December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Citizens of the Galaxy Called Dallas

Just a quick blurb to say that I have had an up and down 2012 and hope to have a better 2013. One thing that has kept me going through it all though are the people that I’ve met along the way. From that guy who volunteers at all the cons because of his airline miles to that girl who wrote the scifi novel under combat conditions overseas (more on both of these later this year), you are why I enjoy my “hobby” and will keep on writing on this site. I hope to make it bigger and better in 2013 and make it a place that you’ll keep coming back to again and again.

But more importantly is this little blurb from my favorite author, Neil Gaiman.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

As magical a quote as can be found. And inspiring. Best of all, for 2013, be inspired.

December 28, 2012

More Celebrities Added to Sci-Fi Expo 2013

Doc Brown from Back To The FutureFour new guests have been added to the Sci-Fi Expo lineup for 2013. As an update to our previous post, “Sci-fi Expo Announces First Round of Guests”, we will see the additions of Erin Gray (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Guild), James Tolkan (Back to the Future, Top Gun), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Star Trek III, & many more).



Sci-fi Expo Guests List

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

nasa-wise-wreath-nebulaJust a quick note to tell everyone who has read my blog or supported it in some way, thank you for your interest and may you have a blessed Merry Christmas! I’ll be back in a few days to catch you up on the New Year. One big thing to remember is that we will be at the North Texas Comic Book Show supporting two local scifi authors. More details in a few days. Merry Christmas everyone!

December 17, 2012

Zero One Receives Two Screenings

Zero One 3D Kareem N GrayIf you haven’t heard, there is a little independent 3D scifi flick that was filmed here in Dallas and has gone on to garner a lot of attentions. Kareem Gray wrote, produced, and directed this title and it is going to made into a TV series called THE ZERO ONE MANDATE. Wednesday night, December 19th, there will be two showings at the Venetian Theatre in Carrollton and the tickets are FREE. Call the box office at (972) 733-0285 to get tickets because they are going fast. In the meantime, check out the Facebook page to see a trailer and get more info about the movie. I’ll see you Wednesday night!

Zero One on Facebook

December 13, 2012

David Petersen to Sign at Titan Comics

David Petersen at Titan ComicsWednesday, December 19, 2012, David Petersen will be making an appearance at Titan Comics in Dallas. From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM fans of all ages can come and meet David as he signs and discusses his work.

David Petersen is the creator of Mouse Guard. Mouse Guard started out as a mini-series involving several species of creatures, but eventually ended up focusing on the mice in the story. Published by Archaia Entertainment, Mouse Guard has won several honors including two Eisners.

Signing at Titan Comics

December 12, 2012

Austin Welcomes the Zombie Infested 5K

This is the third in a line of apocalypse runs that I’ve listed over the last three months. The other two looked cool, but after watching the video for this one, I want to lose some weight and start running 5K's the Zombie way! The song that underlines the video, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, is awesome, too, and if you don’t want to run the race after watching it, then you might need to watch it again.

The event is in Austin and can be found at Run For Your Lives.

Race for your life, Charlie Brown!

I’ve asked it before, I’ll ask it again. Do any of you run races like these? Tell me your stories!

Past Events

Obstacle Apocalypse in Forney, Texas

The Walking Dead Run

ALAS, BABYLON to be Discussed by Lewisville Science Fiction Book Club

The Lewisville Science Fiction Book Club will be meeting to discuss Pat Frank’s novel, Alas, Babylon on Friday December 14, 2012. They will be meeting in their usual spot at the IHOP at I-35 and Round Grove Road. They will also be picking titles for the next six months, so feel free to bring book suggestions, if you have them.

Pat Frank, born Harry Hart Frank, was a newspaperman and government consultant in addition to being an author. He served on the Democratic National Committee and was a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Council, as well as, the Department of Defense.

Alas, Babylon is the story of a small Florida community dealing with the problems that follow a nuclear war. Written in 1959, it has been a best-seller ever since and still ranks high on many lists. It has, also, gone on to influence many authors. David Brin cites it as having an effect on his own book, The Postman, and William R. Forstchen credits it with helping him flesh out Black Mountain, North Carolina, the setting of his novel One Second After.

Have you read this book? Do you like reading about the survival of man after a holocaust of some type?


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December 11, 2012

Sci-Fi Expo Announces First Round of Guests

Avery Brooks Star Trek Deep Space NineFirst round of comic artist & creators and media guests have been announced by Sci-Fi Expo. The show is slated for February 9-10, 2013. Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Morena Baccarin (Firefly, V, Homeland), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda), and a trifecta of Battlestar Galactica actors, Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer and James Callis stand out on the list of actors that has been released. Artists have also been announced with Adam Hughes, George Perez, and Joe Eisma amongst several others to start.

Tickets have not gone on sale yet. Stay tuned for more announcements.

