Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Okay, I'm not really fishing. I am on vacation, though. I'll be back on the 3rd with new stuff for a new year! Awesome!

Until next year, stay creepy
-Phantom

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas everybody!

Toy Review – Movie Masterpieces: Superman By Mattel

While I skipped General Zod the first time he was offered on Mattycollector.com, I knew I would buy the Superman whenever they offered him. Christopher Reeve as Superman is one of the greatest casting choices ever and one of the few versions of the Man of Steel I can tolerate. Also, I saw the first three Superman movies in the theater with my mom (as well as the awesome Supergirl) and Superman II is one of the first movies I truly recall.
I wasn’t too crazy about a couple of things in the pre-production photo on Matty’s site, but their products tend to look much better than those photos. Was that the case this time around? Find out…

Santa’s Mangina

So I stopped at Quick Trip yesterday morning and just had to buy this:
 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Best Worst Christmas Songs



I hold Christmas in a very high regard. I don’t like it when people use “X-Mas” and I don’t care for anything Christmas-related being treated in a crass or disrespectful manner.

Unless it’s really, really funny. Or good.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Best Christmas Songs

I am having an absolutely awesome Christmas season this year. We’ve got the lights on the house, the nutcrackers on the mantel and I’ve been drinking egg nog and devouring gingerbread men like a fool thanks to my “No Diets During the Holidays” rule. A little Atkins in January will clear all this extra fat right up.
Despite all this Christmas joy, I haven’t felt compelled to write about the Holidays at all. I feel like there really isn’t anything new to cover and I am still on a kick where I don’t want to produce any more “Top Ten” lists than are absolutely necessary.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bad Christmas Cartoons

I don’t know if this post is lazy or just unnecessary, but I had to comment on this. I – like everybody else – have received a number of e-mails featuring holiday-themed Far Side ripoff cartoons. In years past these have ranged from cute to funny to bland, but this year the damned things are just stupid. Stupid to the point where I’m kind of enraged that there are people somewhere making money off of these insipid doodles or even, God forbid, making a living.
Below are the worst offenders. They are not funny and in some cases I can’t even really tell what the joke is supposed to be. Our world is ending.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Toy Review – Blackest Night: Sinestro Corps Mongul By DC Direct

Thanks to the general awesomeness of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line I have cut way back on my DC Direct purchases. I’m not even buying their alien Lantern Corps stuff anymore because Mattel has stepped up and will be offering some pretty wacky characters in their line. My DC Direct purchases are going to be limited to figures that are either 1) characters I can’t wait for Mattel to get to (Dick & Damian), 2) done in the style of an artist I love or 3) a character that Mattel may be satisfied to cut some corners on in order to fit into their line.
Like Mongul.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WWE 2010 Slammy Awards - LIVE! (but not really)

I like the very not-RAW intro. Even this crappy song is good because it is making this show feel different and special. The stage looks great, too. The voice-over is also good. Punk, Lawler and (blech) Cole are your hosts.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Battle Cat By Mattel

Battle Cat was first offered back when I still thought I was going to get away with only buying a very small percentage of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics toys. Since then more and more figures have been awesome enough to whittle away my resolve. First I was only going to buy people with skull-looking heads. Then I was only going to buy villains. Then I decided I just had to have Moss-Man, then a He-Man, and it’s been all downhill from there. I’ll still skip one every once in awhile. I have no plans to buy Buzz-Off this month and I already know I’ll be putting some of my subscription figures up on eBay next year. Yeah – that’s how bad it got. I ordered the subscription for 2011.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Movie Review - A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

We were attempting a trifecta of movies the other night thanks to Lil’ Troublemaker falling asleep early. First was the disappointing but not bad by any means Monsters, then the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, then Inception.
I wrote a three page review of Monsters that I liked quite a bit. So much, in fact, that I accidentally fucking saved over it. So now all I have is this stupid review of a stupid movie that if you haven’t already seen, you probably don’t care about anyway. I am so fucking pissed about that review. Fuck. And I can’t even begin to rewrite it, because I’m only going to get even more pissed off about it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Toy Review – Classic Doctor Who: The Master & Axon By Underground Toys

