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What a month!

I love my job

Free Comic Book Day was on Sat May 1st. I know it has been awhile, but it was so much fun, I feel that I have to mention it.  Very big thanks go to Mark and Carly, both of whom helped me a lot by manning (or womanning, in Carly’s case) the counter so I didn’t have to worry about it.  We actually almost ran out of comics twice, and Craig had to do emergency runs from Division with more.  And when it came time for the 501st guys, the area around my store became a sea of people. Next year I will have to implement some kind of crowd control scheme, because it was insane.  It was so much fun though.  I always love these social events, which is so weird.  Usually I’m a complete hermit, but Free Comic Book Day and the local Comicon are just about my favorite days of the year.

Yeah, I have a lot of Wonder Woman shirts. Image via Sasquad Comic Book Club

Speaking of which, we also went to Spokane Comicon and had a table.  Craig and I sold a ton of shirts and a sadly much smaller number of DVDs.  I got to see a lot of people that I don’t usually get to, and I had the best time.  I even got to talk to the very nice John Layman and have my copy of Chew #1 (2nd printing) signed.  I got into a conversation with him and Rotten creator Mark Rahnor about retail marketing.  It was kind of surreal, because these guys are well-respected creative types, and they were listening intently and taking me seriously.  I will have to do a special on retail and marketing for self published creators.  It seems like after all these years in retail there is a lot of stuff that seems like common sense to me, but that the actual people that make the books don’t think about.  Small things like book dimensions can make the difference between stores carrying your book and letting it go.  If your book isn’t in the store, it can’t sell.  We’ll have to revisit this.

Manny in mid-story. image via Sasquad Comic Book Club

Ooh, one more picture from Comicon.  Both of these images are via the Sasquad Comic Book Club.  A lot of the Sasquad folks are regulars of mine and they are all great.  One of them managed to get a picture of Eric (my husband) and his creative partner Manny at their table.  This year they were selling their books and their brand new poster prints.  Look how cute they are.  I’m going to get in trouble for this.

Finally I am reviewing a book in this week’s podcast.  I had the pleasure to read Library Wars Vol 01 with art and story by Kiiro Yumi, taken from an original story by Hiro Arikawa.  This was a pretty big step away from what I normally read, manga-wise, but it was so very enjoyable.  Library Wars tells the story of Iku Kasahara and her Library Task Force training.  The LTF exists to protect books and peoples right to read them from the forces of a fascist-sliding future Japanese government.  The government forces have been going into bookstores and pulling “objectionable” titles off the shelves and then burning them.

Library Wars Vol 01

It’s sort an prequel to Farenheit 451, only with angsty romance. Iku is a tough, smart girl who was inspired by the kind bravery of a mysterious LTF agent.  When she was young, a government official tried to take away her book, and this heroic agent saved it for her.  But who was he?  And why is her drill sergeant so hard on her? I love everything about this, and I will be pre-ordering the 2nd one.

Yay! so much good stuff. Now I have to run away. I have 2 friends with babies on the way, and I’m running out of time to knit.

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After twiddling with my audio interface for far too long tonight, I am resigned that the audio gods just don’t want me to record tonight. So instead, lets see some Free Comic Book Day pictures. You know you want to.

First, I arrived early to set up the table. These are the nice folks waiting at the gate for me to open. No, they aren’t zombies. Why would you even think that?

After I opened the gate, fun was had by all. I had 150 foam wolverine claws that I gave away in the first 30 mins or so, and we had a steady stream of folks for most of the day. Then at 3pm, the 501st arrived, and with them came Batgirl, lady Robin and Gambit. Here’s me and my crew with our honored guests.

Lord Vader and the Tusken Raider did a bit of shopping

And then I put them to work for a little bit.

This one’s my favorite though:

Thanks again to all involved for making this years FCBD so much fun.

That said….

Ok, I think I have had time to process the Wolverine movie.

I think that over all it was not that bad. In fact, some of it was pretty good, in a “let the movies be their own thing” kind of way. I liked Lumberjack Wolverine and his relationship with Kayla Silverfox. I really liked the X-Team stuff with Wade and Fred and Wraith. Then they went and messed with Deadpool. I felt like an angry 13 year old kid during much of the final act as my current favorite character was turned into sort of an ugly joke. So tonight I want to talk about the awesome Deadpool that I love so much.

If you are new to the character, I think you should begin with Cable and Deadpool.

By the time this series began, Wade had settled into his role as The Merc With The Mouth, and all of his special peculiarities were comfortable and worn in. His 4th wall breaking, his love of Bea Arthur, his habit of talking to himself via his monologue boxes. This was a series I binged on. I think I read all 7 books (before Deadpool Vs the Marvel Universe was out) in 2 days. 100% total awesome.

I am currently reading the Deadpool Classics books, and I am halfway through book 2.

It’s a lot of fun, especially the stuff I am reading now, but I’m glad that the Deadpool Classics Vol 01 was not the first thing I picked up. It took a while for him to develop his patter and his quirks. Even his speech bubbles start out with red outlines, instead of the yellow fill that I have come to be comfortable with. Like many things, Deadpool improved with age and experience.

I still need to read that new Deadpool Secret Invasion hard cover, but whenever I have time to read, it’s sold out. I have a couple on order though, so maybe next week.

Man, I’m out of practice with these things. I better call it a night. We’ll talk again this weekend.