Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - January 30th, 2008

Darth Vader by Scott Hepburn (2008)Jane by Cecil Castellucci (2008)I started my new comic day, at my usual shop, Cyber City Comix. Kind of a big week for me. I ended up passing on a few books, that I wanted to get.

Also, with the Cecil Castellucci and Scott Hepburn at The Beguiling, and the Marvel Hardcover Sale, I was gonna spend more money there.

Picked up at Cyber City Comix:
Captain America #34 - The Alex Ross designed Captain America makes its debut. Also, the new Captain America is revealed. I highly doubt this will be a hard sought issue, like Captain America #25.

Green Lantern #27 - So we find out who and what are the Alpha Lanterns. I almost put this back, while at the store, but ended up keeping it in the pile. It was a good read.

Mercenaries #3 - I enjoyed it. Nothing really to write here. Just another story.

New Avengers Annual #2 - Damn, Bendis. Just won't leave Tigra alone? The conclusion to the New Avengers vs. The Hood (w/ cronies).

Project Superpowers #0 - To be honest, I found The Twelve to be much better than Project Superpowers. I kinda got bored, and drifted away while reading this.

The Spirit #13 - I caved. It had a cover by Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone. Writers, Glen David Gold, Dennis O'Neil, Gail Simone. Artists, Eduardo Risso, Ty Templeton, Phil Hester/Ande Parks. I was sold.

Y: The Last Man #60 - The finale to this series. It jumped 60 years. I don't really like that. I was kinda hoping it'd continue right from the last issue.

Picked up at The Beguiling:
The Plain Janes - Great start to DC Minx line. Highly enjoyable book, that others should check out. Be on the look out for vol. 2, out later this year.

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic #25 - I don't really follow the Star Wars comics, but I picked this up in support of local artist, Scott Hepburn. It's the start of the "Vector" arc, which is twelve issues. I'm sure, there's something that leads to this, which is why I'm quite lost.

Amulet - The new graphic novel series by Kazu Kibuishi, published by Scholastic Graphix. I haven't read this yet, but I want to before the signing next week at The Beguiling (also appearing, Kean Soo). Also, if you're able to attend, be sure to check out Keep Toronto Reading: Graphically Speaking 2008.

Shanna: The She-Devil HC - Picked up the hardcover for Frank Cho's Shanna: The She-Devil mini-series. Part of the Marvel Hardcover Sale, for $10.

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do HC - Picked up the Kevin Smith/Terry & Rachel Dodson mini-series. Part of the Marvel Hardcover Sale, for $10.

I wanted to pick up the first three X-Factor hardcovers, but it was already an expensive day, so I passed.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Argh! F'N Fido!

So, lemme describe my situation. I'm on the prepaid Fido service for my cell phone. I don't use my cell too much, so prepaid is the best choice for me. My minutes expire on Jan. 31st, this time around. It's either, use up the money, or 30-days until you have to refill your account, to keep it active until the next month.

So I go to do that, but the credit card I have linked to the InstantRefill online, expires Feb. 2008. The credit card company sent me my replacement, with new expiration... which I activated. Therefore, credit card linked to my Fido account, is slightly different. I have to call into Fido, to get the credit card info changed, instead of doing it online. Kinda retarded, but I make the call, because I kinda have to.

I call last night, with the voice activated response system they have. I get to the part where it will change the expiration. I state the expiration. When they read it back, they read back the wrong year. I try again, once again, wrong year. So they say to enter it in, which I do, and then they transfer me to a customer service representative. About 10 minutes goes by, and the background music all of a sudden cuts out. No rep is there to help me. The phone being silent, I wait an additional five minutes, still nothing. I hang up, and try again.

Go through the whole process of trying to enter in my expiration date again. Transferred to customer service, once again. This time, the music does cut out, and after 15-minutes, I finally get a customer service rep.

I explain to him, I want to change my credit card expiration date that is linked to my Fido account.

Him: "What?"


Him: "Oh, okay"

After verifying my name, address, and a couple other security questions, we get to changing my expiration date.

He tells me he needs the three-digit secret number on the back of my credit card. So I read it out to him. He pauses...

Him: "There should be more numbers."

Me: "You asked for the THREE-DIGIT SECRET NUMBER."

Him: "No, I need your credit card number."

Ask for that first, you fucking retard.

So I read out my credit card number, which is the exact same number already on the account, just the expiration date changed. He screws up four out of the sixteen numbers.

How the fuck does "ONE" sound like "TWO"?

So, after this is finally changed, and after the frustration, he tells me it's all complete. We hang up, and I check my account online. Still the old expiration date. I figure it'd take some time before it changes, so I wait until this morning.

