Sore throat and Fantastic Four

Right after I posted my last message, I started getting a sore throat. I barely got any sleep Tuesday night, then woke up Wednesday feeling horrible! Flu, I think. I took Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off from work, and I only worked a half-day today. And I had only been over my cold for about a week. I think I’m going to forget about any lofty goals I might have had for this year, and just shoot for staying healthy for more than a week at a time.

As long as I had so much time to myself, I got started with my FF 51-100 project mentioned below. I’ve got 4 issues in my hands now, another 7 on the way, and a few still waiting to see if I win them on eBay. I’ve also got the Marvel Masterworks volume with FF 1-10 on the way. I figure I can get 1-50 through Masterworks volumes, and get the original issues for 51-100. I’m trying to stay below $10/issue, and I’m doing OK on that so far, getting good reading copies. I’m hoping some of the old Masterworks volumes get reprinted at some point, since they seem to be going for anywhere from $40 to $100, or even more in some cases. It would be nice if I could pick them up for cover price.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man related stuff I saw in Wal-Mart today:

  • Movie novelization by Peter David.
  • About six other Spider-Man books, including one novel (hardcover and softcover available) and a couple of kiddie books.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man TPBs Vol. 1 and 2.
  • Spider-Man cotton candy.
  • Spider-Man Pop-Tarts.
  • Other stuff I can’t remember.

The merchandising blitz has begun!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I caught a cold Friday, so I’ve just been taking it easy all weekend, drinking orange juice and reading comics. I read the Planetary Vol. 2 hardcover yesterday, and Tim Truman’s Black Lamb series today. Both were excellent.

I found all six issues of Black Lamb in somebody’s dollar box at a convention in NYC a few months ago. I don’t recall seeing any mention of this series when it first came out. Typical good Tim Truman stuff. I would have completely missed it if I hadn’t stumbled across it in that box!

Probably time to take some NyQuil and get off to bed now.

Cerebus

I just finished reading the most recent Cerebus story arc, Going Home. As usual, great storytelling, great backgrounds from Gerhard, and some great funny bits in the main story.

Some weird stuff in the back, though, including a way bizzare essay in the back of the last issue. You can read it here, on the Comics Journal’s page. I actually think Sim makes some good points, although he goes way too far with most of them. You can read more about his essay here. Have fun.

San Diego

Some stuff to report from the con:

– Good presentation on the Lord of the Rings movie from the guys at TheOneRing.net.

– Interesting stuff on the next Star Wars movie from Steve Sansweet of Lucasfilm. There’s an article about the “Star Wars: Connections” presentation on StarWars.com. Also, there are a few other con-related articles at the site.

– Samurai Jack ought to be really cool. The folks from Cartoon Network showed the movie which kicks off the series. Pretty strange for a regular, commercial TV show. Long sequences were almost entirely wordless. It has a very odd style to it. I’m looking forward to it.