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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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bionic Woman season four comic coming in September

Continuing from the TV series comes The Bionic Woman: Season Four! Jaime Sommers - THE BIONIC WOMAN - has earned a classic series continuation of her own, just as Dynamite has recently done so successfully with Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six! Written by Brandon Jerwa, with interior art by David T. Cabrera, The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 features an eye-catching action-packed cover by Sean Chen and an Exclusive Photo incentive cover featuring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers! Look for The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 in stores and digitally this coming September!

In Bionic Woman: Season Four #1, Jaime is trying to balance the hope of a normal life with that of a government agent...but when you work for the O.S.I., even a routine mission to Mexico can prove to be far more dangerous than anyone expected!

"If you've never seen the show, or haven't read James Kuhoric's Six Million Dollar Man comic, you're still totally fine," says writer Brandon Jerwa. "Longtime fans won't be left out in the cold, though. The Bionic Woman: Season Four is a continuation of the classic TV series, so I'm definitely treating it as such in terms of continuity and thematic carry-through."

The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 with their local comic book retailers. The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Derby City Comic Con Returns to Louisville June 28th-29th

A star studded line-up of comic royalty including New York Times bestselling author and writers Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk, Kingdom Come), Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Flash, Surrogates) and Tony Moore (co-creator of the Walking Dead) headline over 225 exhibitors and comic creators at Derby City Comic Con, Louisville’s original comic con! 

Returning to the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville for its fourth year and first two-day convention on June 28th and 29th, the event just keeps growing, pushing its current 45,000 square foot event space to its max. Over 4300 comic book fans turned out for the third annual Derby City Comic Con last year, (which marked over 44% increase from 2012) and we're expecting an even larger crowd this year!

"If you think you know Derby City Comic Con, you haven't seen anything yet" says convention director and owner, Chuck Moore.

Located in the heart of downtown, Derby City Comic Con brought a comic centered convention to Louisville, KY for the first time in 35 years in 2011. Now in its fourth year, the crowds and excitement continue to grow even as the price of admission remains incredibly family friendly. Single day passes are only $10 and a full weekend pass is only $15 per attendee and comes loaded with show extras. As always, kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

This year Derby City is bringing back everything fans loved about the convention form year’s past, only we're making it bigger and better.

Additional detail on the event...

Charity Partners: Derby City Comic Con is trilled to be raising money through our silent auction and other efforts in support of the Kosair Charities once again partnering with the organization in 2014. Kosair Charities supports over 90 children's agencies across the state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Additionally, Derby City Comic Con is once again working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana providing passes to a massive mix of "Matches" allowing the children and their mentors access to visit the convention together free of charge. 

Comic Creators and Artists: On our convention floor we share a premiere mix of regional and national comic book talent. Offering the best of Louisville as well as the larger industry all in one event space. You will find comic creators, writers, and artists ranging from those just getting started to those who have influenced a generation of professionals.

Vendors and Exhibitors: Here at Derby City Comic Con we love our vendors. In 2014 we’re presenting over 100 tables filled with comics, toys, magazines, Legos, posters, cards, gaming supplies and more! It's enough to fill an entire weekend just shopping and exploring everything they have to offer. In addition, we’re also thrilled to present a mix of interesting exhibitors you'll want to chat with including the Mandalorian Mercs, Corn Island Steampunk Society, the Louisville Cartoonist Society, the Louisville Free Public Library, the Louisville Arcade Expo and many, many more!

Kids Activities: Derby City Comic Con is committed to being a family friendly event. In addition to kids under 12 getting in free with a paying adult, a dedicated kids corner with a Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. inspired theme will present activities and games all weekend keeping our littlest heroes entertained and excited.

Costume Contest: The amazing costumes fans create every year for Derby City Comic Con are always a highlight of the weekend for attendees and this year our costume contest is bigger than ever, covering two days with two separate events! Don’t miss the adult costume contest Saturday at 3:00 PM with a $100 Grand prize for best costume! The kids won’t be left out of the fun either as their contest is set for Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Parties: We have two side events planned for Friday and Saturday night! Both are set to take place at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar (one of the top whiskey bars in the country) located at 331 E. Market St. Friday night, Derby City Comic Con’s Opening Night Party will be a Steampunk Celebration. The event for our fans is being sponsored by the Corn Island Steampunk Society and will feature a talk on creative mixology by Calamity Labs. Saturday night we have a special treat for our adult guests! Starting at 8:00 PM you’ll witness live art created by the Six Bomb Boards art collective then at 10:30 you can enjoy a concert from the gypsy punk stylings of Lexington’s Ford Theater Reunion. 

