Monday, August 14, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: SURVEY SAYS!

BY PHANTOM TROUBLEMAKER

For the first time ever you have the opportunity to determine the FUTURE!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 173 – Dragon Con 2017: Revenge of the Horror Track


Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dragon Con 2017’s Streaming DCTV is Now for Everyone



By Jerry Chandler
https://dragoncon.tv/

Last year, 2016’s Dragon Con had two announcements that made certain events at the convention so much more convenient for not only attendees to see, but, in one case, for almost everyone else in the Atlanta area as well. Last year the parade was televised live by Atlanta’s CW for the first time. This allowed everyone to be able to see the parade as it happened whether they could find a spot on the ever more increasingly packed sidewalks on Saturday morning or not. The other 2016 announcement was an even bigger deal for many. That had to do with DragonConTV.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: The Dragon Awards

by Beth
Last year I encouraged you to sit on your ass, and vote for the first annual Dragon Awards. This year I encourage you to do the same thing. I didn't get on in time for the nominations so if you want to have a hand in choosing the nominees next year look for the nominations process to start in early July. I'm a little mad at myself about it too since Thrawn didn't get a nomination. Just because you didn't get nominate your favorite whatever it is you like doesn't mean you can't still participate though.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: The Costume Post – aka – In Your Satin Tights

By Phantom Troublemaker


It takes many different elements to create the magic of Dragon Con – fan Tracks, celebrity guests, apple pie – but in my opinion few are as important as the costuming community.
To me, Dragon Con’s biggest virtue is that it gives me the ability to immerse myself in an environment that is accepting, nurturing, and fantastical. Where, for five(ish) days we can all be whoever we were mean to be – our best selves. Whether you’re a wizard, a wrestler, a soldier from the future, or a mad scientist, you get to be you. And more importantly, you’re surrounded by fellow wizards, warriors, and Wonder Women.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It Came From After School Television – Star Blazers



By Jerry Chandler

Star Blazers debuted on American television in 1979. One of the major channels to carry it was the early cable flagship channel, Superstation WTBS. I was eight-years-old when it hit the American television airwaves and the fledgling cords of a young cable industry. At least where animated television shows were concerned, I had never seen anything like it before. To say it blew my young little mind was a bit of an understatement.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews August 2017: “Things With Pages”

By Phantom Troublemaker


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 smell.

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 October.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Dragon Con 2017 – Phantom's Preview

By Phantom Troublemaker
A wise man* once said that Dragon Con is always either a year or a day away. And it certainly feels that way.
We might be a month out from the greatest annual pop culture gathering of all time, but I can feel the scaled behemoth breathing down my neck.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 171 – San Diego Comic Con 2017


It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to look at the big news out of San Diego Comic Con!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It Came From After School Television - Robotech



By Jerry Chandler

It was the mid-eighties when we first saw Robotech fly onto our television screens. It was officially 1985 that the series was launched in the US, but not everyone had it playing in their area that year. It made its debut the year after Transformers and Challenge of the GoBots, so it was certainly able to catch the eye of anyone who was caught up in the craze for transforming robots. But, other than the surface similarity of having giant vehicles that could turn into giant robots, Robotech was totally unlike those cartoons; or, for that matter, any other cartoon on mainstream American television to that point.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Devlin's Domain - Bad Boy Bubby



There is no objective reality. Each one of us has a unique mind with it's own way of interpreting it's surroundings. Not only does the processing of information vary from person to person, but we each have our own unique experiences. Some of us were raised in rural areas, some in cities, some in Amazon jungles. All of these factors create a version of reality that is exclusive to each person. Some people think they were created by god/gods. Some people believe they were created by aliens. Some believe they exist through a random, natural occurrence. Currently this country is experiencing varying versions of reality. Some see a threat of white supremacy and intolerance taking over, while others see a coordinated effort to limit free speech and allow nefarious forces to obliterate traditional values. Those are just two ends of the spectrum and there are plenty of other views in between. Today's film explores a subjective reality that is drastically different than any of us have experienced. A reality that has been intentionally shaped by outside forces, isolation, and cognitive deficits. Let the madness begin.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7 - It Begins

by Beth



Hey did you guys know that Game of Thrones season 7 started? Crazy right? It’s like they just sprung it on us out of nowhere when we weren’t even expecting them. HBO really needs to fire whoever is in charge of marketing this show because I heard nothing about it at all. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Thoughts on San Diego Comic Con 2017 – The Toys

