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October 27, 2005

WonderCon, Here We Come!

Well, we’ve decided to take the plunge and add WonderCon to our show schedule, making it our first convention appearance of next year. Look for the ComicBase/AtomicAvenue.com rocket ship to be flying in San Francisco’s Moscone center this February as we show off all manner of goodies at Northern California’s biggest comic show. Hope to see you all there!

 

Updating the Update News

Several readers have suggested that I send out email telling folks when the new updates are available. While I appreciate the thought, I’m worried that such a mailing might be too much for a lot of folks, and it risks having the ComicBase Announcements being seen as just more spam in your mailbox. (If I’m wrong on this count, please chime in to let me know).

What I thought might work a bit better would be to add something to the main news page of the site which would automatically post notes to the ComicBase web site when new updates are available, along with any commentary or notes on the most recent update. If folks are interested, we could also try sending update notes by email as well, possibly on a different list which you could join. The situation I’'m most keen to avoid, however, is having folks unsubscribe from the main announcement list if they felt that a weekly email was just too much, since that wouldn’t leave us with any good way of contacting folks when something really big happened (like a new release). What do you folks think?

Ah! And since I’m talking about updates: we just posted this week’s update, along with a price update from the fine folks at Comics Buyer’s Guide. In addition to getting the very latest prices on the market’s hot titles, this week’s update adds some 256 new issues, and about 70 new titles. We’ve also managed to update many of our Harvey listings thanks to the steadfast contributions of Jeff Kolker. Special thanks also go out to Chris Cox for his many Transformers additions and corrections, and to Scott Davis for his many contributions of data and pictures on small press comics he’s collected.

My favorite items in this week’s update? They’re not actually new comics, but we’ve just managed to corral copies of The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. It’d be insane to try to pick which of these terrific boxes sets is better—if you have any exceptionally generous spouses or friends, just add both to your Christmas list. (Amazon even had a deal where you could save about 40% on them if you bought both!). I always thought highly of these strips, but you forget how really good these strips both were: Neil begged me to get down the Calvin and Hobbes set this afternoon after school, and I was laughing myself silly reading over his shoulder.

 

October 18, 2005

The Spy Party

I’ve been engaged in a frenzy of web development lately, so blogging has been light to non-existent for the past few weeks. Another cause for the absence has been the several-day-long round of celebrations and grandparent visits which accompanied Neil’s eighth birthday. Since his birthday fell on a Tuesday (the 11th), we did a small party for family on the actual day, as well as a "friends" party on Saturday.

For the Saturday shindig, Carolyn organized a “Spy Party” for Neil and his friends. Each of the guests got “dossiers” containing an urgent communique from Intelligence Headquarters, telling them that a double agent within the organization had betrayed several of their fellow agents, leading to their apprehension and termination. Before they were captured, however, the doomed agents managed to write the location of some Top Secret equipment, in code, on a children’s jigsaw puzzle. Each agent’s dossier included one of the pieces, as well as a clue to the first of several locations where they could locate the rest of the pieces.

For the next couple of hours, the kids ran like maniacs all over the school grounds where the party was staged, following maps, riddles, codes, and other clues until they discovered all the pieces. (Well, almost all--somehow, we lost one non-crucial piece in the chaos). The assembled puzzle contained a Caesar Cipher warning that “THE WOMAN WHO GAVE YOU YOUR DOSSIERS IS A DOUBLE-AGENT (GET HER!)”. Neil was decoding the clue and got as far as "Double-A..." when mayhem ensued. Carolyn took off like a shot to get away from the squad of diminutive secret agents, but was eventually cornered and captured. In the cooler she’d been sitting on the whole time was a cache of disposable cameras (the spy equipment/party favors). In the end, the spies led her all the way back home in an arm lock, where she was released in exchange for cake and pizza.

 

The Archive Upgrade Sale—Ending Soon!

Our $99.95 special on upgrading to the ComicBase Archive Edition is ending November 1st (and yes, that’s November 1st, 2005 to any jokers out there Googling this article in 2007 and wondering why the people on the phone are laughing hysterically when you call demanding “the $99.95 Archive Upgrade Special”).

I’m personally incredibly proud of the ComicBase 10 Archive Edition--if you’ve got a DVD drive on your computer, you owe it to yourself to check it out. There’s nothing quite like going to a title like House of Mystery and seeing virtually every cover appear as you wave your mouse over the issues listings. Even better, more than half of the 100,00o+ covers in the Archive Edition are now in full-size, high-definition format (thanks to several person-years of effort on the part of our intrepid staffers). You also get a year of free, downloadable price and title updates, “barcode support, CGC census, grading and highest known sales data, and a whole lot more.

The Archive Edition sells for $299, but users of any previous version of ComicBase can get it for just $99.95 for the next few days. After November 1st, however, the upgrade special is all over.

 

October 6, 2005

Update “Whoa!”s

701 new comics. In one week’s update.

Whoa.

This week’s ComicBase content update saw the addition of everything from 1950s romance comics to small press ashcans. It saw hundreds of new releases straight from Diamond, to the back-indexing of the entire Marvel Masterworks line (with variants!) and Gladstone’s huge collection of Disney albums.

When the dust settled, we’d added over 700 new comics (with updates to numerous existing ones). All this in just over a week’s time.

 

Heroes of the Week

First tip of the hat goes to Mark Waid and the kind folks over at MarvelMasterworks.com for providing us with key data on missing Marvel Masterworks volumes, in particular the colorful (and expensive) variant editions.

A big “Thanks!” also goes out to Mike Kennard for pointing us to the Gladstone Disney albums that we’d somehow missed all these years, as well as for providing us with scans and indicia for many of the books. Our deepest thanks also to regular contributors Scott Davis, David Struensee, and Jeff Kolker.

Finally, we’d like to express our appreciation for Ray, Jon, and the rest of the gang over at the Grand Comics Database (Congrats on #100,000!).

 

Pick of the Week: Treehouse of Horror #11

Treehouse of Horror #11

If you even remotely like The Simpsons, you owe it to yourself to check out Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #11. In the continuation of a long-running tradition, this Halloween special serves up a collection of spooky tales, done in the inimitable Simpsons style.

This year, the folks over at Bongo Comics decided to spoof some of the great horror comics of all time: Tomb of Dracula, Swamp Thing, and the classic E.C. comics from the 1950s. What makes this year’s special just amazingly cool, however, is that the Bongo Comics managed to recruit the creative teams which made the originals famous. Thus, Marv Wolfman and the mighty Gene Colan bring “Sub-Basement of Dracula” to life; Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson create the monstrous “Squish Thing!”, and legendary E.C. artists Angelo Torres, John Severin and others do a medley of E.C.-themed tales known collectively as “Two Tickets to HECk!”.

I can’t speak highly enough of this one. Just buy it. Now.

(Really. Stop what you’re doing and go down to your comic store and pick it up. We’ll wait here until you get back...)