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My Bizarre Adventures

El Santo Sea Alabado

In honor of the 99th birthday of one of the most important luchadors in Lucha Libre history, El Santo, check out this 5 part animated miniseries created by award-winning writer and producer Carlo Olivares Paganoni featuring the Silver-Masked One battling a band of evil clones!

Steam Factor One

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.

An Epic for Our Times

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: 

Finally, here is a clip from the 1987 documentary The Masters of Comic Book Art featuring Kirby discussing his approach to storytelling (with an introduction by Harlan Ellison): 

An Aquarian Exposition

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“.

Under the water where the seaweed grows…

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.”

Listen! Do You Smell Something?

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 toystoothpaste 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!”

Violet Crown

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:

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!

Quite Hypnotic…

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: 

 

Muhammad Ali (1942 – 2016)

Just a reminder that this man is, was, and always will be The Champ.

Rocks on the Eternal Shore

I just saw X-Men: Apocalypse, which was pretty good. Oscar Isaac’s take on the titular villain, created in 1986 by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice, had the right amount of godlike solemnity and bellicose bravado that the role needed. If you ask me, no portrayal of Apocalypse can come close to the performance of John Colicos in the 90’s X-Men animated series. Here’s a montage of some of Apocalypse’s greatest quotes from the show compiled by thejokersonyou!

Hope you enjoy it!