Friday, May 27, 2005

 
The Friday Briefing -- Yesterday was update-free here, to highlight yesterday's efforts by The Committee to Protect Bloggers. Comic Book Galaxy fully endorses and supports their efforts, and if you haven't visited their site, please do, and be more informed about the issues at stake.

Glad to see Abhay liked TCAF's Comics Festival one-shot. I sent it to him guessing it'd be his thing, looks like I was right. Yay, me!

In other news, today is my 12th wedding anniversary. I cannot imagine a better life than I have had with Lora, and the family we created together. To my wife, I say thanks for putting up with me, and for being the prime mover in getting us into the house we moved in to last fall. Our lives have been much, much better since we came here, but no matter where we have been over the last 12 years, I've always felt at home when I am with you. Thanks, honey, and happy anniversary.

Everyone else, I hope you have the long weekend off from work, and that your Friday sails by quickly and painlessly to get to it. We'll be back next week, as the countdown to our most exciting day ever kicks into its final days.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

 
CCS: Helping Grow Cartoonists -- The Center for Cartoon Studies is opening this fall in Vermont, and has started a worthwhile campaign to help students with tuition while the school undergoes the long accreditation process.

Cartoonist and CCS Director James Sturm says "The newest challenge is students being able to afford tuition. Even though we are substantially less than comparative art schools it will be awhile until CCS is accredited. Until then our students will not be eligible for guaranteed student loans. Some extremely talented young cartoonists may not be able to attend because of lack of funds. A few thousand bucks could make the difference between a student attending or not. So I am beating the bushes to find ways to help raise some scholarship funds."

A web page has been set up to make it easy for people to donate:

http://cartoonstudies.org/donate

The CCS is one of the most promising developments in the comics artform that I can remember in my lifetime. I hope you'll look over the school's site and give as much as you can. I can't think of a more worthy cause, and it's one that most definitely pushes comics forward.

 
TCAF Preview -- Cartoonist Diana Tamblyn has written a terrific preview of this weekend's Toronto Comic Art Festival. I'm thrilled to be featuring this preview, and I wish more than just about anything I could make it up for the show this weekend. If you're going, have fun for me!

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.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

 
The Sunday Afternoon Briefing -- Who reads comics blogs on Sunday afternoon? Hell, who writes them? Anyway...wrote a decent batch of Quick Hits reviews this morning and early this afternoon, finally putting a dent in the huge pile of stuff I need to review. So that's exciting. Hope to edit and post those and a few other reviews by the Galaxy Gang either later tonight or first thing in the morning. A lot of things are about to change here at COMIC BOOK GALAXY, and one of those is that you'll be able to precict with a bit more regularity when you see a given writer's stuff appear. And wait 'til you see what else we have up our sleeves...!

Boy, that was brief. Well, I wanted to pop in and say hi, and now I really wanna get OFF THE COMPUTER. I have I Heart Huckabees and the new Seinfeld Season Four DVDs to watch, and Huckabees isa rental, so I gotta get to that tonight or it goes back unwatched. WOuldn't be the first time I've done that, but I hate it when it does. It makes me never want to rent said movie again for fear it'll happen again, and it's also a colossal waste of four bucks. Y'know?

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Creators Rights -- Steve Bissette and Tom Spurgeon are talking Creators Rights over at The Comics Reporter. That last paragraph is a scorcher, Tom. Bravo.

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