Monthly Archives: February 2012

Companion Book sale extended through Feb. 29

My recuperation from gall bladder surgery is taking lots longer than anticipated (the anesthesia and I apparently didn’t get along too well), so I’ve gone ahead and extended our 40% off sale on Companion books through the end of February. Just click the big heart banner at the top of our home page for the full list of items on sale.

Of all the gall…

About 10 years ago, during our annual Comic-Con trip, I had to go to the San Diego ER in the wee hours of the morning, doubled-over with a sharp, stabbing pain in my upper stomach. Back then, they diagnosed me with three relatively small gallstones, gave me pain meds, and sent me on my way, saying if it ever happened again, I’d need my gall bladder removed. (If you saw my brief appearance on the “Jack Kirby: Storyteller” documentary that was an “extra” on the Fantastic Four film DVD release a few years ago, you may’ve noticed I looked kinda glassy-eyed, and even goofier than usual; that was from the pain pills I was on, as it was filmed the afternoon I got out of the San Diego ER. But don’t let the still image of me above scare you away; click the link above to see the first of five parts of this great, star-studded bio of Jack.)

Well, I’ve had occasional minor pain in my upper abdomen since then (usually during high-stress times), but the docs always guessed it was some kind of hernia or ulcer, although despite a few rather unpleasant procedures to find something, they’ve never been able to actually pinpoint anything specific.

We may now have an answer. This past Monday just after midnight, I ended up at our local emergency room again, only this time it was even worse (think Wolverine repeatedly going ‘snikt’ just under your ribcage). The local ER’s ultrasound found some big honkin’ gall stones wedged in my gallbladder (they’ve apparently doubled in size in the last ten years), and so I was rushed into surgery to have my gall bladder yanked out. While the actual surgery went pretty well all things considered, the recovery’s taking a lot longer than I’d hoped, and I hope these sentences are making sense, as I’m still on some pretty strong meds for pain.

Needless to say, we’re not getting too much done around here this week, so thanks for your patience if you’re waiting on a return email or phone call. The always reliable Eric Nolen-Weathington is working overtime to help out with getting orders out to our customers. There’s nothing better in this life than friends you can count on!

I’ll spare you the photos they gave me of the almost 1 inch diameter rocks they found inside me, but Danny Fingeroth told me he anxiously awaits the debut of our new mag, “The Gall Stone Collector”. He thinks the first issue’s cover should be “…a Kirby-style photo montage with the FF having to protect themselves from the digestive danger of the vile villain who could only be called… Bile!”

Any budding artists want to give that one a shot? I’ll run the best ones in the next Kirby Collector, assuming they’re not TOO gross!

Hola, amigos

I just got a fax, from an unknown assailant, telling me I’ve been considered for inclusion in the Latino American Who’s Who (2012 edition)—a directory of prominent Latino American executives that have met a degree of recognizable success within their respective profession. This would be a great honor except for two things:

1) It’s obviously from a fax spammer, since there’s no cover sheet saying who it’s from, and
2) I’m not Latino. (I am American, so at least they got it half right…)

What do these jokers hope to gain from wasting America’s fax ink, toner, and paper, not to mention bandwidth? I’m puzzled, cause I can’t figure how anyone hopes to profit from this kind of blind solicitation. There’s no request for a fee to be included, just an 866 number to call to have our fax number removed, and it’s signed by “Beverly Vasquez”.

But in honor of this, I think I’ll go to my favorite Latino restaurant today for lunch. Adios!

ALTER EGO #107 goes full-color with classic Batman artists

ALTER EGO #107 (84 pages, $8.95) makes the jump to FULL-COLOR with a big BATMAN issue, featuring bat-centric interviews with DICK SPRANG and JIM MOONEY, plus rare and unseen Batman art by BOB KANE, JERRY ROBINSON, WIN MORTIMER, SHELLY MOLDOFF, CHARLES PARIS, and others. ROY THOMAS has his usual share of other goodies this issue, and you can download a free preview HERE.

Hey, you know you want it, so why not just go ahead and order it HERE?

It’ll be in stores February 22. Digital editions are also available!