Tuesday, December 15, 2009

15 seconds or local fame

For those in the group who don't read The Lawrence Journal-World, here's a link to the article naming me the winner of the first ever LJW NaNoWriMo. The podcast was cool. More on this in the next PL.

In case you need something to read or listen to.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rediscovered comics

So, here's the back story... I didn't really explicitly explain in the video.

About 7 or 8 years ago, I asked my Dad to keep a box of my best comics in his and Mom's room, separate from the rest of my collection, which resided in my Mom and Dad's basement. Why? Just to have it someplace separate. You know, basements, humidity, etc.

A year or two later, I went to check on the comics, and they were gone.

I asked Mom and Dad, but they didn't recall moving those comics.

Downstairs, I had about 20 long boxes of comics.

Slowly, I started moving the comics back to Lawrence. The "best comics" never turned up. I was down to the last 5 boxes. These boxes were buried on a bar that my mom and dad have in their basement.

When I opened box # 3 down on the bar, in my mind, I told myself, "This isn't the box." From what I knew of my collection, this box contained my DC comics, letters G through S.

I opened the box, looked at the first comic. Amazing Spider-Man Annual # 3. As you know, that is not a DC comic, nor does it belong in the G through S box.

Then I saw my complete run of Tales of Suspense, # 58 through # 99 .

Then, finally... I found my Amazing Spider-Man collection.

Man, I almost cried. I really thought these comics were gone, after having gone missing for so long.

Why were they down there on the bar top? I don't know. Was I the one who put them there? I sure don't remember moving them down there. And my Dad didn't recall ever moving them.

How they got down there remains a mystery. What is important is that they are now back in my collection, where they should be.

Now, to scour eBay for a better condition issue of Tales of Suspense # 73....

Friday, December 11, 2009

ROAD TRIP! (for 20,000 comics!)

Saw this auction on eBay:

20,000 comics 1983 - 2005 avg NM- 9.2 Pick up only!
No Reserve!! Opening bid FIFTY CENTS! For ALL of them!

Item condition: --

Time left: 9 days 7 hours (Dec 20, 200920:00:44 PST)

Bid history: 0 bids[Refresh]

There is only one condition: You must pick them up IN PERSON in NEW JERSEY!

OK, gas money to New Jersey... in something large enough to get 20,000 comics back to Kansas... (what is that, 70 long boxes?)

Who's coming with me???

Here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/20-000-comics-1983-2005-avg-NM-9-2-Pick-up-only_W0QQitemZ400091118277QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5d2749fac5