Category Archives: Comic Books

(A Story for Halloween): “Dare You Spend a Night in…The Armageddon House?”

Trick or treat, eh? When we were kids my brother (with me abetting) would sometimes put on plays for Halloween (or build spaceships on the lawn!) And so I feel I should try and do something “festive” in that vein … Continue reading

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To Err is (Super) Human: Superheroes and the Super Power of Self-Doubt

It’s not anything radical to suggest superheroes have exploded into the mainstream via movies and television as never before. They’ve become a bona fide genre like westerns, or spy thrillers, or rom-coms. Which, unsurprisingly, has triggered a backlash. Obviously “backlash” … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes: “Glimpsing Samson” (My Story in Imps & Minions)

I have a story in the new anthology, Imps & Minions (from tdotSpec). Edited by Don Miasek, K.M. McKenzie, and David F. Shultz, Imps & Minions is a speculative fiction collection (running the gamut of science fiction and fantasy) using … Continue reading

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A review of “Beyond: The Quest for Meadan”

A review: Beyond: The Quest for Meadan 2015 (SC TPB) 64 pages Written by Richard Comely, Jacqueline St. Aubin, Jean-Claude St. Aubin. Illustrated by Jean-Claude St. Aubin, George Freeman. This collection includes new material, plus reprints stories originally published in … Continue reading

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The First Superhero — Jimmie Dale, the Gray Seal?

As readers of this blog know, among my varied interests are superheroes and pulp fiction, as well as Canadian pop culture. Interests that converge in the character of Jimmie Dale, created by early 20th Century Canadian writer Frank L. Packard. … Continue reading

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Reviewing and pondering “True Patriot Presents”…

I’m going to comment on, and review, some of the anthology comic True Patriot Presents. But my review comes from a particular angle: namely whether the stories (and the comic) succeed as a Canadian answer to American superhero comics. Which … Continue reading

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Reviewing: True Patriot (“Canadian Comic Book Adventures”)

This is part review/part broader analysis. So I’ll be looking at both the 2014 soft cover TPB, True Patriot, as well as referencing some superhero prose anthologies and some of my own writings in the field. Plus I’ll be reflecting … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes: “Lucifer’s Legion”

I have a story up at Crimson Streets Magazine — the on-line (and free to read) webzine specializing in evoking the spirit of the pulp magazine era with tales encompassing hardboiled private eyes, horror, fantasy, SF, and adventure. My story … Continue reading

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Doctor Strange, The Motion Picture: Celebration of the Ugly American (Or: Don’t Drink the Tea, Numbnut!)

As I’ve mentioned before, for years this blog was primarily focused on Canadian film & TV, but I’ve begun expanding my topics because, naturally, I have a range of interests. And recently I’ve been blogging some about comics and superheroes … Continue reading

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Canadian Super Hero Names: Why the Heck are there all these “Red Ensigns”?

(Another of my irregular posts both looking at the history of Canadian comic book superheroes, and plugging my own contribution to the idiom — the prose story collections: The Masques Chronicles.) I wrote in a previous post (What’s in a … Continue reading

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