reveal scheduled for two weeks from last night about the nature of the blue-skinned corpse Agent (now Director) Phil Coulson found in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility called the Guest […]

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Troy Baker! DC Animated and Video Game Voice Actor Interview at NYCC 2014

Posted November 18, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our Joker, the Clown Prince of Cosplay, interviews voice actor Troy Baker at New York Comic Con 2014 about being Batman in Lego Batman 3 and voicing the Joker in the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham, in the same year, 2014. Not limiting himself to the DC universe, Baker is also the voice of Hawkeye in […]

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Crazy MCU Theory No. 37: About Those Infinity Stones

Posted November 17, 2014 by Rodney Brown

I was looking at a cool Tumblr post earlier when this crazy idea about what the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the Marvel Comics world as well — might be up to sprang into my mind nearly fully formed: What if there are no “natural” mutations, and that every power, whether a natural mutation, an […]

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Red Sonja’s Gail Simone At New York Comic Con 2014

Posted November 15, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our Joker cosplayer, the Clown Prince of Cosplay, interviews Red Sonja writer Gail Simone about the character and, of course, the Joker, at New York Comic Con 2014. Simone is also known as the long-time writer of Batgirl, and new returning writer of the soon to be relaunched Secret Six. She also started the entire movement […]

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TMNT! Interview with Donatello Voice Actor Rob Paulsen

Posted November 13, 2014 by E. Ortiz

At New York Comic Con in October, our skull-headed man on the mic, Unemployed Skeletor, interviewed voice actor Rob Paulsen about the legacy and current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Nickelodeon. You may also know Rob for his work as Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, and Yakko Warner from Animaniacs.

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Indie Spotlight: Magicite Is Multiplayer RPG Magic

Posted November 12, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at a great contender for my favorite title of 2014 — Magicite! Released in June 2014 via Steam Greenlight, Magicite is a Roguelike RPG platformer with a retro/pixelated graphical style that sends you deep underground in hopes of stopping what is known as “The Scourge” from destroying […]

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted November 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

On the second day of Rhode Island Comic Con I didn’t have my studio setup, so I was lucky enough to spend most of the day with The Batsy Twins at their classic 1966 Batcycle display, grabbing cosplayers as they walked by. This gallery is bigger than either of the two from Saturday by a couple dozen […]

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Part 2 of Saturday’s RICC 2014 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted November 10, 2014 by Rodney Brown

As I said yesterday in Part 1, at Rhode Island Comic Con I was allowed to once again set up a portable studio to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and any others I could grab and haul in to the room. As was the case the last time I did this, at Granite […]

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RICC 2014 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday – Part 1!

Posted November 9, 2014 by Rodney Brown

At Rhode Island Comic Con I was allowed to once again set up a portable studio to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and any others I could grab and haul in to the room. As was the case the last time I did this, at Granite State Comic Con in […]

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Sarah Skittles is Supergirl! ‘Girl of Steel’ Cosplay at NYCC 2014

Posted November 8, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our man on the mic with the see-through skin, Unemployed Skeletor, interviews cosplayer and model Sarah Skittles at New York Comic Con 2014, while she cosplays as Supergirl, in a version inspired by the design of Superman’s outfit in the movie Man of Steel. After the video, check out the photos by Cantera Cosplay.

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RICC 2014 Review – ‘Go Big or Go Home’ Isn’t a Management Strategy

Posted November 6, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Rhode Island Comic Con held its third annual event this past weekend, and, unless you weren’t paying attention at all, you have seen the reports of how dysfunctional the crowd management was. But not everything was horrible at RICC 2014, and the drastic overcrowding was actually a boon to some. With that in mind, below […]

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Contest – Video and Pics!

Posted November 5, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Whatever else might have gone wrong at Rhode Island Comic Con this year, the cosplay contest was an unqualified hit. Featuring a large number of astounding cosplayers, a huge audience, and the MC with the most mouth, Boston’s Deadpool, the cosplay contest went off without much of a hitch (not counting some truly outstanding cosplayers […]

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AAC 2014 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter!

Posted November 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Another Anime Convention (generally called AAC) was held in mid-October in Manchester, NH, and while anime cosplay was not the only thing to be found, it dominated. For every fem Shepard or Harley Quinn there was a handful of Mikasas — or even more Corporal Levis. The number of shots combined over the two days doesn’t quite […]

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