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Sonic, Archie, and Mini Metal Figures

I’m not sure how widespread the store is, but there are several instances of Ollie’s in northern Ohio. They’re a "closeouts" store with remaindered stock and whatnot that varies depending on when you’re actually there. For me, often the greatest finds are books, comics, and occasionally toys.

On a recent visit, I noticed a stack of graphic novels I’d seen before, and figured their stock had waned considerably since the last time I’d ben there.

Then I noticed a bunch of new "comics packs" for kids that looked interesting–a couple of them had volumes of Sonic Archives included.

After looking at a bunch, I found two packs that had stuff I wanted, and got them for $5 each–with 5 "comics" in each pack, that meant they were functionally $1 books.


What most had my attention for actually purchasing was the $10 Archie books included, plus each pack had two of the Sonic books. (Each pack had a Garfield comic and a Sonic comic in addition, but are functionally throw-away for my interest).

Each of these Sonic Archives digests would have been $8 buying them new, and the Archie books $10 each. $10 got me all 6 books–a $52 "value."

I read a couple stories from the Archie Comics Super Special before I realized I’d started…so much for just flipping through! I guess the Archie/Valerie (of Josie and the Pussycats) romance was particularly interesting given Riverdale.


And a Walmart I was in had these Nano Metalfigs for 97 cents (think Hotwheels pricing!) and I got a kick out of them. They had a couple different Batman figures but I didn’t care for the design, especially without companion Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. pieces.

The Spider-Man and Hulkbuster Iron Man are cool enough that I snagged them.

Then, since they had all 3 of the kids, got Harry, Ron, and Hermione from the Harry Potter group.

These would totally be at home in a $1 store, and I’d totally get more if there was more selection!

Then again, I don’t exactly "need" even more miniature figures/figurines to take up shelf space. But these would also likely be handy as boardgame piece substitutes and such, and I am a sucker for such miniatures…

Seven Deadly Sins of Book Lovers [misc]

I found this at http://myhomeofbooks.bookblog.io/ but wasn’t tagged. Still, an interesting topic for a blog post, so here goes.

1. Greed: What is your most expensive book?

As far as what I paid for it…probably a textbook from grad school. As far as comics…probably my Death and Return of Superman Omnibus…though it’s likely I’ll soon break that “record” with one or more of the Valiant Classic omnibii coming up soon.

2. Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

That’s a good question: probably Stephen King, but more the books themselves. In recent years, I quite enjoyed the mere concept of Under the Dome and 11/22/63, but haven’t cared for much else. May not be “hate” exactly, but it’s certainly not an automatic thing that I’ll buy/read everything.

Comics-wise, the same could probably be said of Geoff Johns where I’ve really greatly enjoyed some of his stuff, but I’m finding more recent stuf to be almost pretentious, or at least I’m rather “tired” of his stuff…the newness has worn off.

3. Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Doomsday/The Death of Superman, Funeral For a Friend/World Without a Superman, early TMNT, X-Men: Fatal Attractions, Age of Apocalypse, etc. Specific issues in particular: Superman #75, X-Men #41, Untold Legends of the Batman #3, Wolverine #75, X-Men #25, Astonishing X-Men (1999) #3, X-Men Alpha, X-Men Omega, etc.

4. Sloth: Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Probably more than I HAVEN’T. A number of “$9.99 vol. 1s”, Marvel Zomnibus, Avengers: The Crossing Omnibus, and too many issues now of Archer & Armstrong that I need to catch up on.

5. Pride: What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Watchmen, perhaps. Kingdom Come moreso, probably. I talk about and read what I like; and I try to make it clear when I’m talking more from a vague sense of familiarity than actual experience/having read something.

6. Lust: What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

Not sure I have a list…depends on the specific character(s) and context.

7. Envy: What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Offhand, the Death of Spider-Man (Ultimate Spider-Man) Omnibus, the X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus, and/or the X-Men: Fatal Attractions Omnibus.

Another Hour’s Come

“We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be…”

lifeofwalt1to100smallI’ll admit it: watching this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special nearly brought on tears. Had I been watching alone, I imagine it would have succeeded. But that’s not the focus of this post.

Of all the poignant things said, from Eccleston to Tennant to Smith and supporting characters throughout…this hit really close to the heart.

Who hasn’t felt like different people through the years? All the phases of life, the periods of trials, tribulations, joys and frustrations. Not so much the randomish ups and downs, but those extended periods of time.

If life were accurately represented in a comic book series–that is, one’s life individually given a comic book publication analogy of sorts–it’d be like all the Marvel and/or DC reboots and such. lifeofwaltbgsustudent061The continuity might remain the same, but the numbering is new/different, and the creative team might shift.

