Tom Brady

21 Jul 19
Boston Herald
With training camp set to start Thursday, here is this writer’s list of the top 10 most indispensable Patriots players, not counting Tom Brady. The term “indispensable” implies not only talent and ability, but also how the team would be affected if the player missed time, or how vital the player is to the Patriots’ success in 2019. The order might change in a few months. So might the list of names. This is how it looks heading into camp: 10. Kyle Van Noy — Truthfully, Van Noy should be higher on this list. He’s coming off by far his best season, capped by a terrific Super Bowl. The 28-year-old Van Noy, initially acquired in a fleecing of the Detroit Lions, was on the field for 90 percent of the defensive snaps a year ago. While he generally plays an off-the-line role, Van Noy often was deployed on the line of scrimmage this past season. The addition of Jamie Collins, who can contribute in similar ways, knocks Van Noy a few spots down the indispensable rankings. FOXBORO MA. – JUNE 5: Dont’a Hightower runs through a drill during New England Patriots mini camp at Gillette Stadium on June 5, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) 9. Don’ta Hightower — Aside from Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, no current Patriot has delivered more clutch plays than Hightower. His stop of Marshawn Lynch at the goal line preceded Malcolm Butler’s interception in Super Bowl XLIX. His strip-sack of Matt Ryan ignited the Pats’ impossible 28-3 rally in Super Bowl LI. And he played arguably the best game of his career in the destruction of the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Hightower also stayed healthy last year, logging 15 games for the first time since 2013. Like Van Noy, his ranking here is a bit diminished because of the Patriots’ linebacker depth. 8. Patrick Chung — Bill Belichick once called Chung “one of the best players in the league.” His toughness and versatility set the tone for a Patriots defense that should rank among the NFL’s elite. Chung serves numerous functions for the Pats, from covering tight ends to stuffing the run to occasionally sticking with slot receivers. In the event of a Chung injury, the Pats would need to reshuffle their secondary, moving Devin McCourty to a strong safety role. 7. Shaq Mason — The Patriots smashed the Chargers, Chiefs and Rams up front en route to their sixth Super Bowl. Expect them to enter 2019 with a similar approach. The offensive line is very good across the board, but the true strength is on the interior. Mason, the right guard, is the unit’s best player. 6. Devin McCourty — Entering his 10th season, McCourty’s leadership is invaluable. He and Chung basically are extensions of Belichick. Oh, and he’s a pretty good safety, too. Rarely does a team hit a big play over the top against the Patriots. McCourty’s prowess in the deep middle is a big reason why. 5. Joe Thuney — Thuney subbed in at left tackle during the spring as Isaiah Wynn gradually worked his way back from a torn Achilles. The Pats need Thuney to be ready to play that spot — perhaps the most critical of the five offensive line positions — if Wynn isn’t ready for the start of the season. A first-round pick in 2018, Wynn is a complete unknown. The Pats have precious little depth behind him, especially after veteran Jared Veldheer decided he was all set after a few hours in Foxboro. Thuney’s value this season (his last under contract) is not only at left guard, but also at tackle. New England Patriots running back James White (28) hauls in a pass over Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) during the second quarter of Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday, February 05, 2017 Staff photo by Matt Stone 4. James White — Last year I made the humiliating mistake of leaving White off the top 10. He caught 87 passes, and I’m pretty sure Karen Guregian reminded me of the inexplicable exclusion after each reception. With Rob Gronkowski retired, White and Edelman are the only proven pass-catchers on the team. And the Patriots don’t have an adequate back up for White. Rex Burkhead is an interesting and versatile threat, but he is extremely injury prone, having played in only 56 percent of possible games as a Patriot. 