June 20, 2018: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

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These were my favorites…

Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide vol. 8 (cover art by Alex Ross)

The Amazing Spider-Man #801 (cover art by Marcos Martin)

Captain America #704 (cover art by Michael Cho)

Gideon Falls #4 (cover art by Dustin Nguyen and Andrea Sorrentino)

God Complex #6 (cover art by Hendry Prasetya)

Infidel #4 (cover art by Aaron Campbell, Yuko Shimizu)

Infinity Countdown: Black Widow #1 (cover art by Yasmine Putri)

Sisters of Sorrow (cover art by Jae Lee)

Skyward #3 (cover art by Lee Garbett)

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #28 (cover art by Phil Not)

Taarna (cover art by Luis Royo)

The Wild Storm #14 (cover art by Jon Davis-Hunt)

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (cover art by Alexander Lozano)

Weapon X: Vol. 3 Modern Warfare (cover art by Rahzzah)

X-Men Gold #30 (cover art by Phil Noto)

So which were your favorites?

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June 19, 2018: Back the Sock Up!

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If I were to ask you to name Toronto, Canada’s greatest living celebrity, who would you say?

Drake?  Keanu Reeves?  Ryan Gosling?  Jim Carrey?

WRONG!

Toronto, Canada’s greatest living celebrity is none other than talk show host, podcaster, pundit, perennial political candidate, and noted philanthropist Ed the Sock!

Ed the Sock is Making a Comeback!

Ed is a Canadian treasure.  He has been an inspiration to millions – especially the creator of Triumph the Insult Dog who ripped off Ed’s bit (or, coincidentally, came up with his own cigar-munching acerbic hand-rider well after Ed’s debut). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Triumph creator, Robert Smigel, has been laying it on thick for over 20 years now.

Ed the Sock, meanwhile, has continued to do his own thing (for slighter longer) and just kicked off an Indeigogo campaign in support of his new online channel, FUN – The FU_Network.

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June 18, 2018: Missing Japan and the Suji Factor!

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Thanks to all of those who inquired about Akemi’s family back in Osaka.  All are fine following yesterday’s earthquake – although her father was in an elevator at the time it struck and initially assumed he was suffering a stroke.

Meanwhile, some 300 miles northeast of Osaka, our old friend Martin Gero is enjoying some time in Tokyo.  The other night, he texted me the following photo with the message “Wish you were here”:

Actually – as my father would say – “more guts than brains”, but I’ll take it…on a bowl of rice!

Akemi and I used to make an annual trip to Japan every fall, shelling out $300/day for a dog-sitter to live in the house, drink our booze, and take care of the pooches while we were away. Later, when our dog-sitter got a full-time gig, I took to flying my sister to Vancouver to take care…

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June 17, 2018: Finally – Answers! Maybe! Or Probably Not!

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Pictured above: Suji’s expression accurately reflecting my mood over these past two days.

Lulu and Suji working on their tans.  This in direct contrast to Akemi who always ventures out in a sweatshirt, oversized sunglasses, and a baseball cap – and only after she’s slathered herself with sunscreen SPF 100.  According to Akemi, Japanese researchers suggest daily sun exposure should be limited to a very small window.  Said window?  21 seconds.

Well, things are coming along slowly but surely at the new place.  Not glacial-pace-development-work-slowly, but pretty damn slowly nevertheless.  Our bed finally arrives Wednesday.  As for the rest of the furniture…who knows?  We’re been going back and forth on the bookshelf, the dining room table, even the bar cart.  But the one thing we can agree on is this awesome cat lamp we special ordered from Japan…

According to Akemi, we have to name it.  We await your suggestions.

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June 16, 2018: Goku, ornery crabs, and shifting gears!

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Well, look who was in town the other day.  None other than Peter Kelamis, aka Yellow Jacket, aka Adam Brody.  Also, aka the voice of Goku from Dragon Ball Z which totally wowed Akemi.  Forget Ryan Reynolds.  Peter Kelamis is her new celebrity crush!

