MODESTO - Lined up both in and out of costume, fans of the caped crusader descended upon comic book shops across the valley to celebrate 75 years of Batman on Wednesday.
"It's something very special," said Lillian Allen, owner of Bonanza Books and Comics on McHenry Avenue, "He's one of our most famous heroes and we're celebrating him today."
A large crowd was lined up at the shop before it opened in the morning. "We had a lot of characters here in the morning, it was a lot of fun."
The shop gave away a Batman mask and comic book with a purchase for fans. Jessica Vasquez of Tracy drove all the way to Modesto for the event.
"A chance to dress up like Harley Quinn sounds like fun to me," she said.
Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics number 27 in May of 1939. Since then the franchise has grown to include several motion pictures, television series, toys, and crossover comics.
Batman is due for a future appearance along side DC co-star Superman in "Dawn of Justice." The 2016 film is directed by Zack Snyder.
A group of street dancers get served by a man in police uniform, but it wasn't a warrant. The surprise dancer had better moves than most of the other dancers there.
The video has hit the web by storm since being posted to Reddit. A man by the user name of BboyElusive has claimed to be the surprise dancer, who also claimed victory with an impressive backwards worm move.
BboyElusive also says he doesn't actually work for NYPD, but was playing an officer in a film that day.
The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye.
We saw a great many events, both good and bad. We experienced joy, adventure, and loss alike with those in our community.
2014 ushers in a chance to begin freshly. Let's take what we learned this past year and apply ourselves to move onward. Advance our lives into the great potential we've been called to.
The most important thing to hold closely is family. Both our biological families, and our community as a family. We all live here together, and the opportunity to improve our livelihoods presents itself daily. Share an act of kindness with someone. Someone random. Spend time with your children. Smile often.
For some, 2013 was a year of loss. While our words can offer little comfort to those who have gone through the unimaginable, we can say this - Thank you for allowing us to work with you. Keep your loved ones close in your heart. They will never be too far.
For us at CVTV, it was a tremendous year. We experienced significant growth in viewership, climaxing in a landslide of traffic to our website and social media platforms. We've felt a great honor to serve our community through our passion of delivering news. For that, we say thank you.
2014 will challenge us to better serve our community as we expand on new ideas and projects we wish to implement. We hope these projects will bring more to the table for our audience to experience.
Our website could use a tune up. We plan to make it mobile friendly in the near future with a new re-design as a large portion of our traffic comes from viewers on the go via tablets and cell phones. This is a great focus for our future.
We're nearly ready to launch a spanish version of CVTV, tentatively called "Telecentral" in the hopes of serving the large hispanic population in the region. We've tracked a significant amount of spanish-speaking viewers using our service, so this looks like a natural idea to develop.
The idea of a "host-hunt" is being kicked around. We're testing the idea of having an "on camera" news presenter to see if it will create a better connection and understanding between our news product and our viewers.
A women's topic and health product is in the sketchbooks for us. "GLOW TV" is the working title for this project.
As always we are forever grateful to have you turn to us for information. Our humble organization is always working to provide the best service we can to you.
Happy New Year. We wish for many blessings to descend upon you and your loved ones. May the winds of 2014 carry you forward.
Let's do this.
Oakdale's Michael McDonald and Sacramento's Urijah Faber are going toe to toe tonight in the octagon for UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.
We attended the weigh in yesterday, as McDonald widely smiled at Faber in a face off photo during a face off.
McDonald, with 27 fights at 22 years old, is one of the youngest UFC Fighters. He says he is tired of hearing people ask him "Hey, do you know Urijah Faber?" Looking for a win tonight, he says he'd love to reply "Yeah, I fought him and beat him."