New Doctor Who Targets The Nostalgia Market!
It's fair to say that the Doctor Who brand took a bit of a beating during the Steven Moffat era (declining viewing figures, faltering visitor numbers to the Doctor Who Experience etc) and the BBC is clearly hoping to claw back the level of hype the show had when Russell T Davies revived it in 2005.
As well as a new showrunner, new look, and new - female - Doctor, the BBC is also capitalising on the show's enduring legacy and the fond memories its old school fans for the Target novelisations of the Classic Era stories (in the pre-video days these were the only way for fans to revisit the stories when they weren't on TV).
Although they have been available to pre-order on Amazon for a while, BBC Books has just unveiled the cover art for three of the upcoming Target novelisations of stories from the new era of Doctor Who.
I don't know about you, but I sure have been enjoying the Tom Baker era episodes of Doctor Who on Retro TV on Saturdays!
Which is a great segway to ...
What's on Svengoolie tonight?
TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE- BEE-WARE OF "TERROR OUT OF THE SKY"- TONIGHT!
Tonight on MeTV, we’re winding up our month of bugs and beauties with more of the former- sure, there may be some honeys, but they’re the kind produced by a sinister strain of stingers that will wipe out the human population if they are not stopped! It’ll be easy to tell why when you see “Terror Out of the Sky”!
In this sequel to the previous made-for TV movie from 1976 “The Savage Bees”- lovely researcher Jeannie is having dream flashbacks to the events of the previous film ( even though her character was –ahem- played by a different actress in that one) when she’s awakened by a visit from the head of the National Bee Center- David Martin- who needs her help to deliver a pitch to get a grant for that institution. Jeannie refuses, intent on spending some time on a vacation with her pilot boyfriend Nick, but a terrible circumstance changes her plans.
Yes it's another one of those terrible 1970s Beeeee movies. (I know it's a terrible pun.)
New in our store this week:
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #289 October 1964 Gold Key Comics Grade VG Feat. Story and Art by Carl Barks
Who can resist the riveting adventures of Donald Duck making pancakes, or Annette and her new puppy!
If only modern comics were like this.
We have this one for only $9.99 - Here
Now on the other side of the spectrum ... this is what's trending right now!
The Sexy Side Of UK Horror - The Vampire Lovers (1970)
In the 1950s and 60s the UK film studio, Hammer Film Productions, made a name for itself by making modern (for the time) remakes classic movies like "Dracula", "Frankenstein " and "The Mummy" along with numerous sequels, dinosaur films and an occasional sci fi epic.
These films turned both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing into international icons.
As the decades passed, the market for campy horror began to fade and the studio found itself making their films racier and racier in an attempt to keep up with the times and lure more people into movie theater seats. These more erotic takes on classic horror themes, proved initially profitable, but ultimately lead to the studios demise. Seems that movie goers of the time preferred a good fright to naked women.
I think this photo is worth way more than a thousand words when it comes to explaining that.
Well beam me up drunk.
WATCH: How to Make Picard Punch, Choco-lutus and More
The good folks at ThinkGeek are looking out for you, Star Trek fans. Not only are they offering the super-popular Star Trek: The Next Generation Geeki Tikis – featuring Captain Picard, Geordi La Forge, Lt. Worf, a Ferengi, a Cardassian and a Borg – but they’ve just released a new video offering quick and easy recipes so that you can whip up the tasty likes of Picard Punch, Courage of Kahless, Risa Sunrise, a Virgin Risa Sunrise and Choco-lutus.
Now it's time for our Toy of the Week!
Star Wars: The Black Series AT-ST Vehicle with 3 3/4-inch Driver Action Figure
Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from Star Wars The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love. The two-man AT-ST is a lightly armored walker featuring chin-mounted laser cannons and side-mounted weapon pods. The two-legged transport, dubbed the Scout Walker by many, serves as a recon and patrol vehicle. This 3 3/4-inch scale Imperial AT-ST Driver figure and AT-ST Walker vehicle from Star Wars The Black Series are carefully detailed to look like the Imperial driver and vehicle from the Star Wars films. Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation, and vehicle features detailed, movie-accurate design.
Order one here!
I've got one of those and it's uber cool!
In case you missed it.
World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is set to join the cast of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.
The cult classic is returning to Radio 4 in March to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Douglas Adams’s groundbreaking radio series. In episode one, Professor Hawking will play The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy Mk.II, a hugely intelligent and powerful being who might have been known on our planet as Professor Stephen Hawking.
David Morley, producer of the new series of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, says: "When we were thinking of cameos for the new series I suddenly thought of Professor Stephen Hawking. Douglas Adams’ work is admired by many of the world’s top scientists because of its innovative and hilarious twisting of the real universe, so I took a punt and asked the Professor if he’d like to actually play a role in the new series.
Professor Hawking is great at explaining the universe and junk ... I know me speak good!
That reminds me that there isn't enough of you reading my other blog! For shame, for shame!
I yell this at the kids on my block all the time!
Spoiler Saturday--The Unkindest Sliding Timelime of All!
Y'all know how much I hate the "sliding timescale" in comics, as creators continually move heroes' origins forward in time and pin them to specific dates.
Why? To make them seem more relevant? Are there really readers out there who say, "Well, I wasn't going to read the Fantastic Four, because they're all old. But now that we know that Reed and Ben and Victor Von Doom were in college together in 1998, well, sign me up!"
(That, by the way, is an actual thing that Marvel has done. Sigh...)
DC, it seems to me, has always been smarter than that, gently eliding over specific dates while trying to keep their heroes "modern." They don't give us scenes where, say, the Waynes are coming home from The Phantom Menace, or what have you.
Did someone say "The Phantom Menace"?
Star Wars Episode 1 Phantom Menace #3B May 1999 Dark Horse Comics Grade NM
Written by Henry Gilroy. Art by Rodolfo Damaggio and Al Williamson. 1st Darth Maul cover appearance.
Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the comics adaptation of the long-awaited first Episode of the Star Wars saga. Adapted for comics by Henry Gilroy from an original screenplay by master movie maker George Lucas and artfully illustrated by Rodolfo Damaggio and comics legend Al Williamson, make sure you catch this legendary series that's sure to please Star Wars fans of all ages.
Come and get it! We only have one in stock!
I find it interesting that every comic book publication, online or otherwise, gloss over the fact that these issues feature the first appearance of Darth Maul, arguably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe!
Oh and Jar Jar Binks.
Well just run me over with tank.
New Tank Combat Story "World of Tanks: Citadel"
Eisner Award-winning comics legend Garth Ennis (Preacher, Punisher) and artist PJ Holden (Warhammer Monthly, Johnny Woo, 2000 A.D.) once again take command for a new action-packed miniseries inspired by Wargaming's massively popular online game World of Tanks!
World of Tanks: Citadel serves as a prequel to the previous Roll Out miniseries. Set before D-Day, World of Tanks: Citadel follows two opposing tank crews—one German, one Soviet—as they fight for survival in the Battle of Kursk during World War II. The German tankers, led by tank commander Kraft, find themselves deep behind enemy lines and cut off from the rest of their unit. Meanwhile, the Russian tank crew finds themselves at odds with the war and with each other as they embark on a dangerous and uncertain mission.
World of Tanks: Citadel #1 goes on sale May 9, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. All single-issue comics will include a code for an in-game item.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
The New Song Of The Week:
The Regrettes - Come Through
Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.
I didn't write that ... It's from their website.
Let's end on a positive note shall we:
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.