Monday, May 31, 2010

Even More Cupcakes!

This was actually my last batch of cupcakes, which I made in February. I haven't done much baking since then, mainly because of time. My parents opened up their restaurant a few weeks later, and various other stuff that just prevented me from doing so (laziness, most likely).

I didn't get a picture of all of the cupcakes, because Danny ended up taking the bulk of them, for a lunch gathering.

Once again, Mango Cupcakes, this time, with French Vanilla frosting, with blue food colouring. Peaches, Mandarin Oranges, Cherries, and Lychee, topping the cupcakes.

I've been wanting to bake recently, but those days I had off to do son, I didn't have all of the ingredients, so I haven't gotten around to it.


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gene Day Award nominees, Hall of Fame inductees Announced


JOE SHUSTER AWARDS CELEBRATE THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF CAPTAIN CANUCK

Final Nominees Announced for Gene Day Award, HALL OF FAME Inductees Named

Toronto, Canada — May 26, 2010.

Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award has been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

In March 2010, the Awards Association announced the nominees for the categories of Outstanding Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist, Cover Art, Webcomic Creator/Creative Team and Writer. These nominees can be viewed here: http://joeshusterawards.com/2010/03/17/nominations-for-the-2010-joe-shuster-awards/

In April 2010, the Awards Association announced the nominees for the categories of Comics for Kids, the Harry Kremer Retailer and Outstanding Publisher Awards. These nominees can be viewed here: http://joeshusterawards.com/2010/04/28/outstanding-publisher-harry-kremer-retailer-and-comics-for-kids-award-nominations-announced/

CEREMONY DATE, LOCATION & TIME

The winners of the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards will be announced at a free admission public ceremony in Toronto starting at 8PM on the evening of Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jonathan Llyr. The presentation ceremony date also coincides with the 6th Annual Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 5 & 6, 2010.

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CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

In honour of the 35th Anniversary of the publication of CAPTAIN CANUCK #1 in 1975, the three creators most closely associated with the character will be added to the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame: including co-creator and writer/artist/publisher Richard Comely, artist George Freeman and artist Claude St. Aubin, all of whom are being included for their many contributions to the Canadian comics community since the 1970′s (not just for Captain Canuck).

In addition to the Captain Canuck trio of Comely, Freeman and St. Aubin, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee also selected three individuals with long and varied contributions to comics and comic book publishing in Canada – Cartoonist and animator Serge Gaboury, Publisher Deni Loubert, as well as Writer and Retailer Dave Darrigo (who also co-founded these awards in 2004).

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées

RICHARD COMELY (1950-)

GEORGE FREEMAN (1951-)

CLAUDE ST. AUBIN (1951-)

DAVE DARRIGO (1954-)

SERGE GABOURY (1954-)

DENI LOUBERT (1951-)

Full biographies of the inductees will be published on this site after the ceremony on June 5th.

The 2010 inductees were selected by: Scott Dutton, Joe Kilmartin, Phil Latter, and Robert Pincombe. Thanks to John Bell and Bob MacMillan for their input in the early stages of the selection process.

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THE GENE DAY AWARD

Gene Day

We are honoured to announce the nominees for the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishing, which honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work during the previous calendar year. In order to qualify for the award, the creators must be a citizen and current resident of Canada who wrote and/or illustrated a comic book of their own creation (includes creative teams), which they published and sold independently and did not have said works initially distributed by a third party distributor.

The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 bursary from the Awards Association.

The Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées

Adam Bourret – I’m Crazy
Evan Munday - Quarter-Life Crisis: Only the Good Die Yung
Ethan Rilly - Pope Hats 1
Benjamin Rivers – Snow 2
Tory Woolcott – Mirror Mind

Nominees for the Gene Day Award were selected by members of the Award Association’s Executive Committee. The nominees were selected from over 60 individual publications submitted for review.

