PREVIEWS: "Civil War II," "Punisher" & More Marvel Comics on Sale June 1, 2016
Two cool things you can do… today’s is for anyone in the world, tomorrow’s is for Pacific Northwest types. Continue Reading »
My various social media feeds are blowing up with news from all fronts; the outpouring of promotional clips and announcements from Comic-Con International, and closer to home, a bunch of hilarious party photos and such from Donna Barr and Roberta Gregory and others at the Clallam Bay Comic-Con out on the Olympic Peninsula.
Well, we’re not at San Diego this weekend, or even at Clallam Bay. Or at any of the half-dozen other local events we were thinking of dropping in on this weekend. Between the unscheduled Portland trip a couple of weeks ago and then the car suddenly sputtering out on us again, our recreational outings have been severely curtailed for the time being.
So I might as well get caught up with some quick capsule reviews of the books and comics that have been piling up here at home. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »
It’s been the kind of bad-news week where I find myself eschewing new books, instead gravitating toward some beloved old favorites for the week’s bus reads. Comfort food.
To me the essence of comfort food reading is the pleasure of the expected. It’s the same reassuring feeling you get from seeing a favorite band play the hits. Just for fun, I thought I’d share a few of those familiar old favorites with you this week. Continue Reading »
I had come to Portland for a funeral. Continue Reading »
Why do so many people think Batman should become a franchise?
I don’t mean in the real world. I understand why DC Comics has always published a bunch of Batman comics. No, I mean in Gotham City. Continue Reading »
This is just a silly little something that I came across during our recent trip along the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and it tickled me so that I thought it deserved its own post…. especially since it reminded me of an honorable old comics tradition that is largely gone today.
The tradition I’m speaking of is the ‘house ad.’ Continue Reading »
Here’s the thing… much as I’d love to be presenting you with the tale of our Memorial Day bookscouting adventures along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, various Life Events have intervened. So instead, here’s another short piece with some interesting links and things while I try and get caught up on various commitments, including getting the Cartooning and Young Authors class anthologies ready to roll out at the Olympia Comics Festival six days from now…. and getting the damn car fixed so we can transport them there. Continue Reading »
Chances are, with the end of the school year AND the Olympia Comics Festival class trip both hurtling towards me like a runaway train, the column’s going to be a little late posting this week… so here’s an article I wrote about bookscouting. It’s something I’ve been promising my friend Jim forever; he runs a site about having fun on the cheap called Blue Collar Black Tie and since that’s pretty much how Julie and I have lived for our whole lives, he recruited us as contributors. We finally made it. Check out the rest of the site while you’re there.
By the time you read this, we’ll be on the road again. With Julie now established in her new job and our work schedules actually aligned for the first time in about five years, the holiday weekend– all three glorious days of it!– is ours to enjoy as we wish. As it happens, since I have a printshop delivery that comes with a free hotel stay at the Tokeland, we are taking advantage of our three-day weekend to go to the coast.
But that tale will have to wait. This week I have something else. Continue Reading »
With Julie safely at a nice new job and our finances slowly recovering, I am finally in a place where I can buy comics again. So I decided to revisit the pull list, catch up with the books that were piling up, and so on.
There’s just one problem. Continue Reading »
Julie was still asleep when inspiration hit me on Sunday morning. So I went into our bedroom and sat on the foot of the bed and said, “I have one word for you.”
She stirred and said “Mmmmfraw,” which after over a decade of marriage I knew meant Huh? What time is it? What word? What are you on about now? Continue Reading »
I know that at the moment the comics blogosphere is all about Iceman, but there were a couple of OTHER books that came out this week. One of them that was sent to me for review is very cool, but unlikely to be on most fans’ radar… so I thought I would call your attention to it. Continue Reading »
The usual bits and pieces. Mostly just cool links and things. Continue Reading »
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