Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sticky Step Nine: George's Gourmet Hot Dog Cart at Bobbie Rosenfeld Park, 280 Bremner Blvd.

While Lucas Barrett, a.k.a. The Human-Lizard, contends with overly curious rats and lab technicians at the Secret Lizard Lair in Parkdale, word is also getting around about his adventures throughout the city.

Just outside Rogers Centre, next to Bobbie Rosenfeld Park at 280 Bremner Blvd.

Outside of Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and next to the tiny green space known as Bobbie Rosenfeld Park, several Jays fans standing in line at one sausage stand recount the story of the Human-Lizard's daring rescue of another street meat vendor in the Club District the night before.

Jays fans getting their street meat on.

The conversation quickly devolves into speculation and gossip about who Toronto's newest super-hero is, one of them even suggesting that he'd dated the Human-Lizard's sister once, though it sounds like he has no idea what he's really talking about.

Ordering the spicy Italian sausage.

Still in the exact same spot on Bremner Blvd., George's Gourmet hot dog cart (#3368) has been serving up street meat to hungry baseball fans for a while now. Although he'd started a long way off from where the Blue Jays play, George has been in the hot dog business for over forty years and has been a fixture outside Rogers Centre for quite some time.

George's Gourmet Hot Dog Cart.

George himself was taking the day off when I'd visited, but his grandson was manning the grill in his absence and was happy to chat with me, giving me a brief history of George's Gourmet cart. He was also especially proud to learn that his grandfather had been featured in a Toronto super-hero comic, even taking a few pictures of the panel featuring George so he could show the rest of his family, proving once again that the Human-Lizard really is the beloved protector of the city's street meat vendors.

George's grandson giving the hot dog gourmet a well-deserved day off.

Next up: Lucas heads into the city on foot, but runs into some sidewalk trouble right in front of Alexandria Falafel and Motel Bar!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Sticky Step Eight: The Secret Lizard Lair, 1381 Queen St. West.

With nothing happening in the downtown core (and no one to patrol with anyway), the Human-Lizard gives up on the seemingly abandoned Yonge-Dundas Square to head home for the night. However, the next morning he experiences not one, but two rude awakenings as he discovers a swarm of brightly coloured rats all over his apartment! While alarmed at first, Lucas quickly assesses the situation and phones up his buddy, Kenneth Kozlow (a.k.a. Majestic Rat), to tell him to call off his telepathically influenced subjects.

Jerry the lab tech leaving the Secret Lizard Lair.

Then a knock at the door from Jerry, the Walmer + Corp. lab technician, complicates things further as he asks Lucas if he'd recovered from the negative effects of the drug he'd tested earlier in the week, which had landed him in the hospital. Lucas tells Jerry he's fine and quickly dismisses him as Majestic's second wave of rat subjects arrives to call back the first scouting party. As Jerry exits Lucas' building, the address number is seen on the front door, revealing the now not so Secret Lizard Lair to be on the second floor (Apt. #202) of 1381 Queen St. West in Parkdale.

1381 Queen St. West, home of the Human-Lizard.

Depending on your opinion, it's either appropriate or ironic that Toronto's street-level defender of justice just happens to live right above a lawyer's office. Although the ground floor entry of 1381 Queen St. West is depicted as the entrance to the second floor apartments in the The Pitiful Human-Lizard, it's actually the front door to the bustling offices of the Morris Goldstein Law firm on the ground floor.

The offices of Morris Goldstein Law located at 1381 Queen St. West.

Next up: News of the Human-Lizard's heroism spreads to George's Gourmet hot dog cart next to Bobbie Rosenfeld Park at 280 Bremner Blvd!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sticky Step Seven: The Rooftop Road To Yonge-Dundas Square.

It's been well over half the summer without any new Sticky Steps (sorry about that faithful readers, but real life decided to cut in line and swallow up all my free time this season!), but now that there are fresh, new Human-Lizard stories filling up the comic racks again (The Chapterhouse Comics 2016 Summer Special and TPHL #8 are on shelves now, and TPHL #9 is scheduled for release on Wednesday, August 31), it's time to get the ball rolling again.

First up, be sure to check out the updated and corrected information on the very first Sticky Step on Roncesvalles Ave. As it turns out, I'd been way off on that one, but thanks to some helpful direction from Jason Loo, The Pitiful Human-Lizard creator himself, I'm back on track!

The Human-Lizard doubled over as the windows of 200 University Ave. gleam in the background.

Although I've been remiss in updating Sticky Footprints for a little while now, I haven't been completely unproductive. During the downtime, I've scoured the city of Toronto hunting down and photographing locales (way before it became a whole thing with Pokemon Go players) and chatting up some of Chapterhouse Comics' other superstar creators, like "Fearless" Fred Kennedy, Adam Gorham, Danny Zabbal and Mike Rooth. But summer's almost gone now, so it's time to knuckle down and get back to following the Human-Lizard!

The Human-Lizard on the rooftop of what appears to be CIBC at 205 Queen Street West.

When we last left Lucas Barrett (a.k.a. Toronto's new, street-level hero, the Human-Lizard), he was absconding from the police after tussling with Johnny "Bodyrocks" Mancini in the middle of the Entertainment District's John Street, also known as "Club District."

Dumpster diving in the name of medical science!

As Lucas makes his way along the rooftops toward the centre of the city, he pauses on one particular rooftop as pain lances through his now shattered mouth. He discovers that the secret formula that he'd tested out at the Walmer + Corp. laboratory a few days earlier has endowed him an advanced healing factor, which gives him greater strength, stamina and endurance, while also recovering from his wounds almost instantaneously! Lucas decides to test out this theory by flinging himself off the roof into a nearby dumpster.

CIBC at 205 Queen Street West.

Although, again, I can't be a hundred per cent certain, the rooftop that Lucas takes a dive from to confirm this discovery appears to be the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, located at 205 Queen Street West at the corner of Simcoe Street. Of all the buildings in the area east of John Street, this one perfectly matches the height and dimensions depicted in the panels of issue #1.

200 University Ave. as seen from the corner of Queen St. W. and Simcoe St.

The glass faced building in the background backs up this theory, as well, since it looks nearly identical to the one at 200 University Avenue, a designated city Heritage site, which was designed and built by John B. Parkin and Associates, the same firm responsible for the design of Toronto’s (new-ish) City Hall along with the Financial District's iconic collection of black towers making up the Toronto Dominion Centre.

Looking across toward Y-D Square from the rooftop of Atrium.

Emboldened by his discovery, Lucas makes his way further into the city, hopping from rooftop to rooftop, until he reaches Atrium (formerly known as "Atrium on Bay") at 595 Bay St. and puts a call in to Majestic Rat, while looking across at the illuminated billboards which tower over Yonge-Dundas Square.

Hanging out on top of Forever 21 at 302 Yonge St.

Hopping down closer to street level, the Human-Lizard steadies himself against the Forever 21 sign directly above the store located kitty-corner from the square at 302 Yonge Street, while marveling at how deserted the square is.

A view of Yonge-Dundas Square from above and seen from directly below.

Sadly, without regenerative powers and sticky glue boots, I wasn't able to get proper rooftop photos comparing each location along the road to Y-D Square, but hopefully you can still get an idea of the landscape Lucas travels while crawling walls downtown.

Yonge-Dundas Square at 1 Dundas Street East.

Want to know what's going on at Yonge-Dundas Square so you don't show up when it's completely deserted? No problem! Just visit their events calendar to find out what's coming up!

Next up: A closer look at where the Human-Lizard hangs his cowl, The Secret Lizard Lair!