About Gene Day (1951-1982)

Gene Day (1951-1982) began his career in the Canadian alternative comix scene, working with and encouraging a new generation of Canadian comic creators create their own comics. In the seventies he began his own publishing imprint, Shadow Press / House of Shadows and put out over twenty issues of Dark Fantasy, a horror/fantasy/sci-fi digest that featured the early writings of Joe Lansdale, Charles De Lint, John Bell and Charles R. Saunders, amongst others; a short-lived comic publication, Out of the Depths and various other one-shots, portfolios, and prints. Those early roots led Day to be noticed my larger publishers, Day continued working in comics until his untimely death. Dave Sim credits Gene Day as his earliest and most influential mentor and the inspiration for his own self-publishing efforts. Gene Day was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2007.

About Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Llyr

Jonathan Llyr is one of the most recognizable geeks in Canada today. As host of the nationally broadcast SPACE Channel’s SPACEY AWARDS for their first five years, Jon earned the respect of Hardcore Nerds everywhere when, over the years, Richard Dean Anderson had him ‘thrown off’ the set of STARGATE SG-1 (with a bonus instruction of “one shot to the kneecaps”), Bruce Campbell attacked him in the woods behind his house with a chainsaw, and Katie Sackhoff let him climb into her Viper.

Jon got his start on TV in 1998, after years of honing his skills as a professional actor and the artistic director of the Shakespearean theatre company, Tempest Theatre Group, SPACE needed someone who would wear a rubber turtle shell on his head (shades of Alan Rickman in GALAXY QUEST, anyone?) and it was a perfect fit. So, for several years, Jon appeared weekly on the cult TV show SPACEBAR as Grot, the loveably clueless alien barfly cum barkeep. Eventually trading shell for battered orange ball-cap, Jon was then seen five nights a week on DRIVE-IN CLASSICS as the genially pontificating drive-in theatre projectionist, Drive-in Dick – font of all B-movie knowledge and wisdom.

Jon’s subsequent stint as host, reporter and interviewer for HYPASPACE and HYPASPACE WEEKLY put him in close contact with stars like Patrick Stewart, Andy Serkis, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (at the same time in what proved to be an awesome media scoop!), David Hayter, Jolene Blalock, George Takei, Tricia Helfer, Steven Spielberg and many others.

Heading out into strange, new worlds with The HardcoreNerdity Network is his latest challenge.

None of this is surprising, considering Jonathan’s formative years. When he was a kid, his mom used to write him sick-notes so he could ditch school and line up on opening day for STAR TREK movies. She let him glue his Lego together in the shape of a phaser and paint it silver. She looked the other way when he put her good oven mitts on his feet so that he could be ‘Cornelius’ from PLANET OF THE APES. She made the rest of the family be quiet as he sat in front of the t.v., painstakingly making audio-cassette recordings of STAR TREK episodes so he could play them back at bedtime. That was in the days before VCRs. And when the family got one of those – Jon’s mom bought him his very first movie. It was SUPERMAN. And she let him stay home from school (again) to watch it before she wrapped it up as his Christmas present (he had to promise to look surprised when he opened it). So, really? This is all her fault.

About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)

With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great artist, JOE SHUSTER (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.

About The Joe Shuster Awards

Created in 2004, the Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national achievement award program for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The Joe Shuster Award program is administered by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, a not-for-profit organization.

For more information please contact info@joeshusterawards.com or visit www.joeshusterawards.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

More Cupcakes!

Here was my second batch of cupcakes (made sometime after the first one). This time, I mixed in some Mango into the cupcake batter. I also mixed in some Mango into the Vanilla Frosting.

Then I topped the cupcakes with Mandarin Oranges, Cherries, and Strawberries.

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Boughts and Thoughts - May 26th, 2010

Green Lantern #54 - Been thinking about cutting this title, once again. Not taking anything away from the great work by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke. This "Brightest Day" stuff just doesn't interest me at the moment.

The Guild #3 - Kind of a bummer of an ending. Kind of makes me sad about those that play MMORPGs.

Mystery Society #1 - Interesting series; however, I'm debating on whether to continue this or not.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CUPCAKES!

This was my very first attempt at baking cupcakes from scratch. I used a Martha Stewart recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes. Just topped with cherries & vanilla frosting (the pink ones are just food colouring).


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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Last of the Waffles


Last couple of waffles I had in photos. I believe the first one is Bananas and Mango, and the second one is Strawberries and Peaches.

