Spotlight: KSGeekMan (Ben AbuSaada)

Today’s Spotlight is on a fantastic artist, musician, and Star Wars collector.

Ben AbuSaada, or KSGeekMan, is an artist in the Kansas City region who freelances and also sketches for trading card giants Topps and Upper Deck Entertainment. You can catch him at local comic cons for his art but he’s also got an amazing collection of Hot Toys, ArtFX, and Hasbro figures, as well as a passion for comic books!

I came across Ben’s page on Instagram a few years ago and absolutely loved his art style and diverse Star Wars collection – “Geek Man” indeed! And once I found out that he was a fellow musician as well… needless to say, I knew he had to get a proper #LesDudisSpotlight! So let’s check out some of KSGeekMan’s work and a short Q&A with Ben himself at the end of this Spotlight:

Topps Star Wars

Ben officially draws sketch cards for Topps for many of their recent Star Wars lines: A New Hope Black & White, Masterwork 2018, The Last Jedi, Journey To The Last Jedi, Galactic Files, and the list goes on…

He also draws for the Topps Walking Dead line.

Upper Deck Cards

You can also see some of Ben’s recent work on Upper Deck’s Thor Ragnarok set. I think these cards look great in their own way and stand apart from Topps’ sketch cards. Check out this one he did of Odinson himself:

Prints, Commissions & Sketch Covers

You may be lucky enough to pull one of Ben’s cards in a pack. But if you can’t wait for that, you can always check out his Etsy store! There you might see a few AP’s (Artist Proof) but it’s also the best place to submit your commission request for a sketch card or comic book sketch cover… or to order yourself a Kansas City Comic Con Exclusive “Boba Fett Mandolorian Print” with remarque!

Just look at those possibilities!

My personal favorites are the ones I have in my own collection. One is a Rogue One K-2SO (non-Topps) B&W sketch card and the other is a 40th Anniversary Obi-Wan Kenobi sketch card.

And even though Ben excels at Star Wars/comic art, he surely isn’t limited to it! Just check out his Breaking Bad, Lord Of The Rings, and G.I. Joe cards!

Stories, Raffles & Giveaways

Lastly, Ben also runs all sorts of great deals across his social media platforms – from polls to giveaways to cheap raffles, you might find yourself gaining a few awesome pieces for your own collection! Vote for your favorite trilogy, score a free Black Series figure, or win a Hot Toys collectible for next to nothing!

And who knows? Maybe you’ll find that collectible you’ve been after for a year right on his Instagram store, @GeekFlagFly!

Let’s take a moment to get to know Ben!

Who or what inspired you to become an artist?
My grandfather was an artist, and my mom. Growing up, she always encouraged me in my creativity. She was great at inspiring me and pushing me to be better. More recently, artist Todd Aaron Smith befriended me and gave me tips and invested in my art journey. He’s a fantastic artist who worked on Batman The Animated Series in the 90’s.

Who is the biggest supporter of your work?
My wife. She has given me encouragement and freedom to pursue the side hustle, spending lots of evenings in the art studio.

Do you currently have a favorite comic book series?
I have been enjoying the Darth Vader series, Daredevil and Old Man Logan.

What helps you get the creative juices flowing?
I like perusing fellow artists on YouTube, Instagram and other social media outlets. Just seeing what others are doing inspires me.

If you could pick just one project/piece that you’re most proud of, what would it be?
That would have to be some of the cards I did for the Topps Masterwork series. I explored some different mediums and was super pleased with the results.

When you’re not drawing, what do you like to do?
I love singing and playing guitar. Watching my three daughters with my wife doing their various hobbies (volleyball, singing and theater).

Could you share any advice for aspiring creators out there?
One thing I applied to myself, accept criticism. Be sure to keep your skin thick. Seek out and receive valuable input from people doing exactly what you aspire to do. Be humble, don’t think you have it all figured out, and definitely don’t act like you have it all figured out. Find those one or two voices that you can trust and let them give you feedback. When something isn’t working, pause and come back to it later with fresh eyes.

That’s amazing, Ben. Thanks so much for sharing!


Where to follow KSGeekMan: Instagram || Etsy || Twitter || Facebook


Tomb Raider (2018) Movie Review

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination – a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Contains some spoilers…

2018’s Tomb Raider is a reboot of the early 2000’s series. Now, based on the 2013 video game, Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft set on an all new adventure into… a tomb.

