X-Men: Apocalypse

x-men-apocalypse01X-Men: Apocalypse is the third in this second trilogy of x-films with previous installments First Class and  Days of Future Past. This third film is good but the weakest of the three. Still, if you saw the first two and liked them, you’ll be fine with this. I’m slightly biased in that I’ve never liked Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) as a villain. I’ve always sort of glossed over his story arcs in the comics and even after seeing the film I’m still not sure what his powers are.

The movie is a little too long, concerned with tying up loose ends from previous installments. But the emotional arc for main characters Xavier (James McAvoy,) Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and particularly Magneto (Michael Fassbender) ring true and pay off in the end. The way things are left we can make the jump to X-Men (2000) without any issues. Not to say there can’t be any stories inbetween.

There is a stinger at the very, very end of the credits. Nothing in between so you could go to the bathroom or something (hey, it was 2.5 hours) if you needed.


There is a wonderful Quicksilver (Evan Peters) reprise with the Eurythmic’s Sweet Dreams taking place of Time in a Bottle. When watching Quicksilver you think “how could anyone beat him?” This pays off as he gets his go at Apocalypse in the movie’s climax. Someone has to beat him, right? Interestingly, Evan’s take on Quicksilver is nothing like the comics where he is an arrogant prick.

psylockeWhile all superhero films in general are a bit fan servicy there are two things which didn’t need to happen. We’ve all seen the first: Psylocke’s  (Olivia Munn) costume. Psylocke’s costume in the movie is very close to her comic costume, except they added exposed cleavage. (It’s not a thong in back though.) As a single male, I have no problem with sexy costumes but the X-Men films in particular have made a point to have more practical costumes. Having said that, Mystique has always been sorta naked and White Queen was the sexy lingerie version and I’ve posted a picture with this paragraph.

The second was a completely unnecessary trip to Stryker’s (Josh Helman) secret base from X2. Except the fan servicy bit here was a freakin’ Barry Windsor-Smith Weapon X segment! This was easily my favorite moment in the film. I don’t know how cool the scene is to anyone else, I mean it’s Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) doing what he does best so it has to be kinda cool but if you’ve read Weapon X it was amazing. I literally had tears and found it completely unexpected.

Love & Friendship


Love & Friendship was a refreshing surprise to the dry, British, period piece genre. I have a sense of what an Austen film should be and was continually surprised this felt far more like an Oscar Wilde bit. Adapted from the Austen novella Lady Susan the main character felt far more like a clever, droll, Wilde heroine. Susan (Kate Bekinsale) was intelligent, very sharp witted, incredibly self-centered and all around hilarious.

Susan, a recent widow, has run out of places to stay so she goes to visit her sister-in-law, Catharine (Emma Greenwell,) whose marriage to her ex-husband’s brother Susan tried to prevent. Now Susan has the most me-centric world view of any character. She puts a spin on everything. She is certain Catharine of such weak character she will hold it against Susan that she tried to prevent Catharine’s marriage. That sort of thing.


At it’s heart Love & Friendship does follow the general Austen theme of women and money. At the film’s start Susan has none. Her best bet is to marry her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark,) off to the hilariously inept Sir James (Tom Bennett.) Every scene James is in he stole completely. She is also out for revenge against Catharine by seducing her brother Reginald (Xavier Samuel.) I’m was never entirely sure why apart from she’s evil but in a very hilarious, polite, British way.

There are a few more plots. Kate Beckinsale is reuinted with her Last Days of Disco co-star Chloe Sevigny who plays American Alica Johnson married to Mr Johnson (Stephen Fry.) Alicia is Susan’s confidant who is equally evil and quite sympathetic to Susan’s point of view. Yet Mr. Johnson has forbade his wife from communicating with Susan under threat of shipping her back to the Americas. Susan also may have been having an affair and this is hinted at in the film’s start.

There are a lot of characters but Love did a clever thing in that they did a Dramatis Personae listing showing everyone. While it was impossible to keep track in the initial barrage of characters, you would retain just enough recollection of who they were as to not be completely lost when they finally debuted. As with all dry, British, period pieces, it is the social interaction that makes the film. There is no adventure, no duels, not even any lower classmen.

