Interview with artist Dawn McTeigue

By Nolan P. Smith Join Pastrami Nation’s Nolan Smith and Eddie Aguirre as we interview the talented Dawn McTeigue! It debuts at 8PM PST on May 13th! We talk about comics, hats, SuperBoop Squad, and more! PLUS- Dawn is giving away a signed comic book to one lucky winner! Also, we are giving away TWO…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Mega Podcast!

Welcome to Pastrami Nation’s Mega Podcast! Join Nolan, Jason, and a slew of amazing podcasters, reviewers, and guests from our eight-year history! We talk about pop culture during these COVID times, debate what franchise is doing better in 2020 (Star Wars or Star Trek), and learn about our amazing giveaways that end on May 13th!!!

Pastrami Nation Mega Podcast Set for May 9th- Celebrate and Win!

By Nolan P. Smith Editor On May 9th, we will hold the largest podcast we have ever had, with Pastrami Nation podcasters from throughout our eight year history joining us for our Mega Podcast!!! The podcast will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and SoundCloud on the night of May 9th, with giveaways running until…Read moreRead more

Power-Con Postponed Until 2021 – Online Experience to Be Announced Soon for 2020

By Staff Reports As the safety and well-being of fans is of the upmost importance, the team at Power-Con has decided to postpone our 2020 event. Power-Con will return September 11 & 12, 2021 to the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California. Everyone at Power-Con has remained optimistic that the 2020 event could continue as originally…Read moreRead more

Something Badass and Different for Mother’s Day

By Eddie Aguirre This year, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to get my wife, Jessica, for Mother’s Day. The typical gifts came to mind; candles, small appliances, books, or clothing. They were all just the same and not very exciting. I remembered past discussions we had about having an artist do…Read moreRead more

Six-year-old Boy Publishes Free Pandemic-Related Children’s Book

By Nolan P. Smith Editor (Victor Valley)– During these COVID-19 days, some of us are turning to our creative side in ways of coping and creating works of art. The same is true for six-year-old Sebastien Gonzalez, he created a children’s book, with a little help from his mom, Melanie, dad, Miguel and dog, Blue. Gonzalez…Read moreRead more

Comic-Con 2020, WonderCon Cancelled in Light of the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Staff Reports For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021. Recognizing that countless…Read moreRead more

Heavy Metal 300 Cover Reveal; Brendan Columbus Debut

By Staff Reports Heavy Metal has dropped information on the landmark #300 issue, including the reveal of Cover A, and new on Brendan Columbus, son of filmmaker Chris Columbus, and his debut in Heavy Metal! Cover A of Issue 300 Features Heavy Metal Heroine Taarna Since the 1981 Heavy Metal movie, Taarna the Taarakian has…Read moreRead more

Linebreakers Assembles Local High Desert Artists for Art Drive to Help St. Mary’s Hospital with COVID-19 Supplies

By Staff Reports Linebreakers, the largest comic book and hobby shop in the High Desert, has brought together the talents of seven local artists for an Art Drive that will help support the artists, as well as help purchase COVID-19 supplies for St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley. “We are doing this in an…Read moreRead more

“This is the Way” Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Brings Pop Cultures Biggest Stars to Las Vegas in 2020

By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– As announced exclusively via ComicBook.com, Amazing Comic Conventions LLC is excited to announce that AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON! is returning to Las Vegas from June 26th to 28th with a FIRST WAVE of headline talent from Disney+ and Lucas Film’s The Mandalorian, Funimation’s My Hero Academia as well as…Read moreRead more

JayZoMon’s Inaugural Pop Culture Expo Brought the High Desert It’s First Comic Book Convention and More

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan P. Smith, Jason T. Smith, Eddie Aguirre and Jessica Rude-Aguirre This past Saturday, residents made their way to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds for the first-ever pop culture/comic book convention to come to the High Desert as JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo brought cosplay, comic books, celebrities, and professional…Read moreRead more

Breath of Fire: Official Complete Works To Be Released By UDON Entertainment

By Staff Reports UDON Entertainment is excited to announce the hardcover release of BREATH OF FIRE: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS! The classic Breath of Fire series stands out as Capcom’s most acclaimed foray into the fantasy RPG genre. A favorite among fans, Breath of Fire is known for its rich visuals, characters, and worlds. BREATH OF…Read moreRead more

Mad Cave Announces New Series Stargazer from the Writer of Show’s End and the Art Team behind Clankillers

By Staff Reports What if four children were abducted by a UFO and implanted with stolen technology capable of destroying an ancient alien race? What if twenty years later those same aliens want what was taken from them? Find out in Mad Cave’s intergalactic new series: Stargazer. Story by Anthony Cleveland (Show’s End), with art…Read moreRead more

UDON Entertainment Celebrates Release of Hardcover Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia- Arcade Edition

By Staff Reports Coming from UDON Entertainment in Spring 2020: STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR ENCYCLOPEDIA-ARCADE EDITION! From Akuma to Zangief, enter the world of Street Fighter, where fighters of every size, shape, and color collide in a global battle for dominance. Each combatant comes to the mat with their own unique moves and fighting style….Read moreRead more

Podcast this Saturday, Feb. 1st at 8:00 p.m. on Facebook

By Nolan P. Smith This Saturday, we have a big announcement! Make sure to tune in on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pastramination/) at 8pm PST! ALSO, it is your chance to win FREE food from Apollo Restaurant, as well as a ticket to the upcoming JayZoMon Pop Culture Expo in Victorville! Don’t miss it!

