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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Topic: Gargoyles & 90's Television

I've gone about watching some of my favourite shows back when I was but a wee' lad. Most are from the 90's like batman,spiderman, beasties and so on. One thing I realize was the amount of complexity I recognized back then but never really understood as a kid. An example is an episode from spiderman when he lost his memories and it takes a fan of his, whom he visited earlier, to rescue him. As a kid, once the smart quips and fights were done I faded interest, wasn't until the end when spidey gives himself a pat on the back and leaves the little girls house that the camera zooms out and reads 'home of the severely ill' or something like that which implied she was dying the whole time(wonder if that would've traumatized me back then).

But I degrees, its just that after watching these shows for a while I soon compared them to the stuff on television now. Comparing the 90's Batman to The Batman is like comparing Keith Ledger to the guy from Honey I Shrunk the Kids. But its not like I'm going to rant about 'all the trash on television these days'. I'm neither old enough or caring enough to do that. Of course there's crap on television, its television. What medium doesn't have trash coming out the wazoo. Its the few gems that make it worth the while. Such is the case with movies, comics, manags, and so on. For all I know I probably just can't find those diamonds in the rough.

But let me transition in to Gargoyles. This show captured my interest ten years ago and again a few weeks ago. I'm no where near half way done the series from what I can see. But any show that can convert various mythologies like, mount Olympus, King Arthur and Excalibur, Native American and Native Australian myths and legends, Odin, and even Anubis in to a coherent plot is definitely timeless (I left out Anansi for the sole reason that he's a trickster not a freaking filler villain). And I'm not the only one who agrees as this show, apparently, had yearly conventions in the states which only stopped a year or two ago. The writer for the show, and a few others involved with it, still portray interest and commitment to both this awesome show and its fans.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Life of a Blaku: Fried Chicken and Sushi

This comic pretty much sums up the existence of a blaku. In other words, this is my life:
This strip is from an online web comic series called "Fried Chicken and Sushi" by Khalid Birdsong. It's about Karl, a black American cartoonist who is living in Japan as an E.L.F. (English Language Friend).

Fried Chicken and Sushi is a fascinating comic. It has quite a few "laugh out loud" moments (the humor is dry, and quite witty) and more often than not, you'll be able to say "Ah, I can totally relate!" and "THIS IS THE TRUTH."

There is a new episode every Tuesday and Thursday.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Toronto Hangouts

One thing I've seen around various forums and what nots, are complaints of where to buy comics, manga's, and other such nic nacs in Toronto. I've even heard these complaints from fellow Canadian bred Torontonians. Now I'm no expert but as big a place Toronto is, should it really be that hard? The correct answer is no, so here's a little list of places to visit.

First off lets assume this'd be the first comic shop you go to, in which case your gonna want to go somewhere where you'll be sent to the hospital due to major nerdgasm. For this I suggest the Silver Snail (367 Queen St. W), heck its even built like a dream as it looks small from the outside but once you get in and through the cramp front counter it becomes nerdvana. Figurines here, new and old comics there, Alien replica's on display, and maybe an interesting conversation can be heard somewhere in the background.

Now one for ALL your comic needs, I give you the Beguiling (601 Markham St.). As awesome as its name is confusing. This store has a personal place in my mind as it gave me the opportunity to say "Yes, its free comics day today". That's right you read right free comics during a single day of the year. Now I understand this isn't the only store that does this but it was the first one I found out about and almost hugged the person who told me (thank God for self restraint). Another aspect I enjoy about the Beguiling is its functioning web site, not a big deal to most but after using both Hairy Tarantula's and the Silver Snails website I'm giving the Beguiling credit for atleast having a functioning web page.

Now another one I enjoy going to, mostly out of convenience, is Hairy Tarantula. Now this one has two locations one at 6979 Yonge St, which is the one I've been to, and the other is 2949 Dundas St. W.This place has virtually everything from board games, to yu-gi-oh cards, and an impressive array of anime DVD's in stock. A favourite of mine because of the chill atmosphere of the place and a nice cast of characters behind the register.

That's my two cents thrown in to the mix and I hope I've been of some service to you loyal readers and 'true beleivers'. And to add to the above list hear are a couple more, Though I haven't been to many of these, or I have and it was on a very brief whim, so I can't really say much. But hey, that might add to the adventure

The Labyrinth, 1,000,000 Comix, , 3rd Quadrant, Excalibur Comics, Red Nails, Pendragon, Atomic Age Books, Cyber City, Red Nails II, and probably a couple more I haven't even heard/googled as of yet.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Random Manga Review #2: Bambino

Once again I haven't done much in terms of quantity, I just hope it means I've been leaning towards quality. Maybe posting more often should be my new years resolution........and that'll happen as soon as world peace is worked out and FOX & BET goes off the air with a live apology by its C.E.O's right when they commit Japanese ritual suicide.

But enough of that though because I've found another diamond in the rough. As I said before, for these reviews I'd either choose a manga I've read recently or one I've picked up randomly. And this is pretty random as I continued second guessing myself for picking it up as I read through the description (which contained the words "cooking" and "manga"), but I'm a sucker for a slice of life story. Here you have the protagonist, Ban, finally taking a serious try at the culinary arts at a fancy Italian restaurant deep in the city and away from his small town. Of course he's had experience at his sensei's shop, but nothing can prepare him for the gruelling reality that awaits him. Don't worry, this is basically the first couple of chapters, not too far in to reading this and you'll see this little bambino (a nickname he got that refers to his apparent lack of skills) grow as both a chef and as an adult. The main gist of this story is to be a personal one as he goes from country hick to gifted chef. You'll find this story contains a dopple ganger of sorts mirroring his ambitions, the classic perverted sensei but with a mature twist, and true to life love problems. Believe me when I say that this story is so good in its portrayal of life and the pursuit of a dream that its almost palpable. Once again I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Apple is ROTTEN (how punny!)

Well, I would be lying if I didn’t say that a post was overdue. I guess you can say that posting more frequently is my resolution for 2011 (laughs).

Apple products give me a headache, yet I still chose to use them. I guess you can say that I have a love/hate relationship with them. That being said, when I found out there was a new iPod touch, I was kind of excited. Retina display, 2 cameras and of course, hundreds of apps…I was prepared to ask my mother to buy one for my Christmas gift, so I checked Apple’s website—and that’s when my complaints started to arise.

The first thing I noticed was the fact that Apple blatantly left out the 16GB iPod touch. There are so many reasons why this is wrong. For starters, the entire reason to buy an iPod touch would be to listen to music, and use apps. Most people have at least 8 gigs of music that they would want to put on an mp3 player, and obviously, the apps take up enough room. A 16GB iPod touch is the only way to go, for the sake of using half the space for music, and the other half for applications. Buying a 32GB would be a waste of money just because it would be a lot of space that I have no need for. -_- Rather than getting rid of the 16GB model, they should have gotten rid of the 8GB.

The second (and most irksome!) thing I noticed was the price. For starters, the 8GB was set at a price that anyone would deem more appropriate for a 16GB model ($249). The next size up, (32GB) was set at $319. For a joke, I checked the US Apple store website and to my disgust, I saw that as usual, American pricing is way cheaper.

There really isn’t a good excuse for the ridiculous difference between the pricing, as right now, the CAD is above (or perhaps by the time I post this, it will have dropped to on par) the USD. And of course, the US Apple store will not ship to Canada, the bastards. =_=

So I guess my only options are:

  1. To boycott Apple Canada, and only buy Apple products when I visit the States
  2. To boycott Apple entirely, and not buy anything from them ever again
  3. To keep complaining about it.

I think the decision is clear.