Sunday, June 22, 2008

Scott Pilgrim

the book, not the plumtree single although it does help that it's a song title and keeps the theme of music related blog titles going, but anywho...

the book (which can be found at is a cute little black and white manga style ditty from Bryan Lee O'Malley and published by the good people at Oni press. it features all the standard manga troupes that one would expect because Bryan is obviously a comic nerd (in a good way of course) and knows that other comic nerds will love these little inside jokes. if you're not a comic nerd but you live in toronto, or have ever been in a band, or are a video game nerd, or have had relationship troubles, or have hit a hot lead singer from montreal with a sledge hammer there are jokes for you too. this book is packed with something for everyone...really.

without getting to far into the story, scott is an early twenty something trying to figure out what the hell to do with his life. he's in a band that "doesn't suck that bad" that play local spots all over toronto. scott dreams about video games and other fun things and it's there that he meets ramona, american half ninja delivery girl and love interest. it gets weirder. scott has a 17 year old girlfriend that he keeps trying to break up with, no job and mooches off of his room mate that he shares a bachelor apartment with. he is the best fighter in ontario and can air juggle opponents for up to 64 hits (no really) turning them into a pile of coins, a 1-up or some sort of enchanted weapon like the famed, mithril skate board. all of this whilst trying to find gainful employment, record an album and win the heart of ramona.

the art might turn people off. my brother handed me a copy and said, "seriously, it's fucking hilarious." after i gave the cover the stink eye. i breezed through four of five pages and thought about how cartoony it looked. i mean, "felix the cat" cartoony but somehow it all worked and made complete sense after a page or two. i was sucked in in no time.

what i love is the attention to detail of otherwise meaningless thing. my personal favourite being the "stop! this is the back of the book." gag that soooooooo many manga have on what people in the west would consider the first page. this is of course because there are a large number of retarded people that couldn't tell they were reading a book backwards so they complained to the publisher but you get the point.

there are toronto landmarks featured in every book with handy little trivia facts. if you've been to any of them you'll see just how good a job bryan has done recreating them. lee's palace looks exactly like it should, shitty, small and like you could catch hep b just by looking at the sound guy. casa loma and sneaky dee's make an appearance as well.

there are four issues out so far and i would suggest getting them all if you're interested in a reading something that's just plain fun.

Friday, June 20, 2008

we know of an ancient radiation, that haunts dismembered constellations...

if you haven't already heard of go take a look at it now. if you don't want another site keeping track of your personal information in the form of play lists and such, or you don't want other cool and not so cool people suggesting fucking amazing and mostly not so fucking amazing music, then don't check it out.

so there.

this site has been a good reminder of shit that i haven't listened to in years, or never really gave a chance in the first place. sure it's chock a block with 14 year olds that think the latest girl sensation on capitol actually makes good music, but there's some super cool ass shit on there that you will NEVER hear about anywhere else without digging for weeks on end for shit that you have never heard of in languages you don't speak. don't get me wrong, you still have to dig and that's always been one of the most fun parts of finding new music. i've been in the dusty old record stores and yard sales and you name it for weeks to find that one album that will slay you right then and there and since the internet made digging as easy as typing a genre into a search engine all the fun of the hunt has vanished.

if you happen to wander over and find yourself with an account, you can find me at

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

hot time, summer in the city, back of my neck gettin' dirty and gritty... is the link for my lovely friend rachel's etsy store. if you are a crafty person that lacks the ability to make crafty things yourself, you might want to take a look. she makes affordable pieces of jewelery, scarves, hats and so on.

in other news, i've decided that i'll keep this thing to a single purpose and just start writing about media again. i'll probably stick to music and tv/film but there might be a book or game thrown in from time to time. it's been a while so i might be a bit rusty. and before anyone goes on a tirade about my tirade against people randomly taking up the pen, it's not random at all in my case and i do have experience as a writer. i'm not saying that makes me better than everyone else, i've just suckered people into paying me for my opinion. in the end, that's all critique really is anyway, an opinion.


Monday, June 16, 2008

say somthing

no really i'm not planning on keeping this whole complaining thing going. there are far more fun things to talk about and i swear i will get them up here as they come to me. i just get a bad case of "the last angry man" in me from time to time when people decide that everything is everyone else's fault.

things to look forward to, music talk, photo talk, poor grammar talk, things that end in "s", more quote marks than you can shake a "stick" at and all kinda other fun stuff. stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

and they will know us by the trail of the misread

so i stumbled across yet another poorly written, overly opinionated article on one of the microsoft pages asking why men cheat. what was great about this article was how one sided it was and not the least bit insulting. the "writer" suggested that men cheat because they are just selfish, stupid or think they won't get caught (which is redundant based on the second assumption). In the opinion of the "writer", women barely ever cheat and if they do, men will never know about it because they're so much better at it than men, oh but women are the victims here. men cheat because they're pigs, women cheat because their men force them to seek attention elsewhere. can i please have a moment of silence for the death of reason?


yeah, so the long and the short of it is, a relatively low percentage of men cheat and women cheat a marginal percentage less than men do which is wrong for either sex. all the reasons men cheat are the same reasons women do. what the fuck is wrong with people these days and when did everything suddenly become men's fault?