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Kobe Steakhouse Vancouver

Kobe Steakhouse Vancouver

A quick word before we get started: this review is going to be heavily biased, because this is my favorite place in the world to eat. I’ve been to the Middle-East and feasted upon the traditional fare of a half-dozen cultures. I’ve traveled to France […]

Insomniac Radio: I’m Just A Shadow

Insomniac Radio: I’m Just A Shadow

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There are periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image […]

Critical Hits Show

Critical Hits Show

With the modern popularity of role-playing games in general and Dungeons & Dragons in particular, and the massive hit that is Critical Role, one might think that a six-year Vancouver-based ongoing live D&D campaign would be super popular, and one would be right. Led by […]

The Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince

I recently had the pleasure of rewatching Avatar in its entirety. Bree had never seen it, so we kicked the Last Airbender off about a month before we went out to Hawaii to get married and finished the Legend of Korra a couple weeks ago. […]

Mandy

Mandy

… the fuck did I just watch? We all know the joke about Nic Cage movies by now. In case you don’t, well… Now, here’s the thing – and this is important to realize – Nic Cage isn’t a bad actor. He’s an incredible actor […]

Insomniac Radio: Blackened Call

Insomniac Radio: Blackened Call

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There are periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image […]

Weekly Stories

Weekly Stories

Storytelling is about the oldest kind of magic there is. We use stories to tell one another who we are – the legends, tales, and myths that exist around us show us different ways to be, our memories of stories of how we got to […]

Gentlemen Hecklers present the Howling Part II: Your Sister is a Werewolf

Gentlemen Hecklers present the Howling Part II: Your Sister is a Werewolf

Some movies are unwatchable garbage. It happens. We’ve seen a lot of them. Other movies are so bad they hit the other side of quality and become good again, just not in a way the auteur intended. We’ve seen a lot of those, too. And […]

Corebooks: Endless Realms

Corebooks: Endless Realms

Gods, this book is beautiful. It’s nice to be working on something this lovely. Seven months ago, I met some people at a convention that were piecing together a new tabletop role-playing game that made use a contested d10 system. They had some mock-ups of […]

Insomniac Radio: The Night

Insomniac Radio: The Night

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There are periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image […]

Castlevania III / Castlevania Season II

Castlevania III / Castlevania Season II

I used to speed run Castlevania. I was seven years old and fresh off seeing the Lost Boys and the Exorcist, a double-feature that my uncle brought over one sunny summer afternoon. I think he was trying to scare me, but it just gave me […]

Geeks versus Nerds: October Spooktacular

Geeks versus Nerds: October Spooktacular

One of Vancouver’s best shows came to us from the other side of the country – a little show called Geeks versus Nerds got a west coast variant and it’s one of the best things going in Vancouver nights. Best described as dinner theater, West […]

Broadway Station Sushi

Broadway Station Sushi

The Rio Theater feels like my home away from home. I’m there two or three times a month on average, and sometimes more. I got married there. It’s a cultural hub, the soul of the Vancouver creative scene, as much a part of the creative […]

Insomniac Radio: The Wolf

Insomniac Radio: The Wolf

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There’s periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image searches […]

Good Reading: The Initial October Daye Trilogy

Good Reading: The Initial October Daye Trilogy

I picked up Rosemary and Rue on a whim. I need that noted. Bree and I were visiting my family in California and we managed to sneak away to a bookstore. She found a Rogue Squadron book she didn’t know existed and we picked up […]

A Fatal Game of Make-Believe

A Fatal Game of Make-Believe

A couple good friends of mine recently moved to Calgary. They used to live down the street, and it’s annoying that they’re gone. I miss them; there’s a quiet comfort in knowing that you have friends close by even if you don’t see them as […]

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

So, when Bree and I were off in Hawaii fighting a hurricane and getting married, we also took the time to see a couple of movies. Both of them were great in very different ways. This was the first of them. There’s been a number […]

Insomnia Radio: Nic Cage Wants Cake

Insomnia Radio: Nic Cage Wants Cake

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There are periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image […]

Off-Key Musical Improv 

Off-Key Musical Improv 

Off Key Musical Improv (Experience) Improv again? And, just like before, it’s the Instant Theater Company doing something wholly unique – like the universe, they are finite but unbounded. Finite in that they are going to improvise a musical before your very eyes. Unbounded because […]

Shakespeare After Dark

Shakespeare After Dark

I have mixed feelings about improv. My love of narrative is well documented by this point. It’s sort of my entire thing; I like stories. I like characters and watching them develop, I like plot and how deftly it can be handled. These are the […]

Insomniac Radio: Dark All Day

Insomniac Radio: Dark All Day

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There’s periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image searches […]

Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence

Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence

There’s something amazing about someone living their best life. I’ve expressed similar thoughts about Lindsey Stirling before; she’s this adorable force for good in the world who was beaten down by so many of this world’s demons and she still came out and triumphed. There’s […]

Good Reading: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Good Reading: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

I read a lot. My home is a library; between Bree and I, we’ve literally had to get a storage locker for our books. One of my friends semi-jokingly got me a book stamper so that I can keep track of my books because they […]

Hooked Poke Bar

Hooked Poke Bar

I really like poke bowls. They’re about my favorite thing to eat these days – tasty, healthy, cheap, filling. What’s not to like? And because they’re super trendy, Vancouver is full of them right now. Our city can best be described as an easily-distracted but […]

