Memphis Comic and Fantasy Conventions, November 9-11


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Guess where I’ll be this weekend. Yep! I’ll be there promoting Forging Truth and my other writing across 3 different panels. Here’s a link to where I posted on GeekDad about it: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/11/join-the-fun-memphis-comic-and-fantasy-convention/.

  • Friday, 5:00pm-6:00pm — Getting the Gizmo/Science Right
  • Saturday, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Getting Visual: Writing Scenes for Comics, Books & Movies
  • Saturday, 2:00pm-3:00pm — Q&A with Raymond Masters

Exactly What Did I Accomplish In 2011?


Well, this is the second annual “Exactly What Did I Accomplish” post. Guess it’ll become a tradition if I remember to do it next year. So, what did I accomplish? As far as actual writing goes, I’m not sure I did too much, really. I did however make a couple of large leaps toward getting my work out there.

I spent the month of February furiously typing out the manuscript for what would become Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale. I wrote it for a specific anthology that, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t make it into. While I’m sorry it wasn’t accepted, I’m equally excited with it. Why? Well, because… (See June’s entry.)

March was the month I found my niche, as it were. Wired.com’s GeekDad blog welcomed me into the fold, and it’s become the perfect vehicle for me to express my geekdom (31 articles!!). March was also the month I left my Professional Fanboy column at Project Fanboy. While I appreciate their helping me into the world of geek news coverage, I’ve really felt like a part of a family at GeekDad. Plus, I’ve been allowed to break several exclusives and interview some of my favorite writers and artists. One of the coolest things this year, also happened in March: David Cabrera finished the artwork for Black Dawg, my short story for Viper Comic’s Cryptophobia anthology. Maybe 2012 will finally see it published. Fingers crossed.

In June, I self-published Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and on Smashwords.com. This was my first time to publish anything, and I was on cloud nine for this 8,000-word story.

August I picked up my first paid job in the writing/publishing world. Where I had been a slush reader for Dark Quest Books, I now primarily do PR work for them. I currently have three authors under my umbrella. I learned a lot about book promotions in 2011 that I plan on building on in 2012. I’ll carry that knowledge over to my own stuff as well.

In November, I began the final edit of Forging Truth, formatting it as I went. The goal was to have it to the printer and in my hands by the end of the year.

On December 21, my 5 proof copies of Forging Truth arrived. They were beautiful. Last night, another 10 books came in, and I have those all spoken for, too. Also, last night, I put the finishing touches on the eBook for Forging Truth. As I mentioned in today’s post, I’m so excited to say it’s now available on the Kindle for $4.95 or through Amazon Prime for FREE.

All and all, it was a pretty awesome year to this guys. So, what goals do I hold for 2012?

I’d like to finish Corrupting Truth and have it ready to publish by June 30.
I’ll probably be doing a Kickstarter campaign to help out along the way, so look for that information soon.
I plan on doing a lot more PR work for my Dark Quest authors, as well as offering my services freelance. (See my Slushpimp page for more details.)
I’d like to wrap up The Coyote and the Spider to submit to Viper soon.
Lastly, I’m hoping to get in with another of Chris Wolfe’s projects, called Project Breakthrough.

Who knows what else waits in 2012? Heck, I didn’t even know most of this year’s goodness was coming.

Happy New Year!

