Saturday, December 31, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Yes, it's wildly depressing. For most books, I can just remember feeling that they were good, but the details are pretty fuzzy.
So, the Mobtown Shank Reading Club this year will be about revisiting some classics and seeing if they hold up. And the twist is that they're all graphic novels. If you've never really gotten into comics or jumped in late, this would be a good chance to get into some great titles and tear them apart!
We've got the year planned out, so drop in when you want, or go for the whole ride:
January - V for Vendetta
February - Watchmen
March - Dark Knight Returns
April - Love & Rockets Book 10
May - I Never Liked You
June - Buddy Does Seattle
July - My New York Diary
August - Jimmy Corrigan
September - Our Cancer Year
October - Cinderalla
November - Ghost World
December - Black Hole
Discussions will be held at the end of each month over at Frazier's.
Email me to be kept in the loop and for your secret decoder ring.
And we still have our Lost Book Club. We'll be discussing A Wrinkle in Time in January.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
photo by Sidereal
It's now a book!
They need to be out there calling these people retarded all the time. Nonstop. The ID people are winning because the scientists think if they ignore the issue, it will go away. Plus, I'm sure it would be therapeutic to make fun of the ID people. I think it's pretty amazing that these people without scientific backgrounds -- or really any education at all -- think they have the right to decide the science curriculum. And it blows my mind that they are getting away with it.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
We are not a comic book store. But we carry a lot of comics because we like good reads.
For those of you who wouldn't normally shop at a comic book store and don't really know how it works, you should know that Wednesdays are THE day - the day new comics come in.
How can that be? Well, because there's only really ONE distributor for comics. Diamond. Most comic shops just have one distributor and that's it.
So if Diamond fucks you, you're fucked.
We, like most independent bookstores, use HUNDREDS of distributors and wholesalers. If we can't find something from one distributor we can usually find it from another.
Yes, we use Diamond. And yes, every week there's something missing. Or late. Re-orders take weeks (instead of days like with book distros).
But the worst is when we're allocated. Because that's another thing that Diamond does, like no other. You order an item months in advance and THEN they place their order for said item based on the the pre-orders they get from retailers.
It's the dumbest way to do business. Because if they don't get enough orders they just don't order it and cancel the item. So even though WE want it and put in our order, it may not ever come.
We put in our order for Angel Battle Puppets. We get a ton of pre-orders from OUR customers. You know how many Diamond gave us? One. WTF??
God, it would suck to be a comic book store.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Santa was walking around the Ave yesterday and stopped by the store. He said he heard me on the radio. He knows everything!
But I bet he didn't know I was interviewed for MobyLives, which is like all radio now.
When Dennis Loy Johnson, the host, told me that there would be no editing I kind of freezed up. So it's not a terribly glib interview.
That Dennis, he's just flying by the seat of his pants. Like an anti-Ira Glass.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
We should have our new shirts in stock before Xmas. And hoodies!
ETA: Our winner is Mr. Jordan Jeffries!
I'd like to thank EVERYONE who entered. It was a really tough decision for our panel of judges. There were so many great entries we took an extra long time. Some special one time runs may be in the works.