Sci-Fi Expo Guests List

December 5, 2012

Webcomic Rampage 2012 at Dragon’s Lair Austin

WebComicsRampage2012TEASERwebWhatever day you are not marathoning through the LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, you can shoot down to Austin and check out some of your favorite webcomic creators this weekend. What? You don’t have any favorite webcomics? Well, then, even more reason to go. Many creators will be there, and be sure to say ‘Hi’ to my two favorites, Joel Watson of ‘Hijinks Ensue’ and Lar DeSouza of ‘Looking for Group!’ It all takes place this weekend December 8 and 9, 2012.

THE HOBBIT Is Ushered In With THE LORD OF THE RINGS Marathons!


You have an opportunity to see the entire LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY the weekend before THE HOBBIT opens. Select DFW theaters will be showing all three movies, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING on Saturday, December 8, and some will even show them again on Sunday, December 9. Be sure and check with the different theaters because some have different prices and prizes.

The following week on December 14 you can see how it all began with a return to Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle-Earth. I think that I’ll be hitting the High Frame-Rate 3D showing at an IMAX at midnight. There are also supposed to be some cool swag at a lot of these premieres, so check with the theater websites to see what’s up for grabs.

Will you stand in line at midnight? Will you go see the HFR version or is standard good enough for you?

December 4, 2012

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Teaser Poster and More

ST13-Poster Star Trek Into Darkness TeaserSo the poster has dropped and from the synopsis of the movie and the look of the poster, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is gonna be a doozy! I liked what J. J. Abrams brought to the table with the re-working of the STAR TREK timeline because it gives us a whole new universe to work with without screwing with the past. That being said, bring it on! And you’ll get to see the first nine minutes of it at one of over five hundred IMAX screens December 14, 2012. That means that you’ll get a little HOBBIT in your STAR TREK, or a little STAR TREK in you HOBBIT, however you wanna look at it.



When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, arrives on May 17th, 2013

Written by Paramount Pictures

November 28, 2012

Once Upon A Week in A Galaxy Called Dallas 11-27-2012

Nothing to report on this week’s episode. I’m sick, my wife’s sick, and we’re trying to get better. To use Lewis Grizzard’s book title, “Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself,” (affiliate link) sums it up pretty good. Stay tuned. Events this week, Fathom Events STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION at the theater, New Orleans Comic Con, and Obstacle Apocalypse. Have fun, be safe and be healthy!

November 26, 2012

Obstacle Apocalypse in Forney, Texas

Obstacle Apocalypse LogoIt seems like we just got our breath back after the Walking Dead Run weekend before last and here we are facing another 5K run. This one doesn’t have zombies though and will be a 5K with multiple routes and military-style obstacles. Mud is only an option, so if you would like to stay as pristine as possible then you may do so. Go to the link provided and make us your beneficiary on the waiver!

So are there any geeks out there that like to run these things or are you strictly spectator?

Obstacle Apocalypse

November 20, 2012

Three Big Reasons You Should Be At New Orleans Comic Con

Yes, there are more reasons than three to geek out in the Crescent City, but these are my three.New Orleans Wizard World 2012

  1. Stan Lee – Stan “the Man” Lee has been busier lately than any other time in history, and he’s been around a long time. He’ll be here even longer now that Stark has lent him an arc source (pace maker,) but that doesn’t mean wait around to see him. Truly one of the greats of comic publishing and just a down-to-earth genuine and philanthropic guy, as noted by his The Stan Lee Foundation.
  2. The Walking Dead Trio – If you’re a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, then you need to be here so that you can meet Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, and Jon Bernthal. Hit the Q&A sessions to hear all the latest behind-the-scenes details that those gossip mags can’t tell you.
  3. And last, but definitely not least, this year is the 25th anniversary of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Seven of the original cast (sorry, Patrick Stewart is not in) will be on hand for photos, autographs, and many a story over the long history of this show. This will be the second meeting of the group, with a different lineup, since Austin Comic Con.
Wizard World presents New Orleans Comic Con at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center November 30 through December 2, 2012.
So, if these aren’t your reasons for going, what are? And if you do go, share some photo love!

All-Con Is Lining Up to Be A Hot Ticket March 2013

Sylvester McCoy as Doctor WhoSylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit #1








To top off the 50th year of Doctor Who, All-Con has lined up the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. McCoy will also be riding the hype of THE HOBBIT where he will portray Radagast the Brown. In a rare celebrity appearance, Mr. McCoy will host some very intimate ‘private’ panels for a limited number of guests and one lucky winner will get to enjoy lunch with him. How cool is that? Get your tickets now! I’ll be there all three days covering as much of the con as possible!

Whose already bought their tickets?