I was thinking about making some today, but I didn't have any milk or whipped cream.

I'll probably be posting pictures of some cupcakes I baked from scratch.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Waffles!

Here is another shot of some waffles I made. Topped with Strawberries, Peaches, Mango, and Whipped Cream.


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Waffles!

Last December, I bought myself a Belgium Waffle Maker. Although it's been a while since I have made some waffles, I realized that I haven't shown any of them on this blog. If you have me as a friend on Facebook, then you probably have seen these already.

This one of the earlier ones. Bananas, Peaches, Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Syrup on this one.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Boughts and Thoughts - May 19th, 2010

Berona's War Preview Book - Just saw it on the rack, and flipped through it out of curiosity. Didn't really read anything in it, but the artwork just looks fantastic. The first book in the series is released in July, I believe. I may just have to check it out.

Girl Comics #2 - Fun stuff! Bought issue one, because of the artwork of Agnes Garbowska. Bought this issue, because of Faith Erin Hicks. Fun story with Elsa Bloodstone and Boom Boom (both from that Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. series that I absolutely loved). Also, I did enjoy Jill Thompson's story, with the Inhumans.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - Decided to give this Legion series a shot, but I was reminded, once again, that I don't really care for them. Nothing against the story by Paul Levitz. The artwork by Yildiray Cinar was pretty good too. I just don't care for the characters.

Zatanna #1 - You know I HAD to buy this! Enjoyable story, but I honestly don't know much about Zatanna's Rogue Gallery. Hopefully this series brings me more knowledge of Zatanna, other than me just liking her costume and getting sketches of her.

Smoked Ribs!

Tonight's Dinner.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Fan Expo Canada 2010 Comic Guest List Revealed

Last Thursday, the guest list for the Comic Book portion of Fan Expo Canada was revealed.

At the end of March, the first guest was revealed, and that guest happens to be the Guest of Honour.

STAN LEE

As for the guests revealed last week, here are some of them:

GARY FRANK
JOHN ROMITA, JR.
OLIVIER COIPEL
STEVE MCNIVEN
ETHAN VAN SCIVER
DOUG MAHNKE
WHILCE PORTACIO
BRIAN AZZARELLO
DARWYN COOKE
DALE KEOWN
IAN CHURCHILL
JILL THOMPSON
JIM VALENTINO
FRANCIS MANAPUL
JEFF LEMIRE
CAMERON STEWART
DOUG SNEYD
ADAM WEST
BURT WARD
JULIE NEWMAR
FELICIA DAY
SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY
JAMES MARSTERS
ADRIAN ALPHONA
KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
JASON ARMSTRONG
J. BONE
ANDY BELANGER
ROSS CAMPBELL
MICHAEL CHO
VALENTINE DE LANDRO
AGNES GARBOWSKA
TOM HODGES
KARL KERSCHL
LEONARD KIRK
ALVIN LEE
DAN PARENT
DAVE ROSS
MARCIO TAKARA
TY TEMPLETON
KELLY TINDALL
MARCUS TO
J. TORRES
ALINA URUSOV
AND MANY MORE!


Yeah, see ya there!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Motor City Comic Con 2010 Report

Motor City Comic Con 2010On Saturday May 15th, 2010, Danny and I traveled down to Novi, Michigan, for Motor City Comic Con. Much like previous times, we went down for just the Saturday. Drive there in the morning, drive back in the evening.

We bought advanced tickets, to save $5/person, and take advantage of getting in 30 minutes earlier, than if we bought tickets at the door. For us to take advantage of getting in at 10am, we figured that leaving at 5am would be good for us to arrive early.

So at 5:20am, we were on our way!

If I remember correctly, we got to the Sarnia border crossing at approximately 8am. Although it was a very short line, and a very quick questioning, there was one thing that stuck in my mind about this crossing. Here's how it went down:

Border Guard: "Where are you heading today?"
Me: "Novi, Michigan"
BG: "What's going on in Novi today?"
Me: "Comic Convention"
BG: "How long will you be in the US for?"
Me: "Roughly 7-8pm"
BG: "So you're leaving today?"
Me: "Yes"
BG: "So wait, what's the place you are going to?"
Me: "A Comic Convention"
BG: "A Commie Convention?"
Me: "Oh, no. A Comic Book Convention"
BG: "Okay, have a nice day."
Me: "Thank you, you too."
(Drive off)
Danny: "What did he ask?"
Me: "He asked if we were going to a Commie Convention."
Danny: "Oh..."
Me: "Yeah... that could have been bad."
Danny: "You need to work on your English."
Me: "Shut up. I just need to say "Comic Book" from here on out."

