20 Years of Power Rangers

20 years… 20 YEARS?! In my hectic preparation for DragonCon, I completely forgot that we were coming up on 20 years of Power Rangers, but sure enough, here we are. Twenty years ago today – Saturday morning, August 28, 1993 – Zita Repulsa escaped and five teenagers with attitude came together to fight her and…

DragonCon Survival Guide

DragonCon is the behemoth of fandom conventions in the southeastern United States. Four days of non-stop geekdom across downtown Atlanta, GA, filled with over 50,000 fellow fans. On DragonCon’s “What’s New in 2013?” page, it bills itself on its website as hosting “over 3,500 hours of non-stop programming, concerts, a film festival, the South’s largest costume contest, and…

Anime Film “Redline” Now Free on YouTube

This post doesn’t need a lot of words, so I’ll be brief. The 2009 anime film Redline is now streaming. For free. On YouTube. FOR FREE! (I’d embed it, but Manga Entertainment which released it has embeds disabled.) Redline, which came out stateside in 2012, is a fast-paced sci-fi racing film that is all about fast cars,…

Seeing Neil Gaiman in Nashville

Well, I’m way late on this one, but here we go. A week and a half ago, on July 10, prolific author Neil Gaiman stopped in Nashville (my hometown) for a speaking and signing tour. Gaiman is the author of such books as American Gods and Coraline, as well as comics like DC’s The Sandman and Batman: Whatever Happened to…

Accidental Nerd Elitism

I have a couple of confessions to make. First: I’m a nerd elitist. Second: I don’t always mean to be. A pizza delivery guy came to my door one recent night, and he complimented me on my DeLorean-Tardis shirt. He then very excitedly started to recommend the Epic Rap Battles of History video of the Doctor…

Recommended Reading: Thor: God of Thunder

Happy Thorsday! Yes, it’s not Thursday when this goes up, but I wrote most of it on a Thursday. Plus it’s always Thorsday. It should be no surprise by now that the current recommended read is a Thor title, specifically Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. This particular title was born from…

Revitalizing Video Rooms and Change in Conventions

While I was at Hamacon earlier this month (see last post), I noticed in its program guide what I think is a neat and inventive reworking of an often overlooked part of anime conventions these days – the video viewing rooms. This particular convention is an event about cartoons, so it stands to reason there…

Friends and Road Trips to Hamacon!

Sorry for lack of updates and not sticking to my “post each week” semi-goal. I often find myself torn between trying to decide what would be appropriate to post here versus knowing that I should just write to stay sharp. I actually had an enlightening conversation with my friend Jon Wright about that very same…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Comic Book Death in Live Action

Warning: Possible Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s The Avengers, and possibly a few comics. You have been warned. #CoulsonLives A full trailer for Marvel and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series premiered this week. The series – starting fall 2013 – features Agent Phil Coulson of the Marvel movie fame (reprised by actor Clark Gregg) and…

Free Comic Book Day in Nashville: Aftermath

In retrospect, I feel I should have made last week’s column promoting Free Comic Book Day. Maybe even post twice last week. (*gasp*) Unfortunately, that is then and this is now, the week following Free Comic Book Day. Really quick, what is Free Comic Book Day? The first Saturday in May, participating comic shops across…