November 19, 2012

New Holiday Munchkin Exclusive to Barnes & Noble

Munchkin Holiday Surprise Steve Jackson Games

Steve Jackson Games has made available their MUNCHKIN HOLIDAY SURPRISE exclusively at Barnes & Noble. It’s comprised of some previously released material and some cards that will be part of a future accessory. If the holidays make you wanna stab your friends and family in the back, then this is the game for you. I’ve just recently learned how to play the basic game and I look forward to playing all the different variations! This was brought to my attention through the gang over at The Fellowship of the Geeks.

Do you play and if so, what’s your favorite version?


OF THIEVES AND ELVES by A. P. Stephens brings true champions and wicked evil in a story that reads quickly and stays in your thoughts long after it is done.

A P Stephens Of Thieves and Elves Book CoverA monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not the darkest of their tidings. The relic under the clan's safekeeping, a weapon of terrible power that was forged by the gods themselves, is also missing. The Ionor dispatch Eonen, a headstrong Elder, and a young and talented apprentice, Tride, to rescue the Master and the relic by infiltrating the bandits' stronghold-the formidable Fortress of Toppledom. As the two determined elves hasten into the unknown beyond their borders to restore balance and honor to their clan, they encounter the true darkness behind the matter-the very origin of the world's evil. Allegiances will be twisted. The fates of many will be set into motion. And the destiny of one will be realized.~Book description

The underlying element of the plot is that one young warrior will have to learn to trust his elders and forge his path in the world. Eonen, who is the elder tasked with finding their missing leader, Tryn, must choose a companion to help him. In this, he turns to Tride, a talented elf who is disliked by his peers because he is not of true lineage to the brotherhood. Eonen trusts him and seems aware of his true potential and cares not what anyone else has to say about it. Knowing that Tride is still a neophyte in certain ways of the order, Eonen still takes him under his guidance and leads him to his destiny.

A. P. Stephens has an uncanny ability for describing action. From flights, fights, to verbal swashbuckling, you will get a very good idea of what is going on in the scene. Even some of the more well-known authors could take a lesson from A. P. He, also, delivers a bad guy that you will love to hate. As Halstrom and his Steel Claw band receive their tribute from the terrified citizens, you just want to reach into the story and crush him with your bare hands. The way he and his minions treat the oppressed makes their ultimate demise so much sweeter.

The first chapter or so was a little wordy and I had to re-read a few times to finally get through it. I think what made it slow going for me is the fact that A. P. was building the background so he could dive right into the story. Once I got past it, it was smooth sailing. Granted, there were a few other spots in the story where he got a little verbose with the description, but I let it pass because it does not detract from the story. When you’ve got to describe the history of a line of protectorate elves and their ancient ways, you need a little bit of room to do it with. Again, this was more of a problem with me and not necessarily a problem with the story.

In the end, I would recommend this tale to anyone who likes a fantastic story with really really bad guys. A 7 out of 10 or 4 stars out of 5.


Be sure and check out Stephens’ WHITE SHADOW SAGA series.

November 14, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation–A Celebration of Season 2

Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment will screening two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2 on November 29th, in advance of the Blu-Ray release on December 4, 2012. Re-mastered episodes, ‘Q Who’ and an extended cut of ‘Measure of a Man,’ will be shown on the big screen, in addition to never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates 25 years of sci-fi greatness!

Check your local theaters for times.

Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment Present ‘Q’ and ‘Measure of a Man’



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Once Upon A Week In a Galaxy Called Dallas 11-14-2012

A new weekly episode with my comic pick of the week and events that you might be interested in attending.

Image Comics and GREAT PACIFIC

The Twilight Saga Marathon

Louie Louie’s and USS Navras Present A STARFLEET USO SHOW

Arkansas Anime Festival

Alam Drafthouse Presents THE BURBS

The Walking Dead Run

Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show

Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show Saturday November 17, 2012

Sam de la Rosa DFW Comic Book Show 7-21-2012Head out to the Doubletree Hotel at Dallas Market Center this Saturday to get your Christmas shopping done early and to meet comic book industry veterans Ben Dunn and Steve Erwin at the Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show! I checked out the show back in the summer and had a blast! Great deals, great artists, and lots of fun. Click photo to visit Facebook photo album.

(Photo: Sam de la Rosa from July Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show)


Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show

Ben Dunn’s Deviant Art Page

Steve Erwin Artist Portfolio Page

November 13, 2012

The Walking Dead Run

Walking Dead Run Banner November 2012November 17, 2012 be in survival mode and protect your brain. Pitchfork Productions and FUSION Fit Camp are bringing a new twist to cross-country! This 5K is raising proceeds to benefit North Texas Food Bank and a portion of each entry will go to them. If you don’t want to run, you can just watch. For $25 you can watch the race, listen to the band LE FREAK and drink free beer. Did you get that? Free beer.

The Walking Dead Run

So, any runners out there? Or are you mostly “stragglers?”

