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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What Was That All About!



Why is that all of us at one time in our lives are/or will be teenagers and yet when we grow up and have kids of our own and they become teenagers we are completely baffled by them?

Speaking as a parent of two kids: one boy and one girl, who (thankfully are grown up) I dealt with teenagers.  I even taught high school so I dealt with a plethora of teenagers of all temperaments and types.

Teenagers are confusing, compulsive, contradictory in their behavior, sometimes callous and always, always, a conundrum.

And yet they can be the most loving, caring, thoughtful and compassionate people at times.  They drive you crazy!

For 20 years Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman have examined, sweat over and portrayed teenagers with all their foibles, faults and strengths in their awesome ‘Zits’ comic strip.

The star of the strip: Jeremy Duncan, is the perfect vehicle by which Scott and Borgman were, and are, able to demonstrate the complexity and contradictions of a typical teenager.

Join Jeremy and his friends as they confuse their parents, confound their teachers and offer insight into the minds of teenagers.

In ‘What Was That All About?’ the creative team offers readers the very best of ‘Zits!’ over the past 20 years and a very personal and up-front look at their own lives.

Readers will discover where the duo met, how they came up with the idea for ’Zits!’, the teenagers in their own lives, the strips publishing history, its up and downs and excerpts from their sketchbooks.

The deluxe hardbound book with die-cut front panel, spotlighting Jeremy, is a real treasure that ‘Zits!’ fans will love and cherish, from Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: 1955: Secret Nature



I’ve been a big fan of Mike Mignola’s ‘Hellboy’ character ever since he created him.
 
The idea of a demon from Hell becoming a good guy chasing down other supernatural threats is unique and a whole lot of fun to read.

In a special one-shot issue: ‘Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: 1955” Secret Nature’, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy and his friend meet up with a demon with a similar origin as Hellboy-only this demon is fully grown, ravenous and extremely ticked off.

It seems that in 1955 Oregon cattle farmers are having their stock not just slaughtered but ripped apart, disemboweled and partially eaten.

When a local farmer contacts the B.P.R.D. he has no problem accepting Hellboy’s bizarre appearance but is a bit taken back by Hellboy’s companion: a black man.

Hellboy gets a lesson in prejudice, even after he and his companion manage to subdue the beast and send it back to Hell.

I’m so used to Mike Mignola’s art style it took me a bit to warm up to artist Shawn Martinbrough’s art.

But after a few pages I realize he was the perfect choice for the book as he captures the look and feel of the time period in which the story is placed.

For you Hellboy fans out there theses are exciting times because Hellboy is about to go into production for a whole new movie.

There’s never been a better time to start reading Hellboy.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2



What comes in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Digital Combo Pack and packs in more fun, excitement, thrills and surprises that make your mind race, your pulse quicken and your senses overload?
 
That’s easy!  It’s Walt Disney’s/Marvel Studios’ blockbuster summer film starring Marvel Comics misfit band of heroes: The Guardians Of The Galaxy’ in their second film adventure.

This time around the Guardians unravel the mystery of Starlord’s father who just happens to be Ego, The Living Planet.  At first it seems like a happy reunion but like everything else the Guardians get involved with, things are not what they seem.

Follow the Guardians as they once again attempt to save the galaxy from disaster and along the way make foes allies, old friends foes, meet up with some unexpected characters that longtime Marvel Comics fans are sure to enjoy and unearth enough Easter Eggs to keep the most diehard comic book fans happy for days.

Filled with stunning digital and practical special effects, incredible live-action stunts, a killer soundtrack, interesting characters and locales and so much fun that it’s no wonder the movie was considered the number one film of the summer.

In Vol. 2 viewers get to know the Guardians a little bit better and witness the group’s dynamic change from a bunch of misfits into a true family.

Combo Pack extras include lots of cool featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes, a commentary, a director intro, scene and mission breakdowns and a special David Hasselhoff music video all in a special Cinematic Universe Edition.

Watch the post movie clips and discover some secrets and how the film will tie-in to the upcoming Avengers’ movies.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Priorities

I thought my wife was going to die!

A little over a week ago my wife started coughing up blood-a lot of blood.

I took her to the doctor and we were waiting to set up an appointment with a specialist.

While we waited she coughed up more blood and I immediately took her to Emergency.

Without going into a lot of detail, she came very close to dying and they are not exactly sure why.  

Over the next few weeks/ months doctors hope to discover why.

She's been pumped full of antibiotics and appears to be healing.  Still, it's scary and we both find that our priorities have changed-drastically!

Money, status, comfort, ambitions and dreams mean little or nothing.

What really matters is trusting God, placing our lives in his hands and reaching out to tell and demonstrate to others how much God loves them.

Life is short and fragile and in the long run we all come into this world with nothing and we all leave with nothing.

The important thing is where we spend eternity.

I'm guilty of forgetting that sometimes and becoming callous.

Both my wife and I have decided we want to do more for God.  We are planning to volunteer for more things at church, reaching out to people and becoming the kind of witnesses we were meant to be.

I pray that God give us the strength, endurance and the heart for other people.

If you're reading this you need to know God loves you and has a plan for your life.  If you go to the home page of my blog and look to the right you will see the words, 'The Road To Salvation'.

I encourage you to open up the page and read it.  It will change your life for the better and you will be on the path to become the person God meant you to be.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Celebrating Snoopy



Charles Schulz was a genius and was responsible in no small part for making reading newspaper comic strips a respected pastime and American art form.

Although he did not invent the comic strip his ‘Peanuts’ comic strip brought a whole new level of sophistication to comic strip humor.

No longer were characters mere caricatures of humans or animals.

Each of Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ cast has a distinct personality and philosophical outlook on life.

There was Charlie Brown, the perpetual optimist who suffered though perpetual pessimistic circumstances, Linus, the boy philosopher straddled with a complex set of phobias and Lucy his domineering and opinionated sister and other memorable characters in the tiny tot universe.

Then there was Snoopy. 

Snoopy was Charlie Brown’s pet beagle who embraced life, possessed a vivid imagination, unbridled ambition, a unique outlook and who represented the unspoken and un-acted upon opinions and pent-up wishes of the common man.

Snoopy was, and is, by far, my favorite ‘Peanuts’ character.

Andrews McMeel Publishing presents ‘Celebrating Snoopy’ the ultimate Snoopy compilation of comic strips beginning with Snoopy’s humble start as a simply pet to his resounding finale as the voice of a whole generation.

This massive collection comes in a HUGE hardbound book, complete with slipcase, both decorated with the image of a dancing Snoopy.

For 50 years Snoopy delighted fans and comic strip readers with his inexplicable, outrageous and hilarious hi-jinx accompanied by the ‘Peanuts’ cast, a perplexed Charlie, a befuddles Linus, a infuriated Lucy and his best-bud: Woodstock the bird.

Who can forget his Red Baron adventures, Joe College, ice-skating on a birdbath and dozens of other adventures and schemes?

Literally thousands of ‘Peanuts’ strips featuring Snoopy and insightful commentaries and observations of the ‘Peanuts’ strips’ 50 year heritage are included. 

This is Snoopy at his finest and will make a stellar addition to any ‘Peanuts’ fan’s collection.