Friday, March 31, 2017

Fan Expo Dallas Starts Today (March 31st)!


Fan Expo Dallas start today and goes through Sunday, April 2nd at the Dallas Convention Center in downtown Dallas, TX. They have an amazing line-up of media guests, from comic book creators to movie and television celebrities. We usually do a rather large write-up about the event, but insane weather and power outages kept us from this time around. After the jump, get the lowdown on all the cool stuff happening this weekend at Fan Expo Dallas 2017.


The stars will be big and bright in the Lone Star State’s biggest congregation of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming fans. The 16th annual FAN EXPO DALLAS returns to Big D at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017. Headlining the impressive list of pop culture luminaries on hand will be Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, the living legend Stan Lee, as well as members of the cast of the internationally famous cult movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, including actors Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell.


“We have Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ian Somerhalder … I’m just scratching the surface,” said Fan Expo Vice President Andrew Moyes. “We have a great guest list, heaps of attractions, a show floor of over 300,000 square feet of retailers and hours of programming. Everyone will have to come down and see for themselves why it’s going to be such a jampacked, fun weekend.”


Other celebrities attending include This is Us’ Milo Ventimiglia; Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston and Karen Gillan; Adam West and Burt Ward, the original Batman and Robin in their final Dallas appearance; and dozens more. The full guest list is available at http://fanexpodallas.com/guests/.



Producing a show of this magnitude is no easy task but it is well worth it. Moyes said, “Honestly, it is truly about the fan experience … our mandate is to deliver the ultimate fan experience. We get the privilege of building a platform for fans to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences like meeting their idol Stan Lee. That’s what truly drives us. At the end of the day, we work day and night to make sure the best possible experience is put together for all of our fans.”


The just released full program schedule is available here and includes the following ticketed celebrity events:

- Mark Hamill- the actor known for playing Luke Skywalker comes for questions and answers on     Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

- The Tim Curry Experience- Fans will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter in person on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.

-  Breakfast with Stan Lee- the legendary comic creator welcomes guests to an intimate breakfast on Saturday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m.

- Batman & the Joker Live- the people behind the voices of the animated Batman series, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, come together in a rare appearance on Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.


Other free events throughout the weekend include:

- Celebrity Q&A with Stan Lee on Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m.

- Celebrity Q&A with Spongebob Squarepants Rodger Bumpass on Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

- Celebrity Q&A with Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate on Saturday, April 1 at 12 p.m.

- Voice actor live script reading of The Princess Bride on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

- Celebrity Q&A with John Barrowman on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

- Celebrity Q&A with Buffy and Angel star James Marsters on Sunday, April 2 at 11 a.m.

- Farewell to Dallas from Batman’s Adam West and Burt Ward on Sunday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m.

- DC Comics: Special Event- a panel featuring Batman writer and artist team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo with world-renowned comic book artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

- Celebrity Q&A with the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.

- The Walking Dead Duo Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan- Negan and Daryl of The Walking Dead meet face-to-face once again.


FAN EXPO DALLAS runs Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Dallas Convention Center (Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) located at 650 S. Griffin St. Tickets are priced from $25-$129.

Hours and information are available at fanexpodallas.com.

Fan Expo Dallas Starts Today (March 31st)!


Fan Expo Dallas start today and goes through Sunday, April 2nd at the Dallas Convention Center in downtown Dallas, TX. They have an amazing line-up of media guests, from comic book creators to movie and television celebrities. We usually do a rather large write-up about the event, but insane weather and power outages kept us from this time around. After the jump, get the lowdown on all the cool stuff happening this weekend at Fan Expo Dallas 2017.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Comic Book Review: KISS: The Demon #3


Paranoia and mistrust are taking over the pages of KISS: The Demon #3. And those two elements always lead to a grand time in the pages of a comic book. Amy Chu and Erik Burnham's thrilling tale is slowly coming to its boiling point and pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. It's fascinating how the main KISS title is starting to overlap with KISS: The Demon.


Sam Blackwell has grand visions for his company and his hometown. Already the city and the company look nothing like what his grandfather founded. Sam is a hero. But as he expands his empire, Kimi and Milo discover some unsettling secrets about Sam's master plan, and fear for the worst in KISS: The Demon #3.


KISS: The Demon #3 is rated T+ for Teen Plus. It contains violence and frightening and intense scenes. I can't really see where it merits receiving such a rating with no gore, adult situations, or profanity to be found.


