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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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Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)

Disney Pin Mania

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 21

Weird Section #4: Collector’s Edition

There’s a group of… let’s call ’em crazies… out there called “Disnoids.” When I say crazies… they make Jerry Skids look like a WDW tourist! Disnoids will literally jeopardize their jobs, their houses, their pride, and their family for WDW. For instance: you may have seen or heard of the Disney tattoo guy [website has been removed, but you can Google “Disney tattoo guy” and see for yourself.] This guy was all over television from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to VH1’s “Weird People,” and in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is known for having his body literally filled with tattoos of ONLY Disney-related material. This includes every landmark, his favorite characters, his favorite resorts, his favorite quotes, and even his favorite cast members!! (The guy shows off like crazy. I met him once right before he got kicked out of MGM for not wearing a shirt, and once more in World of Disney NYC, where he wouldn’t shut up about himself.) He’s also known for his insane house. Every room is themed to Disney, from the shower to the utensils. I don’t find it that bad, but when his 13 year old daughter freaked out and told him she didn’t want the monorail to go through her room, he did it anyway, and she ran away. Later, his 4th wife (the girl’s mother), divorced him and took the kid. The guy is nuts.

Why am I telling you this? Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)”

Media · Omnibus

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”

Sports · Television

Finally, The NHL’s Winter Classic will come to NYC at Mets’ Citi Field

Citi Field front

The Winter Classic will likely make its New York debut on New Year’s Day 2018, with an outdoor game at Citi Field between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres close to being finalized, two sources confirmed to Newsday on Wednesday. Continue reading “Finally, The NHL’s Winter Classic will come to NYC at Mets’ Citi Field”

Lists · Music · Omnibus

Nine (more) songs that were ahead of their time

animaniacs

Pop music has been going through a long, continuous drought of protest songs. This dearth of message music goes back the 1980’s. This, not coincidentally, coincides with the advent of hip-hop to the top of the charts. While this is no surprise to millennials, this is counter-intuitive to Gen Xers who grew up on old-school hip-hop and rap, whose roots and early history was almost exclusively built on critical commentary of modern urban life.  Continue reading “Nine (more) songs that were ahead of their time”

Anime · Movies

Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel

alita

Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Alita: Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced film based on manga “Battle Angel Alita”, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Connelly, known for her roles in films like Labyrinth, Reqiuem for a Dream, and House of Sand and Fog won an Academy Award for her performance in A Beautiful Mind in 2001. Continue reading “Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel”

Music · Omnibus

The I, Omnibus 2016 music year in review

bandofhorses

 

Sorry about being two months late. It took me that long to get over the worst year in modern pop music history. There are so many ways and so many times to say, “this year sucked,” so instead I will say, “in 2016, we got what we deserved.” And what we deserved was bland, slow, boring, auto-tuned mumble core, third-rate derivative blues-esque noise, packaged to us as pop music. The worst part is that I just described the alternative-rock scene. Don’t even get me started on the Top 40 crap.  Continue reading “The I, Omnibus 2016 music year in review”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)

 

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 20

DAK: Touring, Plans, Tips, and Strategies and stuff

  1. As always, get to the park an hour early.
  2. The CMs at DAK are the least “magical.” So don’t expect anyone to be nice unless they are the animal experts throughout the trails or at Conservation Station.
  3. There are fewer attractions at DAK, so expect more crowding. People tend to leave here at 2 – 3 PM, so once they do, try the crowded attractions. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)”