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Summer Heat: Black Widow Beach Cosplay

Posted May 28, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This may look like Black Widow in a sexy bathing suit on the Adriatic Coast near somewhere like Dubrovnik. But it is actually Enchanted Cupcake Cosplay, taken on the Nahant Beach. Whether posing glamorously with a stylish wrap, or in action stances ready to kick butt, she is always gorgeous. In case you don’t know, […]

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Summer Heat: Harley Quinn Beach Cosplay!

Posted May 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The first in our irregular series of cosplay swimsuit shoots is of HarleyBean Cosplay, rocking her red and black Harley Quinn bikini. Splashing in the surf, fighting an alligator, or scanning for Mr. J from a lifeguard chair (don’t ask what happened to the lifeguard), Harley is the kind of sexy that only crazy can […]

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Five Reasons To Pick Up Garth Ennis’ ‘Crossed’

Posted May 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Trinket

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and there is nothing better than a little gore to brighten up an already bright day. Welcome to the world of Crossed, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Jacen Burrows. This world of blood, death, sex, and gore is exactly what you need for a sunny […]

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Avengers: Age of Meh-tron

Posted May 15, 2015 by Byron D. Zero

Joss Whedon’s swan song with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (at least in the film world — he holds on to his connection to the still struggling TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)  is here, so how did it fair? Well let’s find out. Fair warning, there will be MAJOR COMPLETE SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen it […]

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‘Supergirl’ Teaser Makes Me Super Worried

Posted May 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The extended, 6.5 minute-long teaser for the upcoming CBS series Supergirl is available on YouTube now, and as I was watching it, all I could think of was that it must be a Saturday Night Live parody. You know, like the one SNL did that made fun of the fact that Marvel/Disney clearly has no idea […]

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Top Picks for Free Comic Book Day 2015

Posted May 10, 2015 by Byron D. Zero

Another Free Comic Book Day has come and there were quite a few juicy tidbits for upcoming events from various comic book companies, from Marvel to Archie Comics. For the uninitiated, Free Comic Book Day is where various companies give out teaser issues of established comic storylines or preview comics of upcoming events to bring […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Cosplay Gallery by Cantera Images!

Posted May 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We are not yet finished with the excellent time that was Anime Boston this year. Below you can find the gallery of photos from our contributor Cantera Image. Manny set up right next to the table we had to promote our August 15 convention, Cosplay And Photography Expo, and got some amazing images. I even […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Part 3!

Posted May 7, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Finally we have the third and last gallery of cosplay pics from Free Comic Book Day at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH. When I say that I shot about as many pics as a two- or three-day convention at this one-day event, in this case that added up to 308 photos. The great folks at […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Part 2!

Posted May 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Free Comic Book Day at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, this year saw one of the largest gatherings of cosplayers of any FCBD event in the country — more so than many smaller conventions. Because of that, in the 8 hours of shooting pics, I took more than I do for many two- or even […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Part 1!

Posted May 5, 2015 by Rodney Brown

There are conventions all over the East Coast that would love to get the attendance that Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, gets for it’s one day celebration of Free Comic Book Day. This year, Double Midnight employee Pat Covey, and his convention support business C2 ECO, attempted to gather the largest group photo shoot […]

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Zenkaikon 2015 Cosplay Gallery By KBV Photography!

Posted April 28, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The anime-focused convention Zenkaikon is held in Lancaster, Penn., in the heart of the state’s farmland. Our KBV Photography was there at the beginning of April, and brought us this gallery of the great cosplayers in attendance. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case […]

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DC News Proves The Internet Is All About Hate

Posted April 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

In the past week, two pieces of DC Comics-related news hit the Internet. One has generated hate at a level far beyond its content, and the other all but sank without a ripple, despite being a welcome sign of a major change to the oft-criticized old boys club at DC. First, the hate: David Ayer, the […]

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Spider-Gwen: An Alternate Better Than The Original?

Posted April 20, 2015 by Tori Queeno

The multiverse is not my cup of tea. I’ve just never been able to get behind it. True, it’s almost unavoidable in the world of comics, and I can understand it’s appeal, but it gives me a headache. Keeping track of everything going on in Earth-616 and Earth-Prime is hard enough, let alone factoring in […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Sunday Part 2!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We will have more content from Anime Boston coming up, but this is the last gallery from me, FirstPerson Shooter. All photos were taken at our table for promoting our upcoming first ever convention, Cosplay And Photography Expo, and many thanks to Anime Boston for giving us the opportunity, at the last minute. In this gallery you […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Sunday Part 1!

Posted April 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Well, even on Sunday we took enough pictures of excellent cosplayers at this year’s Anime Boston to split the total into two galleries. In this group of photos you can find cosplayers like Ryuu Lavitz, Cosplay Dad, Lady Cels and Midge Scully, and many others. All photos were taken at our table for promoting our upcoming […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Saturday, Part 2!

