Monday, May 20, 2013




Get Smart: The Complete Series  is currently on sale on Amazon for $47.99 with free shipping. That's a great deal so jump on it right away.

Monday, February 25, 2013



Here's a fun skit from 1962 with Carol Burnett playing Supergirl!  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tour of the Space Station





NASA astronaut Sunita Williams took time out of her busy schedule to film this video tour of the International Space Station. She explains things in a very easy to understand manner which makes it a very enjoyable video to watch.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Super Mario Beads 3




Here's a fun stop-motion animation video starring Mario!
Made by: Marcus and Hannes Knutsson

This video was really well done. I'm quite impressed.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Complete Red Green Show on DVD

DeepDiscount.com is currently having a 25% off sale if you use the coupon code 25MORE at checkout. This is good until November 19th. I just ordered the Complete Red Green Show which is 50 discs of fun. The show ran for 15 seasons with 300 episodes. With the discount and free shipping I was able to snag this awesome boxset for only $156.05. It's MSRP is $299.99 and Amazon.com is currently selling it for $244.99. This is a really great deal so if you like the Red Green Show, jump on it while you have the chance.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure creators at TEDxToronto



A year ago I posted about an adventure game created by a five year old girl and her dad called Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure.

The two of them gave a talk at the TEDxToronto conference last month and the video of their talk is posted above. Enjoy!
 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Glued" by Alon Tako\Guy Elnathan\Daniel Lichter\Sivan Kotek

GLUED from GLUED on Vimeo.

Glued is a short film about a mother's vendetta towards her son's video games. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection DVD boxset

If you like the Three Stooges, then you want to get this DVD set. It contains all 190 of Three Stooges shorts produced at Columbia as well as a bunch of bonus features and shorts. I love the Three Stooges, so picking it up was a no-brainer for me. Best of all, Amazon has it currently on sale for only $45.49. Get it quick before they raise the price again!


AMAZON LINK
 
The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection


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Monday, May 14, 2012

Tron: Uprising animated series



Disney has posted the entire first episode of the new Tron: Uprising animated series on youtube. I like it. Enjoy!

Friday, May 4, 2012

FREE GAME - Dr. Blob's Organism



Digital Eel, makers of Strange Adventures of Infinite Space, are offering Dr. Blob's Organism for free download. It is available for both PC and MAC. Go here to download.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Usagi Yojimbo slipcase set half off!

Fantagraphics Books currently has a handfull of copies of the Usagi Yojimbo boxset for sale in their online store that have slightly damaged slipcases for half off the normal cover price. Normally $100 they are selling these slightly damaged sets for $50. This is a great deal and is well worth it. The following text from their website explains the situation. 


Note: These copies have slipcases that are slightly damaged from storage, transit and handling; we are offering them at half cover price. Damage is, for the most part, minor and superficial. All sales are final.
If you're interested go here and grab one before they're gone.

UPDATE: Here's a coupon code that is supposed to get you 20% off which should help defray the cost of shipping. D23-2012  I haven't tried it out myself and I don't know how long the coupon code is good for, but there you go. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Game - Treasure Adventure Game









Robit Studios wonderful  "Treasure Adventure Game" is worth paying for, but they've decided to give this game away for FREE! It's a huge, open-world, platform adventure game. Exploring the game to find all the treasures and hidden items is so much fun. It reminds me of Super Metroid in some respects. It plays best with a game pad if you have one. Though you need to go to the directory you installed the game in and run the setup.exe file to turn on gampad support and/or to map buttons on the keypad or keyboard. The game is available FREE from either the authors website or from Good Old Games (gog.com). If you get it from Good Old Games you also get access to an early version of the game called Karma. If English isn't your native language you can also download Brazlian Portuguese, French and German translations on the authors website. Get it! Play it! Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Clearance - Animated Short by Lee Daniels



Here's a fun little animated short about a bunch of bumbling secret agents. It was produced by Lee Daniels.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Archie Archives







Dark Horse Comics are attempting to reprint all Archie comics in chronological order in a project called Archie Archives. Archie comics have been published since 1941 so there are seventy years worth to reprint. It looks like they will be at it for awhile.  The first four volumes have been released and the fifth should be out in May sometime. The reproduction seems to be pretty good and the stories themselves are fun. A lot of the stories in these early volumes have rarely been reprinted so it makes them even more fun to read.

AMAZON LINKS

Archie Archives Volume One
Archie Archives Volume Two
Archie Archives Volume Three
Archie Archives Volume Four
Archie Archives Volume Five

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gargamel and the Smurfs and The Return of the Smurfette




The ninth and tenth volumes in the Smurf comic reprint project by Papercutz have been released. Both Gargamel and the Smurfs and The Return of Smurfette are now available. This makes ten volumes released so far. As there are twenty-nine volumes available abroad, Papercutz should have them all released in another two years or so if they continue releasing them at the rate they have been. I'm glad they've been releasing them quickly and steadily so far.

