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Peter Engstrom
Apr 13, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
Really, 2022? Betty White was bad. Bob Saget sucked. But this one is a huge kick in the nuts for your ol pal Pete. Gilbert Gottfried was one of my all time favorite comedians. And when I say all time, I mean it. Top 3 easily. Now, a lot of you might just know him as the guy with the annoying voice or the parrot in Aladdin (or a trillion other cartoons, for that matter) but this guy was undeniably, undoubtably, incomprehensibly funny. Back in the 90's and early 2000's, Gilbert's appearances on the Howard Stern show became the stuff of legend and must listen material. He was absolutely fearless in "going there" and still to this day is a big influence on my sense of humor. He'd joke and laugh about absolutely anything, especially the darkest and most inappropriate of subjects, and whether you went along with it or didn't, you couldn't help but respect Gilbert Gottfried's ability to try and get laughs where there seemingly were none. More recently, Gilbert had a very entertaining podcast, "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast", co-hosted with MAD magazine writer Frank Santopadre. Gilbert would invite not only other great stand up comics to the show, but also had many old Hollywood stars on to discuss behind the scenes tales from films and television of decades past. Believe me, the stories a lot of these folks have are incredible to listen to and I strongly recommend you check them out if you're interested. Well. I'm off to go listen to old Stern clips of Gilbert and try not to get too bummed out over the loss of an absolute comedic titan. Godspeed, Gilbert.
Rest in peace, Gilbert Gottfried. content media
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Peter Engstrom
Mar 15, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
This community chat board is already getting filled up with memorial posts by yours truly, but I had to do this one. Razor Ramon was one of my absolute favorite wrestlers as a kid. He just oozed cool. His ICONIC phrase "Hey, yo..." was a common greeting with my pals in the schoolyard at recess. I lost interest in wrestling once I started chasing girls in my teens, however a weird thing happened in my 20's and I got back into wresting with the NWO phenomenon, in no small part to the charisma and awesomeness of Scott Hall. He still oozed cool. After many a trip to rehab over the last few decades, it seemed like he had his personal life back on track but as some of us know too well, things can change drastically in mere moments. Flick a toothpick for "The Bad Guy", one of the all time greats.
Rest in peace, Scott Hall content media
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Peter Engstrom
Mar 04, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
As Tom Kiefer wisely once said, you don't know what you've got till it's gone. I'm gonna miss our artificial friends... well, I'm gonna miss goofing on them with their weird english and bizarre links. I hope to God nobody here actually clicked any of those links. Lets all have a moment of silence for bape woham, Aiden Aiden1 and so many other bots hocking Pakistani vape juice, different eating methods, "eat and run verification", or whatever the hell else and wish them well in whatever other forum they invade and terrorize. Beep boop, my friends. Beep boop.
Rest in peace, Alterna Bots. content media
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Peter Engstrom
Mar 03, 2022
In KING CRYPTID
I'm super excited for this. Really cool that @Publishin' Pete! is getting back into the creating game with a very cool premise and a group of artists that are absolutely killer. My next trip to the White Mountains will be a bit different now knowing King Cryptid is up there reigning supreme!
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Peter Engstrom
Feb 11, 2022
In COMICS MISC.
So, I recently bought the 1996 adaptation of 'The Phantom' for my little guy to check out. The current state of superhero comics is absolutely abysmal and crazily no place for a little boy, so I figured why not show him some older classic heroes that are actually, you know.... heroic. So, we watched it last night and he absolutely loved it and so did I. If you haven't watched it in awhile, or never watched it before, please go give it a watch. It holds up incredibly well and is an excellent adventure film, the kind that simply doesn't get made today. So, all that leads to this. I'm asking for some suggestions as to other vintage heroes from back in the day that might be fun for us to check out. So far, I got The Rocketeer (which was a tough buy because its Disney) and I'm looking into getting Flash Gordon. Not sure how that's aged or whether he'd enjoy it. He watches the 1990's Conan cartoon and for what it is, it's rather enjoyable. I think The Shadow may be a bit too intense for a little kid, but if anyone knows of some Shadow content that's appropriate then I'm all ears. So, what do you guys think? What vintage pulp heroes should we look into checking out?
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Peter Engstrom
Feb 08, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
I'm sure as many of you have noticed, we have had a number of strange new members join the forum within the last few months, leaving post after post of rather questionable legitimacy. I for one have been having a little fun with our artificial friends, and hopefully it won't come back and bite me in the ass. Perhaps I should give our bot buddies the benefit of the doubt, you know? Who hasn't written something odd and regrettable while completely intoxicated? If these bots can't handle their liquor and decide to be overly complimentary while leaving links to malware websites, who am I to cast stones?
