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My name is Dave Herndon, ever since my homeworld of Gallifrey was time locked I've been just travelling the cosmos, then they invented comic books, and cartoons. Now I run this blog and talk about nerdy things whenever I can. No matter what happens, if you stoke me a clipper, I'll be back in time for breakfast.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Marvel Universe Goes Nuts in January’s THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1

This January, there’s a new heroine on the block – and the Marvel Universe will never be the same. Prepare yourself for an all-new adventure starring the nuttiest super hero in the world in THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1, a new ongoing series from Eisner Award-winning writer Ryan North (Original SinsAdventure Time) and rising star Erica Henderson!
Wolverine, Dr. Doom, Deadpool, Thanos. What do they have in common? Squirrel Girl has beaten them all! True story. She may not be the most popular hero. She may not even be known by most of the general public. But she loves being Squirrel Girl, loves helping people, and even though they don’t know it, she’s saved the world more times than she can count. But now she faces an enemy unlike any she’s ever faced before – college!
“The first arc kicks off with Squirrel Girl moving into campus, and then confronting Kraven the Hunter who is cheesed off at squirrels for reasons that will be revealed,” says series writer Ryan North, in an interview with Marvel.com. “It’s like a stand-alone adventure where we get to see the kind of life she’s trying to have, and then that all gets thrown for a loop when someone even more powerful than Kraven shows up.”
With her steadfast squirrel sidekick and best friend Tippy-Toe at her side, Squirrel Girl’s misadventures in higher education will take her all across the Marvel Universe, and put the greatest of the Great Lakes Avengers up against some of the deadliest foes in the Marvel Universe, including Galactus, Whiplash and more!
She’s happy, she can’t be defeated and she’ll unleash an army of squirrels on you before you can blink. She’s THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL – and she’s coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere in January 2015!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Isn't it great when big business has a sense of humor?

If you love Halloween as much as Ford does, then maybe you're looking to scare and entertain your friends too.
To go full fright, Ford put on a little Haunted Car Wash and had 30 strangers stop for a car wash on the way to film a "Ford test drive," but they never reached their final destination...

Two Projects Approved for Digital Media, Film Incentives in Michigan

Two Projects Approved for Digital Media, Film Incentives
The Michigan Film Office announced today that Onu was approved for a digital media incentive and the television series Craftsman’s Legacy also received a film incentive.
“These projects highlight the diverse range of projects that are being driven by talent right here in Michigan,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.
Onu is an interactive website and cloud-based platform being developed by Southfield-based PIXO Group that will allow users to upload their existing content (3D models, videos, images and links) to create single, unique interactive maps. The end result may be utilized for entertainment, showcasing video game models and interacting with existing models.
The project was awarded an incentive of $413,701 on $1,206,724 of projected in-state expenditures. The project expects to hire 10 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 20 jobs.
A Craftsman’s Legacy was awarded an incentive of $102,414 on $345,652 of projected in-state expenditures. The project expected to hire nine Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of three jobs.
The show follows Michigan native Eric Gorges on his quest to discover true craftsmen in today’s world. Each episode explains the history of an old world craft and its importance in the building of America. Episodes are airing at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays on Detroit Public Television.
Both projects fall under Fiscal Year 2014, with 21 projects being awarded $60,599,163 on $232,985,495 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,704 hires with a full time equivalent of 1,249 jobs.
Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy. 

*Editor's Note, this is a republished release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Cyborg Super Soldier is Reborn This October in DEATHLOK #1

He is the perfect killing machine. The apex weapon. The demolisher. Only he doesn’t know it! This October, a new legend is born in DEATHLOK #1 – the first explosive issue in an all-new ongoing series! Launching as part of the Avengers NOW! initiative, critically acclaimed creators Nathan Edmondson (Black WidowThe Punisher) and Mike Perkins (Captain AmericaStephen King’s The Stand) provide a brand new spin on Deathlok like you’ve never seen him before!
After Michael Collins – there was Henry Hayes. A war veteran, a single parent. A good man who though he’d left his war behind. As a field medic, he has traveled to war zones to heal the wounded, unaware of his true purpose. Unbeknownst to him, he has been transformed and twisted into a new weapon for a new war – DEATHLOK! Operative, fighter, assassin and more – he is whatever his mysterious handlers need him to be.
Utilized as a deadly weapon rented out to the highest bidder, Hayes travels the globe toppling dictators and destabilizing regimes – his memories erased after each mission. All in the name of his mysterious corporate masters. Yet as he slowly uncovers the truth about his existence, he’ll struggle with the knowledge he’s been transformed into the ultimate weapon of mass destruction – and expose the disturbing legacy of the many Deathloks that came before him.
Hunted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and unaware of his true purpose, the one man army will be forced to choose – is he man…or machine? The answer lies in the high-octane first issue as the next blockbuster Avengers NOW! series debuts this October in DEATHLOK #1!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Heroes Fall & Villains Rise in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3!


