Hasslein Blog

REFERENCE GUIDES BY GEEKS, FOR GEEKS

Hasslein Blog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hasslein Books Needs Your Help With 2009's Watchmen: The Mobile Game

By Rich Handley

If you're a fan of Watchmen, DC Comics' iconic 12-issue 1986 comic book miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (and, really, how could you not be?), then chances are you've watched the 2009 film adaptation directed by Zack Snyder. You're probably also well aware of DC's controversial 2012 prequel line Before Watchmen, which spanned 37 issues and divided the comics industry regarding whether or not additional Watchmen stories should even be told without Moore's involvement. (I refuse to take a stance here on that debate.)

More recently, you're no doubt aware that the Watchmen characters are being ported over into mainstream continuity, as part of (indeed, at the crux of) this year's company-wide Rebirth reboot concept. Chances are, you've read more than one scandalized rant on that very subject. You may even have written one yourself. (Again, I'm avoiding that debate as well.)


What you might not be aware of is that there has actually been a good deal more. There have been a number of viral videos, a trio of Watchmen-themed role-playing game books published as part of Mayfair Games' DC Heroes Role-Playing Game, in-universe websites, promotional newspapers, four different Watchmen video games, and other odds and ends.

Wait. Four video games?

Hrrm.

Read more »

Labels: , , ,

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

EternalCon 2016: And a Good Time Was Had By All...

By Rich Handley

The weekend's done now and we've all gone back to our usual routines, but we at Hasslein Books had a funtastic time at EternalCon 2016, which was held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y. We met a lot of fellow fans and talented individuals, sold and signed some books, and had many conversations with enthusiastic con-goers.

We shared a booth on Sunday with cosplayer Sofia Sivan, who signed photos of herself in costume and drew more people to the booth than our books did; laughed frequently with neighboring vendor Erica Lin, who kept us up to our elbows in free potato chips, and who we will miss now that she's on her way back to Taiwan; and met other talented cosplayers, such as the hilarious Robert Franzese (the Real Life Peter Griffin, though he was dressed as Sergeant Slaughter this time out), Scarlet SpyderQueen (Sofia's assistant and a great cosplayer in her own right), and EmmaPool, who sported a fantastic costume and a wonderfully punny name.

Best of all, we got to see several friends from last year's convention, including photographer David Schlaich and Big Apple Conventions' Zorikh Lequidre, and I was excited to reunite with an old college buddy, Hart Sastrowardoyo (or Ben, as I have always known him), and finally meet his adorable daughter.

Read more »

Labels: , , ,

 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cosplayer Sofia Sivan Joining the Hasslein Booth Team on Sunday

Hasslein Books is pleased to announce that the lovely and talented cosplayer Sofia Sivan will be sharing our booth with us on Sunday at EternalCon 2016, taking place this weekend at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y. Come on down and meet us all.




Labels: , ,

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hasslein Books Geeks Out in Garden City—Come Meet Us at EternalCon

And so it begins...

Come on down to EternalCon, where you can see Hasslein Books' Paul Giachetti and Rich Handley epitomizing the term "nerds." In fact... we're giving out Nerds, as you can see near the front of the table.

EternalCon 2016
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Garden City, N.Y.
June 10-12

http://www.eternalcon.com



Labels: ,

 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Come Meet Hasslein Books at Eternal Con—June 10-12 in Garden City, N.Y.

If you're located in or near the New York City area and plan to attend Eternal Con (Garden City, June 10-12), be sure to stop by the Hasslein Books booth and say hi. We'd love to meet any of you we've not yet met in person, and to see those of you whom we already have. We hope to see you there.

The guest list will include Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Independence Day), Chase Masterson (Deep Space Nine), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), William Kircher (The Hobbit), and a nice selection of cosplayers (such as the stunning Sofia Sivan) and popular comic book artists (such as legends Bob Larkin and Jim Shooter). Plus, it will be held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, which is simply a great place to visit, even without a sci-fi convention.

(The event will also include reality TV and professional wrestling celebrities for some unfathomable reason, but you can always ignore their presence entirely, just as we plan to... unless that's your thing, of course, in which case enjoy.)

http://www.eternalcon.com

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Who Watches Hasslein Books?

Our next project, you ask? Why, here's a hint.

Stay tuned for more news.


Hrrm.

Labels:

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Price of Integrity

By Rich Handley

Today, I received an e-mail from someone calling himself "Tim Glasow, Marketing Assistant" at a Raleigh, N.C., company called "Total Marketing." I thought I'd share the exchange, in case there were other bloggers out there who have received similar correspondence. Tim's initial e-mail said the following:

Hello,
We are interested in producing editorial content for your site, hassleinbooks.com.
The content will be professionally written in line with your site's theme and voice.
A $120 administrative fee will be provided to you for your time spent reviewing and publishing our content. Payments are made daily via PayPal or check via FedEx (US & Canada only for check).
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Now, I'm not a stupid person. I recognize a potential scam when I see one. It's something we at Hasslein Books know something about. But I was genuinely curious what the catch was. So I wrote back to him, asking a simple question:

Hi, Tim. What's the catch?

