Monday, March 31, 2008
My comic book list is pretty decent this week as several mini-series ended last week. We are also on the last month of our file at our retailer, so that should be interesting.
Here is my list:
Action Comics #863
Detective Comics #843
Trials of Shazam #12 (of 12)- here's another one that is ending!
Darkness Butcher One-Shot
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guity Pleasures #10 (of 12)
Boys #17- cover pictured
That is eight books. That is great news for me! As Little Hughie of The Boys would say "jings"!
Have a wonderful night! I have just two and a half days left on my contest so I am going to go shower and relax.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This brings back memories. While I was in college Madonna exploded onto the music scene and hasn't left our consciousness yet. When I see this video, it makes me remember getting ready to go out on Friday and Saturday nights. We used to pre-function in our dorm rooms, drinking and crimping the crap out of our hair before putting on short denim mini skirts and tanks with big shoulders jackets on over it all!
It is official. I am middle aged. My clothes are still in my closet, and I still pull them out from time to time, but if I walked down the street wearing them, I would get strange looks!
If nothing else, I can still enjoy this video. Have a great night!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Having read Men of Tomorrow, a great book by Gerard Jones detailing the evolution of the super heroes comic book industry, I just can't help but wonder what these visionary creators would make of this ruling. Living a life of luxury isn't an option for Siegel and Shuster, but maybe their families can be financially comfortable. Reading about the business decisions made and the foresight or lack thereof of yesterday's creators made me cringe but also made me really think about the documents we all sign in our daily lives. Having an awareness of what we are putting our names to and not being pressured to sign anything we aren't sure of is a hard lesson to be learned.
In Facebook land, I made a decision to only ask people I have at least had an internet conversation with or a greater relationship to be friends. If I have answered a comment, or had multiple contacts of some kind, it makes me feel less like an imposter. After feeling like a whore while asking any name I was familiar with to be a friend on ComicSpace, I am trying to be truer to my sense of self here. God knows I might fail, but it is a conscious choice I have made. Heh.
I am going to go sit down and try to ignore how much pain I am in, considering that I caused it purposefully. Today I worked out for almost five hours. My weight lifting partner and I did triceps, shoulders, chest, and back workouts and finished it off with legs and cardio. Since it was one of our last days, we wanted to give 100%. I am relieved that Thursday is the weigh out. I am so damn tired.
Have a wonderful night! I am off to cook some dinner and relax.
Friday, March 28, 2008
My contest is in it's last week so my hubby is happy. Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. I weigh out. Thank God. I am dying for a piece of pizza. I have lost 23 pounds so far, and am shooting for 30, so I am close to my goal. My body fat is in the range for average folks, so that makes me happy. My goal was to not be "overfat" and I have achieved it, so life is good. Now I just have to keep it up!
On that note, I am going to go watch some television and veg for an hour or so before hitting the hay. My workout partner and I have at least four hours at the gym in store for us! Have a wonderful evening!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I am especially thrilled to see Huntress (Helena Wayne) and Fury (Lyta Trevor). Both were favorites of mine. Having Power Girl in the forefront only serves to sweeten the pot. The topping is having Jerry Ordway on art chores. In my opinion he is one of the most underrated artists in the business today. Hallelujah!!
Head over to Newsarama for the post and article. I am going to just sit here and revel in the moment.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
That being said, we will start getting our books from DCBS in May. We opted for the biweekly option and are hoping that will work well. After much discussion, we decided to try and be more patient and do things this way.
The only bad part is we don't know how to politely tell our local retailer that we are closing our file. I want to be honest so I will tell them that it is for ease of service due to my odd schedule, which is pretty much the truth. How would you break the news? I want to do it the right way, without a lot of crap or fibbing, because that is not how I operate. I want to be honest but nice.
On that note, I am going to take a shower. I still didn't answer comments tonight, but I will be back tomorrow. Take care!
Monday, March 24, 2008
If you will bear with me, I will be back tomorrow to answer comments. I was really impressed and touched by what you had to say and want to respond with some brain cells intact. It is really embarrassing to get this tired and try and answer comments. It is also embarrassing to admit to being tired!
My list of comics for the week is as follows:
All Star Superman #10
Authority Prime #6 (of 6)
Countdown to Adventure #8 (of 8)
Green Lantern #29
Loveless #23- maybe!
