Comic Con!


This week MattyV, Dan the Man, & Jay hit the Grand Rapids Comicon for the first time. It was some serious sensory overload for all three of them, booth upon booth of comics/collectibles/clothing as well as a multitude of people.

Dr. Strange Prelude #1 is available from Comixology for free. Great for those awaiting the Dr. Strange movie coming up in November.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, an adaptation of the Douglas Adams book, debuted on BBC America this weekend. Pretty quirky show, if you loved “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, you might like this show…

Martin Freeman did start his rise to fame as the “Jim” character (“Tim”) in the UK version of “The Office”. If you notice, the first episode of the US version is an almost shot-for-shot/line-for-line remake of the UK version…

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” dropped a new trailer & movie poster for people to ogle & cream-their-jeans over. And it has been confirmed via the trailer that Peter Quill will meet his father, Ego the Living Planet (MattyV goofed and called him Argos)…

The Nintendo Switch is new hybrid controller/tablet/console that may or may not change the face of casual gaming. MattyV & Dan the Man cannot wait for the NES Classic, a 30-in-1 game console for $60 that is officially licensed by Nintendo. With classics inside such as Super Mario, Kirby, & Tecmobowl!


Among the vendors were some luminaries (and not so luminary) of the comic/sci-fi/fantasy world. Denise Crosby made an appearance:


As you can see, she wasn’t as busy as hoped for. I think what did it was the cost of signatures & photos ($40 for a signature, $40 for a “selfie”), as it was with Sean Maher (of “Firefly” fame). He had the same asking price. There was the woman who voiced Slimer in “Ghostbusters II”, Steve Blum (voice actor best known as the voice of StarScream in “The Transformers” animated series as well as Wolverine in the animated series), Russell Hodgkinson (plays Doc in the Sci-Fi series, “Z Nation”), and other voice actors from memorable or not-so-memorable cartoons.

Yet the biggest draw (pun intended) was that of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. His signing line was longer than any and people waited up to 2 hours for an autograph (first one’s free, subsequent signatures were $20 each). Many had brought along toys, newer comics, hardcover collections, but our own MattyV dug a few gems out of the vault:


Comic shop fresh, this was the first Turtles comic MattyV bought back in 1987. Read once and immediately placed in plastic where it sat for the last 18 years. Little-known fact, when the Turtles first came on the scene they were beer-drinking, cigar smoking, women chasing rascals…

But that wasn’t all, MattyV has a penchant to collect “knock-offs” of the Turtles craze as well. Back in the early days of the Turtles, many independent comic studios were quick to rush out their own versions of the characters as everything from hamsters to walruses. MattyV thought it might be funny to have Kevin sign one the knock-offs as well:


Another comic luminary made an appearance, one that might be of interest for Gen-Xers like MattyV & Dan the Man. Bob Camp is a name that some might remember as the creator of the popular “Ren & Stimpy” cartoons that debuted on both Nickelodeon & MTV in the early 1990’s. What most don’t know is that Bob Camp actually got his start illustrating covers & penciling/inking for both Marvel & DC. MattyV had met Bob a few years before at the Asbury Park Comicon, where he had him sign the first issue of “The ‘Nam” that he did a cover for. This time around, he thought it appropriate to have Mr.Camp sign the last issue that he did a cover/penciled & inked for “The ‘Nam”:


Bob is a real down-to-earth guy with reasonable signature rates ($10). For the cash MattyV got a signature and a story about Bob & comic artist Michael Golden. Really nice guy…

Of course there was cosplay too, from tons of Deadpool characters (including a Deadpool Trump!), Dr. Who characters, Minions, & we couldn’t count how many Suicide Squad Harley Quinns there were of all shapes/sizes (some of which made Dan the Man & MattyV feel a bit pervy from their ogling). A couple of Negans also graced the floor with their leather jackets & barb-wired “Lucille”s. Here’s a few that Dan the Man was able to take photos of:


War Machine!


One of a plethora of Spideys…


There were some gender-swapped couples, this one was Slave Han & Leia Solo.


