Month: January 2012

Why, Toronto Comic-Con, WHY?!?!

Ok…I’m about to go on and on again about something that’s got my knickers in a knot so this is a warning to all of you.  ………….Hey you’re still here…excellent.  Warning #2…this post is picture-heavy. 

Here’s my Beef of the Day…Why are the guests at the American Comic-cons so much more awesome than the Toronto Con

Looking at the Twitter feeds of a couple Celebrities I follow that were at the con and looking at the Wizard World website at some of the other Cons south of the border their guest list is somewhat more impressive than Toronto’s.  For example the New Orleans Comic-Con that was just this past weekend posted such stars as

Stan Lee (Creater of like every Marvel Character since the early 60s)

James Marsters (Spike from Buffy and Angel)

Lou Ferrigno (TV’s Hulk)

William Shatner

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Kevin Sorbo (TV’s Hercules)

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Diora Baird (yum)

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Even a personal favourite of mine Josh “The Ponceman” Perry from a great YouTube Series called “The Retarded Police Man”.  If you’ve never seen it, get your butt over to YouTube NOW and search it out.  You will not be disappointed…Comic gold..Oh heck..here’s a sample…

Even the Philadelphia one that’s coming up has such awesome names as

Bruce Campbell

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Charisma Carpenter (Buffy and Angel)

Shatner Again!!

Hayden Pannetiere

Kristy Swanson (the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Now Look at the somewhat mediocre list for the Upcoming Toronto Comic Con;

Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap…ok show but really?  kind of meh, and we won’t even mention Enterprise)

Jeri Ryan (Good looking, Talented  but Star Trek Voyager was so 10 years ago)
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Those were the top 2…next is

Amy Acker (Dollhouse, Angel)

A couple of WWE guys who I don’t really care about as I’m not a fan of Da Raaslin, then a few other actors from tv shows I don’t really watch like the Vampire Diaries and Serenity.  Throw in a smattering of secondary Character Star Wars characters like Peter Mayhew and Jeremy Bulloch and your comic book artists and viola…TORONTO COMIC-CON!

Is it the fear of the Great White North keeping these stars away, perhaps the prohibitive cost of travel and accomodations while here? (Diora, I’m only a short drive from Toronto and I have a BYOBed that you’re welcome to any time, my basement is super comfy and has a nice TV, plus my kids are super cute, you’d love them)  Perhaps they don’t think they’ll have the fans to justify their coming..Hogwash…there were so many people there last year that any of these big stars would be more than busy.  Last year’s con had Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, Julie Benz, few other big names as well.  I want more big stars to start coming…here is my Toronto Comic-Con Bucket List.

William Shatner – Obviously

Mark Hamil – Use your frequent flyer miles Luuuuke

Harrison Ford – I know this one is a 12 parsec long shot but come on!!  Indy and Han…Hell ya!

Felicia Day – Talent, beauty, smarts, funny, and a redhead to boot…aside from my beautiful wife, she IS the perfect woman!

Kevin Smith – I am a true believer that if I had grown up anywhere near this guy that we would be BFF’s still to this day…can dudes use the term BFF?

Bruce Campbell – The guy is just pure awesome…

Please come to Toronto…bring your BOOMSTICK

Come on Toronto Wizard World Comic Con organizers.  Get us some Excellent guests this year and maybe, just maybe I’ll reconsider skipping this year’s Festivities

…end Bitching session

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU
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Classy…Like a Bruin

Let me start of this post with a few facts about me that you may or may not know.

I am a Hockey fan, I am a proud Canadian, I also like beer.

I’m also a Toronto Maple Leafs fan (stop laughing…..no seriously…stop…please…I get it all the time) I have always been and always will be.  As such there are several teams who I absolutely hate. The Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators and of course I’ve never been a fan of the Boston Bruins. 

I think my hate for the Bruins comes from 9th grade, when I was locker neighbours with a guy who was a huge fan and was the most obnoxious person in the whole school.  I mean nobody liked this guy, and I had to put up with his incessant rambling on and on about the Bruins.  In the years following I have noticed that most fans of the Bruins are like this…it’s not their fault, it’s the team.

