Thursday, August 30, 2012

13 Questions With The Wicked Nemesis Enoch Tsarion

            Wicked Nemesis first blew my mind at DCW a few years ago. He strode out of the locker room and I just couldn’t understand how such a well-spoken and engrossing talent could have gotten saddled with the sort of barbaric scum that wrestles every year at the world’s greatest nerd festival. 

Dragon*Con Week 2012: 13 Questions With "The Temptation" Shaun Tempers

Mr. Tempers provided his own intro that's... well... more than enough information. So I'm just gonna kick back and let him do the talking:

Dragon*Con Week 2012: 13 Questions with Kory Chavis

Ring veteran Kory Chavis has made DCW a regular stop on his rampage of violence through the independent wrestling circuit.
Chavis has wrestled for – deep breath – NWA Wildside & Anarchy, Combat Zone Wrestling, Wing of Honor, Dragon Gate USA, Full Impact Pro, ZERO1 USA, and countless more. Chavis is a multi-time Tag Team champ and has held the NWA Anarchy and NWA Wildside Heavyweight Titles. He is one of the most practiced and decorated veterans to enter the ring at Dragon*Con Wrestling.

Dragon*Con Week 2012: 13 Questions with DJ Spider

I know that picture's huge, but I wanted you guys to be able to see the little pictures.

DJ Spider is a skilled cosplayer with an absolutely huge resume of costumes (is that right? "resume"?). She's been stitching, sewing, and stapling (I dunno) for years and has built a vast collection of characters.

DJ Spider is also a renowned Dragon*Con party host, typically spinning the latest of late-night parties. The kind that you go to after the other parties have dried up and that you only leave once the sun has come up and you are hungry for breakfast.

Dragon*Con Week 2012: Phantom Troublemaker’s Playlist

I can’t remember if I’ve done this before or not and I’m at work right now so I can’t check.
Every year before Dragon*Con I put together a playlist of dorky music to accompany me on my drive downtown. And back home on Monday, I guess, but the whole point is to start immersing myself in the dorkery as soon as possible. I do the same sort of thing with Halloween and Christmas, except those last an entire month and require a lot more time to put together.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dragon*Con Week: 13 Questions With DCW's Chip Motherfucking Day

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 169 lbs.
Favorite Moves: 360 degree kick, “Motion Sickness”-Flipping side Power bomb
Finishing Move: “Day of the Dead”-Flying double knee attack


From his earliest days, Chip Day wanted nothing more than to be a professional wrestler. Growing up in a single parent house, day’s mother was responsible for his love of wrestling. Attending his first local show at age 8, Day was hooked. Day received his training from such Georgia stars as Georgia Tag Team Blackout, International star Jimmy Rave, and several other Georgia Indy greats. The Kennesaw native started competing regularly at age 16 and hasn’t “looked back”.

Day reportedly takes in as much wrestling as he can. Watching and studying tapes of Ricky Steamboat from the NWA to tapes of Dragon Gate’s Dragon Kid. The young star truly takes everything and tries to learn new things all the time. A futuristic blend of traditional Southern boy, high flying Lucha Libre, European catch wrestling, and hard hitting Japanese Puroresu, Day really is something else from bell to bell.

 It's no secret that the DCW Hooligans have chosen "Do or Die" Chip Day as our mascot wrestler. He was the first guy we "honored" with a nickname and he was the first carryover from Dragon*Con Wrestling to Platinum Championship Wrestling. 

Dragon*Con Week 2012: 13 Questions With Bobby Calabrese

I have already related what a big fan I am of Calabrese, the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Horror Rock Band (a title I wholly endorse). When I decided to embark on the massive task of tracking down various guests, coordinators, and wrestlers for my 2012 Dragon*Con coverage, the very first message I sent out was to Calabrese’s Facebook page. Not even the idea of covering DCW wrestlers occurred to me before wanting to interview Calabrese.