We’re just scratching the surface of what’s planned for this year’s show and we invite you to visit www.DerbyCityComicCon.com to get all the details. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Former 'Animal Cops:Detroit' star opens vet clinic in Allen Park

By Erica McClain

ALLEN PARK — Dr. Malvinder Grewal, formerly of the Animal Planet TV program, “Animal Cops:Detroit,” has opened her first owned practice at 7430 Allen Road.

Called Healing Care Animal Hospital, Grewal's practice accepts dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits.

The hospital is at 7430 Allen Road, the former site of Brose Electric Lighting One.

In addition to traditional veterinary services, Healing Care Animal Hospital offers holistic and herbal treatments, including acupuncture, as well as rehabilitation, massage and laser therapy.

Grooming and boarding services are also offered.

Some rehabilitation exercises include the use of specialty exercise balls designed to encourage dogs to use all four legs for balance, which encourages strength.

Healing Care also uses a saltwater pool for hydrotherapy. The pool is used as rehabilitation post-surgery. Pool sessions are also recommended for geriatric, obese and arthritic animals, and a hospital employee is always in the water with a pet.

Acupuncture sessions are recommended for animals with skin issues, behavioral issues, cancer and arthritis. Grewal explained that acupuncture works for animals in the same sense it work for humans. A needle is used on specific points on the body to stimulate chemical substances to promote healing and relieve pain in the body.

Grewal recommends acupuncture especially for arthritic dogs as she said they do not respond well to drug treatment.

“How I got into acupuncture actually was I had my own issue with my sciatic nerve,” Grewal said, “which led me to seek acupuncture treatment and eventually get my own certification.”

Healing Care will soon be offering a gait analysis and treadmill rehabilitation sessions. Nutritional testing and chiropractic offerings are planned as well.

Grewal has been a practicing veterinarian since 2000, beginning with her position at the Michigan Humane Society, which was featured on “Animal Cops: Detroit.”

She said she chose Allen Park as her business' home because it's a part of her roots – her very first volunteer veterinary position was in the city.

Healing Care Animal Hospital is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The animal hospital offers 10 percent off discounts to seniors and military.

For more information, call the business at 1-313-791-7252 or visit its website, healingcareanimalhospital.com.

This story was originally published in the News-Herald Newspapers, reprinted with permission.

Bill Nye The Science Guy surprises fans in Ann Arbor

Bill Nye the Science Guy
made a surprise presentation
 at Ann Arbor's
Hands-On Museum Wednesday.
Photo by: 
Nichole Seguin/WASHTENAW NOW
By Krystal Elliott and Nichole Seguin

ANN ARBOR — Bill Nye The Science Guy made a surprise visit to the Hands-On Museum while he was in Ann Arbor Wednesday.

Nye was in town to deliver the keynote address at an annual conference held by Ann Arbor-based supply chain design and software company, Llamasoft.

During his time at the museum, Nye hosted a special science presentation during which he wowed fans with several hands-on experiments.

Click here for a photo gallery of Nye's presentation at the museum.



This article was originally published by Heritage.com, reprinted with permission.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Detroit Derby Girls Hit Eastern Market for Outdoor Exhibition Game June 29

The Detroit Derby Girls, Michigan’s premiere female roller derby league, partner with Eastern Market’s Sunday Street Market for an exhibition bout on Sunday June 29, 2014 at 2 pm.

New to Eastern Market this year, the Sunday Street Market focuses on hard-goods vendors featuring home goods, art, jewelry, Michigan-made products, antiques, entertainment, food trucks and more. Detroit Derby Girls skaters and volunteers will be playing in a mixed scrimmage and will have merchandise for sale at the event.

There will be no charge to spectators for this event. The exhibition game will take place behind Eastern Market’s Shed 3 at 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, 48207. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs as seating will be limited.

Some may remember derby from when it was popular in the 70’s. As it has emerged in its current comeback, there is still plenty of entertainment, but it is much more competitive athletic sport than the theatrical version of the past. The Detroit Derby Girls league is comprised of five intra-league “home teams” and three inter league travel teams that compete at international, regional, and local levels; their international level team is presently the highest ranked team in Michigan in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rankings.