Teen Titans #57- this issue is a deciding one for me.
Wildstorm Revelations #6 (of 6)
Black Panther #35
Mighty Avengers #11
Ms Marvel #25
New Avengers #39 - see cover pictured
She-Hulk 2 #27
Ultimate Human #3 (of 4)
Ultimate Iron Man II #4 (of 5)
Ultimate Spider-Man #120
Ultimate X-Men #92
X-Men Legacy #209
Dan Dare #5 (of 7)
Fallen Angel #25
The good news here is that three mini series are ending. The other good news is that I am dropping more titles. Legion of Super Heroes, Blue Beetle, JSA Classified, and New Warriors are all books I have dropped. Otherwise, my comment here is what is up with all the Ultimate books this week?
Take care all and have a great night! I will see you back here tomorrow!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We are having prime rib today. I just prepped it and put it in the oven. My eyes are watering a bit from breaking up a garlic clove and inserting them into the meat, but hopefully it will be worth it. Otherwise, we are going to call family and relax the rest of the day. Tomorrow is a regular work day so I need to have everything done.
Nothing new or exciting since yesterday other then just being sore from working out. My contest ends April 3, so there is less then two weeks left now. I have lost 20 pounds and stalled, but am pretty happy with my body fat loss. Being thinner and losing fat is a nice consolation if nothing else. Now that I have come to the conclusion that I am never going to be a super model so I just have to be at peace with what I have.
I wish you and your loved ones a happy day filled with love and joy. I will be back tomorrow with the comic list!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
So I read and read.
My conclusion is simple. Feminism is not the throbbing, living system of empowerment that our foremothers had laid the foundation for. We are not fighting for our right to vote or the right to have a job. We aren't praying for the ability to not be ruled by a tyrant husband or trying to focus on raising a family to better the generations that come after us.
We are too busy fighting about sex in all it's forms.
There is a great divide in feminism. The cracks first appeared in the 1970's when a group of women came forward with the "sex is power argument". There was dissent from another group of women who felt that sex was a sacred, private thing that was used for its original intention of populating the earth. Sex wasn't meant for public consumption but for the greater good.
Needless to say, these ladies couldn't agree. This has led to a splintering of the feminist core value. There are those women who think that feminism is being empowered by their right to hit a strip club, get a lap dance, drink whiskey, and smoke a cigar, while still being unfettered by the need for a man yet still receiving validation from said male. The other extreme of womankind hates the "nakedness" and titillation of society and is calling for a return to a more Victorian time.
Who is right and will we ever agree? That is the one billion dollar question.
Somewhere in the middle, most of us reside in a truce of sorts. While not a strip club patron, or a highly sexualized person, I still like to believe that my private life and sexual doings are my own choice, and a right I have, regardless of what other folks think. As a non-prude but a mostly modest woman, I spend a great deal of time battling my place in the feminist pecking order. It is through the realization that being true to myself if the only possible answer to my self doubt, I have achieved a sense of self and a kind of freedom that I can enjoy. Screw it if you don't like me. That is the bottom line.
Seeing the women online going through a change of sorts during this time has been a bit ironic. We have the ladies who have been blogging for a longtime staking their claim to supremacy while the younger, brasher model begs to differ. It is sad in many ways, but also shows that the many facets of feminism will never allow women to truly band together in a unified manner.
That isn't to say that men are exempt. God knows I have dealt with more types of men then I can shake a stick at. I work with "macho men" who are country bred and proud. They want to be the breadwinner and take care of their wife. They want to have a whiskey, cuss, and tell dirty stories before retiring to bed. Then there is the extreme I see at the gaming shop. Mostly minimum wage earners who would love to find a "sugar mama" so they can continue to fund their habit, these are the guys who wouldn't talk to me when I was single but can't seem to shut up now. Don't even get me started on all the types of guys I see at the gym.
Do these men agree with each other? Do they interact? It seems that they do, but then they do what we all do. They make fun of each other behind their backs. I have seen many a cowboy laugh at a guy on the street wearing a pink shirt after slapping his back and wishing him the best. Men are certainly not exempt from this whole mess, they just have their own set of problems, whether it is worrying about hair loss, the flabby belly, or how to make a living worthy of their father's era. That is a whole other subject, and one that I don't want to delve into here.
