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Monday, 06 July 2015 16:19
It was ComicCon time in my hometown of Montreal once again and it was the biggest event ever! More than 50,000 fans came out to let their geek flag fly and it was once again an exciting show! Much more space, more vendors a bigger Artists Alley and an awesome atmosphere that for the first time I saw many celebs like John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn from Arrow), Michael Rooker (of Guardians of the Galaxy and Walking Dead) and more walking the con floor and taking in the show (I myself had some fun moments with the celebs, more on that later). I of course had my adventures taking pics of the thousands of fun cosplays this year and yet again, it's time for my Annual Cosplay Parade!  Read more...
Published in Convention Circuit
Monday, 15 June 2015 16:14
OK, those of you who have read some of my articles before might appreciate that I’m a tiny bit biased when it comes to dinosaurs. That’s probably a lie – I absolutely love dinosaurs. They’re more important to me than superheroes or science fiction. They captured my imagination as a child and I’ve digested every book, documentary and movie about them as is humanly possible. So you can expect that 1993’s Jurassic Park has a very special place in my heart. There was no way I was going to miss the fourth installment of the franchise, Jurassic World, but is it an extinction level event for the series or has life found a way back into the dream of a dinosaur theme park? Read more...
Published in Movie Reviews
Friday, 03 April 2015 13:33
Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of what was hot and what was not. Hopefully you survived any pranks or jokes that came your way on April Fool’s Day.  A good prank takes preparation and good execution. You can’t just go throwing firecrackers into a laundry hamper and expect it to be a good prank. You can expect it to set your apartment on fire though. It might be a safe bet to say that the Grand Valley State University student who did that won’t be valedictorian. Speaking of bad pranks on April Fool’s Day, if you missed the commercial for the Avengers inspired razors you are probably better off. Those who saw it were disappointed that it was just a hoax. The commercial shows a shaving razor with Captain America’s shield as the blade. The shield releases and moves across the face giving an all American close shave. Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:17
Jurassic-World-logo-trailer-630x350In 1993, Steven Spielberg changed the way we saw dinosaurs on film forever. Gone was the lumbering stop-motion beasts created by Ray Harryhausen (which I still think look great, by the way) from movies such as One Million Years B.C. or Valley of the Gwangi or the reptiles covered in glue and adorned with spikes which were superimposed against the camera in The Lost World. Adapting Michael Crichton’s cautionary tale about genetically engineered dinosaurs reared upon a private preserve, Jurassic Park utilized the latest in CGI and paleontological research to accurately recreate iconic prehistoric animals based upon what was known at the time. The result was astounding, blowing audiences away and bringing to life monsters that have timelessly captured the imaginations of children and adults for centuries.   Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Friday, 10 October 2014 13:15
Congratulations on surviving another week and making it here to sweet what was hot and what was not this week. Our buddy Shia Labeouf is back and he’s hotter than the truck driver who left a trailer full of rotting meat on the side of the road. Let’s jump right in and see what this week had to offer. That’s right, Shia Labeouf is back. He’s in a new movie, Fury, a WWII drama about a platoon who is out-numbered and out-gunned but that doesn’t stop them from going after the Nazis. As part of the promotion of the movie Labeouf will be appearing on the Ellen Degeneres show today. That’s right, set your DVR, or just wait for someone to post a Youtube video, so you can see him apologize for spitting on a cop. WHAT!? As for that Youtube video, here you go. We love you, Shia.
Published in Pop Culture
Friday, 19 July 2013 10:27
kingkiobg1Pacific Rim is the ultimate ode to kaiju – the giant monster genre that spawned a whole new way of story telling. These kaiju became synonymous with Japanese film making but they’ve been around for years. Every fan boy loves them. Who couldn’t? Huge, ancient beasts that smash through civilisation with out a care for the destruction they cause. Read more...
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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:02
The Battle from A to X Hello, Bleederz and welcome to Week 1 of my special coverage of Avengers vs. X-Men, starting with #0 and #1! This is the event I’ve been waiting for since I was just a wee lil Bleeder, so I am quite excited to see all the matchups and the effects this event will have on the entire Marvel Universe! Sorry for the cliché, but I truly think that after this, “NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME!” So to quote Nick Fury in Jurassic Park, “Hold on to ya butts!” Now before I begin these series of reviews, I will first say that I have a crazy tendency to just blab about whatever the heck I feel like and these days everyone has an opinion on what defines a spoiler, so I don’t worry about revealing too much in the hopes of giving you guys a fun column to read. What I’m saying is SPOILERS MAY OCCUR! Read more...