My current TV-on-DVD undertaking is every single episode of Doctor Who featuring Jon Pertwee as The Doctor (1970-1974). My Doctor will always be Tom Baker, but I am finding that Jon Pertwee is my favorite Doctor of all time for the moment. He knows Venusian Kung-Fu and he utilizes it every fucking story. Unlike the other ten pacifistic incarnations of the Doctor, Pertwee’s Time Lord is more than willing to fuck your shit up if he needs to. And sometimes when he doesn’t need to. I’ve seen him chop dudes unconscious - risking concussion and even death – when he could have easily avoided them entirely by just walking more quietly or ducking behind a tapestry.
(the picture above is from Pertwee's first episode, where he pauses in the middle of an escape to enjoy a long shower before stealing some dude's clothes and car)
Which brings me to another reason I love the Third Doctor – dude has no tolerance for anybody. When he’s not busy saving the world, he’s straight-up verbally abusing everybody he knows. He absolutely cannot believe how dumb everybody on Earth is. The story is that he was stranded there by the rest of the Time Lords as punishment for something I haven’t gone back and watched yet, so one could understand his being a little crotchety.
But this Doctor is a Man of Action. He’s always trying to fix the TARDIS or visit some obscure Earth location or something. He’s proactive. And then, right in the middle of important negotiations with an invading alien race, who shows up?
The Master.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Good Lord, wrestling sucks right now

I was working on my “Best of 2010” list the other day when I got severely sidetracked. When I got to “Biggest Holy Shit Moment in Wrestling” I was struck by how few there were that I could recall. As a matter of fact, the one I chose was literally the only one I could come up with.

This led to the article you are about to read (or skip if you are one of the millions… and millions of people who no longer give a shit about the only sport I would ever claim to have loved). I kind of went off, but towards the end I ran out of steam. Mainly because I just don’t give a shit about this once-great sport.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Toy Review – Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mandalorian Police Officer & Pre Vizsla By Hasbro

They’re Mandalorians. I was going to buy them no matter what. Were they worth it?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Medusa

So I just came up with this theory about Medusa that I want to share.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Toy Review – Star Wars: Republic Swamp Speeder By Hasbro

Finding this Swamp Speeder was one of those happy surprises. I had planned on buying it when I first saw a production picture on RebelScum a couple of months ago, I just didn’t know when it was hitting. I lucked into it at the shittiest Walmart in my area, the one none of us bothers to check out anymore because they don’t seem to stock anything. Ever. But my toy sense was tingling as I passed by the other morning and I decided to drop in. I had just started to look for the Zatanna from DC Universe Wave 14 and figured it was worth checking . Not only did I pick up a Zatanna, this normally crappy Walmart also had the newest series of Star Wars vehicles – a new AT-(something) deco, the Separatist Hyena Bomber and this Swamp Speeder.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Comic Book Wednesday: New Cartoons!


This is a long post with few pictures to break up the giant blocks of text. Sorry about that.
Three new cartoons debuted this past Friday night. They all have unrelated comic book series, so I’m going to utilize that tenuous connection and call this a Comic Book Wednesday entry!
I’ve been excited about GI Joe: Renegades, Transformers: Prime and Young Justice for months now. I was going to do a big intro, then I decided that each title had enough individual backstory to split them up. So all I’ll say here is that after the hype and previews and whatever else, my anticipation before actually watching the shows was like this:
Young Justice – Super-Stoked
GI Joe – Stoked
Transformers – Fairly Excited


