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Free Comic Book Day!!

Today was Free Comic Book Day!!! This being the first time I’ve ever heard of this day, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. SM and I had talked and she had mentioned being at the comic store early (mind…at her comic store….and me at mine. There’s a good 1,000 miles between those two locations…). Things typically got crazy. So I did. Got there 45 minutes early, and no one was there. So I ran to a nearby food place and grabbed breakfast, came back, and ate in my car in the parking lot. By then, about three people had lined up, so I joined them. Stood outside for maybe 20 minutes talking about different characters and movies (upcoming to long ago released) before the doors opened.

By this point, I think we might have had 20 people in line…not nearly as bad as I thought it could be, and it didn’t take all that long to get to the free comics, pick out the five that I wanted (we were all limited to 5 per person) and get out of the way of the crowd (which had somehow swelled while I was picking out comics). There was a bit of a line at the register by this point, so I decided to wander around the store a bit and see if there was anything else to pick up. Probably a bad decision – by the time I got back, the line had grown to 4x the size. Oops ๐Ÿ˜›

Anywho, I also spent some time talking with a local artist who was at the store (my shop invited a few local comic artists to do character drawings that you paid $10 for and that money was donated to the Hero Initiative – I thought that was pretty cool) and looking through his work. I’ve always admired artists, mostly because I am so art challenged I can’t draw a stick figure correctly. It’s always interesting to watch people work who know what they’re doing! It was a fun hour or so that I spent there, talking to people, entering a raffle, and just generally looking at everything – but I had to turn around and run early because I had other things to do (and a D&D game to get to in a bit…) But I did want to share what I picked up:

  • Infinity – Yes, another Marvel event, but I thought I would at least find out what this one was about!
  • Superman – Just because…it is Superman…
  • Aphrodite IX – the premise sounded interesting.
  • The Steam Engines of Oz – Really…steampunk and Oz together? Sign me up!
  • Chakra: The Invincible – It’s a Stan Lee comic, it was worth at least trying!

I’ll give opinions about them either with the Monday opinions, or sometime next week ๐Ÿ™‚ Right now, must get myself into the mindset of a rather clumsy Dark-Elf Thief.

I hope everyone is having fun at their respective comic shops. And if you haven’t been yet, GO!!! NOW!!!

May the Fourth Be With You All!!

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(Online) College Classes, here I come…again…

So I don’t know how many of you saw this when I originally posted it up, but there is this free, online class from Ball State ย called “Gender Through Comic Books” that is promising to be pretty awesome. It’s going to be starting this coming Monday, but you can still enroll! They are bringing in some pretty big names for interviews as part of this (Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, Brian Bendis, and lots more) and it just sounds all around amazing. The course itself is free, but the reading list is rather extensive (see that here) and you do have to pay for that. But still, I think it’s going to be a really interesting topic and a really interesting class! If anyone else would like to enroll, the link is below:

I’ve just signed myself up, and I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep up with my typical work schedule. So if things around here slow down come Monday, you all know why!! I will be reading comics…just not the ones that I put up here! I hope some of you will join me!


Off the Beaten Path…

So, I had to share a couple of comics that SM sent me that very much illustrate some parts of my life ๐Ÿ˜› I’m sure not everyone will agree with these (especially the first one), but these sorts of situations are not that uncommon for me. Enjoy!