Animarathon 2015

Today we went to the Animarathon at BGSU.  My friends and I went last year and were a little overwhelmed with everything going on.  This year, even more so.

We got there a little after they opened and the lines were only a few people deep.  They moved quickly and we got our lanyards to get to everything.  The first thing we did was to hit the merchandise room.  It was crowded and there were things to see everywhere.  From comics to prints to figurines – a little bit of everything.


“So I Heard You Like Memes” – a little history and examples of internet memes.  We hung around until the discussion started and people started an intense discussion about the benefits of “grumpy cat”. =/

“A Winchester’s Guide to Hunting” – a discussion about the tv show “Supernatural” – I don’t watch it and opted to meet up with some other friends who were just arriving.

“Star Wars: The Expanded Universe” – a discussion about the future of the expanded universe for Star Wars (now dubbed the Legacy Series) after the announcement of the new trilogy and one-shot movies.

A quick stop for lunch and a stop by the Society for Creative Anachronism table where we discussed weaponry and fighting events (Tuesday and Thursday).

“Furry Real” – a discussion on the world and people of the Furry community.  We stopped by last year and I’m still a little wigged out.

“Dirk Manning” – a comic writer living in the Toledo area.  He talked about the comic industry and writing for comics.

Animated Movie Night (Pajama Jammy Jam)

Tonight was Animated Movie Night or Pixar Movie Night or Pajama Jammy Jam (any title would suffice)

It was a breakfast for dinner, wear pajamas, and watch animated movies type of night.

The menu was:

1. French Toast – I made a baked custard french toast with whole milk, cinnamon, sugar, eggs, and french bread.
2.  Biscuits and Gravy – Homemade.
3.  Hashbrowns – They didn’t turn out all that well, but I tried to make them in the crockpot to get them nice and crispy.  I need a better recipe for next time.
4. Spiked Coffee-Latte made with coffee liquor, adult chocolate milk, and premade iced coffee beverage from the supermarket.
5.  Bacon – bacon and maple candied bacon (where have you been all my life!)

Our Movie Lineup:

Big Hero 6 – The most recent offering by Disney. Based upon the Marvel Comic of the same name, they took some liberties to make it a Disney film.  My favorite character was “Fred” (and I mentioned that the film should have been called “Fred and His Group of Slightly Less Awesome Friends”) the slacker friend of the group who works as a “sign spinner”.  Baymax, the iconic character for this film is a “health-care” robot who can scan you and aid you in your recovery, whether it be physical or mental.  He gets a programming update and becomes a superhero.  I don’t want to spoil it – but it was a good movie.

Monsters, Inc. – The adventures of Sully, Mike, and Boo.  A great movie with superb voice acting.  It may be fourteen years old, but still entertaining.

Tangled – A newer arrival to the catalog, Tangled was Disney’s 50th animated feature and stars Mandy Moore and Zach Levi as the main characters.  You do have to throw down some disbelief and there is some psychological abuse if you think too much into it – but entertaining.

I hope to put another breakfast for dinner night on in the coming months as well as more BAD MOVIE NIGHTS.

Wizard World Cleveland 2015


My friends and I went to the Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con this weekend.

It was an early morning for everyone.  I got up bright and early at 5 a.m. to run down to the corner store for some last minute donuts.

Around 7:30 everyone started showing up.  They were a little late because the weather was bad and only getting worse.  But, nonetheless, we “caffeined” up, loaded into the “Bus” and were on our way.  The roads heading east to Cleveland were pretty bad.  Even though you could tell plowing was done, the winds covered them over.  The Envoy handled like a champ.  Even in AWD, we were making good time.  Areas where you couldn’t tell the lane you were in and cars spread out four-wide, we maneuvered around them and took the lead.  We had one little fishtale – but that was when we got off the highway and onto the side streets around the Convention Center.

We made good time driving, only losing 10 minutes in the two hour drive.  A little driving around to find a parking space, and we were at the Cleveland Convention Hall at 10:30 a.m.  There was already a significant line at the ticket booths and the coat check had a ten minute wait.  (As we found out later, we were lucky to get in so early as things really picked up around Noon).

Weapons check to make sure the pistols and knives we were carrying weren’t going to hurt anyone and we were on the sales floor.


It was overwhelming.  We saw the line to the Karen Gillan booth wrap around the outside wall.  And the Corey Feldman line was to the front of the walkway!