Published in Marvel Comics
Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:57
Because a British Boy Loves Dragons “It's very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs -- dinosaurs are nature's Special Effects. They are the only real dragons. Kids love dragons. It's not just being weirdly shaped and being able to eat Buicks. It's that they are real.” ROBERT T. BAKKER And it’s not just kids that love dinosaurs either. I do too. I think Bakker got it all right with that one statement, especially the last line. There are all kinds of monsters – a monster itself can be defined as perversion of nature, something that is wrong in the natural order of things – and most exist within our imagination. Dinosaurs ARE real. Maybe strictly speaking they aren’t monsters. Dinosaurs, depending on which school of thought you subscribe to, are long extinct reptiles or the ancestors of modern day birds. They ruled the Earth millennia ago all the way from the Arctic Circle to Australia, masters of the shifting continent known as Pangaea. They fought and survived for millions of years and were destroyed by some unfathomable cataclysm, wiped from the face of the planet and thought lost forever, only to be dreamed about in our wildest fantasies. Mankind emerged from the primordial wastes and went on to achieve many things; they learnt to control fire, they created the wheel, the conquered every corner of the globe and went on to their greatest accomplishment – comic books! And in them the dinosaurs have risen to prominence once more… Here are some of my favourite experiences of dinosaurs in comic books and hope you enjoy the tour…   A Pound of Flesh & One-Armed Lab Coats “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by sixty-five million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?” ALAN GRANT, JURASSIC PARK One of my first experiences of dinosaurs in comics was in the 2000AD strip Flesh. The premise was brilliant. Cowboys from the future had travelled back to the past to herd the dinosaurs and hunt them for their meat which would be sent forward through time and served as a delicacy. The workers of Trans-Time lived a frontier life; trailing the prehistoric landscape in specially modified vehicles before heading back to one of the many outposts dotted around the horizon. They were under relentless attack from all manner of beast, be it pteranodon, triceratops or even the mighty furry tyrannosaur! Old One Eye was a fan favourite – a huge, battle scarred tyrannosaur – whose son, Satanus, went on to appear in Dredd story, The Cursed Earth. Of course, this wasn’t the beginning or the end for dinosaurs in comics. Just as superheroes wowed us, the beasts of prehistory did the same. They even became a staple of superhero comics, often being cast as the villain or threat.      Stegron was one such evil doer. When you work as Dr Curt Connors research assistant and have an unhealthy obsession with all things dinosaur and The Lizard, you’re pretty much doomed from the off. Using the formula Connors used to transform himself into Spider-Mans most reptilian of enemies, Vincent Stegron fused the mixture with dinosaur DNA and became, purely by coincidence and nothing to do with his apt surname, a stegosaurus-like creature who continues to terrorize the wall-crawler to this day. Mutants, Devils and Sabretooth Tigers Are a BANE!! "Would you share drinks with a trilobite, an ourang-outang, or a saber-toothed tiger? Or would you just arrange to have a few specimens stuffed and carted off to the local museum? " — Seth Shostak Another unfortunate combination of man and prehistoric beast is Sauron. Bitten by a mutant pterodactyl, Karl Lykos discovered he had gained the power to absorb life from other living organisms as well as the ability to hypnotize them. During an encounter with the X-Man Havok, Lykos attempted to absorb his energy with bizarre side effects. He became a pterodactyl creature with super human strength and the ability to fly. Lykos named himself Sauron and has been a plague to the X-Men, and many other Marvel heroes since, showing up as a member of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants amongst other appearances. He has now made a home for himself in the Savage Land which he defended vehemently alongside Ka-Zar during the Skrull invasion. Devil Dinosaur, created by Jack Kirby, was another of Marvel’s creations. The bright red tyrannosaur originally hails from an alternate version of Earth where the dinosaurs never died out (as I researched the subject it’s surprising how many parallel universes exist where the extinction event never occurred…) and live in harmony with a sub-human, ape-like race. Devil Dinosaur, unlike his saurian relations, has human level intelligence and an innate love for his compatriot Moon Boy. The pair has become inseparable and have been on many an adventure but also currently reside in the Savage Land.      “But what is this Savage Land I hear you speak of ROBotiX?” I hear you ask. The Savage Land is an exotic paradise located in the Antarctic which is inaccessible by most means of transportation. It’s the last place on Earth where the dinosaurs survive alongside a plethora of other “Lost Races”. It was created by an alien race as a preserve in which to observe the effects of evolution. The area is a rich source of the mineral vibranium and has been fought over by many races over the centuries. It is also the home of Ka-Zar. I’m deviating from dinosaur territory now but I can’t mention the Savage Land without giving a nod to Ka-Zar. Orphaned when his father was killed exploring the lost paradise, Kevin Plunder was raised by a sabre tooth tiger named Zabu. The pair grew up together, became trusted allies and guardians of their prehistoric homeland. Plunder is the second man to don the mantle of Ka-Zar. The first was David Rand but his exploits run much more on a parallel to those of Tarzan and take place in Africa. A similar place emerged on the map in the DC universe. Skartaris is another “Lost World”, this one located beneath the Earth’s crust and is home to all manner of forgotten tribes. It holds relics of Atlantis and is a place of legend to nearly all surface dwellers – one of the capitals is Shamballah, a place lifted from the Tibetan myth of Shambhala or Shangri La. It is also home to countless species of dinosaur which proved much to the chagrin of the Secret Six (but not so much to Bane, he kind of liked it.)        The Age of All Things Jurrassic: Super Xenozoic "And in the afternoon they entered a land - but such a land! A land hung in mourning, darkened by gigantic cypresses, submerged; a land of reptiles, silence, shadow, decay." George Washington Cable For a dinosaur book that is thoroughly riveting and an unforgettably enjoyable read, I would recommend Ricardo Delgado’s Age of Reptiles, published by Dark Horse. What made this such an amazing book was not only its incredible artwork – every page is a true delight to behold and something for the eye to lovingly digest – but also its unique absence of text. Age of Reptiles has fully developed characters, heroes and villains, but no narrator or speech. It reads like a nature documentary but with an ensemble cast of empathic personalities that one can not help but be drawn into their world. Rival tribes battle for supremacy across this forgotten ecosystem in such a realistic but dramatic way it’s hard not to be lost in the moment with them, especially as Deinonychus wage a turf on one another and huge Sarchosuchus fling their saurian prey thirty feet into the air and devour with a satisfying snap of their jaws. The book won an Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. Of course, as well as travelling into the past and invading the present, dinosaurs also took a foothold in the future. Xenozoic Tales by Mark Schultz was the comic that inspired Cadillacs and Dinosaurs featured another winning combination; dinosaurs and cars. The series was set in a post-apocalyptic future where mankind had retreated below the surface to escape the ruination of the Earth. Emerging millennia later, the descendents of the human race encounter a world of ruined cities and the rebirth of the dinosaurs. Man is no longer the dominant species on the Earth. Reading like the popular adventure matinees of the 1950’s, Xenozoic Tales weekly told stories of warring tribes, the struggle co-existing with the prehistoric creatures - including Hermes, the semi-tame allosaur! - and Jack Tenrec’s many exciting accounts of a world so familiar but so wonderfully different.     The book showed us a world returned to nature – albeit it complete with classic cars retrofitted to withstand the harsh environment – where velociraptors roamed the abandoned cities, mammoths wandered the wilderness and tyrannosaurs terrorized the natives. It also introduced a fascinating new species, the Grith. These were mysterious, intelligent dinosaur-men who had evolved on the surface whilst man had hidden in the catacombs below. They were compassionate and menacing but equally absorbing. Schultz even detailed the foundations of their form of communication; letters contained in squares – Scrabble tiles! Dinosaurs still continue to hold their appeal in comics today. Super Dinosaur by Robert Kirkman has recent garnered acclaim for being an excellent all ages read with some super artwork. It’s pure wish fulfilment too!      How many of us as kids wished our dad was a mad scientist and our best friend was a Tyrannosaurus Rex-cyborg? Just me? IDW continues to add chapters to their successful Jurassic Park series, a book that has endured over the ages from its days as a Topps title. Zenescope is due to release Jurassic Strike Force 5 detailing the adventures of a group of dinosaurs mutated by an alien race to engage in intergalactic war! Image also has Guns and Dinos by Frank Cho which shows just what happens when the military cross paths with a pride of hungry T-Rex’s! And still, thousands upon thousands of web-comics exist that show the adventures of our saurian buddies. The dinosaurs may be dead and gone in the real world but in comic books they’re far from extinct… eXpect eXcellence. We are eXPress News on © 2011 | ROBotiX           Read more...
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