3. Michael Bennett —  A bit high for a guy who has never played a game in a Patriots uniform? Maybe so. But Bennett is a big-time player who hasn’t regressed even as he reaches his mid-30s. Bennett’s top-three ranking is a reflection of his individual talent — he’s a movable piece along the front who can destroy offensive tackles and guards — and the Patriots’ lack of depth behind him. Bennett, the replacement for Trey Flowers, is the only accomplished defensive end on the roster. His counterparts (Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers, John Simon, Keionta Davis, Ufomba Kamalu) enter the season with a combined 27.5 career sacks. Simon owns 15 of them. 2. Stephon Gilmore — Cornerback is the Patriots’ deepest position group, a fact that should devalue Gilmore’s “indispensability.” Take Gilmore out of the equation and the Pats still are in good shape in the secondary: second-year pro J.C. Jackson should take a step forward. Rookie Joejuan Williams brings a 6-foot-4 frame and a physical style of play to Foxboro. Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, Duke Dawson, and Keion Crossen round out the group. The Pats would be OK at cornerback if Gilmore went down, but they’re arguably the league’s best unit with him. Gilmore is the best overall player on the roster. 1. Julian Edelman — This one’s a layup. Without Edelman, the Pats would be in major trouble offensively. The Super Bowl LIII MVP has shown few signs of regression, as he returned from his four-game PED suspension a year ago to dominate down the stretch. At age 32, Edelman averaged 70 receiving yards per game for just the second time in his career. Could he experience a decline in his age 33 season? It’s possible. It’ll happen eventually. But the Patriots badly need him to come back just as strong in 2019 as they sort out the rest of their pass-catching corps.
21 Jul 19
Boston Herald
With training camp set to start Thursday, here is this writer’s list of the top 10 most indispensable Patriot players, not counting Tom Brady. The term “indispensable” implies not only talent and ability, but also how the team would be affected if the player missed time, or how vital the player is to the Patriots’ success in 2019. The order might change in a few months. So might the list of names. This is how it looks heading into camp: 10. Ben Watson — The tight end position has been such an important one for the Patriots throughout the past decade. It’s been a huge part of Tom Brady’s success. While it’s impossible to replace a talent like Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots need to keep the position a viable part of the offense. For starters, it keeps some pass-run mystery in the mix with either Watson or Matt LaCosse on the field. It helps if the defense has to guess what’s coming, or has to protect against both possibilities. The Pats still need a tight end who can block and catch passes. Even missing four games because of a PED suspension, Watson is the best they have at the position, so that ups the indispensable quotient and puts him in the top 10. 9. Receiver who emerges not named Julian Edelman — Maybe this is rookie N’Keal Harry. Maybe it’s Maurice Harris. Maybe it’s Josh Gordon, who may or may not be allowed to return from NFL purgatory. Maybe it’s another receiver on the roster. Time will tell. But whoever it turns out to be is going to be significant because that receiver will give Brady another legitimate target outside of Edelman, so opposing teams can’t just eliminate Edelman with double teams. So, whether it’s Harry, Harris or whoever becomes that threat, their importance and indispensability factor will rise. ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 3: The Rams Jared Goff is pressured by Patriots Kyle Van Noy in the first quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) 8. Kyle Van Noy — Debated putting Devin McCourty here, or somewhere in the top 10, and while he’s the brains in the defensive backfield, Duron Harmon could step in and essentially pick up most of his job. Perhaps Jamie Collins could do the same with Van Noy, but the outside linebacker really emerged last season as a big-time player on the defense given his versatility and ability to line up anywhere on the front seven. He’s also one of the best at getting to the quarterback. He had 47 pressures last season, including 11 in the postseason. Van Noy, at age 28, has just started to hit his stride with the Patriots and, in a contract year, will be motivated to have an even better year. 7. Patrick Chung — There aren’t many players in the league who can play as