Where am I going with this? The conclusion I have come to is that we are all unique but are all grasping to find our place in this world. Whether it be as a feminist who goes to the extreme to show her comfort in a strip club or a gaming guy who professes to not care about having a girlfriend, we are simply trying to find our niche. That is why I am not surprised that we can't find a unity.
My attempt at putting a positive spin on things is this: find a cause you are passionate about it and support it until the end. Even if there are those who don't agree with you, stand your ground. God knows it is the hardest thing to do, and I freely proclaim that I have had a tough time with it as well. It is all about doing what you think is right. While we as women may not be able to agree on what is sexist, the best thing we can do is at least hear each other out.
That being said, I haven't felt a great deal of enthusiasm for comics lately, but I do cop to enjoying Dark Ivory #1 and the crazy presentation of courtship rituals Wonder Woman dropped on Nemesis in Wonder Woman #18. I am also looking to the end of Countdown to see how drastically everything is going to be ripped apart in anticipation of Grant Morrison putting the pieces back together. Hmmm. I also hear rumors of DC having problems with Final Crisis, so how knows what the hell is really going on there.
In "woman world" there is all kinds of breaking with factions. That is alright. We don't have to stand together as women just because we think it is the right thing to do. If we have a common cause, that is all good and well, but as I have been reading the last few months, there is already a a division in the concept of feminism that is glaring enough without adding comics to the mix. I don't see a rush of men trying to stand together to keep boobies on covers- do you?
At any rate, I have spent the last few months reading several books on feminism in a deep hope of understanding why I don't like all my fellow womankind. After a horrifying experience in the women's locker room with women I didn't like and coming to the realization that I don't agree with all the women who blog, I felt a deep sense of guilt. Now that I have spent time exploring the concept itself, I have started to appreciate that we don't have to stand as a gender. We just have to stand up for ourselves as people who are individual and special.
In between spending four hours a day at the gym and working over nine hours a day I have really thought about this and I really truly hope to have time to explain myself sooner then later. Let me end with saying that I am a peace with myself and my values and no longer feel the need to cater to a cause because it seems like the right thing to do. I do things now because I believe what I am doing in my heart is right. It is very freeing.
On that note, I have really got to get some lunch. Back later with more..
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here are the specifications:
"Standing atop battle-damaged Grecian ruins, this stunning 18" Wonder Woman mixed-media statue shows the Amazon Princess in all her fury. This 1:4 scale museum quality figure is composed of resin, metal, and an expertly crafted fabric outfit, including briefs with a star pattern, a faux-leather bodice, and a flowing cape. She is armed for battle with a shield, sword, eagle-shaped axe, and a lasso. The full piece measures approximately 16.5" high x 11" wide x 14" deep.
This exclusive, limited edition statue includes a 4/color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4/color box.
in stores November 5, 2008 * Statue * $295.00 US "
Maybe my tax incentive could fund this little venture and help me stimulate the economy? Heh. I wish!
Anyone out there thinking of buying this?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Since Flickr is giving me heck, I thought I would post an apt tune. Here is John Mellencamp proving he still has the chops and that he is getting better with age. "Authority Song" fits my mood!
Anyone else use Flickr and have problems? Is there a better program I can use?
Monday, March 17, 2008
My "Get In Shape" contest has a little less then three weeks left now, so bear with me. I didn't get home until 8 p.m. tonight, and I am tired. I need to catch up on my comments, but I am out of gas. I promise to be better soon. Thank you for being so kind during my 12 week obsession with weight loss and fitness!
The comic list this week is ugly, so I feel like I am sliding backwards. Yikes. Here is the list.
100 Bullets #89
Birds of Prey #116- iffy right now
Brave & the Bold #11
Checkmate #24- dropping after #25 because I don't like Bruce Jones' creative work- sorry.
Death of the New Gods #7 (of 8)
Ex Machina #35
Flash #238- maybe
Justice League of America #19
Dark Ivory #1 (of 4)
Invincible #49- may be dropping after issue #50. Kinda tired of it and bored. Bummer. (Cover Pictured)
Captain America #36
Immortal Iron Fist #14
Incredible Hercules #115
Wolverine Origins #23
Snakewoman: Curse of the 68 #1 (of 4)
I am mad at myself about this, so I have to figure out what to do. I will let you know.
