Ever since I can remember I’ve felt safe in the world of nerds. I became a nerd September of 1990, aka: the day I popped out the womb. I grew up in the stereotypical, all-American family with a Star Trek loving, retired military, computer engineer for a father and a home-making, social butterfly seamstress for […]
‘Tis the season of remembering and celebrating black excellence! Here at Nerd Caliber we have one of the most diverse staffs, from the different kinds of nerdy things we like and do, to our ethnic backgrounds. So in honor of Black History Month I’ve found some amazing Nerds of Color who are making moves in […]
As a general rule I try not to initiate a conversation about media I absolutely disdain (particularly the media I haven’t consumed) because, yeah, I may dislike it but someone else does like it. There’s plenty of popular media that I have defended and loved and been berated for anything from its problematic nature and […]
Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re checking out a game that makes a full 180 on the norm — Vidar! Vidar is an RPG puzzler where everyone dies. Yep, you read that right. You are an unnamed stranger that finds his way into a town on the brink of destruction. You take it upon yourself […]
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 […]
Here is the second half of the shots taken by Micro Kitty Cosplay from Katsucon 2015, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland just outside of Washington DC. Among the cosplayers in this second batch of 100 images are LuckyGrim Cosplay, Jaycee Cosplay, Bethany Maddock and Kamui Cosplay. Nearly unrecognizable is Boston’s Deadpool, […]
At Katsucon 2015, Dollicious took a break from cosplaying her own amazing creations to be an interviewer for us. Here she interviews Leigh of Animated Reality Entertainment about her impressive Cammy coplay from Street Fighter. After watching the video, check out the amazing images from photographer Cantera Image.
We had an outstanding team at Katsucon this year, including Micro Kitty Cosplay who moved from on camera interviewer as she had been at previous cons for us to behind the lens photographer. She brought back exactly 200 images from the convention held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland just outside of […]
For those of you not hiding under a bed afraid of triskaidekaphobia — or of machete-wielding psychos from summer camp — below I have a trio of cosplays of Jason Voorhees, the not-quite-dead son of the psycho cook at Camp Crystal Lake. From the spot on version taken at Super MegaFest in 2011, to the bloody […]
Welcome to Indie Spotlight! The insanity of this year’s Super Bowl left me wanting to dance the night away, so it’s only fitting we take a look at my latest rhythm craze — Crypt of the NecroDancer! Brought to you by Brace Yourself Games, Crypt of the NecroDancer has been highlighted, awarded and recognized by […]
“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 […]
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). […]
Welcome to Indie Spotlight! I spent this past weekend enjoying the thirteenth annual MAGFest in National Harbor, MD. Besides catching up with college friends, invading the arcade machines and grabbing some sweet nerd loot in the dealers’ room, I made a dedicated round through the MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase, and today I’m here with a handy […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Continuing with the excellent photo sets from New York Comic Con, Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography has another set of GillyKins, this time as Raven! After you check out these photos, look at the previous set Alex shot of GillyKins as Captain Cold.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
Emma Lipschutz is a model and actor who we were fortunate enough to get these amazing photos of at New York Comic Con 2014. Her Catwoman cosplay was shot by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography.
Manny of Cantera Image was one of the photographers that were allowed to set up a photo studio at Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and he took a slew of cosplay photos, which we present below. In addition to these images, check out the Saturday galleries Part […]
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.
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.
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. […]
Hail Hydra! I mean, check out this gorgeous Madame Hydra cosplay by Kusumi Halcyon Kia. The photos were taken by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography at New York Comic Con 2014. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster than […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]