many roles on the defense as the veteran safety. He can play in the box, in the slot, up on the defensive line, split out wide or back at free safety. He can cover receivers, tight ends and backs coming out of the backfield. And he can perform all of those roles at a top level. Lose him, and it’s hard to plug in another player on the roster who can fill the void. Last season, he had 84 tackles, one pick and three passes defensed. He’s one of Bill Belichick’s favorite players and it’s easy to see why. 6. James White — Third-down backs have become a staple, especially in the offense-crazed NFL. When you have an exceptional third-down back such as White, one who Brady depends on so heavily in key spots, it’s hard to live without him. White finished with 751 receiving yards last year. Without Gronkowski at tight end, he’ll be relied on even more. Sans Gronk, teams might be able to key on him a little more and get better matchups. But White, a clutch performer, still will find a way to get open and be productive. 5. Dont’a Hightower — He’s the leader of the front-seven, no matter where he lines up. He’s been the on-field communicator for the defense with the green dot, but even if that duty gets passed on to linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, it won’t diminish Hightower’s importance. He has the versatility to play traditional linebacker on the inside, and also can line up on the edge and rush the passer. He’s dropped weight so it might be a precursor to him being moved to a more permanent role out on the edge. Whatever the position, he has a knack for making difference-making plays in the biggest games. FOXBORO MA. – JUNE 5: Joe Thuney runs through warmups during New England Patriots mini camp at Gillette Stadium on June 5, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) 4. Joe Thuney — With a quarterback who turns 42 next month, it’s imperative to have an offensive line that’s going to keep him upright and prevent blindside hits in particular. Last year, there was some uncertainty at left tackle until Trent Brown took over the job. He played so well, he earned an outrageous contract from the Raiders in free agency. There’s uncertainty whether Isaiah Wynn will be ready to take over the job. He’s coming back from a torn Achilles suffered last year. If he can’t hold up, or can’t go right away, that would force the Patriots to move Thuney over from left guard, and move someone else into Thuney’s spot. That’s two moves, and not the formula you’re looking for, but it highlights Thuney’s importance. 3. Michael Bennett — The Patriots lost a key member of the defensive front with the departure of Trey Flowers. He provided most of the pass rush both from the outside and inside, with 11 sacks, 16 hits and 51 hurries according to Pro Football Focus. Bennett was hired to essentially do the same. He has to provide a similar presence and make up for the pressure on the quarterback and sacks that were lost. Playing with the Eagles last season, he had 12 sacks, 22 hits and 44 pressures. Having someone who can maintain that level is critical for the Patriots defense. 2. Stephon Gilmore — Having a shutdown corner in this league, during this era, is invaluable. And the Patriots have one in Gilmore. More times than not, he can eliminate the opposing team’s best receiver. It wouldn’t be outrageous to have him in the top spot, but he’s the star of a loaded secondary. You wouldn’t want him to miss any time, but the Pats could get by a game or two thanks to their depth. Still, Gilmore makes the defense that much more imposing and effective all around with his ability to take out one guy. Last year, he finished with 45 tackles, two interceptions and 20 passes defensed. 1. Julian Edelman — Brady no longer has Gronkowski (we think). Beyond the stable of running backs who Brady relies on to catch the football, there are no receivers he trusts except one. It’s Edelman. Along with Gronk, he has been Brady’s binkie and go-to-guy in just about every clutch situation during the past decade. He’s coming off a Super Bowl MVP performance and playoffs in which he delivered in spectacular fashion. Without knowing if rookie Harry is going to blossom in his first year, or any of the new receivers are going to catch on with Brady, or if Gordon is going to be reinstated, that makes Edelman so much more indispensable to the operation. The offense would be lost without him.
21 Jul 19
Sport Archives

