The Return of Veronica Mars: The Good News

By Kevin Hoskinson Late last year, actress Kristen Bell announced on Twitter that “Veronica Mars” was coming back to TV via Hulu. It was a surprise announcement to be sure, but one that got fans (affectionately known as “Marshmallows”) excited. After three seasons on the air, a successfully crowd-funded movie, and a couple of novels,…Read moreRead more

Game of Thrones: Predicting Who Will Live, Who Will Die, and How. Part 1: The Starks

By Daniel Schwartz It has been a long journey from King Robert’s visit to Winterfell in Season 1. More beloved heroes and terrifying villains have met their end than in any other TV series. Season 8 should be no different. With no book to use as a reference, fans are left to speculate how the…Read moreRead more

Netflix The Umbrella Academy Review- Best in the Class

By Nolan P. Smith When it comes to original comics in the past decade or so, you cannot make a list without including The Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse Comics. The off-beat, smart series following a strange retired superteam tasked with saving the world by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba has taken the world by…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Podcast Scheduled Feb 20th at 7:00 PM PST- Dungeons & Dragons, Spencer & Locke, Toy Fair 2019 and More!

  By Nolan P. Smith Join us for our next Podcast! It is Feb 20th at 7pm PST, broadcasting LIVE from Linebreakers in Victorville, CA! We will dive deeper into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, talk about Action Lab’s Spencer & Locke, as well as the best we have seen coming out of Toy…Read moreRead more

Long Beach Comic Expo to Take Place February 16-17

By Staff Reports Long Beach Comic Expo is right around the corner and MAD Event Management LLC — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — is pleased to announce the full program guide for the highly-anticipated show. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center from February 16-17, 2019, Long Beach Comic Expo (#LBCE2019) will join fans…Read moreRead more

New Trailer for The Umbrella Academy Series on Netflix

By Staff Reports When it rains, it pours. Here’s your first look at The Umbrella Academy. Coming to Netflix February 15. A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse and more. Adapted from the comic created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Watch…Read moreRead more

Podcast Notification: Next Podcast is January 30th!

It’s about that time again! On January 30th, we will be having a new Pastrami Nation Podcast live on Facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/pastramination and comment with us LIVE! As always, we will be giving away some awesome pop culture prizes!

Polar Trailer Online Now, Hits Netflix This January

By Nolan P. Smith Ready for a bloody, cold time? Then I can’t think of a better film than the upcoming Polar, hitting Netflix this month! Based on the amazing Dark Horse Comics book by Victor Santos, the film is about the world’s top assassin, The Black Kaiser, going into retirement. But nothing is that…Read moreRead more

First Pastrami Nation Podcast of 2019 is January 9th

By Nolan P. Smith Happy New Year! Our first Podcast of 2019 is almost here! Tune in to our Facebook page on January 9th at 6:15 p.m. for your chance to win! We always give away awesome prizes on each podcast, and we want to hear your feedback on what you think is the Best…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

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

Los Angeles Comic Con Impress For Octoversary

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Jason T. Smith and Nolan P. Smith The Los Angeles Convention Center became a hub for pop culture fans as the Los Angeles Comic Con held it’s eighth annual convention in 2018- it’s Octoversary. The busy October weekend played host to quite a few events in Los Angeles, from…Read moreRead more

Los Angeles Comic Con Brings Pop Culture Greatness to Southern California

By Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– Beginning this Friday, the Los Angeles Convention Center will be taken over by superheroes, comic book creators, celebrities, and the one and only Jack Black as the Los Angeles Comic Con (LACC) brings an action-packed convention for 2018. From October 26th through October 28th, the convention aims to deliver…Read moreRead more

The 5 Best and 5 Worst New to Doctor Who Episodes

Most Whovians can remember when they were first introduced to The Doctor. Many were hooked after their first episode, while others took longer to warm up to the series. Like most Whovians, we want our friends and family to be as addicted to the Time Lord as we are. The key is to introduce them…Read moreRead more

Spoiler Free Manifest Review: High Altitude Intrigue

The first time I heard of the new series Manifest was at Comic-Con in July. They had an interesting offsite exhibit. It was an oxygen bar where you could relax, breathe in some flavored air and watch the trailer for the new series. It had a fascinating premise. I have to say; I was sold….Read moreRead more

Iron Fist Season 2: Five Reasons It Is a Knockout

I might be one of the only people that enjoyed the first season of Iron Fist on Netflix. Yes, the fight scenes were mediocre and Finn Jones, who plays Danny Rand, was often overshadowed when fighting anyone else. The villain left a lot to be desired, but when it all boils down to it: this…Read moreRead more

Ash Vs Evil Dead The Complete Collection on Blu-ray & DVD 10/16

By Staff Reports Experience all three chainsaw-wielding seasons of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy on Starz when the Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Collection arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD October 16 from Lionsgate. Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell stars in this series that follows up Sam Raimi’s cult-classic horror film The…Read moreRead more

Long Beach Comic Con 2018 Cosplay: Spider-Men, Batgirl Harley, My Hero Academia and More!