Posted April 11, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Time for the second chunk of photos from Saturday at Anime Boston. Get ready for another gigantic gallery of more that 130 images, from cosplayers such as HaruVamp, Leeleethebunny Cosplay, more from Danielle Beaulieu and Jasper Sardonicus with a whole crew of Tarics, Vanity Fox, and then joining Leeleethebunny in an Evangelion group are Ms. […]

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Netflix’s Daredevil Is The Best Comic Adaption To Date

Posted April 10, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Stop what you are doing right now and start watching the new Netflix series Daredevil. OK, if you are at work, operating heavy machinery or driving, ignore that. But do start watching this show as soon as you possibly can. It is hands down the best comic book adaption made to date — and I […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Saturday, Part 1!

Posted April 9, 2015 by Rodney Brown

So many photos from Saturday at Anime Boston 2015 — I almost decided to make three galleries instead of two. But, breaking it into two comes in about 15 pics under my 150 limit for each gallery, so for this and the next one, really be patient while the galleries load. In today’s gallery, some […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Friday, Part 2!

Posted April 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Man, did I take lots of pictures at the recent Anime Boston, held at the Hynes Convention Center. Well, to be fair, I shot a lot, as did my Nerd Caliber fellow contributor Crash: The Photos using my camera and setup, and Benn Robbins, one of our photography panelists at our upcoming first ever convention, Cosplay And Photography […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Friday, Part 1!

Posted April 7, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At Anime Boston this year, we were lucky enough to have a table in the main hallway (called Con Row by the AB staff) along with other local conventions to promote our first con, Cosplay And Photography Expo. This allowed me to set up a backdrop and some lights, and other Nerd Caliber contributors along […]

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There Shouldn’t Be Any Batgirl Cover Controversy

Posted March 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Much as I have tried not to, it is time I weighed in on the foment surging around the now-cancelled variant cover to Batgirl #41 by Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, because I think people are making arguments that just aren’t valid. And to be clear, this is just the opinion of Rodney Brown, not as […]

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Fairy Tail Cosplay Fires Up Katsucon!

Posted March 5, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Not only does Alex of Alex Valderana Photography take great pictures, he also a great interviewer! And today at Nerd Caliber, Alex interviews cosplayers Succubus Cosplay and Lady Kaylee Cosplay who are dressed as the cat-like Millianna and the tough Erza Scarlet with her Sea Empress armor, both characters from the popular Fairy Tail manga and anime. Filmed and shot at Katsucon […]

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Should You Spy Out A Screening of ‘Kingsman’?

Posted February 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The team that brought us the movie version of Kick-Ass is back with Kingsman: The Secret Service. Did they once again kick ass? Matthew Vaughn is back as the director of a movie based on a comic series written by Mark Millar, as was the case in the hit movie Kick-Ass. In this case the […]

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New ‘Starfire’ Book and Look Keeps The Redesign Train Rolling

Posted February 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

“Batgirling.” According to Bleeding Cool, citing an unnamed internal DC source, that is what the company is calling the redesigning of female characters to be less … well, sexist. The latest to get this treatment, according to news today from DC, is Starfire. The alien girl who went from sexy but innocent member of the […]

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‘Black Vortex’ Will Suck In Lots Of Cosplayers

Posted February 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Marvel Comics has kicked off its latest multi-title crossover comic book event, under the overall rubric of “Black Vortex.” The first issue hit the stands today, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 (yes, it is a God-awful name, seemingly inspired by the ridiculously long names of some modern anime series). […]

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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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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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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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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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Let The Carol Danvers Casting Rumors Commence!

Posted October 30, 2014 by Rodney Brown

With the news from Marvel Studios that Captain Marvel will be getting her own movie, set to open on July 6, 2018, speculation has reached a fever pitch over who should play her. The site Slash Film has a list of their top 10 candidates to be Carol Danvers. That made me decide to repurpose […]

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Happy Halloween From Vampirella!

Posted October 29, 2014 by Rodney Brown

It is just a few days before All Hallow’s Eve, and in keeping with the spooky spirit, your editor in chief thought “What would make a good scary photo shoot? Vampirella would! Scary sexy!” (Yes, that is sadly a fairly accurate representation of my typical thought process.) Luckily, the talented cosplayer Panda Luna Valentine, from […]

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Joker Yuks it up with Yaya Han at NYCC 2014

Posted October 22, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Yaya Han has a new comic book and our Joker, the Crown Prince of Cosplay,  was there at New York Comic Con to talk to her about the first issue as well as her newest Assassin’s Creed cosplay! Check out her comic book at the Lion Forge Comics website. After the video, check out the photos […]

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Do ‘Gotham’ And ‘Flash’ Continue DC’s TV Domination?

Posted October 8, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This new fall TV season has seen the premiere of two shows based on DC comics franchises. How good are they? Let’s take a look. First on the air was Gotham, which is arguably the most ambitious of the two. OK, sure, The Flash, which just had its premiere this week, has the ambitious goal […]

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‘Korra’ May Have Been Too Mature For Nickelodeon

Posted October 1, 2014 by Lauren Grant

With the fourth season of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra airing this week, many fans are still wondering why the very popular show is only being shown on the Internet yet again. About midway through the third season, Nickelodeon pulled Korra’s time slot, stating that due to low ratings it would now be showing only online. While […]

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Babs Tarr Talks With Us About Batgirl!

