idk, heres a photo of McDonald’s French Fries Containers from the 1995 film Batman Forever. like i dont know why im posting this.
I remember these! I still have the glass Riddler mug from this promotion somewhere at my parents’ house. I hope my Flinstones “bone china” McDonald’s mugs are still there too.
Since it’s the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman, I’d like to remind everyone that Nicholson’s Joker was the best Joker. Sorry, Heath. Sorry, Cesar. You were both awesome, but neither of you interrupted a TV broadcast with an informercial about poison.
Agreed, mostly. Mark Hamill’s Joker is my most favorite. But the first Burton Batman movie is my favorite Batman movie.
Reading my latest issue of SFX Magazine when I noticed something familiar. I had forgotten about sending this in.
Hospital rebrands chemotherapy as DC-themed “superformula” for kids
Chemotherapy is never fun, but A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is trying to make it easier for children to accept the treatment. They’re rebranding the treatment as “superformula” and using comics to help kids understand chemo.
Buzzfeed’s Copyranter blog explains that the cancer center is working with ad agency JWT, which also works with Warner Bros. The idea was to help children believe in the power of chemotherapy to make them ultimately better. They’re not just covering the chemo cases with superhero logos; they’re also giving pediatric cancer patients comic books in which the heroes experience something similar to cancer and must receive a similar treatment formulated by doctors. And in the comics, the cases for the treatment bags look just like the cases the kids get over their own chemo bags.
Very cool, DC.
Bane seems way less threatening in this novelization.
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
- One experience I love at DragonCon is the Fans For Christ church service. I attended this last year, and it was on my “must do” list for this year as well. This is a worship service like no other you will ever attend. This year’s sermon used Harry Potter as an illustration. The pastor was cosplaying as Remus Lupin. His wife and another lady led the singing and they were both dressed as Tonks. One of them had half her face all bloody. They said they were “before and after” Tonks. There were others dressed as Hagrid and Hogwarts students. I love seeing all these people at a Con celebrating the geeky stuff that many in the church look down on coming together (many in costume) to worship. During the singing, I looked over and saw a large robotic dinosaur (made of cardboard and tinfoil with blinking eyes) standing to the side, arms lifted as the hymns were sung. Only at DragonCon, folks.
- After the service, my friend Justin and I went to Dean Cain’s panel. I love Superman, and I really enjoyed Lois and Clark as a kid. I’ve been watching it every Sunday night since The Hub started airing it. Dean Cain was a really nice genuine guy. There were no other panelists, not even a moderator, but he kept it engaging. He seemed genuinely gracious to the fans and gave well-thought out answers to all the questions asked of him. He was drinking his morning coffee throughout this and commented on his need for it. I was drinking coffee as well during this panel. I like to think that I shared coffee with Superman.
- Next, I went to the Invader Zim panel with voice actors Richard Horvitz (ZIm) and Rikki Simons (Gir). These guys were a blast! Everything they said was hilarious and they kept running gags going throughout the panel. At one point, they somehow got onto this long tangent about “fecal sculpting” and the need to do it fast before the medium hardens. At the very end of the panel, this kid asked them what advice they might have for someone who wanted to follow in their footsteps. Richard Horvitz responded by saying if the kid wanted to go into fecal sculpting, he “really had to push for [his] dreams.”
- After briefly standing in line for the Reading Rainbow panel, I decided I probably wouldn’t get in. I had some things I wanted to do and this would be my only chance so I got out of line. Then, I stopped by the Walk of Fame for some celebrity zoo time. I missed all the Firefly panels, but I just needed to lay eyes on Jewel Staite. There were a few actors without lines at the time I was able to speak with. I talked to Aaron Ashmore and told him he was my favorite TV Jimmy Olsen. I also got to shake hands with Michael Dorn. Then, I fought my way through the dealer rooms. I purchased a tribble that I used in a science lesson last Friday and a wand that I am now using as my pointer at school (I can never turn off the teacher part of me). I also purchased a little something for Elizabeth.
- I managed to do all that in just enough time to make the Lord of the Rings panel with John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, and Craig Parker. This was a great panel! John Rhys-Davies really laughs like that! You know, the deep, guttural Gimli/Sallah laugh. This man can tell a story too. My favorite parts: Someone asked what role the actors would most want to play. John told this long story about Solon: who he was, what he did, why he was fascinated with him, and his idea for a movie about him. This went on for a while with Craig and Billy just watching. The moderator turned to Billy for his answer and he simply said “Batman.” Later, they were telling funny stories from the set. John was talking about how he had trouble saying this one Dwarvish line. They had to do take after take. Billy started laughing and said he seemed to remember John being on his knees during all this. John then said “I was on my knees a lot for that production…and that was after I got the job,” followed by a big hearty laugh.
- I left the Atrium ballroom and got right back in line for the Battlestar Galactica panel with Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Michael Trucco, and Richard Hatch. This panel had some of the best fan questions I heard all weekend. Richard Hatch gave a really good, heartfelt response to a question about how he manages to stay excited for cons after so many years of doing this. I think all of them did an Edward James Olmos impression at some point as well.
- During this time, I was going to hit a Being Human panel. While waiting in the Brit Track room for this to start, a great Silence cosplayer stopped by. I’ll have to post the picture later. Anyway, I didn’t stick around for the panel in the end, because I haven’t seen the last two seasons yet and didn’t want to be spoiled.
- My last panel of the evening was really cool. It was Muppeteer Peter Linz! Peter has puppeteered on Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, Puzzle Place, Between the Lions, and more. His most recent major project was creating and performing Walter for The Muppets last year. Peter grew up in Atlanta. His sister was sitting on the same row as me. He showed us a home video of him doing a puppet show at age 7 or so. We were the first outside his family to ever see it. He showed a ton of pictures from his work and childhood as he told us the story of his career.
John Barrowman and his partner Scott showing off their Superman and Batman briefs at DragonCon 2012.
I know I have a few followers who will appreciate this.
Exhibit B: The top of my desk.
You can see my notebook that has all of my lesson plans, progress monitoring, attendance, etc., etc. in itanda Tardis cover. My Superman USB Elizabeth gave me.
A mug like Conan O’Brien’s filled mostly with Avengers, Batman, Peanuts, and Muppets pencils.
The Lego Stormtrooper key chain with my work keys on it (this was a birthday gift from Elizabeth). Actually, turns out he’s not in the picture. He was just out of frame though.
And one of my DragonCon purchases that I am having a lot of fun with. That wand is my new pointer.
GPOYW: Today was a pretty lousy day. Seriously. But I did buy a Batman mask to wear to work Friday as part of Spirit Week.