Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musings: Hump Day Edition

Well, we did it. We went to our retailer and picked up our last bit of books. I personally told the owner that it was our last week, but that if anything we had special ordered came in to let us know as we would pick it up. It was bitter sweet to say the least. I am now trying to get in the mindset of a bi-weekly comic book purchase, and face the fact that I can't avoid spoilers, as hard as I might try to.

Special kudos go out to Ethan Van Sciver, who came here and posted about the "gratuitous post" that featured his cover to JLA #20. I appreciated that he explained his vision and was nice about it. That takes balls, and it elevated him in my eyes.

Over at Occasional Superheroine, Val breaks the news that a major newspaper broke the spoiler news of what happens in DC Universe #0. Don't click the link if you don't want to know, even though Val was kind enough to put in a spoiler break. Once again the major comic book companies inadvertantly screw things up for the fans, even though it seemed senseless.

Not much more going on. I am still very crabby because I have bronchitis. The only thing keeping me going is the fact that Iron Man is coming to theatres on Friday. Yay! I really want to feel better so I can go to the show!

Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dreading Free Comic Book Day

As the countdown to Free Comic Book Day nears it's conclusion, I feel a heavy sense of dread rather then relief. Paired with the Iron Man movie, non-comic reading fans will go to our local retailers to get a free comic. Saturday, May 3 should be a good day for the most part.

So what am I dreading?

My local retailer doesn't put on the dog so to speak. They wear the shirts, they give out the books, but there isn't any spirit behind it. Where there is an opportunity to sell trades and comic books, they will roll their eyes as they pass out a comic and pray that somebody buys their used DVD's and videos.

That is just the way it is.

I always fantasized that my retailer would get a comic book professional to come in and do a signing, while putting on an amazing special on comics for the day. Artist Clayton Crain hails from our neck of the woods, and we would always welcome him back. We are also close enough to Portland and Seattle to get creators from those areas. Unfortunately, we will do neither. It isn't a priority. I would love to get some enthusiasm going, but I know I don't have the time to do it right. Therefore, I defer to the powers that be and sigh deeply as another opportunity goes by, not taken.

What does your local retailer do? I am hoping to hear some happy, uplifting tales, but feel free to be deadly honest in your disenchantment as well.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musings: The Bronchitis Edition

As I cruised the blogosphere yesterday and today, there were a few items of interest that stuck with me. Bear with me as I discuss, and hopefully don't digress too much.

Val at Occasional Superheroine has a great post about this month's cover of Vogue magazine. Featuring Gwyneth Paltrow in a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gold tissue-lame' embroidered strapless dress, the cover also includes an Iron Man headpiece and said cover girl wearing bracelets that bear an eerie similarity to Wonder Woman's own set. In the "letter from the editor", Vogue Editor Anna Wintour declares the magazine to be a celebration of the superhero and compares fashion and comics as art. This is a surreal moment to be sure.

As a longtime amateur fashionista and avid reader of Vogue, this was a moment in time for me. The stars are aligned and it is a wonderful thing. I enjoyed every page of this, and feel that Val has a good point that Vogue might be trying to court a more mainstream audience. As she points out, Andy Warhol is at this moment, smiling from somewhere.

Several bloggers have taken on "The Open-Source Boob Project" post made by "theferret". Evidently, several folks were at a show and boob touching became the topic of choice. For a full rundown, read the entire post linked above. After this experiment, the gang went to Penguincon and here is the gist:

"At Penguicon, we had buttons to give away. There were two small buttons, one for each camp: A green button that said, "YES, you may" and a red button that said "NO, you may not." And anyone who had those buttons on, whether you knew them or not, was someone you could approach and ask:

"Excuse me, but may I touch your breasts?"

And if you weren't a total lout - the women retained their right to say no, of course - they would push their chests out, and you would be allowed into the sanctity of it. That exchange of happiness where one person are told with gropes and touches that they are desirable and the other is someone who's allowed to desire.

For a moment, everything that was awkward about high school would fade away and you could just say what was on your mind. It was as though parts of me were being healed whenever I did it, and I touched at least fifteen sets of boobs at Penguicon. It never got old, surprisingly.

Some women didn't want to. That was fine. We never demanded anything of anyone. And if you didn't want to put yours up for the Project but you wanted to touch, well, that was fine, too. It was simply for folks who felt like being open.

