This is a topic of much debate today. The new issue #1 of Captain America, has him being a Hydra agent at the end. SPOILER ALERT!
This is a day that has truly shown me that I need to be in the industry more than ever. So what, it's an industry that came from smugglers, bootleggers and pornographers. It came from something ugly, and became something inspiring. Good. Healthy. Needed.
The inspiration that stemmed from comic books to countless generations is immeasurable. Inspiring children to become Firefighters, Doctors, Explorers, Military personnel, Paramedics, Lawyers, Police Officers.
Inspired us to strive and reach for our dreams. To become better. When I was a boy I went through hell. I was abused by a sibling and bullied. I was only able to find solace, guidance and hope in the world of Comics.
I remember, the 1st three comics I ever read. I own them still. The first was "The Man Without Fear: Daredevil: 43. Daredevil vs Captain America on the front. An amazing Jack Kirby cover! The next was Daredevil: 184. The 3rd, was Captain America #241.
I remember them from front to back. I received them in a box of comics my mother had bought me after a massive beating I got by some bullies in 2nd grade. Huge stack of comics, at least 200! She had bought the box for $5.00 back then, and given them to me. A small gesture to ease the pain. You see, I was always small growing up. "Late Bloomer" they call it. We were poor, and had a big family. Growing up in a wealthy town, and us not having money; I was an easy target.
Then came this box. Matt Murdock, a Lawyer who had been blinded by a horrific accident, gains super powers and uses them to defend the innocent. Captain America, a tiny weakling with a heart a mile wide. He becomes the first Super Soldier and helps rid the world of evil.
You might be able to understand my affinity with such books. No matter how hard they hit, I kept getting back up. Captain America was good for the sake of good.
Then my Junior year in High school, I was still bullied. Still small. Around 5'4"-5'5". I joined the U.S. Army Reserves. I did what was called a delayed entry program. Boot Camp the end of my Junior year, Job Training at the end of my Senior year. I left for South Carolina that summer and came back almost 6'0" and 200 lbs.
The bullies went away. Like Steve Rogers, I had become what was in my heart.
After almost 10 years in the service, and multiple years as a Paramedic, Firefighter and even a Police Officer; I owe it all to Captain America.
So when Marvel decides to take the hero, that helped me get through it all. Abuse. War. Urban Streets of the ghettos. Then make him a NAZI. Well, maybe it's high time someone like me got into the industry. Give these "children" a wake up call.
I don't care if they plan to eventually show him as a duel agent in the end, and it was all a ruse. It should not have been done in the first place. There is a line to not cross, and they just crossed it.
Jack Kirby actually saw combat in the military. This was his "one" character without Stan Lee. (also a Veteran) and Marvel just spat on his grave. However, the Death Threats? Really? Are you so low that you have to resort to idle threats against someone using their 1st Amendment rights that I fought for? Is that what the Captain would do?
No. He wouldn't use violence unless he had no other option. Good for the sake of good. Remember? I don't agree with what has been done, but I am a better man than those that would pervert our passion, our country and our childhood heroes. Violence is not the option. Don't worry. I'm coming into the game. And I am a beast these progressives haven't had the pleasure to tumble with yet.
I have been to many Conventions in the past 2 years. Pop culture con's, Sci-Fi Con;'s even Anime cons.
All have been fun, and enjoyable. I love meeting new people, seeing the Cos-Players and even meeting celebrities. However, Pittsburgh FINALLY has what it has been missing for so long.
A comic book convention. This past weekend was the inaugural convention for 3 Rivers Comic-Con, put on by the crew from New Dimension comics, and it was a BLAST! With more focus on the artists, illustrators, writers and creators; I have never felt more welcomed or content.
The whole vibe the entire weekend was that as a creator/writer; I was important. The focus was all about the the guests that attended. We' were/are the celebrities. With a most friendly and outgoing staff, every single thing was attended too. If you needed a break and didn't have someone to watch your booth, a crew member had your back. If you needed a drink, or something to eat, a crew member would get it for you. Or you could take a stroll to the guest lounge and have your choice from the smorgasbord that was provided for the attending guests and vendors.
With amazing names from comic book and cinema universe, there was no short supply of awesome! John Russo (writer of Night of the Living Dead), Daryl Banks (Green Lantern illustrator), Bob McLeod Illustrator/Co-Creator of New Mutants: Marvel comics), Renowned pinup artist and illustrator Joe Linsner, and so MANY more talented and amazing creators were in attendance!
