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Thoughts on Elvis Presley

Forty-two years ago. I had turned nine only days before. I sat and watched my mama cry like she had lost her best friend. Elvis Presley was and still is, to me, the King of Rock and Roll. I grew up listening to not only the rock but also his gospel music and to this day, I get a euphoric feeling listening to it. Today, he has been gone as many years as he lived and yet he still lives on.

I make sure that my daughter hears his music and understands where he came from not only geographically but also musically, finding videos about the old blues singers of the South and the singers who were experimenting such as Big Mama Thornton who first recorded Hound Dog in 1952.

So, Elvis, I remember you and thank you for the music.

What do you remember of Elvis, if you’re old enough and if you’re not, do you know who is is?

Remembering Elvis Presley on ABC News


Another trip around the sun . . .

Yesterday I celebrated another year on this little blue marble. I’ve been twenty-one longer than it took me to get to twenty-one in the first place. Putting it gently? I turned fifty-one.

I’m a widower dad trying to raise my daughter to be better than I will ever be and to make a difference in even the smallest ways. She makes me proud every day. And I’m still improving, too, though not as fast as I used to, but that’s to be expected.

I’d like to thank all of those that extended birthday wishes and to those that have made my existence a little easier. For that, I will always be grateful.

The day was spent doing what Lilly and I do best; buying books and eating. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Netflix releases final The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance trailer

Thirty-seven years after The Dark Crystal debuted we finally get to go back to the world of Thra. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel to the original movie and follows three Gelflings who discover the where the Skeksis get their powers. Upon finding this they set out to start a rebellion and save their world.

The release date for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is August 30th on Netflix and will be a 10 episode series.

Are you old enough to have seen the original The Dark Crystal in the movie theaters in 1982? Find out more by clicking on The Dark Crystal!

A. Lee Martinez Finally Gets What He Deserves . . .

his book turned into a movie! One of his earlier works, Gil’s All Fright Diner, was bandied about but eventually passed on.

The synopsis from Simon and Schuster reads:

Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to reset her destiny and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.

Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become the world’s great adventurer. She is a master of martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts. Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she’s figured a way out. The only problem is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.

Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death.

Awkwafina will also be in the upcoming Marvel film Shang-Chi.

Awkwafina is also starring in Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” after she broke out last year in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s Eight.” Additionally, she’s attached to the Marvel feature “Shang-Chi”; “Jumanji: the Next Level,” “The Prom,” to be directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman; and “The Little Mermaid” remake for Disney. She is represented by UTA, Artists First and attorney Isaac Dunham of Schreck Rose.

Raffo’s credits include writing “The Relic” and “Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story” along with the Black List script “Renko Vega and the Jennifer Nine.” He is repped by APA and attorney Tanya Mallean.

Shestack’s credits include “Air Force One,” “The Last Seduction,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “Before I Fall.” He’s currently developing “Old Man’s War” as an original film at Netflix.


I’ve been aware of Lee and his work since my days with Borders back in 2009. Gil’s All Fright Diner was the first book that I read of his and I couldn’t put it down. Others followed, all great reads and he was cool enough to do a signing at our Grand Opening back in 2014 at A Galaxy Called Dallas Comics.

Here’s to seeing more of his works come to life on the big screen!

A. Lee Martinez – No image of his face can be found. He’s so elusive, this one!

Let’s Play Gaming Expo 2019

Touted as “The Most Interactive Gaming Expo in Texas,” the Let’s Play Gaming Expo hits this weekend, August 9-11 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

The 1989 gaming movie The Wizard celebrates it’s 30th anniversary this year and at this event you can meet Luke Edwards, who plays the Wizard/Jimmy Woods, writer David Chisholm and producer Ken Topolsky.

You can also meet voice actors, cosplayers, musicians, Youtubers, and authors all from the gaming industry.

Day passes can be had at $20-25 according to what day you want or you can get a weekend pass for $35.

If you happen to go, be sure and share your adventures with us!

Let’s Play Gaming Expo 2019


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Absolute Carnage Arrives This Week!

So the Absolute Carnage story line was introduced a few months back and it’s beginnings can be traced back to the 80’s when Spider-man first came in contact with the black suit in Secret Wars. Now, here we are almost 35 years later and Donny Cates (native of Garland, Texas) has tied a lot of things together to give us Absolute Carnage. Issue #1 hits Wednesday.

Here are a few links and video to give you more of a idea of what it’s about and of course, there is the obligatory photo of Donny visiting me and my friends at our shop in Garland.

Absolute Carnage Reading Order – Comic Book Herald

Absolute Carnage: All You Need to Know About Marvel’s Deadly Summer Event –

Absolute Carnage is a five issue series with issue #1 coming in at 60 pages for $7.99. Make sure to place your orders with your FLCS (favorite local comic shop) to make sure that you don’t miss an issue.

Allow myself to introduce . . . myself

My name is James Pickering and I am a geek. In general, though I’m also a nerd about certain things. But mainly a geek.

I was married for a very short eight years to a most beautiful, care-free, fun-loving woman who gave me a daughter. That daughter is almost 10 and grows and matures every day.

For five years I ran a local hobby blog chronicling geek life in Dallas, Texas. In 2014, I turned that blog into an actual comic book shop and it survived almost five years.

I now find myself turning fifty-one in two weeks, and it’s like I’m starting over again. Trying to figure out what to do with my life. What’s my next step now that I don’t have a shop anymore?

For one thing, I need to concentrate on me, my daughter and giving myself more time to grieve over my loss. I gave myself a year and during that time lost a brother. I should have taken more time.

I also feel like I have so much to give back to others and so I’ve created this blog to write about this and that and pass along information that I believe is of interest. By creating a new blog, I can seperate it from the old, so that there is no confusion. And as I said, to get a fresh start on this next phase of life.

I love comics and movies. I am an avid reader and science-fiction nut. I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1977. I love old pulp novels, serials such as Flash Gordon, and cool artwork. I love underground and new wave (80’s) music and was a local club DJ for twelve years. Now that I have a young daughter, I find myself a big supporter of teachers and am always looking for ways to improve their arsenal of tools in educating my child. And I do the same for small businesses.

So, you will find me talking about all of these things here. And I hope that you will find something useful that you can take and put to use in your daily life or that will add a little sunshine to that life. And I hope that it will keep you coming back.

Galacitc Daddy and Lilly Bug, at your service!

Gradual Changes

As I go forward, I’m going to transition over to the new accounts and get away from posting on the A Galaxy Called Dallas accounts and then shut them down at the end of August. The only posts that I will put on the other accounts is basically a counttdown to the end of them month to try and get everyone over to this account.

To help facilitate that, if you’ve already joined me here in my little corner of the universe, thank you. And I ask that you share to your friends and your audience. I’m looking forward to sharing my world and hearing back about yours.

August 31st is the deadline.

And again, thank you.