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Remembering our Glenn Walker

It’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing to let everyone know that Biff Bam Pop!’s Glenn Walker passed away on Wednesday, December 6th. Though seemingly indestructible in my eyes, the truth is that Glenn had suffered from various health issues over the years and finally, and so sadly, his time had come.

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Though he wasn’t a founding member of the Biff Bam Pop! team, this site eventually became one of his many online homes, probably his favourite. Glenn often told me that Biff Bam Pop! was the best job he ever had, paid or unpaid. I always referred to Glenn as second-in-command, but the truth is simply that he kept this place going for years, as I was caught up in family life, new jobs, and writing books – outside endeavours that he encouraged and supported fully. He brought to Biff Bam Pop! his unmatched knowledge of pop culture, including Silver Age Comics and Eurovision, neither of which I understood, but which he could pontificate about with ease.

Glenn loved the world he wrote about, and he talked about those loves across a variety of platforms – our Biff Bam Popcasts, the Nerdfect Strangers podcast, the GAR podcast with his friend Ray, and the wonderful Make Mine Magic podcast, which he hosted with his beloved wife, Jennifer. Our Biff Bam Popcast’s were incredibly fun, as he and I, along with Marie Gilbert, JP Fallavollita and others, would debate and discuss pop culture happenings. Nobody ever agreed with me, to the best of my recollection. Especially Glenn.

Prior to moving down south to Florida, Glenn was an essential part of the South Jersey Writer’s Group, where he inspired and organized, and met some wonderful writers along the way, including James Knipp, Sarah Miduski and Loraine Swearingen Sisco, who he would invite into the Biff Bam Pop! fold as well. His longtime friend Robin Renee was also part of our team, and he spoke of her often and fondly.

But take all this away, and at the end of the day, Glenn Walker was my friend. One of my best friends.

Glenn and I met online through a shared Facebook connection in Jonathan Maberry. I remember our first online conversation, which took place over Facebook Messenger in March 2009, as we discussed the website. Eventually, I asked Glenn to contribute an article, then another, and then he became part of the team, and my life. Our friendship transcended location or age (he was much, much older than me), and was about mutual respect and eventually a brotherly love for one another. We’d chat nearly everyday on Messenger, about life, the universe and everything. When we finally met face to face in the spring of 2015, when he picked me up at the airport as I ventured to Jersey to see my friend, I said, “Nice to meet you.” We both laughed. We already knew each other better than most.

Glenn, Jenn, Princess and me

This year, on January 2nd, I turned 40. I threw a birthday party for myself and, to my honour and amazement, Jenn and Glenn traveled from Florida to Toronto to be there for it. We managed to spend some meals together, and have some great times. The plan was for me and Biff Bam Pop’s Princess to travel down to see Jenn and Glenn and take in Disney. While I’m sorry it didn’t work out, and that time was against this plan, I’ll make a point of the Princess, Jenn and I going together. I think Glenn would absolutely want that.

The truth is, as I sit here writing this, I’m in complete denial that Glenn Walker is gone. I keep waiting for a text from Jenn saying differently. We should be so lucky. But through what is a new sort of grief for me, the loss of a friend, I also think about what Glenn would tell me to do, to handle it and process it.

He’d tell me to write. And then keep writing. Because that’s what Glenn Walker would do.

And so I’ll keep writing, though with an emptiness in my heart knowing that my friend isn’t here to read my words any longer.

I love you, buddy. See you on the other side.

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#Kirby100: BBP! Celebrates The King Jack Kirby All Summer Long

Jack Kirby.

His artistry was, and remains, so innovative and influential in the comic book zeitgeist that the industry named awards after him. Heck, they even named a visual image after him: the affectionately known, “Kirby Krackle.”

How pervasive is writer and artist Jack Kirby in pop culture?

You can scan the litany of comic book characters that the man created or co-created and you’d be certain to find dozens that are your favourites. From the globally renowned Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men series of characters, to the populace’s burgeoning awareness of Darkseid and Black Panther, to the more niche creations of Kamandi, Etrigan the Demon and Destroyer Duck. With Kirby, the list of great characters goes on and on and on.

Without him, pop culture and comic books wouldn’t be at all what we know it to be today.

This August marks the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby and we here at Biff Bam Pop! mean to celebrate that auspicious centennial with a plethora of written accolades all summer long!

This is your cordial invitation to our #Kirby100 party!

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It’s A Wonderful #WonderWomanDay – Let’s All Celebrate!

You’ve already heard that the new Wonder Woman film has been released this weekend – and it’s making for some pretty glowing reviews!

We’re hearing that it’s full of action, adventure, tears and joy – and that there are <a-hem> pardon the pun – wonderful performances throughout the film!

Yesterday, Biff Bam Pop! Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, predicated a $105 million bankroll for the film in its first weekend of release. That’s a hefty and, frankly, outstanding sum of coin for this film and a number that can only be deemed a victory for the DC Cinematic Universe. There’s a lot riding on the Wonder Woman film both creatively and monetarily.

But Wonder Woman is more than just a single film. The character is a 75-year old pop culture icon of strength, love, hope, and will – not to mention an number of other positive and engaging adjectives!

Did you know that today, June 3, is #WonderWomanDay?!

Perfect timing, really…and there are a number of things you, or someone you love, can do to participate in the worldwide celebrations!

