Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 – A Weekend in Review
Apr 2014 07

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis.

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Kevin Brackett

As I sit in my recliner taking in all the glory that is WrestleMania 30, I’m reflecting on the weekend that has passed.  Wizard World descended upon the America’s Center for the second year in a row, and there would be no sophomore slump.  After the turn out we gave them last year, they brought some of their best this year and we responded in kind. With an amazing turn out again, St. Louis showed Wizard World and the pop culture community that this town is a hot bed of talent and fans.

This year’s show floor was in the actual Edward Jones Dome, rather than being limited to just the America’s Center due to its size.  Where last years show had a lot of dealers bringing high end books (Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, etc.), this year’s show brought more variety to the Gateway city. There was a lot more merchandise to be sold, and talking to the deals it seems to have been going very well.  They were selling more current items and variant covers.  To me, that’s where I will spend money.  I won’t be buying $15,000 books, but I might pick up some older issues of Hellblazer or Daredevil to plug some holes in my collection.  That was one of the things that last year’s con was missing.
 

Photo Credit: Joe Buttice

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Legendary Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait Plays Funny Bone in Valley Park (April 3-5)
Mar 2014 27

Bobcat Goldthwait ComedianBobcat Goldthwait will be appearing at the new Funny Bone comedy club in Valley Park on April 3-5. Goldthwait is known for his outlandish voice and his stand-up comedy from the 80s and 90s.

The comic made his film debut in Police Academy 2 in 1985. After reviving the character in two sequels, Goldthwait went on to appear in television show Unhappily Ever After, as well as his legendary appearance in 1994 on The Tonight Show, where he set fire to the couch on Jay Leno’s set. Goldthwait was appearing to promote his directorial debut “Shakes the Clown,” the story of a drunken clown who is framed for murder.

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Preview: Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 (April 4-6)
Mar 2014 19

Wizard World St Louis Comic Con 2014 TalentLadies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again.  The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and Wizard World is making it’s return to St. Louis.  That’s right fanboys and fangirls, Wizard World St. Louis is returning to the Gateway city on April 4-6 at the America’s Center.

Purchase tickets here.

With the amazing turnout from last year, Wizard World decided to make St. Louis a regular stop on their convention circuit.  Last we were treated with guests Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and Stan “The Man” Lee.  This year will also feature a plethora of comic book and pop culture guests for you to see and meet – along with some con exclusives and great panels for you to enjoy.

As great as last years event was, this year is shaping up to be even better.  Making their way to St. Louis this year will be superstar artists Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn, and Haunt), Greg CapulloSalvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams(Batman & Green Lantern), and Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern: Rebirth & Flash: Rebirth). Those are just a few of the heavy hitters coming this year.  Other amazing talent include David Mack (Daredevil & Kabuki), Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies & Army of Darkness), James O’Barr (the creator of The Crow),  and Mike Grell (Green Arrow & Warlord).  Neal Adams St Louis Comic ConThis however wouldn’t be a St. Louis Comic Con if we didn’t have some home grown superstars of our own now would it?  Also making appearances this year will be St. Louis’s own Cullen Bunn (Wolverine, Magento & the upcoming Sinestro), Chris Samnee (Daredevil, The Rocketeer, and Thor: The Mighty Avenger) Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun), and Matt Kindt (Justice League of America & Mind MGT).

David Mack also drew the Wizard World St. Louis exclusive variant cover of Wolverine and the X-Men #1.  It will be given the first 3,000 VIP attendees at the show. There will also be a black & White sketch variant.  That issue will be limited to 2,500 copies, and will be available at the Wizard Wold store on the convention floor.

 

Wolverine and the X-Men #1 St. Louis Comic Con Exclusive Variant Cover by David Mack. Limited Edition of 3,000 FREE to VIP attendees.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1 St. Louis Comic Con Exclusive Variant Cover by David Mack. Limited Edition of 3,000 FREE to VIP attendees.

 

Holy celebrities Batman! Adam West and Burt Ward!

Holy celebrities Batman! Adam West and Burt Ward!

