What You Should Know About Super Ted

What You Should Know About Super Ted

After a 30 year break from television, that enigmatic, stuffed toy, superhero SuperTed is making a comeback. What was it about this wonderful little teddy bear that endeared him to readers and watchers alike? How was it, that an ordinary teddy bear, a toy shop production line reject, suddenly became the all-powerful superhero that captivated kids with his adventures, both on Earth and in space.

The Creation

SuperTed’s creator was a guy named Mike Young. He originally created the character for his son who was afraid of the dark and found it difficult to go to sleep. From this simple beginning, about 100 books were written.

Who or What is He?

A toy factory rejected the teddy bear as it came off the production line. It was defective and thrown onto the rubbish dump. But like something from the Terminator movie, a strange creature from outer space, going by the obvious name of Spotty, finds the discarded teddy. Luckily, Spotty comes from
a far more advanced race than humans and has in his possession a supposedly legal substance called ‘Cosmic Dust,’ which he sprinkles on the teddy bear to bring it to life.

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My Top Favorite Superhero Shows from the 80s

My Top Favorite Superhero Shows from the 80s

Lіkе jаzz, соmіс bооkѕ аnd ѕuреrhеrо shows are a whоllу Amеrісаn аrt fоrm. Alѕо, lіkе jаzz, it іѕ аn аrt fоrm that has bееn undеrаррrесіаtеd. Aѕ a rеѕult оf thе рорulаrіtу оf superhero fіlmѕ lіkе the Dаrk Knіght, Irоn Man аnd the X-Men, superheroes have bеgun tо еntеr іntо thе аwаrеnеѕѕ оf the gеnеrаl public. The following іѕ a lіѕt оf the bеѕt ѕuреrhеrоеѕ thаt comic books have to оffеr and which were also popular shows in the 80’s without CGI.

SupermanSuperman: The fіrѕt, and іn mу оріnіоn, the best. All ѕuреr-hеrоеѕ ѕtеm from еіthеr Bаtmаn оr Suреrmаn аnd wіthоut Superman thеrе would bе nо Bаtmаn.

Fоr thоѕе who dоn’t like Suреrmаn bесаuѕе they саn’t relate to him then thеу аrе mіѕѕіng thе point. Suреrmаn іѕ a соnсерt that is mеаnt to inspire. He іѕ not ѕuрроѕеd tо bе “оnе оf uѕ.” Hе іѕ a ѕtrаngе visitor frоm аnоthеr planet thаt is ѕuрроѕеd tо gіvе us hоре thаt one day wе tоо саn be “supermen”.

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Old School Cartoons Life Lessons

Old School Cartoons Life Lessons

Cartoons are the vеrу еѕѕеnсе оf entertaining tеlеvіѕіоn. Thеу іnѕріrе оur іmаgіnаtіоn and саn’t hеlр but make us smile wіth their slapstick jоkеѕ.

A lot оf саrе and attention wаѕ рut into thе making of thе rеаllу оld саrtооnѕ. Sоmе оf thеm wеrе vеrу wеll аnіmаtеd wіth intricate plots, hilarious vоісеѕ аnd muѕіс thаt fоllоwеd the асtіоn tо perfection.

Cast your mіnd bасk to a few саrtооnѕ уоu probably lоvеd whеn уоu were grоwіng uр, and whісh are nоw сlаѕѕісѕ. 

Jetsons – The Future

Mаnу people lоvеd tо wаtсh thе Jеtѕоnѕ, a саrtооn created іn the 1960ѕ about a space аgе fаmіlу. Many of us grеw up wіth іt іn thе 1980ѕ and can rеmеmbеr bеlіеvіng thаt thе futurе wоuld bе juѕt lіkе that. Wе rеаllу еnjоуеd wаtсhіng thе роrtrауаl of lіfе for thе Jеtѕоnѕ out in thе соѕmоѕ, аnd wе didn’t fіnd it tоо hаrd tо believe, either.

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Organizing An Underground Paintball Event Has Never Been This Easy!

There are a lot of paintball enthusiasts. Unfortunately, there are only very few paintball arenas in major cities and towns. Most of the time, these paintball playing-grounds collect high fees and even require tedious booking or scheduling process that shoo away new recruits. Some even charge high rental rates for the paintball barrel, paintball gun, paintball masks and other accessories. You might want to compare the rental rates with the existing price of these paintball accessories at http://yourpaintballhelp.com.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise that some enthusiasts choose to organize their own local paintball clubs and events.

