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The Beatles – All Our Yesterdays (Graphic Novel)

The Beatles – All Our Yesterdays by Jason Quinn and Lalit Kumar Sharma

I love The Beatles. What they did for music cannot be understated. They changed the game with their style, sound, and look. Their music still permeates today fifty years after their groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. To help celebrate that milestone, Campfire Comics has released a graphic novel that tells the story of the early days of the band.

The creators of this book recreated images from videos and photos to tell the origin story of the band we all know and love. For people who are not Beatles scholars, this book is illuminating. I did not know that they had a few names before their iconic music pun. I also didn’t know that there were five of them. Both John and Paul played guitar. There was a bass player in their ranks for quite some time before Paul McCartney decided to fill that part of the band himself.  These boys also got up to some shenanigans and trouble in their early days.

The story starts very early on with each of the main members of the band falling in love with rock music as children. It then goes on to show how the band went through different configurations, styles, and outfits before they figured out who they really were as a band.

The art is very well done and captures the youth, imagination, and recklessness that teenage musicians go through. Not much is different today. The graphic novels ends with the release of their first single that was released on Friday October 5, 1962. As as the narration box indicates

“And the hits soon kept coming. The Beatles had arrived., Beatlemania was about to sweep the world and music would never be the same again.”

It would be interesting to read their continuing adventure. I know there are more stories that could be told. Comics are a great medium for this kind of storytelling. It’s the first music origin story I have read in this format, but something tells me it won’t be the last.

This book also comes with a great bookmark in the shape of a guitar. It makes me wish I hadn’t borrowed this one from the library so I could keep it.

My List of 2017 Reads – my continually updated reading log.

My Fan Expo 2017 Haul

Here is my haul from Fan Expo 2017.

This is a special edition 12 inch Daredevil figure that was exclusively available at the Hasbro store.

It comes with various accessories and ways to customize the figure.

The back side of the packaging even includes a braille description. That’s a very nice touch for a blind superhero character.

The front cover art is inspired by the 1998 relaunch of the comic book series.

I also picked up this standard-sized legends figure.

Alex Maleev did the art for the packaging and it is amazing.

I was given this figure for free near the end of the convention. I love how Wonder Woman is standing on her invisible jet.

This pull-back TARDIS model was in a clearance bin. I had to pick it up.

I also got another Pop figure. This one is inspired by the Netflix version of Daredevil and includes attached numb-chucks.

My cousin picked up this deck of cards for me. Thanks, cous!

Finally, I picked up a single issue of the first series of the comic. I prefer the collected editions and hardcovers but this one was old, looked cool, and was a good deal.

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Entertaining Fan Expo Panels

I was able to see some of my favourite stars at Fan Expo last weekend. It was hard trying to figure out a schedule where I could see and do everything. But I am happy with how the weekend turned out.

Stephen Amell, who plays Green Arrow in the television series, Arrow really impressed me. He was so down to earth, answered fan questions thoughtfully, and shared memories of growing up in the area.

One fan, called him Mr. Amell and he told the audience that he didn’t like to be called mister or sir. A few minutes later, we heard a voice coming over the micriphone that addressed him as both. It didn’t seem to be coming from the main question microphone either.

The crowd erupted in applause and cheers when we finally figured out what was happening. Amell’s costar, David Ramsey, came out on stage and stayed for a few minutes. It was nice to see them both on stage at the same time.

Matt Smith talked about his time on Doctor Who and his current series, The Crown. There were lots of people dressed up in his version of The Doctor. It would have been nice to see some of the other Doctor Who stars show up, like what happened in the Arrow panel, but that is very rare. It’s hard to organize their schedules to make that happen.

John Barrowman was only in Toronto for a limited time. He actually did more than one convention that weekend. But he took time to connect with the fans, not only during the panel, but during his photo-op and autograph sessions. I wish I could have met him. He is such a larger than life presence and his panels are hilariously entertaining.

Catherine Tate really blew me away. She was provided with a moderator but carried on what was pretty much a one-woman show. She never sat down. Her energy and enthusiasm really stole the show.

I was really looking forward to seeing Billie Piper as she is one of my all-time favourite Doctor Who companions. I haven’t seen her other series but plenty of people had. The conversation touched on all aspects of her career, including her pop star years. I hadn’t even made that connection before. I vaguely remembered the singer Billie, but I didn’t know that the singer and the actor were one in the same.  It was cool to find out more about her in the panel.