Anyways, we get to Novi, MI at 9:10am. Much quicker than previous trips. Less than 4 hours to get there, so we headed off to the Target we went to the last time (on Wixom Rd.).

We got to the convention at about 9:45am, and got in line to pick up our tickets. Sadly, this has to be one of the stupidest set ups to get tickets. There was two lines when we got in, one for the ticket booths (set up for 6 stations, but only 3 workers), and one for those that had wristbands. Got in the line for the ticket booths, because I figured the "Will Call" would be there.

I was wrong. I had to get in the line with the people with the wristbands. That line went back pretty far. But as that line approached the entrance, the line for "Will Call" (which was just inside the doors), started snaking outside of the doors, forming a third line near the entrance of the con. So many booths, but only one for "Will Call."

Zatanna by Herb Trimpe (2010)Finally got onto the convention floor at 10:30am, and quickly went to the first person I wanted to see... again, Herb Trimpe. He's a legend, no question. I had books to get signed. And I wanted to get a sketch. However, the main reason why I wanted to see him first, he's slow when it comes to sketching. For me, I didn't want to spend too much time in line to get books signed, so as soon as I found his table, I went to see him. I was third in line. I was quite glad that the two in front of me were not there to get full sketches, as I probably would have waited quite a bit longer. The first one got a quick sketch, and the second bought a pre-done sketch. However, both were talkers, so I did wait a little bit. Oh well, once completed, I could be on my way for the rest of the con.

Zatanna by Darryl Banks (2010) Zatanna by Guy Davis (2010) Zatanna by Bernard Chang (2010) Terror by Darick Robertson (2010)I was able to get a whole lot of my books signed during the early parts of the con. Creators I got stuff signed by, that I didn't get sketches by (this time around, for some), Alex Saviuk, Sergio Aragones, Stan Sakai, John Layman, Greg Horn, David Petersen, Katie Cook, and probably others. I did manage to get some quick sketches, while getting books signed.

From left to right: Terror by Darick Robertson (inside of The Boys: Definitive Edition), Zatanna by Bernard Chang, Guy Davis, and Darryl Banks, respectively.

Zatanna by Art Baltazar (2010) Supergirl & Batgirl by Art Baltazar (2010)Another person that I had wanted to see (again), was Art Baltazar. Just a fun person, that is just loving what he's doing, and having a lot of fun with it. Last year, he was the main person that I wanted to see, IF we did go. But last year, we skipped the con, because the guest list didn't have enough to bring me there. Danny was more than willing, but I wasn't. So that did screw him over.

I was also actually considering making a list of like 20 different characters, and getting 20 different sketches from Art Baltazar, but opted not to (as much as I wanted to). It was great to see a line form for Art (kids & adults). People have really seemed to have been enjoying his work with Tiny Titans and Billy Batson & the Magic of SHAZAM!. I guess the "considerate" side of me kicked in, and decided to step aside for others to get sketches too.

Zatanna by Ethan Van Sciver (2010)Ethan Van Sciver was someone who I have seen in the past, and have sketches by him. I didn't bring any books for him to sign, because most of the books that I have with work by him, I passed on bringing for him to sign before. I was actually going to skip him, because I didn't know what sketch to get from him (got a WW, got a Zatanna), and I didn't know how much his sketch price went up to.

But after finding out the price, and seeing what Danny got for that price... and because there was no line at the time, I jumped at the opportunity to get an "upgrade" of the previous Zatanna sketch I had gotten from Ethan Van Sciver. I was pleasantly surprised when he broke out the red sharpie to colour in the lips and bow-tie.