Easily our favorite, Ash from the “Evil Dead” series complete with Book of the Dead & chainsaw hand!

The guys came away with a few items for their “man caves”, well MattyV doesn’t have a cave but rather a cabinet of curiosities in his office. This little bit of nostalgia came home to roost among his Goonies ReAction figures:


One of the shittiest sequels ever to be put out for the NES(maybe the shittiest game ever), this unfortunately isn’t the “5 screw variant” that is fetching big bucks on eBay but is still a clean copy nonetheless. The Goonies must save Anna the Mermaid from the dreaded Fratelli family. Yes, that is the plot. I swear. MattyV found a YouTube video where someone actually played the entire game from start to finish (it’s an hour long, so be ready).







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Sunday Cinema – “The Haunted”




From the case files of Ed & Lorraine Warren, this made-for-television movie from Fox tells the tale of the Smurl family and the forces that awaited them as they moved into their new home. Plagued with supernatural forces, the family reached out to the Warrens in order to help them rid their home of the unwanted spirits.

You might remember some of the Warrens’ other case files that became movies, “The Conjuring“, “The Conjuring 2“, “Annabelle“, & “A Haunting in Connecticut“…

Someone posted this online in all its VHS glory

That’s Life

That’s Life


A lesson in life, a student who got perfect attendance for 5 years in a row ended up with a pen instead of an iPad. But there’s more to the story…

When you hear the phrase, “bag it”, that doesn’t literally mean you put a plastic bag on your wiener…

Some pretty great cake decorating fails. I like the Yoda with a penis…

Suing your school for bad grades, suing a restaurant chain for making you fat, now apparently you can sue your parents for posting photos of you on Facebook

What’s in a $43 martini? Vodka made with water harvested from authentic San Fransisco fog

The rappers that flash their gold chains and “bling bling” are amateurs compared to the rich kids of Singapore

Has Nerdist stumbled on the upcoming explanation for the BIGGEST plot hole in the Star Wars franchise???

How do the rich enjoy their ganja? Why in the most expensive way possible, of course!

All I get for paying taxes is a swift kick in the finances. In Japan, you can get an authentic hand-crafted sword

The psychology of why clowns creep us the f*ck out

Let’s just make traffic violators pay more of what they don’t have because f*ck you…

Forget the Nike self-lacing shoes, you want the new Converse Wah-Wahs with a built-in wah-wah pedal for guitarists…


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Sunday Cinema – “Invitation to Hell”





Susan Lucci was at the top of her game back in the early 1980’s, star of “All My Children” and many made-for-television movies. This Wes Craven (!) directed movie finds a young family moving to an upscale suburban town where anyone who is anyone belongs to the most-exclusive country club. What the family finds out, however, is that there is more going on there than just tennis & hot tubs…

Starring many other television stars of the day (Robert Urich, Soleil Moon Frye, Joanna Cassidy), another capsule of the 1980’s found in this 90 minute gem.

Some brave soul posted this so all can see what lies beneath the Steaming Springs Country Club…

Sunday Cinema – “Don’t Go to Sleep”




A family moves into a new home in order to escape the memories and heal from the death of their oldest daughter. What they never bargained for is that the daughter’s spirit followed them and wishes to punish those that allowed her to perish! Starring Valerie Harper & Ruth Gordon(!), this is one of the more depressing horror movies this month…

Someone posted a semi-decent copy onto YouTube for others to enjoy…

Sorry for the Taze

Sorry for the Taze


A Florida ex-sheriff is involved in a civil suit where he sent a picture of a cake he baked to the victim with the words, “Sorry I Tased You” along with a crude drawing of him tasing the victim. The officer was off-duty at the time and was “horsing around” with the victim, according to his defense.

How can a bicycle company decrease its shipping damage by 80%? By putting a picture of a flat screen television on the outside of the box…

The states has a “safe haven” law that allows for parents to give up newborns at fire & police stations without repercussions. Russia is contemplating eliminating their “Baby Boxes”, where mothers can leave infants anonymously. Opponents claim that eliminating the 20 boxes will mean more dead babies left in the woods or trash dumps.