I managed to find videos of each of these panels. I you want to see the panels again or watch them for the first time, click the link below.

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Colourful Characters at Fan Expo

There were so many great costumes at Fan Expo this year. I wish I had taken more pictures.

This cosplayer did a great job of The Flash from Earth 2. When I asked for his picture, he went into this pose that made it look like he was running through the convention centre.

These thugs tried to rob me at the train station.

This wasn’t just a clever costume. The Cosplay Medic had everything needed to do small repairs and touch-ups. He even helped my son with his costume at one point.

And I’ll leave you with this picture of dueling sonic screwdrivers.

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Cosplaying at Fan Expo

We had fun dressing up as fictional characters this past weekend at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, Ontario.

I wasn’t sure my Arthur Dent cosplay was going to work. I was really excited to try it out though since this year I turned 42 years old. It just added an extra layer of meaning to this outfit. I made a book cover so that I could actually carry around The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in my pocket.

My daughter had a great idea to use a safety pin to shorten my pocket so that the “Don’t Panic” text was always visible as I walked around the convention. I’m glad she suggested that. The costume was a bit hit. I had dozens of compliments and comments and one person even asked to take my picture.

We had to get out picture taken with this guy. His costume of The Silence was awesome.

At one point, I stepped out of my TARDIS and was confronted by a Weeping Angel. I didn’t blink once.

I love how both my daughter and I stepped up our cosplay game this year. She looked great as a gender-bent Matt Smith Doctor, complete with the best Fez I saw anyone wearing. And the purple shirt works better than the black one I wore the last few years for my Chris Eccleston cosplay.

My son wanted to cosplay Jason from Friday the 13th. He ripped up some clothes and tried to dirty them up for effect. My daughter also did a steam-punk costume. And I stepped up my Second Doctor cosplay with a better pair of pants, a new bowtie, and a wig to get the mop top hair right.

We went into the Doctor Who Escape Room and solved a series of challenges over the course of an hour. We had a little help from another group of Whovians since each game required eight players. But we worked together and escaped a grisly death from this Dalek.

The weekend was so much fun. I cosplayed four different characters, including a brand new one. My daughter did Mad Hatter, the Eleventh Doctor, and a Steampunk character. My son dressed up as the Scream villain and Jason from Friday the 13th. Small kids were actually frightened by the above costume that dripped blood down the mask.

We all had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year.

Fan Expo 2017 Panel Highlight Videos

Fan Expo is always the best way to say goodbye to the summer. It’s a special Labour Day weekend comic book, science-fiction, horror, and video game convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I take my kids there every year and we dress up in costumes, visit panels, do some shopping, and get to spend time with some fellow fans and enthusiasts.

One of my favourite panels this year with was Arrow’s Stephen Amell. He is such a cool guy and I didn’t even know he was Canadian. His panel was very entertaining and it made me love him even more.

Catherine Tate, who played Donna Noble on Doctor Who had the entire theatre in stitches. She was hilarious and put on a one woman show that was brilliant. The funny thing is that they provided her with two moderators who didn’t get to talk much at all. She commanded the stage, took questions, and even brought a young cosplayer on stage with her.

Tom Cavanagh of The Flash didn’t have as much energy and enthusiasm as the above two panels but he did drop a lot of behind the scene knowledge on the Flash and the other shows he has worked on.

Matt Smith, the Doctor, always entertains. His panel was a lot of fun. This was the second time we got to see him at Fan Expo and he didn’t let us down.

I was really looking forward to seeing Billie Piper. She played Rose Tyler for the first two seasons of modern Doctor Who and made me cry when she left the series. We tried to see her before at this event but she cancelled her appearance so this one was long overdue. She was a little more laid back than I would have thought, but it was still an entertaining panel.

What can I say about John Barrowman? He is absolutely hilarious and never lets up. His panel was just as entertaining, if not more, than the last one he did for Fan Expo. You never know what to expect from him. Stephen Ammel and Catherine Tate brought him up more than once in their panels as well. He is such a larger than life figure and if you ever go to one of these events and he is there, make sure you see him.

Thank you to everyone who uploaded videos of these panels. It’s nice to be able to relive these moments.

I will post more about Fan Expo 2017 later this week to show you some of the costumes we wore, the items I added to my collections, and the other activities we got to do. It was an amazing convention this year and I can’t wait to do it again in 2018.

Marvel’s Defenders – Ultimate Crossover Event

Marvel is doing an incredible job with its Netflix television department. The stellar first season of Daredevil set the tone for three additional series; Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. And this past weekend, all four of the heroes came together in the eight episode arc of The Defenders.