It was a raging success at Penguicon.... And there haven't been any hookups that I know of thanks to the Open-Source Boob Project. It is, as I said, a very special thing. (Though I wouldn't rule it out if two single people exchanged a moment.) And we'll probably do it at other cons, because it's strangely wholesome and sexual at the same time.

I've left off the names, because frankly, people should reveal for themselves whether they're Open-Sourcers or not. Not everyone wants to go public with it, and what happens at the con stays at the con. But trust me. If you are, and I meet you, I will ask. And you'll understand the beauty and simplicity of the Open-Source Boob Project for yourself.

Touch the magic, my friends. Touch the magic.

After ruminating on this subject for a few days, I am still shaking my head a bit. My initial thought was this: if someone came up to me and wanted to touch my breasts, I would be pissed and say no. I may even want to punch them or kick them in the balls. To me, my chest is pretty sacred, and it only is for that person I would choose to be intimate with or a doctor to check for medical reasons that I would allow contact to occur. I also thought that my hubby would probably try and kick their ass if they asked, so it was a no-go from second one.

After much thought, it has come down to this: why do these folks have to walk up to strangers at a show to touch a breast? Is it a power trip, or are said individuals not having a relationship and incapable of having intimacy that allows that in their normal life. It seemed pretty sad. It seemed like more of a reflection on their poor social skills then a threat to womankind. I also wondered what their mothers would say about this. Somehow I don't think she would be too happy about the whole situation.

I also think that an all-ages con is a poor choice for said social experiment. What does it teach kids if they see this? It is a poor selection of venues to say the least. Maybe at a night club this would have different connotations. Here I just think it was bad judgement.

Am I pissed? No. Am I disappointed? Most certainly. My feelings aren't just pointed at the guys involved either. I have to wonder what the ladies were thinking? It takes me back to my feminist readings, which have shown me that women are split into two groups. There are those who feel that embracing sexuality is a tool to show their power while another group finds that kind of display repugnant. Have we become so divided as a group that we will never come to terms with what we as women judge to be power and rights? It really makes me think.

Another issue that has been a bit overlooked is that there appears that alcohol was involved. How much and how intense really isn't clarified, but as a person who has drank way too much on past occasions of my life, I can say with 100% certainty that it doesn't make you any smarter. Some of the world's worst ideas come out of intoxication. This is yet another reason to watch consumption at these potential social occasions.

Bottom line here: If someone approached me at the Emerald City Comicon and asked to touch my breast, I would be offended. I would also call the person on their behavior and tell them it was inappropriate. I would also wonder if they had a boda bag and were a bit tanked. There is a time and place, and that simply isn't it.

Let me ask you: What would you do in that situation?

Enough for tonight. I am off to check out Swinebread's comprehensive report on Stumptown Comics Fest. It looks awesome!

New Comics for April 30

Noble Causes #33
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
It is the end of an era here at Comics Fairplay. Wednesday is our last trip to the local comic book shop to pick up our books. After that, we will be getting our books twice monthly from Discount Comic Book Service. It does not mean the end of my weekly post, it simply means that I will not be using the list I print to check my retailer's pulls. I will be using said list to check off my DCBS orders and keep track of books that are shipping. It is a bit sad, but I am also pretty excited to try this new service.

Here are my books for the week:

Action Comics #864
DC Universe #0- for the low price of 50 cents!
Ex Machina #36
Green Lantern #30
Teen Titans #58
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #8 (of 8)
Noble Causes #33- pictured!
New Avengers #40
Ultimate Human #4 (of 4)
Ultimate X-Men #93
X-Men Legacy #210
Devi #19
Snakewoman Curse of the 68 #3 (of 4)

Two mini series end this week, and another is just an issue away. I am pretty happy with the list as it has come out this week. Starting next week, I have made more cuts and they are in stone, so we shall see how I react.

I am feeling a bit better today. I went to the medi-center yesterday and got medicine because I know that everytime I get bronchitis it won't go away on it's own. I figure it doesn't do any good to wait until I can't get any oxygen at all because my lungs are filled with fluid, so I am always proactive. Yes, it does mean that I am a pansy too. I hate being sick.

Have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Force Greater Then Mjolnir...

I hath been struck down by bronchitis. I am not amused.

Tis no greater fury then the infuriating lack of ability to breathe. I am struck down.

Back tomorrow with the new comics list!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Emerald City Comicon: Will You Be There? Wanna Do Lunch?