I get not allowing those license plate covers or ground effects lights, but to give a ticket because a dealership’s license plate frame obscures the state’s web address?

There’s a special circle in hell for asswipes that pass fake currency, especially those that pass fake bills to a little girl’s lemonade stand

Of interest to Dan the Man, the Redskins case is going before the Supreme Court to determine if the name is free speech or falls under the 1946 Lanham Trademark Act, which says that trademarks cannot be granted to names that could be disparaging to persons.

More people these days are ditching expensive apartments & homes to live out their dreams in vans & re-purposed school buses.

Nope, nope, nope. Guys are paying upwards of $35oo to have Botox injected into their scrotum to make them less wrinkled and appear larger. Do women love a man with a less-wrinkly ball sack?

Back in 2011 we learned that thieves can copy your keys from just a cellphone pic. In 2015, some poor sap lost money posting a photo of their winning horse race ticket with the barcode showing. Now apparently people are getting information from photos of airline tickets posted to social media. When are we going to learn???


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Sunday Cinema – “Dark Night of the Scarecrow”




A made-for-television classic starring the likes of Charles Durning, Lane Smith, & Larry Drake. Bubba is a mentally-handicapped man with the mind of a child. He spends his time doing what children do, playing games & pretend. But the townsfolk don’t take to kindly of Bubba playing with the local children, especially a little girl.

When the little girl is injured, Bubba is fingered as the culprit and a whole posse is sent out to find him. What happens to Bubba & those that wronged him make this movie one of those “gotta watch it every year” kind of movies.

Someone was kind enough to post this Halloween classic online for all to enjoy…

3 Year Anniversary

3 Year Anniversary


Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since our very first podcast. When we first started, we had no idea what we were doing, what shape the podcast was going to take, or if it would even last. Armed with an ART USB Dual Pre audio mixer, a couple of Samson Q2U XLR microphones, and a vast knowledge about nothing, the duo of MattyV & Dan the Man unleashed a mixture of comedy & commentary on the podcasting world.

With upgraded equipment (no more left/right audio! Real stereo tracks!), a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, & the addition of Jen the Intern to try and keep the boys in check while offering her own quips and opinions, the podcast keeps rolling right along.

We thought it might be fitting to share our very first podcast from so many years ago, remastered to eliminate the annoying left/right audio (MattyV in one ear & Dan the Man in the other). Below are the show notes from that very podcast, the links have been updated to fix broken ones from 3 years ago. Enjoy the podcast and tell your friends!


That’s right, this is the inaugural pod of what we hope to be a weekly chat session between 2 schmoes that know everything about nothing! The topics vary, as do the opinions! Here are a few links to some of the topics we covered:

Check out Dan’s creation – ¬†Stickman Tim Comics on Facebook

Dan would like to sit down with Leonard Cohen and talk about his music, while Matty wishes to hang out with either Bruce Dickinson or “Uncle” Ted Nugent.

Matty highly recommends Spotify, they have free accounts and access to literally millions of songs. Much better than Pandora because you can create your own playlists.

Dan’s first music video he saw on MTV (that’s Music Television for you young’ns out there) that he could remember was Kiss’ “Lick It Up“, one of their first music videos without their signature makeup but with the cheesy animal prints & spandex. Matty fondly remembers “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” as his first.

They did get a little political talking about marijuana legalization, taxes, & career politicians that have lost touch with their constituents.

Dan shared his view & background on why Dave Mustaine shouldn’t have been invited to Metallica’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

And lastly, they both agree that Sammy Hagar did not in fact ruin Van Halen as well as share some of their music store memories.

Matty also recommends checking out “100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience” on YouTube (was on Hulu originally).