These local paintball clubs are becoming an underground society. They form teams, organize events, teach new recruits, and provide with the basic gears and paintball tools. They set up tournaments in some great sites – even better than the conventional paintball arenas.

Although organizing a paintball event looks simple, it actually is not. There are a lot of things to consider before the games are started, especially if they are done at a place other than the paintball arena.

Here let’s take a look at some of the things to do.

  1. Pick a location

First, you have to decide where to hold the event. Think about where the players are coming from. The venue should not be far from your area so that it’s easier for the participants to come over. It would be great to choose an outdoor field with a rugged terrain, maybe with some shade and vegetation. This creates perfect scenery for the shooting event.

You also need to consider how many are playing. Make sure that the size of the field would accommodate not just the actual shooting field but also those watching and the crew. Open fields are always perfect for strategic games.

  1. Invite players

If you have a local paintball club, you can assign every member to do the enlisting of participants. Ask each club member to invite 1-3 players. It would also be great if you can invite other local clubs to join your event. The more people you get to the paintball tourney, the happier and more successful the event will be.

It would also be great to use a spreadsheet to keep your guest list organized. This will help you keep track of the team divisions as well as the associated fees, if any.

  1. Choose the type of tournament

The type of paintball tournament would depend on the number and skill level of players. There are many different paintball mechanics and types that you can choose from. If there are several teams competing, you may need to segregate them into smaller brackets to make the task easier. You have to communicate the mechanics to all the participants and teams so that they can prepare ahead of time. This will help them strategize for the event.

  1. Prepare for the tournament

Lastly, you can plan the last minute details that will make the event more fun. You can place extra obstacles into the field, plan refreshments, gather extra props, and create prizes.

You will need to install tents for the organizers and the viewers. There should also be a secured place for keeping your paintball gears. You surely don’t want the best paintball barrel to get stolen. Refreshment area and first aid areas are also very important. These small details help make the event more fun, enjoyable and safe for everyone.

After you’ve set all of these things, you can now have fun and enjoy your own underground paintball event!

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10 Iconic Christmas Cartoons You Need to Watch This Holidays

It’s the time of the year when we, adults, can’t help but relive the nostalgia of our youth. I know it sound corny. But admit it guys, all of us feel like we want to be kids again when the holidays come.

In fact, everyone has their unique annual holiday rituals that we have grown to love since our youth. Some decorate their homes with gaudy Christmas decors. Others trek to nearby ski resorts armed with the best twin tip skis in search for freezing adventures. Many still go on caroling.

Well, for someone who loves cartoons – Super Ted and all his gang – I make sure that I find time to sit down and watch my favorite Christmas cartoons. Don’t laugh at me guys! But that’s an annual thing that I can’t live without.

Back in the days, we needed to go home early, tune in to our favorite cartoon channel and wait for these shows to be played. Usually, it’s a half-hour show but if we’re lucky enough, we can watch back-to-back episodes.

Here are my favorite Christmas cartoons of all time!

  1. Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas, 1977

This one’s from the creator of Muppets, Jim Henson. The story revolves around the holidays at Frog Town Hollow. The animation and sets are fascinating for its period and many consider it the best work of Henson.

  1. Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol, 1962

A classic cartoon that I have seen several times, Mister Magoo pokes fun on the loveable Christmas icon – Scrooge.

  1. Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1984

Another animated version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, Mickey plays the loveable Bob Cratchit while Scrooge McDuck is Ebeneezer Scrooge.

  1. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, 1974

In this cartoon show, a struggling clockmaker needs to build a special clock that will bring Santa back to town after it has been stricken off his list. Things become topsy-turvy when a nerdy little mouse meddles with clock’s gears and breaks it.

  1. Frosty the Snowman, 1969

Long before the numerous versions of this classic Christmas character, this classic cartoon show about Frosty the Snowman has already been enjoyed by countless kids.

  1. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, 1970

Voice actors Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Mickey Rooney and Fred Astaire lend their voices to the characters in this cartoon show. The story revolves around how Santa became Santa. It also features the battle with the Winter Wizard and Mayor Meisterburger.

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

Everyone can learn a thing or two about the Christmas season with this cartoon. This animated movie lets you realize the real meaning of the holidays which is to spend time and enjoy with family and friends.

  1. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, 1966

Before the unruly Jim Carrey version of the Grinch was shown on the big screen, this iconic cartoon character has already graced countless television sets. It’s a laughable animated movie, featuring the many misadventures and attempts of this green creature to steal the season. In one of the scenes, the Grinch rides horribly in a ski that is akin to those found at http://winterbadass.com/.

