Thee Comic Column #149: Penny – Adventures in Coping

PennyIconHave you ever had one of those days? One of those weeks? Months? Well, about three Wednesdays ago I was having a day. My cat Tom had been stricken with an unexplained ailment that saw his rear legs cease to work properly (he’s since recovered). I’d spent the night before at the vet, where I’d received no real conclusive answers despite the $500 I spent, and ended up coming home and basically crying myself to sleep while holding my cat. It continued to the next day as I woke up at 4AM for work, exhausted both mentally and emotionally and was treated to especially brutal doses of LA traffic on the dreaded 405. The day elapsed in a sad daze, and as I drove home in that hellwater traffic I had an epiphany and said f*ck it: I’m stopping at the Comic Bug. It was #NCBD and I figured I had just enough cash left over from the vet to pick up the new issue of TMNT, as well as issues 2-4 of my new obsession We Can Never Go Home. And as always, the moment I walked through the door of my favorite shop in CA everyone working there and several of the regular customers made me feel fantastic as we sank into the rejuvenating confines of passionate discourse.

Thee Comic Column #59: Guns A’ Blazin’!

image courtesy of the examiner

I’m way behind on this one, but when Mike Wellman and Rafael Navarro’s Guns A’ Blazin’! #1 came out at the end of the summer it made a big impression on me and promised to be the first issue in a seriously intriguing story. This book has it all – we start with cowboys, dinosaurs, monsters, and then at some point transition into what appears to be Kirby-esque space epic concepts, but all in a very inoccuous and slow burn kind of set-up that had me seriously asking “What the hell is going on around here?” and if there’s one thing I dig in comics, it’s that feeling – when it’s balanced on the edge of a massive story undertaking like I believe Guns A’ Blazin’! is. But don’t take my word for it – writer Mike Wellman also happens to be co-owner of my favorite Southern California comic shop, The Comic Bug, and recently he allowed me to pick his grey matter about all things blazin’!

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