Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters by Justin Richards (2014)

Doctor Who Secret Lives of Monsters

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters
by Justin Richards
Harper Design, 2014
214 pages

There is no shortage of publications covering the British television show Doctor Who. Justin Richards, the creatie consultant to BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who titles, authored the 2014 release, Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters, examining some of the most popular baddies in the fictional universe.

While the layout leaves something to be desired, Richards’ treatment of the subject matter is top-notch, first looking at each creature as if they were real beings. Richards goes on to take a behind-the-scenes look at them, including the inspiration for them and showing photographs of actors behind the masks and props makers. The author also takes the reader on a trip through time and space by looking how each incarnation of the Doctor dealt with the monsters.

A collection of sixteen removable color prints of original artwork by concept artist Peter McKinstry is included inside an envelope in the back of the book, making this volume all the more enjoyable. Doctor Who fans will no doubt find The Secret Lives of Monsters informative and educational, especially when they come face-to-face with some of the most terrifying aliens in the universe.

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I said I wasn’t going to buy any 2016 Topps packs

But I’m a weak, weak man.

2016 Topps

At least I turned my weakness into a nice little game with the family. Our first pack wars of 2016 commenced after Bible study tonight as we sat around the kitchen table. Each of us took two packs, picked two teams, two players, and three card numbers. If you pull a card on your list, you get three points. If someone else pulls a card on your list, you get one point. Inserts also counted for three points apiece. After the first round of two packs, the top two scorers opened the last two packs in the box.

Here are some of my favorite cards from the box, starting with the Reds second baseman (who they desperately tried to unload this offseason) and right fielder (who was also mentioned in trade rumors), Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce

BP

Bruuuuuuuce

I’m not overly impressed with the cards, as I have mentioned elsewhere, and the backs are boring. But I thought the fact on the back of Bruce’s card was somewhat interesting:

Bruuuuuuce

I don’t think Jay will be joining Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, or Tony Perez in Cooperstown.

I also got a Reds insert, which is super duper cool…

ONeill

I don’t remember Paul O’Neill pitching, but sure enough…

ONeill

Those are the only Reds cards I pulled, and that’s why it’s the only box I’ll be buying. It’s tough being a team collector who loves opening packs. The value just isn’t there at all. But I did pull several other cards that I liked, including a couple of Salvador Perez cards, an Anthony Rizzo/Kris Bryant insert, Warren Spahn, Babe Ruth, Andre Dawson, Randy Johnson, Josh Donaldson, and Giancarlo Stanton.

Perez

Perez

Rizzo Bryant

Spahn

Ruth

Dawson

Johnson

Donaldson

Stanton

And the “MLB Debut Medallion” that I pulled was Joe Mauer. I’m not a non-fan of Mauer, so I’m not entirely disappointed with this pull, and since there are no Reds on the checklist in series 1, I could have done a lot worse. That said, if anyone has a Reds manurelic from an older set, or if you want to make another offer for the Mauer coin, shoot me an e-mail.

Mauer

I plan to send out some of the other cards that I don’t want to keep to team collectors, so if you’re not already on my PWE list, send me an e-mail with your name, address, and what team you collect. If you want to reciprocate with some Reds, that would be great, but not necessary. What goes around comes around eventually in the baseball card blogosphere.

Oh, and if you’re wondering who won our pack war, it wasn’t me…

pack wars


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Ronald Reagan Tresures by Randy Roberts and David Welky (2015)

Ronald Reagan Treasures

Ronald Reagan Treasures
by Randy Roberts and David Welky
Thunder Bay Press, 2015
176 pages

He was one of the most respected presidents that has served this country, and countless books have been released to celebrate his eight years as the leader of the free world. This recent release from Thunder Bay Press, written by Randy Roberts and David Welky, is a brief but respectful overview of President Reagan’s life, including his career in film, governorship of California, and the presidency.

What sets this book apart from others, however, are the pieces of removable memorabilia included. Reprints of magazine covers, brochures, a ticket to the 1981 inauguration, and a “Reagan-Bush ‘84” bumper sticker are among the eleven pieces of removable memorabilia. Fans of the late President will cherish these mementos along with the commentary and photographs found throughout the volume.

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Fun Cards: 1976 Topps Joe Walsh (Eagles)

1976 Topps Joe Walsh Eagles

The Eagles were already a massively successful band—One of These Nights hit #1 in the United States—when Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon in 1975. He had been invited to join Humble Pie following Peter Frampton‘s departure, but Walsh turned them down and later joined the Eagles. The first album with Walsh, Hotel California, was released in December 1976 and hit #1 just like its predecessor. Three more Eagles albums featuring Walsh topped the charts: 1979’s The Long Run, 1994’s Hell Freezes Over, and 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden.


