I’ve posted in the past about Comicon, although this is the first SDCC on the new blog so I suppose it’s unsurprising if people haven’t seen it before. This weekend is the 43rd annual convention in San Diego, California and I attended it from 1974-2009, that’s 35 years straight.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
On my journey through Android breeding apps, I came across Pet Shop Story, which was a bit different than things that I had played previously. Instead of breeding dragons or Simpsons characters, this time you get to breed cute and cuddly animals. This turned out to be my fourth game, it came because I was getting somewhat bored with the other games and wanted something different. This is also from TeamLava, the company that puts out Dragon Story (and a whole passel of other “Story” games) but it suffers from a lot of the same problems.
The first game on our “new” old adventure, picked by my oldest daughter, is Bonkers. It’s a game that has been released by a number of different publishers over the years, including Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Clipper. The edition we have is the oldest one, released in 1978 by Parker Brothers. The tagline for the game is “never the same game twice” and that’s spot on.
Wow, looks like I get to review a single issue! I’m trying to do more of that as I catch a series at the beginning. I’m also realizing that I’m reviewing so many comics that I’ll have to drop in a couple of reviews per week. I hope nobody minds. Avengers: The Enemy Within is a 5-issue mini-series written by Kelly DeConnick, with art duties by Scott Hepburn. It starts almost immediately after the story in Captain Marvel #12 and deals with the deadly brain lesion that is slowly killing Carol Danvers and costing her the powers of Captain Marvel.
I’ve never been much of a fan of the Hulk. If you’ve read my post on characters I like, you might think that the Incredible Hulk would fit in just fine but it really doesn’t. Bruce Banner is a great guy, but it’s hard to consider the traditional Hulk a hero. He’s more of a force of nature, a big green tornado that leaves a swath of destruction in his wake. That’s probably what I’ve disliked most about the character, that he’s, at best, an accidental hero, he does things that turn out to be positive, but not because they are positive, it’s just a consequence of luck, not intent.
It wasn’t long until I decided I needed still another game to play. After all, these games are great when you start them, things move relatively quickly, the dragons breed fast and there’s a lot to do and it comes pretty fast, but jump ahead a week or so and you’ve done all the simple stuff and you’re just waiting an interminable amount of time for something to breed, something to hatch, something to evolve and you get downright bored. Therefore, I leapt onto the Dragonvale train.
On this week’s TV Thursday, a new show comes along, “Under the Dome”, a 13-episode “event” on CBS that will hopefully be good. Burn Notice takes a holiday break, Continuum returns after a 2-week break and we reach the end of the season for Defiance and Warehouse 13. How will it all turn out? Read on!
And I just realized that for the past couple of weeks, I’ve neglected to use the thumbs up and thumbs down graphics. Silly me.
As I may have mentioned before, my mother is moving after having lived in the same house for nearly 45 years. As you might imagine, spending that much time in one place, there’sa considerable amount of stuff that has accumulated, stuff she doesn’t want to take with her to her new house and now she has to figure out what to do with it all.
While we were down for the 4th of July, we started to do some cleaning and sorting and I came across all the old board games my sister and I had when we were growing up. Well now, I’m sure I can find something to do with them all!
I’ve been reading comics all my life. I came across them first back in 1974 with X-Men #90, which was a reprint of issue #41, just before they rebooted the book in #94 with the all-new X-Men that we know and love today. I read comics religiously through the early 90s when I got married and far too busy to be devoting much time to them, but they were never far from my mind. One nice thing about getting married in 1993 is that I missed almost the entirety of the horrors that befell Marvel Comics in the mid to late 90s. I skipped most of the gimmicky covers and the insane investor age which led to Marvel declaring bankruptcy in 1996.