Posted September 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Last month I had the chance to sit down with new Batgirl artist Babs Tarr, and talk about her first foray into the world of comic books. In case you missed it, Batgirl has a whole new creative team, including writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, and artists Stewart and Tarr. The new direction for the […]

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Queen’s Blade Attacks DragonCon!

Posted September 24, 2014 by Rodney Brown

At this year’s DragonCon, a handful of amazingly talented cosplayers got together as various characters from the quite racy action anime Queen’s Blade. The costumes were daring, but also spot on accurate and well crafted. I was lucky enough to glom on to the shoot (thanks Benn Robbins!) The lineup was: Abby Dark-Star as Claudette, […]

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Cosplay Isn’t Killing Comic Cons, But What Is Changing Them Is…

Posted September 22, 2014 by Nerd Caliber Staff

Recently Bleeding Cool published an article by Denise Dorman, wife of famed illustrator Dave Dorman, called “Is Cosplay Killing Comic Con?” You can read the article in its original location, but spoilers, it’s just an opinion piece with no facts to back it up, just personal observations. The issue is not whether cosplayers are destroying conventions […]

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Book Review: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Posted September 17, 2014 by nerdly

The Clockwork Dagger is an intriguing and rewarding read. It’s the story of Octavia Leander as she embarks upon a mission to aid a war-plagued village, and the people and obstacles she meets along her journey by dirigible. Octavia is immediately engaging, her healing magics fascinating, and her determination is refreshing. An orphan after her […]

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Epic Kill La Kill Cosplay by Sarah Fong and C&C Cosplay Factory

Posted August 27, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Want to see some epic Kill La Kill cosplay? Of course you do! We interviewed C&C Cosplay Factory and Sarah Fong about their awesome Satsuki and Ryuko cosplay at Otakon 2014. And check out some great photos below! Interviewer: Lauren Grant Cameraman: Adam Etheridge  

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How Many Heroes Might Be In Cap 3? Think ‘Secret Wars’

Posted August 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

According to an article on the site CinemaBlend, the two writers and directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Joe and Anthony Russo, told their interviewer that they are hoping to load up Captain America 3 with piles of Marvel Heroes — way more than even the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, if the comic series […]

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SAO Newbie’s Impressions Put Characterization Up Front

Posted August 24, 2014 by Lauren Grant

Who doesn’t remember the days of World of Warcraft — OK, actually they’re still here, but who really plays that anymore? — Or Habbo Hotel? I certainly remember getting on AIM instant messenger and telling my friends to meet me in the main hall of said games and exploring for hours on end. And when […]

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Oh, Baby, ‘Ms. Marvel’ No. 7 Pushes One Of My Buttons

Posted August 20, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Last issue, series launch artist Adrian Alphona was replaced by Jake Wyatt, who did an estimable job on Ms. Marvel #6. This issue he committed what is a cardinal art sin in my mind — resorting to turning a character into a chibi version to express an extreme reaction. First, let me say I understand […]

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Catwoman Takes Over 2nd Season of ‘Nightwing: Escalation’

Posted August 15, 2014 by Rodney Brown

One of our contributing photographers, Alex Valderana, is also the man behind the webseries Nightwing: Escalation, and it has just launched its second season, this year with a new, more feline, lead. In addition to being writer, producer and director, Alex plays Agent Brooks. Check out what he has to say about it below. “Hey Nightwingers […]

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Boston Comic Con 2014 Reporter’s Notebook

Posted August 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

OK, I have said before that the Reporter’s Notebook style article should happen during an event, but, hey, I was tired. That said, below are my impressions of this year’s Boston Comic Con, it’s second at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston. Line management and volunteer workforce size has improved, but both still need […]

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Five Animes You Should Binge Watch This Summer

Posted August 7, 2014 by Ashley Rogers

At this point in the summer we are in the thick of Summer Anime Season. As a general note pilots can be rough. While they give an idea of what the series will become the show can radically change once the show gets its bearings. With that in mind and since most anime are currently […]

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‘Guardians': Fun, Just A Few Flaws

Posted August 1, 2014 by Rodney Brown

If Farscape and Star Wars had a baby, and it grew up to be a stand-up comedian, it would be Guardians of the Galaxy. That is high praise, by the way not a dig. Guardians takes the best crazy alien design and super advanced tech ideas of Farscape and blends them with the awesome action […]

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‘DBZ: Battle of Gods’ More Like Stories of Morons

Posted July 30, 2014 by Lauren Grant

After growing up in a household with a big Dragon Ball Z fan (my older brother) and being the butt of his many random Kamehameha attacks I felt compelled to watch the new Dragon Ball Z film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. And because the Dragon Ball series played a roll, or shall I […]

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Best For Last? Post-SDCC 2014 Videos From “The Hobbit” & “Sin City”

Posted July 28, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While there were some outstanding video teasers and trailers shown during the recent Comic Con International: San Diego, it seems like the most exciting ones have been held until the day after the con closed. First up is the shorter of the two, the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. […]

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