Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cool Stuff: Marvel Stuff!

Yep, should be all-Marvel for the next Cool Stuff post or two or three... let's see what I've come up with!

Man, the 1970s was the Golden Age of comic book calendars, if you ask me! All original artwork by classic artists of the era, usually themed, such as this 1976 Marvel calendar! More coolness after the jump!

Movie of the Week: Count Yorga, Vampire!

Here's this week's trailer:

More after the jump!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

This 'n That Time Again!

Yes, friends, it's time for me to lay on you some miscellaneous stuff that is probably not necessarily worthy of separate posts... This 'n That Time!

ITEM! So, I'm very, very close to the end of the Winter Quarter at South Puget Sound Community College. Of the three classes I'm taking, one of them (the online Word course) is done, one of them (Human Dimensions in the Office) will be done by this afternoon after I take the final, and the third (Intercultural Communications) still has some stuff I need to get done before I'm through with that.

By the way, Microsoft? Are you listening? Stop messing around with MS Word. All the changes you made in the 2007 edition just confuse the heck out of those of us who've been using Word for the past 20+ years. At least offer a version that's back to normal menu choices, okay? Just sayin'.

I have two things to finish for the IC class: The first is a final report on Japan, which is the culture I decided I wanted to study in this class; the second is a three-minute speech on how to effectively communicate with someone from Japan. I've been working on that final report on and off over the past few days, and probably won't get a chance to do anything on it today (Thursday) due to that aforementioned final as well as an appointment I'm taking my son Tristan to in the morning. Friday I haven't any classes, so I'm really hoping it'll be done by the end of that day, so I can relax over the weekend!

ITEM! Some of you may recall my mentioning that I work very far ahead on most of the features of this blog (aside from This 'n That, and the posts about Certifiably Geek Blogs, anyway). I am happy to be able to tell you that I've got all the posts pre-written and pre-scheduled through July, and I'm preparing to start on August next week! I think I'd already mentioned the Dog of the Geek feature will finally start this summer, but what I haven't mentioned is that come August, some other features may be starting! The first one will be "Retro-Reviews," in which I'll be reviewing old comics. Some of these may be reviewed from trade paperbacks, some from the actual old comics themselves, and some may be from the PDFs I'd downloaded from Wowio back when it was actually enjoyable to use.

When the Movie of the Week feature finally winds down (as in, I run out of movies I have enough material to use for that feature), that will be replaced by "Geek TV," in which I'll talk about various TV shows that I feel appeal to geeks. Some of these will be older shows, some will be newer shows. I'm working on the master list for that feature now, even though at the end of July the MotW will be in the P's, because I hate to wait until the last minute! If there's a TV show you feel is worthy of discussion for geeks, please feel free to let me know in the comments or email me about it at waffyjon at comcast dot net, okay?

Another feature that's actually going to be returning is Old Comics Ads! Some of you who've been reading the Random Acts of Geekery back when it started as Waffyjon's Random Thoughts may recall that I used to run a fair amount of those, but haven't in quite some time. I'm not sure if these will be returning in August or September, but it will return!

ITEM! Since I'm already getting ready to start on August posts, you can be sure that I'm already thinking ahead to the annual Countdown to Halloween! If all goes as planned (as in, I don't over-commit myself as it is), not only will I be presenting the rest of the monster cards I didn't get to last October, I'm hoping to have a brand-new, never-before-seen set of monster cards created by me that you could potentially print out on card stock and cut out for your personal enjoyment! I'm thinking the front of the cards will feature a scene from a monster movie with some kind of funny caption or word balloons, while the back identifies the movie it's from. I may well end up asking for help on this one -- perhaps once I decide which images I'm going to use, I'll start a "Monster Laughs" blog whereby each day I'll post one of the cards sans the funny and ask the blog readers to offer their ideas, and I'll pick the funniest ones to use for the monster set, and credit the author of the funny!

ITEM! Getting back to the present and the next holiday that I don't observe here in the blog, most of you are probably aware that a week from Sunday will be Easter, and this year I am once again in charge of our neighborhood's annual Easter Egg Hunt, to be held the day before! Last year we had a pretty decent turnout, and I'm hoping there'll be even more kids at this year's event. We had two age groups last time (designed so that my kids could be in the same group), and that'll happen again this year, but instead of just three boxes of plastic eggs filled with goodies for each group, I'm hoping there'll be four! Not only that, but in preparation for my son's birthday party in May, I'm going to practice my cake decorating by making a half-dozen or so Easter Egg Cakes using fondant and possibly modeling chocolate for the decorating! Should be fun!

ITEM! Speaking of my son's birthday, as I said, I'm planning on doing a special cake for him using fondant and modeling chocolate. If you haven't heard of either of those items, you must not be watching "Cake Boss" or "Ace of Cakes," both of which demonstrate those two items. Since we've been watching those shows here at Casa Knutson, I've become very interested in using them. Fondant, for the uninitiated, is kind of a very thick frosting that's almost like Play-Doh in consistency that you can roll out and place over a cake, molding it into place, so that you have a very smooth surface on the case. Modeling chocolate is pretty much what it sounds like -- a chocolate you can shape like clay. Tristan's asking me for a Superman cake this year (last year was dinosaurs), so I'm planning on making him a cake shaped like the S-shield, with a modeling chocolate Superman standing on top of it! Daughter Desi is already saying she wants her birthday cake in July to feature her new favorite TV show, "SuperWHY!" (a PBS program -- and I could've sworn she was going to stay devoted to "Dora the Explorer"!)

