DragonCon 2018: Gird Thy Loins

Tres Weirdos

DragonCon is on the horizon once more. Here is where we shall make our stand against boredom and sanity:

TL/DR NOTE: The Fun Fest is Sunday, September 3rd starting at 10:00pm in Regency V in the Hyatt.

Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone’s first mention has their Twitter ID linked up–so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they’ve been added to an earlier panel than I first had them–so they’re Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I’m old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or reason or rhyme.

As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we’ll get it fixed. DON’T PANIC. Trust me, I’ll tell you when to panic.

Changelog: 8/29 – Rob’s schedule added.

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Headsup: Tales from the World of Comics

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles below.  The opinions I share are my own.

 

Riverdale Complete Second SeasonRiverdale follows the characters of the Archie Comics series as they tangle with love, loss, and divided loyalties. Season Two sees Archie reeling from his father’s shooting at the hand of the Black Hood, while Betty and Jughead’s relationship is tested as he joins the Southside Serpents and her brother Chic suddenly returns. Veronica’s father brings his own machinations to the mix, and the town struggles to keep itself together while under the shadow of the Black Hood and a dangerous new drug sweeping through the teenage population. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD is Riverdale: The Complete Second Season, which includes all twenty-two episodes from Season Two along with two hours of bonus content. Extras include four featurettes, the Riverdale 2017 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Riverdale: The Complete Second Season is available on Amazon, with the Blu-ray priced at $37.87 and the DVD at $24.99.

Arrow Complete Sixth SeasonOliver Queen can conquer any challenge in his secret identity as the Green Arrow– but can he embrace his new identity as a father?  In Season Six of Arrow, Queen strives to protect the city both as its mayor and its vigilante superhero while contending with enemies Black Siren, Vigilante, Ricardo Diaz, Cayden James, and others. With relations between his team beginning to break down, Queen must do all in his power to fight past and present enemies before Star City is lost for good. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all twenty-three episodes as well as several extras. Special features include all four DC super hero crossover episodes (with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), three featurettes focusing on Deathstroke, the crossover / Earth-X, and Cayden James, and a best-of compilation of DC TV’s Comic-Con panels from 2017. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is available on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD (for $40.70 and $29.96, respectively).

Gotham the Complete Fourth SeasonIn Season Four of Gotham, Bruce Wayne begins to follow his future path toward becoming the caped crusader as he sees Penguin, Riddler, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan, and Poison Ivy threatening his beloved city.  With the help of his trainer Ra’s al Ghul, his butler Alfred, and previous Wayne Enterprises executive Lucius Fox, Bruce begins to form his vigilante identity in an attempt to bolster the peace-keeping efforts of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is out today on DVD and Blu-ray, including all twenty-two episodes of the fourth season, two featurettes (“Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday” and “The Sirens Take Gotham”), the best-of Comic-Con compilation featured in the Arrow extras above, and deleted scenes.  Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on Blu-ray (at $37.99) and DVD (at $29.96) on Amazon.

Aquaman - Rage of AtlantisAlong with his pals Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Aquaman must face enemies in the air, on land, and in the sea in Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis, the latest animated feature from LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes. Facing an attack from Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns, Aquaman must make the difficult choice to leave his kingdom to answer the call of the Justice League or risk the destruction of all he holds dear. DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is now out in a Blu-ray Combo Set and DVD. There are no bonus features on this one, but (while supplies last) both formats include a limited-edition exclusive Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern LEGO minifigure. The film is available now on Amazon on DVD (for $9.99) and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (for $14.99).

Death of SupermanIn The Death of Superman, an asteroid crashes into the ocean bringing an uncontrollable force (known only as “Doomsday”), compelling Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice League come together to fight the all-powerful enemy and save Metropolis.  As the battle comes to a head, Superman and Doomsday face each other in the ultimate showdown, with the outcome determining the fate not only of Metropolis, but Earth itself.  The Death of Superman is out now on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Blu-ray 4K Combo Pack.  The Blu-ray sets boast a few bonus features, including the featurette “Death of Superman: The Brawl that Topped Them All”, two bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault, and a sneak peek at Reign of the Supermen, DC Universe’s next animated movie set to be released in 2019.  All formats are available on Amazon, with the DVD priced at $12.96, the Blu-ray Combo Pack at $17.96, and the Blu-ray 4K Combo Pack at $24.99.  There is also a limited-edition gift set (currently on Amazon for $23.74) which includes a Death of Superman figurine.

