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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New Comic Book Day: DOOM Your Meme

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

Valiant Comics
As you've no doubt heard, in the new FF movie, Doom is going to just be some Eastern European programmer, and not the horrifically vain scientific genius match for Reed. Apparently. Personally, I think it's absolute genius. Fox gets to steal DC's high concept for Superboy Prime in one movie, AND it gives them an opening to cash in on Internet jokes while they're still hot. Keep an eye out in 2017 for Fantastic Four 2: I Am Very Glad to be Returning Home where the team faces off with a singing Kristoff Vernard; the Wizard, played by a serious looking but still fluffy cat; and Bentley, the clone of the Wizard who just looks dour all day.

This week in comics, Archer & Armstrong take a joke all the way back around the circle of life; a stealth X-Files story starts; Flatliners gets turned into a heist comic; the full DC Multiverse continues to leak back into the orrery; we find out how low Base can go and what Trigun would look like if Johnny Cash wrote a song about it; and we get a whole new Captain America.

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New Comic Book Day: Grammar Rules for Your Own Language

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

Oni Press
What's the group consensus on turning character names into descriptors? When describing something as "a trait commonly attributed to Batman," what is the generally accepted modification to the word "Batman?" Would such a thing be "Batmanly?" "Batmannish?" "Batmanesque?" Batmannish sounds like I'm making fun of British people, and Batmanesque is less "doing something as Batman would" and more "demonstrating visible abs and nipples." I'm leaning towards Batmanly, despite the implied gendered construction - presumably "doing things as Batgirl would" would then be "Batgirly" this way - just because it sounds most like a real word, and legitimacy is important to my made-up and entirely incorrect language.

This week in comic books, gaps get filled in; Superman deals with the fallout of him going all Sentryese (meh) on Doomsday; Game of Thrones meets Redwall; Oni launches a new all-ages book; and Carmine Di Giandomenico draws a really Batmanesque Gambit.

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Robotic Gaming Monthly - Harmonix, Hatred, and an ex-BioShock Bonanza

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00 am


...Yeah, couldn't think of anything good starting with H for the last part.

Anyhow, welcome, my friend, to yet another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, TR's monthly look at whatever's happening in the world of computer and video games! This month, we look at monochrome assholes, colorful punks, and '80s UK gaming, among other fun things. Also, a chance to win stuff!! Yes, we get to have our first ever contest in here this month, so come and check things out!

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law - Disney Parades and Halloween Cats

Thursday, October 30, 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. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though. We're all mad here.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite holidays. Well, last weekend I went to the Anaheim Halloween Parade. It has been going on forever. I remember going to the parade when I was little - we used to go to my Uncle Bill's furniture store on Anaheim Blvd and watch the parade. He was the mayor of Anaheim for several years. No, Mickey Mouse is not the mayor; however, there have been times when that seemed the case. Anyway I included 2 pictures taken at the parade. They did not come out really well - but it was the best I could get with my camera and they were moving pretty fast. One of the pictures is Andy Anaheim done by the Historical Society and the other is Rocket Witch. The parade was nice, but not as good as in other years. The only Anaheim Unified HS band that showed this year was Anaheim HS. We have 10+ high schools in Anaheim and only 1 showed - really?????.

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New Comic Book Day: Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00 am


We've got two whole months of wholesome family holidays ahead of us, but first we get to celebrate the most ridiculous, inane day of the year: Election Day. Also Halloween! Just remember, every time someone dressed as V calls themselves "4Chan Man," Alan Moore loses a little more of his soul (beard) to Yog-Sothoth. In this week's comics, two long runs and a short one close; a short marriage and a long war keep grinding to a halt; and the next issue of Joe Casey's best work since "Poptopia" comes out.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Apocalypse? Nahhh...

Thursday, October 23, 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. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though.

Hey all - last week was busy with 2 movies to attend. As you know last Thursday was the second film in the Joshua Tree International Film Fest. We saw the documentary Skanks, which followed the play Skanks in a One-Horse Town by Billy Ray Brewton. Mr. Brewton was to be in attendance - but alas he was ill and was unable to attend, and the film got a bit of a late start as the copy that was sent for viewing did not work. But Q came to the rescue and rented it on Amazon. So if you want to see it go to Amazon; if you are a theatre geek you will understand what is going on. If not, you will be a bit bored. Some of the editing is sloppy, but that's ok. Anyway I love small community theatre and thus I found the documentary enjoyable. I have been involved over the last 20 years with long nights of rehearsal, opening night jitters and then the sound of audience approval - such fun. It has been about 5 yrs since I have been on stage and I am thinking about jumping back in in 2015. Looking at The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Addams Family Musical.

Anyway the next show is on November 20 and will be the Road to Paloma starring, get this, drum roll...starring Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet. I understand Mr. Momoa is going to be in some upcoming super hero movie. Hmmmmmm. Hopefully he will be available for an interview. Fingers crossed, jumping up and down etc.

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