Thursday, October 19, 2017

A MIX OF HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION ON COMET TV IN OCTOBER

With Halloween coming up of course COMET TV is broadcasting some classic scary movies throughout the month of October.  Tune in to see Dracula vs Frankenstein (1971), Cats Eyes (1985), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), and The Raven (1963).  COMET TV is an over-air broadcast network that can be tuned in with a digital antenna and viewed subscription free.  No need for cable, satellite or Wi-Fi, to watch COMET TV.  In the Metro Detroit area of Michigan just tune to Channel 19-7 with a television antenna.

COMET TV focuses on horror and science fiction programming so it is a channel I'm regularly tuning into. If the network isn't available to view locally, you can also watch it online via an iOS app, Roku, or cometTV.com.  In addition to airing classic horror movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s they are also showing some more recent horror flicks this month as well including The Woods (2005), Silence of the Lambs (1991), Lord of Illusions (1995) and The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999).

Sci-Fi fans aren't being left out this month either as COMET TV is airing ROBOCOP movie marathons throughout October.  Plus the television show Andromeda begins airing this month on COMET TV.  Based upon material by the late writer Gene Roddenberry, Andromeda revolves around the adventures of Captain Dylan Hunt and the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant as they try to restore the Systems Commonwealth, a government that was responsible for a time of extended peace and prosperity.



A Geek Daddy has a prize pack of items highlighting this month's programming on COMET TV to giveaway.  For a chance to win please follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet the embedded message below before 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 27, 2017.  Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to be eligible for the giveaway.



The October COMET TV Giveaway includes:

1 -Robocop Omni Consumer Products T-shirt: A perfect T-shirt for out and about and to show your Robocop love. It sports the famous Omni Consumer Products logo on the front and looks amazing on!

1 -Limited Edition COMET TV Card: You’ll get 1 or 3 limited edition designs that feature one of the Underground Horror Titles showing this month on COMET TV!

1-Limited Edition COMET TV Pin Set: There’s nothing better to add a little flair to any ensemble that this limited edition COMET TV pin set. It features six different designs including Stargate and Andromeda.

1 -COMET TV Syringe Pen: Oh the horror! This green liquid syringe pen will have you the envy of everyone in your office. I mean let’s be real, who else has a COMET TV green liquid syringe pen? The answer… It could be you!



Disclaimer & Rules:  A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by COMET TV and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per mailing address and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. COMET TV will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.  A Geek Daddy is not responsible for delivery of the prize.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween ComicFest 2017

Add a trip to your local comic shop into your planned Halloween festivities this year.  Participating locations will be giving out FREE comic books to trick-or-treaters who stop by for Halloween ComicFest 2017.  Don't miss out on this spook-tacular comic book promotion!

Not every comic book retailer participates so check the event's shop locator to find participating locations.  Then call ahead to see what the shop's plans are because some are handing out the freebies on Saturday, September 28 and others are distributing the them actually on Halloween.  Also rules vary from location to location.  Some spots require costumes to be worn by everyone who wants a free full sized comic while others are only giving out mini-comics to children.  One location may allow people who stop by to grab one of each of the Halloween ComicFest selection of comics while another may allow someone to select just one item to take home.

This year's Halloween ComicFest giveaways include 18 full sized comic books that are meant to be read by a variety of ages ranging from young kid-friendly to mature for adults only.  Baby Teeth from Aftershock is one of those titles absolutely not meant for children.  It tells the story of a pregnant 16 year old who is giving birth to the Antichrist that will unleash eternal suffering upon all humankind.  A horror story for those folks out there who like scary things for Halloween.  Archie Comics also has a Sabrina the Teenage Witch issue with content that is more like a horror movie than the silly sitcom that aired on television.



Teens will appreciate the Ghostbusters comic book from IDW they are giving away during Halloween ComicFest.  Dark Horse has also provided a Teen rated Hell Boy story that involves two of the most horrible figures from British folklore ... Rawhead Rex and Bloody Bones. DC also is throwing in Batman: Night of the Monster Men into the mix while with a new Thor movie from Marvel expect to find something featuring the God of Thunder as well when trick or treating at a local comic shop during Halloween ComicFest.


For younger readers, Aspen Comics is providing an all-ages choose your own adventure story featuring some zany animals.  There is also a DC Super Hero Girls comic that little girls will be delighted to read being handed out during Halloween ComicsFest.


Children and kids at heart will enjoy the twelve mini-comics that are also being given away during Halloween ComicsFest 2017.  These mini-comics feature content that families will love to read but parents won't be afraid of their kids seeing.  Titles include Archie's Madhouse, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Donald Duck Halloween Scream, Hotel Transylvania, and Pokemon. These mini-comics can also be purchased in 25 packs if you are interested in giving them out at your own doorstep on Halloween.



My family makes an effort to join in the Halloween ComicFest fun every year and my kids always enjoyed the treats they bring home with them. Don't miss out on having a terror-fic time yourselves!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HIGH MOON

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on the new release of HIGH MOON by papercutz and it just arrived in time for some Halloween reading!  Written by David Gallaher and illustrated by Steve Ellis, papercutz has brought the acclaimed graphic novel series and web comic back to print.  Originally created as a weekly online comic strip then later published in 2007 by DC's Zuda Comics imprint, HIGH MOON combines a wild west adventure with a monstrous horror story.

