The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #9

It’s Tuesday and that can only mean 1 thing…
It’s Question time, gang!

Given all of the recent rumors and turmoil, this weeks Question is: WB/DC execs come to you and ask you to help recast Batman & Superman, who are you picking to fill the roles?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet it with the hashtag #TNBQotW, so we can find it.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

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The Undertaker Vs Mankind Hell In A Cell 98 Mini Documentary

Yesterday, WWE released a 15 minute mini documentary about the historic Hell In A Cell match between The Undertaker and Mankind/Mick Foley (which we talked over in Ep 4.5 of Commentaries).

This match is incredibly legendary, but this doc peels back the layers and shows you just why.
It lays out just what led up to it (including Taker breaking his foot BEFORE the match), what happened during it (specifically Undertaker & Mick’s reactions to the chaos), and the fallout from it.
WWE knows how to make a compelling documentary, but this raises the bar on how in depth it is.

Watch it here and hear interviews with Undertaker, Foley, referee Tim White, and a slew of other people who were involved.
I really hope WWE puts out a DVD set about this match sometime and expands on this or maybe gets some new on camera interviews with the icons involved.
I absolutely loved every second of this and I think some of you will as well.

Lastly, if you have the WWE network, after tonight’s PPV, watch Foley’s 20 Years In Hell special.
It’s the show he has been touring for the last 8 months or so where he gives even more insight and reflections on this insane match.
I was sad to miss it when it was in town, but I’m glad I’ll get to see it now.

Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Fantasy Is Now Available!

Hey gang, just a heads up, Kevin J. Anderson’s new short story collection, Selected Stories: Fantasy is now available for purchase!

In my review (read it here) I talked about some of my favorite stories, and this one has even more than the last one.
The styles and types of stories included are a great example of his versatility and just how prolific he is.
And just like the 1st volume, the cover art is so beautifully trippy.

The 2nd of 4 planned volumes, get on board now by going to your favorite bookstore and ordering a hardcover/paperback, or head over to Amazon or your favorite online retailer for E-Format.
Read, enjoy, and tell KJA we sent you to it.
It’s sure to please all fans of the genre.

TNB Commentaries 023: Scooby-Doo And The Witch’s Ghost

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Please turn off your cellphones, grab a box of Scooby Snacks, and climb into the Mystery Machine, gang.

For our 23rd commentary, we cast a spell on you and take you back to 1999 for this classic animated adventure starring Frank Welker, Tim Curry, Mary Kay Bergman, B.J. Ward, Scott Innes, & Jennifer Hale as a more mature version of the Mystery Incorporated gang and friends.

We dive deep into our love of various forms of animation, examining the works of Aardman, the differences in styles of stop motion and our preferences, talk some memes making the rounds, and then realize this is supposed to be a commentary.

Enjoy this jam packed episode as we join Doom’s childhood, already in progress.

URL: TNB Commentaries 023: Scooby-Doo And The Witch’s Ghost
Direct Download:tnbc-023-scooby-doo-and-the-witchs-ghost.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2018

Fitz’s Toy Chest: #2 – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Last time on Fitz’s Toy Chest, I shared the story of my very first 3 3/4″ figure. It was not surprisingly from Kenner’s line of Star Wars figures. That figure would prove to be the very tippiest tip of the iceberg.

So, without further ado let’s see what’s in Fitz’s Toy Chest this time…

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Company: Kenner
Acquisition Year: 1978
Acquired via: Purchase, Gacen Drugs
Years In Possession: 40

222-2088-001.jpgIt should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m keeping with the early Kenner Star Wars theme, but there’s another reason why I chose to showcase Obi-Wan this week.

Last time I teased one of my earliest Star Wars memories, something my mom said as we were rifling through the figures for the first of what would be many MANY times over the years.

At that time I’m not sure that I had even seen the film yet, and if I had it was once at the most. It would be years and years until my mom would see the first Star Wars, not until the arrival of VHS in fact. So between the two of us we knew next to nothing about the world of Star Wars, and I can see and hear as clear as if it were yesterday, my mom taking a figure off the peg and lowering it down to me (yes, I was that small at the time) to look at. She said “Oh look at this one! This is Luke Skywalker’s father!”

The figure she had chosen was, you guessed it, Obi-Wan. So close mom. So. SO close.

It was a reasonable assumption, and I’m sure she only made the connection because the old white haired dude had been hanging next to a figure boldly labelled LUKE SKYWALKER, but turns out she wasn’t nearly as far off as I thought at the time.C3PO Card Back

The other thing about some of the old Kenner figures, especially in that first line, was their smell. There were no “soft goods” in those days and instead of cool cloth capes, Obi-Wan, Leia, Vader, the Sandpeople all came with crude vinyl approximations of capes.

When you first cracked open one of those figures you were hit with the smell of those vinyl capes. It was almost like a new car smell. In a way I guess it was the kid version of that. There have been many times over the years where I catch a whiff of a similar plasticky odor (like a fresh shower curtain for example) and I almost get goosebumps. That smell is forever imprinted in my olfactory system.

Sadly, those capes weren’t very durable and after a few years of heavy play they always developed splits around the arm holes that eventually grew until the cape was in tatters and unusable. As you can see my Obi-Wan’s was lost to the ages.

DSC_0222Old Ben was my first experience with the “telescoping” lightsaber feature that Vader and Luke also shared. I remember I used to think it was cool to take the blades out and swap the colors between the three characters. That’s probably why my Obi-Wan has my original Vader’s red lightsaber instead of the proper blue one. Who knows what became of the original. I would always lose the blades and then sometime later they’d turn up again. There were times I remember replacing a missing blade with a round toothpick. Very ghetto, but they worked just fine.

1978/79 would eventually see a second wave of Star Wars figures released. That second wave consisted mostly of brightly dressed cantina creatures and droids. It would be the start of Kenner’s long legacy of putting “blink and you miss them” characters front and center, encouraging kids like me to make them the main protoganists in their own adventures.

Before long I would have the entire line of figures from the first film, and then the wait for Empire would begin…

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Thanks for indulging me for a second time, come back for another installment in 2 weeks! Next time I’ll be switching lanes and sharing something from another line of toys that dominated my childhood and oddly enough led me to a lifelong love of…comics!

 

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #8

Another Tuesday, another chance to spur some fun & nerdy conversation.
Let’s hop in, gang!

With the 49th anniversary of the debut of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? coming this Thursday, we’re going Scooby themed this week.

Which member of the Mystery Incorporated gang is most like you in real life?

Let us know in the comments below or answer on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW so we can find it.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Shameless, SHAMELESS promotion (a.k.a. Who wants Cub Scout Popcorn!?)

Untitled-1Hey guys, my kids are both selling popcorn this year for their cub scout pack. They get an extra patch for making an online sales and military donation orders, so I thought I’d post the link on here and if anyone is interested buying any, great.  This has way more reach than my personal network or family/friends.

The link to the popcorn site is http://www.prpopcornstore.com/ and each boy has their own seller ID.

So when you check out either enter:

GNWEBJ to give a sale to my 10 year old,

-OR-

I2THJQ to make a sale for my 5 year old.

Thanks for indulging me in this completely shameless self promotion!