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Hello friends,

Just booked my flight to the new York Comic-Con that will be held February 6-8 at the Jacob Javitz Center. SO that means that you should be getting online and booking your flights now as well does it not??? I will be signing books at the Top Shelf booth and pimping the new book BB Wolf & The 3 L.P.s which is due out this summer. I'll have a sneak peek at the art so make sure to ask. I'll also have a small handful of the new 3 Geeks issues and some original art for sale. If you don't spot me at the TS booth i might be visiting and signing at the Archie Comics booth. other than that I plan on actually strolling around at this con! Something I never seem to get a chance to do at the other cons. I'll be pimpin' myself to other pubs and even taking in some panels!!! Looking forward to it.

And at night you can find me somewhere in the downtown area getting inebriated. Catch me at the right time and I'm buyin'!

The new 3 Geeks mini-series is in full-swing! issue #1 hit the stands last week, and aside from a printing snafu all went well and the response has been very kind. Issue 2 is ahead of schedule and is being printed this week for Feb shipping with issue 3 to follow in March. #3 isn't finished yet and I'm wrestling with the "perfect" ending for it. Sucks cuz I have 3-4 ways I could end the story and I just can't decide which way I like best right now. Maybe now I'll have to do a trade with alternate endings?

Anyway, make sure and order your copies, cuz in case you haven't heard Diamond Distributors just raised their minimums and this certainly spells the end for many a small press publisher. Their minimum sales requirement was 1,500 units sold or $1,500.00. Now they're raising that to 2,500/$2,500.00. Quite a substantial jump there. So a lot of my friends in the small press won't be publishing soon and that makes me sad. That said, I do understand that Diamond is a business and having a bunch of "nickel and dime" accounts can sometimes cost more than they're worth for them with the paperwork and employee salaries and all. Still, a sad day.

Saw Benjamin Button the other night with Sandy, and although we both enjoyed it we both agree that 13 Oscar noms is a bit too much. It's good but it's not GREAT! And Brad Pitt's good but an "Oscar-worthy" performance? Didn't see it. And we think he's a pretty darn good actor that makes very good choices (in his films).

Haven't suggested any good reads in awhile and I feel remiss in my responsibilities. So, here are a few books I've enjoyed over the past few months that I think YOU should also be enjoying...

INVADERS/AVENGERS by Alex Ross & Jim Krueger. This is an "event" comic that's far superior than the other "event" comics currently being printed. Great, concise storytelling and fantastic art. It is a true "epic!" Everything we fanboys want in an event comic. I know it's good when I get that "WHOA!" punch-in-the-gut feeling when I read it. So far so good with this mini-series. A lot of them start out that way though, don't they, and then fall flat. I'm praying that's not the case here.

HULK! I am really loving this new Hulk series. Fun, fun, fun! And just great action! This red Hulk dude is really kicking some serious ass and who the hell is this cat already??? Thought for sure (like everyone else) that he was Doc Samson (which woulda been totally cool!) but, apparently it is not. Can't wait to find out who it is.

Terry Pratchett's DISCWORLD novels. I bought "Going Postal" on a whim at the airport last year when I'd realized I'd forgotten my book at home. Previously I'd only read "Good Omens" that he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman, and I read that because I was a neil Gaiman fan. That book was fantastic so I figured I should give Terry's other books a try sometime. Then about 8 years pass and there I am at the airport and I see the spines of about 8 of his books there on the shelves! Bingo! Going Postal was phenomenal. I was hooked. Since then I've read 4 other Discworld books and gotten Sandy into them as well. We've kind of started at the backend of the series, however, and are now going to begin starting at the...uh...start. Looking forward to it! Trust me, these books are top-notch.

Harlan Coben novels. I got my first Coben novel from the local Kinko's guy who was tearing off covers to send back for refunds to their distributor. I happen to be a regular there and the guy knows me and offered me a stack of paperbacks. I readily agreed. First one I read was JUST ONE LOOK and it was an exceptional thriller/mystery. Coben's a very skilled storyteller that's a little bit Elmore Leonard and a lotta Charlie Huston. Another author I plan on going back and getting all his previous efforts.

And finally...My Imac G5 took a dump on me. A couple months ago it started being...difficult. At first it just was a little fuzzy when it started up and then progressively got worse until it got to the point that it was taking upwards of 30 minutes to get the damn thing started. So, I took it in to the local Apple store for a diagnostic and they suggested I back up everything and then try and reload all the software.

Did that.

Didn't work.

Called the Geek Squad. The gave me an estimate of $300 over the phone to fix me up. Guy took one look and said the computer was fried and that I'd be better off getting a new one rather than spend the money to fix the old one.

Took it back to the Apple store armed with this new information and lo and behold they agreed. The Logic Board was fried.

$2,600.00 later and I have my brand-spanking-new IMAC! With the nifty little BOSE speakers to boot! Did I have $2,600 for a new computer right now? No, not really. Do I think that an Imac G5 should last more than 3 & 3/4 years? Yes, I do. Did they? Never really got a straight answer on that one. Apparently the G5 model did "demonstrate" an unusually high mortality rate. Lucky me.

Here's hoping the 2009 version lasts a little longer. Kick ass screen though! man, high def is sweet! And it's got all sorts of bels and whistles the other one didn't. I'll probably never use 1/100th od 'em but, heck, still cool as hell.

Ai'ght! Thassit for now. I'll be running some of the new 3 Geeks originals on the website soon and I just got 250+ pages back from Archie! So if you're interested in any complete Archie stories let me know. I've got 5, 6, 11, 12 and full-length 22 page stories for sale. And I price those puppies to sell!



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