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Trying to get back on track: Hibbs’ 7/4 & 7/11

Brian Hibbs

I posted the Batman Earth One review last week, so that covers my “quota”, I guess. I’m going to mix up a little of this week and last for this week’s post from me…

“‘Freedom’ Yang worship word!”

Brian Hibbs

Yes, I’m back from Washington DC (back Monday at Midnight, worked 12 hours on New Comics Receipt Tuesday, then worked New Comics Wednesday, so… kinda bushed. Plus I got a not-quite-a-cold?) – what follows is a kind of a travelogue. It has very little to do with comics; it has a lot to do about America. And Ben.

JOHN CARTER? It’s terrific!

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I thought the trailers were all incredibly blah, but I thought “Well, it’s the director of FINDING NEMO and WALL-E, so it’s probably got to have something going for it.”, so when the envelope arrived with the free movie tickets, I thought, “OK, for once, I’ll go stand in line for one of these” (Though, god, am I schmuck or what? I shoulda just put the call in, and I totally could have reserved seats to a press screener…) Also? Took Ben with me — and he loved it too. Here’s the first thing I’ll say? The “Host” of the screener was KOFY TV. They’re an independent local station. And when I say “independent”, I don’t mean “The WB” or…  Read More…

“Hey, Title that Post, Hibbs!” — stuff from 7/20

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Two Comics, and a Film!

Green Lantern: The Movie

Brian Hibbs

I had to wait a little while to see Green Lantern because of scheduling issues with Ben — he’s in a crazy amount of camps, with enrichment afterwards (soccer, swimming, etc), and then weekends with his grandparents that Wednesday was the first chance we had to go together. And what’s the point of seeing a superhero movie if you’re not taking your seven year old?  

Two things that have nothing to do with one another!

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What could they be? Find out under the jump!

Arriving 10/6/10

Brian Hibbs

First and foremost: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful son, Ben, who is now 7 years old today! W00t! It is a good week of comics, I think — Alan Moore, Buffy, Metalocalypse. And remember how there were no Vertigo books last week? Welp, you got two weeks worth today… PLUS! the new Darwyn Cooke PARKER book — that’s worth a trip to the comics store all by itself… 28 DAYS LATER #15 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #2 (OF 4) AMERICAN VAMPIRE #7 AUTHORITY #27 AVENGERS ACADEMY #5 BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS #3 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #49 BATMAN HIDDEN TREASURES #1 BATMAN ODYSSEY #4 (OF 13) BOYS #47 BRIGHTEST DAY #11 BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME RED ROBIN #1 BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #37 LAST…  Read More…

Comix Experience is 21 today

Brian Hibbs

About 3 hours from now, 21 years ago, I walked down the block (I literally only lived a block away back then) and threw on the lights for the very first time. As I recall, we made $56 the first day open — I was so proud! I was 21 years old myself when I opened the store, which means from now on, I’ve been doing this longer than I haven’t been doing it. Jinkies! I’m wearing the teal and pink CE shirt today, to celebrate — well, in my defense, it WAS the 1980s. Plus, Ben lost his second tooth today, so it’s a real day for milestones! -B

’tisn’t easy bein’ green, tee tee tee tee tee

Brian Hibbs

I’ve never been a massive fan of St. Patrick’s Day — it is one of those days where I want to get the hell off the streets before the sun goes down to avoid “Amateur Night”, where all of the people who really don’t know how to drink large amounts of alcohol get to, in fact, prove that. I do like how Ben’s school does it though. In Kindergarten and First Grade (at least) they have the kids build and design “leprechaun traps”, which is a fun project that really exercises both the kid’s creativity as well as their engineering skills. Ben built an awesome “bank” for the “Leps” to “rob”, with ladders to climb, and a collapsing rug over…  Read More…

What scares you

Brian Hibbs

I was standing around Ben’s schoolyard the other morning talking with the first graders while waiting for the morning bell to ring, and one of them announced to me that they were afraid of squirrels (first graders are really cute with what will just pop out of their mouths) (She had been bitten by a squirrel a few weeks before apparently, so I can get behind that) So I started asking the kids what they were all scared of — I have a very mild fear of heights (more like I get dizzy), and Ben said “Ghost Galaxy!” (I think we’ll come back to that), one little boy said people dressed as zombies, and another said spiders, but the one…  Read More…

Super hot collectible alert!

