Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Good Place to Read

We find ourselves in Charlotte, NC for the time being and we are taking the opportunity to have a look around.  Our fist stop is a park called "The Green."  And if you weren't in the mood to pick up a good book before you visit, you will be after.

Stacks of bronze classics welcome you at the park's entrance and set the literary mood for your park experience.  The theme continues as you walk the trails reminding you of the works of the greats as well as giving you a some geographical trivia.

Signs like these are everywhere:


And on one end stands "Brick Kids - Life is an Open Book" as well as the historic Ratcliffe’s Flowers Sign which was moved here from it's original location:

Go grab a comic and find your own cool place to read!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Wholloween

Previously:

It's that time of year again and our costume tradition continues!  Since this is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, Katie insisted on being all eleven Doctors.  Check her out:














Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cape Fair

While taking my yearly pilgrimage to the State Fair of Texas, I turned a corner at the Auto Show and was surprised to find enough Superman suits to fill a Fortress of Solitude:


Apparently the Superman 75th Anniversary Costume Tour made a stop at the fair.  Highlights include Christopher Reeve's costume from Superman III:


Dean Cain's costume from Lois & Clark:


Brandon Routh's costume from Superman Returns:


And a few costumes from the recent Man of Steel movie including Superman:


Jor-El:


And Faora:


Maybe the exhibit will fly to your town soon!



Monday, October 7, 2013

A Walk in the Park


It was recently the 63th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip.  We celebrated in our own way on a recent trip to St. Paul, MN.  The city is the birthplace of Charles Schulz and to honor him and his memory Rice Park in downtown is populated with several of his beloved characters.  Here are some pictures we took when we were there:






Friday, January 18, 2013

Easter Egg Basket #3 - Green Arrow


It's been kind of slow lately so let's do another Easter Egg Basket.  This time we'll look at the DC Showcase animated short Green Arrow.


At the beginning of the short, Ollie is perusing the contact list on his phone:


You'll see that his contact list includes:

  • Dinah (Black Canary)
  • Bruce (Batman)
  • Clark (Superman)
  • Wally (Flash)
  • Diana (Wonder Woman)
and, of course, "Mort"

I believe that this is meant as a nod to Mort Weisinger who is credited as one of the original creators of Green Arrow.  (Look for a mention of "Weisinger Street" on an upcoming episode of the CW's Arrow...probably.)

Once Ollie arrives at the airport you can see the arriving and departing flights:

 

You can see several mentions of Gotham City and Metropolis as well as:

and several more that I can't quite make out. That's a pretty good list for a 10 minute short.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Easter Egg Basket #2 - Classics Illustrated

Check out the comic book shelf in the background of a scene from The Dark Knights Returns Part 1:



Top shelf (from left to right) appears to be:
  • Swamp Thing Volume 8 Trade Paperback "Spontaneous Generation"
  • Sandman #1
  • V For Vendetta Trade Paperback
Bottom shelf (again, from left to right):
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #1
  • Watchmen #1
All are from DC Comics or DC/Vertigo, considered innovative and were popular around the same time (more or less) as when the Dark Knight Returns comic came out.