Having fun with the bots that have infested the forums. content media
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Peter Engstrom
Feb 08, 2022
In PAST SERIES
I found a used copy of the 'Go West' TBP online and I was finally able to give it a read. Think 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' meets 'Mad Max' and you'll get the idea. Given it's a futuristic western, I thought I'd really love it, but I found it just ok. -Some positives- The artwork is quite good. I was very impressed with the visual storytelling and the gory parts were pretty great. Well done. The pacing is breakneck. No time for much of anything else but Slade getting down to business. There's something to be said for keeping it simple and not getting convoluted. Revenge stories tend to be pretty straightforward and this one certainly is. -Some negatives- This may seem odd given my last point on keeping the story simple, but I felt it was entirely too short. At only 3 issues, I feel it should've been a bit more filled out. Characters have pasts that are hinted at, but not elaborated upon at all. I feel that a fourth issue with a bit more to chew on would've been perfect. The ending. Look, I don't want to spoil anything for anyone that hasn't read it... but fuck it. Slade goes through all of that and he's NOT the one to get revenge on Creep?!? Dude. C'mon, man. That's revenge story 101. You don't give that kill away to another character! I was pissed. Overall, I'd give Go West a 6 out of 10. The material is right in my wheelhouse, so it gets a pass right there. The art is fantastic and the brutality and gore was something to experience. While the story is fast paced, it feels very thin and for me, the ending left me dissatisfied. That's it! Thanks for reading.
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Peter Engstrom
Jan 16, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
We aren't even two weeks into 2022 and Danny Tanner kicks it. My wife LOVES Full House. Its perhaps her all time favorite show. I had her watch Bob's rendition of the infamous "The Aristocrats" joke and needless to say, she was utterly shocked. If you haven't heard Saget's version of that joke, do yourself a favor and go seek it out. I still laugh out loud at "He throws it against the window... and it sticks." Rest in peace, Bob.
Godspeed, Bob Saget content media
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Peter Engstrom
Jan 01, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
Sure, its weird to put a celebrity memorial on a comic book forum, but I'm not on social media anymore. Sue me. But seriously, go find someone that has shit to say about Betty White. You can't. Universally beloved for generations, she will be long remembered for being one of the most genuine people to come through that weird place known as Hollywood, and a truly gifted comedic performer. I love watching her old appearances on reruns of "The Match Game" on Buzzr. Only weeks before hitting a three digit birthday, 2021 decided on one more poke in the eye for the road. May God bless the great Betty White.
Rest in peace, Betty White content media
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Peter Engstrom
Dec 31, 2021
In COMMUNITY CHAT
Anyone else need a nap, or is it just me?
Happy New Year! Here's to lots more great stories to be told in 2022! content media
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Peter Engstrom
Dec 25, 2021
In COMMUNITY CHAT
Hoping all Alterna creators and readers alike have a happy and safe Christmas!!! I can tell you for a fact that Alterna books and merch were under our tree this year!!!
Merry Christmas!!! content media
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Peter Engstrom
Dec 15, 2021
In FAN ART
A quick 20 minute sketch! Kyron rules!!! He's too damn cool *not* to draw! #drawnimo
12/14 #drawnimo Kyron Morvel content media
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Peter Engstrom
Dec 14, 2021
A little birdie told me there may be Alterna hockey jerseys?!?!  content media
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Peter Engstrom
Nov 26, 2021
In COMMUNITY CHAT
I know what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.... COMICS!!! Best wishes to everyone!
Hoping all of the Alterna faithful, creators and readers alike, had a great Thanksgiving Day! content media
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Peter Engstrom
Nov 01, 2021
In MR. CRYPT
Little guy had a school book project in which he had to read a story and create a character in the book using a pumpkin. Well, who else would he want to do but the one and only, Mr. Crypt! His teacher was fine with his choice of a comic book, as we were told "as long as he reads it", so we got right to work. Full disclosure, the instructions said he could work on the pumpkin "with your family", so dad here did about 80% but Bub did do some cutting and gluing. Here is the finished product as well as a couple in progress pics. Hope you all had a terrific Halloween!!!!
