Feb 23
Trade Aggrievement
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A while back, a book called Economix came out that I found to be a really fun way to educate people about how the economy does or (in the case of the last 30 years) doesn’t work. I highly recommend you pick it up if you are at all interested in the subject (you should be since you are a part of the economy and should have a vested interest in things that affect you).

Well, the creators of the book have drawn up a nifty little follow-up that helps show us how bad the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) really is.

HERE’S THE LINK.

If you don’t have quite enough time to read it, here’s the super-short version:

Remember how NAFTA brought prosperity to all the countries involved instead of seeing jobs shipped elsewhere with no benefit to anyone except the people already at the top? No? Well, this is way worse and we need to stop it.

Might be worthwhile to let your representatives know your opinion on that before it’s too late.

Feb 23
Two Fellows with Cellos
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A few people have been posting up links in the usual places to a pair of cellists that have been doing some mighty fine covers of popular songs using mainly (and sometimes only), you guessed it, cellos. So to start you off, here is their cover of what is probably my favorite song from AC/DC.

Dec 22
Harass & Tell
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An artist named Mari Naomi recently had a negative experience on a convention panel. She did not name the other person involved, but he came forward after Heidi MacDonald wrote about it on The Comics Beat. He came forward and offered an apology. This take on the situation and his “apology” is the angrier version of my own. Instead of apologizing for how someone reacts to your inappropriate behavior, apologize for being inappropriate. After which, actively seek out what it is within yourself that made you feel such a thing was acceptable and confront it. Finally, advocate on behalf of your newly enlightened position.

I think more of these incidents need to be brought to light, with names named, if for no other reason than to keep the conversation going. I hope that in the course of doing so, we can assess each situation without a jerk of the collective knee and suss out the proper reaction from our community. We could sort the emboldened misogynists/racists/bigots from the merely ignorant/foolish and maybe bring about some change.

I think Scott Lobdell needs to think about his actions/apology, really get at the roots of of why he would act that way and try again with a new understanding. Who knows? Maybe this coming out is already causing him to take a hard look in the mirror. I can hope so.

If you want to check out Mari Naomi’s book, Kiss & Tell, you can browse it here. If you decide to buy it, they would like you to use this service instead of running straight for Amazon.

Nov 30
Meanwhile, Back in Our Court
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Looks like Bleeding Cool, my preferred comic news site, ran my goodbye to Wishing Well Comics. I had sent them the link hoping to bring the closing to their attention and they decided to post the entirety of what I wrote. I’m glad they decided to go that route instead of posting some bland notice. Before I’d posted about the closing, another store had bought out all of Robert’s remaining stock and have taken pretty much everything that isn’t nailed down, save for what customers had on hold. I can see Robert’s logic in letting them clear him out before any last minute customers could come in and go through everything. Letting a bunch of people cherry-pick the stock might have left Robert with a bunch of stuff another store wouldn’t want and he’d be stuck.

Around here, things have been moving slowly in regards to Super (well, more slowly than normal), but we’ve caught a break and it looks like the guy who has been doing our color flats will be able to jump on and start doing full colors. He just has to get a couple small gigs out of the way and then he’ll begin coloring.

Our pixel art has been growing quite a following and right now we’re running a contest on the Pixel Paladins Facebook page. Through December 7th, every like and comment on the page get you one entry into the contest and every share gets you two entries.

Here are the prizes:
– Grand Prize winner gets a giant Ghostbuster logo ($80)
– First runner up gets a large My Little Pony heart ($45)
– Second runner up gets the Ryu + hadouken blast pictured below ($27)
– Third runner up gets a Large Superman logo ($20)
– Fourth runner up gets a medium Batman logo ($10)

As you can see, lots of big prizes to be had there and if you win a piece you don’t particularly want, you can request another piece of equal value or a number of pieces totaling the same value!

hadouken

Nov 29
A Wish Unfulfilled
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Sadly, Wishing Well Comics will be closing its doors after this weekend. Originally the oldest shop in the valley (when it was called Dreamwell Comics), it had a rocky start when the place was essentially robbed and new owner Robert was forced to spend months closed before reopening under the new name.

In the world of comics retail, you live and die on regular customers. They help you gauge what’s trending and give you an idea of what income you’re going to have to work with. Having a store closed for any period of time will scatter these customers to the wind, looking for other places to get their regular titles. Factor in something I call Fanboy Guilt (the mechanism wherein a fanboy feels indebted to a store that has ordered books for them in advance [trademark pending]), and getting those customers back after they’ve moved elsewhere can be a Sisyphean task.

Had the theft never occurred, Robert would have had a well-established clientele, but he was forced to start with a fraction of that and never fully recovered the numbers Dreamwell had. After giving it five years of effort and being forced to reenter the workforce to make sure he didn’t drown in bills, he finally made the decision to close up shop.

I have fond memories of this store. I shopped there on and off for the better part of two decades. When it was Dreamwell, it was one of the last comic book stores in Las Vegas that had that old-school Dank (the smell a store takes on when you have twenty years of comic paper aging [trademark pending]). It was a small store that was slightly under-lit and packed to the gills. A cornucopia of collectibles where gems were hidden between countless boom and bust comics of the 80’s and 90’s. Where every October saw the store bring in tens of thousands of comics, largely from the speculator years, and hold a ten cent comic sale on the sidewalk that would tend to separate you from far more money than you would intend going in.

After Robert reopened it, it was as clean and welcoming as any of the newer stores (that border on, and sometimes are, outright sterile) while still having the feeling of an old-school comic hangout where one can spend hours talking with the proprietor about the content and business of funny books (or anything, for the matter). Where you would often find yourself immersed in a sprawling conversation that would involve everyone who walked through the door (with the exception of people who walked in mistakenly thinking they’d entered the smoke shop next door). Visiting Wishing Well to pick up books felt more like going to hang out with an old friend than simply participating in commerce. It needed no gimmick to get you to hang around. It had heart.

When I went to pick up the last of my books that had been held for me the other day, Robert was as upbeat as ever, not at all stained by the blow of having to put his dream away. The topics being discussed by the group in the shop were no different than they would have been on any other day. A gentleman walked in and asked for a pack of Newports. After pointing him next door, it was suggested that Robert should have just started carrying cigarettes for these occasions. He joked that he’d still be in business if he had. There was not a drop of bitterness in his voice.

God, I am going to miss the place.

If you’d like to go make a purchase to help Robert with the transition, below are the times the shop will be open in its final days.

Saturday (11/30): 10am – 6pm
Sunday (12/1): 11am – 5pm

Wishing Well Comics
5706 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
702-870-1268

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