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The Spam is gone!

Brian Hibbs

Ding frickin’ dong the spam is gone.  Man THAT took a while (and four different people)   -B

Ow, sorry, timewarp!

Brian Hibbs

Backstage problems here at SavCrit, and everything that was posted in the last 97 days just got deleted. The GOOD news is it is in service of getting rid of the damn spam (though, that will still be a bit more time, but it IS being actively worked on) It is possible (?) that John K and Jeff and Abhay all wrote things in Word first, and can restore their posts, but I’m not going to bet on it.  I know I sure as heck didn’t! Still, happy thoughts, right? I am SO close to being done with the main parts of back issue project at the new store that is soaking virtually all of my time (I just started…  Read More…

I know, the site is a little borked, I know!

Brian Hibbs

Comments be broken, there’s spam, and so on… I’m trying to get it addressed, but I’m just drowning from overwork with the second store.  Some things should be happening VERY SOON that should make things a little better, and there are a few other changes coming that (I don’t think?) are really my announcements to make, so I won’t…. But, really, I’m just asking for patience until my schedule clears up a little — I’m a little past halfway done with the BASEMENT O’ DOOM! then, after that I actually plan to return to reviewing things again.  But that might not be until summertime? Trying hard to suck less!   -B

An Apology

Brian Hibbs

I’ve been very quiet the last couple of weeks. I started a new thing, which I’ll formally tell you about soonish, and that’s soaked a bunch of time; then I got the BookScan numbers which soaked a bunch of other time; and then 2 weeks ago I cracked a tooth, which lead inexorably to “Oh, you need a root canal, ha!”, and so I’ve been in blinding pain for most of the time. Yeah, whine whine, just telling you why I’ve been quiet, and will be for a little while yet to come. (Like, the root canal’s second appointment is in a week, then the crown the week after that, then it’s off to ComicsPRO, and…..)   -B

The Digital Bits

Brian Hibbs

You may recall that when we started the digital store here, I promised that I would keep things transparent and out in the open about our results. So, here ya’ go.

Shop Update: Double Barrel Achievement Unlocked!

Jeff Lester

Hey, everybody.  Jeff here with a double reminder that: (a) Double Barrel #5 is out today; and (even better) (b) all issues of Double Barrel are available for purchase from the Savage Critic store! As regular listeners to the Wait, What? podcast know, Graeme and I are huge fans of this two-talent monthly anthology from Top Shelf.  Each new issue is $1.99 and usually features approx. 1oo+ pages of great comics and enjoyable comics crafting essays.  (Issue #4 is only 81 pages.)  But since Top Shelf drops the price on the previous issues, you can get issues #1-4 for at $0.99 a pop.  There are two main recurring serials: Zander Cannon’s Heck, about a modern-day adventurer who uses his house’s…  Read More…

The Digital Store

Brian Hibbs

Wholly unbeknownst to me, the store looks to have been down for some amount of time.  Maybe months, I’m not sure. (That sounds sad, but I don’t buy digital comics, and no one mailed me to say “its not working!” — I just hadn’t notced I wasn’t getting regular paypal notices of purchases any longer).  BUT.. it’s working again now, after, lord, nearly a week of back and forth of figuring out what went wrong.  You can find the store right here -B

Byte Me!

Brian Hibbs

Hey, remember a few weeks ago when I said “There’s a big announcement coming!”, and then I had to walk that back a little? Well, hey, it’s here, below the jump!

A BIG announcement!

Brian Hibbs

You know how a few days ago, I promised “a frickin’ GIANT announcement”? Well, it turns out that I can officially announce at this moment in time, exclusively to this site, and in front of God and man…. …that the Giant announcement will take place sometime in the future! Find me at a bar and we’ll laugh at how things are unfolding, and, yeah, something IS happening (I’m sworn and promised) but maybe not for a few weeks, or maybe even a few months, depending. Sorry to get your hopes up!! -B

New Comix Experience website!

Brian Hibbs

In other news, we’ve completed a refresh of the Comix Experience website, which was pretty long overdue, I hate to say. In addition to it just looking visually fresher, there’s a fair chunk of new content on the site for you to examine — in super-particular I’ve put up an additional 26 Tilting at Windmills, and you can also find a scan of the ultra-rare Comix Experience 5th anniversary magazine, yay! Spend a few minutes tooling around, let me know what you think? Much love to my Mom, who did the rebuild! THANKS MOM!   -B

Burble Burble Burble, Hibbs fufills a promise to review

Brian Hibbs

I said I was going to review, so here’s a few quick hits. I’ve been spending a lot of time this week on the back end of the site, you’ll notice some of the real estate has changed. That “uncategorized” number will shrink over the year as I go through the older, blogger-era posts (sheesh, we have nearly 2000 posts here at this point!), but the tag cloud will really only be utilized properly going forward from here.   If you have any mechanical/aesthetic suggestions for the site, now is the time to do so.   Putting that aside, what stuck with me in the last two weeks?   PUNISHERMAX #14: I wrote up #13, but #14 compels me to…  Read More…

Why am I starting to feel old?

