ALL of Bee & Puppycat coming to Youtube!

Super exciting news here! Natasha Allegri and Frederator’s Bee and Puppycat has seen it’s super continuance over on VRV.  They are service and a great site, but do not have the stability and staying power of Youtube. It’s excellent that the show will have a home on another service for all to love and see forever or till the internet dies, whichever comes first.

CAPCOM ANNOUNCES FILM ADAPTATION OF  BLOCKBUSTER MONSTER HUNTER™ GAME SERIES  

LOS ANGELES, CA — (October 4, 2018) – Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that their mega-hit video game series, Monster Hunter™, is being adapted for the big screen by Constantin Film with Paul W.S. Anderson directing.

“After living and breathing in the universe of Monster Hunter for 14 years we are thrilled with enormous anticipation to see our creations adapted for a theatrical release,” said Monster Hunter Series Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto “Monster Hunter’s fan base has exploded over the past year with the runaway success of the game Monster Hunter: World™. It is our hope long-time fans and new alike will join us on this exciting exploration of the Monster Hunter universe.

Tentatively dubbed, MONSTER HUNTER, the film tells the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land. Along the way viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral.

MONSTER HUNTER is produced by Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt from Impact Pictures, and by Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz from Constantin Film. Dennis Berardi, Head of VFX for the film, also acts as producer. The screenplay to MONSTER HUNTER was written by Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directs the film. Principal Photography will start in October, in South Africa and Namibia. Constantin Film will release the movie in German Speaking Territories, Tencent Pictures in China and Toho Film in Japan. Sony’s Screen Gems will release the film in the U.S. with the studio’s Sony Pictures Releasing International handling distribution in the rest of the world.

The Monster Hunter series consists of action role-playing games where players and their friends work together to take down larger-than-life beasts in a living, breathing ecosystem. Since the first Monster Hunter title made its debut 14 years ago in 2004, the series has attracted a dedicated fan base, and grown into a global mega-hit with Monster Hunter: World, the latest title in the series, shipping 10 million units worldwide, with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 49 million units as of August 20, 2018.

The Adventure ends… The Adventure Continues

With the huge finale of Adventure Time airing tonight titled “The Ultimate Adventure” I thought now was a perfect time to a small reminiscence on the entire journey and also remind you via a July 23, 2018 press release that while the animated series ends at season 10, an officially licensed continuation begins with season 11 from BOOM Comics in October.   BOOM has been the official publisher of comics based in the Land of OOO since 2012 with specials, one shots, limited series and an on-going that they are the perfect people to continue these tales.

The show started development way back in 2008 shortly after it became an internet sensation that was a short which first appeared on Nickelodeon in 2006. Ignoring long stories the show found itself at Cartoon Network being built into a full series by Pendelton Ward, Patrick McHale and Adam Muto. 10 years later, Pen has moved on to creating Bravest Warriors, McHale developed Over The Garden Wall and Muto became the true brainchild of Adventure Time although much of what we see even now goes back to brain storming with Pen and Pat and the entire creative team through the years. A creative team that have created their own shows for Cartoon Network with as much staying power or in some cases even more so. Steven Universe, O.K. Go, and many more definitely owe their existence to the immense success of Adventure Time.

Along the way the show’s lore has been expanded in so many ways. Not just in the series itself but in amazing books and coffee tables. There has been 5 video games, every season collected on blu-ray and/or DVD, plushes, action figures, McDonald’s campaigns, shirts, backpacks, costumes. It’s been a very powerful 10 years and despite the show ending its new episode run tonight (September 3rd 2018) it’ll run on Cartoon Network forever and maybe even at some point be syndicated elsewhere.

I personally have had the great opportunity to speak with at length Ward, McHale, Muto, Sugar, Quarterly and even cast members such as Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, and Olivia Olsen about the show as a whole.

So don’t forget tune into Cartoon Network tonight (or all day for a Marathon), then in October… continue the adventure with BOOM.

BOOM! Studios & Cartoon Network Announce

ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11,
an All New Comic Book Series

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 23, 2018) – BOOM! Studios has announcedADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 #1, the official comic book continuation of the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series.

A modern day fable, the Emmy® Award–winning animated series Adventure Timehas become a global success since its premiere in 2010, attracting adult and kid viewers in their millions over the course of 10 seasons. It follows unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. The best of friends, our heroes always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin. Adventure Time is created by Pendleton Ward and produced at Cartoon Network Studios.

