“Nothing scares off the shockingly timid male sixth scale figure collector like the thought that they own a Barbie doll.”
Hot Toys returns to the Pirates of the Caribbean line… and it’s fuckin’ Penelope Cruz. FGRHASDGHASDGK.
Characters as yet unrepresented in the line who are better than Angelica:
- Bootstrap Bill
- Commander Norrington
- Pintel or Ragetti
- Gilette and Murtogg
- Tia Dalma
- And let’s face it, a DX version of Keira Knightley in the Shanghai garb wouldn’t hurt anyone.
Mark reads about 90s-era homophobia in the new North Toronto, circa May 2012
A couple of years ago, me and some of my high school friends took one last tour of North Toronto Collegiate, due to be torn down. (I was, evidently, in a “very hairy” mode that month.) As someone about as resistant to change as the next fellow I was somewhat internally dismayed at the idea of that old place being gone forever, but the tour reversed my thinking; these kids today deserve something so much better than that beaten-down old schoolhouse. My first tour of the new North Toronto C.I. this spring, to coincide with the school’s 100th anniversary, confirmed the thinking - what a marvelous place the new building is. It is so comfortably familiar and brilliantly modern, all at the same time. It even smells the same. Mark and I went together, and ran into Sandy randomly in one of the hallways, and for about four minutes, it was 1994. The band were even playing the school song when I left. It doesn’t get much better than that.
In the school’s new foyer, they were giving away back issues of the school newspaper, the Graffiti. When I was in high school, one of the larger newspaper-related events was when one of the students came out of the closet in a front page article called “Anxieties of a Gay Student;” I later wrote a follow-up piece called “Anxieties of a Straight Student,” responding to the wellspring of homophobia that bubbled up in reaction to the original article. Those were the days.Read more
Up Is Down