Anyway.. in an article today in the Toronto Star today talked about how Bruins goalie Tim Thomas Refused to attend a visit with the president of the USA because he disagreed with his policies etc.  The entire article can be found here. To quote the article and old Tim-eh directly from a post on Facebook

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

Really Tim?  Last I checked you played for a team, and in that spirit shouldn’t you have just laid down your stupid arrogant pride and just gone to the thing, sucked it up for the day then thrown up after and moved on?  You may not like it but it’s your team, you know the ones that stood in front of you and helped you earn that Stanley Cup Ring you’re wearing.  But Oh No.  That’s too good for you isn’t it.  Proving once again that every one of the Boston Goo-ins are as full of class as the people you see in their home game stands every night. 

Didn’t have a problem accepting a medal at the 2010 winter Olympics playing for the US now did ya Timmy?  Hmmm…interesting.  Maybe Obama should take that bad boy back, melt it down to make brass knuckles and beat  your ass with it.  “How do you like my policies now bitch”

So, needless to say I was very annoyed with this story…until I read this in the Star later in the day.  I’m going to re post this article in it’s entirety because it’s just awesome and basically sums up the feeling of every Bruins hater on the planet.

RE POSTED FROM THE TORONTO STAR, JANUARY 24TH 2012;
By Cathal Kelly
Columnist

You won’t get the whole story on Tuesday night. Here’s the unexpurgated text of U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, including the four minutes that’ll be missing at the end.
“… and if Syria doesn’t like that, wait until they see the next letter we send over.

Now I see that you’re all searching around for your drink tickets, but before we open the Congressional bar, I’d like in closing to direct a personal message to my good friend playing the hockey game, Tim Thomas.

Tim, I was saddened to have missed you on Monday. We had the jet and the rendition protocols and everything all set up for your arrival.

In between negotiating the world’s hot spots and trying to stave off economic ruin, I like to take 30 seconds for myself each day. Just to veg out. During that precious time, it was brought to my attention that you’re unhappy with the job I’m doing. Bummer. I admit it, I was a little put out, mainly because I don’t like having to answer “Who said what now?” over and over again to a whole bunch of questions from the press.

It got worse when I went off script and wondered aloud if you were “the Canadian kid with the concussion.” I hate it when they laugh at me, Tim.

But Tim, I want to assure you that the number of capital letters in your clarifying statement has impressed upon me how important your concerns are. I want to take some time here to address a few of the suggestions listed on the note attached to the rock you threw through the Oval Office window.
First, it is simply impractical to redraw the tax code every year by a show of hands. Washington is not as big as you seem to think, and your idea for ferrying every single American into the city on black helicopters won’t work. For the last time, there are no black helicopters. I know it’s old school, but we use wiretaps to keep tabs on you.

Second, I agree that property ownership is a keystone of civic responsibility, but I don’t think you’re going to get a lot of takers with your ‘Vacate public housing and move into our national parks’ campaign. What about the people who end up in Alaska? As I’ve noted, there are no black helicopters to get them up there. I’m also not sure how this fits in with your plan to outlaw pants on women. Won’t it be cold?

I don’t understand your idea for replacing our water supply with grain alcohol. I’m fuzzy on the science of your ‘poisoned fluoride’ theory, but I’m pretty sure that an entire nation that’s drunk after it’s taken a morning shower isn’t good for productivity.

You may be on to something with this national service brainwave, but the Joint Chiefs and I are leery of using recent high school graduates to launch a sneak attack during spring break in Pyongyang. Believe me, we war-gamed that idea over and over and it only ends one way — with a whole lot of angry bar owners in Palm Springs. I need Florida, Tim.

And while I understand that forcing everyone working in government to wear a white wig and dentures made of wood is a romantic reminder of the Founding Fathers, it’s just not workable given our current budget constraints. Do you know what dentists charge to rip out viable teeth, Tim? I was also shocked to hear the going rate for a full head of human hair. It’s a scandal, and one that I may address once I’ve taken care a bajillion more important things.