The High Desert Gets its Own Comic Con with JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo on February 8th

By Nolan P. Smith Editor For years, the High Desert has hoped for a comic con to take place right here in our community. On February 8th, it finally happens as JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo debuts at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. Attendees can expect a plethora of things to enjoy with vendors, celebrities, comic…Read moreRead more

Long Beach Comic Expo Takes Place This Weekend

By Staff Reports The highly-anticipated 10th edition of the Long Beach Comic Expo is here and MAD Event Management LLC — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — is delighted to announce the full program guide. Taking place January 11 and 12 at the Long Beach Convention Center, #LBCE2020 is poised to…Read moreRead more

Los Angeles Comic Con Amazes in 2019

By Nolan P Smith Photos by Jason T. Smith I have been covering the Los Angeles Comic Con since it was named Comikaze. I have seen it grow and transform each year. With 2019, I feel the show has hit its stride and has become one of the best West Coast comic book conventions you…Read moreRead more

Los Angeles Comic Con Celebrates its Ninth Year This Weekend with Special Guests, Artists, Cosplay and More

By Nolan P. Smith On October 11th-13th, the Los Angeles Convention Center will once again host the Los Angeles Comic Con. Now in its ninth year, this year’s convention has plenty for fans to be excited for: from a reunion of “The Office” cast, a Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” Cosplay Contest, and guests including…Read moreRead more

Fandoms Collide at Rose City Comic Con 2019

By Kevin Hoskinson Photos by Kevin Hoskinson Staff Reporter The worlds of comics, toys, cosplay, movies, television, and celebrity collided in Portland this weekend for the annual Rose City Comic Con. From its humble beginnings in 2012, it has grown into one of the most significant pop culture events in the Pacific Northwest. The con…Read moreRead more

BOOM! Studios Announces Once & Future #2 Third Printing

By Staff Reports BOOM! Studios announced today that ONCE & FUTURE #2 the next chapter of the hottest original series launch of the year from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars), Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus), and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain…Read moreRead more

Inaugural LightBox Expo Brings Artists and Fans Together for a New Experience

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Jason T. Smith and Nolan P. Smith This past weekend, the Pasadena Convention Center became home to the first-ever LightBox Expo. Having attended just about every kind of comic and art convention in Southern California, I have to say: I was extremely impressed. Created by character designer and illustrator…Read moreRead more

Scout Comics Announces New Series Assassin & Son: Path of Vengeance for Spring 2020 Nonstop! Imprint Debut

By Staff Reports “He just wanted out, but when his old team kills his wife in front of him, an assassin and his son set out on a path of vengeance.” Scout Comics has sent out word of Assassin & Son: Path of Vengeance- hitting stores in Spring 2020, from former WWE Superstars Shad Gaspard…Read moreRead more

ICYMI: Little Mama Review: Smile Through the Storm

By Nolan P. Smith It’s not every day I start a book and can’t put it down. But that is precisely what happened when I decided to start reading Little Mama one night. I have said numerous times that the art form of a comic book can tell any story, and with this book, that…Read moreRead more

ICYMI: Going to the Chapel #1 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson From Action Lab Danger Zone and the writer of Spencer & Locke comes “Going to the Chapel,” a romantic comedy with an action twist. First-time bride Emily is about to get married to mister right. But she can’t help but wonder, is he mister right for her? Just hours before the wedding,…Read moreRead more

Justin Jordan & Tyasseta’s Breaklands Debuts 9/4 Via ComiXology Originals

By Staff Reports ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service announces Breaklands, an all-new, creator owned mini-series from Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, acclaimed artist Tyasseta, and colorist Sarah Stern, with letters by Rachel Deering. Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has…Read moreRead more

Rose City Comic Con Announces Full Schedule of Events

By Staff Reports Rose City Comic Con, Oregon’s premier comic con, is proud to announce three days of programming complete with panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, and more, taking over the Oregon Convention Center from September 13-15. Family-friendly pavilion Rose City Jr, presented by the Toy Association, brings all-ages programming to its dedicated stage on the…Read moreRead more

Fandoms Collide at Long Beach, California’s Premier Pop Culture Event — Long Beach Comic Con 2019

By Staff Reports MAD Event Management LLC— experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — is thrilled to announce the epic programming line-up of its annual comics-first show, LongBeachComicCon(#LBCC2019)! Jam-packed with panels and activities, LBCC 2019 is the #1 pop culture event where fans in the beautiful Greater Los Angeles area can celebrate…Read moreRead more

Interview with Going to the Chapel and Spencer & Locke Creator David Pepose

By Kevin Hoskinson With Spencer & Locke and its sequel, writer David Pepose took us on a hard-boiled journey through a city riddled with crime and corruption. It was Calvin & Hobbes meets Sin City, with the titular heroes, Detective Locke and his imaginary partner Spencer, ready to put everything on the line to save…Read moreRead more

Rose City Comic Con Returns to Oregon Convention Center September 13 –15

By Staff Reports The 8th annual Rose City Comic Con by LeftField Media, will unite 70,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Oregon Convention Center from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15, 2019. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds…Read moreRead more