Wednesday, October 10, 2012

For Jenne and Ginny

My sister asked me to do a reading as part of her wedding ceremony last weekend. I was honored, and I wanted to write something special for Jenne and her beautiful bride, Ginny. Here's what I came up with.

Like water, love is necessary for life
Man and nature may build impediments
Dams, walls and levees, real and imagined
But if the source is strong
There is no keeping love at bay
Eventually, it will find a way through any barrier

Love, like water, can carve swaths through soil and rock
Through limestone, marble and granite
It can turn the most sterile, flat ground into rapids
Into a river that roils and rages
That feeds life, green and lush in the valley
As long as some small source lies perfect and safe
In the mountains above

Staring into the crystal clear pool on a hot day can only satisfy so much
To feel love's power you have to dive in
Even though you may not be sure just how to keep your head above water

It takes experience
It takes accepting the possibility of failure
It takes someone willing to take a risk
Willing to whisper three words in your ear just as you think you may go under
Three words, and suddenly, impossibly, you find you can stand
In the deep end of the pool

Water flows from the ground
It falls from the sky
And when it falls, trying to avoid the drops
Is as futile as trying to deny a love that is pure

No person, no law, no force of nature can long constrain the power of love

How beautiful it is that we come together to celebrate something as basic
Something as perfect
Something as completely necessary for life
As love

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Comics Riches! Or not.

Once in a great while a friend or family member asks me about selling some comics they've found. There are usually comics from my friends' youth, which dates them back thirty or so years. I found myself in that position today, and wrote a kind of lengthy reply about this. I figured it couldn't hurt to share. If I'm way off base, I trst someone will let me know.

So, you want to sell those old comics you found.

There's the quick, easy way and there's the thorough, possibly more profitable way.

I will warn you that comics of that era don't have a ton of value. There are a few issues that do (first appearance of certain characters, etc), but most not so much. Complete runs of a book are somewhat desirable if you can find the right buyer. That's where ebay comes in.

So, the quick way is to walk them into a comic store. The owner may give you a little something for them. Probably not much. Even if you go this way, you should educate yourself first. Many retailers are completely honest and will pay what they think is fair. Many. Not all, I would guess. You can look the issues on ebay, searching for the same issues that have sold. If you log in to ebay, you are allowed to search completed auctions. That will tell you what the market looks like. For example, I just searched "rom spaceknight lot" (lot means you have many issues) and found some sold items. One set of issues 1-35 in NM condition, sold for $27.

If you want to walk into a comic store to sell, it would be a good idea to look the stuff up like that on ebay, just to get an idea what the worth is. Doesn't mean you'll get that much, but it might alert you if there's something valuable in his collection.

If you want to go the more thorough route, you can just sell the stuff on ebay yourselves. That's not super easy. You need to have photos or scans of the books, you need to be very honest and critical about the condition they're in (the buyers will be, trust me), and you have to deal with shipping. It's the best way to maximize your profits, but it's a pain, especially for the relatively small amount of money involved (I'm assuming).

That's all I got. Hope you can turn them into something. The back issue market is not especially strong for books from the last 30 years or so.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Green Hornet #27 and Beyond...

Just wanted to drop by to say that issue #27 of Green Hornet is my last issue as sole writer. Starting with issue #28, I am providing plots or story ideas for Jai Nitz to work from. On issue #28, I wrote a fairly tight outline. After that, I pretty much just provided Jai with some basic notes and the idea for the villain.

I didn't initially foresee leaving the full writing duties at the end of the OUTCAST arc, but that's just how it worked out. After writing almost thirty issues of Green Hornet and Kato, it was time to look for a new challenge. It's a good thing.

Please stay tuned for what Jai has in store, and please check out issue #27! I'm really proud of how we wrapped the OUTCAST arc.

Thanks for the support on Green Hornet and Kato. And, of course, thanks to Nick and Joe at Dynamite, Kevin Smith, Phil Hester, Matt Wagner and the amazing artists I've gotten to work with. I'm going to keep trying to do my damndest to bring you guys good work, on Lone Ranger and on something new...

Humbly, Anj