Showing posts from August, 2017

Remembering Haruo Nakajima

by Armand Vaquer Above, yours truly with Haruo Nakajima at G-FEST 2000. I later had him autograph the photo. The news that the original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima has passed away today at age 88 is just devastating. I first met him in 2000 at G-FEST 2000 in Hollywood. I got to see first hand how he enjoyed interacting with his fans. He enjoyed being with them as much as they enjoyed being with him.  A year later, at the premiere of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack at the 2001 Tokyo International Film Festival, I met up with him following the movie's screening. Richard Pusateri and I had a photo taken with him. Above, at the 2001 Tokyo International Film Festival with Richard Pusateri. Photo courtesy of Richard Pusateri. I next saw him at the 2008 G-FEST in Chicago. In fact, I went to O'Hare International Airport to pick him up. It was at this convention that Nakajima was awarded the Mangled Skyscraper Award for his movie work.

View Obscura Comics: New In The Store This Week! (8/4/17)

Guardians of the Galaxy Dream On #1, Rare Variant Cover Edition June 2017 Marvel Written by Marc Sumerak. Art by Andrea Di Vito. Rare Variant Cover Edition. THE GUARDIANS ARE DONE GUARDING THE GALAXY, YES? When one of the galaxy's greatest bounty hunters targets the Guardians of the Galaxy, it's lights out for STAR-LORD, GAMORA, DRAX, ROCKET and GROOT! But if DEATH'S HEAD can make their dreams come true, will the Guardians fight back, or go along with his crazy plan? They might…especially if it leads to the destruction of THANOS once and for all! Also included - a special presentation of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (1990) #1, featuring the first appearance of Taserface! 44 pages, full color. Rated T. Order Here Inhumans Prime #1, Rare Variant Cover 1H - July 2017 - Marvel Comics Written by Al Ewing. Art by Ryan Sook. Cover by Jonboy Meyers. RESURRXION BEGINS HERE! In the wake of the awesome events of IVX - what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized specia

The Great American Eclipse: What To Expect and Tips

Above, a partial solar eclipse projected onto a wall through foliage. Photo by Armand Vaquer. by Armand Vaquer For most of us, experiencing a total solar eclipse will be a first time experience. Many wonder what to expect during the event and what to do when it happens on August 21. I will be viewing the total eclipse in Idaho. The Republican Journal has an article on what to expect along with helpful tips on getting the most out of it.  They wrote (in part): Throughout a total solar eclipse and depending upon your location and good fortune with the weather gods, our sun will be partly or completely blocked out by the moon passing directly in front of it. The moon’s close proximity to Earth allows it to appear to cover (eclipse) the solar disk, even though it is hundreds of times smaller than our sun. As the moon's shadow travels across the earth at more than 1,000 miles an hour (because of the moon's orbital motion minus the Earth’s eastward), the viewer wi

Attention Micronians Robotech Returns To Comics!

Harmony Gold’s cult ’80s television series Robotech returns or all-new adventures! Comic written by Brian Wood (DMZ, Briggs Land, Northlanders) and illustrated by Marco turini! TV episodes now available on Crackle, Amazon Prime and Netflix! This issue is now for sale in our online store:  Robotech #1, Cover B, August 2017, Titan Comics First airing in the USA in 1985, Robotech captured audience's imaginations with its epic generational storylines involving war, romance, and, of course, the transforming Veritech fighters which defend the Earth against extra-terrestrial attacks. Produced by Harmony Gold USA, the original 85-episode series delved into humanity's struggle against a series of alien invasions, from the gigantic Zentraedi to the mysterious Invid, battling for control of advanced alien technology that crash-landed on Earth. Now, return to the Robotech Saga for all-new adventures! See Also: This is Animation #5: The Super Dimension Fortress - 1 Macross - Autogr

Learn the surprisingly heartbreaking story of how Threepio got his red arm!

From Marvel Comics “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gave viewers plenty of new mysteries to mull over. Who are Rey’s parents? What more can Captain Phasma do? What’s Luke been doing all this time? And, of course, where’d C-3PO get that red arm? See Also: Star Wars #76, October 1983 Issue - Marvel Comics We’ll have to wait for future film installments to get most of those answers, but James Robinson and Tony Harris–the team behind another star-themed book at the Distinguished Competition–answered the appendage conundrum in last year’s STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO . The issue began with Threepio leading five other droids off of a downed ship. Though the others wondered who died and put him in charge–the answer being Captain Hoff and his whole crew–they begrudgingly followed ol’ goldenrod in their search for a homing device. In addition to the current Droid Communication Chief for the Reesistance, the group also included rolling arsenal VL-44, military droid PZ-99, construction gru

The creators of Amadeus Cho bring you an action-packed story about a boy and his robot

From Boom! Studios Mech Cadet Yu is the story of Stanford Yu, a young janitor who is unexpectedly chosen to join the sacred ranks of the mech cadets at Sky Corps Academy. Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth to bond with the cadets to defend the world from terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. After he unintentionally bonds with his robot, Yu is thrown into training, hoping to prove he is worthy of being there at all. See Also: Mangaphile #2, October Issue - Antarctic Press / Radio Comix This will be a new monthly series launching in August from longtime collaborators Greg Pak (The Incredible Hulk, War Machine) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel, Runaways). The pair has worked together in the past on projects like Code Monkey Save World and ABC Disgusting, and are widely known for the creation of Amadeus Cho, who would eventually star in Marvel’s Totally Awesome Hulk. “I love giant robots. And I love quirky, personal stories about lonely kids trying to find