Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Pinkie Pie, Defiance, Dark Shadows and More

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Got questions? Martha Boyd has all sorts of answers. A desert-dweller, self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, former LAPD officer and widow to a Green Beret, she's seen and heard things crazier than you've imagined. And is ready for whatever odd questions you have, so bring them on!

Hi all. Well, we made it thru Comic-Con. As you all know I was bumped on the site for the event. For those who went - hope you had a great time and left your money behind. Heavens knows all those poor companies need it. This year I understand that LYT had the best Internet connects ever. Yippi, and finally! I know he had a great time and would not miss it for the world. He has been doing Comic-Con since before I knew him.

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ROBOTIC GAMING MONTHLY - The Post-E3 Edition

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Well, with Comic Con finally behind us, Robotic Gaming Monthly is back after a short delay and ready to talk about...*checks notes*...um, E3. Damn, do I need to work on the scheduling for this column...

But awkwardness aside, it is time to look at some notable gaming trends seemingly on display at E3, review the latest games I could get my hands on, round up the latest game trailers and showcase them for the world...and then remember someone very special.

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New Comic Book Day: Who Won Fantasy Sports?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:30 am

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We've got a huge haul of comics this week, since there were a handful of books that I missed in the SDCC rush and really wanted to talk about. We also have the winner of that free copy of Fantasy Sports from Nobrow, as promised last week.

So join me after the break to find out who won, how good their prize is, and whether or not Archie pulled off the new reboot without their crowdfunding...funds.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: An Easy Coleslaw Recipe for the 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Got questions? Martha Boyd has all sorts of answers. A desert-dweller, self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, former LAPD officer and widow to a Green Beret, she's seen and heard things crazier than you've imagined. And is ready for whatever odd questions you have, so bring them on!

Hi all, it is Thursday again and we are almost at the 4th of July. Hope you all have a good and safe holiday. Out here we have celebrations starting on July 3 up in Landers at Homestead Valley park. They have food, beer, bands and fireworks. Then on the 4th, both the City of 29 Palms and Yucca Valley do the same. LYT and Julia were going to be here for the holiday, but she could not get off work so I will most likely just watch the Capital 4th on our local PBS station. We also have the 1st Saturday breakfast at Copper Mountain so I will be attending that, but I luckily have several friends that go have the breakfast. Not much fun to go out when you are by yourself.

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New Comic Book Day: Back to the Comic Book Grind

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

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I have a newfound respect for LYT after running the show for a couple of days. I'm generally pretty plugged into the nerdweb, but I felt a whole new level of pressure to...exist as an Internet-only being, I guess? And Jesus, the last time I woke up at 5 in the morning freaking out about Transformers, I was 10 and in my dream I had to grab my Ultra Magnus toy before the red dust got me. But enough toy-based dream therapy - we've got comics to read!

This week in comics, the only issues we're working through are comic issues. Let's start with...shit, Transformers.

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Weekend Wrap Up: F Yeah Skylynx.

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:15 am

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I'm back!

We're negotiating LYT's return to the country with the authorities, and we hit a little snag, so I'm going to be your guide through the nine circles of nerddom for one more day. Hope you survive the experience!

After the jump, we'll have a brief roundup of a surprisingly busy weekend for nerd news, including a look at some of those new Transformers Hasbro announced at BotCon over the weekend.


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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: But It's a Dry Heat

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 am

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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. Comment below with questions, or email them to boydappraisal at yahoo dot com.

Gosh, it is getting hot out here in the desert. Yesterday we hit 113 and this morning at 5:30 am it was already 80. I was up at 5:30 cleaning the pool. Might as well - it was to hot to sleep even with the AC on. Might as well go splash in warm water. It was really windy so there is a nice layer of dead bugs and dust on the pool this morning.

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New Comic Book Day: Flame Con!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Hey, happy Pride Month everybody! To celebrate, a group called Geeks OUT threw the East Coast's first queer comic con last weekend in Brooklyn. Turnout was great, and the con was packed with great cosplay, some really cool panels and an amazing atmosphere. I had a chance to sit down with one of Geeks OUT's board members, Amber Garza, in the middle of all the madness, and then I got to wander one of the most energetic con floors I've ever seen. Let's see what she had to say! I mean, I already know, but WHATEVER LET'S GO TO FLAME CON.


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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Good Gravy, Baked in a Pie

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 am

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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. Either comment below with your question, or email boydappraisal at yahoo.

Here we are back at Thursday again. LYT said it was okay to go on doing more of the things I find to eat from the 99 cent store - just not every week. So I was good and did not do one last week. But (drum roll) you get 2 for the price of one this week as I will be comparing. Two different forms of biscuits and gravy. Yep, you can get this tasty treat in a frozen food variety and then for a scant dollar.

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New Comic Book Day: Comics EGOT!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Congratulations to Fun Home, the play based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel that won Best Musical at the Tonys last weekend and finally closing the loop on a comic book EGOT! WOO WE'RE LEGIT NOW! Between Dark Knight's Oscar and Grammy for Heath Ledger and its soundtrack, this Tony win and Mariette Hartley's Best Actress Emmy for The Incredible Hulk (really dug deep for that one), comic-based things have now been recognized in every medium, and that's not really something you can say for many other fandoms. Like fantasy, for example - sure, Lord of the Rings won an assload of Oscars, but every time Zeppelin were up for a competitive Grammy they got robbed.

This week in comics: dry British wit! Punk British scumminess! Trippy American weirdness! A whole pile of universal mehness! Wait, no. Mehciprocity! But first: surprises!

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