Archive for August, 2012

Tales From the Convention Floor – Part 2: Christopher Lloyd


During the Fan Expo Canada 2012 convention in Toronto, Ontario last week, I was presented with an opportunity that I never imagined would come my way: the chance to meet the incomparable Christopher Lloyd, who had major roles in two of my all-time favorite movies, Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

While he’s built his career on playing energetic, intense, and eccentric characters, Mr. Lloyd proved to be pretty low-key and calm in person, was very friendly and sociable, and gave off a distinctly soothing, grandfatherly vibe. When I mentioned that I’d heard he rarely makes public appearances – something his entry on Wikipedia makes a point of mentioning – he responded with a simple “I do make a few of them.”, all while maintaining the subtle-but-perpetual warm smile he seemed to have reserved for everyone in attendance.

Two additional things worth mentioning about Christopher Lloyd: first, he has one of the most legible celebrity signatures that I’ve encountered in the 14 or so years I’ve been actively collecting them. (And the guy’s almost 74 years old!)

I’m hoping to get Michael J. Fox to sign the other half someday.

Second, he has the uncanny ability to make pictures that even I appear in look incredibly awesome. (The DeLorean time machine is just icing on the cake.)

There definitely isn’t enough room to get up to 88 in the convention hallway.

Sex and Dating, Superhuman Style – Part 10


For a middle-aged physics professor, Ray Palmer is a pretty easy-going, open-minded guy.

Maybe that one gay crush is what finally drove Jean Loring over the edge. 😛

This glimpse into contemporary student-teacher relationships has been brought to you by JLA #27 (March 1999) by Mark Millar, Mark Pajarillo, Marlo Alquiza, and Walden Wong.

Dubious Medicine – Part 3


As uncertified paramedic Harper Row is about to demonstrate, when it comes to improvised emergency medical treatment, it’s more definitely not “all good in the ‘hood”.

Looks like Joel Schumacher’s Bat-Nipples are useful for something after all! :O

This violation of standard procedure courtesy of Batman #7 (May 2012) by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Dustin Nguyen, and Jonathan Glapion.

Costume Hijinks – Part 4


Here’s a fashion tip for all aspiring supervillainesses out there: never wear a costume whose upper half is the equivalent of a tube top with handles.

Holy Unexpected Nudity, Batman! :O

Today’s wardrobe malfunction has been sponsored by Batman #401 (November 1986) by Barbara J. Randall and Trevor Von Eeden.

Dubious Medicine – Part 2


Even the most brilliant minds need to go back to the drawing board once in a while.

I’m pretty sure PETA wasn’t amused.

Today’s engineering failure courtesy of The All New Atom #14 (October 2007) by Gail Simone, Mike Norton, and Trevor Scott.

Talking Things Through, Batman Style


I think someone needs to brush up on his hostage negotiation skills.

So you’re pro-police brutality and anti-death penalty, then? Got it.

This questionable technique has been brought to you by Batman #423 (September 1988) by Jim Starlin, Dave Cockrum, and Mike DeCarlo.

Crowning Moments of Awesome – Part 3: Mister Terrific


The Golden Age Mister Terrific is about to demonstrate the hardcore way of dealing with evil time travellers from the future.

And you thought wearing a costume that gaudy took balls.

This badass application of time travel theory courtesy of JSA #42 (January 2003) by David Goyer, Geoff Johns, Leonard Kirk, and Keith Champagne.

Reductio ad Hitlerum – Part 3


You meet the darndest people in the afterlife, simulated or otherwise.

So that’s what happens when there’s no more room in Hell!

This trope namer has been brought to you by The All New Atom #14 (October 2007) by Gail Simone, Mike Norton, and Trevor Scott.

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