2015-02-21 12.10.28 (Copy)Of course we saw the TARDIS and Katie got a picture with it.

We met the Cleveland Chapter of The Ghostbusters with the Mini ECTO-1 (a Mini decked out!).  That gave me some ideas…

Comics and Toys everywhere!


Ian Somerhalder – The “handsome” (allegedly) actor from Vampire Diaries.  We got a seat towards the back, and as I soon found out was in a room with 95% screaming fangirls.  I don’t watch the show and don’t know who he is, but from what I gained from his panel is that he has a foundation to prevent animal abuse (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) as well as a news aggregator (Ryot.org) site with 75% of its members being “Millenials”.  Of course, my sarcasm made the comment “Well, if he has 10 subscribers, and 7-1/2 of them were Millenials, then his math is correct.”

David Jason Frank – The F*cking Green Ranger.  This was an interesting panel.  He talked about life after Power Rangers (in all its forms) and what he has been doing.  You could tell we were in a very POSITIVE Green Ranger fan room and everything he said was met with a roar of laughter and/or cheers.  Truthfully, it was a little bizarre.  But everyone has their fan moments. You might see us in the background at the panel.  If you don’t pause it at the right moment…it’s gone.

Lunch and the Open Bar – they served alcohol.  Wise decision.

Sci-Fi Speed Dating – Ben and I dropped off the girls at Sci-Fi Speed Dating (I know…)

Bruce Campbell vs. The Audience – This was a packed hall and since we got there late, we watched on the monitors in the hall.  Bruce decided to pick on and rip apart the audience as he looked for talented members to come up and perform for him.  It wasn’t pretty.  There was a late night movie host called “The Schlockmeister” (must be new – never heard of him while I was in Cleveland) who “performed”…  The winner was a choir singer performing “Uptown Funk”.

After we picked up the girls from their Speed Dating Exercise, it was back to the bar and walking the sales floor.

The sales floor closed down at 7:00 p.m. and gave us enough time to decide on a movie to close out the show.


Wolf Cop – He’s an alcoholic deputy who gets caught up in a sacrifice before the “Booze and Shoot” turning him into a werewolf who is also a cop, and he drinks… He’s Wolf Cop!  Coming to video March 2015.  The sequel – Wolf Cop 2 will be out this fall.  I wanted to buy the DVD now.

The Crow – There was a discussion about the movie and then the movie played.  Couldn’t tell you what happened – too amped up about Wolf Cop!




Wildwood – Trail Tour 2015

And so begins this season’s Trail Tour.  We would have started last week, but a Level 3 Snow Emergency nixed that idea.

We had a nice turnout of about 20 people, and walked the 1.5 Brown trail loop at Wildwood Park.  We made good time and decided to add on another walk around to the covered bridge and overlook around that loop and to the Metz Center.

As I am writing this – we are a stone’s throw away from 900 people in the group – that’s amazing!  I look forward to meeting as many of them as I can in this upcoming year.

New Obsession: Black Mirror (BBC)

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I came across this series on Netflix today and I’m hooked.

The best way I can describe it as a techno-Twilight Zone.  Very much based on social media and technology and how it can really take a turn for the worse.

The episodes I’ve watched so far:

1.  National Anthem – (Series 1 Episode 1) – After a beloved member of the royal family is kidnapped, the British Prime Minister is blackmailed into having sexual intercourse with a pig on national television to ensure her safety.

2.  The Waldo Moment – (Series 2 Episode 3) – A failed comedian is the voice of a blue cartoon bear and interviews politicians and other political figures.  Once the bear takes a step into the political arena, public distrust of the political process takes hold and promotes the bear to worldwide success while leaving the comedian in its wake.

Must See Movie Marathon

Today, I had a few people over and we marathon watched some movies that are always listed as “must see” movies.

First up was Seven Samurai – the Akira Kurosawa classic from 1954.

Next, one of my personal favorites from my childhood, the animated The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from 1979. This movie brought me back to my childhood and remember watching it on television.  It’s the classic story and influenced “play” for me, my brother, and two sisters.  We did create swords & shields, a bow and arrow, and bottle of elixer (Kool-Aid) to replay the fight scenes against evil forces.

Following this, the classic Dr. Strangelove.

Of course we had to watch One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. This movie added to my issues against authority while growing up.  And paralleling Nurse Ratchet, the medical “industry” and McMurphy’s fights against them, end up being futile.  This is one of my favorite films.

And I finished up the night watching Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

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