AMAZON LINKS

The Smurfs #10: The Return of the Smurfette
The Smurfs #9: Gargamel and the Smurfs
The Smurfs #8: The Smurf Apprentice
The Smurfs #7: The Astrosmurf
The Smurfs #6: The Smurfs and the Howlibird
The Smurfs #5: The Smurfs and the Egg
The Smurfs #4: The Smurfette
The Smurfs #3: The Smurf King
The Smurfs #2: The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
The Smurfs #1: The Purple Smurfs

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Friday, January 13, 2012

King Aroo Volume Two

Unfortunately, King Aroo Volume Two is on hiatus/canceled until further notice.  The Amazon link for volume two I have below  is there for informational purposes as you can't order the book any longer. I had pre-ordered the book quite a while ago and they delayed it several times, but now they've canceled my order. The page displays the following "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock." The last I heard is they were having trouble locating copies of the 1954 daily strips to put in this volume. If you have or know where they can locate copies of these strips please contact The Library of American Comics at info@loacomics.com.  

 King Aroo is an amazing and underappreciated strip that needs to be reprinted. I've talked about the strip before, but but it's hard to convey just how good this strip is. It would be a real shame if this strip ended up being lost forever. If you can help PLEASE do so.

AMAZON LINKS

King Aroo Volume One
King Aroo Volume Two

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Animated Version of The Hobbit You've Probably Never Seen



Produced back in 1966 in less than a month, this animated version of The Hobbit was created in order to retain the motion picture rights to The Hobbit. Created by Gene Deitch you can read more about this interesting film and it's history here. The film takes a number of liberties with the story, but overall I like it. The art style is really cool and some of the limited animation techniques are quite neat, especially the depth perception created for Mirkwood Forest. It's an odd little film that I'm glad has resurfaced.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Free Game - Indiana Jones and the Passage of Saints



Screen 7, who are currently working on Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth and have previously released the short, but fun, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Spheres, have released another fun little Indiana Jones game to tide us over until they complete work on Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth.  Go here to download Indiana Jones and the Passage of Saints.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Free Game! - Space Quest II Remake



Infamous Adventures has just released a remake of the classic Sierra game Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge. Click here and download it now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes is now available!

I just received a shipping notice from Amazon.com saying my copy of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks has shipped! I've been waiting for this book eagerly since it was first announced. In fact, my very first blog post was about the Carl Barks Donald Duck stories and how they were being reprinted in Europe in nice hardcovers but not in the U.S. I'm glad they are finally here and even more glad that Fantagraphics Books is in charge of putting them out. I don't think they would get quite the same loving treatment if they were put out by another company. 

In August I posted a brief preview of the book. But now the publisher has a more in depth sample for you to check out. Go here to see a 17 page PDF sample as well as a look at the book on video.

Also, go here to check out an updated link to an article detailing the less than optimal coloring job the previously released European collections had. Then go here to check out an article over on the Robot 6 blog with Rich Tommaso about his approach to coloring this release. From what I've seen the coloring job on this release is MUCH better than the European collections.

Publishers weekly also has an interview with Gary Groth, co-founder of Fantagraphics books and editor on the Carl Barks series, where they discuss Carl Barks and even talk about the recoloring. Go here to check it out.

Lastly, if you have any interest in the Carl Barks Donald Duck stories then you NEED to pick up these releases. You will kick yourself if you don't. I've included a link to Amazon.com below to make it even easier.  Buy a copy for yourself, buy a copy for your kids, buy a copy for your niece and/or nephew, buy one for your loved one, buy one for everybody you know! Well OK maybe not that many, but it is really good and I think it would make an excellent gift to give people. If you REALLY wanted to buy a copy for everybody you know, I'm sure they wouldn't mind. ;-)


AMAZON LINK

 Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Lost in the Andes"

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pogo by Walt Kelly

Fantagraphics Books has been planning a comprehensive reprinting of the entire run of Walt Kelly's Pogo comic strip for quite some time now.  They had some trouble tracking done some of the early Sunday strips but the first volume is now complete and should be shipping out sometime in the next couple of weeks. I'm eagerly awaiting my copy. Pogo is one of those rare comic strips that is illustrated lavishly, written extremely well and stays consistently funny throughout its run. It's one of those strips that you stand in awe of that he was able to churn it out day after day for years without a decrease in quality. For those of you who would like a preview of what's to come, Fantagraphics Books has posted a preview of the book that includes several pages of dailies and Sundays as well as the introduction. Go here to check it out. Then follow the following link on over to Amazon and buy it quick. If you're a fan of comic strips, this NEEDS to be one of the books sitting on your shelf.

AMAZON LINK

Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Smurf Apprentice








The eighth volume in the Smurf comic reprint project by Papercutz has been released. The Smurf Apprentice is another fun volume of these delightful comics. They're fun to read no matter how old you may be. I received mine in the mail the other day and read right through it. I couldn't put it down. Not only are they a good read but they are relatively inexpensive too. 