For more information on the Detroit Derby Girls, visit the website DetroitDerbyGirls.com 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Titanfall Programmer Jon Davis to be Video Games Special Guest at Detcon1

Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention, is thrilled to announce that Jon Davis will be attending Detcon1 as Video Games Special Guest.
Mr. Davis has spent the last 18 years as a programmer in the video game industry. He currently works for Respawn Entertainment as a member of the team that created Titanfall, one of 2014′s most anticipated games. Starting with PilotWings 64, a launch title for the Nintendo 64, he has worked on a wide selection of video game genres across several well-known franchises including EverQuest 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and Modern Warfare 2.
Detcon1 Chair Tammy Coxen said, “Video games have become an increasingly important part of the science fiction and fantasy universe, and blend technology and storytelling in interesting ways. We are excited to have Mr. Davis as a guest at Detcon1.”
At the convention, Mr. Davis will share stories from his career, participate in “play the developer” sessions, and offer advice for those interested in entering the video games industry.

Sunday service set for Casey Kasem

Funeral services for American entertainment icon and proud Arab American Casey Kasem will take place Sunday. Kasem died June 15 in a Washington State hospital following a long illness. He was 82.

The service will be held at the American Druze Society’s cultural center in Eagle Rock, Calif. Kasem was an active member of the Druze, a religious community with ancestral ties to present-day Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. He was a founding member of the American Druze Foundation and played an integral role in establishing the Society’s Southern California cultural center.

Manal Saab, who chairs both the American Druze Foundation board and the Arab American National
Museum’s National Advisory Board, was a personal friend of Kasem’s. She recalls his dedication to his faith and community.

“Casey was different than most celebrities. He always picked up the phone and he never said no to helping. My husband Ghassan and I had a personal relationship with Casey. He was Lebanese, Druze, and from Michigan. Casey had the chance to visit Lebanon with his family in 1997, and the Lebanese people embraced him with relentless celebration.”

Casey Kasem has long been celebrated as an iconic voice of American radio and music, and is also recognized as one of the most famous Arab Americans. He was born Kamel Amin Kasem in Detroit on April 27, 1932, to Lebanese immigrant father and Lebanese American mother. Like many Arab immigrants to Detroit at that time, Casey’s father Amin owned a grocery store. In the 1950s, his mother and aunt owned a grocery store in Fenton, Mich. (near Flint), where Arab immigrants were also succeeding in the grocery business.

Kasem is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, where he began his career by performing bit parts in radio dramas. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a DJ during the Korean War. In the summer of 1970, in collaboration with fellow Arab American broadcaster Don Bustany and other partners, Kasem launched his syndicated radio program, American Top 40, on just five radio stations. Soon the program was heard “coast to coast” on hundreds of stations and later became a TV show. Classic episodes remain on the air today. Kasem also had a successful career as a voice-over actor, most notably as an NBC announcer and the voice of Shaggy (“Zoinks!”) on the children’s cartoon Scooby Do, Where Are You!.

In addition to his numerous accolades and awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1981) and induction into the Radio Hall of Fame (1992), Kasem has always been proud of his Arab heritage. “Whenever I can,” he said in a 1983 interview, “I like to let people know that I am Lebanese, that I am Arabic, and that’s my heritage. I’m an American first, but at the same time I feel strong ties going way back.” Several obituaries recount how Kasem’s entertainment career was inspired by listening to his older relatives’ one-upsmanship style of storytelling as a kid.

Throughout his career, Casey Kasem fought against media stereotyping of Arabs and Arab Americans, and has always encouraged young Arab American media producers. He has given selflessly to many Arab American causes, including the Arab American National Museum, lending his sonorous voice to its Making An Impact permanent exhibit and donating multiple items for display, including his Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque and the American Top 40 sign that hung on the program’s Ventura Boulevard studio in Los Angeles. Kasem has been an honorary member of the AANM’s National Advisory Board since the Museum opened in 2005.

“I fondly recall listening to American Top 40 as a child,” says Devon Akmon, AANM director. “Knowing that Casey and I shared our Lebanese heritage gave me a great sense of pride from an early age. His contributions to American popular culture and his advocacy for the Arab American community will be forever celebrated at the AANM.”

Casey Kasem’s legacy also includes the new $2 million Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Druze and Arab Studies at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, a first-of-its-kind program. Casey’s daughter, Kerri, also a great friend of the Arab American National Museum, is following in her father’s footsteps professionally and through her community involvement.