Green Room


Green Room is a wonderful thriller/slasher (almost slasher?) film. We follow the punk band the Ain’t Rights — a poor indie band who occasionally needs to siphon gas to get by. They hit a few bad spots but get a gig which will pay them enough to keep going except it’s at a Nazi-style, skinhead, white supremacist bar out deep in the woods. Everything goes well until they accidentally stumble upon a murder. Then things go hella downhill as one would expect it to when one stumbles upon a murder. What follows is the skinheads trying to kill the band and the band trying to stay alive. From here the movie goes straight to horror mode. The band makes plans, the skinheads make plans and as we know, nothing ever goes according to plan.

Patrick Stewart plays Darcy, owner of the club and overall leader. Stewart often has a “take me out of the movie” effect as he’s such a distinctive actor with great roles. He’s excellent here but he did have me thinking “HA! Patrick Stewart is a skinhead!” Not following stereotypical skinhead type, he was clever, practical and coldly menacing. Though he did get to say McGriddle (it’s an SNL thing — look it up.) After things go wrong Darcy is called in and when he arrives he takes control of the situation. He recognizes the problem and is able to work clever solutions with very little time. But the band isn’t stupid, Pat (Anton Yelchin) is their unofficial leader and he’s seen enough of the seedy side of life to know they’re in deep trouble and will have to work hard for any of them to survive.
Anton Yelchin previously stared with Imogen Poots in the surprisingly good Fright Night remake. I’ll freely admit I find Imogen Poots to be the most beautiful woman in the world so anything I comment about her may be a little biased. Imogen’s character Amber is not part of the band but ends up on their side when things go bad. She has a subtle take for her “skinhead” though it may be her playing in fugue state of shock. She imbues her role with a hint of crazy and she makes an excellent anti-heroine because of it. And with what Amber went through I’m not even sure the “anti” qualifier applies. Amber has a backstory but it’s only ever hinted at. In fact everyone has little beats, small things thrown in to make them more real, throughout the movie for both the heroes and villains. And yes, the skinheads are villains. There’s no different point of view and shades of gray, they’re evil. It may be an understandable evil but it’s still pretty evil.

I list people’s names here but in the movie you never get a strong hold on any of the character’s names except Darcy. I didn’t even know Imogen’s character’s name until this write up. For me the band members were Maeby (Alia Shawkat as Sam,) guy who knows [hidden cuz it’s spoilery in a fun sort of way]  (Joe Cole as Reece) and green-haired, lead singer (Callum Turner as Tiger who also stared with Imogen in A Long Way Down.) It’s even worse for the skinheads but at least the main ones are visually distinct enough, even as skinheads, to be recognized: manager guy with conscience, dog guy and guy with red jacket.

There isn’t anything here to make you have to see this in theater but it’s excellent and definitely worth seeing.


Apparently in other areas (including the UK) it can be known as Zootropolis. I found that interesting.

I saw Zootopia as part of (formerly Pixar) Warren’s visit last month. The movie exists in a universe of evolved animals. Each species stands erect and are of similar intelligence to humans but retain the physical traits of their species. What am I saying? Rabbits are still small and while fast, their prey nature would not allow them to be good police officers. Which just so happens to be the plot of Zootopia.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) had always wanted to be in law enforcement but no one would take Rabbits seriously. Still, she went through the academy and became the first Rabbit police in Zootopia. Of course, as a rookie she is put on meter maid duty. She does her best to excel at this but it is soul crushing work. She would much rather be investigating the mysterious disappearance of citizens but no such luck. The best she can do is encounter a Fox grifter, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman,) who bests her on their initial encounter causing Judy to hold a grudge against him. Eventually Judy scores a lead on the disappearances but needs Nick’s help to get through things. And then it becomes a buddy picture. Two people from opposite sides of the tracks working together.

At its heart the movie is about perception and stereotypes. How people want simple answers and how crowd mentality can overcome even the best intentions. I found its message to be clear and the story well told. All in all it was a lot of fun and worth seeing.

This has nothing to do directly with Zootopia but I’m gonna ramble a bit about evolved animals. I have this Scooby-Doo theory. There are three dogs in Scooby-Doo: Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Dum and Scrappy-Doo and they are all more evolved than any of the other animals encountered on the show. Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Dum both walk on all fours. Scooby-Doo talks but is not able to form words properly. Interestingly, Scooby-Dum does not appear to have the speech impediments Scooby-Doo has though Scooby-Dum is clearly less evolved mentally. Scrappy-Doo walks on hind legs and has perfect speech. Scrappy-Doo’s head is disproportionately large compared to his body which may allow for his greater brain capacity. Scrappy-Doo might be considered Canine Sapiens to perhaps the Canine Neanderthalensis of the Scooby cousins. Obviously it’s a cartoon but I still had this theory. I’ve had it for years (I though I posted it before but I can’t find it) and thought I’d share.