Amy Chu and Erik Burnham wrote KISS: The Demon #3. Eman Casallos is the artist of the issue. It was released on March 29th through Dynamite Entertainment. The book is 32 pages long.

KISS: The Demon #3 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: KISS: The Demon #3


Paranoia and mistrust are taking over the pages of KISS: The Demon #3. And those two elements always lead to a grand time in the pages of a comic book. Amy Chu and Erik Burnham's thrilling tale is slowly coming to its boiling point and pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. It's fascinating how the main KISS title is starting to overlap with KISS: The Demon.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blu-ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition)


RoboCop 2 does a fine job of following up its predecessor. It has just the right amount of campiness to offset its high body count. The stop-motion work and practical effects and makeup are a pleasure to look at and a wonderful reminder of the days before CGI. While RoboCop 2 isn't quite as good as the first film, it comes close enough thanks to hammy villains and other hilarious baddies. A little league baseball coach using his team to rob a store come to mind right away.


When Detroit's descent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called "Nuke," only RoboCop (Peter Weller) can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman (Tom Noonan) who designed "Nuke," this new cyborg isn't just more sophisticated than his predecessor... he's psychotic and out of control! And it's going to take everything our hero has – maybe even his life – to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy in RoboCop 2.


RoboCop 2 is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, drug use, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. One example of the sort of content to expect is there's a foul-mouthed child is a foul- mouthed dealing drugs and lugging around a gun throughout much of the movie. There's no nudity, but a quick scene of intimacy between two people.


Bonus material for RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition) include a new 2K scan of the interpositive; new audio commentary with Author / CG Supervisor Paul M. Sammon; new audio commentary with the makers of RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths, and Eastwood Allen; new Corporate Wars: The Making Of RoboCop 2 – featuring new and vintage interviews with Director Irvin Kershner, Producer Jon Davidson, cast members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn GΓΆrg, Executive Producer Patrick Crowley, and more; and new Machine Parts: The FX Of RoboCop 2 – featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra, and Kevin Kutchaver.


We also get the new Robo-Fabricator – an interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek; new Adapting Frank Miller's RoboCop 2 – an interview with Comic Book Writer Steven Grant; new OCP Declassified – a collection of rare archival production and behind-the-scenes videos including interviews with Director Irvin Kershner, actors Peter Weller, Dan O'Herlihy and a look at the filming of some deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; teaser trailers; TV spots; deleted scenes still gallery; and still galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards).


RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition) hit Blu-ray on March 21st, 2017. It was directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again). The cast includes Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, and Angie Bolling. The running time is 117 minutes.

RoboCop 2 ( Collector's Edition) is available now Blu-ray.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 and a half stars.


Blu-ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition)


RoboCop 2 does a fine job of following up its predecessor. It has just the right amount of campiness to offset its high body count. The stop-motion work and practical effects and makeup are a pleasure to look at and a wonderful reminder of the days before CGI. While RoboCop 2 isn't quite as good as the first film, it comes close enough thanks to hammy villains and other hilarious baddies. A little league baseball coach using his team to rob a store come to mind right away.

Pennywise Lends a Hand in New It Photos


USA Today posted three new photos from director Andres Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's It. I loved the original and hope this one is as good, but with its own unique take at the same time. Check out a couple more pictures after the jump and some info on the movie.


When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill SkarsgΓ₯rd), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

It lurks into theaters on September 8, 2017.


Pennywise Lends a Hand in New It Photos


USA Today posted three new photos from director Andres Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's It. I loved the original and hope this one is as good, but with its own unique take at the same time. Check out a couple more pictures after the jump and some info on the movie.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dead Men Tell No Tales in New Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer


I've never been a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They've always been forgettable fun and popcorn fodder for me. The one I found most enjoyable is the one everyone else doesn't care for, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It was the shortest of the films and didn't seem to drag on and meander around when it came to getting to the point. The thing I'm most excited for in regards to Dead Men Tell No Tales is the Paul McCartney cameo we're supposed to get. After the jump, you can check out the new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters on May 26th, 2017.

