Thursday, August 16, 2018

Around Dragon Con - The Center for Puppetry Arts

By Jerry Chandler

Tucked away on the corner of 18th Street and Spring Street in Atlanta, Georgia is the Center for Puppetry Arts. If you’ve been to Atlanta but never visited the Center for Puppetry Arts, this or next year’s trip down for Dragon Con would be very good times to consider rectifying this particular oversight. Now, unlike the Georgia Aquarium, this isn’t a sight you can see with just a short walk down the street from the Dragon Con host hotels. It’s anywhere from a 45 minute to 1 hour walk depending on who is doing the walking. You can drive to it in about 15 minutes, but what levels of insanity would you have to be suffering under to cause you to consider driving in downtown Atlanta? 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews August 2018: “What If… Halloween is Coming?”

By Dave

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in October.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Movie Review - The Meg

by Beth

Before I get into Dragon Con mode I wanted to take a minute to review the summer blockbuster I had been dying to see. The Meg isn't being well received or reviewed, but if you're like me you don't let critics or naysayers stop you from seeing something. Let this be one of those instances if you're on the fence. If you liked Deep Blue Sea, you'll probably like The Meg. I love Deep Blue Sea, and thought The Meg was a great example of what can happen when a silly idea gets a good budget.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 225 – Kirk Thatcher Interview

On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to writer, producer, director, and production designer Kirk Thatcher!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Around Dragon Con – The Georgia Aquarium

By Jerry Chandler

Located in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park- just a few blocks diagonal from the Dragon Con host hotels -is the Georgia Aquarium. Officially opened to the public in 2005, it was the largest aquarium in the world until the 2012 opening of the Marine Life Park in Singapore. Beating it out for sheer size was no small feat. The Georgia Aquarium is home to several thousand species of salt water and fresh water life from around the world, and it contains over 10 million gallons of water to keep those critters alive and swimming in. Just a little over 6 million gallons of that water are used for the aquarium’s primary exhibit, allowing it to be one of only two institutions in the world to house whale sharks. You’ll see swimming alongside the whale sharks some of the largest manta rays you’re likely to ever see, as well as more fish and more varieties of fish than you can likely count in one single day’s trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

What’s sometimes still a surprise to me when at Dragon Con is talking to my fellow con goers and discovering how many of them have never been to the Georgia Aquarium. It’s even more surprising when they seem to not even know there is a Georgia Aquarium. Why? Well…

Monday, August 6, 2018

Troublemaker – Coming Soon!

By Dave

At some point in the past I announced on the now-defunct Needless Things PatronCast that my good friend Jason Wilson – an award-winning documentarian – would be following me around with a camera for a year or so.

He did. From October of 2016 up through last year’s Dragon Con, Wilson was there to capture many aspects of my life as Phantom Trouble maker and as Dave West, including my shocking unmasking at the live 1987 panel for the Classics Track.

We (mostly Wilson) are now in the process of putting everything together. Or maybe in the process of finishing up putting everything together. There are dozens of hours of footage and interviews and I’m sure it’s quite a beast to parse it down to the best stuff. Or to a singular narrative. Or whatever it is he’s doing with it. Aside from a couple of instances of, “You know, maybe I don’t want this to be that real”, I’m leaving it in Wilson’s capable hands because he has won an Emmy and I have, as of yet, not.

I’m honored that Wilson would consider me a subject worthy of examining and I’m extremely proud of what we got done and of what I’ve seen so far. This thing is very much who I am, in some cases warts and all. It sends one singular message that I am aware of and perhaps many that I’m not – like I said, that’s up to Wilson. And to the eventual audience.

I can’t say yet what our plans are for release, nor when that will happen. Both of us want this to be the best feature it can possibly be and nobody will see it before it is.

In the meantime, here’s the official trailer for Troublemaker. Please like, share, comment, post, and above all, enjoy.

I love you guys.

While you’re waiting for Troublemaker, check out my interview with Wilson on the Needless Things Podcast and his last film, Stopper: Rise and Fall of the Bastard Squad.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 224 – San Diego Comic Con 2018: The Toys

Needless Things wasn’t in San Diego for Comic Con, but the Irregulars followed from afar and have plenty to discuss!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Around Dragon Con – Preparation

By Jerry Chandler

Preparation, you ask? Is this another article about getting ready for Dragon Con that gets into all that advice about how it’s important to have snacks, hydrate, get rest, shower, use deodorant, etc. that gets written about and talked about every year? Well, outside of that sentence, no, not really. This year I’ll be writing several articles talking about what’s around Dragon Con, not in it. So, no, no talk about how it’s important to have snacks, hydrate, get rest, shower, use deodorant, etc. while at the con or even about getting in some exercise before heading down to Dragon Con so that the (now five day) weekend doesn’t kick your butt like Morten Andersen kicking the old pigskin. However, we will be covering some of the same concepts, plus a few others that, while perhaps too late to make them useful this year, may make future Dragon Con weekends a bit more fun.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

(James) Gunn Control

by Beth

As soon as I heard about Disney firing James Gunn I messaged Dave to see if he thought the topic was too controversial for me to write about. He said to go for it, and thus the lengthy process of research and notes began. Because I'm angry, I'm confused, and I think we need to talk about this. Of course, he then proceeded to talk about James Gunn in the introduction to his most recent podcast, but whatever, I had already put too much work into this thing to toss it all out. I try to treat this site like I treat my day job. I stay away from sex, politics, and religion. Unfortunately, a lot of what led up the the scandal is politically based so I can't not bring it up. Don't worry though, I'm not not here to push an agenda on you. I don't have any answers here, and I'm not trying to start a fight, but I do think it's a discussion that needs to be had. Preferably a rational discussion. And if you're easily offended consider this fair warning. I found some of the tweets on Mike Cernovich's website, and am posting screen-caps of them here. I think people deserve to see what we're really talking about.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Dragon Con 2018 Progress Report

By Dave
“Dragon Con is always either a year or a day away.”
-Clay Gilbert
Dragon Con has sort of crept up on me this year.