Saturday, February 28, 2009

I Can't Wait For...

The Wonder Woman animated DVD! I had almost forgotten about it until the last week when a friend reminded me. It is out March 3 which is this coming week! Amazing.

Anyone else planning to pick it up?

On that note, I am going to go work. I have been doing as much extra as I can in this extra economy, which accounts for most of my absence here. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Where Has the Fun Gone?

Lately with how the economy has been sputtering and faltering, I have been dead serious about life. Between working hard at a job that I like and trying to get as far ahead on payments as possible, I have pretty much forgotten how to have fun. Sad, huh?

I read comics and enjoy them, but it is a momentary situation. It allows me to put everything in the back of my mind. It also allows me to suspend disbelief, which is always a good thing. The bad news is that I have cut so far back, my joy has lessened significantly. I am hoping to try and change that down the road.

The reality though is that our economy isn't just going to bounce back. I don't care who is in office at this point- things are very scary. In our home county, unemployment has soared over 11%. It just isn't possible to find a job. I am so blessed with my career that I can't say enough about it.

The bottom line though is that I haven't just sat back and tried to do something just for me. I want to do something just for fun. Going to see Watchmen next week is a possibility. I would also like to see my nephews again. That would be fun. I have even gone so far as to consider going bowling sometime. I am looking to have FUN.

How are you having fun these days? I know that several of you have cut back of completely quit reading comics. What have you found to fill the void? I am really curious, and I would like to have some fun too!

Have a wonderful evening! I miss you guys, and I have been remiss in my blogging!

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Comics for February 25

Good news in my little world- my luggage showed up! I had to go to a hotel that is a stop for the airporter shuttle to pick it up, but I didn't care. I was just so happy that it wasn't lost forever, that I didn't argue. My laundry is done, my supplies put away, and all is right with the world!

In other news, my comic book order for the month should ship on Wednesday. This is very exciting because we are down to only getting one monthly shipment. I have two comics this week that will be added to my pile. They are:

Justice Society of America #24- pictured

Wonder Woman #29

There are a few comics I dropped that I would pick up if I had the extra cash. They are as follows.

Green Lantern #38

Superman #685

Captain America #47

Ms. Marvel #36

She-Hulk 2 #38- which may be the final issue.

Otherwise I am pretty happy with my cutbacks. I am shocked how much I have gotten used to the idea of getting a lot less comics one time a month. Neccesity can be a magical thing that way.

I know you will be shocked, but I have a busy week in store for me. Hopefully I will glide through it with grace and assurance. LOL. In the meantime, take care and I will check back in!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Back Home Again

Yay! I am home again! After spending the last three and a half days in Reno at a trade show, it feels good to be here. My bed felt comfy and it was nice to be in my familiar environment. Now if my luggage will ever show up, life will be perfect!

Yep. My luggage got lost. My coworker and I made the drive from Seattle home last night with just my purse. That was stressful. I got home at 1 a.m. and showered and went to bed. I just got a call an hour ago telling me that my luggage is found and is on a shuttle of sorts to my house. That is a huge relief!

We stayed at the Peppermill in Reno and it was pretty decent. I was fortunate enough to have my own room, and it had a view at night. My only complaint it the usual one- as a non-smoker, it was annoying to have every bit of my body smelling like cigarette smoke. I will have to wash every article of clothing I took, even if I didn't wear it. Sorry smokers, but it just frustrates me!

On that note, I am going to go try and catch up with stuff around the house. Laundry, more laundry, paying bills, cleaning, and the usual tomfoolery! Have a good day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Comics for February 18

Well, it is another week and I actually have a comic I am picking up... or two! It is a banner week. LOL. Two books are ending, and those are the books I am getting. They are:

Birds of Prey #127

Noble Causes #39 - cover pictured.

Crazy, huh? Both books are on their final issues and they are the ones on my list. I don't know if that is good or bad. I am happy to have a couple this week.

Here are the books I would have gotten:

Justice League of America #30

Supergirl #38- the new Superwoman story looks intriguing.

