Like many of my Retrenders crew, we are big fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. I fell in love with characters, the universe and the world building. I have the special edition DVD’s, the Dark Horse Comics editions and the Funko/Super7 action figures. And now from USAopoly based on the Yahtzee game, comes the Firefly version.
I’m an X-Files fan because it was the “one” show at the time that was an eye-opener to mysteries and conspiracies of the unknown and unnatural phenomenon – and what better way to have two FBI agents go door to door and solve them. By watching the series, we got to follow agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate incidents of flying saucers, people being abducted by aliens, spontaneous human combustion, to cult tales of witchery and the chupacabra (goat sucker).
Then the first film came out in 1998. I remember it clearly, it was opening weekend for the first X-files film of all-time in San Francisco, but it was like a Star Wars convention waiting in line to get into the theater! I mean, I saw some real or religious fan fanatics that came out of the wood-work with t-shirts, mocked up characters of Mulder, Scully and the Lone Gunmen; and homemade alien costumes. It was amazing, because I didn’t know there was such a passionate following of the show. Now they’re back and I just can’t wait to see what conspiracy – or depths of a conspiracy they will be entangled with this time!
No there’s not a reboot, nor do we pick-up twelve years after Sunnydale High, but the past time television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is going to air on ABC Family beginning June 22nd.
For those of you that never caught the series on television, it became a popular cult hit with teens, college students and anyone that simply craved a show with mystery, ancient rituals and myths, vampire fighting and slaying, to finding love, and on top of that – yes, dusting off an ancient relic of a book in order to research a spell cast, or find an antidote to a curse.
Like artist Adam Hughes, comic book artist Frank Cho also has a knack for drawing sexy female superheroes and villains. Ramen host Ramon Angel catches up with Frank at Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 talking about his latest projects and the “Spider-Gwen” internet buzz.
I have to admit I only started watching this hit Showtime series only for Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire), but I stayed for for the story and characters driving the “Penny Dreadful” program. We are already knee-deep into the second season and Titan Books has just released “The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful”, the official companion book to the program.
“Serenity now!” “No soup for you!” Classic lines from an iconic TV sitcom Seinfeld. The wait is over, vinyl Seinfeld figures are coming from Vinyl Sugar! The 8″ Vinyl Idolz line-up will feature: Cosmo Kramer, Newman, The Soup Nazi, Frank Costanza, J. Peterman and Puddy. Look for a Summer 2015 release!
One of the new animated shows on Disney Junior is Miles from Tomorrowland and stars the Callisto family who live on the spaceship Stellosphere and work for the TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority). This Miles Talking Action Figure stands 12″ tall and has light-up effects, 15 talking phrases from the animated show, articulated legs, helmet visor, torso throwing action and boomerang-like weapon.
Even though I grew up as a Marvel fanboy, I did buy my fair share of DC Comics, but I was never a fan of the Green Arrow. That all changed when I watched the first episode of Arrow; now I’m addicted to all things Green Arrow. I’ve actually made trips to comic book stores and bought many of Mike Grell’s legendary Green Arrow run and picked up the underrated trade paperback Green Arrow: Year One by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock. Already knee-deep into Arrow’s 3rd Season, this Titan Book’s Arrow: Heroes & Villains release comes in at the right time.
A MTA worker is found dead in his very own apartment. What can you say, it’s New York City’s toughest area, Hell’s Kitchen. Well, it’s present day, so it’s more urban hipster living in the area and coffee shops with Wi-Fi access, but Daredevil won’t come to the rescue. Instead, enter Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson! Based on the CBS hit TV show Elementary, which is a modern day twist of the famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes set in present-day New York City. “The Ghost Line” story by Adam Christopher takes place around the 3rd TV season of Elementary.
Like many of you who watch the The Simpsons, we are very familiar with opening credits, now here’s a different take by illustrators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon with music by Jeremy Dower. An old school tribute with pixel animation. It’s really well done!
I’m not sure if that’s what our site readers and viewers would like to hear, but she had fun explaining how NDA everything is to Ramen and Half’s Eddie Ballar. For those of you that don’t know Debra Wilson, you can definitely find out about her by watching this interview from Comikaze Expo. She is popularly known for her comedic sketches on MADtv and continues to venture the land of entertainment. She’s been involved in comedy flicks like recent Knock’Em Dead to animation and video game voices such as on Grand Theft Auto V.
Dropping on December 16th, 2014 is the first time the iconic anime series Cowboy Bebop gets it’s Blu-ray release. What brought me back to watching anime again was this anime – Cowboy Bebop. I love the characters, the world, the stories, the director Shinichiro Watanabe and music by Yoko Kanno.
I’ve always found joy in CD, cassette tape or vinyl albums, because you could read the many linear notes, look at the artwork and it just felt more tangible in your hands. Kids today are missing out with downloading and streaming music, but I digress. The topic at hand is these cool vinyl-style jazz covers made for the hit Showtime program “Homeland.”
I’m just hungry watching this clip in my cubicle. Here is the husband and wife team of Valentino and Alice and their Irish-mix-mash food truck in Woodland, New York. It’s all about late-night comfort food.
From reading my past postings on Retrenders, I’m itching to travel again and just watching this Munchies Guide to Scotland is not only making me hungry to travel, but I really need to try these two drinks: Buckfast and Irn-Bru.
The last time I was in Japan was like 2009, so maybe it’s time to go back? I do need to get some new bags and boots. The Reserve Channel’s Ultra Eye takes a 3-part look at Tokyo.
The summer maybe over, but I feel the need to travel again. Maybe The RESERVE Channel’s Ultra Eye takes will point me in the next direction – Singapore! Check out this 4-part series on tourist spot – Singapore.
Tonight is already Preview Night. Here’s a list of Panels that have caught our attention here at the Retrenders. Here’s a look at the highlighted panels Saturday thru Sunday (click here for Thursday & Friday).
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The Simpsons: You gotta wake-up early for this one as it kicks-off at 10am. But hey, it’s with the legend Matt Groening. Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-10:45am, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. Pictures: It’s Hall H time baby. Look for WB to show lots of sneaks, trailers and lots of stars. The WB program will preview Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies. Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Hall H
Avatar – The Last Airbender – Legend and Legacy: One of my favorite cartoons to this day is Avatar The Last Airbender and this fan-organized panel is in full effect. Two cool guest that I like will be there, writer/cartoonist Gene Luen Yang and voice actor Jessie Flower (Toph). Toph was one of my favorite characters! Saturday July 26, 2014,10:30am-11:30am, Room 24ABC
Once Upon a Time: As you by now, I have lots of favorite TV shows and this is one of them, ABC/Disney’s Once Upon a Time. Season 3 got a little off-track, but by the end of the season they introduced “Frozen” star Elsa! This panel will include executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. It’s Q&A time with them! Some of the cast will be on-hand like Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison. Saturday July 26, 2014, 11:00am-11:45am, Ballroom 20
Helix: Another hit show I’m watching is Syfy’s “Helix”. Join Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanime, Jordan Hayes and Neil Napier along with executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Steven Maeda about behind-the-scenes of the first season and news from the upcoming second season. Saturday July 26, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
One of the most popular actors to play the Doctor was Matt Smith. Look for more Matt Smith adventures as the Eleventh Doctor with this on-going series by Titan Comics. Writers Al Ewing & Rob Williams and artist Simon Fraser delivers the first issue to Doctor Who fans.
Are you craving more David Tennant Doctor Who adventures? Then this all-new series published by Titan Comics should to the trick. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor follows the Doctor to New York City to find new companion. This 5-issue story-arc is bought to you buy Eisner Award-winning writer Nick Abadzis and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande.