Jun 202017

Howdy Top Men and Top Women. I’m feeling a little cruddy today so I’ll be keeping the blog brief(er than usual).

I played some good games and one not so good game this week. Cash & Guns, Dragon Farkle, Dice City: good games. Batman The Animated Series: Almost Got ‘Im: Not so good. It’s a social deduction game which I’m not the biggest fan to begin with, but on top of that, the central poker collection mechanic is pretty clunky. I’d caution people to stay away from this one.

I can confirm that the next flashback set will be the Space Age of Animus series. I’m two pieces in and it’s coming out pretty well. The original set wasn’t terrible, but the lines are so much smoother now and the character design is a lot more set now. It’s still a definite improvement.

I’ve been playing a fair bit of Star Trek Timelines since Fab introduced it to me a couple of weeks ago. This past weekend they had an event that had a Robin Hood Picard character as a reward. It’s as if they’d been waiting for me to sign up to introduce him. Uncanny!

That’s all I’ve got for this week (and I really had to push to get even this much down). Have a good seven and we’ll do this all again next Monday as my shortened work weeks begin! Woo! Carja V.

Jun 122017

It be Monday, time to blog…ARRRR! Because I be talkin’ like a pirate for no reason. ARRR!

Okay, so that’s enough of that.

This weekend was the yearly town sidewalk sale where the town shuts down its main commercial street to traffic so that townsfolk can rent tables and sell stuff. It’s an event and it’s kinda fun when the weather’s good and it was. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with a pleasant breeze that made the walk up and down the street very enjoyable. I picked up a three-volume set of Bone, which I’ve never read but the artwork is appealing and the box set looked good. Other than that I picked up a FASA Star Trek rulebook for a buck, just because. Fab and Lyne found a lot more stuff, like vinyl records and Disney books for little Owen. This to say that it was a…I don’t want to say profitable because we didn’t MAKE money, but it’s the best word I can think of, so it was a profitable day.

On Saturday night, FCL put on the final wrestling show of the season and it was a doozy. For the low price of $13 ($10 if you purchased in advance) you got to see a four-hour wrestling show. The guys and gals really worked hard. The highlights were the Lego Death Match (they actually dumped boxes of lego compatible bricks all over the ring and wrestled on them), the main event and for me personally, the old-timers battle royal. Now I say old-timers but the oldest guy couldn’t have been older than forty. These were just guys and gals who wrestled when FCL first started over a decade ago. Why was this so cool for me? Because one of my childhood friends wrestled in it. I met Gilles Renaud in the park one day when I was in grade 5 or so and we just really clicked. We were the best of friends and he was one of the big reasons why I became a wrestling fan to begin with. But whereas I was content with merely watching wrestling, he and his brother Bryan actually went to a wrestling school and learned to wrestle. Gilles moved to Montreal and was involved in that wrestling scene for a number of years. He’s on hiatus (he doesn’t want to say retired) but couldn’t say no when they asked him to participate. The guys and gals really looked like they were having a good time out there in the battle royal and Gilles was the last guy to be eliminated. I got to catch up with him after the show and he revealed to me that that’s part of his gimmick. He’s the face that always comes close but just barely loses out. All said, it was a great show. The new season will start in September and in October they’ve actually signed a WWE Hall of Famer to come in. Hacksaw Jim Duggan will be coming to Shawinigan to wrestle! Can’t wait.

Another interesting tidbit. One of the sponsors of the show was a new gaming store, Le Joker du Jeu, in Shawinigan-Sud. This was news to me. I live in Shawinigan-Sud and I hadn’t heard of such a thing. They said it was on 105th which even bigger news considering I’d just spent the day going up and down that street and hadn’t seen it. I went down 105th this morning on my way to work (normally I go down 103rd) and I found it. I dropped in after work and they’re still setting up. Their official opening is on the 17th but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do some business over the weekend. They seem to have some big plans so I’ll be keeping my eye out for that. They don’t have as big of a play area as Les Dés Truqués (or nearly as huge of a library) but it’s a five-minute walk away from my place. Incidentally, having missed the last bus last night, I can say that the walk home from Les Dés Truqués is about 30 minutes, which isn’t bad either, especially if the weather’s nice (and it was).

So Oonch took his hat off and still I didn’t show his eyes. That wasn’t the plan going in. I was all set to do the big reveal and then I decided to play it up and draw out the big reveal. Finally, I thought, wouldn’t it be even funnier if I did the whole storyline of Oonch showing his eyes without actually showing his eyes? The jury’s still out on that one. The decision made me rethink some ideas. We’ll see how it goes. The story will conclude in July.

That’s all for this week. Have a good seven and we’ll do this all again next Monday. Carja V.

Jun 052017

Hello Top Men and Top Women. I’m blogging again.

I went to see Wonder Woman on Saturday and it was good. Really good. Easily in my top five superhero movies. They got a DC superhero movie right and that’s just cool. Gal Gadot is wonderful (see what I did there?). Her Wonder Woman was my favorite part of Batman V Superman, but considering how bad that movie was, it wasn’t saying much. It remained to be seen if she could carry her own movie and I can safely say she does. Linda Carter may be Wonder Woman to most of my generation, but I never really watched the TV show. I’m on team Gadot all the way. I’m not really up on Chris Pine’s filmography (other than Star Trek) but Steve Trevor is currently my favorite of his roles. Overall, it’s a movie that I’m very interested in seeing again.

This said, the movie wasn’t perfect. I wasn’t sold on all the fight scenes. They do a lot of wire work to get Wonder Woman jumping around and some of it is really well done and other parts…well there doesn’t seem to be any weight behind her movement so it’s clear she’s on a wire. Fortunately, fight scenes aren’t all that important to me. Of course, I want Wonder Woman to kick rear end and be a powerful hero and in that they succeed so kudos.

The dialogue is a little clunky in places. They play it earnest without being overly campy so it works.

They made an interesting choice in setting the movie during World War I rather than World War II as is her comics origin. That worked for me as I find the WWI period much more interesting.  It’s a shame that the current plan seems to be to skip directly to modern time for the next one. I wouldn’t have minded exploring the time period some more or seeing Wonder Woman through the ages.

TL;DR Wonder Woman rocks!

I’m mostly done with the Street Fighter flashbacks. I need to shade the last two and that’s it. That means it’s time to think about what the next theme will be. I’m leaning towards revisiting my Space Age of Animus set. I really dig that pulpy sci-fi look and I want to take another crack at it.

In other news, Big Oonch took off his hat on Thursday! As alluded to in the titles to last week’s strips, one time it happened that I drew Oonch with his eyes clearly visible. It’s a Hallowe’en piece where everybody is dressed up as another character. Oonch is dressed up as Barnaby and doesn’t have the hat on. It’s one of my biggest mistakes and should no longer be available for viewing. If you do find it, keep in mind that it isn’t accurate. Oonch’s eyes are…special. More on that as the story develops.

That’s all for this week. Have a good seven and we’ll do this all again next Monday. Carja V.


May 222017

Good Monday to ye Top Men and Top Women! Welcome back to the blog.

I stretched my three-day weekend into four days with a vacation day on Friday which was really nice. It’s nice to get away from the office for an extended period. Especially these days.

On Friday, Frank, Melanie and I went out to see my friend Steve’s store’s new location. Frank has been laid up for months with a bad foot and he’s finally up and moving again which is great. And Steve’s new location is great with so much more room than his two shops previously had combined.

While we were out on Friday, I picked up two games, Star Wars Clue and Poker Assault. I really liked Poker Assault’s art and it was on deep discount so I was willing to take the risk. I wasn’t expecting much but it turned out to be a nice little game. Star Wars Clue has a really bad gamebreaking flaw in it but it’s Star Wars so I overlooked it and picked it up anyway. I’ll have to check up on boardgamegeek for some suggestions on how to work around it.

Zoë as Cammy from Street Fighter went up on Friday. It was supposed to go up a week earlier but I messed up in posting it. Oh well, better late than never.

There was plenty of wrestling on over the weekend with the UK special, Takeover Chicago and Backlash. I was out on Friday and Saturday but caught the shows on the replays and they were pretty great. Backlash I was home for but I fell asleep on it. It was an okay show, which is bad considering it’s the main roster.

I’ve been watching a lot of Happy Days reruns lately. Like Barney Miller a few months back, it was sadly inspired by the death of one of the show’s stars, Erin Moran, who played Joanie. Unlike Barney Miller which I didn’t watch a whole lot of when I was younger, Happy Days for a time was a regular part of my TV life thanks to syndicated reruns. I didn’t remember the early seasons very well. I feel like they weren’t shown as often as the stuff from season three onward. The show holds up pretty well. I’m still entertained.

That’s all for this week. Have a good seven y’all and we’ll do this again next Monday. Carja V.

May 152017

Hello Top Men and Top Women. It’s time to write things!

On Friday night after gaming I sat down to draw a mash-up. Nothing special there. It went super well and I got all the way to colouring it. I then stopped and went to bed. On Saturday I went out to a local anime mini-con and then off to Les Dés Truqués for a day of gaming. I got home and my computer had reset after an update. I didn’t think much of it. Sunday was more of the same with a visit to my mom for Mother’s day and then back to Les Dés Truqués for a couple of hours. On Sunday night I sat back down to finish shading last week’s mash-up which I had been putting off and then went to shade the one I’d drawn on Friday…only it wasn’t there. So it turns out I hadn’t saved it at any point in drawing, inking or colouring it. And MyPaint doesn’t keep any quicksaves so the work was lost. Disappointed I redrew and coloured the mash-up. All that’s left if the shading, just like last time. I don’t know that it’s better than the first one, but I did save it this time.

I got my first box of the Star Wars Destiny expansion today. I say first because I will no doubt buy more to get more of the cards and dice I didn’t get. I don’t have a complete set of the first set and I’m unlikely to do so without plunking down the cash for the dice I’m missing which isn’t really appealing so this may be a game I don’t go full completionist on. I did get Palpatine, which is cool because I figure he’s going to be one of the money dice. My other legendary dice were kind of disappointing. The set has a Rogue One theme going on and since I wasn’t crazy about the movie, I’m not super crazy about the set. I look forward to seeing more interesting stuff in the next set…like an Ewok maybe?!!!

That’s all for this week. I know it was short, but I’ll try to do better next week. Have a good seven and we’ll do this all again next Monday. Carja V.

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