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Image Preview: Madman 20th Anniversary Monster

Image Preview: Madman 20th Anniversary Monster

By SuperginraiX in Previews on November 28, 2011

Celebrate twenty years of Mike Allred's Madman with this book!

Marvel First Looks: Thor #9

Marvel First Looks: Thor #9

By SuperginraiX in Previews on November 28, 2011

Marvel unleashes some preview pages for Thor #9!

The Whatdead: Terry Moore on Rachel Rising #3

The Whatdead: Terry Moore on Rachel Rising #3

By Russ Burlingame in Features on November 28, 2011


Miracle On 34th Street

Miracle On 34th Street

By David Bird in Blog on November 28, 2011

Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)Directed by George Seaton, Starring Maureen O’Hara and EdmundGwennWho doesn’t like Miracle on 34th Street? A hit when it was released in 1947, it's continued to be a Christmas favourite for the last 64 years. Now that the holiday season is inarguably upon us, I thought I would watch my favourite classic holiday film. It starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Kris Kringle discovers the parade’s Santa is drunk and complains to the woman in charge, Doris Walker. Given his white beard, rotund physique, and jolly disposition, he quickly finds himself with a job, one he distinguished himself in by sending Macy’s customers to the competition whenever Macy’s itself can’t provide what they’re looking for. It's a customer service that rebounds very well for the store and raises the question, isn’t there more to Christmas than commercialism?But that’s not what the movie is about. Mrs. Walker is the loving mother of a little girl, Susan, and is raising her to appreciate the real and the practical. Make-believe and fairy tales are not a part of the Walker household. This becomes a problem as Kringle becomes a bigger and bigger part of their lives. You see, he not only believes in Santa, he believes he is Santa. This raises the ire of Granville Sawyer, a personnel employee who fancies himself a psychiatrist. He’s the guy--girl--you know who reads a lot of self-help books and is all too happy to tell you everything that is wrong with you and why. Today he’d host his own show. Through provocations and lies he manages to get Kringle locked up at Bellevue and it's up to Frederick Gailey, a young lawyer who is also a neighbour and love interest for Walker, to get him out. All he has to do is convince the court that Kris Kringle really is Santa Claus.What the movie is really about is trust and faith and belief. About holding out for a world as you believe it should be, even if your life so far has been one of disappointments. The movie is well written--it was nominated for Oscars for writing and best picture, and won one for acting (Edmund Gwenn, who play Kris Kringle)--and it provides many practical explanations for events, while including an O. Henry-esque ending that opens the film to another possible interpretation. It's easy to think that Christmas used to be better. It can be a stressful time for grown ups. Bills and preparations and schedules and more bills. We forget what it was like when we were kids. Or, rather, we assume that back then adults enjoyed the same Christmases we did when we were kids, and don’t realize that they were as stressed as we are now, and that our children are as excited as we were when we were their age. What this movie reminds us is that the holiday can be whatever we choose it to be. There can be a Santa, gift, and festivities, or there can just be a kindly old man in a red suit, but sometimes that kindly old man might just be the real thing.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Miracle On 34th Street

