Check the weather forecast in your area for the Easter weekend as it may call for cloudy periods with a chance of space debris showers –

Out-Of-Control Chinese Space Station Will Crash to Earth Over The Weekend

“According to the European Space Agency‘s Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, debris from Tiangong-1 will splash down between March 30 and April 2 across the northern hemisphere.”

Do you live in the yellow shaded area pictured above?  If so, you may want to consider vacationing in the blue shaded areas for those four days (P.S. I hear Greenland is beautiful this time of year.)

Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming, Whether You Like It Or Not

“Clean meat companies claim the process will be more efficient because you’re only growing the bits you need to feed people—no guts or eyeballs or brains.”

Whoa whoa WHOA!  The guts, eyeballs and brains are the best part!

Your Guide To Proper Napping

“To help, try to simulate nighttime conditions. Reduce light with a mask, blackout curtains, or—if for some strange reason your office actually invested in one—a workplace nap “pod.”

The workplace nap “pod” – aka Your Office.

Finally, Breaking News!  I have a cold.  My first in about five years!

Welp (Honestly?  I just like saying “Welp!”), I think it’s high time I brought resident film critic Cookie Monster back from extended vacation so he can start catching up on his superhero movie reviews.  It’s been over three years since we last heard from our blue-furred Richard Roeper (not to be confused with the real blue-furred Richard Roeper).  At first blush, it would appear the last movie he reviewed, Kick-Ass 2, may have done him some lastingdamage [“VERDIKT: If you loved de first movie, you’ll hate dis one. But if you hated de first movie, you probably won’t hate dis one as much.”], but in truth, all the blame lies with Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to Cookie in his farewell letter dated October 29, 2014, sitting through Avengers: Age of Ultron “be like watching somebuddy else play video games for tree and half hours!”.  Which is pretty damning when you consider the movie’s runtime was just a shade over two.

Anyway, with Black Panther out and Deadpool 2 poised to hit theaters in a couple of months, I figured now is the time to cajole Monster into getting back in the critic’s seat.  And, of course, there’s Avengers: Infinity War that looks like the perfect movie for anyone with a PhD in Marvel Comics (Everyone else need not apply).  Of course, getting back in the saddle will mean writing up a review of Age of Ultron which, given the fact it’s been almost three years since he saw it, may require a repeat viewing – which would be akin to asking him to relive prom night with Grover’s cousin Shanice.  But, hey, let’s see.  Stranger things have happened.

Prom night with Grover’s cousin Shanice, for one.

Meanwhile, you can check out all of Cookie Monster’s past movie reviews here including his thoughts on…

Man of Steel:  …dis be filmic equivalent of having to attend an uncle’s funeral at Six Flags. Wit unbelievable romantic B story tacked on.

Superman Returns: …more boring den Fozzie Bear’s off-off-off Broadway production of “Old Coronation Street Episodes”.

CatwomanVerdikt: Dis movie a CATastrophe.  Get it it?  She a cat!

The Incredible Hulk: Verdikt: If dis movie was a frat house, it be Pi Krappa Gamma.

Meanwhile, it looks like them marbles (consult previous blog entry for reference) have rounded the bend and are headed towards the finish line.  Comet is still out in front but Reflektor is closing fast.  Looks like I may need to start binging horror movies.


These were my favorites …

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 (of 4)

Cover art by Rod Reis

Monstress #15

Cover art by Sana Takeda, Yoshi Yoshitani

Spider-Men II

Cover art by Sara Pichelli

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #25

Cover art by Phil Noto

The Adventures of Captain Cosmic #1

Cover by Andy W Clift

The Mighty Thor #705

Cover art by Russell Dauterman

Meanwhile, I’ve decided to fully immerse myself back into the word of comic book reading.  I read the majority of last week’s new releases and will do the same for this week’s.  As in the past, I will drop titles that fail to hold my interest and continue reading the ones that do.  And, once I have a few issues under my belt, I’m going to start making recommendations.

With Akemi’s birthday less than a month away, I’ve started perusing various online sites for the perfectly unique birthday gift.

What follows are some of the more – uh – remarkable offerings available for you to order from JapanTrendShop.com:

You too can smell like a sumo wrestler!

His an Hers.

I wasn’t even aware this was a thing.

This gum would have come in so handy these past few months.

I’m not sure…I don’t even…I just don’t know.

So elegant-looking!

Okay.  Finally, this is something I can get behind.

For those long-haul flights.

Yep.  My pet peeve when I go out for drinks is to get a mug that’s practically all beer and hardly any foam!

How else is your dog going to get his/her exercise?

Who doesn’t like robots?  And love to laugh?

Fix your face!

To be saved for later use?

Decisions, Decisions…


Between here and the dogs, it’s hard to stress out about anything…

That big Dalek, Baby Groot, Winter Soldier Irish jib crossover is finally here!!!

Yes, today, we hit Toronto Comic Con – or “Geek Festival” as Akemi refers to it.

Like most cons, much of the fun is in checking out the people in costume.  Or at least I assume they were in costume.

When in doubt, follow the woman with wings!

I think I successfully convinced Akemi to dress up as a stubby-limbed dinosaur next con.

I consider myself fairly well-versed when it comes to anime and comic books but even so I can usually only identify half of the cosplay characters.  For instance, on the left is Tokyo Ghoul’s Kaneki, but I have no idea who’s standing beside him. More often than not, when I draw a blank, it’s a video-game character.  Final Fantasy?

Plenty of Black Panther cosplay at this event.

Ran into my buddy, Duane – a comic con veteran.

Picked up an awesome Dark Matter mug and bag from artist Nicky’s shop.

It’s a Stargate/Dark Matter crossover!

Natasha with the Elizabeth Weir cosplay.  Nice!

Even Pikachu put in an appearance.

You shall not pass!

You shall not pass!!!

No.  Wait.  Wrong big budget fantasy series.

Two and a half hours later…

All in all, not a bad outing.  I picked up a slew of cufflinks (including a pair of nifty Walking Dead crossbows) and added to my burgeoning super villain t-shirt collection with some interesting finds (Gorilla Grodd and a motorcycle-riding Orb among them).

Alright.  Back to work!

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