Dragon*Con Week 2012: My Extremely Tentative Schedule


Dragon*Con starts TONIGHT, motherscratchers!
Well, not really. Right now it’s still eight days away. It takes time to write these things, you know? But for my dear readers the big show starts tonight, and guess what?
I am going to be there.
For the first time ever I am going down on Thursday night. Everybody keeps telling me that Thursday is just so great, so this year I’m gonna find out. So Evil, Sally, and everybody else – I am holding you guys personally responsible if I don’t have the best time EVER.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dragon*Con Week 2012: 13 Questions With "The Human Hand Grenade” dany only of DCW

The Human Hand Grenade Dany Only is one of the hardest working men in wrestling today. He has worked for NWA Anarchy, Beyond Wrestling, Deep South Championship Wrestling, and of course, Platinum Championship Wrestling. He is volatile and unpredictable – as his nickname suggests. Along with “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn, Only is part of one of the most vicious tag teams wrestling in the South today.

Dragon*Con Week: 13 Questions With Beau Brown of the Puppetry Track

Beau Brown is one of the creators of the ridiculously popular Bob & Carl: Sci-Fi Janitors. If you are not familiar with Bob & Carl, here:


Okay, now you are a fan. Well, either a fan or a dick.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dragon*Con Week 2012: 13 Questions With Jeff G. Bailey of DCW

You may know Jeff G. Bailey as one of the loudest, most obnoxious, long-winded gas bags in all of professional wrestling. He is a man who can create a flow of words so eloquent and constant that you can’t even find a spot to yell, “SHUT THE FUCK UP!” like you want to. And I mean really want to. As a manager, Bailey has represented some of the most fiendish and dastardly wrestlers to ever enter the squared circle. He is absolutely devoid of guilt or remorse for any heinous actions he or his charges commit.

13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker – Patrick Freeman

            Patrick Freeman is ridiculously busy. He's the man behind Dragon*Con TV. He's also one of the geniuses that created Bob & Carl: Sci-Fi Janitors. He's been locked in seclusion for the past two hundred and seven days editing together clips for your silly monkey asses to laugh at while you wait for the "Collecting Tiddlywinks: Obsession or Passion" panel to start.

            Or maybe you'll watch them while airing your sweaty ass out in your hotel room. That Steampunk Pikachu costume is probably pretty rank by now, partner. I'd hang it over the AC unit if I were you. And use some Febreze, for the love of Pete.


Friday, August 24, 2012

13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker – The Reverend Dan Wilson

I've just got too much content between now and Dragon*Con! Too many Q&As, too many Top Whatevers, TOO MUCH AWESOME!
So I have no choice other than to give you, my loyal Phantomaniacs, double the content for the same low price! That's right, ladies and gentlemen – starting tonight and continuing on Monday all the way through next Friday – TWO BIG, ACTION_PACKED POSTS A DAY. POSSIBLY MORE! We'll see.
When I sent out requests for Q&As I never expected the kind of response I got. I have a TON of people for you to meet and to help get you PUMPED UP for Dragon*Con.
Starting tonight – exactly one week before the Dragon*Con Wrestling opening bell rings – I bring you one deranegd son of a bitch.

Dragon*Con Week(s) 2012: The Best of DC*TV

One of my favorite things about Dragon*Con is Dragon*Con Television, or DC*TV.
If you’re a practitioner of dorkery, there’s no better source of comedy than the in-house channel produced by Dragon*Con every year. DC*TV features a huge variety of parodies, sketch comedy, and observational humor taken from all of the things genre fans love. It’s like Saturday Night Live except that it runs for four days straight and is actually funny.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dragon*Con Week(s) 2012 - 13 Questions with DCW's Iceberg

The time is rapidly approaching for a night of lunacy the likes of which can only be seen once annually. The universe quite literally could not contain more than a single yearly occurrence of such power, majesty, and sheer brutality.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dragon*Con Week(s) 2012: Night of 1,000 Black Widows