I have mentioned the Emerald City Comicon is coming up May 10 and 11 in lovely Seattle, Washington. As it gets closer, I have been thinking about doing something proactive to meet up with my internet friends there.

That being said, I have heard that a few of you are attending. I am thrilled about this, and was wondering if we could work something out to do lunch. It wouldn't have to be fancy, expensive, or over-the-top. I was thinking a simple lunch where hanging out and conversing was the focus.

Since I don't live in Seattle, I am not sure what is close to the Convention Center or if there is food there. Do any of you have any ideas? What would work?

Lastly, are any of you interested? I would meet at the convention and just hang out if nothing else. I just think it would be fun to get together.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Good News: Terminator- The Sarah Connor Chronicles Renewed For a Second Season

Via ICv2:

"The Fox Network has ordered a second 13-episode season of the Terminator spin-off TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The potent Terminator franchise’s first foray onto the small screen averaged 10.5 million viewers in the face of strong competition and declining network TV viewers.

The show stars Lena Headley in the title role with Thomas Dekker as her son John (who saves mankind in the future) and Summer Glau as a nubile robot sent to protect John from Terminators sent from the future to kill him.

Fox has not yet designated a timeslot for The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Rumors have the network developing a companion series and scheduling the two shows as a block, but no announcements have been made yet.

The fourth Terminator movie, which stars Christian Bale, is slated to make its debut on May 22nd, 2009 (see “
Terminator IV Set for Memorial Day Bow”). The Terminator franchise has spawned loads of merchandise including a number of comic book series from Now Comics and (mostly) Dark Horse."

This is excellent news! The Sarah Connor Chronicles as truly one of the best new shows I have seen in awhile and I most certainly plan to watch it next season. Hopefully there will be a release date for the DVD I am hoping will come out so I can watch episodes of season one at my leisure.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Sense of Closure: NYCC Links

Since the last few days have passed, I have been able to really get a sense of the New York Comicon from postings from folks who were there. I was especially touched by Elayne Riggs' column titled "We Become What We Deserve to Be". In her piece, Elayne touches on some very familiar and uncomfortable feelings, and it struck a chord with me. She references feeling a bit out of place and uncomfortable during the show, and how she dealt and triumphed over those emotions. Please make sure and check out her column at ComicMix. At her blog, Elayne also shares some wonderful pictures and thoughts.

Occasional Superheroine Valerie D'Orazio has several posts at her blog. She covers everything from the general feeling of the show to giving the readers pictures and descriptions of upcoming action figures. I highly recommend checking it out.

Over at The Beat, Heidi MacDonald also has several links and posts about the show. A comprehensive one titled "NYCC: Now Voyager" was especially fascinating. She provides links to other folks who share their insights as well.

Lastly, Emerald City Comicon guru Jim Demonakas has a great post about his experience at his blog TechoGreek. I appreciate that as a West Coaster like me, Jim relates his explorations, including where he ate and places he saw while in the city the show was at. That was a special treat.

For a West Coast show, check out Swinebread's post on the Portland Comic Show. I was thrilled he did one, as I had missed so much of the show I wasn't a good person to do so. He did a fantastic job. On a personal note, I am glad you are feeling better, Sir!

That is it for tonight. Thank you to all of you for such amazing stories. I love the fact that you shared your experiences. It made me smile and it also made me a bit jealous!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Is This Gratuitous: Cover to Justice League of America #20

It has been quite awhile since my last "gratuitous" feature. There hasn't been very much to stir the pot for me, and I have had my focus elsewhere, but this week my radar alerted me to this lovely cover.

Ethan Van Sciver is the artist of the Justice League of America #20 cover. I am a fan of his highly detailed style, so this really surprised me. The whole damn cover is dripping with iinnuendo, from the honey combs to the saucy face of the Queen Bee. Granted, this isn't a big boobs free-for-all, so it took me a minute to take it all in, but there is naughtiness involved to be sure.

Yes I know that the Queen Bee is a villainous with a focus on the insect she is named for. She has been portrayed in many ways, but I don't think I have ever seen quite so much honey dripping endlessly around her captors. That really amazes me. I also didn't know that she would get the urge to lick her fingers like that- does that mean she is getting ready to feed it to her larvae and wanted to test it for purity first? Hmmm...

At any rate, here I am, asking you for your opinion. What do you think of this cover?

