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Column: The Private Sector – Somebody Turn on the Lights!

Column: The Private Sector – Somebody Turn on the Lights!

By on Aug 7, 2012 in Featured, The Private Sector | 0 comments

Column: The Private Sector – Somebody Turn on the Lights!

Sorry guys, I was out on a smoke break (and I don’t even smoke, isn’t that weird). What’d I miss? (Pauses as he hears about Chris putting the site into cryofreeze)… Oh? Is that all? Okay. No, do not adjust your sets, you’re not in some crazy time vortex where the site has auto-updated and posted an old article. Chris has given me the okay to post from time to time here on PC to keep some new content running in addition to the Broadsheets (how cool are those) and I thought, why not jump back in with another Private Sector. Proton Charging was and always will continue to be a daily read for me. It’s in my DNA now much as I’m sure some people find themselves hitting the address bar in Firefox and absentmindedly typing in Facebook because they need their fix. There was a daily ritual in the morning of hitting the trades and hitting all the fansites including Proton Charging that I won’t be able to shake and it’s a testament to what Chris built here. Much as Ghostbusters HQ was the go-to for people to hear me run rampant (that’s all it was really good for, right?) – Chris had built the go-to for the no-nonsense news and features. You could always cut through the noise with a quick view of Proton Charging, and get a pretty good gauge on the response based on the articulate and pointed comments. So let’s stick to what Proton Charging was really known for… the news. Anybody heard any news lately? Something about some guy named Murray and a third movie? I may have seen it in a place or two. Looking to the left in the GBFans aggregate RSS feed, I don’t see anything remotely close to mentioning it but… …all kidding aside though, it seems like there are peaks and valleys, ups and downs to the on-going saga of Ghostbusters III on a daily basis. And for us fans, that’s not exactly news. After all, we’ve been enduring this since the first days that I remember jumping into the online fandom in the mid-90s. Will they? Won’t they? Bill Murray is in! Bill Murray would rather...

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There is no Dana, only Queues… [UPDATE]

There is no Dana, only Queues… [UPDATE]

By on Apr 27, 2012 in MERCH | 0 comments

There is no Dana, only Queues… [UPDATE]

MattyCollector.com is slowly announcing their San Diego Comic-Con 2012 product line up, and sure enough the sultry Miss Dana Barrett (in her Gatekeeper form, opposed to the long-demanded “Concerto Dana Barrett, with Quick-Action Cello”) will be one of the toys on sale at the con. The figure sells for $25 and voucher pre-sales begin from 5/30 at 9am PT through 6/14 at 11:59 pm PT. As before, it sounds like if supplies exist after the convention, they will be sold online via the Matty site. Hopping in line now is probably a wise move… [UPDATE] MattyCollector.com has added additional pictures of the figure, both the sitting and standing positions. Ghostbusters™ Dana as Zuul ($25) “There is no Dana, only Zuul!” Our long-awaited 6” figure of Dana Barrett as Zuul from the first Ghostbusters™ features authentic, film-accurate sculpting right down to her golden gown. And, with two interchangeable lower bodies she can stand or, when she tires of waiting for the coming of Gozer, sit on the included bench display. If you’re going to SDCC, once again, we’ll have a voucher pre-sale from 5/30 at 9 am PT through 6/14 at 11:59 pm PT. You’ll be able to pre-order your products for pickup at the show. We’ll have more information on the sale coming soon, so keep your eye on this page for updates. And if you can’t make it to SDCC, a small quantity of products will be available here on MattyCollector.com following the show (details also to...

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Why so sad? Plenty of all-new Ghostbusters on the way…

Why so sad? Plenty of all-new Ghostbusters on the way…

By on Mar 1, 2012 in COMICS, GB, MERCH, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why so sad? Plenty of all-new Ghostbusters on the way…

Peaks and valleys of Ghostbusters III news got you down? It’s okay, kids – that’s Hollywood. Welcome to our every day rollercoaster of emotions out here in Tinseltown. But here’s something that you can take comfort in knowing: there’s plenty of new and unexplored Ghostbusters material on the horizon if IDW’s most recent issue has anything to say about it. As you no doubt gathered from my near (okay totally) gushing look at Ghostbusters #3, I’ve been a huge fan of the on-going series since day one, and the creative team behind the book hasn’t let up since. The quality of issue six is on par with the previous installments and continues weaving the threads introduced in issue five. Plenty of in-jokes and references are still abound but just as in the previous five issues, aren’t distracting and overly in your face. In fact, the addition of a certain “guest star” character fits in seamlessly and doesn’t feel forced. It actually opens up the storytelling to allow Burnham and the rest of the creative team to infuse stories that have been left needing to be told and sets this on-going series into a cool and exciting canon where the sky is the limit. I can’t wait to see who else shows up in every panel. Admittedly, I have to look up a whole lot of the easter eggs after reading each issue – and usually look toward fellow longtime Ghosthead Fritz for his encyclopedic knowledge to lead an epiphany or two. You like how I’ve been vague to keep you spoiler-free? Here’s where I’ll venture into spoiler territory, so if you wish to remain unspoiled, click on over to one of the other offerings here on Proton Charging. Perhaps a t-shirt? Or seeking out Chris’ mash-up of “Barbara Streisand” with our favorite fourth Ghostbuster. Go ahead… I won’t blame you, it’s okay. With every panel, Erik Burnham just continues to impress. Threads for future storylines are woven in with expert precision teasing just enough to intrigue you but keep the main story moving. Spot-on dialogue that has impressed me so much continues to have a consistent level of quality. There’s an interaction between previously mentioned guest-star Kylie Griffin and...

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A Whole Lotta Ghostbusters #3 Love…

It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but IDW’s on-going series has something in common with the Muppets movie currently out in theaters: love. Finishing reading the publisher’s latest third book in the on-going series, it’s abundantly clear that the creative team behind the book pours their love of the series into each and every panel. Much like the creative team behind the recent Muppets film, you can tell that every person involved with IDW’s series loves and respects the source material and knows the ebbs and flows which made the source material so successful. Tone, structure, everything is replicated to the finest detail. The result is an experience that gives you that same whimsical giddiness that you used to get as an eight-year old watching Real Ghostbusters, when the opening title song would kick in and you knew that something new and exciting was coming up… There’s a fine line when love is involved in the creation of something that separates a worthy addition to a series from an overwrought fan fiction that just leaves you scratching your head wondering what the hell just happened. The new Ghostbusters on-going has proven that it firmly lives in the worthy addition side of that battlefield. The nods to Ecto-Cooler, Ghostbusters: Video Game, and tons of in-jokes among Real Ghostbusters fans (pay attention to the billboards during a certain battle scene in the third issue for an abundance of winks and nods) are plenty. And while it may seem like the references would weigh down the narrative and be overwhelming, they’re not… if you notice them, you notice them – but if not, you’re so wrapped up in the engaging running storyline and Erik Burnham’s spot-on dialogue characteristics of each character that you’ll probably notice them on your second, or even third read. Which is quite telling of the quality of the book, you’ll put it down and want to go back and re-read it right away. Especially telling of the love and detail given to the book are the Walter Peck P.C.O.C. Files in the back of every book. What originally felt like was going to turn into a subplot b-story that ran with the book has now...

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