Save The Pix Theater

Please join me in supporting Alex Stone’s campaign: Support The Pix in Albany!

Here’s the link: https://givebutter.com/2mB5wo/lisaschwartz

You can easily make a donation by going to the link above. Thank you 🙂
I have always loved this theater. Specially over the last couple of years, being able to watch the classics like Young Frankenstein or having date nights with 007(Goldfinger) . I still think one of the best experiences I have had with The Pix, was when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came out. Opening night we went to go see the movie, we got our drinks, candy, popcorn. Found our sets and before every movie the owner Rod Bigner comes out and gives a little story/history/trivia. As it so happened that night, we had a guest who saw the first Star Wars: A New Hope(first one released) in that theater. He had seen every Star Wars movie in that theater, that’s incredible. That is also saying something about this theater. There is a friendly, warmth about this place that is hard to put into words. You are always made to feel welcome, comfortable and being able to interact with everyone there and the movies is awesome.

Plus also they are massive fellow nerd over there!!

One of cases and shelves with nerdy paraphernalia inside the theater.

“Story:
We are Alex Stone, Tina Springer and Lisa Schwartz, three Albany residents who simply LOVE THE PIX and can’t imagine our post-COVID-19 lives without it.
We are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on cinemas nationwide and we don’t want to see The Pix become a casualty of the pandemic. The Pix is seating at 50% capacity plus social-distancing between groups, and many shows have low attendance. To make things more difficult, Hollywood is releasing very few new movies.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $18,000. This sum will offset the rent for the Pix for 11 months (November 2020 – September 2021) and pay the fees associated with this campaign. All funds will go directly to The Pix to help keep this wonderful community cinema alive.

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We are asking others who LOVE THE PIX to join us in contributing to this campaign.
Why do we LOVE THE PIX?
…So many reasons!
GREAT MOVIES!
WONDERFUL owners and staff!
Great popcorn with real butter (REAL BUTTER)!!!
STUNNING atmosphere – who doesn’t simply love to hang out in the foyer?
COOL STUFF AND GAMES in the foyer.
COOL FURNITURE! COMFORTABLE SEATS!
El Jefes, quesadillas, jumbo hotdogs, frozen bananas, pie, truffles…
Beer, wine, cider, soda, kombucha.
ACADEMY AWARDS NIGHT with red carpet and costumes!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE PIX? Let us know when you donate!!

Image Comics & Childhood Memories

In words of Sophia Petrillo (Golden Girls if you don’t know)… Picture it Ojai, California, 1993. I was 10 years old at the time and just starting to really get into comics. I was really into DC and had a nice collection going with the help from my Father. There was a comic book store in town, sadly for the life of me I can not remember the name of it. I just remember it was a hole in the wall , next to a army surplus store in a back ally behind a restate office. I remember going there for a couple of years as it was my first comic shop I have ever been to. I think it was open for about 5 years before he had to move his shop. Do to drama (A story for another time) and he tried to run the business out of his garage. That didn’t work to good and the doors was shut.

 

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61lU8QutzqLBut that not the story I want to tell here. I was starting to get into Marvel when one of my friends show me these trading cards he had. These were the Marvel Universe Series 4 Base set. If you collect all of them you were able to put them together to make one full picture. Of course I remember doing a bunch of yard work to earn enough money to go buy a box set. Back then it was $60.00 and I managed to make a little over 80 dollars. From there I got my box set and then found a number of comics  like X-Force, Jim Lee’s X-Men, Spider-Man, Robocop vs Terminator. There was Batman vs The Predator series I picked up as well, but only got two copies in and stop. It didn’t hold my interest as well.

But I remember that summer there was this buzz going around about a new comic company called Image Comics. Being that young at the time, I didn’t really understand what the big deal was. One of my neighbor’s kids use to come over a lot and one day he asked if I wanted to see his comic collection. Not really thinking much about it I went on. Because we were trading and talking shop about comics…

While we were walking to his house he was talking about Image Comics and a artist name Todd McFarland. He was completely enamored with Todd’s work and wouldn’t stop talking about it. I knew of Todd because of his work on Spirder-Man and Venom. So I could only imagine what this Spawn would look like. I was wrong… What I had pictured in my head was completely wrong and was not ready for the world of Spawn.

SpawnWe get to his room and in his closet he had a number of shelves label with what comic go where and by artist. It was amazing…. He pulled out the an issues of Spawn to see if I would even like it. All black with big bold red letters spelling “SPAWN”. Behind that was this monster or demon looking thing with teeth all over the place and these red bug like eyes. Two big horns or tusks if you will and all the slime and that was it.. As I opened the comic I was blown away by it. I had never seem anything like this before. Nor read anything like this before. I knew my Mom would NOT let me have these at the house or over all. But I knew my Dad was more open about things like that hahaha. I must have read it 5 times while I was at my neighbor’s house. From there he introduced me to Young Blood, Savage Dragon, WildC.A.T.s…. I was in nerdy heaven.. Before I left, my neighbor gave me the Spawn issue number #4 with the Violator on the cover. Wanted nothing in return, he had doubles anyways.

Thanks to him He started a obsession that will continue well into my adult years. My Father was hooked by Spawn, he really fell in love with Jim Lee’s art style. So WildC.A.T.s. and Gen13 (Scott Campbell) was his favorites by far. Through out high school I would copy McFarland art work over and over. Trying to have a better understanding on how to draw. While my Father trained me with the classics of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones style of art. McFarland really kicked open the door to whole new world.

