Panels in Space

I borrowed both of these graphic novels from the public library. It’s nice to be able to explore space for free (from the safety of my living room).

Captain Marvel: Volume 1 – Rise of Alpha Flight

I’m not too  familiar with the character of Captain Marvel. I know of her from Civil War II and from her brief appearance in the new series of Ms. Marvel. I also didn’t have any experience reading Alpha Flight comics so this was a new experience for me, as it probably will be for many readers.

It starts out with Captain Marvel taking command of the Alpha Flight Space Station. And it seems like she has moved from active hero to a desk job. But of course, all sorts of problems happen when an alien vessel approaches. Not only does she lose her powers but it seems like everything is connected to how she got them in the first place.

It was nice that we didn’t get a straight-up origin story, but one that helps to establish some of the backstory of the character, throw her into a new role and situation, and anchor a brand new series.

And when the universe has been saved by the end of the story, Captain Marvel’s powers have been restored, and everything looks like it will be business as usual, she sits down at her desk on the space station to relax. Just then, an alarm goes  and she springs back into action. No desk is going to keep her down.

Star Trek – Starfleet Academy

I don’t like the timeline of the cinematic reboot of Star Trek. It doesn’t feel natural for the crew to be all chummy at Starfleet Academy as presented in this graphic novel. As such, it was difficult getting into this story. It felt like the characters were in the wrong place and time. It was hard to get my head around.

The story is centered around a female Vulcan and her days at the academy. These scenes take place right after the destruction of her homeworld (as seen in the first movie).

Interspersed with that story, Uhuru uncovers a message that leads her to believe something is wrong in a quarantined area of space. Of course, these two stories are related and though the two characters don’t actually meet, they help uncover the mystery together. Kirk and Spock are also in there for good measure.

It took me a minute to get into this one because of the time difference, but overall, it was a good read.

My List of 2017 Reads – 27 titles and counting

Kung-Fu Vampire, Locksmith, and Friends (FRIDAY in London, ON)

DWG Entertaiment along with Axel Rosa present  . . .

Kung-Fu Vampire and Locksmith

with special guests

Noise and Fortunato

DJ Chase March on the 1’s and 2’s

Local Support by

Tempomental
Labeled Minority
Lola
Stopwatch
Solyd Roy

Kung Fu Vampire is an American rapper from San Jose, California and the vocalist of the musical group of the same name. He has nationally toured with Twiztid, Tech N9ne, Locksmith, ICP, Brotha Lynch Hung, Wrekonize and more. In addition, KFV has collaborated with musicians such as Blue Note Records Jazz legend, Trumpeter Eddie Gale, Hopsin, Brother J of X Clan, Cougnut, Whitney Peyton and Spice 1.

Lock Smith released a series of mixtapes from 2010 to 2013. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15, 2014. Previously, Locksmith has collaborated with Funk Volume’s Hopsin and Jarren Benton, as well as, Futuristic and Apathy. His second album Lofty Goals, was released on June 30, 2015. The album features Jarren Benton, Futuristic,Chris Webby and others. Locksmith released his 3rd album “Olive Branch” on March 31, 2017.

WHEN: Friday October 6, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
HOSTS: Danny G and Axel Rosa
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929928007276775/
TICKETS: $20
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

WIB Rap Radio – Falling (RIP Tom Petty)

Tom Petty passed away Monday night and I wanted to pay tribute to him by kicking off the show with the Teenage Fan Club / De La Soul song that sampled his iconic hit “Free Falling.” After that I get into two hours of great hip-hop music mixed live on the radio. And close off the show with two of his greatest hits.

Rest in Peace, Tom Petty.

Your music will live on and continue to inspire us.

Teenage Fan Club and De La Soul – Falling
Dillon and Diamond D – Feast
IT – The Way the Horns Blow
Late for Dinner – Other Side
Open Mike Eagle ft Has-Lo – 95 Radios
Adam Bomb – Furthermore
PMD ft Erick Sermon (EPMD) – The Real is Gone
Sleeper Dox – Westmount Gang Sh*t
Da Dysfunkshunal Familee – She’s My
Teenburger – Mass Hypnosis
Jezi – Catch a Vibe
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Raw Fusion – Funkintoyoear
Locksmith – Agenda
Baba Brinkman – Dylan
Kyprios – Carousel
Large Professor – Ijuswannachill
2Pac – Me Against the World
Fortunato – Plain to See
Tempomental – I Know
Brady Watt – Roots Around My Ribcage
John Robinson and PVD – Choose Your Words Wisely
Superior ft Verbal Kent – Mastermind
The Alchemist and Red Bull Academy – Members De Gang
Prince Paul, Chubb Rock, Wordsworth, and MF Doom – People, Places, Things
Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
Tom Petty – Free Falling

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Logo Design Assignment (Teaching Tip)

This is the second assignment I gave my students for TGJ3M – Communications Technology. In it, the students create a personal media company and design a logo for their brand.