Alamo Drafthouse Screens THE BURBS Outdoors for Free

That’s right! It’s the perfect weather (heh heh) for a free outdoor screening of the Tom Hanks’ classic, THE BURBS on a forty foot screen! A pretty funny movie about neighbors who ban together to prove the new move-ins across the street are cannibals! Even has Corey Feldman being his typical self. Talking about pigeon-holed. Also, has Carrie Fisher as Hanks’ wife. Yes, Han Solo wasn’t the only one. Holler if you go and let me know how it turned out.

Alamo Drafthouse Screening of THE BURBS

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Arkansas Anime Festival in Springdale, Arkansas November 16-18, 2012

arkansas anime festival fall 2012 frontA2F or Arkansas Anime Festival will convene this weekend in Springdale, Arkansas. Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, steampunk, Neo-Victorian, and etc. can come together over three days in a family-friendly Otaku atmosphere. Click the photo to go to the link.

November 10, 2012


Since my posting of the flyer back in July things have changed for the better. The USS Navras crew have confirmed special guests Peter Mayhew, Ann Lockhart, and Cindy Freeling have been added in addition to many items donated by celebrities for the raffles! Also in attendance will be local superhero, Purrkayla and Jerry’s House of Robots! Check out the website for all the details! Click the flyer for more details!

Updated Starfleet USO Show

Oscar Winning Winds Presented by Dallas Wind Symphony

Dallas Wind SymphonyAny fan of John Williams can name any of his pieces within a few notes. You’ll have that opportunity to hear them in their entirety on two separate occasions. Sunday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 13, the Dallas Wind Symphony will bring to life the movie musical magic of John Williams. From Sith to sorcerers to sharks, you can hear the music that has added so much to the silver screen experience. Hurry, there are still tickets left!

Roll2Play and United States of Geekdom Present: 00Trivia

James Bond Sean ConneryRoll2Play and United States of Geekdom are having a trivia party. And with it being the 50th anniversary of a certain double naught spy, the questions will revolve around all things James Bond-ish. Monday night November 12 at 6:30 PM. Go. Have fun. Impress people with you useless bits of Bond minutia!

November 8, 2012

Science Channel Presents FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE!

Firefly Browncoats Unite on Science Channel 11-08-2012Coming to the Science Channel Sunday is a FIREFLY extravaganza! Sunday November 11, 2012 starting at 6:00 AM central you’ll get all fourteen episodes of Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY all day long. The last two will air with extra commentary from Nathan Fillion and the rest of the Serenity crew and then at 9:00 PM central you’ll get an hour of the cast and crew talking about the ten year anniversary! Shwweeeet! The Science Channel gets the fans better than Syfy does.

Also, if you tweet the hashtag #FireflyNov11, you can help unlock never before seen footage from the show. The Science Channel on Twitter is @ScienceChannel, duh, and for every five thousand tweets of the hashtag, they’ll upload another video. Go here to check progress!

The Twilight Saga Movie Marathon

Twilight Saga Marathon November 15 2012It’s not too late to get your tickets for the Twilight Saga Movie Marathon being shown on November 15, 2012. And it would seem that each movie theater chain has their own pricing and perks, so be sure and double check each chain to see what they’ve got to offer. Also, Fandango has got a cool contest to win a trip to Egypt, so check that out also.

Some give you discounts if you are a member of their reward clubs, so check into that, too.

Whose already got theirs?


Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres, and Edwards Theatres

AMC Movie Theatres

Cinemark Movie Theaters

November 7, 2012

Texas Theatre Showing SKYFALL in 35MM Glory at Midnight November 8th, 2012!


In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (JUDI DENCH) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (RALPH FIENNES), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (NAOMIE HARRIS) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (JAVIER BARDEM), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

You can purchase tickets at this link for The Texas Theatre!

Once Upon A Time In A Galaxy Called Dallas

This is my new webisode in which I will give you a quick update on my choice for Comic of the Day for New Comics Wednesday, as well as events for the next week. I’m asking for feedback and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, and yes, I know, I need better lighting or make-up. I also want to know if you like the title above or do you have a better suggestion. Let me know what you think!


Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome Luke Paqualino

So, word is that there is a new TV show coming in 2013. A prequel of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reboot and it’s called BLOOD AND CHROME. The release on Friday will be the first in a ten episode series, each episode running 7-12 minutes long. Then in early 2013 they will release the two-hour version on Syfy followed by the DVD. Interesting marketing tactics. I’ll be interested to see how it turns out. The trailer looks phenomenal, but I’ll save my opinion for after it airs.

After the mixed reviews of CAPRICA, how do you think BLOOD AND CHROME will be received?


Tesla Vs Edison Showdown at Unobtanium 2012“What do you get when you marry a steampunk meet up with a comic con, a music festival, a county fair, the "virtual-world-made-real" approach of a Renaissance festival, toss in a rabid fan base, add a plethora of inventors, hackers, revisionist historians, and "makers," wrap it in a carefully constructed mythos...
...and add electricity?”





