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Thank you :)

You did it! You lovely lovely crazy generous people did it!! Together you helped us pass our goal, raising (at the time of this blog) $15,500 for Mulitple Sclerosis Research!!

On behalf of my wife Christie and myself, and all the doctors and researchers who will benefit from those funds and all the survivors of MS who daily journey with this terrible disease who will benefit from the new therapies the doctors are developing THANK YOU!!

The donation site is open until the end of May (possibly longer). If you still wish to donate, thank you. If you wish to donate for an avatar please do! I will happily honor donations of $50+ for any of this year’s avatar themes. I’ve got a dozen or so left on my docket to get done, so if you are still waiting for yours, thank you for your patience as well.

See you in the funnies!

That Guy!

Last night, as I was doing bedtime stories with my twins, my daughter had a sudden thought-

“Daddy, one time I saw a man with rainbow hair. And he had a rainbow beard too!”.

I hesitated a second, before gently telling her – “…You’re talking about your Uncle Lar.”

From the other side of me, flipping through the pages of volume 1 of Amulet, my youngest son chimes in-

“Uncle Lar? I love that guy!”.

And that’s the story about how a simple bedtime evolved into a facetime conversation with their Uncle Lar running around his house, as my kids wanted to see all of their Uncle’s 500 cats.

But I digress.

This weekend, the aforementioned Lar, Will, Shayna and myself will be in Calgary, for The Calgary Expo where you’ll be able to see us at Booth #313 in the BMO. We’ll have plenty of new stuff on hand, and as always, we’re more than happy to sign whatever you bring us.

If that wasn’t enough, Lar and I are also doing a panel on Saturday at 4pm, which I can certainly guarantee* will be a life changing event. (*Guarantee void except for those coming from Uganda).

We will see you on Calgary, friends!

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Uncle Lar? I love that guy!”
-The Little Sohmer, Age 4

I’m Lost

In 1965, on something called ‘broadcast television’, Lost in Space debuted and ran for 84 episodes over 4 seasons.

As I was -13 at the time (Lar was probably already 50), I did not catch it during it’s prime. I went through a few episodes in the 80s, but found it too campy for my tastes at the time.

Cut forward to 1998, when Lost in Space debuted as a film starring Joey from Friends and a bunch of other people. Was not a good movie per se, but I’m a sucker for scifi, so I was all in.

I admit, in the 20 years since that film, I had not given the Lost in Space franchise another thought.

But, like it usually does, along came Netflix and a 10-episode first season.

The franchise name alone would’ve been enough to get me to watch an episode, but somehow, they assembled a ridiculously good cast including Molly Parker (my favorite actor from House of Cards), Toby Stephens (my favorite actor from Black Sails), Parker Posey (everything she’s in) and Cary-Hiroyki Tagawa (my favorite actor in everything).

So yeah, I was all in.

I am 7 episodes in at this point, and I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I’ve been having with this series. The actors are terrific (I don’t even hate the kids!), the story is a wonderful mix of screwup of the week/overarching plot and the scifi elements are terrific.

Where Lost in Space really shines though, is its depiction of relationships.  The parents, the kids, the other survivors, the robot, all of it. Each relationship is unique, and it feels real. I can not give a show a higher compliment than that.

Episode 7 is a great example of that, and one scene in specific, the helium one, really brought it home.

I’ve got 3 episodes left, and I’m going to try and make them last (I’ll probably burn through them tonight and hate myself tomorrow).

Lost in Space. Netflix. Let me know what you think.

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”
-Bob Morley