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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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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 6th, 2013

Not much new stuff to talk about this week to be honest and since I’m creeping up on the new week of books already, I’m going to keep it short today.  Two quick things:

First of all, I finally bit the bullet and put together a pull list at my comic shop.  I’ve been going to the same place for on and off (mostly on) about 12 years now and, despite this, I still rush to the store on Wednesdays and risk missing issues.  Thankfully, the guy who owns the store knows me recognizes my face will throw me a bone here and there, but consistency ain’t the name of their game.  I finally spoke to him about giving a regular Previews order monthly and he was completely awesome about it.  It will be nice to have a regular discount and titles put aside for me.  Welcome to real comic readership, huh?

Secondly, the family went to go see a children’s theater production of Freckleface Strawberry at a local theater.  We know the director and a few people in the show; it was a lot of fun and The Boy really loved watching it.  I think he’s close to wanting to actually be in a show — he kept on talking about being a bumblebee.  He also said he wanted to be a tree, but I don’t think that standing still is his strong suit.

Schmoozing with Freckle
Schmoozing with Freckle

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The Haul – March 6th, 2013

Not much new stuff to talk about this week to be honest and since I’m creeping up on the new week of books already, I’m going to keep it short today.  Two quick things:

First of all, I finally bit the bullet and put together a pull list at my comic shop.  I’ve been going to the same place for on and off (mostly on) about 12 years now and, despite this, I still rush to the store on Wednesdays and risk missing issues.  Thankfully, the guy who owns the store knows me recognizes my face will throw me a bone here and there, but consistency ain’t the name of their game.  I finally spoke to him about giving a regular Previews order monthly and he was completely awesome about it.  It will be nice to have a regular discount and titles put aside for me.  Welcome to real comic readership, huh?

Secondly, the family went to go see a children’s theater production of Freckleface Strawberry at a local theater.  We know the director and a few people in the show; it was a lot of fun and The Boy really loved watching it.  I think he’s close to wanting to actually be in a show — he kept on talking about being a bumblebee.  He also said he wanted to be a tree, but I don’t think that standing still is his strong suit.

Schmoozing with Freckle
Schmoozing with Freckle

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The Haul – February 6th, 2013

Two great things happened today.  First of all, today was the official start of my vacation.  Fellowship has been great, but being on service for the whole year can be a bit exhausting.  Putting that away response message on my work e-mail was one of the more satisfying things in a while.  No big plans for the vacation — work around the house, get beat up on by the kids, read some comics — but it will be nice to be woken up by a screaming infant or a tapping 3 year old instead of my alarm.   Whoa.  No it won’t.

The second great thing that happened today?

NemoThat’s right, the historic Winter Storm Nemo, which dumped about one and half feet of snow in my area.  The office shut down early yesterday so everyone could get home safely — a far cry from my residency days when the threat of bad weather would commit you to what amounted to a prison sentence, having to stay at the hospital until further notice.  The drive home was long, but not terrible, and for a while last night it seemed as if Nemo (the fish, the sea captain, or the early 1900s little boy in Slumberland) would be a lot of hype.  Well, color me completely wrong, because by this morning, things were COVERED.

Photo taken while panicking about how long it would take to shovel
Photo taken while panicking about how long it would take to shovel.  Arms already hurting…

Even though living on Long Island is not the greatest when it snows this much, there’s just something about a snow day (and, yes, even though I’m 30 years old, I still call it a snow day) that I really love.  I could do without all the shoveling (and today really cemented my need for a snowblower), but going outside and goofing around in the snow is just a blast.  The Boy, though, has mixed feelings about this.  Yesterday, he was very excited to, and I quote, “build a snowfamily and make snow angels”.  Today?  A bit of a different tale.

The Many Moods of a Snow Day
The Many Moods of a Snow Day

See?  We started off pretty strong, but the happiness was pretty short lived.  Jacob has inherited a lot of my OCD and, once his hands got wet, we spiraled downhill pretty fast.

"Daddy, why is there only one set of footprints?"  "Well, son, because you forced me to carry you because you were too afraid of, and I quote, getting snow in between your toes."
“Daddy, why is there only one set of footprints?” “Well, son, because you forced me to carry you because you were too afraid of ‘getting snow in between your toes’.  Diva.”

The daredevil, the steamroller, the Juggernaut — AKA The Girl — has no problems with snow.  You know, if it was lava instead of snow, she probably would have jumped right in as well.  Doesn’t matter.  No fear, that kid.

 

I've realized that it's a near-impossible feat to get a picture with the both of them looking at the camera at the same time.
I’ve realized that it’s a near-impossible feat to get a picture with the both of them looking at the camera at the same time.

And, for good measure, here’s a shot of the oldest child enjoying the SNOW DAY!

Unkempt mane blowing in the breeze...
Unkempt mane blowing in the breeze…

As for me, my arms and chest are on fire from shoveling — time for the ritual hot chocolate reward!

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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 5th, 2012

Well, it’s that time of season that we say, “It falls early again this year, huh?” — Chanukah!  Yes, it’s Chanukah (not Hanukkah or Hanukah or Hannuka or Hahnookah or other ridiculous variations thereof) and that means Jews, like myself, have to once again come to terms that their holiday just doesn’t cut it in the great landscape of gift-giving celebrations.  That’s not a problem, though, because nevertheless, my office is filled with blue and silver wrapped packages for the kids and Amazon is very pleased to have my credit card on file.

