Friday, July 15, 2016

Q&A With Blackholers Creator, Ben Templesmith

I had the pleasure of meeting my next interviewee at Emerald City Comic Con earlier this year. I'd been a fan of this guy's art since I first seen 30 Days Of Night, and have loved his stuff ever since. If you aren't familiar with Ben Templesmith, enjoy this little intro, then go out and check out as much of his stuff as possible. Enjoy my Q&A with Ben Templesmith!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Clallam Bay Comic Con recap links from Donna Barr and Dara Korra'ti

Though thestevestrout.com couldn't attend the Clallam Bay Comic Con, we'd appreciate if you would take a few minutes to check out CBCC recaps from our friends, Donna Barr and Dara Korra'ti.

Donna Barr is the host of the Clallam Bay Comic Con and a veteran in the comic book world, being known for such acclaimed titles as  Stinz and The Desert Peach. More info on Donna can be found on her site at www.donnabarr.blogspot.com/. Donna's Clallam Bay Comic Con report can be found here: Clallam Bay Comic Con Report

Dara Korra'ti tours conventions, and geek culture events performing her brand of whats been referred to as "hardcore folk" music under that name Crime and the Forces of Evil. You can find her original tunes at www.crimeandtheforcesofevil.com...She also did her own great recap of the Clallam Bay Comic Con! It sounded like a nice time...Check it out here

Where going to put our best effort in to getting out to the coast for this show next year, and I'd suggest taking a road trip out as well.

Do you have any fun conventions (big or small) in your area that you'd like to share a recap with everyone? Get in touch! We'd love to have you do a guest post. We are also looking for media reviewers for stuff like comic books, tv, movies, video games, and whatever else you geek out for...

Enjoy Donna and Dara's CBCC recaps! Thanks, Steve!

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 in 2015). 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, July 7, 2016

Pretty Good Week


Before this next round of ramblings, I'd like to, unfortunately, mention the passing of Noel Neill. Noel Neill was known for her role as the original Lois Lane from the 50's era Adventures of Superman, alongside George Reeves. Some of my earliest television memories were of old re-runs of The Adventures of Superman. She'd make appearances in other incarnations of the Superman franchise, but will always be remembered for her role as Lois Lane. R.I.P. Noel Neill



On to lighter subjects...

As a geek and SciFi fan, I was excited for the sequel Independance Day. I assume many of you shae the sentiment. How could we not be excited? Did ou see the trailers? Big...flashy...aliens...battles...It looked to be of epic proportions. It SHOULD have, but it wasn't. It felt like a poorly acted, SyFy network original movie. I was not impressed by the cast. I found myself hoping the alien invasion would prevail and end humanity. No such luck. The earthlings prevailed in this predictable mess. I don't even think Will Smith could have made this film enjoyable. On a good note, It ws nice seeing the aliens on screen more than the first movie, though they were pretty generic looking...I wonder if they'll break even with their huge budget?



I also checked out the Spielberg and Disney film BFG. BFG is based on the childrens book of the same name by Roald Dahl. I managed to get a little more into this one. The story is about a giant from a hidden giant land who would sneak into population and give people dreams. He is seen in the act by little Sophie, so he brings her to the giant land where the story begins..This is a fun family fantasy full of humor and charm. It goes over well for Disney movie fans. I'm glad I watched it on the big screen.

What movies have you seen in the theaters lately? Come talk about it in the thread at www.facebook.com/groups/comicbookswapmeet. I'm thinking of seeing The Legend Of Tarzan and The Secret Life Of Pets this weekend...These trailers look great!





Working on some other conventions over the next couple months, We'll announce asap! Are you attending any conventions? Wan't to share your story about the show here? Get in touch and we'll work it out. 


One last thing, ICYMI: Our cosplayer friend, Haylee Troncone is going to be doing periodical posts about the who, what, when, where, and hows of cosplay.  Check out here first post about why she does it...Maybe even help her name the column! Be inspired!! Check it out HERE

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 in 2015). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout











Friday, June 24, 2016

Haylee Troncone's 'Soon To Be Named' Cosplay Column


Why do I cosplay? I get this question a lot. I've always been the quiet artsy nerd that everyone thought would go to an art college and become a famous painter, but that didn't happen. I never went to college. I started drawing less and cosplaying more.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pretty Good Week: With A Sad Ending

I've spent the last couple weeks geeking out over some movies and a fantastic show, but before I touch on the good, let me mention the sad.

