Oct 172017

Greetings Top Men and Top Women! Back to read another blog huh? Well, let’s see what I wrote (he said before he actually wrote anything).

Okay, so this a little embarrassing. I just realized today that somehow I got my dates mixed up. Last year I posted the five year anniversary strip on October 11th when in fact everything points to the anniversary being on October 7th. I guess somewhere between October of 2015 and October of 2016, I forgot what date the site went live on because I got the date right in 2015 (and every year prior). Not only did I get the date wrong last year, but I didn’t even remember to talk about it in the blog until a week after the wrong date (this year I intentionally didn’t write about the anniversary during the week I thought it was). So yeah. I’m forgetful. Thank you for the well-wishes on the date I thought was correct! I have now tasked myself with remembering my own site’s anniversary.

Whatever the date, the site’s anniversary always has me feeling a little proud of what I’ve accomplished. It may go up late and it may not be as abundant as the early days, but every week for six years I’ve managed to put up new content for the site and I always have a buffer of new material to put up as well (I’ve moved up from, at one point, a three week buffer to now five). It’d be very easy for me to take a week off (and believe me the temptation is sometimes there) and coast on the buffer. But no matter how unmotivated I may feel when I start, I’m always happy to have done it when I’m finished. I’m told that the same good feeling happens after working out, but that simply hasn’t been my experience. 🙂

I’m in between stories at the moment. I finished the Rainy Day Fur story last week and I drew a few one offs this week to break things up before I move on to my next arc. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Coming up with one offs is a lot harder than writing multi-strip stories. The Rainy Day Fur story was actually supposed to BE a one off and then I got an idea to make it into something longer. I’d LIKE to do another week of one offs, but I might get inspired and go off on another tangent and then I’d have to push back the story I have planned AGAIN. So basically I’m worried that I’ll come up with even MORE ideas. Weird huh?

Well the hands on my watch are telling me that it’s time to end this. I haven’t become solar powered in the past week so I need to eat something. I wish you all a good seven and we’ll do this all again next Monday. Carja V.

Oct 092017

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all the Top Canadian Men and Top Canadian Women out there. To everybody else, happy Monday. It’s blog time.

The FCL put on its biggest wrestling show to date (at least to my knowledge), ShawiMania, this past Saturday. It did solid business and it was great to be a part of it as a fan of wrestling for the past thirty years. The guys and gals really put their hearts into delivering the best matches they could. To add to the attraction, they booked two big names for the show, Shane “Hurricane” Helms and the Tough Guy himself, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. VIP tickets sold out quickly but I got the hookup from Lyne and Fab. That included ringside seats and a chance to meet Hurricane and Hacksaw.

Hurricane was cordial, but a little reserved. I chose not to get my picture taken with him, not because I don’t like him as a wrestler (I always found him to be highly entertaining in the ring and on the mic) but because I don’t like having my picture taken in general.

Hacksaw’s flight was delayed several times so his meet and greet was moved to after the show and a nicer man you couldn’t imagine. He was clearly having a good time in front of the seven hundred or so fans that came out to see him. For sure, it wasn’t the heights of his WWE career, but he put his all into the show and took pictures and signed autographs for the crowd afterwards and seemed genuinely happy to do it, chatting a little with each person.  I did break down and get my picture taken with him. I can’t say he was ever one of my favorites back in the day, but he’s won me over since then and Saturday just made me like him even more.

On Sunday, we continued our Imperial Assault campaign. Finally, three years into owning the game, I’ve made it past the second mission! The games have been mostly decided by critical errors, so I’d say it’s been fairly balanced. If this continues I may have to pick up some of the expansions to play out more campaigns.

I apparently forgot to save my HBK mash-up last week so I lost all the colouring and shading work I’d done. I realized that today as I was checking out my finished pieces. Frustrating.

That’s all for this time. Have a good seven and we’ll do this all again next Monday. The site turns six on Wednesday so there’ll be a bonus strip up. Carja V.


Oct 022017

Blog time.

I finished late tonight and then I got to playing around with building new Star Wars Destiny decks and next thing I know, it’s 8 o’clock and I haven’t written a blog yet or had supper. Working on one and about to work on the other.

Half the battle in building a Destiny deck is choosing what characters to build around. I’ve been trying to find fun and/or thematic team-ups. Han and Leia is a natural. Ahsoka, Kanan and Ezra add up perfectly. I’ve named my Aurra Sing and Asajj Ventress deck “The New Look: Bald!” Vader and Jabba together form the Dark Crime Lords of the Sith. These may not be powerful decks (Vader and Jabba is pretty strong) but they’re fun to think about.

Okay, so that’s all my brain is able to talk about right now it seems so rather than go on and on about Destiny, I’ll just call it a day.

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

Sep 252017

Howdy Top Men and Top Women. Time for another blog already.

I did not sleep well last night. I went to bed after the post PPV show at 11:30 but for some reason I wasn’t able to fall asleep. I checked the clock at one point and it was nearly a quarter to two. It didn’t feel like I’d been tossing and turning for over two hours, but apparently I had.

It wasn’t that the wrestling show was that good. The tag team title match was spectacular (my man Cesaro always delivers) and the rest of the card was…adequate. I didn’t watch the Bray Wyatt vs, Finn Balor match because I’m completely over Bray Wyatt. Nothing he does interests me anymore. The cruiserweight title match was an absolute joke. I don’t know how they could have Enzo come out acting so smug after winning in the most terrible way possible. They should have let Tozawa keep the title and have Neville chase him a bit. At least they can wrestle.

This wrestling talk is courtesy of the Animus Wrestling Federation set to make its comeback this Friday. I thought I’d finish up one of my pieces tonight, but the energy levels are drooping so I don’t know if it’s in the cards.

Speaking of cards, my second box of Empire at War was SOOOOOO much better than the first. Every card I was most looking forward to playing was in it. I started building with a Seventh Sister deck that I think has some potential. I’ll need a second Hera to really start exploring my starship deck. Can’t wait to play again.

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

Sep 182017

Hello Top Men and Top Women. No, it’s not Hammer Time. It’s Blog Time!

So Bobby Heenan passed away yesterday. In my mind, and I know I’m not alone in this, he was the greatest manager of all time. and one of the all-time great announcers. He was so good at his job of making people hate him. Then later in his career, people just fell in love with him. Looking back now, I can appreciate how funny he was. He was sick for a very long time and persevered. I can only imagine that he and Gorilla Monsoon are toasting each other in the commentator’s booth beyond.

I don’t have much else to talk about this week so I’ll just say RIP Brain and call it a week.

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


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