By Phantom Troublemaker


I wasn’t at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, but as a toy-obsessed lunatic I had to follow all of the news from here. This Friday will see the release of the Needless Things Podcast’s annual SDCC wrap-up with Ryan, Jay, and Josh, but it’s always helpful to me to go ahead and put a post together about my favorite stuff from the show.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 170 – Masters of the Universe Needless Commentary


Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

George A. Romero



1940 – 2017
By Jerry Chandler

There aren’t a lot of people who you can say created a new genre in film; certainly not in the more modern eras of filmmaking. You can say that about George Romero. He created- somewhat by deliberate design, somewhat by accident -the modern zombie in horror. If it had not been for this (at the time) overly ambitious young filmmaker and his friends, the zombie of film, television, books, and comic books as we all now think of it would never exist. It is a legacy left behind that will live on for more years than he or even most of us could probably ever truly comprehend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1987 – The Video Games


On episode 167 the Needless Things Podcast we talked about the pop culture of 1987. We recorded a similar episode last year about 1986 (and will do another one next year about 1988 – see the pattern?) and I accompanied it with posts about the toys, music, television, and movies of the year.

It all started out as one post, but as I poked around my memory (and the internet) I realized that there was simply too much great stuff to include it all in one post. At first glance 1987 seemed a bit leaner in terms of pop culture awesomeness, but then I started poking around and discovered that roughly 8,000 absolutely incredible movies came out in 1987, so that was one huge on its own.

Naturally posts on television and toys followed. Today I’m looking at the middle ground between the two that has become such a staple of pop culture, but that back in 1987 was essentially still in its infancy – video gaming.

I’ve written about the Nintendo Entertainment System before, but I could probably write a post a week about the NES for the next decade and still not convey how much I loved that thing. The main thing that you need to know is that my parents absolutely would not spend money on an NES for me, so I had to save up and buy it myself. I can’t find exact figures, but I know that I bought the light gun set that included the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge and the light gun. I believe it was $150.

That translates to roughly $340 in 2017 money. I know I did chores around the house and saved Christmas and birthday money, but I do not know how long I saved. I do know that $150 would have bought a lot of GI Joes.

This video game system was very important to me, is what I’m saying.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Video Game Review - Until Dawn

By Christina


The Fourth of July brought us many things.  A celebration of our freedom, cookouts with family, and fireworks galore.  It also brought us a sale on games for Playstation Plus members that included some games being given for free.  God Bless America.  One such game is one that I had heard of before, yet had never played.  My addiction to Youtube had caused me to hear about it through watching one of my favorite channels, OutsideXBox.  I was curious yet hadn’t given it as much thought beyond the videos I watched on my favorite Youtube channels.  My husband decided to give it some thought, however, because hey… free makes everything better.  I have to say that if this game had been at full price I still would have grabbed it.  It is worth every penny invested in making it and has more replay value than almost any game I have ever played.  The characters not only have very specific personalities, but how you play the game will adjust their personalities… and even yours.  Have you ever played a game that psycho-analyzed you before?  Literally?  If not, you will the second you turn this one on.