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 1942

We’ve always been fascinated with this Red Nosed Reindeer. In this animated show, Rudolph takes us to a journey in an island of misfit toys. Memorable characters can also be seen in this movie.

  1. A Year Without A Santa Claus, 1974

This movie imagines a Christmas without holiday. Santa mulls on passing on Christmas because he thinks no one cares about the spirit of the season.

With all these iconic cartoon shows, who wouldn’t love Christmas? Did I miss out on any of your favorite animated shows?

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My Favorite Comic Books Storylines

Comic books tell some of the greatest stories, the stories that I still remember to this day after reading them as a kid. The coolest part about comics that their story can unfold over a period of years and events that seemed small at the time can actually turn into massive important events. The stories I’m about to share with you are my personal favorites from years of reading comics and obsessing about story arcs. Here you are! Enjoy!

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Years 1-5)

This comic book arc is based on a 2013 video game of the same name. And I truly believe it to be one of the best comics that DC has ever published. This story is set in a world where the Joker used a gas to make Superman hallucinate. He believed that Lois was Doomsday, and took her out into space and killed her. When he realized what he had done he killed the Joker, breaking his cardinal rule (to never kill) and set up a one-world dictatorship with him as the ruler. He allied himself with the Yellow Lantern Corps and used fear to stop all crime, but also crushed anyone who opposed him. In the various arcs, he fights against the Justice League, the Green Lantern Corps, the Magic Users, and the Gods. This story is one of the coolest Superman stories I know.

Avengers vs. X-men

This is another massive fight comic, this time from Marvel. When the Phoenix force gives several of the x-men massive powers beyond belief, the mutants of the world became the rulers and forced everyone to bend to their will. The Avengers appreciated the idea of a new world, but did not like the idea of everyone being forced to comply with the x-men. So, the Avengers tried to reason with the mutants, but were rebuffed. So they decided the only way was to defeat the x-men in a fight, so they all took sides and fought against each other. It was a massive world war… But I’m not going to tell you who won it! Some of the coolest battles are with Luke Cage, who has a skin so powerful that when dogs are sent to attack him they just can’t break his skin. He doesn’t have to distract them with dog toys from Dogs Rant; he can just go along his way!

Flashpoint

This comic features my favorite superhero, the Flash. He goes back in time to save his mother from death, but changes the whole world. Superman was found by the government and imprisoned as a baby, and Aquaman and Wonder Woman fight for control of the planet. However, the biggest one is Batman: in this world, Bruce Wayne was shot and out of grief Thomas Wayne became a Batman who kills and uses guns, while Martha Wayne became The Joker. This comic is a great reversal of most comic stories.

I love just curling up and reading long comic arcs for hours; I often sit with my dogs while they play with their awesome interactive dog toys, and I have a beer and read some Marvel or DC. I can’t think of a better evening!

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How Children’s Shows Have Changed For Good?

I was watching the TV the other night and chanced upon the cartoon channel. Man! A lot has changed!

In an earlier post, I’ve written about what has changed with the cartoons of today and the 80’s and 90’s but I couldn’t still get over it.

I admit, cartoons have changed—and it has changed for the good. It appears to be more beneficial and helpful in helping parents educate their children. In one of the shows, a cartoon character was seen jumping up and down a trampoline – the ones that I’ve been reading about at http://trampolinify.com/ – while counting. For sure young kids would be amazed at the visual while learning how to count. It also had the character singing the alphabet.

When a TV show is tagged as educational, parents will obviously believe it. But unlike in the cartoons of yesteryears, today’s children’s shows undergo a lot study before they are actually released. These shows are backed by childhood-development principles, intensive research, and an understanding of child psychology. From STEM subject to emotional to social learning, pre-school TV shows are beefed up with quality lessons that enrich the education that young children are taught in the house. Professionals work behind the scene to ensure that these shows really reach kids.

I could remember Sesame Street to be among the best kid’s shows of my time that really have educational value. Sesame Street has been pioneering in this realm long before other educational cartoon shows have been produced. The show’s child psychology experts, advisors and researchers spend a lot of time creating each episode. Counting, alphabet, friendship, health – you name it, the gang at Sesame Street have been teaching kids for over 45 years now. Iconic children’s shows creatively embed valuable life lessons into the fun, blurring the divide between entertainment and education.

