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Thursday, December 28, 2006

...And a happy new year

Welp, I'm finally done with college. And it looks like I've got a job lined up, at least temporarily. So it looks like I can finally get back into webcomics the way I've been wanting to. Look for some exciting new things from me in January (I may not have them ready to launch right on the 1st of the new year, but they'll be coming out soon).

Also, I just thought I'd mention that I asked for a lot of webcomic books for Christmas, and it was not the best idea. I thought it'd be a great way to get some books without spending what little money I have left. Instead, it meant about a month and a half of not knowing which books I would be getting and therefore being unable to buy ANYTHING, which was quite annoying.

In the end, I received The Good, The Bad, and the Pugly from Sheldon, and The Blackness Between from Schlock Mercenary. Both are incredibly awesome. Sheldon never ceases to get me laughing out loud, and Schlock has such great layouts and bonus material that it looks beautiful in print.

However, this also means I did not receive
A Brief History of Webcomics from Checkerboard Nightmare
Inverloch Volume 2 from Inverloch
Evil Inc. Annual Report Volume 2 from Evil Inc.
Dandy & Company Volumes 3, 4, and 5 from Dandy and Company

Fortunately, thanks to awesome Grandmas I got quite a bit of money this year for Christmas, so I've already gone out and purchased Inverloch Volume 2 (which is available at Borders and Barnes and Noble as it actually has a distributor: Seven Seas Manga) and while I was there I picked up American Born Chinese, which has been on my reading list. I also ran by a comic book shop and picked up Cowboys and Aliens, which I'll be talking about here soon. The other books will be ordered soon.

Oh, and I also ordered A Well Balanced Meal, since Dave Kellett said he was about to run out. And when someone says you may NEVER HAVE THE CHANCE AGAIN to own something, that almost always suckers me in.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Yeah, yeah, shut up already.

The ComicSpace logo, from ComicSpace.

I'm really not a big fan of social networking sites. In all honesty, to me it seems they serve no purpose beyond letting people recreate their high school cliques in an online format, where all anyone's worried about is getting into another person's "top 8 friends" or whatever. I've never really cared about stuff like that. Online social networking is just so cheap, in my opinion. Heck, it took me a long time to get into blogs, until I realized that people were using them to post interesting criticism and debate and not just "Today I drank two glasses of orange juice... Hyuk."

That being said, I've created an account for myself on ComicSpace, the new "MySpace for webcomics". Why? Well, first off it's because I wanted to park my name there. I like to park my name on most popular sites just so that some yahoo can't go around ruining my reputation. But secondly, it's because it looks like ComicSpace is going to be much more than just a social networking site. It's going to have tools for tracking your webcomics (although I've always preferred Piperka to, and even the ability to add your own comics (and I'm guessing with that, the ability to subscribe to the comics of others).

So it's not just a social networking site, it's also a site full of webcomics tools. And that sort of thing is right up my alley. So I'm signed up, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes. You can even request to be my friend, if you like, although I can't promise I won't be curmudgeonly about it at times.

Oh, and in case you hadn't noticed, I've gone back to using images of "the old man of the Empire" for my avatars. I figured you guys were sick of seeing my boring face. Besides, I particularly liked the one I've got on the blog now, which shows me as an angry old man, which is how I feel when I type here sometimes.