Raymond

Completed DCnU Reboot Checklist


  1. Justice League – Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
  2. Wonder Woman – Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
  3. Aquaman – Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
  4. The Flash – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
  5. The Fury of Firestorm – Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone and Yildiray Cinar
  6. The Savage Hawkman – Tony Daniel and Philip Tan
  7. Green Arrow – JT Krul and Dan Jurgens
  8. Justice League International – Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti
  9. Mister Terrific – Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson
  10. Captain Atom – JT Krul and Freddie Williams II
  11. DC Universe Presents – Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang
  12. Green Lantern – Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
  13. Green Lantern Corp – Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
  14. Green Lantern: The New Guardians – Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham and Batt
  15. Red Lanterns – Peter Milligan and Ed Benes and Rob Hunte
  16. Batman – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  17. Detective Comics – Tony Daniel
  18. Batman and Robin – Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason
  19. Batman: The Dark Knight – David Finch
  20. Batwoman – J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
  21. Batgirl – Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
  22. Catwoman – Judd Winick and Guillem March
  23. Birds of Prey – Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
  24. Nightwing – Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
  25. Red Hood and the Outlaws – Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
  26. Batwing – Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
  27. Batman, Incorporated – Grant Morrison
  28. Swamp Thing – Scott Snyder and Yannick Paquette
  29. Justice League Dark – Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin
  30. Animal Man – Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman and Dan Green
  31. Demon Knights – Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert
  32. Frankenstein, Agent of Shade – Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticelli
  33. Resurrection Man – Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino
  34. I, Vampire – Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
  35. Voodoo – Ron Marz art Sami Basri
  36. Legion Lost – Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods
  37. Legion of Superheroes – Paul Levitz and Francis Portela
  38. Teen Titans – Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
  39. Static Shock – John Rozum and Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion
  40. Hawk and Dove – Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld
  41. Action Comics – Grant Morrison and Rags Morales and Rick Bryant
  42. Superman – George Perez and Jesus Merino
  43. Supergirl – Michael Green and Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar
  44. Superboy – Scott Lodbell and RB Silva and Rob Lean
  45. Stormwatch – Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
  46. Grifter – Nathan Edmondson and CAFU
  47. Suicide Squad – Adam Glass and Marco Rudy
  48. Deathstroke – Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett and Art Thibert
  49. All-Star Western – Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and Moritat
  50. O.M.A.C. – Dan Didio and Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish
  51. Blackhawks – Mike Costa and Ken Lashley
  52. Men of War – Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick

Flame War closes comments on DC Comics’ The Source Blog


Which, also happens to be my first post for GeekDad.com.  Find out my thoughts on who would win a race between The Flash and Superman (Hint: I have over 1,000 Superman comics.)  Do you think my son agrees?  (Hint: What do you think?)

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/03/dc-comics-message-boards-shut-down-over-nerd-flame-war/

I also look at the issue of flame wars in general and what can be done to stop them.

Please, check it out.

Thanks,

Raymond

It’s Been Fun – A Fanboy Farewell


This is my final column, not just in the series of What I’m Excited For, but under the banner of Project Fanboy.  Maybe I’ll be back in the future, but for now, I have so many irons in the fire that I had to choose which ones to nurture and grow.  All in all, I’m very much looking forward to getting my articles out on GeekDad.com.  Well, ok, more on that later.  For right now, please, check out the column below.

 

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These past three columns, I’ve been talking about what I’m looking forward to the most as a fanboy. So many big events have me on pins and needles waiting for my next shipment of comics to hit. I’m having to take out a second mortgage on my house to afford all the super-hero based movies hitting the big screen. And if I had a time machine, I wouldn’t use it for some big heroic deed or even pull a Biff Tannen, I’d simply shoot forward to pick up a copy of Arkham City and the DVD release of the final season of Smallville. Indeed, 2011 looks to be a booming year to be a fan of comics and their various and sundry adaptations.

While I’m thrilled about all of these, I also have some exciting opportunities in front of me, on a personal level.

Wired’s GeekDad.com blog has offered me a spot as an occasional contributer with the opportunity to move up to a core contributor over time. They receive over a million unique hits each month due to their in-depth, yet conversational, coverage of anything and everything that a geek – especially one who is a dad – might care about. They do everything from product reviews and previews to interviews with some very interesting and entertaining people.

This opportunity on top of my other duties, such as slushpile reading for Dark Quest Books, coupled with my own comic script and novel writing endeavors, take up nearly any time I am not at my “real” job. I also have some friends who are starting up their own comic book community, and they’ve asked for my help in getting it up and going.

So, sadly, somehting’s got to give to make room for these, hopefully, beneficial changes in my schedule.

