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Strip: This is Watching Movies (Part 3)

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How do you turn a pirate furious? Take away the ‘p’.

What keeps you awake at night?

If you’re a parent, it’s probably worrying about your kid, their future, your future, the inevitable pains and pressures of puberty approaching more rapidly than you could have ever imagined, paying for college, hoping for health and happiness and them never getting hurt, at least no more than they can walk off or learn from and then get on with living their lives to their full potential.

If you’re a kid, it’s probably cursed zombie skeleton pirates.

Or, y’know… whatever scary critter your dad happened to show you right before bedtime because he thought it would be great idea to catch up on some old movies.


Hopefully you enjoyed another bonus week of comic shorts and this week’s week of movies… week. Why not take a break from flipping through your old film collection to share this post with a friend? Go on… I’ll save you some popcorn.

Strip: This is Watching Movies (Part 2)

This is Pi Day #014.b

It belongs in a museum!

The Girl was quizzing me on my criteria for when I considered a movie available for her to watch. Y’know… like “how do you know when I’m old enough to watch [insert movie name here]  dad?”

“I just know.” I told her.

“But how?”

“Because when there is too much violence or swearing.  Or if there are a lot of naked people…”

“What’s wrong with naked people?”

“Umm… it’s not that there is anything… uh… wrong… but it’s usually that they are NOT JUST naked… they are… doing other things… y’know?”


*sigh* “I just KNOW …ok!”

“But how?” She insists.

“I look on the internet.” I blurt.

“Oh. Okay.” … and apparently that settled it.

Strip: This is Watching Movies (Part 1)

This is Pi Day #014.a

It’s a bit corny, but she’s got the best pop ever.

Being a bit of a pop culture nut myself, as a dad there has been a list of movies that have been on my list of must-shows… when The Girl is old enough, of course.

There is the whole rating thing, obviously, and then –more importantly– there is that part about simple comprehension. Appreciation of something awesome comes from understanding. If she won’t get it, why bother?

Age ten has been a bit of a magic number: still too young for most of the PG-13 fare, but old enough to “get” the more complex plots of some of those lower-rated 80s sci-fi classics and other cornball flicks. In other words, we’ve been working our way through a collection of classic cinema and loving every minute of it.

In recognition of those great films, a week of movie-themed comics. Enjoy.

Comic: Canada Day 150

This is Pi Day #009

In case you haven’t seen it mentioned on my Facebook group, my Twitter feed, or my Instagram wall, this comic is officially a “Product of Canada”

Yes, we have parents here too.

And comics.

And internet.

And this strip was not only published on Canada’s birthday, but on a BIG birthday, a milestone birthday. We’re one hundred and FIFTY today. Which I believe is the legal voting age of nations. Old. Out of that awkward pubescence of young countries, coming into our own in the world, moving out of our parents basement in a pan-Atlantic apologetic-brexit kind of way.

As this strip goes live (and since these blurbs and comics are now written weeks in advance, I’m assuming no catastrophic changes to that plan) I’ll be just finishing up a 15 kilometer Canada Day road race and then lining up for my free annual allocation of celebratory pancakes. (It’s like free health care but with more maple syrup.)

So, what I’m saying is, if you’re not from here, find someone who is and give them a classic Canadian Beaver Bump or buy them a Moose Knuckle Sandwich to show them that you care.

Happy Canada Day! And stay tuned: I’ve got big plans for the next 150…