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Last week, the business trip was extremely painful. But I did all I could do and I went home on time. The other guy from my office, though, ended up having to extend his stay, like he's had to before. That is a seriously messed-up client site. The security is so strict that you have to jump through hoops to get even the most mundane tasks done. That in itself, I can understand... but the fact that they couldn't devote an admin to stay with us the entire time was inexcusable. But then, add to that the fact that some things weren't even done right, and it was a major mess.

I never felt so exhausted and defeated. But it was over with soon enough... I still need to file my expense report! Hundreds and hundreds of dollars were spent on this. If I didn't manage to get someone from the office to pay for my plane ticket, then I would be in the red right now, for real. Well, I hope it was worth their while?

On my way to the airport home, I stopped at a red light, and to my right was a little comic book shop with Spider-man over the front door that I REALLY wanted to just hop in for a quick browse. But I was actually running behind and might have missed my flight if I did... I got to my gate with 20 minutes to spare. It's actually a good amount of time to have before your flight -- not too much and not too little. But there was no time to spare on comics or dinner... But anyway! I was so glad to be back home.


Lately I've been getting excited about the upcoming release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It feels like the wait for Super Smash Bros. Brawl all over again. But thinking about the possible characters that could be in the game has gotten me interested in comics again. I haven't bought any comics since... probably around the mid-90's? I remember there was Spider-man, and plenty of clones...

Wikipedia only gets you so far (and it seems like any wiki entries on comics-related subjects get more and more poorly-written the more obscure they are), so I thought I'd look at comics again. One of the first new things I looked into was Uncanny X-Force, which I really liked so far! I never heard of Fantomex before this, but he seems really cool. And today I picked up the first issue of the new Carnage mini-series! I was always more of a Venom fan than a Carnage fan, but I wanted to see what they'd do with the character now...

It felt kind of disappointingly short, though. And I'll have to wait two months between issues? Seriously?? So 8 months before this little five-issue thing is done? Geez! But I guess this is the length of the usual single issue these days. Is it just me or did they really seem to be longer back in the old days?

Also decided to try a bit of X-23 (not sure I'm willing to try Daken, though) and been thinking about looking into the new Spider-man "Big Time" story coming up. I also picked up collections for Secret Invasion and Runaways but haven't gotten to reading them yet. Wonder if there's anything else I should try looking into?


I was able to use a Lowe's gift card to get some new CFL light bulbs and actually got to try an LED bulb! Super expensive, but I think I like it so far. For some reason, being able to save some money on electricity costs is really appealing...

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lbd_nytetrayn
Oct. 21st, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Approach Spider-man with caution; it's been an embarrassing train wreck since Brand New Day started, if not before. Just the thought of being a Spider-man fan these days practically makes me ill, and he used to be one of my favorites.

I merely tolerate him when he's with the other Avengers. On that note, it seems there are better books to read: X-men, Avengers, Captain America (go Bucky), Thor, Iron Man, Deadpool, Fantastic Four...

I hear Ultimate Spider-man is still pretty good, though, but it sounds like the rest of the Ultimate universe got flushed with Ultimatum. And Marvel Adventures titles are fantastic.

--LBD "Nytetrayn"
shinkuu
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Spider-man has definitely been one of my all-time favorites, and what I've been reading about the latest developments in his universe has been kinda... unsettling. But cool, I'll have to see about checking some of those others out, thanks!
aruru
Oct. 23rd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I know this is a Marvel-themed post, but since you're sorta talking comics in general, I wanted to note that my boyfriend swears that the Blackest Night/Brightest Day series is one of the greatest things that's happened to Green Lantern and the general DC universe since... uh, well, I dunno since when (as I'm not well-versed in Western comic-dom), but apparently a pretty long time, heh. ^_^;

I could try asking him his recs for Marvel stuff if you like (I'm pretty sure he's at least mentioned Avengers before in our conversations, so that's [tentatively] two votes for that series.). though it seems LBD's got you covered already, hee... XD
shinkuu
Oct. 23rd, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds cool! I think I've heard of those before but never really looked into it... Haha, it's only really a Marvel-themed post because I don't know a whole lot about DC. But that sounds like a good start!
aruru
Oct. 24th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Heh! S'ok, I know very little about "Western" comics, personally, so I can only serve as a forwarding service for other people's recs. XD

In the DC universe, it seems some people like the Return of Bruce Wayne series by Grant Morrison, at least from what I've seen in the Tomopop comments in this article about some upcoming Batman figures based on that run. (And I have to admit, the preview images look awesome - LOVE Cowboy Batman!)

Don't recall if Jose (my boyfriend) has read them wholly yet, as he's been focusing on the whole BN/BD saga, but he does know a bit about it and I think he told me (Ah, forgive me, we usually talk in the midnight hours and sometimes I forget the specific details of what we chat about, haha. ^^;;) he intends to get the collected issues when they come out in either paperback/hardcover. The comments on the Tomopop entry by other people do seem enthusiastic, though.


Also, while we're on the topic of The Goddamn Batman, the guys at Metro Comics (the comic place I took you to when you came here, which I'm still a regular at) as well as Cristina (the owner) have often, consistently, and enthusiastically recommended "The Killing Joke" (which is available on paperback/hardback) if you're a fan of the Joker, and want to see him at his best (worst?) and most psychotic.


Also, if you're interested in stuff that isn't Marvel/DC, the Metro staff also highly recced a series by Vertigo called Fables (Which I've also seen highly recced online.). The premise is basically, all those fairytale/folklore characters you read/heard about? Well, they're real, and they secretly live in a town for themselves in the U.S. (I think close to New York or something.). How it goes on from there, I'm not sure (Though I think it's an adventure/action kind of series?), but I bought the first hardback and intend to sit down and read it at some point - if I get around to it soon I can tell you if I liked it or not. :)


Oh, and I'm not sure if you're already familiar with this one, but in the world of independent comics, Doña Cristina also recs - nay, URGES - people to read Persepolis (and watch the movie as well), which is an autobiographical comic about the author's - an Iranian woman - experience growing up in that country. I've read the first few pages and it looks promising - the first few strips are about how the author, when she was a little girl, would say she wanted to grow up to be a prophet, and how her family and school reacted to that. ^_^


Lemme know if you want me to ask Jose about more DC recs, or anything else! ^_^
aruru
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
P.S:
Oh yeah! Almost forgot!

The case with the second series of Vesperia trading figures came in a few days ago. And AGAIN, I opened just 5 boxes out of the 8 and got the full set! \:D/ (I have since heard via Tomopop comments and other figure sites that apparently, Japanese companies are for the most part pretty good about putting at least one full set of blind-box figures in each case, so I guess it shouldn't be so much of a surprise. Still, I am kinda amazed I picked the "right" order of boxes to crack open, haha. XD)

Anyway, you know what this means - yes, soon, you'll be getting another 3 sealed boxes in the mail to have fun finding out what they are! ^_^ I'm gonna be a bit busy this week, but I'll try to get them out soon - I'll let you know when I do, ok? :D
shinkuu
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S:
Oh wow, that's awesome, thanks! And yeah, don't worry about it if you're busy!
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