Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Film Review: Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four"

About 10 years ago, I was at a convention dealers booth checking out his "bootleg" dvd collection, checking out all the cult classics and movies that never really saw the light of day. One movie I came across really intrigued me was Roger Corman's unreleased Fantastic Four film, which I'd only heard about.

Needless to say, the movie sat in my collection and remained unwatched, like it was apparently meant to be until a couple years ago when I heard about the latest Fantastic Four reboot (which definitely shouldn't have been released). Well, I finally got around to watching Corman's FF movie, and other than the low budget quality, I really didn't mind the movie. I honestly found it entertaining.

I decided to research the movie a bit, to see why it wasn't released, and didn't find out much other than it being made in order for the studio to keep the rights to the franchise. Though they did try again to make the FF films (which I enjoyed, though critics hated them), there's always been curiousity about Corman's go at it.

I was recently introduced to this documentary, Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four". This well made doc tells the whole story about Corman's effort from concept to the non-release, and features commentary from the movie cast and creators.

Marty Langford (Director) and Mark Sikes (producer) really do a great job in emphasizing all the hard work this cast and crew put in to this film, and show that on a shoestring budget, and some talent, you can really make something to be proud of. I did get the feeling from the cast interviews that everyone was, in fact, proud of their work to the point that they went on the road to promote the film on their own dime.

Its a shame this movie never made it, but there is a fascinating story here that is shared with us in Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four", and Marty Langford and Mark Sikes do a fantastic job in capturing it. I highly recommend checking this documentary out. Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" is available on most streaming services including Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, and for more info check out the movie Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/DoomedFF or at their website: www.doomedthemovie.com!!!

Our next convention www.thestevestrout.com will be covering is the Jet City Comic Show, so come say hi and grab a www.thestevestrout.com pin. Make sure to be on the lookout for some pre show interviews and maybe more...
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, September 22, 2016

Rose City Comic Con Recap

The last couple weeks since RCCC have been really hectic, therefore the delay on this post. Time was really tight, and I'm lucky enough to have had time enough to get these pictures posted. Thanks for always supporting and I hope you enjoy the pictorial. We want to see more from your weekend at RCCC so send us links on twitter: @thestevestrout and in the Comic Book Swap Meet group on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/groups/comicbookswapmeet/ Be sure to follow and join both too! We're doing a giveaway with this post, with details later in the article. Thanks to Haylee Troncone for awesome contributions to the site! Welcome aboard!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rose City Comic Con Preview: Q&A With International Cosplay Star, Ani-Mia

As promised, another great Rose City Comic Con preview Q&A with international cosplay star, Ani-Mia! I couldn't be more excited to share this little chat with Ani-Mia, and hope you enjoy it too! If you attend RCCC this weekend, Sept 10-11, be sure to stop by her table and say hi, take a photo, and maybe buy a signed photo of her in one of here amazing cosplays!!

photo by www.facebook.com/RonGejonPhotography
TheSteveStrout: How do you keep inspired to constantly be putting out great new cosplays?

Ani-Mia: I'm always inspired by the movies and shows that I watch, games I play... There's honestly too much inspiration.

Rose City Comic Con Preview: Q&A with Christopher Sebela

Rose City Comic Con goes down this weekend, and like we always do, here's the first of our Rose City Comic Con (RCCC) preview Q&A's. This first one features one of the most prolific comic book writers on the scene, Chris Sebela. Mr. Sebela is one of the busiest writers, usually having no less than a handful of projects going on at any given time. We were lucky enough to have him spare a few minutes for us and this Q&A. Be sure to check out more of his stuff at www.christophersebela.com, and be sure to swing by his table at RCCC! For more RCCC info go to www.rosecitycomiccon.com

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

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...

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...

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!!

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.