Is this gratuitous?

Monday, April 21, 2008

New Comics for April 23

Death Of The New Gods #8
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
The biggest news in comics coming out this week is that Countdown is at an end. Paired with Death of the New Gods #8, this should set the stage for the "Final Crisis". Am I eager to see what happens? Not really. For some reason, I feel a great deal of trepidation about Countdown and will not breathe easy on the subject until the "Crisis" kicks into gear.

At any rate, it is a fine Monday, and we are on our next to last week with our retailer. It is bittersweet to be sure. The list is healthy, so hopefully that will soften the blow a bit.

Here is the list!

Batman #675
Birds of Prey #117
Checkmate #25- my last issue
Countdown to Final Crisis #1
Death of the New Gods #8 (of 8) - pictured
Fables #72
Justice League of America #20
Shadowpact #24
Dynamo 5 #12
Witchblade #117
Hulk #3
Mighty Avengers #12
Ms. Marvel #26
She-Hulk 2 #28
Ultimate Spider-Man #121
Uncanny X-Men #497
X-Force #3
Fallen Angel #26

There we go. What a week this will be. I am still filtering through the NYCC news and checking out blogs for personal touch. I am definitely going to read Elayne's column at ComicMix on Wednesday.

Have a wonderful evening and I will see you soon!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musing: NYCC Edition

Good Afternoon all! I am most certainly not at the New York Comicon- in fact I would say I am about as far away from it as one can get, sitting in the urban jungle I live at in Washington State. The beauty of the internet has made it possible for me to get news out of the NYCC quickly. Both Newsarama and Comic Book Resources have special sites set up to carry the news out to folks like me.

I appreciate the extra effort given by these sites and have gotten the wonderful news about the Gordon Lee case being dismissed, as well as fun tidbits that have made me smile. I was happy to hear about Gail Simone's plans for Wonder Woman and that there will be a new Power Girl series. There was streaming video, up-to-the-minute blog updates, and news stories. It really was great.

The only thing missing for me was a human touch.

Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed having all this news at my fingertips. What I felt was lacking was the human interest angle. Where were the parties? Did anyone run into someone and have a great moment? How was the food? Did you meet someone you had always wanted to meet? Did bloggers collide?

Those are the things I always enjoy reading about. Comic book news is interesting and fun. I love having some new information to chew on while waiting for an issue to come out. The old school part of me loves to have some mystery left. Back in the day, letter pages and an actual issue hitting stands was it, and that was fantastic. Sometimes the internet unintentionally or intentionally spoils stuff for me. You know what I mean.

I am off to check out some blogs now to find the personal touch I am hoping for. God knows that when I go to a show, I like to bring back something that is a bit special, even if it is some embarassing or humbling moment I experience. It adds to the experience, and brings the reader along for the ride. I will most likely never have a personal moment with Grant Morrison, but I am pretty sure that my friends and I will have lasting memories that we can relate to for years to come.

What do you like to get out of a convention?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Great News: Gordon Lee Case Dismissed

Last night at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund event held at the New York Comicon, it was announced that the Gordon Lee case has been dismissed. Of all the news to come out of this large and prestigious show, this is certainly the most important. It is a victory that can be perceived in many ways, given the huge sums of money it cost to defend, the horrible mental toll it must have taken on Lee, and the warning it brings with it. Let me get through a few facts.

I want to quote from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's website for the back story, as I don't think I could put it better.

"During Halloween week 2004, Gordon Lee’s comic shop, Legends, of Rome, GA, participated in a trick-or-treat event in downtown Rome by distributing free comics. "Alternative Comics #2," the Free Comic Book Day edition from publisher Alternative Comics for 2004, was inadvertently included in the mix of books being given away. The comic was a single copy among thousands of comics being given away that day, and was accidentally handed to a minor, whose parent filed a complaint with the police.

The comic book features a variety of stories from the company's line, including an excerpt from Nick Bertozzi's now published graphic novel The Salon, depicting the first meeting between Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. On three pages of the eight page section, Picasso is depicted in the nude, a factually accurate detail for the period during which the story is set. There is no sexual content in the story.

Upon learning of the error in distributing the comic, Lee admitted that a mistake was made and offered to make a public apology for the first of many times. That apology was rejected, however, so days later, Lee was arrested. "

Please go here to read the rest of the article, which chronicles th CBLDF's involvement and all the legal wranglings Lee went through. I have seldom seen such a misuse of our legal system's time and energies, and am appalled in general. Thank God the CBLDF stepped in and helped Lee out, as the legal bills were insurmountable.

