Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Carving Contest Deadline

Don’t forget to share photographs of your pumpkins for the Nerd-O-Lantern Contest. Upload the photos to the Fanboy Wife facebook fan page or post a link by Friday, November 5th.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ash’s Underpants

I never thought I’d see the day when photos of my husband’s underwear were posted on the internet, yet here it is and it’s my fault.
 
 
For Ash’s birthday, he was wanted many nerdy things, which included more Ghostbusters apparel. They wouldn’t be so bad, except the placement of the “no ghost” log on the back disturbs me.
 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wrestling

 
Even though many of Ash’s friends share in his nerd-dom, they don’t all just read comic books, watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and tape their glasses. A few of his friends are really into professional wrestling. Ash wrestled when he was a kid, and he likes to watch it on TV occasionally, but I am very thankful that he doesn’t follow wrestling with as much fervor like he does with Doctor Who.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DC Price Drop

Fanboys nationwide are rejoicing because DC is going to decrease the cost of their comics from $3.99 to $2.99. Does this mean that my husband will take his savings and finally start a savings account? I’m pessimistic. At best, he’s going to take the extra money and buy a few extra comics. At worst, he’s going to double his amount of purchases and I’m going to get stuck paying more than my share of the bills each month.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thor

 
Ash has been getting in touch with his Norwegian heritage lately. He brushed up on his family history, eats lingonberry preserves, and reads Thor. At least he isn’t trying to serve pickled herring for dinner!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Stripper Ghostbusters Costume

I love Halloween, and Ash and I host a party each year so we can watch scary movies, eat candy, and wear costumes. Because I usually sew our costumes, we often only buy decorations when we go shopping this time of year.
  
Now, I know that a lot of women chose to dress up as strippers for Halloween, but it seems to be getting worse and worse each year. Ash and I recently went to the local seasonal Halloween store and passed through the women’s costumes to get to the decorations, and the first thing Ash noticed was a women’s Ghostbusters stripper costume. Ash pointed it out and said, “Let’s get Ghostbusters costumes this year.” I told him, “I don’t think it comes in your size.” Besides, he has enough Ghostbusters clothing.

 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy

Pearl Forrester was Dr. Forester’s mother, but she liked TV’s Frank more. She also liked Crow, but called him Art. Anyway, Pearl appeared on MST3K from time to time until the show was moved to the Sci-Fi Channel. After the move, she became the main antagonist.
 
(Drawing by Fanboy Wife.)
 
At first, she was on a planet where “apes evolved from man” and after it was destroyed, she acquired Professor Bobo as a sidekick. Even though Bobo was a distinguished professor of anthropology, he had a red butt and poor hygiene.
 
The other sidekick is Observer, who was a pale alien that kept his brain in a dish. Observer was omnipotent, but he suffered from body odor (even though he insists that he doesn’t have a body.) He often went by the name “Brain Guy” instead of Observer.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cowboy Ninja Viking Book

  
On the back of one of Ash’s comics, I saw an advertisement for the Cowboy Ninja Viking trade paperback. I am so glad that Ash had the clarity of thought to remember that he did not enjoy reading the comics and resisted the urge to purchase the book.
 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fanboy Finances

If you find yourself in a relationship with a fanboy and it looks like it could turn into marriage, think about what your future financial situation will be like. I didn’t have the luxury of knowing that Ash was going to turn into a fanboy when we decided to get married, but I hope that doesn’t happen too often to other people.
 
  
Anyway, you might want to make sure that your fanboy is good enough at math to balance his bank account or he has a very nice job so he has a lot of disposable income. Otherwise, you will need to shoulder the financial responsibilities and transfer money into his bank account so he can pay all of his bills because he squanders all of his money on superhero t-shirts and comics. This will result in bitterness and cause you to write passive-aggressive notes about him to post on the internet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MST3K 20th Anniversary Set

The 13th boxed set of Mystery Science Theater 3000 coincided with the 20th anniversary. It was also the first set produced by Shout Factory. It contains First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf, and Future War. It also came with a Crow T. Robot torso, mini posters, and a metal box.
 
 
First Spaceship on Venus is the only Joel episode in this set, it is pretty forgettable. I had to watch it several times before I could even recall the gist of the plot. It’s about a crew of humans and an annoying robot that venture to Venus, as the title indicates. When they get there, they set off some ooze and discover a sprout that proved that life existed on Venus. I think there was a message about not destroying ourselves in there too.

Laserblast is pretty terrible too, but it’s the last episode that aired on Comedy Central. Dr. Forrester ran out of funding, and the Satellite of Love was left to drift in space. As the ship neared a black hole, things got very strange. There’s even a scene where Mike was dressed as the Captain Janeway from Star Trek. Dr. Forrester was turned into a star baby at the end, and Mike and the robots turned into pure energy.
 
The “best” movie in the set is Werewolf. It’s so bad it’s good. I can watch this episode over and over again, and I do and it drives Ash crazy. This film is about an incompetent archaeology team that discovers a werewolf skeleton, which results in the creation of several new werewolves. It seemed to me that most of the actors learned their lines phonetically because it’s obvious that English wasn’t their first language and they didn’t understand what they were saying. Mike and the robots sang about werewolves, but my favorite part was when Mike turned into a Werecrow.
 
Future War is the last movie, and it’s a little easier to watch than First Spaceship on Venus. It’s about an ex-hooker who wanted to be a nun, and she befriended a human slave from space. This space person was chased down by aliens and rubber dinosaurs, and the nun and her entourage had to fight the antagonists.
 