As an origin story, this movie serves its purpose and features tons of action and mystery shrouding the plot. I know many were skeptical of the reboot in general but also of Alicia Vikander specifically. I had seen a few of her works before so I had no doubts that she had the chops to pull it off. And in the end, I was pleasantly surprised with the final product. At an estimated budget of $90 million, this March flick definitely isn’t meant to be a box office breaker like last month’s Black Panther, nor should you treat it as such. Rather, sit back and enjoy a thrilling tale of how Lara Croft becomes the Tomb Raider of today.

I really enjoyed the overall tone of the movie and, as far as video game movies go, I thought Tomb Raider carried itself very well. There were some great performances along with touching chemistry. And if the movie continues to perform well, I’d be interested to see how and if these characters will progress in the sequel.

In terms of the direction, I was surprised to discover that the director Roar Uthaug has such a short resume. Mainly working on Norwegian films, Tomb Raider pretty much marks his first Hollywood movie. But you wouldn’t believe it while watching it! So here goes a quick breakdown of the movie’s different elements:


Story: 8 – I was pretty impressed with how the story turned out. Tomb Raider’s writers also have very short resumes. I suppose this turned out for the better, since there’s less for fans to “compare”. Though it wasn’t a completely original story idea, I thought it was still a fresh take on the puzzle/mystery genre.
Acting: 9 – There are only a few main cast members, so expect a lot of screen time between them all. But despite being a video game movie, the cheesiness level was relatively low. Great acting by Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and Walton Goggins as Mathias Vogel. I had high hopes for Daniel Wu as well, but he didn’t get involved as much as I had hoped.
Soundtrack: 7 – Dutch composer Junkie XL worked on the music in this movie. You may remember some of his work in Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you liked those soundtracks, then this is right up your alley. While Tomb Raider doesn’t seem like the same category as those other movies, Junkie XL’s music complemented the look & feel of this one pretty well! Definitely not your typical musical score but also pretty forgettable.
Production: 8 – Again, for $90 million, this isn’t a massive CGI/end of the world/superhero blockbuster. There are a handful of moments of digital elements, understandably so, but much of the movie seemed to be composed of practical effects. That’s pretty essential for making a movie about Lara Croft to be somewhat believable to the viewer. I, for one, am glad they don’t go the over-produced route.
X-Factor: 8 – The aspect of this movie that stood out on its own is the cinematography. With a movie like this, visuals are everything when the main protagonist is all about exploration and adventure. We want beautiful shots, landscapes, smooth camerawork. And it looks to be all there! I was pretty wowed actually. I love a movie with stunning sights and Tomb Raider’s got it.

Overall: 8

Prepare for a few twists! Tomb Raider was pretty fun and there were moments where I felt like I was watching cut scenes in a video game. I thought they did the character justice and made the movie captivating from beginning to end with a nice blend of “action-packed” and “cryptic”!

Tomb Raider is rated PG-13 with a running time of 118 minutes and hits theaters March 16, 2018.

Directed by Roar Uthaug.

Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

McDonald’s 2018 Szechuan Sauce (Rick And Morty)

Do you remember where you were on June 19th, 1998? That was the day Disney’s Mulan hit theaters.

No? How about October 7, 2017?

I was at New York Comic Con that day and I was heavily debating if I should even attempt a trip to McDonald’s. Why? Because to coincide with the film’s release, McDonald’s offered a limited edition Chicken McNugget sauce in 1998: SzeChuan Teriyaki Dipping Sauce. I vaguely remember trying it…

Fast forward to April 1, 2017 as Adult Swim’s series Rick And Morty premiered its third season:

Rick And Morty fans are pretty hardcore. By Justin Roiland’s character (specifically Rick, since he actually voices both Rick & Morty) giving a brief history lesson on the sauce, fans went wild on social media! Original 1998 sauces started to sell for thousands and thousands of dollars! (Who’d eat that though?)

Needless to say, with one quick glance on Twitter while still at New York Comic Con, I was able to see that the situation was out of control.

Customers lined up the night before at their McDonald’s locations to obtain the limited edition designed sauce, plus collectible posters.

But alas, the select McDonald’s locations across the country had at most 20 each to give out, which means they ran out in seconds. Because of this, I’ve read some reports where there were fights and even worse outbreaks in attempt to get a pack or 2. Tension built up and demand went higher, leading to more eBay auctions at soaring prices.

