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Thursday, September 16, 2004
Late Night Notes
--I'm tweaking the side-bar a little...fine-tuning it, moving things around, playing with the lay-out...don't be surprised if you see changes every time I update. And since I'm moving links around, I wouldn't be surprised if I might have lost one or two. So, if you have a regularly updated site, and it's disappeared from my side-bar, and you haven't done anything to piss me off (and believe me, you'd most likely know if you had...), just drop me an e-mail and I'll add you back on.
I'm considering adding some sub-domains, mostly to put up some stuff that is probably only going to be of limited interest to the world at large but I still want to put up, if only for my own amusement. Those may be appearing and disappearing over the next few days, depending on my mood and how successful I thought I was. Or not. I am, after all, a fundamentally lazy person.
--I've been thinking about those Dreadstar trades that Dynamic Forces put out. I'm kind of tempted, but I'm pretty sure I have both the direct-market and news-stand editions of at least the first six or seven issues already. Plus, I'm reasonably certain that I could find all twelve issues reprinted in the books for less than the price of one of the soft-cover editions, much less both soft-cover editions or the hard-cover. Still, it's nice to have the collected editions available.
(On a related note, I checked our back-stock of Dreadstar comics, just to make sure we had plenty on hand in case we saw a big rush of interest in the comics, spurred on by the trades...we do, and there hasn't been.)
--One of the things we often do on New Comics Day in the morning as we're unpacking, sorting and counting comics is listen to comedy albums. The new Patton Oswalt disc is quite good, and David Cross's work is always worth a listen. Stephen Lynch's stuff is a riot, though not for those with sensitive ears. Eddie Izzard always work out really well too. Every once in awhile we'll let Mike put in a Firesign Theater album, and it seems to make him happy though it's not really my thing. He needs to bring in his Margaret Cho albums more often though. Not that that's a broad hint or anything.
Anyway, if there's any kind of point to the above I think it's this: listening to stuff that's supposed to be funny puts us in the proper mood for dealing with New Comics Day, which tends to be the most stressful and aggravating day to work in a comic book store, except for Christmas Eve. Or a New Comics Day that falls on Christmas Eve.
--I was cleaning out my old bedroom at my Mother's place the other day, and I managed to find the Cracked specials that reprinted all the John Severin illustrated "Talking Blob" stories and the "Cracked Movie Musicals." These are the two issues of Cracked that I've most wanted to make sure I still own, as I remembered thinking even as a kid that they were works of pure artistic and satiric genius (hey, I was a kid!). Naturally, I found them under the bed. Which at one point was a water-bed. Which I had to replace because the water-bed sprung a leak. And shortly after I replaced the water-mattress with a real mattress the roof sprung a leak. So, what I actually managed to find were two water-damaged paper-pulp bricks that used to be issues of Cracked magazine. And so the search to replace those issues begins...
--Oh, and I looked at our preview copy of Avengers #502 and all I have to say is...if you don't want everyone to figure out who the villain is, you probably shouldn't have that person be conspicuous in their absence.