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Posts tagged ‘failure’

After scoring the full set of Bubblegum Crisis RPG supplements, I decided to splurge on another of R. Talsorian’s anime-themed licensed efforts… ….the Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Roleplaying Game published in 1997 and still warming a shelf at Pandemonium Books half a decade later. VOTOMS was one of the bigger entries in the mecha-themed space […]

…and we’re back again for a look at another semi-contemporaneous “precursor” to Charlton’s age of “Action Heroes.” The focus this time around falls upon the mighty (derivative) Son of Vulcan. The character was the brainchild of writer Pat Masulli and artist Bill Fraccio (with Joe Gill later assuming the writing chores), made his debut in […]

Where we are

February 21st, 2017

Two weeks ago tonight, I began to feel a throbbing pain in my jaw while prepping the household garbage for the following morning’s pick-up. I’m no stranger to dental issues, but this incident came on strong and out of nowhere. The weird thing about tooth pain (and gut pain and knee pain and every other […]

Phoning it in

July 5th, 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard the story: In 1982, Atari and its corporate parent company Warner Communications were so blinded by record profits and institutional hubris that they failed to see the growing structural weakness in what was essentially a fad-driven economic bubble. Having scored the lucrative licenses to release both a home port of Pac-Man […]

It’s October 1982. The leaves have begun falling from the trees and the big marketing push for the coming holiday season has started to rev into high gear. Home videogame systems are this year’s Big Thing. Atari is still the overvalued champion in that realm, but the field has been getting dangerously crowded. Not only […]

The enemy of the good

November 19th, 2015

There were the “Eighties” that gave the world bleak post-punk minimalism and coldly romantic synthpop ballads under the any-second-now promise of thermonuclear annihilation….and then there were the “Eighties” which gave us this: Perfect was a 1985 attempt to parlay a 1970s Rolling Stone feature about the health club scene (hence the title font) into a […]

Gives you spirit to take a chance

November 10th, 2015

I will never cease being fascinated by ambitious also-rans of the entertainment world — the forgotten folk convinced of their God-given gifts but forever doomed to be outsiders looking in at those who’ve Made It Big. It’s always a question of finding the right key at the right moment within eye-or-earshot of the right people, […]

The title of the article is “An Uneasy Sense of Emptiness and Anonymity.” It is the first installment in a four-part series titled “Challenge for Free Men in a Mass Society” which ran in LIFE Magazine in the spring of 1967. That date is important, for reasons I will get to in a bit. The […]

(If you haven’t read the previous installment, surgeon you should probably do that before progressing further.) I had asked the art major out and she said “yes.” The subway ride back to the university from Harvard Square was a haze of giggles, nurse coy smiles, pharm and hand-holding. It felt good, having the anxious ambiguity […]

Super-Villain Break-Up

November 4th, 2014

Kang and Doctor Octopus then went back to Kang’s mom’s house and played Castlevania on Kang’s NES until midnight. Kang and Doctor Octopus spent many hours driving around in Kang’s 1984 Toyota Corolla, getting Taco Bell drivethru and hitting every game and comic book store in the northwest suburbs. Once Kang got angry and called […]

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