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We love the 80’s

Remember this picture from back in May?

I was discussing the girls choice of costumes with a friend recently. Of course dressing up is nothing new. I used to play dress up as a child and had a box full of costumes…much like my girls do. I don’t think I ever really stopped. as a teenager, I still liked cosplaying at Star Trek conventions and on Halloween -I loved showing off practical makeup skills and costuming. So I find it perfectly natural that my girls like dressing up.

You might be surprised to know that those costumes they are wearing were not my choice. They asked for them. Maddie wanted a Rainbow Brite costume for Halloween about three years ago (and thanks to Shawna and Greg Voss for that DVD copy of Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer). When she outgrew it, Lydia couldn’t wait to start wearing it. Maddie wanted a She-Ra costume for Halloween this year. We got it done a little early so she could wear it for Free Comic Book Day. It makes some sense, they love to bring down my old Castle Grayskull and play with my She-Ra figure. There’s been pictures of it up on this site even.

Still, I found it amusing that they wanted to dress up as these characters that were popular twenty years before they were born…and had virtually vanished since. I mentioned this to a friend. He replied “Yeah? And how many times have you dressed up as The Shadow?”


He’s got a point. Maybe even more of a point than he realizes….but more on that next week.  (You can still check out some Violent Blue while you’re waiting )


More news about North Coast Comic Con

I don’t usually keep harping on something like this, but remember my post last Monday about how upset I was about North Coast Comic Con? I checked back up on thier facebook feed to see if anyone had bothered to respond to my concerns. I saw this comment right below mine.

A month ago? I’ve barely KNOWN about this for a month! Gerry was on the website all that time too. I know. I kept checking it for updates. Then I found THIS:

Unbelievable. Posting a guest that hadn’t even confirmed. There’s no way I’m ever going to try this con again (even if they wanted to promote Violent Blue). That’s just way to shady.

Lego Batman

gamerI’d just like to say, I’m SO digging Lego Batman 2. I like these characters and I think the lego ideas are fun and you KNOW it’s one of the games Steve and Chloe are playing over at the Violent Blue comic strip, but my main beef with the Lego games was that there wern’t NEARLY enough save points. I don’t usually have 40 minuets to sit and play through a level before I get my next save point. That was killing me with the first Lego Batman game and they’ve really fixed that this time around.

This one has an interesting feature, certian objects can only be manipulated by certian characters. Perhaps you can only pick this thing up with a power ring, or only move through these ducts if your are an acrobat. It works well and really helps showcase the vast aray of DC superheros available in this game.

It’s cross platform and available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.

Thank You Huey Lewis!


Okay, I totally get that it is not cool to like Huey Lewis and the News. But then again, my musical tastes have never been defined by pop culture.

“Fore!” was the second album I ever bought, and I really enjoyed the kind of classic rock sound the band had. I know how to play a great many of thier songs on the guitar and collected most of the records through “Small World”

So thank you to Mr. Lewis, for not only signing the little CD cover I sent him but for also including a beautiful glossy photo of the current line up.

Violent Blue fan art

So I got a link to this in my PM box a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait until Christmas (when I usually take a break and post filer) to share it! It’s abeautiful bit of fan art of the characters from Violent Blue from my friend NightfallValley over at Comic Fury. She’s listed as Trallt over at Deviant Art

You can check out her other work on these websites :

It was Merc team against my Brute squad. Now, to be fair, the dice were really rolling my way all night and I was making insane successes. Jessie was having the exact opposite kind of luck.

I don’t usually roll with Brutes – I prefer ranged attackers and would like to use some skill….except I really don’t have much skill as far as clix goes! Still I wanted to try out that Composite Superman and the Joe Fixit (grey Hulk) I got and it seemed like a good game to try it.

There was t his one moment when my Hulk Robot (one of those figures I got ENTIRELY because it looked cool – but it’s turned out to be a nice little piece after all) had Deadpool and Bob : Agent of Hydra based. Deadpool was maxed aout and about to get a big Hulk Smash with a light object. Bob rolled breakaway and ran for the hills. I kind of see the entire encounter going a little like this:

Why I drove out to North Coast Comic Con and didn’t go in.