I have ultimately decided for this to be my final column with Project Fanboy for the foreseeable future. You guys have been nothing but good to me. Guys, I appreciate the support and words of encouragement I received through email, PM’s, and posts. I realize at times, I tend to babble, but no one ever called me on it, so I guess I did all right. In the end, what more could I ask for?

Love, peace, and chicken grease,

Ray

What I’m Excited For In 2011: Miscellaneous Edition


This is my next to last column in the What I’m Excited For series.  Stay tuned tomorrow for my final column.

 

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End of Smallville:

This is going to be a hard one for me. I don’t have reception out where I live, so I have to wait and pick up the seasons when they come out. I don’t know if I can wait, though. As much as I’m looking forward to it, though, it’s definitely going to be bittersweet. I love this series. It began as a fun diversion for a Superman fan, but it quickly turned into it’s own fun separate universe of familiar characters and settings. It was sort of like the ultimate Elseworlds maxi-series, only on TV.

So, to the team behind Smallville, I salute you. Great show, everyone.

Young Justice – I still haven’t seen this, because of the whole reception thing, but I hear some very good things about it. Let’s hope it gets a good foothold and lasts longer than some of the other Cartoon Network WB shows.

Green Lantern Series in November

Not to beat a dead horse, here, but . . . Stupid rural area at the bottom of a big hill without reception rasser frasser rassa frassa . . . I so want this to be huge. Bruce Timm, again? Heck yes, please.

Walking Dead’s 2nd Season – I’ve only seen a small, small, portion of a couple of episodes, but this looks horridly sweet. Looking forward to it for everyone else’s sake, since I won’t be watching it until it’s all released, probably.

New Animated DC and Marvel movies for 2011:

Animated DC Direct to DVD Movies:

Following up on the recent release of All Star Superman – Feb 22, DC will be putting out
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights on June 7 (Capitalizing yet again on the buzz for this year’s big screen adaptation). There is also talk of Batman: Year One, possibly being released in September.

Here’s but a glimpse at 2011 Convention Schedule. For an in-depth listing, check out http://www.geekcal.com/ They rock! Oh, and check out all of the cons scheduled for this weekend and the rest of March.

ECCC: Emerald City Comic Convention – This Weekend, Seattle

Steel City Comic Con – This Weekend, Monroeville, PA

Metropolis Super Con – This Weekend, Metropolis, IL

Buckeye Comic Con – This Weekend, Columbus, OH

C2E2 – March 18 – 20, Chicago

MegaCon – March 25 – 27, Orlando

Boston Comic Con – April 30 – May 1

FCBD – Not really a con, but this thing gets bigger with each passing year. Everyone celebrates it. Just show up at a shop, and they’re bound to have giveaways or quarter comic sales, or something.

WonderCon – April 1 – 3, San Francisco

Comicon International – July 21 – 24, San Diego

APE: Alternative Press Expo – October 1 – 2, San Francisco

2011 Comic Book Games:

Some games, I will be the first in line for, such as Batman, while others I’ll have to visit a friend who doesn’t live in the sticks. I actually bought my PS3 to be ready for the release of the DCUMMORPG, but then I found out it won’t work online out here. (This is the last time you hear me whine about it, ok?)

DC Universe Online
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Batman: Arkham City
X-Men: Destiny
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
Thor: The Video Game
Captain America: Super Soldier

I know there are still so many miscellaneous comic goodies out there I’m missing, here, so please feel free to chime in with some of your own.

Ok, that’s it for now, but stay tuned tomorrow for my final column in the “What I’m Excited For” series.

Take care,
Ray

What I’m Excited For In 2011 – Movies Editions


This was originally posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 on ProfessionalFanboy.com.  It is the second installment in a series of four, talking about the cool comic book goings-on for 2011.
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I love an action packed summer blockbuster as much as the next person, and that goes doubly for anything comic or geek related. However, as expensive as movies are these days, its all I can do to justify the expense. Yeah, and don’t get me started on the $2.50 can of soda in the vending machine or the ten-dollar popcorn at the concession stand. Cost aside, I still manage to pull myself to two or three every summer.Well, guess what, the summer blockbusters? They’re starting a little early this year, and I’m strapped for cash. I have points that I can cash in for prizes either through promotional deals or through my credit card rewards, so maybe I’ll pull me some cinema passes and do it that way. 