I couldn’t recommend Until Dawn any more than I do right now.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Introducing Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor



By Jerry Chandler

We’ve heard the speculation for years. We’ve heard it from as far back as (even if it was purely a joke then) the ere of the last few original Doctors. We’ve even heard specific names attached to the talk more than once. But somehow the talk never panned out. Certainly the talk intensified in recent years. Not just because of the changing times, but because of other changes of this nature being introduced into Doctor Who. Still, it seemed a longshot given the reported frontrunners for the role over the majority of the last year. But that all changed on July 16, 2017. The next Doctor is a woman.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 169 – Spider-Man: Homecoming



Phantom Troublemaker, Ryan Cadaver, and the Award-Winning Bobby Nash once again gather in the Phantom Zone, this time to discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Why I like the Fact that Kevin Smith is Still Making Movies



By Jerry Chandler

Kevin Smith has been making films “professionally” since 1994’s Clerks. A series of films following Clerks made him a huge, buzzworthy name in cinema in the 1990s. Odds were good that there was at least one huge fan of Kevin Smith in almost every group of friends, and more than a few people around you were quoting Jay’s lines from any number of Jay & Silent Bob scenes. A lot of people were getting behind Kevin Smith’s success as a filmmaker. It was a great story of the little guy making good in the profession he loved. After all, this was a guy who somehow made it big with a film that he made on only (originally) $27,000 that was almost entirely 92 minutes of people just talking to each other.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

State of the Site Address

By Phantom Troublemaker


For over seven years, 1,915 posts, and almost two million page views, Needless Things has provided five posts a week almost every week.

We provide original content featuring perspectives and opinions about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. We don’t do clickbait, we don’t cut and paste Twitter feeds, and we don’t break our articles up over multiple pages to increase traffic.

We will never do those things.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Fate of the DCEU - A Fan Theory

By Christina


If I wasn’t a geek I wouldn’t be writing for Needless Things.  If I wasn’t a comic geek I wouldn’t have covered the Marvel and DC universes already, and started coverage of the Injustice comics (which I plan to keep up, I promise.)  I’m not pro-Marvel or Pro-DC; to be honest my favorite Hero/Villian in Marvel is Phoenix and Dark-Phoenix and in DC it’s a tie between Batman/Green Arrow and Joker/Harley.  The debate of the MCU/DCEU verses their respective TV timelines is probably my most favorite subject to dive into currently because it’s becoming the most rich topic out there as of late.  Superhero movies are booming at the box office.  The TV shows are taking over the airwaves, especially for Networks like CW.  And like Yogurt said in Spaceballs, they’ve given great “Merchandising!  Merchandising!  Where they real money from the movie is made!”  The only problem so far is that what I wrote in my last piece debating the success of the MCU verses the DCEU has proven to be true until right before the release of (the freaking fantastic) Wonder Woman.  Marvel is shooting passed on a bullet train made out of money, movie after movie, whereas DC is floundering.  They haven’t given every single Justice League character a stand-alone movie before launching the team into its first group mission, unlike Marvel succeeded in doing with Avengers.  How are they going to keep this franchise going without keeping a cohesive team that you can already enjoy and relate to?  The fan theory that seems to be outlandish yet the most discussed, has been the one that I have jumped on the bandwagon of, ladies and gentlemen.  It can be summed up in one word:
Injustice

Monday, July 10, 2017

1987 – The Toys


On episode 167 of the Needless Things Podcast we talked about the pop culture of 1987. We recorded a similar episode last year about 1986 (and will do another one next year about 1988 – see the pattern?) and I accompanied it with posts about the toys, music, television, and movies of the year.

It all started out as one post, but as I poked around my memory (and the internet) I realized that there was simply too much great stuff to include it all in one post. At first glance 1987 seemed a bit leaner in terms of pop culture awesomeness, but then I started poking around and discovered that roughly 8,000 absolutely incredible movies came out in 1987, so that was one huge on its own.

Television also ended up providing enough pop culture treats to warrant an individual post.
All along I knew that the toys of the year would provide plenty of material for a piece because if there’s anything I can go on about, it’s 80s toys. Even if there was only one big toy released in 1987, I could’ve waxed poetic about it for a thousand words.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 168 – Spider-Man


Phantom Troublemaker, Ryan Cadaver, and the Award-Winning Bobby Nash discuss everyone’s favorite wall-crawler, Spider-Man!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Some Tricks in Wrestling Used to be Much Simpler



