Tuesday, December 01, 2015

December, 2015 Issue!



It's that time of year again, when the stores are packed with shoppers, holiday decorations are everywhere, and you're either embracing it, enduring it, or hating it.

One of the challenges of the holiday season is finding that perfect gift for someone. Now, I'm no expert on gifts, but I do have a few suggestions for gifts for your fellow geeks:

The first one would be a gift certificate or gift card for their local comic book shop or Amazon. While this seems impersonal, I like getting gift cards, because sometimes there's an item I've been wanting to get but can't quite afford on my current budget, and often a gift card will give me the financial edge to get it!

DVDs are a good option to consider, as well, especially of TV shows or movies that the recipient is a huge fan of. While many of these are available on Netflix or other streaming services, I always enjoy checking out the special features that you usually don't get online. Most geeks usually have an extensive want list of DVDs they'd like to have (my own want list includes the original Star Trek, as well as the TV series of Planet of the Apes, although Land of the Giants and The Time Tunnel would be welcome as well). You can also consider DVDs of shows and cartoons they were fond of as a child (I'd love to get the Looney Tunes collections, as well as fill in the gaps in my Speed Racer collection).

Collectibles relating to a particular show can be welcomed as well... fans of the 1966 Batman would likely welcome getting some of the action figures or Batmobiles that have been produced.

eBay can be a good source for finding gifts. The only thing you really have to consider is making sure that delivery will be made on time! Be sure you check out when the seller ships (while most will offer same day or next business day shipping, some will only ship once a week) as well as how it's shipping (during the holidays, items sent Media Mail are often “bumped” due to other items having priority). Talking to your recipient about their collection will often reveal items they've been wanting. Movie posters of favorite movies can be a good choice here, although originals can be expensive! Here you'll need to read carefully if you're looking at a listing as to if it's an original poster or a reprint.

The Moebius model reissues of classic Aurora models (as well as models Aurora never produced) are good gifts for those who had the Aurora kits as a kid, especially if they've continued to build models as an adult.

Another idea for a holiday gift could be admission to a local comic book show. More often than not, these tickets are available well in advance, and if your recipient hasn't gotten their tickets yet (or is concerned about affording them at the time), this could be very welcomed!

If your recipient is a comic book fan, it's possible that you could purchase an original sketch for them. The real caveat here is that many comic book artists that take commissions are often backlogged, and the sketch may not be completed and mailed in time for the holidays. Some artists regularly list sketches for sale on eBay (I know Fred Hembeck is constantly selling hand-colored original drawings, and I'd love to have a few of those).

If you need a gift for a child who's into geekery, I always like the idea of buying them trade paperback collections with stories of characters they like. While most current superhero books aren't really appropriate for kids, getting them Showcase Presents or Essential volumes can give them a lot of reading about their favorite characters from a time when all-ages was the default!

Hopefully, those will give you some ideas.

This issue is jam-packed with stuff, as I wanted to make sure there were some special features this month. In the following pages, you'll find a video based on DC's The Untold Legend of the Batman, a Geek TV spotlight on Fantastic Journey, a Silly Cover, a Babe of the Geek gallery of TV Batgirl Yvonne Craig, some Christmas Comics, and a lot of the other features you've come to expect from Random Acts of Geekery.

Next month... Random Acts of Geekery will go back to its original bloggy format. The monthly blogazine was an interesting experiment to try, but I'm not sure it worked. So look for Monday through Friday postings to begin with the new year!



Book andRecord Set – The Untold Legend of the Batman! 

Geek TV – The One-Season Wonder Fantastic Journey

SillyCover #2 – Another “missing” Amalgam Comic Cover! 

PuzzleTime – Another set of challenging puzzles from Fun and Games Magazine

Babeof the Geek -- TV's Batgirl, Yvonne Craig!

CollectibleSpotlight – AHI Star Trek and Space: 1999 Collectibles! 

ComicReading Library – Christmas Comics Edition! 

ComicBook Ads – A selection of vintage comic book advertisements! 

MonsterStuff – From Konga and King Kong Escapes to Love at First Bite, with a mini-gallery of Little Shoppe of Horrors covers and other stuff! 

GeekMemories – Star Wars! 

ComicReading Library – This month, selections from Chilling Tales of Horror #2, Green Hornet #33, Criminals on the Run V4 #5, Masked Raider #7, and Zaza the Mystic #10!

Apeof the Geek – Chewbacca the Wookiee! 

BeatlesCartoon – Another episode of the Fab Four's animated series, with episodes based on “Anna” and “I Don't Want to Spoil the Party,” plus of course the singalong! 

FandomLibrary – A selection of articles from magazines and fanzines past! 

IndexibleHulk – From Incredible Hulk #107, “Ten Rings Hath the Mandarin!” 

CoolStuff – Continuing the Big Little Book galleries! 

CoversRedux – Still more original Marvel books and the reprinted versions... can you spot the differences? 

MonsterScrapbook – More from The Mole People fumetti, a pair of articles on Frankenstein in the movies, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Ray Harryhausen, Satan in the movies, and The Mummy's Curse

MyCharacters – This time around, a villain group called the Five Card Draw! 

Sci-FiPulp Cover Gallery – Some classic covers from the 1940s and 1950s! 

KirbyKovers – Another gallery of classic comics covers by the King! 

TheFleischer Popeye – “Beware of Barnacle Bill,” the 19th in the series! 

CoolStuff Bonus! – An additional selection of vintage items of interest, including Bond, Book and Record Sets, Buck Rogers and Bullwinkle items!

Essayson Comics Characters – Doctor Victor Von Doom!

PuzzleTime Answers! – How well did you do? 

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Random Acts of Geekery is happy to consider any submissions for publication that are appropriate to the themes covered in this blogazine. No compensation is offered for use, but you do get to keep the copyrights to any submissions, so long as you understand that any accepted submissions will remain in the archives of Random Acts of Geekery issues.

Prior to preparing a submission, contact Jon B. Knutson at waffyjon at comcast dot net with the idea for your article or submission, just in case something similar is already in the works. Topics that can be covered are: comic books,cartoons, oldies rock and roll, monsters, science fiction, pulp magazines, toys, geeky TV shows, children's books, and so on. Interviews with people involved in any of these topics are also welcomed! Submissions are also welcome for regular features such as Puzzle Time (you can either scan puzzles from vintage items in your own collection or create your own geeky puzzles), Covers Redux (I've only been covering Marvel's superhero and Sgt. Fury books, but I know several of their western comics had reprints, usually with new covers, and I haven't covered any DC stuff at all), Geek TV (I have a list of shows I'm planning to get to eventually, but if you have a favorite that I haven't covered yet, it's more than welcomed), Ape of the Geek (again, I've got a list I'm working on, but you may have a favorite ape you want to write about I haven't gotten to yet), Comics They Never Made, and Silly Covers. I also will consider submissions for Geek Memories!

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