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On fandoms

Liverpool FC fans

The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with being a “casual fan.” Don’t let any “true fan” tell you elsewise.

Unless there is an official license or certification at stake, almost all online quizzes are bullshit. And at or near the top of the mountain of dung is the purity test. Believe me, the person(s) / franchise / subject of your fandom is happy for your support, irregardless of the intensity of your fandom. Actually, they are probably much happier is you’re just a casual fan. Remember, “fan” is just shorthand for “fanatic.”  Continue reading “On fandoms”

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Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?

If you are (or were) a fan of That Guy With The Glasses, The Nostalgia Critic, or any of the producers that are or were affiliated with Channel Awesome, then I’m sure you are aware of the current firestorm brewing about that site. For those of you unaware of the site, here is a brief synopsis: Channel Awesome (CA) is a site that was originally created to promote of whole bunch of internet critics, who reviewed a wide variety of pop culture: from movies, to comic books, to video games, to anime, to pop music. Each producer had their own niche. But the “star” of CA is the site’s host, Doug Walker, a.k.a. “The Nostalgia Critic”, a.k.a. “That Guy With The Glasses”. In fact, channelawesome.com used to be thatguywiththeglasses.com. (I’m not hyperlinking on purpose). So it is no surprise that Doug would get top billing. Since its inception, many producers have come and gone. There were always rumors about certain personalities leaving on bad terms. But since most of the former producers kept quiet on the details, they remained as rumors. And since CA removed ex-contributors’ content immediately and with no fanfare (with one notable exception), many fans were kept in the dark. Until recently… Continue reading “Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?”

Media · Omnibus

I, Omnibus went to NYCC 2017. Here are my thoughts.

K2SO at NYCC 2017 Another New York Comic Con has come and gone. And as the convention continues to evolve and grow every year, the rules to adapt and survive continue to evolve as well. Any media outlet, any social media account, any YouTube channel can recap the events, the panels, the breaking news, and especially the cosplay, so I’ll leave that aside (except maybe the cosplay). Here’s what I learned… Continue reading “I, Omnibus went to NYCC 2017. Here are my thoughts.”

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The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series

Marvel Civil War

“I don’t need your civil war,”
– Guns N’ Roses, “Civil War”

During the 1980’s, the comic book industry, after seeing the success it brought the television networks the previous decade, decided to create their own mini-series. Before then, if a comic book wanted to tell an extended story, they would just tell the story over multiple issues with little to no fanfare. The story arc would be given a name after the fact (e.g.: the X-Men’s “Dark Phoenix Saga” is the name given to issues #129 – 138 of the comic title, “Uncanny X-Men.”) But when comic books industry hit its first bubble in the eighties, the companies decided that they can generate even more sales if they hyped their story arcs ahead of time, and dubbed them as events. And it worked! Continue reading “The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series”

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2017 NYCC will not sell 3-Day or 4-Day passes

New York Comic Con (NYCC 2012)

It’s almost that time of the year again! Which means it’s pre-pre registration time for New York Comic Con tickets. Those that jumped through their hoops to get tickets last year, like myself, received a new message in their inboxes this morning. It’s from ReedPOP, the company that runs NYCC. It’s a typical newsletter sent to fans. The good news is that the dates for this year’s NYCC is October 5 – 8, 2017. But it includes one paragraph of what many might consider bad news…. Continue reading “2017 NYCC will not sell 3-Day or 4-Day passes”

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The Top Ten Mutants

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“But what to do when they’re all looking at you
‘Cuz you’re the freak of the week, ‘cuz you’re on the TV”

Marvelous 3 – “Freak of the Week”

The term “mutant” covers a lot of ground, and has a very broad definition. Not for me. Continue reading “The Top Ten Mutants”

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The Top Ten Sidekicks

Robins

“‘Here’s Johnny!’ he says, and “second fiddle” is his game,

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Here’s Johnny”

Nowadays, it seems that everyone needs to have a sidekick. Obviously, the Marketing Department has had a major influence on this. And it doesn’t even matter if you are a hero, villain, or a neutral bystander, you either have a sidekick, or are somebody’s else’s sidekick. Look at me, I’m a sidekick on my very own podcast! Continue reading “The Top Ten Sidekicks”

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Poll: The Beast (Marvel) vs The Beast (Beauty & The Beast)

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(Editor’s Note: The following was written by Keith Feltenstein.)

n our next “Versus” round up, we have two fuzzy furball manimals. We have Beast from Marvel comics, and we have The Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Now that Disney owns Marvel Comics, we have a redundancy of Beasts in the House of Mouse. One of them has gotta go. Who would make a better beast? Who stays, and who goes? Here is a little something about each character: Continue reading “Poll: The Beast (Marvel) vs The Beast (Beauty & The Beast)”