Saturday, December 31, 2011

Anniversary post: Clear Out Your Desk

Here's another anniversary post for you to go back and see where we were in the Tomb of the Undead a year ago. See how far we've come, revisit some old scenes, or catch it for the first time.

Dr. Casey Miller loses his career, and realizes his career was all he had. Read more at Clear Out Your Desk.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Unhappy with Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza folks in Grimsby
63 Main St. W., Grimsby, ON L3M 4H1
(905) 527-1111

Dear Pizza Pizza,

I like Pizza Pizza, I love the creamy garlic sauce, the crust and the chicken wings. I love the choices and delivery options, especially the online delivery opportunities. It’s incredibly well-conceived and customer–centric delivery. I really enjoy Pizza Pizza.

However, I have yet to return since last October after an incident with an employee on my wedding anniversary with my wife. When I think of Pizza Pizza now – I only think of this story:

My pregnant wife and I were en route to Niagara Falls when she told me she needed a restroom. We stopped in Grimsby, ON for a break when we saw a Pizza Pizza. She needed the washroom, but she was also hungry.

Before she used the restroom, I encouraged her to select a pizza slice on display. She selected a particular slice before she went to use the washroom.

This is where things became unacceptably awkward: because the employee did nothing.

I suspected at the time that there was a pizza in the oven that the employee was waiting to finish cooking, before addressing us, but … he was just leaning against a shelf, ignoring me. We made eye-contact, and then he looked away, proving there was something suspicious.

I figured then, that he was waiting for my wife to return before he served us. She was in the washroom for five minutes. The employee didn’t say anything to me, didn’t acknowledge me, didn’t’ serve me this entire time.

Please, imagine my discomfort. I was literally standing there for 300 seconds, wondering what I’d done wrong to be ignored like this.

No doubt, after my wife returned from the washroom, I’d obviously lost my interest in being a “customer of Pizza Pizza.”

Fed up, my wife and I were leaving, when the employee finally said something:

He said: "Next time you come, just use the washroom,” and " don't create a charade of pretending to want to order something.”

I was speechless! Not only had he ignored me as a customer, but he was accusing me of scheming a charade for my pregnant wife to use the washroom!

He was concocting a fantasy, (that we were being dishonest, lying to him, and being manipulative to take advantage of his business,) rather than warming up our pizza while my wife was in the washroom.

I have never been in “yelling match” let alone in a “public argument” but I was astonished and furious that he was suggesting that we were somehow being dishonest, lying to him, and being manipulative to take advantage of his business.

No doubt, after he’d yelled at me, I was in no mood to change my mind and become a customer of Pizza Pizza again. We left, the entire time the employee was insistent on getting the last word in – hardly the customer service I’ve enjoyed for years, nor is it up to the standards I’d expect of the Pizza Pizza brand.

Whoever was working that afternoon is a liability to your good name. I hope you make the necessary adjustments.

I'd like to say that I've been able to set this experience aside, but in the past several months, I have not ordered a Pizza Pizza product since.

I hope you understand,

Thank you for hearing my concerns

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Leaf's playoff pace

So Leafers .... where are we at with the season?

After 35 games, the team needs to have 39.26 points to remain in the playoff hunt at the end of the season, which they are, with 40 points in the team wanted to have 34.5 points, technically speaking, to retain a playoff spot pace.

To make it to 92 points, you need to average about 1.22 points per game - and the Leafs are just doing that, which is great. They were somewhat expected to scrounge for the final spot, not challenge for the Easter Conference lead, like they were at the end of November.

So far, so good. They've maintained a playoff pace (overcoming key injuries to Connolly, Reimer, MacArthur, Lombardi and Komisarek - almost an injury at every position, for many games. As for character injuries, you could argue that Armstrong and Brown have been missing as well.

By their 40th game on Jan. 8 - let's hope they can reach the 46-point mark, and keep things going.