Papercutz specializes in graphic novels for children and teens but is publishing HIGH MOON through its Super Genius subsidiary that distributes titles that are a bit more artistic and edgier for more mature audiences than its parent company. The first volume in a three part series, "HIGH MOON: BULLET HOLES AND BITE MARKS" is being released on Halloween at book stores and comic shop across the United States including Amazon.com.  Volume 2 is scheduled to be released next May and the final graphic novel of the trilogy will follow that at a yet to be determined date.  The artwork for the first two volumes has been remastered from previous publications and volume three with all new material.  All three graphic novels feature brand new cover artwork by Ellis.

The Super Genius editions of HIGH MOON are printed on larger paper stock than the previous publications by Zuda Comics, but still maintain the landscape format of the original series.  The landscape layout provides a nice panoramic view of the content that enhance the movie like feel of the material you are reading.



Super Genius' HIGH MOON graphic novels include a removable slipcase which is nice for being able to vertically store and display on a book shelf.



I'm a fan of Gallaher and Ellis work and really happy that Super Genius is bringing their Harvey Award winning story back to print so it can be added to my bookshelf of favorite graphic novels.  HIGH MOON follows the investigations of a mysterious bounty hunter who has his own dark secret that emerges every full moon.  This gritty series does an excellent job of taking the elements of a horror flick and action movie so they play out on the pages of a comic book for an incredibly engaging reading experience.  A terror-ific story about cowboys and werewolves in the Old West!



Gallaher's script makes reading the book as interesting as looking at its illustrations....and the artwork by Ellis really is amazing!  One of the best graphic novels you can pick up this year!  Add reading HIGH MOON: BULLET HOLES AND BITE MARKS as part of your Halloween celebration by purchasing it on October 31, 2017.  The graphic novel is available as an e-book, paperback and hardcover edition from Amazon.com.

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Engage in some ghostly mayhem this Halloween with the infamous Beetlejuice who is now available as an add-on character within the LEGO DIMENSIONS video game.  The mischievous bio-exorcist from the 1988 comedy BEETLEJUICE is sure to provide some spirited fun for players and add his own touch.  Pick up the new Fun Pack expansion for LEGO DIMENSIONS, say "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice" and it is showtime!

The Fun Pack comes with a LEGO mini-figure of Beetlejuice that when place upon the LEGO DIMENSIONS toypad unleashes some spirited fun within the game as a playable character.  This ghost can be a dominating force within LEGO DIMENSIONS using his supernatural abilities of Mind Control, Telekinesis and Spike Attack to scare away the living who get in his way.  Plus activate his Transform power to give him hammer hands that will slam anyone who gets in his way into the afterlife.



In addition to the Beetlejuice mini-figure, the Fun Pack also includes a 3-in-1 buildable LEGO brick model.  Start off with Saturn's Sandworm then rebuild it into the Haunted Vacuum of a Spooky Spider.  Each of these three transformations has their own ghostly powers to help Beetlejuice as he haunts the Multiverse of LEGO DIMENSIONS.



This FUN PACK also expands the video game's Multiverse by unlocking an exclusive Beetlejuice Adventure World where you can explore places where the movie was set and engage in some haunting of your own.  Leap over to Saturn, wander through the Maitland's house and within their elaborate model of the town of Winterview, and pay a visit to the Netherrealm Waiting Room.  Also gather some friends to play in the Beetlejuice themed Battle Arena that this LEGO DIMENSIONS expansion pack unlocks.



LEGO DIMENSIONS Battle Arenas allow up to four players to competitively or cooperatively compete in one of four different game modes within a setting themed around specific characters from the game.  Protect your own base while stealing an opposing team's banner in Capture the Flag.  Destroy your opponents' bases to knock them out of the game in Bash Bash.  Complete assigned missions to earn points with the highest scorer winning the game in Objective.  Tag bombs to your opponents and blow them up in Tick, Tag, Boom!  Beetlejuice's character is needed to open the Battle Arena but once inside you can use any of the LEGO DIMENSIONS characters you've collected to have a spook-tacular time!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Comical Football Helmet Mashups

Being a football fanatic and comic book aficionado the next few months are going to be an exciting time!  The NFL is back into the full swing of things for their 2017 season and our local hometown team the Lions are showing some potential for having themselves a decent season.  Plus DC Entertainment's Justice League and Marvel Studios' Thor Ragnarok are hitting movie theaters.  My friends at Costume SuperCenter had some fun creating artwork of what the NFL helmets would look like if its teams were based off of DC super heroes and villains instead of the real life AFC and NFC teams. I enjoyed looking through these images and wanted to share them with you.

One conference would include the Denver Doomsday, Miami Aquamen, Oakland / Las Vegas Two Face, and the San Diego Flash.  CLICK HERE to check out all of their AFC inspired football helmet mashups.




