Okay, so let’s set the stage for this one. Arthur Rankin
Jr.- he of Rankin/Bass Productions fame -decided he wanted to creatively branch
out a bit. So, after decades of becoming famous for children’s holiday specials
Claus Is Comin' to Town, Mad Monster Party, Frosty the Snowman, and
variety shows like The Jackson 5ive and The Osmonds, he decided he wanted to
make more adult oriented television movies with 1977’s lost world adventure The
Last Dinosaur and 1978’s horror offering, The Bermuda Depths. There
would also be a third film, 1980’s The Ivory Ape, but the less said
about this film the better. Having had some luck working with Japanese
production companies years earlier with 1967’s King Kong Escapes, and
possibly because everyone else laughed at the proposals for the films, he
struck a deal with a somewhat past its prime Tsuburaya Productions to handle
much of the monster FX works. So, basically, you’re talking about a great
recipe for total disaster.
Hi. My name is Christina. And I’m addicted to essay books.
I am admitting it freely. I have an extreme and downright obsessive
addiction to essay books. The Buffy scholars have filled the world with
TV show and movie worth its salt has them. I can’t get enough of this
non-fiction delve into the psyche of characters, breakdown of
episodes, and understanding of how certain tropes speak to a need for
feminism, industrialism, or whatever “ism” that the writer
is trying to describe. Whether or not
I agree with any view, I just can’t get enough of exploring them all.
So the question I imagine you are asking is this: What is an essay
book and what has she been babbling
about for an entire paragraph?
I hope I don't get kicked out of geek club for this. I seem to be one of the few people who didn't unreservedly love Thor: Ragnarok, and I feel like I need to express some of my dissatisfaction. I liked it, but had far more problems with it than I had expected. If my friends who don't love superhero movies as much as I do liked it more than me than I feel that there's a problem that needs to be addressed. There are probably some spoilers here so read at your own risk.
Some ongoing news popped its head up into the social
media world this last week, and fandom suddenly felt its heart grow three sizes
that day. Unfortunately, this was one of those things where fandom really
needed to stop and think and maybe play the part of the Grinch a little more.
Outside of seeing some interesting speculation with regards to some Marvel
properties (which was what most of the people I saw salivating over this were
initially talking about) I saw little about this that made me think it was a
good idea. Even seeing the Marvel properties “go home” to Disney- while that
could open up some interesting possibilities for the next phase of Marvel films
-might not ultimately be the great thing some initially thought it could be. To
be honest, perhaps the only good thing in such a deal would be straightening
out a lot of the remaining issues around Star Wars: A New Hope.
If you don’t know, Previews
is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they
distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view
and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade
paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles
from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The
genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering
other things to pay for.
It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo
So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages
within are products that might be currently available or could be released
anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this
month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in January.
Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful
items offered in this month’s edition!
I don’t do as many toy reviews as I used to because,
quite frankly, when you’re creeping up on a decade of doing them it gets a
little old. But from time to time I do still get excited about something and
it’s usually an entirely new line like this one – Disney’s Toybox.