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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 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 20th, 2013

This past week marked my return to work after a week vacation, which of course, leads to something that looks like this:

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HIPPA Compliant Photo

Yeah.  A stack of labs to go through so large that it took me all freaking week.  Blech.

Meanwhile, besides working this week, comics came out.  That’s about it — getting back into the swing of things after time off has always been a difficult task for me.  Though almost as a reward, X-Men First Class, the best superhero movie made (go ahead, bring the debate), has been on TV almost non-stop this week.

Freaks and CliquesMan, I love that movie…

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The Haul – January 16th and 23rd, 2013

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Forced into Marveldom by his father

Let’s start off this post with an adorable picture of The Boy.  Yes!  Relish in his cuteness!  Soak in that Spider-Man pajama suit!  Be distracted that I am behind two weeks!!!

The Jacob Trail: You may not die of dysentery, but you will have to memorize pony names
The Jacob Trail: You may not die of dysentery, but you will have to memorize pony names.

So, the first picture is obvious evidence that I’ve so far successfully brainwashed Jacob into becoming my comic protegee.  The Boy has really taken to his new role and is slowly amassing his own (and stealing my) superhero toys.  It’s even started to infuse into his reading habits.  Every night before bedtime, we read two stories — the routine since he was an infant.  Now that he’s picking out the stories himself, it’s been a pretty consistent 50% superheroics rate.  We’ve been into this one, an anthology book with about 10 or so different stories:

5 Minute Marvel StoriesWhich includes such great visuals for young minds, such as this one:

IMG_1793Looks like a great story, huh?  Classic Avengers (including, as Jacob calls him, the Huk) beating up on the obnoxious Namor, which in about 2 pages leads to the dramatic reveal of the frozen Captain America.  My kid?  Focusing on this panel:

IMG_1795To which my genius kid asks, “Daddy, where is that guy’s pants?”  I mean, if a 3 year old is questioning the validity of Namor’s fashion decisions, who am I to argue?

Oh, and so as not to show my obvious Marvel bias, he’s also learning about Batman and his rogue gallery, such as The Cat Lady (Catwoman), Two-Man (Two Face), and Crocodile (Killer Croc).  He’s getting there — give him another week.

The Joker and the Slightly Misnamed Gang "At A Picnic"
The Joker and the Slightly Misnamed Gang “At A Picnic”

Since it seems I’m blabbing a bit here, so I might as well go off on an even crazier tangent.  I need to vent on something that drives me absolutely crazy.  There’s no good place for me to do this but here, so if you don’t want to read the ramblings of a rabid lunatic, you can just skip ahead to the jump.

Plastic.  Clothing.  Tags.

Yes, those pieces of thin plastic that hold tags onto your clothing.  I don’t know if they have a better name — I really don’t care if they do.  All I know is that they are ALL OVER MY FREAKING HOUSE.  The floors, the couch, the table, floating weightless through the air — they are EVERYWHERE!!!  I haven’t bought new clothes in about a year, so I am EXTREMELY confident that they are not from me.  Dawn, the primary buyer of new clothes, and the kids, the primary wearer of said clothes, are my obvious archenemies.  Without fail, I’ll come across at least one piece a day.  I don’t think that there are even that many new clothes around to support this many tags!  There must be some, I don’t know, plastic clothing tag gremlin or something roaming the house in the dead of night, giggling and grinning while he (or she, hate to be gremlin-ist) plants them like crappy Afikomen at Passover (though both matzah and plastic have a similar flavor).

The evidence:

The Nightstand
The Nightstand
The Kitchen Mat
The Kitchen Mat
The Changing Table
The Changing Table

THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.  I AM LOSING MY MIND.

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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 Haul – November 21st

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK!  I’ve been here for years!   Well, actually much less than a year total, but let’s not split hairs…

Look who’s still here!  Yes, by no demand whatsoever, The Weekly Haul is determined to survive!  So, since I know that you’re all on the edge of your seats and don’t have time for cute pictures of my kids:

or Thanksgiving:

or what I’ve been up to in the break:

let’s get right to it!

