Serious Comics

We're open!

We've been open now for a few days, and we're still settling in a bit but things are going pretty good overall.  Everyone who comes in seems excited about the store.  There are a few of my close friends who still haven't come by to see it, though (looking at you, argh_jim ).  I'm actually taking this morning off for the first time in what seems like a year, but I'll be at the store later this afternoon.
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For such a relatively small con, I'm surprised I didn't see anyone I knew while I was there.  Then again, I didn't attend much and was marketing mainly.

Gallifrey One: Day 1 (half way through)

So far, EPIC FAIL!  My main task was to get Tara Wheeler's TARDIS automation software working, but apparently there is some sort of hardware failure.  I managed to narrow it down to either a USB cable or the power controller modem, but no luck so far.

Dealers room had exactly one really cool thing, a long sleeve button up shirt with a Seal of Rassilon on it, but sadly it was only in XXL size.  Everything else I had either seen before, already own, or will soon be able to get at wholesale.
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Where do they get this crap?

I just watched the latest from Cinematic Titanic last night, a little gem titled Alien Factor.  This movie really was pretty hilariously bad on its own, before the CT crew ever got to it, and what I need to know is how the heck did they find it?  I'm the type of person who actively searches out crap like this after all, and I haven't seen anything so bad in ages.

One other thing:  I know the "Live" versions of CT are cheaper and easier to produce, but I much prefer the older non-live ones.  While I do appreciate a bit the audience interaction, it is outweighed by the vast number of times lines got flubbed and I miss the occasional movie interruptions and actual shadowrama stuff that was done with the non-live versions.

Book review: Soon I Will Be Invincible

I picked this book up recently based solely on an Amazon recommendation, and I must say it was one of the best books I've read in ages.  It's a novel set in a world where superheroes exist, and is told from the point of view of two main characters: Dr. Impossible, a super-villain and the "world's smartest man", and Fatale, a female cyborg hero.

The parts with Dr. Impossible I thought were the best.  He starts out in prison, but quickly makes an escape and rebuilds his empire by initially buying parts from Radio Shack.  Fatale is less well defined, probably because part of her origin caused her to have complete amnesia for her life prior to being a cyborg.  Basically she was told she was re-built by a shady government agency to be a "super-soldier", although that story turned out to be less than truthful.

Normally due to my schedule and interruptions by tykes, it can take me weeks to finish a book, but I was driven to finish this one in just a couple of days.  I was amazed how well a superhero story worked in a novel format with no graphics at all.  Anyone who is interested in any superhero-type genre should definitely pick this one up.