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The Bounty

Geek Fuel is a subscription service that sends you a box of goodies every month. I recently received my box and wanted to share my experience with you. The price of the box for just a one month trial is just shy of $24 (including shipping). There are other plans (3, 6, 12) months that offer additional savings. Each month you receive a box with lots of cool swag to decorate your crib with. Each box guarantees that it will be worth at least $50. See each item below and my review at the bottom. Also check out the exclusive contest where you can win a copy of the Civil War variant. You can also save $5 buy signing up through the official ComicBookRealm link!

 

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I followed through with my previous blog post about handing out comic books at Halloween to kids.  The industry is trying to create a second "free comic book day" to coincide with Halloween.  My biggest problem is that the industry expects kids to come to the store.  What we need to do is go where the kids are.     

That being said I contacted my LCS and had them order me a box of the mini-comics.  I believe it was 200 comics for $30.  After giving 11 (1 of each) to a co-worker with small kids, and another 11 to my daughter I had 178 to hand out.  I counted leftovers and there are 45 left.  So this means I handed out about 133 comics.

There were 2 kids who were not thrilled (one was upset I had no Batman comics, the other said he would just throw it away or give to his dog), but overall the reception was great.  

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So we are all familiar with how Free Comic Book Day works.  Basically it is designed to get people into the Local Comic Store to hopefully become a life long fan.  As anyone will tell you who has been around the industry for a while, comic fans in general are getting older every year and something must be done to replinish the stock.  

Part of the problem with the traditional FCBD is that it relies on word of mouth and local press to hopefully reach the desired audience...those that are not into comics.  Sure it is ok for the regulars to stop by and partake in the fun, but what the industry really needs is a shot in the arm...some new blood. 

This year Diamond has decided to up the game and make Halloween more like its brother in May and have a wider selection of free comics to give away.  Now lets be clear that it is in fact not actually "free" comics as the Local Comic store still has to buy them, but they are pennies on the dollar so they don't mind giving them away if it generates increased traffic.

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What do you suppose would happen if the "first" visitors from outer space decided to land in a swamp smack dab in the middle of "redneckville".  They would probably expect to be greated cordially, treated to a great meal, and become like royalty right?  What if the first greeter from Earth was a bass-ackwards inbred redneck?

Humpty Dumpty (which bears no resemblance to the fairy tale) is just such a story.  The nuts and bolts of it are that Pervis (the greeter discribed above) happens to come across an alien space ship and instead of welcoming them with open arms he decides to kill all of them except the female.  Since he has never been with a woman (and understandably so would never ever be with one) he decides to make her his sex slave.

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The "Custom" Variant Craze

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Most of you have probably heard my thoughts on the whole 9/11 conspiracy theory.  I firmly believe that what transpired that day was a rouse for a much bigger prize and thousands of our fellow American's paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Slowly more and more American's are beginning to question what really happened, and for the first time ever a mainstream publisher (Image Comics) is backing an "indy" title that hopefully will get people talking.

The Big Lie is the story about the wife of a victim finding a way to travel back in time to warn her husband about the impending danger.  While ultimately nothing is stopped, the well written story is able to plant the seeds needed for discerning citizen's of this great country to hopefully want to find out more.

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I took some time to read "The Infinite" and wanted to share my thoughts.

There is some stuff floating around about how Rob Liefeld draws and for better or worse he has been tasked with this series.  I must tell you that reading this comic was like a flashback to the 90's (when I first got into comics) with one exception...Robert Kirkman.

The Infinite brings us Bowen and Case trying to undo the evils of the world only to resort to time travel to "cure all ails".  We all know how well that will likely go over, but after the first issue finishes setting up the series it is wide open as to where we go from here.

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It is not everyday a free comic shows up on your doorstep.  I must tell you I think the cover is gorgeous and that is what hooked me from the beginning.  As they say this is only the tip of the iceberg.  The whole comic has beautiful artwork and for the most part a solid script.

The first few pages were a little tough to get through with the dialog spanning multiple characters that are "off-screen".  It was even a little difficult because someone kept saying "Jesus" as if to almost be swearing.  Eventually you figure out that a character's name is Jesus, but anyone could read it the other way.

About halfway through I was hooked.  For some reason my mind kept going back and thinking of Deep Blue Sea the movie with a hint of Pirates of the Caribbean. Garrie Gastonny's artwork could easily make him one of my favorite artists and I need to find out what else he has done.  Just check out the "shower scene" below. (It sort of reminds me of the Luna Brothers work on Girls, but with an edge that sets it apart).

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Family at the Kansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians

The Setup

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First of all, let us put all politics aside.  I don’t care if you are for or against the recently passed legislation.  I just want to point out how 100% of Americans should have been against it.

It is claimed that 47 million Americans are without health insurance for whatever reason.  There are 3 primary reasons for this I believe:

  1. Insurance is too expensive
  2. They have a pre-existing condition
  3. They choose not to purchase it as a fundamental right

This legislation does a few things to address each item above.  One thing is that it requires EVERYONE to purchase health insurance or face a penalty.  It also requires insurance companies to treat all Americans the same, i.e. they cannot take age, nor pre-existing conditions into account when figuring out someone’s premium.  The thinking is that now that everyone is required to have health insurance that 40 million (let’s face it, you will never have 100% participation especially when a $1,000 penalty is cheaper than say a $4,000 premium) new enrollees will actually provide enough money into the system to lower premiums for all.

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