Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons & Monsters

sleepyhollowcoverWith an explosive and fun second season, the FOX tv series Sleepy Hollow has just launched its 3rd season this past October 2015.  If you don’t know, Sleepy Hollow is a supernatural mystery TV drama takes a “DC Elseworld’s version” of Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with new twists and turns.  Ichabod Crane died defeating the Horseman in 1781, but then finds himself resurrected and trying to adjust to 21st century.  He collaborates with police office Abbie Mills and dig deeper into the supernatural and demonic forces attacking the town.  Now go behind-the-scenes with Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons & Monsters by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.

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Heroes: Vengeance

heroesvengeancecoverNBC TV recently premiered their new super hero/sci-fi series Heroes Reborn and with the introduction of many new characters and typical large cast for a show like this, Titan Comics offers a new monthly Heroes comic book series where it will profile and highlight a character with a 5-part story arc.  Heroes: Vengeance #1 finds Oscar Gutierrez as a ordinary mechanic by day and the vigilante El Vengador.

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A Guide To Being A Vampire Slayer

buffyEven after lasting 7 season’s and 144 episodes on air, Joss Whedon’s cult hit TV show Buffy, The Vampire Slayer remains popular with fans today.  Do you also want to be like Buffy?  Do you want to be a Vampire Slayer?  Well, now’s your chance, as Buffy’s mentor Rupert Giles offers up his book: Demons of the Hellmouth – A Guide for Slayers, basically a Who’s Who’s list and character guides of the many vampires, demons, and other players they’ve meet along the way in the TV show.


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LEGO IDEAS The Big Bang Theory 21302

bigbangtheoryFans of the geeky CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory will enjoy this LEGO-style playset from LEGO Ideas.  The Big Bang Theory 21302 set features the iconic Leonard and Sheldon’s living room with 7 minigures:  Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette.

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CW Seed: Who is VIXEN?

dcvixenshowAs the DC TV Universe expands with the likes of Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow shows, another tie-in to this universe will be on the CW Seed channel in animation form.  The animated show will highlight superhero VIXEN.  Here’s a look at her backstory.

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SDCC 2015 Panels

sdcc2015logoAs we all know, nobody can attend every panel at SDCC.  So, thanks to YouTube channel Flicks and the City, you can watch all the star-studded panels on your smartphone, desktop or SMART LCD.  Now let’s begin:

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Funko Pop! Conan Figures

sdccconanpopfiguresTalk show host Conan will be bringing his TV show to SDCC 2015.  Not only that, Conan will also be Popified by Funko’s popular line Pop! figures.

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Firefly Fans Play Yahtzee

fireflyserenityshipcoverLike 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.


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The X-Files returns in a Mini-Series

X-Files Returns - Mulder and ScullyThe X-Files Mini-Series

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!

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Buffy is Back!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - CastNo 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.

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Interview with Artist Frank Cho @ Big Wow! Comicfest

spidergwencoverLike 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.

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Sesame Street Avengers Parody

sesamestreetaveggiesChildren’s program Sesame Street has been on a roll with their funny edu-tainment parodies, now comes Aveggies starring Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye hope to stop a super-villain from destroying all the healthy veggies in the world.

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The Art & Making of Penny Dreadful

pennydreadfulartbookI 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.


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Seinfeld Vinyl Figures from Vinyl Sugar!

kramerfigure“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!

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Sesame Street’s Game of Chairs

gameofchairsYou know you have pop-culture phenomenon on your hands when the likes of Sesame Street parodies your creation “Games of Thrones.”  This is the fantasy musical game – “Game of Chairs.”

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Miles from Tomorrowland Talking Action Figure

milestomorrowlandboxartOne 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.

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Arrow: Heroes & Villains

greenarrowcoverEven 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.

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Elementary: The Ghost Line

elementaryghostlineA 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.

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The Simpsons Intro in Pixel Animation

pixelartsimpsonsLike 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!

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I Love “Cowboy Bebop!”

cowbobybebopIf you have not seen Cowboy Bebop anime series, you do not know what you are missing out on.  I can’t say enough about this anime, but as you know the Blu-ray drops today.

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Comikaze Expo 2014 – We asked actor-comedian Debra Wilson one question

Ramen and Half interviews Debra WilsonWhat does she tell us?
                           “I’m working on several projects. There’s this one, but it’s N-D-A, then there’s another that’s also NDA… hmm oh wait, no that’s NDA too!”

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.

Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray

cowboybebopDropping 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.

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“Homeland” TV Program in Promo Vinyl Covers

showtimevinylcoversI’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.”

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Food: The Unique Irish Food Truck in the Bronx


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.

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Munchies Guide to Scotland Parts 1-5

munchiesscotlandFrom 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.

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