I'm sure most of you have heard by now about Anton Yelchin's untimely passing. Unfortunately this is the news I woke to. I really love the work Anton has done as Chekov on the Star Trek movie reboot series, and am deeply saddened by the loss. The kid was far too young and talented. Who knows what the future held for him. This is reason to never take life for granted, because it can all be taken at any time. In this case, it was far too early. May his great work stay in our memories. LLAP, friends...

Ok. with that out of the way...You shoudl see the following two movies on the big screen before they leave theaters!

TMNT 2 and Warcraft were the big "nerdy" films over the last couple weeks, and neither failed to entertain completely. First off TMNT took a big step up from the first movie, which I really didn't care much for. I kinda set the expectation a little low for this, but they made it feel more like the old cartoon series we grew up on by adding more of the great villians from the TMNT show. Megan Fox even stepped up her game in the April O'Neill role. My highlight was Stephen Amell's big screen debut as Casey Jones! Amell did a fantastic job, and I believe we have a future movie star after his Arrow days (which I hope don't end any time soon...just saying). It was worth me seeing twice!

I've never played Word Of Warcraft, so had no idea what I was getting myself into...WOW (pun totally intended)...Not knowing the story behind the saga, has no bearing on the ability to follow the movie. I kept right up on the story, without being being distracted by wonderful CGI work and masterfully shot film. I hope they continue the film series...I'll be there with my ticket money.

I finally got the chance to see Kevin Smith live too!

You know Kevin...actor...director...writer...producer...comic writer...podcaster...geek trailblazer..
.also known as Silent Bob. He is currently on a tour with his friend and man who portrays his sidekick Jay, Jason Mewes, called Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.
They're sharing stories from their lives and careers, and doing bits from their podcast of the same name. The show might have been one of the most entertaining shows I've seen in ages. Jay brings that same energy he brought on screen when he played the off the wall, crude, party guy Jay. Jay an Silent Bob seem like the best of friends on and off screen...and now on stage too! If this tour or any of the show tours under the Smodcast banner come to your town, you HAVE TO check it out if you enjoy being entertained!

I'd always played with the idea of starting a podcast, but this show (as well as BJ Shea's Geek Nation, Twiztid's Ashtrays and Action Figures, and Nerdist) really inspired me to get the ball rolling on that idea asap. We're gonna talk everything from fandoms, music, collectibles, movies and television, as well as have great guests and so much more... What do you guys think? Who'd listen?

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 in 2015). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guest Post: Haylee Troncone and A-Baby Cosplay's Colossalcon Photo Gallery

Once again we have a guest post from our friend Haylee Troncone, this time from Colossalcon 15 in Ohio. She was joined by A-Baby Cosplay on this trip, and they sent us back this fun photo gallery from the convention! Be sure to click on their names and follow their work! Enjoy their photos, and if you ever want to share a convention experience here, get in touch!!

























Haylee Troncone is a Northwest based cosplayer, artist and geek, and all around awesome person who you should already be following on Instagram: @hayleetroncone, Twitter: @hayleetroncone and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hayleetronconecosplay

Saturday, June 4, 2016

More From Crypticon...Alec Gillis' Harbinger Down Screening Review

We talked about Crypticon, and the Aliens cast "reunion". I also mentioned the screening of cast member, Alec Gillis' film, Harbinger Down. Here's some thoughts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crypticon Recap



Another year at Crypticon has come and gone, and I gotta tell ya, I love this convention more every year. Amazing guests, awesome vendors, and a brilliant artist alley are just a few reasons why I love this show. It feels like a family reunion every year seeing old friends and making so many new ones, including the wonderful celebrities. You wont find a con with more accessible celebrity guests than Crypticon, which you'll see in the photo gallery below...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Crypticon Preview Q&A w/ C.D. Poe

Crypticon is right around the corner, so lets preview Seattle's horror convention with a Q&A with one of the awesome artists at this year's show, C.D. Poe! To be honest, this was one of my favorite interviews, not only because C.D. Poe is a good friend and one of our favorite artists at the #ComicBookSwapMeet every year, but because his art is so unique and creepily beautiful! He also gave some really great enthusiastic responses! Check it out. Share it. Come say hi at Crypticon, and go show C.D. Poe some love on his social media outlets at www.cdpoe.com and www.facebook.com/cdpoe1031 You can also buy art from his shop at cdpoe.storenvy.com.

