Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget). Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year.
May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics. May 25, 1984, I walked into a grocery store, and was instantly seduced by a black-suited Spider-Man.It’s the day I became a nerd/geek. Sure, there were things before which I geeked about, like most kids. But comics…that set me on a crazy journey around the world, meeting some amazing people, sharing my passion with everyone who would listen!
But comics aren’t my only geek passion!
I’m a polymath, soaking up all sorts of crazy stuff!
Here are some of my crazy interestest, and some crazy links you might not have realized existed! (Or blotted out in your youth to save on psychiatry bills!)
Geez… so much is out there already… what can I find…?
(Take THAT, Ikea!)
Adam Reed Tucker, the genius behind the Lego Architecture series!
Why MAD doesn’t release these digitally…?
And here’s the unaired 1974 pilot…
If you want to really delve into the history of videogames, read:
Here’s a site for laserdisc arcade games, including one of early anime!
Go study and read everything by Ellen Raskin. Had she not died at 56, she might have been the first author to win a Newbery and a Caldecott Medal. She wrote, drew, and designed books, and all are worth a few hours escape.
Remember Saturday morning cartoons? Remember when the networks would air a special the Friday night before, to introduce the new series? Yeah, they were usually pretty cheesy… here are three samples…
Superman meeting Bugs Bunny and Yogi Bear, at a party thrown by Avery Schreiber and Jack Burns?
ALF playing detective?
Boss Hogg trying to swindle Scott Baio out of his discoteque?
Ah… to return to those innocent naive days when I hadn’t yet developed a critical eye. (Yes, I thought the Star Wars Holiday Special was spectacular when it first aired. Now, I think I can last five minutes before revealing the location of the rebel base, Gilligan’s full name, and the lyrics to “Louie Louie”.)
If you’re really into pain, check out “Shirt Tails”, “Get Along Gang”, and/or “Care Bears”.
Weekend nights, USA would show “Night Flight”, an interesting mix of music videos, short films, and cult classics. MTV might have been cool, but Night Flight was hep. Here’s a memorial site.
And a playlist from YouTube:
The comedy record to seek out: “Retail Comedy @ Wholesale Prices“! Here’s a sample: “Mr. Wizard and Timmy”. The entire album is comedy gold!
I’ve got a predilection for TV themes, especially the full versions which cut out stanzas so there would be more time for story and commercials.
I’ve made a series of posts over on Google Plus, with the tag #forgottentvlyrics. Star Trek, Andy Griffith, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie…
Here’s one of my favorites, first heard during the end credits to the Buck Rogers movie! If it was remixed, it would make a great graduation song!
That’s all for this year! Hope you had a great time! Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist.
Ask me anything!