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What I Read… March ’17 Edition. 

Okay. I admit. This was a bit of a long one. I had to make up for my dismal offerings last month. (see here.) Continue reading

Curious as to why your Wondercon badge has a picture of some people and the words Midnight, Texas on it?  Well wonder (see what I did there) no more!!

The official trailer for Midnight, Texas has been released along with some info.

Based on the horror novel series by “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris. The series premieres Tuesday, July 25th on NBC.

“The Tudors” actor Francois Arnaud stars as Manfred, a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in Midnight surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies.

Other characters include pawn shop owner Bobo (Dylan Bruce), the witch Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), the mysterious assassin Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), the angel Joe (Jason Lewis), the vampire Lemuel (Peter Mensah), aspiring writer Creek (Sarah Ramos), and Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez).

Lately, we’ve seen a lot of junk on TV and in the movies which are targeted toward children. I’m not talking about movies like Deadpool and Logan – THOSE ARE NOT KID’S MOVIES. They aren’t supposed to be nice. I’m talking about rated PG and G movies, animated, cute-looking, seems nice on the surface movies that turn out to be horrible. There’s a whole bunch of “please never do this in real life” kind of nonsense that, after a while, is just exhausting. From YouTube gameplay that you THINK will be appropriate for children only to find out it’s a bunch of fart jokes and bad attitude that NO ONE wants their kid repeating (I’m looking at you, FGTV), to crap that is down right terrible and doesn’t even attempt to hide it, (reference: “The Day My Butt Went Psycho”) the stupid is literally everywhere.

It’s surrounding our children 24/7 like a giant, jungle snake with hypnotic eyes lulling our children with the soft words, “trust in me”. If you don’t have time to sit there and watch these shows with your kids to filter, chances are the bad behavior they get in trouble for is coming from these shows. It can get incredibly frustrating for parents and I tell ya, the world of media certainly doesn’t make it easy. Before you know it, you’ve turned into your parents – shielding the kid’s eyes and muting scenes in movies that were supposed to be for kids!

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In this episode we review KONG SKULL ISLAND!!!!

****SPOILER ALERT****

This review may contain spoilers from the film.  If you have not seen the film yet, it is recommended that you skip past it.  Otherwise, proceed at your own peril!!

What I’ve Read: February

So January-February has been a very busy, happy and expensive time for me comic book wise. Between Humble Bundle offering a nice big bundle of electronic comics for Image’s 25th anniversary and the bookstore I work at offering a buy 2 and get the 3rd free deal on Image graphic novels, I’ve got enough comics to last me for quite some time. Seriously I might have a problem. Continue reading

The trick is to watch multiple times so you can catch all the easter eggs.

In this episode join AJ and Anthony as they journey to the Long Beach Comic Expo.

While there AJ gets a chance to interview Dan Mendoza about his book Zombie Tramp and his newest book, Dollface.

AJ and Anthony also review Legion.

Finally, Richard Duron stops by to talk about his latest podcast, Shoot The Mark.

All of this plus some other stuff!!!

Episode #170

In this episode join AJ and Anthony as they review John Wick chapter 2.  They also discuss how they were able to watch the original Ghost in the Shell on the big screen.

All of this, plus the news!!!

Hello, it’s me again. and today we’re going to talk about everything I read during January. (Well the graphic novels at least.) Actually I’m going to talk about them and you can choose to read or not, entirely up to you.

Oh since I’m reviewing multiple titles at the moment doesn’t mean you’re entitled to multiple spoiler alerts. This is your one and only spoiler alert. Consider yourself warned that the following reviews may or may not contain spoilers. Continue reading

I haven’t ventured into this kind of thing before, but after my latest acquisition, I decided that I needed to attempt it to share my thoughts and impressions of it with you. I recently got my statue of Deathstroke from Batman: Arkham Origins produced by Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio.

I pre-ordered the piece last year when it was first advertised, despite all of my attempts to talk myself out of it (thanks Richard), and made monthly payments until it was ready for shipping. In all honesty, after the first couple of months of payments, I completely forgot about it until I got the email from Sideshow saying that the last payment was coming up to coincide with the shipping date. It is interesting that a statue running $929.99 before taxes and shipping and everything can become something you forget that you have paid for until it arrives, but that was the reality of having pre-ordered and signed up for a lengthy monthly payment plan.

As far as the statue itself, I am overjoyed with it. The level of detail on found throughout each of the pieces is simply stunning. There are the overarching things like getting the look of the costume, mask, and face right, but I would expect nothing less from a collectible statue. The surprise, for me, comes from all of the small details. Each of the pouches on the tactical belt are detailed to such a degree that you would expect the clips to be able to open and to look inside of them. The finer details of all of the weapons and accoutrements all over his body make each piece look like nothing less than a scaled down version of the real thing. And when I say scaled down, I don’t mean by all that much. The overall size of the statue is approximately 30”.

As far as my overall impressions go, I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase. I have yet to find a permanent home for it, given the size and my lack of planning, but I crack a smile every time I walk by it. And the fun really doesn’t end for quite some time. The statue came with several interchangeable pieces so that the look can be changed at a whim. His right arm can be empty handed, holding his ballistic staff, or toting his assault rifle. His left hand can be wielding his ninjato, empty handed, or, in the case of my version, clutching a battered and damaged Caped Crusader cowl. It even came with a couple of interchangeable heads so that I can decide if I want to gaze upon the weathered and battle hardened face of Slade Wilson or simply stare into the unfeeling mask of Deathstroke, the Terminator. Striking a fearless pose atop a buttress adorned by the Grim Reaper, this piece will please me each time I see it for years to come.

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