Monday, November 11, 2019

Cool Projects #32

Since its Veterans Day, were going to dedicate Cool Projects #32 to a Kickstarter campaign from Top Cow Productions that I feel is worth sharing, and a wonderful cause!

Top Cow is running a Kickstarter campaign for its 'Vetranology' entitled SOLDIER STORIES to raise money for the United States Veterans' Artist Alliance (USVAA) with a 5 story anthology created by veterans who have served in military conflicts. Proceeds from the Kickstarter, after costs, will go to the USVAA. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

We Interview Actor David Dastmalchian About His Count Crowley Comic

We mentioned Count Crowley in Cool Projects #31. Count Crowley is a new mini series from Dark Horse comics, and also the comic book writing debut of popular actor, David Dastmalchian.

Dastmalchian, recognizable by our readers for roles in the Ant Man movies, The Dark Knight, and Gotham, grew up as a fan of creature feature and horror hosts, eventually leading him to writing Count Crowley, of which Dark Horse Comics couldn't have released with better timing, with thestevestrout.com's Horror Host profile series just wrapping and legendary host Svengoolie appearing in a comic book crossover via DC Comics.
Photographer: Jessica Castro
Dastmalchian's comic book debut (featuring the art of Lukas Ketner), which comes off as a book written by a veteran comic scribe, is discussed with me in this interview about Count Crowley. Not only do we discuss the book, but we talk about life, his love of horror hosts, and a big upcoming role that I'm personally excited about! Check it out, and consider adding the Count Crowley mini series to your comic book pull list.
Photographer: Jessica Castro
TheSteveStrout: How would you summarize the Count Crowley comic, in your own words?

David Dastmalchian: Imagine if you’d burned every bridge in your life. You had been the “boy (or girl) who cried wolf” for so long that no one believed or trusted you anymore.  And then imagine you suddenly realize that there’s a flesh eating creature under your bed and it’s going to eat everyone that you love if you don’t warn them and defeat the monster… this is kind of how it goes for Jerri Bartman. She’s been hitting the booze so hard that no one believes her or will take her seriously anymore. She’s been relegated to hosting the “Creature Feature” which is really embarrassing for her. She wanted to be a serious journalist. But suddenly she makes the most important discovery of all…

TheSteveStrout: How long have you been developing this story, and how long did it take from initial inception to going into print with Dark Horse?

David Dastmalchian: I’ve been dreaming up this idea since I was a kid in Kansas City watching one of my early icons, the great Crematia Mortem (Roberta Solem) on “Crematia’s Friday Nightmare”.  She was the best and introduced me to all of the monsters and horror films that I love. As I grew older and confronted my own demons and monsters, this story began to really take shape. I think that when I got clean and sober 17 years ago, I KNEW I had to do this. I spent a lot of time imagining the characters, conditions and plot lines that would be meaningful for me to create. I hope that readers find them entertaining and meaningful, as well.

TheSteveStrout: What inspired the Count Crowley comic?

David Dastmalchian: Crematia, for sure!  And Svengoolie and Vampire and many more legendary horror hosts. My love of Universal, Hammer, Castle and other classic horror films was a big influence. The classic EC and horror comics tradition was a big inspiration. And underneath it all is my own perplexing battle with the bad monsters of earth.  I believe there are “Bad” and “Good” monsters and I want to help destroy all of the bad ones. I also battle my own internal demons like my struggle with depression and addiction.

TheSteveStrout: How did working with Lukas Ketner come to fruition? Was there already a connection before going to Dark Horse with the story?

David Dastmalchian: I am such a massive fan of his work on Witch Doctor and then I explored his other art and was just continually blown away. After looking at all of the photo references that I’d assembled and reading my scripts, my editor (Megan Walker) suggested Lukas and it was a brilliant suggestion. He has helped bring Jerri and the world of Count Crowley to life in a way I never imagined possible.

TheSteveStrout: I'm personally a big fan of "Horror Hosts", having done a month long series of profiles featuring active hosts, including your personal friend and a favorite of mine, Svengoolie. When and what was your first exposure to the "horror host" genre of performing art?

