Thursday, September 27, 2018

We checked out Bathtubs Over Broadway at the PTFF...

The Port Townsend Film Festival has come and gone but one film will last, at least with me personally. Bathtubs Over Broadway.

In the documentary, Bathtubs Over Broadway, we see Steve Young (joke writer on David Letterman's late night show and co-author of Everything's Coming Up Profits - The Golden Age Of The Industrial Musical) initially use Industrial Musicals as joke material, only to become something more than just a gag.

An Industrial Musical is basically a production put on for employees of corporations and businesses to motivate productivity and sales.

We follow Mr. Young and his journey across the country in search of the musicals and performers. You see, these musicals were not intended for the general public's viewing. They were only produced for employees of these businesses. Few of these performances were recorded, and distributed minimally on lp's. These recordings became sought after by Mr. Young, leading him on this adventure to collect as many as possible.

His journey not only opens the door to this unique side of the entertainment and performing arts business, but opens us up to the history and performers of this obscure sub-genre of stage musical.

We meet a handful of interesting characters, including notable appearances from Martin Short, Jello Biafra, Florence Henderson and more...

This film offers us an interesting view and history lesson from a golden age of industry and performing arts. Bathtubs Over Broadway is currently doing the festival rounds so find it at a festival near you.

Check out this teaser from Tribeca Film Fest about Bathtubs Over Broadway!

I hope my ramblings made you want to see this movie! You can find more info on the documentary, including upcoming screenings at www.bathtubsoverbroadway.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

          



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Simpsons fans will dig this real life Kwik E Mart!

A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across an article about a convenience store opening in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It wasn't just your regular neighborhood grab and go mini mart, though. This was a for real life Kwik E Mart, based on Bart Simpson's go to stop for his brain freeze inducing, frozen beverage of choice, the Squishee!

The Simpsons television show has been a long part of many of our lives, and the characters are pretty much pop culture icons, so this article about the Kwik E Mart opening excited me.

It just so happened that my sister and her boyfriend were visiting Myrtle Beach, so I HAD to put a call out for them to check it out. To my surprise, they were literally on their way to the Kwik E Mart, themselves.

Of course me being me, I requested photos, so I can share with you all.

Check this place out!








 Apparently they're opening a little theatre dedicated to The Simpsons too! I'd never leave!
 They even sent Kwik E Mart gifts for me!
Thanks to Michael Garrett for sending thebphotoa from the Kwik E Mart. He's not only my sister's significant other, but he's also an avid gamer, nerd, and Funko Pop collector ...go follow him on Twitter: @delmarsc

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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

          

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cool Projects #14





It's been quiet here these last few months, but all for good reason...

We've been busy with this first "Cool Project"...

We're working on the resources to start a podcast. Yep! Myself, Steve Strout, and our good friend of the site, fellow geek, musician and promoter Caleb Lowery, aka Crypto Zoo will be co hosting a podcasting in the coming months. I know, it's been a while in the making, but the gear is in place and we're almost ready to roll.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

'350 Days' Preview and Q&A w/Producer Evan Ginzburg

As most of you know, I am a life long pro wrestling fan. Most of my earliest memories are of watching the Star Wars movoes over and over, and watching as much wrestling from around the world as I was able to get my hands on.

Through my lifetime, wrestling has always gone hand in hand with popular culture. Think back to the early days of MTV and the WWE (then the WWF) crossing over, and the celebrity guests the McMahon's always booked to appear at events like Wrestlemania.

Wrestling and pop culture are even more intertwined, with many performers croasing over into movies and music. There's also a bunch or really good comic books based on pro wrestling now too. Dig back in our archives and check out some reviews.

There's a new project that really intrigues me about the wrestling business, which I believe should appeal to wrestling fans and non fans alike called '350 Days'.

'350 Days', is a documentary about a side of the wrestling biz we don't all see. It's about the day in day out life of a pro wrestler, as told by some of the greatest legends of the squared circle. Names like Bret Hart, Greg Valentine, JJ Dillon, Lex Luger, and dozens more shared their behind the scenes stories of life on the road and more with the film makers.

I had the opportunity to chat with one of the producers of '350 Days', Evan Ginzburg about the film and its nationwide one noght only release on July 12th (through Fathom Entertainment). Mr Ginzburg is a radio host, lifelong wrestling fan and producer of the Academy Award nominated film, 'The Wrestler'.

Check out our Q&A and please do yourself a favor and see '350 Days' on July 12th! I'll post links to find the nearest screening...

TheSteveStrout: What is the message or point being '350 Days' film makers are trying to relay through this film?

Evan Ginzburg: 
The message is that during the Hulkamania/Rock & Wrestling heyday these men and women wrestled up to 350 days a year and sacrificed mightily to entertain us. They sacrificed their bodies. They were away from their wives and kids. They weren't home for the holidays or to see their children born or get married or whatnot. They were in constant pain and in a state of exhaustion. We loved it, but it wasn't always an easy life for them, being on the road.

TheSteveStrout: Theres the national special debut/screening (via Fathom ) on July 12th. Whats the next step for distribution for '350' for anyone who can't make the special screenings? Certain markets? Streaming? DVD/blue ray releases?
Evan Ginzburg: Future plans for the film will be announced in the Fall. Right now we urge folk to attend the one night only Fathom screening.

TheSteveStrout: How did you personally get involved with the movie?

