Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hobbystar's Winter Toronto ComiCON 2010 Report

Wonder Woman by Francis Manapul (2010)
I haven't been to a convention since Fan Expo Canada 2009. The Winter Toronto ComiCON was the first one I was able to attend, since then.

The downside for the convention, Canada vs. USA in the Gold Medal game of Men's Hockey in the Olympics was on that afternoon.

I knew for sure that I was attending the con, but was undecided as to when I was going to leave, to be back in the 'burbs to meet up my friends for the game.

Like I mentioned in the previous post, I really had no agenda for this convention, aside from picking up a statue that was pre-ordered for Danny, who did not make the trip down to the con.

I picked up the Amazing Spider-Man: Election Day hardcover, from the All New Comics booth. This was the only purchase I made for myself, as I didn't really do any bin diving. Just didn't feel like fighting through those that were really there to shop.

I did end up getting a quick sketch from Francis Manapul.

I ended up leaving the con before 12:30pm, which makes this the shortest trip to a convention I have ever had.

It was good seeing everyone that I haven't seen in months, even if it was short.

Also, Thanks to Arie Schvalb for the Francis Manapul Artbook.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Winter Toronto ComiCON - This Sunday!

So... there's a con this Sunday...

The annual Hobbystar Winter Toronto ComiCON takes place on Sunday February 28th, 2010, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, from 11AM-5PM.

Guests for this show:

Cameron Stewart (Batman and Robin)
Guy Davis (B.P.R.D.)
Francis Manapul (The Flash, Adventure Comics)
Marcus To (Red Robin)
Agnes Garbowska (Girl Comics)
Ray Fawkes (The Apocalipstix)
Richard Zajac (Adventure Comics)
Kelly Tindall (Proof)
Marcio Takara (Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles)
Eric Vedder (Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors)
Joe Vriens (Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors)
Ty Templeton (Star Trek: Mission's End)

To be honest, I really don't know what I'll be doing at the con. With the changes in my collecting habits, I really won't be looking for a bunch of comics to buy. I'll probably still bin dive a little, but like most cons, I don't have anything in particular that I want to buy.

As for sketches, I just don't have any ideas for any. Haven't really put any thought into it either.

This may be a con that I just go to hang out at. I haven't seen a lot of you in months or so, so it'll be good just to go and chill. It'll be nice.

See you all on Sunday!

Boughts and Thoughts - February 24th, 2010

Blackest Night #7 - I want issue #8!

New Avengers #62 - Okay, this looks to lead into Siege... which is already two issues into that mini-series (halfway into that mini-series). Although this was a little more enjoyable than, say, the past 20 issues of New Avengers (storywise), it's still not that great (storywise).

The Walking Dead #70 - Though I didn't pick up the previous issue, I picked this one up, because Danny mentioned that Bleeding Cool made mention that this might be a hot book. What the heck... it's not like I've been buying a lot of comics these days. I'll splurge with the extra $3.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Boughts and Thoughts - February 17th, 2010

Been three weeks since I last went to get comics. Looking at a tentative shipping list for next week, I may be going next week too (Holy crap! Two straight weeks?!?!? First time in 2010!).

Green Lantern #51 - Continuation of the GL/Parallax/Spectre story, for the Blackest Night tie-in. Didn't really care for this issue.

Supergirl #50 - Really only bought this for the Michael Turner cover. Aside from that, I didn't really care for this issue either. The cover is just magnificent!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winterlicious '10 - Bangkok Garden

Last night, I went out on my first outing to a Winterlicious dinner, at Bangkok Garden.

I had never gone to any Winterlicious or Summerlicious events in the past, mainly because of my work schedule... and that I didn't really care. To me, it was overpriced food, at a cheaper, but still overpriced rate. I'm a guy that is satisfied eating at McD's, and when splurging, eats at All-Stars.

This time around, I was up for it. I figured it'd be nice to have something other than your typical fast food or bar food. Not that I'd every tire of those, but trying one of these restaurants, was a nice change for a bit.

Surprisingly, the prix-fixe dinner were pretty big portions at Bangkok Garden. I really wasn't expecting much, for the $25 dinner.

For the starter, I had the Chicken Satay, which was pretty good. I liked the peanut sauce they had for dipping.

For the entrée, I had the Cashew Shrimp Stir-Fry. Personally, I would have preferred the shrimps without the tails. Aside from that, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but was regretting not ordering the Basil Beef. That looked much more appetizing.

For the dessert, Fresh Fruits and Mango Ice Cream. Typical stuff.

Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of any of these. I was hungry, so I just dug in.

At the moment, I'm not sure if this will be my only outing to a Winterlicious dinner. One is tentatively booked for this Friday evening, so I'll find out if it's a go or not.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

50000+

Just broke the 50000 page visits mark sometime today. Thanks to everyone that has been checking up with this blog! I know that I don't really have anything interesting to say most of the times, but a lot of you still read what I write (for some reason). And for that, I truly do Thank You!

Congrats and Thanks to Shane Heron (artist of Awesome Marcus Ninja), who also surpassed the 50000 page visits mark (a lot quicker than I did).

Oh, and looking at next week's shipping list, I'm going two straight weeks without any books to pick up. Didn't get any books yesterday, and looks like I'm not getting any books next Wednesday.