Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend Jun10

Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend...

In case you hadn’t heard, Disney recently announced the first annual Star Wars Half Marathon Weeekend. Events will take place at Disneyland in California from Thursday, January 15-Sunday, January 18. There will be a half marathon, a 10k, a 5k and a kids race. What’s nice about this is that Star Wars fans of different running skill levels can all participate together. Don’t think you’ll be ready for half marathon by January? A 5k is exactly 10 miles less! But for those of you feeling extra adventurous, you can run the Rebel Challenge, which consists of running the 10k on Saturday and then the half marathon on Sunday. I don’t know why I didn’t see this coming when Disney bought the Star Wars franchise. Disney has been running races of various lengths at its parks for years, many with different themes, including the upcoming first ever Avengers Half Marathon Weekend. If there’s any downside to the race, it’s the price. The half marathon is $195. The 10k is $105. The Rebel Challenge is $320 ($20 more than signing up for the half and 10k separately, but you do get a third medal and shirt). The 5k is $70. The kids race seems like a bargain at only $20. Now keep in mind, these prices DO NOT include park admission. And don’t forget about hotel and airfare. As a Disney Marathon veteran, I strongly suggest staying on a Disney property. Disney starts their races very early, as in pre-dawn. If you’re at a Disney property, you’ll have a much easier time getting to the starting line.  All that said, as a Star Wars fan and a runner, I am hugely excited for this. Search your feelings. You know you are too. Now I just need to...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E20 – Nothing Personal – Recap...

I have to say, I really like the synergy that Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have together. Having the story from Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie in so much with the last quarter season of Agents of SHIELD has been wonderful. Colbie Smulders guest stars in this episode, reprising her role as Fury’s second-in-command Maria Hill, who when we saw her last at the end of Winter Soldier was taking a job with Tony Stark. Hill is still at Stark. When we catch up to her this episode, she’s heading to her car, and making every agent trailing her along the way. She soon realizes that those agents she made have all been waylaid. For a moment, I thought Blackout had returned from last episode, but it’s quickly revealed to May whose behind the agents being taken out. May quickly explains what’s going on with Coulson and company. Speaking of Coulson, FitSimmons and Triplett, they’re very surprised when they return to Fury’s secret base only to find everyone gone. They review the tapes and see that May left first heading one way and then Skye and Ward left with the Bus heading the other way. But where is Koenig? FitzSimmons discover the answer to that question, as Fitz finds the “WARD IS HYDRA” scrawled on one of Koenig’s exterior mood photos just as Simmons finds Koenig’s body. Fitz cannot bring himself to believe that Ward is Hyrdra. He bonded with Ward a lot when they went in the field together. He wants to believe Ward is still a good guy, to the point of questioning what they know about Triplett when Triplett tries calming Fitz down. Fitz makes his way through all five stages of grief fairly quickly, and...

Game of Thrones – S4E9 – The Watchers on the Wall...

Hi there, and welcome to another Game of Thrones recap. This recap has many spoilers for season 4, episode 9, The Watchers on the Wall. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, come back after you have. I’d hate to be the one to spoil things for you. A small caveat to new readers: forgive my use of nicknames. I use them to keep track of characters whose names I don’t remember. I have not read the books. If you have read the books, I ask that you not spoil future events on the show for those of us who haven’t. Okay, on with the recap! It’s all Wall this episode. Wall to wall Wall, perhaps? Last week, I wondered when we’d get to see the Wildlings attacking the Wall. I figured it would have to happen during the two last episodes or the onset of it would happen at the very last scene of the season. I didn’t think they they’d devote a whole episode to the Wildling attack. I’m not complaining. Yes, this episode was basically one giant fight scene, but it was one giant, AWESOME fight scene. The fight doesn’t start immediately. At the start of the episode, Jon and Sam are atop the Wall on watch. Sam is pestering Jon to find out what sex is like. He figures since they’re all going to die in this Wildling attack, he’ll never find out for himself. Jon tries to play it off, but man, Sam will really not let this go. Jon tells Sam to get some sleep. At the Wildling camp, Jon’s ex girl, Red,  is ready to kill. Big Bald Scarface calls her out, saying that she’s still soft for Jon Snow. But Red says that not only will...