Miracle On 34th Street

By David Bird in Blog on November 28, 2011

Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)Directed by George Seaton, Starring Maureen O’Hara and EdmundGwennWho doesn’t like Miracle on 34th Street? A hit when it was released in 1947, it's continued to be a Christmas favourite for the last 64 years. Now that the holiday season is inarguably upon us, I thought I would watch my favourite classic holiday film. It starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Kris Kringle discovers the parade’s Santa is drunk and complains to the woman in charge, Doris Walker. Given his white beard, rotund physique, and jolly disposition, he quickly finds himself with a job, one he distinguished himself in by sending Macy’s customers to the competition whenever Macy’s itself can’t provide what they’re looking for. It's a customer service that rebounds very well for the store and raises the question, isn’t there more to Christmas than commercialism?But that’s not what the movie is about. Mrs. Walker is the loving mother of a little girl, Susan, and is raising her to appreciate the real and the practical. Make-believe and fairy tales are not a part of the Walker household. This becomes a problem as Kringle becomes a bigger and bigger part of their lives. You see, he not only believes in Santa, he believes he is Santa. This raises the ire of Granville Sawyer, a personnel employee who fancies himself a psychiatrist. He’s the guy--girl--you know who reads a lot of self-help books and is all too happy to tell you everything that is wrong with you and why. Today he’d host his own show. Through provocations and lies he manages to get Kringle locked up at Bellevue and it's up to Frederick Gailey, a young lawyer who is also a neighbour and love interest for Walker, to get him out. All he has to do is convince the court that Kris Kringle really is Santa Claus.What the movie is really about is trust and faith and belief. About holding out for a world as you believe it should be, even if your life so far has been one of disappointments. The movie is well written--it was nominated for Oscars for writing and best picture, and won one for acting (Edmund Gwenn, who play Kris Kringle)--and it provides many practical explanations for events, while including an O. Henry-esque ending that opens the film to another possible interpretation. It's easy to think that Christmas used to be better. It can be a stressful time for grown ups. Bills and preparations and schedules and more bills. We forget what it was like when we were kids. Or, rather, we assume that back then adults enjoyed the same Christmases we did when we were kids, and don’t realize that they were as stressed as we are now, and that our children are as excited as we were when we were their age. What this movie reminds us is that the holiday can be whatever we choose it to be. There can be a Santa, gift, and festivities, or there can just be a kindly old man in a red suit, but sometimes that kindly old man might just be the real thing.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Review: The Strain #1

Review: The Strain #1

By Christian Hoffer in Reviews on November 28, 2011

An advance review of Dark Horse's upcoming comic adaptation of The Strain.

American Horror Story:

American Horror Story: "Rubber Man"

By Tricia Long in Reviews on November 28, 2011

In which we learn that showing some skin does not keep a show from getting highbrow.

Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 11/20/11 - Beyoncé, The Band Perry, and more!

Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 11/20/11 - Beyoncé, The Band Perry, and more!

By Nightfly in Features on November 28, 2011

Nightfly lists his preferred picks among last week's newly released music videos.

Nightfly's TV Week in Review 11/20/11 - Hawaii Five-O, Modern Family, and more!

Nightfly's TV Week in Review 11/20/11 - Hawaii Five-O, Modern Family, and more!

By Nightfly in Features on November 28, 2011

Nightfly lists his preferred picks from primetime TV and the world of entertainment.

Note 2 Self, Poop Hurler!

Note 2 Self, Poop Hurler!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on November 27, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}Dazzle at the specter of insane inaness as Hunter and his merry band of newb collge frosh attempt to trick their way through All Hallows Eve!{/hide_in_full_view}

Review: Origin of the Hobgoblin TPB

Review: Origin of the Hobgoblin TPB

By Zechs in Reviews on November 27, 2011

You knew this review was coming the moment Zechs heard Marvel was re-releasing this!

Angry Citizens: The Devil Is In The Details.

Angry Citizens: The Devil Is In The Details.

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on November 25, 2011

Angry Citizens is back with a special dark interlude drawn by Erick Cruz!  

photojojo: Here’s a 1940s photo of Superman barreling down the...

photojojo: Here’s a 1940s photo of Superman barreling down the...

By xaraan in Blog on November 25, 2011

photojojo: Here’s a 1940s photo of Superman barreling down the road on Thanksgiving Day. Not a bad mug, eh? via dcu Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/13307114918

Why I Love Comics #60: The Dark Horse in the race with Scott Allie

Why I Love Comics #60: The Dark Horse in the race with Scott Allie

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on November 25, 2011

In this edition of the podcast, Eric sits down to chat with Dark Horse editor/writer...

How to fix the Macy's Parade.

How to fix the Macy's Parade.

By Juan Cena in Reviews on November 24, 2011

The Nacireman looks at how Macy's can keep up with the times with its annual Thanksgiving Parade, without looking like it's trying too hard.

Outhouse Roundtable: Thanks, Comics!

