Hello nerds of the world. Been busy with work and landscaping here at the house so haven’t had much of a chance to post. I’m hoping once I get this place up to my standards, I’ll have more time to devote to my hobbies and blogging. I decided to forgo the weed pulling tonight and am ensconced here in the cave with yet another Bigfoot documentary (don’t even ask) on the T.V.
OVERHEARD AT A PARTY, PART ONE
Went to my niece’s high school graduation party a couple weeks ago. Her sister, who’s a sophomore in college told me she loved The Avengers movie. You know that oft-stated theory that really good comic book movies will drive non-comic book readers into comic shops? Well, apparently sometimes that actually happens…sort of.
We talked about the movie a bit and she told me she’d love to read an Avengers comic and asked me what I recommend? Uh…uh…uh…I had nothing. I don’t read many Marvel comics. Not because I don’t like the characters. Au contraire. I love the characters but Marvel lost me a long time ago. Yes Marvel, you CAN have too much of a good thing.
I get my comics from Westfield Comics and order them online from their website. Scrolling down the monthly list of solicited comics is enough to aggravate my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Just this month (May 2012), Westfield is offering a bundle they call “Avengers Set” which contains 10 comics: AvX vs. #4, Avengers vs. X-Men #7, Avengers #28, Avengers Academy #33, New Avengers #28, Secret Avengers #29, Avengers Assemble #5, and Dark Avengers #177 & 178. And apparently there’s more under the Avengers vs. X-Men banner. But frankly, I don’t know, and more importantly, don’t care. I don’t want to work that hard and am pretty sure a non-comic reader walking into a store and seeing 10+ titles is going to walk out empty-handed.
Do I have a solution? Yup. How about one Avengers monthly book? With the occasional done-in-one story? I know it’s a wacky notion but I think it might work. I know if there was one Avengers monthly book, I’d be getting it. I’d probably even go for a spin-off title. But now, I spend exactly ZERO dollars on Avengers books. And don’t EVEN get me started on comic prices…
OVERHEARD AT A PARTY, PART TWO
Speaking of prices. At the same shindig, my niece’s (the graduate) boyfriend was checking out this very blog on my wife’s iPhone. I guess he noticed Warhammer 40K mentioned and said (and I quote), “Yeah, Warhammer is cool and I thought about getting into it once. Then I found out it would be like $300.00 to get started.” Ouch. Bang for the buck GW. Try an annual price CUT instead of the usual increase and see if sales don’t go up. Just saying…
NERD CAVE WEST
Unlike our previous home, this one has an outdoor storage room in the back of the house. It’s about 10′ x 5′ and I’ve been using it to store boxes and bins of items salvaged from the fire. Now that I’ve just about got that stuff sorted, cleaned and put up, the room was looking a bit empty. I knew I wanted a workbench to work on projects too messy for the Nerd Cave but had originally planned on putting it in the garage.
But then I thought, why waste a perfectly good room on storing crap I can keep in the garage? The garage is dirty, dusty, and apparently, mine is the place where old bugs go to die. So, I hit Home Depot yesterday in search of a work bench. They had nothing on display but my wife asked (because guys don’t ask where stuff is in Home Depot–we find it ourselves…even if it takes all day) and was pointed to a wooden bench with folding legs sitting hidden in a dark corner of the store. It’s 6′ long and made out of unfinished pine. The best thing was the price: $69.99. Sold. Got it home and set-up in less than 2 minutes. It’s sturdy, looks great, and the price was right.
I still have some work to do cleaning up and I plan on putting in some shelves, organizing drawers and a spray booth for airbrushing. I’ll also be adding a pair of hydraulic work stools from Sears for me and my son as well as a small portable DVD player. Of course bare walls are boring so I’ll be hanging some posters, blueprints and other assorted bits to add some visual interest. I’ll post some pics when it’s all done.
Next time: A positive story about Games Workshop
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