Insomniac Radio: All Eyes On Me

Insomniac Radio: All Eyes On Me

I’m an insomniac. Been one for years. There are periods of time where I want to sleep but some level of executive dysfunction keeps my body from shutting down. I become too tired to write, read, or even think clearly. I usually go on image […]

Gentlemen Hecklers present Batman and Robin

Gentlemen Hecklers present Batman and Robin

Six years. It’s been six years and every month the Gentlemen Hecklers have brought us the best of the worst. It’s an astounding accomplishment achieved by some outstanding people, though the roster has changed somewhat: one heckler felt the siren call of adulthood and got […]

Doraku

Doraku

I just got married in Hawaii. I’m probably going to mention it a few more times; I’m kinda excited. It’s like leveling up to the next stage of life and I got to fight a hurricane to do it. How many other people get to […]

Good Reading: Chronicles of Lumis

Good Reading: Chronicles of Lumis

Been a busy few months – got married a few times, fought off a hurricane to do it, and am currently staring at a black silver ring that my partner put on my finger. Did you know that black silver is a thing? I didn’t. […]

The Question of Fandom: Star Wars Edition

The Question of Fandom: Star Wars Edition

So… this happened. And… just… wow. There’s just a lot to unpack here. The whinniness of it. The entitlement. The sense of a triggered browflake in need of a safe space. And it’s making me think about criticism as a whole and the process by […]

Redefining Fatherhood Through Kratos

Redefining Fatherhood Through Kratos

With Father’s day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a father and what the role of fatherhood is in popular narrative as opposed to what it could be. To start, I’m going to level with you: I obsess […]

NXT Takeover Chicago

NXT Takeover Chicago

Well, it’s happening again. The WWE is throwing on a couple of different events this weekend – one featuring the main roster (WWE Money in the Bank), and the other featuring the training league (NXT Takeover Chicago). I’ve got mixed feelings about most of the […]

God of Comics – On Marriage in Life and Media

God of Comics – On Marriage in Life and Media

I’ve got a wedding coming up. Not one I’m officiating – I do that from time to time – but one where I’m tying the knot to a girl I met through the Vancouver geek community. I was on assignment, she answered a Craig’s list […]

Gentlemen Hecklers present Green Lantern

Gentlemen Hecklers present Green Lantern

Last month was the end of an era. For almost six years, the Gentlemen Hecklers have done their level best to defend us from the worst must-miss craptaculars that Hollywood has seen fit to inflict upon an unsuspecting public, providing hilarious commentary to movies that […]

Anne Bishop’s World of the Others

Anne Bishop’s World of the Others

I love Anne Bishop books. She’s an expert at what a friend of mine calls emotional blackmail – she’s skilled at using the right words to make you care about her characters, her worlds, her mythology. It gets so bad that you’d give almost anything […]

Once On This Island

Once On This Island

  We’ve spoken before about how there is a war in Vancouver, a battle for the city’s soul. Damon Bradley Jang is another person who is on the forefront of that struggle, a director, writer, and actor for Fabulist Theater. He has a knack for […]

Story Story Drive and Story Story Lie

Story Story Drive and Story Story Lie

Storytelling is the basis of humanity – it’s what brings us together, it’s the means by which we define ourselves and communicate with one another. Our memories our tales, our religions rooted in fables from thousands of years ago. Personally, we form bonds based on […]

Gentlemen Hecklers present Hard Ticket to Hawaii

Gentlemen Hecklers present Hard Ticket to Hawaii

There are some movies that could only possibly be made in the eighties. You know the sort: America flirting and deeply enmeshed in its love affair with racism, celebrating the stupidity and greed that America was seeing on the side, and adoring the big dumb […]

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Every year, a thing called Storyhive rises up to say hello and promote new voices in film. It’s a popularity contest – whoever gets the most votes wins the money and the grant and their film will get made. This year, Breanne Fultz has thrown […]

Content Warning: Fanfiction Deathmatch Season One Finale

Content Warning: Fanfiction Deathmatch Season One Finale

It doesn’t seem that long ago – the last great North West Fan Fest was only a few years past. During it, someone had the brilliant idea of doing a live reading for erotic fanfic. Voice actors were called, the audience was allowed to participate, […]

Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

There’s been a whole explosion of board games over the past decade that are amazing to play. They’re fun, they’re creative, and they’re what happens when people grow up with the likes of Clue and Monopoly. One of the ones my fiancee and I have […]

NXT Takeover: New Orleans

NXT Takeover: New Orleans

I love wrestling. Love it. There’s nothing else like it – a spectacle that has more in common with a live-action comic book than anything else, wrestling features complex stories and nuanced characters acting out giant morality plays that always begin and end with a […]

Critical Hits – Live Improvised Dungeons & Dragons

Critical Hits – Live Improvised Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons is all the rage right now. It went from being a fun game that old and evil people used to demonize kids to gaining a sort of renaissance, finding wide-spread acceptance thanks to media like Stranger Things and Critical Role and just […]

The Captain’s Boil Restaurant (Coquitlam)

The Captain’s Boil Restaurant (Coquitlam)

“Hey, I know that place,” I said to my skeptical friend, pointing out a restaurant marked by a smiling pirate. “There’s one opening up near where I live.” “The Captain’s Boil? Like a plague?” “I think they mean a boiling pot.” “What the hell,” quoth […]