Yep, that’s what they are saying! And boy does TESLA VS EDISON: SHOWDOWN AT UNOBTANIUM sound super cool! It’s a two-day event like a Renaissance festival but there is a story unfolding around you as you interact with the cast and even become a part of the story. It all centers around the fictional mining town of “Unobtanium, Texas.”

“Arch-rivals Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison will be trading barbs throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The actual “Showdown” will occur on Saturday night at 10 pm and re-occur Sunday at 5:00 pm. Not unlike a political candidate’s forum, the brain duel will start out somewhat civilly, with questions posed by our celebrity moderator, but will denigrate into the knock-down, drag out you’ve been waiting breathlessly for! Sparks will fly. Ray guns will be drawn. History will be re-made!”

It’s not too late to get tickets and this definitely sounds like it will make for a great weekend.

Click here, if you’d like to hear about the real-life “feud” between the two inventors turned out (poor elephant.)

November 6, 2012

Izumicon Comes to Oklahoma

IzumiconIzumicon is a premier anime convention that will hit Midwest City, Oklahoma November 9th through the 11th. It will be housed in the Reed Convention Center at 5800 Will Rogers Road just across from the Midwest City Sheridan Hotel. Guests will include Johnny Yong Bosch, best known as Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Eyeshine, Johnny’s band, as well as voice actors Doug Smith and Lisa Ortiz.

I don’t know much more about this convention, but would love to hear if anyone from the DFW-area is going to it. Anyone from the Oklahoma City-area going? Take pictures and show Dallas how you do Anime Okie-Style!

Enjoy a video of Johnny’s band, Eyeshine!

The Lewisville Science Fiction Book Group Discusses ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel Wilson

If you’ve read ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel Wilson then the Lewisville Science Fiction Book Club invites you out to the IHOP in Lewisville on Interstate 35 Friday November 9th, 2012, at 7:30 PM. Robert Barber and the crew love to sit and discuss over the dinner table in a relaxed atmosphere. I’ve enjoyed every time I’ve been able to sit with them and I’m sure you will too.

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November 5, 2012

Millennium 15 Bring Miniature Gamers to Round Rock

Millennium 15 Round Rock Texas November 2012

Whether you are an old-school civil war gamer or you like to fly starships into combat with one another, you’ll find something to suit you at Millennium 15. Though they do host a few slots for RPGs, the emphasis is on miniatures. The show is put together every year by Lone Star Historical Miniatures which serves both Texas and Louisiana. In addition to games, there will also be a dealers room.

Anyone going to this or have gone in the past? I’d love to hear what you thought.

October 31, 2012

Darkon Takes Over Tulsa, Oklahoma

DarkonlogoDarkon is the convention for all things dark whether they be found in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. It’s put on by the same folks that bring you Tulsa’s Trek Expo. Below are just some of the celebs that you will be able to meet.

Veronica Carwright Alien X Files Candyman
Veronica Cartwright
Rick Worthy
Michael Vance Author Artist Global Star
Michael Vance
Matt Frewer Eureka Supernatural Star Trek Max Headroom
Matt Frewer
Lisa Wilcox Nightmare on Elm Street Star Trek
Lisa Wilcox
Kristin Bauer Van Straten True Blood Star Trek Enterprise
Kristin Bauer Van Straten
Garrett Wang as Ensign Kim Star Trek Voyager 320x240
Garrett Wang
Ed Gale Childs Play Phantasm Howard the Duck Spaceballs
Ed Gale
Count Gregore John Ferguson
John Ferguson as Count Gregore

Do you venture to cons outside the state of Texas? Which ones?

October 30, 2012

Batman Live–World Arena Tour at American Airlines Center

Batman Live Arena Tour at American Airlines Center Dallas TexasFaithfully adapted from the DC Comics’ characters and stories, BATMAN LIVE focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the mysterious vigilante known as the Batman – much to the dismay of his protective guardian, millionaire Bruce Wayne – who secretly happens to be Batman.

This dynamic triangle resolves itself in a non-stop thrill-ride across Gotham City that transforms Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into the legendary crime-fighters Batman and Robin and transports the audience from the Big Top of Haly’s Circus to the lower depths of Arkham Asylum – from the glittering peaks of the The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge to the subterranean wonders that await inside the Batcave, which features a revolutionary, all-new Batmobile designed exclusively for BATMAN LIVE by Professor Gordon Murray.

First, Batman Live – World Arena Tour doesn’t look like the Broadway show about that other super hero. This is full-on story-telling with action and fire and Batmobiles! The show runs from December 12th to the 16th and you can get tickets here. Since tickets are not cheap, you may want to head over to Red Carpet Crash and try to win a pair of tickets for opening night. Is this something that you might take the family out to see?


