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My favorites…

Achilles, Inc. #1 (cover art by Daniel Maine)

Doctor Strange #390 (cover art by Mike Del Mundo)

Falcon #8 (cover art by Jay Anacieto)

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 (cover art by Skan)

Star Wars #28 (cover art by David Marquez)

What did you like?  What did I miss?

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My favorites…

A Walk Through Hell #1 (cover art by Jose Villarrubia)

Cold War #4 (cover art by Hayden Sherman)

Gideon Falls #3 (cover art by Greg Smallwood, Andrea Sorrentino)

Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1 (cover art by Clayton Crain)

The Mighty Thor: At The Gates of Valhalla #1 (cover art by Nick Derington)

The Punisher #224 (cover art by Clayton Crain)

You Are Deadpool #3 (cover art by Rahzzah)

So, which was your favorite?

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Yesterday, Akemi and I checked out one of my favorite events in the city – the annual Toronto Comics Art Festival.

It was quite a turn-out at the Toronto Reference Library for the free general admission event showcasing artists, creators and publishers, both mainstream and independent.

Well this was a pleasant surprise, coming across artist Cat Farris there to support her new book My Boyfriend is a Bear.  I happened to read it last week and absolutely loved it.  Coincidentally, I was recommending it to Akemi earlier that day, so I picked up a copy to compliment the digital version I already purchased.

Also in attendance,Karl Kerschl and Brenden Fletcher, who were there in support of their terrific new fantasy book, Isola.

I happened across uber-talented artist Jim Zub, a Toronto native, who has done work for Marvel, IDW, Image, and others.  We talked Japan and I picked up the first volume of his creator-owned, Tokyo-set, supernatural series Wayward.

Fellow Torontonian and illustrious illustrator Michael Cho was also on hand.  We chatted comic books and I picked up a few of his prints…

Perfect for the new place.

In addition, I also picked up a whack of titles from independent creators including All Of This by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew and Jonathan Kociuba, and Home by the Michaud Brothers…

My plan had been to go back today for a second and final sweep but, sadly, I never made it.  Alas, looks like I’ll have to wait until Fan Expo in late August.

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Look, as a foodie, I’m the last person who is going to criticize someone’s menu selections.  If you want to shell out an extra $50 to top your scallops with Osetra caviar or spend $150 to finish that risotto with white truffle shavings, why not? Who am I to say anything?  On my first trip to Tokyo, I dropped over $200 on a modest wagyu (a taste experience so revelatory that, upon my return to North America, I was unable to eat regular steak for three years).  But I have to draw the line at this –

And this –

And this –

To answer the question posed in the last video (“Is a $90 24-karat gold burger worth it?”), I can say with utmost certainty:  No, it’s not fucking worth it.  Why not?  Well, because unlike Osetra caviar ($300/2 ounces), white truffles ($300/ounce), or an A5 Black Tajima tenderloin from Gunma Prefecture ($300/10 ounces), that edible gold tastes like absolutely nothing.  It is not only completely devoid of flavor, but chemically inert so that it will pass through your digestive system without effect.  Truly the only justification for ordering any of the afore-mentioned is that they allow you to proclaim “I shit gold!” and be literally correct, in addition to sounding like a complete asshole (as opposed to maybe being figuratively correct and sounding like an asshole).

As this culinary trend started to gather steam online, I wondered: “Who the hell would order this?”.  And, almost immediately, someone came to mind, an ostentatious grandstander who, as far back as I can remember, never hesitated to joyously remind everyone of his incredible affluence.  The kid who decorated his Christmas tree with diamonds and precious pearls because regular ornaments just wouldn’t do.  The kid who’d take a private gondola up to his tree house.  The kid who named his dog Dollar, then fed him kibble in the shape of dollar signs!

This little bastard, with a consumption so extravagantly conspicuous he’d put a rapper to shame, wouldn’t think twice about chowing down on gold-dusted wings, gold leaf burgers, and gold-sprinkled sundaes.  Why?  Because he can and he wants you to know  it.  Also, he’s always been a jerk.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s proof!  10 Times Richie Rich Was A Dick!

Hey, poor kid, nice boat!

My Jai alai match was cancelled, so I’ll just catch a ballgame like the regular folk.

Lest anyone forget how wealthy I am, let me remind you.  I bet half those kids hadn’t eaten a proper meal in days.

My work duties consisted of walking around with a retrofitted backpack so that my employer could watch t.v. while strolling.  Also, care of fine china, silver, and crystal.

I don’t play golf but I have a feeling this would, at the very least, be considered a breach of etiquette.  Fore, suckers!  

That’s not a top.  THIS is a top!  Just kidding.  It’s a 1200 carat diamond worth more than the lives of everyone you’ve ever loved.

What’s next?  Hire a couple of goons to work over those pesky third graders?

Dance for me, monkeys!

Replacing the stuffing of his glove with cash because…his opponents can’t afford to buy a decent pair of shoes.

Yeah, these coins grow naturally in my backyard.  Also, Santa is a close personal friend of mine – oh, and your grandma isn’t dead anymore.

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These were my favorites…

Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Incorporated (cover art by Ryan Stegman)

Darth Vader #16 (cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli)

Domino #2 (cover art by Greg Land)

Old Man Logan #39 (cover art by Mike Deodato Jr.)

Resident Alien: An Alien in New York #2 (cover art by Steve Parkhouse)

You Are Deadpool #2 (cover art by Rahzzah)

Southern Bastards #20 (cover art by Jason Latour)

Rough Riders: Ride or Die #4 (cover art by Patrick Olliffe)

So, which one is your favorite?

Finally, some news regarding an old friend, former award-winning editor and presently successful author Lou Anders is flying into the Star Wars-verse: New Flight of the Falcon Book to Debut This Fall

Congrats to Lou!

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These were my favorites…

Captain America #701 (cover art by Michael Cho)

Dark Ark #6 (cover art by Juan Doe)

Death Or Glory #1 (cover art by Bengal, Duncan Fegredo, James Harren)

Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #3 (cover art by Max Fiumara)

Platinum End: Chapter 30 (cover art by Takeshi Obata)

Virgo (cover art by Colt Garcia)

Weapon X #17 (cover art by Rahzzah)

Which were your favorites?

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A lot of beautiful artwork this week.  These were my favorites…

Avengers #690 (cover art by Mark Brooks)

Babyteeth #10 (cover art by Garry Brown)

Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, vol. 2 (cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli)

Darth Vader #15 (cover art by Elia Bonetti and Giuseppe Camuncoli)

Doom Patrol #11 (cover art by Nick Derington)

Insiders, vol. 7 (cover art by Renaud Garreta)

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 (cover art by Paulina Ganucheau, Ibrahim Moustafa)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #19 (cover art by Emilio Laiso)

The Beef #3 (cover art by Ross Hell, Shaky Kane)

The Mighty Thor #706 (cover art by Russell Dauterman)

Wonder Woman #45 (cover art by Bryan Hitch, David Yardin)

X-Men: Domino (cover art by Ken Lashley)

X-O Manowar #14 (cover art by Ariel Olivetti)


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