The Countdown Begins...

As I have for the last few years (except last year when I had my gall bladder ripped out), I hope to post something every day in October while my fellow bloggers and I Countdown to Halloween.

Until I run out of Ghostbusters stuff to post, I'll show off a little piece of GB paraphernalia that I've acquired over the years (and recent weeks). Such as this (ステイパフ) Stay Puft Man that I won as a #1 kuji prize at the cinema when I saw the new movie.

In addition, I hope to showcase a movie pamphlet. Today's entry is the recently acquired Zombieland.

Today's snack (whenever possible, I'll do a taste test but if too expensive, a photo shall suffice). These were crunchy and yummy enough to rate 8/10 ghosts.

Today's movie is not at all scary (unless you find French guys with chelonaphilia* scary). A friend and I saw Red Turtle (レッドタートル or La Tortue Rouge). I will see scarier movies in the future but I won't have time to see another tonight. Beautiful looking movie though a tad on the dull side. I don't know if subtitles will be present in other countries yet Japan reiterates what can be seen onscreen, "The birds are flying North. The birds are flying North. A man is coughing." Perhaps these subtitles are intended for the hearing impaired but they are a bit of a distraction for a movie without any dialogue.
(*chelonaphobia is the fear of turtles so I reckon chelonaphilia is the love of turtles)

Here are a pair of clear files from that Cannes award winning movie. For a Ghibli movie, it wasn't very well attended. Maybe that's because 95% of the artists involved were not Japanese or it could be the utter complete lack of promotion for this movie!

Also I'd like to introduce you to one of my fellow bloggists who are participating in the Countdown. Today is John Rozum, the man responsible for maintaining the Countdown. He wrote a few episodes of X-Files and the comics Xombi and Kobalt back in the day and is a pretty cool artist as well.

Click the little button on my blog page to see all of the participants or to make it easier, there's a direct link at the very top of this page.

 Finally my shameful selfie is of my wearing a newly gained mask. Alas, perhaps the beard doesn't help.

More Halloweenish goodies tomorrow (and goldarnit, my computer was being tempermental and I missed posting this before midnight by 20 minutes.)


Happy St. Mikes!

As you may all be aware, my birthday is shared by JC on December 25th, thus I get short-shrifted when it comes to presents and presence (No gifts/ no one is available to celebrate.) at my birthday do. So when I was a wee lad from about age 5-10, I celebrated my birthday on September 29th which just happens to be St. Michael's Day. Alas, as I aged and joined high school, my double birthday got shafted and thus so did my annual celebration. (Let's see, I remember having a party on my 25th and 50th birthdays so the next one is due when I'm 75!)

That hasn't stopped me from celebrating all on my little lonesome. En route home, I popped into a GEO to see if there were any new Marvel kuji for me to win. Not much luck at the first one, I got a mug.

The next one I went to, which was fully stocked last week, was completely sold out. So I drove to the one near my home and, taa daa, I won a B prize...a pillow!

Completing today's Iron Man theme, I also received a pouch and a sheet of stickers.

I wasn't aware that the 29th is a holiday in Japan, but it is Meat Day! (2 9 = ni ku which translates as meat.)

So I consumed a bit of steak and hamburger for dindin. I also had a salad to ease the consumption process.

Over at the nearby Mister Donut, their Halloween special is on featuring Snoopy.

Not bad, I ate it in the car so I had no chance to put a birthday candle in it.

Finally, I thought I'd share a picture of the sunset around 5:30 today. two minutes later, this was no longer apocalyptic and was all grey.

Be sure to click on the pic to enlarge it and for previous posts on my birthday, check out the St. Mikes label.


Happy Batman Day!

Today is the 77th anniversary of Batman's debut and the day has been dubbed "Batman Day" (Click that link to find out how some fans are celebrating the day). I choose to show off some covers of the old
バットマン comics written by 桑田二郎  Jiro Kuwata which I have scammed from the wonderful book, Bat-Manga!

First up, a two page spread of Batman and Robin!

The aforementioned Batmanga book.

Now some of the covers in no particular order (except the order in which they showed up in the book.)

Not sure who the villain is in this one but obviously Japan's Batman has no compunction about using guns.

Hey, the debut of  ゴム人間  (Gomu-ningen or Rubber Human, better know as Elongated Man).

Nice cosplay cover for Robin.

The cover blurb is translated as, "Now it begins: The world popular Batman!! Suspenseful riddles and adventure! Kids from 35 different countries are reading the work of the century!! please let your friends know about it!!"

Batman changes costume as he runs for the Batmobile driven by an Alfred E. Newmanesque Robin.

The Batmobile is called the バットマンカー Batman-car here.

Parts 1 and 2 of their encounter with Clayface.

Lord Death Man is obviously based on Death Man. Not sure why he gets the royal treatment in Japan.

Go Go The Magician, parts 1 and 2.

Dr. Faceless Part 2. Hey, where's Part 1?

Another Part 2 and a Part 3, this time Batman is up against Professor Gorilla.

Looks to me that Batman and Elongated Man battle the Phantom General. Thanks to the GCD for helping me discover the inspiration for these comics.

Penguin makes his debut.

A couple of issues in a collage.

I'm not sure of the inspiration for the above, but it might be this issue.

The Man Who Quit Being Human, Parts 1-4.

The above appears to be two covers from his 50's SF adventures. The insignia on his chest is wacky!

Not sure who the villain is in this one, but it is a pretty cool cover!

That's it for Batman Day. See you next year...


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