A fun Mr. Crypt pumpkin project for my son's 1st grade class! content media
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Peter Engstrom
Nov 01, 2021
In COMMUNITY CHAT
🎶Happy, Happy Halloween Halloween Halloween Happy, Happy Halloween Alterna Comics!🎶
Happy Halloween!!! content media
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Peter Engstrom
Oct 14, 2021
In ANYTHING ALTERNA
I happened to catch Uncle Ethan's quick video segment on the Daily Wire YouTube channel when lo and behold, its @Publishin' Pete! Check it out for yourself i you haven't already!
Well, well, well... look who it is! content media
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Peter Engstrom
Sep 14, 2021
In ANYTHING ALTERNA
Perhaps this ought to go in the Community Chat or even the Complaint Department (although its certainly not Alterna's fault) but why the hell did the post office decide to send my goddamn package across the country to California???? I could throw a rock and it'd land in NH, so WTF is going on? Did they think it's full of recall ballots? I suppose my wait for my comics is gonna be a bit longer...
God bless the USPS... content media
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Peter Engstrom
Sep 12, 2021
In COMMUNITY CHAT
Any of us that experienced that day most likely remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news or watched the tragic events unfold live during and after the terrorist attacks. 20 years ago, our country got a shock to the system the likes of which we haven't felt since, and some of the comments I've heard the last week leading up to September 11th have me baffled and honestly pissed. I've heard many people say, "Its been 20 years, it's time to move on" to which I say bullshit. To move on is to allow time to forget, and we should never, ever forget. Never forget the evil scum that perpetrated the attack. Never forget the innocent people that tragically lost their lives that day. Never forget the brave first responders, the heroes that went in to save whatever lives they could, even sacrificing their own to do so. Never forget the men and women that enlisted in the Armed Forces shortly after 9/11 to fight against those that not only were behind the attack, but any other entity that would attempt to do harm to our country. Never forget that window of time after 9/11, that unfortunately all too brief period in which American patriotism galvanized and united this country under our flag, our shared beliefs and our love for each and every fellow American. Young people born after 9/11 or were too young to know simply do not understand what that event did to erase any and all lines of division that we are currently experiencing in our society today. There was no black or white, no male or female, no gay or straight, no young or old, no rich or poor. We were all simply Americans and we all felt the exact same way. Kindness and compassion for our fellow countrymen was at an all time high and I truly feel the worst part about the aftermath of that terrible day was that the massive wave of love, support and strength didn't last nearly long enough. 20 years went by in the blink of an eye, but for a lot of us that day is still fresh in our minds. Please continue to keep it fresh in your mind. If you've got children, when they're old enough tell them about what happened thay day and the unity that came afterward. Never let them forget. Thats all I've got. God bless America
Never Forget. A few thoughts on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 content media
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Peter Engstrom
Sep 12, 2021
In ANYTHING ALTERNA
I thought I'd share a fun and exciting find today! I took little guy to the comic shop today with the intent to buy some card storage boxes and maybe a few old buck books, since the major publisher shelf books belong in the trash. He and I found a couple late 80's Flash comics, some Archies, a Marvel Tarzan, a Disney Scrooge book and a Flintstones comic. He was happy with those. I thought we were good, but a big patch of newsprint books in a bin caught my attention. Yellowish newsprint in the bins typically means OLD so whatever it is, its usually worth a look. However, to my surprise these books weren't old at all. I saw an Alterna corner box and a giant red and black cover with BLOOD REALM splashed on and I let out an loud, audible "WHOOOA!!' which brought little guy over. I started pulling some books out and my boy delightedly said "DADDY! THEY HAVE ALTERNA COMICS!" which made my day. I started fishing through the bin like a madman, and I was even lucky enough to find books I'd been missing to complete runs, such as Unit 44 #3 and Midnight Mystery #3! Little guy even got another Gods and Gears #2 and Mr. Crypt and Baron Rat #1 to replace the ragged ones that are missing covers from continuous bedtime readings! I snagged a Tinsel Town #1, a couple hard to find Gods and Gears #1, a few copies of It Came Out On A Wednesday #2 and what I'm guessing are first printings of Blood Realm: Dark Covenant 1-3 in real good contition!!! There were even more books that I wasnt able to afford to get like Mother Russia, Croak, The Actual Roger, Mighty Mascots and various ICYMI titles which I'll have to soon return and get (go ahead and bust my chops, yeah they were in the buck bin but I'm still on a budget), but I was psyched to find some really cool Alterna comics for a great price. Check em out!!!
I came across some great Alterna finds today in the buck bin at my LCS! content media
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