Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Best Of Caption Figures #71-75!

Caption Figures is a weekly activity here at The Fat Lantern where I take pictures of my action figures and ask you (the reader) to come up with your own captions. Thank you to everyone who participated! Here are the best reader captions for Caption Figures #71-75!

Caption Figures #71

Chris Feeney: Jake - "Wow from this angle you can really tell those buns of steel videos are really working"

Caption Figures #72

Flodo Span: Flash - "Hey, QuickDraw. So you think you're fast, do you?"

Caption Figures #73

Keith Frank: "This is a julienne cut! The box said brunoise! Damnit, Ronco!"

Caption Figures #74
Adam Snape: "AND IIIIIII WIIILL AAAALWAAAAYSSSS LOOOVEE YOOOU!" "Get off me! That's my arm, not a microphone!"

Caption Figures #75

Christopher Williams: Stone Cold - "Kevin, please, come back. We can work this out." Kevin Nash - "I..I can't...*sob*...I can't do this anymore Steven. I have to go." Stone Cold - "Kevin...noooo!"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vulkostry.com

From the makers of Ancestry.com comes the newest form of unveiling your horrific past. Discover your family history and start your family tree with Vulkostry.com. Whether you like it or not, you'll be signed up and the truth about your ancestors will be revealed to you.

From Aquaman #24 (2013)
Your entire world will be shattered. Everything you thought was up will now be down. Left will be right. Cats will be dogs.

There is absolutely no downside to researching the history of your ancestors. It's a great idea. Absolutely no harm or horror can come from it. I am not being sarcastic. Not at all. Not one bit. Not. One. Bit.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 Predictions

Tonight is the WWE pay-per-view (PPV) Hell in a Cell. There has been a lot of build-up, especially hyping the return of John Cena and the crowning of a new WWE champion. I'm excited to see the outcome. Here are my WWE Hell in a Cell predictions.

Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel vs. Big E Langston (Intercontinental Championship Match)

Let's see. Big E Langston was in the main event on Smackdown and Curtis Axel wasn't even on the show.

Winner: Big E Langston (New Intercontinental Champion)

Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans

They probably want to keep the momentum going for Los Matadores. Plus, The Real Americans, in my opinion, are not a great tag team. Antonio Cesaro should be on his own. So I think Los Matadores are going to take this one.

Winners: Los Matadores

Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship Match)

I think Tamina is going to get involved to help AJ but end up costing her the title.

Winner: Brie Bella

Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos

Cody Rhodes and Goldust are white hot right now. I doubt they'd lose the straps so soon. However, The Usos are a great tag team and also fan favorites. This is a tough one. I'd say Cody and Goldust are going to win this time, but The Usos are due for a title run real soon.

Winners: Cody Rhodes and Goldust

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

John Cena needs to come back with a bang. Alberto Del Rio is a fighting champion, but he's not as over with the crowd as a World Heavyweight champ should be. I think this is going to be a great match and Cena is going to come out on top.

Winner: John Cena (New World Heavyweight Champion)

CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman (Handicap Hell in a Cell Match)

I don't see where else they could go with this angle. They're probably going to have some violent spots with the cell. CM Punk is going to take a lot of damage but win and leave Paul Heyman as a bloody mess in the middle of the ring.

Winner: CM Punk

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee (WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match)

The Big Show will absolutely get involved. I think he's going to try to help out Daniel Bryan but get a boot to the face by Shawn Michaels. This at first will look like Shawn Michaels is turning on Bryan, until Triple H tries to get involved to help Orton and also gets a Super Kick to the face. Then everyone will see that Shawn Michaels just wants a fair match. They're trying really hard to make us think that Shawn Michaels is going to side with Triple H and turn on Daniel Bryan, which makes me think that it won't happen. But he also won't screw Orton over.

At this point, they've dragged this on long enough. If Daniel Bryan doesn't win fair and square this time, I don't think he'll ever have credibility as the WWE Champion.

Winner: Daniel Bryan (New WWE Champion)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Caption Figures #75

Please comment with a caption for this picture! I'll pick my favorite caption and feature it in a "best of" post.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

2013 New York Comic Con Wrap-up

Wow, what a weekend. It's been almost 2 weeks since I went to Comic Con and I'm still amped up from it. I was there October 11th-13th. This was my first time attending New York Comic Con and I had a blast. Earlier this week, I told the tale of me meeting my life-long idol, Hulk Hogan. Yesterday, I spoke a bit about cosplay. Now, I'd like to share the rest of my experience in a more abbreviated form. So here we go.

The first thing I saw (besides cosplay) when I walked into the Javits Center was a sign advertising wrestlers. That, of course, peaked my interest. I went over to the table and holy shit! Tito Santana, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake! No offense to Tito and "The Hammer", but I had to snap a picture of me holding my Intercontinental Championship belt with Brutus.

