Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wilkes Library Con 2014

I travel up the road a bit today to a small event that has a great big impact.  Every year the Wilkes Regional Library holds what they call Library Con.  It is a celebration of all things GEEK and a mish mash of genres as young and old mix together.  It has a great bit of fun for kids.  It is AWESOME seeing so many children enjoying being in a Library.  They have a free admission, but a raffle goes on where you can win every hour.  I pretty much donated three dollars as I really didn't care if I won.  It is also a time to Cosplay.  There are some creative people that show up.  Many have just gotten homemade costumes.  It is less intimidating that HeroesCon or a big gathering of Cosplayers.  The children are great as they stare wide eyed at the characters from there books and cartoons.  It is a great way to spend a Saturday.

BDS







Friday, July 25, 2014

LUCY

*SPOILER FREE**SPOILER FREE**SPOILER FREE*  

I went and saw this today.  It is a great movie, but it is a "thinking" movie.  You cannot let your brain go on autopilot.  Very deep and well done film.  Action is phenomenal.  Acting is great.  Morgan Freeman rocks!  The bad guys are believable and very determined.  Loved this movie.

BDS 

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Am Sickly

We had a good week at Summer Camp.  The rain a couple of days combined with the humidity and wind gave me my Caswell Cold.  I have been feeling really bad today.  Instead of a Malibu Monday I hope you instead enjoy this Tardis as a Transformer sketch cover I had done at this year's HeroesCon.

BDS

Monday, July 7, 2014

Malibu Mondays: Star Trek Deep Space Nine #1

"And now for something completely different...." as the saying goes.  Deep Space Nine you wonder?  Yes, if I also remember correctly, Malibu Comics received the license to produce the first of the DS9 comics stories.  I had to get this at Heroes Convention this year.  I have a confession that might anger any of you who are of different opinions when it come to Star Trek, but here it is, DS9 was the best series.  Captain Sisko is the best Captain.  The entire franchise is best viewed through the DS9 portal to the Star Trek Universe.

Those of you still reading and not screaming how Kirk is best, or Picard, or Janeway, can just accept that buying this was a guilty pleasure in my quest for the Malibu Comics lines.  I did open this poly bagged issue and will be putting the poster that came with it up in my building where my Comics live.  I know for some that is bad, but I believe in reading my comics.  So I opened a bagged book and devalued it.

This is a great start to the comic.  All the characters are there and have really cool looks.  Even O'Brian's wife along with Jake and Nog are present.  Seeing Odo shift into a rat and jump in goop that had covered Quark was awesome.  The entire story just took me back to those early episodes.  It was outstanding.  I picked up another one and will do a write up on it, but it just seemed right to begin with issue #1.

BDS

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HeroesCon Surprise!

 I was really good at Trade surfing the Convention floor this year.  I picked up a few good collections.  I filled in some of my reads in trade form like Noble Causes.  It was a good weekend.  Like always I pick up and look at books I have in the single issue format.  When I picked up No Honor I was in for a really cool surprise.  On the back was not one, but two quotations from me about the book and it's author.  Yes, that second and last quotes under the name of Hatcher is me.

I started out writing reviews under the alias of Hatcher for a small site called PaperBackReader.  We merged for a bit with ComiXtreme.com before splitting back off.  It was the loss of my alias that stopped my work online as a reviewer.  My hobby was used by unscrupulous people and I had to give up something I liked a great deal.  It was at a time when I was being recognized for being an honest reviewer and reaping some perks of that unpaid job.  To see something that I said used to promote a book I really liked was just a bit of nostalgia and way awesome.

If you get a chance, read No Honor.  It is really cool.  A buddy team up between an art thief and a restless spirit of a long passed samurai.  Fiona Kai Avery really can write the culture of Japan and just has a great sense of subtle comedy.  The action rocks and it just was a great read.

BDS

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Malibu Mondays: Siren Special #1

I bought this comic on Friday at Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and read it that night in the hotel.  I noticed that Randy Green did the cover.  I carried it back Saturday hoping to get it signed, but sadly for me, his kid had a baseball tournament and he was only there on Friday.  Just a side story.  Now on to talking about the comic.

If you have never read a single Malibu comic or have no clue about Siren and Shuriken, then please do not just grab this out of a back issue box and read it as a way to jump into this comicbook world.  You will be very lost.  I kind of know about Siren and I was lost.  It helps that I have the run except for the first issue of The All New Exiles.  I at least know the whys and hows of Juggernaut and the reason Siren is sent after Shuriken. I get that maybe the end of this has something to do with Ultraforce.  Everything else is just a patchwork.

Siren is given an origin.  She is brought back from her stay in the Marvel Universe I guess.  It really is just a guess.  I think Siren is neat and here we get some cool uses of powers, but truthfully I never do really understand her origin completely.  The action in the story is really cool and the art top notch.  It is a good grab for my collecting of all the Malibu Universe.  Just wonder if I will collect enough to see the big picture of where this "special" fits into the larger scheme of things?

BDS