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Michael Walsh and Mass Nerder Pack the House for 150th

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The Mass Nerder Podcast and guest Michael Walsh celebrated their 150th episode with a live show to a packed house at Hamilton’s Arcade

Mass Nerder performs live to a packed room

Mass Nerder performs live to a packed room – Photo By Mia Rosa


Ally Blundy, James “Cubby” Nelan in his sweet R2D2 hat and Cole Rispin of The Mass Nerder Podcast – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald

Standing Room Only

Hamilton, Ontario – Higher Mentality’s own cannabis infused pop culture podcast, Mass Nerder celebrated their 150th milestone episode by hosting their very first live show at licensed retro-arcade aptly named, Arcade Hamilton. The show itself was packed. By the time the show started, there was standing room only.

“We thought five people would show up.”, said show creator Cole Rispin who also produces and hosts the podcast. “I’m so happy that it was such a good turn out. We’re all so grateful.” Along with Rispin, the show is co-hosted by cos-player Ally Blundy, musician Cubby Nelan and his brother Ben Rispin, also know for hosting Puff Digital’s Into The Weeds Podcast.

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Host Cole Rispin laughs with the crowd at The Mass Nerder 150th episode celebration – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald

Mass Nerder and Michael Walsh

The foursome welcomed comic book creator, and show regular Michael Walsh . Walsh has recently made major waves in the medium working with companies like Marvel, DC, Image, Archie Comics and IDW. Also discussed was Comeback. Walsh and co-creator Ed Brisson.

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Cubby, Cole, Ben and Mike Walsh at Mass Nerder Live – Photo By Tommy Bowden 

Live show breakdown

The show started as it normally does, with the crew sharing what they have all recently been consuming. Mass Nerder’s regular format ended up working extremely well in a live setting and the group often had the audience in hysterics. Following this, the group interviewed Walsh about how he broke into comic books and what it was like trying to make it in blue collar Stoney Creek, where he grew up. Walsh also discussed Comeback, his very first graphic novel. Although Walsh himself is insecure about his work on the book, citing that he has grown as an artist, Comeback has been picked up by Sony Entertainment and is being adapted into a feature film. Comeback will be directed by Nacho Vigalondo, who directed the cult comedy dram, Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sedeikis.

Ally Blundy of Mass Nerder

Ally Blundy of Mass Nerder – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald


Ben Rispin laughing

Ben Rispin of Mass Nerder – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald

Cubby Nelan of The Mass Nerder Podcast

Cubby Nelan of The Mass Nerder Podcast – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald

The show closed out with a very active question and answer session where audience members asked everything about favourite accomplishments to artist technique. One audience member even asked a “Marry, Fuck, Kill’ question in regards to Marvel, DC, and Image. Walsh, who reluctantly answered, was patient, endearing and well spoken.

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[156] Mass Nerder – 150th Live Show Celebration with Michael Walsh [Mar 3, 2020]

Episode 156: This week documents Mass Nerder’s first live appearance to celebrate our 150th episode milestone (although this is actually episode 156 ) We’re joined live by friend-to-the-show comic book illustrator, writer, and creator Mike Walsh. We discuss what we’re watching, playing and reading, chat with Mike about how he got into the comic book industry, and close the show with an audience Q&A that shouldn’t be missed! No spoilers, but Mike Smith, whom we thank every episode for listening, also makes a cameo. Topics include Spider-Man, Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons.




Listen to the full episode here:

Michael Walsh Laughing

Michael Walsh Laughing – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald


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“Michael Walsh is an Eisner award winning Canadian comic-book creator, based out of Hamilton, Ontario.

In 2013 Michael co-created the IMAGE comic book series COMEBACK (soon to be a major motion picture) . After this, Michael launched a follow-up to the hit television series the X-FILES for IDW. Since then he has worked primarily with MARVEL COMICS on properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, The Avengers, and the X-Men, as well as adapting the Star Wars film THE LAST JEDI. In 2019 Michael was the artist and colourist of the hit DARK HORSE x DC COMICS crossover, Black Hammer/Justice League.

His publishers include Marvel comics, DC Comics. Dark Horse, Valiant, Humanoids, Archie Comics, Titan, Boom!, Dynamite and IDW.”

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Lots of laughs were had at The Mass Nerder Live Show


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“Reconnect is more than a company–it’s an opportunity for good. Reconnect can reverse tragedy by sending agents into the past to rescue your mother, your wife, your brother or father or child moments before their untimely death. Mark is one of these agents. He brings the rescued from the past to the present, to a blessed reunion with their loved ones. He saves lives…or does he?”

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Comeback is available through Image Comics

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Ben shows a copy of Jughead:The Hunger – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald


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“Jughead Jones has always had an insatiable appetite… but what if his hunger came from a sinister place? When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light in this horrifying collection for TEEN+ readers.”

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The Mass Nerder Podcast is Higher Mentality’s premiere cannabis infused fan-culture podcast. Hosted by writing duo Cole Rispin (Nerdy Lasagna) & Ben Rispin (Puff Digital’s Into The Weeds Podcast), cosplayer and gamer Ally Blundy, and musician James “Cubby” Nelan (The Reason, Born in the 80’s), Mass Nerder tackles the most controversial topics taking place in our most favourite fictitious worlds. Follow The Mass Nerder Podcast on instagram and Twitter @massnerdercast

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The Hosts of Mass Nerder hang out in the basement of Bong Mansion – Photo By James Heaslip

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Ben Rispin listens to audience question at Mass Nerder Live! – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald


Group shot! Photo By Hayley Morgan


Big laughs at Mass Nerder Live – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald

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Cole Rispin of The Mass Nerder Cast preps for the live show – Photo By Jeff Fitzgerald


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