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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Dieting, Funerals and Magazine Publishers Showing How it's Done

It’s been awhile.

But, as I’ve said before, life sometimes demands strict attention. An example: I went to the doctor three weeks ago, tomorrow. I weighed in at an all-time high. Two hundred pounds. I imagine those who know me will gasp when they see the figure, as surprise seems to be the primary response from those I’ve told. “You don’t look like you could weigh that much!” That’s what I kept telling the doctor’s scale.

“Why have you told anyone?” you may ask. Well, I have a very strict policy about highly-publicizing anything on which I really want my feet held to the fire. In this case, it’s a diet. Plus, as of today, I’ve already lost over 10 pounds (13, to be exact), so the all-time high isn’t quite so embarrassing. My goal is 20 pounds. My DREAM is 25.

On another personal note, I recently held my first funeral. I consider myself lucky that I was able to be in the ministry for 16 years without doing so, but I knew the time would come, sooner or later. No matter how I feel about funerals, however, they are a VERY important time in the lives of family members, and a real opportunity to attend to needs and life-questions. As well as AFTER-life questions.

So. Enough “heavy” stuff. (Heh.) Here’s something comics-related. (Pay attention, Laura.) My wife just received her first issue of a year-long subscription to Parents magazine. This thing is HUGE. A 284-page magazine on glossy stock, and she’s going to receive twelve of them for a paltry $10.00! My question is, why can’t ANY comic book publisher do anything even CLOSE to that? Is it the cost of advertising? The change of venue? Obtaining rack space in convenience stores, Walmart and the like? Why, exactly, can’t comics be made equally accessible, at somewhere near that kind of value?

Anyone who can give me a satisfactory answer that can be backed up by professionals in the industry (a few of which I know well enough to ask), I’ll send you this nifty copy of Web of Spider-Man Annual #2, signed by none other than Art Adams! If you don’t know who he is, click the link for some of his work. I acquired his signature at DefCon ‘97 in Tulsa.

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Interesting story, that. Adams was a VERY nice guy, and I was one of those annoying fans who, throughout the ‘con, brought him a STACK of comics to sign. (Yeah, I can "geek out" with the best of 'em.) I can honestly say I never sold any of them until just a few months ago, though he clearly stated that I could sell them at that very show without offending him. I think pros like that are a dying breed.

Well, busy week, as Suspended Animation reviews are due, along with all other weekly duties. ‘Til next time.