Saskatoon Expo photo gallery

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Photos from the first annual Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo.

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Apologies for the lack of microphones or intros. I just wanted to catch some of Su’s thoughts on video, but you can check out a much more extensive Q&A with Su here.

I also wrote a story about the the comic book culture in Saskatchewan, a theme that directly ties into the expo.

The entire weekend was a blast. The expo is certainly something I’ll be attending next year.

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Shiklah and Deadpool

Marvel's Lovebirds

Okay Deadpool, what’s going on here? You and Death were so perfect for each other!

||The mission||

One day, Dracula decided to hire someone to bring Shiklah, Queen of the Undead, to him so he could marry her and unite his faction with her underground monsters. You see, before humans came to be, Shiklah and her family ruled over the monster world. This ticked off the neighbouring vampires who sought to dominate them, and so, a war ensued that lasted centuries. The monster family got overwhelmed and as a result, Shiklah’s father sealed her away in a coffin until the war ended, or until someone took her hand in marriage. Mmmkay that’s quite extreme.

Anyway, Dracula decided he would be the one to marry Shiklah. So, who do you call when you need to retrieve a several thousand-or-more-year-old coffin containing the Queen of the Undead? DEADPOOOOL!

In a timely matter, Deadpool travelled to Arabian Peninsula and retrieved the coffin before a faction of teleporting vampires – mmkay that is quite extreme – managed to destroy it.

||The magic starts||

The Merc with a Mouth brought the coffin to Greece and got into a fight with the Minotaur, a weird creature that rears its head in the Marvel Universe from time to time. This however, resulted in the coffin shattering in mid-battle, awaking Shiklah and her pet, Bug.

The Queen then decided to repay Deadpool’s heroic service by kissing him and absorbing his life force. Deadpool died and joined Death in lovebird heaven where they lived happily ever after.

No?

Oh, okay.

Deadpool kisses Shiklah after defeating the Minotaur |  Deadpool: The Gauntlet #5

Deadpool kisses Shiklah after defeating the Minotaur | Deadpool: The Gauntlet #5

Well, after Deadpool failed to die, (he can heal himself ladies and gentlemen) Shiklah looked upon him with renewed interest, and together they hopped on a train to Paris. On the way, Blade the Vampire Hunter was like, “Nuh uh mister, you have to give her up because she’s a monster,” and Deadpool responded with, “but I dig that.” The two fought, and with the help of Shiklah, they defeated Blade.

The two then, sigh, start falling head over heels for each other. They take to the streets of Paris, visit museums, while Deadpool explains to her what a smartphone is, and even goes as far as saying he hasn’t enjoyed someone else’s company this much without killing a person. They discuss immortality, and Shiklah explains how difficult it is to watch loved ones around her age. Deadpool responds by saying he can’t die. He even gets jealous when she incapacitates an A.I.M agent by kissing him. She, however, loves the fact that he gets jealous, and becomes increasingly enamoured with him. They got married didn’t they?

||The wedding||

Gosh darn it. Yes, the two get married, resulting in one of the largest gatherings of super heroes and super villains, ever.

Deadpool gets married | Deadpool #27

Deadpool gets married | Deadpool #27

All right, Shiklah isn’t all that bad, but … but, Deadpool and Death were beautiful together. This is just temporary right? Like Ross marrying another woman here and there but ultimately discovering Rachel is his soul mate? Right? RIGHT?

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Deadpool and Death

Marvel's Lovebirds

Easily one of the most bizarre love stories in the Marvel universe, these two are the very definition of bittersweet. Wade Wilson, the former mercenary turned government operative, turned sumo wrestler, turned anti-hero, had a few relationships before falling in love with Death itself. To this day however, it is Death who still tugs at the heartstrings of the “Merc with a Mouth”.

After being rejected from the Weapon X program (a government genetic research facility in Canada that creates living weapons), Wilson was sent to a government facility where failed superhuman operatives were treated, and often tortured. Following a series of horrific experiments organized by the deranged Dr. Killebrew, Wilson was on the verge of death, and as a result, came in contact with the abstract entity, who looked upon the damaged mutant as a kindred spirit. Fueled by his new found love, and thirst for revenge, Wilson escaped the facility, took on the name of Deadpool and for the most part, embraced the role of a freelance mercenary.

Since their first encounter, Death and Deadpool have met on several occasions, only to have their meetings cut short due to Deadpool’s healing factor. Knowing she can never have his soul due to the fact that Deadpool cannot die, she continues to look upon the loud-mouth mercenary with great interest, and shares a serious romantic bond with him. On the flip side, Deadpool’s ongoing quest to find a way to remove his healing factor, in order to die and join Death, lingers on.

Comic page from Deadpool #50

Comic page from Deadpool #50, April 2012

Interestingly enough, Deadpool is not the only one madly in love with Death. The crazed titan known as Thanos, fell so hard in love with Death after their first meeting, that he pledged to destroy the universe in order to please her. Nearly all of his activities since then have been done in order to win her over. He is obviously not too pleased with the fact that Death is in love with Deadpool, and not him.

This is a short clip from the Deadpool game – which despite its shortcomings in the gameplay department, is still really fun and often hilarious – which shows Death and Deadpool sharing a dance after being reunited for a brief period of time. These two lovebirds are in it for the long run.

Deadpool (game)

Developed by: High Moon Studios

Produced by: Activision

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Featured image by: AngryRabbitGmoD | Deviant Art