Nerd Stuff Listicles on Ranker (Lists #12-19)

The nerdery never stops. These are the listicles of the starship Rhunerprise, and they’re focused on comic books, collectibles, movies, and more. After they leave my hands, the millions…. and millions… (no, really, millions) of Ranker readers get to vote on the order, which is always interesting for me. Let’s see how it’s been going.

Worthless 90's Collectibles#12 – The Most Worthless 90’s Collectibles You Spent Money On

I got way into researching the rise and fall of Beanie Babies and was very interested to get to the bottom of why collectible prospecting became such a booming practice during the 90’s. Strangely enough, the item that’s been voted to the top was an afterthought for me. At the last minute, I decided to add an entry about the things people didn’t look at as collectible at the time, because, of course, those are the things that did become collectibles. I never should’ve parted ways with my JVC X-Eye (a bootleg Sega CD game console).
Adult Comic Books#13 – 17 Grown Up Comics That Definitely Aren’t For Kids

This is a comic book list I was born to write! However, as I was researching it, I came to learn that I only know about the tip of the iceberg when it comes to adult comics. But whether they’re erotic, or violent, or both, these are the smutty comics that are actually worth reading. I’m surprised to see Bomb Queen taking the top spot, but I’m not surprised to see a personal favorite, Omaha the Cat Dancer, languishing near the middle. Furry soap operas aren’t for everybody.

Sexy Superhero Scenes#14 – The Sexiest Scenes in Superhero Movies

They decided to take it easy on me and let me talk about movies. Finally, my film degree paid off! You might think it’s easy to point out sexy scenes in superhero movies until you’re forced to examine hundreds of them. It was grueling. I tried to be fair and include as many male moments as female moments, but the voters seem to have other plans. At least we’re all in agreement that Catwoman sucks.
Sexiest Non-Superhero Scenes#15 – Sexiest Scenes in Non-Superhero Comic Book Movies

Once I’d finished the previous list, I couldn’t leave all this quality research on the cutting room floor. There’s a lot less non-superhero comic book movies, but since they’re not as heavily marketed to kids, there’s a lot more sexiness in them. Reviewing the voting on this list confirms something I already knew; everyone likes Eva Green’s knockers.
Creey Superhero Sex Scenes#16 – The 15 Creepiest Sex Scenes in Superhero Movies

Noting my obvious expertise, the handsome gentlemen at Ranker asked me to add to one of their preexisting lists that needed to made creepier and sexier. I can’t argue with Howard the Duck making the top of the list, but I don’t think there’s enough appreciation for how creepy some of the things that go down in Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. The fact that the comics are even creepier takes some of the edge off, I suppose.
Crime Comics#17 – The Best Crime Comics to Ever Hit the Shelves

The best discovery I made on this list was Scalped. If you learn nothing else from reading these lists, learn that you should read Scalped. Voters agree, but not enough to outpace 100 Bullets and some classic Sin City yarns. Apparently, there’s not a love for Hunter, which is kind of a bummer. This might be my favorite genre of comics, so it was fun to punch up a good list of quality crime reads.
Comic Book Prisons#18 – Comic Book Prisons Where You Wouldn’t Want To Do Time

Nobody wants to go to prison, but if you had to, it would be a lot more interesting to be locked up in a comic book prison. The chances of breaking out are just too good! I’m surprised that people are into Ant-Man’s personal prison, The Big House, so much more than some other classics, but I guess he’s hot right now.
best-comic-book-bars-u1#19 – Comic Book Bars Where You’d Want to Get a Drink

The Hellfire Club has taken the top spot on this list, though I started it out with Kadie’s Pecos Bar as my #1. It kind of makes sense, because going there means you’re rich, and that means you’re going to be able to have a lot of fun including the mutant kind. Going to Kadie’s means you live in a hellhole that will probably get you killed. Personally, I’d rather pass on committing to any one bar and follow Conan around all the time.
-female-comic-book-characters-who-are-smarter-than-you-u1#20 – Female Comic Book Characters Who Are Smarter Than You

My mom inspired this list when she asked me to name a female superhero who was also a scientist. It took me a little while to name The Engineer from The Authority and Fathom which made me realize how rare it is that comic books attribute females with intelligence. Given time, I came up with plenty of smart comic book ladies, but it still feels like they are the exceptions rather than the rules. Sage isn’t high enough in the voting, but otherwise, I’m happy with this list and it’s 100k+ views.


Album #3 Progress Report #1 (Pics and Setlist)

I have just laid down the last bass guitar track for the 16 songs I have planned. That means all that’s left to record is the vocal tracks (of course, there are a few tracks with beatbox and a cappela which means I haven’t actually started on them at all). It’s still going to be a long time, but thanks to Reaper and getting smarter, I’m recording a little faster than I have on my two previous albums. I started in July and now I’m here with percussion, guitars, bass and various lead instruments laid down. While I’m trying, it doesn’t look like I will finish my Christmas song by Christmas 2015, but it will be the first one to get the vocal treatment (you never know).

