Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mandalorians and Marijuana

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hi all,

Had the honor of having Malice and Risika from the Skirata Clan (Star Wars) at my house the other day. He is a wonderful Star Wars costumer - Mandalorian. The Clan is also building something special for the Anaheim, CA Convention in 2015. I understand it is going to be huge. I have attached a pic of the work in progress and would you like this guy in your kitchen? By the way, he is also a great computer tech and got my system back on line and purring like one of the kittens again. Check out the Facebook page and like it at SkirataAliit. If you are interested in crafting your own Star Wars wardrobe you can reach them there. They have monthly construction parties here in Joshua Tree, CA. The clan also does great charity work and recently built a costume for a little girl who unfortunately just died of cancer - her pics are on the site - check them out.

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New Comic Book Day: It Would Be Irresponsible Not To

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

Dynamite Comics
We now have news that Al Pacino met with Kevin Feige at some point presumably to discuss a role in an upcoming Marvel movie, which pretty much requires us to speculate on what role they were talking about. It can't be Ulysses Klaw (since he's rumored to show up in AOU) ruling out Black Panther and it won't be a TV show, because he'd be meeting with Jeph Loeb. So who's it going to be? A lot of speculation has been focused on Dr. Strange villains (Baron Mordo is a terrible suggestion I heard, but Mephisto and/or Nightmare make slightly more sense), although Al Pacino and Bandicoot Cabbagepatch gnawing on the same piece of scenery like two dogs is not my idea of a good 2 hours. No, I think smart money says Pacino's the main villain of Thor: Ragnarok. That's right: Fenrir. DEAL WITH IT.

THIS WEEK IN COMICS: Robert Moses gets sainted, Roy Harper gets faded, Odin gets hammered, Roderick Kingsley gets flipped, Charles Rooks gets freaked out and the Winter Soldier gets called out. But first, Tina Belcher gets perved up.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mexico and the First Year Alone

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:00 am


A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Martha Boyd fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Greetings - as some of you know I just returned from another week in Mexico. Stayed again at the Melia Puerto Vallarta. So this time we went on Delta - first time in ages I have been on a plane with a movie and they did not charge!!!!! However we were 1.5 hrs late getting off the ground out of LAX. The return trip was another first; only 40 people on the plane, everyone had their own row of 3 seats - they ran the flight with only that small number, so overall I was happy with the airline.

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New Comic Book Day: All Dinosaurs All the Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

IDW Publishing
We don't have "one that got away" this week, because we're sending some quality time there. Where? You'll see (I'm sorry for that). We also have the start of a new Amelia Cole arc; a book literally no one asked for; clones of clones of clones; Valiant's Avengers; potentially the most touching dinosaur story since The Land Before Time turned into emotional torture porn AND the dinosaur story with potentially the most touching since The Land Before Time 14: The Dreamers. But first: why the hell does a British rock magazine want to terraform the Earth?

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New Comic Book Day: Robert Caro's The Manhattan Projects

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

Vertigo Comics
I threw last week's copy of The Manhattan Projects across the subway when I was done with it. It was terrific, but it also had that disclaimer at the end that it was going on hiatus and that is BULLSHIT. The only way I'm going to be happy with this is if the "new format" means it's actually volume 5 of Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, about the extraterrestrial-inspired shift south and west of America's political center of gravity and how Johnson misread Soviet intentions in North Vietnam because he was replaced by a shapeshifting tentacle clipping from Leonid Brezhnev.

Quick note about last week's reviews: I only read a digital copy of Ody-C, so I completely missed the absolutely stunning 8 page fold-out that opened the book. If you can get your hands on a print copy, please do so.

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Robotic Gaming Monthly - Press F to Decorate Tree

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:00 am


Hello, and welcome to another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's monthly look at what the gaming world has to offer recently! First off, a shameless plug for our TR Holiday Gift Guide for gamers, which I honestly hope end up leading to one person receiving a nice gaming surprise. In here, though, we do have Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, and Overwatch to talk about, so yay!

Before we enter, though, I must mention something you won't be seeing inside: The Retro Gaming Mag Spotlight, which in an effort to streamline everything here has now been promoted to the role of a recurring Daily List, a la Sherilyn's Starlog lists. And considering that I originally pitched the Retro Gaming Mag Spotlight as a series of lists, I'm totally cool with this, so I hope the rest of you are too! Anyhow, on with the show!

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New Comic Book Day: Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

Image Comics
To all my U.S. brothers and sisters: Happy Turkey Day! I hope yours is spent with good food and better people. This year, I'm thankful for swarms of good Bat-comics; Chip Zdarsky; Simon Spurrier still making X-books; time running out; futures ending; this gif; the Second Image Revolution and the excellence the other non-big-2 are bringing; daring rulebreakers who pronounce gif with a hard g; and comic book award season, where seemingly half of the best comics of the year have come out in the last month, including two that come out today.

In this week's comics, we try to catch 'em all in a strictly non-copyrighted way; Matt Fraction publishes a poetry book; Flash Gordon's friends do science hard; Ray Bradbury gets love from the comics world; alternate versions of clones of Spider-Man threaten to create a continuity singularity; Gail Simone gives us Larance of Arabia; and I'm going to go ahead and SPOILER WARNING Pax Americana up here.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hard Work, Cats and Food, Food, Food!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hi all!

Last weekend we took another hike into the National Park (I have included some pics from the Jumbo Rocks area). Very pretty rock formations. The rest of the week I was pretty busy doing appraisals as this next week time will be taken with 2 continuing education classes and a meeting at Fannie Mae headquarters. They have a yearly meeting that they like us to attend, so I have to try to do 2 weeks work in 1 week to take off for this other stuff. In Calfornia we have to get 56 hours of continuing education every 4 yrs, or generally 14 hours a year. Most of the classes we can take online, so that is pretty good.

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New Comic Book Day: The Nerdiest Oscars Ever

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

DC Comics
Between Neil Patrick Harris hosting and Greg Berlanti, the producer of Arrow and The Flash, being named the head writer for this year's Oscars, it looks like we're getting the nerd-friendliest awards ceremony in forever. The Berlanti news is SUPER EXCITING GUYS, because if the theory holds - Oliver is pretend Batman, making Barry a Tim Drake stand in - via the simple transitive property, NPH is going to be written as Superman and named Hal Jordan, right?

Speaking of Superman, his relationship comic gets a new creative team; a character class gets a collection; Bender is patient zero in the future; Archie gets assassinated; Princess Ugg asks "Do you want to kill a snowman;" Mark Waid tells us how heavy is too heavy for rappelling (spoilers: :( ) and a brand new Marvel/DC crossover comes out.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Clean Cats and Petroglyphs

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hello, hello. We made it thru another week of sillyness. The weather warmed up again out here in the desert. Up in the low 90s most of the week. Very pleasant. I am still getting tomatoes in my garden; only a few cherry tomatoes now and I generally have them eaten by the time I get back to the house. I just graze in the garden - now if I could just figure out how to grow salad dressing. LOL.

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