Don’t Suck At Self-Care

Dracula Takes Good Care of Himself!

People will always come to your door to suck up your time; they’re often out for new blood.

Hang in there; winter is not easy it can drive you batty and feels like the Sun will burn if you ever see it.

What does “Count” is the rest you get. Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

If a vampire is down with Self Care how you can not be?! (Dracula remains…as always an inspiration! Sure wish “he’d” put out a self-help book. Especially since he’s got a reputation for helping himself…)

(Image Credit: Marv Wolfman/Script; Gene Colan/Art from Tomb of Dracula (1972) #24)


Trailer Alert: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home is more like Far From Good…what the hell was that?!

Walking around with no mask…we’re done with “secret” identities?

Mysterio as a “good guy” that “twist” is what rendered Iron Man 3 and Captain Marvel as inferior MCU movies.

Quentin Beck / #Mysterio: “Regarding Beck’s relationship with Parker, Director Jon Watts says that “If Tony Stark was sort of the mentor in the previous films, we thought it would be interesting to play Mysterio as almost like the cool uncle.”

That’s Stupid Not Clever. So Fired.

Even “I wanna be the next Iron Man” emotions? That’s not Peter Parker at all.

Pink Slips to all involved. This opens on July 2, 2019 as the next phase of the MCU however it might be time to start phasing out Marvel movies. We had a great run!


Trailer Alert: Avengers: Endgame

Alright new Avengers: Endgame trailer!

You gonna have the balls to call a movie Endgame than you better also have the balls to end the game of some Avengers. Cue the grave digger from Kraven’s Last Hunt.

Lay em out with utter ruckus.

So following Avengers: Endgame Marvel’s next phase “appears” to be Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5, 2019) then…

Morbius (why?!)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (because online losers had a hissy fit over James Gunn tweets. These are the same fools that should be outright ignored over Michael Jackson and other similar celebrity scandals.)

Shang-Chi (really? Why?! This is a rude and disrespectful kung-FU to Daredevil who got relegated to TV. DD contributes far more to Marvel than Shang.)

Black Widow (eh…I sat through Red Sparrow and that was awful. Maybe if they add Winter Solider to up the spy-ruckus?)

Dr. Strange 2 (why do I feel like this is doubtful?!)

Black Panther 2 ($$$)

The Eternals (ugh no thanks)

Instead of Marvel wasting everybody’s time with unnecessary movies like Morbius, Shang-Chi (“I know kung-fu!” Errr, thanks) etc. it’s time.

It’s time for Fantastic Four and X-Men to return to sci-fi ruckus. “Disney has set March 20 as the closing date for its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.”

I’ve been dragging my feet with Captain Marvel (read the Endgame related spoilers online) but I’m 100% in for Avengers: Endgame.


The Bedazzled Nerd

They mocked us. Said we weren’t cool. Rejected us. They exiled us…probably to what they imagined is a wood-paneled basement.

They tried vilification doubling down on isolation thinking we’d crumble. But all it did was prepare us to rumble. When we couldn’t fit in we decided to break out.

Risk! Risk Is Our Business.

Nerds everywhere in every way are shaping pop culture: we bedazzle a culture thirsty for leadership…the visionary cure for rampant myopia: sculpturing stories, prompting righteous ruckus and establishing legacies…if not for ourselves than for our beloeved characters.

Because as Pharrell Williams can attest N*E*R*D means No-one Ever Really Dies.


Lazy Sunday

There’s some Thing special about lazy Sundays: a comfy couch, a fantastic book…not wearing pants and a rock solid friend.

One of 4 of my favourite Sunday elements the others being… a break from all the heat of the week being stretched thin and just being invisible for a few hours.

Thanks Culture Snap Photography for the photo!

Trailer Alert: Venom & The Spider-Verse

Sony’s Spiderific Fall…

October 5, 2018

The Girl in the Spider’s Web
November 9, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
December 14, 2018

One of these has to catch you in their box office web…

So I know today’s focus is all Venom however Sony (Sorny!!) is also releasing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on December 14. This is a Mile Spider-Man movie.

As for the main event: you know Venom has decent…Carnage: I’d be willing to bond with this odd movie.

Thing is: Is Venom gonna be Sony’s Iron Man and kick off a new (Marvel-ish) universe or just be another weak monster movie like Tom Cruise’s Mummy taking with it all the glorious possibilities of the Dark Universe? 

I still long and fiercely hope Dark Universe returns. I’m probably the only one.

