Movie Review: Bumblebee

By Jason T. Smith The Transformers franchise doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to live action flicks. The critically panned Michael Bay series of films abandoned the heart of the robots in disguise from the days of animated series and comic books and went with a loud, soulless series of films with the…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Mary Poppins Returns

By Kevin Hoskinson Disney had a lot to live up to when it was announced that the studio was moving forward to a sequel to their classic 1964 film “Mary Poppins”. It’s almost reasonably certain that the pressure was on for the studio, and everything had to be perfect. The casting, music and pure magic…Read moreRead more

Aquaman Review: King of the Sea

By Nolan P. Smith DC Comics hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to their cinematic universe. From the confused Batman V Superman to the storied history behind the Justice League film, it has been hard to get their world started. Wonder Woman was amazing, so Aquaman had some high expectations to meet. How…Read moreRead more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Official Movie Special: Digging Even Deeper Into the Spider-Verse

By Daniel Schwartz Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a smash hit! Many people believe it is the best Spider-Man movie to date. The fantastic animation, compelling characters, and stunning storyline are a love letter to Spider-Fans that have been searching for a definitive take on the character. On the heels of the fantastic movie, Titan…Read moreRead more

The Freeze #1 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson In the newest offering from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions, a strange phenomenon is happening on a global scale. People across the world are frozen in time, and there is only one guy who can help them. But the question is, can he save them all? Or, more importantly, will he?…Read moreRead more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

By Nolan P. Smith As the year comes to a close, moviegoers are hit with a barrage of films vying for your attention. For Sony, they released the animated feature-length film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and with this, have created one of the best comic book inspired films of all time. Directed by Bob Persichetti,…Read moreRead more

The Whimsical and Beautiful Meet in Tara McPherson’s Latest Art Book

By Staff Reports Extraordinary illustrations, vibrant colors, and bold fantasies fill the pages of artist Tara McPherson’s most recent collection of work: Wandering Luminations: The Art of Tara McPherson. The chaotic wonders of science, mythology, and the power of the feminine form are at the core of the works compiled in Wandering Luminations. This powerful…Read moreRead more

IDW Relaunches Transformers Comics

By Staff Reports IDW Publishing proudly announces that a brand-new Transformers series will debut in March 2019 that will explore the very moment when a glorious, peaceful Cybertron begins its downward spiral into chaos. Available twice monthly, IDW’s Transformers comic will be written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Presents A Christmas Giveaway- Dec 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Linebreakers in Victorville

By Nolan P. Smith Next week, we are having a Christmas Giveaway! Dec 19th, 6:00 p.m. at Linebreakers in Victorville. No purchase necessary, just come in, get a raffle ticket and be entered to win some cool pop culture prizes! Tis the season to be giving, so that’s what we’re going to do! We will…Read moreRead more

Upgrade Soul Lands on Year-End Lists Everywhere

By Staff Reports Upgrade Soul, one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2018, was named as one of The Library Journal’s Best of 2018 this week, following the book’s appearance on Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2018 in October. Additionally, the book was recently selected as one of the year’s best graphic novels by online retail giant, Amazon. Upgrade…Read moreRead more

Dark Horse and Disney Pixar Present the Perfect Companion to “Toy Story 4”

By Staff Reports The story continues! It’s been almost a decade since we last checked in with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. As part of our continued partnership with Pixar, Dark Horse is pleased to announce a new Toy Story 4 graphic novel anthology that is the perfect companion to the highly…Read moreRead more

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Final Season Trailer

By Staff Reports With the highly anticipated final season premiere approaching, DreamWorks Animation Television is excited to share the Voltron Legendary Defender season eight trailer! After saving the Earth, the Paladins embark to prevent Honerva from setting into motion her deadliest plan yet. It’s a race against the clock as the Voltron Coalition gathers from…Read moreRead more

IDW Games Announces Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Board Game

By Staff Reports IDW Games are excited to announce the next tabletop adventure for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. Expanding on the system of TMNT: Shadows of the Past, this tabletop miniatures game will be coming to Kickstarter in January and will be action-packed with new miniatures, tiles, and Adventure…Read moreRead more

Lion Forge Premiers New Single Issue Format with Stiletto

By Staff Reports Lion Forge gives comic book fans another reason to be thankful this holiday season, with news that the 2013 hard-boiled crime noir series Stiletto, from writer/artist Palle Schmidt, will be translated and expanded for release in the United States next year! Additionally, the St. Louis–based publisher of comics for everyone unveils a brand-new storytelling…Read moreRead more

Designer Con 2018 Shatters Expectations

By Nolan P. Smith Editor Photos by Jason T. Smith and Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– Designer Con took place at the Anaheim Convention Center this past weekend, and for me, it became the best con of 2018. Designer Con has grown leaps and bounds since I last visited years ago. Now in Anaheim, the…Read moreRead more

