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Friday’s Annual Inventory, 2013 edition

Well, it’s that time of year again where I look at the pull list and decide who makes the cut.

I surprised myself two ways, this year.

The first is that I actually added monthly books to the list, reversing a five-year trend. I really do prefer to get my comics in book form, but for some reason there are just a lot of cool monthly comics coming out lately that I can’t bear to wait for.

The second is that there are still no Bat-books on the list. My colleague Mr. Burgas has got me talked into maybe picking up the new Batman Beyond collection– but the comics-retail pull-list instructions are Bat-free.

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At least until Batman ’66 rolls out, I’ll be first in line for that one.

As far as DC is concerned, well… I’m still kind of hanging in there with Aquaman. That’s it.

It’s the only DC monthly I’m getting at the moment and I’m lukewarm about it; most of the time it’s a pretty fair mid-list superhero book and I like it okay, but every so often it just makes me wince. It’s inching closer to the ‘cut’ side of the list. I probably would have cut it after the horribly padded JLA crossover, “Throne of Atlantis,” if not for my affection for Aquaman as a character, and my desire to see him have an ongoing monthly comic that’s a success.

And it is a success. So I can’t say DC is doing something wrong here… I just wish I liked the book more. This new Aquaman title is a big hit for DC, which makes me happy on an abstract level, but on the other hand, I don’t enjoy it that much. For one thing, it is absolutely locked in to a six-issue, writing-for-the-trade cycle, which makes it feel glacially slow a lot of the time, and often things seem stretched out and padded for no good reason. So that’s strike one.

But probably the thing that bothers me the most about it is that Geoff Johns seems to have the idea that everything about Aquaman needs some sort of Badass Makeover. And I mean Every. Thing. Think i’m kidding? The latest is re-introducing Topo, Aquaman’s octopus pal from the old Ramona Fradon days, as some sort of Lovecraftian monster.

I mean, I don’t actually object to the scene, it was interesting enough, but calling the creature ‘Topo’ is sort of emblematic of the whole New 52 approach at DC. Everything– EVERYTHING!– must be new and edgy and kewl. The actual merit of the story is lost under the fanboy sniggering. This is exactly the same sort of dumbass in-joke that we saw a few years back in Teen Titans with Wonder Dog’s revamping into a man-eating killer. It annoyed me then too.

No, I’m not grieving for superhero comics’ loss of innocence or lamenting the destruction of a beloved original character or anything like that. I’m pretty sure no one cares about Topo the octopus. I certainly don’t.

I grant you, Topo’s original conception was kind of silly, but it was at least fun.

But why go there at all? Why not just call the monster Aquaman summons in #19 something else? Why is it necessary to go for the inside-baseball fan reference?

The reason it annoys me is because, every time I’ve picked up a New 52 DC title (and I’ve sampled quite a few over the last couple of years, I WANT to like them) it always feels like everything is taking the same tone, which is to say early 1990s grim-n-gritty with a side of fanboy in-jokes. That, to me, suggests that the powers-that-be who are running DC comics really don’t understand what they have. The thinking strikes me as very binary– it’s either Kid Stuff or it’s HARDCORE! There’s a vast middle ground between, say, Tiny Titans and Watchmen and I don’t know why more DC superhero books don’t try for it. The Flash is different than Batman and both of them are different from Aquaman, but it feels like there’s an ongoing effort to make sure that all DC superheroes are done in the same way, and that way is apparently “the same as Batman.” Even though the dark, urban tone of a Batman story is completely out-of-place with someone like the Flash or Green Lantern. Aquaman, in particular, is a character that could really stand to lighten up a little, not get more grim and badassed and stabby. As it is, I’ll hang in there with this one a little longer, but it’s definitely on the bubble.

I’m still digging the new Star Trek ongoing from IDW. This is everything I could ask for in a ‘re-imagining’ of a beloved old property. The stories that Mike Johnson is doing are clever combinations of the old and the new, and it’s been a lot of fun seeing him stretch himself as he finds a groove on the book. The recent set of spotlight issues focusing on individual crew members were very cool. The one with Sulu and Chekov at Starfleet Academy, especially, with both cadets forced into decisions that seemed bad but actually worked out really well, was a classic Trek morality play. And the new arc that just kicked off, “After Darkness,” incorporates everything from the new movie without getting bogged down in it and is shaping up to be a wild new version of the original series episode “Amok Time.” Ever since J.J. Abrams did the big-screen movie in 2009, there have been hordes of Trekkies yelling that the new version doesn’t get what the series was about at all, and I’m telling you that it’s alive and well here in the ongoing. I’m always tripping over the announcement of one or another Star Trek comics miniseries, but I never see anyone else writing about the regular ongoing– at least in the comics press, though it gets a lot of play from the Star Trek sites– and I’m here to tell you, it’s fun comics. The weak link is the art, which has been inconsistent. There doesn’t seem to be a regular team. But the guys they’ve been getting are all okay and don’t look like they’re lightboxing off movie stills, they can all draw.

