Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Today in Comics History, December 31, 1999, 11:51 PM, New Year's Eve: Y2K was caused by Two-Face!

from "Apocalypse Girl" in The Batman Chronicles #21 (DC, Summer 2000); script, pencils, and inks by The Pander Brothers; colors by Lee Loughridge; letters by Ken Lopez

Are you ready for the high fashions of 2020?

Panels from Death's Head II #2 (January 1993), script by Dan Abnett, pencils by Liam Sharp, inks by Cam Smith, colors by Helen Stone, letters by Peri Godbold

Today in Comics History, December 31, 1928, New Year's Eve: Well, at least somebody's ready to revel in everything that 1929 will give him from January 1 through October 28th

from Doomsday Clock #10 (DC, July 2019), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Uh oh

Panel from Batman (2016 series) #85 (Late February 2020), script by James Tynion IV, pencils and inks by Guillem March, colors by Tomeu Morey, letters by Clayton Cowles

Stay tuned...

Monday, December 30, 2019

Today in Comics History, December 30, 1999: The moon evolves mechanical tentacles, but it's far from the weirdest thing Warren Ellis writes today

from The Authority (1999 series) #10 (WildStorm, February 2000), script by Warren Ellis, pencils by Bryan Hitch, inks by Paul Neary, colors by Laura Depuy, letters by Ryan Cline

Friday, December 27, 2019

Today in Comics History, December 27, 1999: In Which I Fumble the Ball

from Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority #1 (WildStorm, August 2000), script by Mark Millar, pencils by John McCrea, inks by James Hodgkins, colors by Ian Hannin, letters by Bill O'Neil

Friday, December 13, 2019

Today in Comics History, Friday the 13th (of December): I Got Thirteen Problems But Friday Ain't One

"Fraidy-Cat Phil on Friday the 13th" in Target Comics v.7 #5 [#71] (Novelty Press, July 1946); script, pencils, and inks by Art Helfant

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Stuff Bully Got: Black Friday Blu-Rays

I indulged in a couple Black Friday deals and they just arrived. There'll be movie-watchin' in the Bull household tonight!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bully and His Pals: Road Trip

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the cookies began to take hold."

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Real Life Stuff

Bully steps aside today to let Pal John rant about the trouble he had getting vital medication. Take it away, John!:

I realize I'm the one who's always telling you don't forget to take your meds...but...

Three weeks ago on a Monday I called my doctor's office to request two meds get refilled. By Friday I realized nothing had been filled so I called them again to ask them to refill them. ...

...they got back to me and told me the two meds had been filled.

I was out of town all that week and when I got home I discovered the Rx had never been sent to the Pharmacy.

I called again this past Monday to tell them to refill the meds immediately.

... They told me they'd send it into the pharmacy that day.

Thursday comes and it still hasn't been sent into the pharmacy. So I've just realized been off these meds for two weeks and I've been feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and disoriented the last several days...

...I was really upset and angry, and feeling sick.

I called them first thing that day and decided that if I can't talk to a real person, I'm going to the medical office in person and demand they refill them immediately, and I wouldn't leave until i get a text from the pharmacy...

... I never have had to bug them like this in the past, but this had got me really angry. I'm genuinely certain I've screwed up my thyroid count because of this.

Anyway, take your meds and don't let them make continuous empty promises without following up.

(LATER) Turned out they sent it to a pharmacy I've never dealt with and doesn't have my info on record. Nice job!

So I went into the doctor's office this morning and told them I need the Rx put in again today.

They promised they would, I headed home, no word from my pharmacy. I called the doctor's office back at 3 pm: they hadn't put it in yet. Told them that I needed it sent in TODAY, end of business day. Which,at that point, was in half an hour.

So, just now: went to the pharmacy. They have the prescription but they wouldn't fill it because it was sent to a different pharmacy -- you know, that ONE I HAVE NEVER USED.

Which I walked to and FINALLY GOT MY PILLS.

Now imagine if I hadn't had insurance or English was my second language.


Monday, November 04, 2019

Bully and His Pals: Artoo-Detoo

While on our vacation in Westbrook, Conneticut (dig our comfortable homestay apartment overlooking the sea!), Artoo-Detoo and me are hanging out watching Rogue One, as you do!

This is the electronic Artoo that will follow along watching Star Wars movies and interact with the film. Unfortunately, this is a broadcast on TNT and includes commercials, so he keeps resyncing. So far Artoo has commented on ads for Pinot Noir and perfume, and danced to Beyoncé’s "Halo."

I think I need to try him out with a) DVD, not a broadcast with commercials; b) a movie with him in it more than Rogue One. When it worked he was great, but as it went on he seemed to be a few seconds ahead of the movie with his reactions.

You're a great pal, Artoo!