This will be used in the website they will be designing in the next unit. My goal is to have as close to a paperless class as possible. Every student will have a website for their fictional media company. This will serve as a digital portfolio of all the work they complete this term. This way, I can simply check their blog every step of the way and nothing has to be physically handed in.

I showed them how to use various design programs. Inkscape is a free program that is similar to Illustrator and has several useful tutorial videos on how to use it such as this one.

Last lesson, the students collected examples of the five types of logos. For this assignment, they will create a logo of each type for their brand. The first step is coming up with a name for a company. Keep in mind that we will be doing photography, animation, audio and video recording and editing, and website design. Possible names could be _______ Media   or ________ Productions or something completely novel.

Resources

Logo Design Assignment – MS Word or PDF

I will be sharing the unit plan and complete lesson plans for this entire semester in future editions of Teaching Tip Tuesdays. So stay tuned!

Iroqouis Skatepark – Whitby

Iroqouis Skatepark is a colourful cement-based park in Whitby, Ontario.

It is located at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

I had the pleasure of skateboarding there a few weekends back. Here is a brief tour of the park.

The art in this park is very well done.

Here is one of the launch ramps.

There are several different obstacles, ramps, and quarter-pipes to skate.

This skate platform is a unique obstacle.

There are a few grinds to ledges and rails as well,

and a mini-spine ramp.

This is a very colourful skatepark that is centrally located and a lot of fun to skate.

This memorial tree is like nothing I have ever seen before.

It has several skateboards on the trunk and all the way up then branches of the tree. There are several broken decks littered around the base as well.

It is a fitting memorial for Doug E. Fresh.

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October Past

It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at what was happening here last year at this time.

Click through to read all of the posts from last October

. . . or take in these highlights.

Please don’t let great posts get buried in the archive.

The MIX(ed)TAPE

I am so proud of this project that DJ Hullewud and I tag-teamed to release. We even released it on cassette to harken back to the age we grew up in. It is available as a free download and I have CDs every time I play live. So, pick it up and get ready for the second installment coming early next year.

The Ultimate Guide to Book Publishers

This is a great book that is updated frequently and offers all sorts of resources for authors. The new edition will probably be out soon.

This Used to be My Playground

Blogging has changed a lot since I published my first post over then years ago. Back then, there seemed to a community of bloggers to connect with, share content, comment on each other’s blogs, and read new material daily. Many of my favourite blogs have since gone silent.

My blog has changed significantly since day one but I will continue to blog. I love it and I hope you do too.

I’m Thankful

Thanksgiving happens in October and it is one of my favourite times of the year. I love enjoying a nice meal with family and taking the time to reflect on how lucky and blessed I am. I will be making another post like this one for the occasion next week.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

See you at the start of November for the next installment of Chasing Content.

My Top 5 Hip-Hop Podcasts

In honour of National Podcast Day, I thought I would share with you my favourite hip-hop podcasts.

1. Break North Radio

DJ Hullewud starts off every show with a classic record that has been sampled by several notable hip-hop acts. He spins great underground hip-hop for the first hour of the show, and then gets into about thirty minutes of tracks that sampled the first song. It’s my favourite show and required listening.

You can catch him live on the radio Saturday nights on 94.9 CHRW or catch the podcast the next day on his Mixcloud page.

2. The Real Hip Hop Show

DJ Modesty brings you  the best in underground and independent hip-hop. He plays classic boom bap flavoured joints, tracks from the golden years, and even has artist interviews. This show never disappoints.

3. No Ideas Original Radio Show

DJ Enyoutee delivers great music, has artists interviews, and represents that real hip-hop.

4. Gee-O Podcast

Gee-O spins great hip-hop tunes and updates his Mixcloud often.

Live from Echo Base Podcast

I don’t have a lot of info to share about this one. But I know that I enjoy listening to it and I think you will too.

What are your favourite podcasts?

Please leave a comment below with great hip-hop mixshow podcasts. I’d love to discover new ones.

Hip-Hop Anonymous is For Everyone (Friday)

Friday night, DWG Ent presents the All-Ages Edition of Hip-Hop Anonymous.

It’s a rap concert featuring live performances by some of the best artists in the city and surrounding area. Traffimatics is headlining the event and y’allready know, he puts on a great live show.

Also on the bill is Stewie, who was just recently on an episode of Word is Bond Rap Radio, 

Oh KG, who has been on the show multiple times,

Jennings, Solyd Roy, Ronning, Kleneslate, KIV, Sears, and Brewza will be rocking the stage.