His answer actually intrigued me:

Hi Rich,
Thanks so much for your reply. Let me provide some further clarification. Our client is casino.betfair.com, however, our article would like to highlight news within the geek world (perhaps something surrounding star trek or star wars, or another relevant theme of your choice). The link to betfair will appear organically within the body of the article, and in no way will it detract from the article's overall theme.
You can see a few of our previous articles below:
http://indierevolver.com/2015/12/07/guest-editorial-j-j-abrams-works-with-the-stars/
http://nomoreworkhorse.com/2014/12/15/the-six-million-dollar-man-gets-a-raise/http://www.theunbiasedblog.com/2014/01/what-to-expect-from-star-trek-onlines-fourth-anniversary-special.html
Here are the details to get us started: One of our writers will supply you with a professionally written article that is relevant to your site's theme and we will pay you $120 via PayPal for your time spent reviewing and publishing the content. We would expect the content to appear on your site like a regular post until newer content pushes it off. It should then remain accessible in your site's archives for a total of 12 months from the original publishing date.
Our goal is to write an editorial that you and your readers enjoy. If you have any guest post requirements or topic ideas for this article, please let me know.
I am here to answer any questions and I look forward to working with you.

Now, I have to admit, this made me curious. The three articles he supplied as samples were surprisingly well written and relevant, and the link in question was unobtrusive. So I asked my partner at Hasslein Books what he thought of it, and then I did some research. And what did I find? Well, do some Google searches for "Betfair fraud," "Betfair scam" and "Betfair refuses to pay," and you'll see for yourself. Let's just say that Hasslein Books wants no part of it. So here's what I wrote back:

Wait... so you want us to shill for a casino site well known for defrauding people out of thousands of dollars? You want us to give up our integrity by pretending to be presenting journalistic pieces when, in fact, we'd just be posting thinly veiled ads for thieves? And you want us to do this for an extremely low dollar amount? Sorry, Tim. No thank you.

If you receive an e-mail from anyone at Total Marketing, offering to pay you to post their content on your site, my advice is this: delete it. Our parents' wisdom from our childhood still holds validity: if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.



Labels: ,

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Pandorica in Beacon, N.Y.: The Best Eats This Side of Gallifrey

By Rich Handley

If you're a Doctor Who fan and are looking for a fun place to eat while watching Who episodes from recent years, then The Pandorica might be just the place for you. Located in Beacon, N.Y. (in Dutchess County, right off Route 84), The Pandorica (visit its Facebook page) features a menu offering Who-worthy appetizers such as Fish Fingers and Custard, mini-corndogs appropriately known as K-9s, and stuffed potato heads called the Sontaran Brigade; entrees such as Are You My Mummy Bacon Bound Meatloaf and Thymey Wimey Beef Cottage Pie; sandwiches like the Madame Vastra Po Boy; and sweets like the Madame de Pompadour Cake.


This past weekend, Paul Giachetti and I took the opportunity to visit The Pandorica, view its décor and sample its culinary treats. We met owner Shirley Hot, a warm and friendly Who fan, and dropped off a few copies of Hasslein Books' two Who titles (Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who, by Matthew J. Elliott, and Who Beyond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who, by Brian J. Robb and Paul Simpson) for Shirley to share with her Whovian diners. While we were there, we enjoyed a meal and made sure to snap some photos of the restaurant.

The food was delicious and well worth the price. I ordered the Gallifreyed Potato Pancakes with apple sauce, while Paul tried the Sontaran Brigade (hilariously enough, it turns out that potatoes sitting in small cups look just like Sontarans). My son, who came along for the ride, feasted on the dessert version of Fish Fingers and Custard (battered French toast strips—the appetizer version is actual fish), and they were fantastic. Meanwhile, David Tennant episodes played on a wall-mounted TV, perfectly setting the mood.

Photo: The Pandorica

Read more »

Labels: , , ,

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Captain, I Sense Something!"—ST:TNG's Season-One Dialogue

By Rich Handley 

My friend Drew and I were discussing Star Trek: The Next Generation today, and the following parody of the show's season-one dialogue was the result.

I'm a major Trek fan going back to the 1970s and have a great appreciation for all six TV shows and all 12 movies to date. I'm the kind of guy who can sit through "The Alternative Factor," "The Magicks of Megas-Tu," "Code of Honor," "Move Along Home," "Threshold," "These Are the Voyages," and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier without fast-forwarding through the cringe-worthy parts. I adore the Star Trek franchise, warts and all, particularly The Next Generation. So please take the following in the spirit in which it's intended, which is loving fun, and not hating trash-talk.