This series highlights one of Marvel’s strengths; the crossover, big event that spans multiple series and includes many characters. They seem to do this every year in the comic books and have been doing it in their cinematic universe for quite some time now as well.

It was great to see how events that started in the second season of Daredevil permeated into the Iron Fist series and ultimately saw their resolution in The Defenders. While this series was short, it was the perfect length to tell the story, get all of our favourite characters together, and tell a cohesive story that will have many implications for the characters moving forward.

Daredevil is my all-time favourite super-hero but I absolutely love Jessica Jones in this Netflix universe. She is by far the strongest of the heroes and had some great lines of dialogue in this series. The way she connected with Matt Murdock was great too. My favourite scene was a pretty low-key one with both of these characters.

Jessica and Matt went to talk with the teenage daughter of a victim. They wanted to get some clues as to what her father might have been up to. She tells them a story about her dad getting quiet over the past few months and sitting at the piano, not even playing. Matt  recognizes that there is something important about the piano and he asks if she could direct him to it. He says that he did a little bit of playing when he was a kid.

Matt plays up his blindness and bumps right into the piano. He sits down and begins playing. The song he plays is the theme from his TV show. He plays a note and it doesn’t sound quite right. He plays the note again and notice the sounds isn’t clear. Something is obstructing the hammer from hitting the string.

The sound of the note echoing continues even after he stops playing it for Jessica to hear. The soundtrack for this scene is absolutely brilliant. The two heroes discover a vital clue and learn a lot more about each other in this scene.

I love how all the characters got to interact with each other. We can see Luke and Danny (Iron Fist) starting to become the good friends we know them to be in the comic. Jessica and Luke get to catch up on some things as well. And some of our favourite incidental characters are around for the ride too; Stick, Claire Temple, and Misty.

I have nothing bad to say about this series. It was great. And I highly recommend putting it in your Netflix queue.

Superhero Novels (For Eyes and Ears)

Wonder Woman: Mythos by Carol Lay

A couple go scuba diving on their honeymoon in the Bermuda triangle and the man disappears. Wonder Woman investigates and finds that there is a mysterious island that mirrors the one she is from. This one is entirely populated by men and they seem to be under some form of control. Could the God of War, Ares, be behind it? Is the prophecy Diana heard about as a kid coming true?

I am a big fan of audio books. It is a great way to experience a story when you are on the go. This one even has full cast narration. And even better it has the same voice actors from the last Justice League title I borrowed from the library.

Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer is a great writer. I absolutely loved the Artemis Fowl series. He also did a great job writing in Douglas Adams’ voice for a bonus sixth installment of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. That is why I knew his take on this superhero would be worth the read.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot here. I knew nothing about the story going into it and that was a good thing. All I will say is that a teenage girl gives Tony Stark a run for his money in this one. If you are familiar with what is happening in the Marvel comics stories now, don’t worry, this is a completely fresh take on the hero, not related to that continuity, and a completely different girl. Yet it is equally entertaining.

I love how Colfer flips some common conventions of comics and storytelling. You can see he had fun penning this one.

My List of 2017 Reads – an annual reading log, continually updated

The Second Super-Hero Civil War

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In the first super-hero civil war, Iron-Man and Captain America couldn’t see eye to eye. The stakes were high and there was no way around it. A clear line was drawn and it left people on opposing sides with no other choice but to fight.

Tony Stark, aka  Iron Man, was hoping that nothing would divide the super-hero community like that again. But a new inhuman with the power to see the future now upsets the balance. Captain Marvel wants to use him to prevent disasters from happening. Stark sees it as profiling and believes it is a wrong. Plus, can the visions even be trusted.

This was a good read that had tie-ins to almost all of the current Marvel titles. The new Spider-Man has a pivot role in this conflict as well. Also, Ms Marvel (one of my new-favourite heroes) and Old-Man Logan make appearances.

My List of 2017 Reads – an on-going and continually updated reading log

This Spider-Man Series is Miles Above Other Titles

Spider-Man: Volume 1 – Miles Morales 

Miles Morales is a great character and it’s nice to see that he now has an on-going series in the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe). It’s not simply a stand-alone title. This new Spider-Man is a member of the Avengers and has a pivotal role in the crossover event, Civil War II.

If you are new to Miles Morales, you might want to check out Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man for his introduction story arc and the second series that followed it. They were brilliant titles that lead into what happens in this arc.