The camaraderie and networking that occurred at this convention was astronomical! I made so many connections that I lost count. I am eager to see the new creations that will now exist all because of 3 Rivers Comicon bringing us all together.
I honestly have next to no complaints. For the 1st in what I hope to be many more to come conventions by New Dimensions; I have to say, WELL DONE GANG!
My only negative, is that towards the end of the last day, some of the vendors and guests started packing up early. It is what it is, I would have liked to seen their wares and art. It was the only chance I really had to walk around. Because the whole weekend was SO BUSY! Great attendance for a 1st time Con!
I truly loved it, and guarantee that I will be back at their next show!
5 STARS *****
If you have ever been through any part of Pittsburgh, PA you have probably seen an Eat 'n' Park restaurant or at least heard of one.
Getting it's start in 1949, the restaurant chain has become a Pittsburgh cornerstone. Sad to say. Every time I have eaten at one of the many locations, I have always been left wanting.
Wanting, flavor in the food, wanting better customer service, wanting clean table ware. This last venture was no exception. After my wife getting nearly body checked by a geriatric customer with no manners as we entered, we were greeted by a hostess who was about as exciting as watching paint dry.
We were escorted to our table as our menus were pretty much just thrust upon it as the hostess departed. Our server, Jaime (hope I spelled that right) came to our table. With a warm smile and pleasant demeanor, she greeted us. Finally, a glimmer of hope; I thought to myself.
Drinks were ordered and the menu seemed overly simple as we perused it. Our friendly server came back and took our order. We talked with our son who was enjoying his chocolate milkshake that Jaime had made for him.
Almost 25 minutes goes by and we had not received our appetizer yet. Shocker. Jaime was kind enough to realize that our order was taking forever and came to us and explained that there was a party of 20 or so persons in the back and the kitchen was backed up. The offer was made for us to get something from the salad bar, which we declined.
After a few more minutes our appetizer arrives. Not much to say about it, fried provolone sticks that were frozen only moments before. It is what it is.
My son had ordered chocolate chip pancakes, my wife the *NEW* Southern burger and I went with a simple bacon burger. We'll start with my burger. Under cooked, season less, and greasy. The bacon was ice cold and rock hard, giving the roof of my mouth a sensation similar to what "Captain Crunch" cereal did when I was a child. I have to say, the blood in my mouth from the bacon induced lacerations was more enjoyable than the burger. The french fries were cold and soggy, with an almost burnt appearance as if they were salvaged from another guests plate that hadn't eaten them and re-fried. I couldn't even stomach the 2 or 3 fries that I forced down my throat.
I could go on to describe how the chocolate chips in my sons pancakes were closer to bakers chocolate, or how my wife's burger was just a pathetic attempt to put a "NEW" item on the menu by adding bbq sauce and 3 sweet potato fries on the bottom and calling it "Southern". However, I'm done. I am so appalled at the meal that I regretfully paid for that I can guarantee that I will never return.
It is sad that a Pittsburgh "Institution" like this one has gone on for so long with such horrible food being served in it's locations.
The only saving grace of our entire experience was Jaime. She was delightful, genuine and hard working. I really hope that she does well in life and is able to find more gainful means of employment.
Eat 'n' Park- Zero stars.
Server Jaime- 4 stars ****
The world has changed, and so have we. See how far Earth has come since the War of 1996, in this special report from UWN.
I am really eager to see this! I want to see how they wrote the script to cover the 20 year gap in the story line.
In Theaters - June 24, 2016
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward
Directed by Roland Emmerich
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We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
In Theaters - June 24, 2016
I really hope this is good! I have been having so much let down emotions with the first two downloads for Fallout 4 already.
I beat "Automatron" WAY too quickly and to be honest, I'm not all that into the "Wasteland Workshop" either. Hopefully, "Far Harbor" will be better. Here's what Bethesda has to say:
Preview your journey to Far Harbor, the next game-on for Fallout 4. Far Harbor docks on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on Thursday, May 19th.
In Far Harbor, a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?
Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that Bethesda Game Studios has ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours.
Step into the nightmare of brutal galactic warfare with the Dawn of War III worldwide announce trailer!
Watch the battlefield come to life, and death, as you’ve never seen it before as Space Marines, Eldar and Ork slip ever deeper into the darkness of endless war.
I can't wait to play this! I have been a huge Warhammer 40K fan for a long time now. The Space Marines have always been my favorites when it comes to the video games based off of the table top legacy from Games Workshop.
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