The Disney Channel also has a line-up of great children’s shows that inculcate importance of health into the kids’ young minds. The shows like The Wiggles, Fruit Salad, Yummy, Jo-Jo’s Circus inspire children to go on a health kick, dance and move around. It also teaches them how to choose healthy food choices such as fruits over candy, vegetables over junkies, and much more. In one of the episodes, the kids are invited by the cartoon character to exercise with her. She was jumping merrily on a rectangular trampoline like the one you can see on this site.

Dora the Explorer, a show by Nickelodeon, is also equally great for kids. It promotes health through physical activity at the same time other basic STEM lessons. Dora takes children into her different adventures while learning a number of lessons.

While there are still a lot of crappy kids’ shows, I could say a lot has change in cartoons. I’ve always found the entertainment side of today’s children’s shows very wholesome. The strict guidelines authorities have set for children’s shows have pushed producers to do their best. Parents can now rest assured that their kids learn good things while watching the TV!

3 of the Most Daring Art Heists Ever!

3 of the Most Daring Art Heists Ever!

Pulling off a successful art heist requires creative, clever, and uncanny klepto skills.

The risks are high – damage to art, market deficiency, restitution fees, criminal prosecution, jail time, angry underground bosses – but the reward of a million dollar price tag is just too sweet to resist. Stealing art has fascinated and continues to lure hard-skinned folks to these fabulous rewards. Some professional art syndicates are after the lucrative price tags while amateurs are just into by the glamour and adventure of art heist.

Because of the ever present threat of burglars, galleries, museums and other art exhibitors ensure that their art pieces are secured and safeguarded before, during and after the exhibition. It’s not surprising for them to hire reliable security as well as logistics services like this http://ita-logistic.eu/services/groupage/ for transporting pricey art pieces.

However, no matter how scrupulous security plans are laid out, some art burglars are still able to stage daring acts. Here let’s take a look at 5 of the most popular, headline worthy art heists in art history.

1. The Louvre, Paris, 1911

Thought to be among the most guarded and secured repositories of priceless art pieces, the Louvre has been a silent witness to the theft of the Mona Lisa. And it was a simple inside job carefully executed by Vincenzo Peruggia. The man casually walked out the building with the Mona Lisa stashed beneath his coat. He held possession of the infamous painting for two years before handing it back to the museum.

 

2. Swedish National Museum, Sweden, 2000

Swedish criminals staged a dramatic sequence of events that ultimately led to the theft of thirty million dollar-worth art pieces: Self Portrait Renoir, Rembrandt, Young Parisian and Conversation with a Gardner. The criminals staged two car explosions near the museum. It was enough for them to walk calmly into the museum, armed with heavy firearms, and stealing their target pieces.

 

3. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 1990

This daring art heist is like what we commonly see in movies: two policemen arrives at the museum and claims to be responding into an emergency. Shortly after entering the premises, the supposed policemen turns rogue and hand cuffs the security guards. The heist is the biggest in American history. It still remains unresolved with painting by Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer still to be recovered.

 

4. Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland, 2003

A very bold and crazy burglary plot turns successful. The eventual thieves – a tandem – discreetly joined a public tour around the Duke of Buccleuch’s royal house. The two men overpowered the guide, giving them free access to the million-dollar-worth piece – Madonna with the Yarnwider by Leonardo da Vinci. Up to this day, this piece is still missing.

Surely, art is a lucrative industry but stealing art is even more lucrative. Keeping the art pieces safe through the show is a tough job that entails proper planning. If you’re into art collection or art exhibition, always remember that it’s not enough that you hire a good international freight service provider like the ITA Logistics EU. You have to have a solid safety and security plans.

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

Go check your attics or garage, who knows, you might have been storing the most expensive comics without you knowing it!

Last week, I was clearing up some space in our attic when I chanced upon a ragged down pallet collar (go to http://kronuscollars.com/ to see how it looks like). And what a pleasant surprise!

Along with some other useless stuff and junk, I found vintage comics that my parents must have kept a long time ago. They were not in perfect shape but really looked awesome.

Excited, I browsed the internet to see what these comics were about. And I wasn’t prepared for a bigger surprise! These comics, some dating around the 80’s, could well be priceless collector’s items. If sold to the right buyer, I could easily go home richer by a hundred or even a grand. I was so fascinated especially when I learned that some of the most valuable comics were sold off at unbelievable price tags.

You surely won’t believe comics cost a million! Take a look at the six priciest comics ever sold.

  1. Action Comics # 1

Considered as the “holy grail” of comic book collectibles, this edition features the debut of Superman created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Even with four different copies out in the market, this edition was auctioned off at a hefty $3,207,852.00 price tag.