No matter how I do it, it’s still going to be hard to decide which one I’m most stoked to see. Don’t take my word for it, just check these out.

Green Hornet – Currently in theaters

I’ve only recently had any dealings with Green Hornet comics, but my buddy swears by them. I haven’t seen it yet, and I initially gave it a pass. I watched a trailer for it, though, and I think I’ll be picking it up at RedBox in a few months.

Priest – March 4

Rebel priest? Check. Vampires? Check. Is this yet another remake of ‘Salem’s Lot? RedBoxing this one, too.

Thor – May 6

My friend, Vic, has read Thor for as long as I can recall, but being a DC man, I’ve never picked it up. I’ve read the odd story with him in it over the years, granted, but I’ve never given him much thought.

My cousin caught an early look at the trailer, and he couldn’t say enough about it. Then, on Superbowl Sunday, I was one of the millions to see it, and, all I have to say is “…..”.

This movie will definitely kick so much Asgard. I’ll be there with my bucket of popcorn and expensive drink, too.

X-Men: First Class – June 3

I was the only one of my group who enjoyed the first three movies. When I first heard the news for a proposed reboot, I was ticked. After watching the teasers and official trailer, recently, I am starting to come around.

I’m sure I’ll be forking over some more dough for this one, too.

They should keep my seat reserved, too, because next, I’ll be hitting . . .

Green Lantern – June 17

Finally! And, it looks like Warner Bros. might be doing it right. I know Jeoff Johns is impressed by it. With 7200 sectors, and the rich legacy of the character and the corps itself, this is really one of those movies that could hit the ground running and never stop.

Transformers 3 – July 1

Ok, so this is another Michael Bay pic with the spindly robots in disguise as Transformers, but I really liked the first one a lot. The trailer for this one looks far better than two.

With it opening the day after my birthday, I’m sure I’ll be there to unwrap the paper.

First Avenger: Captain America – July 22

Thank you, Marvel, for baldly labeling it as The First Avenger. When is DC going to follow suit with a The First JLA-er movie?

As for the movie, itself, I don’t know how well it’s going to follow with the comic, but the Superbowl spot looked solid.

Theater or rental? Theater, I believe.

Cowboys and Aliens – July 29

Please, forgive me, but this looks like soooo much fun. I doubt I’ll be going to see it, but I’ll probably be scooping it up the day it’s released for rental.

There are several other candidates for the must watch list, but these are the main ones I’m looking forward to. How ’bout you guys?

See you soon,
Ray

Being A Fanboy In 2011: What I’m Excited For


I posted this today, February 12, 2011, as part one in a series of four, where I’ll discuss all of the cool comic book goings-on this year.
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2011 Already? It seems like just a couple of years ago, 3-D Brainiac-13 came back to wage war on Superman in Y2K. Just weeks ago, Waverider was busy sifting through the heroes to see which one was destined to turn to the dark side, and thus, causing Armageddon in 2001. But, the years, how they do fly by. 

Speaking of flying by, the days and weeks since my last Professional Fanboy column have done just that. It’s funny the way life sorta gets in the way of fun things like writing and commenting about comics and the fanboy experience.

For a few posts, I really wanted to do a little talking on the new comic-related items of interest for the year. Some interest me more than others, simply because I’m a DC Comics man, so bear with me.

In part one, I’ll discuss upcoming events – both large and small – that have me stoked.

Part two will focus on comic book movies for which to keep your eyes peeled.

Part three will serve as a general hodgepodge of other random comic related goodness.

Part four will be about something that I am very much looking forward to, but which will remain hush-hush for now.

