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Something For Everyone: Superman Returns Again?

Jun 12, 13 Something For Everyone: Superman Returns Again?

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By Leonard F Chikarason After a seven year absence, Superman returns to the silver screen this weekend in Man of Steel. A bit darker, Christopher Nolan (of the most recent Batman franchise) is the executive producer. After the rousing success that Marvel has had with their films, DC Comics is hoping Superman can revitalize their movie hopes after the failure of 2011’s Green Lantern. DC is going all out, with tons of promotion not just for the movie, but the comics as well! Superman Unchained: DC’s hottest writer, Scott Snyder of Batman fame teams with Jim Lee, whose art was used to redesign the entire New 52, to helm a brand new Superman title. Now, since the aforementioned New 52, the Superman family titles have been plagued by many, many creative changes. This book, with DC’s number one writer and the co-publisher on art, seems untouchable. American Vampire: the Long Road to Hell: Speaking of Scott Snyder, the book that brought him to the proverbial dance (the early issues of American Vampire had backup features written by Stephen King) has been hiatus. This month sees a self-contained story set in the 50’s as a young greaser, Travis Kidd, battles against the very vampires that stole his family and his best girl. The Walking Dead #111: The argument can be made that things have been slow in the last few issues of the Walking Dead. If you just came on board with issue #100, we long-time fan call this the calm before the horrible, bloody storm. Just look at that cover! See you next week and thanks for reading! Leonard F Chikarason is a professional podcaster, pro-wrestling commentator, avid comic book reader, happily married father of a 20-month old who just won’t stop aging and nearly life-long friend of Brian, who runs this very blog! You can find everything LFC is up to (Twitter, podcasts, personal appearances) at http://lfchikarason.com Share...

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Something For Everyone: Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Jun 05, 13 Something For Everyone: Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

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By Leonard F Chikarason This week is a great week to welcome back a returning classic, the re-christening of a great all-ages book and a collection of arguably the most popular comic series in the world. Astro City #1: After a three year hiatus, one of the best superhero comics returns. Kurt Busiek, one of the most prolific writers of the 2000’s returns to his signature series. Sure, many of the characters may remind you of similar “big two” superheroes, but it’s the human element that is the real hook here. And dig those beautiful Alex Ross covers! Herobear & the Kid: One of the most celebrated all-ages titles comes from self-publishing side to KaBOOM Studios. Mike Kunkel tells the story of a young boy and his stuffed bear and their wild adventures. The Walking Dead vol. 18 What Comes After: Collecting issues #103 through #108 of the Robert Kirkman/Charles Adlard series that inspired the hit AMC TV show. Are you behind & sick of your friends making references to a tiger? Now’s the time to get caught up! Next week, a new Superman book timed to coincide with the Man of Steel film and so much more! Leonard F Chikarason is a professional podcaster, pro-wrestling commentator, avid comic book reader, happily married father of a 19-month old who just won’t stop aging and nearly life-long friend of Brian, who runs this very blog! You can find everything LFC is up to (Twitter, podcasts, personal appearances) at http://lfchikarason.com Share...

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Painting Ceramics With My “Artist For A Day”

Jun 03, 13 Painting Ceramics With My “Artist For A Day”

Posted by in Art, Kids

My mother and stepfather live in Scranton, PA (my hometown). A few times a year they either make the trip out to Cleveland, or we make a trip back East to see either them or my in-laws (in NJ). Whenever they are with the kids, they try to make it a point to do something special with them (an amusement park, a museum, etc…). During their most recent visit, while my son was still in school on Friday, they took my daughter to a ceramic painting store called “Artist For A Day“. Later that night my mother told me what a great time they had and I asked her to write up her experience for my blog.  Here it is. Enjoy! On the most recent trip to visit our family in Ohio, our five-year-old Granddaughter, Samantha, had a free day. Samantha’s free days consist of being “free” from school and “free” from her older brother, Chris. We asked Sam what she would like to do on “her” day and it was a resounding, no hesitating – PAINT (this shouldn’t have been a surprise as Samantha is the artistic one of the family)! Samantha’s mom suggested a local ceramic studio, Artist For A Day, and off Grandma, Grandpa and Sam went. Artist For A Day is just what it says – they have everything you need to make a masterpiece in one day. Customers pay a small fee to use all the supplies, receive help from the staff, and also to have the piece glazed and fired when the artist is done painting. The only other fee is the price of the piece you decide to paint. The studio has abundant bisque pieces to choose from and Samantha spied hers almost immediately: Donald Duck. We proceeded to the paint bar, where Sam picked out all of the colors she wanted for Donald. One by one we added them to her paint pallet. After choosing paints, Sam also got to choose which brushes she would like to use. We then went to...

