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Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 1/28/13- Anya Zoe

28 Jan

merida amigurumiI will admit it, I love Disney.  And for all of you other Disney geeks out there, I found an adorable shop.

Anya Zoe hand crafts cute little amigurumi creations of your favorite Disney characters.

But it’s not just Disney that you can find in Anya’s shop.  She also has Vincent Valentine, cthulhu… go check her out today!

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Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 12/18/12- Sunshine Cupcake

18 Dec

disney daenerysI love Game of Thrones.  Daenerys Targaryen is one of my most favorite characters.  On an unrelated note, I also love Disney.  Wait, are they really that unrelated?

To Mona Collentine of Sunshine Cupcake, no, they’re not that unrelated.  In fact, it looks pretty perfect.

You can get this print on a shirt, tank top, even a Raglan long sleeve shirt.  Just go visit today!

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The Return of the King

24 May

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There are things in this life that you just don’t forget. Your parents, close friends, steamy lovers, and even a few select moments of television that heaped over the mindless drivel of advertising. For over a decade there was one section of programming that had a life of its own. And, even today, its mere name has a profound influence over anyone who made it a part of their life. That name is, Toonami.

From March of 1997 to September of 2008, Toonami was Cartoon Network’s primary action lineup. It started airing in the mid-afternoon and featured shows like Thundercats, Voltron, and some crappy Johnny Quest show I never bothered to watch. It was hosted by a CGed Moltar who was also featured at the controls on the also great show “Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast”. Toonami wasn’t just a random string of action shows however. GundamWingThey were set out to, in their own words, “Build a better cartoon show”. Over the next decade Toonami did exactly that by giving us so many great shows, events, and memories on a list that is literally too long to type up. Sadly the last couple years of Toonami featured a downturn in creative changes and programming. There was a major shift in the day-to-day management of Cartoon Network and action programming was side-lined because of their losing battle against Disney for girl viewers. Toonami stopped transmission suddenly on a very sad day in September of ‘08.

But there was a prophecy that Toonami would one day return to us. Thankfully true believers, that day has come. This Saturday, May 26th, Toonami returns as the latter half of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. There is no real word on what will be involved in this return, but surprise has always been half the fun with Toonami. Adult Swim has been airing anime in these timeslots for years, so anime will probably be a major, if not 100%, of the programming. A brief hint of concern hits my gut that this is just a ploy to get people to watch late night Adult Swim programming, but my heart truly hopes this will be as awesome as we remember. Pardon the dust, Toonami has set up shop once again.

Mom's Basement Article about Toonami by Bruce Osborne

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Crime Fighting Altar Boy

24 Mar

Huntress #6 (of 6)

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Paul Levitz has finished reestablishing Huntress into the new DC Universe. Only for us to find out she isn’t in the universe at all. After the story reaches its logical conclusion, this comic ends with a cameo from Power Girl. Turns out they’re partners and their story will continue in the upcoming “World’s Finest” (as previewed last week). Their partnership exists on Earth Two, which is the main line’s neighbor universe, and World’s Finest will be the front runners in the new series of number one issues. I’m sure Earth Two plays into DC’s overall plan for their universe, so we’ll probably see Huntress encountering classic DC heroes soon enough. All it takes is for Flash to fart while he is running really fast and he’ll tear a hole in the dimensional barrier.

Paul Levitz is also writing “World’s Finest”, and combined with the art of George Perez (comic artist since the 70s), WF looks like it might be a pretty good comic. Levitz’s writing is good, but fairly conventional. Huntress was written a little bit crazier and lacking the moral standards of some of her other hero colleagues. Nothing that will blow my socks off like Scott Synder (Batman) or Ed Brubaker (Captain America), but it should still be quality stuff. If Power Girl and Huntress have good chemistry, then WF should shape up nicely. Then after Flash farts, they can both join Black Canary’s team Birds of Prey.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Huntress by Bruce Osborne

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All the Small Things: Studio Ghibli’s Newest Film “The Secret World Of Arrietty” Hits Theatres Tomorrow

16 Feb

Giant cat or tiny person? You can never tell with Studio Ghibli...

Chances are that even if you’re not overly familiar with anime, you’ve probably heard the name Studio Ghibli before, or watched one of their films without knowing it.