Batman Live–World Arena Tour 2012 at the American Airlines Center

October 29, 2012

Denton Public Library and A-Kon Hosts International Games Day

International Game Day IGD12-logoDenton Public Library will be hosting International Games Day on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The Denton Public Library is located at 3020 N Locust St., Denton, TX 76209.

International Games Day is an initiative around the globe to reintroduce neighborhoods to the educational, recreational, and social values of gaming using the library as the focal point. This was started by the American Library Association five years ago and has grown to over 20,000 people who will participate on November 3rd.

“Games, like libraries, are ever changing and intergenerational,” said ALA President Maureen Sullivan. “No matter what age, game or experience level, gaming in libraries provides a space for diverse groups of people to come together in a way they can’t anywhere else in the community – in the spirit of play.”

In a quote from the Facebook Event Page;

In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 3, 2012, two thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of IGD12. This year marks our 5th annual event. In 2011, more than 27,700 people played games at more than 1,400 libraries across the U.S. and in other countries.  The Denton Public Library and A-Kon are proud to host a local event of IGD12.

To see if your local library is participating go to I Love Libraries or contact Jennifer Petersen, ALA Coordinator, at 312-280-5043 or

October 26, 2012

The Batmobile Tour Hits Cowboys Stadium at Arlington

Got this on short notice but most of you should see it in time. They will be inside Cowboys Stadium, so to see them on Saturday, you’ll have to have a Tour Ticket or Rally Day ticket to view them. On Game Day, well, your game ticket is your way in. If you get photos, show them to us!




WHAT: The Batmobile Tour –

Seven unique vehicles from the Batman franchise

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 (open to all media)

11:00AM – 3:00PM

Sunday, October 28 (game credentialed media only)

10:00AM – Half Time

WHERE: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington

Saturday – Outside the Miller Lite Club (Inside the Stadium along the Self Guided Tour Route (Media: Free, Public: Must purchase a Tour Ticket or Rally Day ticket to see)

Sunday – East Plaza and West Plaza

For the first time in Batman franchise history, witness six Batmobiles and the Bat-Pod as they embark on a tour of sporting events across America prior to the December 4th home entertainment release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Combo Pack includes “The Batmobile” documentary, an hour-long in-depth look into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal. Journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon.

The following vehicles will be on display:

  • Batman television series and Batman, The Movie (1966) – driven by Adam West
  • Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) – driven by Michael Keaton
  • Batman Forever (1995) – driven by Val Kilmer
  • Batman & Robin (1997) – driven by George Clooney
  • Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Black Tumbler, Camouflage Tumbler, Bat-Pod – driven by Christian Bale

The next stop on the tour will be the LSU vs. Alabama game at LSU Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, 11/3 and the New Orleans Saints vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, 11/5.

British Emporium of Grapevine Celebrates Doctor Who Day 2012

dr-who-poster-centerlargeReceived this in an email from The British Emporium! They do this every year and it’s always a lot of fun! If you get a chance take photos and send them my way!

It's A Very British Hall-Who-Ween!
Sunday October 28th
12 noon-4 PM

Our British Halloween Open House is also DoctorWho Day 2012, celebrating the 49th TV anniversary of the beloved Time Lord! Come as your favourite character, meet fellow fans and pose with a Tardis, Dalek and K-9! Watch some of our rare videos. There'll be a Quiz to test your knowledge, and Costume Contest judging at 2 PM! Want some costume ideas? Have a look at at our Flickr page from last year's event!

Enjoy complimentary Timelord's Tea, Treats & refreshments. Browse around our shelves full of Dr. Who gifts, take home some Jelly Babies & Jammy Dodgers.

British Emporium - Doctor Who Day 2012

October 25, 2012

Video Association of Dallas Presents SHORT BURSTS OF HORROR

Tainted Milk Movie ShortThis fun little event is just in time for Halloween! Go to the link below to get tickets!

Short Burst of Horror at Dallas Museum of Art



Short Burst of Horror

Saturday, Oct 27 9:30p

at Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Age Suitability: None Specified


Short Burst of Horror (short’s block) curated by Charles Dee Mitchell
Shadowline by Jim Haverkamp A weather beaten drifter on the fringe of a city takes refuge in a broken factory. There he finds an old coat, and in the pocket a notepad with a photo of a girl he later realizes is a missing person. Ignored by an eerily cold public, but with a sense of purpose he attempts to find her - traversing the decaying guts of the city he follows phantom clues, which are driving him to a point beyond all reason
Tainted Milk by Jimmy” ScreamerClauz On the night of a Lunar Eclipse a young boy, Tommy, is informed by his dog that the devil is living inside of his mother and that it must be destroyed before its born.
I Love Sarah Jane by Spencer Susser Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl -- Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way-bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies-nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world.
Ethereal Chrysalis by Syl Disjonk Enter the multidimensional maze of the Ethereal Chrysalis, where the doors of perception become the annihilation of all rational thoughts.
We, The Masses by Robyn O’Neil Houston artist Robyn O'Neil is known for her large-scale, graphite drawings of men lost in vast, snowy landscapes, landscapes that evoke austere beauty, danger, and horror. This short film, produced in conjunction with Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, animates O'Neil's world. A solitary figure, literally dropped from the sky, confronts unreasoning antagonists and natural disaster, and possibly attains transcendence.