David Dastmalchian: Crematia Mortem on what used to be a Fox station in Kansas City!  I would enter all of her contests and watched her show religiously. She was the coolest thing in the world to me. I’m lucky to call her (Roberta) a friend now and she is very excited about Crowley!

TheSteveStrout: Did the friendship with Svengoolie (Rich Koz) help with the "horror host" character development in any way?

David Dastmalchian: Absolutely!  Rich is a legend and what he’s done with Sven is something that really inspires me. He entertains millions of people while still introducing us all to classic horror movies and his reverence to early fright cinema (as well as comic books and more pop culture) is marvelous. I’m so happy that DC is featuring him this fall in Svengoolie meets the DC Universe!  Everyone has to go out right now and buy every DC comic that has part of the Sven story in it!

TheSteveStrout: For the marketing campaign, you portrayed a horror host of your own in Doctor Fearless. Did you develop the idea and character yourself? 

David Dastmalchian: I have always wanted to be a horror host and so the closest I’ve been able to come is my creation: Dr. Fearless. I pitched the idea to the marketing team at Dark Horse and they were totally supportive. Kelly Woessner from Dark Horse came down and we did a very DIY shoot with props from my attic!  We used the amazing new theater that the Bob Baker Marionette Theater just took over in Eagle Rock. My friend Collin Schiffli directed, the great DP Bongani Mlambo shot it and my friend, Kelly Goldsack helped me with the Dr. Fearless makeup. It was just like when I used to put on haunted houses in my basement as a kid. One of the most fun days of work I’ve ever had!

TheSteveStrout: As for acting, you have taken a few comic book based roles, including the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel (which I'm really excited to see what James Gunn does with it). Between that and you actually writing a comic book, would you consider yourself a "nerdy type”?

David Dastmalchian: I am a proud geek!  I love comics, sci-fi, horror, toys, collectibles, podcasts, all of it!

TheSteveStrout: What's next for you besides the Suicide Squad movie? Any plans to write more comics?

David Dastmalchian: I got to work on the new film, Dune, from Denis Villeneuve which is something that makes me very proud and happy. He is a brilliant and that book changed my life - I can’t wait to see what he does the film. I worked on a very cool new Hulu show called Reprisal. I would honestly love to just get to spend more time writing Count Crowley and show readers where Jerri is going.  I hope that people respond to these first few issues so that I get the green light to do it!

TheSteveStrout: Anything else you would like to add or share with fans and readers?

David Dastmalchian: Thank you for reading Count Crowley and please be sure to share any photos of fan art or cosplay on social media by using the hashtag #CountCrowley

David shared a couple cool Doctor Fearless art pieces with us!

Art by Bradley Beard

Art by Lukas Ketner
Thanks to David Dastmalchian for taking time to chat with us. Be sure to visit your local comic book store and pick up a copy Count Crowley #1, and add the series to your subscription list. You can slso grab a copy at www.darkhorse.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

         

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cool Projects #31

Thanks for checking out Cool Projects #31. Sorry to keep you waiting so long, my friends! I was super busy with the Horror Host profile series. I really hope you enjoyed them!

The Count Crowley comic couldn't have came out at a more perfect time with Halloween just passing, and the month long Horror Host profile series wrapping up.

Actor David Dastmalchian's first go at comic book writing chronicles a struggling news reporter, Jerri Bartman, whose job at her small tv station is jeopardised by a confrontation with a businessman.  With no other options, she has to accept another position with the station...as the local creature feature host. 

Begrudgingly, she takes the gig hosting monster movies, and does a great job, but learns that monsters are real! My personal love of horror and especially horror hosts really has me intrigued by Dastmachian's mini series, so you better believe this ones in my pull list. Shoot out to Lukas Ketner on the excellent art! It brings together the story perfectly!

