Archive for January, 2011

Shelf Life column debuts at CBR

I’m writing a column called Shelf Life every two weeks at Comic Book Resources, widely viewed as the #1 web site for comic-related content. The invitation from CBR head honcho Jonah Weiland took me a bit by surprise, but the chance to run my yap about whatever happens to be on my mind was too good to pass up.

I actually penned regular columns in my former life as a journalist, writing both a film review column and a tennis column. I’m thinking films might come up once in a while in Shelf Life; tennis, not so much. Every other week, I’ll be writing about writing, and writing about the comics industry in general. The first two columns are already up:

Hope you give ’em a read, and comment on ’em if you’re so moved.

Cheers,
Ron


Artifacts for Tots update

Haven’t had a chance to post an update after the last post on Artifacts for Tots, but I wanted to make sure it got done before we got too far beyond the holidays. Thanks to your generosity, more than $300 was raised via the Artifacts for Tots offer. Rather than simply donating the money, I wanted to be certain everything we raised was put to use this year. So a few days before Christmas my wife and I made a trip to the local Toys R Us and filled two shopping carts to overflowing with toys for both boys and girls, toddlers to teens. We dropped off all the loot – which filled the back of our Volvo – at the Air National Guard base in Scotia, NY, where the Marine unit coordinating the collection in based. We were going to take a photo of the toys with the Marines who helped us unload everything, but it was so viciously cold and windy that day, I didn’t want to ask them to stay outside any longer than necessary.

I have a few Artifacts #1 copies left, so if you want one, you can still get it. I’ll tuck the donation away for next year. I’ll definitely do something similar for Christmas 2011. Thanks again to everyone who donated.

Cheers,

Ron


Artifacts #4 Scorecard


As with previous issues of my event series from Top Cow, here’s a one-stop-shopping collection of reviews for Artifacts #4. The issue marks the completion of the first arc of the 13-issue series, and Michael Broussard’s swansong as penciler. Issue #5 is already in the can, with While Portacio taking over on pencils, Joe Weems on inks and Sunny Gho on colors. Obviously I’m a bit biased, but I think the Artifacts #5 pages are some of Whilce’s best work ever, and Joe’s inks and Sunny’s colors are meshing seamlessly. Whilce’s two-page Blood Sword/Ian Nottingham origin in issue #4 is an appetizer for what’s to come.

Issue #5, which introduces Cyberforce into the storyline, will be in stores on Jan. 26, the same day that the Artifacts vol. 1 TPB hits shelves. The TPB collects issue #0 and issues #1-#4, as well as a cover gallery and other extras, for a bargain price of $9.99.

Cheers,

Ron


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