Irregular’s Intel – Saturday Mornings

I remember when Saturday meant a morning filled with cartoons. From Super Friends to Looney Toons and everything in between, it was awesome. I was convinced that I would eventually grow out of it, but I did not. The cartoons just got either super cool or hella weird. In either case, it was one of the things that made Saturdays the best. It wasn’t until I got older and discovered the fall preview issue of the TV Guide that I got so jazzed about Saturday mornings! I could gather intel on the new cartoons coming out for Saturday, as well as the syndicated ones… I was becoming an informed viewer and I loved it!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Defending Your Geek

Earlier this week I was talking to a coworker about The Dark Tower. I admitted that I had not read the series, but thought that the movie was alright, but I had the feeling that fans of the novels would not be happy. This led to a discussion about movie adaptations as a whole and then segued into movie adaptations of animated properties. Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Take ’em to Church

Last week, some Marvel employees went out for milkshakes and decided to tweet a selfie… and the trolls lost their shit. They made comments about how these people were the reason that Marvel’s sales were going down and they needed to back off of the feminist agenda/SJW bandwagon and blah, blah, blah. I’ve been stewing over this for days now and I don’t want to give the trolls any more attention than they’ve already gotten. But I have a few things to say about this and I kinda feel like Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 when all of his armors are out, lined up and ready to take on the Extremis injected AIM soldiers. In other words, I’m about to take these basement trolls to church!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Before or After?

This week I finished The Coldest City by Antony Johnson. It is a graphic novel that takes place about 2 days before the Berlin Wall comes down in November of 1989. The movie Atomic Blonde is based on this book. But before picking it up I faced a dilemma: do I read it before I see the movie or after?  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – You’re It!

When I was in college and the Cold War was ending, but the effects were still everywhere, I participated in an unofficial game called T.A.G. – The Assassination Game. The idea was that we were all agents or assassins and each of us was given a target. You had a plethora of ways to eliminate your mark, from shooting, with a toy gun of course, to “mailing” a poison envelope. I’m not sure if anyone ever finished their mark in that way, but you get the idea.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Kickstarters

Over the past year my household has given a bit of support to Kickstarter campaigns. We’ve supported artists, musicians, game developers and a host of other endeavors (even cricket protein bars… that was the wife’s idea). It got me to thinking. Kickstarter (and other forms of crowd funding) is a great way for us to take an active role in what we enjoy. It’s no longer just buying the game at the store, it is getting a bit of a reward for donating to the effort of getting it off the ground. It is being there as that newest album takes shape or helping an artist bring a dream to life. It is the opportunity to put a bit of yourself into what you enjoy.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Street Cred

I am fresh from seeing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and, wow, what a movie! Honestly, I think that it is the best Spider-Man movie that I have seen! But, that’s not what I’m writing about. There’s a point in the movie where Peter is going on  about how he wants to handle the “big stuff” and he wants to be an Avenger. Stark asks him why can’t he just be a “friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man”? It is kinda treated as a “stay in your lane, kid” kind of moment. But, as I was talking things out with Miss Dawn, she brought up an interesting point: Is that really such a bad thing?

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Irregular’s Intel – Patriotic Themed Heroes

When I was a kid, it was no big deal to see Captain America anywhere. He wore a version of the Stars and Stripes on his uniform (remember, it was issued to him by the military, so… uniform). He represented the United States, so that was ok. But when I saw Captain Britain, Sunfire or Guardian it threw me for a loop! You see, each of characters wear versions of the British flag, Imperial Japan flag and Canadian flag, respectively. But it did teach me a valuable lesson: every nation can and should have their own “national hero”.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – The Struggle

If you’re of a certain age you remember a time when it wasn’t so cool to be a nerd. Wearing a tee shirt with a comic character was an invitation to be ridiculed. Reading for pleasure was unheard of, and don’t let the book be thick or sci-fi or fantasy… and we won’t even mention comics. Now, we live in a time where these sorts of things are accepted, for the most part. The norms either adapt or grin and bear it, but it is all good. But does the lack of struggle change the meaning of geek for the ones coming up?  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Going Dark

For the last several year there has been a trend in comics. This is a trope that is so old that soap operas and professional wrestling were almost founded upon this. It’s when the hero, or protagonist, goes dark. We’ve all seen it before. We all remember the classic episode of Star Trek where everyone ran into their evil self (usually in a goatee). Or in Knight Rider when Michael meets an evil adopted brother (who still looked like him), Garth. I can fully explain how and why this makes sense, just not here. Message me and we’ll talk! Or, the episode of South Park where the kids run into their evil selves (all in goatees)!  Continue reading