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Monday, January 24, 2005

Monday Notes -- This past weekend was my Birthday Spectacular Weekend, actual birthday being tomorrow, as I begin my final year in my 30s . The weekend festivities are why there's no significant site update this morning, the first Monday in a while, I think, that we didn't have something new up; there are reviews in the pipeline, though, so we should be back in business in the next day or so.

The best part of the weekend was the Saturday early birthday party my wife arranged -- which was as close to a surprise party as I've ever gotten; I didn't figure it out until Friday, and it wasn't until Friday night that the actual scope of the party was made clear to me.

We had friends over for dinner, and I made lasagna, which is the tastiest thing I know how to make, and seemed quite popular. Usually when I make a lasagna there's tons of leftovers that last a week, but only one measly hunk survived into Sunday morning, and my wife got to it before I did, which is probably just as well as far as my arteries are concerned. I also spent a good amount of time this past weekend on web design, putting together two comics-related sites, at least one of which yoiu'll definitely see soon, the other being an unsolicited spec overhaul for a friend...haven't heard back yet if he likes my ideas.

So, tomorrow I am going to turn 39. That seems just staggering, somehow, with apologies to those of you in the audience who have already passed that milestone. I often say that in my head I don't feel any different than I did when I was 15, but man, 39. I can't even wrap my brain around it.

The biggest part of my birthday observation is this coming weekend, when weather permitting, me and the family are driving to Oshawa to spend the weekend with Jay Marcy and his family. The trip is also slated to include a visit to The Beguiling, a comics shop I have wanted to visit for many, many years. What better way to celebrate a birthday than by spending too much money at literally the last unvisited comics shop on my mental list of great comics shops I want to visit?

Finally, lots and lots of good comics out in stores this week. Among the ones I am most looking forward to is Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo's BLUESMAN from Absence of Ink. This will be one of the best comics of the year, and everyone reading this is strongly urged to buy a copy. Or two, especially if you have a blues fan in your life.

Other books on my shopping list this week include CONAN #12, JLA CLASSIFIED #3,
(for my son), We3 #3, EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES #6, FUTURAMA/SIMPSONS CROSSOVER CRISIS PART 2 #1 (OF 2) (for both kids, they love those shows), LUBA #10 and again for the kids, SIMPSONS CLASSICS #3.

Man, it's a pretty good week for comics. Last week was, too, as I recall, which is good, because the two weeks before that were pretty arid.

Well, that's it for now. Enjoy your Monday and if you haven't yet, make sure you enter our ULTIMATE STREET ANGEL CONTEST. It seems like everybody is entering this one, and you don't want to miss out on the chance to win comics and original art for you and your comics shop, do you?


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