19 Apr 2017

Invincible - A long time coming

Well it's been a crazy couple of days as things change here and the launch of A Canadian Tabletop Gamer. One of the things that I have not done in a while is a review of a comic book or volume of comics. It's fitting that Robert Kirkman announced the closing of his hit series that is not Walking Dead and one of my favorite comic series in print - Invincible.

The upstairs bookshelf -
a very small portion of the Bear comics collection
The series will end with issue #144 and probably end the TPBs (all seen in the image above) at volume 25 so long as the count of issues per volume doesn't change.

I am sad to see the series that has been running for 13 years come to an end. Invincible is about telling comic book superhero stories and ignore the tropes that litter that genre of the medium. Permanent death, realistic violence, grounded relationships in a world filled with flying people, and explored consequences. So not keeping a comic series alive because you can never cancel Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc... is just another mold Kirkman is breaking with Invincible.

Let me show you around and introduce you to Mark Grayson.

17 Apr 2017

Ghost in the Shell - Review

It's been a few weeks of horror regarding the live action version of the beloved cyberpunk anime and manga Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune Shiro.

By horror I'm talking about vitriol surrounding the release with the accusation of white washing, and small changes to the plot. The movie itself is fantastic.

Go watch the film. Treat it like you would any live action take on a comic book. Just let it be what it is on it's own merits. Then bitch about it.

If you want to know more about my take on the film join me after the break.

16 Apr 2017

Changes to the Blog

I will no longer explore my tabletop gaming on this blog.

Instead I will be posting my life as a table top gamer alongside my friends and family at another location:

A Canadian Tabletop Gamer

The idea is explore the ups and downs, the ideas, the creativity, and the ideas Canadian Gamers face.

Meanwhile I'll be posting family, video games, and media stuff on this blog in order to keep up the writing exercise that is this blog.

- Cheers


14 Apr 2017

Infinity Tournament - 27 May 2017

@ Kessel Run Games
Ottawa, ON, Canada

11 am - 8 pm

Cost: ~10$ (TBC)

1 List
4 Rounds

Prizes include:
2016 ITS Prize Pack
Swag Bags

Register via e-mail: olengravel@gmail.com

Rules are RECON v2.0

7 Apr 2017

Sharing is a health violation

Lady Bear shared and I've been sick.

Sorry for the lack of replies, but I'm sleeping 10-12 hours a night plus all the time I'm napping. One third of my Mass Effect: Andromeda play time is me sleeping.

I did get a nice present last week: A official pic of me as a character in the Infinity RPG.