Not only is this Saturday Free Comic Book Day, but from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, The Launchpad will be hosting a 24 hour Game-A-Thon, which you can read more about here. For the entirety of that 24 hours, I will be there with a couple mics and allowing people to share their favorite stories and memories about David Phillips. For those who would like to share a story, or memory, but cannot attend the event you can send an email or a recording of your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail on our voicemail (209)-625-9018. Thank you.
Chris and I would like to take a moment to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of David Phillips. For those who don’t know him, he was an owner of The Launchpad a comic book store here in Lodi, California. A few days ago his life was senselessly, and tragically, cut short in an automobile accident.
I didn’t know him well at all. I knew him as a kind of quiet, sweet, and extremely funny guy from going in the shop. I walked past the shop a couple days before he was killed, and didn’t stop in. I just had lunch with the kids and wanted to get them home. But even just in that moment of walking by the window he was there, helping a customer, and he still had a wave and a smile for me. He always did. This is an unbelievable loss to his family, his friends, and the community. A GoFundMe has been set up in his name to help his family. If you can help, please do so, and if not please share the link, or this post.
A comic book store is not just part of a community, it is, but it is a community in and of itself.
Tomorrow is promised to no one. Tell your family and your friends you love them. Don’t assume like I did that you will see them again. Again, I ask you please to share the link.
I just wanted to take a minute and point you guys to the Kickstarter that just dropped for the new book from Fifth Dimension Comics, The Magician: The Long Day.
Written by David M. Brown, with art by the mighty D.N.S. and letters and design by Robin Jones, The Magician is a violent look at the 70’s that drives into the dirt, grime, violence, and dark humor of professional killers, scumbags, criminals and more. Having gotten a look at things ahead of time, I can tell you it is disturbing, and funny, and well worth a look.
Here’s the short version, from the mouth of my daughter as we were walking out of the theater, “some dude tried to get everyone to clap after the movie, but I just wanted to say the C-word.” After I stopped laughing, curiosity got the better of me, and I gave her permission to say it.
“I just kept watching the movie, and thinking, this movie is,” looks over both of her shoulders, making sure no one would hear her, and whispers, “crap.”
I was pleased to find out she has a different definition of the C-word than me. And she was right about the movie.
I recently picked up the Howard The Duck Omnibus on a quaking screaming good deal, (seriously look around Marvel is clearing them out and you can snag them at around half off) and ran across what may be the greatest character in the history of the MU. Hellcow!
Superheroes don’t battle in a vacuum, and supervillains care very little for who gets caught in the crossfire, and sometimes a regular man has to try when the guys in tights ain’t getting the job done.
Neal Adams is back, for a six issue series, this time turning his gaze upon the Last (?) Son of Krypton, and ancient Egypt. Naturally. Let us join hands, and make the leap past the jump in a single bound.
I’m about to dive into the final two issues of Omega: The Unknown, before the real end comes in The Defenders. As this is getting closer to the conclusion, there will be SPOILERS AHOY! After the jump of course.