Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cool Projects #28

This Cool Projects edition features a crowdfunded trivia game, an awesome DVD set and mention of a few of this weeks intriguing comic book releases.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cool Projects #27


COOL PROJECTS #27
Time for another Cool Projects article, but first we wanna congratulate our friends at Zaid Comics on their successful crowdfunding effort for their Magic Cop graphic novel. They surpassed their goals Great job guys. Its gonna be a fun comic. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Q&A With Film Maker, Gary Lundgren

The Port Townsend Film Festival is right around the corner, and I normally do, I go through their screening list to see what looks interesting to me. I've stumbled across some gems over the few years I've attended PTFF including last year's Bathtubs Over Broadway and the superhero farce from a few years back, Electric Man.

In this years search for movies I may view, a film from northwest film maker Gary Lundgren called Phoenix, Oregon caught my eye.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Thing Music and Art Festival Recap

The Thing music and arts festival had its inaugural event over this past weekend, August 24th and 25th right here in my neck of the woods at Fort Worden, a former early 1900s military base in Port Townsend, Washington. Sadly, due to family emergency I was only free to cover Sunday at THING, but I managed to pack a lot into my abbreviated visit.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cool Projects #26

Due to some scheduling restraints, in this latest Cool Projects, I'd like to share a few of this weeks comics hitting shelves on August 21st...

Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain is a collection of pro wrestling stories from one of the greatest minds in sports entertainment history, Jim Cornette. If you know Cornette, you know he is as honest and outspoken as they come. This oughtta be a great no holds barred graphic novel from IDW.

I'm a little behind on my own comic subscriptions, but you better believe I have the House of X and Powers of X comics on my pull list! 

I'm hearing nothing but great reviews on Johnathan Hickmans work in reshaping and setting up the future of the X Men and mutants on these books. These two mini series intertwine, setting the X Men relaunch this fall.

Powers of X issue 3 dropped this week on new comic Book day! Who's been reading it so far? I need to hurry and catch up.

Another book I havent read yet that I need to check out is Superman Year One. 

This reimagining of Superman's story chronicles Clark's growth into the Man of Steel, written by the legendary Frank Miller with John Romita Jr on art duties. What a team up, right?

Honestly I'm disappointed as to how far behind I am on reading.


One comic I have managed to keep up on is the new Vampirella series from Dynamite. Issue was was a great start and left me wanting more, and I get it this week with the issue 2 release...Vampi's definitely been getting some love on her 50th anniversary with these great comics and collectibles featuring the iconic character. I'm sure we'll discuss this series more in the future.

What comics did you all pick up on this new comic book day? What series' are you looking forward to? Let's discuss.

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          









Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cool Projects #25


First off I want to give a shoutout to this great artist, Antony Hare, that has a very unique delivery style for collectors of his work.
Antony is a digital illustrator bring a really cool style in his art. He does portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons, comics, and has done commissioned word for many companies and publications.

A lot of artists will sell you actual prints, which is really cool, but in this case you get a high resolution file of the piece at a really affordable price through his online store. This allows you to use the illustration indefinitely at your discretion. You could use as screen savers, print it yourself or whatever.

Even Kevin Smith is a fan of Antony Hare's work, which is how I discovered. Check out his site and store for the digital downloads at www.ahpi.ca and www.tonicville.com respectively. Thanks to Antony for the art samples to share with you guys.

Boom Studios brings us a new horror adventure in Something Is Killing The Children.

This thriller brings us to a small town being terrorized by a series of murders, when a mysterious character, Erica Slaughter, shows up claiming to have the ability to stop the string of crimes.
Authorities become leery of her when she believes children's claim of monsters in the woods. Is Erica Slaughter a legit monster hunter, or just a crazy the police should worry more for the tight knit communities safety?

James Tynion spins this tale as the writer, with Werther Dell'Edera providing brilliant, dark visuals only fitting for this book. Boom Studios releases Something Is Killing The Children # 1 on September 4th. More info at boom-studios.com

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          



Sunday, August 11, 2019

We Visited Page Turner Books in Kent, WA


I'm assuming you saw our recent post about our visit to the Retro Emporium in Kent, Washington. If not, check it out HERE.

While we were in the neighborhood, we stumbled across another great hidden gem of a shop that I felt needed to be mentioned, Page Turner Books. This place was definitely an unexpected surprise. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cool Projects #24

Were back with another Cool Projects article, featuring another great book from Valiant Comics and a crowdfunded comic that will have you feeling nostalgic for the books from the 80s and 90s!