Ivon, Peter and I got together for chicken schnitzel, tasteless chicken wings, a giant pretzel that was really a giant piece of bread resembling a pretzel, and undrinkably sour beer.  Still, it was nice catching up.  Hopefully, it won’t be another five years before we do it again!

Bar Buca’s soft-shell crab sandwich looks downright ornery but is quite delicious.

Former Dark Matter VFX Producer and dessert tour veteran Kerrington Harper was in town for a few days so, of course, we had to go for dessert.   On this occasion, Le Gourmand, our one stop shop for everything chocolate…and frozen custard!

I’m halfway through my…

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June 15, 2018: My Cartoon Roots!

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Whenever I’m asked for advice on breaking into the business, I invariably steer young writers towards animation.  In general, it’s far more open to first-timers and allows these fledgeling screenwriters to hone their craft AND get paid while doing so.  It’s how I got my start, as I was reminded today over breakfast with my old friend, and fellow writer, Anne-Marie Perrotta.

I started freelancing in animation, then eventually moved on to development, story-editing, then transitioned to young adult programming (Student Bodies), from there to action-adventure and, eventually, Stargate, etc.

But those animation years, that now seem so long ago, were a real blast…

The Busy World of Richard Scarry

The first script I was ever paid for was an episode of this series titled “Patrick Pig Learns To Talk”.

The Little Lulu Show

This one was a little more fun, a little less…earnest than a lot…

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June 14, 2018: Discover your new favorite artist!

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One of my favorite handles to follow on twitter (next to, of course, @AwardsDarwin and @TVNetworkNotes) is @41Strange which highlights an amazing array of unique artwork ranging from the awe-inspiring to the delightfully bizarre, introducing followers to an eclectic mix of artists and art styles.

Here are just a few of the recent postings that caught my eye.  Click on the links for more information on the individual artists…

The Dark Artworks of Russian Artist Stray Child.

Polish contemporary painter Daniel Pielucha.

Artwork by Chinese illustrator Yang Xueguo.

Artwork of Russian artist Alex Andreev.

Artwork of Dutch artist Levi van Veluw.

Tiny worlds inside toilet paper rolls by French artist Antassia Elias.

The works of British sculptor Laura Ford.

Jolly Green Giant sculpture by Korean artist Dongwook Lee.

The works of contemporary American painter Aron Wiesenfeld.

Artwork of Japanese painter…

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June 10, 2018: Hereditary and Housecleaning!

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This past Friday, I caught yet another matinee – Hereditary, proclaimed by many critics to be the scariest movie ever made!

There were, admittedly, some great scares.  Also, some real head-scratching developments.  My thoughts…

If you see the movie, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Also, I’m on a role.  What should I check out next on the big screen?

Today I hand in (what I assume will be) the final draft on two projects after which…who knows?  I’m taking the month of June to wrap up a number of things (including the move) and then, starting in July, I’ll be doing another, uh, housecleaning of sorts.  Time to recharge and refocus!

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June 13, 2018: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

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These were my favorites!

A Walk Through Hell (cover art by Andy Clarke, Jose Villarubia)

Bloodshot Salvation #10 (cover art by Kenneth Rocafort)

Domino #3 (cover art by Greg Land)

The Beauty vol. 4 (Jeremy Haun, Jason Hurley)

The Mighty Thor vol. 5 (cover art by Russell Dauterman)

The Punisher #226 (cover art by Clayton Crain)

So, which were your favorites?

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June 12, 2018: Happy Dark Matter Day!

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I didn’t realize today was Dark MatterDayuntil fans pointed it out on twitter. Yes, hard to believe it was three years today that Dark Matter premiered, launching its glorious 5 season 3 season run.  I miss the cast, the crew, and seeing the fan reaction to all of the twists, turns, shocks and surprises we’d dish out on an episodic basis.  Still, it’s heartening to see that fandom remains just as strong and passionate, as evidenced by the continued support for the show online – and the awesome fan art that continues to be produced (like the We Are The Raza masterpiece pictured above c/o @radiolaires).

Thanks to all of you who continue to keep the show alive like longtime fan Tom Gardiner who, among his many selfless acts in support of the series, had the temerity to criticize its cancellation – and ended up getting blacklisted by…

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