Captain America: Civil War

Non Spoilery stuff
Civil War is good and worth seeing. Is it better than Winter Soldier? No. Not even close but the movie was more Captain America 3 than Avengers 2.5 than I expected. Directors, the Russo brothers, were able to compress A LOT into that two and a half hours and the movie does suffer for it. (Officially 146 minutes but you do have to stay until the very end for stingers.) If there was no Marvel Universe agenda and they were just doing Cap 3 it would probably be a very tight, well written, great movie. But as it is, the film is still very good and I would doubt Marvel would favor great films with no set ups for future films than good films with set ups. It’s a money thing.

If you’re worried about being lost you really only need to have seen Winter Soldier and be peripherally aware of the other heroes to see Civil War. Though Avengers: Ultron would also be a good primer, mostly for characters, if you could fit it in.

Spoilery Stuff
Civil War picks up as a sequel to Winter Soldier. Captain America (Chris Evans) is after Rumlow (Frank Grillo) with Avengers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen,) Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and things go awry when Scarlet Witch is unable to throw a bomb far enough away in time and causes 11 deaths. She feels bad but this is the last straw for the world after previous disasters in New York and Sekovia. The UN to puts together the Sekovia Accords where the Avengers would be answerable to the UN making them potential political pawns. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is down with the deal but Cap isn’t. The signing of the Accords takes place in Germany where the Wakandan President is assassinated by the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) bringing about a worldwide manhunt for him. That’s the set up.

There are hints of some serious questions posed, none of which really get answered. Should super heroes be accountable for their actions and to what degree? I mean if people die as a villain rampages through town should the heroes who stop that villain be responsible for the deaths? If heroes don’t try to stop a villain and civilians die, is it still the heroes’ fault? If a government orders heroes to do something the heroes feel is wrong but they still do it, who’s responsible then? If… you get the idea. Thematically this is what the comic was about but they really didn’t answer anything either opting, as they did in the movie, to fight things out.

A lot of things have to go perfectly for various schemes and storylines to work — it’s one of the flaws of the plot. If one thing goes slightly awry there is no story. But fortunately everything goes exactly as it must. There are also a lot of characters introduced. For the superheroes there’s Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland.) For the non-powered, there’s Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and Zemo (Daniel Brühl,) a Colonel — not a Baron. Zemo’s convoluted plot is one of revenge and when it is broken down, the main story is a simple one which ties in well with the overall themes presented.

As much as everyone talks about how great Spider-Man was, I was thrilled by the Vision. His casual wear stylings continually made me think he was going to head out to the suburbs and create his own android family. (That’s a little inside joke for comic readers, but it really did. And deep down inside I giggled. Every. Time. I. Saw. Him.) Spider-Man was good as the mouthy, wise-cracking kid but I was quite surprised with new Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) who keeps getting younger with each film reboot.
I ‘m not sure I like Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch though the problem may be more with me than her. Or perhaps with Marvel comics. Scarlet Witch, much like many women in comics, was never really defined well as a personality. Much like super-models at least used to be, people just had an image of beauty and (sub?) consciously assigned whatever personality they wanted. The origins of the movie Scarlet Witch deviates from Marvel history but that may be due to Fox owning Mutants. Elizabeth’s Witch isn’t necessarily the Witch I have in my head but we can give it some time.

What about the other characters? Cap has been well defined as has Iron Man and the actors do a good job of portraying them. Winter Soldier is a wash as he’s a very recent character and his story was very good and (at least the stuff I’ve read) by one writer. Black Widow is one of the few Marvel women who has a reasonably consistent past that jives with her film incarnation. I don’t have enough of a history with the Scott Lang Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to have a view on how well he was portrayed in this or his solo film. Black Panther has always been a noble African Prince and he came across as that here.

There are two stingers: one mid credits and one at the very end. Both have some significance but neither are vital to the film.


Two fests are going on in Chicago this weekend. Chicago Zine Fest (CZF) and Bacon Fest Chicago. Both are pretty self-explanatory provided you know what a “zine” is. For those not in the know a zine is a self-published magazine. It usually has a very small, local circulation and is often hand made though there are some which are professionally printed and have largish circulations. If you don’t know what bacon is, get out there and eat something.

