The Book of Rhyme & Reason: Hip-Hop 1994-1997

By Staff Reports As Hip-Hop commemorates its 50th anniversary in 2023, Reel Art Press presents THE BOOK OF RHYME & REASON: HIP-HOP 1994–1997, the ultimate backstage pass offering an unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes just as the culture exploded into the mainstream. In the mid 1990s, filmmaker Peter Spirer embarked on a three-year project interviewing over 80 Hip-Hop artists who shaped […]

HELLBOY Creator Mike Mignola and A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Author Lemony Snicket Team Up For a Unique Edition of PINOCCHIO

By Staff Reports Renowned Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and celebrated novelist Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) are teaming up with Beehive Books for an illustrated and annotated edition of Carlo Collodi’s classic novel PINOCCHIO. This all-new, deluxe hardcover edition includes over more than exquisite original illustrations from Mignola, which breathe new life to the […]

The JayZoMon/Dark Myth Company Presents PCE Scarefaire 2021-Horror in the High Desert

By Staff Reports JayZoMon/Dark Myth Company has announced PCE/Scarefaire, a new event being added to the PCE roster! Scarefaire is a horror themed event and offers a wide variety of entertainment for those who like a little scare, to the die-hard horror fan. Vendors range from one-of-a-kind products, incredible artwork, and collectables to authors and celebrities. Eddie Aguirre, the man […]

A Novel Review: Denied

By Rebecca Benson A straightforward detective–private investigator–story! “Denied” by Mary Keliikoa, engages readers into the mysterious drama surrounding a missing person’s case. A case that leads our main character, Kelly Pruett, into the world of gambling and cover-up. But just who is behind it all? Kelly must discover who is the enemy or an ally.  “Denied” is the second installment […]

A Novel Review: The Sanatorium

By Rebecca Benson  Pursuing the new releases displayed, “The Sanatorium”‘ cover art caught my eye. Sarah Pearse’s spellbinder vacations readers in the Swiss mountains. Le Sommet is a newly refurbished hotel, eagerly awaiting its guests. Elin Warner is one of them. She is a detective on leave whose brother is celebrating his engagement. And Le Sommet is the grand and […]

Present Danger: A Novel Review

By Rebecca Benson My current novel I was excited to read was “Present Danger” by Elizabeth Goddard. This has a lot to do with the mixture of different government agencies, nature, and faith. The perfect trifecta. And it is an exciting read! Sheriff Jack Tanner and US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors once found themselves in love; however, life […]

A Distant Shore: A Novel Review

By Rebecca Benson Coming up in late spring is Karen Kingbury’s–a beloved author’s–newest novel: “A Distant Shore.” I’ve read many a Kingsbury book and am exceptionally excited to enjoy this one. And share to share it with all of you! Teenaged Jack Ryder’s family vacation in Belize was the norm: surf, sand, and sun. But when Jack sees a young […]

Unknown Threat: A Novel Review

By Rebecca Benson “Unknown Threat, by Lynne H. Blackburn, starts us off on an adventure as US Secret Service Luke Powell starts his day just like any other day. However, he finds his life and the life of his fellow friend and agent are at risk. Bombs, explosions, and a rogue attempts to end his life short. The Secret Service […]

The Wrong Side: A Novel Review

By Rebecca Benson Robert Bailey’s latest novel in the “Bocephus Haynes” series, “The Wrong Side,” follows the story of Pulaski’s rising high school football star: Odell Champagne. Odell is accused of murdering Brittany Crutcher, his girlfriend. However, she is a local legend–an upcoming and singer on a fast track to success. Set in the Deep South, “The Wrong Side” also […]

Novel Review: The Summer of Lost and Found

By Rebecca Benson Very recent events are chronicled in Mary Alice Monroe’s latest installment of the Beach House Saga, “The Summer of Lost and Found.” This particular novel continues the legacy of the Rutledge family, in which the family tree is deeply rooted in Charleston, South Carolina. Our story, however, takes place on the Isle of Palms. With the onset […]

Novel Review: False Light

By Rebecca Benson “False Light,” written by Eric Dezenhall, follows Sandy “Fuse” Petty on a nerve-wracking quest. A pursuit of revenge that is. With a friend of the family being wronged, Fuse believes it to be his only objective to right this wrong. However, Fuse’s scheme comes at a tumultuous time in his life. Sandy is in the midst of […]

Novel Review: The Shadow Eaters

By Rebecca Benson I am excited to share my first novel review for Pastrami Nation! First-ever, actually! Without any further ado, let’s get started!  The novel featured today is entitled “The Shadow Eaters,” written by Christine Taylor. It is the third installment of her “Grace from Darkness” series. The journey begins in the 1920s, in the Tennessean countryside. Our female […]

Audiobook Review: The Sandman

By Nolan P. Smith Editor I love The Sandman. The iconic, groundbreaking series from Neil Gaiman introduced the world to the Endless, including the man himself- Morpheus, also known as Dream. The comic books and graphic novel collections are hailed as some of the most epic stories in comic book history. Now, thanks to Audible, we get to experience the […]

Nerdist Pop Culture Panel Series NERDIST NEWS TALKS BACK Returns June 22

By Staff Reports Today, Nerdist announced the popular series Nerdist News Talks Back will return on their official YouTube channel. Beginning Monday, June 22, fans can join host Dan Casey (Nerdist News, Explainiac) and a rotating panel of experts, luminaries, and celebrities from the pop culture universe to abandon character limits and dig into fascinating discussions of everything (and anything) pop culture fans care about. […]

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 Pastrami Nation meals from Apollo […]

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!!!

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 planned. However, in light of […]

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Live Reading

By Staff Reports Dark Horse is excited to announce a special live read event featuring Janet Varney (Korra) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), the incredible voice talent behind the Nickelodeon characters Korra and Asami from The Legend of Korra animated series, on Dark Horse’s Twitch channel,, on April 6, 2020 at 2 pm Pacific. Varney and Gabriel will conduct a live […]

“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, 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 some of the current biggest […]

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 wrestling to our community.  Organized […]

Warhammer Adventures: The Actors Speak

By Staff Reports Soon, Games Workshop will be setting out on the first of their Warhammer Adventures! There’s just over a month now until the first two books in the new range for readers aged 8+ are launched upon the world. In the Mortal Realms, Kiri will escape her enslavement by Darkoath barbarians and embark upon a mighty Realm Quest […]

VIZ Media Releases The Autobiography of Professional Wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura with King of Strong Style: 1980-2014

  By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the amazing story of one of Japan’s greatest professional wrestlers, Shinsuke Nakamura, with the release of KING OF STRONG STYLE: 1980-2014 on August 7th. The autobiography debuts as a single-volume, hardcover print edition and as digital […]

Just in Time for Wrestlemania 34: VIZ Media Reveals the Cover for the Upcoming King of Strong Style: 1980-2014- The Autobiography of Shinsuke Nakamura

By Nolan P. Smith He’s one of the best professional wrestlers on the planet today, and he is part of one of the biggest matches for the WWE’s Wrestlemania 34, taking place this Sunday. Just in time for the grandest stage of them all,  VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and […]

Joe Hill’s Terrifying Scripts For Tales From The Darkside Collected

The Collected Scripts for Tales from the Darkside Get Collected this Fall (By Staff Reports)– World Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe Hill turns his attention to a legend—Tales From The Darkside. Originally planned as a reboot for the storied series, Hill’s scripts for these never-broadcast television episodes allow the New York Times bestselling author to […]

Dark Horse to Publish “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures”

By Staff Reports Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection, Dark Horse and Mattel are set to deliver another must-have book in 2016: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures! From 1983 […]

The World Needs More Loot! Loot Crate Unveils Two New Subscription Lines and Exclusive Star Wars, Call of Duty and Doctor Who Premium Crates

By Nolan P. Smith Loot Crate, lovingly known as a comic con in a box, is raising up the geek level for the holidays. For those that don’t know, Loot Crate offers a monthly subscription box, filled with goodies like collectibles, apparel, and more, all in the name of pop culture. As a subscriber to the box, I can say, […]