Thursday, September 19, 2019

Long Live the Bat: Batman Day 2019



Earlier this year, I wrote a series of articles related to Batman due to the character celebrating his 80th anniversary this year as well as the 30th anniversary of the Batman movie starring Michael Keaton. With the blog about to go into almost-full holiday mode the rest of the year, this will be the last of those articles to give the feature some closure, and we end our celebration of all things Bat with this year's Batman Day.

For the past five years, DC Comics has celebrated Batman Day, the first in the summer of 2014 and subsequent celebrations being in a Saturday in September. This Saturday, September 21st is the big day this year, and comic shops and book stores across the country will be acknowledging the day with select free comics, events, and more. For full details, try the following links:

DC Comics official Batman Day site, the best place to get details: https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2019/09/09/celebrate-batman-day-on-september-21

A downloadable Batman Day celebration kit with coloring pages, games, and fun ideas: https://www.dccomics.com/sites/default/files/imce/2019/09-SEP/BatmanDayActivityKit.pdf

Select Barnes & Noble locations are having local Batman Day events. Check your nearest location here: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/

You may be able to get free Batman comics at your local comic shop. To find out, try here: https://www.freecomicbookday.com/Article/232558-Celebrate-Batman-Day-At-Comic-Shops-September-21st

I also recommend checking your local library, as they may also be participating. I recommend checking out your local library any day for any reason, because libraries rock!

And with that, I officially bring my year(ish)-long Batman celebration to a close. But who am I kidding, I blog about Batman a lot anyway!



The only other thing I have to offer Batman-wise right now is this:


Thanks! Have a great weekend! Long Live The Bat!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Keystone Comic Con 2019 Review


On Friday, August 23rd, I had the privilege of attending Keystone Comic Con, an entertainment convention presented by ReedPOP, one of the largest comic convention organizers in the world. In its second year, Keystone continued to prove itself as a major event for the comics community of the Philadelphia area.

Keystone had a wide array of retailers and dealers for attendees to indulge in. There were plenty of toys, games, clothes, and yes, comics for fans to take home and add to their collection. There was also a long and well attended Artists' Alley where fans could meet and greet a variety of artists and writers, from industry veterans such as Jim Steranko to up and coming artists of tomorrow!

Keystone Comic Con isn't just exclusively for comic book fans. Other interests indulged there include favorite movies and TV series. Keystone even hosted a pro wrestling event!





There were also a great number of cosplayers in attendance. It was almost like having your favorite characters right by your side in the flesh!



Of course, the major attraction were the many stars of film and television in attendance, including Star Trek stalwarts Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis, and Michael Dorn, legendary horror director John Carpenter, fan-favorite voice actors Jeremy Shada and Fred Tatasciore, and the biggest attraction this year, Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, who attended Keystone on Sunday, August 25th.


A personal highlight for me was meeting Scott Patterson, who is best known for playing gruff but lovable Luke on the long-running series Gilmore Girls. Scott was gracious, funny, and welcoming--and a local boy to boot, having been born and raised in nearby Haddonfield, New Jersey!


Keystone Comic Con 2019 was clearly a big success just like its inaugural event last year. As a big-time comics fan, I'm thrilled that Philly has a great opportunity like Keystone for local fans to come together and celebrate the comics, games, and movies that mean so much to us.

Next year's Keystone Comic Con will be Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30th. See you there!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Maple Creme Oreos Video Review



Today is an exciting day for the blog. For the first time, I present my first ever blog video! With the help of my kids, we review the newly released Maple Creme Oreos, issued by Nabisco as a limited edition release for Fall 2019.

What did we think? Find out below!





Please forgive the amateur quality of the video, because I am indeed an amateur! No editing, no special camera or video, I just hit "record" on the laptop camera and hoped for the best. All in all, I think it worked out OK!

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Classic Public Service Announcements from the 1980s



Welcome back everyone! Summer is over culturally if not astronomically, and it's time for everyone to get back to school, work, etc. It's best for us to put fun and frivolity aside and turn to more serious matters. One way to do this is by viewing these classic PSAs from the 80s, informing us how to take care of ourselves.

First up is possibly the most classic of all, demonstrating "your brain on drugs."




Not to be outdone, the following is also highly remembered--"I learned it by watching you!"




Even if you're sober, you'll want to make sure you're properly buckled in while driving. You don't want to be a dummy!




This is a good time to remind you not to take rides from strangers. McGruff the Crime Dog knows what he's talking about!




If we can get back to drugs--the prescription kind--make sure they're out of the reach of children. After all, they're not candy!




Finally, I realize these PSAs are too dark and serious. Let's go out on a lighter note with the help of Captain O.G. Readmore encouraging us to enjoy a good book!




Once again, welcome back from summer vacation, and I wish you all a great fall and remaining 2019. I plan on picking up the pace here at the blog this month, and starting October 1st, a certain countdown to a certain holiday rises from the grave again. Please stay tuned, we're going to have fun.

Thanks!

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Incredible Hulk, "The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow" (1982)


Happy August 2nd!

What's so special about this date? Nothing, really. But every year when it rolls around, I always think of this particular episode of the 1982 Incredible Hulk animated series.

In the following episode, "The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow," Betty Ross's nephew Jonah has a psychic vision of the future in which Betty perishes on a space shuttle mission with the Hulk in tow. The mission takes place on, you guessed it, August 2nd, and the story places emphasis on this particular date.

Now, by sharing this episode with you, you too can think of this episode every August 2nd.

Actually, you probably won't. I only think of it because I'm really, really weird.

Enjoy anyway!

UPDATE AS OF 8/16/2019: Son of a nutcracker! Sorry folks, Dailymotion has taken down the episode. I'll replace it in the future if I get a chance.


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