July 12, 2018 Building your community

Today we will be talking about community building then Faith from Valiant comics.

Links in the Episode:


Roseto PA Article

Faith Herbert Wikia

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MEGA podcast

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Two Headed Nerds

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There's no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime. They didn’t have anyone on welfare. Then they looked at ulcers.

They didn’t have any of those either. These people were dying of old age. Roseto PA a place that lay outside everyday experience, where the normal rules did not apply. Roseto was an outlier.

The Rosetans were healthy because of where they were from, because of the world they had created for themselves in their tiny little town in the hills.

In 1992 researchers began to realize the secret of Roseto wasn’t diet or exercise or genes or location. It had to be Roseto itself. As researcher walked around the town, they figured out why. They looked at how the Rosetans visited one another, stopping to chat in Italian on the street, say, or cooking for one another in their backyards. They learned about the extended family clans underlay the town’s social structure. They saw how many homes had three generations living under one roof, and how much respect grandparents commanded. They went to mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and saw the

unifying and calming effect of the church. They counted twenty-two separate civic organizations in a town of just under two thousand people.

They picked up on the particular egalitarian ethos of the community, which discouraged the wealthy from flaunting their success and helped the unsuccessful obscure their failures. No one was used to thinking about health in terms of community. Article here

Starting a podcasting group to build community, behind the glass builds community. DND and pathfinder players build community. Community of people helping the homeless. All around us we see communities being built. Some good some bad, some big some small. At the end of the day we as humans like build groups with other like mined people. Why do you think cons about almost anything are so popular? We like to be around people who are into the things we are into. None of these will allow you to live into your 90s, at least they won’t most likely.

But what community will do is give you a sense of belonging you are not alone. More enthusiasm when you leave and go back to your real world you have more passion for what you are into. Learn, you will most likely find something out you didn’t know before.

I’m going to a local comic con soon with people who like comic books and other nerdy things.

Recently we are working are building a local group around podcasting. The idea is to help each other get better at podcasting. Whether you are new to craft or have be doing it for years, we all can learn and help others learn. I think for the most part people desire to help others. That’s why I think the phrase “can you help me?” Is more effective “than can you do me a favor?” the latter insinuates you will have to pay them back. Since the phrase “you owe me a favor comes to mind.


Any way the idea to build a local in person community around the passion of podcasting. It will be fun and exciting to see what happens.

Hopefully you have a community of people where you live gathering around the things you love. If you don’t try to find one. Most groups have some sort of presence online listing where and when they meet. Try one out, if you don’t like it try another group. If you can’t find one consider starting one around your area of interest.

Let me know what communities you are involved with and why. Email me cn@covertnerd.net Twitter Instagram or Facebook. Go to covertnerd.net for all my contact info, plus I will include all my contact info in the show notes. If you are listening via mobile device you can simply contact me from your phone.


I don’t think Valiant comics gets the positive praise it deserves. Several years ago I was listening to the GoadKicker podcast by Carl Smith and he was talking about the rebooted Rai comic from Valiant. He could say enough good things about it. I thought what the heck I’ll check it out. I was pleasantly surprised at the fantastic art and storytelling. I then proceeded to read their super hero team title called Unity. Which then lead to the Ninjak title they print. Last but not least I ran into Faith which Carl had mentioned too I just never got around to her title until a few weeks ago.

A side note, I have purposely for the most part avoiding Marvel and DC. A way of rebelling against the populace. Yeah I’m a rebel.

Jim Shooter and David Lapham created Faith Herbert (code name Zephyr) in 1992. She is a sci-fi and comic book nerd, which leads her to adopt more traditional superhero characteristics than her friends, such as secret identities and super-names. She is a huge fan of Doctor Who. She’s a legit fan girl who creates listicles and posts cat videos by day while fighting crime by night.

Physically Faith isn’t your stereotypical female hero. What I mean she’s not a size zero with a large bust line. That may sound crude, but come one guys let’s face it. Comic artist get a little carried away when it comes to the female form in comics. I like the fact the creators of Faith made her more realistic. She’s one us, one of the nerds who doesn’t look like how society wants are young woman to look. She’s not super skinny she’s not into being popular and pretty. She just wants to enjoy the nerdy stuff she enjoys and oh by the way use her powers for good. In fact many of her story lines she questions the motives of the other hero’s because she doesn’t want to inadvertently hurt someone else. She has a n innocence about her. And that’s why she’s a breath of fresh air. She’s relatable trying to balance a job a boyfriend and catching the latest episode of Dr. Who.

Since her character is innocence it’s nice to read a more light hearted book. Maybe you can relate, when you are reading more dark books does it affect your mood? I know I can get that way, I have to realize when it’s time to move to something lighter. The darker topics and titles are okay, but just like anything in moderation. I should also clarify that the Faith title doesn’t tackle any tough issues, but her character lends itself to not going there. You aren’t going to see her break a bad guys back on purpose. In fact she goes out of her way to avoid hurting anyone if possible. Let alone kill any one.

Another interesting item I found was in the first appearance of Faith in Harbinger #1 1992. When she is found out that she has super powers she thinks the people who came to see her are there to make fun of her. Which as a nerd most of us can relate when were younger, we were afraid we were going to get made fun of because of the nerdy things we like. It defiantly hints that she has been bullied at school.

Look at the list of accolades this title has gotten over the years.


Faith was named one of The 16 Best Comics of 2016 by Nerdist.

Faith was named one of The 7 best new comics of 2016 by Vox.

Faith was named one of The 14 Best Comics Of 2016 by Uproxx.

Faith was named one of The 7 Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2016 by Barnes & Nobles.

The Faith #1 (ongoing series) Kevin Wada cover was the years' best cover on the Vulture list of The 10 Best Comic-Book Covers of 2016.

Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine TPB was named one of the Best of 2016 by the Everett Public Library system

Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine TPB was named one of the Best Comics & Graphics Novels of 2016 by Amazon



2016 Diamond Gem Award Nominations

2016 Best Comic Book of the Year: Faith #1 (Ongoing)

2016 Best New Comic Book Series: Faith – Valiant Entertainment

2016 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: Faith TPB Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine

Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine TPB was nominated for the 2016 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List from YALSA.


The great thing is they put most of her stories in long TPB form. Which like I said in my last episode is great to read because you can binge on a long story. Pick up any of her trades, you won’t be disappointed. And look at other Valiant titles they have some good titles.


Shout Outs

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That one time I was abducted

Two Headed Nerds

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