Saturday, September 28, 2013

Halloween Walgreens windup walkers

Snagged this little guy at Walgreens on the way home from work. They had walking skeletons ans hopping eyeballs. Cute for $1.99

Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th!


Hope everyone's doing their civic duty and watching some Jason movies.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beware the Cyclops Ball!



 I love this! Halloween trinkets are filtering in and that means monsters, baby!
The "Cyclops Ball"  is like the love child of a Big Daddy Roth flying eyeball and a Madball. I snagged this this morning at breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Looks like there's a horned on and a fish one (maybe a relative of that radioactive fish from the Simpsons...

Check out the eye-popping action!



Ninja Turtles "Little Golden Book"






I ran across this while grabbing some groceries, a new Little Golden Book for the new Ninja Turtles cartoon. The real kicker is its done in the same beautiful retro illustrated style that they've been using on the last few Pixar books.

The book is by Geof Smith with wonderful illustrations by Steve Lambe and probably the best 3 bucks youll spend all week.

Monday, September 2, 2013

DVD review: The Office season 9 blu ray



Its labor day monday and I'm loafing around watching tv. TV Land is showing the best of Andy Griffith and I'm alternating between that and the Office season 9 blu rays I was sent for reviewing.

I'd lost interest in The Office a few years back and have only caught it off and on until this year. I started watching it semi-regularly on Hulu this season and have been catching up on some episodes I missed with the blu ray release.

It's a decent season. Uneven, but it has its moments. The whole Jim and Pam drama was a bit too soap operay for my taste and revealing the documentary crew felt unnecessary. One of the things I've always liked about the show was the breaking the wall moments of characters looking right at you, making you a part of the proceedings. Adding the camera crew as characters pushed back that intimacy, removing that feeling that you are there and in on the jokes.

But overall, theres plenty to be entertained by and the finale is a success in wrapping up the employees arcs, giving viewers so fan moments and being touching and funny. Something The Office often did to great success.

The show looks great in HD, as one would expect from a modern
network series and the blu offers numerous extras to give fans a reason to own the season.

Special Features include: audition tapes, two hours of deleted scenes, a retrospective documentary, video of the series finale table read, bloopers, music videos and a cast panel exclusive to the blu ray release.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

El Esqueleto, Issue #5 finale: page 19

Well, this wrapps up issue #5! In a couple of weeks, issue #6 will begin. So keep you eyes open for "Carnage in the Asteroid Eater", beginning soon

thanks again for reading,
Matt

Thursday, April 25, 2013

El Esqueleto Issue #5, Page 17

After what seems like forever, here's a new page!
The last 2 pages of this isse are drawn and inked.
Now to finish coloring them!



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My toy hunt list, circa 1991

I was looking through my old Tomart's Action Figure price guide and found my toy collector buying lists that I had written in the front and back pages. This would have been 1991-1993 and list some items I wanted to add to my collection and what stores I had seen them. Lots of GI Joes  and Transformers at places like Children's Palace, Pamida, Gibsons and 1/2 Price Store.






Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hey Kids! It's "Buggy Truck Dozer" "Diecast Robot Car": Bootleg Gobot Buggyman Love



Picked up this bootleg Gobot / Machine Robo figure recently. I used to be fascinated by the various bootleg robot toys of the 1985-1986 transforming toy boom. I think 9 year old me used to think they were imports (I had bought a couple of Macross imports at the time Robotech was hitting big from a local comic shop and was told they were from Japan). So, basically anything that didn't look like a normal Transformer or Gobot packaged toy was probably an import in my kid-brain. (Also didn't help that some bootlegs still had Japanese text on the instructions or packaging)



Anyway, Buggyman was my first and favorite Gobot figure, so when these started popping up at the local TG&Y and even gas stations and craft stores, I wanted one badly. Why? I guess because it was different than the usual Gobots. But, since I all ready had Buggyman, I was repeatedly told to pick another figure out to buy.

27 years later, I finally got one.

El Esqueleto Issue #5, page 16

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dvd review: The Collection (2012)



Its been a bit of a dry spell for dvd screeners, but things have picked up this last couple of weeks. The folks at Lions Gate sent a few things and one I watched this afternoon was "The Collection".
The Collection is the 2012 sequel to The Collector (2009) and follows the Alien/Aliens pattern of sequels, where you ratchet up the thriller into a full-on action, roller coaster ride. And boy does it work out well. The Collection is a breathless sprint from an insane opening sequence at a rave/club to the escape from the Collector's house of traps.

The basic set up: a serial killer, who's keen on booby traps and keeping one victim as part of his collection, must go head to head with one of his escaped captives and a team of mercenaries sent to rescue his latest victim. Its tense. Its actiony. Its gory. Its got likable characters. Its a well shot, well acted, 82 minutes blast. If your a horror fan, its a "buy" as far as I'm concerned.

Buy The Collection for $17 on Blu Ray, $13 on dvd. And snag the original The Collector for $7 on Blu and $4 on dvd at Amazon.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

El Esqueleto Issue 5, Pages 12 and 13

I've been having trouble getting Blogger to upload images, so here's a two-foer, last week's page and this week's.



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

El Esqueleto, Issue 5, Page 10


Another week another new page in the adventures of El Esqueleto!



Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

El Esqueleto Issue 5, Page 7 & 8 are up!

Hope eveyone had a Happy New Year. Been having a little trouble with Blogger's image upload (sorry for the lack of updates these last 2 weeks). It looks like I can get images loaded through the HTML interface, so we'll try that out for now.