Tall tales of the backyard Adventurer

Update: November 11 - Celebrate our heroes on Veterans Day

I posted a new story the day after Veteran's Day entitled The Sea Serpent Mystery, that let me reminisce on my Secret Mission to Spy Island G.I.Joe play set that I got as a child. Unfortunately I didn't keep any of my old G.I.Joe Adventure Team figures, equipment, vehicles, outfits and accessories, except my very first G.I.Joe figure that came with the Adventure Team vehicle in the Secret of the mummy's tomb. This little story was fun to do by the river in a park near home and I took pictures for two other stories I intend to put together this winter.

Update: October 8, 2017 - Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

I've just completed this photo-story entitled: Return to Phantom Island. I've been working on that one this summer along with several others that I hope to finish before winter. It follows Operation Phantom Island and further presents the new reconstituted Adventure Team Canada.

Update: July 8, 2017

 I've finally put together a photo-story I wanted to do for a while: A day at the office. It's a story where we see Earth Adventurer interact with two colleagues that he would later bring into the folds of Adventure Team Canada in "Changing of the guards".

Update: May 15, 2017

Here is another cross-over photo-story with both the Adventure Team and G.I.Joe a real American hero, in a story I call: The Dragon and the Cobra. My new job just keeps getting more stressful and complicated, so I really need to kick back on the weekends and have fun with some of these photo-stories to relax and try to cope.

Update: May 5th, 2017

I just finished uploading this latest photo-story; The Ghost Alligator Adventure, that takes place shortly after Earth Adventurer managed to secure funding for the disbanded Adventure Team Canada. I wanted to do another story from before the passing of the old commander. I feel the need to do more of these photo-stories as they help me cope with the excessive stress I'm experiencing at my new job. It's a simple short little story but worth a look, I think.

Update: April 30th, 2017

Take a look at my new photo-story, featuring Snake Eyes, Recondo, Beach Head, Lady Jay and Clutch pitted against Cobra Commander and Destro. The Joes enlist the help of a young Earth Adventurer to help stop Cobra's sinister plan in an adventure I entitled: A snake in the old mine. I managed to take the pictures for this story (and for a couple more) before I started my new job, after being unemployed since Christmas. I have a lot of ideas for other photo-stories that I want to do this summer, so there will be more stories posted before the fall.

Update: March 25th, 2017

Check out this new photo-story, featuring Snake Eyes, Snow Job and Alpine, against Cobra Commander and Destro, while helping out a young Earth Adventurer in the North Pole back in 1985, for a fun and nostalgic adventure I call: Arctic Cobra. I wasn't sure if I would be able to make this photo story this year, since I thought we were done with the snow, but I was wrong. We got 50cm to 70cm (20in to 28in) of snow in Ile-Perrot, Quebec, on March 14 and 15. The temperature remained freezing that week and through the weekend, so I was able to take the pictures in a nearby park that Saturday morning. I'm glad because I'd been wanting to make that photo-story for a while.

Update: March 3rd, 2017

I just finished uploading my second winter photo-story (Hunting the Windigo). I managed to take the pictures for this photo-story before most of the snow we had in the last few weeks melted, regardless of the freezing temperatures we've had in the last few days and that have been forecasted until next week.

Update: February 2017

I managed to make a couple of photo-stories in the last couple of weeks with the generous enough amount of snow we got. I just finished uploading the first of these (Attack of the Abominable Snow Beast) and will upload the other one in the next two weeks.

Update: January 2017

Happy new year! I just finished uploading my latest photo-story; (The Lair of the Cyclops). I took the pictures during the holidays, although it's not a winter story. I used my smartphone to take the pictures as a test, since my old camera gave out last fall.

Update: November 2016

I've just uploaded  one last photo-story before the holidays. If I have my way I'll make a couple in the snow this winter, but I'll have to wait and see how things go. In the meantime, feel free to take a look at this one; (Fallout Mission).

Update: September 2016

I just finished two more photo-stories this weekend; (Time Out) and (Suicide Mission on Terror Island) which are both action stories. Time Out is about time travel set around World War II with the Scorpion, while Suicide Mission on Terror Island pits Scout and several others against the Iron Phantom, who hasn't forgotten their last encounter and intends to get his revenge.

Update: August 2016

I've just finished editing and uploading the latest of my photo stories (Secret Mission to the Lost Outpost) and (The Lost Quest). I have one more to finish editing and uploading and should do so in a week or so. After that I may have a couple more before Christmas and that should be it for 2016.