Save the Rio Telethon at the Rio Theatre

Save the Rio Telethon at the Rio Theatre

Are there finer examples of the creative genius the Rio Theater has fostered in Vancouver than Eric Fell and Patrick Mahlia? It’s a question asked only by those that don’t know any better. The answer is simple: No. No, there is no finer example. These […]

Geekenders present Star Wars: A Nude Hope

Geekenders present Star Wars: A Nude Hope

Can anyone overstate the importance of Star Wars to geek culture – to culture in general? Star Wars laid the groundwork for the summer blockbuster, changing the cinematic landscape forever. It percolated into every aspect of the modern world, its language and scope becoming a […]

Fighting for the Soul of a City

Fighting for the Soul of a City

The Rio is in danger, and we are the Rio’s only hope. There are some people that would like to demolish the Rio and replace it with Condos that no one can afford to live in, as Vancouver continues to struggle against a future where […]

Do the Thing

Do the Thing

A couple days ago, we talked about the troubles artists of all stripes face when it comes to creating things. That was all well and good from a story-telling standpoint, but what about the practical end of things? What does that look like? The practical […]

The Fictionals present Ladies Against Humanity

The Fictionals present Ladies Against Humanity

It was always weird to me that lady comedians would get a bad rap. I’ve been an insomniac since I was a kid, and sneaking downstairs to watch the comedy channel in the basement was something I’d do often. I don’t remember many names, but […]

God of Comics – 100 Demon Dialogues

God of Comics – 100 Demon Dialogues

This is an odd one for me. I went down to Emerald City Comic Con in 2018, like I do pretty much every year. I love that con, and my friends know I go down there and one of them contacted me and said, “Hey, […]

Endless Realms Role-Playing Game

Endless Realms Role-Playing Game

Endless Realms (Lunar Games) I’m a bit of a gamer. Board games, video games, role-playing games… I’ve got a bit of an addiction. Grew up playing Palladium’s Transdimensional TMNT and moved into AD&D and d6 Star Wars and Shadowrun. Spent my childhood with Beyond the […]

God of Comics – The Black Monday Murders

God of Comics – The Black Monday Murders

Black Monday Murders (Image Comics) I have a single issue with Jonathan Hickman as a writer. He’s good; this is something that needs to be said off the bat. He’s got good-to-great concepts, an interesting pace that makes his work addictive, a decent ear for […]

Gentlemen Hecklers – Twilight

Gentlemen Hecklers – Twilight

Ah, Twilight. Does it deserve the hatred it gets? There are various people I have a great deal of respect for that have become, if not apologists for it, then at least more open to the idea that it isn’t awful. It’s spawned some pretty […]

God of Comics – Reefer Madness

God of Comics – Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness (Dark Horse Comics) It’s amazing the way effects of greed-based propaganda still linger. Here’s a collection of misinformation put out from the thirties through to the forties about the reefer, the marijuana, the weed… one of the most harmless things people have used […]

West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds Episode 40 – Secrets and Ice

West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds Episode 40 – Secrets and Ice

One of Vancouver’s best examples of live dinner theater returns for its fortieth show this coming weekend, with a new location and a new time to match the new showrunners. A whole new topic where actors, comedians, and show people use facts, fiction, and trash […]

God of Comics – Ice Cream Man #1

God of Comics – Ice Cream Man #1

Ice Cream Man #1 (Image Comics) Okay, we did an anthology comic on Monday, we can do another one… I’ve mixed feelings about anthologies, which is fitting given the mixture that anthologies of any sort are. Some stories are going to come across as stronger […]

Tell Me your Nightmares

Tell Me your Nightmares

Nightmares. Everyone has them. Some of them are so bad that they keep us up long after they’re over, scared of closing our eyes, scared of ever sleeping again. I’ve always found the waking world much scarier than my subconscious, but, well. Other people feel […]

Story Story Lie – Pillow Talk

Story Story Lie – Pillow Talk

There’s something great about watching masters at work. Vancouver has some of the best and weirdest storytellers you’re likely to find anywhere – the city is a tapestry of artists and madness, where anything can happen at any time. You’ve got actors, writers, musicians, players, […]

God of Comics – WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special #1

God of Comics – WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special #1

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special #1 (BOOM! Studios) I love wrestling. I’ve been a life-long fan, initially getting into it when I was five or six so that I’d have something to talk about with my father. He grew out of it, but I stuck […]

God of Comics – The Shadow #6

God of Comics – The Shadow #6

The Shadow #6 (Dynamite Entertainment) I’ve been writing comic reviews for almost six years now. I started doing smaller reviews of more comics, then shrank it down to more in-depth reviews of fewer comics. I found myself repeating the same things regarding the same comics, […]

God of Comics – Birthright #30

God of Comics – Birthright #30

Birthright #30 (Image Comics) I love this comic. It’s such a good take on one of fantasy’s oldest tropes – the idea of the savior from another world turned on its head and made to suffer a truth that goes too long overlooked: leaving behind […]

God of Comics – Rat Queens #7

God of Comics – Rat Queens #7

Rat Queens #7 (Image Comics) This comic consistently interests me. Yes, there’s a smog of weirdness behind the scenes that isn’t nearly what people think it is, was dealt with, and can be ignored. The people making this comic are exactly who they say they […]

Gentlemen Hecklers present Flatliners (1990)

Gentlemen Hecklers present Flatliners (1990)

