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conventions! – D23 & SDCC 2017

D23 and Comic Con were back to back weekends. Why would I subject myself to such a strenuous schedule? I wouldn’t have it any other way, feeding the inner nerd two weekends in a row was definitely tasking on the body but it was so much fun.

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san diego comic con 2016 (photo heavy)

The 2016 San Diego Comic Con International (SDCC) has come and gone. This year is the first time that SDCC is implementing the RFID badges, where you have to scan in and out. It worked very well.
This year I focused on people rather than seeing and buying things. It was great to run into people, really reminded me of how SDCC used to be.

Didn’t spend the bulk of my time hanging out with my usual friends, but I got to meet up with other friends, which is always great.


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happy anniversary to g.i.joe a real american hero

Reposting because… I can’t believe it’s been thirty years since G.I. Joe A Real American Hero hit our tv screens.  To be precise, it was September 12, 1983 when the special series entitled The M.A.S.S. Device premiered (with the full series premiering on September 16, 1985). What started out as a five episode installment, that lasted the entire week, and has remained with me to this day.

It was a time when the Iron Curtain was drawn strong in the Cold War and we liked it that way;

Our bad guys wore garish outfits with metal on their faces

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san diego comic con 2015 (photo heavy)

Another comic con has come and gone in beautiful San Diego. This year wasn’t the same, I wasn’t able to walk the floor with my usual buddies. I also didn’t spend hours upon hours waiting in line to get a ticket to wait in another line. The only full day I spent at the convention center was Sunday, and that was bargain hunting day, which worked out pretty well this year.

I went to the premiere of Justice League Gods and Monsters, and the Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Screening TV Panel.

This year I made it a point to meet up with people, comic con used to be a time where I’d run into friends that I hadn’t seen in a while, or would only see at comic con, now it’s a mad house. I know other friends were there that I didn’t get to see, sorry I wasn’t able to hang out for a bit but there was too much foot traffic.

Thank goodness there wasn’t an exclusive figure at the Hasbro Toy Shop that I had to get this year.

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double feature – knowing is half the battle, until all are one

This weekend was my birthday weekend, and I spent it in nostalgia. Starting off with the Back to the Future art show, a movie that I cannot say enough about, but was (and is) a big part of my childhood. But then on Saturday evening… a couple of my friends went to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to see a double feature of Transformers: The Movie and G.I. Joe: The Movie! Continue reading

comic con 2014 part 3 – friends (photo heavy)

I remember going to comic con to find stuff that I couldn’t get, whether that be comics or old toys, but then with the internet and ebay, everything became more accessible, and if I didn’t get it at the con I would get it on ebay. But I still made the effort to buy one comic at every comic con, because it’s called “comic” con.

Then I started to attend panels, screenings, and meet and greets with autographs, long gone are the days when you could walk in to a room and take a seat. I did this to find a place to sit down in peace, away from the security guards telling me I was blocking a fire exit. Now you have to camp out or spend a whole day waiting in line to catch a barely visible celebrity.

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starship troopers – doogie howser as a nazi or “rico, you know what to do!”

Starship Troopers was released on November 7, 1997 by Tri-Star Pictures and Buena Vista International. It’s a sci-fi action adventure satire film directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier, sporting a soundtrack by Basil Poledouris with creature effects designed by Phil Tippett and Craig Hayes (all of them worked on Robocop) and it’s all based on the Robert Heinlein novel of the same name.

I honestly don’t know where to start with this movie, and that’s certainly not a bad thing, cause I have a lot to say, but before I get carried away, go check out what my friends Dr. Q at Craft Beer Tasters and Cody from Three B Zine have to say about this film. Continue reading

happy anniversary to g.i.joe a real american hero

Can’t believe it’s been thirty years since G.I. Joe A Real American Hero hit our tv screens.  To be precise, it was September 12, 1983 when the special series entitled The M.A.S.S. Device premiered (with the full series premiering on September 16, 1985). What started out as a five episode installment, that lasted the entire week, and has remained with me to this day.

It was a time when the Iron Curtain was drawn strong in the Cold War and we liked it that way;

Our bad guys wore garish outfits with metal on their faces

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weekend of August 7-8, 2010

This weekend was warm and eventful.  Saturday consisted of church and then this; lunch at Alcove, then LACMA, dinner at Cacao, then dessert at 21 Choices in Pasadena.

Sunday was spent reading and cleaning. – But I also watched Inception again, -SPOILERS- the second time around I believe it’s still reality that he goes home to.  However something else occurred to me. Some things to consider;

Cobb still never spins his totem when he comes out of the “Chemist’s” sedative, he’s interrupted by Saito.  Cobb’s dad shows up at the airport to bring him home to his kids.  Cobb’s dad introduces him to his “architect.”

What if the whole deal is Cobb’s dad giving him “peace?”  Albeit it, a fake peace?  He’s giving his son all that he wants?  To go back home to the States and see his kids, and more importantly… let go of his dead wife.  Could the whole “job” be something of Cobb’s Dad’s construction?  And Cobb is living blissfully ignorant in a dream state created so meticulously by his own father?

Also, thanks to Andrew for this article Inception Music

Last night I dreamt that we were at a house warming party much like the one my brother had for his house.   But it also felt the complex where I live.  We’re outside and it’s very bright, there a bbq going on and a lot of people strewn about.  Then I’m inside the house and there’s my bed, or at least the bed that I’ll be sleeping in.  And it’s this rather old red bed, like it’s flaking off, or there’s a thick layer of dust on it.  So I’m there in my room for the night, but so are a lot of other people, cause they’re getting the tour and stuff.  Not sure who, but someone assures me that the bed currently in there won’t be the one I’ll be sleeping on.

Then the dream shift and I’m on a studio lot and they had a collectible toy store.  At first I think I’m on the WB lot, but I can’t be sure, because the wide open court yard with the clock tower now reminds me of the Universal lot.  There’s a lot of stuff going on, people carrying equipment and setting up equipment.  But it also make me think of Universal’s lot because there are tourists around, it’s that work slash amusement park feel.  So I make my way to this rather colorful building that looks like something out of a comic book, and inside the facade is a functioning store.  I’m inside just looking at all the toys, old toys at that.  I see this one mash up toy, in the sense that it’s the Gunstar from The Last Star Fighter, in a sort of Power Rangers space toy that got a lot of connecting pieces.  But then the pilot for the toy is Superman.  So it’s just a lot of stuff, and it’s old so the price tag is near the three digits.  There are just a lot of old toys here; GiJoes, Transformers, Legos… all the stuff I wanted as a kid.  But I’m me now, so I call John on the phone and ask him if there’s anything here that’s worth getting, for resale value.  Then I wake up