Thursday, July 31, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - July 30th, 2008

Not much for me this week. I didn't make the trip to the store, because of the lack of books, so I had my bro go for me (also, because he owes me money for picking up his books last week). One of the books that I wanted, was sold out at the store my bro went to, so I'll have to look for it now.

Beyond Wonderland #1 - The story that continues from Return to Wonderland. Parts of Wonderland comes to the "real" world.

Justice Society of America Annual #1 - I liked this one quite a bit. Hoping they didn't remove Power Girl from the main DCU Earth, but it was interesting to see her on Earth-2.

The other book I wanted was Locke & Key #6. I'll keep my eye out for it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - July 23rd, 2008

Hack/Slash Annual: Suicide Girls #1 - Hack/Slash + the Suicide Girls. Can't go wrong! I've been an ocassional reader of the Hack/Slash series, and I am glad I picked this one up.

Invincible #51 - New costume, Jim Lee cover. I'm done with this series.

Justice League of America #23 - The Justice League continue to get a whuppin'. Meh... But Benes continues to draw Zatanna!

Liberty Comics: A CBLDF Benefit Book #1 - Nice book, featuring work by Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Millar, Ed Brubaker, Darwyn Cooke, J. Bone, Sergio Aragones, and several others. Great book, that supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Mini Marvels: Rock, Paper, Scissors - I couldn't resist. I've been enjoying this Mini Marvel stories that appear in random books.

New Avengers #43 - More of the Skrull related business on the Savage Land.

She-Hulk #31 - Probably should've picked up the X-Factor issue that ties into this issue. I am really liking this new art team on this issue.

War Heroes #1 - I haven't read this yet. Originally wasn't planning on picking this up, but ended up picking this up to try this... whenever I get to it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Giant-Size X-Men: First Class #1 this October 2008

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #1
Written by JEFF PARKER & ROGER LANGRIDGE
Penciled by MICHAEL CHO, ROGER LANGRIDGE, NICK KILISLIAN,
DEAN HASPIEL, DAVID WILLIAMS & JEFF PARKER
Cover by JEFF PARKER, KEVIN NOWLAN & BRAD ANDERSON
Just in time for Halloween, The Beast starts conducting investigations into his own "X" files around the world! Are there aliens among us- or things even weirder? Featuring special guest-star artists and classic material too! And emboldened by the safety net of Nowlan inks, Parker even drew the cover!
48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

Checking out the advance solicitations for Marvel's X-Men line in October 2008, and I noticed this issue, which contains artwork by Michael Cho. Be sure to pick up a copy of this issue, when it is released.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I saw The Dark Knight

Include me in the millions that went to see The Dark Knight this weekend.

Holy crap, that movie was insanely good! And it just kept going. There I was, thinking the chase scene was going to lead to the end, and they set up the next movie. Then, the movie continues.

I won't spoil anything, but damn, go see it if you haven't yet.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Milo's Paradise Toronto Comicon Report

Check out Milo's Paradise Toronto Comicon Report. It contains groping.

A Hero's Breakfast

I wanted to bid, but I'm not going to San Diego next week for Comic Con. However, those that are going, this may be for you.

Breakfast & art w/ Bullock, Cooke & Stewart @ San Diego

Breakfast with Dave Bullock, Darwyn Cooke, and Cameron Stewart. A Batman sketch by one of the three. And the possibility of winning a jam piece, featuring DC's Trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), by the three. Bid often, and bid high.

Check out the other auctions by the Hero Initiative. Contains some of the Hulk 100 sketch covers at the moment, and auctions related to San Diego (Like a chance to meet Stan Lee).

Also, for you SDCC attendees, I would suggest checking out booth #2207, where you'll find Dave Bullock, Darwyn Cooke, and Cameron Stewart. Also, at times, you'll find Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, Bruce Timm, Tim Sale, Jimmy Palmiotti, and many others, signing.

Dave Bullock, Darwyn Cooke, and Cameron Stewart are all debuting new artbooks. I've seen Cameron Stewart's artbook, and it's quite beautiful. I am quite confident that Dave's and Darwyn's are as well.