On that note, have a great night! I am off to go shower and get some dinner. Take care!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I do feel a bit sad that Javier Pina and Robin Riggs aren't back on art chores, but I know that they have worked on the Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag limited series and are most likely booked for another title. That being said, Gaydos did a remarkable job on Alias, and I am a fan.
From the preview at Newsarama, it looks like Todd/Obsidian and her familiar cast are still present and accounted for so I am quite thrilled. With issue #31 coming out in June, this means great things for the future... at least I hope! I love this book!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Where I am going with this is to say that I haven't missed an issue since 1974 and I have collected older issues in filling in my collection. Through the good and bad, I have been a "dream reader" for DC in that I haven't dropped the book.
My question today isn't about why you read Wonder Woman. I want to know why you DO NOT read the book. I want to know if you ever have or ever will and why. Please humor me and answer some or all of these questions.
1. Have you ever read a Wonder Woman solo comic book? If not, why?
2. What "period" or creative team did you most enjoy and why?
3. Was there a specific reason you dropped the book and what made you pick it back up?
4. Have you read the current series? What is your take on it?
5. Who is best suited to write Wonder Woman?
6. What, if anything, would make you pick up the book?
I am really curious, so if you would help me out I would really appreciate it. I will give a couple of days and be back this weekend to talk more about this. Your input is critical!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
"List 7 random things about yourself that people may not know.
Link the person who sent this to you, and leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours.
Post the rules on your blog."
Here we go, without further ado.
1. My palms are calloused from years of farm work and weight lifting. It doesn't matter how much lotion I use or what I do, my palms are determined to be ugly.
2. I cringe when I see inappropriate spandex. Yikes. It is a privilege, not a right.
3. I don't have a passport. I would love to travel but haven't left the country other then to go to Canada once, pre-9/11.
4. I get physically ill at the sight and smell of "pig in a blanket". It is the nightmare food of all time to me other then sauerkraut.
5. "American Gothic" is to me one of the most underrated television series of all time. I would love to see that show come back!
6. I desperately want to be a contestant on "The Biggest Loser" but they don't want me. Twelve weeks of working out and dieting without worrying about a job or cleaning house? Sounds like a freaking fantasy to me.
7. Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Pizza with extra cheese or shrimp pizza with cheese are my favorite foods. I haven't eaten pizza for over two months and I have weird, obsessive dreams about it.
Whew. That was kinda tough, since my blog makes me an open book. What about you? Tag to you bloggers out there. Tell me something about you!
Monday, March 10, 2008
In good news, I happily made it through the first Monday after the time change with no lasting effects. In bad news, I only lost a pound last week. This means it is time to step up the cardio, cut back on carbs, and up my fat burners. Lots of science involved in doing it perfectly. Crazy, but true.
Here is this week's list!
Countdown to Mystery #6 (of 8)
Green Arrow Black Canary #6
Green Lantern Corps #22- pictured
Salvation Run #5 (of 7)
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #7 (of 8)
Wildstorm Revelations #5 (of 6)
Wonder Woman #18
Mighty Avengers #10
There are four mini-series on my list that I will not replace books with, so I am looking for my book count to dwindle. Yay!
Holy Crap, John Mellencamp is singing "The Authority Song". I am out of here! Have a great night!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
This is frustrating to say the least. Artists Rags Morales and Michael Bair did a great job of showing Nightwing's muscular thighs. Then you look up a bit, and zero, nada. What is up with that? Can't poor Dick catch a break? This is an otherwise excellent cover that is sullied by it's final product.
Call me a dirty old lady if you want, but I want the same consideration given to the women readers as the men get. They get huge boobies with erect nipples and I get a bunch of shadowing. Not fair.
Friday, March 07, 2008
For much of my life, I have walked into either a grocery store or a retailer shop to purchase my books. The last fifteen years, I have mainly bought from our local shop, with the exception of a six to nine month period where we bought from the Mile High NICE program. I have always found comfort in a routine, and knowing that I could pick my books up weekly has filled that void.
One problem I face on a regular basis is the lateness of the books, whether by Diamond, UPS, or the retailer being unavailable to pick up the books at the local UPS warehouse. Because of my work and my commitment to fitness and the community, I have very limited time to allow for schedule changes. I have also been faced with apathy and derision from time to time from these mostly kind folks I have had a long relationship with. It is a bit confusing and awkward, and too involved to go into, so let me just say that the time has come to make a change.
