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When 2 Worlds Collide (Again): TMNT Meets Usagi Yojimbo!

3 Apr

coverBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

To those comic book readers who missed reading about the meeting of two of the greatest anthropomorphic warriors, a group of agile reptiles and a rabbit (and those issues are hard to find) there’s no need to fret. Coming this summer is a reunion of sorts. After twenty long years, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are hopping into Usagi Yojimbo‘s world in a special one-shot comic by Dark Horse Comics!

Crossing over to other dimensions or realms is nothing new in either franchise properties. When considering a lot of time have passed since the two last interacted, something is bound to change. I’m wondering if the two even really remember each other.

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[Victoria Fringe Festival ’16] SMUS Shakes it Up with Disney’s Camp Rock!

26 Aug

CAMP-ROCK_4CNOTE: Reblogged from Two Hungry Blokes & written by Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

LOCATION:
St. Michaels
University School
3400 Richmond Road
Saanich, BC

SHOWTIMES:
Fri Aug. 26 – 7pm
Sat Aug. 27 – 2pm
Sat Aug. 27 – 7pm

Sometimes it’s tough to decide on what to take on as the first Victoria Fringe Festival presentation for the 2016 season. This year, the decision was a no-brainer and I had to see the results of what St. Michaels University School (SMUS) Summer Musical Theatre program produced. The folks involved always deliver a quality educational curriculum to teach the next rising stars the basics while having fun at the same time. On opening night, they put on the musical version of Disney’s Camp Rock.

This show highlights the musical stylings of bands like The Jonas Brothers and the modern sounds of the past decade. Like ’em or not, those who grew up to these tunes had a rollicking time with this production. James Shaw admits to not being fond of today’s music whereas I’m open; at least I keep up when he can not, thus making me the ideal candidate to look at this production. His limitations in what he likes to talk about make for better opportunities for me to talk about my fondness for modern Disney.

Opening night was not without a few chuckle-worthy moments, gaffes included; the group was able to roll with it and continue on. They also helped each other out on stage when lines were forgotten and I believe that’s the heart of what this program extols than to provide a higher calibre show other local professional theatre schools like Canadian College of Performing Arts works on. I’ve seen their production of Little Shop of Horrors years ago, and that was a memorable show to which I grinned like a Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland when rubber bands were shot towards audiences!

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Sailor Moon Crystal Figures Coming in 2017 from Tamashii Nations

22 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

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Tamashii Nations will be expanding their S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon license in 2017 by releasing figures from the animated reboot Sailor Moon Crystal.

Sailor Moon has been the first of the Crystal figures announced and should make it to consumers’ hands by January of next year. Tamashii has been faithfully recreated by Sailor Moon in every detail right down to her Cosmic Heart compact. Fully poseable, Sailor Moon comes with interchangeable hands, facial expressions, and accessories.

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Poirot’s David Suchet to Guest Star in Doctor Who Series 10

16 Aug

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By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

It has been revealed through Doctor Who‘s Official Twitter that Agatha Christie‘s internationally renown sleuth Hercule Poirot, David Suchet, will appear in an episode of series 10. Suchet, who is currently being filmed in the BBC adaption of Decline and Fall with Eva Langoria and Jack Whitehall, will guest star as the Landlord. One can guess the role will be integral to the story.

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