Check out iFanboy for an Exclusive on the happenings at booth #2207, with Dave Bullock, Darwyn Cooke, and Cameron Stewart.

For non-SDCC attendees, check it out with jealousy, like I'm doing. :)

Boughts and Thoughts - July 16th, 2008

100 Current Boards - Bought the bags, now just needed the boards. I actually didn't go to the store, or actually pay for these. My bro went, and picked these up. We tend to split the cost on bags & boards.

As I stated last week, there wasn't anything on my list this week, so I had no reason to head to the store. Kinda glad there was nothing, being the release day after a convention.

I spent part of the afternoon keeping an eye on the repairman that was fixing our garage door, and seeing how it's done... turns out the wrong spring was purchased, which was a huge problem. Everything else seemed to be okay.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Paradise Toronto Comicon 2008 Report

Paradise Toronto Comicon 2008 ProgramThis past weekend was the 6th Annual Paradise Toronto Comicon. The convention took place in a new venue this year (the Holiday Inn on King), although the venue was used for the previous two Toronto Comic Book Fan Super Shows (November 2006 & March 2007), and the Joe Shuster Awards in 2007.

This year, it was a different atmosphere at the convention. For one, it was smaller. The convention took place in the King and Regency ballrooms, as well as the Colonnade. The Colonnade allowed exposure for those seated there, for the hotel guests walking in and out of the hotel. Another thing, the convention is now a two-day show, instead of a three-day show.

This is also the first year that this convention is running without former co-promoter, Kevin Boyd, after his departure from the convention, to his new position as Comic Book Event Co-Ordinator with Hobbystar Marketing.

With the different venue, I went into this convention not knowing what to expect. I was extremely curious as to how it'd be set up in the new venue. I did go into this convention with an open mind.

Saturday July 12th, 2008
As usual, my bro and I got up for the convention. However, my bro thought the convention started at 11am, instead of 10am, so we ended up arriving later than I had originally intended on being there. We arrived around 9:30am, to see the line formed. Though I never counted, I would say I was 20-30 people back in line.

I had originally hoped to be there for 8:45am-9am. So being in a rush, excessive speeding on my part. I'm pretty sure parts of my car came off during the ride. That thing tends to shake when I hit 105km/hr, imagine how that thing feels at 135km/hr on the 427 and Gardiner. Thems some bumpy roads.

While in the line, noticed the freebies tables were set up nearby. Picked up a couple packs of the Upper Deck cards (got myself a Wayne Gretzky card, Brett Favre, Steve Nash, and a few others). Also noticed the Women of DC poster by Adam Hughes. I grabbed a few, which I gave one away at the end of the day, and one was for my brother. Also, around, many DC buttons (I took a Flash button), the plastic Green Lantern rings, Northlanders #1 Adam Kubert variant cover, Wonder Woman #14 DC Nation giveaway, a few books by Chris Yambar, and various other items.

Attendees were let in roughly around 10:05am. The line then split into two. One for online ticket purchases, and one for paying ticket purchases. My criticism here, the online ticket purchases line moved A LOT slower than those paying on the spot. Felt that there was no point in purchasing in advance, if it's not a quick moving line, so I'll have to see about this in the future. Also, I thought there would be a choice of previous convention exclusives to choose from, instead of being handed one of the previous ones I never wanted.

Hulk by Dale Keown (2008)Luckily for me, I had a spot saved for me in the Dale Keown line, so that became the line I planted myself at. Dale showed up not too long after. I did get to head around to get some books signed, before my turn came up. As you can see, it's a Hulk sketch on a Secret Invasion blank cover. The book is being shipped to CGC, to be graded and slabbed under their Signature Series label. Can't wait to get that back.

Keep an eye out for the Darkness/Pitt mini-series, written by Paul Jenkins, and drawn by Dale Keown.

Also, near the start of the convention, a sign was placed on Herb Trimpe's table, with it saying that he'll be showing up around 2pm. Traffic and border delays kept him from arriving on time.

Wonder Woman by Francis Manapul (2008)I headed over to see Francis Manapul and pick up the his print featuring Wonder Woman, Donna Troy, and Wonder Girl, which was drawn by Francis, and coloured by Beth Sotelo.

I wanted one of these prints, the moment I saw it posted on Francis' Art Journal. I framed this in a spare frame I had at home, once I got home. Now I need to find some wall space to put this up.

And to go with the print, I also got a Wonder Woman sketch from Francis.

Black Cat by Valentine De Landro (2008)After making a run to unload some books, load up others that didn't fit in my bag, and to put the print in the top loader that I had left in the car, I went to see Valentine De Landro, who has recently been working on the X-Factor series, and will be working on the X-Factor Special: Layla Miller One-Shot.

After showing my brother the Black Cat sketch I got from Valentine, my bro decided that he'd like to get a sketch from Valentine as well, which my bro ended up getting me to do so on Sunday, since he was in Herb Trimpe's line for a good portion of Sunday.

Wonder Woman by Greg Land (2008)What surprised me, was that on Thursday, after I got home from work (around 1:30am), my bro showed me the Hero Initiative schedule for the con, which contained three Greg Land signings. Figuring that this would be the best place for me to try and get a sketch, I lined up for the second signing, as the first one took place when I was at Dale Keown's line. I also got all of my Greg Land books signed, and got the Wonder Woman sketch, which looks pretty similar to the other female sketches he did, just with the WW tiara and breast-plate.

I know, a lot of stuff can be said about the way his drawings look very similar to each other, and how Greg Land gets a lot of crap online about it, but he drew this on his own, and I couldn't be happier that I have it.

Prior to the signing, I went to see both Pat Olliffe and Scott Wegener about sketches.

Nil by Sam Agro (2008)After the Greg Land signing, I went unload the bulk of my remaining books that I brought to get signed. I did a bunch of roaming at this point, and for the bulk of the remaining of the day. Eventually I found the Crystal Fractal Comics booth, a new comic publishing that is making their debut at the con. I was one of the first 100 people in line, and was able to receive a free copy of their convention exclusive, Crystal Fractal Universe #0.0. I guess, as part of their intro, the first 100 people also received free sketches on the back of the cover. I got a sketch from Sam Agro. Based on the character designs, I am assuming the character sketched on the back of the comic, is named Nil.

Atomic Robo by Scott Wegener (2008)I checked back on the sketch by Scott Wegener, after his panel. I'm quite happy with it, because I wanted to get a Robo sketch. If you have yet to read the first trade, you're missing a great series.

I also picked up Scott's current sketch book, and one of his t-shirts of Atomic Robo. Got me the dark brown shirt. Went with the XL size, after the Large Scott Pilgrim shirt shrank.

On that note, Thanks to all that complimented on the Scott Pilgrim t-shirt. Be sure to check out The Beguiling, to see if they have anymore shirts left.

Stargirl by J. Korim (2008)Lilli Murko by J. Korim (2008)While continuing to roam around, I noticed J. Korim in the artist alley. Jessie Lam was not at the table at the time. J. Korim is the artist of Neozoic, published by Canadian publisher, Red 5 Comics. Jessie is the colourist of Neozoic.

When reading Neozoic, I took notice of the artwork, and thought it was very good. This was prior to FCBD, and I really wanted to head to the Beguiling to see J. Korim and Jessie Lam, but I just never found the time. I'm quite glad I got the Stargirl sketch from J. Korim. He had some pre-done sketches on display. I wanted to purchase two of them, but he gave me the choice of one of them, free of charge. I picked Lilli Murko.

Be sure to check out J. Korim and Jessie Lam' work on their respective websites, and check out Neozoic. Also, if you have the chance to see them, check them out.

Wolverine by Herb Trimpe (2008)Around 5pm is when Herb Trimpe. I noticed everyone standing up at his table, then I saw him there. I figured I'd head over and line up. After about 10 minutes, I decided to leave the line, and check it out later on, so I could roam around the convention floor. Got back aroun 5:30pm, and noticed the line shrank. This was due to the line being split into signing line, and sketch line. I jumped into the sketch line.

By 7pm, the convention closing time, I was second last, which was also second in line at that point. Herb Trimpe and his wife decided to stay to finish off the line, which I want to Thank them again for staying. I opted to take the last spot, to allow Tiziano of Hobbystar Marketing to get his sketch.

My sketch was complete around 7:45pm, which I'm sorry to the Paradise crew for keeping them there until that time (I wasn't the only one... Dale Keown finished his last sketch, for one of your volunteers, just after I got my sketch by Herb Trimpe).

Herb Trimpe is the first artist that drew Wolverine in print, so I had to get a sketch of the most famous Canadian superhero. After that, it was an incredible feeling just to see the sketch I received, and I have to frame this one.

This is when I called it a day.

Sunday June 13th, 2008
Bro and I left for the convention earlier than Saturday. Arrived before 9:30am, so he headed in, while I headed to Tim Hortons for some coffee and food.

Got to the line at 9:30am, only to find I was fourth in line. To be honest, that is not normally a good sign, to see 30 minutes before opening, only 4 people. I can't remember how many people there were last year for opening on the final day, but I'm sure it was more than four. By opening, the line did not reach the escalator.

Attendance did slowly pick up throughout the day, but it seemed to be less than the attendance on Saturday.

Hulk & She-Hulk by Agnes Garbowska (2008)I started the day by heading to Ken Lashley's line, as he was only scheduled to attend on Sunday, and I had some issues of The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive to get signed, that I've had since they came out.

He had yet to arrive, so I went over to see Agnes Garbowska, to see the status of the mini commission I asked for prior to the con. I've been thinking of which characters to get prior to the con, and I'm not entirely sure how the idea to parody the Charlie Brown/Lucy football gag came about, but it did, and I shot the idea over to her.

Needless to say, I love this piece!

I also saw the piece Agnes did for AlexH, and I love that one too!

Captain America by Ken Lashley (2008)I got back to the line, just as Ken Lashley arrived. I was second in line, so the wait was not long.

He recently signed exclusive with Marvel, and is working on the King-Size Cable Spectacular (One-Shot) issue, to be released the first week of September.

Black Cat by Pat Olliffe (2008)When I arrived at the convention on Sunday, Pat Olliffe was just starting on my sketch. I picked this up a little later in the day, which I was quite happy with how it turned out.

Evil Ernie by Brian Pulido (2008)While on one of my many times I've held the spot at Herb Trimpe's line for my brother, I was able to head over to the next table to see Brian Pulido. I had forgot to get a book signed on Saturday when I originally saw him, so I went back, and also got a sketch. I had comtemplated purchasing a copy of the Lady Death Icon Convention Exclusive, but it was out of my price range. Beautiful cover.

Luke Cage & Iron Fist by Anya (2008)During the afternoon, Milo (of Digital Kontent) and Kathryn suggested I check out the girl over at the Paradise Comics booth (Anya, based on the name on the sketch), who was doing free stick figure sketches. After seeing some that were done, I decided to head over there, because the sketches seemed fun.

Green Arrow by Michael Cho (2008)Earlier in the day, I left my sketchpad with Michael Cho. I went with Green Arrow. Not too sure why, but just figured it would turn out nice. It surpassed "nice." This was amazing!

Jamie McJack by Danielle Corsetto (2008)After a talk with Chris Nolan about the Comic Books Beta application on Facebook, and incorporating solicitations into the blog by just hovering the mouse over the respective comic. I may decide to add that feature, when I decide to get off my lazy ass and actually do it.

After the conversation ended, I turned around to see Shane Heron (Awesome Marcus Ninja) just arriving at the con (he didn't set up this time around). Unfortunately for me, Shane forgot my sketch request, which I'm sure turned out "Awesome." You still rock, Shane! Just drink one less beer next time. :p

After talking with Shane, I went to see Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots), and picked up a copy of Girls With Slingshots Volume One. Got a nifty Jamie sketch inside.