I liked this one enough that I reached out to David Dastmalchian for a quick interview about Count Crowley, other projects, and his inspirations behind his work. Keep an eye out later this week for that interview with David Dastmalchian here at thestevestrout.com! I'm really excited for that one.

Another comic I'm intrigued by is Voidwalker from Alterna Comics with the creative team of Spencer Desmond and Kristian Rossi. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but the Alterna synopsis sounds like a good ol' battle between good and evil: 

Clinging to life, hitman Parker Ingram bonds with an ancient creature and the Voidwalker is born. With his sights set on a blood-soaked path of revenge and destruction, the wall between our world and the Beyond is ready to fall.

Sound pretty cool, don't it? Also, that cover art is pretty badass! Enough so for me to want to track down a copy of Voidwalker asap! Issue 1 (of 4) is out this week. Does anyone else buy comics at random based on the cover anymore?

Now THIS recent announcement brings together two of my favorite things. Gaming and George A. Romero's Night Of The Living Dead! Check out this trailer:
CMON Gaming (www.cmon.com) just released a teaser for an upcoming Kickstarter for a Night Of The Living Dead tabletop game! Thanks to original NOTLD cast member and acquaintance Gary Streiner for tipping us off about this. If you know my love of this movie, you know how pumped I am for this game!

Here's a couple comics the dropped in comic shops this week on New Comic Book Day that might be of interest! #NCBD
All the books in the X-Men and mutant universe are relaunching continuing with couple this week. New Mutants #1 is here featuring Johnathan Hickman, Ed Brisson, and Rod Reis, featuring the classic New Mutants, with a few new faces, on a mission to space. 

The other Marvel comic to come out under the X-men umbrella is X-Force #1, mutantdom's "special ops" team. Ben Percy,  Joshua Cassara, Dustin Weaver and Dean White kicks off the X-Force series. 

Dynamite Entertainmen always knows how to give us nerds what we want...KISS+Zombies= A winning formula. That just my opinion though. Ethan Sacks and  Rodney Buchemi team up for this one...I've always dug Arthur Suydam's zombie art too, as seen on this cover!
Who's read any of these? What are your thoughts? What are some other books you picked up this week?

Thanks for reading, and don't forget, this weekend (November 9th-10th) we're doing the Horror Host prize pack giveaway! Be sure to go back and share all the host profiles here on thestevestrout.com. Just be sure to tag us or use hashtags #ComicBookSwapMeet and #HorrorHost so we can see you!

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, November 4, 2019

Horror Host Profile #10: The Honorable Mentions

I'd really like to thank everyone, sincerely, for the support of the Horror Host profile series I did throughout October. Though it was very time consuming, and took away from posting much of anything else here (I do 99% of work here but always looking for contributors), I had a blast,  and enjoyed doing this. Hopefully you guys come back the geek out with me throughout the year here.

Since there are so many great personalities keeping the theme of horror hosted movies alive, that it was impossible to feature everyone! This entry to thestevestrout.com is to give a little shoutout to a few that we couldn't feature due to time mostly. I'm also including a list of links to the first 9 profiles we did in an upcoming post to share, in case you missed some. That also gives you a chance to find and share them individually so you can enter to win the Horror Host prize pack. Extra points if you're a Twitter follower or member of our Facebook page and group!

The prize pack features autographed photos from the legendary Count Gore De Vol and Svengoolie, swag from The Horror Hotel show, spooky art prints from Meagan Richard's (https://www.etsy.com/shop/meaganrichards),  DVD's from Mr Lobo and more! 

This collection of prizes is pretty epic!

To enter, just share all 9 profiles around Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just make sure we can see you by tagging us (@thestevestrout) or use hashtags #ComicBookSwapMeet and/or #HorrorHost. Sounds like work, but it's worth it for these prizes! I plan to pick a winner Saturday night, November 9th...ironically while Svengoolie is on the air.

