Thursday, January 27, 2005

We're Back on Tuesday -- There'll be no updates to the main site until Tuesday, although I will attempt to do some blogging if I can. In the meantime, I encourage you to enter our Ultimate Street Angel Contest, which is far and away the most popular one we've ever run here on Comic Book Galaxy. With a chance for you AND your comics shop to win signed comics AND original art, I'd hate to see you left out of the fun.

Protecting Freedom -- Added a button link over there on the right to The Committee to Protect Bloggers, a new group focused on governmental oppression of bloggers. Click over and have a look at their efforts, and if you're a blogger yourself, consider running one of their banners or buttons on your page.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Thing of Beauty -- Steven Grant's latest column at Comic Book Resources is a winner from start to finish. The man understands comics, the man understands politics, the man understands the world. Go read it.

Self-Examination -- Over at The Great Curve, I've posted entirely too much about my life to date. Click at your own risk.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Addicted to Quizzes -- I'm not entirely certain I can help myself from answering every one of these I come across. It's a sickness. This one via buddy Marc Mason.

1. What is your favorite color?

Red. Always seems to be the one I go to first in Photoshop when designing anything.

2. What is your quest? (Monty Python geeks only.)

Oh, Lord. It's always to complete some run or find some elusive graphic novel. Right now I need three Mark Millar Superman Adventures issues and Richard Sala's The Chuckling Whatsit to make my life complete.

3. Name a movie you think is underrated.

Most of my favourites. Crumb, Ghost World, Donnie Darko all come to mind.

4. What book are you reading/did you just finish?

Reading Demo: The 12 Original Scripts by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan.

5. Are you just saying that to impress us?

If you're impressed by that, you need to get out more. It's a good book, but, ninja, please.

6. Name a quality you envy in a particular person.

My son's honest joy of life.

7. What is most likely to cause blinding rage in you?

Lies, stupidity, arrogance. Guess who I didn't vote for in '04?

8. It's your last meal. What'll you have? (Bonus question: Why are you on death row?)

Pizza with fresh garlic and eggplant, hmm, and mushrooms. I'm on death row because someone borrowed my hardcover American Elf collection and spilled coffee on the page with the personalized sketch by James to me.

9. What superpower would you like to have? (Flight, invisibility and super-strength are only worth half a point.) (Not that we're grading.)


10. My God! You've switched genders! Who would you like to look like?

Oh, see, that's a silly question. I call bullshit. Who wants to think of me as a girl?

11. The old dinner-party-with-anyone-in-history chestnut. Let's go there.

John Lennon, Sam Kinison, Carl Sagan, Hunter S. Thompson.

12. What's your best physical feature?

Uh, I'm not short. That seems to impress my wife, who might also mention my piercing blue eyes.

13. What really terrifies you?

Being alone.

14. You're shipwrecked. A helicopter pulls you out of the freezing water but your spouse, your best friend and your mother are all in the water and only one can be saved. What drink do you order later to feel better about the terrible ordeal?

Rum and coke.

15. Who will play you in the movie of your life?

Andy Richter or Brad Pitt, depending on whether I am the executive producer or not.

16. Name a song that transports you to another time. Do not attempt to be classy.

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey, and not in a good way. Christ, the '80s, you know?

17. You're jammin'! You're the best, at your peak! Check you OUT! What instrument and with what band? (classiness acceptable but in no way mandatory.)

Drums, probably with The Beatles, circa Abbey Road.

18. What current trend bothers you?

Right-wing news coverage on every single goddamned TV news channel in the fucking universe.

19. The Amish. Cool or uncool?

Cool AND uncool. They are large and contain multitudes.

20. Which New Year's resolution are you most likely to blow first?

I don't make 'em. Sorry, I am just a dick in that regard. I know myself too well to bother.

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?

Sunday, January 23, 2005

New Shaun of the Dead interview -- Former Galaxyite Joe Lawler has posted a new interview with Simon Pegg, one of the comedy geniuses behind Shaun of the Dead, the best movie of 2004 (and soon, possibly, to have a sequel in comics). Go have a look.

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