My interest in Marvel, at the moment, is all about the Mark Waid books. Daredevil is still hitting for me and I am loving the new Indestructible Hulk so far.

I don’t know what to say about them other than they’re terrific and I love them. I especially love that in the Hulk book Waid is giving us a version of the Hulk very like the Mark Ruffalo one from the Avengers movie, except in the comics version Banner stayed on the Helicarrier with Fury instead of riding off with Tony Stark. The idea that Bruce Banner is a scientist so brilliant that it’s worth risking the Hulk to have Banner around is a great one; I liked it in the Avengers movie and I like it here even more. Waid is a science nerd (I think all of us that grew up on Silver Age DC have that same love of Comic Book Big Science!) and it serves him really well here.

Steed and Mrs. Peel, the ongoing title from Boom! is another one that I initially picked up because of Mark Waid, but I have stuck around despite his departure. This is another book that, like IDW’s Star Trek, has a knack for taking something old and familiar and breathing new life into it. They’ve been hedging their bets by doing the ‘greatest hits’ — even casual fans of the Avengers TV show certainly remember the Hellfire Club and the Cybernauts — but first Mark Waid and now new writer Caleb Monroe have been giving us new takes on them that don’t feel like retreads. This is another book that’s just consistently a fun read month after month, without really setting the world on fire or breaking boundaries or anything. I really love books like this, but unfortunately stuff that falls into the category of ‘consistently entertaining’ never seems to get any press.

Sadly, that invisibility has apparently taken its toll. I hear this book’s getting canceled, so I guess it’s not going to stay on the pull list after all, though I liked it quite a bit more than I thought I would. The interior art’s mostly just been serviceable, though the covers have been amazing…. I would love posters of the last four or five months’ worth of them. Emma Peel never looked better. And no unnecessary cleavage or ‘brokeback’ either.

But really, this year it’s all about Dynamite Comics as far as I’m concerned. Between the ‘bionic’ books and the pulp revivals, they own me.

The Bionic Man and The Bionic Woman are chugging right along. I love the new versions of fondly-rememberered TV storylines like the fembots and the bionic Sasquatch. That’s what I was hoping for when these books launched and it’s been great.

I’ve written about these titles before so, again, not a lot to add. They’re still fun books and I still love them.

I am especially digging The Lone Ranger and The Spider. There’s enough familiarity that I can see the characters I love, but there’s enough new stuff there that everything feels fresh and new. And I never get tired of those Francavilla covers.

The Shadow and The Shadow: Year One are both continued delights. I am enjoying the variant-cover thing too… I don’t get one of each or anything, but it’s fun to see what the different artists do. If you’re going to have a cover gimmick, that’s a good one.

And Masks, the pulp crossover, has just been a great ride all the way through. I kind of wish it would continue as an ongoing, with the same sort of loose non-team, no-set-roster Brave and the Bold approach that Chris Roberson took in plotting this story. And again, seeing all the variant covers has been a fun value-add. I’m sad that it’s almost over.

But on the other hand, I can console myself with the upcoming Shadow-Green Hornet book Dark Nights. I think I’ll give that one a shot.

That’s it for the monthly pulls. The books I continue to get in trade are the Dark Horse Conan, Lord of the Jungle, and the New 52 version of Jonah Hex in All-Star Western.

Still enjoying all three, though I’m about done with Jonah Hex in Gotham. He needs to be back out west. The stories have kept me hooked but I’m getting tired of urban Hex.

And that’s the list. Looking it over, it appears that I’m still the same sucker for pulp adventure that I was at age thirteen. I’m delighted that all these new books have sprung up to accommodate me just as I’m considering giving up on my last two old standbys from DC.