Sammy’s Status: I believe Tom Hardy can have fun with this and I’d be willing to take a chance on it.


Promising the Moon Knight

I made this joke when Andrew and I recorded Back Issue Bloodbath episode #102: A salute to Moon Knight by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. (Excellent series, highly Recommended Reading!) I’m repeating my joke again because…it’s funny cos it’s true and also I like my jokes!!

Are we still selling representation matters? Because this is all I got as an Egyptian comic book reader: a Jewish mercenary with dubious powers from a fictional Egyptian god who became a schizophrenic Avenger. So Inspiring! Crazy does make good cinema though…

As always this is not an official announcement; I share because this Feige is talking about Moon Knight which lends itself more to cinema than say the Netflix Marvel shows. As Avengers wraps up and Marvel moves forward introducing Captain Marvel, maybe Nova and Eternals…for Marvel Studio’s success to continue they’ll hafta to pimp cool and creative characters. Moon Knight could…work.


Marvel Has Plans For Moon Knight, Says Kevin Feige


Better Batman Than Sorry

So…Joel Schumacher apologized for Batman and Robin. Which is nice I guess but ultimately it doesn’t erase them from history. Joel’s Batman movies continue to exist in life and worse in my head…where’s that handy Men In Back eraser thingie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Bat-Mind.

It’s weird but it’s not his fault (oh Schumacher is still fully fired…banker box escorted out by security fired but still). This is Batman’s life cycle…Adam West just died yet when his Batman came out nerds howled in anger. That’s not Our Batman.

Thankfully Adam West’s campy Batman lead to the necessary course correction of a darker violent Batman…Dark Knight Returns, Killing Joke etc. That’s Our Batman. Then inevitably once the proceedings get too dark The People (corporations are run by people) overreact and you can crap movies like Batman and Robin…to lighten the mood. Which proves to be one of those I told you so mistakes. Which brings us back to darkness with Nolan’s movies and to Snyder’s recent and phenomenal New 52 run.

Right on track Lego Batman is ruining Batman (back to Batman 66 style jokes) but this means eventually we’re heading back to violence and darkness…back to Our Batman. Well not Andrew my Back Issue Bloodbath co-host’s Batman but for the rest of us… (Our Batman is a country club Batman; it’s an exclusive club with specific rituals and responsibilities; we can’t just let anybody into this club).

Now…anything we can do about all 3 Tobey Spider-Mans? Sam Raimi has only apologized for the third one…but what about those first 2 sucky movies?

My Summer Lair featuring Andrew Young (Geek Hard)

My Summer Lair Chapter #24: What’s The Difference Between A Nerd And A Geek?

Or do these classic high school distinctions no longer apply as “comic book culture” seeps into the mainstream? Maybe there is no more us or them…maybe we’ve finally accept the appealing and inspiring message of Breakfast Club and we’re all just one gang now.

I met Andrew via Gavin Stephens an outstanding and benevolent stand up who sprinkles his jokes with much nerdy mirth. Gavin visited My Summer Lairthis past September and enjoyed himself so much he invited me to his comic book celebration podcast Back Issue Bloodbath which he co-hosts with Andrew. I joined Gavin and Andrew for four dynamic episodes…including this episode on the outstanding comic book Fade Out.

Unbelievable how much fun that was. I hope they invite me back…I didn’t leave a mess. I think…depends on how you define “mess.”

And sure characters like Hannibal Lecter are monsters yet they can also offer excellent life advice like quid pro quo: so I’m happy to invite Andew to visit My Summer Lair.

Not only did I get to use the word zany but over the course of an hour we disccus and debate
 Shipwreck the iconic G.I. Joe character
 Ed The Sock
 Project Burrito
 cynicism and online nerds
 comics like Black Widow, Daredevil, Lazarus plus many more!
 “Batman is the biggest bitch in comics” (his theory not mine!)
 Batman v Superman
 And so so much more…this one has it all true believers.

Be sure to catch Andrew and Mr. Green on Friday Nights at 7pm (est) on Reality Radio 101. This show is live people…you can call in and share your feelings. So Many Feelings…

2 High Fives For:
 #1: the rock
 #2: no pants (Down With Pants!)

My First Comic Book

As an avid nerd I’m often asked what’s My First Comic Book. Here ya go…posted on its 33rd anniversary. Ack! We’re all getting older…
 Captain America #280
 Published: April 10, 1983


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