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Some of our Halcon Originals & Prints

Some artwork originals and prints we will be selling at Halcon!

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98: Age of Aquarius Trump NO SUCH THING AS GROWN UPS PODCAST

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You’re not doing anything anybody gives a shit about. The Only nine jobs available in the world! The Age of Aquarius and Ultron. Things change while you wait. Becoming whatever you want to be. Going to jail in disguise. Internet websites and the truth. Lex Luther is running for president IRL.
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No Such Thing As Reviews #1! Independent Comic And Pop Culture Reviews.

Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of No Such Thing As Reviews! Otherwise known as Never Step Through Alien Reservoirs. I’m Ryan Atkinson and every Tuesday here on No Such Thing As Reviews, we’ll be reviewing a plethora of pop culture and wonderful things! Most often will be independent comic books, but who knows, T.V., movies and many other things may show up. The reviews will consist of a brief overview of what we will be reviewing, a small summary of the content (spoiler alert!!!), my personal thoughts on the content including a rating out of 5 and whenever possible we will include an interview with the creators as well!

This week I review Psychosis issue #1, created and written by Adam Atkinson (No relation) with cover artwork, lettering and the interior work done by David Coates and the 3, count them, 3 variant covers drawn by Christian Stewart, Pete Davies and Matt Rogers respectively.

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The book is set in a post apocalyptic future. In the year 2034, civilization as we know it was quickly wiped out completely by the “Genetically Gifted” in an event known as “The Great Purge” and humanity has been struggling to survive, never able to regroup and rise back up to it’s former glory.

Jump to 2107, the story follows Victor Stevens who is a member of a group of rebels who oppose the genetically superior humans and their forces. Victor also suffers from a split personality disorder. All he has to do is put on the mask and poof! The normally quiet Victor dawns a new name and becomes the sword wielding, bloodthirsty killer Psychosis.
In issue #1 we are lead through Victors infiltration of a Genetics facility as he explains how much Victor disapproves of what he is about to do, but how much he loves it. He comes across a mountain of a man known as “The Brick” who barely gets a single hit in before Psychosis slices his ankles and leaves him for dead as he proceeds through the building, mowing down armed guards as he goes.

Down the hall, he finds the children we now know he was looking for in cages (obviously being experimented on by the scientists also in the room). After he frees the children, he gives the scientists 3 words to plead for their lives. They fail.
As they leave the building, The Brick bursts through the door and shoots one of the kids. We learn the child’s name is Chloe. We don’t learn the connection between them, but it’s obvious that Psychosis cares a great deal about this child.
And that’s it! Curtain call, fade to black. Adam leaves us hanging just there in a moment of seeing that the cold blooded killer has a heart after all. Leaves us wishing the book went on just one more page. And I love him for it.

What Adam has managed to do is put us in a scenario where we need to know what happens next. I spoke with Adam about his book several months ago (We are both indie comic creators from the Greater Moncton area after all, we’re bound to bump into each other) and from what I was able to squeeze out of him about book 2, you won’t be disappointed.

So my rating on this book is as follows:
Artwork- 4/5
Story- 4/5

I would for sure recommend this book to anyone, keeping in mind of the mature themes so parental discretion advised.
And I want to make clear, while I’ve summarized the book, and spoiled pretty much everything (womp womp) I haven’t spoiled QUITE everything. That along with David Coates’ artwork would prompt a must read, any day.

The book is in full black and white, which I’m not normally a big fan of, however, the black and white shading in the book help along with the dystopian feel of the book. I’m a big fan of David Coates and his artwork. He’s contributed to other independent projects that we may get to in the future and if you’re new to his work, you’ve been missing out!

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Adam and asked him a few questions on his process, you can find our interview below!

What got you started in comics?
“I got started in reading comics thanks to an old friend of my families, Grant. Growing up in a rough part of Toronto, I had video games (SNES), Movies, and eventually comics. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (Issues 1-5) were the first comics I owned, and his ability to tell a captivating story is what made me get mine out there.”

