Ninjas are about as easy to ignore these days as is a roundhouse kick to the head. Seriously, ninjas are all over. But unlike cheap Halloween costumes, toys, videogames, ninja-based-business-terminology, the ninja invasion of American entertainment began slow and subtle, rather like ninjas themselves. Read more about this history in the latest M.Y.O.P.I.A.
Fall is the season for horror. Not just for TV and movies. On these cold nights, as the moon disappears behind clouds, and leaves rustle against the corner of the house, there's nothing like reading a good scary book into the wee hours of the night. Check out my recommendation for classic horror books, and believe me, some of these are well worth reading, and others are well worth skipping.
Get ready to read about fashion...well, sort of. To end the slightly celebrated Superhero September on the site, check out a bit of food for thought on superhero outfits, and particularly, where the movies can really fail fans, and the core of what a character is, by getting the costume wrong.
Are you comic-book-curious? Are you intimidated by the world of comic books? Are you clueless where to start reading? Then this list of graphic novels is for you. These are accessible stories great for newbies, and essential to hardcore fans. No intimidation here, these are easy to find books with great storytelling. So check out my opinionated graphic novel recommendations.
Saturday morning cartoons used to be a big deal, a real long-standing tradition that different generations could bond over. The tradition has changed, some might say, died. Check out a history of one of the best TV traditions right here.
Pop-culture theme-cereals used to populate the breakfast aisle, but not so much in recent years. Check out a flavorful read on a brief history of popular and fad themed cereals.
This time I diagnose the phenomena of the most memorable cop of my childhood...even if he was just an actor...who seemed to play a cop over and over and over in television and movies.
A look at the fate of the Star Wars novels from the 90s and 00s...books that financed LucasArts and buffered Star Wars popularity. Books that quite frankly, faced a sad fate when Disney took charge.
A further look at Star Wars novels during the 90s, and how books were the fuel that helped bring the movies back...even if all aspects of the changes that followed weren't exactly loved by all.
Remember those creatures from 80's movies that used to be terrifying, and that we pretend aren't terrifying once we're adults...unless we think about them too much at night. Here's my take on the creepiest creatures from 80s era kid's movies.
Celebrate the cold dark autumn with some good old fashioned horror movies. The list is spoiler, and arguably, crappy-horror-movie free.
To close Superhero September, here's my take on superhero origins--that foundation on which great comic book characters are built, and usually the reason a character becomes a hero instead of just some jerk running amok with powers.