Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Twilight Zone

Even though I haven’t seen every episode, I consider myself to be a big fan of the Twilight Zone. I first encountered reruns of the original series as a kid, and then found myself completely won over by the 1980s series. Since then, I have watched a lot more of the original episodes, and watched every new iteration of the series. News that CBS would be producing a new series for their CBS All Access streaming service really excited me. Having seen seven episodes from the first season, I am once again really enjoying the Twilight Zone

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Doom Patrol on DC Universe

I have a new favorite TV show, and it’s the Doom Patrol. It streams on the DC Universe streaming service, which combines DC’s digital comics library, a large library of TV shows and movies based on their superheroes, and original series, both animated and live action, created specifically for the service. Doom Patrol follows the live action Titans and the animated Young Justice: Outsiders (a revived version of a show which originated on Cartoon Network), and while I’ve really enjoyed those other two, Doom Patrol is the one that has won my heart.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Batman 217

Several years ago, I set out to read the Bronze Age Batman comics (or at least Detective and Batman) straight through in publication order, and blog about my thoughts as I went. I didn’t get too far, and not long after, the external drive I had stored the electronic copies of those comics on pooped out on me. In recent months, DC Comics has been making most of those issues available on Comixology, so I’ve been thinking it’s time to start that read up again. Because I didn’t have much opportunity to write anything else this week, I’m going to start off by reposting those earlier posts. 

I started my Bronze Age Batman reread with Batman 217, written by Johnny Hazard creator Frank Robbins and drawn by Irv Novick and Dick Giordano. The Batcave Companion listed this issue first in their Bronze Age checklist, so that's my guide.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Graham Nolan's Monster Island

It’s been a few weeks since I announced that I was taking a stress-related break from this blog. I’ll give a bit of an update towards the end of this post where things are with that, but the bottom line is, I think I’m ready to come back on a regular basis. And the first book I would like to talk about is an old favorite: Monster Island, by Graham Nolan. Partly because it’s a great comic, and partly to bring attention to the Kickstarter currently running to fund the creation of the next volume.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Taking a Break

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I wrote about rededicating myself to this blog, but I think I need to take a break for a bit. Because it looks like Rumplestilskin is sick.

He might just be a little sick. He might be very sick. Or he might be very, very sick. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year

Three nuts roasting by an open fire on Christmas Day
Happy New Year!

So it’s been about a month since my last post ended with the words, “See you next week!” Clearly, things did not go according to plan. Sadly, later that week, we learned that my wife’s brother had passed away, and the following week we flew out to North Carolina for his funeral. I had to come back home for work, while my wife stayed out with her parents for Christmas. (She had always planned on spending the holiday with her family, but under much less tragic circumstances.)

Between her brother’s passing, the funeral, and my being home alone (well, alone with three cats, a parrot, and a gecko), I wasn’t feeling much like writing anything. It’s been a crappy end to a crappy year that started with needing to put several tens of thousands of dollars into home repair and ended in tragedy, with health issues, work frustrations, and general upset with the state of the world filling in the middle of what turned out to be a misery burrito of a year.

Having said that, we want 2019 to be better, or at least the parts we have control over. So I thought I would talk about some of our plans, and kind of preview what you can expect to see here.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Cherry Smoked Rib Roast

Having written about enjoying prime rib at Lawry’s and elsewhere, I thought this week, I would share my adventures in smoking my own rib roast. I’ve made one before, but this is the first time I took photos to document the process.