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Camden Comic Con 2017

After several rainy, gloomy days in South Jersey, the clouds parted and the sun beamed brightly, just in time for Camden Comic Con 2017. It was a day filled with comics, cosplay, and fandom camaraderie.

Camden Comic Con 2017

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Reading

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One of the things we love here at Biff Bam Pop! is books, probably because we’re all writers as well as readers. Therefore I’d like to suggest some books here that folks who regularly read our website might also enjoy reading, perhaps because some are by us, and some by friends, and some we just really dig. Meet me after the jump for the Gift of Reading.
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Ensley F. Guffey Reacts to Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

 Cover for Steve Rogers: Captain America #1. Art by Jesus Saiz.

Cover for Steve Rogers: Captain America #1. Art by Jesus Saiz.

I don’t usually write about superhero comics, or add my two cents to the internet outrages, controversies, and speculations that the comic book industry produces like Campbell’s makes soup, but I think this might be a good time to make an exception. Biff Bam Pop! readers may know that I’m something of a Captain America fan from my two-part look at Cap and historical memory, which you can read here and here. What you may not know is that these days, the only comics I collect are Our Army at War/Sgt. Rock, and Captain America. Those are the only two titles that will never be sold and replaced with trades, or donated to a library book sale, or whatever, that I bag and board using archival materials, and that I occasionally take Smaug-like glee over just possessing. I also occasionally like to take a pile of them out of their bags and curl up and binge-read them, reveling in the smell of old comics, looking at the ads, old-school lettercols, back matter, backup stories, etc. – you know, enjoy them as comic books.

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Revisited: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Easter Egg Wants

Civil_War_Final_PosterA week before the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, was triumphantly released into cinemas around the globe, Biff Bam Pop! staffers Jim Knipp, Justin Mohareb, Glenn Walker and JP Fallavollita each listed the Top 3 Easter Eggs that they wanted to see in the film.

You can find that particular spoiler-free ask right here. Today, a week and a half after the triumphant, money-making, release of the first movie in the third phase of Marvel’s grand cinematic plan, we revisit their mouth-watering fan-boy desires.

Some of them were fist-pumpingly rewarded. Some obscure predictions were even proved right. Some of the writers were utterly relieved. And still others were left inconsolably disappointed.

Be warned.

After the jump, there be Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs proven, Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs disproven, and Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs still hoped-for!

After the jump, there be spoilers galore!

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Countdown To Civil War: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Easter Egg Wants

Civil War Final PosterCaptain America: Civil War, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, is days away from dropping.

The trailers for the film have been absolutely astounding; the build up to the conflict between two favourite heroes, riveting; and the fan excitement level, at al all-time peak.

As the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase Three, Captain America: Civil War should form the basis for the plethora of Marvel films to come. That extensive list includes this fall’s Doctor Strange, next year’s Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and then Captain Marvel among others. Wrapping up the phase will be the two-part extravaganza: Avengers: Infinity War.

And if you know Marvel Comics, and are a fan of these Marvel movies, then you’re looking for Easter Eggs – those hidden gems of story, characters or incidents that only the most educated of the educated know about.

We here at Biff Bam Pop! love talking about them. That’s what this article is for: Easter Egg wants. Our wishes. Our desires. And like good ‘ol Cap, we could do this all day.

Here, then, are the Easter Eggs that four Biff Bam Pop! writers (and Marvel Cinematic Universe enthusiasts) want to see in the highly anticipated blockbuster film.

Give them a read and then tell us what your Easter Egg wants are, fan-boys and fan-girls!

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Revisited: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Easter Egg Wants

imageEarlier this month, in anticipation of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Biff Bam Pop! contributors and comic book enthusiasts Glenn Walker, Justin Mohareb and JP Fallavollita each listed the Top 3 Easter Eggs that they wanted to see in the film.

You can find that particular post right here, but today, after viewing the movie on opening weekend, these three DC Comics aficionados are going to revisit the secret nods to comic book lore they were hoping to find:

Justin, with his secret (or not-so-secret) love of: Darkseid, the Multiverse, crazy comic book Geography and, of course, cinema whimsy.

Glenn, with his all-consuming desire for: Atlantis, Amazonian magic and bona fide heroics.

JP, with his obscure and obtuse needs for: Green Lantern Corps, Brainiac and (an unhealthy) and meaningful Suicide Squad tie-in.

Did they get what they wanted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Only the jump knows for sure!

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Obscurity Today But LEGENDS OF TOMORROW #1 On The Wednesday Run

Legends of Tomorrow #1 coverLegends of Tomorrow: the television series that united the DC cable programming universe!

Legends of Tomorrow: the big-budget weekly broadcast series that spun out of the hit The Flash, which, in turn spun out of the hit Arrow.

Legends of Tomorrow: the highly anticipated pop culture phenomenon that, although childishly fun, up until now has really only hinted at comic book fan kind of fun.

The series has been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me and many other viewers – as it aims to emulate the highs of the shows that birthed it Still, it’s pretty awesome to see Rip Hunter on television.

But if you think that Legends of Tomorrow doesn’t have long and storied following, you’d be wrong. Four-colour wrong, in fact. And the brand new DC Comics releases of the extra-sized Legends of Tomorrow #1, out today, aims to prove that!

Follow me after the jump for what is sure to be throw back comic book excitement!

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