Trying to right their wrong, McDonald’s announced that starting today 20 million Szechuan Sauces would be available at every McDonald’s in the country… So let’s see what happened.

I got a few packets to try with some Chicken McNuggets and the new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.

My McDonald’s location was very strict and only gave a specific number of sauces based on the kind of chicken you order. And depending on your location, they may not even offer it with the Buttermilk Crispy Tenders… no clue why.

The packaging is nice. In fact, I much prefer this black, gold, and red look over the limited edition art from last year. The actual sauce is pretty good, but I’m glad I didn’t stand outside mid-fall to get it (or more likely: not get it). Still, it was fun munching on some nuggets while watching that clip from Rick And Morty.

I’d give this sauce a 7 out of 10.

If you’ve always wanted to try it for yourself, ask yourself: “How quickly will 20 million packets sell out?”

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Premiere (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, April 14, 2017)

I had the honor of attending Disney’s first ever Star Wars: Galactic Nights at their Orlando Hollywood Studios on April 14, 2017. Coincidentally, it overlapped with Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center which I also attended, so the Force was very strong that weekend!

Galactic Nights is a single night event taking over the entire Hollywood Studios park, transforming the area into one giant Star Wars attraction! Since it was the galaxy debut, no one knew what to expect with the $129 admission… except for:

  • Rebel Base Activities – The Rebel Base will serve as the event hub with multiple events, hosted shows, Star Wars dance parties and more taking place in the center of the park.
  • Watch “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show” – Catch a celebrity chat show in Epic Theater to learn more about the making of Star Wars films.
  • Can’t-miss Star Wars photo ops – iconic Star Wars backdrops including Han Solo in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, the Hoth Wampa Cave and more.
  • Stars in Cars Motorcade – This procession will welcome in Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Blvd.
  • Imperial March & March of the First Order – Darth Vader will lead a battalion of stormtroopers on a dramatic march down Hollywood Blvd to the Event Stage. Captain Phasma will also lead a unit of First Order stormtroopers through the park, pausing to give a demonstration of power and strength.
  • “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” – Watch high-energy clips of the best moments from the film saga juxtaposed with character moments on stage, featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and more.
  • “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” – The skies will come alive with the power of the Force, as the park’s popular Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular lights up the night.
  • Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt – Event Guests are challenged to collect Star Wars themed pieces at the photo backdrops throughout the park, revealing a surprise when all items have been collected.

Here’s a glimpse of the Star Wars themed pieces referred above:

Each piece puts together a mini poster on the back of your badge to reveal a collage of all the Star Wars film (to date), and when placed under a special light during the fireworks spectacular, reveals a special message: Celebrating 40 Years, May The Force Be With You.

The event was truly special because only special ticket holders could stay in the park for the event as others were escorted out. And though the night was short, it was a very packed schedule. Starting with the Motorcade, a slew of Star Wars celebrities drove down Hollywood Blvd. including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Warwick Davis (Wicket), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett), and Andi Gutierrez & Anthony Carboni from the Star Wars Show.

That led to this epic photo op:

If you’ve never experienced Star Wars Weekends (when it was around) and can’t afford to attend Star Wars Celebration, I highly recommend Star Wars: Galactic Nights. It’s just a fun-filled time with elements that make you feel like a part of the Star Wars universe! I mean, check out some of this amazing Star Wars themed food:

And what’s unique to Star Wars: Galactic Nights that you can’t find at conventions is the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Step inside and browse some of the galaxy’s finest offerings! Props, art, costumes, and even character meets! I got to meet Kylo Ren & Chewbacca and even collected character trading cards along the way.

Be sure to check out the stores set up around the park to score some awesome park exclusives – collectibles, lightsabers, action figures, etc…

And on TOP of all that, most of the park is still accessible and maybe even Star Wars-ified: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster changed up its soundtrack with some classic John Williams score as you soar through the ride. It was epic!

I don’t know how many times I rode Star Tours but because this was a private event, the lines were almost nonexistent!

And of course Padawan training was still happening outside Star Tours:

If only they offered autographing sessions like they used to do at Star Wars Weekends… But again, I guess that’s what Star Wars Celebration was for!

But for 5 solid hours, my night was filled with fantastic photo ops and memories at the first ever Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

And the good news is, Disney has continued and will continue to hold this event… December 16, 2017 for The Last Jedi… May 27, 2018 for Solo: A Star Wars Story… and beyond!

