Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THAT Nerdcast: Episode #002 -- Jurassic World!

THAT Nerdcast: Episode #002 -- Jurassic World! In which we spoil the fuck out of Jurassic World and chat about how awesome Chris Pratt and genetically modified dinosaurs are.

BUT FIST...  we get down and dirty with some Star Wars chat including Battlefront and Episode 7.

Monday, June 22, 2015

My Batman Sleeping Bag from 1989!

A couple summers ago the term "polar vortex" crept into everyone's vocabulary for seemingly the first time. Thanks to that weird weather phenomenon we got to spend a couple weeks in the middle of July walking around in hoodies, enjoying an unseasonably cool temperatures.

This year I've heard nary of mention of a "polar vortex" causing our current cold spell, but it more or less feels exactly like what we experienced last year!

If it sounds like I am complaining, I assure you that I am not. I love this type of weather. Its been sort of chilly. Sort of rainy. The perfect weather to kick back with a cup of hot chocolate and relax with a few old horror flicks. Sort of like a mock preparation for the coming Halloween Season!

Do you know what else this weather is good for? Blankets! Lots and lots of blankets. Which got me thinking about one particular item that I've held onto for years.

Vintage Batman Sleeping Bag!
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Behold! Probably my oldest and best of friends, I present to you my Batman Sleeping Bag from 1989!

Yes, I researched and found the date that this was originally produced. Thank you Google. 

And make no mistake about it, I've had this sleeping bag since 1989 and it shows. It is old, faded, kind of gross, and the underside is tore up to the point that I am pretty confident if it made one more trip through the washing machine it would vaporize and simply cease to exist.

And I will never toss it!

I have to many memories of late nights spent turning this blanket into makeshift forts, using it as a backdrop for huge staged battles with various action figures, or staying up late and watching "Tales from the Crypt" wrapped up in Batman's protective orange ummm... blanket fiber?

To you this may be some cruddy looking old sleeping bag but for me this is my childhood and I plan on holding onto this blanket from now until the end of time.

I've always been bad at writing transitions so fuck it, look for Episode #002 of "THAT Nerdcast!" sometime tomorrow. We discuss the film JURASSIC WORLD and nerd out about Star Wars Battlefront.

Beyond that I have a post about popsicles scheduled for early July. Folks, if we are going to enjoy the summer months the time is right now... before long it is going to be all ghosts and goblins with a healthy dose of Santa mixed in. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

That Nerdcast: Episode 001 -- Mad Max Fury Road!

Welcome to "That Nerdcast: Episode 001 -- Mad Max Fury Road!" Special guest host Nick Servatius and myself give our totally spoiler filled thoughts on the most insane action movie of the past ten or fifteen years.... Mad Max: Fury Road!

I've wanted to do something a bit different with this blog for quite a while now and Podcasting is something I already spend a lot of time doing (you can check me out over on The Purple People Podcast!) soooo, I decided that the next logical step would be to Podcast... everything-the-fuck-else that I enjoy. Movies. Books. Comics. Games. Toys.

Written content will of course still be the primary feature around here as well as the return of the 2015 Halloween and Christmas Countdown. And now I can Podcast during some of the downtime between written articles and create some more "enhanced content"

You may also need to update any previous bookmarks or outside links because I went and purchased a domain name. It seemed like the next natural progression. Instead of having a huge "Blogspot URL" you can now find me online at WWW.THATNERDCAST.COM. Pretty cool eh!

So thanks for everyone who stuck around for the first few years of The Astro Lounge and welcome to the next phase of THAT Nerdcast!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Bag of Bones Cheetos

**clears voice**

Hello everyone! It has been far to long since I've last pounded away on the old keyboard and posted some sort of (stupid) new content. This seems to happen every year... a combination of being burnt out from pushing through so much "holiday material" and then hitting the January lull of absolutely nothing interesting happening.

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I think I've finally made it past those those post-Christmas blues and am ready to return to do, uhh... whatever it is that I do around here.

Today's post comes brought to you by the fact that I am hoarder of stupid shit and am currently trying to sort through this mess.

Point in case, Cheetos Bag of Bones from Halloween 2014. One of the many things that I purchased with the intent of writing about and then never actually got around to writing about. Story of my life.

Since today has been a particularly cloudy, rainy day and I've got my copy of John Carpenter's "Lost Themes" playing off in the background, I can think of no better time that now to write about leftover Halloween goodies.

Also, I've been looking at this dumb bag of Cheetos on my floor for like seven months now and am really looking forward to throwing it in the trash. Even if it is always-sort-of-Halloween at my household.... this particular piece has overstayed its welcome.

