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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Interruption of Service -- I've been doing this too long now to think that I can ever walk away forever, but I think it's time to push the "PAUSE" button here on the ADD Blog.

As you may be aware, I have been blogging at KOCHALKAHOLIC!, and I think it's best if I focus whatever time I have for blogging on that. In the past few weeks I've said just about everything I have left to say about the comics industry and especially the mostly-self-destructive direct market. Thinking about any but the most personal and revelatory of comics these days gives me nothing but a headache, and that's why I prefer to follow my bliss, to borrow a term from Joseph Campbell, and work on further developing KOCHALKAHOLIC!

I'll certainly continue to publish and write reviews for Comic Book Galaxy, and I even have the seed of an idea for something else cool that I would like to do, but that may not be ready for public consumption before the snow flies, as we say up here in upstate New York.

For those of you who have read this blog in its varied incarnations and levels of passion and focus over the past few years, thank you. The archives of this blog will stay here, because as I noted at the start, it could very well be that some unforeseen event or idea will strike me and I will be back here plugging away with five posts a day.

But given my work and family responsibilities and issues of health and time availability, for now, The ADD Blog is taking a break.

Come visit with me over at KOCHALKAHOLIC!, won't you?


Sunday, September 04, 2005

McBirthday -- Happy Birthday to Comic Book Galaxy's Mick Martin today! We managed to slip free our various domestic restraints yesterday and get away for a quick trip to Earthworld Comics and a late lunch at Beff's, one of Albany's better eateries. It was a good afternoon, and for me a highlight was being able to give Mick Top Ten: The Forty-Niners as a birthday present. Mick's read the first two Top Ten trade paperbacks and enjoyed them, so I know this new prequel will be right up his alley, being as it is as good as the series that spawned it, and in fact, is probably the best graphic novel of the year to date, which is saying something, considering how very many great ones we've had so far this year.

Anyway, Mick, Happy Birthday! And everybody else, keep an eye on Comic Book Galaxy for the impending debut of his new regular review column, coming, I think, in the week ahead.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Salon Looks at Chris Ware -- Sure, you have to do the little Salon Day Pass Dance, but it only takes a few seconds and you get to read a good, two-page piece on Chris Ware, creator of such exciting comics as JIMMY CORRIGAN and QUIMBY THE MOUSE.


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Five Years of the Galaxy Giveaway -- Today, September 1st, 2005 marks the Five-Year Anniversary of Comic Book Galaxy -- five years of pushing comics forward with passion and a focus on diversity. To celebrate Five Years of The Galaxy, a number of great publishers are joining us to give you a chance to win some terrific comics and graphic novels!

Among the publishers providing prizes:

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AdHouse Books
Alternative Comics
Fantagraphics Books
Ferret Press
Hairy Bald Guy Books
Origin Comics
Pantheon Books
Top Shelf Books

Here's How You Can Win!

1. Send an E-MAIL to Comic Book Galaxy, and in the BODY of the e-mail include your name and address. In the SUBJECT LINE of your e-mail, put the words FIVE YEAR GALAXY GIVEAWAY!

2. E-mails must be received by 11:59 PM on Friday, September 30th, 2005. Winners will be chosen in a random drawing in early October. The total number of winners depends on the number of entries received.

3. Employees of particpating publishers, contributors to Comic Book Galaxy or other comic book-related websites and their family members are ineligible to enter.

4. One Entry per person and/or e-mail address, please.

5. All entries become the property of Comic Book Galaxy, and Comic Book Galaxy reserves the right to reject any entry for any reason.

6. By entering, participants release Comic Book Galaxy, particpating publishers, their subsidiaries, affiliates and agents and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges.

7. Thanks, and good luck from everyone at Comic Book Galaxy!


That's That With That -- Well, I just noted that August has about two hours left to go here on the east coast, and even with another week or so of vacation for the kids, it seems like another summer has come and gone.

It's been an exciting summer for me. A lot of great comics came out, I got to write about them here on the site, and I got to watch as Chris Hunter slid magnificently into the role of Editor-in-Chief for Comic Book Galaxy.

It was also the summer of the big relaunch, and with only minor numps in the road, I am thrilled with our new schedule of regular columns and our fortified review team, covering the best in comics on a near-daily basis.

Summer is actually my least-favourite season. Allergies, humidity, heat and discomfort are the keywords it brings to mind for me, but the changing of any season seems to creep in as a reminder of mortality. In my case, a mortality I've been trying ever harder to stave off -- a recent doctor's visit revealed some negative indications related to my diabetes, and that's weighed pretty heavily on my mind the past week. I'm on a new prescription to help improve things, but it's the sort of thing where I don't feel any better or worse, and the only indication will come in lab tests months from now. It's strange, the unreachable universe that goes on within us, a faraway place that could be no closer. A place we can affect, but only truly glimpse by inference, guesswork, and astonishing medical technology.

A place that can kick you in the teeth, just like the passing of one season into another.

Right now the two best things in my life are my family and KOCHALKAHOLIC!. I'm trying to stay positively focused on those things, because they've brought me a lot of joy in the past couple of weeks, a period where joy has not always been easy to access.

Anyway, if you haven't checked out my new blog, please click over and give it a look. Not sure really how much longer this one will remain active. The change of seasons makes everything seem so ephemeral, doesn't it?

And finally, it just occurred to me that September 1st, 2005 is the fifth anniversary of Comic Book Galaxy. My profound thanks to those of you who have read, supported and enjoyed the site over the past half-decade.

Update: Thanks to Galaxy 2000 founding contributor Johanna Draper Carlson for her kind words on today's anniversary.

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