Last night when I found out that the case had been dismissed, I got a bit teary. This was justice, plain and simple. It is also a cautionary tale that we can take lessons from. As retailers, there must be a sense of vigilance about the material sold in their shops. The comic book community can't depend on the parent to police their own children's content. We have to understand that. While many parents are hands-on and do an amazing job of working through the many landmines that a child may encounter, there are still quite a few folks who rely on others to keep their kid's noses clean. My husband often found that parents would drop off their kids at his comic shop to baby sit while they went out shopping.

The freedom of speech we currently enjoy must be upheld at all costs. That is a given. We must also know where certain materials must be protected from minor children. That is where we must all be vigilant. As much as we are adults who are able to view any material we chose, the Lee trial has been a valuable lesson in the fact that there are many out there who don't think we have that right, much less the right to produce the materials that speak to our basic freedoms. This is certainly a victory on many counts, I can't discount that. I cheered and smiled when I read the news. I just can't get over the feeling of dread in my stomach that makes me think that this will not be the first or last time we have to defend our basic rights.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Emerald City Comicon and Space Goat 2008 Talent Search

Now that the Portland Show is firmly behind me, I want to start putting some focus on the Emerald City Comicon, which is held in Seattle, Washington on May 10 and 11. As some of you may know, my hubby is the fine arts rep for Space Goat Productions, which is called Space Goat Fine Arts. He works with the amazingly talented and busy Shon C. Bury, who is spearheading a talent search at the show.

Here is information:

"Do you have what it takes to make it in comics? Then start prepping your portfolio, because Space Goat Productions and the Emerald City ComiCon are providing you with a chance to earn your place among the comic book elite with the official 2008 ECCC Talent Search!

Space Goat's talented artists frequently work on high-profile Marvel and DC projects, recently having worked on titles such as Incredible Hercules, Hulk: Aftersmash, Midnighter, Nightwing, Warbound, and What If?, as well as many small press titles. Representatives from Space Goat, along with top editors from around the industry, will be reviewing portfolios during both days of the show.

To prepare your portfolio, please follow these guidelines:
-All artists must present only comic-book samples.
-All artists must bring 8 1/2” x 11” copies of their original comic-book work in a manila envelope with their contact information on each page, along with their portfolio. No originals, nothing oversized, and no electronic copies will be accepted by the reviewer.
-Pencilers, please present only sequential comic-book art. No pin-ups or character sketches.
-Inkers and colorists, please provide side-by-side comparisons of your work with the original pieces.
-Letterers, please include a wide range of fonts and sound effects in your samples. If you also design logos, please bring those samples with you.

Space Goat Productions' President Shon C. Bury says, "We are looking for the best of the best to start working immediately on projects all around the industry. We’re so dedicated to this search that we’ll be holding portfolio reviews both days of the two-day show, all day long. We look forward to finding new talent during this two-day portfolio review and talent search, and top talent will be given the opportunity to be represented by the industry’s top talent agency."

For full details, here is a link.

If you are an artist who can be in the Seattle area for the show, I strongly urge you to participate. This is a super opportunity that can't be missed. Shon is a talented businessman, and being able to work with him would be a fantastic entry into the industry. Follow the guidelines and head over to the show. I can't say enough about this.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musings

Last night was the picture night for all the winners of the "Get In Shape" contest. My pictures were supposed to be at 7:30 p.m. but between having my team's group shot and two different poses on my individual shot, I didn't get home until almost 9:30 p.m. I am dragging butt today!

I did catch the end of this season's Biggest Loser: Couples and am quite thrilled that a woman won. Ali lost the highest percentage of body weight to become the first female Biggest Loser in that show's history. Yay! She looks fantastic, and has achieved her goal of conquering her emotional issues as well as resolving her physical challenges. My hat is off to Ali.

I didn't get to be around for very much of the Portland Comic Book Show. I took Jim there early and stayed until about 10:45 a.m. Then I ran back to my parent's house, had lunch with my mom and then had a painful experience I would rather not discuss in detail before running back to the show. I didn't get back there until 3:45 p.m. which made the hubby upset. It also made me miss the man, the myth (Swinebread) and my friend Kirk. I did get to talk to Jason Metcalf for a bit, and he is very cool. He has brains and talent, and I was very impressed by him.