Check out a few 'honorable mention' Horror Hosts:

Lord Blood-Rah
Lord Blood-Rah is celebrating 10 years of horror hosting this year, and has had hosted 'Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre' for most of that span. You can watch his show syndicated nationally and online. Find all the channels and details as to where you can watch 'Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theater' at www.lordbloodrah.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram by searching @LordBloodRah, and "like his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/LBRNWT

Miss Misery
Miss Misery is the host of 'Miss Misery's Movie Massacre' which airs on multiple channels nationally and on Roku by searching 'Miss Misery's Movie Massacre'. You can keep up on the latest from Miss Misery through social media channels at Twitter: www.twitter.com/themissmisery and through her website, www.lastdoorwayproductions.com

Bobby Gammonster
Bobby Gammonster is the host of Monster Movie Night, which has aired for 10 seasons. He's a runner up for the Rondo Hatton host of the year in 2018 and a Hall of Fame nominee for 2020. You can check out his website at www.monstermovienight.com and follow him on social media at the Monster Movie Night facebook page www.facebook.com/BobbyGammonsterHorrorHost

Zee Monsta
Zee Monsta is the up and coming host of the Horrors Of The PNW anthology series, and supporter of the horror convention scene. Find more info on her series check out www.facebook.com/ZeeMonstaHotPNW. Give it a "like" and tell her ya heard about HotPNW here!

Again, thanks for following the Horror Host series. Hopefully you give some of these great performers we shared over the last month a shot, whether you're an old school horror hosted monster movie fan, or just now learning about these great entertainers. Now go share all the profiles so I can give someone the prize pack. 

Stay tuned here at the thestevestrout.com year round for more nerdiness, and if you're interested in contributing and sharing your experiences and love for geekiness and fandoms, get in touch!

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, October 31, 2019

Horror Host Profile #9: Svengoolie

Meet Svengoolie: Legendary host of MeTv's weekly horror hosted show!

Svengoolie is celebrating his 40th year as a television horror host! DC Comics is getting into the 40th anniversary celebration with a Svengoolie and DC superhero crossover event, which thestevestrout.com is especially excited about. This multiple time horror host of the year, and hall of famer can be seen nationally every saturday on the MeTv network!

Svengoolie took time from his show and very busy appearance schedule to participate in our profile series. Check out his Q&A and more:

TheSteveStrout: What inspired you to become a horror host and what were the biggest inspirations to your character?

Svengoolie: The biggest inspiration was my mentor and friend, Jerry G. Bishop, the original Svengoolie. Here in Chicago, I was a fan of his radio and TV work, and sent him some jokes, and material, strictly as a fan. He liked what I sent him, found out I was a broadcasting student, and invited me to a taping. I ended up working with him, and, after the show was cancelled,worked with him in radio. A friend then asked him about doing Svengoolie as a sort of summer fill-in show on a TV station- Jerry didn’t want to play the character again, but he decided I could be “Son of Svengoolie”. We had some false starts, and it didn’t happen. When Jerry was hired to do a morning show in San Diego, he asked what I was going to do- I told him I might pitch a local TV show. He then said, if I wanted to try to do the Son of Svengoolie, I had his blessing. I shopped it around, and eventually got on the air- ironically on the same station Jerry was on. I was inspired to use it as a way to do comedy stuff, basically!-

TheSteveStrout: What or how were you introduced to the art of the horror host world? (Yes I consider it an art form) What's your earliest memory of horror hosts? (Personally Elvira was EVRYWHERE when I was a kid, and there was stuff like the Cryptkeeper and late night horror flicks for example...I'm too young to have seen the legends besides through research)

Svengoolie: My earliest memory was, when I was about 4 or 5, in Chicago, on the station that got the Universal “Shock Theatre” package, there was a host- Terry Bennett, who played a beatnik ghoul named Marvin. I didn’t see him much- I wasn’t allowed to stay up that late, but saw him when we were visiting relatives. I barely remember much about him, but he seemed funny and creepy. Then, the next host in our area was Svengoolie, as I mentioned. He was the staff announcer on duty (live) on Friday nights- I had just graduated from high school earlier that year, and was watching for the movies, at first. He started doing funny re-joiners to the movie, and it evolved into his character, and went from voice-overs to actual video eventually.

