Archive for June, 2010

Happy Canada Day from Cripz: A Webcomic

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We interrupt our regular programming for a quick “Happy Canada Day” to our Canadian readers and a somber “For the love of God, put down that box of M80s and can of gasoline” to our friends from the south. Hopefully now it makes sense why we aren’t quite as…exuberant…with our national birthday celebration now. It’s going to be tough this year too because the Queen is touring Canada this week. To be safe I’ve been wearing my union jack underwear all week. For good measure, CBC should probably just replace all their programming with a week-long Coronation Street marathon. Oh no, I completely forgot about Don Cherry. Quick, someone hide Don Cherry! It’s not to late!

We interrupt our regular programming for a quick “Happy Canada Day” to our Canadian readers and a somber “For the love of God, put down that box of M80s and can of gasoline” to our friends from the south. Hopefully now it makes sense why we aren’t quite as…exuberant…with our national birthday celebration now. It’s […]

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I’m A Squirrel

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What up. Clara here, Jeff-less in Barcelona, just letting you know that yesterday I went to a former Jewish bath-house turned lesbian-run cafe and ate acorn pie. Acorn pie! And liqueur made of roses. If you’re wondering, the pastry was lovely but the liqueur was far too sweet. Anyway, if you’re in Barcelona, check out Coelum, Palla 8, where Carrer de la Palla intersects with Carrer dels Banys Nous. It’s not accessible, but according to my dad, Jesus bathed there.

What up. Clara here, Jeff-less in Barcelona, just letting you know that yesterday I went to a former Jewish bath-house turned lesbian-run cafe and ate acorn pie. Acorn pie! And liqueur made of roses. If you’re wondering, the pastry was lovely but the liqueur was far too sweet. Anyway, if you’re in Barcelona, check out […]

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And then there was one…

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Provided everything is going as planned, Clara is moments from boarding a plane to Barcelona, meaning I’ll be going the next two weeks alone. As nauseating as this probably sounds, I miss the lil rascal already.

The good news is I’ll be joining her in Barcelona in 2 weeks! I honestly can’t wait.

Don’t worry though, sports fans, New episodes of Cripz will flow uninterrupted and Clara and I will be posting daily travel blogs for anyone interested in our international shenanigans once I land in Barcelona.

Until then, signing off,

Jeff “1 is the loneliest number” Preston

Provided everything is going as planned, Clara is moments from boarding a plane to Barcelona, meaning I’ll be going the next two weeks alone. As nauseating as this probably sounds, I miss the lil rascal already. The good news is I’ll be joining her in Barcelona in 2 weeks! I honestly can’t wait. Don’t worry […]

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Come check out Visual Fringe!

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Just a gentle reminder that your time to see our exhibit in Visual Fringe is quickly running out! If you haven’t yet, head down to the Arts Project to see some Cripz artwork in real life (as opposed to fake Internet life), including the original paintings and drawings used to create the comic. These original pieces are for sale at an extremely reasonable price so you can own a piece of Cripz history, but you better hurry because there is only one piece left available. Thank you to everyone who has purchased pieces so far–your money will go a long way to preventing Clara and Jeff from dying of starvation…or scurvy. Goooo oranges! On a semi-related note, you should seriously go check out the plays going on this year at the Fringe Festival. The talent is unparalleled and we have yet to see a play that wasn’t 100% entertaining. Support local artists and check it out before it’s too late.

Also, keep an eye out post-Fringe, as we will be opening a very modest Merch Shop here at cripz.ca where you can get your hands on some Cripz swag.

– Jeff & Clara

Oh and PS: every wish Clara happy birthday, it was yesterday. Hurray for birthdays!