Evan Ginzburg: I was Associate Producer on The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke. Over the years I turned down various wrestling projects but when the Executive Producers pitched me this I sensed they loved the business and also wanted to tell these amazing stories. They lived a rock star like lifestyle, saw the world on the promoter's dime and had amazing experiences while performing their Art. But they also paid the price in various ways. And with a top notch editor in Michael Burlingame who worked with Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Sting (the singer), HBO, etc. NOT being a "wrestling guy" I knew he'd find the most powerful, poignant content from our over 120 hours of footage and hone it into something that would move an audience. And it does.

TheSteveStrout: You , being a lifelong wrestling fan, must have a personal attachment to the movie. What does it mean to you as not only a producer, but a fan, to see these stories shared?

Evan Ginzburg: Amazingly, about a dozen of these legends have passed since we filmed this. Off the top of my head, George "The Animal" Steele, Ox Baker, Superfly Snuka, Angelo Savoldi, Don Fargo, Larry Sharpe, The Wolfman and others. We preserved their stories. In a sense this is oral history, but not a shoot interview. This isn't "Who was the booker in Chattanooga in '72? This is them pouring their cuts and slicing their hearts open for us. I sincerely believe that like The Wrestler, they will be moved by this.

TheSteveStrout: The movie should be an easier sell to pro wrestling fans, but how would you pitch the film to non fans?
Evan Ginzburg: You don't have to be a wrestling fan to love The Wrestler. You don't have to be a boxing fan to love Rocky. In fact in both films theirs only about 15 minutes of wrestling and boxing content. Same here. I can watch a well done documentary on a subject or someone I know nothing about and be totally involved. We told the editor, "Make a movie that'll make an 80 year old woman who never watched wrestling cry." And I think it will. If you love wrestling and these are your childhood heroes like they are mine, even better. We have rare photos and footage and you'll most likely love it. But also bring Granny. And the kids. And don't forget it's one night only.

Be sure to do yourself a favor and get out on July 12th for a screening of '350 Days'. Remember it's one night only, so don't miss it.

Find tickets and the nearest theatre:
FathomEvents.com/350Days

Check out the trailer:


Thanks to Evan Ginzburg for taking the time out of his busy promotional schedule to answer a few questions for us. You can check out his radio show at www.villageconnectionradio.com/evan-ginzburg-show, where he talk everything from music to wrestling, featuring lots of great guests.

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, June 7, 2018

Cool Projects #13

This latest edition of "Cool Projects" will spotlight a few upcoming comics from various publishers. Some ongoing and some new. Check em out! 

Boom Studios presents, Low Road West.
Low Road West is a sci-fi/supernatural limited series by the creative team of Phillip Kennedy (Eisner nominee ,The Power of The Dark Crystal, Aquaman) and Flaviano (I Am Groot, Spider-Man/Deadpool) on the Boom Studios imprint, an is set to hit shelves in September. 

Low Road West is is the story of a group of young refugees trying to escape to the west coast, away from the war torn east coast of the U.S., only to end up in an Oklahoma ghost town, where they cross a whole new array of problems, forcong them to figure out how to survive together.

Get more info on Low Road West and other great titles from Boom Studios on Twitter: @boomstudios

Valiant Entertainment is bringing another Bloodshot series too! Check out this recent press release from Valiant!
Via- www.ValiantEntertainment.com
BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1
Written by LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA

NEW ONGOING SERIES! DISCOVER THE TRUE ORIGIN OF VALIANT’S MOST UNRELENTING HERO!
Before a weapon is deployed in battle, it must be designed, refined, field-tested. Bloodshot was no exception.

In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined – and it was up to one enterprising employee, the “Memory Weaver,” to ensure he did what he was told. But a memory is a tricky thing…and the man Bloodshot used to be won’t let go of his past so easily…

Critically acclaimed writing duo Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (Cable) team up with distinguished artist Ken Lashley (Black Panther) to open a door once closed and reveal answers to questions that Bloodshot himself would never think to ask!
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2018


Coming early 2019, also from Valiant, Incursion #1
Early next year, Valiant is also bringing us an intriguing series entitles Incursion. From what I grasp from the latest press release, its about a region called the Deadside, where our departed souls linger on, and alien worlds from other dimensions colliding with our own. Sounds pretty wild and intriguing to me. 

Even more so, knowing Andy Diggle and Doug Braithwaite are the creative team behind this project. I was already sold by the teaser image from our good friend here at thestevestrout.com, Jeffrey Veregge! 

Stay tuned for more, and if you would like to contribute to this site, get in touch through our social media profiles...

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

          


Monday, June 4, 2018

Comichaus Review

It's time to get back into the swing of things here at thestevestrout.com, so lets kick it off with a little review of Comichaus.




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Don't Call It A Comeback..

Ive been here for years...ok I'll stop..

Anyways, I'm sure you've all noticed I've been off the grid for a bit since late last year. I do the majority of the posts here, and sometimes life gets in the way and changes. This time things have changed for the better. If you know me on a personal level, you understand. If you don't know me personally, why aren't we friends!?

I'm going to put more effort Into posting more again here and getting my geek on with you all, since I've missed ya.

I haven't done much to fit the theme of this site lately but here's a few pics from the first half of this year, including a visit to the Museum of Pop Culture (in Seattle), Emerald City Comic Con, and a visit to the Funko HQ. Hope you enjoy these pics as much as I did visiting these places!


JET CITY COMIC SHOW (November 2017)













MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE (February 2018)











































































EMERALD CITY COMIC CON (March 2018)







FUNKO HQ (May 2018)





























Stay tuned here at www.thestevestrout.com, I'll be sharing more here again. 

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