TheSteveStrout: When did you debut your character?


Svengoolie: In June of 1979 on WFLD. This year is forty years that I’ve been the character. Even in times when I didn’t have a regularly scheduled show, I was doing the character for public and media appearances. I eventually got hired at WCIU, the U in Chicago, and when our company started the MeTV network, they put me on it. I became simply “Svengoolie” because Jerry decided “you’re all grown up- just be Svengoolie!”


TheSteveStrout: What have been some of your career highlights to date?

Svengoolie: Honestly, being seen all over the country, and having the show become a success nation-wide is the main highlight. Finding out that celebrities, people whose work I enjoy, actually enjoy what I do is another- I mean, who would expectthat Mark Hamill, Bill Hader,  Gilbert Gottfried, special effects and make-up wizard Rick Baker, Robert Englund,and even Elvira herself  would be fans?! And, the current “Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe” storyline, running in all the DC Comics, with the first chapter in the Oct. 30th books is a dream come true for a lifelong comics fan.-

TheSteveStrout: What is your personal favorite horror or sci fi movie, and favorite that you've had the opportunity to host on your show?

Svengoolie: I don’t have a single favorite- I like different movies for different reasons. At the top of the list, though, are the Universal classics- Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf Man, the Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon- which are also favorites for me to run- and the original “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Halloween” as well. And I love the Ray Harryhausen stop-motionfilms.-

TheSteveStrout: Where can people view your program?

Svengoolie: Every Saturday night on the MeTV network- 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central. Chicago area viewers get an encore of the previous week’s MeTV movie the following Saturday morning on our local channel “The U”.-

TheSteveStrout: Since it's the Halloween season, what is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Svengoolie: I like the fact that everyone these days- not just kids, but adults as well- seem to enjoy putting on costumes and celebrating. It’s great that Halloween is such a shared experience for so many people- and a special celebration of the scary stuff that’s a part of my life all year long.

Be sure to visit Svengoolie's official website and follow him on social media at the following:





Svengoolie sent us some fun pictures to share with you all. He has some very familiar looking fans...







Hopefully you've been following all the great Horror Hosts in our series, and enjoyed them, ranging from up and comers to legendary characters who are  sharing their love for horror, B movies, creature features, sci fi, and the best (or worst) in film. Also, be on the lookout on our social media for an awesome themed giveaway!

Personally, I'd like to thank you all for reading and enjoying this series of Horror Host profiles im putting together for Halloween, and many thanks to the hosts for taking their time to participate.

It's my honor and pleasure to share my love of the art of the Horror Host, and to share and promote these great performers with you. Stay spooky, my friends!... Steve aka TheSteveStrout
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, October 28, 2019

Horror Host Profile #8: Mr. Lobo


Meet Mr. Lobo, Host Of Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo!

Mr. Lobo has been hosting films over 18 years and hosts the wildly popular Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo, while doing appearances at monster conventions and emcee'ing live movie screenings and so much more. He hosts his shows with knowledge and wit in the vain of the legendary Bob Wilkins, who happens to be one of Mr. Lobo's biggest inspirations as a Horror Host.


TheSteveStrout: What inspired you to become a horror host and what were the biggest inspirations to your character?

Mr. Lobo: I always loved movies and TV shows. I watched Creature Features, Twilight Zone, Night Gallery and loved having a companion or spectral narrator introducing me to weird worlds! There was a comic book called The Phantom Stranger, who would tell weird tales but them sometimes be part of the weirdness. The comedy sketches from Elvira, Count Floyd from SCTV and from all the fake hosts from Monty Python. Ed Wood and William Castle...the concept of the low-budget horror show showman.  

All those influences and more came into play. I wrote for a magazine who did an article about Bob Wilkins, the host of Creature Features. We started producing revival shows with Bob that I helped produce and he encouraged me to do it myself. Years later, I worked at a TV station that had an overnight movie that ran 25 minutes short...I pitched Cinema Insomnia and the rest is history.