Akron isn’t a terrible drive, but it is over an hour. I popped over to the website ( just to check the address again so I knew where to go and then headed out.  An hour and ten minuets later I was parking and about to walk in when I saw a sign on  the door listing cancellations. There were six or seven names on that list, and it included everyone I wanted to see.

Now, I get that cancellations happen. Disastrous ones even. Screaming Tiki lost most of the important guests for their ’10 show – David Prowse and Glen Shadix both cancelled last minuet. I seem to remember there were a couple of others too. I still went to that one, because they informed everyone in advance on their website. And that’s where North Coast failed.

Remember I said I checked that website before I left (and let’s face it, I know a litle bit about running a site. I’ve been running Violent Blue for years now)? NO mention of cancellations. I double checked when I got back. The guest bios of the people who cancelled had been deleted from the “Guest” page, though they were still on that flyer pic on the front page. North coast is quick to put “Just added”! in big bold caps on that front page whenever they added a guest. They need to do that when a guest cancels too.

They do mention it on their facebook page, and perhaps it’s my fault for not discovering the facebook page earlier. However, this is important enough that it should have been in both places to reach as many potential attendees as possible. When I walked up and saw that list, I was so angry that they hadn’t posted it on the website where I could see it that I got back in my car and drove home. Admission may only be eight dollars, but you’re not getting that money from me, and all of those vendors inside? None of them will see a dime from me. Not from this show anyhow. You let all of us down North Coast. I’ll save my cash to spend at  Cinema Wasteland instead.

North Coast Comic Con Saturday

Before I head out to see Jaws this weekend I’ll be hitting Akron for the North Coast Comic Con. I’m not sure what to expect, the website is minimal to say the least. Still they have John Ostrander and Gerry Conway so I’m stoked.  found those two old Spideys in that stack from my mother in law and those were both Conway’s work. And John Ostrander created Suicide Squad…one of my favorite series ever. It’s worth the trip just to meet them.

If you’re free Saturday morning/afternoon, why don’t you come out and join me! I promise it won’t be as crowded as SDCC.


Jaws this weekend

Trying out a new theatre this weekend! Plaza Cinemas in Cuyahoga Falls has joined with Cleveland Cinemas and is presenting Late Shift movies! I probably would have skipped Jaws otherwise, but it’s so close to home and I really want to try out this theatre. Come on out Saturday night and join me!

Don’t forget, there will be a new Violent Blue up tomorrow!


I took the girls to see Brave a couple of weeks ago. They had the choice between that or Madagascar and they said “We want to see the superhero one!”. I had to make sure we were talking about the same one…yeah. They wanted to see Brave.

It’s okay. Standard princess fare I suppose, but just not memorable. I can’t for the life of me remember the main character’s name. (I keep wanting to say katniss. And I don’t even like the Hunger Games!)I do recall the three little boys did a bunch of clever stuff to steal hot cross buns, but can’t really remember the hijinks. I remember being impressed that they managed to mix tradition with female empowerment without compromising either.

I do remember the bear. So do the girls. The bear terrified them! It was hilarious…they both had to hold on to Amy and me when the scary bear was on screen.

Yeah, so not much of a review. That says it all doesn’t it? We saw it at Ameherst cinema where admission is $3.00, and we got our money’s worth. Probably won’t buy this one on DVD though. If it wasn’t good enough to make an impression on me in the theatre then I’m not that interested in watching it at home. I’ll get the girls a pony movie instead, and then we’ll read some Violent Blue together.

On the other hand, it WAS better than Madagascar 3, which we caught this past weekend. I think the Madagascar films have simply run out of ideas. there wasn’t a cohesive story, just a drift from one madcap scene to another. Maddie liked it, Lydia less so. That’s okay It was aimed at them, not me. Still, I liked the first one and don’t mind the second.  I think it’s a stronger movie when it can appeal to both kids and adults. After all, I went to see Toy Story when I was in college. No kids back then but the movie was still a nice date night idea and appealed to all of us (19-20 years old). Perhaps it’s unfair to compare Madagascar 3 to the first Toy Story…then again, Toy Story 3 was as good as the first one. Dreamworks  used to make better films than Disney/Pixar. They ought to start doing that again…because if M3 is any indication, they’re getting lazy.