The story of the Land of Ooo will continue on in comic book form with ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 launching from KaBOOM!, BOOM! Studios award-winning imprint, this Fall. Eisner Award-winning writer Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Hock Chye) and artist Marina Julia (Lumberjanes: Faire and Square) bring you all new stories in the aftermath of The Great Gum War, as Finn, Jake and the entire land of Ooo begin to pick up the pieces with some new and unexpected friends. BOOM! Studios has been publishing the New York Times bestselling Adventure Time comic books and graphic novels since 2012 and been honored with Eisner, Harvey, and Diamond Gem Awards for the series.

“I hadn’t watched many animated series since the heyday of The Simpsons, but once I sat down and watched Adventure Time, I was immediately hooked,” said Sonny Liew. “It gave me a sense of afternoons spent watching cartoons as a kid, somehow appealing to both the adult and kid inside you. I didn’t try to analyze the form or structure too much, wanting to just enjoy the series on its own… but I suppose now I’m working on scripts for the comics, I’ll have to watch it again with a different lens, and try to figure out the methods behind the magic.”

“I’ve had a lot of fun working on Adventure Time: Beginning of the End, and I’m looking forward to getting to work on more Adventure Time!” said Marina Julia. “It’s a really fun series and to be able to play in that space is always really enjoyable.”

ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 #1 features a main cover by Jorge Corona (The Flash), along with variant covers by Julie Benbasset (You Be You), Audrey Mok (Archie) and Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100).

Adventure Time airs its season finale this Labor Day on Cartoon Networkand you definitely don’t want to miss it! ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 takes place after the shows end and will continue the journey for some of our favorite heroes in the comics,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Sonny and Marina are a great team and we are excited to launch this all-new adventure with them.’

ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Over The Garden WallSteven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 will be available for sale in October 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Cool Dad will always be cool!

I made a tweet or two about how much I loved Cool Dad-Official Trailer on [adult swim].  I expressed simply what I wish I knew more about it and amazingly co-director/writer/creator Ariel Gardner sent me a message asking what I wanted, then proceeded to give an excellent Post-Mortem, stating I could contact him if I had follow-up questions.

ME: Everything Ariel, from conception to the final product. How it was devised, why, developing the full on crazy logos, getting the actors, having it be an [adult swim] “infomercial” versus anything else. I’d love an entire post-mortem.

Ariel’s long thread reply:
It’s something we’d been giggling about for years to do as a sketch, but we knew we couldn’t do it without money. Adult swim brought us in to pitch ideas and fortunately they liked that one best, it was our favorite too.

Initially it was built around the idea “Jelly Daddy”, which was in the script as the second beat after cool dad until just before shooting.

We were having trouble executing the concept and then we realized family guy had already done a dad with no bones concept anyway, so we scrapped it, restructured the script with planty daddy

Also the climax of our first draft had to be completely rewritten at the last minute as it was becoming clear it would be unfeasible to shoot with our budget.

The initial idea was the trailers would start coming faster and faster with all sorts of daddy premises until it devolved into sort of This Boy’s Life evil stepdad story until he wishes for his dad back. Would’ve been fun and more chaotic, but I prefer how it turned out

Jerry was our first choice and we were so happy he said yes. He’s a great guy. Andrea we’ve always been a fan of from her work on Stella. Parker the son is someone we’ve been working with for a long time, initially on our web series “fishbowls are definitely my thing”

Nathan the cop is a long time friend, the others were suggested to us by abominable and they were perfect

As to why it was devised, idk, as long as I’ve been alive there’s been so many father-son centric family fantasy comedies, the repetitiveness of these concepts seemed like a fun idea to play with and was right in our wheelhouse to write

It was ambitious but accomplishable and we laughed a lot throughout the whole process. A fun culmination of all the sketch work we did over the years. V grateful adult swim took a shot on it.

And here are the follow up questions I sent.  I actually sent them all at once, but for ease of reading have it broken down and edited structure by question/answer where applicable.

ME: When was Cool Dad shot? Jerry has been so focused on his new cop show that I wonder if it was awhile ago? How long was the shoot?