Just a gentle reminder that your time to see our exhibit in Visual Fringe is quickly running out! If you haven’t yet, head down to the Arts Project to see some Cripz artwork in real life (as opposed to fake Internet life), including the original paintings and drawings used to create the comic. These original […]

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Homeroom

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Homeroom

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Love is in the air. Love is in the air everywhere I look around. Love is in the air every sight and every sound. Doobie doobie doo. Jeff is not ashamed to admit that he had to look up those lyrics because he doesn’t actually know the song word for word. So another week another episode. This week is a special one because it’s our LONGEST episode yet and itfinally introduces the 3rd crucial main character of this ensemble. Kate, that cute and quiet girl next door, has finally made her first appearance and be ready to see a lot more of her going forward. Exciting times indeed.

Kate would like you all to know that in this episode she is wearing a Dinosaur Comics t-shirt, thrifted suspenders, and a Marc Jacobs Zipper Necklace. She’s a trendy girl like that. She’ll keep you updated on all her fashion choices in future episodes.

Two big shout-outs in this week’s episode. First and foremost, holla to Heroes, the local comic book shop. Jeff has spent far, far too much time and money at this place. If you ever want to find a new and awesome comic head over to Heroes, ask for Brahm and let him know we sent you: he’ll hook you up.

A second big shout-out to Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics, who does some really, really awesomely hilarious things about sexy dinosaurs. Check it out.

Anyway, we’d write more here, but we’re both tired. Clara had her last exam on Monday (schooooools…out…for…the summer) and Jeff has now had two days of full work days (since when was there an 8am??). As a result, we’re going to bed early. Huzzah!

Enjoy the new episode and we’ll see you in the funny pages,

Clara & Jeff

Homeroom

Love is in the air. Love is in the air everywhere I look around. Love is in the air every sight and every sound. Doobie doobie doo. Jeff is not ashamed to admit that he had to look up those lyrics because he doesn’t actually know the song word for word. So another week another episode. […]

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Live from Visual Fringe: The Gallery Shift

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Clara and Jeff are working our gallery shift RIGHT NOW at The Arts Project (203 Dundas Street). We’ll be here until 3:30 today, so if you’re in the neighbourhood come on down, say hi, and check out some original Cripz pieces.

– Jeff & Clara

PS: look mom, we have an art exhibit! In a real art gallery!

Clara and Jeff are working our gallery shift RIGHT NOW at The Arts Project (203 Dundas Street). We’ll be here until 3:30 today, so if you’re in the neighbourhood come on down, say hi, and check out some original Cripz pieces. – Jeff & Clara PS: look mom, we have an art exhibit! In a […]

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We’re famous!

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The London Free Press published an article about Cripz and our entry into Visual Fringe yesterday! Clara and I were so excited we almost forgot to mention it on the blog! Oh my! In case you missed it, you can read the article here.

– Jeff & Clara

PS: Contrary to popular belief, we are not married…although it was a pretty hilarious joke the LFP played on our parents!

The London Free Press published an article about Cripz and our entry into Visual Fringe yesterday! Clara and I were so excited we almost forgot to mention it on the blog! Oh my! In case you missed it, you can read the article here. – Jeff & Clara PS: Contrary to popular belief, we are […]

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Multiplicity

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Multiplicity

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First things first, it’s time to announce the winner of our FIRST Cripz Competition. Several weeks ago we asked for you to find the philosopher hidden within the comic. The winner is…..(drum roll)…Kate Deacon for spotting Michel Foucault in panel 8. Congratulations!

So the boys have finally arrived at school, how exciting. Jeff wanted to point out that Gordo is one of his favourite characters. For a little mini challenge (although there is no prize here but bragging rights), can you tell what Gorodzynsky’s favourite book is? Hint, it’s in his belt.

Tune in next week for the first day of class and the introduction of a brand new starring character. Spoiler Alert: it’s Justin Bieber. Not actually, but it is a girl (ha, Bieber sucks).

