Scooby Apocalypse

DC Comics is owned by Warner Bros. Warner Bros. also owns Hanna-Barbera, which made such classics as The Flintstones and The Jetsons. A few years back, DC began a series of titles based on the Hanna-Barbera characters. These titles were different than the cartoons that Hanna-Barbera used to make. They were more mature takes on the old Hanna-Barbera characters.

From what I’ve heard, The Flintstones was about all of Bedrock ostracizing Fred and Wilma, Barney and Betty because they were monogamous couples, which wasn’t exactly a widespread practice back in the caveman days. They did a Snagglepuss series and I heard that it depicted him as a gay man living in the 1950s. I know they did a Jetsons one too, but I never really heard what it was about.

The only one of them that I actually read was based on Scooby Doo. It was called Scooby Apocalypse. The premise of the story was the Scooby characters being in a world that’s part The Walking Dead and part Serenity. Basically, Velma is a super genius and she creates a nanite that is supposed to cure the population of anger and violence (Serenity). Her brothers tinker with her design and release the nanite, which turns almost the entire world population into monsters and forces everyone else to band together to survive (Walking Dead) .

I just read the final issue of the series’ three year run. I’m not going to go into any specifics about the story, but I will tell you that, as a whole, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. There were some things about the series that I wasn’t a big fan of, such as them making Scrappy a bigger part of the story than I thought they should. They also had some side stories at the end of each issue featuring other Hanna-Barbera characters that I didn’t particularly care for (To anyone from DC Comics that may read this, please note that I give zero shits about Secret Squirrel).

The rest of the story was pretty good. It also helped that there was only one writer over the course of the series. I don’t like it when series switch writers in the middle of a run. That almost never works out.

If you like Scooby Doo and/or apocalypse stories, this series is definitely worth a try.

Almost Three Weeks

It’s been almost three weeks since I last posted on this here blog. I had a feeling that my new job would throw off my posting schedule, but I didn’t think it would do it this much. If nothing else, I expected to be able to scratch out a few minutes on one of my off days, at least, to put something up, but so far I’ve yet to do so.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get more into the groove of things soon. Maybe I’ll try to set aside some of my break times to writing at least a little something on here once or twice a week.

Fantasy Football Part 22

Eagerly awaiting the next installment of our Fantasy Football story? Of course you were! well, wait no further! Just head on over to The Matticus Kingdom and check it out!

The Matticus Kingdom

How many parts should a fantasy football story have? Trick question! As many as possible, of course. And here we are with another installment.

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“Why aren’t you at the game?”

Plex realized it was a ridiculous question to ask, given the circumstances, but he couldn’t top himself from blurting it out.

“Nobody ever pays attention to the comings and goings of gnomes,” Vinyard replied, somewhat coolly.  But then he smiled and added, “That does have its advantages from time to time.”

Apparently seeing that Plex wasn’t satisfied with his comment, Vinyard continued, “I’m not at the game because I was needed more here.”

Plex frowned.  Once again he had been caught worrying about that stupid game.  It was a game he hadn’t wanted to play in the first place and then had gotten so involved that he had let his emotions get the better of him.  That outburst could…

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Come See Me Cincinnati!

Any other Cincinnati area people here?

Matt Roberts

Hey Cincinnati, OH locals and those who live around there, I’m going to be selling autographed copies of my book in person on Saturday, February 22nd at Wyoming Community Coffee in Wyoming alongside the most excellent, Cincy Book Bus!

I discovered the Cincy Book Bus just the other day and discovered she donates her proceeds to purchase children’s books for local schools. So I decided I would donate 5 copies of my book, all autographed (as if that’s a selling point), and all of the proceeds will of course go to her charity! I’ll be there in the morning from 9 to noon, so make sure you stop by, have a look at the books, help an awesome cause, and of course get yourself a cuppa Joe!

For more information, check out their respective websites and make sure to like and follow them on Facebook!

Wyoming Community Coffee
facebook.com/wyomingcommunitycoffee

Cincy…

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Being Strong

For as long as I can remember, dealing with my own problems, the things that happen to me, has been fairly easy. It’s not until I see the people I care about having to struggle that I begin to find it hard. This is especially true when the problem that they have is something that I can’t help them with. Nothing hurts me more than seeing a loved one dealing with something and knowing that there’s absolutely nothing I can do.

In my heart, I feel like I should be the one to suffer the slings and arrows for them, but in my mind, I know that they have to find the strength to get through their trials by themselves. I can’t be strong for them…

But, I will be there to be strong with them.

The One Little Thing

So far, my new job seems to be going pretty well. The work seems fairly easy. The people there seem cool so far. If anything, I’d say I only have one little thing that bothers me about the job right now.

After getting home the other day, my wife asked me to run to the store up the street to get something that we didn’t have for what she was making for dinner. The store is only a couple thousand yards (or so) away from my house, so I’ll always walk up there (unless it’s raining really hard). I walk there, get what I need to get, and start walking home. About halfway back, one of my neighbors was outside and stopped me to ask me why I shopped at that store. That may seem weird to some of you, but there was a reason that she did so.

I work for a large grocery chain. I don’t actually work in one of their stores, however. I work in one of their warehouses. Unfortunately, the one little the thing that bothers me is that one of the requirements of my job is that I have to wear a polo shirt with the company logo on the chest. So, when my neighbor stopped me, her question was, “Why are you shopping at that grocery store when you work for a different one?”

Instead of trying to explain to her that I can’t buy things from my job site (Apparently it would cause some kind of malfunction in the inventory tracking), I just made a comment about how this store was closer to my house, which was also true. I wasn’t about to get in my car and drive a few miles to buy two items from the closest store of my grocery chain when I could walk up the street and do it a hell of a lot quicker.

If this was the only incident, I wouldn’t mind the dress code thing, but I’ve stopped into one of my stores a number of times on my way home from work and have been on the receiving end of some very strange looks from the employees there. I think most of them are trying to figure out who the hell I am, because I obviously work for the company. To avoid the hassle of the conversations that would come of their questioning, I go through the self check out and get the hell out of there as quickly as I can.

It hasn’t happened yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time before I’m in a store on my way home from work and a customer is going to see the logo on my shirt and assume I work there. While I know there are some decent people out there, I’ve also worked retail enough to know that there’s a really good chance that they’ll get pissed when I tell them that while I work for the company, I don’t actually for that store.

Getting into the Groove

Things are going well for me in my new job so far. It’s still an adjustment for me, however. Especially when the hours aren’t exactly the greatest. I’m still working on trying to get into a rhythm with these new hours. Mostly, I’m trying to work as much family time into my days as I can. No matter what, I want to squeeze every second I can into my time with my girls.

One of the things that has suffered so far in this transition is my available writing time… I haven’t had any.

Sure, that will probably change once Baby E goes back to school after her winter break is up. I’ll have some time to write in between dropping her off at school and having to go to work. Of course, that’s also prime video game and/or TV watching time. So, who knows? Maybe I’ll alternate days… or something. I guess it’ll depend on how I’m feeling each day.

It’ll probably be a little while before I get into a groove in my new schedule.