Saturday, March 12, 2005

Congratulations -- Hearty congratulations and best wishes from everyone here at Comic Book Galaxy to Rich Johnston and Janice Hodgson: At 10.37 this morning Janice gave birth to their baby girl, who weighed in at 8 lbs, 12 oz. As I told Rich, "Nothing changes your perspective like having a daughter."

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Street Angel Contest Winners -- Here's the list of winners in the Ultimate Street Angel Contest:

Grand Prize:

Christopher Amis
Collingwood, Ontario


The Beguiling
601 Markham St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6G 2L7

Other Winners:

Que Banh
Victoria, BC


Curious Comics
631 Johnson St.
Victoria, BC

Jamie Tarquini
Norwood, MA


464 Commenwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-4266

Damian Duffy
Champaign, IL

44 E Main St., Suite # 101
Champaign, IL 61820

Erin M. Schadt
Bellingham, WA


Cosmic Comics
1905 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big THANK YOU to Jim Rugg, Brian Maruca, Slave Labor Graphics, and everyone who entered the contest. Remember that Street Angel #5 ships to stores TODAY, so make sure you grab one, and let your retailer know you want to order the STREET ANGEL TRADE PAPERBACK.

Butchering Manga -- Christopher Butcher (apologies for the pun, Chris) posts a sharp, informational essay on DC's utter, mindblowing mishandling of the CMX Manga line.

"Sport of Kings," indeed. I wonder if the corporate comics companies will ever hire someone as intelligent as Butcher to prevent them from tripping over their own club feet like this again and again?

One hopes not, because as Christopher correctly points out, it's kind of fun to watch.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Random Notes -- Woke up at 4 AM to find it was raining; by 8 AM and my first look out the window since the sun had come up, it was snowing. Now we're looking at 4-8 inches of snow. Nice that the rain slicked all the snow on the sidewalk and driveway into a potentially deadly sheet of ice. Yay, winter!

1. I am so, so glad that Enterprise is going off the air. Star Trek hasn't been much good since the end of TNG, and even that series only had one good episode for every 4 or so. The formula I have devised for the various series is TOS: 1/3. TNG, 1/4, DS9, 1/5, VOY, 1/20, ENT 0/All. Time to give it a rest and never allow anyone associated with the series from the past ten TV years to ever touch the franchise again. Until that happens, it will continue to suck. At the very least, it needs to go away for at least five years, maybe ten.

2. Finally managed to download and view the first episode of the new Doctor Who series. It's fucking great, in a nutshell. It feels like Doctor Who, but it also feels like 2005, and that's a bit of an accomplishment. The burping trash can was a bit unwelcome and over-the-top, but probably was seen as necessary to either tone down the horror of the death involved or make it clear that the person in question had, indeed, been consumed.

3. The winners have been drawn in the Ultimate Street Angel Contest. Will probably announce the winners tomorrow. Sound good?


5. Stuff I had for breakfast: Blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs (I think from powdered, urf, not up to the restaurant's usual standard at all, and a bit of home fries.

6. Stuff I had for lunch: Haven't, yet. Still full from breakfast. May skip it altogether and make a big dinner.

7. Gorblimey, still snowing.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Spurgeon's Top Shelf Recommendations -- The Comics Reporter picks his Five Top Shelf Picks, worthwhile offerings from Top Shelf that you can pick up for criminally low prices during their Three Dollar Sale. Tom's picks are universally good ones, you really can't go wrong by picking up all his choices. And as I said to Chris Allen on the phone last night, at these prices, pretty much everybody should be doing some holiday shopping a little early during this sale -- great comics that will cost you, from the look of it, less than they probably cost to print in most cases.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

W on Who -- Warren Ellis has a good review up of the new incarnation of Doctor Who. Regrettably it seems no U.S. channel is jumping on the opportunity to carry the series, which is damned stupid given how many people here fondly remember the series from the Tom Baker and Peter Davison days.

It's nice to see Warren holds at least some of those Peter Davison stories in high
regard; unfortunately, US distribution of the series went to hell around the time he left the series, so other than the Paul McGann TV movie (which I enjoyed, but mostly as a handful of water in an otherwise arid desert) I haven't really seen any Who since then. The Peter Davison era is my personal favourite, perhaps because he was the first Doctor whose transformation I watched. It's a shame the series has been missing from American TV all these years, as I'm pretty sure its (as Warren notes) family nature would have made it a big hit with my kids in their formative years.

