Year: 2016

  • Our Fan Expo Canada Stan Lee Experience
  • The All New Comics Booth
  • Cosplayers in front of the booth
  • OH NO! It's ASH!
  • Someone doesn't understand
  • Wait, it's Ash?
  • Umm, will the real Ash please stand up?
  • Don't tell her there's something over her shoulder!
  • Attack!!!
  • Carl, leave my backpack alone!
  • HEADSHOT!
  • HEADSHOT! AGAIN!
  • The force is strong in this one!
  • Captain Phasma had an awesome voice changer.
  • Kaylin was a character from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared...she was not alone.
  • RAPHAEL!!!
  • My true grail object.
  • STAN LEE!!!
  • Our Loot

Fan Expo Canada 2016

I’ve been going to Fan Expo Canada with Kaylin and Maks for the last three years. They’ve both reached the age where we can manage to do the entire show floor with a minimal amount of whining, and it’s fun.

I decided about five years ago that I was done with Fan Expo, it’s huge, it’s crowded, and I always feel exhausted at the end of a day there.  Against my better judgement I took them the first time and they absolutely loved it, seeing the show through their eyes made me love it too.

This year I have been to more comic conventions than any other year. I’m going out and marketing Manage Comics, so I am meeting retailers, and talking to people.  I’ve been to the April Toronto Comicon (which happened to fall on a PD day, so the kids came), the May Niagara Falls Comicon (which I flew solo), and I’ll be attending at least two more shows this year, so I had floated the idea that we skip Fan Expo past them. Continue Reading

Destiny the Rise of Iron

Still With Destiny, After All These Years

It’s hard to believe, but we stopped working on BalanceDo two years ago.  In order to truly wind down, I bought a game that had just come out two weeks before.  I had loved the Halo series, but hadn’t really played a game fully since GTA IV, and Destiny looked like the right balance of dumb and fun.

I picked it up, breezed through the story mode, and played the weekly strikes and other match made content.  It wasn’t until Christmas when I started using LFG (looking for group) sites to match up in order to play some of the end-game content. Continue Reading

Ad Blocking

Why I’ve Started Using an Ad Blocker (and why you should too)

I want to start this post out by saying how hard this decision was for me, and how much I hated doing it.

For the better part of a decade I worked for a large Canadian media company. In my division, all of our revenue was generated by Advertising, so ad dollars paid my salary.  I have watched as ads went from a scarce commodity to something so common place that they are worth literally pennies.

I understand how hard it is to build an online business, and how integral advertising is to online business.

In the last year however, ads have become so incredibly horrible that I had to start using an ad blocker. I installed it on Friday August 19th.

Why?  What prompted me to do such a thing? Continue Reading

NorthIQ Business Solutions

One Year Later – What am I Doing?

A year ago I walked out of the Info-Tech Research Group for the last time as an employee, and walked into my new career as a small business owner.  It’s been an incredible year, and I’m doing things now I couldn’t have imagined a year ago.

So what have I done in the last year?

I created a business! YAY ME! NorthIQ is a sole proprietorship in Ontario.  I use Xero for my accounting needs, and I’m accepting payments using Stripe. Continue Reading

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Not Quite the Mis-Step Others Would Have You Believe

Don’t believe the negative press, it’s a good fun ride with strong performances, awesome characters and great moments for each character.  Liam and I talked at length about the movie on Sequential Fiction Episode 38 – Suicide Squad.

There are amazing cameos, and a brilliant mid-credits coda that ties into Justice League out next year.

There were tons of scenes from the trailer that we didn’t see in the movie. From little things like a half burned Joker firing a gun to major set pieces like Harley tending bar that looked like a good character development piece. All of these little “flavour” pieces would have given the film a longer run-time, so I understand them being cut, but the bar scene in particular felt like it needed the bar tending scene to set the stage. Continue Reading

Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip

Thank You Gord Downie for Reminding Me What Being Canadian Means

Something has happened in this last year, it might be because we saw the depths of idiocy with Rob Ford acting like a laughing stock, or it may be that we looked into the eyes of Stephen Harper and found him lacking. It might be because we elected a fourty-something former school teacher with model good looks as our national leader, but despite how horrible the rest of the world seems to be getting, Canada has been a haven for feel good stories.

We’ve brought in more Syrian refugees than we had originally planned. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at my kids school for some field trips, and I am amazed by these kids who’s lives were totally upended, but who are embracing their new lives in a new country where they don’t even understand the language.

On Saturday when 11 million Canadians came together to celebrate the Tragically Hip, it was a particular show of unity, and something that made me so incredibly proud to be Canadian.
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Batfleck and Zack Snyder

What’s Wrong With Zack Snyder Anyway?

My favourite film directors, in no particular order, are Terry Gilliam, James Cameron, Michael Bay, Danny Boyle, John Woo, Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott.

Zack Snyder is one of those directors I should love, he creates big, bold movies that are audacious, and which others have said are unfilmable. He has a style which is undeniable, and the trailers for his films are second to none. Continue Reading

Captain America Civil War Review

Captain America Civil War is the latest Marvel film, and on paper, like most of the Marvel movies, it shouldn’t work.

Let’s do the math.  The first Iron Man starred a washed up Robert Downey Junior and was directed by John Favreau who’s only other action flick was the 2005 box office bomb Zathura: A Space Adventure.  Iron Man had ZERO name recognition outside of hardcore comics nerds, and of the various heroes Marvel had at their disposal, was the least recognizable. Continue Reading

Walking Dead Season Six Finale Live Blog

I haven’t done anything like this in years, but for the finale of Walking Dead this year, I am going to live blog my reactions to every single moment.

A little bit of spoiler free back story before we get to the show itself.

In my opinion Season Six has been the best season of Walking Dead so far. There have been amazing moments, and a mounting tension that has appropriately evolved along with the evolution of the series. Continue Reading

Cursed: Black Swan - A Fixer Novel

Cursed: Black Swan – A Review

I have followed Ryan McFadden’s writing career since it was in its embryonic stage. It’s no secret we’ve been besties since high school, we’ve been in each other’s wedding parties, and we’re each other’s “go to” when we need a good swift kick in the ass (metaphorically or physically).

The novel that has become Cursed: Black Swan – A Fixer Novel is about 20 years in the making. I read the first version of it when it was called Nathaniel, before it was put back into a drawer for a decade. I’ve read everything as Ryan has evolved as a writer, he became an Aurora award winner for his part in the anthology Women of the Apocalypse, he won again with The Puzzle Box, and he got more accolades for his shared world concept “The 10th Circle Project”. Continue Reading