As always, I want to preamble these columns with an apology to all non-DC Comics readers. One day, when I get plenty of time and money, I’ll read it all. Then, we can have a nice little sit-down together.

So, what are the major events this year?

REIGN OF DOOMSDAY

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Part 1: STEEL #1
Part 2: OUTSIDERS #37
Part 3: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #55
Part 4: SUPERMAN/BATMAN ANNUAL #5
Part 5: SUPERBOY #6
Part ?: Action Comics #900
Part ?: Action Comics #901

Wow, I cannot tell you how excited I am for this event. I love Steel, and I love Doomsday. That, alone, has me salivating. Then, you take into account I cut my comic book teeth on The Death and Return of Superman storyline. It was the event that brought in a lot of us.

On a side note, as some of you might know, I get my comics for the current month at the beginning of the next. When my latest shipment arrived, a week back, I ripped it open and dug through the stack for my issue of Steel #1. But, guess what . . . It wasn’t there. I was actually missing six books in total. My service was awesome about it, though, and they’re adding them to my February books. Of course, it’s taking every ounce of restraint I have not to fork out the dough for a second issue at full price, plus tax, just to be able to have it in my hands right now.

FLASHPOINT

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The Spaceship Never Crashed.
He Spends His Days Running Wayne Casinos.
They Experimented On Him In Labs For Years.
Where Is His Ring?
Their Marriage Was Arranged To Prevent War.
When did Cyborg become our protector of Truth, Justice, and the American way?
Why is Citizen Cold the greatest hero of Central City?
Where will the Ravager strike next?
Who is the Outsider, and why is he better than you?
What is top secret?

Whatever Happened to Gotham City?
FLASHPOINT: BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1-#3
Whatever Happened to the World’s Greatest Super Villains?
FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE & THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #1-#3
Whatever Happened to the Aliens?
FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: PROJECT: SUPERMAN #1-#3
Whatever Happened to Science & Magic?
FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN & THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1-#3
Whatever Happened to Europe?
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1-#3
Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash
FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-#3

And, then there are a few more. There’s at least one more mini and some one-shots. Another wallet buster, to be sure, but I’ll be right there in line with you draining it dry.

After Geoff John’s treatment of the Green Lantern franchise, I was ready to see what he handed down with the Flash with Barry Allen’s return. But, it’s been . . . slow, really. The Flash isn’t supposed to be slow. I don’t mean that the story is bad at all. I’m just ready to get right into the action, and I believe we’re about to have that action in spades. Moreover, I’ve always been a sucker for time-warped tales. While everyone else was busy turning up their noses at Zero Hour, I was all over it. In fact, that was the first mini I read more than once (three times now). Oh, and I’ll finally have Dan Jurgens back on the Booster Gold main title.

AQUAWAR:

Well, I never thought I’d hear myself say this (well, see myself type it), but . . . Bring. On. Aquaman. Yep, you know, the guy who talks to fishies. But, now, apparently, the badass king of the sea. Mera and the new Aqualad are knocking me out, too. I really like where this is headed.

END OF BRIGHTEST DAY:

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The weekly/bi-weekly maxi-series trend has seen it’s ups and downs, in my mind, but this has been a really good ride. I like how it weaves the heroes’ individual tales together in a manner reminiscent of 52, but it includes B+ to A- characters, instead.

END OF JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST:

This one, I really wanted to check out, because I like the character of Maxwell Lord. I reallllly wanted to see where his resurrection would take him. Also, I love Booster Gold – even when he’s not being written by Jurgens. Besides, who doesn’t have at least some nostalgia for the Giffen Era Justice League, eh?

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS:

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Brother vs. Brother vs. Brother vs. Brother . . .

It’s on!! I have grown to love all of the Big Four of the Corps. Don’t know who I’m rooting for – okay, so it’ll always be Hal – but I know it’ll be knockdown drag-out and then knockdown again. The whole saga/epic that Johns is bringing into play this time around with the GL mythos is unbelievable.

