Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - October 28th, 2009

Blackest Night #4 - Not a bad issue, but I not much involvement with any of the Lantern Corps.

Detective Comics #858 - Picked up the variant cover. Origin story of the current Batwoman. I know I said I was done with this book, the previous two months, but the opportunity presented itself for a pretty cool variant cover, and a standalone issue with Batwoman. Also, the artwork change from flashback to current story was magnificent. That JH Williams III is pretty damn talented.

Green Lantern #47 - Liked this issue more than I did the Blackest Night #4. More of the Lantern Corps working together. Now to get the rest involved.

New Avengers #58 - Seriously, I'm considering dropping this title (again... first time was around issue #20 or #21). I'm just getting tired of Bendis dragging stories for so long, to the point where I don't care about it anymore.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

TIFF 09 - The Signed Items

I held off on posting these, because they were with someone else, but I got them back last night, so I'll post them here. Here are the items I did get signed at TIFF.

Megan Fox Colin Farrell & Jennifer Garner Nicolas Cage

Left to Right:
- A Tribute To Michael Turner CGC SS 9.8 - Signed by Megan Fox (the only Megan Fox Signature Series book in existence)
- Daredevil #181 CGC SS 9.4 - Signed by Colin Farrell & Jennifer Garner (not entirely sure, but I'm thinking this may be the only one signed by either person, or the only one signed by both)
- Kick-Ass #4 CGC SS 9.6 - Signed by Nicolas Cage

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - October 21st, 2009

Chew #5 - End of the first arc. Not that bad of a story

Cowboy Ninja Viking #1 - Just didn't seem to be too into this book. Probably a cool book, but I was just not mentally into reading this book.

The Last Resort #3 - I believe I am done with this book. Just one of the titles I'm cutting back on.

Power Girl #6 - Much like the book above, I'll be cutting this one as well. Been a great and fun book, but cutbacks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wizard World Toronto Comic-Con

If you haven't already heard the news (or haven't checked my sidebar), the Wizard World Toronto Comic-Con (formerly, Paradise Toronto Comicon) has announced the weekend and location it will take place. The con is scheduled for March 26th-28th, 2010, and will take place at the Direct Energy Centre (like the 2005-2007 Paradise Toronto Comicon).

The first guest that has been announced (who was announced last week, after some confusion), is Eliza Dushku (Faith from BTVS, Echo from Dollhouse). Other guests have been announced since then, Christian Serrators, Bruce Boxleitner, Margot Kidder, Adam West, Julie Newmar.

The confusion that I mentioned, was that Warren Ellis was announced as a guest at Wizard World Toronto Comic-Con, in the latest issue of ToyFare. However, both Warren Ellis, and Wizard, have confirmed that Warren Ellis will NOT be attending. The ad featuring Ellis was a mock-up ad, of how it is supposed to look like. Eliza Dushku was then announced, as the guest that was originally supposed to appear in the ad.

Sticking with the "confusion" theme, this Wizard World Toronto Comic-Con, is really just Toronto Comic-Con. I'm just going to keep adding the "Wizard World" to avoid any confusion, much like I did with the "Paradise Toronto Comicon" and "Hobbystar's Toronto ComiCON." Notice the differences.

And going back to the guests, although the con is a little over five months away, which does equate to a lot of time remaining until the con, you'll notice that there is a lack of "Comic" Guests. As a matter of fact, there are none at the moment. I'm sure there are a lot of comic guests that are being invited, and Toronto may very well see some guests that either haven't been to Toronto anymore, or haven't been in some time. As usual, I'll keep you posted as I find out.


Just got myself a Blackberry today. Great deal on the phone, and a pretty good service plan, which I'll be testing the waters with for the next couple of months. Expect me to cut back some more on the books, because this phone plan will be a lot more expensive, than my previous phone plans over the past several years (prepaid airtime). What can I say, I just never really used my phone that much.