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Star Trek and Kre-O: A match made in Sto-Vo-Kor

May 30, 13 Star Trek and Kre-O: A match made in Sto-Vo-Kor

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I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan. I’ve seen all the shows, I’ve seen all the movies. Over the last six months, I tried to get my kids interested in Star Trek by watching Star Trek: Voyager from beginning to end on Netflix. They both enjoyed Voyager very much so I pressed my luck and tried Star Trek: The Original Series.  Let’s just say it wasn’t as popular with the kids as Voyager was. None the less, when Hasbro came to me and asked if I would like a few of their new kits from their Kre-O Star Trek series, I was as excited as a Tribble in a grain storage compartment! And, of course, once I told the Chris we were getting some Kre-Os to test out, he was pretty excited, too! We were sent three of Kre-O’s new Star Trek sets: Spock’s Volcano Mission Klingon Bird of Prey U.S.S Enterprise When the box arrived, it was all I could do to prevent Chris from ripping all the boxes open and attempting to build all of them without me (he knew the sets were Star Trek related but didn’t know which sets we received). Spock’s Volcano Mission This set is a shuttle craft, a small volcano, and two Kreons. I sat back and let Chris try to build it himself. He was perfectly fine putting it together except for one piece. There is a tiny string that needs to be tied to two tiny pieces on both ends. I’m surprised this piece wasn’t already tied together as I think it would be hard for younger children to tie. The rest of the set was a breeze and it looks pretty cool. It even has a little light that turns on when the bottom hatch opens! Klingon Bird of Prey This set is a Klingon Bird of Prey and comes with 4 Kreons. Chris was able to put this one together without any help from me. He has many other sets from Kre-O (including multiple...

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Something for Everyone: All Number Ones

May 29, 13 Something for Everyone: All Number Ones

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By Leonard F Chikarason I would like to begin with an apology. Last week, I had the intention to give away copies of Subatomic Party Girls and still do. However, since I pre-ordered it (you can do that with digital comics) I broke Comixology and caused a HUGE delay in activating the gift codes. Hopefully you have your comics as of this reading!   Now, off to the races! The Wake #1: My silver bullet pick for the week. It’s by a great creative team (Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy) and needs no additional sell for me. But here goes. A 10-issue maxi series with horror and sci-fi elements under the sea. This one is from DC’s mature readers imprint, Vertigo, so not for the kids! Adventures of Superman #1: This one is for everyone! This collects the first three digital chapters of the new “out of New 52” continuity (i.e. Superman has red shorts over his tights!) stories about the Man of Steel. These are simple, straight forward stories with no need of 70 plus years of past Superman stories to give a try. X-Men #1: Written by Brian Wood (currently writing Star Wars for Dark Horse) with beautiful art by Oliver Coipel this is a first in the Marvel X-Universe, all the women of the X-Men in their own book! Marvel has really been killing it of late with books headlined by women (Captain Marvel and Fearless Defenders) and I have tons of faith in this one. Next week, the long awaited (by me, at least) of one of the richest superhero stories of the last 20 years, the beginning on a DC staple and more! Leonard F Chikarason is a professional podcaster, pro-wrestling commentator, avid comic book reader, happily married father of a 19-month old who just won’t stop aging and nearly life-long friend of Brian, who runs this very blog! You can find everything LFC is up to (Twitter, podcasts, personal appearances) at http://lfchikarason.com   Share...

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Something for Everyone – Everything’s Coming Up Green!

By Leonard F Chikarason Leonard was given five Comixology codes to give away for issue #1 of Subatomic Party Girls from his friend and writer of Subatomic Party Girls, Chris Sims. Leonard was not compensated for a review and his opinions are his own. Welcome back to another edition of my pics for the best bets in comics this week. This week’s selection is something ending, something beginning (both Green) and something fun with a giveaway: Green Lantern #20: It all ends here. Back in late 2004, Geoff Johns took over the Green Lantern franchise putting Hal Jordan back in the costume for the first time in over 10 years and bringing back Sinestro as the main baddie. It was the success of this run that DC made Green Lantern a big name, along side Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman. This also spawned a movie and cartoon line, of varying quality (I’ll say! – BE). None of this would have happened without that very first issue some eight plus years ago. This is Geoff Johns last issue on Green Lantern, wrapping up the plot threads and the current storyline, Wrath of the First Lantern. Also note, this is a giant sized issue, with a retrospective of Johns’ entire run, so be prepared to pay a bit extra! The Green Team #1: Two of my favorite creators, Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, get their first time ever in continuity book! This time, taking the name only of an obscure 70’s book, this story focuses on a group of teenage trillionaires trying to make the DC Universe a better place with money. Subatomic Party Girls #1: The hottest pop power trio try to make history by being the first band to play on the moon. They fail, and have crazy space adventures! This is a digital only book from Monkeybrain Comics and has art by Erica Henderson and is written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, who is a friend of mine. Since digital comics can be scary, here’s some...

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