TheSteveStrout: What or how were you introduced to the art of the horror host world? (Yes I consider it an art form) What's your earliest memory of horror hosts? (Personally Elvira was EVRYWHERE when I was a kid, and there was stuff like the Cryptkeeper and late night horror flicks for example...I'm too young to have seen the legends besides through research)

Mr. Lobo: On an old fashioned tube TV as a kid in the 1970's, Free and over the air as God intended via TV antennas. Bob Wilkins was the host of horror films on TV in Northern California growing up. My dad watched, and I watched too to bond with my Dad, but Dad usually fell asleep in his recliner and Bob was the one talking to me.

He had a dry wit and would make hilarious comments about the movies. He was reassuring presence in the breaks when the films scared me real bad--and I was a shy, timid and those movies gave me bed wetting nightmares.

Rod Serling was so clever and always used his imagination to teach the audience something. I think the magnetic pole from my moral compass comes from The Twilight Zone. Some of his stuff was brilliantly Satirical.

TheSteveStrout: When did you debut your character?

Mr. Lobo: July 28th, 2001 on KXTV ABC (News10), Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto

TheSteveStrout: What have been some of your career highlights to date?

**On a side note, Mr. Lobo gave me the greenlight to trim his list of highlights, but I felt each and every accolade deserved to be noted...



Mr. Lobo: 18 years of hosting CINEMA INSOMNIA


I did a Halloween Special with Bob Wilkins from the Sacramento City Cemetery in 2002 that became a best selling DVD from Alpha Video

I did a Halloween Special with Frankenstein Vs. The Creature From Blood Cove in 2006 that had a broadcast footprint of 45 Million homes

Mr. Lobo was a visual inspiration for Scooby Doo villain Prof. Raffalo

Several appearances at packed THRILLVILLE shows in the Bay Area including a couple HORROR HOST PALOOZA's

Hosted 2 live shows with THE GHOUL in the SF Bay Area

Mr. Lobo was involved a scandal exploited by the show TMZ after he was verbally attacked with slurs by former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho

Mr. Lobo was a new version of Criswell in the remake of Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space called PLAN 9

Was a researcher and talking head in the Horror Host documentary AMERICAN SCARY

Interviewed fascinating celebrities Bruce Cambell, Elvira, Richard Kiel, Michael Moore, Sid Haig, Richard Hatch, Colin Baker, etc.

Series was seen nationally on satellite network UATV.

Series was on UPN superstation in Louisiana KEJB 43 in prime-time after THE OUTER LIMITS.

Wrote pages, acted, and directed scenes for TED V. MIKELS' ASTRO ZOMBIES M3 CLONED

CINEMA INSOMNIA and MR. LOBO are referenced several times on the Foamy Squirrel cartoon NEUROTICALLY YOURS

We made a song with Ron Dante of THE Archies for CINEMA INSOMNIA called "I'M WATCHING TV" that was played on Dr. Demento

Hosted Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dead Alive at The Bridge Theater with Elvira for PEACHES CHRIST MIDNIGHT MASS Special for MONSTERS HD

Emcee at SAN DEIGO COMIC CON Mascarade half Time Show in 2005. Also, at that con in 2009 helped present film EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN along with Count Gore DeVol.

For my 10 year Anniversary, I was specially acknowledged by ZACHERLE and KARLOS BORLOFF as MAN OF THE HOUR for the Indiana HORRORHOUND convention.

Narrator of 2 feature documentaries about Virginia Horror Hosts.

At MONSTER FEST I was presented with a giant framed poster of MR. LOBO's CINEMA INSOMNIA that hung in the Naro Video store, Norfolk for 16 years--till the store's closing.

Live four hour show with pledge drives for KTEH PBS--raised 4,000 for San Jose Public television.

Sucessful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for 10th anniversary--raised $11,000 in 30 days.

Toured TROMA and interviewed Lloyd Kaufman for a special crossover episode of BESTOW TV's CREATIVE CONTINUITY

Appears in several award winning bonus features on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER Box Sets for SHOUT!