Rarely in life, you might get a chance to see something utterly unique. It is the sort of chance that, when taken, will change you. Your life is clearly marked by this event: there was the you that existed before that moment, and the you […]

Story Story Drive

Story Story Drive

Today, a day that will live on in infamy, I’ll be taking the stage with fellow Vancouver performers and local celebrities Breanne Fultz, Andrew Lynch, Jalyn Euteneier, May Thomas, Montana Roselle, and the infamous Anne Honeycutt for a little live show called Story Story Drive. […]

God of Comics – Crosswind #6

God of Comics – Crosswind #6

Crosswind #6 (Image Comics) I love Gail Simone’s writing. It’s hard not to – she’s got a perfect understanding of how to start with basic character and weave in a larger narrative, creating heart-wrenching stories while adding unexpected but very sensible depth to those characters. […]

God of Comics – Batman: White Knight #4

God of Comics – Batman: White Knight #4

Batman: White Knight #4 (DC Comics) There are a lot of Batman stories out there. Why not start the new year off with one of the most original takes on a familiar franchise? Writer and artist Sean Murphy has a new sort of Batman story […]

God of Comics – Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4 (Image Comics)

God of Comics – Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4 (Image Comics)

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4 (Image Comics) Hollywood is a vicious monster. Hunter Thompson once said, “The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a […]

God of Comics – Tomb Raider: Survivors’ Crusade #2

God of Comics – Tomb Raider: Survivors’ Crusade #2

Tomb Raider: Survivors’ Crusade #2 (Dark Horse Comics) It’s another Tomb Raider comic, but that’s not a denigrating statement. Since the video game reboot, the comics have seen some talented writers hop on board – Gail Simone to start, video game writer Rihanna Pratchett to […]

God of Comics – Genius Cartel #5

God of Comics – Genius Cartel #5

Genius Cartel #5 (Image Comics) All that build and that’s where you end it? The hell, guys? How long do I gotta wait for the next part? Why would you do this? Genius was a mini-series that came out years ago and was built around […]

God of Comics – The Shadow #5

God of Comics – The Shadow #5

The Shadow #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) Leviathan. It’s a loaded word with massive spiritual, biblical, and philosophical undertones. Biblically, Leviathan was the largest creature created by God, a creature that lives in the ocean. In the Old Testament it’s an active force and swallows Jonah for […]

God of Comics – the Wild Storm #10

God of Comics – the Wild Storm #10

The Wild Storm #10 (DC Comics) Wildstorm was everything great about nineties comics. Jim Lee art, wild conspiracies, super-beings who were all about the shades of grey, warring and secretive aliens, angels and demons, the occasional apocalypse, cool tech, vampires, werewolves, covert action, high concept […]

God of Comics – Dark Nights: Metal #4

God of Comics – Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dark Nights: Metal #4 (DC Comics) I have got some opinions on Scott Snyder. Most of them are based on a fallacy. For years, I thought he wrote Hush, a comic that was better in theory than execution. It was an okay story that got […]

Patrick Maliha’s 5th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve!

Patrick Maliha’s 5th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve!

Who is Patrick Maliha? It’s a question asked by those who have their finger far from the pulse of Vancouver’s vibrant nightlife. If that’s you, come in from the cold – Patrick is waiting, and he’s one of the best people you could hope to […]

God of Comics – Judas #1

God of Comics – Judas #1

Judas #1 (Boom Studios) I’m Jewish. As I’m writing this, it’s ChaJewnakah and I’ll be lighting the second candle on my Hanukeah tonight. I mention this as a matter of context; Jews do not believe in the New Testament. We don’t think Jesus was the […]

Gentlemen Hecklers and Star Trek: Generations

Gentlemen Hecklers and Star Trek: Generations

The argument is constant and ongoing: Kirk or Picard, who is the greatest Starfleet captain? The answer is “Janeway,” or maybe “Sisko.” But out of Kirk or Picard…? It’s hard. Both of them are radically different people that come from very different times.  It could […]

God of Comics – Grass Kings #10

God of Comics – Grass Kings #10

Grass Kings #10 (Boom Studios) Matt Kindt is quietly writing a quiet meditation on the quiet death of America’s dream. I know that’s a triple use of the word quiet, but it’s the only word that fits. The story here focuses on a small group […]

God of Comics – Watchmen

God of Comics – Watchmen

The comics industry was in a weird place in the mid-eighties. The sixties and seventies were in the past, a decade on politics and a decade of self giving way to a decade of greed. The children of those two decades had come of age, […]

A New Year’s Eve Costume Ball at Wayne Manor

A New Year’s Eve Costume Ball at Wayne Manor

At the top of the week, I mentioned in passing that Tim Drake is a bit of a control freak. He is. We’re seeing it over in Detective Comics right now and that’s pretty great – but there are other places you can witness that […]

God of Comics – Comic Publishers

God of Comics – Comic Publishers

So. I’ve been reviewing comics for the past five or six years, what with that whole God of Comics thing. I’m going to keep it going it a slightly more limited capacity – three times a week I’ll talk about whatever comics have caught my […]

Geekenders present How I Met My Mother

Geekenders present How I Met My Mother

Here’s the thing about Geekenders: they highlight the best parts of geek culture’s sacred cows and address whatever problems those cows might have. Doesn’t matter whether they’re doing interactive theater, nerdlesque, or an off-Broadway style musical, Geekenders will bring out the best parts of whatever […]