  1. Amazing Fantasy #15

Almost in mint condition, this comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko features the first appearance of Spider-Man. Comic book collectors were surprised at the final bid price ($1,100,000) of this comic especially that it was well over the all-time high of that time, Silver Age comic book, which was just under $300,000.

  1. Detective Comics #27

Even with just a grade of 8.0, Detective Comic #27 was sold off at a costly $1,075,000.00. It is the only piece currently out in the market although there are a handful of copies with higher grades. It is said that the 9.2-graded Detective Comics #27 could be the most valuable comic book in existence and could be easily sold double the price of this comics. This edition of Detective Comics contains the debut of the well-loved crime-buster, Batman. Initially, this comic book held the record as the most expensive comic book in the market when it was sold in 2010.

  1. Batman #1

First issues almost always get good valuations. The first issue of the Batman series, where Catwoman and Joker also first appeared, was sold at $567,625.00. Accordingly, there was a lively bidding war in 2013 when this comic book was sold.

  1. X-Men #1

Notching a 9.8 grade, this comic book is easily the highest graded book on this list. Its $492,937.00 price tag did not come as a surprise especially with that an earlier Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s “X-Men” series sold was sold at around half this price.

  1. Flash Comics #1

Sold at an impressive $450,000, this edition of Flash Comics features the debut appearance of Hawkman and Golden Age Flash. When it was auctioned in 2010, this 9.6-graded comic was the second highest sale on record. Like many other high value comics, this mint copy of Flash Comics #1 came from the collection of Edgar Church, considered to have some of the best quality comics collection in the world.

For quite a long time, I’ve never really considered comic books as valuable pieces. But reading all this has changed how I view comics.

So, the next time you buy a comic book, make sure to keep them safely. As for me, I don’t plan to sell the old comic books I’ve found. I’d better have them for my personal enjoyment!

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Cartoons Then and Now: How Have They Changed

I was scanning the TV last night looking for some news, when suddenly… He-Man, She-Ra and the Care Bears were flashed. Whoa! These are my superheroes.

Expecting that the channel would be showing at least an episode, I stayed for a while, but I was wrong. It was just part of their commercial. The channel must have been revisiting memory lane – showing some of their defunct shows. But it felt good seeing some of the 80’s and 90’s cartoon shows on TV, it’s nostalgic.

I stayed watching the kids channel and was surprised to see how much animated shows have changed since my childhood. For a kid who grew up during the heyday of cartoons and animated television series, I find today’s cartoons very different.

We’ve seen a lot of developments especially in the world of animation. New techniques enabled better graphics for modern animated shows. Unlike in the 80’s- or 90’s-produced animations, today’s cartoons are more realistic and have better visual appeal. Some cartoon shows even look realistic.

But aside from the obvious visual changes, modern cartoons have undergone hefty sanitation thanks to government regulations. Animated shows during our time (talking about 80s to 90s kids) were crude and were pervaded by slapstick. We all watched and loved the funny antics in cartoons but we seemed never really to understand what the creator’s motives were. I can say that our cartoons were all just for laugh.

The other types of cartoons, on the other hand, were pervaded with imaginary worlds, characters and superpowers. They showcased heroism and violence all at the same time. We had animals as heroes, ranging from cats, dogs, bears and a mouse. These talking creatures have pervaded our wild imaginations as kids and they never fail to make us smile. On the other hand, evil villains scared us in our dreams. Who would forget the villains donned with hideous costumes or fighting combat suits (follow this link to see what I mean) or guised as fancy aliens.

Cartoons nowadays have deeper story lines, settings, character description, morals, and more realistic comedy. With such stringent rules, I don’t think slapstick antics or violence in cartoons can get away without some bashing. Although some cartoon shows are able to slip with some sarcasm and adult-themed jokes, majority of today’s animated series have been sanitized to appeal the modern day kids.

I’ve also seen how cartoon shows’ story lines have been diversified and have become more intricate. The differences between SpongeBob Squarepants and Tom & Jerry are very obvious. The former shows real world values and morals as depicted creatively in an undersea setting. On the other hand, Tom & Jerry is all about a cat relentlessly chasing a squeaky mouse.

There are also a lot of children’s shows today that are more educational in nature. Science Kids and Dora the Explorer teach kids about letters, shapes, numbers and other basic stuff. These cartoon shows are very educational that some teachers even use them as teaching aides.

If you grew during our time, when cartoons were just for laughs, you might not love cartoon shows of today. For myself, I didn’t really enjoy watching and digesting the deep storylines of modern animated shows. You may not agree with me but I guess kids and adults alike should watch cartoons for fun.