The Next Pastrami Nation Podcast is November 28th on Facebook

By Nolan P. Smith It’s time once again for a live podcast for Pastrami Nation! Join us on November 28th at 6:15 p.m. as we broadcast live from Linebreakers in Victorville, CA ! The podcast will be live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pastramination). Make sure to watch live as we discuss the art form of comic books,…Read moreRead more

Bitter Root #1 Review: A New Threat to the Paranormal

By Nolan P. Smith David F. Walker and Sanford Greene are the team behind the recent hit series, Power Man and Iron Fist, which I loved. So when I heard they have reunited for a creator-owned series over at Image Comics with Chuck Brown, I knew I had to give it a shot. With Bitter…Read moreRead more

Friendo #2 Review- Tech-Tragedy

By Nolan P. Smith In the debut issue of Vault Comics’ Friendo, we met Leopold, a down on his luck actor with a not so down on her luck girlfriend who buys Leo an expensive pair of smart glasses, Friendo. But the glasses are a little too intuitive as the artificial intelligence, named Jerry, begins…Read moreRead more

God of War #1 Review: War Never Ends

By Nolan P. Smith It’s one of the best games of 2018, and one of the greatest franchises to hit consoles. Thanks to Dark Horse Comics, God of War is now a comic, giving us an early look at Kratos and his son, Atreus. Written by Chris Roberson (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.) , with art…Read moreRead more

Middlewest #1 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson Middlewest is a new ongoing series from writer Scottie Young and artist Jorge Corona. It’s about life in a small town, the town you grew up in, and can’t wait to get out of. It’s also about the inner demons you must face and come to terms with. Abel lives in a…Read moreRead more

Designer Con Lands in Anaheim This Weekend

By Nolan P. Smith Editor (Victor Valley)– The popular arts take over the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend as Designer Con returns for its 2018 show. The three-day event kicks off on November 16th and runs all weekend. Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that brings all forms of art forms under…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces the Release of Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers a visually stunning work of sci-fi horror with the release of ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION on December 18th. ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION is by famed creator Tsutomu Nihei and is rated ‘T+’…Read moreRead more

Going Back To THE SOURCE! Second Printing On The Way for Scout’s Latest Hit

By Staff Reports SCOUT COMICS AND ENTERTAINMENT is proud to announce that THE SOURCE #1 by Don Handfield, Joshua Malkin and Leno Carrvalho has completely sold out and has gone back to a second printing. THE SOURCE is the story of Bennett Miller, a high school teacher in East St Louis who still lives with…Read moreRead more

Rest in Peace Stan Lee- A Reflection on a Legendary Life

On November 12th, 2018, the world got the news it never wanted to hear: Stan Lee has died, and the world just got a lot colder. Born Stanley Martin Lieber, the man is often considered the father of Marvel Comics, and rightfully so. He is responsible for creating and co-creating the cornerstones of the Marvel…Read moreRead more

The Pokemon Detective Pikachu Trailer Is Here!

By Nolan P. Smith Are you ready for a different take on Pokemon? The Pokemon: Detective Pikachu trailer is here, starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu… and it looks fantastic. Check it out below!

Tupac x Black Panther Available Exclusively @ POP by Foot Locker Launched

By Staff Reports The Estate of Tupac Shakur and the Marvel Comics are collaborating to bring together one of the most legendary artists of all time and the most culturally-impactful comic book hero of our era, exclusively at POP by Foot Locker. Launched Friday, November 9, the exclusive 9- piece Tupac Shakur and Black Panther…Read moreRead more

Super7 at DesignerCon 2018

By Staff Reports Super7 returns to the amazing madness that is DesignerCon in Anaheim, California again this year! They will be set up in Booth 2023 on November 16th to 18th. Of course it wouldn’t be DCon if they didn’t bring new Super7 Japanese vinyl along with new exclusive and debut releases with them. Violent…Read moreRead more

Four New Studio Films Coming to 4DX Theaters This November

By Staff Reports CJ 4DPLEX (www.cj4dx.com), the world’s leading cinema company, announced today that four new studio films will be released in 4DX theaters domestically and internationally this November. The films include 20th Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Universal Pictures’ “Dr. Suess’ The Grinch,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” and Walt Disney…Read moreRead more

IDW Games Announces Signature Edition for the Wayward Board Game

By Staff Reports IDW Games is proud to announce the Wayward Board Game – Signature Edition, based on the comic series world by Jim Zub (Rick and Morty VS. Dungeons & Dragons) and Steven Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Forager, Wayward), with new art by Cummings and game design by Jonathan Gilmour (Dinosaur Island,…Read moreRead more

DC Collectibles Reveals DesignerCon 2018 Exclusives

By Staff Reports DC Collectibles, DC’s in-house line of high-end collectibles, will make its DesignerCon debut, showcasing some of the company’s most cutting-edge collectibles at this year’s convention from November 16-18, 2018, in Anaheim, CA. Taking center stage at the show is DC Collectibles’ artist-focused designer vinyl line, DC Artists Alley. DC Artists Alley is…Read moreRead more