By Jerry Chandler

One of the things that pro wrestling has always lived and died on is the simplicity of various concepts and how easily the audience would- no matter how absurd they truly were -go along with the concepts. For literally decades upon decades, wrestling fans simply accepted some things that happened in wrestling because they fully accepted that what they were watching was real. Well, that or they had a hunch that it wasn’t but simply went with it. One of the things that might blow the minds of some who are not fans of pro wrestling is the ease that promoters have traditionally had with getting fans to accept good guys becoming bad guys and bad guys becoming good guys. Frankly, if you’re unfamiliar with pro wrestling or simply an infrequent viewer, you might be shocked at how often good guys become bad guys and bad guys become good guys. You would also be amazed at how ridiculously simple it could be (and still can be) to make that switch.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews July 2017: “Where For Art Thou, Toys?”

By Phantom Troublemaker


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 smell.

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 September.

Monday, July 3, 2017

1987 - TV


This past Friday on the Needless Things Podcast we talked about the pop culture of 1987. We recorded a similar episode last year about 1986 (and will do another one next year about 1988 – see the pattern?) and I accompanied it with posts about the toys, music, television, and movies of the year.

It all started out as one post, but as I poked around my memory (and the internet) I realized that there was simply too much great stuff to include it all in one post. At first glance 1987 seemed a bit leaner in terms of pop culture awesomeness, so last week I attempted to write a single post.

That, obviously, didn’t work.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 167 – 1987


The dynamite team of Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo reunite to look thrity years into the past!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Saving Bray Wyatt



By Jerry Chandler

Windham Lawrence Rotunda, now known to the world as Bray Wyatt, was born with everything anyone would need to know to be successful in the professional wrestling business ingrained into his DNA. He is the son of one of the great (but often underrated) in-ring performers of his time, Mike Rotunda. His mother, Stephanie Rotunda, also brought something into the mix. She is the sister of Barry and Kendall Windham, Bray’s uncles, as well as being the daughter of the legendary Blackjack Mulligan. There are relatively few wrestlers in the industry today with a pedigree anywhere near as prestigious as the one he carries, and fewer still that so seemingly effortlessly prove that they are more than capable of living up to and exceeding the expectations of such a pedigree. This makes it all the more crushing to see the WWE apparently having no idea how to truly use Bray Wyatt.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

1987 - The Movies


This Friday on the Needless Things Podcast I’ll be talking with Beth, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo about the pop culture of 1987. We recorded a similar episode last year about 1986 (and will do another one next year about 1988 – see the pattern?) and I accompanied it with posts about the toys, music, television, and movies of the year.

It all started out as one post, but as I poked around my memory (and the internet) I realized that there was simply too much great stuff to include it all in one post. At first glance 1987 seems a bit leaner in terms of pop culture awesomeness, so I’m going to start this post with the same intent that I did the first one last year – to write a single post.

We’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SyFy's Blood Drive

by Beth
The SyFy channel has long been a joke. Well, it has been for me anyway. Terrible horrible terrible movies, and original shows that don't quite get the job done have left SyFy adrift in a world of not knowing what it wants to be. Sometimes it's like they're trying to pick up the geeks G4 left behind (man I used to love that channel), and then they run off to make more bullshit for the dudebros. I've made no secret about how I feel about the direction the movies have taken, but I have given some of the shows a chance. Z Nation was very literally the worst, 12 Monkeys got old pretty quickly, and I'm reading the first book The Expanse is based on and it's so fucking slow that I can't imagine it being a worthwhile show. I'm only finishing the book because I paid money for it, otherwise I'd have given up a few hundred pages ago. Face Off is done, Cosplay Melee is their second cosplay show that hasn't worked, and I keep hearing that Killjoys is the new Firefly so that must mean it isn't even close.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Toy Review – Entertainment Earth Exclusive One:12 Collective Space Ghost from Mezco Toys

By Phantom Troublemaker


I did not understand what I was looking at the first time I saw Space Ghost: Coast 2 Coast.