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Sunday Cinema – “Supermarket Sweep”




One of my favorite shows, “Supermarket Sweep” takes place in a supermarket – well a facsimile of a supermarket, where pairs of contestants answer food/product related questions & ultimately go on a shopping spree in the store. The winner was the couple with the highest dollar total at the end of the “big sweep”. It may not seem like a lot of fun, but to see people rushing around the store with shopping carts loaded with groceries was a laugh riot at times.

There were rules when it came to the “big sweep” – only 5 of one item (to prevent hoarding), any item knocked off a shelf must be put back on the shelf or get a dollar amount penalty at the end, any damaged items got dollar penalties, hitting other people/cameramen/contestants with your cart got a dollar penalty, and only runners could be in the “store”, the other partner was the “cashier” unloading items for tally. There were also bonuses as well, grinding a pound of coffee could get you $100 or picking out a $1’s worth of candy (within 2 cents) got you $100 as well. There were shopping lists, big blow-up items, and other ways to get additional money to win the game as well.

I always shouted for the people to pick up diapers & beef roasts for the big money…

someone posted an early episode (from 1991) online for all of us to enjoy…

Homeless Respect

Homeless Respect

When we often think of the homeless, we either think of drugged-out junkies or those that are mentally-ill. This isn’t always the case, many good people become homeless and are unable to scrape together the means to get back on their feet while at the same time trying to survive. Simple things like a hot shower or clean clothes have become a luxury. One outfit is looking to remedy the clean clothes issue with a mobile truck that will wash/dry/fold laundry for the homeless in their community free of charge. There have been efforts around the country to offer hot showers using the same mobile truck concept.

Unfortunately, an LA resident that began a cause to build tiny houses for the homeless is seeing his movement dissipating thanks to the county. Building violations & safety issues are the “official” reasoning behind the confiscation of the tiny homes. The county suggests that the homeless visit shelters or apply for housing vouchers instead. Many of the residents of these tiny homes on wheels are doing what they can to keep them. It gives them some dignity, knowing that they own a roof over their head – no matter how small that roof is…

Weird Al asked James Blunt if he could include the parody of his song on the “Straight Outta Lynwood” album. Initially he was allowed, but then permission was revoked at the last minute. Later, Weird Al approached him again to see if the song could be included in his “Squeezebox” anthology, and again he was rebuffed. So what does Weird Al do? He posts the parody song on his website for all to download FOR FREE! Good one…

If you type, “Pregnancy Announcement Parody” into YouTube’s search, you get this list of both clever & lame attempts…

How about paying to go to a private school, only to live in a toilet? A middle school in China was under fire for converting communal restrooms into dorm rooms, at least taking time to fill the squat-style toilets with cement. The school officials claim that this is only temporary as they renovate spaces to accommodate the students. The students, however, tell a different tale by stating the officials told them “they are there to study, not enjoy a comfortable lifestyle…”

A prison official is out some bucks when a judge ruled that a painting claimed to be painted by Peter Doig was in fact painted by the less-famous Peter Doige. Peter Doig (no ‘e’) has said several times that it was not his painting and that he was not in prison at the time it was painted as he was attending high school(!).

I don’t think it was meant as racism. A school district is dealing with backlash over a radio station policy for school vehicles. No talk radio, no religious radio, no rap radio. Pop, Country, & Jazz are allowed. The public is in an uproar that rap music was singled out as an overt affront to African-American students. The district even said that the reasoning behind the policy was to limit students’ exposure to religious teaching, profanity, &¬† violent lyrics. Hell, I don’t recall ever hearing the radio going on the bus when I went to school…

Good grief. First there was the bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, now a bakery is feeling the heat for creating a transgender cake with a Ken doll in a dress

First there was the “movie-night-in-a-pizza box” (which we never got in the states), then there’s the “bong-in-a-pizza box“, now there’s the “bluetooth pizza box” that turns into a set of playable DJ turntables using a computer or smartphone.

“Sorry, I guess she wasn’t faking so here’s $75,000 – we all good?”, says the college dean of a professor that took sick leave & died from ovarian cancer. This was the fourth professor that was fired for taking unauthorized sick leave due to serious illness.


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