Pascal Girard's sophomore effort in the graphic novel field is an entertaining slice of life of a Canadian teen-ager in the age of social media and how it impacts his life. The art style is simple and clean and works perfectly for the story.
Jimmy is a high school kid who discovers a friend has posted a video of him dancing up on YouTube, and now he's not only become a thing of ridicule in his school, but he's become a quasi celebrity among the mouth breather's who spend their hours watching such trivia, and Jimmy can barely cope with it.
His Uncle spots what he thinks is Bigfoot in the woods and gets Jimmy to post it online "like he did" with his own video, and the Uncle soon learns that being an internet celebrity is not something to strive for.
It's a simple story, told very straightforward. Jimmy is not all that likeable but that's what makes him a somewhat socially awkward teen boy. He seems real.
I'd recommend it. It's available on Amazon in USED condition for 1c-- you are not going to find a bargain like that anywhere.
Well we've BLASTED out of our snow caves and arrived at Spring! Time to do some blog cleaning.
Numbers are WAAAAY up here at FishWrap to which I thank each and every one of you who visits. The weekend BATMAN daily comic strips are extremely popular too as is Movie Monday.
I'm going to switch things around a bit going forward; AND I'M MOVING THE BLOG (again) but this time I'm going to try and make it work.
This is today's BLOG post over on the REAL Blog-- so go read it!
MONDAYS- Business stuff. Might be art product reviews, might be applications or websites that can make your life easier, might be just rambling. Movies move to Friday so you can end your week with a classic Saturday afternoon style Matinee!
TUESDAYS- Graphic Novel and Comic Book Recommendations. I am a professor of graphic novel studies and I get a lot of emails asking for recommendations so they'll run here on Tuesdays.
WEDNESDAYS-- Stays the same, still a free comic book for you to sit back and enjoy (most of them from the Golden Age of Comics)
THURSDAYS- Things to do, places to eat-- now that we can leave our houses I'll give you some places to go.
FRIDAYS- The aforementioned Friday Night Flicks! Wrap up your week with a movie courtesy of Me.
SAT & SUN - BATMAN will continue his comic strip adventures from the 1940s.
But remember-- for a couple of weeks I'll keep this blog up as a mirror to the "REAL" blog site, but change your bookmarks to the new site RIGHT NOW!
Easter Celebrates the day Christ rose from his Roman induced tomb-- or if you are someone who thinks practically and EVER buried a toy in the backyard only to be perplexed by your inability to actually find it again-- more likely the day the Roman's couldn't remember precisely which rock cave they left him in.
You see as a kid I had these great action figures by a company called MEGO (Mee-GO not Meh-Go)-- action figures is a stretch, they were dolls. They wore clothes-- they were dolls. But they were cool dolls from DC and Marvel Comics, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes and MORE! You could have intercompany crossovers unlike any you could have seen in comic books of the day.
As any kid worth his Chuck's is wont to do I would often bury these guys in the sand in a nearby lot and play "rescue mission" usually with the much larger GI Joes trying to find the lost heroes. And there was NEVER a time that if I waited a day to dig them back up I actually found them. Because that sand often looks a lot like the sandpile over there and over there and even like the one right here.
They were casualties of play. I know there is at least one Green Goblin still lost in that lot somewhere.
Never once did I return to the spot I thought I buried them in and become struck by the idea that my action figure had risen and been resurrected, never once. But then I was never much for organized religion and some might say a bit too curious. I once asked a priest to explain how dinosaurs fit into the equation, since science has determined them to be several million years old and if we go by the Bible that would not be possible. As a kid I wasn't even aware that cavemen and dinosaurs did not co-exist-- Gilligan's Island was as historically accurate as I thought the time and the stone age castaways faced a dinosaur in that episode. Leading me to alter my question to the priest that if God created man in his own image was God then a caveman?
The priest did not appreciate my curiosity-- and that's where you and I part.
You see is YOUR faith so weak, so delicate that even MY questioning of the idea of the Roman's merely misplacing the body of a peaceful man rather than a divine magic trick cause you to become upset? Are you outraged at my blasphemy? Ridiculous.
I understand religion and the need for it. In times of struggle people need something to turn to. They need a force bigger than them to take their fate out of their own hands and put it into a higher beings. The loss of a beloved friend or relative becomes a lot easier to bear when you can hope to see them again floating amidst the clouds with a harp and a pair of Clarence wings. I get all that.
Doesn't mean it's real.
Religion is also the cause of many evil things in this world. We look in disgust at the radical Muslim's murdering innocents simply because they don't believe what they believe, or because they have insulted those beliefs. Go back only a couple hundred years and we'll find Christians on horseback and armor doing the same exact thing in the name of the church.
We put our faith in people who are just as ordinary and just as flawed as everyone else and then act shocked when that person is outed as someone who took advantage of that blind devotion for their own personal needs- some even depraved needs. Just because you wear a collar or a big fancy hat doesn't mean you're any closer to the all mighty than I am, and I'm a mostly non believer, bub.
I DO believe in things though-- so if my post has got you shaking in abject outrage, give me a second. Science CAN'T explain everything and I've had more than my share of encounters with strange goings on and many situations that can only be explained by the idea of a guardian angel. THAT I do believe in. I believe that as we walk this earth made up of miniscule particles of energy that we leave traces of ourselves in every area we travel. I believe that people who are important to us remain part of us even if they are gone.
So color some eggs, eat some chocolate to celebrate whatever happened to a guy named Jesus, but let go of this ridiculous devotion to your own belief which prevents you from accepting that it's JUST possible you are wrong and the other guy is right.