Podcast - Episode 120: Creator-owned Characters


This week we are looking at some of our favourite creator-owned characters. Basically this episode is a convenient way to talk about some characters who have barely gotten a mention on this podcast in the past. Characters like Nexus, Madman, Grendel, Bone, and Martha Washington.

I don't do a good job at all of describing what I love about Nexus in this episode. I blame a lack of sleep, and a brain that has been knocked around my skull due to constant coughing fits for the past three weeks. But trust me when I say, Nexus is amazing and everyone should read it. Also: he's a total dreamboat.

I have no time to write a blog post this week, but here are a couple of quick things:

You should read Mackenzi Lee's YA novel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. It's a fun adventure story and a truly sweet and sexy romance. The audiobook is great, if you prefer those. I can't wait for her Loki book.

I have my author website and Twitter account set up now, so you can check those out if you like. Not much content yet, but I did post this short piece I wrote about my childhood determination to play hockey in a town that had no girls' hockey team.

Thanks for listening! See you next week to talk alllllll about The Last Jedi!

Podcast - Episode 2 - Canada!

Happy Canada Day! And if you aren't Canadian, happy new comic book day!

It's like i'm looking out my window!

It's like i'm looking out my window!

This week Dave and I discuss the mountain of comic news and gossip that came out in the last week or so, including a director for Black Panther, a new Dr Strange book from Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo, and a DC casting switcharoo for professional dreamboat, Chris Pine. 

We also talk about the first issue of Brian K Vaughan and Steve Skroce's new comic, We Stand on Guard, and discuss our favourite Canadian comic book characters and creators. We barely scratch the surface, really, but it's still a fun talk! Apologies to the zillions of Canadian comic creators who don't get mentioned. We mention, like, three.

Click here to listen, or head on over to iTunes to download/subscribe. New episodes will be posted every Wednesday. At least until America attacks Canada for our water supply.

We are going to be providing detailed posts with links, images, videos and more to supplement the podcast episodes. So here is some bonus material to enhance your listening experience for this week's episode!

First, if you like the song we use as our theme, Wordburglar's "Drawings with Words", check out the video! Look for Dave around the 1:40 mark!

I talk more than anyone needs to about The Covenant this week, since I watched it right before recording this episode. Here is the trailer:

And here is the whole damn movie, if you feel like watching the most ridiculous dialogue ever written tumble from Sebastian Stan's perfect mouth:

And here is a Sebastian Stan gif from the movie that I like:

There is no sex in this movie. I am serious. this is his reaction to being thrown up against a locker by a dude.

There is no sex in this movie. I am serious. this is his reaction to being thrown up against a locker by a dude.

If you want to read the full "article" about Anthony Mackie describing the perfect woman for Chris Evans, it's here. And it's weird.

How often does Anthony Mackie's iPod play Earth Wind and Fire songs in Evans' presence while on "shuffle" mode?

I mention that one of my favourite sports is hate-reading Jeremy Renner's Twitter account. Here are some choice recent douchy tweets.

First he makes light of Chris Evans' inability to fulfil his dreams of fatherhood:

That is seriously cold.

That is seriously cold.

And he makes a cool frat boy joke for Chris Evans' birthday:



He also posts a lot of pics of himself wearing sunglasses, looking like an ass:

Montreal is too close to my home.

Montreal is too close to my home.

In the Canada section of this episode, we reference a few things that I had written about previously on the blog. Here are some links:

Jeph Loeb writes Wolverine as a Canada-hater

Rating the Super Hunks: Wolverine

Veronica In Canada

Archie gang goes to Canada

Good news! Dave was not imagining the comic where Spider-Man goes to the Calgary Stampede!

woah! It's the first appearance of turbine!!!!

woah! It's the first appearance of turbine!!!!

And here is the official video for Plumtree's song, Scott Pilgrim, which inspired the comic.

I decided not to make a Canadian references bingo card for We Stand on Guard because it's too mean. It would be downright un-Canadian of me, really.

Thanks for listening! Please send us your dreamcasting choices for Guy Gardner. You can hit me up on Twitter @rachellegoguen and Dave is @paskettiwestern

Pilgrim's Progress: Another Spoiler-Free Mini Review

 I went into the sneak preview of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World with a lot of baggage. While I did enjoy Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic series, I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on the whole phenomenon. It’s the kind of franchise that attracts a lot of hyper, obsessive fans who love it to an embarrassing degree, and its imminent arrival as a motion picture has also attracted a bunch of jaded newbies—the type who disdainfully throw the first volume on the counter at the store and ask me, with a dismissive sniff, “So is this movie gonna be any good?”. Somewhere between the two, I’ve tried to maintain an attitude of cautious optimism, mostly based on the involvement of Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz). I’m happy to say, though, that Scott Pilgrim won me over pretty quickly with its fast pace, cool action, relentless comedy, winning cast, and inspired soundtrack.

 In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the plot: Toronto slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a bass-playing slacker who’s sort-of dating a high school girl (I say sort-of because it’s less a romance and more a way of avoiding responsibility for Scott, as well as avoiding the possible heartbreak of a real relationship after his last one went sour). When he meets Ramona Flowers, the literal girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Scott is instantly smitten, but soon learns that to win her heart, he’ll have to defeat her seven evil exes. Lots of rock and roll, drama, heartbreak, and Nintendo-style battles ensue, punctuated with Wright’s signature pushing of multiple pop-culture buttons.

 While star Michael Cera isn’t really going to do a lot to reverse the ongoing backlash against his well-worn awkward goofball persona here, he fits the lead character well and acquits himself surprisingly during the movie’s many fight scenes. The supporting cast is filled with reliable comedy MVPs and actiony superguys playing against type. Kieran Culkin, as Scott’s roommate Wallace, has a lot of the film’s best lines, and Chris Evans and Brandon Routh subvert their filmic superhero personas to hilarious effect as two of Ramona’s evil exes (a third superhero actor shows up in a cameo appearance, leading to one of the movie’s best and funniest background gags, but I won’t spoil it here). The soundtrack is a lot of fun as well, featuring really catchy Sex Bob-omb (Scott’s fictional band) songs written by Beck, as well as Frank Black, T-Rex, The Rolling Stones, and Canadian faves Metric and Broken Social Scene (not to mention Plumtree, the Halifax band whose song gave Scott Pilgrim its title).

 None of this would work, however, without the sure hand of Edgar Wright guiding the ship. Scott Pilgrim is crammed with visual cleverness (after learning of the seven evil exes, Scott walks down a street framed by X’s on street signs) and bursting with cool video-game battles (when opponents are defeated, they usually dissolve into a pile of tokens). The many digital effects required for the various zero-gravity smackdowns, magically-conjured monster avatars, and flaming katanas are seamlessly blended into the live-action stunt work with funny and exciting results. Scott Pilgrim feels like no other movie before it, and it’s the kind of material that probably couldn’t have been brought to life in such an impressive and accessible way by any other director. Extra kudos to Wright and company for keeping the Canadian-ness of the books present throughout the movie—Honest Ed’s, Second Cup, and Lee’s Palace are all on display thoughout, and the coins dispensed by defeated opponents visibly include loonies and toonies. With its very specific pop-cultural touchstones, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is likely going to alienate a lot of older viewers, but for those of a certain generation, it’s likely to strike a very appealing chord.