of the people whose sites
I've set up links for here are friends, some are somewhat more distant
in my acquaintance. What they all share is my respect for them and
Curtis Johnson - Comics
writer and computer systems designer. Co-creator of DC Comics' Chase
and a fine storyteller.
J.H. Williams III
- Dan's partners on DC's Chase, and later worked with Alan Moore on
America's Best Comics' Promethea
and with Warren Ellis
on Desolation Jones, which are
each worthy of considerable attention in their own right.
(Before you ask: No, J.H. is no relation to me, direct or otherwise, that either of us is aware of. )
- writer for magazines, novels, comedians and comic books and strips. Co-creator - with artist Gabriel Morrisette - of the dead-serious Northguard
and the socio-cultural
McCullar - Online acquaintance
and occasional crony in the DCU RPG
freelancers' club. He's been webmaster of several comics professionals'
websites over the years.
Warren Ellis - Quite probably one of
the ten best comics writers active today. I don't always agree with his thinking, but that doesn't make it
any less worth paying attention to.
- longtime writer and editor in comics, music producer, and minister. He's been
written at least two of my personal favourites in recent years,
Panther and Acclaim/Valiant's Quantum
(1962-2011) - senior writer
on the Justice League animated
series for the Cartoon
aired in Canada via YTV), co-creator of Damage
and Deathlok(the Michael Collins
version) for Marvel,
co-founder of the Milestone
comics universe, and a fine writer himself.
I miss him.
Isabella - writer of
comics and novels, industry columnist (with columns running at the Perpetual
Comics and World's
sites) and loyal family man.
- writer for TV and comics. Co-creator of Alison Dare,
and Copybook Tales.
Kurt Busiek - co-creator of Astro City with Brent Anderson and Alex Ross.
B. Clay Moore - writer of several titles of no small interest, particularly the detective/supernatural series Hawaiian Dick.
Dixon - veteran action-adventure comics writer.
Beatty - occasional writing partner of Chuck's, and
author of several of the Ultimate Guides for DC Universe characters
published by Dorling-Kindersley.
Kieron Gillen - Word Scientist.
From Prose Fiction
J. Sawyer - Hugo and Nebula winner. A novelist with
in mystery and SF work. Very capable at creating cross-genre works.
Lee "Budgie" Barnett, author specializing in "flash fiction". It's quick, it's good.
Charteris - the late and much-honoured creator of a
certain Mr. Templar...Simon Templar, known to some
as the Saint.
By necessity, Mr. Charteris' estate runs his website, and I understand from several sources that the bulk of the series is finally back in print, in North America as in the UK.
Duane and Peter Morwood
AKA the Owl Springs Partnership. Diane maintains a blog here.
- longtime fellow comics fan and occasional commentator on the art and
business of comics.
Rucka - creator of the Atticus
Kodiak novels, the Queen &
Country comics series, and all-around decent guy.
- another of my
comics fandom friends, and a decent hard-science resource when I need
TV and Film
Sternbach - he spent about 20
years involved with the Star Trek
operation in one artistic capacity for another. A lot of spacecraft and
prop design for that universe's TV series have his fingerprints all
them. Nowadays, he's back to freelancing as an SF illustration for
film and print media, and operating Space Model
Conway - Co-creator of the Punisher
for Marvel, the original Firestorm for DC,
currently on-staff with Wolf Studios' Law & Order: CI.
Michael Okuda - This is the man for whom "Okudagrams" are now named. With the team of graphic designers under his supervision from 1987 to 2005, in tandem with the aforementioned Rick Sternbach and company, he helped create the "look" of modern Star Trek.
Places and People
Among the people whose
businesses I've been pleased to deal with over the years...
Fonts: Nate Piekos' font foundry. One of his products is used
in my logo and others get used in projects of mine from time to time.
Based in Ontario, another font design house, run by one Ray Larabie.
His Expressway Bold makes up the other part of my
logo at present, and I'm using other stuff of his for assorted personal
Canada Type: A
second Ontario-based font design house equally worthy of your
Compact Music - my favourite independent music shop in the Ottawa region at the moment.
Perfect Books - first among independent bookstores in the Ottawa region in my mind right now.
Michael Geist -
member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Cyberlaw
commentator for assorted news services. Makes sense of the issues he
covers more often than not.
Henbest and Heather Couper - space sciences authors
extraordinaire. They co-wrote my favourite book to date on the makeup
of the Milky Way Galaxy, The Guide to the Galaxy,
back in the early 1990's. Go ask the
book's publishers why there hasn't been a revised edition in over
ten years. The book's that good in explaining its topic. And
then there's the maps...
Linda McQuaig, political affairs commentator.
Some of my favourite shows, past and present,
South: Let's face it. It's the quintessential Canadian
series. I tend to look on it as Canada's answer to Star Trek:
one of those "Franchises That Cannot Die". How soon CTV and
realize this and act accordingly is up in the air, though.
official website's been taken down for the foreseeable future, so for
anyone interested in deep background on the show, I recommend William
Play - The great hockey soap
opera. Okay, so Laurin and Davis
didn't set out to create a show about hockey, but rather about the
who work in our Great Game, particularly player-agent turned Hamilton
GM Brett Parker. So what? It's a semantic argument over that point, and
besides, the show has been fun to watch. It was supposed to last about
four years, or so they hoped, but it wrapped up well enough in two.
I say more?
Very competent police/courtroom procedural show. I wish I could watch
regularly, but considering the coverage that its three branch series
have across multiple channels, I don't really have to.
anyone can recommend a good fan-run web
resource site for these shows, let me know, okay?
- A CBC crime/espionage drama, from the same guys and gals who've given
us Da Vinci's Inquest/City Hall. Watch it as soon
as you can legally do so.
Based on the Argentinian comics series created by Carlos Meglio and
Trillo, it started airing on Teletoon in 1999 back in that channel's early days on Canada's cable "dial", was rerun steadily for a couple of years thereafter, and is rather different
from much of the rest of super-heroics. A touch of Frankenstein
for her origin story, a tad of Victor/Victoria
for her secret identity, a
dress sense borrowing liberally from the Shadow(the hat and suit
once you see her) and Spawn(the
or so it seems to me. Ranges from
fun to scary and back again very deftly.
know him from This
Hours Has 22
Minutes: Rick Mercer. He's got his own
news" program on CBC...and now he has a blog. And
he's using it.
Little Mosque on the Prairie, created by Regina's Zarqa Nawaz.
vocalists, or what have you:
As the Poets
Affirm: Ottawa-based band. If you catch'em in
concert, consider yourself blessed.
Mike Post: The "Good
If he isn't called that in the same tone of respect as is given to Carl
Barks for being "the good Duck artist", I'd like to know the reason
He's been in the business of putting together music for TV shows in the
States for over twenty years now, from at least The Rockford
onward that I know of, and he does good work.
Cockburn: Pronounced "koh-burn",
like that actor. Part romanticist, part social activist, all-around
5 music composer. Themes, background pieces and so forth.
said. I thank
the Due South
bringing her work to my
through judicious use of pieces like "Possession"(?), "Fumbling Toward
Ecstacy", and "Fear".
Enigma: This outfit
serious employment from space opera and superhero movie productions.
mythical in range and scope.