• Another one of those comic store trips.

  • Winnipeg Comic Con cancelled indefinitely

    Via Facebook:

    it is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we have to announce that C4 will not be happening this year.

    […]

    It has been tough running it the last few years with rental fees and costs going up, as well as the lack of local support from businesses and the City of Winnipeg. And now with the RBC Convention Center not having space on the dates we need. With all of these things put together it makes it impossible for us to organize a convention of C4’s size this October.

    I’ve been attending C4—Winnipeg’s largest comic-con—for 15 years.

    I’ve waited a week or so to post my thoughts on this because I didn’t want to rush to judgement on the matter. That said, my initial opinion hasn't changed much. Thinking back, the writing’s been on the wall for something like this to happen and—If anything—I’m surprised it took this long for the whole thing to implode.

    Years ago, C4 had a publicly visible group on Facebook that allowed the volunteers and organizers to discuss the event. Reading through, It was not uncommon to see volunteers discussing how poorly treated they were only to be harassed by the organizers and their loyal supporters for speaking up. Needless to say, I can’t imagine this is how volunteers at most other events are treated.

    In 2010, news broke that Wizard World had bought the convention and would be adding it to their roster of shows—even announcing some of the guests that would be attending the newly minted Wizard World Central Canada Comic Con.

    Fast forward a few months, it was announced that the deal had fallen through and the original organizers would be once again running the show. The rumours around the cause of this all seemed to be that the original owner was inflating numbers and Wizard World caught on. I’d like to stress I have no direct proof of this, but several people with inside knowledge reached out to me and said this was the case.

    However, the story the public got was that the original organizers had swooped in and saved the day after Wizard bailed for reasons that remained unknown to seemingly everyone.

    You get the idea. This is hardly news anymore. Everyone has a horror story about the event (here’s mine), and some have made their way into the mainstream comic media.

    I hope this means the existing group will get their act together or someone like FanExpo will come in and deliver the world-class event we’ve been waiting years to see.

  • Venom's new looks seems pretty familiar...

    Venom

    Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool:

    So we have a new looking Venom as well… with all sorts of Dark Elf symbols. And yes, it is rather Fear Itself-like but Venom never got a hammer in that one.

    I’ve always found it a little awkward how similar to Spider-Man and Venom Todd McFarlane’s Spawn looked, given how soon after his run on Spider-Man that he created the character.

    However, we now have Venom adopting a new look that essentially fills in whatever gaps existed between McFarlane’s design work on both franchises and characters.

    It’s taken almost thirty years but the circle is finally complete I suppose.

  • I was browsing Twitter tonight and noticed someone asking followers what the first RPG they remember playing was.

    While I’m not certain it was the first one I played, I distinctly remember playing through the entirely of Secret of Evermore on the SNES. I loved traveling through the different realms, seeing what changed… and the dog was super cool. 🐕

  • Taking another look at Neo Cab

    Neo Cab

    While it's not new, the trailer for Neo Cab from last year is certainly worth a second (or maybe first?) viewing. The game looks criminally unnoticed by most gaming media.

    The neon palette alone is almost enough to make me play the game and the art style reminds me so much of comics drawn by Jamie McKelvie. I’m interested to see what the game plays like and how unique each of the potential riders are.

  • The campaign in Far Cry: New Dawn has some of the worst pacing I’ve ever seen in a game. An otherwise entertaining, action-packed Far Cry title blows it in the 11th hour by dropping you into sluggish, uninteresting missions. Very disappointing.

  • Rocking the suspenders.

  • Is Capcom teasing a Resident Evil 3 remake?

    Jenni for Siliconera:

    It began with a screenshot showing Jill in the Resident Evil remake. It asked, “Ever feel like somebody’s watching you…?” This is a reference to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, which has Jill stalked by Nemesis, who she frequently encounters throughout the game.

    While I’d love to be wrong, I think it’s a massive leap to assume these vague, seemingly unrelated posts have anything to do with the announcement of a Resident Evil 3 game. Given the success of RE2, I’m certain we’ll see one at some point but I really doubt this is it.

  • Octopath Traveler arrives on PC in June

    Andy Chalk for PC Gamer:

    Square Enix announced today that the previously Nintendo Switch-exclusive JRPG Octopath Traveler is coming to Steam on June 7.

    Octopath Traveler features a retro-styled mix of 2D and 3D graphics in the magical realm of Orsterra, where eight distinct characters, each with their own skills, stories, and motivations, undertake perilous journeys in pursuit of unique goals ranging from self-discovery to revenge.

    I loved what I played (the first 10-12 hours or so) of the game on Nintendo Switch and had always hoped we’d see the game make the jump to another platform. Even without any mentioned enhancements, other than achievements, trading cards, and Steam Cloud saving, the game is a must-buy if only for the amazing graphics, classic gameplay, and entertaining story.

  • I enjoyed The Last Jedi.

    I’m excited for The Rise of Skywalker.

    That is all.