Bits and pieces

April 22, 2005

I can’t believe the Freedom Force sequel played the “bitch crazy” card. I’m deeply distressed.

I’m really not much of a con-goer, and I don’t have any particular purchases in mind, but I’m twitching with excitement over this weekend’s Pittsburgh Comicon because I get to meet some of my favorite bloggers.

Speaking of favorite bloggers, happy anniversary to Johanna Draper Carlson, who’s been writing Cognitive Dissonance for a year now. Beyond being insightful, intelligent, and an excellent source of reading recommendations, Johanna’s a really delightful person.

And since I’m in blogger love mode, I’ll point you towards Christopher Butcher’s latest offering at comics.212.net. I’m one of those comics shoppers who did the Snoopy dance on Wednesday, walking off with some of my favorite mainstream titles and Lost At Sea AND the totally unexpected arrival of a volume of True Story, Swear To God, which I’ve been meaning to try for a while now.

By the way, the owner of the shop I use is thinking of setting up a “sample corner,” where he puts out issues of smaller-press and indy books that people can read in the shop. He’s always trying to expand the shop’s inventory horizons, and he thinks this would be a good way to measure demand for books that haven’t yet set north central West Virginia on fire. (I know! A cosmopolitan enclave like that? Sorry to shatter your illusions that there’s an Isotope or Jim Hanley’s Universe on every corner.) It sounds sort of like an ongoing Free Comic Book Day or a trial library in the shop. I think it sounds like a good idea, just an extension of the fact that he encourages browsing, but if anyone out there has any experience with this kind of experiment or any feedback, let me know, and I’ll pass the message along.