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By the time you read this the fourth season of BBC‘s Sherlock will be airing and we will have an answer to a two-year-old mystery, is James Moriarty dead or alive? While the character of Professor Moriarty and/or characters based on him are real in the Sherlock and Elementary universes and in scores of other Sherlock Holmes adaptations, some Sherlockians have been asking themselves for decades, if “The Napoleon of Crime” ever really existed at all?

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The character is first mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem first published in the December 1893 issue of The Strand Magazine,  and latter included in the collection of short stories entitled The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes though Moriarty may or may not have been anonymously referred to in a few previous cases. In the story, set in 1890, Holmes asks Watson, “You have probably never heard of Professor Moriarty?” When Watson says no, Holmes then tells him, “Aye, there’s the genius and the wonder of the thing! The man pervades London, and no one has heard of him. That’s what puts him on a pinnacle in the records of crime. I tell you, Watson, in all seriousness, that if I could beat that man, if I could free society of him, I should feel that my own career had reached its summit, and I should be prepared to turn to some more placid line in life.” 

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Gobble Gobble Gobble, my fellow nerds! 
Its that time of year to be pseudo-thankful for all that you have. I say “pseudo-thankful” because a majority of you seem to have lost a bit of grip on the difference between entertainment and your life.

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From the militant basement-dwellers, to the recent surge of the fair weather fan crowd, it seems that the wall between artists and fans has faded to a chalk line that one continuously dares the other to cross.

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS A BIT OF PG-13 LANGUAGE.
IF THAT OFFENDS YOU, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO READ BEYOND THIS POINT.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN SEASON, FELLOW NERDS!
Welcome to another edition of Nerd History with Tom Elmore!

Many of us celebrate the arrival of Halloween by watching horror films. And whether or not you prefer the classics monsters like Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster, or the newer ones such as Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Kruger, almost all of them can trace their origins to three German films of the silent era.

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From 1911 until 1933 Germany enjoyed its first taste of democracy during the Weimar Republic. This gave German artists freedoms of which modern artists would be jealous. Consequently every area of German culture enjoyed an unprecedented wave of creativity. The German film industry flourished during this period, producing about 250 films a year. In Berlin alone there was over 230 film studios. Though filmmakers had unprecedented artistic freedom, they had to overcome obstacles created by a broken infrastructure, shortages caused by World War I and one of the worst economies in the history of Europe.

Yet thanks to their fertile imaginations and remarkable talents, it was German filmmakers, and not Hollywood, producing the most ambitious and technically advanced films in the world. However, many of the films (these three included) showed the conscious and sub-conscious fears of the German people, in particular, fear of authority figures.

NOTE: Synopses contain spoilers. Yes, these films were made almost 100 years ago, but still, a spoiler alert is a spoiler alert! 

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It is past time for a new Comics Corner, it is around the 77th anniversary celebration of Batman’s first appearance, and I have writer’s block. That means a listicle! A while back (February of 2015, to be exact) I offered you all my thoughts on the Top-Ten Most Underrated Batman Stories (click that link and go read it, hopefully again!).

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Since I know there are many who are fans of Batman, but maybe aren’t too familiar with some of his comic book shenanigans, I thought I’d offer you ten more often overlooked and underrated Batman stories. These are in no particular order, but especially if you enjoyed the issues from the prior list, hopefully here are some new entries to add to your pull list.

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September 8, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, one of the most successful franchises in the history of entertainment which to date has spawned four spin-off television series, thirteen theatrical films and countless books, video games and other paraphernalia.
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While many books, blogs and documentaries are celebrating the show’s milestone and its impact on society and pop culture, there is one part of the story that is getting very little attention: the aborted second series Star Trek Phase II.

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1986. It is difficult to call it the “greatest” or “most influential” year for comics, but 1986, much like 1962, was a touchstone year in comics, publishing some of the most beloved stories in comics, even today. While there have been other periods of years or spans of a particular editor which have just as many beloved moments in comics, it is hard to pinpoint exact years the way 1986 was for comics.

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1986 in a period-accurate font

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest comic book contributions to come out of the year 1986. Read on to see the full list!

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Greetings Fellow Nerds!  Welcome to another extra-salty edition of The Negative Space!

A little birdie told me a few of you have missed me coming around and pooping all over your sunbathing in the worlds of fandom… I am touched.. No, really… I’m touching myself. Not like that, mind you, in a totally professional manner. Jeez, get your minds out of the gutter! This is a PG publication!

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Anyway,  since no new movies have come out for me to bash just yet, lets just get into someone who gets on my nerves just as much as Tim Burton and J.J. Abrams…  someone who, let’s just say completes the unholy trifecta of world class overpaid crap directors, none other than Michael Bay!

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