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If you are anywhere near Olympia, Washington tomorrow come see us at the Olympia Comics Festival! We’re tabling there again this year, along with all sorts of indie folks including David Lasky and Carol Lay and Roberta Gregory. It’s shaping up to be a great show and the kids are very jazzed. The new class books came off the press just this week and I think they are pretty damn good, especially the high school Young Authors anthology. Hope to see you there.

And if we don’t see you there, why, I’ll see you here… next week.

17 Comments

Travis Pelkie

June 8, 2013 at 12:37 am

I was going to be sad if I’d had to break the news that I saw that Steed and Mrs Peel is ending. I enjoyed the book myself, but not quite enough to keep buying the singles after about issue 4.

There are several on your list that I get but I’ve fallen so far behind on reading. Ah, Shelf of Shame, I can’t reduce you!!!

I’m actually going to be doing the same thing myself when I give my comics shop guy my new list for the new Previews (once I finish reading through it, that is). I’m digging a little more of DC than you are (Detective, and a few others I like but are either getting cancelled [Threshold] or haven’t come out enough yet to say how much I dig them [the Movement, the Green Team]), but this whole Villain Month shit….ugh. Like you say, why does EVERY character have to be like Batman? Bad enough what Morrison did in Inc, but doing it linewide? And having gutted Vertigo (despite, surprisingly, Astro City now being a Vertigo book. WTH?), DC just doesn’t want my money. And even the digital first books that are cool (new LDK, Adventures of Superman, Batman Lil Gotham [way fun!], and that upcoming Batman ’66) make me a bit queasy because I’m hearing that they aren’t paying royalties.

I may also add Hulk and DD myself, as I’ve started picking up DD and been onboard with Hulk since the start. I should actually make sure I get them each month.

On the pulpy side, since you didn’t mention it, might I recommend the Image book Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray. I think I spoke of it before, but it’s a pretty good pulpy adventure book and it should be worth picking up in trade.

I decided to wait on the Shadow Year One (and some other Dynamite books) because of the variant covers. As I said to my shop guy, it’s either that you get several meh covers, or several WOW covers, no real in between.

Yeah, so that’s my babbling.

“The thinking strikes me as very binary– it’s either Kid Stuff or it’s HARDCORE! There’s a vast middle ground between, say, Tiny Titans and Watchmen and I don’t know why more DC superhero books don’t try for it.”

This is one of my primary complaints about superhero comics of the last 5-10 years.

I’m intrigued by a few of these though, and will have to make notes for when they come out in trade. What’s currently catching you about Daredevil? I love the character, I’ve just found the execution to vary… haven’t tried it lately.

What’s currently catching you about Daredevil? I love the character, I’ve just found the execution to vary… haven’t tried it lately.

The stories are terrifically engaging, smart, fun, and densely plotted. I never feel like things are being padded out for a trade collection. They’re not wallowing endlessly in Matt Murdock’s misery, though I really would like Murdock to be able to notch an absolutely unqualified, no-backlash WIN at some point. The blindness and radar sense are being used in new and interesting ways. We’re seeing villains we don’t normally see in a DD book. The art has been consistently great, despite what some reviewers said about the time between Martin leaving and Samnee coming on board.

But most of all, I know going in that I’m going to like it. That’s why it’s on the list.

I’m with you on the DC stuff. I always considered myself a DC guy and not a marvel guy but I only buy GL and Batman. GL out of blind stubborn loyalty to a character I haven’t really seen in years. Batman for Scott Snyder.
I feel the same way about Hal Jordan as you do about Aquaman. I am glad that he has a successful book, but I don’t like it. I’m hoping it changes pace with johns departure. I recommend Batman. I wasn’t crazy about Death in the Family, but Court of Owls was good, and he just did a cool 2 part Clayface story. I like the variety.

Hulk and DD are the best. Waid might be the best superhero writer I’ve ever read, and he knows what makes great characters great. I also recommend Hickman’s Avengers, and I bought the year Hawkeye trade and loved it.

You’re getting me increasingly interested in possibly picking up some of these Dynamite titles (they do trades, too, don’t they?), although like Travis, I have a shelf of shame that is about to collapse and spill out all over the floor, so besides the financial considerations, I’m not sure how wise it is to venture into new territories at this point.
Also: Walt Simonson is doing the pencils on Hulk? How long has that been going on? Oh, man, I want to read this now…

” though I’m about done with Jonah Hex in Gotham. He needs to be back out west. The stories have kept me hooked but I’m getting tired of urban Hex.”