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The Haul – August 22nd, 2012

In what will likely be perceived as a well-deserved break from learning about the messy home I live in (which is actually finally coming together), I wanted to take a moment to speak directly to the comic companies.  Yes, those same companies that I willingly, gladly, and excitedly write a portion of my paycheck to every week.  Yes, those same companies that have provided me with almost two decades of joyful reading material.  And, yes, those same companies that infuriate me to no end.

Hi guys and gals.  My name is Jason.  In addition to being a ravenous fan of the comic medium and a mild amateur comics historian, I am also a physician.  I don’t say this to brag.  I say this to provide some perspective.  There is something that is still occurring, even in this day of instant information, that is just baffling to me.

Here’s a quick comparison to another pop-culture passion of mine — television.  If you were creating a TV show about, let’s say, a newsroom (not to name any excellent current shows in particular), you’d hire someone intimately familiar with the workings of a newsroom, right?  Someone to make sure that you’re doing the right things, saying the right words, not making those people sitting at home who know about this stuff completely embarrassed.  Same thing if you were creating a hit show that may take place in an ER or with people wearing Scrubs or things along that path, right?  Medical consultant necessary.

So why do comics writers and artists COMPLETELY MAKE THE MEDICAL REFERENCES UP???  And where are the editors?  A quick Google search would take care of most of these problems, for example, this one in this week’s Flash #12:

His “aortic artery”???  Really, guys?  This new volume of The Flash has been one of my favorite titles of the New DC 52 and I was reading this latest issue and — BAM — total dead stop once I hit this.

Comic companies — is this laziness?  Do you not care enough to do some research into the basic terminology?  How do you explain nasal canula and an ETT in the same patient?

How is it acceptable that you just depict random leads in random places and backwards IVs?

It’s offensive to me and I’m sure offensive the many other readers who have medical training and/or knowledge, like Scott over at the excellent, though under-updated, Polite Dissent.

Comic writers/artists/editors!  It’s time to change this embarrassing behavior!  For a small fee (I don’t even need benefits!), I will be available for any and all of your medical questions with regards to plot, dialogue, art, or otherwise.  E-mail me to discuss specific arrangements.

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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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The Haul – May 23rd, 2012

There’s not that much to say in terms of this past week’s books; it was a fairly light week but despite the low number of books, it still took me until Monday to read.  I’m really trying to make the issues last longer than a day or two, which used to be the norm for me.

As for the personal life, it was a pretty eventful week.  Not only was it Memorial Day weekend, which always ends up being a huge BBQing deal, but my sister got engaged and it was my final week as chief resident!  I guess I can blame the length of time it took me to get through 10 books on all the craziness, huh?

JB and Bear, lounging around

The BBQ was especially cool — an old friend from my past theater days came back up to NY with her husband, which was a prime opportunity to invite a lot of the old gang back together to drink, eat, and awkwardly reminisce.

Who put that kid there?

The boy did have a great time playing with his cousin:

If you cover up the bottom half of the photo, it looks like she’s sneezing on him. Awesome.

And macking it to the non-relatives:

The Ladies Man at 2 1/2 Years

Chief year is over (next stop: fellowship in July!), my baby sister is going to be a wife, parts of the old theater crew meeting back up after years apart; it’s a weird nostalgia blended with constant reminders of how far we’ve all come (and how old we’re all getting).  Every now and again it’s fun and/or bittersweet to be an adult.

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The Haul – April 25th, 2012

Free Comic Book Day coming up this weekend!  I’d like to take The Boy with me to my comic shop and get a nice feel for a fun, comic related day, but my LCS doesn’t really do much for FCBD.  Sure, they’ve got a decent selection of issues and an obligatory sale on books, but I want some events!  Surprise guests!  At least some guys dressed up in superhero costumes?  Ain’t gonna happen at my shop…

Anyway, To The Haul!