Are you a big budget horror person or do you like the indies?

UTA Site for Local Astronomy Day Observance

NGC 206 and Star Clouds of Andromeda courtesy of Bob and Janice FeraAstronomy Day is an event that was started back in 1973 in an effort to bring the general public in contact with hobbyists, enthusiasts, and professionals to raise awareness of the study. It happens in the Spring and Fall on a date that falls closest to the first quarter moon.

This year, the University of Texas – Arlington will join with The Ft. Worth Astronomical Society and The Texas Astronomical Society to give people a chance to view demonstrations, listen to lectures, and do a little observing. Amateur astronomers will have their telescopes set up outside the planetarium, weather permitting. They are also looking for donations of books and other astro-related items for a children’s free raffle and need volunteers at the registration and raffle table. Please contact or if you can help!

University of Texas – Arlington: Astronomy Day

October 24, 2012

Wizard World Austin Celebrates 25 Years of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart Jean Luc PicardThere isn’t much more that I can say about Wizard World: Austin, except that I wish I was able to attend! Though there are many fine actors (I’ll get to that), artists, and other personalities the thing that I’m going to miss the most is the reunion of the cast of "Star Trek: TNG.” Well, at least eight of them will be taking the stage the first time in the U.S., including Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) and Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher). Heads up, though. This is an extra event that you will have to pay for. Which is kind of screwy if you ask me. As if you’re not going to be spending enough money already. Hopefully, you get an autographed photo with that paid admission.


Oh! And about fine actors! Does Wizard World buy into the Syfy Channels marketing line of “Imagine Greater?” They must when you have the wrestler CM Punk showing up. I think they’ve been doing this for several years now, but to me, it just doesn’t fit. And then this abomination! Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (“Jersey Shore”) will be there. REALLY?!? Oh, yeah. He’s got a comic book out. Or more to the point, his image and likeness will be “gracing” a comic book. Dear, Lord.


Now, that I’ve got that out of the way. Was searching the internet this morning and came across this great video. Just when you didn’t thing you could stand to here GANGNAM STYLE again, along comes this video. One of the best movies ever! It’s “Lo Pan Style!” And James Hong, the original Lo Pan, makes an appearance!

Lo Pan Style (Gangnam Style Parody) with James Hong Cameo


  1. Going to Austin for Wizard World?
  2. Going to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion, even though it’s an extra charge?
  3. How do you feel about Wrestling Stars and Jersey Shore being represented?
  4. What do you think about Lo Pan Style? Huh? Huh? What’d I tell ya?

October 23, 2012

The Original HALLOWEEN (1978) Back to the Big Screen

John Carpenter Halloween Release 2012 600x400Beginning October 25th and running through October 31st the original John Carpenter classic, “HALLOWEEN,” will grace the silver screen. In addition to being presented in HD transfer and 5.1 audio, the presentation from Screenvision will include a documentary shot from Justin Beahm called “YOU CAN’T KILL THE BOOGEYMAN: 35 YEARS OF HALLOWEEN.” For more info go to


If any of you have ever witnessed Mystery Science Theater 3000 then you understand why this is a must-see. For those that do not know what Mystery Science Theater 3000 is then you need to get a Netflix subscription and start watching. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett were just a few of the amazing people who brought us Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and Gypsy along with their human friend, played by Joel Hodgson then Nelson, who were forced to watch bad movies and their reactions monitored by a mad scientist. Now, the show is on the net and called Rifftrax. I witnessed their live simulcast of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and loved it. This looks to be another great show. Not a lot is known about the movie BIRDEMIC except that somehow Tippi Hedren found her way into it. Too bad.


Halloween, like Christmas (?), is a great time of year for catching up on favorite movies. Thanksgiving doesn’t have favorite movies. Wait, I lied. PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES. Anyway, back to my first thought. Halloween is the time to re-watch old favorites and how better than on the big screen the way it was originally intended! Wednesday, October 24th, NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal will present a double-feature FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKESTEIN at participating theaters. This coincides with Universal’s 100th Anniversary.

In addition to the movies, it will be hosted by TCM Host Robert Osborne. Joining him will be Sara Karloff, the daughter of Boris Karloff, Bela Legosi, Jr., son of the DRACULA star, and Academy Award winning make-up artist, Rick Baker. Interviews and discussions will concern how Karloff and Legosi set the standard for the Hollywood horror film.

