Friday, October 03, 2014


Screaming deal: Complete Munsters on DVD $26.49

Today from Amazon.

Pop culture roundup: Sherlock Holmes; Saturday morning cartoons; Raymond Chandler

Via BoingBoing: Learn about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mentor, Joseph Bell - the real-life Sherlock Holmes.


Mark Evanier, a veteran writer of animated TV series, discusses the end of Saturday morning cartoons.
As a kid, I loved watching cartoons on the networks on Saturday morning…but I don't think it was because of the networks or the day. It's just that I loved cartoons and that's where they were. Now, they're everywhere. That is not a bad thing for those of us who love animation.

As an adult writing cartoons, there was something to be said for working in the network Saturday morning marketplace. There was something nice about doing a show when the only real concern was not the attendant marketing campaign and whether the show would get picked up in Rangoon. All we cared about really was doing a show that kids would watch.

A better time? On the whole, I don't think so…because when it was just ABC, NBC and CBS, we were too often under ridiculous restrictions both in terms of "broadcast standards" (censorship) and the very limited ideas you encountered as to what made for a good show. I retain my nostalgic fondness for the experience of watching cartoons on Saturday morning on those networks. But I think I'm glad animation broke out of that.

Via Retro to Go: Check out the Raymond Chandler map of Los Angeles.

Fab Friday: Vintage Jane Asher article "My Life With Paul"

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Teaser and pics for Doctor Who: Kill the Moon

Here's a look at this week's episode of "Doctor Who."

Video find: Brigitte Bardot performs "Contact"

Oh wow, Simpsons guest star figures!

Pete Townshend

Michael Stipe

Leonard Nimoy

James Brown

Hugh Hefner

Roger Daltrey

More here and here.

Vintage comic strip ad for Paul McCartney's "Junior's Farm"

New and upcoming pop culture books: Stephen King; Jimmy Page; Disney; Lego; Robert McGinnis; Dylan; Beatles; Blue Note; Comics; Star Trek; Masters of the Universe; Doctor Who, more

Click the links to order discounted books from Amazon.

Revival: A Novel by Stephen King

Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man (Disney Editions Deluxe)

LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide

Outlaw Pete by Bruce Springsteen

Princess Mononoke: The First Story

The Art of Robert E McGinnis

Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics by Van Morrison

Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars by Neil Young

The Lyrics: Since 1962 by Bob Dylan

The Beatles Through Headphones: The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded

Blue Note: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s

Heroes Of The Comics: Portraits Of The Pioneering Legends Of Comic Books (Heroes of the Comic Books)

Swampmen: Muck-Monsters of the Comics

Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 (Comics Culture)

Twelve-Cent Archie (Comics Culture)

Marvel Comics In The 1980s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide To A Pop Culture Phenomenon

Overstreet's Comic Book Marketplace Yearbook 2014

Bettie Page: Queen of Curves

A Weird-Oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell

Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction

Dave Sim's Cerebus: Cover Art Treasury HC

What Would Mary Ann Do?: A Guide to Life

Star Trek: Ships of the Line

Battlestar Galactica Vault: The Complete History of the Series, 1978-2012

Art of He Man and the Masters of the Universe

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters