Child’s Play Creates More Than 30 Pediatric Gaming and Technology Specialist Positions at Children’s Hospitals Around the Globe

By Staff Reports Child’s Play, the game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and teens in children’s hospitals around the world, established by Penny Arcade and PAX cofounders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, announces that it has created 31 Pediatric Gaming and Technology Specialist positions at children’s hospitals around the globe through its 2021 grant program, an […]

Igloo and Parks Project Team up to Help Fund Public Lands Conservancy With New, Recycled ECOCOOL Playmate Coolers

By Staff Reports Igloo in partnership with Parks Project launched two new, special-edition Playmate coolers made with post-consumer recycled resin — part of Igloo’s ECOCOOL™ collection, the world’s first coolers made with post-consumer recycled resin. Both custom-designed Parks Project ECOCOOL Playmate Elite coolers — with a portion of proceeds benefitting the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to help fund park […]

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 was the largest turnout so […]

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 funds to deliver acts of […]

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 can only be entered online […]

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 dim. Thanks to Six Flags […]

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 will have to wait, this […]

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 to the ring, as well […]

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 hosted by ScrimToWin, the esports […]

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: twitter.com/pastramination  

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 attendees save and plan for […]

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 to Howard over the years […]

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 effort to help in the […]

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 #FIGHT2FUND series, and raised $46,289 […]

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 Marshall. According to the studio, […]

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 WHO suggest basic sanitary protocols […]

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 in the arena. The NBA […]

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 […]

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 Appeal through monthly payments until […]

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 him. Our condolences and thoughts […]

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 character. All proceeds from the […]

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.