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Not unexpected under the circumstances, but Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been delayed to March 5, 2021. A lot of movies have been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic; not much point in putting out a movie when theatres won't be open to show them, after all.
Disappointing, but it's almost certainly the right decision.
--Fritz V. Baugh
Gregorian: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Mayan: Long count = 18.104.22.168.6; tzolkin = 4 Cimi; haab = 14 Kayabr
French: 11 Ventôse an 228 de la Révolution
Islamic: 5 Rajab 1441
Hebrew: 4 Adar 5780
Julian: 16 February 2020
ISO: Day 6 of week 9 of 2020
Persian: 10 Esfand 1398
Ethiopic: 21 Yakatit 2012
Coptic: 21 Amshir 1736
Chinese: Cycle 78, year 37 (Geng-Zi), month 2 (Ji-Mao), day 7 (Ren-Yin)
Julian day: 2458909
Day of year: Day 60 of 2020; 306 days remaining in the year
Discordian: St. Tibs Day, Year of Our Lady of Discord 3186
Order of Hermes: X Day of Pisces, XXIX Age of Aquarius
(That last one is made up, and based on the modified Ars Magica dating system I sometimes refer to in my fan fics)
Anyway, the last week has been pretty cool:
They also unveiled a line of roleplay toys, some Kenner-esque versions of the movie likenesses (they're even calling them the "Fright Features" line), along with an ECTO-1 (not a repop of the old Kenner; it includes the jump seat as seen in the Afterlife footage), and a slightly more upscale Plasma Series of the four Ghostbusters as seen in the first movie, along with Dana-as-Zuul and Gozer. Nothing spoiling the characters in the new movie yet, other than a ghost named Muncher, but the toys will be made.
As you might expect, I'm most excited about the Kenner repops. I hope they do well enought for Hasbro to consider expanding the line; thanks to the Power Pack Heroes line of figures back in the day, they have everything they need to make a "proper" Janine in uniform with proton pack. (Well, and Louis Tully too, but that's far less of a priority of mine.)
The New Fright Features will warrent a look; it may hinge on how "compatible" they are with the Series 1 repops. I'd be in hog heaven if the new figures used the exact same peg as the Kenner ones, allowing us to swap the proton packs.
Even if the movie blows, we're getting some awesome toys out of it!
--Fritz V. Baugh
Oh yeah, that...
IDW has Ghostbusters: Year One in the works, and it looks to be interesting, especially as it will prove that IDW can do Ghostbusters stories without dragging in guest stars from other dimensions. Most of the crossovers have been pretty good, but man, did it get old fast.
I don't know for sure what will be coming up at the Ectozone. I've been tossing some ideas around in my head, especially after Thirty Five Years Later was finished. I may do some more stories of the not-so-far-in-the-future-anymore Ghostbusters. I'm kicking around some stuff with the dormant Ghostbusters West Coast; not necessarily "reactivation", maybe more finally slaying the White Whale that is the unfinished "Toy Soldiers", a high-spectacle vampire story I started just before I became sick of fucking vampires.
On the other hand, speaking of things I'm fucking sick of...
...there's a Presidential Election this year, and oh fuck, that means we're going to be hearing more about and from Donald Fucking Trump, as though we haven't heard enough from that orange asshole the last five years. I know there are still 40% of the people in this country who think that extorting foreign governments and throwing children in cages are good things, but I think the world will be a better place by ten billion percent when he's gone. I don't drink alcohol, smoke anything, or take drugs not prescibed to me by a doctor, but after the last five years of life in America I understand why people do those things.
Anyway, have a safe and happy thirtieth year of the Age of Aquarius
--Fritz V. Baugh
Ghostbusters is ©1984 Columbia Pictures. Ghostbusters 2 is ©1989 Columbia Pictures The Real Ghostbusters is ©1986 Columbia Pictures Television and DiC Productions. Extreme Ghostbusters is ©1997 Columbia Pictures Television and Adelaide Productions. The 88MPH comic book is © 2004 Sony and 88MPH Studios. Ghostbusters: The Return is © 2004 Sony and iBooks. Ghostbusters by IDW ©2008-Present Sony and IDW. Ghostbusters: Ghost Busted ©2008 Sony and TokyoPop. Ghostbusters: The Video Game ©2009-2011 Sony and Atari. Ghostbusters: Answer The Call © 2016 Sony. Ghostbusters: Afterlife © 2020 Sony. No use of characters and images associated with the above is intended for profit, or to challenge the copyrights of the above holders. Characters and ideas not appearing in the above copyrighted works are to be considered © Fritz V. Baugh and/or their respective creators