Batgirl by Joe Benitez (2010)Another unplanned sketch, was one by Joe Benitez. I was just strolling around the con floor, just waiting around for one of the sketches that I had gotten on a list for, and happened to catch him not doing anything. So I figured, "Why not?"

Joe was up for it, even though he was suffering from a case of bronchitis. This man is a trooper for his fans, but those were some really bad coughs. Hopefully he gets well soon.

Zatanna by Mike McKone (2010)Mike McKone was one of the few names that I wanted to see, and on the top of the list of those I haven't seen before. Danny told me the prices for sketches, and I headed over to get on his list. I was third (two after Danny), but had to wait quite a bit before being able to pick up my sketch. Definitely worth the wait.

During that time, I was able to get quite a bit accomplished. The only sketch I got after the McKone, was the Darryl Banks sketch (seen above). I didn't really go shopping around any booths.

However, I did manage to get TWO slices of the convention concessions pizza (I don't know why, but I love this pizza).

I also learned that American parents don't mind buying their 10-year old kid, daggers.

Dad: "Hey son, look at that booth."
Son: "This dagger is only $30, can I have it?"
Dad: "Sure."
(I turn around, with a "WTF?" expression)

Though very rare for me to do at conventions, I went to see some media guests.


Me with Amy Dumas (former WWE Superstar and former WWE Women's Champion, Lita)


There's me with Amy Dumas, who was one of my favourite Diva in the WWE (Click Here to see a signed Polaroid of me and her).


Me & Tia Carrere


Though I never cared for Relic Hunter, her in Wayne's World and True Lies, made me a fan.


Why not? Danny wanted a picture with it, so I might as well take one with it too.



This was one of the coolest costumes I saw at the convention.


After the convention (we took off 15 minutes before the convention closed), we headed to the McDonald's at Grand River Ave. & Wixom Rd. for a quick bit to eat, before heading home. I gotta say, I dealt with the same cashier as Danny. My experience with him was almost identical to Danny's experience.

My total came out to $4.24. I break out a $5. As I hand him the $5, here's what transpired:

Me: "Hang on, I also have a quarter."
(Cashier already going to get my $0.76 change)
Me: "Here's the quarter"
(I hand him the quarter)
Cashier: "But, 24-cents..."
Me: "Yeah... that's what the quarter is for, so I carry less change"
(Cashier proceeds to figure out my change by counting with his fingers... really)
Me: "Dude, it's just a dollar and 1-cent back to me."

Get my food, go to the table and eat. About 5 minutes goes by, Danny makes mention:

Danny: "So, when I placed my order, the total came out to $6.24. I give the guy a $10, and then give him a quarter..."
(Cutting Danny off)
Jason: "THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME! My total was $4.24, and I gave him $5.25. I had to tell him what the change was..."

Seriously... WTF?

Anyways, we leave the McDonald's at 6:25pm, and proceed homeward bound. Got to my driveway before 10:10pm, and this included a stop for a piss-break and coffee. Each way, I made the trip in under 4 hrs. :)

Preview of the Motor City Comic Con 2010 Report

Me with Amy Dumas (former WWE Superstar, Lita).

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Boughts and Thoughts - May 12th, 2010

The Flash #2 - Spoiler Alert! The Flash rebuilds a building! Just loved that scene. Another great issue from Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul.

New Avengers Finale - Admittedly, this was a good issue. It helps that I read Siege #4 first (Danny picked it up). It was pretty clear as to where everything was going. I'm actually glad as to where it's going.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2010 Report

TCAF 2010 Poster by Daniel ClowesTCAF!

Another TCAF has come and gone, and once again, I had a blast. Yes, I did come out of this event with more sketches; however, I came out of it with about 1/3 of the amount I got last year. And to be honest, I am still more than happy with my haul.

Also, I did not buy as many books as I did last year. This is me with my selective budget (that I constantly make mention of).

Megan McKeenan by Ryan Kelly (2010)The list of guests attending was fantastic. I was really looking forward to meet Ryan Kelly. I've been a fan of his, ever since the first issue of Local, so finally getting to meet him, was one of my goals. The sketch to the left is of Megan McKeenan (that I'm sure many other people got as well, inside their copies of the Local hardcover). In addition to that sketch, I did pick up copies of Funrama Presents Mutant Punks #1, his 2009 Sketchbook (which contains the Zatanna piece he did for me back in 2008, as well as the Nancy Bai piece he did for Danny), the print of the cover for Local #11 (The Toronto Issue), and an original page from Local (Issue #11, Page 1 - The Toronto Issue).