Update: July 2016

I've finally finished one of four photo stories that I've been working on in the last few months and hope to finish the rest before the fall. It's an action story (Spy Probe Down) and I have two more of those coming up soon along with a dramatic one.

Update: Spring 2016

 I didn't get around updating this welcome page since last year, but I managed to post two stories since The Scorpion's Deadly Sting last summer; Operation Phantom Island and Just like in the good old days. Operation Phantom Island is inspired by the infamous urban legend of the Philadelphia Experiment, that I read about when I was a kid back in the 70, and that I found intriguing. I wanted to do my own version in the context of my Adventure Team Canada photo-stories. Just like in the good old days, is inspired by the myth about the Knights Templar, that some believe could have sailed to America with part of their treasure. I used that idea as a basis for an adventure that would include some flash-backs of Adventure Team Canada's past. 

I have several new stories in preparation, that I intend to finish and upload this summer or this fall at the latest. They follow Operation Phantom Island chronologically and wrap up some of the Adventurers collaboration with Major Jonathan Brave's team. Thanks for looking.

Update: August 2015

I just finished the longest photo-story I ever did. This one ("The Scorpion's deadly sting") features a lot of characters, including the Scorpion himself, with a new host of villains, who survived his last encounter with Scout, Captain McCarthy and his new band of mercenaries, the son of Colonel Blake, several adventurers, including Scout, and Major Brave and his team. I enjoyed working on this story, without planning too many special effects shots, but having fun setting up each action scene. I'll probably make another one next summer when I go back with my family to visit my in-laws in Nova Scotia. In the meantime I have a few other stories I need to finish and add to my blog.

Update: April 2015

Here is my latest story, featuring the character of Carl Scout ("Prehistoric Expedition"), and is related  to "Temple of Danger" and "Perilous Journey". I've been having fun with Photoshop and I'm using it to put elements in my pictures that I couldn't before, for lack of resources. However, I still enjoy taking a handful of figures and setting them up outside in a suitable area, without spending lots of hours fidgeting with the pictures later on the computer, so I'll still do some of that. On the other hand, since I took all the pictures for this story during the winter months (and we had a particularly cold winter here in Montreal, going to work in the morning in -25c plus windchill), that I didn't care to take pictures out in the snow, to avoid freezing to death, and took those in the basement with a bunch of rocks, a bag of sand and the magic of Photoshop.

Update: February 2015

I just finished completing three new stories, two of which ("Temple of Danger" & "Perilous Journey") feature a neglected character (Mountaineer) that I always wanted to use more than I had so far. I also managed to make use of some pictures taken during my last summer vacation ("The Initiation") that shows how Scout was brought in by the old Commander who explain why they must recruit new adventurers if the team is to survive.

Update: August 2014

After recently finishing "In the end" which is the last story with an official Adventure Team Canada, I decided to do another one which I intended to call "Loose ends" but changed the title to something a little more fun: "Dinosaur Island", since it goes back to the storyline developed in "Monstrous Adventure" and "Dinosaur Mystery".  I placed it in "Action Stories".

I also just finished uploading the conclusion to that dinosaur storyline with "Time Portal Countdown" which is also placed under "Action Stories" and I hope you enjoy both of them.

Thanks for looking 

New UPDATE: April 2014

My son has decided to make new stories involving his Lego Hero Factory creations and I've  uploaded his three new photo stories this spring, that you may view by going to "My son's photo stories".

Old Joe Adventure Team UPDATE - Happy New Year 2014

I've just finished uploading the new winter photo stories that I've been working on since the Christmas holidays. I always wanted to have some stories in winter, this being the adventures of "Adventure Team Canada" after all, but since I took the pictures for all the previous stories between the end of March 2013 and early November 2013 (exception being the outdoor shots for "Terror of the Sasquatch" taken in May 2012) I didn't have an opportunity to take pictures in the snow until now. I hope you enjoy those new stories. Thanks for looking.

Welcome to my Adventure Team Canada photo story corner/blog entitled “Tall Tales of the Backyard Adventurer”.

Since I have nothing but good happy memories related to playing with my old Adventure Team G.I.Joe, I decided to do this for my own entertainment and yours, hopefully, as a way to relax and forget about everyday issues, among other things.

I’ve published my own comics and been published sporadically in collective prozines and a local newspaper for the last three decades now, but I just don’t really have the time to work on projects like that lately with two young children and a full time job. I was also making home videos with friends based on my comics back in the nineties, but that also was time consuming, and free time is not something I have aplenty anymore. Doing this little project is more feasible because, if I have a free evening or afternoon, I can just grab a few figures, some cardboard sets and accessories, take a bunch of pictures, based on a script I’ve written during my lunch breaks, and have a photo story nearly ready to upload here.