Dead Men Tell No Tales in New Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer


I've never been a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They've always been forgettable fun and popcorn fodder for me. The one I found most enjoyable is the one everyone else doesn't care for, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It was the shortest of the films and didn't seem to drag on and meander around when it came to getting to the point. The thing I'm most excited for in regards to Dead Men Tell No Tales is the Paul McCartney cameo we're supposed to get. After the jump, you can check out the new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Movie Review: Power Rangers


Seeing the Power Rangers franchise taken seriously is kind of a cool and interesting experience. That being said, this is not the same Power Rangers you grew up watching in grade school. It's dark, crude at times, and definitely geared for an older teen audience. These are troublemaking high schoolers with high school problems and the vocabulary to boot.


In Power Rangers, five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

The special effects and digital effects in Power Rangers looked way more realistic than they ever have on the television show. The suits appeared to me to be real costumes enhanced with CGI, which gave them an authethentic feel. My only complaint is that a lot of the fight scenes between the Zords and Rita Repulsa's henchmen were a bit hard to focus on and too in-your-face.

All of the actors who portrayed the Power Rangers took each of their diverse roles to heart and gave us characters we came to care about. Elizabeth Banks added just enough campiness to the role of Rita Repulsa while still keeping her believably evil. Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader delivered fine performances as Zordon and Alpha Five as well.

There were some points where Power Rangers got a bit heavy in the center and a little long-winded for some younger fans of the franchise. However, I give the writers and directors props for taking the time to try and give us something besides fight scenes and battles between titanic monsters and robots. Some of the more dialogue-heavy scenes could've been trimmed down a slight bit here and there to keep the film's momentum moving forward.

Power Rangers is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor. There are two examples I can think of right off the top of my head of inappropriate sexual humor for children. Images of a decomposed body are also probably too intense and frightening for younger viewers.

Power Rangers was released on March 24th, 2017. It was directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac). The cast includes Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader. The running time is 124 minutes.

Rating: 🌟🌟 and a half.

Movie Review: Power Rangers


Seeing the Power Rangers franchise taken seriously is kind of a cool and interesting experience. That being said, this is not the same Power Rangers you grew up watching in grade school. It's dark, crude at times, and definitely geared for an older teen audience. These are troublemaking high schoolers with high school problems and the vocabulary to boot.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Comic Book Review: Detective Comics #953


Batman's motley crew is dragged through shards of glass in part three of the "League of Shadows" story arc. Detective Comics #953 is an emotionally challenging plunge into pain and misery as Cassandra Cain discovers who her mother is and Batwoman is taken down in front of her father. Christian Duce and Fernando Blanco's images of an overworked Batman with a five o'clock shadow perfectly captures the intensity and sense of urgency James Tynion IV's storyline demands.


Help arrives in Detective Comics #953. It's from a surprising—and unwanted—source. One of Batman’s greatest foes!


Detective Comics #953 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and gore, profanity, smoking, and frightening and intense scenes. We definitely see some flesh wounds and bloodshed.


James Tynion IV wrote Detective Comics #953. Christian Duce and Fernando Blanco illustrate the issue. It was released on March 22nd through DC Comics. The book is 32 pages long.

Detective Comics #953 is available now in print and digital editions.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Comic Book Review: Detective Comics #953


Batman's motley crew is dragged through shards of glass in part three of the "League of Shadows" story arc. Detective Comics #953 is an emotionally challenging plunge into pain and misery as Cassandra Cain discovers who her mother is and Batwoman is taken down in front of her father. Christian Duce and Fernando Blanco's images of an overworked Batman with a five o'clock shadow perfectly captures the intensity and sense of urgency James Tynion IV's storyline demands.

Aqualad Returns to Teen Titans!


I've popped in and out of the Teen Titans comic series over the years. They're always an enjoyable read and I'm sure they appeal to young adult readers and seem culturally relevant to the readership the title is geared to. Whether it be relationship drama, personal issues or crises, or just battling the latest super-villain, the Titans always come out on top in the end. DC All Access talks to writer Benjamin Percy about his current run penning the series and you can see the latest episode after the jump.


The Teen Titans are getting a new member, and it appears it's just in time as a savage new threat emerges from the ocean depths. In this DC All Access comics clip, Jason Inman talks to Teen Titans writer Ben Percy about Aqualad's return to Titans Tower and what it'll mean for the dynamic of the group. Will Aqualad joining the team mean we'll soon be saying sayonara to one of the other young heroes?

Aqualad Returns to Teen Titans!


