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

Funko Lends a Hand with RSPCA Bushfire Heroes Firefighter with Koala Pop! Vinyl Figure

By Nolan P. Smith Funko is a brand known around the world, and they are helping out around the world with a Pop! Vinyl figure created to assist with Australia wildfire recovery efforts. In a partnership with Popcultcha, all profits from the sale of this awesome POP! figure will go towards the RSPCA National Bushfire…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

Dark Horse Comics Mourns the Loss of Writer and Friend

By Staff Reports Dark Horse Comics is devastated by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s passing. The Dark Horse family greatly enjoyed working with him and Joel Rose on Hungry Ghosts. The friendship between the co-writers was something to behold, which is evident in the caliber of their writing. We are honored to have worked with…Read moreRead more

Valiant Entertainment and Threadless Join Forces for Mental Health Awareness Month

Valiant’s own Faith graces a limited edition shirt in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month By Staff Reports To mark the 68th annual Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May, award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and Threadless Artist Shops will offer a selection of limited-edition t-shirts featuring Faith, Valiant’s groundbreaking comic book…Read moreRead more

Scum and Villainy Cantina Celebrates May the Fourth by Extending Thru June

The galaxy’s watering hole cesspool Scum and Villainy extends through June By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– The Scum & Villainy Cantina, the popular pop-up intergalactic experience that has been virtually sold out for its initial two-month run, is extending its inaugural activation through June 2017, proprietor J.C. Reifenberg announced Monday night at the Hollywood establishment.

During a Time of Unrest, David Tennant Assures the World that Everything is Going to Be Ok

David Tennant

Former Doctor Who Lead David Tennant Gives the World Hope “It’s all going to be ok, trust me, I’m a doctor.” That is the start to an inspirational, quirky speech actor David Tennant delivered at the end of the “The Last Leg.” With some humor thrown in for good measure, the former Doctor Who actor…Read moreRead more

One with the Force Now- Carrie Fisher Passes Away at Age 60

Beloved Star Wars Icon, Author and Advocate Carrie Fisher Leaves Behind An Unbelievable Legacy By Nolan P. Smith The news gushed in from every media outlet: on December 27th, the world lost Carrie Fisher. The actress and author is best known for her iconic role in the Star Wars universe, portraying the strong willed Princess…Read moreRead more

ABC News & Marvel Comics Announce Collaboration with MADAYA MOM

All-New Digital Comic MADAYA MOM Tells the True Story of a Family’s Fight for Survival Inside Syria By Staff Reports ABC News and Marvel today announced MADAYA MOM, an original digital comic detailing the harrowing true story of one family’s struggle to survive in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. An extraordinary tale of courage and…Read moreRead more

Remember Those We Lost This Memorial Day

By Nolan P. Smith As our three day weekend for Memorial Day comes to a close, I would like to thank all those men and women who died serving our country. Freedom is not free, and for many, they paid the ultimate price so that we could enjoy the freedom that we seem to take…Read moreRead more

Battle Rap: Award Winning Rapper Takes on Bullying, Self Harm Around the Globe

By Staff Reports Have you ever heard of a rapper being endorsed by Politicians, Police Departments, Paramedics, School Principals, Guidance Counselors, Teachers, Parents, Grandparents, Students, Mental Health Organizations, High Ranking Public Officials, Environmental Activists, and more? Well, Curtis Adams AKA “Unkle Adams” is definitely not your “average” Rapper. The Canada-born MC not only performs uplifting…Read moreRead more

A Glance Backward Review: The Strange Journey of Life

Review by Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– Joey is an eleven year old boy in for the journey of his life. Whisked away to a fantastical land full of delight and danger, he is faced with the harsh reality of the world, and in the end, faces what it means to grow up from being…Read moreRead more

Microsoft and Code.org Team Up to Bring Minecraft to Hour of Code

By Staff Reports (X-Box Wire)– To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things – creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale. By creating a virtual world and then…Read moreRead more

Dia De Los Muertos- Day of the Dead from the Comikaze Expo 2015

By Nolan P. Smith Today marks Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. On this today, people across the world pay their respects to the ones we have lost. We wanted to share with you all this amazing Dia De Los Muertos cosplay that we saw today at the Comikaze Expo today, as…Read moreRead more

Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge

Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge Top- Robert Lamphere from QBC Toys and MoreBottom- Henry and Cathy Henrich from Comic Cult HD By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Phillip Gutierrez (Victor…Read moreRead more

Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge

Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge Comic Book Store Drought in the High Desert Ends as Two Shops Emerge Top- Robert Lamphere…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media and Autodesk Announce Art for Hope: Nepal to Benefit Victims of the Devastating Himalayan Earthquake

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced a special collaboration with leading design software company, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), to release ART FOR HOPE: NEPAL, a poignant digital art anthology to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquakes that…Read moreRead more

Harry Potter Alliance 10th Anniversary Fundraiser- Ending Soon!

