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Captain Action News Out Of Chicago

The sleek new CA packaging

I don’t need to go into the long history of Captain Action and PopCult here. I’ve been writing about the toy since my first month blogging.

Things are progressing very nicely with the new revival of the classic 1960’s action figure line. The good Captain will continue to stalk toy store shelves and he will continue to have cool uniform sets that will allow him to be dressed as classic super heroes, all thanks to Captain Action Enterprises and Round 2 Corp.

However, out of the C2E2 Expo in Chicago last weekend, we have even more exciting info on new uniforms, new figures, a new comic book series and an animated show.

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Radio Free Charleston 184, “Sherlock Shirt,” was shot all over the city of Charleston and features the RFC debuts of both The Carpenter Ants and Time and Distance. Plus we have a song from Joseph Hale (in a music video by Murfmeef) and a preview of the Alban Arts Center production of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” as well as brand new animation from Frank Panucci. 

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Monday Morning Art: More BSG

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Last week we brought you images from when Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School took on Battlestar Galactica with Kitty Killton and Leo Tuxedo. This week we have three more. Above you see Leo Tuxedo decked out in mission gear. After the jump, you’ll see a painting of two Colonial Warriors on leave, and a comic look at Kitty as Starbuck. Click the images to enlarge them.

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A Balanced Review

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If you’ve been reading PopCult the last couple of weeks, you know that I’ve been pimping the heck out of The Alban Arts Center production of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance.”

I’m close to the production. My fiancee is in it. Friends are involved with it. I have a fondness for The Alban. Due to my biases, I can’t claim to write an objective review.

However, the review published by The Charleston Gazette can hardly claim objectivity, either. Autumn Hopkins, the reviewer, turned in one of the most brutal, and I would say unfair, reviews I’ve ever seen published in Charleston.

She apparently lets her intense hatred of the play cloud her mission of judging how well this local production deals with the work. If you know going in that you hate a play, there are two professional ways to handle it. First, you can decline the assignment. I’ve done it, and continue to do it when I don’t want to crank out a hatchet job just for the sake of being a jerk.

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Tonight’s video are a couple of tunes from The Carpenter Ants Live At Trackside session.  Above you have “Save My Soul” while below you’ll find “Monkey.”  The Carpenter Ants make their long-awaited Radio Free Charleston debut tomorrow when episode 184 hits PopCult.  We recorded the band live at the 2013 opening day of The east End Bazaar. Until then, check out these great Live At Trackside clips.

The PopCulteer
April 26, 2013

A Delicate Balance

The big deal for me this weekend is my fiancee’, Melanie Larch, starring alongside Susan Marrash-Minnerly and Mark Felton in The Alban Arts and Conference Center production of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance,” directed by Patrick Felton.

The show opens Tonight at 8 PM, and runs weekends through May 5. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 PM, while Sunday matinees start at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

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Attack Of The Return Of Chillers

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The PopCult Bookshelf 

Danny Boyd, fighting with GI Joe to see who can get mentioned more in PopCult

This week’s book recommendation is not exactly a review. It would be disingenuous to claim to be objective when writing about a book that includes the work of so many friends, some of them dating back thirty years, so you’ll just have to take that into account while I plug one more book signing by Daniel Boyd and his gang for “Chillers 2,” his new graphic novel.

Danny and company will be at Taylor Books this Friday, from 7 to 9 PM, signing copies of “Chillers” and possibly some other works.

“Chillers Volume Two” is yet another collection of horror-themed morality tales, based on Danny’s cult classic 1987 movie, “Chillers.” Behind a great cover by Bill Richardson, we are treated to stories written by Boyd, Richardson, William Bitner, Jason Pell, Robert Tinnell, Frank Larnerd, Gary Reed and Katarina Dedicova.

The black-and-white presentation pays homage to the Warren Magazines and Eerie Publications that Boyd grew up reading. Each story tells the tales of evil-doers who wind up on Peterr Jesus’ bus to Hell.

“Chillers Volume Two” is great fun fo the fan of the classic horror mags of the 1970s, and it’s a wonderful local project. You ought to come out and support the local talent at the book signing this Friday.

Chillers Volume Two
Edited by Daniel Boyd
Tranzfusion
ISBN: 978-0-9857493-6-1
$12.99

You may notice that in the photo at the top of this post, Danny is modeling the latest in fine ShockaCon apparel. You can find out more about ShockaCon, The Charleston Area’s big horor, fantasy and science ficture convention, by visiting their Facebook page, and liking the living hell out of it. Then you’ll get all the latest news, before even I can bring it to you!

Theater Preview

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Eward Albee’s award-winning play, “A Delicate Balance” will be presented by The Alban Arts and Conference Center beginning this weekend. Play dates are Fridays and Saturdays: April 26, 27 and May 3, 4 at 8 PM, with Sunday Matinees: April 28 and May 5 at 2 PM.  Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors/Students. For reservations or more information call 304-721-8896

Directed by Patrick Felton, in his directorial debut for the Alban Arts Center. Featuring; Susan Mirash Minnerly as Agnes, Mark Felton as Tobias, Melanie Larch as Claire, Stacie Sheppard as Julia, TiAnna Toney as Edna and Rob Boone as Harry. We’ll have more information in this week’s PopCulteer.

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A Bounty Of Cool Action Figures Coming Your Way

Ceasar Romero as The Joker

Big news from Figures Toy Company last week as they announced a huge slate of big time licenses, including Batman, Conan The Barbarian, Evel Knievel and more. FTC started out more than twenty years ago as a mail-order retailer, and eventually began manufacturing wrestling items, like licensed WWE replica belts, and action figures that recalled the heyday of the classic MEGO line.

After having a lot of success last year with 8″ and 12″ figures based on KISS, Figures Toy Company has decided to go all-in with an impressive list of new licenses for 2013.

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Monday Morning Art: Sketchy’s Goes Galactic…a

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Last night Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School took on Battlestar Galactica with Kitty Killton and Leo Tuxedo. Above you see the two of them. On the other side of the jump you see single portraits of each. Every photo has been digitally futzed-with and can be seen larger simply by clicking on the image. Dr. Sketchy’s will return next month at Uncork and Create with the theme being Marriage Equality, and all tips going to pay for an equal marriage.

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