Toronto Comicon Weekend Haul!

This past weekend was a fantasticLly awesome one as I headed out to Toronto for Comicon (just like last year). Its been a crazy process getting back and having everything cleaned and put away and getting back on routine so today, I am doing a simple one to talk about my haul.

I will take a few days this week (probably two) to share the Toronto experience because just like last year, as something of a reward or whatnot, I met up with Drew to hangout and visit Toronto and Comicon together. And just like true movie bloggers, we got in a movie as well amd even made it to a party (comicon related) as well as a sightseeing location. Lots of fun and a packed schedule but I think it turned out pretty great. Look for those posts while I get those new segments finalized (something I ran out of time last week for).

Lets check out what I picked up both before and at the Toronto Comicon.

Before the Comicon, I had a little bit of time before Drew arrived so I went out for a little shopping. I had a few stores on my list to hit and they were:

HMV
(because they are closing out of Canada so lots of discounts)

HMV

Disney Store
(never been to the one at Eaton Centre)

Disney Store Eaton Centre

David’s Tea
(spontaneously remembered  was running out at home)

David's Tea

Toronto Comicon was a weekend thing and we bought the weekend pass so we went on Friday to scout out the show and then did most of our shopping on Saturday after all the Q&A panels. Here’s what I picked up:

Movies & Video Games

I got a super sweet deal for Uncharted 4 at Iceman Video Games which was also there last year. I’m pretty happy about it. They had some awesome choices and selection.

However, I really want to talk about Raven Banner where we stopped by to look at horror movies. They were fantastic and we had a great talk about horror indie films in general. Not sure they’ll read this post but that chat was a highlight of the ComiCon for myself. It really defines why we do this movie blogging thing and meeting people who are equally passionate about this. It was a fun and enlightening chat.

Novel and Comics

Toronto Comicon

Let’s look at this from left to right.

  • Toronto Comics‘ Yonge at Heart is a Canadian comic author that sets in Toronto. This is a free preview to get a snippet of their comic for their Kickstarter campaign running right now till beginning of April, I believe. I saw them on Twitter before the trip and really liked the art style and the idea of using a Canadian setting. You can check out the Kickstarter here.
  • Remy’s Dilemma by Andrew Snook is a novel with this plot below from their website. A part of selling your work is being passionate about it. And Andrew does a great job at it. To be honest, his enthusiasm as he told his story and the joy he had recounting the story was so genuine that I could feel the awesomeness in the story. I haven’t started reading it yet but this looks like a fun journey with Remy especially when its set in two provinces in Canada that I’ve visited numerously  and live in.

The world is coming to an end. That’s what Remy believes, anyways. While double-checking his lifelong to-do list to ensure he has led a rich life, he realizes he hasn’t come close to completing his goals. Panicked and short on time, Remy embarks on a chaotic road trip to complete the most important item on his bucket list… – Snook Books

  • Moonshot & Titan from AH Comics: Moonshot is an Indigenous Comics Collection (Volume 1) with various stories from different artists. With the purchase of this one (inspired by my peaked curiosity after my playthrough of Never Alone a few weeks ago), they also gave the gift of their graphic novel Titan: An Alternate History, which is great because then they saved me having to decide on which one to get with my purchase.

Artwork

Foiled Art

Foiled Art makes this beautiful little pop culture pieces. They do a lot with gold or silver (or both for limited edition) but I honestly thought that this galaxy one looks superb. It really brings out the art and pops. This is going right over my work station at home because its so fantastically awesome!

Chasing Artwork

Howl’s Moving Castle by Chasing Artwork

I love love love Miyazaki art and Chasing Artwork is a great artist. There are two comics out currently which I passed up on but these pieces are so atmospheric and creative. I actually stood there pondering which to get. He also has one for Nausicaa which just took my breath away. I’m personally a huge fan of Howl’s Moving Castle so this one is great.

Archie Dan Parent

Betty and Veronica by Dan Parent (with autograph)

For those of you who don’t know (which you might not because I don’t review comics), I love Archie comics and really I haven’t looked much at the newer ones although they do look cool but these traditional ones. I know I have a few volumes sitting in a box after we moved. I just can’t remember where so I couldn’t take it with me but Dan Parent was there who does a ton of these illustrations. I particularly loved this print and look he signed it also. Consider me a little star strucked when I saw him because I wanted to say a ton and just couldn’t.

