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[FYI] Stop Button Sum Ups

A couple months ago, I decided to think–again–about doing some kind of print publication of Stop Button posts. I’ve started multiple print collections over the years, as print-on-demand became feasible for the hobbyist. Nothing ever lasted. It was either too much work or the combination of too much work and too expensive. It was also hard to find the right medium.

A happy reader. Really.

But then I worked out the idea for Stop Button Sum Ups. I already knew what I wanted to collect–the longer summary posts. There were some questions to answer: how many summary posts, how often to publish, what format. My latest failed attempt at collecting all the blog’s posts informed some of the design work. Ripping off Video Watchdog on the size helped quite a bit. And Ka-Blam’s page limits and pricing structure informed the length.

The first Stop Button Sum Ups, discussing John Carpenter’s theatrical feature career, has a “Winter 2018” cover date. It’s going to be a quarterly publication. Next issue will have the Superman series and Edward Burns’s directorial career. I imagine it will fly off the shelves like everything else Ed Burns related.

This actual other happy reader even posed their Sum Ups.

Right now, you can get Sum Ups a couple places. First is through gumroad. You just order it. To be upfront, they’re at cost plus thirty percent. And rounded up to the nearest nickel. Not including shipping, of course.

You could also choose the Sum Ups tier on The Stop Button‘s Patreon site, which costs a little more–though barely when you throw in shipping–but also supports the site in general. You don’t have to Patreon. No one else does. But in case you do, it’s there. Or here, actually.

I thought about releasing digital versions but I haven’t found a way I like to present it. All the design is for print, not digital. Besides, The Stop Button is always online. Sum Ups is for when you need something to read in the john. Because no one brings their phone or tablet into the can with them.



Starting in August 2017, I’m going to be scheduling certain The Stop Button posts.

Every month will have a different theme, scheduled a few months in advance; some themes will tie into the month (horror movies in October), some themes will be built around a particular actor, director, writer, producer, et cetera.

I’m thinking of these monthly themes as quartets, which is appropriate given August’s Somerset Maugham adaptation theme.

There will still be other, additional posts, but anything in a quartet will have a scheduled posting date.

October 2017

Seventies horror

  • 10/6 – The Exorcist
  • 10/13 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • 10/20 – The Omen
  • 10/27 – Suspiria

November 2017


  • 11/3 – Spider-Man Strikes Back
  • 11/10 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • 11/17 – Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge
  • 11/24 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Previous Quartets

August 2017

W. Somerset Maugham adaptations

September 2017

Eleanor Parker quintet

  • 9/1 – The Seventh Sin
  • 9/8 – The Voice of the Turtle
  • 9/15 – How to Steal the World
  • 9/22 – Hans Brinker
  • 9/29 – Madame X


Starting in August 2017, I’m going to be doing chapter-by-chapter posts on various movie serials.

I’ll be posting about one serial a month, scheduled three months in advance, and the chapter responses will be posted daily.

August 2017

Batman (1943)

September 2017

Flash Gordon (1936)

October 2017

King of the Rocket Men (1949)

Sum Ups

A Stop Button “sum up” is meant to be a comprehensive, mildly objective, mildly subjective recapping of a particular group of films, whether the films of an actor, director, or just films in a series.


Edward Burns

Films discussed: The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One, No Looking Back, Sidewalks of New York, Ash Wednesday, Looking for Kitty, The Groomsmen, Purple Violets, Nice Guy Johnny, Newlyweds, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.

John Carpenter

Part One: The Wonder Years

Films discussed: Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York.

Part Two: The Studio Quartet

Films discussed: The Thing, Christine, Starman, Big Trouble in Little China.

Part Three: The Alive Duet

Films discussed: Prince of Darkness, They Live.

Part Four: The Mundane Years

Films discussed: Memoirs of an Invisible Man, In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned, Escape from L.A., Vampires, Ghosts of Mars, The Ward.



Films discussed: Superman and the Mole-Men, Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman Returns, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The Thin Man

Films discussed: The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, Song of the Thin Man