Wonder Woman by Jamie McKelvie (2010)Another guest I was looking forward to seeing (again), was Jamie McKelvie. I just love his artwork, after the great Zatanna sketch I got from him last year, I wanted to get another sketch from him. This time, Wonder Woman.

Batgirl by Kagan McLeod (2010)Going completely out of order here, this was actually the first sketch/commission/completely-awesome that I got at TCAF. Kagan McLeod was someone I was hoping to see again, back at the Kill Shakespeare Signing at The Beguiling, but didn't show up when I was there. So when I saw him added to the guest list, I figured I'd just see him here. I didn't actually decide on what I was hoping to get done by him, until just before heading out to TCAF on Saturday. Batgirl seemed like a pretty cool choice, and I'm really happy with it.

Zatanna by Roger Langridge (2010)One of the few late additions to attending guests, was Roger Langridge. Gotta say, he was another person I was hoping to meet. Currently, he is working on The Muppet Show for BOOM Studios. Sadly, I don't own any of them. I was more of a Muppet Babies fan growing up (I was a wee lad, when that cartoon was on).

Catwoman by Faith Erin Hicks (2010)In continuing with my Women of the Bat-Universe Theme that I guess I have going on with Faith Erin Hicks, I decided on a Catwoman piece. This August, her new book, Brain Camp will be released. I am looking forward to that one. I quickly flipped through a copy of it, and it looks great!

Zatanna by Mike Holmes (2010)I wasn't expecting to see Mike Holmes at TCAF. He is not listed on the guest list, but I was happy he was there, as he did a pin-up in the Local hardcover. I also recognized his name, not just through my work with the Joe Shuster Awards, but through an ashcan preview of Shenanigans (published by Oni Press), that I got through Jinxworld (Brian Michael Bendis' message board).

Batwoman by Cameron Stewart (2010)My only "book" purchase, was Cameron Stewart's "Too Cartoony" Sketchbook. I don't buy too many sketchbooks, but this one was nice (as I'm sure many others are too, but I pick my battles).

I'm not a big fan on the sketches on sketchbooks themselves. It's a personal preference of mine to have sketches done on Bristol board. It's just easier for me to collect, organize, and store away safely. But with the deal mentioned on Cameron Stewart's blog ($10 for the sketchbook, $20 for the sketchbook with a sketch), it was just something that I accepted. Cameron did do a pretty amazing Batwoman sketch on it.

Wonder Woman by Eric Wight (2010)Last year, Eric Wight was one of the main guests that I wanted to see at TCAF. This year, he still up there. He is doing some great work with the Frankie Pickle series, with the second books being released earlier this year (Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000).

Jamie McJack as Wonder Woman by Danielle Corsetto (2010)The only sketch that I got on the Sunday, was by Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots). Still a fan of her webcomic, ever since Danny showed it to me back in 2006.

While at her table, I was flipping through her portfolio, and ended up purchasing the unused cover to Girls With Slingshots Volume One. The price was right, and it came with a prelim cover concept of the Volume One cover.

I also picked up three prints. One of the cover to Local #11 (by Ryan Kelly), one of College Street (by Michael Cho), and one entitled Terrorsel (by Joy Ang).

Sunday was also the day that Danny and I brought our little siblings to check out TCAF. In addition to taking in the atmosphere and picking up some new books for them to read, they tagged along so that we could head to the Rick Riordan signing at Indigo - Yorkdale. Rick Riordan is the creator of the Percy Jackson series, and my little siblings were able to get their books signed.

Because of the signing, this cut the second day of TCAF short, for us. However, once again, TCAF was a great event to be at this past weekend. It was great seeing all of the creators.

Kudos to Chris Butcher, and everyone else involved with running TCAF. Amazing job! Thanks to all the creators that did sketches for me. Thanks to all the creators for just attending, making this another great show!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Boughts and Thoughts - May 5th, 2010 + More

Happy Cinco de Mayo, people!