Since my husband is a fanboy, he enjoyed the bonus features in this set the most. He liked the watching all of the interviews about the history of MST3K, but his favorite part was the panel at the 2008 Comic-Con. 
 
 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Nerd-o-Lantern Contest


Because I love Halloween, I’ve decided to host a Jack-o-Lantern contest this year. All you need to do to enter is carve a superhero/fanboy/sci-fi pumpkin, upload the photo to my fan page on facebook, and wait anxiously for the results! (If you don’t have a facebook account, post the photo on your own blog and put the link to it in the comments.) The deadline to enter is October 31st, and I’ll announce the winner in early November. The winner will receive a pile of nerdy things that Ash donated and a kazoo!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hawkman’s New Origin

  
Ash said that he figured out the new origin story of Hawkman (his head’s a hawk), but he won’t tell me. He said that he can’t talk to me about Hawkman because I am insistent that his head is a hawk, and it makes all conversation futile. Even when I asked very nicely, Ash chose not to clue me in on the new beginnings of Hawkman.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The 5 Doctors


While I haven’t watched The Five Doctors, I have had the “pleasure” of listening to Ash talk about it. The only story I can recall about this DVD is that they couldn’t get Tom Baker (A.K.A. “Doctor Scarf”) to participate. Instead, they used old clips of him in the show. The best part of this story is from when they wanted to do a group photo to promote the show. Ash wanted me to guess how they solved the problem with the missing Doctor, and I figured they had used a cardboard cutout because this was long before the days of Photoshop. I was wrong, but I was close. Ash said they used a wax model of Doctor Scarf in the photo and it made everyone feel awkward and uncomfortable!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Old School Batman Logo

   
I bought Ash a new Batman shirt because he asked very nicely. He was a little offended when I asked if it was the Adam West logo.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV’s Frank

(Drawing by Fanboy Wife.)
    
The first adversary on the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 was Dr. Clayton Forrester. He was a mad scientist that worked at Gizmonic Institute with green classes and a mustache. Since he was evil, he launched the hapless Joel Robison into space. Not only did he force Joel to watch horrible movies as an evil experiment, he also ran the Invention Exchange.
   
Dr. Forrester also tormented his assistants. His first assistant was Dr. Larry Erhardt, but he was replaced with TV’s Frank after he left the show. TV’s Frank is evil, but dumb. He also managed to survive many odd experiments performed on him. In the end, Frank ascended to henchmen heaven. Dr. Forrester turned into a star child, and had to be raised to an adult again, but his own mother killed him.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

No More Weekend Entries

Since I don’t get a lot of traffic on the weekend, I’ve decided not to add any new entries on Saturday and Sundays. You are free to complain the comments section or on my fan page, and I can always change my mind later, but I could use a break for now.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Reason #124 Why I Don’t Read Comics

 
I’m worried that if I start reading comics it will only encourage Ash to buy even more comics! He would probably even insist that we each own our own copies.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Flash Cakes

Even though the Flash Cakes appear to be a less vile snack than the Green Lantern’s Glo Balls, the box is deceiving. The yellow sprinkles are melted into red frosting, and they don’t taste as good as the regular cupcakes. Maybe the secret ingredient is shame.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Future Wife

 
Iris Allen is Barry Allen’s wife, and she just found out she’s from the 30th century. She was sent to the past because she’s the last of her kind, and she didn’t remember. Ash is now convinced that I am from the future.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another Renaissance Festival

I was able to drag Ash with me to a Renaissance fair over the weekend with promises of a smoked turkey leg. I was able to spot everything on the Renaissance Festival Scavenger Hunt except the chainmail bikini, which was a relief.

 (Photo of the madrigal singers taken by Ash, who didn’t want to take a picture of the upsetting codpiece.)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Green Lantern’s Balls

 
Ash was so excited to go grocery shopping so he could buy snack cakes with the Green Lantern’s image on the box. The Green Lantern’s Glo Balls are cream filled chocolate cupcakes covered with marshmallow goo and green coconut. Ash was already sick of my jokes before we even finished putting the groceries away.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Impressionist Rob

Ever since the Renaissance, artists have been training in the academic style and striving to paint realistically. However, at the end of the 19th century the invention of photography changed the art world. Some artists thought, “Why should we paint realistically now that we have cameras?” Even though these artists knew how to paint in the traditional style, a few of them rebelled and started to paint in a new way.

One of the first modern styles of art was Impressionism. They would often paint outside and capture their surroundings quickly, and they would leave their brushstrokes visible. The Impressionists were rejected from the Salon in Paris, France. Many of the critics thought that they were bad artists, but some realized that the Impressionists were just experimenting in a new way of seeing the world.


Robby Liefatt was an artist that lived during this change in art, and he really liked the idea that some artists were breaking away from the academic tradition because he didn’t want to have to learn how to draw realistically anyway. Regrettably, he didn’t understand that in order to create good Modern art, artists should learn how to draw and paint realistically first. He also didn’t bother to travel to France to study with the Impressionist artists. Instead, Robby Liefatt made this portrait of Mary Cassatt, as well as many other works, after briefly seeing pictures by other artists.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Renaissance Rob Part III

Robonardo da Liefeld was yet another ancestor in Rob Liefeld’s family tree. He was another Italian Renaissance artist who spurned formal education and clung to the artistic ideas from the Middle Ages. He liked the strong outlines, and he especially liked the denial of the human form. Regrettably, artists during the Renaissance were held to the highest standards and if they couldn’t recreate reality on canvas they were considered bad at their trade.


Even though Robonardo da Liefeld had a chance to paint Mona Lisa, he was never accepted by his peers.