Still no change.

I call again this morning, get the voice activated response system again, try changing it there again, then it transfers me to customer service. Then I get the system telling me that Fido is closed, and is opened from 8am-9pm. It was 8:45am when I made the call. WTF?!?!?!?!?

Call again, go through all that shit again. But this time, the voice actived response system can't understand anything I am saying, unless I'm fucking yelling at the phone.

Wait time was significantly less this morning. Maybe two minutes at the most. I talk to the customer service rep, explain why I am calling. He checks the credit card info, and tells me that the expiration date is the new one. I tell him that I called last night, but it had not reflected any changes onto my account online. So he deletes the credit card info on my account, and adds it again.

Before hanging up, he explains that the changes could take anywhere from "right-away" to "48-hours" before it reflects onto my account online. So I check right away, and tell him the changes are online.

This shit is done with for now.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - January 23rd, 2008

So cold... so very, very cold... been quite a crummy couple of days, and working last night didn't help. Just made me upset with the situation I was put in.

Also, hearing about Heath Ledger's passing, didn't make things better. I respect that man, and though he was a great actor. Rest In Peace, Heath Ledger.

Amazing Spider-Man #548 - First story arc... meh... maybe it's time to wait for the collected format for Amazing Spider-Man now. Still kinda curious on what format they'll take for the collected.

Astonishing X-Men #24 - Whedon, you S.O.B. Not Kitty! Damn, to be continued in Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.

Legion of Super-Heroes #38 - The Legion live to fight another day. Potentially new Legionnaries. Wonder how long it'll take for Lightning Lad to become a great leader.

The Ultimates 3 #2 - Alright, so Spider-Man makes an appearance. And an X-Man... he's on the cover for issue #1. Nice artwork, but where the hell is this story going?

Wonder Woman #16 - Another great issue by Gail Simone and Terry & Rachel Dodson. Interesting to find out about the attempted murder of Diana, when she was born... from clay.

X-Men #207 - The shocking conclusion to Messiah CompleX. I'm quite surprised about the death at the end, but already knew of the outcome with the Baby. This was definitely one of the best X-Men stories I've read in a long time.

Young Avengers Presents #1 - This issue deals with Patriot, and what he's going through after Captain America's death, and his faith in America.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Good ol' comic news... well, stuff... not so much news

First, before I get to that, Happy Birthday Wendy! I'm really sorry I was unable to attend your birthday party.

Wednesday January 23rd, 2008, features the release of Astonishing X-Men #24. This is the final issue in the "Unstoppable" arc, written by Joss Whedon and artwork by John Cassaday. This arc started December 2006, with issue #19. Finally, it's coming to an end. However, this isn't the end of the series, or Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.

The series will continue with the new team of writer Warren Ellis, and artist Simone Bianchi.

Also, Joss Whedon and John Cassaday will cap their run with Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 (out in April 2008), that should follow up the events from Astonishing X-Men #24.

If you noticed the three Signings/Appearances/Events on the sidebar, two of which are for store signings at The Beguiling, and one for the Keep Toronto Reading event.

January 30th, 2008 - Meet Cecil Castellucci and Scott Hepburn as they will be on hand to promote their work, Beige (Castellucci), and Star Wars: Vector (Hepburn), at the Beguiling. The signing takes place from 5pm-7pm. Following the signing, Industry Night takes place at The Victory Café (just south of The Beguiling), starting at 8pm.

February 5th, 2008 - Keep Toronto Reading, presented by the Toronto Public Library, in association with The Beguiling and Scholastic Canada presents Graphically Speaking 2008, with Kazu Kibuishi and Kean Soo. The event starts at 6:30PM, and the North York Central Library, Concourse Level.

February 6th, 2008 - Meet Kazu Kibuishi and Kean Soo as they will be on on hand to promote their work, Amulet (Kibuishi), and Jellaby (Soo), at the Beguiling. The signing takes place from 5pm-7pm.

That's all for now.

Monday, January 21, 2008

News that interest me

Just announced, Aaron Lopresti is the new regular artist of Wonder Woman. Glad I got this commission last year.

Also, WWE Fan Axxess comes to Canada on Feb. 2nd-3rd, 2008, at Vaughan Mills. With Hobbystar's Winter Toronto ComiCON taking place on Feb. 3rd, I'll only be going to check out WWE Fan Axxess on Feb. 2nd. I highly doubt I'll be waiting in line for the person scheduled on Saturday Feb. 2nd, Santino Marella (appearance can change at any time). I'll probably be going to check out WWE Fan Axxess itself, with my little siblings, just for a good time.

I'm a rude jackass that threw a football in the groin!