God of Comics – The Woods #36

God of Comics – The Woods #36

The Woods #36 (BOOM! Studios) It’s funny. This comic started at about the same time I started doing God of Comics, I think. It’s been a journey – a good one, a tragic one, a path that has let those who walked it be and […]

God of Comics – Maestros #1

God of Comics – Maestros #1

Maestros #1 (Image Comics) Millennials get a bad rap. We’re the most educated and hardworking generation in the history of the planet. We’ve been trained, programmed, bullied, and finally enslaved by older generations, working for nothing or not enough to live on, forced into debt […]

God of Comics – Atomahawk

God of Comics – Atomahawk

Atomahawk #0 (Image Comics) You know Heavy Metal Magazine, right? Back before older conservatives could blame video games or smartphones for their kids not being what they wanted them to be, they blamed comics. This resulted in the creation of the Comics Code Authority and […]

God of Comics – Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1

God of Comics – Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 (Image Comics) The Industry is vicious. Let’s get that out of the way now. It’s vicious and arrogant enough to call itself the Industry, and anyone that works in it knows exactly what it looks like. You get offered good money […]

God of Comics – Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

God of Comics – Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (BOOM! Studios) This comic makes me impossibly happy. Do you understand the weird lives of late-eighties and nineties kids? Caught between ever-increasing technologies? We were born to 8-tracks and were there when cassettes gave way to compact discs gave way to […]

God of Comics – Genius: Cartel #1

God of Comics – Genius: Cartel #1

Genius Cartel #1 (Image Comics) Okay. So. Follow me on this. You’ll occasionally get a certain type of person that will say things like “You can’t abort those cells~! What if those cells grow up to be the doctor that cures cancer~?!?” or something along […]

Bye, Marvel.

Bye, Marvel.

I have an awesome geeky friend who happens to be a girl (like about eighty-ninety percent of the writers on this site). She knows more about Star Warsand Star Trek and Doctor Who than I do and she’s flirting with comics. She liked Captain America as a kid and we keep getting DC […]

God of Comics – The Shadow #1

God of Comics – The Shadow #1

The Shadow #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) I’m never quite sure what to think of Dynamite Entertainment. On one hand, they do thoughtful looks at things like feministic theory set in a fantastic backdrop (the Gail Simone run on Red Sonja) or weirdly introspective time-travel heist stories about […]

God of Comics – Redlands #1

God of Comics – Redlands #1

Redlands #1 (Image Comics) I don’t know a lot about this comic, not going into it. It’s being published by Image, it’s a horror book, and it’s being written and illustrated by Jordie Bellaire. That last one? That alone is enough to get me interested. […]

God of Comics – Samaritan: Veritas #3

God of Comics – Samaritan: Veritas #3

Samaritan: Veritas #3 (Image Comics) And so ends another chapter in Matt Hawkin’s high stakes political thriller series. These books have always been about give and take, so the only thing we’re sure of going in is that there won’t be a happy ending. Our […]

God of Comics – Injection #14

God of Comics – Injection #14

Injection #14 (Image Comics) It feels like every time a new issue of Injection graces our shelves, we talk about it. We urge you to pick it up and read its pages, to partake in the mind-expanding brilliance and deep mythology that it this comic. How can […]

God of Comics – Girls Next Door

God of Comics – Girls Next Door

Girls Next Door (Web Comic) God of Comics. The name started as a joke – new comics come out on Wednesday, Woden’s Day, so we figured we’d have a little fun and speak for the All-Father. The implication, though, is we’ll cover anything that is […]

God of Comics – Tomboy #12

God of Comics – Tomboy #12

Tomboy #12 (Action Lab Comics) Quietly, over in a corner that needs more light, Mia Goodwin has been writing a tragedy that is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Tomboy is a story about corporate greed and political corruption in a small town rocked by the murder […]

God of Comics – Crosswind #2

God of Comics – Crosswind #2

Crosswind #2 (Image Comics) Fresh off the finale of the epic Lovecraftian-by-way-of-Scientology horror series Clean Room, Gail Simone is starting something new and a little more personal and equally as terrifying. I’m not sure why Gail has decided to delve into horror so much, but I’m […]

God of Comics – Captain Canuck #1

God of Comics – Captain Canuck #1

Captain Canuck #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) I think I talked about this comic when it was initially re-released way back when. Issue number 3 is out today, by-the-by, and you should pick that up, too. Why am I focusing on this issue instead of that one? […]

God of Comics – the Wild Storm #6

God of Comics – the Wild Storm #6

The Wild Storm #6 (DC Comics) We like to say that Warren Ellis is the best writer in comic today. Yes, he has his tropes and fallback techniques, the most egregious of which is writing interesting characters and complex stories. This is the guy what […]

God of Comics – Mage: The Hero Denied #0

God of Comics – Mage: The Hero Denied #0

Mage: The Hero Denied #0 (Image Comics) Matt Wagner returns to the world of the Hero. These comics were everywhere when I was a kid and with good reason: they were so damn cool and they’re just as cool as they ever were. Check this […]

God of Comics – Generation Gone #1

God of Comics – Generation Gone #1

Generation Gone #1 (Image Comics) So… we’re kinda fucked. Millenials and Xellenials, we’re kinda being destroyed by the people that came before us. Their greed and shortsightedness is basically costing us everything, and making sure there won’t be any generations after us. Boomers accuse us […]