I just read that Catwoman is ending with issue #82. Bummer! I appreciate what Will Pfeifer and David Lopez have done on this book, and will miss it.

On that note, I am going to take out the garbage, do laundry, and try and read a few comic books before it is bedtime. I hope you are having a great week! I hope to post in greater detail before too long! I have lots to say, but low brain power to do so until I get some decent sleep. Story of my life!

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Comics for April 16

Captain America #37
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Firstly, big apologies to Swinebread. I missed you yesterday at the Portland Show and I am so bummed! I went to see my grandparents and it was a bit of a wreck, so I got back way late! Also, apologies to my hubby and to Kirk, who had to wait around for me to get my butt back to the Coliseum. The show wasn't complete by any means for that very reason.

My list of books for the week is bigger then last week, but still manageable. Here is the list:

Rex Mundi #11
100 Bullets #90
Brave and the Bold #12
Catwoman #76
Countdown #2
Salvation Run #6 (of 7)
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #8 (of 8)
Superman #675
Darkness #3
Noble Causes #32
Sword #7
Captain America #37 - pictured
Incredible Hercules #116
Powers Annual 2008
Wolverine Origins #24
X-Factor #30
Lone Ranger #11

Yikes. Talk about a giant step backwards. I need to reevaluate the list and drop a few more titles. The good news is that ordering from DCBS and seeing the total as I go has really helped for future reference for me.

I have to go shower and all that because I was lucky enough to place in my "Get in Shape" contest and I get professional pictures taken tomorrow night. I am still in a bit of shock and a bit mad at myself for eating pizza and strawberry shortcake Saturday. Thank God I reversed myself the last few days!

Take care and have a great week!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Portland Comic Book Show Sunday!

As I mentioned earlier this week, the hubby and I will be traveling to Portland for the Comic Book Show. We are really excited to attend, as it has been quite some time since our last visit there. The Portland show is a diverse mix of big names, indy creators, and lots of cool merchandise. I have found some of my most treasured buys there.

Sunday, April 13 is the date. Held at the Memorial Coliseum, there is decent parking around so it isn't too devasting. Also, the MAX is available to hitch a quick ride on. The show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we will be there all day!

Jim will have a booth there, representing Space Goat Fine Arts. I am really happy for him and hope he has a fun and profitable time. He will be next to the amazing Jason Metcalf. If you haven't heard of him, he is the best kept secret in comics other then Ben Hanson. Check out his Thor piece pictured to the right. We are also looking forward to seeing our friends Kirk and Shon, and I am giddy to see Swinebread as well.

If you are in the area, drop by the Space Goat booth and say "hi". It would be a pleasure to see you there!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musings

I just got done reading Wonder Woman #19 and something struck a chord with me. Gail Simone is writing Diana's relationship with Nemesis in a perfect way. Having Wonder Woman take the lead last issue was a nice touch. It felt more realistic then most relationships she has had. Simone took into consideration the history of the Amazons and the fact that with no female/male relationships to really compare to they would make their own rituals. I also really appreciated that Wonder Woman didn't cling to Tom. She is a super hero and she went off to do her thing rather then pining for her man. Taking Etta along and focusing on the business at hand felt right to me with regards to Diana. She is very busy and she needs a man who knows how to prioritize. Thumbs up here.

The hubby and I got a Midtown Comics order in the mail today. We were quite thrilled as our local retailer had missed several comics we had ordered. We filled in what we needed and as an extra bonus I got the second issue of Comic Foundry with Matt Fraction on the cover. I am dying to read it, since I have heard so much about the first issue on the internet. Hopefully it will live up to the hype.

I got home a bit earlier tonight and am very happy about that. My hope is to read a few comics and watch NBC's Thursday night line up now that Earl and The Office are back. Yay!

By the way, Rock of Love 2 finale is Sunday night. It is down to Ambre versus Daisy. While I prefer Ambre's personality, I have a sneaking suspisicion that Daisy will win. Bret can't resist her hot body.

Have a great night and I will see you back here tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

DCBS: Quick Question

Hey there! I have a question about the Discount Comic Book Service. We placed our first order awhile back and all I have gotten is a confirmation e-mail. Do I get anything else before my first order ships or is that it? Jim and I are getting ready to place our order for the next month and I wanted to be sure before we did so.