TheSteveStrout: For those unfamiliar with your art, how would you best describe your style?

C.D. Poe: It's hard to describe my style. I hear from folks repeatedly that it’s "unique". I assume that's a good thing. I can tell you what things I dig and, as a result, influence me. I love myths and legends, epic fantasy stories, comics and anime, and horror movies. I’m also a big fan of both classic and contemporary pin-up artwork. The likes of Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Olivia, and Luis Royo, to name a few, leave their mark on my work. I like to think all of those things churn around in the dark recesses of my cranium and help shape what you see.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Comic Book Swap Meet Recap

The Comic Book Swap Meet, our mini con here on the Olympic Peninsula, has come and gone. We did some good things and had a lot of fun. Gathered up a bunch of food for the food bank. Raised some money for the Humane Society too. I would have liked to had seen more cosplayers, but overall, it was an absolute success! Thanks for all the support, and I look forward to doing it again, hopefully in the fall.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pretty Good Week: Civil War and more...

I just got in this evening after a pro wrestling event, and got to thinking how busy I've been and how I missed you all. I figured I better post and say hello.

Not a bad week. The dust has cleared from the Comic Book Swap Meet last week. We raised some money for the local Humane Society, and filled a couple boxes of food for the food bank! I'd call that a success. 


I was also honored to be interviewed by Chuck Anderson from the Sci Fi Monkeys website (and writer at Alucard Press). It was kind of cool to be on the interviewee for once. That should be live soon, hopefully. You know I'm gonna share it here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Comic Book Swap Meet Info...

With the Comic Book Swap Meet right around the corner, I figured it's probably a great idea to share some info about the show!

The Comic Book Swap meet (#ComicBookSwapMeet ) is our local "Mini Comic Con" we produce here on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with the help of our team at www.pnwsfx.com, and sponsors Anime Kat, Whistle Stop Toys, and DiGee Ink Tattoo Shop, all great local businesses on the peninsula.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con Recap

This took a little longer than planned, but I was down for a couple days. I'd been feeling under the weather all weekend at ECCC, but I toughed it out, followed by an immediate trip to the ER when I got back home. As much as I love Emerald City Comic Con, and consider it my local convention, I swear it's bad luck for me. A few years ago, I got robbed immediately before (If ya dont remember that lovely story, check it out HERE). Another year, I had heart issues. This year, more medical stuff. But enough about me!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con Preview: Q&A with Greg Smith

Hope you've enjoyed the Emerald City comic Con preview Q&A's. This last one before ECCC is a good one. We got in a chat with Greg Smith, the writer of one of the hottest graphic novels on the market today, Junior Braves Of The Apocalypse (Oni Press) Be sure to stop by the Oni booth at ECCC if you're attending and grab a copy to get signed, as this will be a rare occurrence that all the creators of Junior Braves will be in the same place at the same time. I'm bringing my copy. Enjoy the interview and learning more about the book!


TheSteveStrout: Let's get right to it and have you tell us about Junior Braves. Can you summarize what it's about?

Greg Smith: Short  - The Goonies meet The Walking Dead.

Long - Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Book 1: A Brave is Brave, by writers Greg Smith and Michael Tanner, and artist Zach Lehner is brought to you by Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pretty Good Week: Why so much Batman v Superman Hate?

Hopefully you all checked out the Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) preview interviews with the legendary Tim Sale and fantastic indie creator, Ryan Fisher...if not, you know where to find them. Who is going to be at ECCC? Let us know on Twitter @thestevestrout or on Facebook in the Comic Book Swap Meet group..