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Fun Cards: 1972 Topps Joe Walsh (Barnstorm)

1972 Topps Joe Walsh Barnstorm

Joe Walsh recorded two albums with Barnstorm, 1972’s Barnstorm and 1973’s The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, the later containing the classic “Rocky Mountain Way.” Many fans have forgotten that these were Barnstorm albums and not Joe Walsh solo records, and that’s how the record company promoted them. Walsh said, “I wanted to be a band, not a solo artist. Vitale, especially, should’ve gotten more credit ’cause it wasn’t all me….It was in every aspect a collaborative effort.” The group also served as a backing band for Michael Stanley’s 1973 Friends & Legends record.


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Fun Cards: 1969 Topps Joe Walsh (James Gang)

1969 Topps Joe Walsh James Gang

Joe Walsh first achieved stardom with James Gang on Yer’ Album in 1969. It was 1970’s James Gang Rides Again that contains the classic rock staple “Funk #49,” while another legendary song, “Walk Away,” appeared on the band’s third and final studio release, Thirds. The group released three studio albums in three years, along with a live album, before Walsh left to form Barnstorm.


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Lita Ford to release new album Time Capsule April 15 via SPV/Steamhammer

Lita Ford Time Capsule

Album Features Guest Appearances From Gene Simmons, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Dave Navarro & Rick Nielsen

American vocalist/guitarist Lita Ford is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. The very special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).

“There was a (ton) of these 24-track analog tapes in the closet in my house (in the islands),” Ford recalls. “This is some of the best work I`ve ever done and it was sitting there. I grabbed two suitcases and took them back to the United States.” Imagine Ford dragging a pair of suitcases full of analog tapes through the Caribbean dirt back to Los Angeles. “If you just put them on the reel, they would flake. I was chewing my fingernails, thinking, ´Please work! ` And they did!”

Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen. Time Capsule is available for pre-order HERE.

Track Listing:
1. Intro 1:35
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 04:47
3. Killing Kind 04:49
4. War Of The Angels 05:44
5. Black Leather Heart 03:33
6. Rotten To The Core 04:21
7. Little Wing 03:01
8. On The Fast Track 03:41
9. King Of The Wild Wind 05:04
10. Mr. Corruption 04:15
11. Anything For The Thrill 03:25

LITA FORD Live 2016

US/Canada
2/12: Houston,TX – BFE Rock Club
2/13: Tyler,TX – Rock N´Valentines Festival
2/14: Fort Worth,TX – The Rail Club
2/20: Enoch,AB – River Cree Resort
3/5: Beverly Hills,CA – Saban Theatre
3/19: Toledo,OH – Savage Arena
4/24: Ladson,SC – 98 Rock Fest

Europe
08.-11.06. SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
13.-14.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival

More dates will be added soon

For More Info Visit:

litafordonline.com
facebook.com/litaofficial
facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

What do rockers really want?

We’ve all heard the story about Van Halen and the brown M&M’s. But have you ever heard David Lee Roth sing about it? Of course not. If you want to know what is in a rocker’s heart of hearts, you have to listen to what they sing. Here’s a rundown of ten of the deepest desires of rock legends…


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NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football by Johnny Anonymous (2016)

NFL Confidential

NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football
by Johnny Anonymous
Dey Street Books, 2016
256 pages

Purportedly written by an offensive lineman who was thrust into the starting lineup, only to find his job yanked away from him when a veteran returned from injury, NFL Confidential is like peeking into a pro locker room through the eyes of a bitter, confused, arrogant backup player. “Johnny Anonymous” claims to hate the NFL and all the politics of the game, but when he finds himself taking snaps as a starter, he plays along just fine. He rediscovers his love for football, but continues to spew hatred toward the people that allow him to play.

The author mocks his teammates and his coaches, whines about the physical aspects of training camp and practice, and fantasizes about being cut so he can find something else to do with his life. This is not so much an exposé of the league as it the infantile rantings of an ungrateful athlete. He drops the “f-bomb” far too often to be taken seriously, and comes off as a fool who simply doesn’t realize how good he’s got it.

The copyright page states that the “book is not authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved in any manner by the National Football League.” Certainly there are some harsh things said about the NFL within the pages, but it’s nothing I haven’t heard before. This is just the first time it has come from a player and not a journalist or superfan.

And who exactly is the author, “Johnny Anonymous”? The prevailing theory online seems to be David Molk, offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not all of the characteristics fit, but it must be remembered that “names, physical characteristics and other identifying details have been changed, and in some cases composite characters created, to protect the privacy and anonymity of the individuals involved.” It will certainly be interesting to see if Molk has a job next season, especially if it is revealed that he is the actual author.

There are a few parts of NFL Confidential that are somewhat interesting, but overall it felt like a chore to read and I felt wholly apathetic toward this poor rich man’s plight. If we could all be so unfortunate to make hundreds of thousands of dollars to do, as he proudly admits while begging for our sympathy, nothing.

