My Bizarre Adventures
October 21, 2016Posted by on
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the comic book debut of the Amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman, in a backup story in All Star Comics #8! Since this humble origin, the popularity of William Moulton Marston‘s super-heroine skyrocketed and encompassed numerous media depictions, most notably the 1975 live-action TV series starring former Miss World Lynda Carter. Similar to the rise of the heroine she portrayed, the role of Wonder Woman greatly elevated Carter’s career and allowed her to showcase her various talents. With that in mind, check out Carter’s duet with country music maven Kenny Rogers on the 1980 Lynda Carter Special.
Hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to share your favorite Wonder Woman memories in the comments!
September 23, 2016Posted by on
September 8, 2016Posted by on
50 years ago, a strange, unique science fiction adventure show kicked off its 3 season run on NBC with the tale of a simple country doctor falling in love with a shape-shifting salt vampire. Ever since these humble origins, the Star Trek franchise has been going strong, with various additions and re-imaginings of the mythos created by both fans and professionals alike. One of the most popular Star Trek fan films is a loving, well-crafted tribute to both Trek and silent films by the name of Steam Trek: The Moving Picture. Directed and co-written by British animator Dennis Sisterson, this hilarious 1994 film details a typical mission aboard the USS Isambard gone awry, thanks to the interference of derby-donning Klingons. With a suitably whimsical score, faithful imagery and inspired characterizations (especially the Harold Lloyd-esque Spock), this short remains one of the top examples of a standout fan production!
Hope you enjoy it and…well, you know.
August 28, 2016Posted by on
Today marks the 99th birthday of comic book virtuoso Jack Kirby (1917-1994), creator of the Fourth World saga and co-creator of many popular and influential superhero titles, including Captain America and The Fantastic Four. Here are a couple of videos showing that his real life experiences were just as extraordinary as the characters and events he depicted on the page.
First, here’s a clip from an interview where Kirby details a chilling account of his involvement as a soldier in World War II:
August 15, 2016Posted by on
Today marks the 47th anniversary of the inaugural Woodstock Music and Art Fair, one of the most important musical and counter-cultural events in popular culture! The four-day, New York-based music festival hosted some of the top rock and folk musicians of the time. Most remember the performances of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin and the Who, but one of the most underrated performers at the show is the artist who kicked it off, the late, great singer-songwriter Richie Havens. Here’s a clip from his soulful opening Woodstock performance of “Freedom”, his improvisation of the traditional spiritual “Motherless Child“.
August 6, 2016Posted by on
With the Rio Summer Olympics in full swing, I suggest checking out the 1980 animated cult classic Animalympics! Helmed by Steven Lisburger, director of Tron, this film features the vocal talents of Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer and Billy Crystal, as well as the animation work of Roger Allers, Bill Kroyer, and Brad Bird. What was initially conceived as one of two NBC animated specials that would commemorate the 1980 Summer and Winter Olympics was then released as a feature film as a result of the Moscow Olympics boycott. Still, this is a fun but very bizarre picture that almost feels like a psychedelic approach to the traditional squash-and-stretch, Termite Terrace style. One element of the movie that will always hold up is its exceptional soundtrack by Graham Gouldman of 10cc, best exemplified by my favorite song in the movie, “Underwater Fantasy.”
July 17, 2016Posted by on
When most people think of their introduction to the Ghostbusters franchise, they usually mention the classic 1984 film but for me, I was first exposed to this quirky quartet of extranormal exterminators through the 7-season animated series The Real Ghostbusters. This series (and its cool yet highly underrated sequel series, Extreme Ghostbusters) helped to expand the universe established in the films and with its popularity came a plethora of ancillary merchandising, ranging from toys, toothpaste and even a pretty decent soundtrack album released in 1986 featuring songs included in the first two seasons of Real Ghostbusters performed by Tyren Perry and Tonya Townsend. Here’s one of my favorite tracks from the album “Charge You Up!”
June 20, 2016Posted by on
This Father’s Day, I took my father down to Austin, Texas to spend time with our family and to take a much needed vacation. Like last time, I had a blast but this time, we were able to see even more of the Live Music Capital of the World! If you’re looking for an ideal vacation spot this summer, look no further than Austin! Here are some of my favorite spots that I’ve seen and visited during my trip:
- Esther’s Follies, a hysterical modern-day vaudeville revue featuring amazing magic, music and sketches.
- The Escape Game, an innovative game center where the guests are given an hour to solve a series of puzzles (my group solved our game with 7 minutes to spare).
- Through AO Tours, we saw many ravishing sights and landmarks, like Zilker Park, Graffiti Park, the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Clarksville, the Alamo Drafthouse, the Contemporary Austin, and even Britannia Manor.
- Plenty of delicious food from a variety of places such as Bacon, Gordough’s, and Jack Allen’s Kitchen.
- I finally saw the famed bats of Austin:
Lastly, my favorite thing about Austin was the friendly demeanor that exudes from its residents and its locations! My father and I enjoyed our vacation and we hope to come back again soon!
June 16, 2016Posted by on
Captain’s log, stardate 47457.1. Today’s date matches up with the Earth date of June 16th, which is Captain Picard Day! Here are a few ways you can celebrate one of the finest Captains in Starfleet:
- Watch “Best of Both Worlds”, “Tapestry”, “The Inner Light” and any other Picard-heavy episode.
- Drink a cup of hot Earl Grey tea.
- Re-enact this scene:
- Ponder why this Frenchman has an English accent.
- Jam to this:
June 10, 2016Posted by on
Just a reminder that this man is, was, and always will be The Champ.