Game of Thrones – S4E8 – The Mountain and the Viper – Recap...

This recap contains spoilers about Game of Thrones season 4 through episode 8, so if you’re not caught up, come back when you are. Comments are always welcome, however, I have not read the books, so if you have, please keep your knowledge of future events on the show to yourself. Thanks!  The episode starts at the best little whorehouse north of the wall, the one where Sam left Gilly. Things aren’t going well for Gilly. She’s trying to keep her head down, but one of the tougher looking whores (and local burp contest champion)  gets in her face about her baby crying. Gilly’s saved from having to brawl with the Burp Queen by the arrival of the giant Wildling army. Okay, maybe saved isn’t the right word. The Wildlings literally cut through the entire town and whore house, killing everyone in sight. The ceilings are dripping blood from the floors above. Amazingly, this would not be the grossest visual in this episode. Lucky for Gilly and her son, it’s Jon Snow’s ex who finds her hiding in a closet. Seeing the baby, she lets Gilly and her baby live. Man, you take the girl out of Dowling Gardens, but you can’t take the Dowling Gardens out of the girl… At Castle Black, Sam is seriously distraught. He believes Gilly dead after the attack, and is inconsolable.  One of his brother crows points out that Gilly has survived everything from Craster to a White Walker, so maybe she’s alive. This is enough to get Sam out of his funk.  I wonder how much longer this Wildling army bit will be drawn out. Will will see their attack on Castle Black some time in the next two episodes? Or will the oncoming horde be the...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 22...

In the twenty second episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, Billy and Dave give their picks for new comic books being released on Wednesday, 6/4/14. They also discuss the varying levels of coolness and creepiness of DC’s Bombshell variant covers and statues. You’ll also hear about artist Howard Porter’s amazing story of coming back from injury to draw again, the best comics of last week, and why you should pick up Cowl #1 by Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis if your shop has any left. Plus, is Miles Morales coming to the Marvel 616 and just what is going on with Marvel possibly cancelling the Fantastic Four? http://ia902506.us.archive.org/1/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode22/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2022.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Special Edition: NYC Saturday Panel Guide...

Special Edition: NYC is right around the corner, taking place at the Javits Center in New York City on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15. Unlike New York Comic Con, Special Edition: NYC is going to be strictly comic book focused. Don’t mistake this for a lesser show though. The Big Two publishers, Marvel and DC, will both be at Special Edition: NYC, and they (and others) are planning some very cool panels. Here’s our picks for the best panels happening on Saturday at Special Edition: NYC. 11:00 – 12:00 – DC Comics: Art Masters – Francis Manapul, Joe Prado and other DC artists will be talking art in this panel. I’m hoping this panel involves some live drawing on a big screen for fans to see. (Theater A – 1E19) 12:15 – 1:15 – Marvel’s All-New Young Guns – Once the DC art panel wraps, stay in your seat and listen to Marvel’s artists talk about their craft and upcoming projects. Mahmud Asrar, Sara Pichelli and Ryan Stegman will be on the panel, among others. (Theater A – 1E19) 1:30 – 2:30 – Mike Allred Spotlight – Okay, at this point, you can just stay in Theater A – 1E19 all day and witness some awesome lectures on comic book art. Any listener of the Tuesday Night Comics Podcast knows that I am a HUGE Mike Allred fan. This is must-attend for me, and should be for you as well. PS – Allred’s new Silver Surfer comic is a must-read. (Theater A – 1E19) 1:45 – 2:45 – Archie: Life, Afterlife and Beyond – Afterlife with Archie is one of the most unique comic books to debut in the past year, and takes Archie and the Riverdale crew into all-new territory. The creative team of...