Sunday, April 22, 2018

What's in the Box?!?: April Funko Disney Treasures

Welcome back! Sorry I missed posting last week; once again, I was feeling overwhelmed by the world. I did finally get to see Black Panther with my wife, though, and we loved it! This week, I’ll be talking about the contents of the latest Disney Treasures box from Funko. Is this the last box  they’ll be producing in this subscription? I’m not even sure what’s going on with their subscription boxes any more, to be honest. Just taking it one box at a time any more.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

What's in the Box?!? Funko Star Wars Smugglers Bounty April 2018

This past week has been frustrating for a number of reasons. There’s the general atmosphere of the world around us, which just depresses and upsets me. Then there have been more than a couple of personal frustrations, both at home and at work. On the other hand, my wife has been trying a new job from home, and it looks like it might be starting to pay off. And today, we had my car washed at a student fundraiser to raise money for a local high school’s robotics club. I felt good about that. 

Overall, though, I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out. I took an extra day off from work, which helped a little. I’ve also been retreating into my happy place a bit, which—as you can probably guess from last week’s entry—is Star Wars right now. So when I got a text from my wife the other day that the new Funko Star Wars Smugglers’ Bounty box had been delivered, I was pretty excited.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Star Wars Rebels

I first saw Star Wars in 1977, when I was eight years old. My parents took me to see it at the Coronet Theater in San Francisco, and it changed my life. I had loved other things—Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, I don’t even remember what else—but Star Wars was the first thing of which I became a passionate fan. Over the years, my interest waxed and waned; I drifted away after the first trilogy ended and came back when the second began. Now that we are getting annual Star Wars movies, I’m very much obsessed again. However, it may come as a surprise that my favorite iteration of Star Wars isn’t any of the nine movies (although I love them all, to a greater or lesser degree) but the animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What's in the Box?!?: DC Legion of Collectors March 2018

As I write this, last week’s post about Neil the Horse has been viewed 432 times. I’ve never had anything I’ve written read by so many people before, and I’m pretty happy about it. You all can definitely expect more stuff about 80s comics in the future. However, this was never intended to be just a blog about comics, so if you found me last week through the Neil the Horse post and stuck around for more of the same, I apologize. As the title blog implies, this is meant to encompass everything that brings me joy. This week, I’m going to talk about what may be the final Funko DC Legion of Collectors box (which actually features a tie to one of my favorite DC comics from the 80s, so there’s that.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Neil the Horse

I don’t believe in “best” lists, at least not the way they are presented as some sort of objective final word. I get that we all understand that they just represent someone’s opinion anyway, but even the notion that somehow you can compare, say, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen to Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge to Art Spiegelman’s Maus to Walt Simonson’s Thor to fill in whatever comic you think is the best comic ever is ludicrous. Having said that, if we are going to have lists of the best comics ever, one that should always be on those lists is Neil the Horse, created by Katherine Collins

Sunday, March 11, 2018

What's In the Box?!?: Marvel Collectors Corps Animal Instinct

While it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about a Funko subscription box here, I still love them. Sadly, the boxes in their current form are coming to an end. Funko has announced that they will be partnering with a retailer or retailers for a new iteration of those boxes, but there are no details yet as to what form those will take. Hopefully, it’ll still be something we will enjoy. However, while it’s a bit bittersweet, here is my unboxing blog for what may be the final Marvel Collector Corps box, whose theme is Animal Instinct.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


I love the 1993 movie Matinee, starring John Goodman, directed by Joe Dante, and written by Jericho and Charlie Haas. I saw it in its original theatrical release (one of the few who did, it turns out), and owned it on videocassette and laser disc. However, I hadn’t seen it in quite a few years, until Shout Factory released a special edition blu-ray. When it arrived, my wife and I watched it together. It was her first time viewing it, and I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen it. It absolutely held up to my memories, and she really enjoyed it as well.