Author: Charlie Kim

Looking Forward

From terror attacks, the US election, floods, protests, Brexit and the many, many celebrity deaths… 2016 has been widely panned as the worst year in recent history. Some of the factors are par for the course, so unfortunately, much of this continues today as the buffoonery from US political leaders continues and the mainstream media refuses use the term “climate change” in the face of science, even as a possibility, as to rationalize record weather related stats. In the world of comics, we lost Bernie Wrightson, Rich Buckler and most recently, Wolverine co-creator Len Wein just to name a...

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Beast Mode: Jung Gi Kim

Not too long ago, Marvel released a set of connecting variant covers for their Civil War II mini series. These caught my attention because: 1. The Art: Clearly Asian, somewhere between traditional brush painting and manga. 2. The Design: Minimal, with no title, numbering or the publishers insignia. Out of curiosity, I picked up a copy, bagged it and never looked at it again. I considered collecting the whole series but the thought of running around town, chasing a series that ultimately did not interest me just to pay a premium for the cover alone didn’t seem appealing. Recently,...

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Antique Markets

While cities across Canada are hosts to a large number of comics, toys and other collectibles/merchandise shows, in-between, scattered throughout the rural landscape, are antiques markets or smaller antique stores. Often situated on the outskirts of small towns, retrofitted barns and refurbished buildings are home to a slew of unwanted items that once belonged to someone, who most likely is no longer around. In fact, one store east of Toronto promotes their goods as “dead people’s stuff”, which to me has an unsettling tone about it. My previous employers would often go antique shopping during weekends. As designers, they...

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YouTube for All

About 10 years ago, I made the decision to cut our cable and phone service in favour of hi-speed internet. But I also worried that my family would be left out of the cultural loop, and indeed, it was difficult to hold up my end of the conversation at the water cooler during work when everyone else was chatting up the previous nights episode of the latest hot show. However, I didn’t actually have time to watch long stretches of TV like I use to do. It was simply on in the background and I would catch glimpses of...

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Market Watch Revisited, Part 2

Summer is well underway and I’ve spent the better part of this month fixing little things around the house. Next on the list is to give our deck a fresh coat of paint. I saved the old paint can so that I can get the store to match the same colour. I remember paying about $27 for one standard can of paint just over 5 years ago, but I was shocked to find out that a new, fresh can of paint is now almost $50 after taxes… for the exact same brand, same colour and from the same store....

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