For tickets and more info, please visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.

Pink Kit Kats! (Valentine’s Day 2018)

Here in America we’ve seen the typical flavors for Kit Kat: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and even White Chocolate… but overseas, Nestlé has been experimenting with limited edition flavors such as matcha, cheesecake, soy sauce, sweet potato, and so much more! In fact, they’ve released over 300 flavors in the past 2 decades!

But 2018’s latest craze is the pink Kit Kat. The good news is that there are a few ways to get your hands on them: a bag of 12 mini raspberry Kit Kats, a 4-pack box of mini strawberry Kit Kats, and the highly sought-after Kit Kat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby (the world’s first ruby cacao bean chocolate)… but the bad news is that today being Valentine’s Day, you probably won’t be able to find them in time for your sweetheart. 💔

If it’s any consolation, all varieties of the pink Kit Kat would break the bank:

This bag of 12 mini raspberry Kit Kats will cost you $12-15, which is at least a dollar per mini pack.

The 4-pack box of mini strawberry Kit Kats runs for $30-35, making each mini pack about $8.

And the pièce de résistance: a single stick of Kit Kat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby is anywhere from $20-30! If you’re worried that one stick won’t be enough, there are 4-packs that go for about $80!

So now let’s go through the different types and flavors. At the end of this post, I’ll rate them and tell you which one was my favorite!

The mini raspberry Kit Kats were the cheapest so I started with those first. The texture is exactly what you would expect from Kit Kat, nothing different there. But the taste of raspberry was very prominent – a combination of sweet and tart, it was very berry! As you can see in the above picture, they have a slight graininess to them, almost like the seeds of a berry.

The mini strawberry Kit Kats were sweet as well, but less tart. I actually enjoyed these a lot and I even liked the color of them better. They were more convincing as a “pink” Kit Kat. But the packaging seemed more red:

Finally, the Kit Kat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby. Debuting just a few weeks ago, it’s the first new natural chocolate to hit the market in 80 years. Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut developed this deep pink chocolate from the ruby cacao bean, which has a natural pink color. The taste was unique and had similarities to berries. I can see why this rare chocolate fetches such a high price!

Hershey, the U.S. distributor of Kit Kat, said that they have no current plans to bring this Kit Kat to the States. So your best luck is finding them online or possibly in a Japanese market!

So who won the Kit Kat shootout?

The three Kit Kats were all delicious and how can you go wrong with pink? But in ascending order, I’d rate them as (3) raspberry, (2) Sublime Ruby, and (1) strawberry!

Wherever you’re at and no matter what chocolate you receive today, I hope everyone has a happy Valentine’s Day!

Ramen Azuma (Englewood, NJ)

Northern NJ has experienced a recent influx of new eateries. And with a half mile street full of restaurants, dessert shops, and retail stores, Englewood is no different.

But here comes a game changer, just located a block away from the busy Palisade Avenue in the downtown area… Ramen Azuma opened its doors today, offering authentic Japanese ramen noodles for the first time in this city.

With a menu currently boasting 8 types of ramen, Ramen Azuma is changing the industry with their own ramen noodle machine, a first in the area. Wait until you try the kind of bite it creates in the noodles! Everything is prepared fresh in the open kitchen, and diners can enjoy a display of personal touch added to their food when seated at the bar area.

Coming from the same owners of East Japanese Restaurant in Teaneck, NJ and Soba Azuma in Fort Lee, NJ, you can expect the same high level of quality and ambience at Ramen Azuma. I got to experience this firsthand as the restaurant’s official first customer and even got to speak to the owner, Maou Suzuki.

Maou gives credit to his knowledgeable and experienced staff, some who flew in all the way from Japan, and the special machine they use to make the noodles from scratch. On top of the 8 ramen dishes, Azuma only offers a handful of appetizers to complement them so that they can focus on the quality and excellence of their ramen. Some of the sides you can order are pork or shrimp buns, homemade gyoza, takoyaki, fried chicken, kyuuri, poripori salad, and French fries.

I liked the ramen a lot and the fact that you can choose the type of noodles you’d prefer (thin white vs. thick yellow). The house made noodles have a great “bite” to them and the thick cut pork was delicious. The broth was just the way I like it and was proportionally served with the noodles.

