Watching: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian connects with the Baby Yoda (for lack of a better name.)

I don’t really know of anyone who isn’t a geek that isn’t watching The Mandalorian right now. Episode three just dropped this morning and it’s awesome. We see that a Mandalorian can be tough and sensitive and that they have each other’s backs. For eight dollars a month, you really can’t beat the Disney Plus subscription and access to all of the Star Wars, Marvel and Disney properties.

If you aren’t watching it, why not? Let me know in the comments.

Celestial Wonders

Being born in the middle to late years of the Space Race, I was enthralled with NASA and going into outer space. I remember watching the later Apollo missions launch and splash down as I got older. Amateur astronomy was a favorite hobby of mine and I can still recall the telescope that I got for Christmas one year.

This was serious stuff and my grandmother helped fuel that with a subscription to Astronomy magazine and a membership in the Planetary Society. One of the first books that I read was The Stars by H. A. Rey, the creator of Curious George. It’s probably geared toward twelve and up but if you have a precocious kid, I’m sure they will get something out of it as well. Armed with this and my sky chart, The Night Sky. It’s a wheel chart that I received when I took a physics course at the local college in sixth grade. I wore both of these items out while braving the chilly winter nights with a crick in my neck.

What got me to thinking about all of this was the events coming up this week in your local night sky. First, Mercury joins the morning sky after crossing the face of the sun only a week ago. That’s Thursday Nov. 21st.

Then Saturday and Sunday evenings you can find Venus and Jupiter getting cozy together just after sunset with Saturn watching nearby.

Both of these sights can be enjoyed with the naked eye or a inexpensive pair of binoculars. I had a large telescope but downsized due to it being a bear to move. Most of the time though I use binoculars.

The links below will give you some places to go for more sky watching info. Enjoy!

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Halloween Comic Fest 2019

There are two holidays that we get excited about in comic retailing and one is Free Comic Book Day in May. The other is just around the corner and that holiday is Halloween Comic Fest! Both days are celebrated with specially branded comic books that are free on that day. Most shops allow you to choose a set number of comics, which are available for all ages, or you can choose as many as you want. Some shops have costume contests and give away candy, but rest assured, you’ll have a great time.

Halloween Comic Fest has never really taken off like Free Comic Book Day has and that is probably because it has to share the hype with the day of Halloween. This year the day falls on the Saturday before Halloween, October 26th.

Below are links to help you celebrate and watch on our other media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for other links.

Halloween Comic Fest Main Website

HCF Costume Contest

Free Comics Available on Halloween Comic Fest 2019

Spooky Spectacle Hits Ft. Worth

What started as the Granbury Paranormal Expo has been transformed into the Spooky Spectacle which brings us a small Pet Sematary reunion. That’s right, actors Dale Midkiff and Miko Hughes who played Louis and Gage Creed in the 1989 movie will be in attendance as well as other actors, comic book artists, movie producers and cosplayers.

Two of the highlights for me are the inclusion of my Navy buddy and author Tom Bont and the wonder dog Tugg the Bull Terrier!

Tom Bont came to our shop a few years back to introduce us to his brand of werewolves with Howlers: Lupus Rex. Hollingsworth is the fourth book in that series and follows FBI agent Angela Hollingsworth as she is introduced to this supernatural world.

Author Tom Bont

Tugg the Bull Terrier is another friend that we look forward to seeing at the show. He and his owners, Blake and Kim Ovard, came to our shop and met with old fans and made new ones. He’ll be doing the same at the show and we hope you get a chance to meet him.

Blake Ovard and Tug the Bull Terrier

If you do go, be sure and share your photos with us on our Facebook page!

David Doub Kickstarts New Project

Local Writer/Publisher David Doub of Dusk Comics is out to kickstart a new project based on experiences he had when he was growing up. Dealing with bullying and the after effects David is asking for patrons to come forth and help him realize this forty-four page one-shot. There are funding tiers that will accommodate any budget.

Click the image to get more info on how you can support this local creator!



Girls Who Shred

Thanks to 91x, an independent radio station in San Diego, for bringing this video up. It’s an article that posted on Global Citizen in 2017 about girls in India who skateboard.

Skateboarding is not normally an all-male sport in other countries and Atita Verghese of Girl Skate India uses it to help break down gender walls in her country. In fact, twelve female skateboarders from nine different countries crossed India in 2016 teaching skateboarding and empower other Indian girls.

WILD BEASTS – ALPHA FEMALE from Sasha Rainbow on Vimeo

I always like to show my daughter great stories or videos about girls everywhere who break social norms and this one is awesome. Hopefully, it inspires her and other girls to go out and do the same!