Archive for April, 2013

How the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007-2008 shaped TV today

April 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Hollywood Writer's Guild of America 2007-2008 Strike

Strikes suck.

Teacher strikes, garbage strikes, and auto worker strikes disrupt daily life in a number of temporarily inconvenient ways, but when the writers of our favourite shows go on strike, it creates a narrative ripple effect that can last for years.

Plotlines get cut. Early draft scripts get used and drag down show quality. Shows go on hiatus, and some never make it back from the layoff.

All that happened in 2007, when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike and demanded a bigger piece of emerging digital revenues from the entertainment industry.

The WGA spent a total of 14 weeks writing picket signs instead of TV and movie scripts. The dispute was resolved in February 2008, but not before doing a whole lot of bad – and a little bit of good – for the television and film industries.
Read more…


Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #2

April 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 Gamora cover Marvel NOW

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 feels a hell of a lot like an Avengers movie: the whole issue is one big citywide battle punctuated by evil scheming in space, and it’s nothing if not a joyride.
Read more…

Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men #5

April 24, 2013 1 comment

Uncanny X-Men #5 volume 5 Magik by Frazer Irving

Magik’s wacky Phoenix-damaged powers write the script for Brian Michael Bendis’ Uncanny X-Men #5, but it’s Frazer Irving’s art that steals the show – for better or worse – in an issue set as much in Limbo as it is at the Charles Xavier School for the Gifted. The result is a comic pulling itself in two different directions, damned to Limbo because the assembled elements never quite rise or fall far enough.
Read more…

Comic Review: Batman Incorporated #10

April 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Batman Incorporated #10 Volume 2 New 52 DC Comics cover man-bat

The time for tears is over; the time for action has come.

Batman Incorporated #10 expertly lays the groundwork for the ultimate finale to Grant Morrison’s fantastic series as Batman gets ready to go on the warpath against Talia Al Ghul and Leviathan.

This is not a comic of graveyards and regrets; it’s one of pure badassery, of binding up wounds, circling the wagons, and preparing to hit back as hard as (humanly?) possible against the people who murdered Damian Wayne.
Read more…

Bacon-flavored mania hits a new low with sunscreen, condoms

April 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Greasy Bacon cooking on the grill

Bacon makes everything better, or so the saying used to go, until bacon started escaping our burgers and breakfast plates and making its way into our desserts, our spreads, our clothing, and even our health products.

Now, bacon-mad America has hit full-on swine insanity with the recent introduction of two ridiculous bacon products: bacon-flavored condoms, and bacon-flavored sunscreen.
Read more…