Mourning a Warrior Woman

15731856_10154209326946344_7607173130417718145_o Princess, general, rebel, surviving monarch of a dead world. And yet, that represents a fraction of Carrie Fisher’s accomplishments. It’s a dark day for the rebellion, and an unfortunate end to an unpleasant year. I hate to overemphasize one role in the long and varied career of an incredible woman, an accomplished writer and producer on top of a body of acting work to shame anyone in the business, but it’s one that has made her immortal. Long after we all shuffle off this mortal form, and history grants Star Wars with the cultural weight of Shakespeare or Dickens, Carrie Fisher’s image will adorn history books as the face of rebellion. A warrior princess who’s likeness was cast into billions of plastic statuary, and every conceivable form of merchandise.  It’s hard for me to comprehend a world where she isn’t still out there somewhere, firing off perfect one-liner responses to any question, and spinning comedy gold out of thin air. She’s an inspiration to us all, and she will be missed.

“Somewhere, she’s snorting a cloud.”

-Max

12/27/16

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The Weekly Haul (Holliday Edition pt.1)

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It’s Christmas Eve already and we are overdue for a weekly haul. I’m cranking this one out as fast as I can from this bumpy flight from Greenland to a friend’s house at the North Pole for the oldest and greatest annual Christmas party in the world. But it’s Christmas Eve and I want to give you guys something, so let’s see what’s in the. Yuletide stash tonight, eh?

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Journey to the Frazetta Museum

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At The Earth’s Core, Frank Frazetta

On a cold morning three days after Thanksgiving, I piled into a car with three of my good friends and went west. It was a trip several years in planning, many times attempted and failed. But on that chill Sunday afternoon we finally made our pilgrimage to the Frazetta Art Museum. Frank Frazetta is an artist who’s work you’ve likely encountered, even if you don’t recognize his name. His paintings have been used on everything from paperback and magazine covers, to movie posters, and Album art for mostly horrible bands. He is considered the most influential commercial illustrator of the 20th century, which to me, places him in far too small a box. Frank Frazetta, as far as I am concerned, is the last classical painter. To behold the original work first hand, and to see the brush strokes, and where he let you see them, was an experience I’ll never forget.

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Attack Rundown: The Superweapons of the Star Wars Universe – Part 1

from our good friends of the starship Spacestationwagon.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just days away, and unless you’ve been watching the trailers through the lenses of a stormtrooper helmet you’re probably aware that it’s going to feature the Death Star. The Death Star is one of the most iconic elements of the Star Wars universe, everyone knows about it even if they haven’t seen the movies (like “Luke, I am your father!”). Its terrifying power to kill billions of people at once tells you all you need to know about the Galactic Empire – it is an utterly evil, totally irredeemable government that the Rebels are justified in rising up against. The giant planet destroying plot device (P.D.P.D.) was used again in Return of the Jedi, then yet again in The Force Awakens.

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It’s no surprise that space superweapons permeate the Expanded Universe of Star Wars spinoff material as well, appearing in the licensed…

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Super Vinyl Christmas.

justiceleague_massiveA thoughtful Co-worker gifted me today with this magnificent going away present, Songs and Stories About The Justice League of America. He found it crate-digging and thought of me, reading comics behind the register on slow nights, what a guy. But this sent me down another youtube music rabbit hole, with the Power Records Super Hero catalogue, which naturally led me from superhero novelty records, to superhero Christmas records. And here, for your holiday enjoyment, are the holy trinity of the DC pantheon on some Christmas shenanigans . Enjoy.

 

Season’s Greetings,

 

-M

The Weekly Haul

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Good Evening, Boo believers. Tonight’s edition of the weekly haul is a brief one, but following three consecutive, bank-breaking giant size hauls, this is a reasonable thing. Rise of the Black Flame #4, and The Unworthy Thor #2. Both fantastic books, and I look forward to reading them. That’s it for tonight, It’s been a long week, and I have a lot of reading to catch up on between my ghastly business. ‘Till next time, you rotten little urchins.

-Grim Doin’s