Today, DC Comics officially celebrates seventy five years of Batman. Events are scheduled to happen all across the globe in book stores such as Barnes & Noble and in comic book shops everywhere. Some events include exclusive free comics, masks, capes, and tons of other freebies. Are you hosting a party to celebrate the Bat today? Perhaps this weekend? If you are having an event or attending one, be sure to comment about it below.
Batman is, was, and always will be my favorite superhero. For anyone that’s ever read a comic and/or dreamed of being a superhero, he’s the one person that we all believed we could potentially become. Why? He lacks super powers. All of his success against crime is based solely on his intelligence, hard physical training, and, here’s the kicker, money. Sure, there are other heroes out there who lack super powers that do quite well for themselves such as Iron Man, the Punisher, and even the Boy Wonder, Robin, but Batman seems the most real character of them all. Heck, even Dr. Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory believes that he can become Batman!
So, go out into the world today and share your love of everyone’s favorite detective. Wear a Batman tee, read a Batman comic, watch one of the many Batman films, or watch Batman: The Animated Series or any of the other wonderful cartoons featuring the Bat. Do it with your family, friends, and loved ones. Oh, and don’t forget to show some love and become a fan of the Discount Dark Knight at http://www.facebook.com/discountdarkknight.
On Saturday, July 19th, I attended a wonderful party in celebration of the twenty year anniversary of the U.S.S. Lafitte/C.A.T.S. Star Trek Fan Club. The group, founded twenty years ago by Stuart Griggs, was originally called C.A.T.S. (Calscasieu Area Trekkers Society). As it grew in numbers, it eventually became an official part of Starfleet International as the U.S.S. Lafitte.
The group holds monthly meetings that include a viewing of a Star Trek series episode (currently TNG episodes) and also a science fiction or fantasy film. The group also enjoys a number of other fandoms, from Star Wars to Firefly, Battlestar Galactica to Lord of the Rings and beyond. The group also attends science fiction and comic conventionst to promote all things Trek.
I have only been with the group for roughly nine months, and in just that small amount of time I have gained quite a few new and solid friends. We come from different backgrounds, generations, and interest groups, but Star Trek binds us all together as one happy family.
If you happen to live in the Lake Charles area, look up the group on Facebook and reach out to us about joining.
Here’s a shout out to each and every person out there who reads this blog regularly or just happened to stumble upon this page out of sheer dumb luck. I want YOU to tell me which topic to blog about next. Simply comment below as to which topic needs to be addressed by yours truly from the list that follows and I’ll write up something about it next week.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Bad Superhero films
Good Superhero films
Randomizer (post this comment and I’ll randomly choose a topic from the list)
I’ll be attending The Houston Con in about a month’s time. I am not 100% sure if I’ll be there strictly as an attendee or as part of a fan group, but I’ll definitely let you know here whenever I find out.
This event was formerly known as Space City Con, which was awesome in its own right. For reasons that I personally am not aware of (although rumors are rampant), that event was dissolved and from its ashes rose The Houston Con.
The guest list includes numerous Power Rangers actors, members of the cast of Star Trek: Axanar, Teen Wolf celebs, a cast member from the upcoming (and highly anticipated by me ) The Flash series, plenty of comics artists, authors, and those wonderful ladies in green, Orion’s Envy.
Check out the link below and if you’re going to this event, lemme know and maybe we can talk a bit. Also, I’ll be the Discount Dark Knight at some point during the convention. Come by and talk to me!
Okay, so you’re probably wondering why I’m blogging about a visit to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO on a blog that centers primarily on nerdy things. Well, here’s why: Just because there’s no science fiction or comics involved doesn’t mean something can’t be nerdy! In fact, there’s quite a bit of good nerdiness to be had at Silver Dollar City and in the Branson area if you know where to look. I was actually quite surprised at just how much fun I had at SDC and in Branson, so I decided it was definitely blogworthy.
The actual tour started very early on a Saturday morning in Lake Charles, LA. Myself and the family hit the road at around 4:45 AM. We stopped in Leesville, LA for a quick bite of breakfast and our next stop was in Fouke, Arkansas at Peavy’s Monster Mart, which is home to all things Boggy Creek. What’s Boggy Creek, you say? Well, Fouke is supposedly the stomping grounds for the Fouke Swamp Monster, who was written about by a gentleman that went by the name of Smokey. Smokey’s tale made it to the big screen in the form of the film The Legend of Boggy Creek. The film is a cult hit, and I’m proud to say that I own a copy of it. When I was a kid, finding Sasquatch or Bigfoot or the Yeti was one of my biggest dreams. I still want to find one, but much like Wile E. Coyote and his pursuit of the Road Runner, I don’t know what I would do if I ever did manage to catch one. Our stop was brief, and I managed to get a few photos (and a mug), but we were soon back on the road.
We stopped at the Arkansas Welcome Center on I-30. I-30 is quite possibly the most boring stretch of interstate highway in the universe, so I highly recommend going “off-road” and taking Scenic 7 through Hot Springs, AR and the Ouachita National Forest. Hot Springs is a pretty cool place. It’s an old city with a very trippy vibe to it. The Ouachita National Forest is beautiful, and there are plenty of great places to stop, hike, explore, or just have a picnic. Eventually we entered the Ozark Mountains and then Missouri. It was a long ride, but well worth the long hours on the road.
We went to Silver Dollar City on Sunday. For those of you who aren’t aware, Silver Dollar City is an amusement park that is based around life in the Ozarks during the late 1800’s. It spins local history with the spirit of the American pioneer, and gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of these hardy and proud people. There’s also plenty of roller coasters, water-based rides, musical acts, magic shows, and demonstrations centered around the area circa 1880. There’s blacksmithing, glassblowing, gospel singing, country music, and food, lots and lots of food!
I’m a huge fan of roller coasters, and SDC had no shortage of exciting one on hand. My personal favorite was Wildfire, but if you ever make it out to SDC, be sure to ride Thunderation, The Powder Keg, Fire In The Hole, and Outlaw Run (a wooden coaster). All of them are excellent rides.
I also highly recommend going on a tour of Marvel Cave which is located on the property. It’s actually the primary reason that SDC even exists today, as the park was built directly above the cave. The daytime tour is free, but there’s also a “Lantern Tour” that can be taken for a small fee ($10.75 as of this writing). The “Lantern Tour” is the last tour of the day. Marvel Cave is well lit throughout the day, but for this final tour, all of the lights go out, your tour guide wears period specific attire, and takes a small group down into Marvel Cave for a tour that runs roughly an hour and a half and includes a lot more stories (including ghost stories) and even a few looks into places that are off-limits during the standard daytime tour. I HIGHLY recommend the “Lantern Tour.” Not only is it a much more intimate tour due to the limited group size, it’s also a great way to learn a whole lot more about this wonderful cave.
Now, we didn’t spend our entire trip at Silver Dollar City. We did take a couple of days to explore the city of Branson as well. We visited Branson’s Wild World, an aquarium/mini-golf/arcade complex that featured bull sharks (that we got to feed), wolves, dingos, and a cool 3-D mini golf course. We also saw Optimus Prime in front of the Ripley’s Believe It….Or Not museum. All in all, it was a great trip. We also visited the Cliff House Inn in Jasper, AR, which had a breathtaking view of the Arkansas Grand Canyon.
As always, thanks for reading, and if you have any questions about anything I’ve posted here, drop me a note or leave a comment!