Me and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
I had a photo op with Jason David Frank. That was really sweet because I was obsessed with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a kid. Everyone loved the Green/White Ranger, including me. He's such a nice guy and extremely appreciative of his fans. Plus, he totally stole the show when he came out. Everyone went nuts. Unfortunately, I didn't get in line for his autograph session and only chose the photo op. I say unfortunately because I found out that the photo ops are super quick. You barely have time to say "Nice to meet you." However, it was still great to finally meet Jason David Frank and it was a bit nostalgic for me.

Me and Jason David Frank
I picked up the DC Comics New York Comic Con exclusive Hal Jordan/Saint Walker action figure 2-pack. I'm probably going to keep these in the box. I'm not big on storing action figures in their original boxes, but since these are small and New York Comic Con exclusives, I'll keep them in there.


I walked around and saw pretty much every vendor. There were a ton of toy vendors. One guy had some beaten up, used action figures for cheap. That's what I like to see. So I bought a Stone Cold Steve Austin figure and an nWo Wolfpac Kevin Nash action figure.

Stunner on Nash! Stunner on Nash! Stunner on Nash!
Hornswoggle!
Kane!
I went to the panel "WWE Studios Presents Halloween Horror". This was awesome because I got to see Kane (Glenn Jacobs) and Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) in person. They showed clips from the upcoming See No Evil 2 (Kane's movie) and Leprechaun: Origins (Hornswaggle's movie). A couple of tidbits from the Q&A portion: Kane was asked if he misses his old wrestling gimick, Isaac Yankem, and he laughed and said "No, not at all." A little kid asked Kane who he's fighting at this Sunday's WWE Pay-Per-View Hell in a Cell and he responded "Hey, you weren't supposed to know that..." It was a really fun panel overall.

I was really, really tired by the end of the weekend. I learned that you can't just keep going for 3 days straight. You have to stop, drink some water, eat some food, and sit down. I let my excitement get the better of me and I couldn't feel my legs by the end of the weekend. It was, however, totally worth it.

If you go back and read my New York Comic Con preparation blog post, you can see that I accomplished everything I wanted to and more. Next year, I'm going to put some more focus on the comic aspect of the Con. I was a bit distracted this year, you know, meeting The Hulkster and all. I encourage you to check out all of my photos from New York Comic Con (including the celebrities I spotted!) I can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cosplay: A New Found Respect

The idea of dressing up in costumes always seemed exciting to me. Halloween is probably my favorite time of year for many reasons, specifically the fun, creative costumes. What I've been learning more and more over the years is that dressing up isn't just for Halloween. Cosplay has become wildly popular for all sorts of occasions.

I always thought cosplay was cool, but to me it was just dressing up, like Halloween. I don't think I truly understood it until I went to this year's New York Comic Con. This was my first Comic Con and I was surprised to see that the cosplayers were superstars. Kids wanted to take pictures with them, adults wanted to take pictures of them (There were two people who wanted take a picture of me and the only thing I was wearing that was out of the ordinary was my WWF Intercontinental Championship belt.) The dedication that people put into their costumes at Comic Con was unbelievable. The costumes ranged from simple to extremely complex. A lot of these costumes weren't exactly available at Party City either. People took a lot of time to make them. I never realized that people actually do paper mache just to make a costume look authentic. I was seriously impressed.

But it's not just about what the costume looks like. Cosplay is also about having a presence. People really commit to the character. If you want to pose for a picture next to someone dressed as The Joker, for example, be prepared for to stand next to The Joker. They aren't going to murder you. That's not what I'm saying. What I mean is they will talk and act like The Joker, mannerisms and all.

I took pictures of my favorite cosplay from this year's New York Comic Con:

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(You can also check them out on Flickr or The Fat Lantern Facebook page.)

So I am here to go on record as saying that I support cosplay. Who knows? Maybe I'll join in on the fun at the next New York Comic Con...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meeting Hulk Hogan

Before I begin, I just want to say that this blog post will not do my thoughts and feelings about Hulk Hogan justice. So this is an attempt at trying to express how strongly I feel about Hulkamania. People say they're Hulk Hogan's biggest fan. I've seen tattoos. I've seen car decals. People travel across the globe to see him. I'm not in competition with anyone over who's the biggest fan. But I'm telling you right now, for what he meant to me throughout my life, in my eyes, I am the biggest Hulkamaniac ever.

When you're a kid, you tend to idolize people who seem larger than life. Well not only is Hulk Hogan physically larger than life, being a huge, bodybuilder sized wrestler, but his character is also larger than life. Hulk Hogan is one of the most influential professional wrestlers of all time. But he's more than that to me. To me, he's been my idol. I'm not just a fan of Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan has had an extremely positive influence on my life. Growing up, I followed the demandments of Hulkamania: Train hard, say your prayers, eat your vitamins, and believe in yourself. I'm an adult now and Hulkamania is still a huge motivation for me, specifically on my fitness training. It's not just a wrestling gimmick.