As a kid this was an exciting time and realizing now what was going on shocked me. On Amazon there is a Documentary called “The Image Revolution”.

 In 1992, Marvel Comics was the number-one publisher of comic books in the world, largely due to its dynamic artwork. But as a response to what was believed to be years of mistreatment toward creative talent by the industry’s leading publishers, a small – but influential – group of artists left Marvel Comics at the height of its popularity to form their own company, Image Comics.

In one of my podcast we were talking about some new things we have watched and would share them. Chris Lockhart told us about this Documentary. He was not wrong at all! This brought back some many memories watching this movie. It was interesting to see what was really going on behind the scenes  and not just rumors around the comic shop. I’m happy to be around when that happened, because that change the way comic were forever really.

One of the main reason why I’m writing about this now, was because I was to be on a podcast talking about Image Comics. Sadly I was not able to make that show. I really want to do that one too.. But in the end I think is the best way to make it up. Here is the link to the podcast is you would like to give it a play:

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-p3qkc-dba033

On this episode of ‘The Pop Culture Pub Podcast’ they are discussing Image Comics. Host Chris Lockhart is joined on the episode with Co-Host Kevin Decent.

Image Comics Discussion
We will be talking about Image Comics. Discussion points include:
– history of Image/leaving Marvel
– Our favourite artists
– Our favourite titles
– Heroes Reborn
– Firing Liefeld
– Jim Lee selling Wildstorm to DC
– The Walking Dead & Robert Kirkman
– Modern Image

And we have our ‘Brain Candy’ and ‘Enders’ segments discussing current pop culture news.

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Wizard World 2019 News: James Marsters Dropped??

So a few days ago, I was roaming around Twitter as you do and saw a post from James Marsters say that he was dropped random from Wizard World Portland. With no reason as to why, he went on to inform everyone that was coming to this comic con. I might note that this Wizard World is vary heavy on the Buffy theme with Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof, Juliet Landau, Julie Benz, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer, and Charisma Carpenter.

With an out cry from his fans trying to figure out as to why he was removed from the line up. I personally went and asked my PR that I go through for my press pass and asked him. He didn’t have any idea as to why he was dropped as well. So after a few conversations back and forth, later on that day James updated he Twitter stating:

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After seeing the concern and love from everyone last night, both me and ‘s management have mutually worked things out. I’m so happy to announce that I will still be attending Wizard World Portland! I’m very excited for this Buffy extravaganza and seeing you there!

Wizard World Rick & Morty Unboxing

So it seems that Comic Cons are getting in on the loot crate style boxes. Wizard World has a number of them this year. One being the Rick and Morty mystery box.

The box itself cost about $60.00 and inside is totally worth it!

We also got the Harry Potter: Slytherin loot box and a free mystery box. But that will be for another post.

Wizard World Comic Con Portland: Learn to Play Pokémon

Wizard World just posted a Pokémon event for Portland! The link is down below.

https://wizardworldportland.frontgatetickets.com/event/g2d44tunjgckfdie

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Friday, April 13, 2018 –
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Show at 5:00PM

Calling all Pokémon fans! Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the official Pokémon Trading Card Game? I mean it’s only been around for 20 years! Like many people, you buy the cards because of your love for Pokémon but haven’t exactly mastered how to play the game with the correct rules. Well now you can learn how to play with the help of Pokémon YouTuber RealBreakingNate! Bring your own deck or learn play with one of our pre-made decks! Come learn to play as RealBreakingNate takes you through the game card. Breaking down what cards do and a step by step play through of the game. Not only will you get an introduction on how to play the game but every paid attendee will walk away with a Burning Shadows booster pack! This is a great opportunity to bond with your child and learn how to play the game together or to finally put all those cards to use after buying them for years on end!

*All children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult! Unpaid adults won’t receive a booster pack.

Show wristband required for attendance

Room number to be determined
Friday: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
Sunday 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Nerd Out!!

nerdoSo around the beginning of the month I found this app by chance, called Nerd Out. Basically with this app it’s a community of nerds banding together to share information about events that are happening near by(to you). Or as they put it:

Nerd Out is a mobile nerd event calendar application available for download on Apple and Android devices. Discover nerd inspired events in an easily accessible…

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Nerd Out!!

nerdoSo around the beginning of the month I found this app by chance, called Nerd Out. Basically with this app it’s a community of nerds banding together to share information about events that are happening near by(to you). Or as they put it:

Nerd Out is a mobile nerd event calendar application available for download on Apple and Android devices. Discover nerd inspired events in an easily accessible…

View On WordPress

Nerd Out!!

nerdoSo around the beginning of the month I found this app by chance, called Nerd Out. Basically with this app it’s a community of nerds banding together to share information about events that are happening near by(to you). Or as they put it:

Nerd Out is a mobile nerd event calendar application available for download on Apple and Android devices. Discover nerd inspired events in an easily accessible calendar. Listing events like Comic Con, Lightsaber Battles, Geeks Who Drink, Tabletop gaming, Screenings, Trivia & more!

So on a random thought I thought I’d write to them and see if I can join up and represent Oregon. A few emails back and forth, I’m now a member of the Nerd Out crew :). Portland is the only city in Oregon currently listed on the app, I’m hoping that will change soon. I’ll be listing events from all over Oregon, seeings how I live in Lebanon, Or. myself. ALSO! As part of being with the Nerd Out crew I got this cool little shirt!!

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You can find Nerd Out app on:

You can also find them on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nerdoutapp

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5-tCIG1jUu6L3xLNZsFE2g/feed

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nerdoutapp