Spider-Man: Volume 2 – Miles Morales 

Miles Morales struggles to be the good student that he used to be while being the superhero he has to be. His parents start to worry about him when they see his report card. They call in his grandmother to help set him straight and she goes as far as hiring a private investigator to figure out why his grades are slipping. She’s convinced that he is on drugs.

In one battle, Spider-Man’s costume gets ripped and a video blogger notices that the hero has brown skin. Miles can’t even figure out why that would be news. He just wants to be Spider-Man, not the black Spider-Man.

I’ve really enjoyed every Miles Morales Spider-Man story that I’ve ever read. I really wished that the new film coming out this week had used him instead of Peter Parker. That would have been brilliant.

My List of 2017 Reads – my annual reading log

Old Man Logan (Superheroes Can’t Retire)

Wolverine: Old Man Logan

Old Man Logan is a new on-going series that focuses on our favourite hero in an apocalyptic future where super-heroes are conspicuously absent and super-villains rule. I read the first volume of this series last year. At the time, I didn’t realize that this story got its start in the regular Wolverine title years earlier.

This trade paperback collects Wolverine: Volume 3, Issues 66-72 plus a giant sized conclusion. And it makes sense to read this one first.

The title sums up where the character actually is in life. He is an old man with a family and has no interest in being a hero anymore. In fact, he hasn’t even popped his claws in years. So when his old Avenger friend shows up, asking for help, he is very reluctant.

Nevertheless, he accompanies Hawkeye on a cross country trip that is sure to be dangerous. He continually tells Hawkeye that he is not a hero anymore and that we won’t fight. Of course, Hawkeye thought this was just lip service and if the situation called for it, the beast would emerge. He had no idea how steadfast Logan could be.

This was a really good read and I think it was even better than the Death of Wolverine series.

My List of 2017 Reads – my annual reading log

Darth Vader Ends It

Darth Vader – The Shu-Torun War

These comic stories take place after the events depicted in Episode IV: A New Hope, but before any of the sequel films. It’s really nice to see Darth Vader trying to figure out who he is and how he fits into the Galactic Empire. He needs to redeem himself in the eyes of the Emperor after the destruction of the Death Star.

In this story, Darth Vader goes to a planet to squash a revolt against the empire. And things get messy.

Darth Vader – End of Games

The cover art for the fourth volume of the on-going Darth Vader series is simply brilliant. I love how the Death Star morphs into his helmet. It shows that he, himself, is a powerful weapon and is still under construction.

I can’t get into the story of this one much without giving away any spoilers. I will say that the title has a ring of finality to it. Perhaps Vader is through playing games. Maybe he is coming into his own and figuring out his destiny as the apprentice of the Dark Side of The Force.

This series is very well done and much better than any of the recent films. I wish comic writers would work on the films. This is a story that would work well. Forget Rogue One, or the new trilogy. This is the story die-hard fans can get behind.

My List of 2017 Reads – my continually updated reading log

Max & Charlie Figuring It All Out

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Max & Charlie by Zack Lieberman and Louis Neubert

This was a great read. From the very first page, the artwork captures the imagination of the main characters. It is bright and colourful and stylistically stunning.

The opening daydream shows a young boy pretending to be a space-warrior. His dog, a trusty companion in a mission to save the universe. They make a good team, but you can see that the dog isn’t impressed with all of the imaginary play. He just wants to get outside.

When they do go outside, Max pulls on the leash and basically drags Charlie through the streets and parks on New York City. Charlie, seeing that other dogs are fine off of the leash, decides that Max might be as well. But the second he unclicks the lead, Max takes off. Charlie spends the rest of the book chasing him.

The two main characters discover all sorts of interesting things about the city. Charlie meets a variety of characters who all share their philosophy of life and the universe with him. Themes of cooperation, the beauty that surrounds us, and finding your purpose abound in the work.

It’s one of the stories that when you finally get to the last page and close the book, you have a smile on your face.

For Charlie, the journey might have been long and annoying. It started with a simple mistake that had unforeseen consequences. It wore him down and tired him out. But, in the end, he learned something. It was worth it. The journey showed him something he needed to see and he is now richer for it.

Perhaps that is what life is like for us all. It’s about the journey and what we learn along the way.

My List of 2017 Reads – my detailed annual reading log

 

Spider-Woman – Revamped and Styling!