Akin to the Disney of Japan, with a huge following around the globe, Studio Ghibli movies have the unique distinction of  being  among the few Japanese films that get widespread release across the United States.

The latest film to grace the silver screen here in the US will be The Secret World Of Arrietty, a re-imagining of the classic English tale The Borrowers. Showing across a record number of 1200 screens, the film will be coming out tomorrow, February 17th.

While some of you may have already seen the Japanese version, or plan to catch The Secret World Of Arrietty after it’s available for at-home viewing, I highly encourage you to go see the film in theaters for a few different reasons. Continue reading

The Ultimate Disney Geek Dining Experience

2 Sep

As you may know, I’m a giant Disney nerd.  I attended the D23 Expo August 19th-21st and it was AWESOME!  But before my family and I attended the Expo we hung out in Disneyland and California Adventure for a few days.  Now, those of you who are fellow Disney geeks surely know about all of the excellent Mickey shaped foods you can get in the park, Mickey Pretzels, Mickey ice cream, when I went to Tokyo Disney there were even Mickey riceballs but, this week at Foodie Fridays I’m bringing you info about Disney food that is so exclusive you probably don’t even know about it yet.  If you do, then I congratulate you!  You are as big of a Disney Nerd as me ^_^

Anyway, this weeks topic is Club 33, a members only club in New Orleans Square that only has 487 members.  The waiting list to gain a membership got so long that they even stopped adding names and the only way to become a member is if a current member gives up their membership, or more likely, dies.  If anyone is curious as to how my family got a reservation, one of my family members works for a company that has a membership.  And, I’m sorry, I can’t make you a reservation.  Thems is the rules. I have been to Club 33 twice before and ventured back again this August.  So without further ado, pictures and more info!

Club 33 Door

This is the entrance to Club 33.  Notice that the Blue Bayou’s entrance is right next store so most people don’t even notice this door, or assume it’s a fake Disney door for ambiance. Club 33 is called Club 33 because it’s address is “33 Royal Street” in New Orleans Square.  Walt Disney wanted to make a special place where he could entertain VIPs and this is how Club 33 was born.  Unfortunately Walt died before it was completed.  If you have a reservation for the restaurant you lift up the little gold shutter to the left of the door and push the button underneath.

Club 33 SpeakerThen the hostess greets you and if she does see your name on the list, opens the door to allow you into the foyer.

Club 33 Foyer

Why yes that is an elevator.

I apologize for the blurry picture, it was sorta dark in there!  There is the hostess at her desk.  To the left are stairs and a french lift.  You can either take the stairs or the french lift up, most people take the latter because it is just way cooler.

Table settings at Club 33This is the table setting.  Fancy napkin, right?  Club 33 is known for having amazing service.  They even refold your napkin every time you get up from your table.

Club 33 Menu

Hmmm what deliciousness shall I eat?

The way that lunch works at Club 33 is there is an appetizer/salad/soup type buffet, you order an entree, and there is a dessert buffet.

Club 33 Salad

Salad, blackberries, cheese, crab claw, aparagus, yummmmm

As you can see I had salad, asparagus, caprese salad, a crab claw, smoked salmon, strawberries and blackberries. There were also assorted pasta salads, soup, bread, and many other types of fish.  I didn’t get some of everything because I wanted to eat my entree. Which was:

Club 33 Filet Mignon

Mmmmmm steak

Filet mignon, with mashed potatoes and vegetables.  It was crazy delicious.  I hardly ever eat steak, I like to save it for these kinds of occasions and it was just awesome.

Club 33 Dessert Buffet

Dessert Buffet

Here is what everyone was waiting for, a picture of the dessert buffet.  Everything is absolutely gorgeous!  As well as being delicious.

I finished off my meal with a cappuccino and then my family and I headed back to our hotel to sleep off our meal before returning to the park for Fantasmic! and rides.

Some other cool stuff about Club 33 is that they sell Club 33 merchandise that is only available in the Club (Disney people love exclusive merchandise) and there are several original concept art pieces for Disneyland as well as for Disney movies.  There are even costume renderings for Mary Poppins.  I hope everyone enjoyed this special adventure update!  If you have any questions, make sure to ask me in the comments!


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