Spurgeon on Great Power and Responsibility -- Awesome essay by Tom Spurgeon up today at his Comics Reporter website, specifically on the manner in which the comics industry has misused and sbused its most valuable resource, its creative people.

A canny choice of cover art to illustrate the piece with, too. Herb Trimpe, how much did he get from the X-Men movies, do you think? I've long said that the guy who drew the first Wolverine story should have gotten something out of the enormous wealth generated from those films. How much do you think he got?

Given the situation as it has existed for years, it's no mystery at all why the most popular creators in corporate comics today almost never generate compelling new characters for Marvel or DC. You'd have to be out of your fucking mind to do so.

Unbelievable Top Shelf Sale -- The fine folks at Top Shelf Productions are staging a ten-day sale in which some of the best graphic novels of the past few years are on sale for as little as $1.00-$3.00.

Click here to go to the sale page.

Here's the titles I most strongly recommend you pick up:


Abe: Wrong for the Right Reasons -- $14.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR14840
Big Clay Pot -- $12.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR12266
Cicada: A Broken Fender Book -- $12.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR14848
Dang! -- $3.50 $3.00 (US) - 32 pages, Comic Book, Diamond: MAR042843
Egomania #1 -- $4.95 $3.00 (US)
Hey, Mister (Vol 1): After School Spec -- $7.95 $3.00 (US) - 96 pages, Diamond: STAR14243
Hey, Mister (Vol 3): The Fall Collection -- $12.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR15108
The Legend of Wild Man Fischer -- $7.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: JUN042871
Magic Boy and the Robot Elf -- $9.95 $3.00 (US) - 80 pages, Diamond: STAR18025
Sketchbook Diaries (Vol 1) -- $7.95 $3.00 (US) - 96 pages, Diamond: STAR18835 Sketchbook Diaries (Vol 2) -- $7.95 $3.00 (US) - 96 pages, Diamond: STAR15571 Sketchbook Diaries (Vol 3) -- $7.95 $3.00 (US) - 96 pgs, Diamond: STAR18151 Sketchbook Diaries (Vol 4) -- $7.95 $3.00 (US) - 96 pages, Diamond: DEC032724
The Soap Lady -- $19.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR16773
Speechless -- $19.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR12830
Top Shelf #1: The Anthology -- $5.00 $3.00 (US) - 40 pages, Anthology
Top Shelf #2: The Anthology -- $5.00 $3.00 (US) - 40 pages, Anthology
Top Shelf #5: The Anthology -- $6.95 $3.00 (US) - 80 pages
Top Shelf #6: The Anthology -- $6.95 $3.00 (US) - 80 pages
Top Shelf #7: On Parade -- $6.95 $3.00 (US) - 96 pages, Diamond: STAR16778
Top Shelf #8: Under the Big Top -- $14.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR16779
Top Shelf #9: Asks the Big Questions -- $24.95 $3.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR19263


Broken Fender #1 -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 32 pages
Broken Fender #2 -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 32 pages
Doublecross -- $4.95 $1.00 (US) - Diamond: STAR15939
Hey, Mister #3 -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 24 pages
Hey, Mister #4 -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 24 pages
Hey, Mister #5: Behind the Green Door -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 32 pages
Hey, Mister #6: The Trouble with Jesus -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 32 pages
Hey, Mister #7: Eyes on the Prize -- $2.95 $1.00 (US) - 32 pages
Hey, Mister #8: Dial M for Mister -- $3.50 $1.00 (US) - 32 pages
Staros Report -- 1996 -- $4.95 $1.00 (US) - 112 pages
Staros Report -- 1997 -- $4.95 $1.00 (US) - 96 pages


American Elf (softcover) -- $29.95 $19.95 (US) - 520 pages, Diamond: MAY042960
American Elf (hardcover) -- $49.95 $39.95 (US)
The Mirror of Love -- $24.95 $19.95 (US) - Diamond: OCT032748
The Mirror of Love (signed) -- $49.95 $29.95 (US)
Slings & Arrows Comic Guide -- $39.95 $19.95 (US) - 816 pages
Voice of the Fire -- $26.95 $19.95 (US) - 336 pages, Hardcover, Diamond: JUN032566
Voice of the Fire (signed) -- $49.95 $39.95 (US)

Awesome selection of books, comics, and other great stuff at unbelievable prices. Head over and buy some stuff now! Tell 'em Comic Book Galaxy sent you.

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