ARIEL: We shot late last year, maybe late October or early November.  It was a one day shoot. The original script had a lot more to it and we had to do everything we could to wrap it all in one day.

ME: In terms of structure of something with a more complicated linearity in which it might take a viewer a second to get it, how was the shoot structured for continuity?

ARIEL: Not sure if this question is what you mean, but the shoot was structured by location. We would shoot all the pieces in one part of the house with two cameras then quickly change wardrobe and shoot the next one. (ed note: this is exactly what I meant.  Knowing it was shot location to location helps perspective of editing)

ME: Do the fake names of the director, writer, etc. have any significance?

ARIEL: I came up with a list of fake names and those were the ones that happened to be cleared legally. No significance but fun to do. Stan Loriette is something our editor uses a lot apparently. Timothy Michael-Creeksy is my personal favorite.

If you haven’t seen Cool Dad!-Official trailer yet, go do so here:
http://www.adultswim.com/videos/infomercials/cool-dad-official-trailer/

The Best Movie You’ll Never See

You gotta watch Cool Dad-Official Trailer from the team of Alex & Ariel Productions starring Jerry O’Connel, Andrea Rosen, Jay Jackson, Jay Lambert and more.  It claims to expire July 6th.  Hopefully it’ll be uploaded to Youtube or elsewhere.  It needs to live forever.

 

 

2017 isn’t over, everyone wants Best Of, but let’s look ahead Part 1 (MOVIES)

I wait to do any kind of Best Ofs, Tributes, Memories till Jan when doing a year retrospective. Much of the media though does not. They start doing that before Thanksgiving even. They also start looking to the next year early as well though. I am more comfortable doing that. Since that is all HYPE, trailers, info… everything we are excited for could turn out to not be as good as expected or better or maybe in some cases so bad we can’t believe we were ever excited, but man, they shined up a bag of shit really well for the commercials. When doing a Best Of I just feel we should wait till everything from 2017 has come out and this being not even the last week of November, there’s still alot. So let us move on to 2018 in the meanwhile.

Now this is going to be stuff The Spectrum personally is excited by, so if something you’re super excited about isn’t here? It’s because we might not share the same interests. I’d be more shocked though if something your NOT interested in is listed here.

MOVIES
Early Man: The latest from Aardman Studios and Nick Park! Claymation caveman!

Game Night: A “dead” script given birth from the guys behind the new Vacation… throw in some Jason Bateman. You have the possibility of a total sleeper comedy that could one of those “I don’t want to ever see this” and then you see it and go “Why did I wait?”

Black Panther: One of the most interesting characters in Marvel history, it looks like they truly did the king of T’Challa and his people proper justice adapting multiple tales to spin a brand new yarn to fit into the MCU. Especially for a character we’ve already been introduced to and seen a lot of.

12 Strong: The period after 9/11 has become as rich as WWI for war films. Especially when ripped from literary accounts. This one also stars Chris Hemsworth so it could be compelling no matter the narrative.

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies: The team behind the show expand to a full length feature. It’s the same crew, the main creators and writers, the same cast, but they added Kirsten Bell and Will Arnett to the mix. If you hate TTG then sure, but this site does not. This site LOVES TTG! and loves how it finds new ways to play with the narrative, genre and structure, a full length feature will be awesome.

Red Sparrow: Jennifer Lawrence as a kick ass killer spy in a thriller. From the director of the last three Hunger Games, based on the book series.

The New Mutants: The trailer seems to show that this film tries to capture being a faithful adaptation of the classic 80’s horror miniseries by Claremont, Simonson, McLeod and Siencwicz. Plus, Maisie Williams as a werewolf is enough to make most people care, even non Game of Thrones viewers. Maisie is the best.

Love, Simon: A strong adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” starring rising star Nick Robinson. Directed by Greg Berlanti, making his film directing return after years of TV. That Greg felt compelled to take the directing helm again after 7 years of producing sci-fiction, crime, unusual television especially for a very real true to life LGBT story says a lot to me of the quality of the script and story.

Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson’s return to animation, especially with a completely original story might be the movie I am excited for more than any. Dogs in Japan, huge cast, I’m so in.

Deadpool 2: Even with only the Wet on Wet teaaser, there is no reason not to expect the second Deadpool to be just as good if not even better than the first.