Rebirth, Corps Rebirth, Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night, War of Light . . . War of the Green Lanterns!

ACTION COMICS HISTORIC 900th issue:

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As I mentioned earlier, Superman was my gateway character. And, we’re talking about Action Comics, here. The place of Supes’ birth. This series is 900 issues in the making. You’re looking at a colossal collection of talent, story, and, of course, ACTION. While I don’t own all of these issues – goes without saying – I probably have a good 300, or so. I’ve read and enjoyed every one, and I can honestly tell you I can’t wait to read the next 300, 900, 1,000, . . . Ok, so that won’t happen, but I’ll definitely be snagging a copy of Action Comics #1000.

As for #900, well, not only is DC bringing in a slew of creatives to do this thing right, we’re finally going to get Superman back in his book, we’ll see the culmination of the best Luthor story of all time, we’ll have Doomsday, we’ll have close to 100 pages of awesome!, and best of all: We’ll have it all in 2011.

That does it for this installment, check back next weekend for the second part. Bring your butter popcorn and your excitement.

– The Eventful Ray

Merry Christmas from Professional Fanboy


So, this one’s pretty self-explanatory.

 

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Ho ho ho, boys and girls!

Guess I learned nothing from my previous post.  The idea I had for Thanksgiving was transitioned into a Christmas idea.  The author I had lined up is just too swamped, I guess.

Anyways, I just wanted to say that I really hope your Christmas was a FAN-tastic one.  I know you were bound to snag lots of swag.  So, please give us a look.  Post pics, stories, etc.

TTFN,

Ray

AND NOW, PLAN C


I start off apologizing for things falling through the cracks due to things outside of my control, blah, blah, blah . . .  Then, I move into what I’m thankful for and give some Black Friday/Cyber Monday advice.  Yes, again with the sales and saving money thing.

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Ok, so I’m over a week late on my column.  D’oh!

Can you ever find it in your hearts to forgive me?

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I’m not that big on excuses, but just know that what I tried to pull off would have been super cool.  Unfortunately, I was relying on a creator with tons on her plate right now.  It just didn’t come together.  I’m talking to her about doing something similar for Christmas, though, so stick around.

From the beginning, I had an idea for a backup column in the works.  I did the preliminary searches and background digging, but when I got word that this other was going to come through, I totally jumped off of the idea in favor of this other one.

My original backup column was going to be two-fold.  First, I was going to discuss what I was thankful for in comics this year.  Second, I was going to reveal what I had dug up on various sales and whatnot for Black Friday.  There were a lot more BF deals out there than I’d realized.

Since that didn’t pan out, I decided to try a similar spin.  Guess you could call this “Plan C.”  I’ll substitute any Cyber Monday (Black Friday’s evil twin) sales I might find instead.

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So, what does this Professional Fanboy have to be thankful for this year?  So, so, so, so much.

#1    This column for one, of course, has proven to be a highlight.  I love having the opportunity to come here and spout off about whatever hits my keyboard.  I am utterly thankful for the chance to reach out and connect with the fans in this great community.  I hope that you all continue to keep coming back until next Thanksgiving and beyond.

#2    Having a zombie story accepted in Incubator Press’ anthology.  Willie assures me that Double Date will be coming out in the months ahead, and I’m going to hold him to it.  Heh.  I’ve seen proof that the first issue has come out.  I know it can be ordered online.  Just one more, and then, boom!  I’ll be picking up my comp copies of issue # 3, and reading my story, illustrated by the very talented Enric Simon.  I have the first three inked pages in my email, and they are spot on.

#3    The folks at Viper Comics gave me something to be thankful, when they recently accepted Black Dawg for their online anthology Cryptophobia.  I don’t have any word on when it’ll come out or who my artist is, but I have faith, and I’m already planning for my next submission.  Wish me luck.

#4    I have numerous other non-comic related things I’m grateful for, ranging from friends, family, and my day job, to the possible publication of some of my prose work.