The other conference would include the Atlanta Batmen, Arizona Robins, Detroit Cyborgs, Green Bay Green Arrows, Tampa Bay Jokers.  CLICK HERE to check out all their NFC inspired football helmet mashups.


Looking for a football or super hero themed costume for Halloween?  Costume SuperCenter has some great selections to choose from while also providing great deals on their prices and quick, easy shipping right to your door.  Do your Halloween costume shopping from the comfort of your home computer or a mobile device.  Plus Costume SuperCenter isn't a seasonal operation, they are open throughout the year. In need a costume for a children's party, cosplay event, or masquerade party at a time other than Halloween?  You can still turn to CostumeSuperCenter.com for your shopping needs.

If you are interested in a football themed costume check out their "Football Player Riding A Cheerleader" outfit. It is sure to make you stand out and get people laughing at its goofy look!



Want to go low key to a costume party or dress up for some tailgating fun?  The "Adult Touchdown" costume is a laid back approach that lets a guy or gal show off some good spirit.



Holy Halloween Costume Batman!  Super hero fans can find DC Entertainment themed outfits for any age, body style, and price range at the Costume SuperCenter!  Check out this "Collectors Edition Batman Costume."



Marvel fans aren't left out either! They have a great selection of these super hero costumes as well.  Including my favorite Marvel comic book character, Daredevil!




Sunday, October 15, 2017

FINANCIAL FOOTBALL

VISA and the NFL have teamed up to provide a FREE football themed video game to promote people's interest in being financially savvy.  FINANCIAL FOOTBALL is a fast-paced, interactive game that that teaches money management skills while you play.  You can compete on a virtual grid iron in either a one player game or in head-to-head action against a friend by answering finance related question to lead your team across the field to score touchdowns.

Start the game by picking how long you want to play (5 to 20 minutes) and selecting which NFL teams will be going heat-to-head against one another.  Next pick a difficulty setting playing either as a Rookie (Ages 11 -14), Pro (Ages 14-18) or Hall of Famer (18+).  Players then can select defensive and offensive plays with difficulty levels of easy, medium and hard which are followed up with questions about financial literacy and money management that correspond to the selected play's difficulty.  This customization makes the game fun and educational not just for kids but adults as well.

If you get a question right you your team is successful with their play, but if you get the question wrong than your QB will get sacked, your running back hit for a loss, or a wide receiver drops the ball.  The harder the successfully completed question the better your players do so an easy question might get you one or two yards, a medium question 5 yards and a hard question could get you ten yards or maybe even a break away touchdown.

In head-to-head mode players only answer questions on offense.  Whoever does the best will get the best results from their players and win the game! For single player mode, you also have to answer questions on defense with correct answers resulting in sacks, tackles for a loss and interceptions while wrong answers allow the other team to break long runs or have completions in the passing game.  How well you can answer the questions will determine if you are a winner or loser in FINANCIAL FOOTBALL.




FINANCIAL FOOTBALL takes a topic that can be boring and mundane for many kids, as well as adults, and adds some excitement to it that will help ingrain important tips and information into people's heads as their competitive instincts get them involved with this game.  As a parent, I'm always keeping an eye out for opportunities that combine entertainment and education to assist getting kids to embrace learning.

This game created in partnership between the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Visa's Practical Money Skill's for Life program, and the NFL , has been out for a few years now.  I like to promote it during the NFL season each year because it is a very well done effort to educate people on an important topic in an entertaining way.  I really encourage you to take advantage of this FREE football game.

Available to play online via your personal computer or laptop, FINANCIAL FOOTBALL puts players fiscal knowledge to the test in an online simulation game environment by combining the structure and rules of the NFL with financial education questions of varying difficulty. Visa has also released the game as a FREE iPhone app on iTunes, along with an optimized HD iPad version.  The game can be played in single player mode or against a friend in head-to-head action. It really is a fast-paced, fun game that can be challenging for all ages.


For more information about the FINANCIAL FOOTBALL video game, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

THANK GOODNESS IT IS - HULU

Being laid up by a soccer injury is tough, but Hulu has made this bad break of luck a little easier for my daughter.  They sent us a fanny pack filled with classic '90s era goodies like a troll, hair scrunchie, hacky sack, nerds candy, wrist slapper, and lisa frank stickers to promote their new TGI - HULU lineup of shows.  Playing around with these goodies along with watching #tgihulu have been a nice way to spend some time as she is resting up from her injury.



Throughout the 1990's the Friday night sitcoms broadcast on the ABC television network's TGIF lineup were family-friendly must see TV.  Now Hulu has obtained the streaming rights for some of America's favorite television shows from the '90s.  With a Hulu subscription you can stream episodes of Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, Family Matters, Full House, Hanging with Mr. Cooper, Step by Step, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, and Perfect Strangers.


A basic subscription to the Hulu streaming service normally costs $7.99 per month but for a limited time they are offering this option as a one year subscription plan for $5.99 per month. You can also purchase a commercial free subscription plan for $11.99 per month.  Plus before you commit to a subscription you can try out Hulu for with a 30 day free trial.

So which TGI - HULU shows are you most interested in viewing? For more information, please visit hulu.com