That has nothing to do with this action figure, as this release is based on the original cartoons, but I can’t very well write about Space Ghost without mentioning his talk show and Cartoon Planet.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

There Will Be No WWE Women’s Revolution until the Old Guard is Gone



By Jerry Chandler

I hated writing that headline, but I’m certainly starting to feel that it’s true. The WWE has been making a lot of noise about their women’s division of late, and, to a large degree, it’s deserved. On a purely technical level, the division has some of the best workers in it that it’s seen in a long time. On a purely entertainment level, you’ve got a larger number of workers who show a stronger and better foundation for being able to engage an audience than they’ve had on their roster in a long while. But, in the end, none of that may matter in the here and now because of who currently makes the ultimate creative decisions for WWE programming.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Toy Review – DC Multiverse Batgirl from Mattel

By Phantom Troublemaker


Mattel has been making some interesting character decisions with their Multiverse line lately. A mix of modern comic book looks and TV and movie characters has revitalized the style once called DC Universe Classics and made something old seem new again.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Guest Post - Are We Living in the Golden Age of Geekdom?

By Jeffrey Francis




Not too long ago, I was chatting online with some fellow geeks when one of them said that they were bored because there was nothing good on to watch. This was followed by the usual nerd battle over which particular fandom was the best and how all others pale in comparison. (For the record, classic Doctor Who is the best fandom.) It amazed me how so many fans of geek culture and shows put on blinders and tune out almost everything except one or two franchises that check all their beloved boxes. I pointed out that they should be thanking their lucky stars for what's going on in geek, and by extension, popular culture. Allow me to step out of my old man cave, yell at young nerds standing on my lawn, and explain why we might be living in a golden age of geekdom.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 165 – Orgazmo Needless Commentary


Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Building a Dark Shared Monsterverse



By Jerry Chandler

The newest iteration of the Mummy has come to the big screen, and all signs point to it leaving the big screen in fairly short order. I don’t write that with any sense of joy. I’m a horror guy. I like horror, and I actually like the Mummy as an iconic horror monster. I’d love to see more of the attempts at modern horror using the classic monsters succeed. I’d love to see a shared universe where the Universal Studios classic monsters all walk the same Earth. Unfortunately, it sometimes seems that we either won’t be getting that or that we’ll get it and it won’t be worth the time to watch it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Devlin's Domain - I Will Walk Like A Crazy Horse



Most people in this country today have never had to live in an environment where they weren't dependent on some sort of technology. Nearly everything that is not yet facilitated by machinery is going to be facilitated in some way. Even something as simple as typing this review can be done by speaking into a microphone and a computer will manifest my speech in text form. As convenient as things are now, one must wonder if humanity may be losing some sort of connection to it's primordial beginnings. As we have evolved suspiciously beyond every other life form on this planet, we've left them far behind and mutated the Earth into something barely recognizable. Interesting things this week in Devlin's Domain.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Movie Review - The Girl with all the Gifts

by Beth

I had been keeping an I on this movie since I first heard about it last year. I had no idea it was a book until I googled it tonight. I consider this quite a lapse on my part since I'm usually up on my zombie books. I didn't even realize it had been released since I'm not into "art house" theaters. If it ever came to the big screen in Atlanta I sure never heard about it. But when I saw it pop up on-demand I watched it immediately. I've made no apologies for my zombie exhaustion. I blame The Walking Dead for becoming so popular that it spawned countless terrible zombie movies. This looked like it would be something different though so I went for it despite the $6 price tag for an on-demand movie. It was certainly a different zombie movie, and very interesting, but I don't know that it was enough to revive a failing genre. This is a spoiler filled review though so consider this fair warning.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Toy Review – One:12 Collective DC Comics Joker from Mezco Toys

By Phantom Troublemaker


Personally, I find the Joker to be a tough project as an action figure.