DC has FINALLY wrapped up the Hex-in-Gotham storyline in the monthly book. That said, the next couple of issues have guest-starred Booster Gold… it seems DC is leery of doing straight-up western stories with the character, and are convinced that there has to be some other gimmick in place to drive sales.

You’re getting me increasingly interested in possibly picking up some of these Dynamite titles (they do trades, too, don’t they?), although like Travis, I have a shelf of shame that is about to collapse and spill out all over the floor, so besides the financial considerations, I’m not sure how wise it is to venture into new territories at this point.

They do indeed do trades, and also digital via Comixology.

Also: Walt Simonson is doing the pencils on Hulk? How long has that been going on? Oh, man, I want to read this now…

Just the two-parter with Thor, but it was very cool.

DC has FINALLY wrapped up the Hex-in-Gotham storyline in the monthly book. That said, the next couple of issues have guest-starred Booster Gold… it seems DC is leery of doing straight-up western stories with the character, and are convinced that there has to be some other gimmick in place to drive sales.

For God’s sake. Now I’m a lot less interested. I suppose I shouldn’t pre-judge it but I think I’d almost rather Hex had stayed in Gotham than that.

Andrew Collins

June 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I do something like this every so often too, where I sit down and reassess my comic book pull list. The crazy thing is that my list has gotten pretty big in the last few months as I’ve ADDED 3 Batman books! The catch though is that NONE are part of the “52.” Batman: Li’l Gotham, Batman Beyond Unlimited (soon to be changed to Batman Beyond Universe because…why not?) and the upcoming Batman ’66 are the kind of comics I enjoy nowadays. Fun to read, well drawn, and consistently entertaining. That’s usually all I ask of my comics. (Disclaimer: I know Batman ’66 hasn’t come out yet, but everything I’ve read about it makes it SEEM like the kind of comic I will enjoy…)

Of my other purchases:
DC:
- I’m leaning towards dropping Animal Man as I just find it boring and re-treading over ground that Jamie Delano covered better 20 years ago in the original Animal Man series.
- I’m giving Charles Soule a chance on Swamp Thing but his first two issues were kind of…meh
- I’m probably dropping Wonder Woman because NOTHING EVER SEEMS TO HAPPEN. The upcoming Cheetah special being written by John Ostrander is enticing, but Azzarello needs to actually start taking his story places. I’ve been patient enough as a reader…
- Batwoman is safe on my list as long as Williams is involved with the character.
- Worlds’ Finest is still a bit of a guilty pleasure as its just pure traditional superheroics, and my love for Huntress, especially the Helena Wayne version of the character, keeps it on my list…
- I continue to buy Fables, and its spinoff Fairest, in trades as the book just stays incredibly consistent. Plus my wife loves the series too…

Marvel:
- Hawkeye- I finally gave in to all the good reviews I kept hearing about this series and tried it out and fell in love instantly. So much so that I’m buying the singles instead of trade waiting.
- FF- Came for the Allred artwork, stayed for Fraction’s brilliantly off kilter take on the characters.
- Daredevil- I pick this up in HC instead of the monthlies, but Marvel pumps them out so fast it seems like I’m just finishing with the last HC when the next one comes out. Waid’s still hitting it out of the park with this one, and the addition of Samnee on artwork was brilliant…
- X-Factor- soon to be R.I.P. Too bad as its been my second favorite monthly behind only…

Image:
- Chew- …this book! Wish it came out faster, but always worth the wait.
- Mudman- Wish it came out at all, but always worth the wait when we get our all-too-seldom issue of it…
- Prophet- Trade wait this one, but will pretty much buy anything Graham writes and/or draws. Since discovering King City a couple years ago, he’s rocketed to the top of my list of favorite creators in comics right now…
- Elephantmen- I pick up E’men in those GORGEOUS hardcovers that Starkings and company put out and it reads very well in large chunks like that…
- Invincible- Likewise, I wait for the Ultimate Edition hardcovers on Invincible, which gets harder every year as Kirkman, Ottley and Walker always manage to leave things on a monstrous cliffhanger…