I will post more photo stories as I make them, so if you like this you may want to check occasionally for new stories. I hope you enjoy checking out this project. Thanks for looking.

Below is a chronological overview of the photo stories I've created so far. At first I didn't have a specific plan for the photo stories aside from coming up with individual stories for fun using G.I.Joe Adventure Team action figures. Later, I began to come up with gradually more elaborate story lines that started to link together. I tried to incorporate the first stories within that new developing direction I was now on. So, for the fun of it, here is the chronological order in which the photo stories link together:
A young Earth Adventurer finds himself in a difficult situation being stranded in the arctic after catching Cobra red-handed with a stolen G.I.Joe armored vehicle. Adventure Team Canada meets the G.I.Joe team during this perilous mission on the polar ice cap.
Three years after Earth Adventurer's adventure in the arctic, the search for a lost artifact leads him to discover highly suspicious characters hiding in an abandoned old mine in Yukon. Earth Adventurer then volunteers to help the G.I.Joe team in stopping Cobra's sinister plan.
This story explains how Adventure Team Canada started and I imagine it being set many years after their collaboration with Colonel Blake's department ended.
I did this one just for fun but I imagine it being set when Adventure Team Canada struggles financially when they no longer have a regular source of income.
This story further demonstrates the team's precarious financial situation in the form of a gag.
 This story shows Old Joe telling his son about one of his tall tales as an adventurer while Adventure Team Canada is still active, before its first dissolution due to their lack of funds.
 This one was the first one I ever did and should now be set when the Team loses their old H.Q. and other assets leading to the team being disbanded shortly after this adventure ends.
 In this story we see how three old joes from the Action and Adventure Teams manage to foil COBRA's attempt at hacking the G.I.Joe database at the Canadian affiliate's office.
 This story is set just before the Action Team gets laid off from their jobs at G.I.Joe H.Q. and we can see that the Adventure Team works in the warehouse for the current G.I.Joe Team.
This story is set when the Adventure Team starts to lose its temporary sub-contractor status within the current G.I.Joe Team and Old Joe faces serious hardships after losing his job but eventually finds the resources that lead to the creation of Adventure Travel Agency, Adventure Team Canada's new source of income, which leads to the old team getting back together.
I place this story shortly after Adventure Team Canada is reunited, following Old Joe's newly established source of income for the team, and foreshadows the beginning of the team's old Commander's developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
This is a story that presents Scout and Joe (Spy Island) going on a training mission with Land Adventurer, as they are on probation for the Adventure Team and further demonstrates the beginning of the team's old Commander's developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
This story explains why Adventure Team Canada stopped working as consultants for Colonel Blake's department (as seen in "How it all started"), how the team got back together after being disbanded for a long time, further demonstrates the old Commander's developing dementia and Alzheimer's and how he starts recruiting new younger members for the team in an effort to insure the old members have extra support, as he is conscious of his deteriorating physical and mental condition.
 In this story we see Earth Adventurer going on an adventure but having second thoughts about it, while being confronted by none other than Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow and their henchmen. The Adventure Team Commander sends Land Adventurer and two others on a rescue mission while two members of the G.I.Joe Team make a surprise appearance.
This story shows how one of the new recruits was selected during an initiation run, by being sent to salvage a lost artifact, at a time when the old Commander explains to the rest of the team the necessity of bringing new blood, in order to secure Adventure Team Canada's future.
This story shows Old Joe's nephew's first adventure with Adventure Team Canada, when he joins the team, and how he encounters one of the first team's adventurers.
This story presents another new member of Adventure Team Canada, recruited by the old Commander, and how he wraps up a couple of loose ends, hinted at in "Memoirs" and in "Old Joe needs a new job".
This story showcases Mountaineer, Joe (Spy Island) and Jane on their first official adventure with Adventure Team Canada.
 This story is a turning point for Adventure Team Canada when they face the need to elect a new commander for their team when the old Commander loses his ability to lead the team following a car accident and the irremediable degradation of his cognitive faculties.
 This story shows the final days of the old Commander and how he meets with his end. It also shows the new Commander taking the lead and keeping the team together.
 In this story, we see the new Commander take some of the team on an adventure aimed at helping them come to terms with the passing of their former commander, and reminisce on some of the reasons why they became adventurers in the first place.