Here's the rest of the sched IF you believe that 92 points will be enough to get in (which, right now, technically IS, but it could certainly require more than that ).
  • 57.5 points by Ground Hog Day
  • 69 points by Feb. 24
  • 80.5 points by Mar. 16
  • ... and of course, 92 points by Apr. 8

Saturday, December 24, 2011

WTF Collective 3 (Jon Lajoie)

More videos - this time with some music. Jon Lajoie's latest WTF Collective. Nice.

But wait, there's more! SMBC Theatre presents Leprechaun Hunters!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Maddox on KATU Channel 2, Portland

Here is Maddox on his book tour. See some samples of his material.

Always pleased to see what Maddox is up to.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Of market shares and time shares

More fund-raising foibles

I've not been in a timeshare presentation, but I heard that a friend of the family's honeymoon was interrupted by quite a long one, which sounds like it was horrific.

There is NO such thing as a free lunch. That's not just an expression, it's an adage to help you navigate around timeshare presentations in disguise.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Boardroom table | Fundraising Faux Pas!

I was at the casino in Windsor over the past weekend, though this was written over a year ago and drawn before I left for Windsor last Friday. I watched some folks play Craps - and I still don't have any idea how that game works.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bill Watters returns! ...

... as far as I know.

He'd been lost to me while Arlene Binnan (I'm not sure if that's her name, if that's how you spell it, or if she's even HEARD of Canada - what with her ubiquitous and unending coverage of everything American) took his time slot. I miss him.

The real reason I'm posting this:


He's back, and apparently he's not worrying about being on Twitter - I hope he realizes the value it has to connect with his followers and have information delivered directly to your computer without ever having to type in a search command.

Courtesy of Bill, I've learned something about Kaberle I didn't know:
Tomas Kaberle's play has slipped over the past 18mos.It coincidentally corresponds with his marital dissolution.Too much free time
I know his play has slipped, I didn't know it was in cohesion with his wife agreeing he's a no-good professional as well as the Leafs.

Bill's conceded Jeoffrey Lupul has been far more valuable than he expected:
Lupus.Forgive me for I was wrong and you were right.You have been right all along and I have been wrong.
This isn't necessarily revealing, other than he has realized he can call people names and not be held liable to the same standards as if he were on the radio. To my knowledge, I cannot recall him calling Jeoffrey, "Lupus" on the air.

The tragedy is only 2,771 people are following him ... but time will improve that if he is able to translate his constant haranguing ion Ovechkin to only 140 characters.

I love Wilbur, I'm sure everyone does (Bill, if you read this, know that everyone who's worked on air with you has said they've appreciated it on air, as far as I know - except the second Hayes - he may have said something, but I never listened to him if I could help it).

Welcome back to the mainstream - rather than being sent to the back of the 640 bus for 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there. Glad to have you back!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Anniverary post: I Tend to Agree With Your Partner

Here's an anniversary post for the Tomb of the Undead - go back and see the an old post from the first act to refresh your memory on how far we've come.

Teaser pic for I tend to agree with your partner - Dr. Casey Miller is given the shock of his career, after receiving the shock of his career in I Tend to Agree With Your Partner. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Batman gitch

When Alfred doesn't get to the laundry hamper in time.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Latest nursery shots!

I hope everyone is as wowed by our nursery shots as I am. I did a bit of the painting, and I technically helped with the crib - but I had no idea it would turn out looking so awesome - that's all my wife's doing.

She picked the colours, the dinosaur border (thought it was because she knows dinosaurs are cool - by virtue or me) and she picked all the furniture out (which our loving and greatly appreciated family gave to us from the baby shower - THANKS!) and assembled almost entirely on her own - while I was being a loner making comics in the basement.

apparently the cat feels she's fit to babysit ...

This is a shot of dinner at some point - I made it, while I had nothing to do with decorating the nursery, it looked good on a plate one evening. Would you agree?