I was one person through maybe 4th/5th grade. Another those years through the end of junior high. I was another person in high school…maybe 2: one most of freshman year, with a transformation that began in the final weeks that year hitting that summer between freshman/sophomore years.

I was another person the summer between high school and college, and by halfway into freshman year of college I was yet another person. The summer between my sophomore and junior years I was another, and then Autumn 2001 saw me become yet another person for most of that academic year and into the summer after. lifeofwalt100I was a ‘new’ person from the week before my senior year began on through the next autumn before a short time as yet another person in early 2004.

There was another life from going off to grad school in late August 2004 through to 2007/2008; and I’ve felt like a different person these last few years.

Truthfully, lately I’ve begun to think that it’d be rather ideal to be able to “regenerate”–to maintain memories of everything that’s come so far, but to have a new start, a new/different personality, etc. Yet much as I might desire certain things to change…I suppose I’m afraid of what must happen to usher in such change. And who I am now, whoever that is–“I don’t want to go.”

Not At Comic Con

I’m not in San Diego this week.

I’m not going to Comic Con.

And at this point, I’m seriously considering staying off of Facebook and Twitter for a few days.

Maybe I’m just some curmudgeon anymore. But it seems there’s so much focus either on “exlusives” (how many people want these to HAVE them, and how many want them to SELL them at huge markups on eBay???).

And frankly, I just don’t think I have it in me to try to “keep up” with every last snippet of “news” or “announcements” and such.

Tonight (pretty much as soon as I post this, actually) I’m driving to the airport to pick up my sister. First I’ll have seen her in over a year and a half. That’s pretty exclusive, wouldn’t you say? And I’m going to get to introduce her to Zig, my parents’ kitty, who I simply adore. That’s gonna be a pretty exclusive slice of life.

I just got a package the other day of the complete Eclipso: The Darkness Within story from the 1992 DC Annuals. It’s been 19 years since I was introduced to that story. Kinda special, no?

I picked up Legends 1-6 for $.25/ea at the LCS today, and I’ve been interested in that story for a few months now with a vague interest since way back in 1992 or earlier when I found a Superman comic that was a Legends tie-in (#3?). Kinda special as well, no?

And while everyone’s geared up for this unfathomable mass that is Comic Con…

I will be beginning my first real vacation in better than 2 years, with a couple of my oldest friends, and getting far away from usual life. Y’all have your comic con…I’m taking vacation.

And I’ll catch up with stuff sometime later.

[Due to vacation, no reviews this week and none next week. I may post some random stuff from vacation via phone, but time will tell.]

Upping the random thoughts

I found myself up far too early this Saturday morning. It’s been a long week, and I’d certainly had zero intention of being up “early” on this long weekend.

But sure enough, woke before 7am and wound up staying up. Decided to check out Netflix, which I’ve neglected for about a week, and opted to “start” watching the film Grownups from last year. Wound up going all the way through.

Next searched for stuff to add to the instant queue, and then something else to actually watch and decided I wasn’t in the mood for anything else at length. But there was “Up,” sitting in the front end of the instant queue where it’s been for months. And I haven’t seen any of the film since I went to see it in the theater a couple years back.

Surely, knowing what the beginning held and having been moved in the theater, I wouldn’t ‘fall for’ it again.

But I found myself amused at the beginning–the kids playing in the old house. Smiling at the wedding, wistful as they built a home, crushed at her news, wistful as they moved forward. Nodding in appreciation as “real life” again and again interrupted their plans, and honestly in tears as their lives reached a twilight.

And all through that…really no dialogue past their being kids.

It’s just all this fantastic, recognizeable imagery or symbolism or whatever. It’s stuff that while watching you can follow along and “get” what’s going on. You can fill in the missing dialogue in your own mind, with your own experiences and thoughts and hopes and dreams. You might find yourself projecting a bit, or identifying with stuff. Maybe not exactly–this is a fictional, animated production–but it has such a sense of authenticity about it.

I turned it off after the opener. Oh, I’ll go back and rewatch the whole thing, but as said above–not in the mood for anything at length at the moment.

And then I found that it’s really burrowed into my head, and stirred up my thinking.

Unfortunately, despite all that I read and write, I can’t really find words for it. There’s just this feeling, that I can’t quite describe. And sometimes I think the best expression of it is an analogy that few but comic readers can “get,” and it’s also summed up by the Kurt Busiek (Astro City) story “The Nearness of You.” I know that’s not my life, it’s a fictional story.

But sometimes, with all the what-ifs and if-onlys and all that, it’s easy to imagine all these alternate lives that “could have been” or “might have been,” and all that.

This is real life, though.

And I have no idea what’s coming.


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