Dark Horse-
- Hellboy, BPRD, Abe Sapien, etc.- Trade buy the Mignola-verse which has become ridiculously prolific lately, but no less entertaining. I would put BPRD up there as probably the best book not enough people read…
- Usagi Yojimbo- I’ve been reading UY for more than 20 years and it is still as good as it ever was…
- Conan- Wood’s Queen Of The Black Coast storyline has been alright so far, though I feel like it lost a little something when Cloonan left the book. I’m anxious to see if he can stick the landing with the story’s upcoming climax…
- Mind Mgmt- Another recent discovery and I am HOOKED…

Dynamite-
- Shadow and Shadow: Year One- any fears I had about the book’s quality dipping after Ennis left have been waylaid by Gischler, and now Roberson, turning in even better stories. And Matt Wagner continues to write possibly the best Shadow story in years in the Year One mini
- Lord Of The Jungle, Warlord Of Mars and Dejah Thoris- got tired of the long delays between issues so I switched to trade for all 3 of these series. I am enjoying the sexier, more mature take on the characters, even if the ERB people are pulling their hair out over them…
- Red Sonja- I will probably trade wait the new Simone series, but I am very excited for a Red Sonja series for the first time in, well, ever…

Other Indies-
- Garfield- Not been as funny as I would have hoped, but Mark Evanier always turns in stories that remind me why I love these characters…
- Adventure Time- another one I trade wait, partially so I can get all those beautiful covers in one go…
- Atomic Robo- Probably my third fave book behind Chew and X-Factor…
- Uber- Two issues in and so far so good as Gillen has me intrigued as to where he’s going with the story…
- Rogues!- I’ve only read the first issue so far, so I’m curious to see how it holds up without Ryp on artwork, but the first issue was hilarious…
- Sergio Aragones’ Funnies- Speaking of hilarious, I am so glad to have this book coming back. Best $$$ on the market as each issue is packed with stories, games and Aragones’ famous anecdotes…
- Sixth Gun- bought the first trade on a recommendation from you guys here at CSBG and haven’t looked back. Great series.
- Drew Hayes’ Poison Elves- Two issues in and like with Uber, I’m cautiously optimistic. It’s NOT Drew Hayes, that’s for sure, but the creators involved definitely have a love for the characters and seem to be developing an affinity for them that comes through as authentic to the original series…
- Femforce- the little superhero comic that could. I bought this back in the 80′s before dropping it 20 some years ago. I recently picked up a newer issue and found it to read like a time capsule, as if 20+ years hadn’t passed. I mean that as a compliment, as it is still well written and drawn and Bill Black and company have stayed true to their vision of the comic as they laid it out all those years ago. The price is a bit of a sticking point, but I keep managing to find room for new issues in my budget…
- Tarot: Witch Of The Black Rose- I called Worlds’ Finest a guilty pleasure, but that phrase is the only way you can define Tarot. I read it and I enjoy it and I applaud Jim Balent for doing his thing for over 10 years now!

So, in the end, DC looks to be breaking even with me dropping as many books as I’m picking up. If there’s been any trend with me, it’s been in trade waiting more series than ever. I enjoy the discounts I can get on Amazon for them, and more and more, as books are written for the trade, I find they don’t read as well in monthly singles…

For God’s sake. Now I’m a lot less interested. I suppose I shouldn’t pre-judge it but I think I’d almost rather Hex had stayed in Gotham than that.

While yes, I’d agree that I’d prefer them to just do the sort of stories they were doing in the first series, Jonah Hex has always had the occasional connection to the rest of the DC Universe through various time traveling storylines, so I didn’t mind Booster showing up, plus Palmiotti and Gray do a really good job contrasting the two characters. It’s amusing while also being a strong commentary on each character (Booster’s memory is messed up, so he doesn’t know exactly what’s going on but he still ends up becoming a hero because that’s just what he does).

“Even though the dark, urban tone of a Batman story is completely out-of-place with someone like the Flash or Green Lantern”.

Not to defend the Flash or Green Lantern, but they did not have a boy sidekick with pixie shoes and shaved legs. (The Golden Age GL did have a partner named Dolby Dickles and the Flash had Kid Flash.)