Welcome to the post where I speculate about who will wear what at the Southeast’s biggest and best nerd festival.
This is the third year I’ve done this post and I sure hope I’ll do a little better with my predictions than I did last year. I think a couple of last year’s picks are actually more likely this year – I guess I just overestimated the cosplayers’ initiative last time. But I feel pretty sure we’re going to see a bunch of Banes this year – especially with a store-bought costume readily available – and surely some brave seamstress will take on the plating and seams of the New 52.
Side Note: It occurs to me that stupid people are probably going to start mistaking me for Bane rather than Nacho Libre. As a matter of fact, it’s already happened once. I can only assume these people are color blind. And design blind. Oh, well – at least it’s a step up in mistaken identity.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dragon*Con Week(s) 2012: 13 Questions With Third Half Studios

Today’s post is doing a little double-duty. Not only do I have a subject who has a project to promote, they will also be at Dragon*Con doing their thing. Actually, this is quadruple duty because I am talking to Lori and Sarah of Atlanta’s own Third Half Studios.
If you like comic books, zombies, Doctor Who, or stuff that’s really cute in a gruesome, slightly unsettling way then you will probably dig what Third Half has to offer. You can go check out their Etsy store right now and see what I’m talking about. Or you could go and buy the entire set of Cryptozoology plates RIGHT DAMN NOW BECAUSE THEY ARE SO AWESOME.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dragon*Con Week(s) 2012 PLUS A Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Dragon*Con App

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Needless Things’ annual build-up to the greatest celebration of dorkery in the world – Dragon*Con!
I have got so much content this year you could choke a satyr with it all. As you might be able to tell from the fact that I am starting a whole week earlier than I normally do. I’ve got all the regular features like my costume predictions, Top Ten Dragon*Con-related something-or-others, and of course my personal schedule (which will undoubtedly once again be utterly invalid by mid-Friday).

Friday, August 17, 2012

Toy Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O’Neil By Playmates

Back when the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures came out I hated the April O’Neil figure. She was taller than the Turtles (I didn’t know how short they were supposed to be at the time), that yellow jumpsuit was awful, and she was just a boring girl. And I had nothing against girl figures. I had plenty of females at that point. Figures, I mean.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Toy Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Turtles By Playmates

I did the best I could to stretch this out into four separate reviews, but despite the fact that each Turtle is his own mold I just couldn’t manage it. They’re too similar for me to crank out four different ways of saying essentially the same things. I got to the “Sculpt” portion on the second one – Michelangelo – and realized it wasn’t going to happen. There are only so many ways to say “great hand wrappings!” no matter how different they look.
So today I’m going to review all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a group – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. They’re what sell the franchise and the quality of their individual figures is certainly going to make or break any new toy line.
With each new iteration of TMNT toys I’ve bought at least the four Turtles (except for the NECA line – still looking for those at a reasonable price).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker - Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson is an editor who works in film and television. He has also been in more punk rock bands than you could shake a duct tape-covered mic stand at. His current project is Stopper: The Rise and Fall of the Bastard Squad. Well, he has a shit-ton of current projects, but that’s the one he’s here today to promote.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Platinum Championship... Um, Empire Wrestling 8/10/2012

In an absolutely amazing turn of events it has been less than a month since my last visit to the PCW Arena. I’d like to get out there more. I’d also really like to make it to one of the Porterdale shows, as that venue looks really cool, but I’m not sure that’s likely to happen.
There is one important news item to cover before I start the recap proper:
Human Hand Grenade” Dany Only has been banished from Empire Wrestling.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I don’t believe I’ve ever made this apparent through my writing, but I absolutely love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I just haven’t had a whole lot of occasion to mention it over the past few years.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Top Eleven Doctors

So the other night on Earth Station Who the subject of favorite Doctors came up.
Well, that comes up on almost every ESW podcast, but in this case it was more of a listing type of deal. We didn’t get too deep into it – it was more of a passing comment. But right at that moment it got me to thinking about how I would rank the eleven Doctors we have seen so far. Not necessarily a fun task, but something that gives me a post.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Toy Review – S.L.U.G. Zombies Series 1 By JAKKS Pacific

