Pastrami Nation and Apollo Restaurant Brightened the Holidays with their Christmas Giveaway

By Staff Reports On December 15th, Pastrami Nation and Apollo Restaurant held their Christmas Giveaway in a socially distanced fashion, spreading holiday cheer through the pandemic. The High Desert based pop culture news website and podcast Pastrami Nation has held a Christmas Giveaway for the past four years here in the High Desert. This year…Read moreRead more

Hasbro Teams up With Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley to Deliver Joy to Families Impacted By COVID-19

By Staff Reports Hasbro, Inc. announced plans to join forces with Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley and his “Dream Machine Tour” this holiday season, bringing positive experiences to communities that have been greatly impacted by this difficult and unprecedented year. The company is contributing $450,000 to Grammy and Emmy award-winning Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley, who will use the…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation and Apollo Restaurant Partner for “A Christmas Giveaway”

By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)—On December 15th, Pastrami Nation, a High Desert based pop culture website and podcast, and Apollo Restaurant are brightening the holidays with “A Christmas Giveaway”. Over 100 toys will be given away, as well as 10 lucky winners, who will receive a free turkey! The giveaway is free to enter, and…Read moreRead more

Six Flags Magic Mountain Brings Holiday Cheer During the Pandemic with Holiday at the Park

By Nolan P. Smith, Rebecca Benson and Evelyn Benson Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Rebecca Benson (Victor Valley)— Celebrating the holidays will be a challenge this year as we are still deep in the pandemic’s precautions. Social gatherings are not recommended, theme parks are closed- it seems like the year’s holiday cheer would go…Read moreRead more

Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience

By Staff Reports For the first time ever, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Thrill Capital of the World, will showcase a drive-through holiday spectacular featuring millions of dazzling lights, festive holiday theming, and seasonal music favorites in an innovative, one-of-a-kind nighttime event for the whole family. While the thrill of the park’s iconic roller coasters…Read moreRead more

Director Kevin Smith and Friends Join Jawiin Charity Drive

By Staff Reports In honor of Veteran’s Day, the 6th annual The Jawiin Charity Drive for Service Members is proud to announce that they are going digital this year! Join founder, Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Ringo Award-nominated writer Jason Inman (Jupiter Jet, Science! The Elements of Dark Energy, Super Soldiers), for a free…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Podcast! Star Wars Voting, New Comic Book Day, Mike Tyson, RIP Shad Gaspard

Premiering today at 5:00 p.m. PST on YouTube! Join Pastrami Nation’s Nolan Smith, Jason Smith, Eddie Aguirre, and Kevin Hoskinson for our latest podcast! On this episode, we talk about the Hasbro Pulse fan voting for their Star Wars: The Black Series action figures, the return of new comic books (finally!), Mike Tyson’s potential return…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!!!

ZexRow, Reverse2k, Michelle Phan, and Nate Robinson Invite Fortnite Community to Charity Streamathon #GamersVSCovid, Set for April 26

By Staff Reports #GamersVSCovid, a charity streamathon in support of Direct Relief’s Covid-19 Fund for Community Health, kicks off this Sunday, April 26 with free-to-enter, donation-encouraged tournaments featuring Fortnite hosted by Team SoloMid’s ZexRow and Reverse2k, YouTube sensation Michelle Phan, former NBA pro Nate Robinson, and other fan-favorite content creators. The 12-hour streamathon will be…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

Pastrami Nation Podcast- SDCC 2020, Quibi, Animal Crossing, and Linebreakers Art Drive!

By Nolan P. Smith Join Nolan Smith, Eddie Aguirre and Kevin Hoskinson for a social distance, recorded Pastrami Nation podcast! On this episode we discuss the cancellation of the San Diego Comic Con, Quibi, Animal Crossing, Linebreakers Charity Art Drive and more! Check out video and audio versions below! www.pastramination.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pastramination Instagram: @pastramination Twitter:…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

WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel Passes Away

By Staff Reports WWE is saddened to learn that Howard Finkel has passed away at age 69. When considering the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports-entertainment, you’d be hard-pressed to name one better than Howard Finkel. A native of Newark, NJ, “The Fink” — a label that had been attached affectionately…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

The Hamilton Cast Zooms in to Surprise Young Fan on Some Good News with John Krasinski

By Nolan P. Smith Who isn’t a fan of John Krasinski? The all-around good guy from The Office turned action hero is at it again, as he brings his second installment of Some Good News to a world desperately in need of some. The episode features many amazing spots of good news, of a nation…Read moreRead more

ORIGIN PC Joins Folding@Home Research Efforts Using Gaming PC Power

By Staff Reports ORIGIN PC and CORSAIR are putting out a call to action to all PC gamers and PC users around the world to join Folding@Home to help accelerate the research of COVID-19. Folding@Home works by simulating the dynamics of coronavirus proteins to aid in the discovery of potentially druggable pockets. To help with…Read moreRead more

FaZe Clan’s First #Fight2Fund Online Pro-Am Tournament Raises Nearly $50,000 In Support Of Communities Affected By COVID-19

By Staff Reports FaZe Clan, the world’s most popular esports and gaming entertainment collective, activated the global streaming community for positive action during the current pandemic with its first #FIGHT2FUND online pro-am tournament earlier this week. Organized by FaZe Clan in less than 48 hours, the worldwide community galvanized for the first competition in the…Read moreRead more

A Statement from Pastrami Nation Regarding the Coronavirus, Pop Culture and More

By Nolan P. Smith Editor I have watched the world change in a matter of days, as we all have. It went from precautions to self-isolation and social distancing in the blink of an eye. First and foremost, I hope everyone reading this is safe and healthy. What we are seeing is a nation driven…Read moreRead more

Disney Halting Production of Live-Action Films

By Kevin Hoskinson Disney announced that they are halting production on all of their live-action films currently filming. They had multiple projects in the works, both for “Disney+” and theatrical release. Some of the films affected are: “The Last Duel” from Ridley Scott, “Nightmare Alley” from Guillermo Del Toro, and “The Little Mermaid” from Rob…Read moreRead more

Pop Culture Crash: Major Events, Theme Parks, Movies and More Canceled or Postponed Due to Coronavirus

By Kevin Hoskinson First and foremost, our thoughts are with those affected by the Coronavirus around the world, and we are hoping this all comes to an end very soon. With the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) becoming more widespread across the globe, certain precautions are being taken to help contain it. While the CDC and the…Read moreRead more

NBA to Suspend Season Following Wednesday’s Games

By Staff Reports The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, Wednesday’s game was canceled. The affected player was not…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

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