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REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

All text ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visuals ©2013 their respective owner(s). Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful, enjoyable, safe and semi-sober St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, you comics fans out there wore an Incredible Hulk, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Green Lama, Green Mask or Randy Green shirt in honor. (Preferably with art by Jack Kirby, Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe, Gary Frank, Gil Kane, Neal Adams, Mac Raboy or Alex Ross artwork.) For you NFL…

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REVIEW: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL…AND WONDERFUL!

All text ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visuals ©2013 their respective owner(s). For the record, I have a personal connection to this movie. Although they don’t know each other, my brother went to high school with director Sam Raimi and two local actors (one of whom he does know). I took a TV production class in high school with the director’s brother (Ted Raimi). The class—my favorite of my entire 13-year public school stint—was taught by Jim…

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REVIEW: Still ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ but not for ‘Parker

All contents ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 their respective owner(s). Couple quick movie reviews: Bruce Willis can still pull off John McLane in terms of attitude, superhuman survival and gun-toting. Oddly, he gets more superhuman with each film. (He’d have made a good, older Captain America or Nick Fury.) After being shot at by multiple machine guns small, large and Russian military-grade-extra-large, after falling several stories through wooden beams and plastic tubes, landing on…

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Phony Art and Phony Sellers—An Offer Of Help

A Picture’s Worth #118: “Phony Art and Phony Sellers—An Offer Of Help” All contents ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 their respective owner(s). Last week, I found out a friend of mine purchased a phony Frazetta ink drawing. (I won’t display the image here because I’ve not asked for permission and don’t want to single it or the buyer out; this is about the process, not the piece.)

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang! Hansel And Gretel, Witch Hunters Is A House Of Visual Candy

A Picture’s Worth #117: “Hansel And Gretel, Witch Hunters Is A House Of Visual Candy” All contents ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 their respective owner(s). From the moment I saw the previews for the new Tommy Wirkola written-and-directed flick HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, I knew I had to check it out. If for no reason than for the visuals, the fights, the bad jokes, and seeing Jeremy Renner act like a Dark Ages…

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Top 10 Favorite Covers-Kinda Sorta – Mike Pascale

  Pop culture and other perspectives with an artistic P.O.V. By Mike Pascale. All contents ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 their respective owner(s). Last week, during my tribute to the recently late-but-always-great CBG (Comics Buyer’s Guide), I mentioned one of my favorite features of the recent magazine version was their “Top 10 Favorite Covers.” Each month they would ask a different comics pro to pick 10 favorite covers to showcase and provide a brief…

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Jack Reacher, Gangster Squad and a Farewell to CBG: Tribute to Comics Buyer’s Guide

Pop culture and other perspectives with an artistic P.O.V. By Mike Pascale. All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s).   While watching my valiant Seattle Seahawks team make an amazing, unheard-of comeback and nearly beat 56-to-1 odds to win their second road playoff game this season, I saw two current films: JACK REACHER on Saturday and GANGSTER SQUAD on Sunday (to drown my Seahawks sorrows).

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2013 New Year’s Revelatory If Not Revolutionary Reading Resolutions; or, How Much Crap Do You Have To Read?

Pop culture and other perspectives with an artistic P.O.V. By Mike Pascale. All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s).   Today we’re talking about math. What does that have to do with art or comics? Lots! I’m assuming most of you reading this are fellow collectors of various pop-culture ephemera or at least fellow readers of printed (and digital) matter. How much have you accumulated? More importantly, how long will it…

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