I am home late tonight, so that is it. I hate my life right now. I leave at 5:45 a.m. and don't get home until after 7 p.m. It sucks for a variety of reasons. Please humor me as I live through this!

Have a great night!

Monday, April 07, 2008

New Comics for April 9

Titans #1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Today went so fast! I can hardly wrap my head around it, considering it feels like I just got up. When days go this quickly, it makes me consider what I actually accomplished. Hmmmm...

This week's list of comics is pretty decent. My cutbacks are starting to take effect, so I am happy. Here is the list:

Countdown #3
Green Arrow Black Canary #7
Green Lantern Corps #23
Justice Society of America #14
Titans #1 - pictured. I am buying this mostly because it has Donna Troy and Nightwing in it. Hopefully it doesn't suck.
Wonder Woman #19
Punisher #56
Wolverine #64
Devi #18
Snakewoman: Curse of the 68 #2 (of 4)

That is it, folks. Time for me to go shower and get my stuff ready for tomorrow. Take care!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Random Thoughts and Musings: The Catch Up Edition

Hey there! It has been five days since my last post and that is the longest I have gone without posting since the inception of my blog. It feels weird to acknowledge that, considering how important Comics Fairplay is to me, and how I have tried to always post regularly and keep a policy of full honesty.

I guess it boils down to one simple thing. I was tired. No excuses or crap. My body and mind have been through the ringer the last few years and it finally caught up with me. When I got home at 7:30 to 8 p.m. at night, I didn't want to post. I couldn't think of anything to say. I just wanted to take a shower and sit on my butt.

Fast forward to today and I feel a renewed sense of energy. I looked around the 'net for news and thought about what is coming down the pipeline. With Secret Invasion hitting stores last Wednesday and Countdown to Final Crisis nearing the pivotal moment, this is an interesting time to be a reader. I also see a surge on rejuvenation with regards to the independent creator community that should gel this summer and next year.

Most compellingly, I have been following Jeff Trexler's take on the historic Siegel case over at Newsarama. Please go read his articles. He is a lawyer who takes the ongoing case and makes sense of it with regards to the big picture while examining what the future may bring. It is some of the best reading I have done in a long time and I have a great deal of respect for what he says. The industry may never be the same and most readers are busy quibbling about big tits and crappy art. This has changed my perspective and I hope it changes yours.

In convention news, the hubby and I will be attending the Portland Comic Book Show on April 13. He will have a booth representing Space Goat Fine Arts and I will be popping in and out that day. We will also be at the Emerald City Comicon on May 10th and 11th in Seattle. He will once again have a booth and I will play roving reporter and cocktail consumer. Heh. If any of you are coming out to these shows, let me know and I will try and say "hi" and have some conversation! That would be wonderful!

Last night we went and saw 10,000 BC, which was alright. We also went to Borders and got Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier. I really hope to be able to read through it today as I have heard great things about it. A quick look through it has me pretty excited, so I am anxious to delve through it.

Lastly, my "Get In Shape" contest is over as of Thursday. My results were good, and the awards ceremony is April 14. I don't expect to win any awards, but I feel great about losing the weight and gaining muscle. I feel thinner and my body fat is at an acceptable level. It has been a lot more fun to go to the gym for fun since the weigh out.

Tomorrow we are back to our regular scheduled programming. I hope you had a nice weekend! It was pretty relaxing here and it felt good to decompress.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Passing of a Great Man: RIP Jim Mooney

I just found out that artist Jim Mooney passed away Sunday. This is very sad news, as the comic book industry has lost not only an incredible artist, but a wonderful man. His work on Supergirl left an indelible mark on comics, and in my mind, he is the definitive artist of the character.

My husband and I were lucky to meet Mr. Mooney at the Seattle Comicard Show back in 1999. He was accompanied by his lovely wife, and was very kind. He took the time to talk with us and was extremely patient with our many questions. This was a man who set the standard for professionalism in the industry. I was fortunate enough to purchase a sketch from Mr. Mooney that day, and I treasure it. Pictured to the right, the sketch of Supergirl and Streaky makes me smile.

This is a sad day for comics fans everywhere.

Check out Mark Evanier's site for the story. He does a nice job of talking about a man he knew and obviously liked a great deal.

The world is a bit poorer for this tremendous loss. RIP, Mr. Mooney.