Heroes of Appendix N: Conan The Barbarian

Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars - Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered on the pastoral lands of Shem, Stygia with its shadow-guarded...

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Pivot to Video is the New Learn to Code

“Pivot to video” has officially been declared Hate Speech. Vice Media is a blog.  That is all that it is or ever was.  However, it was a pretty sweet gig you could get a job writing for what is, and always has been, just a blog.  A six-figure salary plus benefits to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia7fUQXskvA Although, it turns out that Vice has an app that does that and I’m not kidding. But it appears that the gravy train has inevitably run out of coal.  Layoffs have begun...

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Wow This Looks Cheap

The trailer for the new season of Picard has dropped… And. It. Looks. Awful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUhBOmtFYr8 I don't watch Kurtzman Trek. A few YouTube masochists do so, but I don't see the point myself. It’s not meant to be entertainment at all.  It’s certainly not meant to be a Star Trek and it is absolutely not for Star Trek fans. The purpose of Kurtzman Trek is to raise Alex Kurtzman’s status within The Club and enrich himself personally while providing a content farm for Viacom.  Forget storytelling, forget entertainment. Content is...

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Hats Off to the Guys at Bounding Into Comics

I'm impressed by my editor. One of the comics I mentioned on my Arktoons Roundup was Chuck Dixon Presents - Charlie Chan. "So how did the Chinese feel about Chan?  Well, when actor Werner Oland – who portrayed the Chinese detective across over four dozen films starting in 1926 – visited Shanghai in the 1930s, he got a hero’s welcome from the Chinese. In fact, Chan films were so popular in China that an industry of Shanghai-produced, Charlie Chan knock-off films thrived...

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Took Long Enough

The most hated storyline in the history of Marvel Comics has, after twenty years, been erased. I freely admit that when I was a little kid, Gwen Stacy was my comic book crush. It broke the Dark Herald's black little heart when she was killed off, way the hell back in 1973. A few years later I found out about real girls and instantly got over it. But here is the big thing about fictional characters you...

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Friday Night Sights

I'm going to have to process the Batman Webtoon before giving you my take on it. In the meantime enjoy some me time. FIRST The Matrix Resurrection Trailer. There hasn't been a Matrix movie since the Wachowski Sisters were the Wachowski Brothers. I liked the first movie. Admittedly, I didn't know how much of its cool look was the result of fairly extreme sexual submissive fetishism and male body dysmorphia. Regardless, I still liked the first one but they kept revisiting...

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It’s Canceled! The Owl House

When you are fighting a guerilla culture war you have to take your Ws where you can find them and in truth, they are going to be kind of small. But nonetheless, when you have a small win it's still a win. This first part is a repost from the old Dark Herald. Labor Day, 2020. "A while back I had given a grudging Cataline Recommends to the Disney Channel series, the Owl House. The reason was simple enough, it...

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Content is the Death of Creativity

I can’t believe I’m looking forward to the return of commercials. So why am I not reviewing Shang Chi? Because I've already seen it. Oh, maybe not with this particular window dressing but I've definitely seen it. So have you. It's a Marvel movie, and at this point, they are all the same. This week there was a stink about the Russo Brothers not returning to Marvel because of the ScarJo lawsuit.  Oh, noes! Disney has suddenly stopped honoring its contracts!  How can...

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