Hosted HAUNTED HOUSE special sponsored by PINE BROTHERS for ZOM-BEE TV.

Regular guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and his 4.5 million listeners.

Provided Retro Punk Horror Graphics for Shudder original movie THE RANGER 

Appears a recurring character on James Rolfe's CINEMASSACRE channel RENTAL REVIEWS YouTube series.

Co-Hosted a live ULTRA-MAN stage show for film fest and helped saved the world form Monsters.

Host of the BLOBFEST, a yearly celebration in the town THE BLOB was filmed.

Appeared on CREATURE FEATURES with JOHN STANLEY and VINCENT VAN DAHL.

Winner of the FORRY AWARD lifetime achievement award from the annual MONSTER BASH Conference in Pittsburgh

Launched his own retro weirdness channel and collective OSI 74 for ROKU streaming TV. 200,000 plays monthly.

Signed with ALPHA VIDEO OLDIES.com to distribute CINEMA INSOMNIA on DVD.

TheSteveStrout: What is your personal favorite horror or sci fi movie, and favorite that you've had the opportunity to host on your show?

Mr. Lobo: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE

TheSteveStrout: Where can people view your program?

Mr. Lobo: You can find 85 episodes on Vimeo and on ROKU channel OSI 74. You can also own several MR. LOBO's CINEMA INSOMNIA episodes on DVD from 

TheSteveStrout: Since it's the Halloween season, what is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Mr. Lobo: It's a community celebration. It's the only holiday where you invite strangers to your house. Also a day where the strange feel more normal and the normal feels more strange.

Follow Mr. Lobo on social media at the following:





Enjoy a teaser clip and more photos from Mr. Lobo:









Stay tuned all October long to meet some more great Horror Hosts, ranging from up and comers to legendary characters, sharing their love for horror, B movies, creature features, sci fi, and the best (or worst) in film. 

Be sure to read and share all the Horror Host profiles, and share them with the hashtags #ComicBookSwapMeet and #HorrorHost to be entered to win our Horror Host themed prize pack!

Personally, I'd like to thank you all for reading and enjoying this series of Horror Host profiles im putting together for Halloween, and many thanks to the hosts for taking their time to participate.

It's my honor and pleasure to share my love of the art of the Horror Host, and to share and promote these great performers with you. Stay spooky, my friends!... Steve aka TheSteveStrout
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, October 27, 2019

Jet City Comic Show Recap

Jet City Comic Show has come and gone again, we had the pleasure of  being invited to cover the show.

They celebrated their tenth year this weekend, October 26th and 27th, and though we were only able to cover one day, we managed to take in enough to remind me why Jet City Comoc Show has been one of my favorite events each year! I'm definitely glad I made it to the tenth Jet City Cimic Show.

I DID make more time to enjoy myself than normally, so this recap has a little more of a personal flair than normal. I think you'll enjoy it anyways.

On to the show...

Year ten was bigger and better than even, but still remained one of the most family friendly comic conventions around. There is a real focus on comic books and the creators, but there is something for everyone to enjoy, from celebrities, artists, toys, collectibles and so much more, without the over crowding and over pricing you find at other larger pop culture events.

If you checked out our recent Q&A with Jet City Comic Show producer, James Taylor, you probably caught the mention of the Buck Rogers 40th anniversary coinciding with this show. Well, Jet City played host to a pair of stars from the cult classic tv series in Gil Gerard and Felix Silla, which I thought was really cool. Although the show was a little before my time, I was personally excited to meet Felix Silla, for another show he acted in. 

He portrayed Cousin Itt in the original Addams Family series, one of my all time favorite programs. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with him. He was such a nice guy, and very welcoming to fans. I must say,  my Cousin Itt Funko Pop looks pretty awesome signed and makes an excellent addition to my collection!