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R.I.P. Ron Stillwell

(December 3, 1939 – January 25, 2016)

Stillwell

Former Washington Senators infielder and father of one of my favorite baseball players, Ron Stillwell passed away from cancer on Monday. He played 14 games over two seasons, 1961-1962, collecting eight hits in 38 at-bats. His son, Kurt Stillwell, played nine years in the big leagues.

Use our coupon code to get $10 off your #Moonstone2016 tickets!

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R.I.P. Abe Vigoda

(February 24, 1921 – January 26, 2016)

It’s real this time. People called him “the late Abe Vigoda” in 1982, and WWOR made the same mistake in 1987. Today, Vigoda passed in his sleep at his daughter’s home in New Jersey, four days after being placed into hospice care. Vigoda is most remembered for his roles in The Godfather, Barney Miller, and Fish.

New Last in Line video released

Following the death of bassist Jimmy Bain, the band Last in Line paid tribute to their fallen comrade by releasing the video for “Starmaker” a week early. The band’s debut album Heavy Crown, is due to hit stores February 19, but can be pre-ordered now through Amazon.

Last in Line features guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice, and the late Jimmy Bain on bass, all of whom played in the original Dio band, and vocalist Andrew Freeman. Campbell also plays for Def Leppard; Appice is also in Resurrection Kings with another former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, Quiet Riot/Great White/Dokken bassist Sean McNabb, and vocalist Chas West; Bain has also played with Rainbow and Wild Horses.

R.I.P. Jimmy Bain

(December 19, 1947 – January 24, 2016)

Bass player for Rainbow, Dio, and most recently Last In Line, Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68.

Random Awesomeness (part 205)

Random Awesomeness


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Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series by Alyse Wax (2016)

Curious Goods

Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series
by Alyse Wax
BearManor Media, 2016
490 pages

Throughout the years, horror anthology programs have appeared on television. From The Twilight Zone to Chiller to Tales from the Crypt, there have been ample opportunities for fans of the macabre to enjoy the gory genre on the small screen. In the late 1980s, Paramount utilized the popularity of the Friday the 13th film series, using the name for a syndicated television show. Jason Voorhees was not a part of this show; cursed antiques were the central objects in this series. I remember staying up late to watch Friday the 13th: The Series, and loved every second of it. It has been years since I have seen the show, but still have vivid memories.

Alyse Wax’s new book, Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th the Series is a fantastic journey back to the antique shop with Micki and Ryan and their adventures of tracking down cursed objects. Wax gives an episode-by-episode breakdown for the entire three-season run of the show, along with quotes from the main actors, producers, writers, and directors. She also delves into John LeMay’s decision to leave the show after two seasons, the Don Wildmon controversy, and includes an interview with series creator and executive producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.

After reading this episode guide, I will definitely be revisiting Friday the 13th: The Series soon to see what I missed all those years ago while watching on my little grainy black-and-white television in my bedroom, long after I should have been asleep.

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Fun Cards Submissions: 2016 Topps Pete Rose

2016 ROSE 3

With the announcement that the Reds were inducting Pete Rose into the team’s Hall of Fame this summer, I suggested to TWJ contributor Patrick that he create a 2016 Topps version of Charlie Hustle to commemorate the event. He not only came through; Patrick went above and beyond the call of duty and made two 2016 Topps style cards for the Hit King.

2016 ROSE 4

Rose was and still is an icon in the Queen City, beloved by the majority of Reds fans. I realize not everyone outside of Cincinnati feels the same way about him; I just think they’re jealous that they’ve never had such a competitor on their favorite team.

Only one man has donned uniform #14 since Rose retired, and that was his son in 1997. The Reds are officially retiring the number this year, and it will never be regularly worn by another player.

Thanks for the quick turnaround on the suggestion, Patrick, and for sharing them with TWJ readers!

Fun Cards: 1972 Topps Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner (The Eagles)

Glenn Frey

The debut Eagles album was released in June, 1972, and contained such classic songs as “Witchy Woman,” “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” and “Take It Easy.” The band featured Glenn Frey on guitar, Don Henley on drums, Bernie Leadon on guitar, and Randy Meisner on bass. The four members shared vocal duties.

Don Henley

Continuing the series of musician “rookie” cards, I made some tweaks to the 1972 Topps design. The font is not an exact match, and there was more work than I’m accustomed to, but I’m happy with the result.

Bernie Leadon

Perhaps down the road I will finish up with a 1974 Don Felder, 1976 Joe Walsh, and 1979 Timothy B. Schmit to mark their recording debuts with the group. But for now, the original four Eagles deserve their own post.

Randy Meisner

Fun Cards: 1977 Topps Lemmy

Lemmy

My wife and I busted a box of 1991 Pro Set MusiCards over the weekend. That was a blast, and I had fun looking at all the cards. Motörhead was even featured in the set. But I couldn’t get past the thought that they would look so much cooler on the baseball card designs from their “rookie” years. I’ve done this for Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, KISS (including Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent), and most recently David Bowie, so I figured it was time to immortalize Lemmy Kilmister on a 1977 Topps-style “fun card.”

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