The situation I face in doing so is that our town only has one comic book shop. Any alternative would mean at least an hour’s drive. That isn’t going to cut it. My alternative is getting my comics by USPS, UPS, or one of the lovely shipping companies, and to receive them from a reliable distributor, whether it is a brick and mortar shop that provides that service or an internet based store.
Do I think the day of the brick and mortar shop is over? No. Why Not? As a consumer there is still the comfort of human contact and relationships. Also, there are several top notch retailers out there who provide great service and have made long lasting customers. I have also found that the majority of comic book readers I speak to like to go browse before purchasing. This is bad for the purist but great for spurring extra sales.
Storefront retailers encounter their share of problems in flaky customers and the “babysitting” service some parents mistakenly think they provide. They also have to keep a good faith that their customers will purchase what they ordered in Previews or have on their pull list. We have one customer in town who has been blackballed on most of the East side of Washington for special ordering thousands of dollars of manga and comic statues and books and never picking them up. I know these folks exist, and they are just waiting for a new shop to open to try and dupe the new guy or girl on the block.
I think there is also a market segment that appreciated the expediency of the internet experience. Order it and it shows up on the doorstep. Nice. Concerns that the handling of the credit or debit card is secure may detract but for others it makes the ease of purchase one step better then trying to write a check every week at the local store.
Okay, enough rambling from me on this topic. I would love to hear your thoughts. Mortar and brick versus online? Is there an extinction factor or will customers always maintain a loyalty? Let’s talk.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I just got home from the gym and I am really happy. I have lost 6% body fat since the contest has started, and in doing the math have ascertained that every pound I have lost is actual fat. Not muscle, but that ungodly crap all over my body. Thank God.
Over at Comic Book Resources there is an overview and brief interview with Garth Ennis about The Boys. There is talk of a movie and the future of the book. It is a quick, fun read, so go check it out.
That is it for tonight. I have to go shower and get all my stuff ready for tomorrow. Thank you again for all the great information about where to get comics at. We really need to make a change!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
It isn't a big break or anything. We have just been wanting to spread our wings and make a relationship with a company or retailer that has a greater variety of product or more of a willingness to procure it.
Please help us out here. Where do you get your books from and will they possibly sell to us? Any details would be appreciated.
Monday, March 03, 2008
It is a lighter week in comics for me, which makes me happy. I continue to consider dropping books, and try not to pick up too many new ones. The exception to this rule is Echo #1 by Terry Moore. I love his work and want to give his new book a try.
Here is the list for the week.
Countdown to Adventure #7 (of 8)
Detective Comics #842
Green Lantern #28
Nightwing #142- I was going to drop this title, but I liked the last issue. Curses!
Dynamo 5 #11
Invincible Presents Atom Eve #2 (of 2)
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures #9 (of 12)
Penance Relentless #5 (of 5)
Uncanny X-Men #496
Terry Moore's Echo #1
Two mini-series are ending, and I decided to drop Teen Titans Year One. I hope I don't regret that. The good news is that I am getting the number of books under better control and am noticing it in my finances.
Have a wonderful week! See you back here tomorrow!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
The biggest problem is that my uncle was too young to die. He was just 63 and should have had many years of life left with my aunt and their kids and grand kids. He was involved with police dispatching, being volunteer fire chief, and farming for many years. In summary, he was the best kind of person God puts on this earth. It is tough to consider that he won't be around anymore to laugh and share with. My poor father has had to live through both of his brothers passing away, and I feel very deeply for him.
A lesson to be learned from this is that melanoma is real. It is what took my uncle away. My family of farmers tried to wear long sleeved shirts and hats, but all that sun exposure and not knowing about sun screen back in the day were problematic. We are all at least 1/4 Swedish with fair skin. God knows I have to literally bake myself to get a tan, but those days are over. Tanning isn't worth it. If you are going to be in the sun, wear sunscreen and protect yourself.
Today I am going to take care of my business and get ready for the work week. I keep reflecting on the family I saw Saturday that I hadn't seen in too long because I am always so busy. I have no idea yet how to change this and spend more time with family, but somehow I will figure it out. When it has been over seven years seeing some of these folks, it fills me full of shame.
Have a nice evening and I will see you back here tomorrow night!