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A Trip To Your 8-Bit Fountain Of Youth With “Centipede #1” On The Wednesday Run

Today’s a great day!

It’s July 12th and that means that it’s my birthday! Yes! Thank you for all the birthday wishes…twenty-nine years young forever, I say, although it’s been “forever” for a number of years already.

But that’s one of the great things about being interested in, a fan of, and a part of, the pop culture community: you never really do grow old. With the comic books, movies, television programs, board and card games, toys, music, cartoons, and video games, you always seem to find a way to stay youthful.

At heart, at least.

And if you were to subtract twenty nine years from today’s date, and then subtract a few more, and then a few more for added measure, you’d have one of the greatest years of my youth – as well as many of you out there!

It’s the early 1980’s.

And you’re hanging out at the local arcade.

And your hair is long.

And it’s on purpose.

And you’re playing Centipede.

And it’s awesome!

Relive that youthful glory with today’s comic book-styled modern release of Centipede #1!

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In Medias Res Is A Good Start With “Paper Girls #11” On The Wednesday Run

paper-girls-11-coverIn medias res.

In the middle of things.

Boy, the old Latin language can sure sound an interesting turn of phrase, here in the twentieth century, can’t it? It’s the past and the future, gloriously shaking hands whilst shedding some light of understanding on each other.  Its comingling makes one feel smart, when uttered in a proper, and apt, context, of course.

And today, uttering “in medias res” is proper and apt.

It’s used to describe the eleventh chapter of one of the most entirely riveting (and fun!) comic book series being published these days.

If you’ve been with Paper Girls for the last year, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re new to the title, don’t let missing out on the previous ten chapters deter you for picking up the latest installment – I’ve got you covered at the end of this column.

Handshakes aside, in medias res, today sees the release of Paper Girls #11!

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Sarah Hawkins Miduski On… Return to Oz

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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

I was a child of the 80s, and as a child of the 80s, I loved the strange, imaginative, 80s fantasy movies that starred puppets, animatronics, and utilized claymation effects. Movies that were odd, and dark, and marketed to kids, filled with WTF moments before I was old enough to know what the letter F stood for. Though much maligned by critics and the general public, one of my favorite movies of the time was Disney’s Return to Oz.

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Lucas Mangum’s Hidden Horror Gems: Remote Control

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While it certainly comes across more of a science fiction film than a horror film, Remote Control, from cult favorite Jeff Lieberman (Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn), is strange enough to blur the line between the two genres.


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The Real Return of Adam Ant

adam1Sometimes whenever a music act or performer vanishes for extended amounts of time, and then releases a new album of music, it’s called a comeback, whether they’ve really been away or not. Adam Ant does this a lot, and then disappears, sadly not making the mark he should have made as a returning star.

The truth is, Adam’s comebacks haven’t held much juice since the 1990s. However, his latest attempt, released this past Tuesday is very different. Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter besides having the very eclectic title, is also an awesome album, and a true and worthy comeback for the former new wave rock idol. Welcome back, Adam! More after the jump.

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Glenn Walker On Red Dawn 1984

There’s lots of buzz about this film with the new remake in theaters. The flick is close to the heart of many people. I remember the outrage of some of my friends when they heard they were remaking this movie. Confession time, I have never seen it. Let’s find out why the original Red Dawn is such a classic together, and why “Wolverines!” is such a part of our culture, after the jump.
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