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Spider-Woman: New Duds

Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman has quit The Avengers in order to live a normal life, something she has never really known. Her plan to just be an everyday investigator is turned upside down when Ben Ulrich helps her out of a tough spot and motivates the reluctant hero to take on a missing persons case.

I try not to give away much in my written reviews but if you don’t want to know anything more about this book, skip the next paragraph.

Spoiler Alert ahead

I really enjoyed the premise of the first story.  It revolves around a group of women who have come up with a very creative solution to leave behind their husbands, ex-boyfriends, and lovers of the super-villain variety. Even with good intentions though, they might be going about things the wrong way.

Spoiler Free Section below

Spider-Woman gets a new costume and new sidekicks in this collected edition of the on-going series. We all knew that she wouldn’t have been content with a normal life. It’s not in her. She is Spider-Woman after all.

My List of 2017 Reads – a continually updated reading log for the entire year

Now Reading – Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Star Trek: The Next Generation – Omnibus

Later this year, Star Trek: The Next Generation will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it has been that long since this iconic sequel to Star Trek took over television and changed the shape of what was to come. That’s no small feat for a little science fiction series many people thought wouldn’t work.

It’s nice to be able to jump back into the crew’s adventures without missing a beat. This 400 plus page omnibus lets us do just that with some beautiful artwork and amazing storytelling.

I especially liked the mirror universe saga in this collection and how it bridged the original crew from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, told some more of Worf’s personal story, and involved the Next Generation crew including Tasha Yar and Ensign Ro. And wait till you see who makes a surprise appearance.

The first story in this collection starts off a little slow, but fans who like Picard going on archaeological missions in his spare time will appreciate it.

This collection brings some old foes from the television series back and really captures what we all loved about the series. It was a a good read that I am sure all Trek fans can get behind.

My List of 2017 Reads – coming soon!

Always Reading Comics

I love reading comics. I pretty much always have a graphic novel on the go. Here are the latest ones that I have read.

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Powerless

I was pleasantly surprised by this story set in an alternate universe where there are no super-heroes. Peter Parker was still bitten by a spider but instead of becoming Spider-Man, he gets a limp arm instead. Matt Murdoch is still a blind lawyer, but doesn’t have his heightened senses. Wolverine doesn’t have retractable claws but he does have knives that are quite similar and he has been trained to kill.

These three characters are tied together by a therapist who has glimpses of their more colourful lives in an alternate reality. He feels as if he knows them somehow and he does his best to help them.

It’s an interesting read and well worth your time.

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Wolverine: Season One

This graphic novel is part of a series that focuses on the early days of the super-heroes we all know and love. It’s an origin story that sees Wolverine going head-to-head with The Hulk, Wendigo, and The Weapon X program. That’s exactly what I wanted to see and I liked the new take on familiar territory.

Old Man Logan

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Wolverine is an old man. He has a family now and has given up being a super-hero. The world is a dark place and he is doing his best to survive in it. So, when he suddenly finds himself back in the past, he believes he was brought there for a reason, to get the world back on track and avert the post-apocalyptic world that will surely come to bear if he doesn’t act.

To the outside world and the current superheroes though, he seems like a fanatic who is just on a killing spree. And it seems like he might not come from the same timeline as all of them either. This is part of an on-going series and it is interesting to see an older-adult charcater in mainstream comics.

My List of 2016 Reads  – a detailed reading log with links to every title

Hawkeye’s Adventures Continue

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Hawkeye: Volume 1 – My Life as a Weapon

When I first heard of this title, I really had no interest in reading it. After all, he is probably the least exciting member of The Avengers. But the praise for the book has been strong, so when I saw it on the shelves of the public library, I had to pick it up.

I must say that I really enjoyed this one a lot. The humour in it is priceless. It’s along the lines of what was done in The Avenger films as well. I knew I had to read the entire series.

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Hawkeye: Volume 2 – Little Hits

I love how this volume starts much like the last one. Hawkeye is in an impossible situation and wondering how he gets in these predicaments. There are some stand-alone stories in this collection including a great one about his dog. T

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Hawkeye: Volume 3 – L.A. Woman

This volume focuses on Kate Bishop, the other Hawkeye. She breaks it off with Clint and heads to L.A. where she quickly finds herself in the kind of predicaments he usually finds himself in.

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Hawkeye Volume 4: Rio Bravo

Clint’s brother enters the picture and they fight like brothers do, or maybe worse. This volume concludes the epic first run of the series. I was sad to see it end. It was a great story from a great creative team. I highly recommend it.

