Posts by Will Romine

About Will Romine

Dear Red, If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I'll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend, Will Romine.

Kevin Smith at SDCC: He Wasn't Even Supposed to Be Here Today

Kevin Smith is a jewel of the geek community. He is one of the only figures etched in the side of Mount Geekmore that we love as much for who he is as for what he's done. For you see, Kevin is truly one of us. Whereas directors and stars of major superhero franchises lay […]

The Drinking Dead: A Walking Dead Wine Tasting at SDCC

If you've ever watched The Walking Dead and wondered to yourself "I wish I could pair the scene of a walker decorating himself on a fence post with a strong-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon," then you're in luck! Yesterday I attended a wine tasting hosted by the fine folks at Skybound. The tasting featured a selection of Walking […]

Mego, the Funko of the 1970s, Is Back! [SDCC]

Mego. Even if you don't know the name, you should be familiar with the figure. Mego was a pioneer amongst toy manufacturers for designing action figures based on popular franchises, properties, and public figures. The figures were revolutionary for the care taken in crafting likenesses close to the source material. Beyond verisimilitude, the figures were […]

What It's Like to Moderate a San Diego Comic-Con Panel for the First Time

This year marks the end of my first decade of SDCC attendance. Ten years in geekdom is a lifetime.  Collectively, I've sat through over a month's worth of panels. I've seen Ballroom 20 filled to the brim for shows that would be canceled midway through their first season. I was in Hall H when someone […]

South Park: Cartman's Escape Room at SDCC is F***ing Impossible

Over the years, San Diego Comic-Con has expanded beyond the footprint of the convention center and adjacent hotels to include immersive off-site experiences. These off-sites give a taste of SDCC to those unable to secure a badge. For some reason, escape rooms dominate the 2018 landscape. I counted no fewer than five different escape rooms […]

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Comic-Con: Do It for the Merit Badge

Friends, this year marks my 10th year at San Diego Comic-Con. Do anything for a decade, and you begin to notice certain repeating patterns, archetypes, and tendencies. Put me on the show floor and not only can I navigate my way to any booth, I can do so in the most efficient manner, taking into […]

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DC Collectibles at SDCC: Pray for My Wallet

Traditions are important. They give us continuity throughout the ages and allow us to mark the passage of time. For me, the DC Collectibles panel at San Diego Comic-Con serves that function. Each year I go to this panel and get a "State of the Union" presentation of what's going to drain my wallet in […]

Will Shazam! Include Tawky Tawny?

One mainstay of the DC booth at San Diego Comic-Con are the displays of costumes from upcoming DCEU films. Front and center were the costumes of Billy Batson and Shazam/Captain Marvel. At first glance, these costumes match set photos and publicity shots. No surprises — or so I thought. But look again! Emblazoned upon Billy's […]

South Park: Memberberries at San Diego Comic-Con

'Member that time Randy Marsh vomited on me?  O000h, I 'member! This year marks a full decade of your's truly at San Diego Comic-Con. Over the years, I've seen some inventive, creative, and just plain weird exhibitor booths. This year, South Park topped them all. At their booth, fans of the stalwart Comedy Central series […]

Pokémon Go at SDCC 2018: Unowns Everywhere

Scarcely a week before San Diego Comic-Con, Niantic Labs cancelled their much-anticipated SDCC panel.  Though no official response was given by the creators of Pokémon Go and Ingress, fan speculation ranged from event-fatigue after last week's successful Go-Fest to a company-wide effort to break this writer's heart. However, they didn't completely leave their fans wanting. […]

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Evo by Ozobot: Intriguingly Complex, Even for Adults! [Toy Review]

Every generation has its technological Everest. For my grandmother, it was the remote control. Any functions outside of changing the channel or controlling the volume angered and confused her. I remember many an afternoon during my teen years when I would be called to Gramma's house to "fix" her tv. Whether it was a simple […]

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Justice League Blu-Ray Review: Nary a Zack Snyder to Be Seen

Justice League is now available on Blu-ray and DVD at purveyors of home entertainment worldwide.  Thanks to the fine folks at Warner Bros., I have a copy of the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack all to myself. While this movie has been available digitally for nearly a month, the Blu-ray version promises a host of extra features to give the […]

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Black Lightning Season 1, Episode 1 Review: A Game-Changer for DC TV

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Television pilots are a lot like free samples at Costco. A tiny morsel skewered on a toothpick gives you a sense of the experience to be had should you decide to buy the entire wheel of Manchego, or the 81-pack of buttery croissants. The sample is usually delicious, but not always satisfying enough […]

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Could DC in D.C. Be the Future of Comic Cons?

From January 12-13, the brightest stars from DC Entertainment's comic and television worlds descended on our nation's capital for a weekend linking the four-color world of comic books to our present-day social concerns. I didn't write this article during or immediately after the DC in D.C. event because I needed some time to digest what […]

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Black Lightning World Premiere – from the Black Carpet! [Photos]

Will Romine writes: Hello, friends and well-wishers! Tomorrow, January 16th, marks a red letter day for fan boys and girls alike. At 9 p.m. EST, Black Lightning premieres on the CW. Thanks to the fine folks at CW and WB, I was able to attend the world premiere in Washington D.C. I was on the […]

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Review: Smartly Innovative and Gripping

Will Romine writes: [rwp-review-recap id="0"] Hey-o! It's your old pal Will Romine again coming to you from DC Entertainment's DC in D.C. weekend.  So nice of DC to hold an event in my backyard. It's like San Diego Comic-Con, except I get to go back to my own bed at the end of the night and […]

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Parenting Geekly: The Christmas List

Will Romine writes: Hello, friends of mine! About four months ago, I became a father. Tomes have been written about those first moments, when the doctor hands you your minutes-old child. There is a rush of so many seemingly contradictory emotions that dissecting and fully comprehending them can take months, years, or even a lifetime. […]

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Nerd Food: Set Phasers To Smashed With Star Trek Symbiosis Ale!

Star Trek: The Next Generation, the show which introduced us to the Borg, launched the career of Patrick Stewart, and gave us my favorite Star Trek movie (First Contact) turns 30 this year. To celebrate, the fine folks at Shmaltz Brewing and Federation of Beers bring us Star Trek Symbiosis, a collector's edition ale brewed with Centennial, […]

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Monopoly Gamer: All The Monopoly Fun, None Of The Table-Flipping Rage

Will Romine writes: [rwp-review-recap id="0"] Hello, Pals!  Nintendo and Monopoly had a baby. Hasbro delivered that baby to my doorstep a few weeks back. Like all babies, it was a blessing. However, unlike the other times I've found abandoned babies, I didn't have to call child services. Instead, I got to keep this one! Plus, […]