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Once A Nerd: Amazing Spider-Man #700 from the outside in

January 24, 2013 – 9:00 am

Yes, this is going to be one of those articles, where I use words like “icon” and “mythology” to describe silly spandex-wearing superheroes like Spider-Man. And it won’t be the last time.

Once A Nerd: A Bump on a Blog

January 10, 2013 – 11:06 am
Slice 'N Dice Shredder 1

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog more.
Hey, that’s no more self-indulgent than “lose weight,” okay?  And, in fact, it’s actually quite similar.
I’m trying to lose about 20 pounds of paperweight.  I’m notoriously …

Once A Nerd: The twists and turns of action figure collecting

November 27, 2012 – 1:39 pm
Would the real Red Tornado please report for monitor duty?

Like many children and geeks, I spent Black Friday Weekend wondering which toys I’d like for Christmas. I’m an action figure man, and I’ve been wondering if anything on the pegs appeals to me this year. That’s when I came to a startling realization: I have four Red Tornado action figures.

Once A Nerd: Super PAC, indeed!

November 11, 2012 – 5:18 pm
The author (right) with two disappointed Paul Penzone supporters on Election Night.

Russ Kazmierczak Jr.: The collision of my interests in politics and superheroes spawned an epiphany: politicians and superheroes have a lot in common.

Once A Nerd: Do the clothes make the cosplay?

November 7, 2012 – 11:43 am
Cosplay at Tucson Comic Con.  This guy LOOKS like Tintin!

Russ Kazmierczak Jr.: I’ve developed a strange perspective on the cosplay phenomenon — a perspective that many others probably don’t share.

Once A Nerd: Where did Deadpool come from?

October 18, 2012 – 12:27 pm
Deadpool (Marvel Comics)

Where did Deadpool come from?
That’s a rhetorical question. I don’t need anyone to list his first appearance, or describe the Weapon X program, or map the nuances of Rob Liefeld’s brain (please, anything but that). …

Once A Nerd: ‘Who doesn’t know He-Man?’

October 13, 2012 – 6:20 pm
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Welcome to a new semi-regular column on Nerdvana: Once A Nerd, a series that explores how the stuff we liked as kids affects the stuff liked by kids today.