Thursday, April 19, 2018

Super Anniversary

Yesterday was the Eightieth Anniversary of Superman, celebrated by DC releasing Acton Comics 1000.   I know the other one is a Superman issue, but its such a great picture.

Although I have been collecting Superman regularly, on and off, since Action issue 600, having two of my favorite writers being removed from Action and Superman to make way for a defecting Marvel scribe, meant I originally didn't have a post themed to the Last Son of Krypton today.


I read the bittersweet, but beautifully executed, farewell of the Superman team, followed by reading issue 1000....


And was once more reminded why I read Superman comics in the first place.


Ah, who needs sleep anyways?


Lets take a look at how this issue celebrated the creators and the concepts that have kept  Superman as the premier super hero across eight decades.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Peru 2- Incan Boogaloo: 2017 Index


Following our first family trip to Peru in 2014, Rosa had been back to see her Mom several times, but we all hadn’t made the return.  To commemorate Anabelle’s Eighth Grade Graduation (as Salutatorian, he said with insane amounts of pride) we decided to go back, and give her both a longer and a more varied stay.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Alice Cooper 2018

I wasn’t planning on writing up a full post on seeing Alice Cooper for the third time with my family.

I figured I’d end up overusing “awesome” again and repeating myself describing “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper” tour we saw on March 9th in Morristown’s MPAC Center.

However, since it was - in fact -  awesome, here’s a list of observations that felt new and…
Well…
Awesome.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

George Awards: The Universe Aimed Very Low and Settled For Very Little

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.


Monday, April 2, 2018

“Being Foolish on April First…


Is like getting drunk on Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s strictly for amateurs.”


I’m not sure where I stole that quote from nor do I have the energy to check at the moment, but I'm going to adopt it (a day late, I suppose) in order to talk about a couple of serious things I’ve been thinking about lately.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

George Awards: Explosions Are Fun

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

George Awards: They’re Not Stupid…

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Treklets Season 3.11

Turnabout Intruder - Mom Title: "Kirk is a Woman"

An episode so...
um...
special, that it fills a whole post.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

George Awards: That’s Two Smells He Likes

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

George Awards: I’d Never Leave the House


Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

George Awards: If I Could Reach

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

T’cha- La LAAAAAA!

It’s pretty telling about the quality of Marvel superhero films that an opening night viewing of a character I don’t follow in the comics at all was a “must see” event for my daughter and I.

Take Batman, James Bond, Mortal Kombat, and The Lion King, stir in a generous helping of excellent writing, great acting, stellar visuals and general awesome- then put the whole thing in a blender, set it on Kirby, and you’ve got Black Panther.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Batman Through a Kid’s Eyes 2


It took a while to get Anabelle to watch these, because, as I predicted, one of the key legacies of this saga is Bale’s goofy voice. Whenever I brought them up, she and her Mother would growl, “Get in duh carrr,” and laugh.  Referencing Scarecrow, the Joker and Catwoman peaked her interest and the quality of the movies pushed us through the viewing very quickly.

Batman Begins
2005

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Batman Through a Kid’s Eyes 1

I realize that I’m starting to stretch the definition of “kid’s” as time passes.

Yet, the intent is the same- seeing how someone unconnected to the time and culture of something’s original release reacts to it independently of its historical context.

Unsurprisingly, my daughter knows Batman in many forms. A great deal of this knowledge came from growing up with me, living in a house with Bat-information books and playing with Action Figures her whole life.

The key source of her knowledge about “real Batman” probably came when we watched the animated Justice League and JLU series twice together. (not counting the later episodes that originally aired when she was teeny)  Plus she’s seen a bunch of Adam West and Batman the Animated Series episodes.  She’s seen all of Batman: Brave and Bold and Young Justice as well, and the near perfect (in some aspects) Lego Batman Movie.

As far as actual comic book stories, she’s read a bit of regular Batman, all of Tiny Titans, Young Justice and Johns's run on Teen Titans.  Batman wasn’t the star of those books, but you can learn a lot about someone by how others see them.

She also read through all of Gaiman’s Sandman and related books at lightning speed last summer.
That’s got nothing to do with Batman (minus a cameo) but was too cool not to mention.

The point is, she knows the character in several of the universes he inhabits.

It was interesting to see her reaction to the different live action versions, many of which were believed to be definitive at the time.

Batman
1989


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Moving Up a Level

It’s been seven years since I started this exercise in writing ridiculousness, and for the past four, I’ve used this time of year to heap piles of compliments on Danceworks at the end of Moving Company season.

Why stop a good thing?


Monday, January 29, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Last Knight First Right

There are a couple of franchises that seem determined to only release films when I am off the continent.

Considering how infrequently I travel, this is an amazing achievement.

Transformers: The Last Knight came out last summer while I was in Peru, causing me to miss another one of these in the theater.  That’s a shame as after five tries, they finally got the humor right in this one.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Evil Dead Season Two- the Ashpansion!

This one is a bit late, even taking into account the on-disc release date, but since the next season isn’t due to begin until next month, I don't feel too guilty.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How to Win at any Edition of Dungeons and Dragons

Howdy readers.  Since I’m battling the Sinus Infection that Wouldn’t Die, here’s a blast from the past.

It's a write up I did on a message board back in the early 2000’s when Third Edition Dungeons and Dragons was being modified.  It’s up to at least 5th edition now, but most of my points still hold as those aspects haven’t changed.  

Since the whole "what is Dungeons and Dragons" question has been raised at work thanks to Stranger Things, this post is now timely again.

I think.  (achoo!)


Monday, January 8, 2018

Treklets Season 3.1

Spock's Brain - Mom Title: “You are not Morg, you are not Eyemorg”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Last Jedi Meets Captain Continuity

Due to reviews, complaints and general fanboy screaming from a small but loud gang about the Last Jedi, 
And with it becoming the top US box office earner in only a couple of weeks and passing a billion dollars world wide in the same time it must be both relatively very small, and extremely loud group.

I believe it’s time to unleash my old alter ego again.  Spoilers in this post.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Grandma Treks Season 2

Once again, proving the multigenerational Trek fandom of the McGinley family, and also proving that there I will take advantage of any chance to get an easy post when I can.

These are Grandma’s comments for each episode of Anabelle’s Treklets.