Monday, November 29, 2010

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Grizzlor By Mattel


The last couple of weeks have been crazy action figure-wise. Everybody is unloading their hot, new Christmas stuff. Also, not only did I get two figures from completely different lines that both came with what basically look like science-fiction dildos; I also got two figures whose appearances are greatly enhanced by fur.
Friday’s Gammorrean Guard was the first; today’s Grizzlor from the accursed Mattycollector.com is the second.
Lord knows I’m getting tired of doing Matty rants every time I get a new figure from those incompetent boobs, and chances are I’m working on another one as you read this. You see, Matty is putting a ton of older merchandise up on their site today in very limited quantities. They are also offering Battle Cat again, so I’m planning on ordering him and the Adam Strange/Starfire 2-pack. Since I spent a record seventy-five minutes ordering Grizzlor, I don’t expect this to go well. This is the one that I’m going to be trying to do from work on my phone. The Roboto sale went fine from the phone, but for Grizzlor I was trying on my phone and on my PC and the PC got through faster. I’m sure I’ll have a magnificent new rant for you tomorrow.
It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say I ordered Grizzlor as sort of a joke. The character has no special attachment for me (like, say, fellow Horde member Leech; who I hope they get to in 2011), but he’s all furry. Like Sean Connery. The production photos on Matty were hilarious so I had to have him. I can enjoy ridiculous toys just as much as straight-up awesome ones. But once I opened Grizzlor up, I realized he actually leaned more towards the awesome side.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Toy Review Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Gammorrean Guard By Hasbro

I said earlier that Admiral Ackbar was the figure I had been anticipating the most from this assortment. While that is true, this Gammorrean Guard had ended up being the jewel of the bunch. As far as a fat, slobbering pig-man can be a jewel anyway.

Toy Review Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Admiral Ackbar By Hasbro

Admiral Ackbar was by far the figure I was most excited about from this wave. He’s always been one of my favorite alien characters, and not just because of the ToyFare attention. Part of his appeal to me comes from how great and important his character ends up being in the Expanded Universe, the other part comes from the fact that he just looks awesome and weird and out there.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I tend to skip weekends and not bother posting on evenings. The reason is that the rest of you people seem to only use the internet while you’re at work, so posts during those times get very little traffic. I get that – I don’t want to sit around reading some jerk’s blog when I’m at home and could be hanging out with my family or watching movies or playing video games or pretty much anything else. The whole reason blogs are so prolific online is because people hate their jobs and want to do anything they can that isn’t their job until quitting time rolls around and they can go home to their families or get shitfaced at TGI Friday’s or whatever.

So you might wonder why I’m bothering to post anything on Thanksgiving, a day when people will be eating and watching football and pointing out the perceived failings of their loved ones.

Because I’m at work, jerks.

Sorry. In all honesty I really don’t mind working on Thanksgiving. The holiday has never been one of my favorites and I’m getting paid a lot to be here. Tomorrow I get even more (this is weird because I’m actually writing this last Friday night, so please excuse any strange tenses or continuity weirdness. Lord knows, the aliens might come between now and Thursday. The planet might not even be here.).

But I do want to produce a holiday post, if only to break up these reviews of the new Star Wars figures. So I’m going to try something shocking and original: I made one of those hand-turkeys:
Happy Thanksgiving, Phantomaniacs!
-Phantom

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Toy Review Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Wicket

I am a fan of Ewoks.
I get why people don’t like them, I just don’t agree. Ewoks are savage little brutes that were going to eat not only Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, but the mighty Chewbacca as well. And people scoff at the fact that they played such a big role in the Empire’s loss at the Battle of Endor. You know what? That generation of Imperials has been proven to be the most incompetent of any, while the Ewoks were wild savages backed into defending their homes and their way of life from invading aliens. If Randy fucking Quaid can save Earth from the Independence Day aliens, the Ewoks can damn well do the same from a bunch of poorly trained morons who can’t even shoot straight and think the most efficient weapons of war are a giant dog robot that explodes when it gets tripped and a giant robot chicken that is apparently made of the Star Wars galaxy’s equivalent of tin foil.

Toy Review Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Rebel Commando (Endor) By Hasbro

I’ve never been too excited by the Endor Rebel Commandos. I think they’re just a little too mundane when compared to pretty much anything else in Star Wars. A bunch of camouflaged soldiers running around in the woods just doesn’t compare with the Falcon blowing TIE Fighters to pieces. When Sideshow produced three of the Commandos from Jedi I specifically remember thinking, “Why?”
I had a couple of the Kenner ones when I was a kid and they were always Greenshirts for GI Joe. That couldn’t hold their guns. I also bought the one that came out a couple of years ago, but e can barely stand up.
But this new Vintage Collection release looks just cool enough that I felt I needed him. Was I right? 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Toy Review Star Wars: The Vintage Collection R2-D2 (Jabba’s Sail Barge) By Hasbro

How could anybody possibly get excited about a new R2-D2 figure? We’ve got over eleven billion variations on the world’s most famous astromech, with no end in sight. It’s unlikely we’ll ever get a definitive R2-D2 figure in this scale, because for a little white garbage can he does a whole lot of different stuff over the course of the Star Wars saga.
But this release is one of the better ones. This little R2 unit features a new, more accurate size and shape. It also comes equipped to perform all of the tasks you saw in Return of the Jedi. This is a fairly impressive accomplishment when you consider that in the sixth chapter of the saga R2-D2 was a bartender, a champion saber-tosser, a lockpicker and a co-pilot. 