In Amazing Heroes#119 in 1987, Max Allan Collins had an interview. He said the following about how he wrote for DC:

“I’m afraid what I’m running smack up into is the old Batman TV show controversy: the old business about, Gee that was a TV show that made fun of Batman and made fun of comic books, so we have to show people that Batman and comic books are serious and they’re adult and accordingly all the fun goes out of it. There was a reason why that TV show was played for laughs and that is when you put actual human beings in those costumes and act out those stories, it looks stupid. They betray their juvenile roots”.

http://newimprovedgorman.blogspot.com/2012/07/max-allan-collins-movie-reveiwer.html

http://www.goodsearch.com/search-web?utf8=?&keywords=%22Count+Karnstein%22+AND+%22Max+Allan+Collins%22

The thing that makes Jonah Hex’s various adventures with time-traveling costumed superheroes work for me is his attitude about them, which isn’t all that different than his attitude about most things: basically “oh, THIS crap again.” Still, I’d prefer that such high jinks go on in superhero comics than in his own comic.

And since I’ve only been reading it in trade (although faithfully–it’s my favorite New 52 comic), did I see that StormWatch is now the backup feature? What the hell does THAT have to do with anything?

Your list pretty much mirrors my own, apart from Lone Ranger, Bionic titles, Hulk, and the desire for Batman 66 (I enjoyed the nostalgia of the show but I don’t get the attraction.)
I’m currently trade-waiting on a lot of Dynamite titles because my LCS sucks regarding this company ( even though I order the title they NEVER get the last issue of the short-lived series like Dragonsbane, Thunda, or Superpowers!!) Very frustrating! Also the trades are better because they include all those lovely alternate covers too. But it’s hard waiting for the Shadow related titles.
Can’t say I agree with your issues with Aquaman as I’m loving the title. I’ve been reading the title since the late seventies and I don’t think Johns’ version is much of a departure from his previous incarnations. Light and fluffy Aquaman doesn’t work outside of Brave and Bold cartoons (but we all know that’s not Aquaman at all – it’s Hercules wearing Aquaman’s suit.) Environmental Aquaman is suicide regarding book sales. Johns seems to have found the right formula.
I’m on the fence with Jonah Hex because I’ve still been enjoying it, but it’s nowhere near as good as the previous run. Those done-in-one stories were amazing. I guess I’m buying it now solely out of loyalty to the character and the dedication the writers have to him. Now he’s heading to the future which echoes his Hex series, but I’m not sure how long I’m going to hang in there. To tell the truth I’m surprised the book is selling well enough for DC to be still publishing it.

Travis Pelkie

June 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

To be completely anal, Simonson was on 3 issues of Hulk, 6-8. Great stuff all.

That Daredevil image is brilliant. Eisner would be proud.

Another great article but one thing threw me about this Greg …

As someone who is a Washington resident who lives in Southern Washington and has to travel to Seattle and Olympia at least once a year I know about the areas you mention and your travel logs are great up and down I-5. However, I have never read you venture toward the Idaho border in Washington which is why a picture of a Hastings comic rack at the top for your pull list threw me. I’ve never read you venture toward Wenatchee, let alone Richland, Moses Lake, or Spokane so that image … lol have you ever been near a Hastings?

Veidt

However, I have never read you venture toward the Idaho border in Washington which is why a picture of a Hastings comic rack at the top for your pull list threw me. I’ve never read you venture toward Wenatchee, let alone Richland, Moses Lake, or Spokane so that image … lol have you ever been near a Hastings?

Naw, I just ganked that image because it seemed appropriate for a ‘pull list’ column.

We had to curtail our road-tripping a bit because Julie was out of work. We managed Fugitive Thanksgiving at the Tokeland, and we went down there again for Easter weekend because I had a print job to deliver for them and Scott comped us a room for the night. But that’s really been it.

And now Julie’s new job is such that her days off won’t match up to mine. I’m kind of annoyed about it; we’re getting itchy feet, and we traditionally do some kind of trip for our anniversary in July. But I don’t think we’re going to get to go much of anywhere for a while, at least not until Julie makes her ninety days at the new gig.

It’s true that we rarely get over to the other side of the mountains; the furthest east we’ve been is Yakima, on this expedition. To be honest, though, Julie really likes the ocean. If we get a chance at a longer summer trip it’ll probably be Bellingham and British Columbia.

Don’t blame you on wanting to go to Bellingham or up to BC :)

Bellingham has some fun interesting comic book stores I found last year.

Yakima is pretty far over the mountains and is actually only an hour away from two Hastings, lol The ones in Wwenatchee and Moses Lake. You ever head toward Spokane or further south toward the Tri-Cities for a trip let me know, there are some stops on both you both would probably love for hunting that I could recommend.

Veidt

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