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Monday, May 23, 2005

The Monday Briefing -- There's a good batch of new reviews up today, including my Quick Hits reviews of Dance, Elsewhere #1, Blecky Yuckarella, Happy Town vs. Neil Jam, Reunion #1, Firestorm #14, Graphic Classics Vol. 3 and Why Are You Doing This?

Also today, Marc Sobel reviews Marjane Satrapi's Embroideries, and Jog looks at Samuel Hiti's El Largo Tren Oscuro.

Today's the day Rich Johnston is supposed to start doing comics journalism at Comic Book Resources, eschewing gossip-mongering for a few weeks in favour of hardcore news. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of that experiment. CBR seems to be having some expired-domain problems, at least on my browser, but Rich tells me it comes up okay on his side of the pond, so hopefully by the time the column is supposed to go live (3 PM Eastern Time), things will be straightened out.

Man, was I busy this past weekend. I got a haircut, which was actually more interesting than it sounds (maybe I'll write about it sometime soon), I had an eye exam and ordered new glasses and sunglasses (my first prescription pair in a while, but since I don't work overnights anymore I really need 'em), I hit Earthworld to pick up my weekly books (and grab the recent Stray Bullets Vol. 1 trade), we took the kids to a pretty awesome BBQ joint that also turned out to be awesomely expensive, and most importantly por vous, I spent hours and hours working on the mysterious behind-the-scenes goings-on that, if you're a longtime Galaxy reader, you're going to enjoy starting in a couple of weeks.

You'll recall last month I wrote about the the death of my red car. While I can't say I'm glad it happened, and I wish my neck didn't still feel stiff and sore on occasion, I can say that the crash changed my life in some pretty significant ways. It's probably a cliche to say it made me realize how lucky I am to have the things and people in my life that I do, but it did. It occurred to me that the woman who hit me, if she had been driving a big SUV and driving ten miles an hour faster, might very well have killed me. That kind of makes you stop and evaluate everything in your life.

In the past month I have become more passionate about my family, my life, my career, and this very website, than I can ever remember being. As far as Comic Book Galaxy, I haven't been this engaged and excited about it since August of 2000, when I was putting together the first team of writers, designing the site and getting everything ready for the big launch September 1st, 2000.

Right now I've got ideas and plans and the energy to put them into action. Most importantly, I've got brilliant friends and colleagues that are necessary to start to implement everything I want to see happen on this site. If Comic Book Galaxy has been important to you over the past five years, I think as we head into Year Six (!) that it will become essential reading. Not that many people will read down this far (hmm, maybe my wife's right about me being a manipulative bastard?), but for those of you that have, I'll tell you now that two weeks from today you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.



Blogger Chris Hunter said...

Viva la CBG!!!

25 May, 2005 01:28  

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