How did you come up with the idea for this story?
“This story is one that has been years in the making. I wanted to create what I would consider a realistic view on what the world would do if people where born with powers. They would most likely be idolized, and just take control. David really helped me flush out all of the fine tuning, and helped me to come up with the solid foundation to build off of.”
Do you use an outline/plot or do you run with an idea and see where you end up?
“I have an outline for the start, main twists, and the ending of the whole story, but I just write and let it flow. The story builds on its own, and really, my only challenge is trying to keep it within a 20 page comic!”
What inspires you most to create?
“Other creators. That and my family (Wife and Son), those are my real inspirations.”
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?
“I am lucky to be working on about 4 different comics, doing reviews, writing short stories, and working on my first novel, so I haven’t really had time for writers block. I just move on to one of the other projects if it happens.”
If you could choose an actor/actress to star in a movie based on your book, who would it be?
“Brick (Villain) – Brock Lesnar
Frederick Vandermar (Villain) –
Sarah – Georgie Henley
Logan – Ty Simpkins
Victor/Psychosis – Stephen Amell”
What were you like in school?
 “I was a decent student, tried my best, but was often bored. I was a very creative person, and actually got in a tad bit of trouble for a story I wrote in my family studies class. Let’s just say I had a really dark/morbid imagination… I owe a lot of who I am to my teachers at RHS though, and one English teacher in particular. He knows what he did, and is honestly the only reason I am doing what I am right now.”
What is your favourite motivational quote?
 “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

― Toni Morrison

Where can we buy or read your comic?
” Right now you can pick it up around town at The Comic Hunter or GameZilla, but if you want a copy, you can also Email psychosisthecomic@gmail.com for a PDF or hard copy, we can find a way.”
If you could give only one piece of advice to aspiring creators, what would it be?
“Stop worrying about what others think, and create what you want to. Trust in your own abilities, the rest comes from hard work, and dedication. Writing (creation at all) is like a second job. You will put in a hundred hours, just to get one thing you are happy with, then most likely scrap it, as you feel like you can do better. You WILL always be your own worst critic.”
And finally, the question on everyone’s mind. Soup or stew? And why?
 “Come on man, was that even a question? Stew all the way. It just works better, bread can hold it, and it is like eating a tiny piece of heaven.”

I’d like to send out a very special thank you to Adam Atkinson for taking part in our very first interview! Keep an eye out for Psychosis #2 which will be released in the near future!

I’d also like to thank Tara and Curtis for letting me ramble on about things I may or may not like on their website!

Thank you all very much for reading! If you are an independent creator and would like your work reviewed, or if there are any indie comics you would like to see reviewed, feel free to either comment below or email me at atkinsonryang@gmail.com. If you have a suggestion of next weeks alternate acronym (N.S.T.A.R.) please do the same! 🙂

I’ve been Ryan Atkinson, and I’ll see you all next week!

And remember.. There’s No Such Thing As Reviews!

95: Studying for Aspergers Tests No Such Thing As grown Ups Podcast

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We have all the answers! Is itunes is making it hard to like music, and was Entourage the movie really a movie? Mark Whalburg is the Rich and the Pants-less. How to make your neighbors move away. Where are the dogs? Going to war with a facebook community. Autism and Asperger’s tests and diagnosis. Plus how to become Hannibal. I am food?

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91: Free CDs for a Penny or Stab Your Friend NO SUCH THING AS GROWN UPS PODCAST

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BONUS EPISODE! Today we Learn how How Society really works! Remember Columbia House and free MUSIC IN THE 90S. INVENTING CDS was expensive! Would You Rather the Movie?
Plus “Would you Rather, the Movie,The Improv!”
Mobs of People Chanting is scary. Screaming at Dance Mom kids for skill and money! People are Hiding nipples with Nipples! And of course Anarchy!

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90: CutThroat Television NO SUCH THING AS GROWN UPS PODCAST

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Step into the scariest kitchen in the world. Take a trip to a far off land with Cut Throat Kitchen, Cut Throat lawyer, and Cut Throat Real Housewives. Tara tells you about getting Grants in the real world, and Artists for a day. We go Beyond the Documentaries. Plus Maniacs who remember “Just like Mom”.

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Video Friday- BlanketFort Stories Eps 6: Too Many Cooks in the Fort

From the creators of The Andy & Andy Show & Prepping with Puppets comes: Blanketfort Stories! Each week Curtis & Tara choose from your 3 WORD comment suggestions to inspire a story, then they do an improv based on that story with LEGO PEOPLE! It’s very convoluted, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get it right away, you might still be pretending to be a grown up!

It’s OK though join us in our magical blanketfort for fun & watch us practice using our IMAGINATIONS 🙂 then you can pratice at home yourself.

IN this episode Keith & Jill tell the story of how following recipes is hard! So GROSS! then we improv a story of lego parents who much tell their child she/he is really a deer! Featuring the Cop from the LEGO MOVIE!!! Don’t tell lego! shhhhh! It’s a Skit I like to call “I’ll hire a maid before I’ll cook my own supper.”