AMAZON LINKS

The Smurfs #8: The Smurf ApprenticeThe Smurfs #7: The Astrosmurf
The Smurfs #6: The Smurfs and the Howlibird
The Smurfs #5: The Smurfs and the Egg
The Smurfs #4: The Smurfette
The Smurfs #3: The Smurf King
The Smurfs #2: The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
The Smurfs #1: The Purple Smurfs

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Forbidden Island

Recently, I picked up a copy of the game Forbidden Island produced by Gamewright. It's a really fun cooperative game where you and your friends are on a sinking island and you have to work together to get the four treasure and get off the island before it sinks. The island is made up of tiles that get re-arranged each time you play so the island is never the same.The cooperative aspect is a nice change of pace and each game only takes about 30 minutes. It's a 2 to 4 player game, but you can actually play the game solo if you like.  Just pick two characters and start playing. The only tricky part to playing solo is remembering which character's turn you are on. Either by yourself or with a group of friends, Forbidden Island is FUN!

AMAZON LINK

Forbidden Island

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear





Carl Barks, creator of Uncle Scrooge, is well known among comics enthusiasts for his amazing work on Disney's Donald Duck Comics. Now that those are finally being reprinted (read more about that here) some of his lesser know works are finally getting reprinted as well. IDW and Yoe Books have partnered up to bring us the Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear. This reprints all of the Carl Barks Barney Bear stories along with an introduction and cover painting by Jeff Smith (creator of Bone). Barney Bear, like Donald Duck, is always scheming up one thing or another and dragging his poor friend Benny Burro into the mix with comedic results. There's a reason Carl Barks is known as a master of comic book storytelling and it's quite obvious when you read his work. Pick up a copy to tide you over until the first volume of Donald Duck is released, you won't regret it.

AMAZON LINK

Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear 




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Monday, October 10, 2011

Space Family Robinson Archives Volume 2





Here's what the UPS man delivered today. The second volume in Dark Horse Comics Space Family Robinson series. This volume reprints issues #8 through #14 of this classic science fiction comic originally produced by Gold Key/Western publishing. My earlier post on this series (available here) includes a six page preview of the first volume to wet your appetite. I highly recommend picking up these gorgeous hardcovers if you are any sort of fan of retro science fiction. The original issues command high prices so these reprint volumes are highly welcome. I can't wait for the next volume to come out.

AMAZON LINK

Space Family Robinson Archives Vol 1
Space Family Robinson Archives Vol 2


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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Free Game - Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure

Here's a fun (and free) browser-based point and click adventure game called Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure. It was designed by a 5-year old named Cassie. While her dad created the game engine that powers the game, Cassie designed all of the game's graphics, created some of the puzzles and voiced the main character. It's a fun little diversion that I think you'll get a kick out of. Check it out here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Old Links

The dreaded 404 error. When clicking on a link to a webpage that no longer exists you usually get an error similar to this. If you are lucky, the page has been moved to a different location and the site owner will set things up to automatically transfer you to its new location. However many websites have vanished forever.  While digging through an old backup from 1997 I ran across an old  list of links I had used on a regular basis. I tried clicking on all the links to see how many still existed. Out of the 68 sites on my list (mostly video game related) only one still existed in the same location.

http://www.gamefaqs.com

One had moved but had left a forwarding address and automatically forwarded me to the new site.

http://www.mindspring.com/~keita/agh.html  (aka Atari Gaming Headquarters)

Two forwarded me to the websites of the companies that currently own the original companies IP.

http://www.funcoland.com/ redirects to the Gamestop website as they two companies merged in the year 2000.

http://www.sierra.com/support/patches/ Sierra's support site for their games now redirects to Activision's support site as they are they are the current owners of Sierra.

The rest all display 404 errors or have domain squatters with one exception.  http://www.n64hq.com/updates.htm redirects to Nintendo's main website. As N64HQ  was not affiliated with Nintendo this is very significant. Back in the early days of the World Wide Web, you could register any site you wanted and if you were the first to grab a domain name it was yours as long as you paid the registration fees on time. Nowadays, in certain circumstances, people or companies can take over certain domains if they own a trademark that is contained in a domain name. In this example, Nintendo owns the trademark on N64 so at some point they were able to gain control of n64hq.com.

This was an interesting experiment and just goes to show how much the web changes over time. I'm just glad the wayback machine (http://www.archive.org/web/web.php) is around so we can still access the content on some of these old webpages that no longer exist.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Jim Hensen's "Wizard of ID" test pilot film



Here's an interesting little film. Back in 1969 Jim Hensen produced a test pilot for a show based on the comic strip "The Wizard of ID". It never became a series but it's fun to watch in any event. Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Jonny Quest Opening Titles


Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

Here's a cool video. The original opening titles from the animated sixties version of Johny Quest is one of the most action-packed opening credits around and a gentleman by the name of Roger D. Evans has just made them better. He painstakingly recreated each scene from the titles and re-shot the entire titles sequence in stop-motion animation. The end result is the above video. His blog detailing the extensive work he did on each scene can be found here. The original title sequence is in the following video as a comparison. I've also included an Amazon.com link below for those who don't already own this cool series on DVD.





AMAZON LINK

Jonny Quest - The Complete First Season (1964) on DVD

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