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From The Nerdery – Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye, Alphas vs. Supernatural, and You vs. The Comic Book Industry

Welcome to another week in our Nerdery fan-girls and gentle-nerds!

For our nerd(s) of the week we chose Rhett & Link, who are the hilarious comedy duo that made this awesome video…


Now, onto the mailbag!


Nathan asks, “Is there anywhere I can go to submit an idea for a comic character if I have the idea but don’t know where to start nor the talent to flesh it out?”

Robbie: After looking into it, I could not find a legitimate way to submit a comic character. You can always submit your idea to a publisher, but who knows if they would steal it or not. If you’re just submitting ideas for fun and not worried about your idea getting stolen, I would email various publishers.

Marvel’s official statement regarding this is:

“Marvel does not accept or consider any ideas, creative suggestions, artwork, designs, game proposals, scripts, manuscripts, or similar material unless we have specifically requested it from you. Marvel is continuously developing and creating its own ideas and materials, and we don’t have the resources to review or respond to unsolicited material. Unfortunately, any unsolicited material you send will not be read or shared. It will be destroyed, and it will not be returned. While we can’t accept your unsolicited submissions, please know that Marvel is always looking for new comic book artists and writers. We constantly read and review indie, self-published, creator-owned, and web-comics, review popular online art communities, ask other artists for opinions and recommendations, and host portfolio reviews at conventions from time to time. If you are an aspiring comic book artist or writer, we suggest you publish or publicly post your material, continue to create, and if you have the right stuff…we’ll find you.”

DC has one along the same lines. So if you’re serious about creating a character, I would find talent locally and work on building that from the ground up. If your character gets a lot of appeal among indie readers you might just have some publishers looking to throw some money at you and your character.



Bill: I want Stephen to answer a mailbag question for me. Who would win in a fight, Green Arrow or Hawkeye?

Stephen: Well, that’s really a two part question dude… “Who would win in a fight?”, and “Who is the better marksman?”

Hand to hand combat – Green Arrow. No question. He’s mastered multiple martial arts and is known to be able to take on several people at once. He’d kick Hawkeye’s ass in a fist fight. Hawkeye has had martial arts and hand-to-hand combat training, but it was never a dedication for him like it has been for Green Arrow.

Marksmanship – Hawkeye would turn the tables and make Green Arrow look like a drunk monkey with a plastic suction-cup bow and arrow from the Chuck E. Cheese prize counter. Dude is a GRAND(F—ING)MASTER in archery. I get that people are like, “But he has trick arrows. That’s cheating.” Firstly, shut up because you sound like a 3rd grader. And if you ARE a 3rd grader, you shouldn’t be reading this blog anyway because I’ve cussed at least a few times in this one article. It’s the middle of the day; go to school.

Secondly, using a trick arrow requires a significant amount of skill and practice because rather than just firing arrows of the same length and weight every time, you’re firing arrows of varying weights and sizes so you have to train yourself to be able to fire those arrows accurately and quickly. This is not Oliver Queen’s specialty so I have a hard time seeing him being able to best Barton in an test of marksmanship.

Cam: I think Robin Hood would win. Mainly because he uses actual arrows and not boxing glove arrows.



Shane asks, “How can a show like Supernatural run for 9 seasons and a show like Alphas barely make it two?”

I have not kept up with Supernatural. I watched the first couple of seasons and then my interest just waned. I’ve seen a few episodes of Alphas and I get the general concept of the show. I can totally understand the confusion of how something that’s perceived as mindless, young-adult fodder could be more popular than something with more a substantial story and interesting characters. But, we have to take into consideration here that Supernatural pre-dates all the other “supernatural” and fantasy shows that are big right now (obviously excluding Doctor Who)… True Blood, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, etc. The horror-drama genre was mostly non-existent at the time this show aired, and the urban-legend-investigation concept was at least somewhat of an original idea for television. Not that the show has ever necessarily been “groundbreaking” but it’s obvious that they set out to do something no one else was doing.

The other major factor in the success of Supernatural is the audience. All the 15-year-olds that started watching the show when it first aired after Smallville in ’05, area probably still casually following it. Also, think about how much adult-female-lust there is over Bill Compton, Eric Northman, and Alcide Herveaux. Back when this show first aired, there was an equal amount of teen-girl-lust over Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. These strapping, brooding 20-something guys were single-handedly responsible for the “carnal awakening” of many a young woman. And there’s just very little competition for that.

Now, not that Alphas cancellation can be measured by Supernatural’s success, but there are elements of it that just can’t compete with other shows like it. It’s not really in the same television genre as Supernatural since Alphas focuses more on the used-for-good supernatural abilities of a covert team rather than the scary supernatural mysteries of the unknown. Alphas has no horror element to it, like Supernatural does. I don’t know what show would be a better comparison to Alphas, honestly. You could maybe compare it to Agents of SHIELD, but that show is so new that comparisons wouldn’t be fair at this point. Heroes and No Ordinary Family have kind of done the same thing and both of those shows did not achieve lasting success either.

To best answer the question, I think Alphas was less successful than Supernatural because it just didn’t build an audience. To my knowledge the show didn’t have a strong lead-in like Supernatural did from Smallville, and that can make a HUGE difference. Also, I think their network just didn’t spend the right amount time promoting and publicizing the show. Word of mouth is great, but if a network isn’t supporting their programming the right way, it’s going to fail.


There you have it nerd friends! This concludes the Nerdery for this week! Send in your questions using the link on our homepage and we’ll answer your questions as we get them! Stay nerdy!


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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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