Since it’s October, I’m taking a quick dip in the horror pool. Over the course of the next four weeks, you’ll find reviews for a few horror movies as well as an episode of the podcast guest-starring Michael Bailey about one of the most popular and influential horror films of 1999.
Now, I should say that I’m not a horror aficionado. I’ve seen my fair share of slasher and zombie flicks, but for the most part, I steer clear of the genre, choosing to watch the occasional horror movie trailer on IMDb and then read those films’ synopses on Wikipedia. It’s not that I don’t like horror films–in fact, with the exception of the “torture” movies like Saw, I’ll try any horrror movie–it’s just that if I have a choice, I’ll often try another genre first.
Still, this is the month for horror and I do like to spend at least one night in October watching a scary movie, so I’ve lined up a few.
And to get us started, I have these two promos from WPIX-11 that aired throughout the early 1990s. During this month, channel 11 would spend its nights airing science fiction and horror movies that it had stashed in its vault, some of which weren’t exactly scary (not sure how Star Trek: The Motion Picture made its way into the rotation) while others were fairly recent classics (The Lost Boys, Phantasm) or insanely shlocky B-movie fare (Leprechaun). I rarely had the chance to sit through one of those movies, choosing to watch whatever sitcom I was addicted to at the time or maybe even the baseball playoffcs, but the promos ran endlessly throughout the afternoons when my sister and I would be watching our daily dose of Charles in Charge, Saved By the Bell, and Cheers.
So presented mostly without commentary are two Shocktober promos as a way to take us into a month of what will hopefully be some frightful film reviews.
For the second year in a row, I took Brett to the Baltimore Comic-Con. This time, dressed as Captain America, he once again conquered the Kids Love Comics pavilion as well as sat in on a panel about the Amulet series of graphic novels. Hear what we learned about creating comics, who we met at the con, and what we bought!
And here’s a photo gallery of cosplay from the con!
A quick note: My apologies for my rather lackluster voice in my segments; I’m fighting that beginning of the school year thing where I come home with a perpetually scratchy voice. And I hope the echo in the Amulet panel segment isn’t too distracting–the room was quite large.
Tune in next episode for part two of my coverage, when I talk to Gene Hendricks about our con experiences!
Kraven’s Last Hunt enters its second half as Spidey crawls out of the grave (quite literally) in Web of Spider-Man #32. Plus, I talk about why G.I. Joe Yearbook #3 is so important to me as a comics reader.
“Kraven’s Last Hunt” continues as he heads into the sewers and takes down Vermin. Then, we hop across the pond to read the first part of “Man of Iron.” It’s Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 and The Transformers #33.
I’m back to a single issue and rambling on with an onion on my belt. This time around, I look at the conclusion to the two-part Scraplets story from Transformers in issue #30 of the series. Plus, I wax nostalgic about my VHS copy of the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti take us through the second part of a three-part Punisher storyline with “The Walking Dead.” Frank has made his way back to his firebase and has uncovered the nefarious deeds of his C.O. Will he confront him or will he perish in a firefight before he can dole out … PUNISHMENT?! Oh, stop laughing. Anyway, I cover the issue and give a very brief review (I’m saving it for the finale, I guess), cover letters and ads, and take a look at the rest of 1971.
For the past 75 years, she’s been a hero and role model, and this summer she is getting her own feature film. I’m talking, of course, about Wonder Woman. To honor the mighty Amazon, I’m taking a look at two series entitled The Legend of Wonder Woman. The first, from 1986, is by Kurt Busiek and Trina Robbins and takes place right after Crisis on Infinite Earths, closing the door on the pre-Crisis incarnation of Diana while opening the door for the landmark George Perez run. The second, from 2016, is by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, and is an all-ages, out-of-continuity retelling of WW’s origin story.