Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
“I’ve got a job, I explore
I follow every little whiff
And I want my life to smell like this”
I remember listening to the radio when that song, “Looking for a Place to Happen” by the Tragically Hip came on. As I listened I realized that it summed up everything I’ve ever wanted for and from the Geeks.
For me Meet the Geeks has been a journey towards the savage heart of my dream: The idea of one day becoming a cartoonist of note, joining the ranks of the likes of Berkley Breathed, Jim Davis, Bill Watterson and the new crop of web cartoonists such as Jennie Breeden and Lar DeSousa. The thought of traveling down an unknown road and finding fortune at its end. Exploration and discovery.
The two works I come back to on a regular basis during this journey is that song, sung to perfection by the late and great Gord Downey, held with reverence in my heart, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. That book/comic/movie explores the search for the American Dream, found in Las Vegas, the dream of making it big and ultimately shown to be a “lame fuckaround, a waste of time”.
But it isn’t that lesson that I took away. Preserverance and a little bit of madness will take you through to your goals.
It also helps to have a travelling companion.
I won’t lie. The greatest obstacle towards the success of Meet the Geek’s has always been me. It’s not a fear of failure, I’m an old hand at that: It’s been a fear of success. I’m afraid of getting that momentum up and then having to keep it up. Let’s face it, if you’re working for yourself you have to stay hungry and never stop moving.
It sometimes seems easier to just sit back and embrace the status quo. Work for the man. Take home your paycheck. Do the least amount of work you can get away with.
But sometimes on your journey you acquire a traveling companion, or maybe they were there all along, and you let their enthusiasm infect you.
That’s what’s happened here Geeks.
Sean, my stalwart companion - he’s been there from the git-go - and I are off on this savage journey to the heart of the fannish dream, exploring new avenues, making friends, seeking companions and moving forward. Ours is an older journey, not in a bright red Chevy convertible seeking through the glitz and chintz, finding the big win in Las Vegas, the easy out. No, ours is a journey in the old wood ships of the explorers of yore. Get on a pile of canvas and timber and set out on the raging seas looking for a new land. A Place to Happen.
And maybe, just maybe, with a little work we can find a place to call our own.
"...Jacques Cartier, right this way,
I'll put your coat up on the bed
Hey man you've got the real bum's eye for clothes
And come on in, sit right down,
no you're not the first to show
We've all been here since, God, who knows?"
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Here lies my somewhat biased review of the film.
A lot of reviews have complained that Deadpool 2 is simply more of the same which, while true, isn't really a bad thing. Yes it's more jokey than the first movie and breaks the fourth wall a lot more: "so dark... You're sure you're not from the DC universe?" our hero groans while fighting the time traveling cyborg soldier Cable, played to perfection by Josh Brolin. And yes they do make a Goonies joke.
The movie contains everything else the first movie leads you to expect. It's a love story. It touches on family, both genetic and the family you choose. It has an uncomfortably awkward regeneration scene. It also has a big bad that I didn't know was going to be in there. I won't spoil it for you. It's not this characters first appearance in the MCU films but the character is finally getting it's due.
The movie also touches on how violence begets violence in our society and how reaching out to those who find themselves marginalized, an act of kindness however ill advised, may turn the tide and bring the train of someones life back on the rails. The movie has a surprisingly deep philosophical message that, while not perfect, is welcome in a movie that relishes in bad behavior, poor decisions and excessive violence.
Colossus has a larger role and is a driving force behind the film. He gets a lot more to do in the final act of the film and engages in some decidedly un-Colossus like shenanigans in the final cringe inducing fight seen with the previously mentioned big-bad.
The standout performance was from Zazie Beetz playing Domino. She stole pretty much any scene she was in and swaggered throughout the rest of the movie like she knew it was about her all along. I'm pretty sure the WifeGeek might have popped a lady-boner for Ms. Beetz. Her performance was that good.
Look out ScarJo, there's a new lady ass-kicker in the MCU who's going to give you some competition.
Come to think of it I don't think I want to fuck with any of the MCU women.
The other standout performance is from plus-sized teenage badass Julian Dennison as Firefist and the central character to the plot of Deadpool 2. I'm really hoping the kid is featured in more films in the MCU. He's got a great sense of comedic timing and I think his character has a lot of potential with him behind it.
Of course Negasonic Teenage Warhead returns with new character Yukio who is unfortunately caught up in the controversy of Asian women and Hollywood hair who also appears as Negasonic's girlfriend.
And then of course there is Josh Brolin as Cable. I'll admit I was on Team Perlman when the casting call was put out. But Brolin's stony faced glare was perfect for the part and left me wanting to see more with him as Cable in the future and how he could fit into the MCU as a whole.
Will we see a Cable stand alone feature? I wouldn't doubt it.
And of course let's not forget Dopinder whose transformation into a Kirsten Dunst quoting, full fledged psychopath continues unabaited.
And then there's this guy.
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Of the Comic Con strips this one probably ranks as my favorite, and not just because it features me.
The Duras sisters, recurring villains from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Generations, played by the talented and beautiful Gwyneth Walsh and Barbara March as B'Etor and Lursa respectively, were two of the celebrities featured at that convention.