Friday, July 30, 2004

Oh yeah, Otakon

It's that time of year again when the city gets flooded with people dressed as anime characters, and you're like, "What's up with that?" and then you realize, "Oh yeah...it's Otakon!"

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Silly Cops, Gangstas Aren't For Kids!

From Columbia's Free Times:
At least two people identifying themselves as State Law Enforcement Division officers approached employees of a Barnes & Noble bookstore on Harbison Boulevard several weeks ago and asked if the store stocked Gangsta Rap Coloring Book by Aye Jay Morano. "They were wanting to buy them all up and demand we didn't carry them again," says Matt Boyleston, an employee of the store who lives in Columbia.

Unfortunately we've sold out of the coloring book right now. We're waiting for reprints!

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Ah Comic Con...

Photo highlights from Comic Con. Even Cat Man was there! Who's drinking with Chewbacca tonight?

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Only the True of Heart

With a moat like this surrounding our door, only the devoted have been making the journey...so cross your fingers everyone and hope that they will pour the concrete tomorrow like they say they will and this renovation will be over.

Sidewalk? What Sidewalk?

Monday, July 19, 2004

It Looks Like We're Closed

But we're OPEN.

Just because some construction vehicles and a moat may be obstructing our entrance does not mean we've closed.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Amazon Drive Bys

Remember back in the day, when Amazon first turned on their personal reviews feature, and people started commenting on books? Most people just gushed about their favorites. Some people wrote these admirable essays that were pretty thoughtful and you only passingly thought, "Wow, they've got some time on their hands..."

But now! It's become an underground forum of personal attacks and secret logrolling for author friends. It's all pretty entertaining. Here's a recent book that seems to have attracted it all.

We've thought about turning this feature on for the Atomic site...but why? It just takes up space, and frankly, none of the reviews are reliable.

And it makes me wonder what people think reviews are supposed to be these days? People seem to think nothing of just saying, "------- sucks. He's an asshole." as a valid critique. Is it related to the explosion of blogs and zines, where everyone fancies themselves a writer/critic? Or is it just that it's all out there, just more outlets for people to post their opinions and poison letters?

It's not as if critics since the beginning of time haven't had their own biases or axes to grind. I guess many a NYT Review boils down to, "-----sucks. He's an asshole."

Friday, July 16, 2004

Nigerian Scam

Lately, we've been getting these Deaf Relay System calls from Africa. They want to order Bibles. Sometimes textbooks. We tell them that we don't carry those items. "Well, what DO you have?"

Turns out, they're not just asses, they're criminals. They're probably not even deaf! It's some bizarre Nigerian Bible Scam that mostly hits Christian bookstores...but they tried us out as well.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Shank Reader's Club

Maggie is an intent reader.

Months ago now, the Shank Book Pick was Flowers in the Attic and now we finally set a date for the discussion group. Friday 23rd, 7pm, at Holy Frijole's new bar, up the street. So come on out. Yes, we've re-read it!

Yes, it's our guilty pleasure pick. Oddly, it's a Guilty Pleasure in the new issue of EW (I won't even link to the site because you can only see it if you subscribe to the magazine).

I like the old cover better. I remember it well from middle school. Creepy, creepy kids. I mean, on the cover.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Morbid Curiosity

Speaking of which, the new issue is finally in! Maggie is putting it on the shelf as I post.

And, if you're curious, here are a few chapters from Sisters (thanks to kazoogrrl for the link!)

Who knew?

Lynn Cheney, wife of Dick, wrote a lesbian erotica novel.

But is it good?

I found a copy for $18,750.

I don't think it can be that good.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Mondays

This is a good way to start Mondays:



BUT, we got a really cool postcard from Japan:




We have the best customers.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Sidewalk Renovations

The big Summer project of sidewalk renovations has begun on the Avenue. And it starts on our block on our side of the street. Yeah!

Just to let people know, we will continue with our normal Summer hours. Parking on the street will be spotty for a while, but sidewalks will not be blocked.

The renovations will go down the street, towards Chestnut, block by block until around Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

So Sad

Due to the holiday this past week, our comic shipment is delayed a day.

So you're going to have to wait one more day for that new Eightball(#23).

We've already read it, though (because Maggie grabbed one at MOCCA a couple of weeks ago). Two out of three people who've read it, here at the store, say it's GENIUS. The third says, "I waited 2 years this?"

Tomorrow, you get to judge for yourself and add your 2 cents.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy 4th!



Benn and his amazing sparkler swallowing...

photo by Kevin Hoffman

Saturday, July 03, 2004

No Free Comics Here Today

Yes, it's Free Comic Book Day.

No, we're not participating. You know why? Because we're not a comic book store.

As a boutique bookstore, we act as personal shoppers for the pop/indie/micro culture interests of the people. In other words, we carry the good stuff. And to us, comics fit as good stuff. It's not a genre, it's a format. We also carry the magazine, zine, journal, book, CD and DVD formats.

Not that there's anything wrong with Free Comics.

We Didn't Win the Millions

Maggie and I bought lottery tickets yesterday for the Mega Millions game.

We won $3!! Woo-hoo!!

On with the store...

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Spam

Here's a spam subject line that stopped me in my tracks this morning:

Subject: Mom?


I don't have any kids. Well...at least none that I know about...