This October, it all comes crashing down. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look inside AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3, the next blockbuster chapter in the premier comics event of the fall. Superstar creators Rick Remender and Leinil Yu present your first look at the apocalyptic conclusion to Act I: The Red Supremacy as teams splinter, hearts are broken, and the fragile alliance of A and X shatters once more!
Though they now stand united against a common foe, their fragile alliance is not enough to stem the darkness. Coupled with the powers of Charles Xavier, the Red Skull’s terror knows no bounds. Battered and broken, the few surviving heroes must put their faith in unlikely allies, and give rise to the most vile syndicate known to man. Can the Red Skull be defeated? And at what cost? Would you destroy the Red Skull if it meant losing the very last piece of Charles Xavier?
As one of the last remaining heroes, the Scarlet Witch is forced to join forces with Dr. Doom – the man who twisted and abused her power to cause M-Day. If she can’t, she’ll have to watch those she loves most die. And a twist of fate will return one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains from beyond.
The world as we know it is gone. The Inversion is here. Don’t miss AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3 on sale in October!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Monroe Comic Con to host Gigi Edgley, many local stars

When the Monroe Comic con was founded last year, it was a tiny show in a small room, this year the show is expanding exponentially.
In it’s first year the show had no real celebrities, other than local actors and athletes, this year the show will take place in a much larger venue and include a larger slate of celebrities from both the comic book world and television and movies.
The 1-day show will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Entry into the show is just $2, and some of the proceeds will go for the The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeastern Michigan.
“It was never about making money,” show founder and promoter Gary Pillette said. “We’ll be doing auctions and other things to raise money.”
Some of the bigger names slated to appear this year include comic book industry legends, Arvell Jones, best known for his work at both Marvel and DC Comics in the 1970s and 80s; Joe Corroney, an artist on titles such as “Dr. Who,” “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “G.I Joe,” “True Blood,” and others; Tony Gray, owner of independent comic company GlassMonkey Studios.
Movie and TV actors slated to appear include “Farscape” star Gigi Edgley, who also hosted the reality show “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop,” who is the biggest name at the show. She will be joined by model and TV personality “Alloy” Ash, and “Oz the Great and Powerful” actors Martin Klebda and Tim Holmes.
“Last year we planned the show in a couple of months,” Pillette said. “People liked it, so we expanded a lot this year. Last year we had a room that held 30 tables, this year we can get about 88 tables in the room.”
It’s more than just comics and celebrities though, the show will also have a costume contest, several panels on things such as the Nain Rouge,  getting into the entertainment industry, a hypnosis show and much more.
Downriver actors Ron Baratono (Melvindale) and Ron Causey (Allen Park) are slated to be among the celebrity guests, Wyandotte artist Tony Miello will be on hand and Allen Park resident Tony Wagonsomer is expected in costume as a Clone Trooper from the Star Wars universe along with other members of the costume group, the 501st Legion.
More than a dozen other artists and actors will also be at the show.
Baratono recently completed a small role in the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which has been filming in Detroit and River Rouge over the last few months. In addition to that he has a larger role in the upcoming “Past Due,” which stars Eric Roberts.
In addition Baratono has played roles in such films as George Clooney's “Ides Of March” (2011), Mitch Albom's “Have a Little Faith” (2011) and played the boxing trainer on ABC’s television show “Detroit 187” (2011). He is also known for featured roles in “The Last Man Standing” (2011), “Smooch” (2011) and “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013).
In addition to acting Baratono has become a poet, with his work published both online and in books.
This year’s show will be hosted at the Monroe Knight’s of Columbus Hall, 202 W. Front Street.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hogwart’s Express to offer magical experience at Flat Rock Model Train Depot

Harry Potter fans will have the chance to climb aboard the most famous train in the magical world when the Flat Rock Model Train Depot and Museum opens to the public this weekend.
The museum will open for the season  from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27. With that opening, train enthusiasts will be able to see a scene right out of the books and movies as the Hogwart’s Express rolls through Diagon Alley, the very place where a young Harry Potter buys all of his magical supplies before heading off to school each year.
Over the years, Leon Simeck and his wife, Pat, have visited train layouts across the country to find new ideas for their display.
“We’ve went to many train museums all over the country to see how they put up their displays,” Pat Simeck said. “Then we came back here and took our favorite parts and built them, and added our own twists. We have the best display of anywhere.”
The museum’s main display features American Flyer and Lionel trains winding past towns, a carnival, zoo, circus, farms, bridge, tunnels and mountains, among other attractions. Many of the attractions are designed to look like local attractions from around the region, while others just make for interesting scenes to drive a train past.
In addition to model train displays, the depot, 28700 Arsenal Road, features dioramas that run below the trains that depict important pieces of train history, and a few other scenes from history.
The train depot also has its Halloween display set up. Lights and sounds add special effects to the display, which will be up through the end of October.
Leon Simeck said members will be putting up their Christmas items at the beginning of November.
In addition to Saturday, the Halloween and Harry Potter displays will be featured from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 11, 19, 25 and 26.
Christmas at the Depot will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 16, 22 and 29, as well as Dec. 6, 13, 20, 21, 26, 27 and Jan. 3.
Were it not for the Simecks efforts more than seven years ago, the museum never would have existed, and the building would have been torn down. Located inside an abandoned youth center in the city, only another nonprofit organization could have taken over the building.
Pat Simeck said the building was about to be demolished when they started the museum, which gave residents a place to celebrate railroad history, and saved the building.
Now, as funds allow, the building will be expanded, with plans to bring in larger pieces of rail history once the space allows for it.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students and free for children 10 and younger.
Call 734-782-2786 for more information.
Contact Video Coordinator Dave Herndon at 734-246-0867 or dherndon@heritage.com. Follow him on Facebook and @NHDaveH on Twitter.