Toy Review Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Wooof By Hasbro

The newest wave of Star Wars Vintage Collection figures is the first in over a year that has offered more than a couple of figures I felt compelled to purchase. The wave is made up of characters from Return of the Jedi and fills in a lot of holes in the modern collection.
Today’s figure is one of those characters that Kenner screwed up the first time around. He was released in the 80’s as “Klaatu”. This is inaccurate in the same way that releasing a Phantom Troublemaker figure and calling it “Human” would be inaccurate. This guy’s species is Klaatu, but his name is Wooof; which is a stupid name, but what are you gonna do?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Platinum Championship Wrestling 11/18/2010

Shit. I had about half of this written and saved it wrong like a dumbass, so I’m going to skip my original preamble and go straight to the event.
Last month Platinum Championship Wrestling had their debut event at The Masquerade. Me and Angry Matt and JTW were there and it was awesome enough that I switched my work schedule so that I would be able to see the second show last Thursday. The schedule change meant that I would miss WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view Sunday night (last night), but I’ll take a live indie show over a PPV from a boring company that doesn’t know its ass from a hole in the ground any day.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Toy Review – Back to the Future Part II: DeLorean Time Machine By Diamond Select Toys

I hate to start this review on a negative note, but there’s no getting around the false representation involved in this toy. The box proclaims it to be the time machine from Back to the Future Part II. It is not. If it were, the tires would fold down for a flight mode. They don’t.
I’ve been pretty excited about this toy ever since Diamond first announced it. I’m 34 years old, so the Back to the Future trilogy is somewhat sacred to me and the second movie will always be my favorite (though the third is kind of special too since it was one of those rare movies I saw with my dad). And besides the nostalgia and just general high quality of the franchise; who wouldn’t want a toy of that DeLorean?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Toy Review – Doctor Who: The 11th Doctor’s TARDIS By Underground Toys

I think this is my first actual review of any Doctor Who toys, which is ridiculous because I have a ton of ‘em.
This is the second TARDIS playset that Underground has produced, and only the third ever made. That’s kind of insane when you think about the fact that Doctor Who has been an international presence for almost fifty years now. I’m talking about actual TARDIS interiors here, not the police box exterior. To their credit, Underground has produced at least four or five completely different sculpts of the police box at different stages of its existence, many of which have been released in a few different sets. If you want a TARDIS and don’t have one, you just haven’t looked. They’re everywhere. Toys R Us even had a set, albeit briefly.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

11-17-2010 Comic Book Wednesday

Comics are pretty good now, so maybe I’ll be writing these a little more frequently. I’m not going to cover every single title I buy this time, just the stuff that I feel deserves specific attention, be it bad or good.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Toy Review – Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt & Throne (Walmart Exclusive) By Hasbro

I honestly thought that the search for this set was going to drive me nuts. It’s a Walmart exclusive and that means one of three things:
1) Every Walmart on the planet will get absolutely deluged with the things. They will get marked down again and again and you will be able to buy one for around twelve cents before all is said and done. Of course, your dumb ass bought it the first time you saw it and therefore paid 75% more than everybody else.
2) We in Georgia will hear for months about how whichever exclusive item it may be is showing up all over the country. It will be plentiful but expensive on eBay. After months of watching the Walmarts in your area (I have five in my normal driving circuit) you will finally give in and buy one off of eBay for almost twice the retail price. Naturally, the next day option 1 will happen.
3) You will never, ever see the item at a retail location near you.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Troublemakers Go to Walt Disney World (Part 2)

