The Marvel Vault – A Visual History

marvelvaultupdatedI remember as a kid in the 1980s, you were either a Marvel Comics or DC Comics fan, there was no in-between.  I didn’t get serious into collecting comics until the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Marvel had an amazing staple of talents like Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefield, Marc Silverstri, Whilce Portacio and Jae Lee, just to name a few.  Every week I had a stack of Marvel comic books and a issue was like .75 cents!  If you know you have a Marvel fan this Holiday season, then The Marvel Vault – A Visual History will make a great gift item.

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DC Comics Harley Quinn Comic Book Team: Jimmy & Amanda

dsc_0068One of the most popular DC Comics’ characters currently is anti-hero Harley Quinn.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews the DC Comics Harley Quinn team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner on Harley Quinn character.

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Black Ranger Actor Walter Jones

dsc_0068Actor Walter Jones played Zack Taylor aka Black Ranger during the 1990s run of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on TV.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Walter on being part of the Power Rangers history and advice for the new Power Rangers.

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Fans Owning A Superhero Production Company

dsc_0068With social media bringing fans and Hollywood closer together.  Super fans have diehard ideas and stories.  Legion M gives fans ownership and involvement with TV/movie production.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Legion M’s Terri Lubaroff about the company and crowdfunding process.

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Custom Skateboard Straps by Da Strap

dsc_0068Need a strap for your skateboard?  Or just need a custom strap done?  Well, go to Da Strap for cool straps.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Jahi Harris about straps!

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Flash Gordon Actor Sam Jones

dsc_0068Actor Sam Jones is known for playing the iconic fictional character Flash Gordon.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Sam Jones about his career and Seth MacFarlane’s TED film appearances.

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Pokemon Theme Song Singer Jason Paige

dsc_0068“Got to catch them all!”  You probably heard this song in your lifetime.  The voice behind the song is actor/singer Jason Paige.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews the Pokemon Theme song singer Jason about the song, his other commercial jingles and upcoming projects from Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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Kenan & Kel – Actor Kel Mitchell

dsc_0068Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Nickelodeon actor Kel Mitchell at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.  Kel talks about his past television work and upcoming projects.

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Beast Boy Voice Actor Greg Cipes

dsc_0068If you remember watching Teen Titans and the popular character Beast Boy, he was voiced by actor Greg Cipes.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews Greg at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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Top Cow’s Zack Kaplan on Eclipse

dsc_0068Currently, one of Ramen host Ramon Angel’s favorite comic book series is Top Cow’s Eclipse.  Ramon interviews creator/writer Zack Kaplan about the Image Comic series Eclipse.

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Artist Jamie Tyndall

dsc_0068From Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, our Ramen team roamed the convention floor for cool stuff.  Cosplayers really appreciate artist Jamie Tyndall art style for cosplaying.  Ramen host Sayori Chu interviews the Jamie on his artwork and upcoming projects.

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Ambigram Marvel Shirts by Mark Palmer

dsc_0068Artist Mark Palmer from Red Chapter Clothing is known for his stylized ambigram Marvel clothes.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar catches up with Mark at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con to talk about his art, Wow Tattoos and upcoming Red Chapter Clothing projects.

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Tanpopo – Artist Camilla d’Errico

dsc_0068Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews artist Camilla d’Errico on her work and Dark Horse art books from Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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“We’re Alive” Zombie drama podcast!

dsc_0068Our Ramen team was at Comikaze … oops wrong name, it is Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, now that’s a mouthful.  One of our first interviews with various guest from the show was with “We’re Alive” creator Kc Wayland (Wayland Productions).  Ramen host Eddie Ballar talks to Kc Wayland about his hit zombie post-apocalyptic radio podcast.

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Sayori Chu interviews Stan Lee!

RETRENDERS Sayori Chu Interviews Stan LeeWe caught up with Stan Lee at Silicon Valley Comic Con to talk to him about the “BIG” direction with comics, how did it begin, what were its influences, and where is it going now that it has become immensely and worldly popular!

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Welcome to Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016!

Retrenders - Silicon Valley Comic Con - SVCC - by Johnny MorenoWelcome to the first Silicon Valley Comic-Con! The inaugural of SVCC was the largest Comic convention in San Jose, California, thanks to Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee. The convention was a collaboration between panel talks of surfacing technology such as Virtual Reality and how will we use it? So when you you took a stroll through the convention floor, you were literally walking through the imaginative world of stories ; and if you chose to attend a tech panel, you can see how comics and Sci-fi have contributed to innovative technology and its use –Such things as the hoverboard which is the future of skateboard transportation! Now that’s what I call the ying and the yang.
Now who said we were just here to see Stan Lee? – RETRENDERS, or course!

