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The Haul – March 16th, 2016

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Welcome back to this week’s books at The Weekly Haul!  A quick little comic shop story — when I usually go to pick up my books, I’m welcomed by an empty store, just me and the owner.  Granted, I tend to go late right before they close (thanks to my long commute), but it’s been a while since I’ve been at the shop with other customers.  Point being: I don’t know how to compare my amount of weekly comic purchases with other comic readers.  I’ve always thought that I spend too much on books, especially since I’m usually angry with around half of the comics I read.  This week, though, there was another guy in the shop.  His total: $150 worth of comics from this week’s new releases alone.

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What are all of you spending weekly on average?   Let me know in the comments.

And one more thing — a big congratulations to Batman fan and supporter of the site, Matt, on his wedding!

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Now here we go… To The Haul!

The Weekly Haul – July 2nd, 2014

Now that the site has been back for a month or so, churning out our Top 162 X-Men Countdown feature (check it out!) and the newest column Before The Film (starting with the X-Men: DOFP story, soon to be joined by a certain space-faring team…), I realize that it’s been ages since I’ve done the column that started the site — The Weekly Haul!

My relationship with my comic shop has been in pretty great form these days.  I was riding my Previews pull list for a few months pretty nicely with the help of an employee at the shop who did an excellent job making sure my books were all in the bin, BUT OF COURSE, he’s no longer at the shop.  Mysterious circumstances and whatnot.  I really like the shop owner, but when it’s just him, despite me making a pull list every month and submitting it on time (and paying for Previews to be able to do this), the books just don’t make it into the bin.  I’m so entrenched in habit that it’d be hard not to go there anymore, but I did go to an LCS by work to pick up some comic boxes and HOLY GOD THIS SHOP WAS BEAUTIFUL.  Clean, neat, well-dressed and groomed employees?  Tempting.

A few weeks ago now, the wife and I took the kids to their very first convention (and mine too!) — Eternal Con.  This is the second year the con has been running out here on Long Island.  It’s held in the Cradle of Aviation museum in Garden City, which provides a pretty cool space backdrop for some of the vendors.  The kids dressed up for the occasion:

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We had an amazing time and met some really nice cosplayers (which really thrilled The Boy):

"Daddy, that's the real Batman, but I'm still Batman #1 and he's Batman #2."  Damn straight, kid.
“Daddy, that’s the real Batman, but I’m still Batman #1 and he’s Batman #2.” Damn straight, kid.

Meanwhile, while BoyBat ran around like a maniac, using his charm to get free stuff from some of the nicest and most talented artists (Ryan Browne from ZombiePETZ and Daphne Lage from Dream Weaver Press).  The Bulldozer?

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Ate until she passed out.  She’s a real trooper.

Anyway, we had a total blast and came home with a ton of new stuff.  One of the office walls had to be rearranged to contain everything, including an sick Chamber (from Ryan Browne) to accompany my Gen X shelf and some amazing X-Men prints from ModHero:

photo2While the wall looks nice, the floor is another matter.  Remy and I are in the middle of our Top 162 X-Men Countdown, which meant I had to take my long boxes out of the closet for “research purposes”.  Now we’re drowning in cardboard.

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DEAR WIFE: IT WILL GET PUT AWAY I SWEAR I KNOW IT’S IN THE WAY OF THE CROCHET SUPPLIES BUT IT WILL GET PUT AWAY SOON

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The Haul Catchup – April 3rd, 10th, and 17th, 2013

Well, obviously things over here at The Weekly Haul have been pretty quiet for the past few weeks.  I should really just stop calling attention to my inability to keep up with reading my comics — is it a function that I’m buying too many books?  Or that I’m just not that excited in the titles that I’m reading?  I’m going to take a look at that very thing in the rundown.  But first…

Here’s something I got excited about the other day — another one of the fantastic (typed stuffed with sarcasm) Marvel-sponsored children’s prose stories based on their characters.  This time it’s not Namor in his panties, but rather good old Tony Stark AKA Iron Man!  He’s turning out to be one The Boy’s favorites (though he picked up a Mr. Sinister action figure this past week at the comic shop)

The Offending Object
The Offending Object
In the next installment, we learn about the villainous Mandy Mandarin.
In the next installment, we learn about the villainous Mandy Mandarin.