I guess I do have some more to say about our Disney trip. I was just running out of gas big time towards the end of Part 1. The tail end of a thirteen hour shift will do that to you.
Before I get to the story I want to mention a big, huge thing that I neglected last time: I got new shoes.
This is my first pair of grown-up shoes, by which I mean they are not skate shoes or boots that were purchased from a store that also sells hair dye and punk CDs. I bought them at Sears. And they are AMAZING. We did more walking in our week at Disney than I have probably done all year, and I did not suffer any back or knee problems at all. I feel like an old, old man having to write that; but it’s just how things are now. I need arch support. So know this: Phantom Troublemaker now officially endorses New Balance sneakers and if the New Balance company would like to send along a few pairs in, say, a nice purple and green; I will gladly produce a song about them. What the hell rhymes with “balance”?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Troublemakers Go to Walt Disney World

            We took Lil’ Troublemaker to Walt Disney World a couple of weeks ago for his third birthday. I’ve been putting off writing about it for two reasons - 1) Not a lot of anecdotal stuff happened, and 2) The trip itself - for reasons that I’m not going to explain here – was not how I would have done it.
This is as much as I’m going to say about #2: Do not let somebody else plan your Disney trip. Ever. Especially not your son’s first one (I said 3 was too young and I was right). About a year ago a very different experience was proposed than the one that ultimately occurred, which is the only reason I agreed to it, and that’s as much as I can say without hurting anybody’s feelings. Just know that the three of us had as much fun as we could and none of the negative came from the missus or Lil’ Troublemaker. I got pretty pissy a couple of times, though. That’s just how I react to false advertising. Sue me.
Now a bit of time has passed and all of the things that pissed me off so much relating to the circumstances of the trip have paled in comparison to the good times we had.
So, despite me being a prick on a couple of mornings, we ended up doing all right. Lil’ Troublemaker got to meet Mickey and Minnie and Donald and Goofy. He got to pet Pluto and made a valiant attempt to get through an extremely long line to see Buzz Lightyear. We’ve got pictures of him hugging Mickey’s Gang that make me just a little misty every time I look at them. That little kid is so happy and full of love and we aim to keep him that way.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Toy Review – Marvel Legends: Deadpool & Warpath By Hasbro

Go ahead and just skip this opening part if you read my review of Black Widow and Winter Soldier. I just recycled since they’re from the same series and I don’t have any other generic comments to open with except to say that I do not understand the Marvel Select figure line.
Okay, don’t skip just yet. Marvel Select recently put out a Deadpool figure that doesn’t look very good. Actually, they just put out two Deadpool figures that don’t look very good – a seven-inch scale (who the fuck does seven-inch scale? That’s as stupid as DC’s thirteen-inch scale…) and a 1/6th scale. I don’t like either of them because Marvel Select clearly has very little skill at designing fun action figures. They are very good at designing large characters, though. I was tempted to buy the Hulk and Ben Grimm figures they put out and did buy a Watcher. I guess they’re good at zombies too, because those Marvel Zombies figures are great. I guess Select should avoid the standard heroes and villains. Just leave it to Hasbro, guys…
You can skip to First Glance now.


Toy Review – Marvel Legends: Black Widow & Winter Soldier By Hasbro

I love it when I lose track of when toys are supposed to be coming out. Sometimes the internet is a pain in the ass, what with letting us know when toys are hitting the rest of the country so we can waste countless hours dropping in on our favorite (and not-so-favorite) toy retailers to check the shelves.
The last time I heard anything about the newest series of Marvel Legends 2-packs was back in February after Toy Fair. I’m not sure I even remember them being mentioned at SDCC. Then I get a message from Evil the other day letting me know that he’d gotten them and that Valkyrie didn’t look so great. I had no idea they were coming out, but managed to get them on my very next trip to Toys R Us.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Roboto By Mattel