(This is the Series 2 box because I have no idea what happened to the pictures I took of the Series 1 box. Squint and you'll never know the difference.)
 This toy review is going to be a little different from the norm. I’m going to be reviewing 12 different little figures here, so that’s going to require a bit of variance from my regular format.
I was going to just cover the first and second series in one post, but I got just enough mileage to split ‘em up.
I guess I could have bullshitted my way through twenty-four separate posts and had myself set through Halloween, but I just can’t imagine writing distinctive pieces for these guys. Heck, I couldn’t even manage four reviews for the new Ninja Turtles, as you’ll see next week.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker – Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor

Richard Hempton is the producer, writer, and director of a proposed Doctor Who fan series called The Forgotten Doctor. This is a new, original series designed to tell stories you've never seen before starring a new and unique Doctor.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Toy Review – DC Signature Collection Starman By Mattel

Man, don’t think I don’t get sick of saying this sort of thing; but I was totally unfamiliar with this version of Starman.
I’ve only recently been familiar with any version of the character. I started reading the first Starman Omnibus by James Robertson and Tony Harris a few weeks ago – mostly inspired by Robertson’s unparalleled work on The Shade, which I was compelled to pick up after the excellent one-shot starring Dickie Swift that was part of "Blackest Night).

Monday, August 6, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man By Mattel

Believe it or not, I didn’t own this guy until the other day.

Way back when I first started collecting… wait – that’s not even right. When I bought my first Masters of the Universe Classics figure, I had no intention of collecting the line. I bought Scareglow because he looked awesome. A glow-in-the-dark skeleton with a purple cape is not something I am capable of passing up. So I was going to buy just that one figure.
Then they offered Trap-Jaw.

Friday, August 3, 2012

One More Thing About The Masters of the Universe Classics Situation

Side Note: This was originally the intro for my review of Spikor, but as tends to happen with me sometimes (a lot) I ran off at the mouth enough to post it as a separate article.
Also, please do not take any of the following to mean I don’t think you should subscribe or that I am trying to dissuade anybody from subscribing. These are all my own personal reasons for being frustrated with the line. I do not want it to end. I hope that all of the people who love the line and can overlook the problems I have get their toys all year long. But I simply cannot (as of right now) justify spending over six hundred dollars on what Matty is currently offering. If you can, do it. I’ll be jealous every month.
Just to be clear, I fucking love the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line. But I am so damned sick and tired of all the issues that go along with collecting it. Seriously you guys – it as much a source of stress for me as it is a joy. If I could pay thirty bucks apiece for these guys and have them just show up at my house without ever having to think about it, I would totally do it. But sadly, that isn’t the case. Every month these wonderful, odd figures cause one more gray hair on my head. Or beard. And I’m tired of it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Spikor By Mattel

Okay, I’ve got to take a minute and be fair here.
I talk an awful lot of shit about Mattel, mostly because of all the stupid and easily avoidable problems they have created and failed to do anything about with and the products it offers. But I recently had an experience with my Matty subscriptions that could have gone very badly and didn’t.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker – James T. Warbington

Hi there and welcome to a new - hopefully ongoing – feature here on Needless Things.
I like talking to people and seeing what makes them do what they do. As I’ve established before, I am fascinated by folks who are creative and who work hard to express that creativity. There’s nothing I admire more than somebody who is doing something they love. Whether it’s making movies, writing, wrestling, or whatever; if you’re able to put time and effort into something you’re passionate about I think that’s the best thing ever.
What I’d like to do with these Q&As is shine a spotlight on people who are doing just that and bring attention to whatever it is they are doing. For right now I’m sticking with a standard format of questions that are easy for me and the subject to pass back and forth and then for me to post, but eventually I’d like to get into full-on interviews somehow or another. We’ll see how this goes. Hopefully it’ll do better than Phantom Who.
My very first subject is somebody near and dear to me – a guy who helped and encouraged my own creative pursuits way back in the day.