Friday, March 24, 2017

New Venture: Crypto-Gear!!

Hi guys, I've been on a long vacation cookin' up a new idea based on Cryptozoology creatures, and I've started a Kickstarter campaign for the first wave of 4 characters; Bigfoot, Nessie, The Yeti and Mothman. For those of you not familiar with Kickstarter, it's an all-or-nothing crowdfunding program, so that means if the goal isn't met, you aren't obligated to contribute, and if the goal is met, you get some really cool swag from yours truly!

The reason why I am doing a kickstarter campaign vs just selling online is simple; BULK DISCOUNT. I can't afford to buy a huge amount of inventory up front, and that means I am restricted to ONLY selling online and making it harder to grow the business. If I am successful, all of the money made will go right back into buying more inventory so that I can set up at conventions, art walks, retail outlets, etc. Right now, the merchandise is limited to T-Shirts, hats, patches and messenger bags, but I would like to expand into polo shirts, backpacks, drinkware, pins, keychains, toys and much, much more!

After I get Crypto-Gear up and rolling, I plan on taking the 3-D Monster brand to Kickstarter and doing the exact same thing! It's a little trickier with the 3-D Monster stuff because there are potential copyright issues with much of the art that need to be ironed out. It wasn't a big deal before when it was on a smaller scale, but I can't go to Target with an unlicensed Mechagodzilla design and ask them to carry it in their stores. The beauty of cryptids is that NO ONE owns the rights - it's all in the public domain!

So there you have it! Time to get those credit cards out and order some sweet, sweet gear! Unlike a lot of Kickstarter campaigns, I'm not going to charge $50 for a t-shirt or $10 for a damn sticker. My prices are the same retail prices that I plan on putting on the website once it's up. Thanks so much for your support! 
#cryptogear #bigfoot #nessie #mothman #yeti #cryptozoology #lochnessmonster

Monday, January 18, 2016

What if Leonardo DiCaprio Didn't Nail That "Growing Pains" Audition?

Well, he might've ended up a little more like this. No, this isn't a refugee from a parallel Earth spit out by the Large Hadron Collider, it's an unidentified Russian government worker who is a dead ringer for the Titanic star. Well, a little rounder, paler, and not quite as well groomed. The line starts here, ladies!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Poster for Suicide Squad!

While I'm still not sure that this flick isn't going to completely suck, I am quite certain that this new poster for the film is the bee's knees! I love seeing posters that aren't perfectly airbrushed scenes from the actual movie, and actually convey the feeling of the film. This one says it all; chaotic, violent and colorful. You can judge for yourself whether or not the movie lives up to the poster when it's hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

If You Enjoy Quality Time Travel...

Then this is for you! Based on Stephen King's incredibly riveting drenched-in-awesome-sauce; 11/22/63, the story follows a guy, who, by entering a magic closet, falls face-first into 1960. Of course, he quickly decides that it is his mission to stop Lee Harvey Oswald and save Kennedy! In my opinion, that would not stop the assassination because Oswald didn't deliver the fatal shot, or possibly any shot at all... you see, the fatal head shot was clearly... okay, okay; not the time or place. (Sigh); just watch the trailer...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Is it a Sketch or a Toy?

You might look at this and say; "SAY! This is a great Jim Lee Batman sketch!" But wait; you would only be half right. It is actually a Batman toy BASED on a Jim Lee sketch! BRILLIANT!

The figure is part of DC’s “Designer Series” figures, in which the artstyle of a particular DC artist is painstakingly recreated on a poseable action figure. In this particular model, Batman: Hush artist Jim Lee, takes that design ethos to its most incredible extreme!

For now, the figure will debut as a SDCC exclusive for $40, but will probably be everywhere shortly after.

