Monthly Archive – August 2017

End of Summer Escape Room Party!

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Good bye summer, hello GoPro!

This summer’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge asked the teens of Vaughan to read as much as they could and to complete a new mission each week, such as review a book in 150 characters, or make a video of yourself singing the national anthem! What did you guys think of the missions this year?

 

As a whole, you guys read 286,889 pages and completed 157 missions! Way to go! All summer long we gave away amazing prizes, but our grand prize winner, Ofrie, received her brand new GoProHero5 camera on August 26 at our End of Summer Escape Room Party. And yes, Ofrie escaped the room!

 

 

Week of Geek: Only Inhuman after all…

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Hiya Geeklings!  How are the last days of summer going?  Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s almost over.  Get as much fun in as you can!  We’re in the last week for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge so keep reading, keep up those missions and our End of Summer Party is THIS SATURDAY!  Sign up here!

Also, how about that eclipse this week, huh?  The sun was a crescent!  How cool was that?!  It blew my fragile little mind!

Speaking of the moon (bit of a flimsy segue, but bear with me), there’s a new addition to the MCU coming out next week in theaters before premiering on television this fall.  Check it out!

(I say bravo to their marketing department for using Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Human” for that second trailer.  It worked perfectly.)

The Inhumans are an interesting group of Marvel characters with a rich and somewhat complicated history.  In short, their ancestors were once full fledged humans, who were experimented on by the Kree (we meet those guys in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie).  Most of the Inhumans went on to create their own society, though some broke away and mingled with regular humans, creating descendants on earth that have no idea they’re part Inhuman (this became a pretty big plot point in the show Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD).  The thing that reveals if someone is an Inhuman is something called Terrigen Mist.  When an Inhuman is exposed to this mist it triggers their latent powers.

The Inhumans who created their own society in the city Attilan on the moon (that’s right, the moon) have a Royal Family, who tend to be the main characters of any Inhuman storyline.  This family consists of…

Black Bolt: Full name Blackagar Boltagon, and he’s the King of the Inhumans.  He’s always been a fascinating character to me; he’s the ruler of an entire people, despite not being able to say a word.  He can’t, because his voice creates shock-waves that can cause serious damage.  A whisper is enough to knock the Hulk off his feet.  A shout will level an entire city.  As such, he does most of his speaking through other means like sign language, body language…

and spokespeople, including through his wife…

Medusa: Full name Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon, Queen of the Inhumans.  Her power is in her long red hair, where every strand acts as an extra appendage.

Maximus: Full name Maximus Boltagon.  He’s Black Bolt’s brother and a prince.  From what we’ve seen in those first trailers, and considering how he gets the moniker Maximus the Mad at some point in the comics, the dude is definitely trouble.

Crystal: Full name Crystalia Amaquelin, she’s Medusa’s sister, a princess and she can manipulate natural elements.

Gorgon: Full name Gorgon Petragon, he’s a cousin of Black Bolt and head of Attilan’s military.  He has hooves instead of feet and they can create shock-waves.

Karnak: Full name Karnak Mander-Azur, also known as the Shatterer, he’s a cousin and adviser to Black Bolt.  He stands out amongst the Inhumans in that he opted NOT to be exposed to the mists, and instead decided to be the most formidable martial arts master all on his own.  Good on him.

Triton: Full name Triton Mander-Azur, he’s another cousin of Black Bolt, as well as Karnak’s brother.  He looks a little… aquatic, and that’s because he has the ability to breathe underwater, as well as other skills.

Lockjaw: He’s a larger-than-average dog.  A teleporting larger-than-average dog.  Really, what more do you need to know?

Got them all straight?  If not, no worries.  You can read more about them in books like War of Kings, the Secret Invasion storyline, World War Hulk and in the Ms. Marvel series.

That’s all for now True Believers.  Keep working on the TSRC, stay tuned for more news and until next time, End of Line.

FINAL WEEK FOR TEEN SUMMER READING CHALLENGE! AND THERE’S A PARTY!

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Hiya guys!  LAST WEEK OF TSRC STARTS TODAY!  We’re at the finish line so keep reading those books and logging those pages!  Our last two missions are Random Word Poetry and Deciphering Canadian English so pop into your local branch and give ’em a try!  You got this!