I was on the fence about Mr. Roboto, here (c’mon – you would’ve said it too). He’s a great concept and definitely stands out among the other Masters, but those primary colors just don’t do it for me.
So here’s what I decided to do:
I used it as a test subject. You see, Mattycollector.com is having a special sale (They call it a “sale” despite the fact that nothing is marked down, it’s just re-offerings of old stock; but what do you expect from those people?) on 11/29. They haven’t revealed everything that they’ll be offering that day, but they have announced that as the date for the Battle Cat reissue. And I want a Battle Cat. The problem is that I’ll be at work that day. Somehow or another I have been extremely lucky all year long and have been off on the days that Matty has put up their products. This is the first time since last year that I will be forced to order using my phone, and traffic since those those on-sale dates appears to be up about a billion percent.
I was recently informed that phones might be a more successful way to order from Mattycollector on the on-sale dates. This sounded like ridiculous bullpucky to me, but since Roboto was a figure I didn’t mind waiting for a reissue on I thought I would give it a try to see what I would be in for on 11/29.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Movie Review: Splice

Man. I’m not sure how to go about reviewing this weird fucking movie.

It was one of those films that I had heard a lot of positive things about and then waited too long to check it out. I don’t think anybody had anything negative to say about it, and that is usually a bad sign because my expectations tend to get too high.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Comic Book Update

I really want to write about comics. That’s fortunate considering I need an article for Wednesday, the day I only occasionally manage to make comic book themed.

So here’s another one of those sporadic updates where I run down how the books in my pull are, quality-wise. Sorry I don't have any pretty pictures today. My November malaise has rendered me too tired to scan or even Google.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NOvember

November is fucking bullshit. It means Halloween is over and Christmas is still a ways off. And honestly, who gives a shit about Thanksgiving? Yeah – I’ll do a post about things I’m thankful for or whatever, but I have never been able to work up a single shred of enthusiasm for this stupid holiday. You have to hang out with your loud, boring relatives and you don’t even get any presents out of it. It should really be called Tolerancegiving.
I’ve been bummed out all day and I finally figured out that this stupid month was to blame.

Friday, October 29, 2010

31 Days of Halloween – Day 29: No Writin' today!

     I had to come up with something for today last Saturday. Unfortunately I didn't feel like writing at all. Fortunately (or maybe not, depending on your enjoyment of this post) I did feel like drawing, which is something I don't do nearly as much as I used to. I am severely out of practice, but I'm actually fairly happy with what I came up with here. Or you wouldn't be looking at them.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 28: Vintage Troublemaker - Paranormal Activity

Since the new one just came out, I think it's entirely apropriate and not at all lazy to post my review of the first one. Not lazy at all - no sir.

Huh. I'm not sure what to make of this one.

Mrs. Troublemaker was more stoked to see this movie than any other movie we've seen since I've known her. I was pretty excited about it, too. Honestly, seeing two movies in a month is a record for us, much less a freakin' week. The internet had hyped the dhit out of this one. Even our friend, John, had told us it was awesome and had scared the piss out of him to the point where he couldn't sleep. We were both ready to be even more scared than when Obama won the election. Expectations were high. In other words, this neat little movie was kind of fucked from the start.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

31 Days of Halloween – Day 27: Comic Book Wednesday - Supernatural Comic Book Heroes

I had a whole intro written about supernatural themes and beings and how they had been woven into the worlds of superheroes in comic books. Then I started making my list and realized that some of the greatest occult-oriented characters had never interacted with a standard capes-and-tights universe. So that whole intro was right out.
Instead, this intro is about how horror and the occult have always accompanied our favorite funnybooks. From the legendary EC horror comics to the X-Men fighting Dracula right up to pretty much everything IDW printed up until a couple of years ago (and that company is now a Diamond Premiere Publisher, alongside DC and Marvel thanks to those titles), the supernatural is a common theme.
That’s because anything having to do with monsters and magic is naturally intriguing and mysterious – a ready-made point of interest and conflict (not to mention a proven money-maker). Humanity’s nature demands that we be drawn in by the unknown and unexplained, and comic creators have always cashed in on this just as much as novelists and Hollywood.
So here is a compilation of some of the most notable of comicdom’s more supernatural personalities. These are the characters that live in the shadows or fight them. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 26: Vintage Troublemaker - The Tower of Terror!