In my head, when I think of the Clown Prince of Crime, I think of Jim Aparo’s Joker from A Death in the Family. For obvious reasons that story stuck with me and had a huge impact on my overall view of the Joker. I’d almost say it haunted me. For someone that grew up with Cesar Romero’s whooping, pink-clad hooligan, the murderous character depicted in that story was quite a departure. Even Jack Nicholson’s wonderful, maniacal performance didn’t have the same impact as Aparo’s depiction of Joker’s face as he was clubbing Jason Todd with a crowbar:


That’s a nightmare.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 164 – Wonder Woman


The Needless Commentary team convenes live in the Phantom Zone to discuss DC's newest blockbuster – Wonder Woman!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Recent Reminder that Fan is Short for Fanatic



By Jerry Chandler

Over my decades as a member of fandom, I’ve seen any number of bad fan stories told by both professionals and my fellow fans. Some accounts by pros of bad fan stories, such as Harlan Ellison’s Xenogenesis, have included the extreme end of bad interactions between fans and pros. Other bad fan interactions have been merely the trifling actions of the obnoxious members of fandom such as one fanwho felt he “had to” demand that Rob Liefeld apologize for his comic work and later gave him a copy of the original How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way (bought new at the con they were both at) at an autograph table while being filmed by a friend and request that Liefeld learn from it. Some people might include the recent Phoenix Comicon incident in these lists, but I’d chalk that one far more up to a subject with severe mental issues.

As bad as some of the physical encounters outlined in essays like Xenogenesis unquestionably are, the worlds of widespread internet access and social media have given every “bad fan” and troll in the world the ability to harass and harangue creators in ways they never could have before, and with a frequency unlike anything seen in earlier eras. Not only do professional creators who are more accessible to fans online occasionally face a storm of hateful comments for days or weeks on end, but they also have t0 worry about those few special individuals who view their “outrage” as justification for doxxing a creator and his or her family. This can arguably be said to be in ways far worse than the occasional rude fan or the once in a blue moon extremely distasteful or physical actions by fans at public appearances.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews June 2017: “Talking Shirt”

By Phantom Troublemaker


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 smell.

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 August.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Guest Post - A Look Back at Sci-Fi Shows That Didn't Get a Chance

By Jeffrey Francis


Sci-fi shows are once again proving popular on cable TV. While I grew up with only Star Trek: The Original Series in syndication and Doctor Who on PBS (and their constant pledge drives), today's geek can watch a bevy of shows that are currently being made. We have the new Doctor Who on BBC America, and SyFy has Killjoys, The Expanse, Dark Matter, and a few more on the way. There's even a new Star Trek series coming, although it's only streaming. That being said, the TV gods are often cruel and capricious when it comes to sci-fi shows. Many of them have suffered a quick dismissal after a single season, and the graveyard of TV shows is littered with series that only had a handful of episodes. I figure it's time to pay some respects and take a look back at some sci-fi shows that didn't get a chance.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 163 – Sir Roger Moore


In the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon discuss the life and career of the recently deceased Sir Roger Moore.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The (Mostly) Folly of Man - The Giant Insect Invasion



By Jerry Chandler

The first detonation of a nuclear weapon was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 am on July 16, 1945. They used the code name of Trinity for the detonation. The name was inspired by the works of John Donne, a poet whose work often touched on the metaphysical and the religious. It was an interesting name as chosen by scientists for such an event; touching on concepts of the big bang and the creation of all things. For Hollywood, it inspired a bit of a different Biblical twist, the time of giant beasts.

The idea of splitting the atom and unleashing the terror of radioactive doom on mankind wasn’t quite scary enough for Hollywood. Writers decided that the true terror in the dawning of an atomic world was the effects of mutation on man and beast and insect. By mutation, I mean growing (or, in one case, shrinking) various subjects to quite unnatural proportions. While the human monster created by the power of the atom was popularized in films like 1957’s The Amazing Colossal Man, my true love of the atomic aged terrors unleashed by Hollywood, although not all of them were directly linked to the atomic tests, were the giant bug movies.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Toy Review – DC Multiverse Jim Gordon Batman from Mattel

By Phantom Troublemaker


And here I thought that I was done with Mattel’s DC Comics toys.

When Mattel resumed production on 6” scale DC action figures at the end of 2015 I wasn’t too interested. I bought a couple of the Dawn of Justice figures just because there was a new Batman and I thought the Wonder Woman looked cool, but they weren’t good enough for me to want to start collecting. The Suicide Squad line didn’t change my mind on that, though I was impressed with the assortment they offered. Just not the quality.