This past Saturday at the annual Bond St. Cup (this year held in the picturesque locale of Waterdown), Joanne and I were paired up in the random drawing of Coits partners. We dubbed our team the “East-West Connection”, and it was indeed mighty. We took the coveted cup (and the handsome reward purse), and emerged as champions.

Our first match was against last year's co-champion Jesse and partner Tiff. After starting off strong with an immediate ringer on my first toss, we struggled for several consecutive ends with our opponents trading the lead with us. We finally managed to eke out a 15-12 victory in what can only be called a bowling shoe ugly battle of attrition.

Up next were Fabio and Nikki. Nikki once again showed her coitsmanship, with nearly every ring landing on or around the pole. Joanne however was finding her stride at this point and managed to steal a good number of ends. Fab and I battled on our end, and I eventually got the better of him. In the end we squeaked another close victory with a 15-11 victory. With that win we had defeated two of the four former champions (in the 3 previous Bond Street Cup tourneys, Jesse and Nikki have won twice, while Tim and I had each taken one victory), and were prepared to face the finals.

Up against Tim and Bethany, things looked grim with the so called “good guys” taking an early lead, before we could tie them up. Suddenly Joanne was throwing coits like she was an old pro. First a ringer, then point, point, point. With us up 13-11, all it would take was two single points to assure victory, but Joanne would have none of that, with her first throw of the end, she tossed an easy ringer and brought the Bond Street Cup to where it belongs…

Oh sweet victory, your taste is like a mix of fine honeysuckle and vintage champagne with a hint of clover the barest soussant of asparagus.


Calling all comic book fans!!!

Hello fans of comical books. Friends of fans of comical books. Fans of comical bookal movies. All of you all, I'm looking for you. I'm looking into launching an all new website devoted to the huge Canadian comic book market. We have the best artists, the best writers, and some of the best stores in the world, now it's time for a new website to spotlight them and show the world how cool we are.

I'm looking for a few good men (and/or women) to write stuff about comical books for a new site which will be launching soon.

News, previews, interviews, reviews. You name it, and we're looking for it. In the beginning the pay will be just the fame/fortune and thrill of seeing your name on the various internets connected with a high quality website. However as the site in question grows, we will figure out ways of rewarding our writers.

This site is going to launch early in August, so I'm looking for writers to start submitting things to me soon so that we can get the site going.

Anyone interested can leave a comment here. Make sure your email address is correct and I'll respond to you immediately (don't worry, your email address will not appear on this site).

Know somebody who would be interested in this? Send them an email with a link to this site.

Thanks fans, and as Stan Lee would say “Excelsior!”

Comics Games

So long City of Heroes

My City of Heroes charactersSadly, today I let my City of Heroes account expire. It wasn’t really a tough decision, I just wasn’t playing the game that much, and when I was playing it, I just couldn’t play for as long as was apparently needed to get anywhere.

City of Heroes is a massively multiplayer online role playing game. You take on the persona of a hero and go out to defeat villany and bring justice to the world.

Like I said, it’s a really cool game, but MAN does it require a committment. On average it required an hour every time I logged in. If you went on a big mission, you were looking at another hour. Leveling up usually required spending quite a bit of time looking for dudes to beat up, and then you had to run back to your trainer and get leveled up. Plus you would need to slot your enhancements, and tweak your character every couple of hours.

I only made it to level 11 with my main character, Roman Arcane, who was a scrapper with a broadsword. My other characters included: Atma Acerbus, a level 9 blaster. Lady Daemon, a level 8 blaster. Baron Darkside, a level 8 defender (who was a pretty awesome character). Matterman, a level 3 defender.

Roman was cool in the early levels because of his abilty to dish out loads of damage, but as the levels rose and the villians got tougher, he started to suck.

Atma was fun to play because his primary travel power was teleport, and he could pull enemy’s to him, allowing him to dispose of a group of baddies one at a time.

Baron Darkside was really useful because he was both a healer, and a dealer of damage. He could teleport friends to him, and was also able to kill baddies from a distance.

I had a lot of fun playing the game, but in the end it was the massive requirement of time that was needed that is keeping me out of the game.

There is going to be a follow up to the game called “City of Villians” which looks like a lot of fun, maybe this time next year I’ll give it a shot.


London and Liam

I woke up this morning extra early, wanting to get in to work early to catch up on some stuff. As I awoke, Charlene said to me “There have been terror attacks in London.” My sleep addled brain was thinking London Ontario, and I was trying to figure out why in the heck anyone would attack London. She then said “They think it has something to do with the G8 summit.”…what the? Oh, London England.

It's sounding like there were probably 3 tube explosions and a bus explosion around 8:30 this morning London time.

My co-worker and friend Liam is over in London right now for the next week and a bit. While my gut says Liam wouldn't be awake at 8:30am at the best of times, I think we'd all feel better if we heard from him.

Liam, if you read this, drop us a line, leave a comment, whatever.

***UPDATE***3:50pm ET, Liam is apparently fine and not even in London, I'm sure some tale of drinking and wandering around Wales will ensue, so I'll let him tell it when he gets around to it.