Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Big Announcement!

I'm sure you all probably noticed that I've been very quiet here on Its all for a good reason. I've been training myself how to record and edit sound so I can finally launch a podcast. 

Me and my co-host and brother from another mother, Caleb aka Crypto Zoo have been planning this for quite a while, and we're excited to finally get the ball rolling on the STEVE AND CRYPTO SHOW presented by

Stay tuned for updates and official release announcements and an intro episode. I will also get things going here on again soon, and will post episodes of the STEVE AND CRYPTO SHOW here, along with other podcast outlets.

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, and  He can be reached for comments at on twitter at @thestevestrout


Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Toy Store Near You is Coming Soon From the People Behind The Toys That Made Us!

Did you guys watch THE TOYS THAT MADE US on Netflix a couple years ago? THE TOYS THAT MADE US was a docuseries from Brian Volk-Weiss CEO of the Nacelle Company, sharing the history of some iconic toy lines from many of our childhoods, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Masters Of The Universe and more! He dug in deep into the stories behind the creation and development of these "toys that made us"...and continue to shape our world with the popularity of vintage and retro toy collecting.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Darcy The Mail Girl Q&A Contest!

Hello from quarantine land, my friends and readers! How did you guys enjoy last weeks season 2 premiere of The Last Drive In w/ Joe Bob Briggs? It was a blast!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Social Distancing Ideas Part 4: Popular Podcasts

I've been sharing lots of ideas to keep busy while we socially distance ourselves during this pandemic. Ideas like great movies and television shows to stream, where you can score free comic books and other media to enjoy.

This next list is going to shout out a few popular podcasts that can provide hours of entertainment. This is not a ranking of any sorts. Some of these shows I actually listen to, others were suggested by a few of you guys. I think you nerds will dig this list, but please, if theres a show you think people need to know, send us details!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Cool Projects #36

Time to keep the COOL PROJECTS series going with #36! Let's get right into it...

For starters, I'd like to introduce you guys to a new friend of the site, and a creator who is becoming a new favorite, Bradley Beard!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Last Drive In Giveaway Details...

Who else is excited for Joe Bob Briggs' THE LAST DRIVE IN season debut next weekend on Shudder? We sure are! (Chris Jericho co-hosting the first night is an added bonus)!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Social Distaning Ideas Part 3

As the self quarantine continues, media outlets continue to put out great articles featuring good reads, games, movie and tv streaming ideas, and more to keep us busy. Considering our need to socially distance ourselves will continue, we're gonna keep on sharing these great articles with you.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


I found a few MORE articles online for you guys to check out, sharing some fantastic ideas how to pass the hours. It's looking like this situation is going to take some time to get through, so the more ideas the better!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cool Projects #35

I'm baaaaaack! Again! Sorry it's been so long. It's been a rough couple months in my world, so had to take the back burner.  Let's hope to keep things a bit more active here from now on. If you're interested in contributing to the site, get in touch and let me know what youre thinking!

Monday, March 23, 2020


In the last post I shared a press release from a top comic book company sharing free comics to read digitally. Reading is definitely one of the best, and most enjoyable, ways to pass time in my opinion...though not the only way.

How are you keeping busy during your SOCIAL DISTANCING?

With the Covid-19 pandemic putting a lot of us out of work, and leaving us with lots of downtime, I'm going to share ideas to keep you all distracted during these scary times. If you guys have any suggestions for occupying your time during social distancing, please share with us. 

Here's the first of hopefully many low cost ideas to stay busy, the first being from Dynamite Entertainment (      

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cool Projects #34

Did you guys miss me? Now that the holidays are over, I can get back to work here!

Let's jump back in with a couple Cool Projects, shall we?

I caught wind of a graphic novel release event here in the town I reside in (Port Townsend, WA), and being out of the loop for a while, I figured looking into it was a great "jumping back in" point. I'm glad I did...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cool Projects #33

I'm going to keep this edition of Cool Projects short and sweet, in mentioning a couple of this weeks New Comic Book Day releases (Nov. 13th).

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.