There’s plenty more movies announced and even a few more trailers out there, but this list is a quick one of what has my attention. Coming soon a look at Video games, and a little more.

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Deaths in Pop-Culture- Jan 2017

2016 was such a hard hitting year of notable actors, authors, musicians, politicians and more that the deaths of 2017 will possibly seem so much less.  Especially in the turmoil of everything happening and when we want to look up the upside of all the fun, exciting good things to come.  Yet, so far alone in the first 25 days of this year we’ve had a share of passings that most of all pop-culture around the world would feel and some in lesser circles but still notable.

In no particular order here are some of them with minor to major details.

Alfonso Wong – A Hong Kong artist born in mainland China, became famous in Asia for the creation Old Master Q.  While not widely known elsewhere it has been translated into English and his work known by fans and inspired creators worldwide.  The BBC did a wonderful covering on his career upon his passing.

Tony Rosato – Comedic Canadian actor who was on SCTV as well as SNL regular for Season 7.  He was also a noted voice actor best known for his role as Luigi in Super Mario cartoons.  He also sadly did a two year stint in prison instead of being given mental health he desperately needed for committing a minor charge of “harassment” against his own wife and slipping through Justice’s cracks

Lynn Phillips – A television writer and journalist.

Babette Cole – British Children’s Author and Artist.

Bill Marshall – Canadian Producer, helped found the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well other Canadian film and television mainstays

Phillip Bond – British actor with appearances in Doctor Who (The First), The Avengers, and The Onedin Line

Gorden Kaye – Star of ‘Allo, ‘Allo

Manlio Rocchetti – Italian make-up artist who received the Academy and Emmy award for his work.

Timothy Alan Smith – Professional wrestler who worked under the names Rex King and in the WWE as Timothy Well, 1/2 of the tag team Well Dunn.  (His partner Steve Doll, known as Steve Dunn, passed away in ’09)

Francine York – Beautiful character actress of television and film, notably in Jerry Lewis films.

 Lamar Dupré Calhoun – Rap producer for the group WC and The Madd Circle under the name Crazy Toones.

Buddy Greco –  Recording artist of all genres.  A contemporary of Sinatra and Presley, but never as famous as either.

Pascal Garry – Belgian cartoonist, took over from Peyo on The Smurfs after a two year apprenticeship in Peyo’s studio .

Jimmy Snuka – Fijian professional wrestler known as “Supafly”.  Also a murder suspect and known criminal, passed away without indictment on a reopended trial after being declared mentally unfit.

William Margold – prolific porn actor and director

Butch Trunks – One of the two drummers in The Allman Brothers craziness.

Miguel Ferrer – American actor of film and television including cartoon voice over work.  Major notable roles in Robocop, DC cartoons, Twin Peaks and his final role as Granger, the much loved boss on NCIS: Los Angeles.

Dick Gautier – American actor and voice over actor best known for his work on G.I. Joe and Transformers.

William Peter Blatty – American novelist, screenwriter and director.  Most famous for The Exorcist.  I personally loved John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!

John Watkiss – British Comics and storyboard artist.  Worked for DC Comics, as well as a multitude of movie studios including Disney.  Was working on Surgeon X from Image till his passing.

Harry J. Middleton – best known as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s right hand man.

Yanni Alexis Mardas aka Magic Alex – a guy who somehow convinced The Beatles to let him be part of their entourage and spend lots of Apple Studios money, yet never contributing anything successful other then being that guy who tricked the Beatles.

Shigeru Kōyama – Japanese actor who appeared in many films and television including a Zaotichi, a Godzilla and Ridley’s Scott’s Black Rain.

And as I wrote this entry Mary Tyler Moore, world beloved actress of stage, film and small screen passed away after a long illness.  For many she will be considered the first important death of this year, but I feel all these are as are any I might’ve missed.

In a world of pop-culture with music, television, comics, wrestling, video games, movies and more… there are important figures from agents, to publicists who shall pass.  They all made their mark and all were important so sometimes we must find time to acknowledge them.

 

2017: A Look Ahead

2016 is near its end or it’s over based on when you read this. It was a rough year in many respects, but it gave us a ton of excellent pop-culture. 2017 as of now promises to do the same. There’s SO much to look forward to. To list it ALL would take forever so I thought I’d just focus on a few things here and there.