Hope you like the shots. all the best.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hacksaw holidays!

Happy holidays from Hacksaw Jim Duggan!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twitter highlights

Some highlights from Twitter - I love it!

  • Stories about turducken are old hat. This year's hip new entree is chimpsharktypus.
  • Be careful not to type "I BURIED PAUL" when you mean "cranberry sauce."
  • Our book, WRITE MORE GOOD, is the perfect gift for anyone you don't want to spend more than $15 on.

  • : is it wierd I follow you and didn't watch ANY of your shows?” No. Jesus had loads of followers and didn't even have a show!

  • Just gave all Dad's their son's jerseys. All claimed to be 's dad. dad would only accept jersey if it had bandaid on it.

  • I know it makes sense to alphabetize my DVD shelf, but it still seems wrong to have "Hotel Rwanda" right next to “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
  • Even though has nearly 2 million followers, she has never tweeted once. Very Zen. Take note, !
  • just saw an ad on NHL network that featured alex ovechkin scoring a goal. how old is that footage?

Stephen Colbert
  • An elderly man has returned cash he stole from Sears in the 40s. It was Sears' most profitable day since the 40s.
  • Apple is reportedly working on an improved version of auto-correct. Wow, that is a really grape irving!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Secret to great hair

I'm not sure if this really leads to "great" hair or not - but I noticed a few weekends ago (like back in September) that after a weekend without a regular shower that my hair had some serious volume.

It was because there were still some "natural oils" in my hair - which was allowing me to tug and shape it. I was getting some reliable "hold" and it got me to thinking:

My wife doesn't wash her hair every day. Why should I? Especially if I can get the same effects of gelling it without having to add any hair products?
Boy was I right! I honestly might be the last guy on the block to know about this - but not washing your hair all the time is awesome! I've had the same bottle of shampoo ALL YEAR and I've not had to buy hair gel in ages - which is awesome.

When you wash your hair every day, you wind up with clean, but lame hair that just sits there and does whatever it wants - not washing it all the time gives you WAY more options and abilities.

So after a shower - I just dry it off, give it a combing, and it's right as rain all day - no extra steps. It's perfect for the man who was only gelling his hair because he didn't want to look like a slob at work, but wouldn't think twice to gelling it if he didn't have to.

Take the "Awesome hair challenge" and don't wash it for a couple days this week and see if you don't mind your hair being AWESOME without effort.

It's perfect*

*may smell a little**

**might be a lot.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New scene for Tomb of the Undead

The second half of Act II continues with Why'd You Do It?

Struggling with jet lag and his professional relationship with Howard, Casey looks to make necessary changes in Why'd you do it?
I smashed through like four pages in almost a week - so after almost a month without an update, I managed to get a bunch up quickly. I hope you like it.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Anniversary post: No Guts, No Glory

Here's a refresher, if you haven't gone back to check the story out, see how far we've come by linking here:

Here's a teaser pic for the beginning of Scene five, titled "No guts, no glory." Check the scene out!

Friday, December 2, 2011

King St. Capers - ep. 7

I appreciate my weather updates in the morning - always count on the immediate forecast of what it's like at the exact moment when I walk by...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nursery shots: east wall

Here are a few progressing shots showing how the nursery came along - more shots to come, of course.

Step 1 - green paint first - we didn't bother clearing the room of furniture. Will it come back to bite us? Stay tuned and find out.

Step 2 - add blue paint to the walls. Nice - the colours look great! The mixer at Canadian Tire deserves credit fixing one of the Rona paints. They look great.

Step 3 - the closet was an unspeakable ordeal. But it looks good from this angle. Let's leave it at that.

Step 4 - furniture was phased out for the flooring to come in. That carpet's life is short-lived.

Step 5 - see! No carpet!

Step 6 - JC starting the laminate floor. How's the hockey pool going!

Step 7 - The twins do a great job, eh. Lookin' really good.