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Hawkeye: Volume 5 – All New Hawkeye

This graphic novel takes Hawkeye in a different direction than the last series. It is a new creative team collecting All New Hawkeye 1- 5. It has flashback scenes that show Hawkeye as a kid and how his brother used to take care of him.

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Hawkeye: Volume 6 – Hawkeyes

The flash forward scenes in this one quite comical. And like Old Man Logan, it’s nice to see older adults in comic book adventures. That’s not something that is seen very often. I should know, I just did a report on it for school. I think I will post my slides here later. Stay tuned!

My List of 2016 Reads – 56 titles and counting

My Daredevil Collection Continues to Grow

It’s been a while since I added items to my Daredevil collection. It was long overdue, wasn’t it?

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I picked the baseball cap up at Fan Expo last month and the plushie at a store in the mall.

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I couldn’t believe that there is such as thing as Daredevil air-fresheners. I don’t even use air-fresheners in my car. I hate to have things hanging from my rear-view mirror. But I bought this pack just because.

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Daredevil is my favourite super-hero and I love skateboarding. What an awesome piece!

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These two pieces were given to me as birthday gifts for the past two years. I love them so much!

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I started collecting Pop figures. I have Matt Murdock and Daredevil in his Yellow, Red, and Netflix costumes. There is one other figure that I need to add to this collection, a Man Without Fear black-costumed-figure. I hope to get it soon.

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I don’t wear jewelry but this Daredevil necklace is gorgeous. It is metal and an official Marvel product.

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I can’t quite add this to my collection, but I did see a really cool Daredevil panel at Fan Expo this year featuring Joe Quesada, Charlie Cox, and Elden Henson. And I took this photo.

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The last thing I recently added to my collection is an autograph from Tim Sale. Its from Daredevil: Yellow, one of my all-time favourite books. I love everything about it. The story is amazing and it even explains why Daredevil had a yellow costume in his early days of crime fighting something that was previously never explained)

It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Tim Sale about origin stories and the work he has done in comics. Fan Expo was a lot of fun this year.

Those are my latest adds to an ever-growing Daredevil collection!

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Alex and Ada (A different take on AI)

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Alex + Ada is a brilliant comic book series that has been collected in three graphic novels. It is set in a future that feels not too far off from our own.

Alex-Ada2In this future, there are androids that look completely human. They are required to have a marking on their arms to identifies them as being artificial. They are very expensive so only a few well-off people own one.

One such owner is Alex’s grandmother. She uses it for companionship after the loss of her husband, Alex’s grandfather. So when he goes through an emotional break-up and is feeling very alone, she decides to give him on of these androids as a gift.

Spoiler Alert

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Alex is conflicted. He doesn’t really want an android. He doesn’t like the idea of using one as a sexual partner (as is the norm in this society).  But he opens up the box and is introduced to a blank slate. He was disappointed that she had no name and couldn’t make decisions for herself.  He wanted something more.

Alex soon learns that all the androids are capable of becoming self-aware. It is illegal to crack the programming as the government has strict rules and regulations preventing machines from gaining sentience. But he does it anyway.

I loved the story, the art, the pacing, and the characters. I also like how it relates to the technology we use today. Many of our devices have locks that limit our use.

This story felt strangely familiar. I bet this is a future that could very well happen. And it wasn’t scary at all. It’s a nice take on AI (artifical intelligence) and a great read!

My List of 2016 Reads (I need to update this list with many more titles I have recently read so stay tuned)

Chasing Content – See You in September

chasing-contentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that gets us looking back at what was happening last year at this time.

Let’s just jump into things, shall we?

You can read all of the posts from last September . . . 

Or just the highlights here

Hip-Hop in the Brydges

I threw a huge concert in a small town last year. It was a lot of fun. I really should do it again somewhere else. Any ideas of where?

The 2003 Blackout Explained

Fiction that takes real life events and uses them as the backdrop to a story can be wildly entertaining. This book does just that. More than once.

Highlights from last year’s Fan Expo

Last year’s Fan Expo was a lot of fun. I always look forward to this event and can’t wait for next year.

Daredevil Secrets Revealed

I loved seeing Alex Maleev last year at Fan Expo and all of the things he had to say about his tenure working on the Marvel comics Daredevil series. I even got his autograph!

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

We do this every month to look back at the month that was last year. It let’s us all reflect on those times and helps make sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives. So make sure you click on the links in this post that interest you. And feel free to leave some comments. I’d love to hear from you.