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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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Former Miss Michigan to appear on newest season of 'Survivor'

A familiar face will grace TV screens this fall.
Local fans of the reality show “Survivor” will recognize Wyandotte native and former Miss Michigan USA 2013 Jaclyn Schultz as a contestant on the 29th season of the reality competition, “Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water."
Her boyfriend Jon Misch, a Waterford native and former football player at Michigan State University, will appear with her on the show, which pits a group of contestants isolated in the wilderness against each other to compete for a $1 million prize. The couple are one of nine competing on the CBS show, which debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 24.
Schultz said she decided to take part in the show because it’s the ultimate challenge — physically, mentally and socially — in the most extreme conditions.
“I live by the motto ‘never stop learning and growing as a person,’” she said. “This was definitely an experience that helped me grow a lot and realize more of my strengths and weaknesses as an individual and as Jon's partner. I knew the experience would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
She said she looks forward to watching the show with friends and family every Wednesday, and is both excited and nervous about reliving her time on the island.
“It will be bizarre to watch myself in that environment, stripped of literally everything, no Internet, phone, food, shower, makeup — no one to trust 100 percent but Jon,” she said. “I had a lot of highs and lows. It was hands down the most challenging thing I've ever done.”

Schultz graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2006. She then graduated from Central Michigan University and went on to earn a master’s degree from Michigan State University.
She currently lives in Las Vegas, where she works as a media buyer at SK+G Public Relations.
She is the daughter of Wyandotte City Councilman Donald Schultz.
Her Wyandotte pride continues to shine.
“Just like when I was Miss Michigan, I'm always proud to represent my hometown, Wyandotte,” she said. “It's different this time though. I'm not on a glamorous Miss USA stage, I'm literally living in the jungle stripped of everything.”
But she said she’s confident that she always can count on support from people in her beloved hometown.
“I know everyone in Wyandotte who has supported me from day one will continue to do so, regardless if it's a gown or if I'm covered in mud,” she said. “Love the people! Go Bears!”
During her time on the pageant circuit, Jaclyn Schultz made Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome her cause. The congential condition causes a woman’s uterus to be underdeveloped or absent and affects one in 4,500 women, including Schultz herself.
She has served as spokeswoman for the Beautiful You MRKH Foundation as she works to spread awareness and to provide support to girls and women struggling with acceptance of the diagnosis.
If they win the money on “Survivor,” the couple said they plan to use it to adopt a child or hire a surrogate.
“Survivor: San Juan Del Sur” premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 on CBS.

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ set to film Downriver

The blockbuster comic-book movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be filming Downriver soon, according to an unnamed source at River Rouge City Hall and other media reports.
The employee, who did not give her name, said negotiations have been going on for more than a year to use at least one location in the city.
The website reported Aug. 18 that Nicholson Terminal and Dock Co. will be the site of filming.
A report on the site said “telltale CCP crew signs,” which have been used by the production company in other filming locations, have been seen around the business.
The business, at 60 East Great Lakes St., has been used for several productions in recent years. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Real Steel,” “Kill the Irishman” and The Double” have all used the location for filming, the site reported.
A Nicholson Terminal and Dock Co. official refused to comment on the filming, citing a confidentiality agreement.
Comic book movie fans in the region were delighted a few months ago by the announcement that "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" would film in Detroit.
In recent weeks, fans across the state have delighted in sightings of stars Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman).
Romulus firefighter John Thiede has been cast in the movie as a Metropolis police officer.
Detroit and surrounding cities are thought to be standing in for Batman’s hometown of Gotham City, it is unclear why the Metropolis police would be in Gotham City, or if parts of the city are standing in for Metropolis as well.
Due to contract restrictions, Thiede has not commented on his role other than confirming that some of his scenes included Ben Affleck.
The film is set to be the live-action movie introduction to many characters that make up the DC Comics team the Justice League.
When Marvel Studios released its superhero team movie “The Avengers,” the film made more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, the core trio of the traditional Justice League in the source comics.
It is expected to be released on March 25, 2016.

The film is being produced in conjunction with the Pontiac-based Michigan Motion Picture Studios, which is working on many of the film’s special effects.

Star of 'Gotham’ visits Big Ben’s comic book store

Comic book culture is taking the world by storm.
There are no fewer than 23 comic-related television shows either currently on the air or set to debut within the next year. That doesn’t factor in the numerous movies and straight-to-DVD releases also in the works.
PHOTOS: Erin Richards visits Big Ben's Comix Oasis
That’s why it was no surprise when Erin Richards of the upcoming Fox TV series “Gotham” showed up at Big Ben’s Comix Oasis last week on the spur of the moment.
“Gotham” is set to make its debut in September. The show is set in Gotham City and will follow a young detective, James Gordon, as he investigates the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents. Wayne, of course, is Batman. Richards will play Barbara Keane, Gordon’s girlfriend.
Richards flew in from Dallas to do a one-hour signing at the store and a couple of quick interviews before moving on to Chicago and then back to New York, where the show is filming its first season.
“I love it here,” she said when she walked in the door.
Because of the short notice given to the store, only about a dozen fans were on hand to meet Richards, but that didn’t dent her spirits as she personalized autographs for everyone, posed for photos and struck up conversations with everyone around her.

One such conversation was with a pair of young fans. She spoke with them for about 15 minutes and gave them a giant poster as they turned to leave.
“It doesn’t take any effort to be nice to people,” Richards said between drinks of tea made by a member of the store’s staff. “It’s the easiest part of this job.”
Richards said she was a fan of Batman growing up, specifically the Tim Burton films.
“I used to dress up as Batman and put on plays,” she said. “I would make all of my cousins dress up and put on plays with me. To this day they are all scarred from that.”
She remained tight-lipped about spoilers of the upcoming season.
“It’s the first season, so you can expect to find lots of origins,” she said. “It’s going to be great.”
While she was at the store, she agreed to help owner John “Big Ben” Davis complete his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as the celebrity pourer.

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 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,

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, reprinted with permission.