Step 8 - they set up shop in the nursery to finish the floors in two other bedrooms after they finished the baby's room (you'll like the name - but we're not saying anything until the birth). - - unless of course my wife already told a bunch of people.

More pics to come!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tomb of the Undead update

This is really exciting because it's the beginning of the second half of Act ii, which is a bit of a milestone. It took a long time to get here, about a year to get to the halfway mark - perhaps by next year, this story will be told. Let's hope so.

There is some seriously awesome stuff coming up - I would imagine it's entirely unexpected, especially if you're having difficulty reading the pages or haven't read it yet.

PLUS - check out my Jesus. He's a handsome devil

LinkHere's a link to the latest scene for Tomb of the Undead, called Lazarus is Charged:
The mythology of this story is revealed a little more as Jesus visits Bethany days before he is betrayed by Judas in Lazarus is Charged.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nursery shots: south wall

Here's the north wall of the nursery, step by step, as we worked along. There are a few updates to come, but here's the progress so far.

Step 1 - remove trim, test the colours, and detest the existing paint.

Step 2 - tape and paint the green walls. We're tearing the carpet out, so we didn't cover it while painting.

Step 3 - Get that blue paint up, too.

Step 4 - Move most the furniture out - I couldn't move the big stuff on my own. Had to wait for backup.

Step 5 - Here the flooring has already been laid, and it looks good.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

King St. Capers - ep. 5

This really isn't an "episode." It's more of a motivational poster for teenagers to slap up on their bedroom walls - 'cause Mr. Minestrone has some serious angst and attitude that you can only hope to emulate.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

King St. Capers - ep. 3

Here's the next one ...
ugh, LOL

I don't know why it took me so long- but I've definitely got some new characters to add to this. I can't imagine whey I didn't think of this before! Not sure if there deserves to be an infusion of "Parkhill Parables" to the King St. Capers, though. Maybe a spin-off in the works ;)

Friday, October 28, 2011

New page for Tomb of the Undead

Here's the latest update for Tomb of the Undead to check out.

I posted it a few days ago - but I didn't get to setting up a link till tonight - sorry.

Dr. Miller, Dr. Bolam and Evelyn return to Escutcheon's office in search of a new direction in Call the office. Click to read more at:No Signal.

Hope you like it - this marks the half-way mark of the story, which is cool to get to.

Als0 - I'm making a roast tonight, with cocoa and brown sugar - I'll let you know how it is (granted, it wasn't made with the freshest meat in the store. We'll see how it goes ... )

Stay tuned for more King Street Capers - I'm going to work on one while the World Series wraps up tonight.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leafs keeping pace

First off - I looked at the standings from last season, and the Rangers took the final playoff spot in the eastern conference with 93 points. Which means instead of 92 points, the you need at least 93 points to make it to the playoffs, OR you have to be better than the 8th place team, meaning you need at least 94 points to make it in.

In any case - you definitely need more than 92 points.

Tonight the Leafs secured another win, bringing their record to 6-2-1, and up to 13 points, which is awesome. The threshold was to have more than 11 points by Oct. 30 , which they've done. So far so good - they're ahead of schedule for now. Good to see!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

King St. Capers - ep. 2

by popular demand - King St. Capers Ep. 2

... jeez these things are terrible, LOL

New Tomb of the Undead Post

Here's an update for the latest scene of Tomb of the Undead, Call the Office (an homage to an old club in London, Ont. I think. Not sure if it's provincially renowned or not, but I like the name of it).

Dr. Miller, Dr. Bolam and Evelyn return to Escutcheon's office in search of a new direction in Call the office.
Hope you like it. I'm part-way through the next page, just some inking and shading to wrap up, but it's ultimately drafted up. Then on to the second half of the second act, where things ramp up once again. I read over some of the upcoming scenes, and the pace picks up and the story really mythology / story really picks up.

You can look forward to that.