This past week (July 31st) Valiant Comics released the first issues of Killers. Killers #1 is action packed right from the get go.

A series of retired ninja assassins are summoned by their mysterious sensei, Jonin back into the ninja operative life...but why? We will most definitely find out in the coming issues of this 5 book mini series, based on Valiants Ninjak comics. This looks like it's going to be a fun one.

The creative team of writer B. Clay Moore, with Fernando Dagnino doing the art, really tell this tale of this secret ninja organization perfectly. Check out Killers #1 from Valiant Comics.

And while on the topic of fun comics...I really think you guys will dig this indie comic in the crowdfunding stage.

Knuckle Supper Studios brings us Tales From Neroesville. Tales From Neroesville or TFN, brings us a universe full of superheroes, but issue one focuses on a pair of underdog heroes (Maybe less underdog, than underperformers), Airball and Lightning Doug featuring the creative team of D Jason Meadows, Andi Kurniawan, and Randy Sargent.

The two bumbling heroes start TFN issue 1 being outsmarted by a petty criminal, to be saved by a real superhero...who tips them off to a secret shindig for heros, which they weren't invited leading them to sneaking in to the party.

Tales From Neroesville is a very well put together comic, with some great art and straightforward dialogue. It reminds me of comics right our of the earlier days of Image Comics, with an abundance of over the top characters, put together with some great classic comic book art. This is really funny stuff, but really made me want to get to the next issue.

I think TFN would be a good project to support, especially if you love superheroes and have a sense of humor. It really brought to mind a 90s film called The Specials (from James Gunn). I'm definitely enjoying what I've seen.
Check out the Indiegogo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tales-from-neroesville-issues-1-2-and-3?fbclid=IwAR19izj_wFvtojZ6-tnQ_bB01PsZSxIVcNTEQeEeR72I06e1MEt70XtOsQ0

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Guest Post: Jesse Daniel's SDCC experience

Our buddy Jesse Daniel sent us in a summary of his San Diego Comic Con experience this year including some great con going pointers. He a veteran so he knows what's up...check out and share Jesse's recap, and give him a follow on Instagram... www.instagram.com/the7thcandidate

The Return of the King: Attending the 50th San Diego Comic-Con
There's a certain sense of anticipation one feels when approaching the San Diego Convention Center from across Harbor Drive; seeing the infamous San Diego Comic-Con eye logo staring down at you from the many banners surrounding the venue, witnessing as the giant posters begin to decorate the many hotels that are adjacent, watching crews assembling offsite events that will be alive with patrons in only a few short days.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

We Visited The Retro Emporium in Kent, WA.

Regular followers of thestevestrout.com have probably caught wind of my push to promote great comic shops, gaming shops, arcades, anime stores, and other awesome nerd and pop culture establishments. We recently visited one of the coolest shops around, the Retro Emporium in Kent, WA. 

The shop is PACKED wall to wall with everything from vintage Garbage Pail Kids and A-Team trading cards, retro gaming gear and wear, to comics, toys and pop culture memorabilia. That's just the tip of the iceberg. They even have a mini arcade  set up with quarter-op machines!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

SDCC 2019 Highlights

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you probably know this past weekend was San Diego Comic Con. Especially if you read OUR site. 

Unfortunately thestevestrout.com couldn't be there to cover the show, but we still want to share some of the highlights from the biggest weekend in geek and pop culture.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Guest Post: Josh Cook Visits Another Castle Games

As you've probably noticed, I've been putting out the call for guest posts promoting and sharing your experiences at your favorite comic, toy, collectible, gaming, anime and geek shops here at thestevestrout.com. I caught wind of our friend, writer, and fellow geek, and recurring guest here at the site, Josh Cook takin his family on lots of nerdy excursions as of late, so I told him about this idea for the new feature. He loved it and jumped right in with this post about his trip to ANOTHER CASTLE ARCADE in Edmonds, Washington. This place sounds fantastic. Check out Josh's account from his day out with the fam! Thanks for reading, and if you would like to share your favorite geeky shop or destination, let me know.- Steve (@thestevestrout)

Josh Cook (July 2019) When Steve asked me to write up this post, I was like, “I’ll get right on that, yo” 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Comic Book Swap Meet Recap!

