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Guttersnipe

Just a critter in the Gutter.

Down and Out in the Mushroom Kingdom

Urban outdoorsmen rejoice! No longer must your vocation go overlooked in favour of the glamorous professions of Space Ranger, Secret Agent, Ace Pilot, and Ultimate Fighting Champion: 2006 saw the high-profile self-proclaimed first video game ever to be released featuring a homeless person as its protagonist — American […]

I Am A MechWarrior

“…if Brian is watching the movie Babe, we don’t say, ‘Brian is a pig.’” –Jesper Juul, “Introduction to Game Time” ~~~ I am a MechWarrior. I am a soldier on Halo. But I am not Lara Croft, although Tomb Raider is my favourite game. Since my hand-me-down PS2 […]

The Dead Body Politic

The adage has it that truth is stranger than fiction. I swear that’s true in Mexico. One of my favourite writers, hardboiled crime novelist Paco Ignacio Taibo II, has to struggle to keep up with the absurd plot of his beloved nation. Although Taibo is a fine writer, […]

A Hero’s Return

Some may regard the birth of the superhero as June, 1938 with Action Comics #1. But while the fantastic popularity of the Man of Steel did have a profound effect on how “Hero” stories were told ever after, there were supermen already at work, protecting the dark alleys […]

An Adept Adaptation

A Disease of Language (Knockabout – Palmano Bennett, 2005) reads like Alan Moore’s application for the position of Official Ambassador to the Far Flung Realms of The Conscious Psychedelic Multiverse of Probability. And at the end of it, one is left with the distinct feeling that Moore is […]

The CanConspiracy

Ancient castle ruins on North American soil, secret societies scuttling Atlantic exploration, and a grail tradition in Canada stretching back seven centuries? Canada is at the heart of a North American grail conspiracy. Or so says Michael Bradley, author of the popular Holy Grail across the Atlantic: The […]