Anyway, past the jump, I’ll break down the past three weeks’ 51 (!!! so close to having DC sue me!) comics into my version of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.  For the sake of your sanity and my fingers, I’ll talk about only the highlights and lowlights.  And holy god, there were some real lowlights…

I also want to give a quick plug for a project over at Kickstarter.  Ray Sumser, a really excellent NY-based artist, is working on his newest adventure, an all-original all-ages comic called LYK and Bear.  Ray’s a real talent (and a nice guy), so go make his dreams come true, support his comic, and get some great rewards out of the deal.

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At the homefront, The Boy is still having a good time terrorizing his little sister, collecting Squinkies, and getting ready for his upcoming dance recital.  That’s right, he’s still lacing up slipping on his tap shoes and fa-lapping across the studio each Saturday morning.

This photo will certainly haunt him in his teenage years...
This photo will certainly haunt him in his teenage years…

And The Bull?  She’s also pretty damn cute, if I do say so myself…

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Hat by cuddlemecrochet.etsy.com — advertising at The Weekly Haul for your convenience!

Okay, enough child pimping.  Let’s get to these books.  Again, I’m going to do things a little bit differently this time.   I thought it would be interesting to see if my lifelong hobby is still providing a good ratio of excitement per dollar.

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The Haul – March 20th, 2013

Things at the house this past week have been pretty chaotic.  This year marked the first big Seder (the Passover meal) at our house and my overachieving wife wanted to prepare everything herself.  The Boy wanted to make the Seder plate though:

No actual living things were harmed in the creation of this Seder plate
No actual living things were harmed in the creation of this Seder plate

Yup, the contents of the plate are all courtesy of Toys R Us by way of his play kitchen foods.  Anyway, we had 12 adults and 4 children at the Seder and the night went without a single argument or food fight, a great achievement if you ask me.  And the food was excellent!

Besides Passover, this past Monday was my wife and her mother’s birthday, which means planning some kind of night out.  This has become more difficult to do as our schedules have gotten busier.  Oh, and since the addition of those two other humans living in our house.  Thankfully, Dawn is in agreement with me that adults shouldn’t need birthday presents (especially those who have the means to get their own things) so I don’t have to worry about the gift hunt like I used to, but getting the kids to behave in a restaurant on the first night of Passover?  I’d almost rather panic while searching Zales.com…

Basically?  Tiring week.

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And for the non-Jews out there, Happy Almost Easter!

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The Haul – February 27th, 2013

You know what time it is???

919fb33d76920b8Fantasy baseball season is almost here!!!  As a Mets fan, the regular baseball season is one of ups and downs, moments of true excitement, but ultimately?  Typically a disappointment.  Don’t get me wrong — I love my team and I will stand by them each game of every torture filled season, but the mess that is the New York Metropolitans is obviously out of my control.

Fantasy baseball, though — I really get to beat myself up when my team underperforms.  It’s a ton of fun, if not a ton of work, but it keeps me interested in the dregs of the mid-season collapse.  I’ve placed 2nd for the past 3 years running — I’m hoping to finally get that top spot this year.  (Of course I’ll keep you posted…)

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Gotta buy ’em all!

These are the new hotness in the house.  For the uninformed, these are Squinkies.  And Squishies.  And other trade names that are basically explaining the same thing.  Which are, in reality, Easily Chokable Small Plastic Globs In The Shapes Of Things That Young Children Would Most Definitely Want To Put In Their Mouths™.

The Boy is officially obsessed with these things.  We’ve got them in the shapes of characters of superheroes (Marvel and DC, we’re an equal opportunity home), Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Star Wars, and some random animals.  He likes to stand them up, make them walk through his Sesame Street playset, and, of course, put them in a perfectly straight line.

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And how many times do you wash your hands in a day, Mr. Jacob?

Emma just likes to shove them in her mouth.  And give me a heart attack.

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The Haul – February 27th, 2013

You know what time it is???

919fb33d76920b8Fantasy baseball season is almost here!!!  As a Mets fan, the regular baseball season is one of ups and downs, moments of true excitement, but ultimately?  Typically a disappointment.  Don’t get me wrong — I love my team and I will stand by them each game of every torture filled season, but the mess that is the New York Metropolitans is obviously out of my control.

Fantasy baseball, though — I really get to beat myself up when my team underperforms.  It’s a ton of fun, if not a ton of work, but it keeps me interested in the dregs of the mid-season collapse.  I’ve placed 2nd for the past 3 years running — I’m hoping to finally get that top spot this year.  (Of course I’ll keep you posted…)

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Gotta buy ’em all!

