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The Haul – March 30th, 2016

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Happy Fifth Week!   Typically, the fifth week tends to be fairly slow, but I picked up 10 books, including last week’s monster tome that was Batman #50.  That’s right, I’m still testing those DC waters for something fun and interesting…still waiting for it…

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The Haul – November 4th, 2015

Welp, this is going to be a welcome back edition of The Haul!  It’s been a LONG time since the last post, but that’s all because of good things that have been keeping us busy, I suppose.  Remy and I have still be trudging through our weekly titles and having “serious discussions” about how we can get finished on the Top 162 X-Men Countdown (we’ll get back on that REAL soon), but here’s the fun stuff…

Hi. I want to be your doctor. And I want to also discuss how the X-Men are being pushed aside for the Inhumans in both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Univ...hey, where are you going???
Hi. I want to be your doctor. And I want to also discuss how the X-Men are being pushed aside for the Inhumans in both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Univ…hey, where are you going???

I started working at a new hospital this summer and, while the transition has been difficult at times (since I had been at the last place for all of my training over the past 7 years), it’s been a great change.  Still haven’t found the comic fans over here yet, but once I decorate the office walls with comic art, I’m sure they’ll come running in…or away…


The kids are doing good and Halloween was a blast — that’s The Boy as Stampy Cat (from Minecraft You Tube fame, who he is OBSESSED with) and The Bulldozer as Ariel.  But, that’s not all…

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One more comic fan arrived!  That’s right, we’ve got #3 (and last) all swaddled and ready to learn the Word of X.

Meanwhile, Remy is busy hitting NYC’s comedy scene hard and trying to track down all of his heretofore unmentioned and possibly unknown children.

We’re hoping to get more active back on the site going forward, so stay tuned and thanks for sticking around!  Now…

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The Haul – March 4th, 2015

It’s been a never-ending supply of snow, ice, and wind here on Long Island for the past few weeks and today is yet another snow day with the kids at home.

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The adult Hansel and Gretel finding their way back home in all the snow…

Thankfully, though, I made it to the comic shop this week and I’m back on the updates!  Here we go!

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The Weekly Haul – October 8th, 2014

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With Halloween approaching, the annual “Be Undecided About Our Costumes Until My Head Explodes” festivities have begun!  The Boy has ran through a thousand ideas — Leonardo from the TMNT, Superman, Julius Junior, a Skylander (note: he has NO idea what a Skylander is, but he says that he saw it on a commercial and it looked “so cool”), a skeleton — I’m thinking he’s going to go as That Kid Who’s Father Is In The Mental Institution From Halloween Costume Indecisiveness.

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Don’t ask me such insane, unanswerable questions — there is no reason why not.  A free pterodactyl is always a welcome thing!
I’ve been also trying to plan his 5th birthday party in the meantime — The Boy’s birthday is the day after Halloween.  He wants a dinosaur-themed party, so I’ve been hunting down small dinos for decorations.  Not sure what I’m going to do with them yet, but I’m hoping for a great idea…  I got this awesome surprise in a package of toys that I ordered — I’m taking it as a sign.

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Pardon the blurriness of the photo – I was being attacked by snakes while riding a mine cart and having my heart pulled out of my chest.

And, lastly before we get into things, I got another addition to my “doctor” commissioned art collection — this AMAZING piece by James Stayte of Doctor and Professor Jones!  See?  Sons are MADE to drive their fathers crazy!!!

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The Weekly Haul – August 27th, 2014

I have reached a disturbing milestone in my life as a comic reader.  I have done something — something that I once deemed TOO TERRIBLE TO EVER DO…

I sent comics to the CGC for grading.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the CGC, or Certified Guarantee Company (not Comic Grading Company, which I’ve always stupidly thought), is one of the largest (THE largest?) comic grading companies out there.  What they essentially do is take your comic, use a standardized method of describing the condition of your book, give a score of 0.5 (poor) to 10.0 (gem mint), and then (here’s the scary part for me) encapsulate the book in a clear container (to quote their website) “through a combination of compression and ultrasonic vibration”.

Caution: A combination of compression and ultrasonic vibration may result in vinegar strokes.

Anyway, my big problem with the whole CGC grading/slabbing is that the comic becomes no longer readable.  To me, collecting comics has always (for the most part) been intricately tied to reading.   I like having my runs of titles, going back into the long boxes, and rereading old stuff, discovering interesting things that I may have missed.  I get that we live in the surging digital age of comics, where finding a book is as simple as going onto Comixology and downloading it to the iPad, but — call me an old man — there’s something about holding the book.

So why this time?  I came across two comics that I have relatively no interest in reading but — I’m no dummy — I understand their importance in comics history —



Incredible Hulk #180 and #181 are the cameo and first full appearance (respectively) of the future X-Man, Wolverine.  Granted I am a HUGE X-Men fan and, therefore, having these issues are fun for me, but I am NOT a Wolverine fan.   These issues, while I love the original whiskered-Wolvie, are not special to me.  I don’t know if I’d ever sell them — and I’m convinced that people who slab their books are primarily interested in resale value — but I could part with these (over most of my collection) and be fine with it.

I will give the CGC this — I’m really excited to find out what grade they get.


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