God of Comics – Spider-Gwen #21

God of Comics – Spider-Gwen #21

Spider-Gwen #21 (Marvel Comics) So, I was riding with a friend the other day and we got to talking about comics. It happens. We’re adults and geeks and it’s a thing we do. “Yeah, they just introduced their Wolverine-analogue in Spider-Gwen,” I said. This took […]

God of Comics – Strong Female Protagonist

God of Comics – Strong Female Protagonist

Strong Female Protagonist (Web Comic) What, you thought we only talked traditional comics? Hell no. We’ve talked webcomics before, most notably discussing the evolving themes of Sinfest over the past seventeen years. Go us. Go Sinfest. To close the week we’re going to return to the bread and […]

God of Comics – Shirtless Bear Fighter! #1

God of Comics – Shirtless Bear Fighter! #1

Shirtless Bear Fighter! #1 (Image Comics) We do a lot of deep delving here at Living Myth Magazine. We try to look at the impact and history of characters and story concepts, what they mean in the context of their time and what they add […]

God of Comics – Crosswind #1

God of Comics – Crosswind #1

Crosswind #1 (Image Comics) It’s a brand new comic that we’re promoting sight unseen for one very important reason: Gail Simone. Gail is fresh off wrapping up Clean Room, a mind-bending exploration of themes that leaked out of Twin Peaks and Lovecraft and was one of the better […]

God of Comics – Tomboy #11

God of Comics – Tomboy #11

Tomboy #11 (Action Lab Entertainment) Intended for mature audiences. No shit. Let us count the ways. Tomboy is a comic about a magical girl in the real world fighting government and corporate corruption. It’s a bloody mess that happens to be juxtaposed against a cute bright […]

Wonder Woman Critical Analysis Part 2 of 2

Wonder Woman Critical Analysis Part 2 of 2

So… Wonder Woman. It came out. It hit theaters. People discovered it was there and went to see it and it’s going to dominate the month of June and there’s little chance of anything toppling it. And with good reason. It’s awesome stuff – easily […]

Wonder Woman Critical Analysis Part 1 of 2

Wonder Woman Critical Analysis Part 1 of 2

So… Wonder Woman happened. The first movie of the Geoff Johns era of DC filmmaking and you can tell, but let’s back up a bit because nothing happens in a vacuum and we need to talk about where this film came from. A little more […]

God of Comics – Injection #13

God of Comics – Injection #13

Injection #13 (Image Comics) As Warren Ellis settles into the third arc of Injection it becomes increasingly apparent that he’s going somewhere with this. I should have known this, but I had forgotten – Warren doesn’t do ongoing comics that drift off into whimpering messes, he does […]

God of Comics – Little Nightmares #1

God of Comics – Little Nightmares #1

Little Nightmares #1 (Titan Books) I talk a lot about narrative structure here and pretty much everywhere else, too. Narrative and story are my thing, my over-riding passion and obsession, and a good chunk of where I cut my teeth learning about these things was […]

God of Comics: Secret Empire #0 (Marvel Comics)

God of Comics: Secret Empire #0 (Marvel Comics)

Secret Empire #0 (Marvel Comics) I was going to review this, but Captain America is still a Nazi. He betrays everyone and don’t trust symbols and whatever. So. There’s your story. Nick Spencer writes a good yarn that’s based on pissing people off and I’m not […]

God of Comics: Night Owl Society #1

God of Comics: Night Owl Society #1

Night Owl Society #1 (IDW Publishing) IDW Publishing has made a name for themselves by taking older properties and building upon them: Ghostbusters, TMNT, GI Joe,MASK, Transformers, Jem and the Holograms, all their like. The truth is that all of them are good – all of them take every iteration […]

God of Comics: Monstress #11

God of Comics: Monstress #11

Monstress #11 (Image Comics) It amazes me how many people have gotten into comics to read this title. It’s high-concept, story and art wise, the sort of thing that you wouldn’t expect people to go for, but the perfect mingling of every aspect of this […]

God of Comics: The Forever War #3

God of Comics: The Forever War #3

Forever War #3 (Titan Books) The Forever War is one of those seminal science fiction books that everyone should read and I’m kinda glad it’s being turned into a comic – the more places this story is told, the better. Written back in 1974, the story […]

Marvel, We Need to Talk

Marvel, We Need to Talk

Oh, Marvel. Your comics were doing so well. I mean, sure, you’d accidentally turned Iron Man into a villain with Civil Warand spent the better part of a decade trying to fix the damage you did there only to finally give up and hit the cosmic […]

God of Comics: Lazarus #26

God of Comics: Lazarus #26

Lazarus #26 (Image Comics) Our world is at a tipping point, where a handful of futures are possible provided we somehow manage to avoid global annihilation to satisfy the greedy death cult that has taken control of world politics. It’s tragic that the most likely […]

Theater Review: Songs For A New World

Theater Review: Songs For A New World

Our world is an ever-changing complexity. The modern era is seeing a massive shift in paradigm as we gain access to information at a rate never seen before, and this shared information is allowing our species to evolve on a sociological level at a rate […]

Amy Jo Johnson Wants to Watch a Movie With You

Amy Jo Johnson Wants to Watch a Movie With You

You remember Amy Jo Johnson, yes? With all the attention being paid to the new Power Rangers movie, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at what one of the originals is doing – and, in short, she is continuing her quest to be […]

