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Video: Glitch at San Diego Big Bay Boom sets off 18 minutes of fireworks in 15 seconds

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Misc. Tech, Videos,

San Diego Big Bay Boom fireworks show accident

Yesterday was the 4th of July, celebrated in the USA as Independence Day. Across the country, fireworks shows dazzled spectators to celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States, but the Big Bay Boom in San Diego, California left citizens wanting more.

The show began promptly at 9:00pm as expected, and about fifteen seconds later, it was over. An unfortunate glitch led to the entire 18 minutes worth of fireworks to launch all at once. A statement from Garden State Fireworks, the firm in charge of the show, states:

We will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds. We apologize for the brevity of the show and the technical difficulties," the company said in a statement posted on www.bigbayboom.com.

As you can imagine, there were plenty of people who came out, some with young children, and waited for hours to ensure a good spot who walked away angry and disappointed. Check out the video after the break.

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Brent Anderson: Astro City Art Theft

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Image Comics,

Astro City Dark Age #2This was posted on Facebook and I’m reposting it here to help get the word out.

Artist Brent Anderson had his car broken into at the San Diego Zoo this week and a whole pile of his original art was heisted by the thieves.

Pages are from Astro City Vols. 1 & 2 & Local Heroes; Astro City: Dark Age Books 1 (#s 1-4), 2 (#s 1-4) & 3 (#s 1-4).

Keep an eye out and if you see them on the market via eBay or Craigslist or at conventions, please contact Brent immediately.

Also, the thieves might be dopes and not realize how hard it is to dump stolen original comic art without the whole of the internets finding out, so comic book shops, flea markets and pawn shops should also be wary.

Additional details can be found at the Comic Book Resources forums.

[Art: Astro City: Dark Age; cover by Alex Ross, not one of the missing pieces, but it's dramatic]

Canada’s journeyman last spotted in San Diego

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Matt StairsMatt Stairs will never retire from baseball. The 42-year old not only has yet to resort to riding out his career as an American League designated hitter, he’s also found a home in San Diego and will see time as both a first baseman and an outfielder. As a Canadian, it was hard enough for Stairs to find his way into the majors, but it seems that it’s been even harder to take him out of them.

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Wolverine Shows Up Other Comic-Con Guests

WolverineSan Diego is filled with costumed readers who delight in adventure and get a thrill from the works of Stan Lee. Scheduled appearances by stars like Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connolly, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis made a big splash as Comic-Con, but it was the unscheduled appearance of that left everyone talking.

Jackman appeared in the crowd fresh off the Wolverine set and sporting stubble, but the audience ate it up. The actor bounded on stage to shake hands with Wolverine creator Len Wein to rousing applause, and even showed off a few clips from the upcoming prequel which will focus on his character’s story.  He thanked the 6,000 people in attendance for their devotion and is today the highlight of every paper.

In other words, look for the Wolverine movie to make a ton of money in the near future.

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American Idol: Dreams Don’t Die

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, American Idol,

Carly SmithsonTuesday night’s featured a trio of interesting contestants and stories that struck a chord, at least with me. Sure, there were more than three contestants vying for a place on the Idol stage, but three of these competitors really stuck out in my mind.

Young Blake Boshnak shares the same dream with his mother: make it through to Hollywood week. After eleven times singing in front of the judges (and eleven rejections), Blake says he’s going to keep chasing the dream and driving to different cities to try out. He may not have the pipes, but he’s got a lot of heart.

Another standout from the Tuesday (San Diego) auditions was sixteen-year-old David Archuleta, a young man who beat partial vocal paralysis to stand before the judges and belt out his best. He did, they loved it, and he’s made it through to Hollywood. Based on early producer comments on Idol’s , I believe this young man will be in the Final 24. I also believe he’ll in be in the final few to compete for the next Idol crown.

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