Monday, September 29, 2008

OCTOBER PREVIEWS! I'M IN IT!!!11!!

HEY! I am in the October Previews! Hooray! Go out and order a copy of The Contingent #1 today! Seriously! Right now! I need your help!

You can order it from any comic shop, anywhere in the world. If they tell you can't order it, they are not being honest with you and you should shop elsewhere. Or someone else is not being honest with them.

Don't know where to find a local comic shop? No problem. Just go here: http://csls.diamondcomics.com/. It's the Comic Shop Locator Service. All you need to do is enter your zip code and it will bring up a list of comic shops in your area.

OR! You can order a copy through Discount Comic Book Service. If you order through DCBS, then you can also get a free sketch to accompany your copy of the book!

Please pre-order the book. Since it is an independently published comic, it is unlikely that the overwhelming majority of stores will carry enough copies to put on their front shelf. Don't expect to stumble into any old comic shop and just sitting out on the rack, you'll want to pre-order it.

Below is the copy that accompanied the book in this month's catalog, along with the Diamond order code. When you go to pre-order the book, that order code is very important. It will make placing your order much easier for you and the retailer.

CONTINGENT #1

by Zack Kruse, Zeu, Javi Laparra & Chris StudabakerForced from his Bolivian home to an America where superpowers, mechanical apes, and genetically altered monsters are the order of the day, will young Miguel Francisco accept the offer of the man who wants to make him a god? Or will he embrace the harder path and the often inevitable costs of doing the right thing? The Contingent explores everything from the nature of heroism, to love, and much more, all accented by big superhero fun!

Item Code: OCT084283
$3.50 (US)

Comments or feedback on the book? You can e-mail me at: thecontingent.mail@gmail.com

Monday, September 22, 2008

What's the harm?

As a skeptic, frequently my discussion and debates with believers and, indeed, even some non-believers, lead to the question "What's the harm?" Or, "If it works for them, what's the problem?"

First of all, there are a couple of logical fallacies at work there. Secondly, without getting too deep in this particular blog post, I direct your attention to Whatstheharm.net.

At Whatstheharm.net they chronicle actual cases where pseudoscience and beliefe in (or being tricked into believing in) the paranormal have caused tangible harm to people. When you look at the number of actual deaths caused it's...frankly, it's absurd.

It's a great resource for skeptics and believers alike. Check it out.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Spider-Man 2099 and binding

I've been thinking about getting some of my comics bound into nice hardcover editions at Library Binding. I had been a bit skeptical of it, but I was over at Bryan Deemer's house at the post Super Show party/unwind and got to see some of his bound editions. Simply put, they're beautiful. Very well done, very professional. So I got to thinking about what I would want to get bound, and what I'm willing to pull out of my collection to have bound.

One of the first books to come to mind was Spider-Man 2099. Spidey 2099 was a book that I was really into when it first came out and, for my money, the best of the 2099 line. Peter David and Rick Leonardi really put together an intriguing story with equally intriguing characters--an uncommon occurance in the early 90's (that is, if you believe all of the scorn many fanboys have for that era in comics). I think it's one of the great unsung books of that era.

Anyway, I pulled out the first couple issues of Spidey 2099 to confirm that this was the book that I wanted to get bound. While I was reading them something occurred to me and really made me think about my progression as a reader/comics fan. When I was a kid, and these issues were first coming out, I loved them because they were "edgy" this new fangled future Spider-Man was a badass and, inadvertantly, gets addicted to drugs (read issue #1 for the full story there).

When I re-read them I appreciate those issues on a newer, and more sophisticated, level. Naturally those other, "less sophisticated", elements are there, and are still enjoyable. But what I appreciate about the story now is the structure of how Miguel O'Hara came to be and how confronts his role as the new Spider-Man. But the thing that really jumped out at me is what's going on in the background. More precisely, New York City. In this future, New York is dirtier than the "current" NYC. It's kind of a grim looking place and has a very noirish feel to it. Add to that the fascist behavior of the police along with some of the other background happenings and you have a very interesting and, at least a little, frightening place. It's a great foil for Peter David and his new Spidey to play against and is, really, my favorite element of the early issues in the series.

So there you have it. Brief, I know. But trust me. Go out and get those Spider-Man 2099 back issues. They're cheap--like quarter and fifty-cent bin cheap. You can get the whole run (52 issues, if you include the variant covers) for less than $30. It's well worth it.

Once I send out my issues to get them bound, I will post pictures here and tell you about breaking my comic binding cherry.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New blog feature!

At the bottom of this page you will now see the Pin-Up Girl of The Day! Hooray! I love pin-up art it's...well, just look at it. What's not to like? It's sexy, it's well done, it's cheese cakey, it's sexy...

I say Pin-Up Girl of The Day, but, really, it's the Pin-Up Girl of Every Time You Refresh the page.

Enjoy! (I will ;) )

Listen to me on the Comic Book Page podcast!

Last Friday an episode of the Comic Book Page podcast aired discussing the much fabled "event fatigue" that lots of people seem to be talking about, but, in my opinion, not many people seem to truly be afflicted with. It was a really great coversation with some really excellent, well-informed guys.

If you don't already subscribe to CBP, you can download the episode here: http://www.comicbookpage.com/Podcast/EpisodeArchive/RoundTableDiscussions/EventFatigue.mp3

Comic Geek Speak Super Show

So I just got back from the Comic Geek Speak Super Show and it was absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to go back next year. The show was small, but, with the exception of the first con I ever went to, I’ve never been so excited to be at a show or had as much fun.

I got to meet a lot of great people, and get to know people that I only vaguely knew or knew of before. It was just such an incredible experience. My only regret is that I just didn’t take enough pictures. What Bryan and Peter created with CGS is something that is very special and they should be very proud of themselves. Then, when you augment that with the other really amazing guys that they have on the show like Murd, Matt, Pants, Shane, and Kevin, it's even greater.

I have a lot of great stories that I won’t get into here that cover everything from drunken barroom conversations to bat-shit crazy cab drivers to fist fights at local hangouts. Plus! The Contingent sold great! It definitely exceeded my expectations. Big, BIG thanks to everyone who picked it up.

I'll try to get what few photos I have and post them.