Monthly Archives: January 2012

For the Other Kind of Gamer

At some point in the last few decades, the word gamer has changed. Back in the stone age when I was a kid, I was a gamer. Because then, the word gamer meant someone who played role-playing games. You know those geeks with their Dungeons & Dragons and whatnot. There were dozens of other RPGs as well, and once a year, tens of thousands of gamers got together in Milwaukee for the GenCon. Some of this is still true, but some is not.

While the term gamer is different, now predominantly referring to videogames rather than nerds (it’s okay for me to say the N word, cuz I am one) and their polyhedron dice, the games still exist in many different forms, and they are still folks who play them, again, myself included.

Now those who know me, know that I do a weekly vidcast about comic books, well, in case you didn’t know, that format began as the All Things Fun! Podcast, which just relaunched this month after a long hiatus. The Podcast continues to present reviews and discussion on all the great games out there old and new, with its hosts Wes and Jess (if you think Allison is going to hit me at any given moment of the Vidcast, wait until you hear these two) and of course store owner Ed Evans. You can listen here.

And if that’s not enough game stuff for you other kind of gamers out there, I would also suggest you try Not Just Another Gaming Podcast run by some really cool folks, and also friends of All Things Fun! as well.

And as long as we’re talking about All Things Fun!, and non-electronic games, and you’re in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, you might want to check their calendar for what gaming events are happening when! Shameless plug over. 😉

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One Year, 26 Seasons, Seven Doctors

Now I have to say up front that there are a few other blogs and websites out there doing this, but this one is by my friend Terry Willitts, and his is the best. No, I’m not biased, it’s just that good.

Spinning out of his project for last year, a blog that covered every issue of the cult classic comic book Cerebus by Dave Sim – 2011: The Year of the Aardvark – Terry has taken on the original “Doctor Who” series with his new blog – One Year, 26 Seasons, Seven Doctors. Each day Terry examines one of the serials that make up the long history of the British Time Lord.

Check it out here.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Here are the introductory cinematics for the new game Star Wars: The Old Republic from EA:

I can’t be the only one thinking this. Why the hell did George Lucas give us The Phantom Menace, the rest of that crappy trilogy, or even Cartoon Network’s “Clone Wars” when we could have had this?

Seriously.

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 1-25-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (Captain Britain) Evans, Allison (Strawberry Shortcake) Eckel and Glenn (Gregory Hines) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Ed goes first, Green Lantern New Guardians #5, I Vampire #5, Justice League #5, Aquaman #5, Flash #5, vidcaster brawl, Justice League Dark #5, the dual covers of Blackhawks #5, and the DC New 52 trade out.

The discussion continues in segment two including: All guys with goatees look alike, the Captain America hoodie, Alpha Flight #8, the X-Men titles, Secret Avengers #21.1, Galactus is back, Red Skull Incarnate, The Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine, The Walking Dead #93, Ed’s indies, Transformers Robots in Disguise #1, Allison’s kids comics, and Ed’s trades.

Be sure to check out the craaazy new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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Robert Hegyes 1951-2012

Actor, director and teacher Robert Hegyes passed away this morning in Metuchen New Jersey from a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

He was perhaps best known as Juan Epstein, one of the Sweathogs on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” one of the superstar sitcoms of the 1970s. He was the tough guy, the Puerto Rican Jew, the guy who always had a note from his mother. Later he was a regular on “Cagney and Lacey,” and appeared in a myriad of television and film projects in the time since.

A graduate of Glassboro College here in South Jersey, now called Rowan, he became an artist-in-residence. He also frequented the stage, at one point to much acclaim as Chico Marx in “An Evening with Groucho.” His directing career began when he was 25 on the set of “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Also of note for the Jersey born performer was his family, Jon Bon Jovi was his cousin. He will be missed.

Dear Mr. Kotter,

Please excuse little Juan from class today. He’s dead.

Signed, Epstein’s Mother

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French Fry Diary 329: Pop Chips

Metropolis at Biff Bam Pop!

My review of the silent scifi film classic Metropolis is now live at Biff Bam Pop!.

Metropolis is one of my all-time favorite movies, and revolutionary in inspiring an entire film genre. You can check my review out here.

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Random Tater Pic of the Day #32