This story takes place some time after everything has settled down with the passing of the old commander and wraps up the background of Carl Scout, one of the new adventurers, that was started in Curse of the Scorpion.
In story we find Mountaineer and Jim who experience a climbing accident which leads to a strange encounter with something they can't explain and have no time to investigate.
This story takes place right after "Intermission" and shows some of the high risks and consequences of pursuing dangerous adventures as an occupation. There's a good deal of action but accompanied by some dramatic twists near the end.
This story takes place right after "Monstrous Adventure" and attempts to shed some light on the unexplained presence of the dinosaurs encountered in the previous adventure.
This story centers on a rescue operation to find an Adventurer who is missing in action and who must come to a difficult decision that affects his participation on the team.
This story takes place in Nunavut on Christmas Eve near the Geo-Magnetic North Pole and has a dramatic twist as a member of Adventure Team Canada gives his life to save another on a rescue mission during a snow storm.
In this story we find out about important changes within Adventure Team Canada followed by an adventure that ends up in tragedy and an Adventurer who leaves the team for good.
In this story we see how the team is about to meet its end unceremoniously and somewhat sadly, while an adventurer in danger has a ghostly encounter that is instrumental to his rescue.
In this story we find out what happened to Mark, Earth Adventurer's nephew, and we witness the final end of Adventure Team Canada.
 Here we see Mountaineer and Sonya going back to explore the fantastic caverns beneath the ruins seen in "Temple of Danger", but one of them comes close to losing his life in an attempt to go further down within the earth's crust.
This story ties up some loose ends and shows how, even though Adventure Team Canada is no more, adventurers can still look out for each other and have adventures nonetheless.
This story revisits one of Scout's worst enemy, the Scorpion, as we find out that this war criminal and mad scientist managed to survive their last encounter. Captain McCarthy, once again, is involved in an unsanctioned operation to bring the Scorpion to justice, regardless of the number of lives that may be lost, several of which Scout attempts to save.
Strange readings bring Scout to the island where the ruined temple, seen in "Temple of Danger" and "Perilous Journey", is again the center of attention as dinosaurs roam free again.
Here is the conclusion to the story line involving dinosaurs that started with "Monstrous Adventure". It follows through with what was hinted at the end of "Dinosaur Mystery", giving an explanation for the so far unexplained phenomenon responsible for the presence of the dinosaurs on that uninhabited island.
This story is inspired by the infamous Philadelphia Experiment and sets out a rescue operation intended for marooned adventurers who have been stranded on a mysterious island that seem to defy time itself.
This story introduces a new mysterious villain, his monstrous creation, an experimental spy probe that Major Brave and his team are hired to salvage with the help of Scout, Sonya and Mariner, one of the rescued adventurers marooned on Phantom Island, and the return of Captain Kinahan and his band of ruthless mercenaries.
Scout, Sonya, Mariner, Dufort and Major Brave's team are sent to intercept a mysterious plane that has been shooting down their client's spy satellites before they reached orbit. They are yet to encounter the mastermind behind that enemy aircraft as they face strong opposition.
In this story Scout, Sonya, Mariner, Dufort and Major Brave's team attempt to salvage a mysterious device on a lost outpost, situated on a deserted island, only to face a new opponent. At the end of this episode, two members of the team take their permanent leave.
In this story we encounter the Scorpion during World War II, as he attempts to make use of a time machine at the end of the war to steal crucial tactical and technological information from the future to insure the supremacy of the Third Reich.
An Adventurer loses his life in a tragic accident  which forces another to consider his own involvement and convinces him to permanently take his leave from Adventure Team business.
This is the last mission that Scout will be part of under Major Brave's team, as he and others are the victim of a trap set by none other than the Iron Phantom, whom they've encountered during a previous mission to the Lost Outpost.
In this story we see several characters meet their end while confronting each other, where Major Brave's team is facing both Captain Kinahan's band of mercenaries, as well as the sinister Dr. Cyclops and the Iron Phantom.
This story is the first adventure of the newly reconstituted Adventure Team Canada with the son of Colonel Vincent Blake at the elm. The title tells you all you need to know about this one. An action story just for the fun of it!
This story features Scout and Adventuress on a hunt for the Windigo, which turns out to be an escaped dinosaurs from Dinosaur Island (as seen in Dinosaur Mystery). Another action story, just for the fun of it!
In this story, Mariner goes on a quiet little adventure that turns out more interesting than he expected due to the arrival of what locals reported as a sea serpent.

In this story, the newly reconstituted Adventure Team Canada must return to Phantom Island to rescue their new Team Leader's late father's lost unit.

 Thanks for looking!