Welcome to the first installment of The Weekly Haul for 2015! Yeah, sure, we’re actually at the third Wednesday of the year, and okay, it’s been a few months since we’ve done a Haul, but…ummm…I don’t know. Thanksgiving turkey coma? Holidays wrapping paper industrial accident?
Whatever excuse you’ll take, I’ll sell. Let’s get right to it, shall we?
We’re moving on up here at The Weekly Haul! If you’ve been here before, you’ve likely realized that the site has a new look to it, thanks to a move over to a larger server and a site creator with bigger functionality. I’m excited about the future of TWH — Remy and I are still hard at work on our Top 162 X-Men Countdown and we’ve got some more Before the Film articles coming your way soon (since seemingly the only super successful movies being made are based on comics), plus Remy texts me every day with ideas for new features. The guy’s brain is strange, but at least it’s comics-oriented, right?
So, WeeklyHaulics, let’s get back to the thing that started off this site, huh? Before we get to the comics, how about a couple of other new things that I got since the last update?
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:
We had an amazing time and met some really nice cosplayers (which really thrilled The Boy):
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?
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:
While 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.
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