Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Packin' Up and Movin' Out -- This post was originally much longer, but I pushed the wrong key and three wonderfully written, melancholic paragraphs on the subject of moving and the unexpected emotions associated with packing up my graphic novels and related ephemera went >POIT!<

So, one angry, profanity-laden outburst later, I have to tell you that this is probably the last update to Comic Book Galaxy until we get moved into our new home, with no update likely until at least Tuesday, October 5th.

The good news is that I'll still be able to write during that time, so hopefully I'll get some reviews done -- and Chris Allen tells me he has some reviews he's polishing up, too, so when we see each other again, there should be some good, comicky goodness for you to pore over.

Ironically, or at least coincidentally, Chris, too, is moving this weekend. So I do ask that you wish him, and me, all the luck you can in whatever method is traditional for you. Prayer, meditiation, cast a sigil -- whatever works for you will all go toward helping the universe understand the need for a pleasant and uneventful move for your friends here at Comic Book Galaxy.

Quite seriously, we'll miss you terribly -- this is about all the fun we have in life, so please stop back early next week and hopefully we'll have everything sorted out. Until then, be well and enjoy yourselves.

Monday, September 27, 2004

The Monday Briefing -- My review of Following Cerebus #1 and Joe Rybandt's latest installment of Lifespan: Comics are both up -- check out the Most Recent Updates section of the main page for the links.

This past weekend was somewhat downbeat, knowing as I did that it was my family's last weekend in our home of nine or so years. Even though I know our new home will be bigger and better, it still feels strange to watch the final moments of this place tick away. Among other things, Comic Book Galaxy was conceived here, just for starters. It feels so weird to know we're leaving it behind, and at a time of year -- autumn -- when so much of my life historically has been about change, this is just another one of those melancholy changes.

The next Five Questions for Newsarama.com is in the can, HTML coded, images and all shipped off to Matt Brady for posting on the next scheduled date, Friday, October 8th. Due to e-mail oddness, it's not going to be with the creator I originally thought, although that one will still get done (it's in his hands now) and likely be posted two weeks after the October 8th one. That one, the October 8th edition, should be popular with the readers, given that it's a frank discussion with one of the most popular and controversial people creating superhero comics today. So mark your calendars. And again, wish us luck as we pack up and move this week. We need all the luck we can get right about now.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

McElhatton on American Elf -- Greg's review of one of the year's best graphic novels includes this noteworthy point:

Kochalka's American Elf really does show the continuing evolution of its creator, both as an artist and as a person. It's absorbing from start to finish; I can't imagine anyone not loving Kochalka's comics.

Absolutely true. I assume by now that everyone reading the CBG Blog has discovered how good Kochalka's stuff is. If for some reason you're still behind the curve, get over to the Top Shelf website and order American Elf, the massive five-year collection of Kochalka's daily diary strips.

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