Review: WWE Raw Opener 2015-12-07

Review: WWE Raw Opener 2015-12-07

Oh, boy. There were reports that the WWE has been trying to get in touch with their fanbase, sending out surveys to find out what, if anything, they are doing right. I suppose it’s a smaller list than what they’re doing wrong, but the fact that they […]

Review: Jessica Jones

Review: Jessica Jones

TOTAL SCORE 97% Jessica Jones, the second of the original series being produced by Marvel and Netflix, has been out for a little more than two weeks. We’re about to dig deep and talk about the guts of the thing, why it works and what makes […]

Review: Carmilla Season 2

Review: Carmilla Season 2

TOTAL SCORE 83% We needed to wash the bad taste of Hemlock Grove out of our mouths, so we went back to an old favorite. We powered through the first season and loved that about as much as we ever did, then watched the Christmas Special, and started up […]

Hemlock Grove – Season 3 [Review]

Hemlock Grove – Season 3 [Review]

TOTAL SCORE 21% We liked Hemlock Grove. We really did. The first season was a meandering hot mess of a story, this weird and protracted journey. It was about nihilism and loneliness, alienation and supernatural realism, and we loved it. The story sprawled out like an uncomfortable […]

The Truth – The Most Dangerous People in America

The Truth – The Most Dangerous People in America

Well, it happened again. Ho-hum. Just another day in the United States of America. We expect this now. It’s common place, to the point where many people see this and think ‘what did the girl do to deserve that?‘ or, worse still, ‘given that cops are […]

God of Comics – Loki, Agent of Asgard

God of Comics – Loki, Agent of Asgard

The title was what drew me in. Loki – Agent of Asgard. There was something appealing about that, the idea that every other power in the Marvel universe has entire agencies set up to spy on everyone else, to feed the, misinformation and carry out […]

God of Comics – IDW Publishing’s TMNT

God of Comics – IDW Publishing’s TMNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. TMNT. Turtles that are mutants, teenagers, and ninjas. Or heroes, if you live in the United Kingdom. Do they have something against ninja there? Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Whatever. We know who the Turtles are. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo. There’s […]

God of Comics – Gail Simone’s Red Sonja

God of Comics – Gail Simone’s Red Sonja

Red Sonja is a weird character. That’s not to say that the character itself is weird. It’s simple enough – she’s the distaff version of Conan the Barbarian, and even shares a world with him (and Cthulhu, because Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft were […]

God of Comics – Ms. Marvel

God of Comics – Ms. Marvel

An interesting thing that happens when we remember the stories that influenced us as we figure ourselves out: we tend to remember the style of them instead of the substance. Style is simpler – it’s the razzle-dazzle, the special effects, the stuff that sticks with […]

God of Comics – Imperium

God of Comics – Imperium

We started this column off with a Valiant Comic. It seemed like a good idea – yes, we talk about a lot of comics and other forms of media, and we try and break down the why that makes a story work or not. All […]

Canadian Politics – A Primer

Canadian Politics – A Primer

Every now and again, we’ll publish an article on politics. We try to keep our thoughts north of the border unless it’s something that’s going to effect the world stage, and even then it’s only a once in a while thing. We talk comics and […]

God of Comics – Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E.

God of Comics – Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E.

“We all live in the shadow of Nextwave.” I didn’t say that. Kieron Gillen said that. The guy that wrote Phonogram, the Wicked and the Divine, Young Avengers, Journey into Mystery, Angela – Asgard’s Assassin, that guy. Look at that list of comics. It’s insane. Those are some of the best […]

A Modern Fairy Tale

A Modern Fairy Tale

There’s something about fairy tales. We grow up with them, internalize them. They’re the first stories that many of us experience, whether it be through the auspices of Grimm or Disney. There’s something about them that resonates in the programming of our souls, that helps […]

God of Comics – Wolfenstein #1

God of Comics – Wolfenstein #1

Wolfenstein #1 (Titan Books) Feels like we were just talking about writer Dan Watters last week. What was he working on? Little Nightmares? Assassin’s Creed? No, no, it was the Shadow. I want you to take a look at that list, though. Those three comics and what the […]

God of Comics – Velvet

God of Comics – Velvet

Alright. Velvet. Where do we begin? Velvet is the story of a secretary by the name of Velvet Templeton. She works for one of the largest espionage agencies in the United Kingdom, and directly for the head of that agency. This means she has access to pretty much […]

God of Comics – UFOlogy

God of Comics – UFOlogy

We’ve talked about how derisive people can be when talking about genre books before. There’s a dismissive attitude when it comes to science fiction or fantasy, which has more to do with the simplicity of the critique than the simplicity of the narrative. Sort of like what […]

God of Comics – Hacktivist

God of Comics – Hacktivist

Hacktivism. A new and, for some people, weird concept. At it’s base, the idea is that if enough people are paying attention to a thing and are spreading enough real information about a thing, then that thing will be dealt with. People will get angrier […]

God of Comics – the Punisher

God of Comics – the Punisher

The Punisher is a strange character. On paper, it looks simple enough – a war veteran named Frank Castle witnesses his family get killed as collateral damage in a shout out between rival gangs and swears revenge. Some depth was added to the character during […]

God of Comics – Hawkeye

God of Comics – Hawkeye

Hawkeye is one of the strangest comics to ever come out of the Big Two. This isn’t a knock on its quality – we’re doing a full-on God of Comics on this title, and we’re doing it because this comic is amazing – but that […]