With the opening of NFL training camps next week, East Post AFC East 2019 looks to see the Jets take on this season. Bills Coach: Sean McDermott (third season) The newest people: Buffalo put the aggressive line ahead of Josh Allen's second year QB through Mitch Morse, Spencer Ship and Cody Ford to draft. GM […]

21 Jul 19
Comics Universes

Recently Netflix gave fans of The Witcher a lot to process, as they revealed the first official poster and a series of new images featuring some of the show’s lead characters, including Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer. Now though Netflix has released the first official image of Triss Merigold, a powerful sorceress and one of Geralt’s […]

21 Jul 19
Sport Archives

The best argument for watching the Super Bowl is that there really is no need to be an argument. This is one of the least convincing fights of what is arguably the least restrictive to watch professional football, yet it will be the most watched American TV event, because you have to at least pretend […]

21 Jul 19
Football Absurdity

(Source: https://live.staticflickr.com/2888/13296155245_95f63e09a7_b.jpg under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting […]

21 Jul 19
Heavy.com

Odell Beckham Jr. has a reputation of being a bit of a diva, which is something the star wide receiver has earned and fans let him know about.

21 Jul 19
Cooperstown Cred

On Sunday afternoon, after a 16-year wait, Lee Smith will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Smith was unanimously elected by the Modern Baseball Committee last December. The 61-year old Smith, who has the 3rd most saves (478) in baseball history, will be granted a Cooperstown plaque on the same […]

21 Jul 19
Press Telegram
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures
21 Jul 19
Orange County Register
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures
21 Jul 19
Whittier Daily News
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures
21 Jul 19
Daily News
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures
21 Jul 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures
21 Jul 19
Daily Breeze
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures
21 Jul 19
Pasadena Star News
Is Donald Trump the hero or the villain of the comic book series at San Diego Comic-Con that portrays the always controversial president with unlimited super powers? “We let you fill in your perspective,” Keenspot Entertainment spokesperson Robert C. Tracy said at Comic-Con. “Is he the hero? If you hate him, maybe he isn’t. If you really like him, maybe he is.” The nationally-distributed Trump’s Titans comic book series takes a satirical yet largely apolitical look at the president, his inner circle and life in the White House “There’s very little politics in these books, actually,” said Tracy, a comic book writer working on the sequel to Trump’s Titans. “It’s mostly just people punching each other and doing stupid things. It’s satire to the core. All of it’s jokes.” Every issue of Trump’s Titans is No. 1. (Brady MacDonald) Trump’s Titans is an homage to the 1980’s Reagan’s Raiders super hero comic book. In Trump’s Titans, the 45th president immediately heads to a secret laboratory in the basement of the White House where President Reagan attained his super powers. Trump wants all the super powers, even the ones that haven’t been invented yet. Each of the members in Trump’s inner circle get super powers. Vice President Mike Pence gets the power to blow up trees with his mind. Jared Kushner can talk to birds. “It’s kind of a running joke with all the staff changes in the Trump administration where someone will appear for one panel and talk about their fealty and loyalty to the president,” Tracy said. “There’s a bunch of people who are in there very briefly.” In the series, Super Trump battles Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and other real-world foes. Variant Trump’s Titans covers offer takes on various satirical takes on magazine covers. Every issue is No. 1, no matter what issue it is. “Because everything Trump is always No. 1,” Tracy said. “It makes inventory control an absolute nightmare.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Comic-Con 2019: Former CIA agents explain 6 ways to conduct and evade surveillance Comic-Con 2019: This Christian comic book organization is not against your Harry Potter fandom Comic-Con 2019: George Takei draws from personal experiences in Japanese internment camps for ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Comic-Con 2019: Senator Cory Booker walks convention floor, hangs out with ‘Star Trek’ fans [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] The anonymous author of the comic goes by the pen name of John Barron, a nod to an allegedly phony Trump spokesman. Apple Valley-based Keenspot Entertainment brought the first five issues of Trump’s Titans to Comic-Con in 2018 and returns this year with another four issues as well as a few retrospective collections. A new issue of Trump’s Titans comes out every 3 to 4 months. The popular Trump comic has already led to a spinoff title. Trump’s Titans has proven popular with Republicans, Democrats and non-partisans alike, Tracy said. “It’s literally everybody who can have a sense of humor about politics,” Tracy said. “Your perspective fills in the gaps.” Representatives for large retailers have stopped by the Keenspot booth at Comic-Con with interest in bringing the Trump comic books to a more mainstream audience, Tracy said. READ MORE about SDCC 2019: Photo galleries: Cosplay | Scenes from Comic-Con | Her Universe Fashion Show | Preview night Recaps: Day 2 | Day 1 | 5 memorable moments from opening day |Preview night and the Running of the Nerds Only at Comic-Con: Tom Cruise lookalike at the “Top Gun” bar | Wheelchair cosplay | The dancing monster Fashion: Her Universe Fashion Show winners | SoCal Her Universe designers | Interview with Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein | The Hero Within clothing line | What cosplay weapons are allowed | The 23 swag backpacks Inside SDCC: A daily guide to TV and movie panels | George Takei and “The Terror” | “Fear the Walking Dead” | Christian comic books | The $1.1 million comic book | Mensa members predict the future | The future of college esports | Super fans: Orlando Jones is Comic-Con’s No. 1 fan | “Steven Universe” | “Dragon Ball Z” world record | Wayward Cocktails “Supernatural” party Things to do: No badge needed for these activities | Comic-Con museum in Balboa Park | Where to drink and party History: The 12-year-old who co-founded Comic-Con | 50 facts about Comic-Con’s 50 years The big issues: Service animals are superheroes | Cosplay, panels reflect diversity | Security measures