This Column Has Seven Days #041 // Boys in Sicktime Want to Write

What a day it has been, what a rare mood I’m in; why it’s almost like I have been recovering from a chest cold. That’s right, earlier in the week I had some kind of weird chest thing which made me hack and cough so much that one of my co-workers told me my voice sounded “sexy like Vin Diesel.” I of course ruined that by immediately saying “I am Groot,” which none of my other co-workers understood, but at least I was pleased by it. Here’s what else I was pleased by this week.

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Podcast! The Comics, Episode 152 – Top Five Talk with Kelly Thompson

Contains James being called a nightmare person.

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This Column Has Seven Days #040 // Get Low

This past week has been one of the busiest I’ve had in a long time. It’s all good things, I assure you, and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself, but it has wreaked havoc on my ability to sit still and dive deep into my to-read or to-watch lists. Still, I did manage to find a few hours to read and digest things, and it was time well spent because not only did I manage to check a few things off those lists, but one comic book in particular made me sit up — literally, while I was lounging on the couch — and take notice.

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Podcast! The Comics, Episode 151 – Beautiful Mind Disease Talk with Kevin Warren

Contains bickering over baseball.

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This Column Has Seven Days #039 // Post-Break Wrap-Up

Hello and welcome back to the column! My vacation was quite the amazing experience, I have to admit, with an especially invigorating ski vacation and spending a lot of time with some of my favourite people. And I even managed to squeeze in a few choice pop culture morsels in the bargain. Here’s what I thought was particularly noteworthy since the last column.

Podcast! The Comics, Episode 150 – The Sexy Human Puppy Dog Q&A Special

Contains surprisingly little fighting.

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Podcast! The Comics, Episode 149 – Christmas Breakin’ 2

Contains Christmas gifts and a galling amount of sincerity!

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Doctor Whooch // Episode 046 // Loveable Grumpus

In which we wish you a Happy Who Year!

It’s the first episode of 2015, and we’ve dishing on this year’s Christmas special, “Last Christmas”. There’s a lot to talk about in this episode, from the surprising return of a character we thought was gone, to our feels on The Doctor and Clara’s new dynamic. Also: Santa! Bojack Horseman! Racism! Wait, maybe that last one shouldn’t have an exclaimation point. Oh, and Brandon over-corrects and is not nearly drunk enough.

Outro music is “Dream On” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY

Doctor Whooch // Episode 045 // Timey Wimey, Bitch!

In which we talk a lot about strippers. Because Christmas?

Merry Whoochmas, everyone! In this week’s special Christmas episode, we revisit two specials from Christmas past – “The Snowmen” and “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe” – and we have some interesting feelings about them. Brandon yolos and mangles some Frenh pretty bad and Danica worries about the Kids These Days (take a drink) as swords-lizards and Nernia happen on the screen. It was pretty great.

This episode of Doctor Whooch was sponsored by Josh B., who provided us with some yuletide whooch for this episode! We would like to encourage this behaviour, so if you want us to mention you or maybe a project you have on an episode, send us alcohol somehow!

Outro music is “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News.

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY

This Column Has Seven Days #038 // Three Hundred Words of Raw Power

The past seven days have been just full in my area of the world: some pretty dingy lows and some incredible highs. My brain is so ready for my upcoming two-week holiday I spent two hours napping instead of doing anything actually productive, like, say, writing a column. Never one to completely shirk responsibility, I have put together 100-word summaries of three of my favourite pop culture offerings from the past week.

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250px-Seaguy_coverComics: When Grant Morrison & Cameron Stewart’s Seaguy came out, my first impression was that it was incomprehensible but beautiful. It still looks fantastic; Stewart’s art is action-packed and gorgeously illustrated, with panels that feel like subtle homages to artists like Darick Robertson and Dave Stevens. As I’ve gained a little more perspective, though, the story has become clearer, and I was surprised how much sense it made underneath the Morrison “wackiness,” especially in issue two. The book knocked me to my knees on a second read, and I now have a greater appreciation for Seaguy’s inevitable struggle. A must-read book.

Comics: Another comic that is even better with a little distance is Warren Ellis & Colleen Doran’s Orbiter, a love letter to space exploration. In a dystopian future where no one goes to space anymore, a lost space shuttle returns to earth after 10 years, covered in what looks like skin and with only one crew member on board. Yeah, it’s Warren Ellis all right, but there’s a desperate love and yearning here that makes it more than just a “cool experiment.” Doran’s amazing touch with facial expressions give the characters depth and gravity, and Dave Stewart’s colours add a huge punch.

81en7XG7BDL._SL1425_Music: Neko Case’s The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, which is 19 words right there, is a complete powerhouse of an album. The first track “Wild Creatures,” an echoing rocker with lyrics that cut me to the quick, sets up the listener for a deep and soulful listening experience. “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu” is another standout; an a cappella track that captures both crushing defeat and powerful affirmation of life. It’s bombastic and brutal, an embarrassment of riches, and eminently re-listenable. In my eyes it’s the highlight of Case’s amazing catalogue.

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I honestly think it was harder to limit myself to exactly 100 words than to have no limits, but that was a fun exercise in brevity (for a change). I’m taking the next two weeks off for Christmas and a skiing trip so until next time, have a freaking blast, everyone. I’ll see you in 21 days.