Are we approaching peak “Blerd” and what does the “rise” of the black nerd signify? The “just a game” response to racial erasure in video game representation. The diversification of fan cultures as they grow. Comic money shifting from comic books to blockbusters. The joy of seeing people nerding-out. The journalistic value of exposing artistic craft. “Nerd-checking” during the rise of nerd culture. Image Comics and the current comic industry: independent is in. Twitter:@EvNarc More from Evan on Kinja.