A long time ago in a comic shop not to far away, I snagged the first issue of Marvel’s new Star Wars comic book like just about everyone else in the known universe. There were over fifty variant covers, but there was no way I’m getting caught up in any of that. Though I did have a moment of weakness over the Hasbro action figure variant with Luke Skywalker on the cover. It was pretty rad, but I didn’t budge, stating that “it wasn’t really my thing.”
(Spoiler: It turns out to totally be my thing.)
I have a bad feeling about this.
Flash forward a month to the release of issue #2, and – sure enough – there’s a Han Solo action figure variant. Standing in front of the new release wall I lament, “So this is going to be a thing now?” There was a moment where I almost bought it. However, since I didn’t get the last one I figured it was too late. And it’s not like I’m in need of new things to hoard.
One week later and I’m staring at Darth Vader #1 and it’s glorious variant cover. If you guessed that I fucking snapped, then you would be correct. “How bad do I want these now?!” I remember yelling out loud, or at least in my head.
The force is strong with this one.
It turns out that the comic shop still had last week’s Hand Solo variant, and I was able to buy the Luke Skywalker issue off Amazon for only a few bucks. I’ve added the variants to my pull list, and it’ll be interesting to see how long i can keep up with them. I heard that they’re retailer incentives, so if they don’t order or sell a certain number of issues, they won’t get that cover version.
Regardless, I’m in the game now. Can’t wait to add Princess Leia #1 and Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star War #3! I’ll update as they arrive.
It’s a story as old as time itself. A lone guardian spends a week dashing around amongst the wreckage and shattered remains of mankind. His entire week is spent playing grab-ass on Earth patrols and performing reckless Sparrow stunts on Mars. Friday morning his world comes crashing down around him when he learns that Xur is selling Icebreaker, and he probably should have been saving up for it. Granted, this is like a thousand years in the future so he wouldn’t have heard the old parable about the lazy squirrel who didn’t collect enough nuts for winter.
Wait. What am I talking about?
Oh yeah, buying Icebreaker.
I jump into the Destiny app and do a quick scan of my inventory, noting that I only have 13 – of the required 17 – coins needed to purchase the Icebreaker from Xur. Shouldn’t be too hard to get, right? The easiest way to earn coins is by running the weekly Nightfall strike, which I already completed, earning nine coins. That’s the hands-down easiest way, and I already exhausted it. It turned out that I was going to have to work for it. I mean really work for it, considering that I was taking the kids to Disneyland all weekend, leaving me with just a few hours accomplish this task. Continue Reading
I didn’t take very many photos or tweet snarky comments while at this year’s Image Expo 2015. I think it was because I was caught up in all the fun of listening to all the amazingly talented creators share their new projects with the world. After dropping a ton of cash each year on San Diego Comic-Con International, buying the ‘premium’ ticket to this event (which was like $25 over the normal ticket price) seemed like a reasonable decision. And for the most part, it was. We didn’t really get any advance seating or anything like that, but the swag bag was killer.
What’s in the bag?
Tote bag, Image Comics t-shirt, and program guide. There were also the following expo-exclusive comics: Bitch Planet #1, East of West #16, Wytches #3, and Rumble #1.
The best thing that wasn’t in the bag? Not having to wait in the long line after the general session to buy the exact same items. As it turns out, the premium pass was more like a pre-order – which I will order again, without hesitation next year.
It’s a slippery slope, buying vinyl Funko figures. They’re so affordable, ubiquitous, and highly collectible. As a geek, it’s near impossible to avoid having one. Recently, I’ve fallen off the deep end and snatched-up pretty much the entire run of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead Funko Pop! Vinyl collections for my office at work.
Luckily, I can turn this obsession into something more productive – such as doing some fun videos for the new action figure review site, GoFigure. I won’t usually post the videos here, but I wanted to share the news. This week I’m showing off the completely badass Daryl Dixon’s Chopper (terrible sound effect not included).
Here’s a short film that I directed for Palo Alto Networks. It’s a parody of last year’s indie darling, “Her”, but with a network security angle. It’s rather steeped in technical and industry-insider talk, however I think Ryan (my actor & co-producer) and I knocked this one out of the park.