Better Sooner (than later) Con

I’ve appeared in the musical Oklahoma as the traveling salesman Ali Hakim (see below for the embarrassing evidence). But in all my travels across the country, I’ve never actually visited Oklahoma. Well, now I’m getting my chance. The good folk at Soonercon — the state’s oldest and longest-runnung fan-led fantasy/SF/popcul convention — were kind enough
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Got Another ACE Up My Sleeve…

…my second appearance at the Albuquerque Comic Expo, that is. Not only did they film The Avengers, The Lone Ranger, and Breaking Bad in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but Greg Derrick and his cool crew put on a great annual “popculcon” as well. And, although I haven’t dabbled in comics for a while, I’m lucky they
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Jackie & Me

It’s time I face it. Jackie Chan’s my martial art movie muse. His Drunken Monkey in a Tiger’s Eye (Drunken Master, 1978) was the film that inspired me to write my first martial art movie book (which was published in the early 1980’s). I had already seen Five Fingers of Death and Enter the Dragon,
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Dark Knight of Steel, Man of Clay

This was worse than I was expecting … and I was expecting the worst. As bad as Superman Returns? Sad to say, in a way, yes. Incredibly, they even made some of the same mistakes (such as concentrating on newly introduced, under-written characters as if we cared what happened to them). First the good news.
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This is the End in 100 Words

Easiest, simplest review ever. If you like any of the stars (James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Chris Robinson, and Jay Baruchel) or the film’s conceit (Hollywood party interrupted by the apocalypse), go. Word to the wise: the more you know about those stars, their movies, their reputations, and the less you know
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