Punisher Max #67

Uncanny X-Men #506

That is it! On that note, I am off to Reno for my company trade show and I won't be back until Saturday. I will have no computer, so my usual excuses for not blogging are out the window and I have just cause. LOL! I will be having serious withdrawals for the next week, and maybe that will put the wind back in my sails. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Instead of my usual grumbling about having to cut back on comics or how busy I am, I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! After a hectic Friday the 13th, it is just the breath of fresh air we all needed!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

NO New Comics for February 11

Yesterday was a milestone in my comic book collecting career. I had no books to pick up. Zero. Nada. Zip. For the first time in over 15 years, a week has come and gone with nothing new on the pull list. I feel pretty numb about it. It is both awful and satisfying at the same time. It is awful because one of my favorite things has been put on the back burner but it is good because it really does show that I am saving money.

I feel like I am at a crossroads of sorts. I really wish I could go back to the old days, but it just isn't possible. Maybe down the road. In the meantime, here is my wishlist of books to pick up someday... maybe.

Action Comics #874
Batman #686
Fables #81- I really miss this book
Nightwing #153- the series is almost ended.
Darkness #75

That is it. I would have only had five books if I hadn't changed my pull list. Maybe some of the titles I buy are ending and maybe some have changed in quality so much that I simply don't pick them up anymore.

Sorry to be on a downer here. I wish things were different. Did any of you pick up anything you enjoyed that I should consider getting in the future?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Coming Up For Air...

I am at the end of a weight loss contest so when I am not at work, I am at the gym. Part of my team weighs out Thursday night and the other weighs out Friday. Needless to say, I am exhausted. My other contest goes until April, so I will not have to live at the gym so much. Also, my work continues to keep me busy, so that is another challenge.

In comic book news, I am on pins and needles for the end of 100 Bullets. I am also becoming very interested in the new Wonder Woman arc - it seems destined to really shake up the status quo there. I also enjoyed the end of the JSA "Gog" storyline after being really underwhelmed by it in the beginning.

When I went to the concert the other night, I realized that my ears can't handle full-on, distorted, loud music anymore. My ears weren't right again until 48 hours later. It sucks to realize how sensitive my ears have gotten. The Heidi that went to see Motley Crue in 1985 could never pull it off again without some kind of ear protection, and that is extremely humbling.

Have a good one and I will check back in with the new comics for the week tomorrow!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Random Thoughts and Musings: Rocker Edition

Thursday night I went and saw a concert with four popular rock bands- Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold, and Buckcherry. It was fantastic to have these groups come to our town rather than having to make the sojourn over the mountains to Seattle or Portland. Needless to say, my city was very excited and it showed as the concert was virtually sold out.

I took my friend Kerry and headed over to the Sundome. We actually had awesome "seats" as we were on the floor in the front quarter of the audience. In the new school fashion of concerts, there were no chairs on the floor- just concrete. That made Kerry very nervous, as he had never attended a rock show before. I figured it was going to be okay as I am a solid girl who isn't afraid to shove a bit to keep my place. LOL.

Saving Abel opened the show, and I was very impressed. Their big radio song was "Addicted", but they also had a few good rockers. The lead singer had an incredible voice, and the band played with conviction. I appreciated the crowd to band interaction and Kerry really enjoyed it. We had an excellent view since we were so close to the front. No one moshed during their performance, but there was a lot of jumping up and down. My favorite song was "New Tattoo".

Papa Roach came on next and just killed it. The audience went nuts as lead singer Jacoby Shaddox came into the crowd and sang "Getting Away with Murder". I hadn't seen that kind of fan interaction and symbiosis since taking in a Motley Crue show a decade ago. It was insane, but it was also wonderful. My favorite moment was when the band performed "Forever" and everyone jumped up and down in unison.

