Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be the most eagerly-awaited sequel outside the Star Wars brand, and James Gunn has delivered a winner. Some online critics feel that it doesn’t live up to the first, but I believe they are confused by the fact that the first one was an unexpected surprise they didn’t know they wanted, and this one is an eagerly anticipated treat that they are pumping up high expectations for. Since that joy of discovery is replaced by expectation, which can’t really compare, they are feeling a self-inflicted disappointment that is unwarranted. I loved it. Gunn still has some tricks up his sleeve.
Aside from being the lovable fraud behind the curtain here at AJS, I’m also a cartoonist; I even belong to a professional cartoonists’ group based in beautiful downtown Burbank, the Comic Art Professional Society, colloquially known as CAPS. I thought I’d take a page here and offer up shameless plugs for some of my fellow members who have webcomics available for your amusement.
Since everybody’s arguing about Iron Fist, it only makes sense that we here at Atomic Junk Shop should jump into the fray. I thought maybe the best thing to do would be to not get all whitesplainy, so instead of sounding off about my opinion of all this, I thought I’d do something sensible. So I looked through my Facebook list for friends who are geeks of Asian descent; we fired up a group chat and started talking.
I got a chance to interview Arrow’s Madison McLaughlin over at GeekDad. And here’s the story behind the story. For the last 15 years or so, I’ve been teaching archery at the world’s oldest field archery range; a few years back, a family showed up; parents and four girls, two of whom were in wheelchairs. The oldest daughter was about 17.
After having written about old stuff from the 1960s-90s recently, it’s nice to get back to being excited about new stuff, though this is one I’ve been excited about for a good long while; ever since I read American Gods and its sequel, Anansi Boys, I’ve kept an eye out for news about its inevitable film production. Following the success of Game of Thrones, Neil Gaiman’s book was picked up as a TV series, first briefly by HBO, and later by Starz.
Fake news. I know a little something about fake websites; way back in 2002, I had a bad habit of creating them. I’ve previously mentioned my site. At Monkey Spit, I made one every week for six months back in 2002. Let’s look back at my bad behavior.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange was made available for Digital HD/3D download and at Disney Movies Anywhere on February 14, and the film will be on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand next Tuesday, February 28. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of extra features and behind-the-scenes material. As a little preview, here’s a look at some of the bonus material you’ll get.