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I feel like we all sort of take for granted just how strange of a holiday Halloween really is. It's easy to do when all of a sudden every trip to the supermarket is filled with bats and bones, pumpkins and bloodshed.

I'm sensing a really strong Tim Burton / Corpse Bride vibe and I like it. Bonus points are also awarded for Bag of Bones Cheetos basically encouraging you to play with your food.

Taking a step back from it all... isn't it pretty amazing that for one month out of the year we get to eat Cheetos shaped like disemboweled skeleton parts? (hint: it is)

Within the next few weeks I will be rolling out some decidedly summer themed articles and posts but in the back of my mind... I am already thinking about the 2015 Halloween Season!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2/1/15 Comic Book Pickups!

The Super Pack of Comic Books is one of my favorite stupid things in the entire world to purchase. For $3.99 you get six usually shitty comic books all packaged together.

Making the bold claim of having a $15 value in each package what you really end up getting is just a bunch of leftover shit from the early 90's that your local comic book store couldn't sell.

And that is why I love these value packs!

The Super Pack of Comic Books is insane... and the world is better off because of it. You'll get the occasional Marvel or DC book tossed in, but mostly it is Image Comics, Crossgen, Crusade... Dagger Enterprises? I swear I am not making that last one up.

It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to get comics from our local pharmacy. They never seemed to carry the big Marvel or DC books and if they did, you would only get like a single issue. I don't think I ever read a story from start to finish because of that. What they did carry was stuff like this. Stuff nobody seeks out but somehow everyone ends up with.

With that in mind lets take a look at my latest round of pickups:

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Group one consists of Jon Sable Freelance, The Amazon, Darker Image, Negation, Deathblow, and a really strange Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" book.

I have always had a soft-spot for 90's era Image Comics. The upstart company was founded on the idea that comic creators could publish material without having to fork over the copyrights to the characters. It is amazing how shitty both DC and Marvel used to treat the artists, writers, and creators of our favorite heroes. Image Comics represented an industry shift for the better.

Image is the company that gave us Spawn in the 90's as well as bringing to us the mega successful Walking Dead franchise as well as one of my personal favorite publications, Saga. Everyone always mentions Marvel and DC first but Image releases some of the best monthly material, in my opinion.

With that said, Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" is like the most 90's thing ever. This specific issue came out in 1999 and zero fucks where given on who it would offend. Though there is nothing in it you won't find on most television or movies, I can imagine a whole bunch of kids hiding this in there closets from parents prying eyes.

Deathblow is actually issue #1 from 1993. Seems to be a very Sin City inspired tale of a serviceman dealing with the pain of having to kill others. It takes place in a church confessional and wraps itself up before it ever gets going. I've never heard of Deathblow until now but it seems like something at least worth checking into.

The second group includes Shi, The Invisibles, @thena Inc, Angel Fire The Darkness, and not one but two fucking issues of Scorpion Corps, the comic with the big old Nazi symbol on the front. Let's... work out way towards that one.

I've ended up with a lot of copies of The Darkness over the years, all from purchasing these value packs. If you have only ever heard of the series from the video game that came out a few years back, you should really give it a read.

@thenia Inc, was probably the biggest surprise of the bunch. Just judging it from the cover and the title I had extremely low expectations but, being from Image I had to at least give it a look. Holy crap was I surprised! It is an extremely cool story about an undercover operative who, thanks to some genetic research, has the ability to change into a completely different person.

The artstyle in @thenia Inc is pretty amazing, too. Its got this cool sort of realistic... but photoshopped ascetic and looks like a combination of The Matrix and Blade Runner at times. I haven't had the time to sit down and read the full issue yet, but I am quite looking forward to diving into the world of @thenia Inc!

Alright let's wrap this up with Scorpion Corps. Holy shit, this is the greatest thing ever. For starters I am not really sure why I received two issues of the same book. I've purchased loads of these value packs and never have a gotten two issues of the same thing before.

Especially ones with big old Nazi symbols on the front. Forget the Alley Cat "Lingerie Edition" book from earlier, this is the one that you hid from your parents under the bed. Even though its fiction and Nazi killin' is as American as apple pie, its still tough to explain to your parents why you absolutely must bring this copy of Scorpion Corps to school for show-and-tell or whatever.

Scorpion Corps is absolutely batshit insane. To the point that I need to write about this issue in full detail. You know you are in for something special when the first line of dialog in the book is: "Your rouse will not withstand my pyrokinetic abilities. Already, I have started to evaporate your fire retardant foam." 

And it only gets stranger from that point forward, if you can somehow believe that. So expect plenty more from Scorpion Corps here in the immediate future!