The crowd that night was definitely there to see Avenged Sevenfold. When the band hit the state, there was absolute chaos. I moved my friend back a bit so that we were about halfway back on the floor. He didn't want to be in the middle of the moshing, and it was probably a good thing as it got pretty nuts. The lead singer was a bit detached at times, but he really delivered the vocals. Synyter Gates, the lead guitarist, really did a nice job on his three part solo. The entire crowd really vibed when he was in his groove. My favorite song was "Scream".

I felt kinda bad for Buckcherry. The crowd was tired and I noticed folks leaving before they hit the stage. Prior to the concert, they were my main reason for getting tickets. Josh Todd didn't disappoint, doing his Axl Rose moves and keeping the ladies entranced with his lean, tattooed torso. I really enjoyed the performance, but was very upset at the low energy of the crowd. After the band did "Crazy Bitch", people left in droves. I was pissed and embarrassed for my city.

What did I learn at the show? Papa Roach rocks, Saving Abel is a new favorite, Avenged Sevenfold is loud, Josh Todd has a lot of tattoos, and my friend doesn't like to stand for six straight hours! LOL. I really enjoyed myself and wish that more shows like this would come to town. We mostly get country shows, which is all good and well, but I don't go to those. We need to get more rock shows here!

On that note, my tired butt has to get to the gym. I am really back into working out, so bear with me. Since I figured out that my high school reunion is coming up, and since I have felt so out of shape, it is a requirement.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Random Thoughts and Musings: Final Crisis Edition

Yesterday we got our DCBS order, and in it was Final Crisis #7. Without giving away any spoilers, I would like to make some general statements.

1. It was indeed a bit of a trippy Grant Morrison affair. The man is unique, and his writing style has a certain sophistication wrapped in a acid trip that no other writer has duplicated. Morrison writes with a confidence that allows no room for conjecture. I never cease to be amazed by this. From The Invisibles to X-Men, the man has no peer in this department. I sometimes question the fact that he has remained so true to the floppy format when I can easily visualize his work in hardback or movie script format.

2. Doug Mahnke made me a believer with his artwork. His style is also unique, and though he was inked by no less than seven inkers, I still appreciated that the man can come through in a crunch. No offense to J.G. Jones, whose work I enjoy, but Mahnke owned it in the end. There is a double page spread towards the middle that ties things together for me.

3. I am glad the whole affair is over. I am burned out on crossovers and big events. I want to find the characters again and focus on their single titles. It irritates me to no end that there is this whole villains month in January that is being followed by an "origins and omens" month at DC. Let the characters get back to their own threads and spend time with their supporting casts, for God's sake!

Those were the three points that were stuck in my head last night. What did you think?

I am off to see Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, and Saving Abel tomorrow night so I will see you back here Friday! Have a great one!

Monday, February 02, 2009

New Comics for February 4

Holy Crap, it is February. I can't believe it. This just means that before I get organized, it will probably be March, right? I went and saw my family this past weekend and had Christmas FINALLY, so I had a nice time, but was really out of the loop. I know that there is a great deal of uproar about Final Crisis #7, but since I won't see it until tomorrow, I am trying to remain neutral. I hope to re-read the entire mini-series this weekend and judge it than.

In rock and roll news, I am going to see Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, and Raising Abel at our local venue this Thursday. I am really excited as it is the first rock concert to come to town since Motley Crue and Pantera hit our town in 1998. It sucks that the concert is on a weekday, but it is going to be okay since I can make it to Friday night and than go to bed early!

My list of comics for the week is small but fascinating. Here it is:

Dark Ivory #4 (of 4)

Boys #27

That is it, which is a bit odd. I am getting used to having so few comics though.

If I hadn't cut back, here are a few more I would have picked up.

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3 (of 5)- which I believe is running late.

Secret Six #6- killer book that I am going to start getting again in March.

Witchblade #124- which I dropped with much trepidation

Secret Warriors #1- because Nick Fury is in it.

The only other book I was remotely interested in was Black Panther 2 #1. I can live without the rest, and I am happy about that. This isn't nearly as painful as I thought it was going to be. I miss the blogging about the books and having more to say here more then anything.

I will be back tomorrow to catch up on comments. For now I have to go get in front of the television- Heroes is back!