Now that The Boy is three, he gets the concept of asking for presents.  Most of the stuff that we ended up getting for him (a bunch of Jake and the Neverland Pirates paraphernalia, some Disney Blu-rays) were picked out by us, but there was one thing that he saw (a friend of his had them) that he SPECIFICALLY requested.  If we celebrated Christmas, it would have been right on the top of his list to Santa.

The newest members of the family!
Meet the newest members of the family!

Yup, more My Little Ponies!  These are small plastic figurines, about the same size as the Super Hero Squad toys.  Like a good father, I recklessly bought every single set available.  Now I’m finding them all over the house.  Yes, I’ve basically broken my own rule of “no toys with multiple pieces”, but come on, they’re so freaking cute!!!  No joke, though, besides invariably stepping on them in every room, The Boy is now setting up displays.

You should see the pony nativity in the bathroom...
You should see the pony nativity in the bathroom…

Meanwhile, on the female side of town,

With handmade headband courtesy of Cuddle Me Crochet (AKA Mommy)
With handmade headband courtesy of Cuddle Me Crochet (AKA Mommy)

…she’s just being cute.  Which is enough for now.

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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 4th, 2012

“Emma is a brat.”

Jacob told me that today.  Now before you think that The Boy doesn’t love his new little sister, just gaze upon this wonder:

Sibling Rivalry At Its Mildest

Okay, now that you’ve been lulled into a calm, happy place, let me explain.

When Jacob was an infant, he was so completely easy to handle.  I mean, he did all the normal baby stuff, but overall, he was extremely calm.  He fed well and slept for nice, long periods of time in mostly any environment.  It used to drive me crazy when people would say, “Oh, you’re going to be in for it with your next one!”  Mostly because they were completely right.

Plotting her next move…

She’s really just a normal baby.  She cries, pees, poops, feeds — rinse and repeat — all the regular old stuff.  BUT, she’s not the easy going/wonderful sleeper that Jacob was and really needs almost constant “mommy time” in order to be soothed for more than 15 minutes.  All of this would be fine, if not for the fact that Jacob just realized that he’s two and a half and decided to start acting his age, which has added to the overall stress in the house.

And he probably heard me say it.  Oops.  Damn sponge brain of his…

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The Haul – June 6th, 2012

I’m getting this installment out a bit later than I typically do, but you all are getting used to reading this on the late end, right?  It’s strange to feel busy while on vacation at home with no real plans, but the days really seem to go fast.

The Boy went with me again to the comic shop this past week and I finally grew a pair and let him walk around a bit after we picked up our books, which included the most recent issue of Young Justice (based off the REALLY good TV show) for him.  Of course, the more Batman, the happier he gets.  He got to look in the showcases up front by the register, which are filled with loose action figures, which I have no clue as to why they’re behind plexiglass, and some statues.  In all honesty, I won’t mind if he one day decides that he hates comics, but while he enjoys it, I think it’s the best thing ever to share the comic shop with him.

This past weekend marked the second craft fair for Cuddle Me Crochet, my wife’s side job.  Not only did I walk away with a really ridiculous sunburn from standing outside the tent P.T. Barnum-ing in people, but I walked away with a valuable lesson.  Selling crochet hats in June was a bad choice.

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The Haul – May 30th, 2012

Probably one of the best parts of this pseudo-vacation between chief year and starting fellowship, besides cramming as much endocrine into my brain as possible, is that I get to spend a whole lot of time with the boy.  Now, to be quite honest, it does get a bit difficult for me at times because he has a tendency to perseverate on certain things and I have now seen every episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic about 30 times.  Plus, there’s only so long I can take coloring, even despite it’s in a Spider-Man coloring book.

This past weekend we went to another boy’s birthday party from Jacob’s nursery school, which seems to be the new staple of my weekends.  I went out to Target to pick up a present for the birthday boy (ended up getting a pretty awesome Batman motorcycle) and, like I usually do when I’m around toys, I snaked through the rest of the aisles and found something that I thought we would both enjoy.

Pretty cool, huh?  I’m certainly not the biggest Wolverine fan by any stretch of the imagination, but when I was younger I was a HUGE Lego fan.  Lego released a bunch of Avengers sets to coincide with the movie release and for some strange reason, they also put out this X-Men set.  Yes, I know that it’s a bit advanced for a two year old, but he really likes playing with his Duplo blocks and I figured that he’d at least have fun spinning the helicopter blades and making fake shooting “pshew pshew” sounds.

Putting on the finishing touches

We took most of the morning to put it all together, but the fake battles with the helicopter and motorcycle were pretty freaking epic.  He even said that Magneto (aka Batman) and Deadpool were “bad guys” and Wolverine was a “good guy” — is he a genius or what???

“Too many guys in the plane!” – The Boy
Heroes and villains alike fall at the paws of Oreo!

On an unrelated note, I still have yet to see The Avengers.  As one of the few remaining members of the human race who have not seen this movie, I have severely spoiled myself online (that almost sounds 50% sexual and 50% gross).  Yes, I know about the secret after-credits scene with Thanos (oops, spoilers).  Yes, I know about the super-secret after-credits shawarma scene.  But this scene from the movie is just odd…


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