The highlight of Jet City Comic Show every year is seeing old friends. The "nerd scene" here in the Northwest is pretty tight knit, and this show almost feels like a reunion. I got to chat with, be silly, and watch old comic creator friends work like Matthew Southworth (Stumptown,  SpiderMan), Greg Smith (Junior Braves of the Apocalypse) , and Stefano Gaudiano (Daredevil, The Walking Dead) and make new acquaintances like legendary creator Rick Hoberg of early Star Wars comics fame. Mr. Hoberg is working on some interesting projects I'll be watching out for.

On a side note: We even got to meet Crypticon Ryan's new addition to his family! Congrats on that buddy, and yes, Alfred was with him too! 

Matthew Southworth, co-creator of Stumptown, which is now a hit tv show on ABC...proud of ya buddy!
Got Matt doing some sketches. He is one of my favorite artists and a good dude.
Stefano Gaudiano is another nice guy in the business, and another favorite. He is a veteran comic artist, best known for his long run inking The Walking Dead comics.
Greg Smith is a writer on the Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, and quite a character. If you ever meet him at a convention ask him how he knows me. It's a weird story...actually maybe you shouldn't.
My silly convention fam! My friend James carried that FULL long box around the convention hall for like 3 hours!
Even though Greg Smith shoots ewoks, hes still a good dude.

Got to hang out a bit with friend, site supporter, and podcasting personality, Mike Seibert. Check out Mike Seibert Radio, his show covering pop culture and more. He is a bit of a Transformers fanatic too! Follow his show at https://www.facebook.com/MikeSeibertRadio/
I'll probably catch hell for sharing this one, but it was my pleasure to spend the day and share one of my favorite events with my lovely fiancee. I'm so lucky to have such a genuine and talented someone who is so supportive of my geekiness. 

It's always great to check out the TV and Movie cars they display at Jet City too! This year featured a replica of Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise and Baby, the black 67 Impala Sam and Dean from the CW's Supernatural do their hunting in. Its gonna be a shame to see that show go after this season.


I could have sworn I got more pics of Baby.
Between the friendly attendees and cosplayers along with the amazing vendors and creators, this convention is one of the best and busiest, while still remaining very laid back. I really love the vibe. It's a great first convention for new fans, while satisfying the con "old veterans" like myself. Check out some photos from the day!


Busy busy!

So many comic books, not enough time.
Fingers Duke makes some great screen printed shirts and stuff...
I finally got my Jeffrey Veregge 'Godzilla' shirt from the Fingers Duke booth! I cant wait to wear it!
Our friends at Prestige Worldwide is one of the best new comic vendors in the Northwest. Lots of great books. Aleays great prices. 
The Star Wars costuming groups always bring the coolest displays!!




 Lego builders on point as always too!


Pretty good cosplays!
Dark Helmet was one of my favorite cosplays of the day!
This couple was dressed to kill...see what I did there? Sorry, I couldn't resist.
This Addams Family family was fun! 
Not a costume, but this dudes jacket was AWESOME! Hopefully he remembers to share the artist so I can give a shoutout.
My favorite costume of the day! This was fantastic!

As mentioned, I only made it Saturday, but our friends over at Mad Bros. Media are doing some coverage Sunday, so be sure to follow them at Check out Mad Bros Media at https://twitter.com/MadBrosMedia

If you attended, tell us how your weekend at Jet City Comic Show went. If you didnt make it, you should really try next time! I cant wait to see what next years show brings!

One last thing for those of you who follow the site regularly...

I'd like to thank you all for reading and enjoying this series of Horror Host profiles im putting together for Halloween, and many thanks to the hosts for taking their time to participate. 

If you havent read them, I urge you to check them all out, and please share them. I am giving away an awesome Horror Host themed prize pack to a lucky reader. Just share them ALL on social media and make sure we can see by tagging @thestevestrout and/or using hashtags ' #ComicBookSwapMeet AND #HorrorHost when you post. The prizes include art, autographs and more! 

It's my honor and pleasure to share my love of the art of the Horror Host, and to share and promote these great performers with you. Happy Halloween and Stay spooky (and geeky), my friends!... Steve aka TheSteveStrout

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