It's a Madhouse!

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It's a Madhouse!

Iwas a member of Geek Nation long before I got a Planet of the Apes Treehouse playset for Christmas. I'm pretty sure I was a member before I owned my first comic book, a tattered copy of Turok: Son of Stone, the cover of which featured the Indian hero aiming a big-ass bow and arrow at a cranky Tyrannosaurus. I still have it, along with several other issues of the comic I've picked up at shows over the years; unfortunately, my parents sold the Treehouse at a garage sale, probably for a quarter, back when I was in college (nope, still haven't forgiven them).

I love comic books. And monster movies. And action figures. And superheroes. And trading cards (think Mars Attacks!, not Peyton Manning). And video games. And Star Wars. And Godzilla. And Psychotronic magazine. If it's something Steve Carell's character cherished in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, I probably love it. Probably have it too.

So welcome to my world, where you'll hear about all that stuff and more. One week it might be the tale of the two issues of The Monster Times I found for 50 cents at Jamie's Flea Market a couple years ago. Another week it might be about a cool new website, movie, comic, or game worth checking out. Or it might be a profile of one of our fellow Northeast Ohio geeks. Hell, let me know what you want to read about. Send me pictures of your collections, stories about your finds, or anything that has to do with the geekosphere, local or otherwise. Welcome to The Dork Side. Let's get started, shall we?

Igot my 2012 Toy Fair fix the old-fashioned way: by drooling over pictures online (it's just like porn, but with 3¾-inch Batmans standing in for 40-inch boobs). The toy industry's annual convention — where they unveiled a bunch of stuff I'll be spending money on instead of food, like Lego Lord of the Rings, Avengers Mighty Muggs, and a bunch of tie-ins to the new Spider-Man movie — was held in New York a couple weeks back. The year's coolest item will be available only at July's San Diego Comic-Con, the holy grail of geekfests: a Star Wars action figure of Jar Jar Binks in carbonite, which I'd imagine you too have been dreaming of since 1999.

Sometimes even gun-toting undead mercenaries need help. The local creators of Dead Moon: In the Beginning are raising money at indiegogo.com for their upcoming comic, about a female killer-for-hire who also happens to be part-zombie. They're trying to gather $5,000 by the March 20 deadline ... and they're a long way from it right now. "Websites like [this] are great for independent creators to get their projects off the ground," says Eastlake artist Adam Braun, who's working on Dead Moon with Lee Roy Lopez from Lakewood, among others. "Comics that I am involved with will finally be able to see the light of day after many years."

You can help the cause at indiegogo.com/deadmoon beginning.

For Your Shelf:

Bigfoot: The awesomeness of this 1970 movie, now out on DVD, can be summed up in its tagline: “Breeds with anything.”

Girl Genius: Omnibus Volume One: The first three chapters of Phil and Kaja Foglio's award-winning webcomic are collected in this terrific book.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary: Thankfully, this book is more Darth Maul than Jar Jar.

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