Friday, May 15, 2015

This is What Crossbones Will Look Like in Captain America: Civil War

Marvel Nails it AGAIN! These pics taken on the set of Captain America 3: Civil War, gives us the first glimpses of Cap and The Falcon in action, as well as the film's antagonist; Crossbones! From Wikipedia; In the comics, Crossbones usually appears as a henchman of the Red Skull. He carried out the assassination of Captain America, although Sharon Carter, who was under hypnosis at the time, is believed to have fired the fatal shots.

How Cap hails a cab;

Sam Wilson, AKA The Falcon in action!

I'm really diggin' the costume design - I wonder what those gauntlets are for?

 Crossbones in the comics;

Monday, May 11, 2015

Great UFO podcast!

Hey guys, as most of you know, I have a passion for UFO's and aliens. Ever since my first spectacular and close-up sighting back when I was 7, to the multiple sightings from my time in rural Maine; Ufology has been a constant (and constantly frustrating) part of my life. I have been the admin for the Portland, Maine UFO group for a couple of years now, and it was through that I was contacted by Martin Willis, who hosts a weekly UFO podcast. Martin graciously invited me to join his show last week and take part in a round table discussion of UFO's in Maine. It was a very positive experience, and would be honored to do it again! Just click on the image to access the show; hope you like it!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Your Daily Giggle...

New Acquisitions!

Hey gang! As all of you know, I went on a bit of a sabbatical recently, but in that time, I picked up some really sweet swag! Living in Portland gives me easy access to some of the best comic, toy and collectible shops on the East coast! Obviously, I've bought more than I should have, and way too much to mention, so here are some highlights;

Super Powers Lex Luthor and Brainiac; I was a huge fan of the original line, and these guys were always hard to find!

Amazing Spider-Man #2; got an INCREDIBLE deal on this one featuring the first appearance of the Vulture, and now my earliest issue.

The Vault of Horror #28; one of the most iconic covers of the series, and one that has eluded me for years. One of my local comic shops bought a HUGE collection of golden-age horror and sci-fi comics, so I was able to pick up a few of the old EC comics, but this was the gem of the bunch!

 Figures Toy Company 8" Adam West Batman; this is probably my favorite toy right now. FTC has been re-releasing all of the old Batman Mego toys, and they have truly outdone themselves with the Batman TV show line, with this guy as their crowning achievement!

 Speaking of Mego Toys; this is the Captain Action 12" Ironman figure. It features a removable costume, impressive articulation, and a helmet that features a detachable faceplate. Unfortunately, it's Captain Action and not Tony Stark underneath. This guy is a very close 2nd to my AW Batman.

Original Mego Human Torch; this guy is absolutely timeless in his flaming pajama onsie! What's not to love?
So, what new toys have ya'll acquired?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Final Four Episodes of The Flash!!!

Is everyone digging the Flash as much as I am? I felt it was off to a bit of a slow start, and didn't care much for the casting choices, but I'm absolutely riveted to the screen now! I love it when a show like this pays respect to the previous incarnation by including cast members from the 1990 series. My hope for a future storyline involves having Barry's dad; the Flash from the 1990 series, being tapped by the speed force and "giggle" donning the familiar red long johns once more!! I also love the ongoing Arrow crossovers, and the Flash vs Arrow episode was one of the best of the season! 

A “TV Justice League” team-up between Flash, Arrow (or “Assassin Arrow”) and Firestorm.

Gorilla Grodd in all his cgi glory!
Now, lets talk about what all of you are thinking; the Reverse Flash. I have only two words for the folks over at the CW; WELL. DONE. Tom Cavanaugh is spot-on as the deadly speedster masquerading as Eobard Thawne masquerading as crippled scientist Harrison Wells!! I love the twist, I love the costume, I love the Crisis on Infinite Earths reference, and I'm beyond excited that it's all headed for... wait for it... SPOILER ALERT... FLASHPOINT!!! The only thing that excites me as much as the RF can be summed up in three words; "Not God... GRODD". I really hope to see some real action from the super-smart Simian before the season finale. There's only four episodes left, but in the meantime, you can watch the new season 1 ending trailer for the “Endgame”;