October 22, 2012

***UPDATED*** Dallas Fandays Photo Links

DSC03632Here’s a short list of photo sets from around the Dallas Galaxy. I’ll post more as I find them or they get submitted!





A Galaxy Called Dallas' Facebook Photo Album - Fandays 2012

Dallas News Guide Live: The best and wackiest costumes from Dallas Fan Days; Vote for your favorite!

Superhero Hype: Dallas Comic-Con 2012

Dallas Observer: The 40 Best Costumes at Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days

SciFiFx: Dallas Comic Con FanDays 2012

Wild For Wednesdays: Dallas Comic-Con Fan Days; Day Two


Convention Scene - Scene on the Web: Fan Days 2012

My Geeky Geeky Ways: Dallas Fan Days - Day One, Part One

Dallas Vintage Toys - 2012 Dallas "Fan Days" Comic Con -Day 1

Fandays Adventures!

This was my first Fandays visit and I was not disappointed, except when it was over. I think next year I will be getting the all-weekend pass and just geekin’ it out. I had heard about the line debacle back in May with Dallas Comic Con, but after talking with a few that had gone to it and seen interviews and videos from others, I figures with a little preparation, I’d be fine.

Upon arriving at the Irving Convention Center, I was immediately escorted to the ticket booth, and thought, “this isn’t so bad,” but was then escorted back out to the line. Dreams dashed, I settled in and waited. Time flew by pretty quickly and once the doors were opened up, I only waited about ten minutes to get in.

DSC03575I always like to walk the exhibitor’s hall once and get a lay of the land and to take pictures. There was plenty of eye candy for the photographer and merchandise to be had this year. I walked a little bit with my friends, Les and Thomas of The Fellowship of the Geeks, and made mental notes of things I might come back to buy. On the back DSC03614wall, Al Plastino was signing a old issue of Superman. I overheard him tell the guy that even in the condition it was in, he figured it was worth $900. And that was before he signed it. Ralph Bakshi was in a good mood when I asked him for a photograph!

Also, got to meet up with my good friend Thomas Branch. It seems that he has some good news of which I will report on later, but it does concern some of  his artwork, so stay tuned for that.

Stopped by Eddie Medina’s table and talked for a little bit. When he heard that my daughter is a Wonder Woman fan, he helped round out her collection with something to put up on her wall. Thank you, Eddie! She loved it!

Gloria Oliver, a local author, had a table and I got to talk to her for a bit. She loves to sit and fan watch and she takes some really good photos. If you follow her on Twitter, you can keep up with all the cool costumes.

A few months back, I met A. J. Moore at a small comic book get-together and became an instant fan of his children’s comic, Dorse. He was back at Fandays with more Dorse goods and will soon have Dorse plushes which my kid will really love.

Another guy that I met a few months back and really like is Matt Largent. He is the creator of an animated Star Trek parody – Stalled Trek: Amutt Time and it’s hilarious. If you can get your hands on a copy, do check it out.

DSC03633My brushes with fame came late in the day. With money being tight, I was going to pass up on autographs this year, but my crush was in town. Yes, my wife knows about her. Felicia Day and Eddie McClintock were side by side and so, I decided to get his autograph, as well as Felicia’s. Let me just say that Felicia is as pretty in person as she is in photos or on camera. Most celebrities look different, and not in a good way, when met in person, but not her. She is, also, just as sweet and pleasant to meet. I had to ask her how she handles her schedule, because she seems to be everywhere these days. If not producing The Guild or working on Geek & Sundry, she’s reading and posting reviews on Goodreads, or doing interviews or writing! I recently read a post on about how she works, her workflow and the different types of gadgets she uses and when I told her that I didn’t believe that article at all, she admitted that those types of days were few and far between. Some days it all production work, some are all writing, and she says that she gets away quite a bit. Can’t blame her. I was able to get an autographed Guild still and a photo of the two of us. It came out blurry, so I’ve decided next time, I’m bringing my own photographer!

DSC03634Eddie McClintock was right next to her and he was having a good time. I had him autograph a photo for my wife and asked for a photo of me and him. As he stepped out for our photo, he photo-bombed Felicia’s picture with a fan. I’m hoping that person will post it somewhere, so I can see it. Felicia with bunny ears and Eddie grinning maniacally over their shoulders! Laughs all around and a little dance from Eddie AND THEN he photo bombs us! Seems I didn’t understand what a “lean-out” photo  listed on his sign was. I saw several types of photos listed and I should have known it was a joke when I saw “Side Glance – $80.” Just as his sidekick snaps the photo, Eddie leans out so you can only see half of his head! It was pretty funny and he gave me a bro-hug, so I’m not complaining. I will say that his character on Warehouse 13 is not too different from the real person!

Have you got any interesting stories to tell? Fandays nightmares? Tell us about them!