Whatever you think of me, you know I’m not one to shut down a healthy debate. It’s the life blood of the republic, I’d suggest, perhaps even more so than your suggestion to “add more banjo” to the national anthem.

However, I’m going to have to issue a flat ‘No’ when it comes to the idea of launching a nuclear attack on Canada “just to prove to the rest of them that we’re not chicken.”

We’re not chicken, Tim. Chicken’s the last thing we are.

But that won’t turn silver to gold, will it, Tim? No, it won’t. All it will do is dirty up a bunch of oil we’re probably going to need some day very soon. I asked the Delta Force guys tailing you to work the other day, “Say, what’s Tim driving?” And even all the way up in that helicopter, they were 100 per cent sure it wasn’t a Prius. So maybe there’s some wiggle room in your position here.

Tim, we’re not so far apart, you and I. We both care about America’s future, except your future is the one that happens after the Russians invade. I’m hoping for the other one.

I’d be happy to talk about this and more in greater depth in a place, as you suggest, “where the satellites can’t see us.” I’m not much of a woodsman, Tim, so I trust that “the pit” you’re referring to is where we cook our dinner, not some sort of trap. Does this meeting have to be in Idaho? And do I really have to approach your bunker “alone, on foot and naked?” Because Idaho’s a lost cause for me and I’d hoped to skip it during a busy electoral year.

Please know that I’m looking forward to further dialogue with you, Tim. If you need to contact me again just open your front door and wave a tea towel. The Secret Service will know what that means.
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Bravo Mr Kelly…Bravo

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

I’m NOT That Old

Ok I have a little bone to pick with Josie Dye on the Edge 102.1…a Radio station in Toronto I listen to quite frequently.  
A couple of days ago I was in the car listening to her around the Noon hour…they do a Contest, who’s name is escaping me at the moment, where they play a snippet of a “Retro” Rock tune and the caller has to guess it and if they win they get tix to the concert de Jour yada yada yada.  Well when they played the snippet of the song I guessed it right away…and threw up in my mouth a bit all at the same time.  Guessed it right away, not because I’m a huge music knowledge guru guy, but because it was a song that I was a huge fan of.  The reason that I stifled a barf was because the song was “Hitchin a Ride” by Greenday  Released in 1997.  UMM Exqueeze me?  Baking Powder?
I’m sorry, but a song that is less than 20 years old is NOT RETRO.  When I think of Retro Rock songs I go to the Ramones, or Iggy Pop, or even 1970’s Aerosmith, not Greenday and certainly not a song that was released the Same year I graduated College.  I shall say this once and I will make it very clear and very loud…

I AM NOT THAT OLD!!!!

….rant over beer time

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

Geeky Dad 2.0

Well well well…has it really been over 3 months since I posted last?  My how time flies when you’re having fun.  And Babies 🙂

To update my loyal readership (all 3 of you..baha) I must apologise.  I have been …well busy.  My wife and I  had our second child just before Christmas so the life of the geeky dad just got a lot more intense.  Not only do I have a rambunctious 2 year old running around destroying my action figures with a toy lightsabre, but also a newborn as well.
yup…this really is her…cute isn’t she!
She was a tad teeny (6lbs 1 oz) and a tad early (3 weeks early) but I’ve never been happier.  Especially since my wife actually went for the Name I wanted…Parker.  Which is kind of a cool girls name but also the Last name of my favourite Wall-Crawler’s mild mannered alter-ego. 
I’ve also been working on a few other things.  As you see from the photo above I do dabble in a little photography so I’ve been trying to get more business on the side for some extra cash as well as funding for an artsy project I want to get going as well.  Shameless Plug..go to My Website To see some of my portrait work.  Also I’m looking for models who…ahem…aren’t shy…OK..I need people to get nekkid for me for this project so if you know anyone shoot me a comment or message me…contact info is on my website.
Every day is a new adventure and I can’t wait to see what geeky leanings my newest Daughter will have

Oh and this is my 80th Blog post..Happy blogaversary!

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