ITEM! No, I didn't go to the Emerald City Comic Con, for the second year in a row. Despite some of the success I've had bringing in a little extra money here and there in my various blogs, it just wasn't in the cards this time around. I'm hoping that I'll make it next year, though... and in the meantime, I hope to at least make it to November's Comic Show in Portland... and perhaps one of the Seattle Comic-Card Shows if I can remember to keep track of when they happen!

ITEM! Maybe, if you're lucky, I'll have my second video blog happening next week -- whether it's the long-promised video showing how I do my Give-A-Show Projector videos, or if it's something else entirely, I don't know right now!

Children's Book Theatre: Road Runner BLB - The Lost Road Runner Mine, Chapter 3!

Let's see what Poppa Beep and the three little Beeps are up to in this chapter!
More after the break!

Random Videos of Geekery: Italian Spiderman Trailer!

Yeah, it's a weird one!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Original Comic Art!

First up this time around is page 30 from Avengers #130 by Sal Buscema! More after the jump!

Crestwood House Mad Scientists Book, Part 1!

Time for a new Wednesday monster book look, and this time around, we're starting on the Crestwood House Movie Monsters "Mad Scientists" book! More after the jump!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Certifiably Geek Blogs, Third Time's the Charm?

All right, then... as noted before, the second go-round of Certified Geek Blog awards has hit a dead-end, and I've become frustrated and disappointed at the awardees who never got around to following the rules (although some of them do have the award posted on their sidebar). Those blogs' listings on the Certifiably Geek Blogs blog have been changed to drafts, so they won't show up. If they do find it in their hearts to pass the award on as a good blogger should, I'll restore them.

Having said all that, I'm going to make another try at getting this fershlugginer thing going, and since this is my third try, I figured, why not award it to three blogs, and see if that helps get things going again?

So, here's the latest awardees, as recommended by the faithful Random Acts of Geekery readers:

Hurray for Wally Wood — Booksteve's tribute to one of the masters of comic book art! I've been meaning to add this to the Random Blogs of Geekery link list for some time, because I've long been a fan of Wood's artwork!

Inside Jeff Overturf's Head - Jeff himself requested this be awarded to his blog, and having looked at it myself, I can definitely say that his blog is, indeed, certifiably geek!

Dreams of Space - Wow, this is an amazing blog! Dreams of Space has a main focus of vintage children's books about space, and I'm sure that sooner or later, I'll recognize books from my childhood there!

All three of these blogs are definitely worthy of this award, and I hope they'll display the award proudly!

Of course, as with all blog awards, there are rules that must be followed:
  1. Upon being given this award, please pass the award on to two other blogs that you feel are Certifiably Geek!
  2. Go to the the Certifiably Geek Blogs award winner listings blog and make sure that blog hasn't already received the award.
  3. Create a post on their blog announcing the two blogs they've decided to award.
  4. In that post, include the official graphic (as seen here)
  5. Provide a link to the two blogs
  6. Tell why they've chosen the two blogs
  7. Include the URL for the award blog (
  8. Email me (the guy who created the award and manages this blog) at waffyjon at comcast dot net with the above information, plus what category they think the blog fits in (so I can label it accordingly). If the blog fits more than one category, they should include them all (for example, if the Random Acts of Geekery were awarded this -- which it can't, because none of my blogs are eligible to win -- the categories would be comics, toys, cartoons, sci-fi, Star Trek, monster movies, etc.)
  9. Contact the two blogs that they've awarded, tell them about this blog, as well as where they can find the post in which they were awarded. They can do this by emailing the bloggers (if that's possible) or by leaving a comment in a recent post.
  10. If the awarded blog does not pass the award on within one week, their blog will be removed from the Certifiably Geek Blogs blog until they're in compliance with the rules.

Cool Stuff!

We'll be starting off with some Beatles stuff this time around...

harddaysnight_polish.jpg this stylish Polish poster for "A Hard Day's Night"! More after the jump!

By the 10's: Chip 'n' Dale!

Starting up a whole mess of Disney books by the 10's with Chip 'n Dale!

Issue 10!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Original Comic Art!

As promised, more Avengers pages start us out this time! Here's page 18 from Avengers #69, by Sal Buscema! More after the jump!

Monster Monday!

More Godzilla stuff to start this week's Monster Monday with!

Godzilla Vs. the Thing Lobby Card!

More after the jump!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Question For You Guys...

So, you know that I've started the Certifiably Geek Blog award, right? And that after the initial flurry, there stopped being new awards handed out by those who've been awarded themselves, so I started a second round of them?

Well... things have stopped happening with it again. So I'm considering adding a new "rule" to the award... namely, that if someone's awarded, but does not respond to it on their blog within one week of being named, they'll be removed from the Certifiably Geek Blogs blog...

I mean, I think that's just being fair to the awardees who try to pass it along and promote it, don't you?

I'm also thinking I should go ahead and do a third round of awards from here... anybody got any blogs they'd like to have recognized as Certified Geek, who they think would actually pass the award along?

I am aware that there are some blogs out there who would deserve to be so named, but I doubt seriously they'd ever respond to it, much less award it to two other blogs (Topless Robot comes to mind), so if you want to make some suggestions in the comments, please consider how "corporate" the geek blog you're suggestion might be, okay?

Anyway, looking for your comments on all this stuff, and thanks in advance!

Cool Stuff!

Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers poster! And that's just one of the many cool items you can behold in this post, after the jump!

Random Videos of Geekery: Spidey, Iron Man and Hulk!

I think I've posted this one before, but it's been a long time, and this is truly awesome!

Puzzle Sunday!

Last week's solution:

This week's puzzle after the jump!