Zine Fest is free. It goes from 11AM to 5? Saturday and Sunday and I had friends who were going for the first time so I went to support them. I was going to go to Zine Fest, then Challengers and then to Bacon Fest if everything worked out. Now Zine Fest is being held at the Plumbers Union Hall which is a 10 minute drive from the UIC forum where Bacon Fest is located. Bacon Fest is $100 for a 3-hour block. Your $100 only gets you into that block. Saturday lunch (12-3), Saturday dinner (7-10) or Sunday lunch (12-3). If you buy a ticket to Saturday lunch and can’t make it, you can’t get in to one of the other two. You can also pay $200 and get in to each of the sessions an hour earlier, so lunch would be 11-3. Now I realized if I went to Zine Fest as it opened I could probably get to Bacon Fest around 12:30 giving me 2 and a half hours to eat $100 worth of Bacon and not have to wait around (yes, it’s Chicago, I could easily find something to do) until 7PM. And so this became the plan. Today was the choice as it was cold and rainy and that (to my people-hating psyche) would keep the crowds down.

I got to Zine Fest around 11:15 and was relieved to discover it was the size I thought it would be. It was like any small convention and similar to CAKE. I would easily get out within an hour. I found my friends, Lizzy and Ashly, and bought stuff from them and then randomly found other stuff to buy. I also met others there working the show who I knew and bought stuff from them. Now I’m not really a zine fan, I’m a comic fan and the stuff I bought was more comic than zine. Upstairs from the main room there was also a bake sale where $3 would get a a giant bagel which I thought about then realized there was a lot of bacon in my future. That morning I almost microwaved some turkey bacon for breakfast but decided against it as it would be a mockery of things to come. I spent a little more than an hour and around $100 on stuff and decided to head over the Bacon Fest.

Traffic was a little heavy and parking not as easy to find so I hit the floor around 12:45. Now I had never been to Bacon Fest and dropping $100 to eat lots of bacon is a risky proposition. But within 5 minutes I was certain my money had been well spent. In this age of instant gratification there was no buyer’s remorse on this purchase. On the other hand it will take a while to determine if my zine purchases were worth it. My friend’s stuff, even if it’s crap — and I haven’t read anything yet, is well worth the cost but the rest is up in the air.

Bacon Fest is set up like other conventions but since you’ve pre-paid for everything all the product is free. You walk around and eat from various restaurants and vendors where they all give you single servings of bacon themed dishes or samples of bacon related products. The latter is like sampling at the grocery store. “Try the sausage? And here’s a coupon.” The restaurants have things from their menu or they create dishes specifically for Bacon Fest. Several presented very gourmet dishes my favorites being a Bacon Bourguignon, a cajun bacon and mussels dish and bacon shu-mai. The group with the shu-mai also had baconroons (bacon macaroons which were decorated to look like cute little pigs) but I reached them near the end where I was too full to sample both. Near the end it was like going to a churrascaria (like Fogo de Chão) where you were so stuffed but they kept bringing you food. Now there were some places that were “sold out” by the time I got there including Honey Butter Fried Chicken which was the only one I was sorry I missed out on. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have enjoyed the others but I didn’t know who the restaurants I missed out on were. HBFC also won a “best of” award which meant their stuff was good.

The other thing is your $100 gets you 7 alcoholic drinks. Bottled water and soda was provided free. I had two drinks and they were strong and I kept to water afterwards. Like you could probably get beer and be OK but 7 mixed drinks would have done me in. I also got a free reusable grocery bag and I bought a t-shirt. If Zine Fest had a t-shirt of their poster (they were selling reusable bags with the image) I would have bought one there. I was really full by 2:30 which didn’t stop me from still eating but decided to head out at 2:45 and went to Challengers. I got to relate both experiences and everyone there got to see me with the meat sweats. I was there until just before close (5:00) and also spent around $100.

I am currently at home wondering how my evening will be. I do not plan to go out in case I have a “bacon attack.” I have a wrestling ppv tomorrow but that will depend on how well the evening goes. This will also determine if I plan to do Bacon Fest again next year, cuz right now it seems worth it.