Multiplicity

First things first, it’s time to announce the winner of our FIRST Cripz Competition. Several weeks ago we asked for you to find the philosopher hidden within the comic. The winner is…..(drum roll)…Kate Deacon for spotting Michel Foucault in panel 8. Congratulations! So the boys have finally arrived at school, how exciting. Jeff wanted to point […]

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An Intervention: Fact vs Fiction

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Fact vs Fiction

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This week’s comic is the first in a many, many part series called “Interventions,” in which Rhett and Griff comment on some topical issues that have been bouncing around in the media, especially those particularly insane or ludicrous (or Ludacris…dependent on your tastes). Today’s steaming pile of brilliance comes from the Balmy Beach area of Toronto, where a local cantankerous woman and history enthusiast Elizabeth Brown is attempting to block the Greg and Melissa Teehan, wife Melissa is a quad, from redesigning their home to become accessible. Apparently, Brown finds the current house at 204 Beach to be an important heritage site and an inspiration for her artwork: after all, she is an artist. Unfortunately, she has been having trouble finding supporters among the community and in a recent Toronto Star article, appears to make the claim that Geoff Teehan is just using his wife’s disability to get what he wants. Because she is not disabled, so sad for her, she’s now working with Councillor Bussin to register the location as a heritage site, thereby crushing any hopes of making the place accessible.

Now don’t get us wrong, we understand the importance of heritage sites and agree there are buildings and locations in our country worth protecting…unfortunately we don’t think “ableism” is a proud tenet of Canadian history worth preserving.

Having said that, we here at Cripz: A Webcomic are solutions people, not just complainers. As such, we have compiled a short list of solutions to the current impasse.

  1. Brown could purchase the house from the Teehans at about 3-times the asking price, allowing them to build their dream home somewhere else…far, far away from her.
  2. Clara and Jeff can come over and take photos of 204 Beach, blow them up, and tape them to Brown’s windows, allowing her to bask in the glory of her architectural muse at all times.
  3. If the site does become a heritage site, the Teehans should begin living as they did when the house was first constructed–no more bathing, free range horses and chickens, and old-timey accents with annoying British lilts…guv’nah. Sure this will require the acquisition of a steampunk wheelchair, but we feel this will quickly trump the inconvenience of not being able to see the old house anymore.
Fact vs Fiction

This week’s comic is the first in a many, many part series called “Interventions,” in which Rhett and Griff comment on some topical issues that have been bouncing around in the media, especially those particularly insane or ludicrous (or Ludacris…dependent on your tastes). Today’s steaming pile of brilliance comes from the Balmy Beach area of Toronto, where a […]

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Change comes to London

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As I’m sure you are beginning to get a sense based on the content of this blog, Clara and I fall firmly into the “do” category. We’re the type of people who don’t just talk about the problems in this world, but actively work at solving some of them along the way. For this reason, Clara and I are attending the ChangeCamp in London this weekend to join members of the London community to plan for a brighter future. A few months ago I was able to attend the AgendaCamp via TVO, which was a similar conference aimed at networking with members of our community and  developing a strategic plan for our city going forward and figuring out how to make these visions come true. It was a truly remarkable experience and I’m really looking forward to being a part of this event. Are you looking for a way to get involved in the community? See problems in our city that need solving? Tired of just complaining and want to start fixing? Why don’t you come join us at ChangeCamp this weekend! For more information, go to:

Website: http://london.changecamp.ca/
Registration: http://changecamplondon.eventbrite.com
Facebook Community Page: http://www.facebook.com/ChangeCampLondon
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=124634690892936
Poster: http://bit.ly/9LA5eW
Media Alert: http://bit.ly/au3PbA
Topic Suggestions: http://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=f152&t=f152.40&f=f152.3ed86
Twitter: @changecampldn

Hope to see you there!

Jeff  & Clara

As I’m sure you are beginning to get a sense based on the content of this blog, Clara and I fall firmly into the “do” category. We’re the type of people who don’t just talk about the problems in this world, but actively work at solving some of them along the way. For this reason, […]

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