Monday, November 20, 2017

Art of the Day: Scott McCall (Teen Wolf)

Artwork: Scott McCall by dauntingfire

Justice League's Disappointing Box Office Numbers

Wow, I was really surprised Justice League had such terrible box office numbers for the opening weekend. Despite the mixed reviews, I was expecting the movie to at least make more than $96 million. I would have thought seeing all of these characters together in one movie would have peaked some interest but it doesn't seem to be the case. It's a possibility the movie may bring in more money this week since it's the holiday and some might go to the theatre.

I do wonder if some of the people who were disappointed with Batman v Superman made the decision to not even bother going to see Justice League. I haven't seen the movie yet but I heard it's better than BvS, although by a slim margin.

My goal is to see it tomorrow then I can gauge whether it's good, bad or not even worth it.

Gift Guide: Harry Potter #1

Since I started my Christmas shopping early, I figured it would be a good time to put together a few gift guides. This is the first of two Harry Potter gift guides with this one featuring 16 finds from books to artwork for the Potter fan in your life.

Harry Potter Book Box Set

If you know someone who has seen all the movies but never read the books, this would make a good gift for them. From hardcover to paperback there is a box set for nearly every price range. The paperback box set can be found priced between $50+-$60+ while the hardcover can be a little over a $100 (sometimes less if there is a sale).

Be sure to check your local bookstore and online bookstores (and big box stores) to see if you can find a good deal.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Emeraude Toubia at the Latin Grammy Awards

Thursday (11/16) was the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And Shadowhunters' Emeraude Toubia attended the event wearing a beautiful blue Oscar de la Renta dress with metallic Christian Louboutin heels.

She looks amazing from her hair and make-up to her dress and accessories, whoever her style team is they did a great job with this look.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Art of the Day: Ghostbusters

Artwork: Ghostbusters by annermation

Currently Reading: Star Wars: The Crystal Star

I don't know where I bought this old Star Wars book from perhaps the library book sell or a thrift store. Either way this book which was published in 1995 has never been read because the spine is completely smooth.

Book: Star Wars: The Crystal Star by Vonda N. McIntyre

Edition: Paperback


Princess Leia's children have been kidnapped. Along with Chewbacca and Artoo-Detoo, she follows the kidnappers' trail to a disabled refugee ship, from which children are also missing. Here she learns of a powerful Imperial officer with a twisted plan to restore the Empire.

Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are cut off from Leia by the death of a nearby star, which has caused a disruption in the Force. They have gone to the planet Crseih to investigate a report of a lost group of Jedi. Instead they find a charismatic alien named Waru whose miraculous healing powers have attracted a fanatic following.

As Leia follows the path of her children across space, Luke and Han draw closer to the truth behind Waru's sinister cult. Together they will face an explosive showdown that will decide the survival of the New Republic...and the universe itself!

Weekend Film: Justice League

I have already seen and heard mixed reviews from fans and reviewers for Justice League. My take although I haven't seen this movie but I have seen the others, it feels like DC Comics/Warner Bros. are rushing these movies instead of taking the time to really create something great instead of pushing out mediocre movies (with the except of Wonder Woman). They don't have to rush to make these movies fan interest is not going to go away.

I do hope that when I see Justice League it will be a fun and entertaining movie and not another poorly crafted one.

Starring: Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Diane Lane, J.K. Simmons, Ben Affleck and more


Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Art of the Day: Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Artwork: John Watson and Sherlock Holmes by WisesnailArt

Candice Patton in Watch! Magazine

The Flash and Iris West fans, Candice Patton will be featured in the November/December issue of Watch! magazine. It will be on newsstands Nov. 21st. From vibrant swimwear to dazzling dresses, Patton was soaking up the sun in her photo shoot in sunny Jamaica.

Photography was by Christopher Ross with styling by Nadia Rath

Check out some of the magazine's stunning photos below:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Art of the Day: Thomas (The Maze Runner)

Artwork: Thomas by Lehanan

Book Review: Bandette vol #2

Book: Bandette volume #2: Stealers, Keepers! (issues #6-9) by Paul Tobin with illustrations by Colleen Coover

Edition: Hardcover

Rating: 5 stars


This second volume of Bandette is ridiculously good fun as the mischievous and daring thief Bandette goes up against her rival Monsieur in a unique challenge. All the while, trying to stay several steps ahead of Absinthe, the head of the criminal organization FINIS and his hired killer, Il Tredici a.k.a The Strangler. 

Robin Hood would be so proud of Bandette, she not only has her own band of merry men or the Urchins as she likes to call them. But she also successfully steals from the crooks and kicks butt all with a charming wit. She even helps the grumpy Police Inspector B. D. Beligique from time to time taking down criminals despite the fact that she's sort of one herself.

There were quite a few surprises that I certainly wasn't expecting especially not with how she had managed to undermine Absinthe and bringing about his spectacular capture. But I also wasn't expecting Monsieur to have a plan of his own to help someone escape from Absinthe.

Volume #2 is a well-written, endearingly funny and exciting read that I was hoping wouldn't fall short of the first volume which was amazing. This didn't disappoint, I enjoyed reading every page of it and I love the artwork. This book also includes several short stories which were written by Paul Tobin with illustrations by various artists.

This was fun, I'm going to have the get the third volume as soon as possible.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Art of the Day: Gotham City Sirens

Artwork: Gotham City Sirens by Arkenstellar

Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

Book: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George with translations by Simon Pare

Edition: Paperback

Rating: 3 stars


The Little Paris Bookshop was an interesting read as it follows Jean Perdu who own a very unique bookstore that's on a ship. Although he enjoys prescribing just the right books for his customers he can't seem to help himself. Because for 20 years, Perdu has put his life on hold, he's nothing more than a ghost haunting his own life. He doesn't seem to be able to move on after his girlfriend Manon had suddenly left him. He didn't even read the letter she had left him.

It wasn't until a new neighbor, Catherine, who was dealing with her own romantic difficulties as a soon to be divorcee, moved into his apartment building did he finally read the letter. For 20 years, he had avoided reading the letter in fear of what it may contain and what new heartbreak it would unleash. However, what the letter contained set Perdu off on an impromptu adventure where he set sail with his ship of books in hopes of dealing with so many warring emotions and thoughts. He was surprisingly accompanied by a writer, Max Jordan who was trying to escape the pressures of writing his next book.

Along the way they meet many fun, strange, weird and interesting people but at the heart of this book is dealing with grief and the realization that life is equally hard and worth living to its fullest. There is a lot of soul searching not only for Perdu but for many of the characters. There were so many unspoken feelings, desires and hopes as the characters seemed to have managed to go through life not really living it. It took some time but after a break-through Perdu had finally started to rekindle the joy of living and finding a new love.

This was good and it had some very beautifully description writing but there were times when the story dragged quite a bit and was very slow and boring. At one point, I had almost decided to stop reading it because it was moving so slow but I'm glad I finished it. There is a good story here but it does take a while for it to really build up and take form.