Read more »

Labels: ,

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fan Response to Star Trek's New Trailer Is Beyond Hysteria

By Rich Handley

So much for "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations" (IDIC), one of Star Trek's defining philosophies. Ever since JJ Abrams and company rebooted the franchise's timeline with the 2009 Star Trek film, a number of fans seem to have completely forgotten this lesson from Gene Roddenberry. "It's not Star Trek because it's not how I want Star Trek to be" has been the core concept behind a lot of criticism aimed at the movies. And while people certainly have every right to feel that way (infinite diversity, after all), it flies in the face of IDIC to dismiss something out of hand just because it's not exactly what we're used to.

Today, the trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the 'Net, and history is repeating itself in spades.



Judging by how the Internet has exploded, I seem to be in the minority in thinking Star Trek Beyond looks fun. Yes, the trailer's music choice is bad (enough with the damn Beastie Boys), but I think this movie's going to surprise a lot of people. Keep in mind that this first trailer is running with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so it's designed to be action- and effects-oriented. "Know your audience" and all that. I have a strong feeling later trailers will be different.

There's a lot of doomsday predicting going up my Facebook feed about this. I've seen posts saying things like "It's official, Star Trek is dead" and "RIP: Star Trek" and "Gene Roddenberry would weep" and "Justin Lin has raped my childhood" and other such over-the-top melodrama. But so far, we've seen only 90 seconds of footage, which is too little to know whether or not a film is good.

Read more »

Labels: , , ,

 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Prose of the Apes: Guiding the Planet on Its Next Titanic Adventures

By Rich Handley

As a writer and editor, I've taken on a lot of gigs during the course of my career that I haven't found particularly engaging. These have ranged from writing articles about bathroom furnishings and school board meetings to editing medical reports for insurance companies to proofreading… wait for it… phone books. (I kid you not. It was my first publishing job, back in the early 1990s. As you can imagine, I'd rather live in the Forbidden Zone—without Nova—than do that again.)

But I've also had a number of assignments that I could really sink my teeth into. Recently, I signed a contract for just such a project.

Those who know me are well aware that I'm a major Planet of the Apes fan going back to the days of The 4:30 Movie in the 1970s, when I discovered the apes on my parents' 13-inch black-and-white TV. I've remained an avid aficionado ever since, not only of the films and TV shows, but also of the comics, novels and other aspects of the franchise. I've also had the fun of writing, co-editing, or contributing to five books on the subject to date.


Well, you can now make that six. Much to my continued disbelief, Titan Books' Steve Saffel and 20th Century Fox have hired me and fellow author Jim Beard to co-edit a licensed Planet of the Apes short-fiction anthology, due out in early 2017. The book will feature 16 tales based on the classic films and live-action television show, and will be released during the lead-up to the next movie, War for the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters in July of that year. I don't know which one I'm more excited about—the film or the book.

OK, I can't lie. It's obviously the book. But the film is only about a millimeter behind it at the finish line.
Read more »

Labels:

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hasslein Books Publishes Messing With Telemarketers

FOR RELEASE


Author Haven Riney's new book, which features actual 
phone calls hilariously turning the tables on intrusive 
nuisances, is now available for purchase.


NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2015—Let's face it: telemarketers can be annoying. Even telemarketers hate getting telemarketer calls. Whether they're legitimate businesses, pollsters, or unscrupulous scammers, when people repeatedly call at all hours, day and night, it can be maddening. Getting mad does no good, though. Hasslein Books' latest publication, Messing With Telemarketers, shows why it's better to get even.

After a friend pranked Haven Riney by signing him up for tons of college-recruiting forms, he began receiving up to a hundred phone calls daily. He put his number on the Do Not Call List… he told pesky callers to put him on their lists… he yelled, screamed, begged, and pleaded… but nothing worked. Finally, he decided to waste the callers' time instead, screwing with them to see how far he could get. The answer, he discovered, was often "quite far."

Riney's lightning-quick wit, sharp comedic timing, and endless patience culminated in the hilarious collection of transcripts presented here. Every call is real, each funnier than the last. The 364-page Messing With Telemarketers is now available for sale at Amazon and its affiliates, as well as at CreateSpace, and will soon be available at BarnesandNoble.com. Bookstores and other retailers can purchase this title at a wholesale rate from Ingram Book Co., NACSCorp and CreateSpace. Click here for ordering information, and download an excerpt here.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Evening With Star Wars Authors


Labels: , , , , , ,

 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Beaming In Soon: The Red Shirt Diaries Season 2


Labels: , , , , , ,