The 2016 Silicon Valley Comic-Con!

twitter-imageThis 3-day weekend in the SF Bay Area will kick-off the first-ever Silicon Valley Comic-Con at the San Jose Convention Center.  The merging of technology, gadgets, comics and pop culture are brought to you by geek master Steve Wozniak and comic book icon Stan Lee.  Our Retrenders staff and Ramen and a Half film crew will be there all weekend covering the event.  So please check our Retrenders’ YouTube channel for more updates and videos!

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Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016

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We are happy to announce that we will be attending Silicon Valley Comic Con doing what Retrenders does best! So join us in March 18-20 at the San Jose Convention Center as we do coverage of the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con, where we will meet and interview some of the attendees and guests, check out some awesome panels, and even do a little shopping in the dealers room.
And did we mention Stan Lee is gonna be there?!

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Tons of amazing guests already confirmed and more to come!

Be sure to check out their site at http://svcomiccon.com/ for more information and get your tickets now while you still can!

The Jam-Packed Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015 Show!

comikazeconlogoFirst off, we at Retrenders love providing solid content and quality video content on our YouTube channel, but we had a slight delay and like to apologize for the dark video quality.  We were shooting on our Sony V1U and left the ND Filter on and that’s a “not bad” on our part.  Lesson learned and that will never happen again.

Okay, got that off my chest!  Here’s the jam packed episode from Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015 from the LA Convention Center on Halloween weekend.  Our Ramen crew explores the growing and ever expanding Comikaze Expo.  The Eddie and Ramon takes around the convention floor.  So sit back and grab some chocolate gummy bears and enjoy the episode.

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The Stan Lee Interview @ Comikaze 2015

comikazeconlogoHow we spent our Halloween weekend?  Well, a road trip to SoCal for Stan Lee’s Comikaze @ the LA Convention Center.  Our Ramen host Ramon Angel interviews the comic book legend Stan Lee.

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“No Hero Now” Debuts at Comikaze Expo 2015

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This past weekend, Comikaze Expo unveiled “No Hero Now,” an action packed cinematic music video which tells the story of Rian, a reformed and retired assassin who is pulled back into action after getting a distress call from her old team.

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After discovering a socialite referred to as “The Mantis” is investing millions into engineering genetic serums for humans, Rian must square off with a newly powered super human to avenge her fallen comrades and rescue her team’s leader.

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Steve Wyatt on SVCC!

Eddie Ballar and Steve Wyatt at BigWow Comicfest - RetrendersIn a quick interview, Eddie Ballar asks Steve Wyatt what will happend to BigWow Comicfest with a new Comic-Con in town?
Steve Wyatt is the director and producer of many comic conventions in the Bay Area, and he explains how Steven Wozniak and Stan Lee are teaming up to create the Silicon Valley Comic Convention (SVCC).

The Ultimate Avengers Movie Marathon with AMC

amcmarvelmoviemarathonAre you folks ready to watch Marvel’s Avengers 2: Age of Ultron?  Well, AMC Theaters is offering two hype packages to get you Marvel fanatics excited.  The first is The Ultimate Avengers Marathon which will feature all 11 films leading up to Age of Ultron.  The insanity begins April 29th, 2015 on Wednesday night at 6pm @ participating AMC movie chains.

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The History of Spider-Man Masks

spidermanposterDo you need a cool looking poster for your boring cubicle or ugly dorm room wall?  Check out this cool Spider-Man poster by artist Salvador Anguiano.  This poster showcases the various Spider-Man masks throughout his Marvel timeline.

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Comikaze Expo 2014: Ramen & a Half interviews Stan Lee

Comikaze Expo - Ramen and a Half meets Stan LeeOnce we arrived at Comikaze Expo we were christened by the powers of great opportunities and got an interview with Stan Lee! He’s a pretty busy guy these days, especially when everyone at Comikaze Expo wants to meet him…but who wouldn’t want to meet the man that gave birth to the pop culture of comics. With this great opportunity, our one and only “The Eddie” got to ask Stan Lee a couple of personal questions about the man and his comics.

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