Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
A new life born into this past year of chaos and tears, strength and renewal...somehow we always pull through. She's my inspiration, my new love that I promise to cherish as long as I'll live.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Red Tornado (2009-2010) #1-6 (DC Comics)
Written: Kevin VanHook
Art: Jose Luisí and J.P. Mayer.
I don't really have much more than a base knowledge of the character, and unfortunately, VanHook doesn't do much to want to bring me back for more. The story is a little too "by-the-numbers", although isn't completely boring. Like the new Hollywood action movie of the week, there's a buttload of action, with a very basic amount of character development for good measure. Red finds out he has "siblings" consisting of the other three elements, fire, water and earth with the latter being completely insane and wanting to take over the world. That's really most of it right there. 5.5/10
North 40 (2009-2010) #1-6 (Wildstorm)
Written: Aaron Williams
Art: Fiona Staples
I didn't know what to expect from this other than the fact that it was a horror title. Wildstorm can be hit or miss overall, but with this one, they totally hit it out of the park for me. Like the amazing love child of Stephen King's The Stand, HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, and your favorite super hero comic, North 40 is the story of a small southern town invaded by extradimensional forces of evil, released by "chubby nerd" and "goth girl". CN is the good guy in all of this, and manages to empower a few townspeople with powers similar to those of his favorite comic book characters, whereas GG turns a larger portion into variations of creatures from every horror movie you've ever seen. What follows is a very well executed battle of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, with the townspeople's own personal lives and prejudices siding them on one side or the other. Lots of fun, great writing, and solid art. 8.5/10
Rapture (2009-2010) #1-6 (Dark Horse)
Written: Michael Avon Oeming, and Taki Soma
Art: Michael Avon Oeming and Val Staples
I've always loved Avon Oeming's Powers art, and whenever he's donned the writer's hat, he's generally always managed to at least pump out a decent, fun story, and Rapture is no exception. While the dialogue tends to be a little too "simple", Oeming and Soma offer a different take on the end of the world scenario. À la Kingdom Come, earth has been nearly destroyed by feuding Metahumans, culminating with the near total collapse of the civilized world and the disappearance of all Metahumans. Enter Evilyn and Gil, who are separated right before the end of the world, and try to find their way back to each other. Evilyn is visited by an angel-like figure who gives her a spear to help save those around her from attacking cannibals, whereas Gil is tortured and beaten by a young boy given the same powers as Evilyn, but is unable to cope responsibly with this power. The story culminates with our leads finally meeting but seeing the world through entirely different eyes, and a couple of nice twists near the end that makes the ending near perfect. The general feel of the story itself reminded me of some of Robert Kirkman's super-hero books (but not so much his "end of the world" book), and would recommend this for anyone who enjoyed those. 7.5/10
Remi VL (edited by Cat VL)
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The weather was perfect (sunny but slightly overcast with a nice breeze), the mosquitoes stayed away for the most part, the company was happy & amazing and the atmosphere, relaxed and blissful. It was a perfect day.
The next morning, after a much-needed eggs & bacon breakfast shared with a few friends, we packed a single suitcase; I filled it mostly with dresses and several disposable cameras, Rémi with Marvel© t-shirts and shorts. We both needed and desired to get away from home and from every face we recognise; we kissed our cats & friends goodbye and left in our trusty Golf. We drove along the South Shore, to Digby and the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, staying at comfy B&Bs and otherwise stopping where we please. We met a few friends along the way:
Leslie Smith is an 83 year-old former fisherman who took us out on his dinghy to Cape Sable Island, where Nova Scotia’s tallest lighthouse and a herd of sheep greeted us through the fog; we felt as though we were in Ireland (only with a lot more sheep scat).
There are also two shacks on Cape Sable Island, inhabited on occasion during the summer and fall; with no running water or electricity, it’s a nice one-week getaway, if you’ve got the connections (i.e. Leslie brings there and back with all of your supplies; look for the sign and his phone number at the end of The Hawk). What a sweet and funny fellow.
We also met a humpback whale (I just decided her name is Vera), who decided to hang out with us around our whale tour boat for about an hour. I had never seen a whale so close; she even sprayed her fishy-smelling blowhole breath at us! It was surreal and moving, I shed a few tears which will make me a cheeseball for life, I know. A woman who lives in the Arctic Circle was there visiting some friends- she took some great snaps: arcticdispatches.blogspot.com (but those below are from our crappy disposable camera)
Big dumb crying face!
Right after we got a whiff of her blowhole (awkward!)
That's right, une poutine à l'homard, de Pubnico. Tastier than expected.
Overall, it was a great time on the road; there’s nothing more blissful and freeing to me than to drive around with Rémi, anywhere. I look forward to many more roadtrips together! New York City is my next target.
(I know what you're thinking: Cat Fancy and Frank Black, together at last)
Yeah yeah, many interruptions did occur, from moving into our new place, getting married to illness in the family...excuses. In any case, we pulled through and here we are, ready to shove our asinine opinions and geek love in your face! You may not find any interesting reads, and feel free to express any and all thoughts, even if it's "you suck at writing", but remember: we're just having fun.
And honestly, if no one reads this, that's ok. It's going to be alright. We'll laugh just as much at campy horror flicks, swoon just as much over the last so-and-so album, point out just as much at how fantastic our animal companions are, etc.
WARNING: the next post is about our wedding/honeymoon, and was originally meant to be the first post. Re-reading it now (yes, I type everything in Word first), I realise how much it drips of the cheese. I'm not changing it, but beware: we're in love.