NETFLIX is hitting hard with a multitude of shows debuting or returning. Amongst them:
Degrassi: Next Class Season 3 – Available January 6, 2017.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1 – Available Jan. 13
Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 – Available Feb. 3
Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1 – Available March 17
Sense8: Season 2 – Available May 17
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later- Date TBA

In terms of Network television I can highly recommend the 12th and final season of BONES on FOX premiering Jan 3rd. I’ve seen the first three episodes and they are very hard to comment on without spoilers, but plot twists, reveals, robots and one of the greatest actors of any generation Hal Holbrook are involved.

The reimaginging of the L. Frank Baum saga by Matthew Arnold finally happens with David Schulner (creator of Do No Harm) and so far poorly reviewed but keeps getting work Tarsem Singh at the helm. If anything NBC’s Emerald City looks like it’ll be definite event TV or fail drastically and get cancelled before all 10 episodes even air. One or the other should be fascinating to watch.

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In terms of films I’d have to say LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is high on my anticipated list. Sure it’s not by the actual writer/directors of Lego Movie (they’re busy making Lego Movie 2) but it has a good pedigree and every teaser and trailer has me excited.

I’m also intrigued by Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. For his first follow-up to Instellar to be a WWII flick is fascinating. It’s also his first SOLO project since Inception as brother Jonathan was busy creating and developing the excellent Westworld. Equally fascinating is the amount of work put into this film. It’s not a remake of the late 60’s film, so it’ll truly interesting to see what stories Nolan chose to build upon to coney emotion, gravitas, and character even when the lead character is still the operation and Dunkirk itself (the film was actually filmed there).

Also pulled in by the adaptation of Dave Egger’s The Circle with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. James Pontsold makes visually enticing, perfectly paced films and chose the easiest and simplest yet not simple Eggers novels to turn into a film.

There’s a ton of amazing video games coming 2017 too but this site is still without an XBoxOne or PS4 so the focus is on PC games but those that will not require a $5000 rig to run.

First up on the excitement board is Full Throttle Remastered the next rebuild of the classic Lucasart’s games designed by Tim Schaeffer which Double Fine was able to get the IP rights back for. I’m really curious to see how they update some of the worse parts of the game like the combat and the maze puzzles. I’m not completely sold on the art actually but I’ve been happy with DF so far, so I’m in.

Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Season 3: A New Frontier (First Chapter out, but the rest hits 2017) is awesome. I already reviewed it and I’m excited for the rest.

thimbleweedAlso excited for platform point & clicker A NIGHT IN THE WOODS.
Third person action adventure co-op player TROLL AND I.
2-D Shooter with old school animation CUPHEAD.

and most especially, Ron Gilbert, Gary Winnick, David Fox and teams’ THIMBLEWEED PARK, the pixel point & click dream of a game I think many thought Broken Age would be. I loved Broken Age, always will, but Thimbleweed Park is looking bigger and better then I ever imagined it could be. I didn’t get to back when I wanted to, but I wouldn’t been able to back what I wanted anyways. This is probably number one on my experiences for 2017 I look forward to.

There’s a share of BOOKS coming out as well.

First up two genius female writers tackling heroes from Marvel and DC.

Shannon Hale (with Dean Hale) does The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Meets World and Gwenda Bond comes forth with a third in her awesome Lois Lane series with Tripleflaminglips Threat.

There’s a really cool STEVEN UNIVERSE ORIGINAL GN coming out called TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL by the show’s co-creator Ian Jones-Quarterly, Jeremy Sorese, Asiey Barbie and Josceline Fenton

Michael Crichton’s never before published posthumous novel DRAGON TEETH comes out May 23rd. It’s a Western during western times but about dinosaurs!

Neil Gaiman ventures into both old and new territory retelling the tales of Odin, Thor, Loki and more in NORSE MYTHOLOGY scheduled for February 17.

George Saunders first ever complete novel, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO comes out February 14In music I’m mainly excited for one album.

The new The Flaming Lips titled Oczy Mlody. AFAIK I believe I’m seeing them live in March as well so that makes 2017 awesome.