The gyoza was cooked perfectly and had a sauce that complemented it so well. The takoyaki came with plenty of flakes and also had a great sauce. The balls themselves were packed with flavor with a perfect texture. And the shrimp buns were just fantastic.

If that’s still not enough, you can always add additional toppings to your ramen for just a little extra. I found that the size was already satisfying, but maybe on an extra hungry day could use another egg or some bamboo shoots.

Finding great ramen spots is a passion of mine so I’m so glad that Ramen Azuma is finally here, and so close too! If you’re still looking for that perfect ramen spot for you, be sure to check them out. They’re open daily from 11:30am to 9:30pm and offer a takeout menu as well.

For more information, visit them at

My Top 5 Super Bowl LII Commercials

Last year, I picked my 5 favorite commercials from the Super Bowl so I thought I’d do that again this year.

Congrats to the Philadelphia Eagles! Super Bowl LII was a tight game and entertaining from beginning to end – this includes the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake (no surprise appearance by NSYNC though…) and of course the $5 million per 30 second TV spots (estimated average by NBC).

I felt like this year’s commercials were back to the basics. Ads were pretty straightforward and either funny or serious, so it was difficult picking just 5 this time. But here are a few humorous commercials and a couple movie previews:

1. Mission Impossible Fallout TV Spot

Don’t forget to watch the full trailer though which was launched online immediately after the 30 second spot!

2. It’s Yet Another Tide Ad, Again

I love David Harbour in Stranger Things as Chief Hopper and with the new Hellboy film releasing next year, using him for a long series of Tide commercials was genius! The ad above was one of my favorite Tide spots that ran tonight, trolling audiences everywhere. Good “clean” fun…

3. Michelob Ultra “I Like Beer”

Word got out early that Chris Pratt would be in a beer commercial. Parts of it even released online first. But the better part was the second ad that ran during the game which featured Pratt attempting to stand out as an extra. Hilarious!

4. Jeep Jurassic

Yes, I know Jurassic World 2 had a new trailer drop early in the game, but this Jeep ad was far more entertaining to me. Jeff Goldblum has recently been back in the spotlight with his appearance in Thor Ragnarok and his upcoming role in Jurassic World 2. This Jeep tribute was a great mixture of old & new!

5. Solo: A Star Wars Story “Big Game” TV Spot

And finally, the trailer for the trailer that’s coming for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This trailer has to be good enough to convince Star Wars fans to be on board for the next standalone Star Wars movie… I’m not sure how I feel yet but this TV spot definitely has me intrigued!

You may have noticed a few brands that had ongoing commercials (ie “To Be Continued…” or recurring jokes) so that it kept you on your toes every time there was a break during the game. Great use of their time on air tonight. But if you have any of your own favorites, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

The New York Earth Room (1977), Walter De Maria

If you knew that there was a building in New York City with an entire floor filled with dirt, what would you do? I ran there!

Up on the second floor of 141 Wooster Street in SoHo is this massive interior “sculpture” by the artist Walter De Maria. Filling up the 3,600 square feet of space at 22 inches of depth is 250 cubic yards of earth weighing in at 280,000 lbs. (Wow, that’s a lot of stats!)

The artist created this gallery in 1977 as his third Earth Room (the first two being in Germany – both no longer on display) and it has been open to the public since 1980. The New York Earth Room was intended to be a 3 month exhibition but thanks to the Dia Art Foundation, it is still a popular site 41 years later with Bill Dilworth as its caretaker for the past two decades.

When you arrive, be sure to press the buzzer to gain access to the stairwell (the elevator will not take you to the second floor). Though it is a quick visit, it’s fascinating to see the whole space filled with dirt, which is regularly watered. Please note that touching of the work and photography is prohibited.

Admission is free and is open mid-September to mid-June, Wednesday to Sunday, from 12-6 pm (closed from 3-3:30 pm). Though it’d be impossible to put a price on this exhibit’s worth, it’s been said that it would easily be over one million dollars!

For additional information (including holiday closings), please visit:


GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center (Newark, NJ)

The Grammy Museum Experience is an interactive, experiential museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards which opened at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on October 20, 2017.

Here’s your chance to experience music and the GRAMMYs like never before! Get a closer look at GRAMMY history, including the trophy design & past winners, and even iconic artifacts like wardrobe & instruments. You’ll even be able to pick up an instrument or two to see if you have what it takes to be a winner! (Be sure to stick around for the video at the end of this post!)