May 1 follow up: With it now more than 24 hours past my last bacony bite, I can safely say I suffered no adverse effects from Bacon Fest. More research has shown each of the three sessions has a different group of restaurants. The sponsors (like Jewel) as well as the liquor and food vendors stay the same.


Here it is, April is almost over and I haven’t updated at all! It’s been a slightly busy month: Lauren, our helpdesk girl, moved on to become a policeman, Pixar Warren and his family came to visit and I had a birthday — for which I was (and still am for this writing) on call. I was also kinda mean to Kristen, though she kinda blew me off. You man also note a new theme for the blog. I am running WordPress as an install and my old theme, Musa Sadr, had never updated in two years and was deemed buggy to virus scans. Right now I’m testing out the Times Square theme but I have no idea if I’ll keep it.

When Warren visited, I got to do all sorts of touristy things like take the Architecture Boat Tour and go to the Field Museum where they had an exhibit on Terra Cotta Warriors though I was mostly interested in getting Mia to sign her creative writing book. Warren and I, being who we are, also went to see Zootopia which was hella good. We ended their visit with seeing fellow Illini alum, Shelly who had just retired.

My birthday was a quiet matter, being on call. I did have dim sum twice at the newly opened Naperville Ming Hin. Ming Hin is the fourth big dim sum house (Three Happiness, Triple Crown and Phoenix are the other three) to open in Chinatown and they have branches in the Loop and Naperville with a fourth to open in Villa Park(?) soon. It’s good dim sum. A co-worker who never had it until recently goes there almost every other week though I doubt they recognize him yet.

For the birthday I didn’t plan anything special. By sheer coincidence I received my Mini Museum 2 which I had backed. It’s incredibly cool and possibly worth the money shelled out for it. I also played Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles which had not a learning curve but an understanding of group balance to be learned as I played the Island hopping scenario three times. I also bought Antione Bauza’s Ghost Stories which I discovered I had played before at one of the old Michigan City retreats. That experience did not help me with the rules but I think I have it now.

As it stands on-call and April are both almost over though I have another on-call in a week due to trading. This weekend I may do Chicago zinefest, baconfest and the WWE Payback PPV.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


So if you’re a Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) fan, her 5+ minutes (of the two and a half hour run time) are completely worth it. The rest, your mileage may vary. I will say I didn’t hate Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but none of the criticisms you’ve heard are wrong.

Some SPOILERS to follow.

Perhaps because the movie did not focus on her, Wonder Woman is the most interesting, compelling character in the film. The guys, not so much. Batman (Ben Affleck) is a bit one dimensional. He’s just angry at Superman (Henry Cavill) for being at least partly responsible for destroying a lot of Metropolis in the previous Man of Steel film. Superman is very one dimensional as well as we mostly see how people react to him and not how he reacts except for some brooding.

There was a great Jimmy Kimmel skit where he recognizes Clark Kent as Superman and wants to have a picture taken and he asks Bruce Wayne to take the picture. Of course Bruce holds the phone so that only his mouth is showing and Jimmy recognizes him as Batman. Without giving too much away Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) does pretty much the same thing and sets the two heroes against each other.

If Lois Lane could figure out who Superman was when he was nobody it’s not surprising Lex Luthor could when he became a well known reporter. Discovering Wayne was Batman may have been more difficult but Luthor had essentially unlimited resources and his own genius though I never got the sense that he was truly super-intelligent. He was definitely clever and had inherited excellent resources but he wasn’t portrayed as having the smarts.

Jimmy Olsen gets killed in the opening. I had mixed feelings about this but this is not the Jimmy Olsen we think it is. This is not Superman’s Pal. He does not have a signal watch to call Superman. While he may have been a staff photographer at the Planet he did not appear in the first movie. Clark and Lois did not know him. He’s just a guy with the same name.

Batman seemed too single minded in his hatred of Superman. While single-minded determination and focus are traits of Bats, so are logical thinking and deductive reasoning. But this Batman, much like Jimmy Olsen, is not the same Batman. This Batman kills. Though Superman killed Zod in the last film and he doesn’t kill either. These are not your childhood’s super heroes. Unexplainable is how Batman uses guns with bullets. And even more so how he didn’t make kryptonite bullets instead of a spear when he fought Superman. I suppose a spear has more religious connotations which were prevalent throughout.

