Thursday, July 31, 2014

Needless Things Spotlight: This Car’s Number is 187 D. D. DeJesus

Welcome to Needless Things Spotlight, where we focus on new fiction from talent around the internet.

Today's short form story is the first part of several that will be published over the course of the next several months.

This Is Car Number 187
D. D. DeJesus

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Comics and Me by Robert McIntyre

To understand my love - and what is sometimes an obsession - for all things comic related, you have to understand what originally steered me in the direction of that wonderful world.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dragon Con - One Month and Counting

Hey this post is going up exactly one month before Dragon Con. Pretty cool right? I'm going to try and help you get prepared as well as start thinking about what you want to see and do while you're there. This thing gets bigger every year, and there's just no way for you to do everything (unless you're packing a TARDIS). Unfortunately, even the website doesn’t have a full list of events yet, but we can still talk about who’s going to be there.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Fall of the Geek by Jason Frazier

It’s the age of the geek, baby. 

That’s a line I loved to hear from a now cancelled show called Leverage. That line stuck in my head as I was approaching how I wanted to handle this article about upcoming TV shows that are based on comics. In case you haven’t noticed, the comics are not just on the big screen anymore. There are four new comic based shows coming out to join the two that are returning. Two of the shows are the second time these franchises have been a TV show. Two of the shows have had big screen versions already. Another one is adding to a juggernaut of a universe that could keep growing on the big and small screen with each passing year. Four of the five networks have new comic book shows coming out.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Best Cartoon Ever (of the Month) - Swamp Thing by Kalan

Picture it friends – it's the early 1990s, deep in the swamps of the New Orleans bayou. There you are, just a scientist mixing some liquids - just discovering some stuff about some things - when all of a sudden, in strolls this evil villain with a few of his cohorts. He starts muckin' up the place and as they're all escaping, your experiments explode! What would you do!?! Hop into the chemical shower you should have had in your lab? NO, that's too busy being exploded. Your only option now is to dive into the swamps so conveniently located near the exit of your lab! Luckily for you, since you're covered in chemical burns, that swamp mud is especially rich and fortified with slime and ooze! Right about now, you're all reinforced with swampy goodness and you rise from the swamp renewed! You realize you've got all these fucking awesome mutant-y plant powers so, what the hell, why not be the next big thing that fights off evil mutant villains who are hell-bent on immortality and deforestation?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Couch Crusader - Looking Back at Batman '66 by Geena Phillips

An all-new shared Exclusive with Revolution Science Fiction

Season 1, Episode 1 -"Hi Riddle Diddle"

It's astounding, in retrospect, how much this show came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Lots of TV shows, even great ones (and especially ones as high-concept as this), take time to find their voice, or at least to lock down how they wanna tell stories. But not Batman.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekday Afternoon Fever by R.T. Ewell

Last month I wrote an article for Needless Things in which I discussed the ever popular craze that was Saturday morning cartoons.

Well, Saturdays weren’t the only day for cartoons. In fact, in the early to mid-90's weekday afternoon cartoons were extremely popular. That’s right - from about 2:00 till 5:00 (ish) you could plop down in front of the tube and watch a vast variety of your favorite animated shows.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dating Guide for the Nerdy Guy

I have known a lot of nerdy men in my life. By sheer virtue of knowing so very many nerdy men I have also known a lot of nerdy men who have had trouble with the ladies. I've also been a nerd myself for a very long time, and dated my fair share of them too. I've seen the endeavors of my male counterparts, and indeed been on the receiving end of some of those attentions. If you are having a hard time getting a date (or simply want to know more about why you may have struggled in the past) this is for you. Not that everyone else should stop reading, mind you. Even if none of this applies to you, and you are that cool, lucky bastard who never wanted for a date you might at least gain some level of sympathy for those who did.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Future of Honor by Matt "Sex" Sells

There’s a sign that hangs in the Ring of Honor Dojo that says something along the lines of “Try and succeed and you’ll be happier. Try and fail and you’ll be wiser”. This is the story of me trying to become a ROH wrestler. Time will tell whether I end up happier or wiser.

Friday, July 18, 2014


Today is my sister’s birthday and one of the things we always had in common was a love of dinosaurs. We’re eight years apart, so we didn’t share a lot of interests (aside from annoying each other), but I think dinosaurs were one of the few things we really bonded over. Weird Al was another, so you can tell she’s pretty much an okay person.

Anyway, that makes me want to write about dinosaurs.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toy Review – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar from NECA

Rise of the Planet of the Apes combined the best elements of many different branches of sci-fi. There was shady corporate conspiracy, genetic experimentation, post-humanism (of a different sort than we normally see), and a celebration of discovery of the new that I think is specific to science fiction. The human performances were brilliant, but the star of the movie was Caesar – an amazing blend of CGI and Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance. I still can’t quite believe that technology has gotten us to the point where such a creation could be the star of a live action movie.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Toy Review – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Maurice from NECA

I haven’t had the time to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet. I was going to see it Tuesday night, but the family was still out of town and I had to leave Mister Otis at home all day. I would have felt bad being home for an hour and then going right back out again.

But we all know these wacky apes from the prior movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes! It took me a long time to see this one. I just didn’t believe that it could be good. I can’t remember my specific complaints, but I know I was not interested. Then it came out and everybody loved it. Rise seemed to meet with almost universal acclaim. I was curious, but now the damn thing had been built up too much. My expectations were too high.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Home Alone 2014

Before I get into the main portion of this post I want to mention that Weird Al’s new album – Mandatory Fun – comes out today and that you should go to your local independent record store and buy a copy.