The GRAMMY Museum first opened in Los Angeles, CA in 2008. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the history and significance of music. The music education aspect of Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience is clearly evident with interactive displays, Roland instruments scattered throughout the exhibit, and even a one-on-one lesson with Max Weinberg, the legendary drummer of the E Street Band!

Although the museum space is compact, every wall is used to provide something unique and educational. One of the first displays is a brief timeline of GRAMMY Awards trophies and their designs. Each era is represented with a trophy encased with a placard.

It was amazing to see how the design has changed throughout the 59 years of the GRAMMYs. And you’ll get to see how performances also have evolved, thanks to the great resources in this museum – try one of their many stations to listen & watch performances from over the years. Maybe you’ll even find your favorite artist or band featured on the walls! I did!

One of the great ways you can learn is with hands-on lessons. There are a number of ways to do this in the GRAMMY Museum… Step right up and sing along with Ray Charles & The Raelettes:

Or rock out with a few friends on the Roland Live stage! Playable instruments like drums, keyboards, electric guitar, turntables, keytar, etc.

I took the liberty of trying each instrument myself:

A section I particularly enjoyed was the “New Jersey Legends” showcase. Jon Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, the Jersey Boys, Whitney Houston… These are just some of the artists who started their careers in the Garden State.

As you can see, there’s a lot of wardrobe and memorabilia on display but, as a musician myself, I was particularly fond of the instruments. If that’s you too, then you’ll love the upright piano used by fun. at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards and the Prince tribute drum set used by Bruno Mars at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards:

Everything is displayed so stunningly that you’ll realize that I can only include so much on this post. But something I must include before I wrap up is the art.

While there are many photographs and quotes posted all around the museum, some of the most beautiful GRAMMY themed art is on display. First, be sure to check out decades worth of GRAMMY art posters:

It’s just so incredible to see the transformation of style and expression throughout the 59 years of the GRAMMYs thus far…

Then we have a very special display of the “Making of a GRAMMY”, featuring a video explaining the process as well as a “dissected” GRAMMY trophy:

Next, there’s this giant GRAMMY Award by artist Laurence Gartel. Using his distinctive psychedelic technique combining vinyl, glitter, and prismatic materials, Gartel’s work is sure to catch your eye!

And finally, I consider this to be the centerpiece of the entire GRAMMY Museum because it is front & center at the entrance. Seen from outside and in, this white GRAMMY is on display with alternating colored lights. Personally, I think it’s an iconic symbol representing the blank canvas on which all musicians can paint using various styles and genres. A wonderful piece to see both on your way in and out!

So no need to wait for the Annual GRAMMY Awards every January/February. Swing by the GRAMMY Museum Experience at Prudential Center. It’s chock-full of information and is an entertaining visit through and through!

For more information, visit

Top 10 Posts Of 2017

What a crazy year! More than double the amount of posts from last year, and even more cons (how did that happen?). And on top of all that, I got engaged in Disney World! All in all, a pretty amazing year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring. But join me, why don’t you, as we look at some of my most visited posts of 2017:

1. Instagram’s New “Swipe Left” Feature (The Good & The Bad)
2. All New AMC “Ultra Lux” Dine-In Theatre (Shops at Riverside, Hackensack, NJ)
3. The Spider-Man: Homecoming Experience (Sony Square NYC)
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Experience By Verizon (NYCC 2017)
5. Toys R Us Times Square Grand Opening 2017
6. Six Flags – Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4D Ride
7. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
8. Force Friday II (The Last Jedi)
9. HASCON 2017 – The Premier Hasbro FANmily Event
10. Kellogg’s NYC Cereal Cafe

And just because I really liked the next 10, here are some more top posts!

11. Louis Vuitton Exhibition: Volez Voguez Voyagez #NYCVVV
12. ComiCONN 2017 (Foxwoods Resort Casino)
13. I Took A Photo For Jim Lee & Frank Miller (Big Apple Comic Con 2017)
14. Whole Foods Mochi Ice Cream Bar
15. Spotlight: CreeesArt (Creees HyunSung Lee)
16. The Art of Spider-Man Exhibit NYC
17. My Ocha – Matcha Shop (Shops at Riverside, Hackensack, NJ)
18. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review
19. Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017
20. Play Fair 2017 – The Ultimate Experience In Toys & Family Entertainment

Thanks again, everyone, and Happy New Year!