Brian Hibbs

Internet time is compressed and strange, and it is a whole lot of new all of the time, and so when things last it feels a little weird, doesn’t it?   It was ten years ago today that I started posting openly to the web using the Savage Critic name — that was on comixexperience.com, and something broke that I hadn’t noticed until a week ago, and I don’t know how to fix it and anyway, that site will be revamped (and hopefully properly restored) sometime in June-ish, so sorry you can’t go back and look at Public post #1 at this very second.   I had posts on Doug Pratt’s long-gone Comics & Animation Forum on CompuServe (Wheeee, dial-up…  Read More…

OK, I think we’re back this time!

Brian Hibbs

I *think* all of the backstage drama is now over, and we should be good to go from here out. Because of the @#$@%@ at the old hosting service, we seem to have lost the last week’s worth of posts… but I’m going to see what I can do to get them back up here via Google Cache, as I have time throughout the day. UPDATE: Sadly, we lost any COMMENTS to the blog in the last 9-10 days, and all of the pictures/video got broke — but all of the text content is back up at least. I also suspect that everyone needs to update your RSS feeds AGAIN, but, honestly that should be it.  Wish us luck!! -B

Brian catches up on 2/24 and 3/3

Brian Hibbs

One more bit of housekeeping: when we switch, sometime later this week, to our new hosting provider, the site will go black again. Kate says “about 3 hours”, but I’m going to say “up to 24 hours”, just to be safe. Once that passes, however, we should be good to go for the long run (he said, his fingers crossed) Plinking out things I’ve missed over the last two weeks… FALL OF HULKS RED HULK #2: Maybe it is me (it often is!), but if I were buying a book called “Red Hulk”, I’d expect to read a story about, oh, dunno, the Red Hulk maybe? I might even hope that it would tell me something (anything!) about the character….  Read More…

Arriving 3/10/2010

Brian Hibbs

Some housekeeping: If you were signed up on the RSS feed from the old (blogger) version of the site, you need to sign up for the new RSS feed from this iteration (WordPress) — thanks to Jeff for noticing this. I don’t use RSS, so it’s all mysterious to me. Question: How current do you want my reviews to be? If I post on Wednesdays, I can include some/all of that week’s books, but I’m worried that a significant chunk of you haven’t read those books yet? Here’s this week’s shipping list, below the cut

…and we’re back!

Brian Hibbs

Our current hosting provider decided, for some reason, that basic WordPress scripts were “using too much memory” and took us down. Without warning, naturally. Said company has a phone line featuring 20 minute waits in line to talk to someone who merely reads you back the email exchanges. Said company has reps who, when they call you, don’t leave the toll free number to call back on. Said company suggested we upgrade to a hosting plan that would be roughly 14x what we currently pay. Said company took more than 3 days to restore this blog after we complied with thier instructions. Said company? Not going to be our provider by this time next week. So, no, it wasn’t you….  Read More…

Attention RSS Feeders: We’ve Moved! And Stuff!

Jeff Lester

Hey, Jeff here. I realize there may be some people who follow us almost exclusively through RSS who don’t know that we’ve updated the site. You will still be able to find us at http://www.savagecritic.com. Our service provider turned dickish on us and wanted a ton more money to continue to host us, so we’ve moved house. As for the RSS feed, its new location is http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheSavageCritics See you there! Uh, when we’re back up anyway…

Savage Critics on the Reporter!

Brian Hibbs

It is a Savage Critic Four-fer (is that a word?) as Tom Spurgeon interviews Jog on Death Note, Douglas on Invincible Iron Man, Tucker on Ganges, and Sean on Blankets! All of them (as well as all of the non-Savage Critic interviews as well!) are definitely must-read pieces! Spurge initially asked me to do an interview, as well, but then he suddenly decided to do this one-critic-one-book series, and he asked if we could do our general survey of the business of comics later in 2010. I’m certainly looking forward to the chances of doing that sometime in the next month or two, I hope! -B

Super hot collectible alert!

Brian Hibbs

[Don't forget that we've got Scott Allie and Kevin McGovern on Wednesday from 5-7 -- please try to come!] In about 20-25 years, when my son is a famous artist, you’re going to want to have in your collection a copy of SCOOBY DOO #149, out this week. Why? Because Ben’s first published piece of artwork is in there on the letter’s page! I’m actually a little shocked how long it took to run — I think it was nearly eight months ago that we sent it in, and they run 4-6 pieces from kids every month (can you tell I’ve been religiously checking every issue as they get released?) — I’d actually given up hope it was going to…  Read More…

They Say That Girl You Know She Acts Too Tough Tough Tough: Diana Turns Off The Lights

Brian Hibbs

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I’ve decided to step away from mainstream comics for a while. Sadly, that also means bowing out of the Savage Critics. Why, when and what next: after the jump.

The RSS feed thing

Brian Hibbs

I’ll be completely honest with you: I know just about nothing about some of the backstagey bits of this site. I’ve never used a RSS feed in my life and don’t really “get” it, because I’m a bitter old curmudgeon. I only kind of understand how “hits” work, or advertising costs on the web, or any of that stuff — I don’t think I’ve looked a refer log in something like 5 years, and, while I have permissions to go get our metric information, I never really bother, because I’m more interested in the content than all of that stuff, y’know? Anyway, long and short, yeah, Kate changed the way the RSS feeds work with the Savage Critic site, and…  Read More…

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