The Comic Book Swap Meet made a big return this past weekend. If you've been following thestevestrout.com long enough, you know that the Comic Book Swap Meet is the mini comic con I produce here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, just west of Seattle. Hope you enjoy this quick recap of this fun event. I put a lot of love into these shows for you all.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

San Diego Comic Con Info

It's San Diego Comic Con Week, and I wanted to drop some quick show info about some con exclusives and events.

The following is just the tip of the iceberg as to the happenings, events, collectible exclusives, and panels going down during the godfather of all comic and pop culture shows...

Monday, July 1, 2019

ICYMI: The Comic Book Swap Meet returns July 13th!

I'm excited to announce the return of the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th.

If you didnt know, the Comic Book Swap Meet is our own "mini comic con" we produce here in Chimacum, Washington on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, just west of Seattle. 

The 2019 edition of the show features a great lineup of guests, including:

Jeremy Colwell

Jeremy Colwell, our guest of honor, is a comic artist who is currently doing the color work on the Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series, which just launched volume 3 of IDW and DC's epic crossover event.  He is also known for He-Man/Thundercats, Powerpuff Girls, and Super Angry Birds among many other titles.

With this year being Batman's 80th Anniversary, and the Ninja Turtles turning 35, this is a great chance to celebrate these fan favorote franchises, meet an artist on one of the hottest selling comics today. 

CD Poe

CD Poe is a popular artist on the northwest convention scene, and favorite regular at the Comic Book Swap Meet. 

His fantasy themed art has been featured by Valiant Comics and can be found on the labels of one of the areas favorite ice cream companies, Viking Ice Cream, based in Poulsbo, WA. He Will be joining us again by popular demand with his original art prints and more. Be sure to visit his table at the show!

Blood and Gourd 

Representatives from the Blood and Gourd comic series will join us with art and copies of their owner produced series about mutant pumpkins waging war on humans. Check out our preview on the comic in Cool Projects #21 by clicking HERE, and come and grab the first 3 issues of one of the best produced indie comic books going.

Blacky Shepherd

We mentioned Batman and TMNT having anniversaries this year, but ww also have another iconic character celebrating a milestone, as Vampirella turns 50 this year, Vampirella. Our next guest, Blacky Shepherd, is an artist on a popular series featuring Vampirella, in Vampirella vs Re-animator from Dynamite Entertainment.

Mr. Shepherd is a rising star on the comic scene, having worked on other popular titles such as Voltron: From the Ashes, Pumpkinhead (based on the 80s horror franchise) and recently doing cover work for the G.I. Joe comic.

On top of these great comic creators, we will be joined some some local indie creators, along with a bunch of great vendors selling comic books, collectibles, and so much more. 

We will also be giving back to the community by offering discounted admission for attendees who bring a non perishable food item for our local food bank, as well as a raffle for another local charity.

The Comic Book Swap Meet takes place July 13th at the Tri Area Community Center in Chimacum Washington. Admission is only $5 or discounted to $3 if you bring a non perishable for the food bank. We look forward to hanging out with you! Cosplay is highly encouraged!

This event wouldn't be possible without our amazing area sponsors:

www.valiantentertainment.com

Be sure to visit Anime Kat at 114 W 1st St. In Port Angeles WA and online at www.animekat.com for an extensive collection of anime, manga, Magic the Gathering, and so much more!

Ferino's Pizzeria is our favorite pizza joint in the area, and one of our favorite places to kick back with some great pizza with friends and family. We even bring along games to hang and play. Stop in for bite at 846 Ness' Corner Rd., Port Hadlock, WA. Check out their menu at www.ferinos.com 

The Retro Emporium in Kent, WA has one of the the areas best selection of collectibles and nerdy fares. Check out the shop at 328 Meeker in Kent and tell them we sent ya. They also have a great online selection at www.sweetgyrldesigns.etsy.com

Brocante is located at 105 W 1st St in Port Angeles and has one of the largest selection of antiques, collectables, records with a nice selection of comics too! They will bring a variety of goodies to the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th. They are also developing an online marketplace, but for now, stop by www.etsy.com/shop/BrocanteSound

The Printery, baaed in Port Townsend, WA is the areas 'go to' place for all your printing needs, providing top quality work at competitive prices. Check out the wide array of services the Printery provides at www.printery.com
We appreciate all of our fantastic sponsors, and hope you check them all out too!

Stay tuned here and at Facebook.com/ComicBookSwapMeet for the latest on the Olympic Peninsula's own "Mini Comic Con"!



Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout