Monday, September 24, 2012

The Nintendo 64 Expansion Pak. Ugh.

You can call me many things. I'm a Green Lantern fanboy, a Jean-Claude Van Damme fanatic, a professional wrestling fan, and most importantly for this post, a retrogamer. Sure I try to keep up with the most current games, but there has been so much good stuff made, I just can't let go.

I am currently in the process of getting my Nintendo 64 set up again. This brings back a lot of great memories. However, all it takes is one bad memory and everything goes to shit. I can't look at a Nintendo 64 without being reminded of that... thing. The god damn expansion pak.

It was Christmas Eve. The year was 2000. I was 16 years young. I asked for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for Christmas. Arguably, the dumbest Zelda game of all time (argued by me, that is). But I digress.

My family has the tradition of opening up presents on Christmas Eve after dinner. I'm sure it has to do with the fact that me and my brother are impatient and probably tortured our parents when we were children. We finished dinner, went over to the Christmas Tree, and opened our presents. All I cared about was Zelda. I love Zelda. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the predecessor of Majora's Mask, was all I played for months. So I was ready to spend all Christmas Eve night and Christmas day playing some Zelda.


N64 expansion pak
I didn't. I couldn't. I didn't realize that Majora's Mask required the expansion pak, which was a RAM upgrade for the Nintendo 64. So there I was, Christmas Eve night, with a Zelda game that I couldn't play for the next 2 days! Stores weren't open on Christmas Day. What was I supposed to do? Be miserable. That's what. And that's what I did, for 12 years. I'm 28 now, and I'm still sick over it.

Nintendo, you've brought me so many years of fun and great memories and you continue to do so. But I will always hate your guts. 

Expansion pak. What a crock of shit.

Monday, September 17, 2012

FAT Illustrations - The Fat Daredevil

Today's FAT Illustration is another from our old friend blynch316!

Enhanced sense of smell makes it easier for him to find food. I'm jealous.
Thanks, blynch316! You're putting your iPad to good use. This is spectacular!

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character, integrate The Fat Lantern into it somehow, and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Limited Edition Green Lantern Sinestro Bust

It has been advertised in DC Comics for months. Now, I am extremely happy to announce that it will be a part of my collectibles display forever. May I present to you, the Green Lantern Sinestro bust.


This sculpture is part of the Heroes of the DC Universe: Blackest Night bust line and was sculpted by James Shoop. It's about 6 inches tall, similar in size to the White Lantern Sinestro bust. It's an online exclusive so you can only find it at DC Entertainment. The statue is porcelain and hand-painted. I am truly in awe of the detail and how amazing this piece of art looks.


Green Lantern Thaal Sinestro of Space Sector 1417, welcome to The Fat Lantern Corps!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The New 52: A Year Later


It's been a year since the start of DC Comics The New 52. DC had the guts to relaunch every single title at issue #1. It was a bold move, but I've been enjoying it for the most part. Earlier this year, my DC subscription was pretty light (As discussed in "3 of The New 52"). Since then I've picked up a few more titles per month.

I still subscribe to Justice League, Green Lantern, and Green Lantern: New Guardians. I now also subscribe to Green Lantern Corps, The Flash, Earth 2, and World's Finest. I was subscribing to Blue Beetle for the Green Lantern: New Guardians/Blue Beetle crossover (which I absolutely loved), but I decided to drop Blue Beetle shortly afterwards.

I'm happy with my current subscription. Personally, I think Green Lantern and Earth 2 have the strongest stories. However, my personal favorites are Green Lantern: New Guardians and World's Finest. I'm a sucker for comics that focus on the emotional spectrum, and Huntress and Power Girl are just badass together.

This leads me to today's topic: In the past year, which DC comics have you dropped AND which DC comics have you picked up?

Please comment with your contributions!

Monday, September 10, 2012

FAT Illustrations - "The Warring Factions in the Mind of Ryan Reynolds"

Today's FAT Illustration comes from reader James Clark!


Thanks, James! You went an extra step and created a whole FAT scenario. I love it!

Check out more from James here!

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character, integrate The Fat Lantern into it somehow, and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Green Lantern Annual #1: Thoughts?

*This post contains spoilers*

It has been a year since the start of DC Comics New 52 and I must say, I am a huge fan. Specifically, I love the current Geoff Johns Green Lantern series and I think that it's some of the best comic book material I've ever read.

What's not to love? Sinestro is a Green Lantern again. He's teaming up with Hal Jordan. Black Hand broke free from the Indigo Tribe, got his black ring back, and is gunning for Hal Jordan. The Guardians are being complete dicks and planning to destroy the Green Lantern Corps to form the mysterious "Third Army" that they think they can use to keep the galaxy safe. The Green Lantern series is jam-packed.