This announcement is for all you Batman fans. This year, The Dark Knight is celebrating his 75th anniversary. And at St. Louis Comic Con, you will be able to meet the original Dynamic Duo themselves: Batman & Robin! Adam West and Burt Ward will be here, and are available for photos and autographs. And that’s not all! Making her very first convention appearance, we are proud to welcome Athena Finger, the only grandchild of Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of Batman and almost all of the “Bat” supporting cast.

Bruce Campbell St. Louis Comic Con VIP Exclusive Lithograph by Rob Prior. 11" x 17" Limited Edition FREE to Bruce Campbell VIP’s, Otherwise $TBD

Bruce Campbell St. Louis Comic Con VIP Exclusive Lithograph by Rob Prior. 11″ x 17″ Limited Edition FREE to Bruce Campbell VIP’s, Otherwise $TBD

I’m sure you’re telling yourself: “Joe.  I’m not a fan of these so called funny books, but I do love pop culture.  Is there anything for me?” Fear not dear reader, there is.  If the comic guests don’t do it for you – listen up you primitive screw-heads! Come to meet your favorite cult hero, Ash himself: Bruce Campbell! That’s right my friends, Bruce Campbell will be at Wizard World.

Also coming this year will be Nathan Fillion (Castle & Firefly), William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Sean Patrick Flannery (Boondock Saints & Dexter), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sean Astin (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Manu Bennet (Arrow & Spartacus), Summer Glau (Firefly & Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Milo Ventamiglia (Heroes), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Dollhouse), Alan Tudyk (Firefly & Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) , John Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)

This years show is shaping up to be even better than last year.  If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, you can head over to the official Wizard World website.  There you can pick up tickets for the show, find out how to get autographs and picture with your favorite celebrities, and a full list of everyone that will be at the con.

Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con will take place April 4-6, 2014. Click here for tickets. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.

Where to See Christmas Lights Around St. Louis (2013)
Dec 2013 11

Christmas Vacation Movie Poster High ResI believe that we all have a little Clark Griswald in us, but may not be crazy enough to decorate our homes like he did in Christmas Vacation. If that’s the case, don’t worry because there are enough holiday light displays in the St. Louis area to keep you busy until the end of the holiday season.

Here is a rundown of several of the popular light displays in the St. Louis area:

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Better bring the eggnog if you plan on making it through this 35 acre light display. Jellystone Park in Eureka is home to this gigantic display of Christmas goodness. While in the park, you can see Santa’s flying reindeer, take a trip through Candy Cane Village, or even see the Waterfall of Lights. Don’t want to waste the gas driving? No problem, you can take an old fashioned wagon ride through the park to see the display of lights. Once you finish your journey through Santa’s Magical Kingdom, head over to Kringle’s General Store. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $20 per car or $12 for a wagon ride. Santa’s Magical Kingdom will be open until January 5.

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Theatre Review: ‘Sister Act’ Shines at the Fabulous Fox Theatre (Nov. 19 – Dec. 1)
Nov 2013 21

Based on the 1992 box office hit which grossed over $230 million worldwide, Sister Act brings the character made famous by Whoopi Goldberg to the stage of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis from November 19 to December 1.

Ta'Rea Campbell Florrie Bagel and Lael van Keuren in Sister Act. Photo Credit Joan Marcus

Ta’Rea Campbell Florrie Bagel and Lael van Keuren in Sister Act. Photo Credit Joan Marcus

Deloris Van Cartier (TA’REA CAMPBELL) is an undiscovered diva with the dream to hit it big, as she auditions to sing in the nightclub of gangster Curtis Jackson (MELVIN ABSTON). After being rejected on Christmas Eve, she decides that she doesn’t need Curtis or his club to become famous. On her way out she witnesses the murder of an accused informant at the club-owner’s hands, sending her running into police custody for protection. With the help of officer Souther (CHESTER GREGORY), an old high school friend known as “Sweaty Eddie,” she takes refuge at a convent run by Mother Superior (HOLLIS RESNIK). There she tries to blend in amongst the sisters, meanwhile transforming a church on the brink of closure into a fabulous musical destination.

Sister Act is packed full of fantastic songs, which is no surprise with the talent of and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) responsible for the music. Rarely do you find a new musical full of not-yet-famous numbers that have you captivated, one after the next. Yet in this case, the show is overflowing with catchy numbers. The lyrics by Glenn Slater are wonderfully written, telling the story while keeping things lively and entertaining throughout.

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