At the end of this week’s episode, I felt cheated. Completely surprised by how the lip sync and elimination unfolded. Disappointed. That’s not to say there weren’t some really great moments, but when you’re rooting for someone and they don’t show up with the eye of the tiger… it’s a weird kind of betrayal. The […]

13 may be my lucky number, but it’s definitely an unwieldy [insert fabulous collective noun here] of drag queens. Looking over the rosters of previous seasons, I’ve completely forgotten the names of the queens who were eliminated early. The only exceptions to that are Shangela Laquifa Wadley, who was able to supplement her impression with […]

Who’s that rolling into the competition as the 14th contestant of Season 9? After the season premiere’s cliffhanger ending, episode 2 let the cat out of the bag. It’s time to be cuckoo for cucu again. Last seen when eliminated after Season 8’s battle of the runway rollergirls, Cynthia Lee Fontaine made her return to […]

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One of the highlights of my 2016 was watching all 8 regular seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and both seasons of All Stars. So, while I can’t say I’m a long-time fan of searches for drag superstars, I think my current enthusiasm for the sashaying and shantaying television extravaganza makes up for being tardy to […]

I was introduced to playing Dungeons & Dragons in the early 90s – specifically the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. As fate would have it, I wouldn’t participate in an ongoing roleplaying game campaign with any sort of frequency for another twenty years. That didn’t stop me, however, from giving non-board-based tabletop games […]

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The My Entertainment World Podcast is back with an all-new episode dissecting the trailer for the latest instalment of the X-Men film franchise. Coming to theatres on March 3rd, Logan promises to be a low-fi, character-driven solo adventure for Wolverine. It’s also likely to be the last appearance of Hugh Jackman in the role he’s played for […]

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One of my favourite music teachers once observed how challenging it can be to write music with a positive tone. Personally, I’ve never tried my hand at it, but I can certainly recognize that going the other way and digging into and indulging negative emotions is a potent source of inspiration. The one possible exception […]

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Though it may not be quite as contradictory to my Canadian self-identification as my dislike of maple syrup, I’ve never felt particularly drawn or sympathetic to the character of Wolverine. I’ll grant he’s somewhat endearing when portrayed in films by that charming Aussie song-and-dance man – and a less mystifying object of admiration than Deadpool […]

CLICK HERE to read our full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2015. There were a lot of eye-catching booths at San Diego Comic-Con, all promoting or selling comics, other books, clothing, art, toys, and various media properties, but there was particularly electric energy around a table for a game called Superfight. And I couldn’t resist […]

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CLICK HERE to read our full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2015. After attending the Image Comics panel, I wanted to check out a session about one of my other favourite publishers, so I found myself at BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Pushes Comics Forward. The panel’s moderator, Filip Sablik, BOOM!’s president of publishing […]

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Image Comics: Where Creators Own the Mainstream was the first of five panels showcasing creators of Image Comics publications at this year’s Comic-Con…

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Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews SwordPlay: A Play of Swords (A) It doesn’t get any better than this, folks. Sex T-Rex hit the ball out of the park with this absolute triumph. It’s part video game homage, part Princess Bride, part Game of Thrones and has generous sprinklings […]

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Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews Morro and Jasp do Puberty (A) There are few safer bets in the Fringe than Toronto’s Sweethearts. The duo’s remount of their 2009 Toronto Fringe triumph is everything you could possibly want in a show about clowns going through puberty. It’s an absolute […]

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At the risk of losing any comics-related credibility I may have established in your eyes to this point, gentle reader, I must admit that I was first won over by the character of John Constantine as he was portrayed by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 film simply titled Constantine. That’s where I was introduced to […]

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One of the most satisfying side effects of a popular culture rooted in mass media, in my occasionally humble opinion, is the plethora of milestones available for one’s nostalgic reflections. There was definitely a moment after my private Catholic high school days and post-secondary conservatory theatre training during which my worldview shifted from West Side […]

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Montréal is one of my favourite cities to visit. Perhaps it’s the surreal experience of walking down a city street, not entirely unlike a Toronto street, and seeing familiar corporate logos with unfamiliar French names. The feeling of stepping into an alternate reality where things are just different enough that you’re forced to pay attention […]

I don’t think I would’ve become as big of a fan of comic books as a medium, now, if it weren’t for the general trend, which started a while ago, towards more complex characters and storylines. I’m not talking about dark and broody caped crusaders or anti-heroes. I mean compositions that are sufficiently patient and […]

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Daredevil made his comic book debut in 1964. As with most superheroes that have been around that long, he’s gone through his fair share of being reinvented and reimagined. As times have changed, his supporting cast has also evolved. On April 10th, Netflix released their new 13-episode original series based on the characters created by […]

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The last time I dug into a comic book written in the fantasy genre, my focus was on a story derived from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. And, though modern writers may push the envelope of that world of swords and sorcery, there was a defined framework upon which it was built – a […]

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I get enthusiastic about comics anthologies for the same reason I enjoy attending fringe-y theatre and film festivals. There’s something magical about being able to immerse oneself in a range of stories and styles in one place. In that setting, I find myself more willing to step out of my comfort zone and try something […]

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There’s something deeply satisfying about discovering a competent, innovative cover version of one of your favourite songs. I have a great deal of admiration for artists who not only re-record someone else’s tune, but reinvent it and put their own spin on it in a way that showcases just as much artistry as the source […]

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I’ve never been particularly patient with serial or otherwise long-form storytelling. If I’m not grabbed from the start of something, there’s a good chance I won’t hang around for whatever the creator considers the point of the endeavour. After watching the pilot episode of Lost when it first aired, I was convinced that that television […]

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I’ll remember 2014 as the year I got back into comics in a big way. I enjoyed a lot of what I read, but I know I also just didn’t have time for the volume of good comics and graphic novels that arrived this year. How exciting to think that there’s a new year full […]

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It’s a shame that the perceived fast pace of life means so many new things get boiled down to X Meets Y. There’s certainly an argument to be made for having a quick answer to the frequently asked “So, what’s this new comic all about?” but the more new series I read, the more frustrated […]

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Perhaps one day I’ll review a comic book and become a mighty geyser of vitriolic verbage, but today is not that day. Maybe it stems from reading as many comics as I do and my tendency to see something good in every one. I end up using this forum as a way to recommend my […]

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For all of their power and range and specificity, sometimes written words can be highly problematic. I, personally, have no shortage of experiences where a negative tone was read into words I’d written, despite a lack of any such nuance being intended for the actual message I’d sent. I will, however, admit that my love […]