The haul could have been so much more. There was so many great writers and artists that the choice was hard to make. However, I retain the idea of picking up stuff from the ones that I skipped but has an Etsy shop or other form of online retail. I have to say this was a pretty successful weekend!

What do you think about the haul? Anything that catches your eye?

Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm (A Graphic Novel Anthology)

A little change in plans but still, this contributes to the 2015 Reading Challenge I had posted about before.  I haven’t had quite the concentration and energy to get into the next scheduled novel quite yet so I sat down one night after rearranging my books on the shelf in my den and pulled this graphic novel that I picked up after I saw the movie, Prince of Persia a few years back.  I love the games on Playstation, even though I think I’m halfaway through the last one.  I should get back to that.  Regardless, I picked this up because graphic novels are just fancy comic books to me 😉

Let’s check it out!

Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm
(A Graphic Novel Anthology)

Prince of Persia Before the Sandstorm

By: Jordan Mechner

Art by:
Tim Fowler, David Lopez, Bernard Chang, Tommy Lee Edwards,
Cameron Stewart, Niko Henrichon, Pete Pantazis, Dave Stewart

Five very different people are about to be put to death for a crime they didn’t commit.  Well, one of them may have done it.  But the only way they can escape the hangman’s noose is to find the common thread that ties them together  The one man they have all encountered, and who changed their lives — Dastan, the prince of Persia! – Before the Sandstorm book cover

Prince of Persia are fabulous games.  They are fun and entertaining. The story is great and even though some of them have slightly frustrating gameplay, its still decent.  I haven’t revisited the movie since maybe 3-4 years ago when I bought it.  From what I remember, it was forgettable because all I remember is Jake Gyllenhaal…and nothing much else.  This graphic novel is a compilation of six stories sprouted from the people involved in this bigger story of their connection to Dastan before the events of the movie/game, whichever you can relate to more 😉 Since the film is an adaptation of the game, right?

I’m pretty sure Prince of Persia isn’t the cornerstones of what a great graphic novel is.  Despite the art from 8 different artists, there is a similar style and all of it is pretty.  It reflects what the story and its colorful and just done really well.  I can’t exactly say the same about the story.  Its not exactly a thrill ride to read.  Its probably why I did it it over a couple of days, reading one or two stories a day.  Its not a bad story but it never really has much uniqueness to it.

This is a pretty short graphic novel and its just like an equivalent of a short story anthology just for graphic novel style. So I’ll keep it short.

While I didn’t fill like it was the best, I’m not going to hate on it either.  And its not going to ruin my exploration of future graphic novels, which I intend to do. The art is really good and that will make me want to check out more in this genre.

Are you a fan of graphic novels? Any suggestions? Have you read Prince of Persia Before the Sandstorm?

 Happy Easter! 🙂

Genre Grandeur – Young and Dangerous (1995)

Check out my review on Young and Dangerous for MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur in the month of June. This time, our genre is comic book or superhero movies. Since everyone already had their share of superheros review, I figured I’d go a little different and share one that may not be the best in quality but its great to me because this series has been such a success. Maybe I’ll do as I did for Infernal Affairs and have a little marathon once I gather all the movies ;).

Remember to check out the other reviews from other bloggers for this genre and next month’s genre will be on alien. If you have any review you’d like to share, remember to send it to Rob. I know I’ll think something up 🙂

Thanks to Rob for putting this together. As usual, I had a lot of fun revisiting this one.

For the next review for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Comic book / superhero movies, here is Kim from Tranquil Dreams with a review of Young and Dangerous (1995).  If you don’t currently follow Kim’s site, I strongly recommend that you do so. Her site features great movie reviews, awesome travel stories, new recipes and photo challenges

If anyone still is planning on sending me a submission for this month’s genre, please do so by tomorrow.

Next month’s Genre (chosen by Cara) will be alien movies – so start sending me your reviews for Alien genre movies to aliens@movierob.net

Without further ado…here’s Kim’s review

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young and dangerous posterYoung and Dangerous (1995)

Director: Andrew Wai-Keung Lau

Cast: Ekin Cheng, Francis Ng, Jordan Chan, Gigi Lai, Michael Tse, Chi Hung Ng, Simon Yam

Based on a popular Chinese graphic novel called Teddy Boy, Young and Dangerous is a low budget movie showing the…

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