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July 2024





387 views • 29 weeks ago • (0) Comments

Another year gone, another one yet to come!  I thank each and every reader of Longbox Junk for taking a bit of their precious time to visit.  I know I've been getting a off track and somewhat random with the timing of posts, and I resolve to try and swing back the other way at least a little bit in 2024.

But more importantly, I wish each and every one of you a very happy healthy, peaceful, and prosperous new year in 2024!

Now, as I do, I'd like to take a few moments and think a little deeper about the year to come.  If you're not the kind to enjoy a "message" then just stick with everything above the picture and consider this your disclaimer.
Everyone in that's staying in?  Okay, then. Let's do this.
You know it.  I know it.  EVERYBODY knows it.  
2024 is gonna be a rough year, and don't let anyone tell you different.  It's an election year, and, as usual, a lot of people are acting like the United States is going straight to in either a Commie Liberal OR a Fascist Conservative handbasket. It doesn't matter WHO wins the election, nobody's going to be happy about it.  
But before that even happens, we're going to be treated to a pretty solid year of wall to wall political screeching from every direction.  , I hate election years.  They bring out the absolute WORST in people.  Politics is ALL that gets talked about.  The divisions plaguing our nation just get magnified to the point that one would think we're on the verge of a shooting war, if you watch too much cable news.
Now don't get me wrong.  I'm not saying politics aren't important. They ARE important.  I'm politically involved.  If you don't know, I'm an Independent voter leaning conservative.  I'm educated on what's going on, and I'm politically active in various causes.  But that doesn't mean that I think politics are the ONLY thing.  And THAT'S what 2024 is going to try and convince each and every one of you. . .that politics are the ONLY thing.
Listen. . .no matter what ANYONE says, politics aren't all there is.  They're important, but it's also important to step back and relax sometimes.  Take a breath.  Look around.  Try to find something else for a little bit.  Don't let politics consume you. 
Whether it's comic books, games, time with the family, or WHATEVER else you like doing, I want you to do it.  Don't let politics take over.  I know I need a break now and then, and I want you to do the same.  It can be hard, with everyone just SO focused on politics, but just do me a favor and take a time out sometimes.  
You know what you COULD do, right? Longbox Junk is right HERE!  Just a suggestion.  Take five or ten minutes to read a comic review nobody asked me to write.  Even if it's NOT Longbox Junk, do SOMETHING every day for a few minutes to clear your mind a bit and keep the perspective from narrowing until politics is the only thing in view.
But enough of that.  I don't want to seem like I'm trying to tell people what to do.  I'm just concerned with how politics are becoming a bigger and bigger part of life, and I HAVE seen people who have become consumed by them to the point that they don't even seem like the same people I once knew.
And so, once again I wish all of you a healthy, happy, peaceful, and prosperous 2024!
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1076 views • Jan 1, '23 • (0) Comments

Happy New Year from Longbox Junk, the blog absolutely STUFFED with comic reviews you didn't ask for!

Yep. . .another one down.  The last few years have been a little rough, so I hope you made it through 2022 okay.  Everything else aside, it's been a GREAT year for Longbox Junk. I thank everyone who takes a bit of their time to visit this little corner of the internet. . .stick around, there's plenty more to come in 2023!

It's at this time of year when I look back at the year before and forward to the one to come that I like to send out a little non-comic book related message to anyone reading here.  If you don't mind indulging me for a moment. . .
DISCLAIMER: The following is really for U.S. readers, but I'm sure the sentiment applies just about anywhere.
Let's not try to make it sound pretty. . .this country is divided.  There's a huge political ideological gap between Conservatives and Liberals that's been growing for about the past 10 years and has only gotten wider during the past two Presidential elections.  And it's gonna get worse before it gets better.
Now, before you tune out, I'm not going to try and throw my support behind one or the other viewpoints.  There's other places for extended and detailed political discourse.  As far as I'M concerned, I'm an Independent leaning to the Right a bit, but I've voted for both sides over the years. A Centrist, I guess you'd call it.
My wish for 2023 is that we TRY to work together to close that ideological gap.  Even a LITTLE bit would be a help for the country.  Where we are at right now just isn't healthy for the future of this nation.
In the coming year, PLEASE try to remember that just because you disagree with someone. . .even if you disagree strongly. . .that doesn't automatically make that person your enemy.  There's GOT to be some common ground you can both stand on.  Even if that common ground is just a shaky little patch, it's there.
Listen.  Learn.  Just because something is coming from a different political direction than yours, that doesn't mean it's automatically bad and not worth listening to.  Both sides of this ideological divide have good points to them.  They don't often match up, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.  It doesn't mean that one side doesn't have ANYTHING to teach the other.
Extremism on BOTH sides of the divide is pulling the country apart.  In this coming year, try to step outside of your particular comfort zone a little bit and try to find a way to pull things back toward a middle ground.  
And when it gets to be too much. . .PLEASE just try and relax a bit.  Politics aren't EVERYTHING and they were never meant to be!  Just as a constant focus on politics isn't healthy for the country, the same constant focus isn't healthy for us.  Just relax! Take it easy.  Washington D.C. is NOT the center of the world.
Once again, thank you for taking a bit of your time to visit Longbox Junk!  I truly appreciate each and every reader of this blog, and I hope that you all have a happy and prosperous New Year!

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Happy New Year from Longbox Junk!

5427 views • Jan 1, '20 • (0) Comments

Welcome back to Longbox Junk!  Home of comic reviews you never knew you wanted!

It's been a bit busy at work because of some unusually brisk holiday business, but that's coming to an end and there will be plenty of Longbox Junkin' to be had during the slow winter months ahead. 

I'm not QUITE done with the next Off-Brand One Shots entry (maybe another day or two and it will be up), so I'm going to take this opportunity to welcome the readers of Longbox Junk into 2020!

I truly do appreciate the readers of this blog.  There are a LOT of comic review blogs and sites out there.  The fact that you choose to spend a bit of your precious time here reading my nonsense is just an amazing thing to me, so once again my heartfelt thanks!
Here's my New Year wish. . .
DISCLAIMER: This is aimed mostly at U.S. readers.  The sentiment is still the same for any International readers, just mentally adjust the words to match your country's own specific craziness.
Look. . .this country is divided.  There's political division even within my own family.  I'm sure many of you are feeling the same sense of frustration and division I often do, no matter WHAT side of the political line you may find yourself on (and I'm not taking sides here or getting specific, so you can keep on reading).
The bad part about it is that as the year goes on, it's just gonna get worse.  You know it and I know it.  As we move toward next November, things are going to get extremely tense.  There's no way any of it is going to end to everyone's satisfaction.  There's going to be a lot of anger and frustration no matter what happens.  
It is my sincere wish for everyone reading this that you please don't let politics take over your life.  That you can step back and just relax a bit from time to time.  Don't let what's happening in Washington affect you or your family in a bad way.  Try to find ways to agree to disagree.
Here's a humble suggestion:
Any time the political mess starts getting to you, jump in your car and head to a comic shop.  Walk right on past all the shiny new comics on the shelf and get yourself over to some back issue boxes. . .the cheaper the better. . .stuff in old yellow bags down there on the bottom shelf that hardly anybody ever looks through is the best. The bottom shelf is ALWAYS the best. Get on down there.  Sit on the floor.  Start digging.  
I GUARANTEE that for at least a little while your mind will be eased as you dig through that pile of Longbox Junk. You won't have a single thought of politics while you look for the ONE nugget of gold you KNOW is buried in that box.  And when you find it. . .Awwwww, YEAH!  
And then start digging for the next one. . .
May you find happiness and prosperity in 2020!

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