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Peyo’s Smurfs Before Lovato, the Lost Village, Before Everything, in Spirou

February 23
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In a recent post I talked about my habit of picking up first appearances and debuts of pop culture items, a hobby that definitely came from a childhood of collecting sports cards and comics. Be it a rookie card or debut of a comic character, these are things I was trained to by guides to value more than others things in the hobby and recently I picked up some related to the Smurfs, a cartoon that was on constant rotation when I was really young.

The Smurfs, however, I think are MUCH older than most people think.

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Word is BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer and Read Pile Status in Binge World

February 19
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Just thought I’d start blogging again with a small update on what I’m currently reading and what I have been reading. It’s been a bit of a rough week for me with my dog (and friend’s) terminal health issues and to be honest I haven’t been reading a whole lot lately, mostly because I like going outside and looking out at oceans, with beautiful people on them, and when I am indoors, writing on television has just become so much better with so many more outlets, I haven’t felt the need to find other things to do. I also haven’t been seeing much that had the look of a must read in the midst of a bunch of that could be cools.

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Beren and Luthien Primer as More Tolkien Book Love Coming

October 23
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And I do mean love. This is THE love story of the Middle-earth.

The news dropped this week that we’d be getting our first new Middle-Earth based book since The Children of Hurin from 2007. This time around they cooked up something that speaks directly to, or at least more directly, to even non-diehard fans of JRR Tolkien, revealing that Beren and Luthien will be published next year. This is great news for me because The Silmarillion is perhaps my favorites of Tolkien’s writings.

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Who is directing X-O Manowar?? VALIANT Boss Drops X-O Movie Tidbit

October 2
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Last week we got some VALIANT movie news related to Harbinger and Bloodshot where I expressed caution to VALIANT fans who have been hearing rumors about films forever, from Matthew Vaughn circling Bloodshot to J. Michael Straczynski writing a Shadowman script, a property I think could work, even if the comics themselves have been at best so-so. This week we have VALIANT’s boss dropping that he wishes someone  would drop who is attached to direct X-O Manowar. What can we take from this?

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Before Youtube, Ninjak Debuts with a Bloodshot Problem in VALIANT Comics

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Okay, so Ninjak is going to be featured in an upcoming live action webseries on Youtube by Bat in the Sun, which considering they don’t do cosmetics tutorials is a reasonably big channel on youtube and has more subscribers/watchers than any American comic book has. I say American because I think One Piece still keeps comics alive and hovers around that 7 figure readership. I follow some entertainment channels on Youtube obsessively but can’t claim to have heard of them until the Ninjak announcement, which is no shade, this is just not really my type of thing, though I will admit that I did see an Epic Rap Battle pitting George R.R. Martin against J.R.R. Tolkien which was one of the funniest (and passed my fact check) things I’ve seen all year.

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Thought Bubble (VALIANT edition): Sony Swaps Harbinger and Bloodshot.

September 27

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So word has dropped that Sony may be fast tracking VALIANT into our lives after a couple years ago having to prematurely announce a possible slate due to the Sony hacks. The Wrap indicates that Harbinger has shifted places with Bloodshot, the long thought to be launch title for a VALIANT shared cinematic universe, and now Bloodshot will follow Harbinger, though the story will be based on the Bloodshot run that began in 2012.

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Thought Bubble: Know I’m Late But I Just Caught NBC’s This Is Us…

September 26

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I very rarely catch any network TV. I don’t say that from an annoying hipster friend vantage point, it’s just that I typically don’t watch any shows that aren’t called Game of Thrones as they first air so rarely ever have to watch cable, and any consumption of  TV I do is usually on any of the major streaming providers who have their own, and often, better original content. Hell, it’s hard to get me off Youtube as we have this odd thing occurring where the discussion of some shows or film are actually more entertaining and convenient than the actual shows or films themselves.

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Almost 30 Years Later, Let’s Remember the G.I. Joe Rawhides

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Back in 1987 fans of G.I. Joe got an animated film that has gone on to become a pretty divisive movie during a time which was probably the height of the popularity for the G.I. Joe brand. Much like the Transformers animated film from the previous year it can quite plainly be seen as a feature length commercial for a new wave, maybe even a generation, of characters. I was overseas as a kid and when one of my friends got this on VHS it was HUGE news in my circle, a part of a close knit U.S. military community in Italy. Back then it was just awesome and when you click it on now you realize that the intro remains one of the best in cartoon history.

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Vos and Asajj Golden in STAR WARS Dark Disciple

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I want to get the basics out of the way first. If you don’t like or want spoilers don’t read on. I will tell you the point of a person reading a book and then sitting down to write up about what they didn’t just read when there is one. Seems like a waste of time to me, so go read the book and watch Thrawn return to new canon like any good Star Wars fan this week and come back here.

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Grand Admiral Thrawn Steps into Canon on STAR WARS Rebels

September 24

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I’m going to guess I’m not the only person my age who did an unusual thing for them and sat around waiting for a live watching of an episode of a cartoon. In the name of Thrawn.

Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels starts in the middle of action with Steps into Shadow but I won’t be touching on any of that. You will with little doubt be able to get terrible full episode review write ups all around the web and you can listen to probably great commentary from places like Making Star Wars or Rebel Grrrl, two Star Wars podcasts I highly recommend. Add them both to your Itunes as soon as possible.

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Pocket Sized But Full Flavor Ice and Fire for Japanese Game of Thrones Fans

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Ah… Game of Thrones in Japanese on marble in the house. Almost better than the Robb Report right here. Perfect credit at the Iron Bank.