#5    Bruce Wayne is finally back, and looking to reconnect with his family in the most ultimate of ass-kicking ways.

#6    Blackest Night’s end and Brightest Day’s first half have been nothing but boom, boom, BOOM!  Awesome stuff, Geoff and the gang.

#7    DC Comics lowering their prices is definitely a plus.  Sucks to lose the pages and backups, but more money in my wallet means more titles purchased.  Good move, DC.

#8    The re-launch of Birds of Prey with Gail at the helm?  Hell yeah.

#9    A Steel One-Shot?  Absolutely.  This has always been one of my dream characters to write.  Maybe that’ll headline next year’s thankful list.  Ha. Ha.

#10    Boom Studio’s Mark Waid’s speech about 99-cent books was pretty inspiring and hopefully prophetic.

Ok, what about you?  What makes you thankful, today, in or out of the comics realm?

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I confess, I’ve never purchased anything on Cyber Monday.  My willpower never lasts past Black Friday – Green Lantern, I am not.  Hopefully, those of you who have been able to ignore the tantalizing sirens of Black Friday can find some good swag in the sales below.  Oh, and please, don’t take my word for it, visit the sites themselves and read up on all of their fun disclaimers, stipulations, etc.

www.TFAW.com had some incredible Black Friday deals this year.  I spent an hour or more, checking out these deals.  I’m talking about $1 and $5 doorbusters, 10-cent grab bag comics, etc.  They say that even more deals will be added on Cyber Monday, so check them out tomorrow.

http://www.sheldoncomics.com/

Every Sheldon book on sale for $10 each.  Apparently it’s a good deal.  I mean, the man did check with his wife on the pricing.

http://allaboutbooksandcomics.com/wp/tag/cyber-monday-sale/

Receive free shipping at All About Books and Comics.

This isn’t really a Cyber Monday sale, but www.zeuscomics.com of Dallas is having an in-store $1 Back Issue Sale until the end of the year.

http://www.mattycollector.com/

They’re discounting an extra 10% on orders over $100.  While not exactly comic books, who doesn’t love toys?  Here’s their list of products:

MOTUC He-Man®    MOTUC Skeletor®
MOTUC Battle Cat®
JLU Lobo
JLU “Shazam!” Family 4-Pack
JLU Doom Patrol 4-Pack
JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack
JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack
JLU Justice Guild 4-Pack
12″ Ray Stantz™ Figure
12″ Egon Spengler™ Figure (with trap)
12” Peter Venkman™ Figure
12” Winston Zeddemore™ Figure
Adam Strange and Starfire Figures 2 Pack
Alexander Luthor and Ultraman Figures 2 Pack
Justice in the Jungle: B’Wana Beast and Animal Man Figures 2 Pack
Infinite Heroes Crisis 4-Pack
Ghostbusters™ 6” Peter Venkman™ Figure (with Slimer)
Ghostbusters™ 6″ Ray Stantz™ Figure (with Subway Ghost)
Ghostbusters™ 6″ Winston Zeddemore™ Figure (with trap)
Ghostbusters™ 6” Walter Peck™ Figure (with containment unit)
The Color of Fear: Romat-Ru and Karu-Sil 2-pack
6″ Superman
6″ Flight Stands
DC Universe Classics Figure Stands
Justice League Unlimited Figure Stands
Infinite Heroes Figure Stands

Click the below link for Cyber Monday savings of 20% off at Toy Anxiety.  Please, note:  Gotta have the coupon code.

http://toyanxiety.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/cyber-monday-at-toy-anxiety/

One last bit of speculation . . . Last year, Marvel offered 30% off an annual subscription to their Digital Comics.  This past Friday, DC held their Blackest Friday event, where they offered all 70+ Blackest Night tie-in issues for $0.99 each.  I can’t find where they’ll be repeating this or any other sale for tomorrow, but I figure it might not hurt to keep your e-peepers open.

If you know of other sales, please, shoot them our way.

Happy savings!

- Ray