I don’t have a local independent record store, so I’m going to Best Buy. Blech. I also need to get the new Mastodon album that came out last week. I probably won’t even get them until tomorrow because the family is out of town and as it is I feel absolutely fucking terrible about leaving Mister Otis home all day while I’m at work; never mind making any stops on the way home.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Toy Review – Man of Steel Movie Masters Series 2 – Faora & General Zod with Kryptonian Armor

Note: This will be kind of a lame review, and not just because I’m throwing two figures that I haven’t felt particularly compelled to review for the last seven months together. I have a SHIT TON going on right now. There’s the Dragon Con thing, the Time Lord Party this past Friday, TONS of Needless Things Podcasts I’m setting up, and now the dry run of Whose EFF Is It Anyway? that we’re doing at the Red Light Café on August 5th. Plus, of course, my normal family and work responsibilities.

I am not complaining! I love it. But I am busy. So here’s a crappy review of two figures that you wouldn’t have cared about even if I had posted this back when they came out.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Movie Review - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by R.T. Ewell

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes- Mostly Spoiler Free Review

To start off this review, I feel obligated to let you all know that as far as the originals go I haven’t really seen any of them. I mean I've seen most of the first one but never got around to seeing the others. Unfortunately, I have seen Tim Burtons version which was (besides Tim Roth's performance) nightmarishly bad. So when Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was announced I had this odd curiosity for it. After hearing that it would be an origin story about Caesar I was sold.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Toy Review - LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes Superman vs. Power Armor Lex by R.T. Ewell

LEGO DC Super Heroes Review
Product #: 6862
Superman vs Power Armor Lex
207 Pieces
Build Time: Approx. 45 Minutes

Back in April I was lucky enough to have a birthday. I was even luckier to get a whole lot of LEGO related gifts. In all honesty, I probably would have never bought this set myself. Something about it never struck me as something I had to have, although the set makes perfect sense and comes with three very important minifigures that a collection should not be without. It's been sitting around the house for a while, as most of my LEGO sets tend to do around here before I finally open them. So today was the day I thought it was high time to put together my first Superman themed LEGO item.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Toy Review – Batman: Arkham City Two-Face from DC Collectibles

This is one of the few designs from the incredible Batman: Arkham games series that I am not crazy about.

My problem stems mostly from the fact that Harvey apparently never saw fit to change his clothes after he got blown up. It’s a little ridiculous. This look would have been fine for his first appearance, but in the forthcoming Arkham Knights he is still wearing this half-burned suit. I get that the game designers probably wanted to lean more towards burned-up Aaron Eckhardt than blue-faced Richard Moll, but I really do think Gotham’s former District Attorney might have gotten some new duds by this point.

Regardless, I am thoroughly entrenched in collecting this line, so I wasn’t about to pass up the representation of one of my favorite Batman villains.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Toy Review – LEGO 21108 Ideas #006 Ghostbusters Set from LEGO

I am a little out of my depth in writing a LEGO review. That’s R.T.’s business.

My personal history with LEGOs is not glorious. My first LEGO set was the Forestmen’s Hideout, one of the Robin Hood themed sets that presumably went along with whatever their castle range was at the time (the time being 1988). As I mentioned in Episode 26 of the Needless Things Podcast, once I put it together I never, ever wanted it to be taken apart again. I love putting things together. Once. And I’m not much for coming up with my own constructs. So the bottom line is that a lot of the appeal of LEGOs is lost on me and for what LEGO’s cost it isn’t really worth it.

A few years ago I bought a couple of castles on super clearance at Walmart. I had a great time putting them together and then sold them to Gnoll because I don’t have anywhere to put giant fucking LEGO castles. This sums up my LEGO feelings – I love them, but once I put them together I’m kind of done with them.

I bought the set I am reviewing today despite that and against my better judgment because when it comes to Ghostbusters stuff I just cannot help myself.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Blade from Mattel

Who doesn’t have a soft spot for 1987’s Masters of the Universe? And what can be said about it that I haven’t already said here?

I don’t feel like the characters from Masters of the Universe are necessary to the Classics line. I understand that figures were released of Blade, Saurod, and Gwildor back in the day. But I don’t want a Gwildor and I am perfectly happy forgoing Blade and Saurod if it means I don’t have to receive that gross little troll (apologies to Billy Barty, who I would be more than happy to see in a UHF toy line).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Needless Things Special Comic Book Report – Independents Day

I have a small stack of comics I’ve gotten that I want to draw some attention to. I don’t typically review comic books and I didn’t feel like I could write a full-length post about any one book; not even a collection. But once again fortune has intervened and I realized our nation’s Independence Day was coming up. One lame play on words later and I had the forum for my comic book reviews.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

LEGO KidsFest Atlanta 2014 Recap

Between my preview of the LEGO KidsFest and the Needless Things Podcast I recorded with LEGO Master Builder Chris Steininger you guys should probably know what the event is all about. But even with all of the information I had going into this past weekend, I was simply not prepared for the scale of what LEGO had in store for us. It was a truly special event that had the all-important “Pixar Factor”.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews July 2014: Omnibuseses

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalogue that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but typically about two months away. Or sometimes never. I’ve ordered lots of things that have just never come in. Without getting into the specific politics of Diamond, let me just say that they aren’t quite a monopoly and also aren’t quite the worst distributor anybody has ever dealt with in the history of the universe.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 27: Heroes Con 2014

You guys – it rained on us again while we were driving to Charlotte for Heroes Con. That makes three years in a row.