Plus, ADD will bless us with a beat showcase and a possible chance for anyone in attendance to get on the stage for a cypher.

And of course, DJ Chase March will be on the 1s and 2s all night long.

It’s going to be a great night. I hope to see you there.

WHEN: Thursday August 17, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/117916468937159/
TICKETS: $10
SHOW: 8:00 p.m.

The 5 Types of Logos (Lesson Plan)

It’s been a long time since I posted a Teaching Tip Tuesday article. I have been meaning to get back into the swing of things again. I’m sorry for the absence.

I am teaching a new course this term and am very exicted about it. The class is TGJ3M – Communications Technology. It covers web design, animation, photography, sound and film production and editing, and more.

I started off the year with a unit on logo design. This is the first lesson of the unit.

I will post the unit plan and individual lessons over the next several weeks. So stay tuned!

Here is a brief summary of the lesson.

Powerpoint Presentation – Go through the 5 different types of logos (Phonetic, Abstract, Phonetic Abstract, Symbolic, and Pictogram) illustrated on the PowerPoint slides.

Importance of Colour – Discuss choosing colours for businesses, colour branding, and the psychology of colours. Work through the remaining slides.

Analyzing Logos Assignment – Show the students how to download the MS Word file to complete the first assignment. Show them how to copy and paste logos into the correct column and how to write two jot notes for each one.

Free Teaching Resources 

Analyzing Logos Assignment – Word doc or PDF file

5 Logo Types and the Psychology of Colour for Branding – PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching Tip Tuesday Archive – over 200 great tips, tricks, and lessons, from my classroom to yours.

Word is Bond Exclusive – Tone Chop and Frost Gamble

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble call into Word is Bond Rap Radio to talk about their new album “Respect is Earned Not Given” and premiere some of the tracks. The project drops on Friday, so if you like what you hear, go cop it.

We also are giving away tickets to Hip-Hop Anonymous in London, ON. Canada on Friday. To win, simply like our Facebook page and share the event page and a podcast post for your chance to win. The winner will be announced Wednesday. Good luck!

Koss ft Blaq Poet – The Realness
Mother Tareka – The First Elephant (John P Remix)
Cee & Myer Clairty – What We Want
Teenburger – Keep Running
Blu & Exile – Constellations
Bruse Wane – Empire State
Glasshouse Prods by Muse the Rockwell – Free Written
Rapsody – Chrome (Like Ooh)
Midaz the Beast – 411
Alchemist ft Cool Connexion – Monnaie

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Interview

featuring these tracks . . .
– Walk the Walk (ft Kool G Rap)
– Bing Stories
– Passion
– It’s Hip-Hop
– Krs-One & Marley Marl – Hip-Hop Lives (I Come Back)
– Guillotine Chop (ft White Rhino & Planet Asia)
– Leave It Alone (ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi)

AdELA ft Kool G Rap – Main Attraction
Juiceboxxx – Freaking Out
Common ft Kanye West – Go
Nas – You’re Da Man
Lil Neeks – Universal
The People – Bed Bugs
Funky Pandas (Jeru & Psycho Les) – Dope Dealer
Anoyd – Name Brand Water
Traffimatics ft Mad Hattr and DJ Chase March – Yallready Know

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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.

Stewie visits Word is Bond Rap Radio

Local emcee, Stewie joined me at Radio Western Monday night to talk about the cool shows he’ll be playing at over the next few weeks, to world premiere his song “Why They So Serious” on the radio, and to kick a few freestyle rhymes.

We talk about horror movies, the melding of rock and rap, take some questions via text message, and give away tickets to a lucky caller. And of course, I come correct on the 1s and 2s with some dope new hip-hop and underground classics.

So press play and enjoy the show, and we hope to see you out at the concerts we mention.

Abhi the Nomad – Mama Bling
Grieves ft Slug – Astronauts
Marco Polo ft Masta Ace, Posdnous, and Dion – Glory (Finish Hard)
Koss ft Keith Murray – This is Now
Big Sporxx ft Theo 3 – Light Work
Moka Only – Featuring Drake
Group Home – Living Proof
O.D.B. – Brooklyn Zoo
Heiroglyphics – Make Your Move
Prophets of Rage – Hail to the Chief
Teenburger – The Weirding Way
Awol & Factor – Stand Up
MInk ft Abstract Rude and Jobe – Momsabop
The Beatnuts ft Big Pun – Off Tha Books
Lute – Juggin’
Stewie – Why They So Serious
D Stroy – The Art of Getting Mine
D.O. Gibson – We Did It
Dan-e-o ft Thrust, Big Kishm Eternia, Moka Only, and Maestro – League of Legends
Stewie – Freestyle
deM AtlaS – World Laughs @ U
Tempomental ft Mad Hattr – I’ve Been Feeling

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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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Oh KG and Labeled Minority Live on Word is Bond

Word is Bond Rap Radio has a few world premieres for you on today’s show. First up, Oh Kg stops by the studio to drop his new single. Then we have the long-awaited Ngajuana track “Murder in Reverse.” In it, Ngajuana tells a story in rhyme from top to bottom. He then reverses the direction and tells the story from bottom to top. It’s mindblowing track that left us all speechless.

