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Monster Jam’s Matt Cody

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We got to chat with the driver of Blue Lightning, and winner of DC’s 2017 Freestyle Contest, Matt Cody. Monster Jam is headed to the Capital One Arena in Washington DC this weekend with three bone rattling shows. We’re happy to cheer on Matt, as he hails from Williamsport, MD, just up the road from the Capital Beltway. In fact Cody first fell in love with Monster Jam because his parents and grandparents would take him to the nearby Hagerstown Speedway on his birthday to watch all the monster truck action.

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Through a friend, Matt started hanging with Hagerstown’s Mike Vaters and helped out with trucks Black Stallion and Iron Warrior. We didn’t know it at the time, but my family and I even caught Cody driving at the Montgomery County Fair a few times. After spending time helping with the Black Stallion crew, he graduated in 2011, and was asked to jump behind the wheel last minute. Now he drives Blue Thunder for Monster Jam. Last year we cheered on Cody as he won the Freestyle Contest here in DC. We can’t wait to see him wreck havoc on the dirt this weekend.

Quad racing

In addition to driving 10,000 lb Blue Thunder, Cody also races in the ATV and Speedster race portions. He says they’re a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. He admits that he’s not too easy on those speedsters and they usually need a bit more care when he’s done with them. In general, he recommends coming to the earlier shows, as there’s no telling how the bodies will fare by the end of the weekend.

We asked him about driving the trucks and getting pumped up. He tells us that though it may look like he’s getting tossed around, the driver’s seat has a five-point (or even seven-point) harness system keeping him safe. The hardest part is getting comfortable in the tiny space and getting his head aligned right. We wanted to know how he gets pumped when he’s not driving Blue Thunder. He admits that cranking the Blue Thunder theme song, AC/DC’s Thunderstruck gets his blood pumping whenever he hears it. I asked him where he’d want to take Blue Thunder to do some destruction in the DC area, and he said that he’d love to swing by the White House and give Trump one good show.

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Cody says it’ll also be fun to compete with Rottweiler, driven by fellow Marylander Cory Snyder (and son of Illuminator’s Jay Snyder). Cody is excited about the Hybrid style dirt track and tells us to look out for stoppies (moving while upright on the front two wheels, then stopping), moonwalking, and reverse poppers (locking the front brakes and walking the truck in the wheelie position), all of which he’ll be trying to squeeze in there this weekend. It sounds like he’s ready to try and snag the Freestyle trophy again this year.

If you’re in the DC area check out Monster Jam this weekend at Capital One Arena. Tickets are still available. If you’re not in DC, you can swing by MonsterJam.com and see when the tour is coming to your city, and swing back to check out pics from this weekend’s show.


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GWAR at Ram’s Head Live

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GWAR came back to Baltimore last week, and rocked us all with songs from their new album Blood of the Gods.

If you’ve never seen GWAR live, I want you to the following. Go into a room with a mirror. Turn off all the lights, close the shades, and light one candle. Then I want you to look at your reflection in the mirror, and ask yourself if you’ve ever seen a bigger pansy.
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2017 Baltimore Comic Con photos

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Baltimore Comic Con was this past weekend and we had an absolute blast. Between two adults and three boys under 12 we dropped a lot on vintage toys, new toys, trade paperbacks and back issues. Even got some sketches and autographs while we were at it. Click for more, including lots of cosplay, below!
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Baltimore Comic Con is coming!

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Are you going to the Baltimore Comic Con?
tickets are still available. Be sure to check it out! We’ve been going for years, and its one of our must-do annual traditions. The panels, the guests, the kids’ content, the artists… it’s an amazing! Check out the full schedule and come back around next week for all our pics!


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2017 Awesome Con!

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Awesome Con was in DC this past weekend! And we have tons of cosplay pics. Before that, check out all the panels and activities there were as well. Guests included Stan Lee and Dr. Who’s David Tennant. And for the first time, Awesomecon and the Smithsonian presented Future Con talking about real-life science and its influence on Sci-fi.

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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears at 9:30 Club

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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears returned to Washington DC on Tuesday night. I had the pleasure of seeing them open for Flogging Molly six years ago. Now I had the opportunity to photograph them as they headlined their own show at 9:30 Club. Check out my full gallery below.

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We are the music makers – RIP Gene Wilder

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We lost a giant yesterday. Gene Wilder, also known as Young Dr. FrankenSTEIN, Jim the Waco Kid, or Mr. Wonka. There is an effortless authenticity in his performances, an ever present twinkle in his eye.

Mr Wilder, you will be missed.


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Monster Jam at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore!

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Monster Jam landed with a bang at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena this past weekend. We watched Zombie, Grave Digger, Max D, Scooby Doo, Monster Mutts Dalmation and Rottweiler, and NEA battle it out in head to head and freestyle competitions. There were a lot of changes to the Monster Jam format. Check out my write-up and huge gallery of awesome pics, below.

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Countdown is on for 2016 Baltimore Comic Con

Less than a week to go until the 2016 Baltimore Comic Con at the Baltimore Convention Center. We’re excited to check it out. We have our cosplay ready, our lists of wants and needs. And what’s this? 60 New Guests were just announced! Click below to check out the list, and find out how you can grab passes and see our pics.

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Hardcore Henry – available now


I had the pleasure of seeing Hardcore Henry in theaters in all it’s glory, and now I’m even more excited to have it available to watch at home on Blu-Ray (and onDemand). This movie gets you excited, takes you for a ride, and (surprisingly) did not make me nauseated. In short, it’s just like a fireworks show. They give you amazing spectacle over and over and then have a huge finale. Click below for more.
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