I’m thinking it may be time to do a reread of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire since HBO hasn’t blessed us yet with a off-season spin-off, even though I need Robert’s Rebellion or Dunk and Egg stat, nor has Martin delivered Winds of Winter yet.

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Wonder Woman: From DC Trinity to House Pantheon

September 20
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For some time now I’ve been planning a theater room addition to one of my homes. I think often when such endeavors are planned we often start thinking about the least significant details first. After all, I won’t be the one doing the electrical work or heavy lifting, nor will I be laying down any foundation or building frames for walls. Much like when I was a kid, I would just be sitting around thinking about shit.

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Gal Gadot Fast & Furious as Wonder Woman, Classy Diana Prince — Dawn of Justice Trailer

July 12

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer hit and I know most people are going to focus on the Batman and Superman part, and for sure there are some easter eggs and tidbits I want to get into at a later date but as a person who is definitely going to watch the movie but wasn’t really moved by the teaser released earlier in the year, it was really Wonder Woman that stole the trailer for me.

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 Back to Amberle & Brooks’ The Elfstones – MTV’s Shannara Chronicles Trailer 

July 11

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I will admit that I’m pretty easy to please but this thing looks better than I could have imagined. I’d consider myself very well entrenched in the world(s) of Terry Brooks, including and perhaps mostly his Shannara output, even though I’m not a mega fan in that way being a The Lord of the Rings diehard won’t allow. That said, I’ve never been someone who doesn’t acknowledge both the historical significance of Terry Brooks as it relates to direct impact on the modern fantasy publishing landscape and market and that I used to check for Brooks every time I was in the Walden Books paper back section to see if the next Shannara installment had hit.

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Shame! Gut Takes from Mother’s Mercy – Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale

June 18

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Mother’s Mercy. Just some gut reactions to the season 5 finale to Game of Thrones. I realize the internet broke with analysis from both people with early access to the show and events of the finale from day one, and I imagine there are a bunch of pieces on fan sites with great takes with book knowledge. I have close to decades of book knowledge, but for people who purely watch and experience Game of Thrones via HBO, nothing below is a spoiler in terms of book facts being brought in that reveal something that hasn’t already occurred.

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What is the Queen’s Power in Game of Thrones? 

June 5

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This is another question that popped up as a search term to get to the site. I’m going to be picking some of these out and answering them to the best of my ability, the first time I did this, skipping the at the very least weird, and at worst, criminal search terms that somehow lead people here. Yes, some of the actions in Game of Thrones are actually PG in comparison to some of them, and some of the not so cleaner recent ones are about Natalie Portman’s character in Leon: The Professional, that I think got an uptick because it was recently made available on netflix. Enough preamble though, today I field: What is the Queen’s Power in Game of Thrones?

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A Case for a VALIANT Shadowman Movie

May 31

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I’m sure all VALIANT fans are aware of the recent announcement of a VALIANT and DMG relationship established to bring VALIANT characters to TV and the big screen. Prominent in the press release is Shadowman, a character that isn’t really prominent (like he’s not even around at all) in current VALIANT comics and I think if we took a poll would probably rank as the most disappointing of the regular comic releases, barring the possibility of Quantum & Woody which admittedly is a bit of an oddball title to classic VALIANT fans. I think Shadowman, even the one we saw in the comics recently, works for me seamlessly in the way some of the other titles don’t to a movie audience.

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Judging Jorah Mormont as Daenerys Targaryen’s Champion

May 19

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A lot things happened in last week’s episode that people want to talk about a lot more — and oddly I think that particular one was one of the better shot, edited, and acted scenes in a episode that was otherwise kind of a disaster — but I wanted to go into some other directions, namely that of a line by Tyrion regarding Jorah Mormont. I think for TV watchers it would be easy to forget that Jorah is the son of Jeor, and the Valyrian sword Jon Snow wields, Long Claw, was Jorah’s sword that he left behind before he went into exile. Also, if you recall, a couple episodes back Stannis was telling Davos about how a ten year old Northern Lord sent back a letter in response to him desiring their allegiance, and basically telling him they only recognize one King in the North (a Stark) — that little girl, Lyanna, (in the TV show) is a Mormont and is Jorah’s cousin replying for the House that Jorah used to be the head of.

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10 VALIANT Comics to Own Before They Become Movies

May 12

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I’ve done a couple of posts about VALIANT comics, regarding cameo appearances and highlighting what issues from the new (post-2012) VALIANT universe that may be worth keeping an eye on, but I thought it might be time too look at VALIANT as a whole now that we’ve got more than just rumors about VALIANT films with what seems to be a solid commitment and direction from Sony in bringing VALIANT to the big screen. I thought it might be time to drop a list of ten taking into account the entire rich history of VALIANT comics now that it’s just too late to buy them at near record low prices.

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7 Things About Game of Thrones’ House Baratheon and the Stormlands

May 8

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Back to Game of Thrones as a lot of people read my Ten Things about Dorne and House Martell and a similar post about House Stark and House Targaryen so I thought it might be worthwhile to actually gives some love to the actual ruling family of Westeros, The Baratheons. For the HBO tv watchers, I wanted to get to House Baratheon because while we get Stannis all of the time, I think we sometimes forget that the actual King of Westeros is a technically (or not technically) a Baratheon. They are the royal house, not the Lannisters even though most of the Baratheon bannerman, including their seat of power in the Stormlands is not loyal to the current crown. They also had very close ties to the Targaryens almost from jump and maintained them almost throughout their history leading up to Robert’s Rebellion.

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