Oh, and because of my purchase, if Jim Balsillie ends up buying the Phoenix Coyotes and moves the team to Hamilton, it was because of me. :p

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - October 14th, 2009

Originally had a pretty expensive list, but cut out several books, and stuck with one cover of Liberty Comics. I did get the variant to Adventure Comics, as well as the regular cover.

Adventure Comics #3 - Great issue with Conner reconnecting with Tim Drake (Red Robin).

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics #2 - Didn't read this, but was something I just wanted to pick up.

Deadpool #900 - Sadly, there was just too much to read in this, and in my half-asleep daze while reading this, I just wasn't into it. I'll give it another read later in the week.

The Walking Dead #66 - They did what was necessary to ensure a little bit more safety for their group.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - October 7th, 2009

Haunt #1 - This is looking quite interesting. I enjoyed it, so I'll be continuing with this title for a little while.

Sweet Tooth #2 - Find out more about Jepperd... well, not that much more, but we get some interaction between him and Gus. And if you didn't already know, I got a sketch of Jepperd (by Jeff Lemire) in the mail last week.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Retrospective

I was just informed of this event, which takes place on October 16th, 2009 and October 17th, 2009. Sadly for me, I won't be able to attend this event, because of the wedding of two friends of mine.

But who cares about me, when you can go.

Source: Joe Shuster Awards

For Immediate Release

THE ART ORIGINALS: A New Concept in Art Appreciation

Series premieres with Toronto-born Eisner and Joe Shuster award winning graphic novelist DARWYN COOKE’S ‘NOIR AND BEYOND’.

TORONTO, Ontario (Tuesday, October 6): The Art Originals series, a new concept in art appreciation for the Toronto art market, offers comic book and illustration enthusiasts a unique opportunity to interact in an intimate setting with their favorite creators over a weekend in Canada’s largest city. Contemporary cartoonists and illustrators will take part in workshops, exhibitions, lectures and artists’ talks revolving around themes central to their work.

Art Originals kicks off October 16 and 17 with Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Retrospective. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the original artwork from the opening chapter of his recent sold-out adaptation of Richard Stark’s The Hunter. A pivotal work of noir literature, The Hunter has been popularized by Hollywood in the form of the 1967 classic Point Blank with Lee Marvin and the more recent Payback with Mel Gibson. Cooke, who took on the graphic revisioning of this masterwork did so with the blessing of Donald Westlake a.k.a. Richard Stark. During the talk with the artist segment, Cooke will read from the original novel and discuss his unique creative struggles to bring this project to fruition.

All activities for Art Originals will be held at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto, a favourite with the local arts scene. Voted one of the top 10 Art Hotels in the world by Lux Magazine, the Gladstone has been in operation since 1889 and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto.

Event Listings: October 16-17, 2009

Friday, October 16

Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Retrospective, 7 – 11 pm: Includes original artwork from the first chapter of Parker: The Hunter and selected works from his award-winning projects of the last decade for DC and Marvel comics. Appearing for the first time will be a series of large format works on canvas produced specially for this show.

Free admission – this event is open to the general public

Saturday, October 17

Workshop with Darwyn Cooke: 10 am – 3 pm: This workshop with master cartoonist Darwyn Cooke will provide students with valuable insights into his creative process. The lecture, question period and portfolio review sections are a unique opportunity to get inside the head of one of our most renowned cartooning visionaries.

$105/person. Limited seating (15 persons)

An Evening with Darwyn Cooke, 7 – 10 pm: Hosted by Mark Askwith of SPACE, this intimate and interactive session will include a reading by Cooke from the original text of Stark’s The Hunter with corresponding images from the graphic novel projected as backdrop. Cooke will be available immediately afterwards to sign copies of his work.

$10/person. Limited seating (75 persons)

For more information, go to or contact:

Sean Menard

Director, Marketing and Publicity

Art Originals


This workshop is presented in association with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop. For a list of their ongoing courses offered in the downtown Toronto area please visit: