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Hello, and welcome to The Smallest Things, a study of pop culture minutiae. You can follow this blog at smallestthingsexamined.tumblr.com. Today's installment:

The Strongest Man in the World


            The Adventures of Pete & Pete premiered on Nickelodeon on November 28, 1993. The show is about two brothers, both named Pete, and the absurd, quirky lives they live in the town of Wellsville. Doug Walker, in a Nostalgia Critic episode, described the show as being “kind of like Seinfeld for kids,” and I think that’s pretty accurate. I was a little kid when The Adventures of Pete & Pete aired on Nick, and though I remember liking the show, I think a lot of it went over my head. The same is true of Seinfeld. I used to watch Seinfeld with my parents during the end of its run in 1997 and 1998, and I know that I didn’t really understand most of it. And yet, I liked Seinfeld anyway. I think little kids can realize that something’s good, even if they can’t explain why. I didn’t really get Seinfeld, but I knew it was a good thing to like, and so I liked it. And I think the same is true of Pete & Pete. I rewatched Seinfeld when I was in high school, understanding it much better that time around, and it became my favorite TV show.

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I'm keeping this short tonight, as I sat down to write today's post I learned that my writing mentor, inspiration, and friend CJ Henderson passed away after nearly a year long battle with cancer. CJ had written comics, movie reviews, and a work of novels (The Teddy London, Jack Hagee, and Brooklyn Knight book series amongst other works) that are incredibly fun adventures.

        I got to meet him at his panel at a PortconMaine several years ago while I was just starting the nothing of writing a original novel after many years of writing Fan Fiction. Cj encouraged me ever since and always had a smile and a laugh, even if the conversation was by Email, or Facebook. I gave thanks to him and he was the first person I told when I released my novel earlier this year. The last thing he replied to me with was a "good for you" after I finished his book "The Stench of Fresh Air" only a day or two ago.

        His works from his short stories to his novels were always fun and original reads and meeting him was a joy as he was encouraging and always gave you a smile when talking to him.

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Bob and Dot have an argument, and the whole audience suffers.

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The other night I was finishing up cleaning out my large VHS collection. After most of the tapes were gone I was left with a small stack of tapes, about 15 or so (out of what started out as over 500). The tapes that were left were some of the odds and ends I wanted to record onto DVD for myself to keep. One of these tapes caught my attention when I saw what was on it. It was a movie I had recorded off Turner Classic Movies back in 2001 called "Magic Boy". This movie from 1959 holds many distinctions. It was the second full length anime feature to be dubbed and shown in America (released in the US in 1961) and it was also the second color anime feature. In the sands of time I had totally forgotten I had taped this movie, let alone watched it.

            Figuring I'd have it playing as it was being recorded to DVD anyway I made sure to sit down and actually watched the movie all the way through. Now, I've seen a lot of anime from the various decades from Gigantor and Astroboy all the way to the newest "Big Thing" in animation from Japan, Attack on Titan, so I could have sat back and watched this movie with a critical eye. I could have taken note of how dated it was, or how it was trying to mimic the Disney films of the era. Essentially I could have looked back with nearly 60 years of time and progress on my side and mocked how much things have "improved" since then.

            I took the other direction.

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Today on Feast of Geeks, we are celebrating the release of the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal anime coming out next week! On tonight's episode, Isaac has been swapped out with Jae and working along side Sailor Moon


You can buy a hard copy or digital copy of our comic at http://www.indyplanet.com/front/?product_brand=darkstarcomics

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Hello, and welcome to The Smallest Things, a study of pop culture minutiae. Today's installment:

Wild Cherry

Part I

 

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Alex Mack thought it'd be a bit of payback, but now her mom's job is on the line...

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 This was something I wrote back in September of 2013. Since the summer convention season has begun I thought it would be appropriate to post here.

 I’m writing this a few weeks removed from the 20th Otakon Convention in Baltimore. The conventions attendance was well over 34,000 people, making it the largest convention I’d ever been to. Did I have fun? Absolutely, but a convention of that size is almost a completely different animal than the small local cons we have here in the state of Maine. You have to have different expectations and practically a different mindset for a larger convention over a small one.

 A big difference is the schedules, and how you approach it. With a small con in a small hotel/convention center, you can dash from one panel to another, change your mind on a whim and so forth. In my experience this doesn’t work for a big con like Otakon. Most of the panels, events, what-have-you are going to have lines, sometimes LONG lines. In other words you make up your mind beforehand if you want to do this event or not, because in most cases the room will be full if you take time to think about it. The few times I was at panels that I didn’t intend on going to before hand was only to wait for a later panel in the same room. You can’t go wall to wall all day with panels/events without either being shut out of a full room, or missing the end of a panel before hand. And that is not including actual time it takes to travel from one room to another. People traffic at large cons (and many small cons as well) does not move that fast. People stop for pictures in hallways, people are walking around in large elaborate outfits, and in the case of Otakon this year (although other cons have similar issues) doors and escalators were non accessible, causing bottlenecking. A small con in a tiny hotel or convention space you can get away with a fuller schedule, but with a larger con, at least for me, I tend to keep my schedule rather loose with a lot of spacing for such things as Lines, Room clears and travel time from one end to the other. Crowd control issues aside, it’s just a part of the big con experience, and not entirely a bad one. I was in line for over an hour for a showing of Fan Parodies (I arrived very early) and not only was treated to a performance of the Dansu to Pantsu dance troupe, got to hang with a group of rowdiest but fun otaku I’d ever met, and was able to get a free Funimation lanyard since their panel went much longer than expected. Not all line experiences are that positive, but still, it was a fun memory of the convention.

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