Yeah, I'm not Mexican... does that make me a "Mexican't"? Oh, Robert Rodriguez, that was a stupid line from "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."

That allows me to segue into why I didn't post this earlier. I was cooking (yes, I can cook, and bake). I spent the afternoon, cooking dinner for the family. We had pulled pork tacos, and pulled pork sandwiches. And how does this segue from "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"? The bulk of the marinade for the pulled pork.

See, while at the wedding on Saturday, my good friend Mike was talking about the pulled pork tacos he and his wife had while in Mexico. Then his wife, Cypril, suggested I make the tacos they had (with no pictures, or really any knowledge of how to do it), after posting pictures of my dinner on Sunday.

What the heck? It sounds delicious, so I took a stab at it.

Now, after searching for some recipes on what I need for this, I also wanted to check out a video I saw that's in the "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" DVD. It's a cooking lesson, by Robert Rodriguez (director of Desperado, Sin City, Spy Kids 1-3, Once Upon a Time in Mexico).



Now, this isn't really the same thing as what I was planning on making. But really, it's pulled pork, and I'm deciding what to put that pork on. I followed some of the instructions with the ingredients, but I had to scrap some of the spices, and the peppers, because of my little siblings. The pork could have used that kick. Maybe next time.

Once the pork was in the over, it was time to read some comics.

Brightest Day #1 - It was off to an okay start, but I'm not continuing with this bi-weekly series.

I, Zombie #1 - I caught the preview of this in American Vampire #2, and I really enjoyed the preview. I was a little bored with the middle of this issue, but did enjoy the beginning and ending. Looking forward to checking out the next issue. Oh, and I got both covers!


Pulled Pork Taco (L), Pulled Pork Sandwich w/poutine (R)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Visions of an Icon: Wolverine - Round 5 Auctions

Oops... kind of forgot to make a post about the Round 4 Auctions. In my defense, I was a little pre-occupied with my car problems (brakes), so it just slipped my mind.

The 5th Round was posted last night, after the 4th Round ended. Check out the Auctions Here.

This round features pieces by:

- Ed Hannigan
- Terry Moore
- George Todorovski
- Dean Motter
- Paul McCusker
- David Day
- James Turner
- Ken Steacy
- Steve LeBlanc
- Clayton Hamner (C-TON)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - May 1st, 2010

Batgirl by Leonard Kirk (2010)Originally, I had not planned on going to any shops for Free Comic Book Day. Or, at least, not go to anyone that had signings, because one of my closest friends was getting married that evening (I've known him for over 17 years).

But, I figured if I set a time that would be the latest I could stay, then I would be good to at least one of the signings, and hoped for the best that I would be able to get a sketch.

To top that off, I was able to get the FCBD books that I wanted, from All New Comics.

Danny and I ended up going to Paradise Comics. Guests signing were, Richard Isanove, Leonard Kirk, Ty Templeton, and more. It was also the closer store.

Another store that had a great signing, Stadium Comics, with Ken Lashley, Alex Milne, Agnes Garbowska, Marcio Takara, and many more.

Danny and I arrived at about 11:45am, for the 12pm start time. I wanted to come earlier, to be closer to the front of the line, but stuff had prevented us from being there earlier.

Unlike previous signings at Paradise Comics, where the first few in line, would be first in line for all of the guests, the line worked differently. You are first in line for one guest, then move to the back of the line, and potentially hoped that you are the first in line for another guest. It's more fair that way, I'll admit. I mean, really, the The Hulk 100 Project Hero Initiative Signing at Paradise Comics, back in December 2008, I was second in line, but at one point, all the guests were doing sketches for me. So, I agree, it's more fair the way it was done this time around.

We ended up leaving the store at 1:30pm, which worked out perfectly, to allow for me to grab some lunch, then head home and get ready for my friend's wedding, which was just a fantastic evening all-round. I haven't seen many of my friends in several years, several months, and for some, a few weeks. So, it was just a great night seeing everyone again.

Congratulations to my buddy, Will, and his beautiful wife, Grace!