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5 Things Superhero Films Can Learn From Captain America: Winter Soldier

Okay so before I get into it…this post is filled with spoilers…SO MANY SPOILERS.  Man Of Steel spoilers, Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers (actually I’m not sure if “it was bad” constitutes a spoiler), Captain America 2 spoilers.  So, yeah, SPOILERS. [Read more →]

April 18, 2014   No Comments

4 Best Animated Movies For A Younger Female Audience

I tend to find myself grumbling and groaning and throwing things at the screen whenever I watch any animated film targeted at a younger female audience.  Let’s face it, I usually have that reaction whenever I see most animation studios tackle ANY female character (come to think of it, most films and TV in general).  Having recently found myself in yet another conversation on this topic I thought I’d put up my top four picks for animated films young girls should watch…

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March 29, 2014   Comments Off

Big Screen Drift

I’ve been asked a lot recently what my thoughts are regarding Drift in the upcoming Transformers 4 movie.  Had I heard?  Do I think it’s a good idea?  Am I excited?  Oddly enough I jokingly called it years ago… [Read more →]

February 28, 2014   Comments Off

Separated A Birth?

I’ve said it before, Kup’s “cigar” was one of if not my single favourite character in All Hail Megatron.  Giving the grizzled old bugger that “cigar” was a real hoot, especially back when it was meant to be just an empty energon version of what we’d call a cigar that he’d been chomping on for countless years.  Did it make sense?  Probably not, but it was a real laugh.

Seeing Bay and his team incorporate that into the new Hound for Transformers 4 gave me a chuckle.  I’m guessing Hound is the new Kup?

February 19, 2014   Comments Off

Back At The Desk

Not that I ever LEFT the desk but I’m back at the desk working on a Transformers project at the moment.  The last few years have been spent focusing on traveling and teaching (dance) and working on my novel and creator owned comics (slow going) so it’s really exciting to be back working on the Bots and Cons.  I would LOVE to be able to tell you all about it and who I’m working with but NO CAN DO!  I’m sure you’ll be hearing about it soon…ish.

February 5, 2014   Comments Off

Costume Designs I Can Believe In

Meredith McClaren should be OWNING THE WORLD right now she’s that good.  My face HURTS from the level of goodness in her work.  Most specifically though I’m constantly blown away by her redesigns of female comic book character’s outfits.  Rather than the usual painted on BOOB SHOW that we’re “treated” to with these characters, Meredith gives us wonderfully designed, completely believable yet still dynamic outfits.

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November 21, 2013   Comments Off


Big thank you to the Victoria Park Library and especially to Andrew (from Vic Park Library) for having me as a guest speaker there for NaNoWriMo.  I do a LOT of public speaking at schools and libraries about being a writer and comics in general but this one was special for me because of one big reason…serious geeking out over HOW to write stories.

Because the crowd was there for National Novel Writing Month I got to get into the nitty gritty of story telling, structure and techniques and BOY did I enjoy it.  It’s not often I get to really let loose and talk about the ins and outs of that side of what I do and it was thrilling to be able to geek out.

Big thank you to everyone who came and for laughing at my lame jokes.

November 21, 2013   Comments Off