2016: The Year That Was (Making The Best of a Bad Thing)

2016 isn’t over but it will be soon. It’s been a really rough year for many folks, for pop-culture, for the world as a whole. Yet, many of us still stand and we can’t just stop. We must keep going. On that fact I want to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016. For myself, for my friends, for pop-culture, so I’ll do my best. In terms of movies, TV and music I’ll only mention those that were at least from my view less mixed and truly favorable opinions of what was delivered and even if some mixed what I felt were a really nice thing to make 2017 look happy and smiley. These are incomplete lists, not definitive and just trying to capture some of the good in such a bad year. This also was an incredible year for professional wrestling. From debuts, to folks making it to a bigger show, to smaller shows becoming bigger, it truly was way too many grand things to truly list.

MOVIES (this list should probably be longer, but I’m way too critical and also have not seen many of the films being given FYCs for Awards)
Zootopia
Deadpool
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Kubo and the Two Strings
Hardcore Henry
The Jungle Book
Zoolander 2
Captain America: Civil War
Keanu
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass
The Secret Life of Pets
Nerdland
La La Land

TELEVISION (both Network, Cable, and Internet)
Mr. Robot Season 2
Gravity Falls – “Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls”
Regular Show in Space
Grease Live
The Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Trial
Westworld
Suits
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Elementary
The DCTV CW Crossover (and all of Supergirl, Flash, Legends… only some of Arrow)
Luke Cage
Shut Eye
Fuller House
Preacher
Blindspot
Gotham
Timeless
Lucha Underground
Devs Play by Double Fine X 2 Player Productions
The Venture Bros.
Braindead
Planet Earth II
Dreamcorp. LLC
Royal Pains final season
Steven Universe
Blunt Talk
Girl Meets World
Degrassi: Next Class

MUSIC (This is way more a personal thing)
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Good Charlotte – Youth Authority
Sixx A.M. – Prayers For The Damned and Prayers for the Blessed
Lady Gaga – Joanne
Panic at the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
Miike Snow – iii
Sia – This Is Acting
Animal Collective – Painting with
Cheap Trick – Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello
Pet Shop Boys – Super
Travis – Everything At Once
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
Sabrina Carpenter – EVOLution
Waterparks – Double Dare
David Bowie- Blackstar
DNCE

VIDEO GAMES (again this is personal and to stuff I played & loved and stuff I wish I gto play but didn’t have the console of required PC power)
Oxenfree
Not A Hero
Uncharted 4
Firewatch
Amateur Surgeon 4
Batman – The Telltale Series
Slayaway Camp
Dots and Co.
Watch Dogs 2
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Samorost 3
Quantum Break
The Final Station
Dishonored 2
Headlander
Kathy Rain
The Witness
Small Radios Big Televisions
Mother Russia Bleeds
The Banner Saga 2
Quadrilateral Cowboy
This is the Police
No Man’s Sky
Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre
Obduction
Mafia III
Let it Die
The Last Guardian
The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series: Season Three
INSIDE
Yakuza 6

COMICS (this is personal as because of limited funds and the higher cost of comics while pay checks stay the same I don’t get to read as much as I like these days and hence do not get Previews to explore independents more then I’d like)
West Coast Avengers
Howard the Duck
Future Quest, Wacky Raceland, The Flintstones, and even Scooby Apocalypse (the HB reboots)
Sugar & Spike-Metahuman Investigator from Legends of Tomorrow
The Adventures of Miru
The Twilight Children (Darwyn Cooke’s final published to date interior art work)
CAGE by Genndy Tartovsky & Stephen DeStefano
Superfuckers Forever by James Kochalka
The Red Hook by Dean Haspiel

and here’s a few PERSONAL highlights for the author of this (me)
Kaiju Big Battel with Liza followed by FTW Wrestling where I hung with the workers during. Saw Scotty Too Hotty do the worm.
Day out at mall in CT with mom, Al’s and Al’s family.
Becki’s Moving Party.
Passover with mom, Al and Al’s family.
Mike and Lauren moving into a house.
Trip to Philly with Nick and Terri.
Best man at Nick and Terri’s wedding.
Guns n Roses: Once in a Lifetime with David S.
Tarin becoming a full fledged hairstylist.
Hanging out with Brad at my place and his place and other places.
Hanging out with David at his places, other people’s places, parties, events.
Robots Will Kill 15 Year Anniversary.
Ad Hoc 10th Anniversary party.

Here’s hoping 2017 will be better in the ways that 2016 was not and that in terms of pop-culture things will continue to be excellent.