Monthly Archives: September 2011

DC’s New 52 and Justice League #1

If you haven’t heard by now (I mean it is almost a month old news at this point) DC is completely rebooting their mainstream universe.  A top to bottom overhaul of the entire universe.  You can now toss out all those Green Lantern comics  I covinced you to pick up.  Sorry.

So what’s this all mean?  What IS the New 52?  How have my comics and favorite characters changed?  Oh boys and girls, follow me now, through the rabbit hole and find out.
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Webcomic Wednesday: Whomp!


Hello once again and welcome to another installment of Webcomic Wednesday!  I’m your host an- eh?  What’s that?  You say there never has been one before?  Hey, how about you shut up and let the blogger blog?  I’ll tell you what there hasn’t been yet, and that’s a fight between 40 thousand midgets and a minotaur.  Anyway, rude interruptions aside, this is Webcomic Wednesday; where I bring you a new webcomic every week, tell you about it, and inevitably tell you why you should or should not be reading said webcomic.  Lets begin shall we?  This week a favorite of the ANO staff:  Whomp!

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Secret Diaries of Dr. Victor Drankenstein Ch. 8: The Bird is the Word

Greetings fellow bumwine enthusiasts, and welcome back for week two of Drankenstein’s Bumwine Chronicles!  If you’ve been following along, you know last week was something of a mistake.  A terrible, terrible mistake.  That’s not gonna stop me though, not by a long shot.  I promised four weeks, and four weeks is what you’re getting.  This is really where I should have started though, with the basics.  Classics are classics for a reason, am I right?

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Bill Murray: 5 greatest roles of a national treasure


There are maybe five people competing in my mind for the title of “greatest living man”.  Two of them are actors, and one of those actors is Clint Eastwood.  The other, and without a doubt the person who’s been on my list the longest, is Bill Murray.  He turned 61 today, and has spent about half those years entertaining me, so I feel it’s only fair that I pay tribute the only way I know how: in blog form.  So I’ve compiled a list of my five favorite Bill Murray roles-no small task when dealing with such a consistently awesome actor.  I assure you, cuts had to be made.

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Secret Diaries of Dr. Victor Drankenstein Ch. 7: B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

I’m keeping up the chapter headers for clarity’s sake, but officially you are looking at volume 1 of Dr. Drankenstein’s Bumwine Chronicles.  I mentioned at the end of last week’s article that we’d be looking into some bumwines, and your buddy Drankenstein is a man of his word.  Never one to under-perform, I will be consuming and reviewing four of them for your reading pleasure, over the course of the next four weeks.  This first one has me oddly intimidated, so as you can see I’ve brought along my good friend Clubber Lang to help me maintain the proverbial Eye of the Tiger.

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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: Their main export is shadows

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is an artistically designed exploratory shooter for Xbox Live Arcade, developed by Shadow Planet Productions.  Released on August 3, 2011 as part of Microsoft’s annual “Summer of Arcade” promotion, the game met with generally excellent reviews.  Touted by many as a spiritual successor to games such as Super Metroid (SNES) and previous Summer of Arcade hit Shadow Complex, it certainly came across as a must-play title.  But is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I’ve finally gotten around to playing it, and I feel I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t make the Internet aware of my opinion.

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Webbing the Comics

Ah webcomics.  One of the few things I always come back to.  Fads on the web are very fleeting, and typically the world processes them and goes through them faster than a burrito from your local taco shack.  Yet I keep coming back, and finding new and exciting ones while I do it.  Okay maybe not exciting, but new at least!  There exists a short list of my favorites, comics that no matter what I will follow even if I’m on vacation far from my computer.  I’ll borrow a computer, look it up on my phone, or call someone just to hear them describe it if I have to.  These are some of the best I think the genre has to offer.  What follows is five of them and why I think you should check them out.
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Ten things I learned about football today: A nerd’s perspective

So I’m a nerd of basically the most traditional caliber.  An avid indoorsman, and without a doubt one of the least athletic people on Earth.  It took years (and the advent of HDTV) for my sports nerd friends to even cultivate my interest in watching anything of the kind on TV.  Once that happened though, I gravitated quickly towards football as my TV sport of choice.  I’m not sure why, I guess the relatively short season makes it more exciting.  With baseball, for example, you’re around a thousand games in before they really start to count.  So anyway, my girlfriend took me to my first Browns game today.  My first NFL game ever, in fact.  Like any responsible journalist dropped into an alien culture for a day, I took some notes.

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5 Shows You Should Be Watching On Instant Streaming


Though Netflix has received some backlash for the new price increase, it remains as one of the most (if not the most) popular movie services available today. If you’re shelling out $8 a month for instant streaming, Netflix offers an immensely large catalog of movies to choose from. However, if you’re anything like me, you love Netflix mainly for its variety of television series.

Before Netflix, you’d have to trout down to your local rental chain and pray against all odds that they carried more than just the latest season of the show you’re looking for. If they did carry earlier seasons, more than likely they were missing disc three of four in the season you want. But, then I signed up for Netflix and everything changed. I now had access to every season to shows I had been anxiously waiting to watch, and the discs were being mailed to my house! What more could I ask for?

Turns out my previous question was answered for me in the form of instant streaming. I didn’t think much of the service at first, but then as the library got better I realized that I could watch a show without have to wait those bittersweet days in between disc return and arrival. These days, the Netflix television library offers a plethora of fantastic shows to watch and after the jump I’d like to share five  excellent shows that you really need to watch.

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Secret Diaries of Dr. Victor Drankenstein Ch. 6: Shinebox


As much as old Dr. Drankenstein enjoys the rich bounty of hypersweet malt liquor made possible by a city-based volcano lair, sometimes I’ve just gotta get away from it all.  Head out into the hills and backwoods in search of a cluster of gentle hillbillies guarding their illicit moonshine stills against the prying eyes of the G-men.  Follow in the footsteps of Al Capone, Uncle Jesse, and  Bandit: great men determined to get liquor into the hands of the people at any cost.  So follow me if you dare into the wild country of Muddy Gut Holler, to see what we can see.

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