A Grand Day Out: Seeing the J. M. W. Turner exhibit

While on our vacation in Westbrook, Conneticut, I am "taking in" (that's the way fancy art buffs say it) the J.M.W. Turner exhibition from The Tate Museum in London at Mystic Seaport Museum! Wow, I did not know he was quite so huge, y'all — he has an enormous autograph!

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Bully Eats Food: Red Robin Burgers

Guess where I ate? Hint: ♪ yummmmmmm ♪

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Adventures of Bully: Vacation in Westbrook, Connecticut

I am now on vacation (yay!), and we've gone to Westbrook, Connecticut! A nice timeshare resort but in the middle of nowhere 9so it should at least be quiet), and all the reviews of the place on Yelp make continuous points of how bad their food is. We are on the second floor of this townhouse!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Stuff Bully Got: Ultrasonic Pest Repellers

I ordered these handy dandy sonic repellers to keep bugs, and also Venom, out of our kitchen. Now I will use these scissors to cut open this hard plastic packaging.

Now to read the instruction booklet OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Comics at Housing Works: A Work in Progress in the Comics Cave!

Take a behind-the-scenes look at my progress sorting and pricing comic books to put on sale for you at Housing Works Bookstore and Café!

At last, I'm making good progress in the Comics Cave! All small unsorted boxes are out of the way and the DC and indie A-Z boxes have been sorted and compressed to save space! Look, you can actually walk down the aisle!

What remains to be done: process and price the comics in this mountain (neat as it is) in this next photo. It's fulla recent Marvels waiting to be put into sets (5 longboxes) plus lotta a shortboxes of Image, Valiant, Dark Horse, and Dynamite comics to be put into price-busting packs!

Come in later this week to find some'a these and many more comics on sale at Housing Works Bookstore and Café!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Comics at Housing Works: Please let these Star Wars stay

I have added lots of new backissue comics, sets, and 5-packs to the stock for sale at Housing Works Bookstore and Café, so remember they're all 30% off all day tomorrow! I processed and priced a large collection of Dark Horse Star Wars comics featuring many retconned-from-existence "Star Wars Legends!" Mara Jade Lives!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Stuff Bully Got: Cool old comics from Petrucco's Collectibles

While here in Florida, I visited Petrucco's Collectibles, a great resale store near Sawgrass Mills mall Sunrise, Florida (north of Fort Lauderdale) — sports cards, comics, LPs, games, and other collectibles plus a dozen or so boxes of cool dollar comics!

I wish I coulda bought a lot more but getting an entire longbox home on an airplane would be unwieldy! Here's what I did pick up:

Plus two '90s comics I once owned and have regretted getting rid of!

Many thanks to the manager who let me have first look at a new dollar box that had just come in — got the Rimas and the Mikaal Starman from there! Good stuff!

Thanks, Petrucco's!

Added in 2022:

"Store Tour of a Vintage and Retro Thrift Shop Named Petrucco’s Collectibles" from Super Awesome Geek Show (April 2022)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Grand Day Night Out: MST3K Live

We are in line for the first night of the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Live Tour!


Friday, September 13, 2019

Today in Comics History, September 13, 1999: Okay, last chance to look at the moon tonight.

from Space: 1999 #1 (Charlton, November 1975), script by Nicola Cuti; pencils, inks, and letters by Joe Staton; colors by Wendy Fiore

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bully Eats Food: Spider-Man ice cream!

For my snack tonight: I am havin' one of my special cow bowls full of Ample Hills Creamery's new Spider-Man ice cream! It's full of rich cherry goodness (and no spiders)!

It is not only really delicious but it also has a picture of Spider-Man on the carton! Who says we're not living in the Golden Age of Novelty Food? Not me, I can tell ya that.

Plus, on the carton there's printed a little comic to read while you're eatin' it! Ohhh, Peter! Don't give away your secret identity on the iced cream!

Well, goodnight and sweet (ice cream) dreams!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Comics at Housing Works: She gave your very first kiss to you / That was Laura but she's only a dream

Well hello there, unbagged expensive comic book!

Here's some more neat stuff we received as donations over the weekend at Housing Works Bookstore and Café, where I volunteer to run the comic book department! (This won't be going out onto the floor immediately, but I hope to have it processed and priced maybe this week).

Looks like somebody's been through a Weird War:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Stuff Bully Got: A clever spy and a cleverer valet

A couple cool books I bought for myself at Housing Works Bookstore and Café today!

This Black Widow book is great; I've never seen it before. It's a history of the character in comics with lots of illos and it's very attractively designed.

And of course I already have the stories in this Wodehouse collection already, but not in this edition! I am an obsessive little bull when I'm collecting Mr. P.G. Wodehouse.

To sum up: buy more books!

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn...: Another romantic evening on the New York Subway platform

(British friends: this relatively unfilthy stretch of subway platform is why I have said I would actually eat my dinner off the floor of the London Underground in comparison.)