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Greetings friends and neighbours! I hope that everyone has been staying weird and wonderful over the last week. And if the week has been lacking in high-quality weirdness, don't worry: I come bearing a cornucopia of delights! Well, they delighted me, anyhow. Let's get into it! * * * * * No joke: Dirty Dancing is a much better movie than I thought it was. To be fair, the first time I watched Dirty Dancing when I was ten years old, and let me just say that it is not a great movie for a ten year old boy who isn't able to...

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Lately I have been consuming a lot of great pop culture offerings but for some reason I've been at a bit of a remove from most of them. This week I want to talk about the things that broke me out of my day-to-day funk and made me really feel something. Awe, happiness, shock, excitement, curiosity: these things gave me all of that and more. [caption id="attachment_349289" align="aligncenter" width="350"] The cover to Wonder Woman by George Perez, Volume Four.[/caption] In the 1980s, just after Crisis on Infinite Earths reset the continuity of the DC Universe, the person who had the responsibility of re-establishing Wonder Woman...

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Lately I've been feeling particularly grateful for this little corner of the internet, where I get to talk about things that I think are good, interesting, fun, and worthwhile. This week I'm really interested in focusing on the "fun" part of that equation, from kung fu comedies to comic book crossovers beyond time, space, and credulity. It's a weird, wonderful world out there. Let's dive right into it. One of my favourite television shows of the past two decades is the critically-acclaimed cult sitcom Community. It's an uneven ride through the show's six seasons but it's a show that combines real heart,...

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This week I claw myself up from illness-riddled depths, and along with me I have brought a basket of pop culture tidbits! It's a Friday The 13th miracle! [caption id="attachment_349217" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Interior page from Red Sonja #10, art by Walter Geovani and colours by Adriano Lucas.[/caption] I'm not going to lie: it was the covers that kept me away from Red Sonja for the longest time. They always struck me as...

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Forget what the calendar says: it officially became winter Edmonton this week. I'm not going to be shy about it: it's my favourite season and I am so ridiculously pleased with how cold and beautiful it is outside my window. I know other people don't see it the same as I do, and that's totally reasonable. Sometimes when I'm out running in minus nineteen degrees, I can glimpse how strange this attachment might seem. Fortunately for all of us, this week I also discovered something that brought real joy to me that's just perfect for this time of year. * * * * * This past...

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Greetings one and all! This week's installment is going to be a short one because I got hit with a cold that knocked me flat. (That didn't stop me from performing at the Apocalypse Kow Kristmas Kabaret, though, where we raised over $700 for the Edmonton Humane Society!) My voice might be a little gone from that one-two punch but my fingers still work. Here's what they have to tell you this week. * * * * *   I'd known about The Memory Palace podcast for many years now, but I listen to so many podcasts that it's sometimes hard to add another...

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Hello my friends! We only have one month left in 2016, and I don't know about you all but I want to try and make it the best one. Go out with a bang and all that. Luckily for me, the month started off with me reading the best comic book I've encountered all year. So let's get right to it! * * * * * Even the most casual comic book fans are likely familiar with Will Eisner. A pioneer of the form, Eisner is most familiar as either the creator of The Spirit or for his groundbreaking work A Contract With God, published...

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Greetings weary Internet travelers! It's been a busy week for yours truly, and I've spent a lot more time on the go lately. That's in large part because I've started visiting a physiotherapist and have been told in no uncertain terms that unless I want my back to become an immobile mass of tortured muscle, I need to move around and stretch more often. Moving and stretching is good in theory but boy, does it cut down into the lounging around time. However, I somehow managed to sit still long enough to indulge in some choice pop culture offerings. Hopefully these will stretch your...

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After two weeks of technical difficulties we are back and presumably better than ever! It's been a while and my computer has basically transformed from a multimedia multitasker into a machine that plays Civilization VI and that's basically it. So I'm going to fire off a bunch of bite-sized reviews and raves in the hope that one or two of them will spark some joy in the hearts of others. Is there something here for you, gentle reader? Let's find out! * * * * * A comedy about a young woman trying to find her way through the secret world of voice-over artists? It...

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Some weeks I have the urge to get extra-artsy about things. To focus on the craft of the culture I'm consuming, to really deconstruct the subjects, to uncover the deeper meaning of everything. This week is different. It's about the excitement and the power of the art. How it can excite as well as enlighten. Here are three quick little gut punches that got my blood boiling. * * * * * [caption id="attachment_348984" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Cover to Gon, Volume 2.[/caption] This week I finished up the last three volumes of Masashi Tanaka's Gon and by the time I'd finished the last book my cheeks were sore from smiling...

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