Friday, February 02, 2007

Groundhog Day -- It seems only appropriate after weeks of online hibernating to pop my head up today and say hi.


If you're still checking in here occasionally, you're no doubt aware that my hoped-for New Year's return to regular posting on Comic Book Galaxy didn't materialize. There are a lot of niggling factors involved -- personal, professional, financial -- but mostly I had hoped somehow that things would just come together (as they often have in the past) and that we'd be back in the swing of things by now. So far, not so much. Seriously, if this matters to you, please know it also matters to me, and I sincerely apologize for the delay. I know eventually I'll get things back on track, and I appreciate your patience in the meantime, more than you know.

In other news, my birthday was a week ago yesterday. I turned 41, and am now forced to accept that I am, indeed, a man in my 40s. It is enough to give one pause, but as I try often to remember, much preferable to the alternative.

Someone asked me the other day what comics I am reading, and the truth is, as always, as many of the good ones as possible. At the moment I find myself surprisingly energized by Garth Ennis's Punisher MAX series -- Ennis's clarity of vision for the character is just riveting, and the plots are tight, suspenseful little exercises in storytelling. I'm also enjoying most of the stuff Ellis and Brubaker are doing these days. Of course, Brubaker and Phillips's Criminal is absolutely fantastic. If you're not reading it, you're missing probably the best monthly title being published today. But Brubaker and Phillips have been achieving that goal for years now and only get better, month after month.

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