Here’s a few pics, a video, and the unofficial tracklist. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST AS OF 2015.11.11

Track No. Title
1 The Special Chord
2 You Never Know Where Love Will Find You
3 Lesbionicle Chronicle
4 Spoiler Alert
5 Write About Butts (Right About Butts)
6 He’s That Guy (Who Gets Shot in the Movies)
7 Oil Spill
8 Intermission Song
9 Risky Business
10 Two Cats
11 Santa Claus is (Probably) a Pedophile
12 Kiss Me Now
13 Can You Picture That? (Muppets Cover)
14 Twitter Song
15 The Sun is Gonna Blow Up
16 Diamonds are for Suckers

Live Pretty Oddcast at Stan Lee’s Comikaze!


Have you heard about the podcast I started last year? It’s called Pretty Oddcast, and it’s a travel show for weirdness. Lindsey Floyd and I have recorded 25 episodes, but the really big news is that our next episode will be a LIVE recording at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. It’s a comic book and pop culture convention like Comic-Con, only less crowded and way better.

Our panel will be in Room 506 at 5:30pm on Saturday, October 31st. Halloween! So dress up, hang out, and party down with us!

You can catch up with our earlier episodes on, iTunes, Stitcher and wherever fine podcasts are sold (it’s free).

Pretty Oddcast (Episodes #19-23)

Have you heard of this shocking new podcast,Pretty Oddcast? Actually, it’s been over a year that we’ve been doing the show, and I still don’t have them all on my site. Of course, the most efficient way to keep track of our adventures is to subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, but here’s some links to our latest:
height_360_width_640_overlay_western-rider-300x300Episode #19: Equestrian Life

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IMG_3248EDITED300x300Episode #20: Renaissance Pleasure Faire

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DSC_1549EDITED300x300Episode #21: Zorthian Ranch

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DSC_1665EDITED300x300Episode #22: California Institute of Abnormal Arts

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Screenshot-From-IMG4395_300x300Episode #23: Hypertheater

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These episodes happened thanks to the cooperation and/or existence of Hollywood Charity Horse Show, The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, the Zorthian Ranch, the California Institute of Abnormal Arts and Rogue Artist’s Ensemble.

Nerd Stuff Listicles on Ranker (Lists #8-11)

I’ve been spinning out nerd lists for at an advanced pace, and falling behind on posts here! So I guess I’d better catch up. If you want to read them all you can click the tag for my Ranker recaps. Per usual, I’ll add my comments on how people have seen fit to re-order my articles with their votes.

biggest-retcons-in-comic-history#8 – The 30 Biggest Retcons in Comic History

This is a wonky one to vote on. I went with “Biggest” in the title so I could rank them based on their impact and influence on the world of comics. I’d imagine people are voting as much for that as they’re voting for “Best” and “Worst.” Some of these are awful things to have to read or even try to summarize (Xorneto), and some of them are fantastically well written (Supreme). A lot of the most important ones have risen to the top, but no one seems amused at the fact that WWE is reprinting comic books just to have CM Punk removed. I guess that’s just me.
the-most-destructive-things-that-have-ever-happened-in-comics#9 – The Most Destructive Comic Book Events

This was a tough one to write, because comic book destruction is just so massive. I guess when it only needs to be drawn, it’s easy to crack open a script and write “So, our story begins when a planet gets blown up and ends with total galactic annihilation…” I had to reach into my (admittedly sketchy) grasp on space opera comics, because that’s where the worst things happen. This list also confirmed what I already know, which is that nobody in the world likes Irredeemable as much as I do. It’s the only entry with more than one downvote.
promiscuous-comic-book-characters-u3#10 – The Most Promiscuous Superheroes in Comics

This was right up my alley! We toned down the title from “sluttiest superheroes,” but since male characters are still hovering around the top, we might’ve gotten away with it. Mystique has flown up from my original position, which I guess means that people assume that a hearty percentage of the sex in the Marvel Universe is Mystique duping other mutants. Meanwhile, Captain Dynamo’s gotten a free pass for his five children from five different mothers.
vgreligions#11 – The Coolest Religions in Video Games

This was a little something different for me. I think my video game knowledge is pretty decent, especially starting around three console generations ago. I suppose you could call this my most controversial list, since just about every entry has a 50/50 split in upvotes and downvotes. I’d never want to join, but Unitology is my favorite, it’s so insidiously integral to the plot of the Dead Space games. If there’s any belief system I really embrace in real life, it’s the cosmology of Mass Effect. Get ready for the Reaping! I’m also a little sad that nobody likes the Lovecraftian stylings of Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem.