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C2E2 April 19, 2010

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Went to my first comic convention in a long time…back from when before they weren’t just a bunch of dealers in a warehouse.  I always said I was going to get to one of the big ones, but California is a bit far away…anyway, I took my wife and son to Chicago for the weekend to check out the C2E2 convention at the McCormick Place.  I enjoyed myself immensely, and so did my son.  Big mistake bringing the wife. After 2 hrs she was done with it.  I wish I could have had another day.  Picked up a couple of posters (Thor and a cool copy of Spidey #122), two t-shirts, Thing and Thor, a couple of graphic novels (Crecy by warren ellis, and First Class x-men book),  and a few other trinkets.  I wanted to get a new statue, but didn’t really run across anything in my price range that I really wanted.  Saw a new Marvel Select Thing figure that I will be pre-ordering.

I’m not big on autographs, but I did consider getting in line for Garth Ennis, one of the craziest and best writers out there.  Only thought about it for a moment, however, especially after I looked at the line.  I didn’t go to any of the panels, that’s another thing I’ll be doing the next time I’m at one of these (by myself?).

One of the main reasons I really wanted to go to this one was that it was a real COMIC-BOOK convention, not a hollywood-type thing.  Lots of dealers on hand with lots of long boxes to investigate.  Only thing I bought was a Fine copy of Thor 177, a book I fondly remember from another lifetime ago.

in fact, that will make a fine Random Thor cover:

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Obama! November 7, 2008

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My faith in the American people is reassured.  It takes them a long time to wake up, but wake up they did and rejected the neo-fascist bush years.  As a lifelong liberal, It’s a good thing to see.  I figured it would be a landslide, notwithstanding the racist south.  I do feel a bit sorry for Obama, however, as the mess that has been created from the last 40 yrs of “conservative” ideology has left a very deep hole that will take a decade or more to recover from, if not more.  Oh well, all we can do is roll up our sleeves and go to work

oh, here’s a cool pic in celebration!

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Godland November 2, 2007

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As a pretty big Jack Kirby fan, I was intrigued when I saw this series on the stands. At first, I chalked it up to some simple attempt to copy the King’s style. Somewhere I heard that it was actually pretty good, so I gave it a try around the 5th or 6th issue. I was pleasantly surprised, and laughed my ass off more and more with each issue. While containing great art and an obvious tip of the hat to comics of the ’60’s and ’70’s, it’s at heart a great satire on both issues. The overtly sexual innuendos and the exaggerated artwork is enough to keep me buying it, not to mention that it takes the whole “power cosmic” motif and actually brings it into today’s world.

It’s not for everyone, and if you are not a fan of old FF & Thor Kirby stuff, then I wouldn’t suggest it, but if you are, it’s pretty darn cool.

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My Stack October 28, 2007

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throwdown

well, not much of one, anyway. I did pick up Conan #45, Doktor Sleepless #3, Captain American #31, JLA #14, & Avengers Classic #5.

I haven’t been using a pull list lately, so I’m probably missing out on some stuff. Like Fell, for instance. Where in the heck has that been lately?

I just finished re-reading WATCHMEN. Gets better with every read. As I’ve mentioned before , It’s gonna be a chore for the screenwriters/director to get this one right. But it’ll be fun to see what they do with it…….

Who Watches the Watchmen? October 16, 2007

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continuing with re-reading some of my fav classics, I started Watchmen today. I guess it’s going to be made into a movie by the same team that made 300. Personally, I think it’s going to be incredibly difficult to get the average joe to understand it. 300 was a pretty straightforward story, even based on a true historical event, but Watchmen is so…….complicated and relies so much on a knowledge of superhero comics.

I guess I should just be happy they are trying…….and hope for the best 🙂