Vintage geek content from the archives of the geek, comic, and entertainment collections.
A Review of 'Clarissa' by Samuel Richardson
At around 1,431 pages, Clarissa or The History of a Young Lady beats out Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (826 pages), Bleak House by Charles Dickens (813 pages) and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (955 pages) for the title of longest book I have ever read. Such a tome seems like an overwhelming task to get through but fortunately they are often divided up into a number of sections, each a mini book in themselves. How I got through War and Peace was that I would read a section and then take a break for a few week and repeat until the book was finished. I am going to do the same for Clarissa.
Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue
DRUGS ARE BAD MMMK! Now I remember a time when every kid's hero in the late 80s and early 90s was telling them not to do drugs. I, from time to time, will watch these and laugh, they are corny for the most part, but because they really don't educate you about why pot is bad. They tell you that pot can ruin your life, you'll lose your family, you won't do good in school etc. But for me personally, pot isn't the worse drug on the planet, not by a long shot. Yet people fear it could lead to other drugs. Though I personally never had the need to do hardcore drugs because I've seen it in my life to know better, people have this fear that pot is the gateway drug. While some studies believe this isn't the case, others have seen this happen. Me, I'll just drink wine (the drink that can cause liver damage, totally legal!)
Adventures in Babysitting Turns 30
This weekend a minor 80’s gem turns 30 years old with little fanfare but plenty of positive memories, especially for young girls. Adventures in Babysitting is a lovely little 80’s nostalgia piece that, though some of its unintended politics haven’t aged well, the film’s silly little heart was always in the right place and that’s more than can be said about most 80’s teen comedies.
Are Remakes Killing Original Movies?
Now I know what you're thinking, oh hell yes of course remakes are killing original movies. There is no way that Hollywood hasn't had a good idea since the 80's. Well yes and no. I know I know, you're thinking geezz this girl can't make up her mind. She must be drinking crazy juice. Well if you're calling wine my crazy juice I'll take it. But hear me out as to why I think there is hope for original ideas.
10 Forgotten Superheroes
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Iron Man, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk are but a few on a long list of world renowned superheroes, who are recognized in the most remote parts of the world. But even with an explosive rise in popularity in the genre, there are still a few superheroes that, while once popular in their time, have been practically forgotten over the years. Be they characters from Pulp Magazines, TV series, Animation or Comics, time and underexposure has sadly caused the general audience to forget about these superheroes and their thrilling adventures. Here are ten superheroes that have been mostly forgotten, and deserve to be remembered.
The Riddler Wore Tights
"I was simply meant to be in theater."The Riddler, Batman: The Riddle Factory (Matt Wagner, 1995) Some time ago my Nan called me over to put on one of her films: the 1947 Technicolor musical Mother Wore Tights. So I put on the DVD, made us both a cup of tea, and then sat down and watched the first twenty minutes of it with her. My curiosity was straightaway piqued by the character of vaudeville performer Frank Burt (played by Dan Dailey). Just take a look at the outfit worn by Dailey during one musical number:
Movies have been a source of entertainment for decades, and creative minds draw inspirations and ideas from real life events, all the time. Just because a movie might be classed as fictional horror, doesn't mean there might be some truth behind the story.
Review Of Legend (1985)
Year: 1985 Genre: Fantasy and Sci-fi Starring: Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, and Mia Sara. Director: Ridley Scott Picture It, Christmas 2000
The History of Warren Publishing
Warren Publishing ran from 1957 to 1983, it was founded by James Warren in Philadelphia PA. He later moved his company to New York in 1965. Warren specialized in Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction magazines. Warren published other genre magazines focusing on different subject matter such as teen romance or adult humor. There were two things that set Warren apart from other comics. First they were sold in a larger format than regular comics thus classifying them as magazines. Second, Warren exempted his publications from the now defect Comic Code Authority. This allowed the writers and artist to inject more mature content into the stories. This included some coarse language, violence, sexual situations and nudity. These two factors helped Warren reach an adult audience.
Have You Caught The Riverdale Bug?
If you grew up in the 90’s, surely you remember reading the beloved Archie Comics. The main premise of the comic books revolved around four lovable characters – Betty, Archie, Jughead and Veronica. Throughout the series, these adolescent characters navigate their way through high school and early adulthood.
The Many Versions of Cinderella
I have always been fascinated by fairy tales. Like many other children, Disney cultivated a love of classic stories. When I got older, I became more curious in hearing the original fairy tales, before Disney changed them. I loved learning the differences between versions, and even versions from different cultures.
The Varangian Guard
The Eastern Roman Empire was a place of grandeur and majesty, and Byzantium (known today as Constantinople) outlived the Western half of the empire by centuries. However, while the Eastern Empire was known for its wealth, for its culture, and for the prominent role it played in the spread of Christianity throughout the world, it was also known for its political treacheries. Usurpers were not common, but they were far from unheard of in the city's history.