Got to hear some HeroesCon stories from Shane, when he dropped by Danielle's table. Damn, I gotta check out that show sometime, and get a "Pro" badge, to chill, drink and party with all them Pros. Sounds like an awesome time.

Hellboy by Kent Burles (2008)The last sketch of the convention came from Kent Burles. I've been wanting to get one for a while now, but I could never think of a character to get.

Saturday afternoon, the idea popped into my head while I was roaming around the convention. However, I didn't have reference, so I waited until Sunday morning to leave my sketchpad with Kent (as well as my brother's). Kent was able to finish mine, which turned out really nice. Now I'm starting to think of another potential character to get a piece done by Kent in the future.

But that'll have to wait until next time. This was the end of the convention for me. Got out of the con around 4:30pm, just as the Jays game was letting out. That was a fun drive home.

Other Convention Purchases & Swag
During my "bin-diving," I only picked up two comics, which caught my eye:
- Captain America #230 - Nice cover of Captain America blocking a punch by the Hulk with the shield.
- Fantastic Four #265 - Where She-Hulk joins the team. Not in the greatest conditions, but for a buck a piece, it was worth it for me.

As for the other purchases, see the pictures below:





Post Con
From a personal standpoint, I thought it was a great show for me. I consider myself successful at achieving my goals at the convention. I got all my books signed (though I didn't really get the program signed by as many people as I did in the previous two years). I got a bunch of amazing sketches. Though I spent more than I had originally budgetted myself to spend, I am very happy with my haul this year.

Looking back at the convention, I'm not sure how successful it really was. The attendance appeared to be significantly less than last year. It seemed like a lot of the attendees on Sunday, were also there on Saturday.

I don't know how well the dealers did. It seemed that the busiest dealer there was Wes Hagen, with all his long boxes full of $1 and $3 comics.

I do agree with my brother about the frustration of the guest list being released a guest at a time, on weekdays. I've voiced my opinion on this before, though not publicly.

Don't know how well attended the panels and workshops were, but they could've had more advertising, aside from at the top of the escalator, or next to the ticket booth. Actually, the convention itself could've used more advertising, outside of message boards (some of which were updated infrequently), or ads in stores. There was the nice full page ad in the "What If... Mike Wieringo Tribute," but I don't think that issue reached to too many people.

On the topic of panels, I'm not going to discuss it here, but I will say, when I initially saw one of the panels on the program schedule, I don't mean to harsh, but I thought the panel topic was somewhat disgraceful. Not so much now, but I still think it should've had a different title. I'm sure I'll get some messages about it, so it can be discussed privately.

*NOTE* Keep in mind, I never attended any panels, so I could be wrong about the topic discussed at the panel. This was my initial thought on the topic. (Added July 15th, 2008 @ 11:39AM)

I still do think the Paradise Conventions crew put on a great show. I had a lot of fun, and I'll continue to spread the good word. Others may think and feel differently, and may disagree with me. But as I said, from a personal standpoint, I thought it was a great show.

As always, I'm looking forward to any future shows put on by Paradise Conventions.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Preview to the Paradise Toronto Comicon 2008 Report

Haven't really started writing, so I'm not too sure when it'll be up. The lack up sleep this weekend caught up to me, and spent the evening in somewhat of a daze.

Anyways, here is a tease of one of the sketches I got this past weekend.



I'm sure many of you can guess what that is. What the heck, if you can guess it, leave a comment.

Quick rundown:
- 17 sketches
- Spent more money that I had originally budgetted myself for... like I can really keep to budget.
- Picked up some nice swag.
- Picked up some nice stuff
- Didn't pick up too much stuff, but I'm happy with my purchases.

Keep an eye out for the full con report.

I'm published in SNAP Downtown Toronto

SNAP Downtown Toronto: Joe Shuster

Saturday afternoon, I found out from Collector Times Online reporter, Jamie Coville, that I was given a Photo co-credit for the photos used for the Joe Shuster Awards article. It took me a while to figure out if one of the photos used was mine, but eventually realized that the photo of Natasha Eloi is the one I took, with my caption.

Didn't expect to see any of my photos there, so I'm quite happy that one did appear.

If you happen to be in an area that SNAP Downtown Toronto is released, pick up a copy of the July 2008 Edition (Vol. 2 No. 1), and turn to page 18.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Next week comic releases/Convention this weekend

It's one of those rare weeks where I have nothing on my pull list. Really, what's going on? Didn't make it to the store for opening a couple of days ago. No books for me next Wednesday. The end of the world must really be near.

That being said, keep in mind, this weekend (July 12th-13th, 2008) is the annual Paradise Toronto Comicon. See ya there if you're going.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - July 9th, 2008

Didn't make it to the store for opening (the end of the world must be near). The spring for the motorized garage door opener broke, so a good chunk of the day was spent working on that, but we ran into more problems. I ducked out for a couple of hours, after spending almost an hour waiting for a friggin' screw to get put into the door. Didn't enjoy heading to the store in the mid-afternoon, because of traffic. Not rush hour, but a lot more than around lunch time.

Went to Taco Bell after, and gots me some tacos. I enjoy eating tacos, but I don't eat them too often. Better to keep it that way; otherwise, I'd get extremely sick of them. I miss the good ol' days when vacationing at my cousins' place outside of LA. Del Taco used to sell tacos 3 for $1. Del Taco was pretty close to their house. Also, there was a comic shop close too, so we'd always head there.

Anyways, enough reminiscing. On to the comics.

Captain America: White #0 - Beautiful artwork. Nice Bucky related story. Looking forward to the rest of this series. Probably a hardcover pick-up.

Iron Man: Legacy Of Doom #4 - Completist in me finishing off this mini-series. Just another story. Enjoyable, but not memorable.

Justice Society of America #17 - So Gog does a lot in this. Won't ruin this for the Americans that have yet to get their books (delayed shipping, because of Independence Day, for the US).

The New York Four - I liked this. I still prefer Local, over New York Four, but this was still a good read. Still really liking Ryan Kelly's artwork.

Secret Invasion #4 - Didn't care too much for this issue, but I did like the Black Widow/Wolverine interaction.

Tales from Wonderland: Alice - Nice messed up story. Looking forward to Raven Gregory's next series, Beyond Wonderland.

Couple of days or work left, until Paradise Toronto Comicon. For those going, see ya this weekend.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Chip Zdarsky in the NUDE!

National Post: Nude dudes: A weekend at a nudist colony

The National Post's Ben Kaplan and Steve Murray (aka Chip Zdarsky) spent a weekend at a nudist colony.

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

More Boughts, but not really any thoughts... of the books...

Decided to go to the Cyber City Anniversary sale on Saturday. The sale goes until July 11th.

Here's the rundown of the deals, if anyone decides to check it out:
40% off Back Issues
20% off TPBs/GN/HC/Manga
25% off DVDs
15% off DVD Box Sets
20% off Toys
15% off Statues/Busts
15% off HeroClix
10% off Cards

I went for hardcovers and trades, mainly because of the membership discount, on top of the sale discount. I did browse through the back issues, but only picked up one, as I wasn't really looking to pick up much single issues.

Anyways, here are my purchases.

Atomic Robo vol. 1 TPB: Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne - That's one long ass title. I missed out on the single issues of this series. The first print of issue one sells for over $10 on eBay, though I don't really want to pay that much. I was originally thinking of picking this up from Scott Wegener, at Paradise Toronto Comicon, but saw it on sale, so I picked it up. It's quite a good read. Fun book.

Batman: The Killing Joke: The Deluxe Edition HC - Wanted to pick this up when it came out, but waited. Not specifically for the sale. I was just never really in a rush to get it, even though I did want it. Add that to the stuff to get signed by Brian Bolland at Fan Expo Canada. Tim Sale does the introduction, so I'll get him to sign it too. :)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight: The Long Way Home HC - I actually have a copy of this, but decided to get another one at the sale price. When this first came out, it was the retailer special edition, or something, where stores only got one copy of this, and were selling this for $100. This was significantly cheaper. Funny story. I was at Motor City Comic Con earlier this year, getting Georges Jeanty to sign the hardcover I already had. He asked how I got a copy of this, because it was a special limited edition, tough to come by. If anyone is interested in this, lemme know.

Grimm Fairy Tales vol. 2 TPB - I bought the first one a little while back. Figured I'd pick this up too.

Hellblazer #63 - The only single issue I bought. I wanted this issue, because Zatanna smokes a joint. Many cameos in this issue (Zatanna, Swamp Thing, many others I don't know). I don't buy the Hellblazer title, so I don't know much about it. This issue was John Constantine's fortieth birthday party. Funny scene, Swamp Thing uses his powers to grow a large amount of weed, from a small weed plant, before everyone gets to smoking. Ahh, Vertigo.

May pick up some more stuff this Wednesday, when I'm there for my weekly trip for new releases.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - July 2nd, 2008

Aspen Splash 2008 Swimsuit Spectacular - Purely a pin-up issue. This originally came out last week, which I skipped out on then. With the passing of Michael Turner, I just felt I had to buy it, because for me, this is some of his last work. I do hope Soulfire gets completed, in the same way that Superman/Batman #26 and What If This was the Fantastic Four? A Mike Wieringo Tribute were released, where many friends complete the book. Though, it may be a little tougher, since Soulfire has issues #8-10 to be completed. I guess this is wishful thinking on my part.

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! - Nice kids book. Kinda got annoyed with decoding the dialogue, to the point where I just stopped (I think I did two words, and just said, "Screw this"). Aside from that, the book was a joy to look at, and read the regular words. After this book, I wants me a Mike Kunkel Captain Marvel sketch.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #16 - So Fray meets Buffy. Can't say that I was fully into this issue. Not sure what it is, but I may be losing interest in the Buffy books.

Echo #4 - It seems like I'm starting to lose interest in this too. Not sure if it's just how I'm feeling this week, or if I'm starting to think which books I can cut off my list. It's looking like this book is moving to the cut list.

Jonah Hex #33 - I bought this because I wanted to see Darwyn Cooke draw Jonah Hex, kicking some Mounties' asses. Three pages of pure violence, and no dialogue. That's what you get for trying to kill Jonah Hex.

The Walking Dead #50 - And with this issue, I'm done with The Walking Dead in single issue format, in favour of the hardcovers. Got the first three hardcovers, so I'll continue it in that format. Don't really need the singles and the hardcovers. This issue was pretty good too. Seeing Carl deal with potentially losing his father.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Long Weekend... Happy Canada Day

I do hope everyone is having a safe long weekend, and a Happy Canada Day. For me, today is just another Tuesday. And on Tuesdays, I work. Probably gonna be busy, probably gonna be working alone. But whatever, it's just a job.

As for this past weekend, I didn't really do much. For the most part, I just kept to myself. I am still quite saddened by the passing of Michael Turner. I can't even begin to imagine how those close to him are taking it. I spent a good portion of the weekend, just reading stuff posted about him. Creators tributes, fans experiences with him, etc. He truly will be missed.

I decided on Saturday, that I'd go to the Cyber City Warehouse Sale on Sunday, to look for some older work by Michael Turner, to look at, and to have in my collection. My family has pretty much been gone from the house this weekend, and I wasn't in the mood to go out, aside from the stop at the CC Warehouse. I didn't want to go to the Jays game (something I decided on Friday).

I spent the rest of the day, and pretty much all of Monday, working on recovering the loss data from my hard drive that crashed a few weeks back. And by recovering, I mean downloading it all again, because that hard drive is messed up bad.

Anyways, I got some things to finish up before I head out to work.