Outhouse Roundtable: Thanks, Comics!

By Royal Nonesuch in Features on November 24, 2011

It's Thanksgiving here in The States, and The Nerds of the Roundtable give thanks to the comics themselves.  Here's what we're most grateful for!

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Chapter 8 - Part 4

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Chapter 8 - Part 4

By BKThomson aka Brad Thomson in Webcomics on November 24, 2011

Know Your Enemy

IGW: What I'm Thankful For

IGW: What I'm Thankful For

By Christian Hoffer in Columns on November 24, 2011

IGW returns from hiatus with a list of everything we're grateful for!

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

By Chris in Reviews on November 24, 2011

Guest review Chris takes a look at 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Character Spotlight: Golden Age Sandman

Character Spotlight: Golden Age Sandman

By BKThomson aka Brad Thomson in Features on November 24, 2011

Read about one of the Outhousers' favorite characters in the weekly Character Spotlight! This week, we look at D.C. Comics' Golden Age Sandman!

Indy Hunter 5 Ohh! Interview with Ken Eppstein of Nix Comics Quarterly!!

Indy Hunter 5 Ohh! Interview with Ken Eppstein of Nix Comics Quarterly!!

By J.M. Hunter in Columns on November 23, 2011

Nix Comics and The Outhouse's Indie Insights columnist Ken Eppstein goes a few rounds with Indy Hunter and talks about Nix Comics Quarterly latest kickstarter effort!

The Sixth Gun Almanac: Promoteo's Eyes, Words, and Body

The Sixth Gun Almanac: Promoteo's Eyes, Words, and Body

By Cullen Bunn in Features on November 23, 2011

A new feature! Cullen Bunn showcases some of the weird and fantastical objects seen in his critically acclaimed The Sixth Gun series!

All Hail Breaks Loose When 'Storm War' Premieres This Saturday @9/8c on Syfy!

All Hail Breaks Loose When 'Storm War' Premieres This Saturday @9/8c on Syfy!

By Nightfly in Features on November 23, 2011

Syfy's "Day of Disasters" boasts the premiere of original movie, Storm War, Saturday @9/8c.

Super Reads 167

Super Reads 167

By SuperginraiX in Features on November 22, 2011

The future is now!Today, we check out Fear Itself #7.2: Thor, Battle Scars #1, Journey Into Mystery #631, Point One #1, and Blast to the Past for Tomb of Dracula #3.  Enjoy and spread the word!Spoilers Ahead!

What Outhousers are saying about Comics 7

What Outhousers are saying about Comics 7

By Jeremy Shane in Features on November 22, 2011

What Outhousers are saying about the latest comics to hit the shelves.

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Chapter 8 - Part 3

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Chapter 8 - Part 3

By BKThomson aka Brad Thomson in Webcomics on November 22, 2011

Know Your Enemy

the Outhouse Pirate Podcast #79

the Outhouse Pirate Podcast #79

By BKThomson aka Brad Thomson in Podcasts on November 22, 2011

Canceled Comics, Comic Reviews, TV News, and some Wierd $%#@!  All on episode #79 of the Outhouse Podcast

Ring of Honor on SBG - 11/19/11

Ring of Honor on SBG - 11/19/11

By syxxpakk in Reviews on November 22, 2011

Team Richards EXPLODES~! as Davey Richards faces off with his protege, Kyle O'Reilly!  PLUS: the build to Final Battle 2011 continues!

RUviews: Knowing Is Half The Battle

RUviews: Knowing Is Half The Battle

By GHERU in Columns on November 22, 2011

Spoilers abound in this week's stack: Avengers, Morning Glories, Spaced, Who Is Jake Ellis?, Deadpool, and G.I. Joe: Real American Hero

The Whatdead: Terry Moore on Rachel Rising #2

The Whatdead: Terry Moore on Rachel Rising #2

By Russ Burlingame, Outhouse Contributor in Features on November 21, 2011

Terry Moore sits down with the Outhouse's Russ Burlingame to discuss the latest issue of Rachel Rising!

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