Today I am going to talk about one of my favorite theme park rides of all time: the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the Disney MGM Studio Theme Park in Orlando. That is one long moniker.
Walt Disney World is my favorite place on this planet. If I had the option to pick anywhere to go on vacation, Disney would be it. It's clean, it's fun and it is the one place I have ever been where you really get true separation from the real world. If there is one thing you should be able to figure out about a guy who writes from a masked persona, it's that he probably wants to escape from reality a good bit. That is the true magic of Disney World. Everything there is self-contained and you can live in that place the whole time you are there without ever seeing a bank, a Wal-Mart or an urban outdoorsman. Fucking Utopia, I tell you. I'll probably do a whole special feature on the Disney parks at some point, but today is reserved for… TERROR!

Monday, October 25, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 25: Toy Review Blade: Trinity – Abigail Whistler By Hot Toys

I have cut back dramatically on my purchasing of 1/6th scale figures in the past several months. As much as I love the products that Sideshow Collectibles offers, the average sale price for a single figure has jumped from around $80.00 to $110.00. I just can’t justify it like I used to.
I’ll still pick up a figure from time to time if it is something really special. If they do a great job on Zartan or Destro I might have to pony up. Although after skipping Firefly, I’m kind of thinking I might have that habit beat. If I can turn down my favorite Joe character ever I should be able to avoid any further temptation. As far as their Star Wars line goes, there are only a few characters that haven’t been produced yet that I would want to have. Those are mostly from the Expanded Universe (the Solo kids, Mara Jade, Pellaeon), so I’m not going to hold my breath.
As long as their line of zombie figures - The Dead – stays under a hundred bucks apiece I’ll keep getting those.
All of this talk of not spending too much money brings me to the subject of today’s toy review: Hot Toys’ $149.99 Abigail Whistler figure.

Friday, October 22, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 22: Freaked! & The Evil Dead on Blu-Ray

October is going to be all horror, all the time (unless we’re hanging out with Lil’ Troublemaker; but even then we’ll watch kid-friendly Halloween stuff) and I’m going to give you mini-reviews of every movie I watch rather than churn out more lazy (notice I said “more” – that doesn’t mean I won’t keep re-posting old ones) Top Ten lists.
Along with our annual viewing of THINGS this past Saturday night, we also showed The Evil Dead (Blu-Ray) and Freaked. Freaked won out over C.H.U.D. by popular vote. Sadly.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 21: Vintage Troublemaker - The Top Ten Wrestlers That Best Represent Halloween

There have been many, many wrestlers with outlandish gimmicks over the years. Out of those, there are a select few that truly embody the ideals of our favorite non-Christmas holiday.
These are the guys that are creepy, kooky and spooky enough to bring Halloween to mind even when it is months away.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 20: Candyman

October is going to be all horror, all the time (unless we’re hanging out with Lil’ Troublemaker; but even then we’ll watch kid-friendly Halloween stuff) and I’m going to give you mini-reviews of every movie I watch rather than churn out more lazy (notice I said “more” – that doesn’t mean I won’t keep re-posting old ones) Top Ten lists.
I always underestimate this movie. My brain tends to lump it in with all of the other slasher flicks (not that I don’t love those), but Candyman is much more than just a horror flick. I mean, Phillip Glass did the score - People Under the Stairs this ain’t.
Virginia Madsen plays a reporter who wants to do an article that shines a light on urban plight or some bullshit. Being a stupid white upper-middle-class liberal with no sense of reality whatsoever, she goes down to the projects to look for a story. It is there that she learns about the Urban Myth of…
CANDYMAN!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 19: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

I don’t know about you, but the Troublemakers had a pretty awesome fucking weekend.
On Friday, the wife and I celebrated our five-year anniversary at the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse with JTW and his lady. Saturday was my annual showing of the cinematic abomination that is THINGS, and we had three new victims to corrupt this time. On Sunday we had Lil’ Troublemaker’s birthday party. 
He won’t actually be three until the 27th, but we’ll be at the greatest place on the planet that day, so anybody showing up will be hanging out with Varis and Otis. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
While it is a bit difficult to pick out the best part of an overall great weekend, our experience at the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse on Friday night wins. It is one of the best things I have ever done. Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I didn’t bring my actual camera. These were all taken with my shitty phone camera. Also, there are no shots of the actual walk-through because they don’t allow it and I wouldn’t even if they did because I hate spoilers.