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Posts tagged ‘grow up already’

Necromunda marked the end of my days as an active tabletop gamer. Most of my gaming pals had scattered to the four winds, and the ones I did manage to keep in contact with were busy with other concerns. We’d reminisce about the “good old days” during our increasingly infrequent meet-ups and float the idea […]

When I started assembling my list of “essential” albums to seek out on vinyl, Lush’s Gala was one on the first entries I added to it. The 1990 debut (actually a compilation of singles and the Scar “mini-LP”) by the shoegaze scenesters possesses all the qualities I look for in a record — a consistently […]

Stale madeleines

March 27th, 2018

Ready Player One is a set of flash cards elevated into profitability by an audience eager to be pandered to in the most facile manner imaginable. It’s nostalgia at its namedropping laziest. It epitomizes everything I despise about retro-gazing culture, yet there’s a part of me that wonders if that isn’t a little hypocritical on […]

There are a number of topics I keep meaning to write about yet never manage to get around to actually doing so. One of these is an annotated playlist of the “naughty” pop songs that inspired countless giggle fits during my formative years. I’m talking about tracks where the “double” part of double entendre was […]

The Fiend Folio was the first Advanced Dungeons & Dragons hardcover I owned, thanks to the local Kay-Bee store marking it down to a quite affordable four bucks. As my initial foray away from the basic D&D box sets, it occupies a special place it my heart and it set the tone of my campaigns […]

Do you remember?

September 14th, 2017

Hüsker Dü filled the same niche for me that Depeche Mode or the Cure filled for other alt-leaning Gen X teens, a vicarious vehicle for the sentimental side of adolescent angst. I discovered them through an episode of 21 Jump Street, where a promo poster for Zen Arcade hung prominently in a safe-for-TV “punk rock” […]

All geek things

August 8th, 2017

Even though I came to realize Damian and I were on different pages in terms of our fandoms, we remained close friends through high school and my early college days. We continued to hang out on afternoons and weekends, hitting up the local arcades or roaming Boston’s northwest suburbs in search of some new-to-us venue […]

A true marvel

August 3rd, 2017

It recently occurred to me that I haven’t posted any Captain Marvel Adventures material in a while. Let’s rectify that with a sequence of panels that feels oddly….relevant. So much for the tolerant World’s Mightiest Mortal. (from “Captain Marvel Versus The World’s Wildest Man” by Otto Binder, C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza in Captain Marvel […]

Unsteady Layer Dumb

July 25th, 2017

(being an excerpt from my forthcoming bestselling novel and big budget movie adaptation) When it came to my research, I didn’t take any shortcuts. Over the past five years, I’d worked my way down the entire recommended reading list. Danielle Steel, V.C. Andrews, John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, Herman Wouk, James Clavell. Michner. Krantz. Forsyth. L’Amour. […]

Today I’m going to try and get this feature back on track with a forgotten bit of flotsam that resurfaced while I was pulling some more memorable records from storage. Though Action Replay’s 1984 Personality Crisis compilation managed to slip clear out of my memory for over two decades, I can still remember the details […]

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