Labeled Minority also talk about the big things they have on the horizon, kick a live freestyle cipher on the air, and give away some concert tickets.

It was a fun show. If you missed it live, or just want to catch it again, press play and enjoy!

Black Moon – I Gotcha Open
The Artifacts – Wrong Side of the Tracks
PMD – Slow Ya Roll
Dysfunkshunal Familee – Get Live
Tone Chop & Frost Gamble – In the Streets
Inspectah Deck and Caper – Dangerous Men
LX Beats ft Chino XL, T.Rads, and Big G’s – Autumn Bars
Mike Delorean ft Ali Vegas – Mac in the Engine
Oh Kg – What a Day
Ngajuana – Murder in Reverse
Labeled Minority – Get Up & Go
Labeled Minority and Chase March – Cypher Freestyle
Daniel Son & Falconcrest – Pink Death
Soul King – Barbershop Music
Evidence – To Be Continued
Jay-Z – Moment of Clarity
Amerigo Gazaway ft Common and Stevie Wonder – Living for the Chi-City
More or Les and Recordface – End of the World
Biz Markie – Just a Friend
Awkword – Heather Heyer
Cymarshall Law – A Different Cloth
Windchill – 2nd Wind
MF Doom – Notebook 03

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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.

More Fan Expo 2017 Highlights

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.

More Fan Expo 2017 Highlights

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.

Word is Bond Rap Radio Goes Back to School

Word is Bond Rap Radio goes back to school this week with a special edition of the show. I play some school-themed songs and talk about the lyrics, imagery, and stories in them. I interview an author about the problem of bullying in school, play a TED talk about bringing magic and wonder back to the classroom, and talk about how we need to reshape the entire institution of public education. We’re dropping knowledge, beats, and rhymes today.

Press play and enjoy the show!

Boogie Down Productions – You Must Learn
Young MC – Principal’s Office
Leaders of the New School – Case of the P.T.A.
2Pac – Old School
Eminem – Brain Damage
Brother Ali – Us
Shanaya Fastje – Word is Bond Exclusive Interview
Pharcyde – Passing Me By
Christopher Emdin – Teach teachers how to create magic (TED Talk)
Poor Righteous Teachers – Holy Intellect
Boogie Down Productions – Edutainment
Boy in a Band – Don’t Stay in School
Atmosphere – Don’t Forget
Shakespeare And The Last Empire – School H.I.T.
Jukebox Verbal – Dreams
Dustin Moore – The Truth
Kiv – Liar Liar
MC David – School
Large Professor – Bowne

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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.

Digital Daredevil

Let’s get caught up on some Daredevil reading, shall we?

Daredevil / Punisher – Seventh Circle

The Punisher is trying to exact his own form of justice on a criminal who is set to stand trial in Texas. Daredevil would rather let the legal system decide his fate, however. So, he tries his best to get the mob boss there and prevent Frank Castle from murdering him on route. Of course, if the mob boss really is guilty, then he would likely be subject to capital punishment. Either way, this man is as good as dead and the Punisher would rather make sure it happens than wait for the court.

Daredevil – Road Warrior

This digital comic brings Daredevil to life in a way that a regular comic cannot. I read it on the Marvel Unlimited app which allows you to tap the screen to advance to the next panel. The artists made great use of this feature by overlapping elements, showing motion between frames, and illustrating what Daredevil sees through his enhanced senses. The story involves his beating a Man Bull and then pursuing a man who has no heartbeat. It’s a four issue series that was very well done and a great read.

Daredevil – Dark Nights

Matt Murdock battles an intense snowstorm that plays havoc with his senses. Petty criminals take advantage of the blind man in a storm and rob him. Injured, he ends up in the hospital and learns about a little girl who needs a heart transplant. When the helicopter crashes, he takes it upon himself to go back out into the cold to retrieve it and save her life.

The second story features Misty Knight, who you might be familiar with from the Luke Cage television show. She has a bionic arm for some reason in this one. But her and Daredevil make a great team.

Daredevil / Deadpool – Annual Vol 1

This story wasn’t really anything special. I’m not a big fan of Deadpool in the comics. I enjoyed the film version, but very comic I’ve read by him so far has fallen kind of flat. This one is no exception. Typhoid Mary is the villain in this one. If you enjoyed her in the regular series, you might like this follow up.

My List of 2017 Reads – comics, novels, and more