Graham Grumbles about Gotham

Typically the 30s-50s is considered the Golden Age of comic books. That’s when the superhero was truly born in the forms of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and all the rest. That being said, I think now could make a strong case for the second coming of the Golden Age. The comics aren’t selling nearly as well as they did in the original Golden Age, but they are practically ubiquitous. More titles are put out every month than ever before (I don’t have numbers to back this claim up, but it certainly seems like it.) A new movie based on a comic book seems to come out every other week. And, more and more comic book TV shows are being made. Continue reading

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Time savin’ tips

To save you time, I’m gonna make this post brief.

  1. Buy lots of clothes.  Do your laundry less often.
  2. Overpay your bills.  Suppose you are with a company that you will almost certainly stick with for a long time.  You can pay 2 or more months at once.  Then you will spend less time paying bills.  And of course, you can save time by paying via electronic bill payments rather than mailing a cheque.

Because not everybody has a Delorean that can travel back in time.

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Graham’s Grumbles at TIFF 2014

As a denizen of the fine metropolis of Toronto, I have a better than average opportunity to attend the  Toronto International Film Festival. I don’t, however, have the best opportunity to choose what I go see. So, every year it’s a bit of a crap shoot. I’ve seen blockbusters and awards bait like Gravity, Silver Linings Playbook, and Argo. But, I’ve also seen obscure stuff that didn’t get much in the way of a wide release like Writers (which became Stuck in Love), Nothing is Private (which became Towelhead), and Virginia (they stuck with that title). This year was definitely a year for more obscure films. Continue reading

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Turtle Soup – Episode 2

On to episode 2 of the 80s Ninja Turtles TV series! My assumption is that most of the series doesn’t have much in the way of continuing plot threads. I mean, I get that there are going to be two parters here and there, and there’s going to be continuity like the development of new characters and what not. But, I think the vast majority of the episodes are going to be done in one. Continue reading

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Review: Gundam Seed

Mobile.Suit.Gundam.SEED.full.53009Mecha porn + good plot = Gundam Seed

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002-2003) has lots of slick action scenes but it is not a mindless action-oriented series where the plot is a thin excuse for all the action to occur.  The show has interesting characters and themes throughout.  The two main characters, Athrun Zala and Kira Yamato, are two childhood friends who end up on opposite sides of the war.  The two are torn as they find themselves in a senseless war between Naturals and Coordinators.

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Gillen and McKelvie Forever

Back for another dose of Grumbling, I once again have it a bit of a lull. There’s not much in the way of exciting news or film/television/comic book releases for me to discuss. We’re in the precarious land after blockbuster and convention season, but before the Fall TV and Oscar bait season. So, with that in mind, this column might be a short one. It’s about the comic book creative team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Continue reading

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Supermarket food review: Tostitos Cantina

Tostitos has a new line of “Cantina” tortilla chip with fancy new packaging.  Presumably, this packaging is supposed to make you think that the food is somehow more authentic despite being Americanized Mexican food.  Not that I care… I love me some fake Mexican food.

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Fan Expo 2014

Ugh. I’m pretty sure I’m getting a cold. Seeing as it’s  just two days after attending Fan Expo, I’m concerned it might be a case of Con Flu. That is the dreaded disease that comes from spending far too much time with far too many people for whom the basic tenets of hygiene are a foreign concept. But, I digress. Fan Expo! Conventions! Woo! Continue reading

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Turtle Soup – Episode 1

This is the first of a series that may take me the rest of my life to complete. I’m going to go through every episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and post my thoughts on it. Some will be longer than others, but I imagine I’ll have something to say about each one. Eventually, I’ll also use this space to discuss the Archie Comics run of Ninja Turtles comic books. Continue reading

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Google search suggestions

If you’re really bored, you can go to Google and start typing in something to search. At the bottom of each search result page, Google will show related searches that have been commonly searched for.  Some of these search terms will reveal unusual problems that people have like dogs eating grass and dogs eating poo.  You find out interesting questions that people have such as “do people really live in igloos?” (the answer is no; igloos are like emergency tents and nobody lives in them).

But ultimately, this form of entertainment is a trap.  Eventually you start finding out that some human beings want to do certain things with poo, and that’s just not cool.

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