One aspect to The New 52 that has been both fun and frustrating is the level of mystery. There are so many questions I have about so many characters. I have to admit, I get annoyed from time to time just because there is so much going on and I want a little more spelled out for me. Fear not! The past year will be all tied together and some of my questions will be answered because Green Lantern Annual #1 is here! I mean, that is what comic book annuals are for, right?

I thought so. Unfortunately, Green Lantern Annual #1 was one of those comic books that left me frustrated and wanting things to be spelled out more. Don't get me wrong, I think the annual really progressed the story and was an interesting issue. But it didn't feel like an annual. It left me feeling more confused about the current Green Lantern storyline. Here are some of the questions Green Lantern Annual #1 raised:
  • The Guardians release this being known as "The First Lantern" out of something called "The Chamber of Shadows". Who is The First Lantern? I don't know. Why was he locked in The Chamber of Shadows? Not sure.
  • The Guardians help Black Hand in a fight against Hal Jordan and Sinestro. He wins the fight. The Green Lantern Rings say that they are "deceased", then say "error". Are Hal Jordan and Sinestro dead? It looks like it, but I can't be sure.
  • Black Hand gets locked in The Chamber of Shadows by The Guardians. They say that they will keep him there "until he is needed". Until he is needed for what? I have no idea.
  • The Guardians harness energy from The First Lantern and use their own flesh to create these huge creatures. What are these new monsters that The Guardians formed and what are they capable of? Who knows!?
I want to reiterate that I absolutely love current Green Lantern and I think the annual is a good issue. I also like having a certain level of suspense when I read. I just don't think the annual tied loose ends, which is what I was expecting. The Flash Annual #1, on the other hand, did exactly that. Although I don't think the current Flash series has as strong of a story as Green Lantern, The Flash Annual #1 recapped everything that has happened in the past 12 issues in a fun, action-packed comic. I highly recommend picking up both Green Lantern Annual #1 and The Flash Annual #1.

Let's discuss!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Golden Rule of New Comic Book Day

Do not talk about new comic books on new comic book day.

I am an avid user of Twitter (If you are not following me, I'm @TheFatLantern). I think it's a great way to connect with people all over the globe and discuss similar interests. I'm proud of the fact that I've developed such a great network of people that I can talk to about comics, retrogaming, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and all of my daily complaints (Seriously, go follow me on Twitter, you're missing out).

Twitter is not the only site that allows for this. There's Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Goodreads, and many others. The problem with websites that are open forums is that people don't respect the concept of secrecy and suspense.

What am I trying to say? To the people on these social networking sites: STOP SPOILING COMIC BOOK PLOTS ON NEW COMIC BOOK DAY. Every Wednesday, new comic books are released, and every Wednesday, I see people openly discussing these new comic books. First of all, different time zones exist throughout the world. So a comic book being released in one location will not even be out in other locations. Second, there are people who can not get to a comic book shop first thing in the morning, so they won't even get a chance to sit down and read new comics until later at night. Third, some people just might not be able to read their comics on new comic book day.

If you want to discuss new comics with your buddies on new comic book day, talk all day and night. But don't go into an open crowd, which is what Twitter essentially is, and scream spoilers at everyone. There's a reason why you have to turn the page of a comic to progress through the story. Otherwise, comics would be big posters that have the entire plot spelled out for all to look at and be indifferent towards.

Of course, it's new comic book day, so you want to talk about comics. But how about comments like "Wow, this issue of Green Lantern was crazy!" or "Oh my gosh, can you believe how good this week's  Iron Man was!?" This would allow you to get your opinion out there without spoiling it for the people who haven't read their comics. All I'm asking is that you give a 24 hour grace period before you start discussing specifics.

I love connecting with people on Twitter, especially about comics. But if you talk about new comics on new comic book day, I'm blocking your ass.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan

Yesterday, we lost a great actor, Michael Clarke Duncan. From the first time I saw him I always enjoyed his work because of his unique voice and my obsession with people that are huge and muscular. Some of my favorite performances of his include the bouncer in "A Night at the Roxbury", Attar in "Planet of the Apes", Balthazar in "The Scorpion King", Kingpin in "Daredevil", and Lucius in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby". However, in my opinion nothing was as fitting as his voice for the role of Kilowog in "Green Lantern".



Regardless of his movie credits, it really just sucks that we lost such an awesome guy.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fat Illustrations - King of the Seven Seafoods

Today's FAT Illustration is another fun one from blynch316!

"Just...one...more...shrimp..."

Thanks, blynch316! You really have a knack for drawing fat superheroes.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character, integrate The Fat Lantern into it somehow, and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.