The Best Sixty Cents I Ever Spent (Plus Tax): Part Two


Welcome back! Total we’ll see the second half of my Silver Snail ten-cent haul that I talked about in my last column. From the hipster to the weird to the wonderful, sometimes hidden treasures languish in the most unexpected of places, and ten-cent grabs become beloved favourites in a place of honour on the bookshelf. Shall we? Suburban Folklore Date Published: 2006 Author: Steven Walters Original Price: $11.99 Price Paid: $0.10 Apparently, “Suburban Folklore is a hypnotic periscope … [Read more...]

The Best Sixty Cents I Ever Spent (Plus Tax): Part One


The Silver Snail is among Toronto’s eldest and most venerable of comic book establishments, and a frequent stop on my downtown journeys (partly because it is close to four different tea shops and two yarn stores, but that’s rather beside the point). Besides its huge selection of comics, toys, and memorabilia, it is also notable for the fact that it is entirely above ground! I love comic book shops, and one of the reasons that I love them is that they are usually in basements, attics, or, in one … [Read more...]

TV That Molded a Geek: Roswell


This TV show isn't really one that molded me; rather, it perfectly fit a certain time in my life so well that it might as well have been molded to me.  Everyone can probably find a TV show or movie that just gets everything right - the clothes, the hair, the conversation topics.  For a certain generation, it's John Hughes movies like Sixteen Candles.  For me - a teenage geek girl whose room brimmed with aliens of all kinds, ranging from the neon green plush to the purple inflatable - it was … [Read more...]

Trust No One: Secret Sectors On-Screen


In the world of on-screen science fiction (or sf lite), most writers can agree on one truth: if extra-terrestrials exist, the government knows about it.  Sometimes they're fighting evil aliens, sometimes they're protecting us normies from mind-exploding truths, and sometimes they're the bad guys; any way you cut it, they all make us just a little more paranoid and we love it.  This week the news has been full of a government that needs a little help pulling together and Getting Stuff Done; in … [Read more...]

X-Men: Next Class?


This past weekend, on a whim, I decided to see X-Men: First Class.  I wasn't sure if I was going to catch it in movie theaters or not; the last two installments in the franchise, including the much-anticipated Wolverine movie, were decidedly meh and I wasn't incredibly interesting in sitting through more at movie theater prices.  However, I noticed it was getting good reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did!  It really was a breath of fresh air for the … [Read more...]

Torchwood: Adult Fun in the Whoniverse


It's come to my attention that Doctor Who seems to gaining more and more new fans - which is, of course, excellent.  Most of the new fans I've seen have been American, perhaps due to the marketing blitzes of BBCAmerica (again, excellent).  If you've only been introduced to Doctor Who in the last year or so, you might be wondering why a good chunk of the internet is waiting with anticipation for the return of a little show called Torchwood. Don't worry; you have more than enough time to catch … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith


Even though the new series starts on Saturday, the world of Doctor Who is a somber place today.  Elisabeth Sladen, the actress most well-known for playing Sarah Jane Smith, has passed away.  It was an unexpected shock for fans, and the loss is felt deeply across multiple generations.  I've said before that I come from a family of Doctor Who fans.  My mother has often mentioned that while her first Doctor was Pertwee, more importantly, her first companion was Sarah Jane Smith.  You see, Sarah … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Spooky Speculation


With only a month away before the Easter weekend premiere of the new season (or series, depending on your location) of Doctor Who, fans are brimming with speculation.  Here I present to you some of the main themes that are being hashed out on forums, and in my own personal conversation.  We only have a month left for our most radical ideas, after all!  (Note: While obviously I have no access to real spoilers, this does discuss the trailers and teasers for this season, as well as the events of … [Read more...]

Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: Too Much, Too Soon?


In general, I'm not the kind of girl who can spout obscure passages of dialogue from movies and TV shows.  There are a few films that are embedded in my brain, most of them from before I was ten years old or so, when my brain was more plastic.  Oh, and Family Guy. Yep, Family Guy.  I don't quite know how it happened; I wouldn't call Family Guy a guilty pleasure, but maybe an unlikely one.  I've always been the "mature one," and I'm pretty quiet and shy in person (for the first few minutes, … [Read more...]

Love, Sex and Doctor Who


The space-time continuum of the geek world may be collapsing: The Doctor is engaged to his daughter.   The joke about the engagement between David Tennant and Georgia Moffett is two-fold; Tennant played the Doctor and Moffett played his daughter in an episode, and Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison, who played the fifth incarnation of the Doctor.  Yes, it's kind of creepy, but only if you can't separate fiction from reality.   Thinking about "the Doctor's" engagement, however, … [Read more...]