This year Pax and Jeeg are joined again by Jay and Matt from the Purple Stuff Podcast to celebrate the 2015 Halloween season.  For this episode we all watched two of Rankin-Bass' Halloween Specials. First we discuss Jack-O-Lantern from 1972 and then we talk about the Mad Monster Party movie from 1967.

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In this edition of Drinking with Wrestlers, Mike Downs recounts a tale of drinking with Kevin Nash at a hotel bar in Chicago during the height of the Monday Night Wars.

 

Monday Night Wars

 

Rasslin’ talk takes over Nerd Lunch once again as Jeeg, Mike Downs from the Atomic Geeks, Chad Young from Horror Movie BBQ, and RD Reynolds of WrestleCrap fame come together to wax poetic about the 1990s battle for pro-wrestling (and cable TV) dominance between WCW and WWF/WWE. One episode is not enough to tackle the topic, but the crew hits the highs, lows, and aftermath of this golden age of wrestling. Enjoy and let us know your favorite moments of The Monday Night Wars!

 

If you’re looking for more about the WCW side of the Monday Night Wars, be sure to pick up the updated 10th anniversary edition of RD’s book, The Death of WCW. It’s Bryan Alvarez tested and Jeeg approved®.

 


They said it shouldn't be done, but we did it anyway. With just over four years behind us, the Nerd Lunch crew hit a milestone episode number of 200 shows. With no idea what to do, we were rescued by Fourth Chair Army generals Jay from The Sexy Armpit and Shawn from Branded in the 80s and they put together a special "Roast & Toast" of CT, Pax and Jeeg. You don't want to miss this one as it is chock full of questions, memories and special guests:
Plus hear from:
Special thanks to everyone who participated and everyone who has joined us in the Fourth Chair over the years. Also, thanks to all of our listeners. We hope you enjoy this monumental episode. We'll be back with more next week.


I've been stewing over the idea of updating the logo and Nerd Lunch brand for some time, but just hadn't given it any time. Then one day I sat down at my computer to do something else and next thing I knew, I had knocked out a new brand for Nerd Lunch in the span of a few hours.

The History

When we started the blog, there wasn't really a logo. I created the Hellboy/Ash/Worf graphic and then we used big block letters that gave the URL. About five years ago, I wanted to do something more official so I developed the logo we've been using until now. I really like it, but it has a lot of drawbacks. It's complex in the number of lines and gradients it uses. It relies too much on a background to properly work. It doesn't look great in simplified forms such as in smaller graphics, one-color or in embroidery. These were all factors I considered when coming up with the revised brand.
The Progression of the Nerd Lunch Brand (2007-2015)
The new logo uses two colors at it's base, building on the red and gold used before, but tweaking them further. It has been compared to the look a 50s diner might have or a fast food place. The font is cleaner and bolder.

The Logo and Variations

I wanted there to be a base logo that at the core was "Nerd Lunch" and then anything extra can be tacked on as needed. Currently, that's simply ".net" and something for the Podcast. Should the Web Series ever return or some other project, then we would create a variation similar to these.
Nerd Lunch Brand Variations

The Fourth Chair Army

One of the greatest things about the podcast is the "ever-rotating Fourth Chair." We've had dozens of guests now on the show and I feel like a community has been building as our guests interact more and more with us and with each other. This badge was created so that those who want to, can share graphically their pride about being part of our show and "The Fourth Chair Army."

Fourth Chair Army Badge

Merchandise

No merchandise exists yet, but I have dreams of a few items. Namely a T-shirt and pint glass. A few mock-ups have been created including a shirt exclusively for Fourth Chairs, a corny "listening challenge shirt" and a coffee mug. If there's enough interest, we'll investigate getting some of this made.

Nerd Lunch Pint Glass and Coffee Mug Mock Up

Nerd Lunch T-Shirt Concepts

There are possibilities for stickers, pins, buttons, magnets, cards, and so on. As with anything, it's just about finding the most economical way of pulling it off.

We're very happy with the new brand and hope this lasts us for years to come. Initial feedback on social media has been positive. We're interested in hearing your thoughts. Let us know what you think.

I do things because they are funny to me. Like making a parody poster for the newly announced "Ant-Man and the Wasp" movie based on the 2006 film "Akeelah and the Bee" poster. Is it funny to anyone else? Based on the reaction I got on social media, not very. That's okay.

So we had plans for a really great show where guest Aaron Nix would return after a long absence. The topic we had planned was great and would have been the greatest show ever. But computer problems and the like kept Aaron from joining us. Instead, we present you with this conversation that occurred between the Nerd Lunchers while waiting to start the show.