Zach Snyder has never made a film I loved. He clearly likes comics and the same goes for David Goyer who helped write Man of Steel, the Nolan Batman Trilogy as well as the Blade films.They need someone like Christopher Nolan or Guillermo del Toro to curb some of the comic book tropes back for the general public. The movie isn’t terrible but it tries to do way too much and could have been two (maybe even three) movies. The fight scenes are OK but overall I don’t know that I’d recommend it — though Wonder Woman does shine every second she’s on screen.

C2E2 2016

C2E2 is this weekend. Saturday is over but I’m not sure if I’ll go Sunday. (Hmmm, I missed Jae Lee — I may go back.) I was kinda sick Friday but I doped myself on Dayquil and had cough drops. I spent some of my time with Kevin and Steve from book club but eventually met up with Kristen who amazingly was at an Art Teacher convention. She was interested in going to see the show so I said I’d fake a couple of badges. After Kristen and I were done I never did get back with Kevin or Steve and instead did my own shopping. I later discovered they went home. I went home and attempted to quickly fake badges. The blacks did not print well and were a little faded. They were OK, not great but they should have got people in. Then I doped myself up on Nyquil and slept like a baby.
I woke up feeling much better (though I still have a slight cough.) Saturday was Rachel’s “Disney Princesses as Jedi Cosplay” day and during the early planning stages I was foolish enough to suggest I do my Russell from Up as a Jedi and the rest is history.

The Russell Jedi costume consists of:
orange shirt (I had an Arkham Asylum inmate t-shirt which I turned inside out.)
yellow karate gi. (bought one used and tub-dyed it and brought in the “hem” a little.)
yellow hat (from regular russell costume)
scout sash (from regular Russell costume)
padawan braid. (black hair extension- braided and trimmed. I should have left it hella long.)
light saber (cheap toy. I did not want the $150 one and Pat woulda lent me his if I did.)
fanny pack (part belt, part backpack. I felt the full jedi belt with the sash was too busy)
black pants (I ended up with black warm ups. I did try shorts, biker shorts and running pants.)
Jedi Explorer’s Handbook. (printed a cover to go over a small paperback book.)

I discovered something interesting this cosplay. I subconsciously suspected it but never came across a situation where it was put into practice. The colors of “Russell,” yellow shirt with orange neck piece, along with the sash meant people identified me as just Russell, not necessarily Jedi Russell. The more I though about it I was sure I looked more Russell (perhaps even poorly done) than Jedi Russell unless you looked closely. We were supposed to meet at noon but everyone was late. We started around 12:15 and did stuff until about 1 and then agreed to meet again at 5. Missing from the photo above (which was part of the 5PM set) was an incredible Elsa. [Edit: here’s one. She’s the leftmost character.]

Oh yeah, the badges? I gave them to Kristen (she snuck me in to her con) and I had lunch with her. She and her friends who joined her did NOT end up using them. I understand it. There’s that fear of getting caught but those guards never look twice at badges. Really, would you?

The Money Pit C2E2
Vanessa Del Rey stechbook $25 (the porny one)
Vanessa Del Rey stechbook $20
Vanessa Del Rey stechbook $10 (theoretically the “porny” one but not really.)
Luke Smarto “Digital” Sketchbook” $10
Jenny Frison Sketchbook 7 $20
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez Sketchbook $20 (+$5 Hero Initiative)
Jeremy Haun 2016 Sketchbook $10
Rein Quintaro (ReiQ) Sketchbook $25
Stephanie Hans Cover-Art Book $25
Lady Death: Naughty-Art Book $40
Beauty TP $10
Cursed Pirate Girl TP (Archia ed.) $20 (Jeremy tried to not sell me on it due to an error. At least it’s not missing a page…)
Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead $4 (the non-Jae Lee one, FINALLY!)
Namor Visionaries: Bryne vol 1 $4
Fantastic Four Waid ‘Ringo Ultimate Collection 2 $4
Fantastic Four Waid ‘Ringo Ultimate Collection 3 $4
Fantastic Four Waid ‘Ringo Ultimate Collection 4 $4
FF Omnibus 2 Lee/Kirby $39
Friday Parking $24 ($23?)
Saturday Parking $31 (I bought a day pass so I could leave and come back but didn’t need it.)
(2) Churros $8
(2) Diet Cokes $6(? One was from a machine for $2.50 The other from the Rib Vendor)
Super Polish $8? (it was served on the same french roll they serve the rib sandwich and the bread to meat ratios were off.)
Connie’s Pizza $6
Hot Dog $6