Monday, July 24, 2017

George A. Romero (1940–2017)

I was fortunate enough to meet George Romero at the now defunct FX Toy Show in Orlando. There was hardly any line, which was very different from when he attends a horror convention. I feel I was lucky to meet him this way, because I got to speak to him without a huge crowd and a lot of noise. He told me he was going to working on adapting the Stephen King book From a Buick 8. I had told him how much I enjoyed his living dead movies. It was a really cool experience.

While I am not a huge fan of every George Romero film, I like many of them and love his series of zombie movies. (with the exception of Survival of the Dead) Night of The Living Dead is one of my favorite horror films of all time. It never fails to get to me. I love watching it at night with the lights off. It is truly a perfect horror film. I do not think we would have many movies or shows, such as The Walking Dead, without George Romero's influence. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) recently said he would not have the career he has now without George Romero.

It is so very sad that George Romero passed away last week. The horror community has lost an irreplaceable legend. If life sometimes imitates art, maybe we will see George again one day.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Comic Books

Back in the 80's I absolutely loved comic books. I could not wait for the next issue of all of my favorite titles to come out. Every month I got to find out what the latest exploits of the super heroes I followed. I was a major Marvel fan and my favorites included Alpha Flight, X-Men and Fantastic Four. It was so much fun to complete collections, or find that special back issue I was looking for. This all came to an end when my parents decided on a move from New York to Florida when I was 15. I was already fairly depressed and I really did not want to move. I wound up selling my comic books for very little money to buy some stereo equipment. I have regretted this decision ever since.

I have always thought about picking up some comic books again, but I never did until recently. I started watching videos on You Tube made by Comic Trips. Comic Trips is a You Tube Channel where a couple (Paul & Kat) travel to comic/toy shops and other pop culture type places in search of comics and toys they grew up with.

I enjoyed these videos very much, and they really rekindled my love of comics. Since then I have went to Megacon in Orlando, and found quite a few good deals on comics. I have officially started reading and collecting again. I find it to be quite fun digging through long boxes full of comics, to find an issue on my list. I have mostly been picking up Alpha Flight and Excalibur. They are not super expensive, and I enjoy them. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat (actual name Tardar Sauce) really makes me happy. Just look at that face! Her owner posted a picture of her online in 2012 and it went viral. Grumpy Cat then became the star of many internet memes, starting with the one above. Grumpy Cat gets her special looks from an underbite and feline dwarfism. Her owners say, despite her grumpy look, she is a normal cat and is only hampered a little by undersized rear legs. Grumpy Cat has been merchandised a lot, and can be purchased as stuffed animals, comic books, and calendars.

My not so grumpy cat Sunshine next to my plush Grumpy Cat sit on my desk.

I truly love seeing new pictures and videos of Grumpy Cat that are posted ever so often on social media sites. That cat just cracks me up. There is a Grumpy Cat meme that can be used as a response to just about anything. This is something I do quite often. Grumpy Cat even had her own movie titled, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, which I proudly own. Cats are pretty much my favorite animal, and I have four of them as pets. They make great companions, and are not so needy like dogs are. I look forward to seeing much more Grumpy Cat in the future, and am sure I will.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shout Factory Bringing Dudes to Blu-ray!

I am beyond thrilled that Shout Factory has announced that they will be releasing a collector's edition Blu-ray of of the 1987 film Dudes. This film stars Jon Cryer and Daniel Roebuck, and was directed by Penelope Spheeris (Waynes World). It was previously only available on a full screen VHS tape, and pretty much the only way to get it now is a DVD bootleg. I generally do not support bootlegs, but there was no other way to get it on DVD, and I had already purchased the VHS version.

Dudes is a real oddity in that it is a punk rock western, as it states on the box. It is just the kind of forgotten gem that Shout/Scream Factory is famous for giving an awesome Blu-ray release to. I have actually written to them in the past asking that they consider Dudes for a release. The only unfortunate thing about this release is waiting until the September 19th release date.

My Dudes related autographs of Daniel Roebuck & Penelope Spheeris

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Awesome Card Game - Exploding Kittens

My wife and daughter recently brought home the card game, Exploding Kittens. We have been obsessed with it ever since. The game is really easy to learn, and very fast paced. The game play revolves around drawing a card each turn, and trying to avoid the exploding kitten cards. These cards could potentially put you out of the game, unless you have a defuse card. There are also action cards that let you see the future, skip a turn, attack another player, steal a card from another player, and nope someone's action card. You can can also play cat cards that also give you the ability to take other player's cards.

I would say this game falls somewhere in between Uno and Magic the Gathering. This game also really makes you think about what cards you should play at certain times. There is quite a bit of strategy involved in avoiding the exploding kitten cards. There is only one expansion set of cards for this game so far, titled Imploding Kittens. I just ordered this and can't wait until it comes. If you want more information or want to order this game, go check out the website -

This post was not sponsored in any way, and no kittens were harmed in the writing of it 🙂