Yes, that wonderful day is upon us once again, and just to recap for those new to this awesome holiday, there are three basic things you need to do to celebrate.


Robot movies are a new category, but after an appeal to the secret world government: holiday division, it has been approved for the general public.

For superhero flicks, as always, you can’t go wrong with The Incredibles, the superhero with the official A. Lee Martinez seal of approval.  You can also go with Avengers.

If you elect a robot film, Wall-E is at the top of the list, but there’s also Short Circuit and Forbidden Planet (with the added bonus of being a pretty fantastic monster movie as well).  Real Steel is also the best boxing robot movie ever made, I feel pretty confident saying.

As for monsters, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest the underrated werewolf movie Bad Moon.  It’s obscure, but any movie that features a dog as the protagonist is always worth checking out in my book.  Or, if you’d rather go kaiju, I would highly recommend Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera: Attack of Legion, or Gamera: Revenge of Iris.

But what’s best about A. LEE MARTINEZ APPRECIATION DAY!! is that you’re free to pick any movie you like.  While The Dark Knight or any of the Spidey films don’t make the recommended list, neither I or the secret world government will hold it against you.

Did I mention The Shaft?  Hands down, the finest killer elevator movie ever made.  And it’s even sort of a robot movie too!


Video games do count, but board or card games are preferred.  I plan on having some friends over to play Clash of Cultures by Z-Man Games, but if you have more pedestrian tastes, there’s nothing wrong with Risk or Monopoly.  The Mighty Robot King doesn’t judge, and neither shall I.


The final part of the tradition is most self-serving, and for that, I do apologize.  But a guy’s gotta make a living, right?

So if you’ve been on the fence about buying an A. Lee Martinez story, go ahead and give yourself that final nudge.

And / Or if you have a friend who you think needs to be introduced to my work, feel free to either buy or lend them a copy of one of my books.

And, if you’re not feeling particularly industrious, you can go ahead and just mention my name to a friend or family member or just a stranger you happen to strike up a conversation with.

Once you have done these three things (especially the last thing) you have completed your duty.  I can’t tell you what benefits will come to you, and I certainly can’t promise that your name will be placed on the secret scroll hidden in a secret base under Nevada that will get you aboard the rocketship to evacuate the planet when the swarm of alien locusts arrive in 2017.

But it certainly couldn’t hurt.


Keelah Se’lai

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Doug Johnson
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Although I know it just seems like piling on, what with the sales and celebrations and the A Lee Martinez pageants planned for this afternoon and evening, I posted this on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. I LOVE ALMA Day. I may even ride up and down Alma street here in Plano for an hour today, just to bask in it.

  2. Posted January 13, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    bad moon is a fun one! glad we’re not the only ones who know about it.

  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    A. – I’ve been a fan of your writing for about a year or so, ever since I discovered “Gil’s All Fright Diner.” Since then I’ve read (and enjoyed!) all your books. I also enjoy reading your take on various things you bring up on your website…but I finally had to comment when I saw you recommend “Wall-E.” So it ain’t so, A.! Say it ain’t so! Here’s some thoughts on what’s wrong with Wall-E: http://www.matthewbaiocchi.com/wall-e_galactica.php

  4. Sarah
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little late but as it happens I was re-listening to “Too Many Curses” on ALMAD!

  5. Rip Random
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I missed it! I flipping missed A Lee Martinez Appreciation Day. I blame you A. Lee Martinez. You shameless capitalist. What the hell? Why?

  6. Rip Random
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Batman is NOT magic!

  7. Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog
    loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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