By Nolan P. Smith The Harry Potter Alliance is now hosting their 10th Anniversary Fundraiser, which ends in a mere 8 days! The alliance has done some amazing feats thus far, as they channel fans love for the boy wizard into real life, almost “magical” feats to improve our world. This includes donating 250,000 books…Read moreRead more

Support Stephen Amell Vs Stardust Battle at Summerslam 2015 and Help Emily’s House at the Same Time

By Nolan P. Smith WWE’s Summerslam has always been one of the main PPV events for the company. Along with the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania and Survivor Series, it was one of the major events that helped elevate the company to what it is today. This year, today actually, Summerslam heads to New York with one…Read moreRead more

Reaching Out: Baby Brindan’s Memorial Fund

By Nolan P. Smith I would like to take a break from the usual pop culture greatness and talk about something, something that needs our help and attention. There’s a category on this website called “Life”, and this is exactly why we have that category. A friend of mine reached out to me this week…Read moreRead more

2015 J-Pop Summit Announces Tech-Focused Keynotes, Panels, Pitch Events and “Idea-thons” Focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) and the Global Maker Movement

By Staff Reports The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, augments its just-announced “Interactive Pavilion,” with a special series of technology-focused keynotes, panel discussions, “idea-thons,” and pitch events focusing on the burgeoning “Maker Movement” and the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) to be led by several notable technology…Read moreRead more

SDCC 2015: Universal Studios Hollywood Brings the Terror of Crimson Peak, from Visionary Director Guillermo del Toro, to Life in an All-Original “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by Legendary and Universal Pictures’ Highly-Anticipated Gothic Romance

By Staff Reports Legendary and Universal Pictures’ much-anticipated Crimson Peak, directed, co-written and produced by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, will come to life in a terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze beginning Friday, September 18, 2015, at Universal Studios Hollywood, it was announced at the San Diego Comic Con. Crimson Peak opens in theaters…Read moreRead more

Valiant and Swyft Media Announce Valiant Heroes Emoji Digital Stickers – Available Now in the iOS App Store and Google Play

By Staff Reports Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce it is working with Swyft Media, the company driving the emojification of brand marketing, to bring Valiant’s best-selling comic book icons directly to fans’ mobile devices around the world with the Valiant Heroes Emoji – the first in a new line of digital sticker packs featuring…Read moreRead more

Veteran Actor Sir Christopher Lee Passes Away at 93

By Nolan P. Smith Actor extraordinaire Sir Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday, June 7th. News broke today as his wife held off on notifying the press to make sure all of the family was notified first. He was 93. Lee portrayed so many iconic characters in film: from Dracula, Sherlock Holmes (and Mycroft Holmes),…Read moreRead more

WWE Hall of Famer “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes Passes Away at Age 69

By Nolan P. Smith The news broke today that Virgil Runnels, better known as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, passed away today at the age of 69. Runnels was a long time professional wrestler in the WWE and NWA, holding the NWA title on numerous occasions and a WWE Hall of Famer. Even though he…Read moreRead more

Memorial Day 2015- Remember the Fallen

By Nolan P. Smith On behalf of everyone at Pastrami Nation, we would like wish everyone a fun, enjoyable and relaxing Memorial Day. Please remember why you have this time to relax with family and friends: if not for the brave men and women who served our county and made the ultimate sacrifice, we would…Read moreRead more

Check Out a New DIY Home Blog for the Superhero Fan in Us All: Batcave Living!

By Nolan P. Smith Want to make your home more like the comic books you love? Then check out the new blog, Batcave Living! Done by the lovely and talented Rebecca Rubio, this artist/photographer/DC Comics fan girl has started a blog to show do it yourself ways to make your home into your own Hall…Read moreRead more

The Flash Star Jesse L. Martin, the United Nations Association and Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Anthony Breznican Join Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Panel at WonderCon Heroism IRL Panel Back by Popular Demand

By Staff Reports (Los Angeles, CA) – Learn how to convert kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition’s powerful panel, back at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center by popular demand. Jesse L. Martin of The Flash and Law & Order and the United Nations Association San Diego President Bettina Hausmann…Read moreRead more

Pro Wrestler Pedro Aguayo Dies During Match in Tijuana

By Nolan P. Smith Friday night, Mexican professional wrestler Pedro Aguayo, known as “El Hijo del Perro Aguayo”, died during a four way match in Tijuana. The match included former WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio Jr and former TNA star Manik. Check out the tragic video below. Aguayo was only 35 years old. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_4-tffjVn4] Pedro…Read moreRead more

Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at Age 83

By Nolan P. Smith It is with deep regret that we report that Leonard Nimoy has passed away today at the age of 83. Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek, lost his battle with the end stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Everyone at Pastrami Nation would like to send…Read moreRead more