God of Comics – Coffin Hill

God of Comics – Coffin Hill

WE ARE LIVING MYTH MAGAZINE, AND WE ARE HERE TO READ COMIC BOOKS! EVERY WEEK, WE GO AND FEED OUR ADDICTION (SINGLE ISSUES MOSTLY ONLINE, TRADES MOSTLY FROM CONVENTIONS OR  BIG PETE’S). THEN EVERY WEDNESDAY WE RESPECT WODEN, THE GOD OF COMICS, AND WE SPEAK OF […]

God of Comics – X-O Manowar

God of Comics – X-O Manowar

WE ARE LIVING MYTH MAGAZINE, AND WE ARE HERE TO READ COMIC BOOKS! EVERY WEEK, WE GO AND FEED OUR ADDICTION (SINGLE ISSUES MOSTLY ONLINE, TRADES MOSTLY FROM CONVENTIONS OR  BIG PETE’S). THEN EVERY WEDNESDAY WE RESPECT WODEN, THE GOD OF COMICS, AND WE SPEAK OF […]

Movie Review – Vendetta

Movie Review – Vendetta

TOTAL SCORE 53% I was very excited for this movie. The Soskas had gone on record as saying that they wanted to do a Punisher movie and that this was their proof of concept. On that front it works – we now know that the Soska […]

God of (Web) Comics – Sinfest

God of (Web) Comics – Sinfest

So, every week we do a review of that week’s comics called God of Comics. It’s worked out really well for us, and there’s apparently some people that really enjoy it. Thing of it is, there’s a whole host of comics that don’t have major […]

God of (Indie) Comics – Super Sikh 001

God of (Indie) Comics – Super Sikh 001

So, every week we do a review of that week’s comics called God of Comics. It’s worked out really well for us, and there’s apparently some people that really enjoy it. Thing of it is, there’s a whole host of comics that don’t have major […]

Carmilla the Webseries Season One Review

Carmilla the Webseries Season One Review

A while back, we were lucky enough to come across the first season of Carmilla. We were enchanted by it and decided to spread the word. We’re good like that. We got in about halfway through the first season and we became addicted, loving every frame […]

Big Dumb Event Crossover Comics

Big Dumb Event Crossover Comics

“Yeah, most of my comics money goes to Image, Boom, or Valiant these days,” the Hero of Time told me. We were walking around Big Pete’s Comics on Free Comic Book Day, looking for new titles to read. He was steering clear of everything Marvel […]

Movie Review – See No Evil 2

Movie Review – See No Evil 2

TOTAL SCORE93% One day you will die. There’s a saying that runs that only two things are unavoidable – death and taxes. Taxes are something that we’ve made up as a society, and they’ll fade with us. Death, on the other hand? Wherever there’s life, […]

Movie Review: American Mary

Movie Review: American Mary

TOTAL SCORE 91% There’s a guy I know that gets very upset when he looks at the modern world. It’s hard to blame him. There’s people that think that Gamergate is seriously about ethics, as opposed to being about some jilted idiot getting revenge on a […]

Movie Review – Dead Hooker in a Trunk

Movie Review – Dead Hooker in a Trunk

TOTAL SCORE 78% Dead Hooker in a Trunk. That’s a hell of an evocative title, especially considering the actual state of the hooker in question, but the events that whirl up around her make this trip worth it. Let us be straight, right from the start: […]

Interview with Peter S. Beagle – Author of the Last Unicorn

Interview with Peter S. Beagle – Author of the Last Unicorn

Interview with Peter S. Beagle Date: April 21, 2014 (Back in April of 2014, Aaron Golden and Gregory Milne were lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with legendary writer, Peter S. Beagle, and his agent, Conner Cochran. They sat down and talked for […]

Style vs. Substance – Fighting Games and Movies

Style vs. Substance – Fighting Games and Movies

Whenever some marketed narrative based media – video games, movies, comics, novels, et al – is successful there come a bevy of imitators that strive to duplicate that same success, but make a mistake when considering style vs. substance. Mostly, they focus on re-active marketing – […]

Vikings – Raiding History

Vikings – Raiding History

TOTAL SCORE93% Drawing upon history to create entertainment is nothing new. Shakespeare himself was fond of crafting historical fan-fiction with works like MacBeth or Julius Caesar, and every writer before and since has added to the stock pile. Most of the time, these works are […]

Fifty Shades of Do Not Want

Fifty Shades of Do Not Want

Fifty Shades of Grey is a textbook for abuse. It terrifies me that people are going to read this book or see this movie and think that this is an okay way to act, that any of the things that Christian Grey does are even the slightest shade […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blacklist

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blacklist

There’s something to be said for James Spader. He’s an incredible actor who brings both a sense of joy and a sense of menace to his work. It’s always there, from Stargate to Boston Legal, this sense that he knows more than he’s letting on. […]

Islamaphobia, Comics, and Kamala Khan

Islamaphobia, Comics, and Kamala Khan

This is why we talk a lot about comics. Stories are important, and comics do as much to inform our culture as anything else – maybe more, given how much pop culture draws from comics these days. Certain characters are important, and we keep saying […]

Movie Review – Assault on Arkham

Movie Review – Assault on Arkham

TOTAL SCORE 89% Last week, we talked about how Justice League – Throne of Atlantis was a very pretty but ultimately forgettable movie. The animation, character designs, and voice acting were all about perfect, but the story made little to no sense and the character arcs were largely […]