 

Headsup: Missions Impossible

 

In the Mission Impossible series of films, Tom Cruise stars as secret agent Ethan Hunt, who along with an elite support team chases down a variety of bad guys with lots of action, firepower, and kicksplosions in the mix.  Now out for the first time on 4K Ultra HD are all five films in the franchise, released just in time for the theatrical premiere of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. This is mostly a re-release as all of the bonus features outlined below have appeared on previous Blu-ray sets, but it’s important to note that the 4K Ultra HD, while just a bonus for some other films, may make a huge difference in your at-home viewing experience due to the extremely visual nature of the Mission: Impossible cinematic world.

Mission Impossible 4KMission: Impossible includes featurettes covering the history of the franchise (including the television series), Tom Cruise’s dedication to doing his own stunt work, the roles of real-life spies, and the creation of the film’s final action sequence. It also features a special look at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. (hosted by the museum’s Executive Director Peter Earnest), award ceremony tributes to Tom Cruise, “dossiers” on the film’s characters, promotional trailers and TV spots, and a photo gallery.  The 4K set is available on Amazon for $25.79.

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Your Weekend Justice #253: That’s Just Manilow and Stop It

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It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…and we flop back into the past to fill in the time-jump gap. Eventually.

Agenda:

  • Stanley Cup talk, whatever that means
  • Dieting
  • 2016 and why it’s Tuffley’s fault
  • Remembering Prince
  • Widge sucks and should be destroyed
  • Your Guns n’ Roses/ ACDC update
  • Crisis on Infinite Beyonces
  • WEJ v Batman v Superman
  • Disney and Marvel theme parkage
  • Universal Studios…still there
  • The new Who companion
  • Green Room
  • ID4 sequel
  • The latest from Godzilla
  • Iron Fist and Doctor Strange
  • The road to Defenders
  • Fun with vehicle collisions!
  • Hulk acting like the Hulk
  • No Inhumans movie
  • Fear Fear the Walking Dead
  • Being old and hating live music shows
  • The good old days of buying tickets
  • How to keep those pesky kids out of the cinemas
  • Soundtracks
  • Tarsem the Heartbreaker
  • Legends of Tomorrow
  • More remembering Prince

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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Neil Fallon, Leader of the People

Clutch: How to Shake Hands

It’s no secret that we think Clutch rocks balls. And not just because they let us use “Promoter (Of Earthbound Causes)” as our Weekend Justice theme song. Because ever since Doc introduced me to them via their self-titled album, they have kicked ass straight through to today. And now, they keep getting me more excited about their latest effort, Book of Bad Decisions, out in September.

Their latest music video, for “How to Shake Hands,” makes me laugh every time I watch the goddamn thing. Enjoy. And remember to vote.

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Headsup: Laughter, Tears, and Terminators

Forrest Gump 4KWinner of six Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Forrest Gump remains an iconic film that is beloved by old and new fans alike. Tom Hanks plays the endearing title character, whose incredibly sweet disposition and loyalty to family and friends more than compensates for his intellectual shortcomings. A rockstar roster of actors fills out the main cast as their stories of love and loss weave together against the backdrop of some of the most notable events of the twentieth century. The film is now out in a new 4K HD / Blu-ray set packed with special features. Bonus content includes multiple commentaries from the production team, featurettes on the production processes, special looks at the film’s innovative visual special effects and sound design, the historical significance of the film’s music, screen tests, and more. (It is important to note that several of these bonus featues mirror those on the film’s 2009 Blu-ray release, so if you already have that on the shelf, do some comparison before jumping into this new set to make sure you know what you’re getting.) The new 4K HD / Blu-ray is currently avaiilable on Amazon for $25.78.

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MasterClass: My Latest Obsession

Malcolm Gladwell MasterClass

Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Non-Fiction Writing

I think we’re in violent agreement that there are just too many good TV shows these days. The way things have been going, only the coming global armageddon and a media server in my fallout shelter will enable me to catch up. I’m especially screwed on most stuff this year because I’ve been almost exclusively watching courses from MasterClass.

After hearing me go on and on about how cool it looked, Cosette scored tremendous points by getting me the All-Access Pass for Xmas. When you consider that one course is $90 and all the courses are $180, well, it’s a no-brainer.

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Top Ten Tips for Ultimate Thrift Store Shopping

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[Editor’s Note: Thrifting is fantastic. I’ve gotten some of my favorite t-shirts and jackets from such places. But nobody out-thrifts Thespia. If it becomes an Olympic sport, with her on the team, we’ve got it in the bag. No pun intended. She knows her stuff. -Widge]

How many times have you complimented a friend on a piece of clothing and heard the response, “Isn’t it great? And I got it for only five dollars!” Finding great deals isn’t as hard or as time consuming as many of us may believe. One of the easiest (and I daresay most fun) ways of saving tons of money on clothing, household items, etc. is to check out your local thrift store. Whether you’re a seasoned “thrifter” or have never set foot in a second-hand shop before, check out the tips below on how to make your trip smooth, effective, and enjoyable.
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