Tuesday, September 29, 2009

HALLOWEEN STARTS IN NEATO COOLVILLE THIS THURSDAY


Can you believe October is almost here and can you believe that the Countdown to Halloween starts the day after tomorrow? Wow, this year has flown by and hopefully it will slow down so everyone can enjoy all the amazing blogs that are participating in the Countdown. Be sure to check out the Countdown to Halloween blog for a list of all the participating blogs. (Created by John Rozum, Shawn Robare and Jon K.)

We’ve prepared lots of yummy treats for this blog and the Weird Hollow blog all month. We have the Monster Head Races Contest, found photos, Halloween scans-a-plenty, monster stuff, links and the return of Vlad.

Speaking of the man with the stabbing personality, here’s a teaser for Ask Vlad Season 2 that will begin on Oct. 2nd.



It's going to be a fun month!

(The above art scan is probably by artist Jan Palmer and is from the story I Can't Smile out of the 1976 school reader Surprises.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

DISNEY EXPO D23 WAS A BIG HIT

B7. Miss. H2. Hit. C5. Miss. D23. Hit. You sank my battleship!


The D23 Disney Expo from a week and half ago didn’t have anything to do with Milton Bradley’s Battleship, but the show was a big hit for the first lady and myself. We wrapped our SoCal vacation around the "all-things" Disney con and attended the first two days of the four day show.

The show appealed to all types of Disney fans and for us we were there to check out all the goodies relating to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Plus, for an added bonus for me - Tron!


Hey kids, it’s a electrical turtle from Disney’s Electrical Parade!


This wall of attraction posters primarily from Disneyland and Disneyworld was a nice touch for folks to gawk at while waiting to enter the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion. After walking thru a giant television set guests had the opportunity to preview new attractions and learn all about Audio-Animatronics.


An old Audio-Animatronics control box.


It sure was swell to see the original Abe Lincoln Audio-Animatronic from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln that premiered at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and eventually at Disneyland. Abe without his skin kind of resembles Mike Power the Atomic Man. That great 1970's bionic G.I. Joe action figure!



Cars Land looks like a nice place to visit! As long as the world doesn’t end it opens at California Adventure in the year 2012.


Probably the best panel we attended was the two hour panel An Afternoon with Imagineering Legends. On stage and sharing “back in the day” Disneyland stories were Marty Sklar, X Atencio, Alice Davis, Blaine Gibson, Bob Gurr and Don Iwerks.

You can catch parts of the panel on YouTube - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.


My chance meeting with X Atencio. Yo Ho Yo Ho - I was thrilled to meet this brilliant imagineer!


Hey kids, it’s M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!


It was cool to see up close the talented work of Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily in the form of their amazing recreation of the Hatbox Ghost from Haunted Mansion. It was part of the D23 Expo Live Auction.


Hey kids, it’s Herbie the Love Bug!

Walking thru the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives room was another highlight. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow photographs of the props that were inside the room. At least they had Herbie on display outside in the hallway and seeing the Love Bug was like seeing a real live movie star. Inside, I was kind of weak in the knees looking at the Nautillus sub from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Oh the detail work on that prop is just amazing! Like most fans I geeked out standing in front of Bruce Boxleitner’s Tron costume and Bill Campbell’s Rocketeer costume. The two props I was glad to see more than any of the others was Maximillian and V.I.N.C.E.N.T., the prop robots from The Black Hole. Both of these robots were displayed outside of a case where fans could stand just a couple of feet away. Max looks just as menacing as he did on the movie screen back in 1979. You can get a glimpse of Max and Vince in this ABC 7 video.


Van Eaton Galleries really didn’t hold back as they had some wonderful pieces of original Disney related art. I wish we could have afforded just one piece from their wall of Mary Blair originals.


Hey kids it’s a rare appearance by Donald Duck! It seems every time we visit Disneyland or Disneyworld we never run into Donald Duck. Needless to say we were happy to see him at D23!



As a big Tron fan I’m very excited about the upcoming Tron Legacy movie. I really enjoyed the Tron panel with Tron director Steve Lisberger and Tron Legacy producer Sean Bailey. Check out the panel - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. Also, check out the cool Tron Cultural References video that was shown at the panel.


Hey kids, it’s a Lego Buzz Lightyear!



It was fun meeting and hanging out with so many cool folks from pros to regular Disney fans! Even tho we missed the past 22 expos we were tickled plaid that we attended D23!

Overall we had a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

MR. INFLATABLE FLIPPER MEETS THE REAL FLIPPER


It was a big deal for Mr. Inflatable Flipper to meet his idol Flipper, the real dolphin superstar. Good times!

Monday, September 07, 2009

THE GOBLINS OF FANTASY FOOTBALL

NFL football begins this week and with it is the start of thousands of fantasy football leagues. I’m sure most of you are familiar with fantasy football. You know - it’s kind of Dungeons and Dragons for sports nerds. Yes, I’ve been in a league with the same group of guys and a couple of gals for the past ten or eleven years.

Just until a few years ago I kept the same team name and my team was named after one of the coolest Mego action figures of all time - The Green Goblin. At first the Goblins usually made the playoffs. One time they reached the Super Bowl but lost a close game to the Live Wires. For the past couple of years I change the team name each season. Past team names have been the Monster Mashers, Cap’n Crunchers, Zombie Armada and this year - The Fighting Sporks!

Every week, all of us post a silly type of photo relating to our team name. Here’s some low res junk that I put together from 2001 - 2005 for my Goblins team. Most of these were inside jokes and spoofs directed to the team I was playing that week.









ILLUSTRATED SUNSHINE #15


From a 1950's Denver Brochure.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

CAREFUL


I thought I better post this found snap before the end of summer.

Friday, September 04, 2009

BLASTING OFF WITH THE MARCH OF DIMES

FLEA MARKET FRIDAYS #47

My jets fired up when I found this very neato March of Dimes dime saver card last week!


The card reminded me of this Easter Seals Space Ranger tab that I own.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

MR INFLATABLE FLIPPER HOSTS THE QUIZ KIDS


One of Mr. Inflatable Flipper's first jobs was hosting the game show Quiz Kids. He was doing a fine job as host until he sprung a leak and deflated on live TV.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

FOUR MORE POLAROIDS





The end is near!

I only have five shots in my Impulse and only one shot left in my Sun 660. I'm going to miss Polaroid.