Catchy title, eh?

This is all work related, so I'll keep the workplace name off of this, like usual. It's a place like Chuck-E-Cheese, but more for adults. I'll start with the last part of the title, as it actually happened first.

So a week ago Friday, at the end of the night at work, there was one guy carrying one of the footballs, we have in one of our games, around, as if it was his. So, before he took off, I politely ask him for the football back, because it belongs to the game. He made some excuse, saying someone gave him the football, and he didn't know, then gave it back. So now, I have the football, the gaming area was pretty clear, I decide to throw around the football with a few other co-workers.

So, after a few tosses, I ended up throwing a nice spiral quite low, to one of my co-workers. He almost caught it, but I guess the throw was a little harder than it looked, cause it went straight into his groin. He dropped in pain. I dropped in laughter, even though I felt really bad about it. He started saying "football in the groin" and we all joked about Hans Moleman, even though he was clearly in pain, and still on the floor. I do feel bad about it, but there's no hatred or anything between me and him. I did apologize then, and the following week (this past Friday), when I worked with him again. It was just one of those things, like Hans Moleman. Funny sight, until it happens to you.

Now to the first part of the title.

The rude jackass part is actually two different incidents, with the same person, last night at work.

It all started when this one girl wanted to play one of our games, but it was out of order. However, the "Out of Order" tag was removed from the game, not by her, and I'm not sure by who.

She comes up to me saying that she's been waiting for over 10 minutes, expecting the game to get fixed, but I explain to her why it's not working. Politely. She understood then.

Later on in the night, my co-worker was helping out someone, but he seemed to be there for quite a while, so I went to help him out. I found out what was happening, and was explaining why this guy only received a certain amount of tickets.

Then the girl comes up to me, asking for help. I said I'll be right with her, cause I was still in the process of explaining everything to the guy. So while I continued to explain, she interrupts me in mid-sentence saying she's out of tickets. I turn to her, cause she already stopped me in mid-sentence, and say "I'm still helping him."

She gets all offended, bitching about how there's two of us there, when she needs help, like she's dying or something, then calls my co-worker, saying she needs help. She louded claims to my co-worker, "he's rude, and I need tickets."

Well shit, I'm in the process of talking to the person that needed help first. I'm not shooting the shit, I'm clearly explaining how the game works. Why didn't you just go to the other employee that's just standing there. I get interrupted, and I'm rude for helping someone else first.

Later on, I get a call into the prize area, because the ticket shredder stopped working. I get in there to look at the problem, and guess who's in the prize area?

She sees me, and says to her friend, "that guy is a jackass." I'm not really caring, cause I'm working on the ticket shredder at the time. It turns out the friend she was talking to, was the girlfriend/wife/baby's mama of the guy that I was helping, when she interrupted me. And now the guy is trying to get 475 tickets, so he can get a better prize for his daughter.

So I'm a rude jackass for helping this girl's friend with his ticket problem?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Help Team Chicken Shirt again!

Last week, I wrote about helping out the cause for Team Chicken Shirt. Well, they are in need of your help once again, as they MADE THE TOP 10!!!

First off, Big Congrats to them for making the Top 10!

If you didn't click on that link, here's why they need your help.

Team Chicken Shirt submitted an entry to ING Direct's Canadian Supersaver Contest. The help they need, is YOUR VOTE. So, if you could just take a minute out of your life, to click on that link, then click "Vote", then do a search for "TeamChickenShirt", and then click the "Thumb Up", I'm sure they will really appreciate it.

You can vote once per day.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - January 16th, 2008

Well, I went to the store with five books on my list to buy. Ended up picking up two more books.

Amazing Spider-Man #547 - So J. Jonah Jameson suffered a heart attack last week, and the sale of the Daily Bugle seems to be taking place through his wife. The masked mugger is about to find out Spider-Man's identity. And I picked up the copy of this issue with a completely messed up middle page. I flipped through all of my other books before leaving the store, but not this one. Hell, I flipped through other books I was considering picking up. Just my luck...

Fell #9 - Glad this finally came out. Great issue, dealing with a hostage negotiation. Liked the outcome of this issue.

Hawaiian Dick: Screaming Black Thunder #2 - I gotta admit, I'm more interested in the back story, than I am with the Japanese Ghost plane. Great artwork by Scott Chantler and Steven Griffin.

Justice League of America #17 - Is Alan Burnett the new ongoing writer, or is this arc just a fill-in? I didn't care too much for the main story, but I did enjoy the back story.

