2 posts tagged 1982
2 posts tagged 1982
Welcome, new Hollywonk contributor Jeffrey Seasholtz, aka Uncle Shappy, aka the “nerd of spoken word.” (Perhaps you also saw him in Fanboys?) Our first peek inside of SHAPPY’S LONGBOX OF OPINIONS reveals what made the movies of ‘82 so great — and whether or not 2012 can top that magical year.
Many of my nerd pals have been discussing the possibility that 2012 might go down as one of the greatest nerd movie years since 1982! For those of you who need a refresher, the summer of ’82 brought us:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Conan The Barbarian
The Road Warrior
The Dark Crystal
As you can see it’s an impressive group of Nerd Classics, many of which set the template for many awesome movies down the road. For those of us lucky enough to live in Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is showing many of these films in order of their release dates. It’s a great idea and something I’ve been proclaiming for a long time — 1982 was a magical nerd movie summer! I should know, I was 13 then and all I did was hang out at the arcade, read comics and go to the movies.
Tomorrow, Seasholtz will open up SHAPPY’S LONGBOX OF OPINIONS and tell us more about what made ‘82 so great — and whether or not 2012 can top it. Now, though, it’s time for him to introduce himself:
Greetings, True Believers!
The name is Shappy and I am happy to be joining the Hollywonk crew as the resident comic-book geek and pop-culture enthusiast! I have been bagging and boarding and consulting my Overstreet price guide since I was a young nerd of 10. I went to my first comic book convention in 1982 and met Marvel Editor-In-Chief, Jim Shooter and saw footage from a new movie coming out later that summer, BLADE RUNNER. I remember when DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, WATCHMEN and MAUS all came out and changed how everyone thought about comics. I held a tape recorder to the family TV set to record SUPERMAN THE MOVIE until my arm went numb. I spent some time in the trenches at CHICAGO COMICS and QUIMBY’S, two of the finest comic book and underground literature purveyors on the planet! I played a Trekkie in Ernie Cline’s FANBOYS. I created the NERD SLAM at the National Poetry Slam which has been running for over 10 years. I have a book out called SPOKEN NERD REVOLUTION and I currently draw a twice weekly comic strip called UNCLE SHAPPY’S CHUCKLE PARLOUR! If that’s not enough nerd cred for you I’m always ready to accept a trivia challenge or a YAR’S REVENGE play-off!
With all that being said, it’s great to meet you!