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Novelty Sodas to Rule Them All?

10 Dec

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Strangely named sodas have been around for some time, perhaps dating as far back as 2005. Whether they come from globally recognized brand names like Pepsi’s Salty Watermelon and have limited distribution, how can I not resist the staple of my summer fiesta with Phillip’s Soda Works Smarkmouth Ginger Ale? This drink is tame when compared to the strange brews, namely Rocket Fizz’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda, there’s plenty more to discover on websites like the Vintage Soda Company.

My co-writer James Shaw (yes, he’s alive and living in a cave these days) and I were up in Sidney, BC over the Summer and one place we regularly visit is the Lilly Gobble Sweet Shop. They started carrying these novelty drinks early this year and when we discovered them, we were like kids in a candy store. I bought a couple to try out, and James … well, we were supposed to write this piece together. Sadly, he’s slipped into a sugar coma. Also, ever since the seasons changed, he’s put himself in hibernation mode and I believe he will never awaken.

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Diving into Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom

6 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom is the second chapter of a three-part saga. Here, the child version of this seminal writer (voiced by Kiefer O’Reilly) has to deal with untold dangers from more than one dark world. Youths can be introduced to H.P. Lovecraft before he became the recluse and derisive adult.

This film is  humourous at times. It’s also a safe product to teach young viewers the importance of never forgetting their elders, even when the world shuns them. When considering what the real-life figure was like, perhaps all he needed was more familial love.

After the events of the first film, he has to keep the three books from being put together to form the Necronomicon. He does not know of this tome’s secrets, but in what he learns — how to use magic — he has to use it to fight the minions mad Abdul (Jeffrey Combs) is sending after him! Although his father is committed to a sanitarium and his mother is possessed (and eventually kidnapped), this lad is proving to be able to take on the challenges from the mysterious city of R’yleh and other strange worlds which lays in this maddening multiverse.

This film is adapted from Bruce Brown’s work (original creator) which is published by Arcana Comics. The print edition (available on Amazon) is much more violent when compared to this cinematic version. The changes required to make this product accessible for youths does not distract. Even as I’m thumbing through my hardcover copy of the complete story while watching this film to find what writer and director Sean Patrick O’Reilly changed, general aspects of all three issues (when it was released as individual comics) are retained. He brings much-needed character development to Winfield Scott Lovecraft, the father. While none of this is true to the real life counterpart, to understand this individual offers to fans a hint at what could have influenced the boy to become the man with unsettling dreams.

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Rasputin, The Voice of the Dragon’s #2 Delivers More Questions than Answers

4 Dec

rasputin2By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Releases Dec 6th, 2017
* Spoiler Alert

A very enigmatic despot is finding clues in issue number two to make Rasputin the one and only Voice of the Dragon. Well technically, the introduction is to recap the events of the previous issue, and in what writers Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson are offering is tantalizing enough to keep tuning in to this very serialized tale a must. The imagery and work set by Christopher Mitten is like that of watching a Hammer film unfold. Here be spoilers in this very decent jumping in point for new readers to the Hellboy universe.

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From Legends Comic Book Catacombs #Unboxing the 80’s

28 Nov
Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

There’s plenty of mystery boxes to subscribe to and when my home museum of pop culture has grown to proportions beyond the capacity to display, much less to eventually read or look at, to consider getting random stuff delivered to me needs to have a schtick I really like.

In the case of what local comic book store, Legends Comics & Books, offers — each box is unique. The only similarity is in the categories, but not the same item is seen multiple times in different orders. When I’ve known about the type of products once sold at this store, there’s a chance I might get an item I’ve been meaning to purchase but never could because of either the price or finally having the money to buy — only to find it unavailable.  When they announced a new business venture on Facebook, well …

In the world of comics, to buy a mystery box is tough. I do not want the stuff from Marvel or DC. When both companies are flooding the world with their product on television and film, I don’t need to be a walking billboard for them. I do not want another T-shirt. I want stuff from the era I grew up with, the 80’s. To support local is my mantra, and I believe most of the boxes delivered in the past few days were hand delivered. A few went out by mail and the rest (the option exists) can be picked up at the store.

Presented is Otaku no Culture’s first mystery box unravelling! (best viewed at 1080p to read the text)

To order one of these bad boys, here are the links to directly order and pay. I’m not certain if Gareth Gaudin will set up a proper webpage for ordering. When the warehouses are clear, so will this offer. So get ’em while they are hot. Locally, people are loving the idea, and they make great Christmas gifts.

Five levels to choose from:

1) THE HAUNTING: A year’s subscription. You’ll receive a box each month for 12 months. $360.00 CAD in total.

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/hermes?token=21W354078K535510B&useraction=commit&mfid=1511760276278_a7c64a6ce56ae

2) THE TOMB: All Ages, kid-friendly… A sampler of our vintage collections. $20.00 per month for six months of mail. $120.00 CAD in total.

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/hermes?token=6AT80618SA9085738&useraction=commit&mfid=1511760253015_aa1850a1a220e

3) THE GRAVE ROBBER: A one-time purchase. $20.00 CAD gets you some very exciting mail. You will be amazed. 

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/hermes?token=9V346628VY756444E&useraction=commit&mfid=1511760222355_28ca05a5e81e4

4) THE UNEARTHED: A One-Time mail extravaganza. How much can we fit in a box? More than what your $50.00 CAD should reasonably expect!

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/hermes?token=4LP26241RH104871W&useraction=commit&mfid=1511760188692_11b4ef8f4cbe5

5) THE COFFIN: The big time. $100.00 CAD. One-Time Mailing of our most cherished belongings. You’ll want to film yourself opening this one.

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/hermes?token=12779519B28573119&useraction=commit&mfid=1511760162125_51021666b01d5