Hulk Hogan's career started in the 70's, but it wasn't until the 80's, when he beat The Iron Sheik for the WWF Heavyweight Championship, that Hulkamania was born. That was 1984, the year I was born. I've been following his career since then. Yes. That's right. My father and older brother would watch wrestling with me sitting there as a baby. I grew up watching wrestling and have never stopped.

When Hulk Hogan entered the arena, everyone would get out of their chairs and just start screaming. In the ring, he could deliver something as simple as a clothesline and everyone would go nuts. No wrestling move will ever be as electrifying to me as his signature move, the Leg Drop. Watching the footage of him dropping the leg on Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III in 1987 still gives me goose bumps.

If I tried to recap Hulk Hogan's entire career, I'd be typing for days. So I'm not going to do that. Just trust me when I say that I have been there for all of it and to this day, I'm still a believer in Hulkamania, obsessed with red and yellow, wearing my nWo shirt, and throwing up the "4 life" to anyone who knows it. I was born a Hulkamaniac.

Hollywood Hogan
When I heard that Hulk Hogan was scheduled to be a guest at New York Comic Con this year, I was excited but discouraged. In my mind, there was no way that I would be able to afford to meet him (because I thought the price would be astronomical), and I figured I would get shut out. Thankfully, the cost turned out to be reasonable. But I was anxious about the possibility of being shut out up to the day of his arrival.

Now, I'm sure a lot of you are wondering "What the hell was Hulk Hogan doing at Comic Con?" My answer to that is this: I. Don't. Care. I know that it's a comic book convention at heart and I should take advantage of the comic book-related activities, but I put all of my focus on meeting The Hulkster. I've gotten a whole bunch of opportunities to meet all sorts of comic book creators. I have lived almost 30 years of my life and this was the first (and I'm expecting the only) chance I've ever gotten to meet Hulk Hogan.

My position in line
On Saturday, October 12th, I arrived at the Javits Center where New York Comic Con was being held and went right to where Hulk Hogan would be signing later that day. I arrived about 2 hours early and I was pretty close to the front of the line. I was so happy that I was giddy. I couldn't believe it. It was going to happen. I could feel it. I could feel Hulkamania runnin' wild!

As I stood there wearing my nWo shirt and yellow-strap Intercontinental Championship belt, I thought of what to say to him. What do you say to someone you've idolized for 30 years? I didn't even know how much time I'd get to speak. Or, even worse, if I'd be too nervous to speak at all.

Hulk Hogan at New York Comic Con!
The time dragged on and finally, it happened. He arrived, and I was standing just a few feet away from The Hulkster. He came out and everyone went nuts. It was really him! He milked the crowd for a little while, posing and getting some cheap pops. At one point, he cracked open a 5-Hour Energy, held it up, and drank it. Everyone went crazy. That was weird. But who cares, Hulkamania was runnin' wild in New York City!

Me meeting Hulk Hogan
He started signing, and I was nervous. Really nervous. I got up to him, he looked at me, he held his hand out to shake my hand, and there it was. I shook his hand and met Hulk Hogan. I knew that this was a once in a life-time opportunity, so I decided to disregard how much time I thought I had and tell him a story that means a lot to me. Here it is:

My Hulk Hogan Wrestling Buddy
When I was 6 years old, I had to have major heart surgery. After I got out of the hospital, my parents gave me a Hulk Hogan Wrestling Buddy and said "This is to protect you in bed at night". (I don't know if it was so Hogan could leg drop some ghosts or to have the pillow physically protect me from falling out of bed so I wouldn't rupture my wound.) Well, that Wrestling Buddy has stayed on my bed at my parents' house my entire life and it is still there today. So Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania were there for me early on, and continue to be to this day.

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When I told Hulk Hogan about this, he was genuinely taken aback and seemed to really appreciate how special it was to me and still is. I had him sign my Hulkamania bandana and he insisted on signing my nWo shirt. Not only that, but he signed it "Hollywood Hogan 4 Life". I was not expecting that. I'm nWo 4 life and that is just the coolest (I have to buy a new nWo shirt though. I'm not complaining).
Signed Hulkamania Bandana

But wait! There's more! I also had a ticket to get a photo op with The Hulkster. So later that day I got to take a really sweet picture Hulking it up with him. I've met a bunch of famous people over the years, and I am not saying this because he is the person I'd want to meet most on earth. He was the nicest famous person I have ever met, and the entire day was perfect. My 30-year long dream came true.


nWo 4 life - Hulkamania 4 ever

Monday, October 14, 2013

New York Comic Con 2013 Photos

Wow, what a weekend! I spent Friday thru Sunday having a blast at New York Comic Con. I have a lot of stories that I want to write about, especially me meeting my life-long idol, Hulk Hogan. However, I won't be around much this week to write it all up. So for now, please take a look at all of the fun, crazy pictures I took at New York Comic Con. I'll get to the stories next week!

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New York Comic Con 2013, a set on Flickr.

You can also check these pictures out at The Fat Lantern Facebook page!