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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 13th, 2013

TBA

That’s me!  Waiting for my fantasy league assignment…

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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 – February 13th, 2013

IMG_1910HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

I’ve never been a huge fan of the holiday, as it seemingly forces you to profess love for people — I think that should just happen naturally and not while held at proverbial gunpoint by chalky candy hearts — but, hey, it’s an important holiday for most.  We spend our Valentine’s the same way we spend every other day — trying to stay asleep while the kids scream and jump in the bed, negotiating the small toys scattered throughout the house, and breathing a very small sigh of relief once they’re both asleep.  The life of married with children isn’t a glamorous one, but despite my complaints, it does happen to be a great one.

A quick word of concern before the usual stuff.  Each night before bedtime, The Boy and I read a story.  A few nights ago, for the first time, he picked out a story that I used to have when I was young — Love You Forever.  I’m sure that most of you know this one, but I haven’t looked at it since I was a little kid and now, seeing it as an adult,

IT IS HORRIFYING

If my mother, while “all the lights were out in my house”, got a ladder, broke into my house through my bedroom window, crawled across the floor, picked me up out of bed, and rocked me in her arms, I would be on the phone with the mental institution so fast she wouldn’t have time to recite her creepy four line poem.  And then I would call my doctor to find out how the hell I was able to sleep through all of that.

This is worse than ANY horror movie I've ever watched.
This is worse than ANY horror movie I’ve ever watched.

We’re still on a big superhero kick at home, much to my obvious thrill.  He’s even double-Supermanning it these days!

The new school dress code - in my fantasy world.
The new school dress code – in my fantasy world.

At this week’s trip to the comic store, The Boy went with me (basically to get him out of his mother’s hair for a little bit).  As we were checking out — with a Spongebob comic in tow — he started looking through the glass display cabinet under the register, which was filled with random loose action figures.  Iron Man, Wolverine, lots of different characters.  Well, no surprise that my flesh and blood NEEDS to have one.  So, of all the choices, who does he pick?

Jean Grey for the win!
Jean Grey for the win!

At least she’s an X-Man and he’s a happy kid, huh?

This week also marked the arrival of a commissioned piece of art that I had done for Emma’s room by the excellently talented Hanie Mohd.  Since The Boy was essentially named after two characters from one of my favorite TV shows, I figured I’d carry on my secretive naming with The Girl and pick names from the X-Men.  So, here is the final product from my request — Emma Frost and Rachel Summers doing something fun.  I think it came out ridiculously awesome.

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The little lady is still making every attempt to plow through and over anything in her way as she rapidly makes a case for the most self-injurious baby around.  Bedtime is becoming a new joy too; she does not want to fall asleep without at least a good 45 minutes of testing the volume of her voice and production of her tears.  Here’s the monitor from a few nights ago after an hour:

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Let me get a closer view for you…

IMG_1931Yeah, that’s her passed out against the bars of her crib after screaming at the top of her lungs for an hour.  Persistent little thing, she is…

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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 12th, 2012

Like usual, I’m late with my posting, but for the first time, I’m feeling the pressure to post this like never before.

EarthYes, it’s true, tomorrow is the End Of Days.  The Final Countdown.

The Apocalypse.  And not the X-Men character.  The bad kind.

I’d be lying if I didn’t think, at least for a few seconds, about packing a panic-type bag to survive in the post-nuclear (is that how the world is supposed to go?) landscape that surely my family and I will be traversing, living on dead animals, searching for the nearest Twinkie factory…oh.  That’s depressing.   Or reassuring, maybe.  It can’t possibly be an end of the world scenario without people seeing out an abandoned Twinkie factory.  If I can’t trust Family Guy, who can I trust???

Accurate Representation of Tomorrow
Accurate Representation of Tomorrow

(Good lord.  It just started raining and the dog in the house behind me is barking like a maniac.  I’m scared…)

Despite that we’ve now lived in our current home for just over three years, we’ve finally started to hang up pictures of the family.  Dawn didn’t think that my plan of just hanging random picture on the already-existing nails and screws in the walls was working for her, I guess.  I really hate picking out photos to hangNow there are about 5 different collage frames hanging up, still with the paper fake photos in about half of the slots.  My family has never looked happier.  Or WASP-ier.

Oh, yeah, we TOTALLY love to go boating at our lake house...
Oh, yeah, we TOTALLY love to go boating at our lake house…

Oh, and as you may have noticed, this past week has seen not only the addition of The Weekly Haul’s very first contributing writer, Remy, but also the start of a new recurring article — The Top Ten.  That puts the site up to four regular columns!  Look at us diversify, huh?  Welcome, Remy — hope you survive the experience!

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The Haul – November 28th, 2012

It’s strange to not go back to the theater this weekend — last Sunday was closing of Hairspray.  While I’m happy that I don’t have to live in fear of having a heart attack on stage while dancing anymore, I consider myself so fortunate to have been a part of such a great show with such a fun cast.  It had been a LONG time since my last show (you know, medical school, residency, children and all) so it’s been a while since I got to pretend to be a teenage heartthrob.  Most of the time now I’m pretending to be a 30-year old heartthrob…wink wink…

Now that I’m home this weekend, I figured it was time to pretend to be a responsible homeowner and clean up the house.  Laundry, dishes, action figure displaying; you know, the basics.  The biggest task of all is dealing with our den, which is the main room that we spend most of our time in.  It’s the TV watching room, family room, playroom, computer room, everything room.  When Jacob was little, his toys were easily contained, but now we’re showing the effects of three birthdays and Chanukahs.  Plus, all the “baby” toys that we put away are now all back out for the little princess.

IMG_1681Emma’s stuff gets tossed on top of itself, thanks to the absolutely selfless (read: terrible parental sarcasm) boy.  His stuff, a menagerie of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Hot Wheels, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, My Little Pony, Batman, the Avengers, and random Fisher Price playsets, is EVERYWHERE.

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photo(5)A word to anyone who is purchasing presents for children.  If it has multiple pieces, no matter how adorable, leave it in the store until they’re old enough to pick it all up and put it away themselves.  (Not to sound ungrateful for the 100+ piece Hot Wheels set from my sister and future brother-in-law.  It’s like a painful foot massage whenever I accidentally step on a piece strewn throughout the house.  A little slice of heaven on Long Island, for sure…)

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Meanwhile, Emma is teething like a, well, 5 month old, and the sheer amounts of saliva pouring from her mouth could fill the bathtub in a few hours.

Two quick comic-related plugs:

There’s a pretty good article over at CBR about Bendis’ run on the Avengers titles over the past 200+ issues.  I was happy to hear about Bendis making the transition over to the X-books; I think that a large family of titles (Avengers, Bat books, etc) does better with a figurehead somewhat detailing the overarching plot points.  Hopefully we get a bit of a Claremont-renaissance out of Bendis…

Oh, and the excellent and under-represented website Sequart (short for sequential art), which takes a scholarly approach to comic books, has been giving away chapters from their books for free via their Facebook page.  I’ve purchased a few of their titles before — their Legion, X-Men, and Batman books sit on my shelf and live in the magical world that is my Kindle — plus I’ve sponsored their Kickstarter projects.  Go become a fan and scoop up their stuff.

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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 Catchup Haul – Ultimate Comics and Marvel

So, it’s definitely getting harder and harder to keep up with the weekly books.  I’ll have more witty things to say and cute pictures to post next time, but let’s just get right into this thing.

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