Yeah, I know what you're thinking: what kind of asshole relaunches his blog, then doesn't actually post any reviews to it in the first week?
That asshole would be me!
My excuse is thus: Point-of-Sale goes live in six days (Monday 7/30), and I'm drowning in work to get everything ready for it. The database is "mostly" done (I still need to go and add distributors for the non-brokered stuff -- though I sorta am afraid if I put "COLD CUT" in that field, and there's not great news coming out after San Diego, that I am going to really strongly regret it), but I have to "get ahead" on other normal-business stuff.
For example, the new order form is due on 7/31... but if I don't finish it by, uh, tomorrow, it isn't going to get done this month, then we'll have no comics in September! Same thing with the latest subscription list, plus we had ONOMATOPOEIA to layout and print last week. Put it this way: I've been hopping.
I will (WILL!!!!) be ready come "D-Day" -- that's actually Saturday night, as we do inventory; and Sunday when we close the store to finish that, and install the database -- but every second of every day is precious right now in getting shit done.
I've barely responded to emails from Kate McMillan asking about the site, for that matter -- everything is triage mode right now. If it isn't POS related, and it will take more than 15 seconds to respond, then it is being put off!
One thing Kate did is to add a PayPal donation button over to the right -- if you like what you've been reading, PLEASE FEEL FREE to make a donation. At some point we'll probably be going to some form of advertising, but, for now, we're beggars on our knees, and if every one of you donated a buck or two, I could cut my fellow reviewers a nice check for their efforts. Think about it, will you?
Um, what else.... oh, yeah, Matt Brady finally put up the latest Tilting at Windmills on Newsarama, with some commentary on how DC's marketing has failed COUNTDOWN. Give it a read!
Mm, and like Abhay, I picture alt cartoonists on the bus, too. Except for Peter Bagge. He's on a bus, too... but he's wearing an ascot, and holding one of those Dennis the Menace pipes.
Also: am I the only one already sick of San Diego? Shit hasn't even started yet, and I find the whole exercise tiresome. I'm REALLY glad we're doing POS that weekend...
This week's books? OH MY GOD, it is a freakin' flood. Seriously, my largest invoice of the 21st Century. Not of ever, but in the last 7 years at least.
And I bet the post-SD one will be just as huge, too.
Anyway, here's what Comix Experience is getting this week:
ALL NEW OFF HB MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z UPDATE #3 ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #542 ANGRY YOUTH COMIX #13 ANNIHILATION CONQUEST STAR LORD #1 (OF 4) ARCHIE #577 BATMAN #666 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #12 BETTY #167 BLACK DIAMOND #3 (OF 6) BLACK PANTHER #29 CWI BLACK SUMMER #1 (OF 7) BLUE BEETLE #17 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #5 CABLE DEADPOOL #43 CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #35 CHEMIST COUNTDOWN 40 CROSSING MIDNIGHT #9 DEATHBLOW #6 DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #1 DUST #1 (OF 2) ELEPHANTMEN #10 FALLEN ANGEL IDW #18 FANTASTIC FIVE #2 (OF 5) FEAR AGENT LAST GOODBYE #2 FUTURAMA COMICS #32 GON VOL 1 GREEN ARROW YEAR ONE #2 (OF 6) GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14 GRENDEL BEHOLD THE DEVIL #0 HAWKGIRL #66 HELLBLAZER #234 HELLBOY DARKNESS CALLS #4 (OF 6) HEROES FOR HIRE #12 WWH HIDING IN TIME #1 (OF 4) IMMORTAL IRON FIST #7 INCREDIBLE HULK #108 WWH INVINCIBLE #44 IRON MAN #20 WWH JSA CLASSIFIED #28 JUGHEAD #183 LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #20 (NOTE PRICE) LOVE AND CAPES #5 MAGICIAN APPRENTICE #9 (OF 12) MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #3 MIGHTY AVENGERS #4 CWI MULTIPLE WARHEADS #1 NINJA SCROLL #11 ONSLAUGHT REBORN #4 (OF 5) QUEEN & COUNTRY #32 RAISE THE DEAD #4 (OF 4) RED SONJA #24 RIDE DIE VALKYRIE #2 (OF 3) SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #39 SHEENA #2 (OF 5) SILVER SURFER REQUIEM #3 (OF 4) SPEAK O/T DEVIL #1 (OF 6) SPIDER-MAN FAIRY TALES #3 (OF 4) STAR TREK YEAR FOUR #1 STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #18 SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #32 SUPERMAN #665 (CD) TANK GIRL THE GIFTING #2 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #45 TEEN TITANS #49 (AA) TEEN TITANS GO #45 TESTAMENT #19 TOP COW / MARVEL UNHOLY UNION TRON #4 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #44 USAGI YOJIMBO #104 WALKING DEAD #39 WARHAMMER 40K DAMNATION CRUSADE CVR A #6 Of(6) WETWORKS #11 WITCHBLADE #109 WOLVERINE #55 WONDER WOMAN #11 (AA) X-MEN #201 X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #2
Books / Mags / Stuff 24 SEVEN VOL 2 GN 52 VOL 2 TP ALAN MOORE HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD TP ALAN MOORE WILD WORLDS TP ALTER EGO #70 AMERICA JR VOL 1 TP AMERICAN VIRGIN VOL 2 GOING DOWN TP BACK ISSUE #23 BATTLE POPE VOL 4 TP WRATH OF GOD BOMB QUEEN VOL 2 TP QUEEN OF HEARTS CHICA GN (A) CLASSIC DC CHARACTER #3 WONDER WOMAN ESSENTIAL SPIDER-WOMAN VOL 2 TP FRIENDS OF LULU PRESENTS GIRLS GUIDE TO GUY STUFF GN GOODNIGHT IRENE GN ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #19 IMMORTAL IRON FIST VOL 1 LAST IRON FIST STORY PREM HC JOHNNY RYANS XXX SCUMBAG PARTY TP MARTIAN MANHUNTER THE OTHERS AMONG US TP MOON KNIGHT VOL 1 ROCK BOTTOM TP NANCY DREW VOL 10 THE DISORIENTED EXPRESS SC POSTCARDS TRUE STORIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED HC PREVIEWS VOL XVII #8 PULPHOPE ART OF PAUL POPE SC SHOWCASE PRESENTS MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL 1 TP SOJOURN VOL 5 A SORCERERS TALE TP SOUNDS OF YOUR NAME GN SQUA TRONT #12 TIJUANA BIBLES VOL 8 TP (A) TOMARTS ACTION FIGURE DIGEST #156 UNCANNY X-MEN RISE & FALL OF THE SHIAR HC WARREN ELLIS CRECY GN WILL EISNER EDGE OF GENIUS VOL 1 TP WIZARD MAGAZINE ALEX ROSS JSA KINGDOM COME CVR #191 WRITE NOW #16
What looks good to YOU?