Random n’at

1. Crazy busy week, so grab a cup of coffee and read all the stuff you might have missed!

Also, don’t forget to send me your suggestions for my Yinzer Gift Guide. I’m getting very close to finalizing the dozen or so gift suggestions for the magazine.

2. I can’t express to you how freaking excited I am about this.

Look out, Pittsburgh: Steel Town is getting a superhero whose power set doesn’t include a whole lot of responsibility.

Debuting in February, the five-issue Marvel Comics miniseries Alpha by writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Nuno Plati stars the young teenage boy who was created by writer Dan Slott for Amazing Spider-Manissue 692.

Alpha will pick up with Andy three months since readers last saw him. His parents are splitting, and he’s moving to Pittsburgh — a step down from a “top-tier” town like New York City, says Fialkov, who himself was raised in Pittsburgh. “He’s been demoted from this awesome life to nothing. All the cool stuff is gone.”

“Look, any way I can ingratiate myself back to my hometown city and somehow inspire a free trip and free Primanti Brothers sandwiches, I’m 100% behind,” he quips. “It’s actually a city about reinvention. It’s a city that has transformed itself over and over and over again.

Can I just say SQUEEEEE?

I’m a nerd. Shut up.

Also, wouldn’t it be great if the comedic foil in the series was a group of hapless “criminals” who annoy Alpha while he’s trying to fight the REAL crime? Like he’s trying to fight SUPER MEGA DOOM DEATH MAN and along comes the Rogue Tree Pruner to clip away a branch or two?


2. If you’re looking for something to do tonight, how about Football Friday Happy Hour at the Heinz History Center celebrating their new exhibit Gridiron Glory? 

Beer, wine, sports, trivia, tailgating food. That’s Pittsburgh heaven if all the pigeons are dead.

3. If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow night, then you’ll want to join me at Ti Kanaval at Elixir in the South Side to benefit Jamie and Ali’s Haitian Families First. It’s basically a Carnival-themed cocktail hour running from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring:

  • A big raffle prize of over $500 in Pittsburgh restaurant gift cards.
  • One complimentary drink with entrance donation of
  • Genuine Haitian jewelry for sale, including the famous Haitian Love Beads

They had me at “dessert.”

Dessert completes me.

4. Hurricane Sandy was the big news of the day after the Steelers game so I didn’t bother to write about it, but LOL at Emmanuel Sanders faking an injury and getting called to the principal’s office about it.



He should just tell them he’s on his period. THAT works every time.

5. Mister Rogers was a badass.

(h/t Charles)

6. “Taxi!”


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(h/t Goob)


8. Zombies loot Parkway Center Mall and Mayor Luke Ravey Rave is all, “Wait. It’s still open?!?”

9. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh took a lesson from other Children’s Hospitals and had their window washers dress up as super heroes. LOVE.

(h/t Kimberly)

10. Pittsburgh Dad’s Halloween costume is a riot.

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11. Hines Ward Zombie.

12. The lockout is not agreeing with Pascal Dupuis. 

It’s not agreeing with me either.


  1. Steelergurl
    November 2, 2012 11:32 am

    Count Flaccula – he doesn’t suck blood, he just sucks lol

  2. AngryMongo
    November 2, 2012 12:31 pm

    cough… suggestion…. gift guide… cough… shirts… lol

  3. Dj Lunchbox
    November 2, 2012 1:33 pm

    Yessss! Getting to see Pittsburgh in one of my favorite comics will be awesome!

  4. Bill
    November 2, 2012 3:01 pm

    Clark Bars are still available and they are as close as McKeesport. McKeesport Candy Company has 5 different sizes and varieties. They also have the Zagnut Bars as well which are made with toasted coconut. Anybody remember Brach’s Pic-a-Mix Candies at Murphy’s 5 & 10 stores? They have them as well plus many holiday candies.


  5. Christine
    November 2, 2012 3:17 pm

    Clark Bars, while giant-sized, were routinely 3-for-1 in trades for something more desirable (like “Reesies”). It truly was amazing how many of those you’d get every year.

  6. Johnaz6312
    November 2, 2012 9:39 pm

    Pittsburgh has already been in the Comics. 1987. It was accidently destroyed by the super hero. The author was wrong about one thing. It was NOT a one shot comic. There were a series of them. I know because I had them. The ‘New Universe” concept was short lived though. Check out the article below:


  7. don
    November 3, 2012 8:45 pm

    Why not do a comic character, superzero, set in DC? The role model resides there.

  8. Cassie
    November 5, 2012 3:23 pm

    I love the window cleaning idea! My kids would go nuts for that stuff. Especially since my oldest, a girl, dressed as Captain America this year.