Like a Good Neighbor, Totoro is There! (To Prop Your 2015 Calendar up)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am


When it comes to calendars, I'm like a lot of married guys: I buy my wife the one that depicts "puppies, and kitties, and dey fwiends." But if you have an anime-obsessed spouse who nonetheless likes things to be cute, this Totoro calendar and diorama can't really be beaten, and you can use it as a photo holder once 2015 has run its course. Granted, "Totoro, and susuwatari, and they are friends" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I think if you point out that Totoro is eating a tiny watermelon, the essential squee-ness will shine through.

It's only sold in Japan, but is available for preorder now at J-List for $48. Only so many can fit into their catbus, though, so if you want it, reserve quickly.

Top-Down Smackdown: Monkeying Around

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Since we seem to be between major storyline beats at the moment, this week's wrestling item is somewhat more frivolous. You know, like everyone else, I wish Vince McMahon would get over his apparent fear of having a black world champion. Then I look at the toys above, and I absolutely cringe to think of how wildly inappropriate the merchandise might get.

Speaking of inappropriate - does anybody else have questions about the tail placement in these photos? Are we SURE it's a tail?

No, Batman "Forever" Postage Stamps Don't Depict Val Kilmer

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm


It's about time the most marketable comic-book hero ever appeared on a product hardly any of us buys any more. Batman stamps will debut in the U.S. on October 9th, kicking off New York Comic Con with a tribute to that thing we used to have before email and Facebook.

For those of you that haven't seen a U.S. postage stamp since the dawn of social media, a "Forever" stamp simply means that even after the next price hike, you can still use your old stamps without having to buy 2-cent stamps to upgrade to whatever the new rate is. It does not mean Joel Schumacher has put nipples on your postage.

Geek Apparel of the Week: Kiki's Delivery Service Tank Top by Her Universe

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Here's how I know this shirt is total win: I was staring at the design before I even realized the person modeling it is probably quite attractive. And even now that I do, I still want to stare at the shirt more.

Floatie Landspeeder Friday: Newsbits and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm


It's just mean to taunt the people of Tatooine with all that water, when they have so much sand that's rough, and coarse, and gets everywhere. But hey, some things are soft.

More fun li'l tidbits below to get this weekend started...

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Topps Creates New York Comic-Con-Exclusive Garbage Pail Kid to Tweak Fanboys

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm


It's "Fan Boyd," who'll be available on a limited edition T-shirt and print at the show.

Despite Garbage Pail Kids having been based on broad stereotypes from the getgo, I still expect people to complain about this. Or sarcastically wonder aloud why there's no "Fan Girld."

I'm just amazed there's any market for Garbage Pail Kids left. Maybe we can draw one of a Topps executive and call her "Out-of-ideas Lydia"?

GIVEAWAY: Tusk Swag Signed by Kevin Smith and Friends

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:30 am


Put away the eggs, because with this latest opportunity, you are (potentially) the walrus. So let us talk of other things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings...none of which you'll be winning from me. What you can take home, however, is a grand prize package of: a Tusk poster signed by Kevin Smith, Genesis Rodriguez and Justin Long; a metal Tusk grinder, which can potentially be used to, let's say, crush larger pieces of dried plant into smaller pieces, should you have a reason for doing so; and an "I don't want to die in Canada" T-shirt. [Sorry, I tried - but this swag ships to US addresses only.]

Five runners up will get a T-shirt and a plastic Tusk grinder. To enter, here's what you do...

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10 Creepy Awesome Things We Saw at "Son of Monsterpalooza"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Liz Ohanesian
Masks by artist Casey Love, spotted at Son of Monsterpalooza.

At Son of Monsterpalooza, things got creepy in the best way possible. The convention, which took place in Burbank, California, last weekend, is dedicated to horror films. Tom Savini was there, so were Chiodo Bros, the folks behind the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Booths spilled out from the exhibit hall and into the area that would normally be a lobby, almost all of them filled with spooky stuff, from horror flick memorabilia to Day of the Dead-inspired art to fantastic, handmade creatures.

I'm a sucker for anything creepy and found it difficult to get away from the booths. Numerous attempts to venture outside of the vending area failed when my head cocked to the side. OMG, look at that Bride of Frankenstein! Holy crap, that's the coolest alien I've seen! Dude, it's Annabelle! Spooky artists make my day and, hopefully, some of the finds will make yours too.

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GIVEAWAY: Officially Licensed Karate Kid COBRA KAI Costume!

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00 am


Fear does not exist! Pain does not exist! Defeat does not exist! Unless you let some punkass kid trained by the janitor get into a crane pose, and then you're totally screwed. But show no mercy in this giveaway, and you can walk away in a $90-value Cobra Kai Halloween costume complete with shirt, pants, belt, headband, and interchangeable name tags which read "Tommy," "Bobby," "Johnny," & "Dutch." Awesomely blond hair is your own responsibility.

Yeah, you've got real nerve entering, but the reward could be an outfit even better than a "Jaden Smith is not MY Karate Kid" shirt (I don't think anyone makes those, but they should). Here's your assignment - in comments below, pitch me your best sequel to any '80s movie you once loved. Not a reboot - a SEQUEL. So if you go with Karate Kid, for example, it needs to have old Danielsan, or Johnny, or whatever the hell Hilary Swank's name was in that terrible spin-off. My favorite entry wins. Our sponsor,, wants this to run for a while, so you have a week and a half - we'll close entries Wed., Sept. 24th at noon. BANZAI!

That Time Howard Johnson's Made a 2001: A Space Odyssey Tie-in Kids' Comic & Menu

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm


When you think Stanley Kubrick, you don't necessarily think "hotel chain restaurant kiddie meal." But that's exactly what happened, and the folks at Dangerous Minds have scanned, in its entirety, the hybrid kids menu/2001 comic book, featuring incongruous meal specials like "The Happy Clown" and "Little Boy Blue," and a retelling of the movie's story that - to put it mildly - glosses over a few things.

Why Howard Johnson's? The answer is provided, in case you hadn't already noticed.


As far as I know, no plans were ever made to do A Clockwork Orange Julius. But check out the entire 2001 menu - it, and not the movie it's based on, is truly the ultimate trip.