New Exiles #1 - Truth be told, I only bought this because I noticed the stack of this book wasn't 50/50 with the regular and variant cover. So I picked up the variant, by Michael Golden (found out the cover artist when I got home). I never read an issue of Exiles before, so I thought I'd give it a try. Never really knew what Exiles was all about, and really kinda wondering how Sabretooth is still around, after Wolverine cut his head off in Wolverine #55. I guess it's an alternate Sabretooth? Or is it magic?

Resurrection #2 - This was quite a boring issue. I'll give issue 3 a look in the store, before deciding on picking it up.

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #5 - I enjoyed this issue, leading to the conclusion of the first arc/mini-series.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I wanna write something...

... but I can't think of something to write. Well, topics do come up, but I tend to forget what it is when I get to the blog.

Well, I'm going to play Proline for the first time this year. I'm betting against the Leafs tonight. I want the Leafs to win, but when money is involved, I will bet against them when I feel necessary.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Help Team Chicken Shirt!

What is Team Chicken Shirt?

"Team Chicken Shirt is a local Toronto group of misfits whose sole intention for living is to bring down the man. Team Chicken Shirt does this by producing low quality, highly depressing videos on social commentaries."

Probably not the best description for why I'm asking for help, but you'll see. Team Chicken Shirt contains members that you all know and love, from Digital Kontent!

Team Chicken Shirt submitted an entry to ING Direct's Canadian Supersaver Contest. The help they need, is YOUR VOTE. So, if you could just take a minute out of your life, to click on that link, then click "Watch", then do a search for "TeamChickenShirt", and then click the "Thumb Up", I'm sure they will really appreciate it.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - January 9th, 2008

Amazing Spider-Man #546 - I doubt I'll be buying Amazing Spider-Man three times a month for a long time. I may just pick up for specific creators, or maybe just wait for the collected format. I dunno. This week/month is Dan Slott and Steve McNiven as the creative team on the book.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland #5 - Interesting ending. The artwork seemed messed up at times. Like the panels were blown up, to the point where you can see the pixels.

Hulk #1 - Rick Jones? Really?

Mercenaries #2 - Enjoyable second issue to the series.

The Spirit #12 - Thank You Darwyn and Jason! As always, magnificient issue!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Back to blogging!

I know, I haven't blogged too much during the holiday season, aside from the usual posts. Like always, everytime I wanted to write something, I got lazy, and just never bothered.

So last night (Friday January 4th, 2007), I felt like there was a cold coming down on me, while at work. I started to get chills after I finished my dinner, which was around midnight, and it started to get worse as I was going home.

Got home around 3:30am, and at about 4am, I passed out. I woke up Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm, after being somewhat forced awake by my older bro. I got up, with so many aches and pains all over, and struggled to make it downstairs. It was harder to eat, but after a while, I finished my breakfast, took some medicine, and laid in bed, while watching the start of the Canada/Sweden World Juniors game. I fell asleep at 2:30pm.

Woke up again at 4:30pm, around the time that Sweden tied the game, and remained in bed for the rest of the game. I was started to feel better, but the warmth of my bed just kept me there.

Anyways, Canada won the game in overtime!

I got out of bed, to try to be active. The chills and aches were gone, but the headache remained. Took some Tylenol for that, but it never went away.

After dinner, I watched Shrek The Third with the family, then went back to my bed, to watch the Leafs/Flyers game, and ended up falling asleep again around 7:30pm. I woke up at 8:30pm, then again at 9:30pm, but fell asleep right away. Finally got up at 10:30pm, and have been up since.

It's been the longest I've been up for all of today, after fourteen hours of much needed sleep. The chills are almost all gone, the aches are barely there, and the headache has reduced, but still hurts with suddenly turns. I hope to be fine tomorrow.

Hopefully, everyone had a safe and Happy New Year!

I was working. I actually worked on the 30th, 31st, and 1st... all at night. And for the third year in a row, I pretty much missed the countdown to new year, because something at work had me distracted. Oh well.

I bought some RAM from Future Shop last weekend, during the Boxing Week Sale. It arrived on Wednesday, and I tried installing it into my motherboard. Unfortunately, it does not fit. I have two sticks of 1GB RAM, one is unopened, one is opened and I'm sure is in working condition. I'm not sure of Future Shop's return policy on opened items, so it should be interesting when I try to return it sometime this week.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - January 4th, 2008

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #10 - The truth starts to come out, from everyone's lies. Dawn gets her clothes supersized!

Hack/Slash #7 - Like I said, I like the cover. I actually enjoy the story too, and may start collecting this in, well, collected form.

Teen Titans: Year One #1 - Artwork is beautiful, but the issue felt too short. There wasn't too much dialogue, so it was a quick read.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year! All the best to you all in this upcoming year.