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[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…

Arriving 9/2/2009

Brian Hibbs

So, Disney buying Marvel, eh? Yeah, that’s likely to be a game-changer. No real commentary from me today on that, however — Ben broke his arm yesterday, so I lost most of the day to the Emergency Room (and, let me tell you, if you have an injured kid in San Francisco, you’d be REALLY smart to take them to the new Pediatric Emergency Room at California Pacific Medical Center on California St., because those people were AWESOME, 100% kid-oriented [They have a staffer JUST to explain procedures to kids in kid-language!], astonishingly professional, and we didn’t have that wait-to-entry that I normally associate with ERs — we had a doctor to see in like 15 minutes. I’d never call…  Read More…

Smidge more on Gaiman

Brian Hibbs

Here’s at least two bloggish posts about the Gaiman signing: First from Matt Maxwell, and the second from Seth Rosenblatt. The latter has this nice pic (if I’m linking correctly, at least) Also, here’s the photodump of pictures that Susan Riddle took. If you know of any other posts, please let me know! -B

I don’t know how to title this one!

Brian Hibbs

I meant to say something last week (ugh, or was it two weeks now) when Spurgeon linked to Johanna’s (we miss you!) note about the pending release of the last color BONE volume. I volunteer at Ben’s school library one day a week (what can I say… I believe in libraries!), and, man, do the comics circulate like crazy! I’m only in there one day a week, but based on looking at the shelves I think it is true for every day in there — the comics circulate the INSTANT they get put back out on the shelves. My responsibilities include checking in each classes books, as well as checking the kids out each week (basically, it’s just retail, but…  Read More…

Oh Disneyland, my Disneyland

Brian Hibbs

It’s a field trip report for those of you who care about such things… find it under the jump… (with some cute pics, as well!) It was just Ben’s birthday, and is my wont, I took him for a trip. Theoretically, these are “father/son” trips, but this year Ben wanted Mama to come along as well, and since it’s HIS birthday, we went along with his plan. Like last year, we headed south for Disneyland (but I’m not set on this being a Disney trip every year… taking ideas for next year already, folks!), but because Mama was with us, we made it a little more of a production number than last year. Last year it was a “day trip”…  Read More…

Some burbling from Hibbs (new business)

Brian Hibbs

Besides the time pressures lately (once we get used to this Kinder schedule, things should be smoother), I’ve been kind of unimpressed with most of the comics I’ve been reading lately. Its not even that I hate them or anything — that’s always worth a few inches — but just that I’ve been feeling “Meh” about most stuff I’m reading. It could be the lack of sleep, or it could just be me getting (more) jaded, I dunno. So I’m really happy that in the last week or so I’ve read two things that fill me with enough love and joy to actually sit down and write! We’ve received both of these books from Baker & Taylor, so I couldn’t…  Read More…

Two Comics and One Not from 8/20

Brian Hibbs

The Castro Theatre here in town is showing a sing-along copy of THE LITTLE MERMAID this week (through the 28th). There are two shows a day — one at 2 PM and one at 7:30 PM. Today, at least, the 2pm showing is all about the kindergartener (Ben starts on Monday, jeez we’re nervous. He’s not, however), and I quite imagine that the 7:30 show is going to be about the drag queens, but if you either like the film, or have a little kid, then I really recommend going. What’s nice about THE LITTLE MERMAID is that it works in nearly equal measure for both boys AND girls. Ben can barely stand SLEEPING BEAUTY or CINDERELLA or SNOW WHITE,…  Read More…

Indiana Jones and the Really Awful Third Act

Brian Hibbs

Nope, no comics review this week — nothing really struck me at all this week at all, good or bad. Instead I’m going to go back in time to a week or so ago when I saw INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. But let’s start in the present day. I had Ben this morning while Tzipora had a doctor’s appointment, and I knew that they had a playdate planned for the afternoon, so I opted to not take him to the park, since then he’d be park-ed out at that point. So, I thought, let’s watch some movies. In fact, let’s watch RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK — he’s been begging for Indy for weeks (which…  Read More…

Arriving 4/30/08

Brian Hibbs

In good news, on Round 2 of the SF public school lottery, Ben got into the A#1 school we wanted him to get into, so there’s happy happy happy dancing all around. In the mediocre news, its yet another small teeny week of comics. Considering this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, can I declare THE ENTIRE COMICS INDUSTRY as the ASSHAT OF THE WEEK? It really woulda been a smarter idea to have a rich and full week of comics this week, given that we’ll have thousands of civilians pouring into DM stores, right? *sigh* 2000 AD #1581 2000 AD #1582 ACTION COMICS #864 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #557 ARCHIE #584 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #188 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #12 BIG AMOEBA ONE…  Read More…

The A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words Department

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Since Hibbs is having trouble posting this….

The Happy Place

Brian Hibbs

I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed Disneyland, actually. It probably was seeing it through the four year old’s eyes, of course. A bitter old man like me? I’m generally cynical about those kinds of affairs, but Ben just was full of joy and wonder of the whole thing, that all of that cynicism kind of washes off. We went down on Wednesday night, catching the “last flight in” — well, from Oakland to John Wayne, at least. I think I’ve decided to never EVER catch a flight from SFO again, if there’s an equivalent flight from Oakland, because Oakland is such a teeny little airport. We get to Oakland, via public transportation (of which the only kind…  Read More…

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