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*Blanketfort Stories is inspired by Illos Illustrated Podcast by Keith Dury Watch them here:

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Tara illustrated an episode called Phantom Jeans:

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85: Sometimes Doing ‘You’ means being a Stabbing Maniac-Orange is the New Black Special NO SUCH THING AS GROWN UPS PODCAST

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OK Tara’s back at it again, she watches waaay to much prison shows! It’s all Orange instead of Black all day long! Find out which “Friend” we are, Tara’s most embarrassing moment, why Curtis was a bad student (in skit form). We get enraged about Prisons, and Parents teaching socialist values. Woman on the Edge of Time is Tara’s new favourite book of all time, learn about Feminist Anarchy! Eat your French Fried Vegetables, Baby Jason Smashes, Nick Cross’ Yellow Cake!

Come and visit us at Animaritime this weekend June 26-28, 2015! 

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No Such Thing as Blog Rants: Practice Standing Up for What you Believe by Tara Audibert

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I often wonder what I would have done during World War II around Nazis, or if I was to witness the taking of Native children to Residential Schools here in Canada. Would I be able to stand up for what I believe is right? How would I do that without fear of persecution myself?

What I believe through thought and experience is that I cannot wait until times are dire before I would stand up. If I waited until then, I wouldn’t even know what to do? I imagine that people behind revolutions were always revolutionary in their ideas and ways. In this way they practice on smaller issues, fighting for small issues to prepare for the big ones. I remember the first “Circus” I went to . It was a traveling Shriner’s Circus that came to town and shows were held in the arena. My father brought my brother, sister & I and there were elephant rides, clowns and animal acts. One of the acts involved a bear riding a unicycle. The bear did not want to perform, did a couple very sad looking tricks, and then ran back through the curtain emitting a sound that to me was nothing less than crying, his ‘trainer’ chasing behind with a whip. I was devastated. “What will happen to the bear?” I asked my dad. I don’t remember what my father said to me, but I was 9 and for some reason I knew about boycotting. So I can’t remember if I pronounced it then, since it was over, or made my proclamation, rather grandly the next year when the circus came to town. “I am boycotting the Circus!”, “but Why?” my parents asked. So I told them all about the terrible atrocities I had witness and that I would not be a party to it again, and the only way I could show my feeling was by not going. They told me that that meant my brother and sister couldn’t go either, I can’t remember if they did go without me, but I do know that I never went again-and as a result the Circus never came back…no hahaha, I think it cam back for a few years, but not really very long. When something is wrong and it is ignored, sometimes it goes away. But I think there has to be those people who go-“this is dumb let’s go do something else.” I hope I will always be one of those people!

In College faced with a similar situation, our class was to go to a zoo, that I had bee boycotting for years. The care and housing for the animals was deplorable. I am now against zoos in general, but at the time this place was a real sanatorium of wild animals in small cages. I explained to my teacher that I would not go on the trip (for life drawing). He said I would fail the assignment. I said that was fine (I regularly got A’s so I could care less). In the end no one went and the whole class drew different animals, which was cool.

As I grew, I continued in my atrocious ways, fighting authority, continuing to be “challenging”. I have threatened to not play, quit, really quit, and stood up many times for what I believe. I still pick my battles, but I try to stand up for what I believe, for me, with the hope that I can lead by example with non-violent protest. At the very least I do what I want and I am happier for it. I like thinking that I will be able to stand up at least a little! I know I need a lot more practice to get to the Revolutionary stage, but I will keep working on it, protest by protest, boycott by boycott I will keep practicing so I can at least think I am ready if the time arises. Anyways, back to drawing comics…Also stop going to Seaworld. I’ve been boycotting that place since I was 7!

Tara Audibert is an artist, teacher, comic illustrator, consultant, and just a Jill of all Trades. She co-hosts the podcast No Such Thing as Grown Ups with her spouse Curtis Carey from Sunny Corner, NB, Canada where they also make Animations, Finger Puppet Sitcoms, Prepping with Puppets,comics, poetry books, children’s books and so much more! www.nosuchthingasgrownups.com


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81: Cheers East Coast Comic Expo! NO SUCH THING AS GROWN UPS PODCAST

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Come Spend the Day at the EAST COAST COMIC EXPO! We Hang out With A Dog that is Kelsey Grammer, and get hunted by THE Comic Hunter! Comic Books new and old, and line ups to see Nick Bradshaw! Plus we Spend Victoria Day with the QUEEN! No Big deal, Check it out. #ECCE Pictures on our FB page! 

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