The Montreal Comic-Con: Then and Now

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Hey all! Thanks for coming back. This week we're going to revisit an old topic, but put a different spin on it: Then and Now - The Montreal Comic-Con edition. I've been a fan of the convention for the last five years, and recently I've begun to notice some changes to our local superhero worshiping gathering. I know I have developed my own feelings on these changes, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below. Without further ado, let's get in to the thick of it!

Can we avenge "The Avengers" ?

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I can't believe it has already been three years since Marvel unleashed its cinematic monster, The Avengers, onto the public. I still remember how excited I was after having seeing all of the buildup and connections that were teased in the previous, standalone films (ie: Iron Man, Thor, etc). Naturally, Marvel was aware of how big of a fan I was, so it was no surprise that they happened to release it a week before my birthday and you can bet your bottom dollar that I was going to see it. You can imagine my equal amount of excitement when I realized that Marvel was set to do so again, this time with the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron! With my fiancée, brother, and old roommate in tow, we embarked on what I would have thought would be another successful chapter in the Marvel line-up, but did it meet our standards?

A beginner's guide to comic books

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You've seen the movies and you've seen the TV shows, but now you want to start reading comics and don't know where to start? Well look no further! In this article you will find ­some easy to follow pointers, which will help you enjoy comics to their fullest.

The Force is strong with Marvel's new comic series

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Since the announcement that Dark Horse would no longer be publishing Star Wars comics, many fans have held their breath for news on their favorite silver-screen heroes. Thankfully, starting in January 2015, their wait is over, as Marvel's Star Wars universe bursts on to the scene with three ambitious stand-alone titles. Featuring some of the best artists and writers in the industry, Marvel has set out to expand the Star Wars universe further than anyone could imagine. As a fan of both the films and comics, I could hardly resist the chance to get my hands on these issues and weigh in on how Marvel brought these stories to life.

(Please note, the following reviews may contain spoilers and plot elements featured in the comic books. Continue reading at your discretion)

The Magic of the Montreal ComicCon

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Several differently-sized Supermen stand in a line -- even their monumental shared strength is nothing compared to the locked doors of the Palais des Congres. The line-up of superheroes, supervillains, children, and parents alike, have taken the day off in advance just so they could be the first ones in when the doors open at 1 pm. Inside, the staff is anxious, nervous and excited; their days of hard work will finally be appreciated in the next few moments. The sound of doors unlocking is their cue, and faster than speeding bullets, the crowd begins to pour in.

How to take care of your comic books

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So you've gone out and bought yourself a classic comic or two over the years, or maybe you've picked up an expensive variant cover issue here and there; that's the easy part, but now what do you do with them? You don't want to leave them laying around - they'll get ruined! That comic isn't a coaster! Get that beer off of it!

If you're like me, you'll find yourself meticulously sleeving and shelving each and every comic you buy. If you aren't like me, this guide will help make sure you protect any comic you consider worth keeping, as well as helping you set up a way to display parts of your collection to the world.

(This task will take roughly 1 minute per comic book.)

My Secret Identity: An Interview with Myles Charon

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It was a cold Saturday morning as I began to walk to the entrance to Captaine Quebec. I made it to the door before realizing I had left my tea in the car. Having forgotten what parking space number I was, I turned around to check only to recognize a familiar figure. Walking down St-Catherine with a smile on his face was Myles. He was wearing a puffy coat with familiar motif: Spider-Man.

"I saw your cousin the other day" Myles said with a smile.

"Oh?" I replied, knowing fully well that my nearest cousin was a seven hour drive away.

"Yea, the one who looks just like you." He answered laughing.

With that said, we made our way to the store entrance; a large glass door with a stairs leading down. I was immediately comforted by the familiar sights and signs, as much as I was by the heat of the building. We chatted casually as we walked down the stairs, leaving our coats at the cash. Excusing himself for a second, Myles disappeared to the back of the store. Grabbing a quick cup of coffee from his backroom, Myles returned seconds later and ready to begin.

Dream Cycle: A Portrait of Neil Gaiman

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"Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins." (Neil Gaiman)

We've all been there. I'm sure writers, young or old, can attest to this. Now I'm sure you're asking: "Andrew, where did these wise words of wisdom come from?" My answer is: they came from Neil Gaiman. Who is that you ask? Simple. Neil Gaiman is a writer. He is a son, a husband and a father. Heck, from behind, with his curly dark hair, he might even remind you of a British Tim Burton, although I'm not sure he would take that as a compliment. However, what is undeniable about the curly, greying-but-dark haired writer is that his has career has taken him to all corners of the literary world. No genre is safe, no medium untouched!

For Food and Family

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I remember as a small child, my grandfather telling me that that the three greatest things life could offer you were family, food and friendship. Being as young as I was, I only ever connected with the last part. Sure, we had pancakes for breakfast and steak for dinner, and our family got together for holidays and large events, but I was always more interested in what my friends were up to. I never truly appreciated what he was saying until I'd begun experiencing what life had to offer.