And don’t forget to sign up for the party, happening a week today at the Bathurst-Clark branch!  After all your hard work this summer you deserve some partying!  And room escaping!

And for one more book list, how about we keep it short and sweet… with a list of short stories.  See what I did there?  Enjoy!

Week of Geek: Some Bit-Part and Lesser-Known Characters

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Hiya Geeklings!  How’re the last weeks of summer going?  Just another couple of weeks for the TSRC.  Keep logging in and don’t forget to sign up for the End of Summer party on the 23rd.

So here’s something interesting to discuss amongst your fandom circles.  Who do you find yourself drawn to more often than not in a movie, book, TV show, etc.?  Is it the protagonist, the main character, the one getting all the focus and drama?  OR is it one of the minor characters, the bit-part players, the ones who tend to hover in the background?

You’d be surprised how often fans can find themselves more focused on a side character.  Despite the creators best efforts to put someone, or a group of people, front and center sometimes someone else will break through for some or a lot of fans.  It can be unexpected, and therefore kind of magical.  And it’s not a new thing.  One really early example is the Fonz pretty much taking over Happy Days even though it was supposed to focus on Richie Cunningham (it was a show from the 70s about teens in the 50s, look it up).  And if those characters get killed off… you may not be all that inclined to keep watching or reading if your favorite character is gone, ammirite?  That’s why you see so many tshirts saying “If Daryl dies, we riot.”

So to get the conversation rolling here’s a few examples of side or lesser known characters I’ve enjoyed…

Reading about Gambit was what got me thinking about this in the first place.  The dude’s super facinating.  A proud Cajun, a thief, a mutant, an orphan, a former Horseman of the Apocalypse, member of many teams, uses playing cards as weapons, massive charmer.  There’s a lot to like there.  Apparently Fox studios is STILL thinking of giving him a solo film, but we’ve yet to see it come to fruition.  One of the biggest problems I had with X-Men Origins: Wolverine (and there were many) was Gambit’s portrayal.  The Cajun accent wasn’t nearly strong enough, amongst other things.

Keeping to Marvel, there’s Agent Coulson, the background character that proved so popular he helped connect the early entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and eventually got his own show and started appearing in the comics.

And gotta give a shout out to Quicksilver.  The Quicksilver in Marvel comics is pretty minor as well, but the version I’m thinking of is from X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse (sorry Quicksilver of Avengers: Age of Ultron).  Portrayed by Evan Peters (who’s a regular on American Horror Story) this version of Quicksilver is fast, funny, quirky and cool and has major scene-stealing moments in both films (set to music).

Switching gears to DC, one of my very favorite villains (though he would call himself a hero) is Sinestro.   He’s been around for a while as a major foil in the Green Lantern universe and is still one of the most complex and interesting characters in DC, in my humble opinion.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so because he ended up getting his own series.

And can’t forget to mention Harley Quinn, the one-off background character in Batman: The Animated Series who became so popular she’s had several comic series and appeared in a movie.  Go Harley!

Though I could talk about this all day, here’s one more; General Hux from The Force Awakens.  Seriously, what’s his deal?  We saw so little of him, yet he was a big enough player to give a key speech during a key moment (I’m not saying what, ’cause spoilers).  Loyal to the First Order, buts heads with Kylo Ren, probably super ambitious and he’s played by the same actor who plays Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films.  Seriously!  More details have emerged about him since the movie came out, but still much we don’t know.  I figured he’d probably be a one-off, but he is back for The Last Jedi, so yay!  Maybe we’ll learn more.

So there’s a few.  Which minor, secondary, or lesser-known characters to you hold in high esteem?  Post away in the comments section or write about them on the Write It page.

Keep reading for the TSRC, and until next time, End of Line.

Week 8 of TSRC – Getting Close to the Finish Line

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We’ve reached our 2nd-to-last week of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge!  Still time to submit those books and get your name in for the draw for a GoPro Hero5.  And we’ve got two new missions to earn further ballots, which involve coloring and Facebook statuses.  Pop into your local branch to give ’em a try!

And don’t forget to sign up for the End of Summer Party!  Those escape rooms are waiting to be unlocked!  We believe in you!

For something different for this week’s reading list, how about a few non-fic books to unlock your full creative powers?  Keep reading!