Breaking Bad, et al

breakingbadI DVR’d all of Breaking Bad when there was a marathon on AMC and for the past month I have been holding off on watching the final five episodes. I don’t want it to end. I know how it ends because it was all over the news the next day after the final episode. But still, those five final episodes are precious to me.

I’m not sure why I never watched it when it was on the air, I never saw Game of Thrones or Ray Donovan either. Not sure why, I used to watch all those Sunday night shows on HBO, True Blood, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire. I know Ray is on Showtime.

I guess one of these will be my next DVD- binge watch thing.

I’m always drawn to the desert Southwest – you know, Albuquerque, Phoenix, etc. Maybe I lived there in another life, who knows. I was talking to my cousin the other night and out of the blue she tells me that one of her sons is drawn to the desert, too. Like when he sees a scene in the movies or on tv, like in Breaking Bad for instance, he is drawn to it. Crazy right?

My thing with these tv shows is that I watch mostly reality tv, not sure why, so I don’t see much scripted stuff.


Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Painting Soviet Monuments To Look Like American Superheroes

This struck me as so funny.  Russia wants Bulgarians to stop painting the Soviet monuments to look like American super heroes. But it’s been painted over and over again as other things, too. There is one monument that is defaced often. It was painted bright pink to commemorate the anniversary of the Prague Spring and it was painted blue and yellow which are Ukrainian colors. But I think the super heroes are so funny, just the fact that they are American heroes (and Ronald McDonald) makes it hilarious to me.


Charles Schulz’s house burned down


Charles Schulz, courtesy Charles M. Schulz Museum.

As the fires burn Santa Rose, CA, I couldn’t help but think of Charles Schulz, I think he made Santa Rosa famous for me. Sadly, his house burned down yesterday in those massive wildfires taking over that region of California.

His wife, Jean, got out safely, but the house is gone.

According to Monte Schulz, Charles’s son “All of the memorabilia and everything is gone.”

But the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, which is also located in Santa Rosa, says that the work that is there is safe and not damaged. Most of the original art is there. That’s the good news, if there is any good news out of this.

Where did all the classic comic characters go?


Spider-man at the 2017 New York Comic Con

So this column was supposed to be a sort of feature/photo thing with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-man.

I had planned to take three or four photos of people that were dressed up as these characters at New York Comic Con and show them side by side, just to see the different variations of the same characters. I thought these four main characters would be well represented as in previous years, but that wasn’t the case this year. I was sure there would be many tributes to Adam West’s Batman, but nope. There weren’t many this year, they were few and far between, I did get this Batman and Superman the first day, but didn’t see many of them the next few days.


Superman and Batman at the 2017 NY Comic Con.

Comic Con was very well attended this year, the visitors are expected to surpass 200,000, they are right on the heals of San Diego Comic Con which draws a larger crowd at this point.

New York Comic Con started in 2006 with 33,000 visitors, last year, 21016 it was over 180,000.

The enjoyable fall, October weather in New York City was not to be this year. It’s been in the low 80s and humid; more like July than October. And the crisp October air is a big part of New York Comic Con for me, it’s like one big experience; the begging of the fall season. Maybe next year.

NY Comic Con is back!

New York Comic Con is back for the weekend – it started Thursday and runs through Sunday. As usual, it takes up a weekend in October at the Jacob Javits Center. It is sold out, there are people scalping tickets near the convention center.

Guests this year include Alfonso Herrera from The Exorcist, Amber Nash from Archer; Alex Roe from Siren; Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead; John Krasinski from The Office; and Doctor Who himself, Peter Capaldi.

That is just a tiny fraction of the guests this year who will be signing autographs and taking part in meet and greets and panel discussions.

Comic Guests which number in the dozens, include Alex Maleev of Daredevil; Chad Hardin of Harley Quinn; Chris Claremont from X-Men and David Finch from Batman. Many can be found in Artist Alley.

For the whole list of guests and times and everything NY Comic Con, go to:

Sending up the Bat-Signal


Courtesy CBS

Los Angeles is lighting the Bat-Signal tonight (June 15) in honor or Adam West’s passing.  Mayor Eric Garcetti will light the signal at a special ceremony at 7:30 pacific time.

The signal will be shown from City Hall. The signal will be projected on LA City Hall.

Batman has always been a part of my life it seems. In the 1980s, while lying on the beach I used to think of Batman. What happened was that a friend of mine had fantasies of buying the shuttered St. Moritz Hotel in South Beach, which is part of the Lowes Hotel at 16th and Collins Avenue. Back in the 1980s, 16th Street was open, it was a street now it’s part of the Loews property. I would park there and lay out on the beach at the water’s edge, but with the St. Moritz hotel in the distance.

As I would lay on the beach, I would imagine that my friend Franco needed me to run the front desk or something, and he would send up a Bat-signal type thing from the roof to alert me. The way he would alert me was a little more rudimentary.  There was tinfoil on the two very top windows and when he needed me, he would open and shut the windows and flash the tinfoil into the sunlight, which would send a sort of Bat-signal up and then I would know I was needed to get inside to work.

A time before cellphones. 🙂