These are the new hotness in the house.  For the uninformed, these are Squinkies.  And Squishies.  And other trade names that are basically explaining the same thing.  Which are, in reality, Easily Chokable Small Plastic Globs In The Shapes Of Things That Young Children Would Most Definitely Want To Put In Their Mouths™.

The Boy is officially obsessed with these things.  We’ve got them in the shapes of characters of superheroes (Marvel and DC, we’re an equal opportunity home), Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Star Wars, and some random animals.  He likes to stand them up, make them walk through his Sesame Street playset, and, of course, put them in a perfectly straight line.

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And how many times do you wash your hands in a day, Mr. Jacob?

Emma just likes to shove them in her mouth.  And give me a heart attack.

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The Haul – January 9th, 2013

It continues to be a bit embarrassing releasing a post with a date from a week and a half ago, but things have been busy.  In the next post, which will be about this week’s books, I’ll give you some more stuff, but for sake of time, let’s just get right to it.

Oh, but I’ll give you this one thing:

309524_4872665891108_1632451229_nShe is about a half a second away from walking now.  Only 7 months.  The baby gates went back up today, which now means I have to play doorman for both Jacob and the dog 24/7.

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The Haul – December 19th and 26th, 2012

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Courtesy of (AKA stolen from) Paul Layzell

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!  If Santa was really that cool, maybe even I’d get a tree?

We’re still recovering from holiday-time toy overload.  Holy Good God, the house is bursting with new toys (admittedly, not just for the kids — I got the Loki Break Out Lego set, amongst other comic related joys).  I always get a little frustrated, though, because with all the new stuff, all those old toys that we spend so much money on tend to get forgotten.  Thankfully though, The Boy is still very much into his ponies.

Lining up for the "gala", he says...
Lining up for the “gala”, he says…

On the work front, things have been very busy this past week.  Six months of straight service with no vacation time may have been a bad decision in retrospect.  I had to add two photos to my desk to cheer me up on those down days…

God knows I needed that positive life affirmation...
God knows I needed that positive life affirmation…

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The Catchup Haul – DC

As I’m writing this post, we’re right at the end of DC’s first year of their New DCU enterprise, which also puts us right in the middle of their Zero Month, a temporal echo of 1994’s Zero Hour.  Similar to the use of the zero issue then, these modern zero issues are being used to tell origin stories (though the definition of “origin story” is pliable depending on the writer) of characters in this new universe.

This has been something that the fans, myself included, have been clamoring for.  Having followed DC continuity only for a relatively short while, I didn’t have that much invested when the universe was rebooted.  It doesn’t particularly matter to me if Tim Drake was ever Robin or if Superman and Lois are dating.  Now, if the same had been done to my beloved X-Men, you know I’d be dying to know which of the thousands of dollars I spent over the years still mattered for current continuity.

Overall, I really think that the DC reboot was a success for weak-minded DC fans like me and probably those people who had not been reading any DC at all.  For the die-hard DC-ites?  I’m sure that these #0 issues will reveal history — some of which will be fairly close to what it was before, some of which will be vast departures and alterations to prior continuity, but there is no way that a single issue can answer most of the questions that still circle around this new universe.

Anyway, on the personal life front, Dawn and I took Jacob to the Fresh Beat Band at the Beacon Theater this past week.  For those without kids or strange TV watching habits, the FBB is a made-for-TV Nick Jr. quartet that dresses in bright colors and sing songs about teamwork, friendship, and washing cars.  Seriously.  In all honestly, out of the stuff that I’ve needed to watch because of The Boy, the Fresh Beats are pretty entertaining.

Excited for the show to begin!
Excited that I didn’t have a seizure with the glowstick flashing in my face!

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The Haul – July 25th, 2012

They’re taking over the house!!!

That is a current photo of the living room.  Our nice Pier One chair (which doubles as Jacob’s “naughty spot”) that I worked tirelessly to attain, now buried with comics odds and ends.  Twelve long boxes, four short boxes, and some towering piles of issues yet to be sorted.  It’s fun for me to see all my “floppies” in one place (all the trades and hardbacks are on the opposite site of the room); my wife is about $3.99 away from having an aneurysm explode in her brain.

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