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Jason T. Smith and Nolan P. Smith Long Beach Comic Con 2018 was a blast. We loved the booths, the artists and writers, but of course, we also loved the cosplay. Here is the official Cosplay post for LBCC 2018, enjoy!

Long Beach Comic Con Impresses, A Fitting Summer Send Off

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Jason T. Smith and Nolan P. Smith The Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) shined in the Southern California sunlight for a weekend full of comics, cosplay, and good old-fashioned professional wrestling. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center on one of the last weekends of summer, the convention…Read moreRead more

Long Beach Comic Con Takes Place September 8-9

By Nolan P. Smith September is best known for bringing the change of seasons, from summer to fall. In Southern California, September is also known for one of the best comic book conventions on the West Coast, as the Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) returns to the Long Beach Convention Center on September 8th  and…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo 2018 Heats Up Southern California

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Jason T. Smith Anime Expo, which took place July 5th-8th, hit Los Angeles in the middle of a massive heat wave for Southern California, shined bright throughout the weekend. The record heat in Los Angeles didn’t stop the massive amounts of fans in attendance, as…Read moreRead more

Stranger Things Becomes a Comic Book Series at Dark Horse

By Staff Reports Dark Horse and Netflix are excited to announce a strange, new partnership of a multi-year publishing line based on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things! Set to debut in September 2018, the officially licensed publishing program will give fans of the beloved show an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of…Read moreRead more

L.A. Comic-Con Early-Bird Weekend Passes On Sale Tuesday

By Staff Reports Los Angeles Comic Con wants you to join us for our #Octoversary as we invade our home city October 26th-28th, 2018! We’ve been busy getting our tentacles on the very best in the geek space, all of it just for you. Since you’re a part of our fan family, we thought you should be…Read moreRead more

Comic Con Revolution Ontario Ramps Up the Excitement for Year Two

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Jason T. Smith This past weekend, Comic Con Revolution Ontario once again invaded the Ontario Convention Center and had everyone from superheroes to celebrities knowing that the Inland Empire was the place to be for pop culture in May. Expanding from one day to two…Read moreRead more

Comic Con Revolution Returns to Ontario, Expands to Two Days

By Nolan P. Smith This weekend, the Inland Empire will see the return of Comic Con Revolution, the comic book and pop culture convention that debuted their Ontario show last year. This year aims to be bigger and better as the show has expanded to two days, running from May 19th-20th at the Ontario Convention…Read moreRead more

Cobra Kai Season 1 Review: No Mercy

By Nolan P. Smith One of the most iconic film franchises from the 1980’s has to be the Karate Kid. Seeing a young upstart take on the world with a wise mentor by his side was the ultimate underdog story. When the franchise was rebooted with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, it lost its magic,…Read moreRead more

Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe- Episodes V, VI and Series Review: That’s All Folks

By Nolan P. Smith With these last two episodes, we reach the end of the epic miniseries, Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe. The product of a partnership between Valiant Entertainment and Bat in the Sun, the series spanned six mini-episodes and showed the MI-6 operative Ninjak (Michael Rowe) take on the heroes of the Valiant…Read moreRead more

Lost in Space Episode 1 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson One of the latest offerings in the modern Hollywood reboot craze is a Netflix reimagining of the 1965 series Lost in Space. For those unfamiliar with the series, it follows the adventures of the Robinson family, who are, well, lost in space. In the year 2046, an object known as “The Christmas…Read moreRead more

The X-Files Case Files: The Florida Man #1 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson Even after all these years, the X-Files still knows how to do it. Whether it’s hunting down mysterious monsters, unraveling government cover-ups, or going after aliens, it still knows how to bring humanity and humor into the mix. On those fronts, this first issue of Mulder and Scully’s latest adventure does not…Read moreRead more

Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe: Episodes III and IV Review: The Light and the Darkness

By Nolan P. Smith With the next two episodes of NInjak Vs the Valiant Universe now online, we get to see one of the coolest fight scenes in the series and the introduction of a popular supernatural hero.  Don’t know what I’m talking about? Thanks to Valiant Entertainment and Bat in the Sun, the Valiant…Read moreRead more