I've popped in and out of the Teen Titans comic series over the years. They're always an enjoyable read and I'm sure they appeal to young adult readers and seem culturally relevant to the readership the title is geared to. Whether it be relationship drama, personal issues or crises, or just battling the latest super-villain, the Titans always come out on top in the end. DC All Access talks to writer Benjamin Percy about his current run penning the series and you can see the latest episode after the jump.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Event Review: Dallas Retrospective - March 23rd, 2017


In 1980, every Friday night in my house was a television event. The Dukes of Hazzard aired at 7:00 PM and gave us all some good laughs while we ate our Golden Fried Chicken. At 8:00 PM, things got serious. The familiar sounds of the Dallas theme music rang throughout my living room and I was no longer in Austin, TX. I had traveled to that great city, where drama and backstabbing ruled supreme.


Thirty-seven years later, I live in Dallas and am proud to call it home. The television show named after the great city is still one of my all-time favorites. I introduced my wife to it, who became just about as addicted to it as I am. We spent one of our anniversaries at a special mystery dinner at Southfork Hotel before visiting and touring Southfork Ranch. We attended the Dallas 30th Anniversary event where all the stars came back.


One of my most cherished memories is sitting with Larry Hagman in the living room of Southfork and interviewing him. He was such a great gentleman who loved talking about his work and loved being J.R. It's a moment I'll never forget and was blessed to experience.


When the Winspear Opera House and J.R. Bourbon announced they were having a Dallas Retrospective featuring Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, I knew I would be there. Any chance I get to celebrate one of my favorite shows and be in the presence of its actors, I take.


The first thing that you notice about Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray is their genuine appreciation of the fans of Dallas. They know how much we love the show and the characters they portray and don't take that for granted. Both Duffy and Gray are as emotionally invested in Bobby Ewing and Sue Ellen as we are.


The night was hosted by Dallas Morning News' Robert Wilonsky, who it was evident was as big a fan of the show as anyone sitting in the crowd. He steered Duffy and Gray through a sea of questions regarding the cancellation of the revival of the show to the impact it's had on the world. Both of the actors have a great sense of humor and so many wonderful tales to tell that there was never a dull moment.


My favorite part of the evening was hearing Patrick Duffy talk about what could've been in season four of the Dallas revival. He revealed that it was going to pick up a few months after the end of season three. Christopher had died in the car explosion and the family was having to deal with the aftermath.


Duffy told the press the day before that TNT could've easily, without spending a dime, have done a few episodes to wrap up the storyline and give fans the closure they needed and deserved. After much deliberation, TNT decided against it and we were all left hanging. Oh, what could have been.


The Dallas Retrospective was a wonderful time and well attended by the community and some who even came from out of town to be there. It was a great pleasure to reminisce about a television show that has become an iconic part of not only the entertainment industry, but our culture as a whole. My one and only complaint about the evening: Where was the free bottles of J.R. Ewing Bourbon?

Event Review: Dallas Retrospective - March 23rd, 2017


In 1980, every Friday night in my house was a television event. The Dukes of Hazzard aired at 7:00 PM and gave us all some good laughs while we ate our Golden Fried Chicken. At 8:00 PM, things got serious. The familiar sounds of the Dallas theme music rang throughout my living room and I was no longer in Austin, TX. I had traveled to that great city, where drama and backstabbing ruled supreme.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Comic Book Review: KISS #6


KISS #6 throws us into the stress-inducing aftermath of the startling revelation we were given last issue. Let me just say that writer Amy Chu persists in heightening the stakes and keeping our blood pressure levels elevating. I absolutely love the way she intertwines the band's lyrics with the storyline, as if KISS were prophesying the unfolding events decades before they happened through their songs. Kewber Baal's artwork is still tantalizing and keeps the reader energetically flipping pages up to the very end.


Blackwell's big secret is out in KISS #6. The twins discover what it means to be heroes. But are they too late to save the world they know?


KISS #6 is rated T+ for Teen Plus. It contains profanity and frightening and intense scenes. A couple uses of bad language could've been avoided. A couple characters kiss, but it's just minor PDA. There's really nothing here that I would consider more extreme than what you would see in a PG-13 movie.


Amy Chu wrote KISS #6. Kewber Baal illustrates the issue. It was released on March 22nd through Dynamite Comics. The book is 32 pages long.

KISS #6 is available now in print and digital editions.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