StomachPunchWatch: From the Chicago Tribune;
AlleyCat Comics in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood has an unorthodox approach to rewarding frequent customers: Shoppers that hit 50 purchases get to punch a store employee in the stomach.
The rewards program is new, so the prize remains unclaimed. But because future winners will have spent a lot of money, "I guess I can take a shot in the gut," said store owner Nicholas Idell, who opened the business with his wife four months ago and expects he'll take all the hits.
MemorialWatch1: American newspaper strips mark the tenth anniversary of September the 11th today. Here's just one by Patrick McDonnell.
MemorialWatch2: Was Amazing Spider-Man #36 the first cultural response to the events of 9/11. Often criticised for the scene of Doctor Doom crying, I never had a problem with that. It was a World Trade Center. There were Latverians in there too. This was a time when Yasser Arafat gave blood in aid…
PremiereWatch: Morgan Spurlock's Comic Con gets premiered. With Stormtroopers eclipsing him.
The film focuses on the aspirations of a budding illustrator trying to get noticed by publishers and land a job; an amateur costume designer seeking recognition; a long-time comic book dealer hoping to score a big sale to pay off his debts; and a young fan's dramatic proposal to his girlfriend.
ApologyWatch: Sitting in the sun with the extended family for the Thames River Festival again. Apologies for the reduced service again…
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
To those we lost too soon, to those who leaped into the fire. We mourn, we rebuild, but we never forget. We NEVER forget
In order of presentation:
Outstanding Mini Comic
- Ben Died of a Train, Box Brown
Outstanding Anthology or Collection
- I Will Bite You, Joseph Lambert
Outstanding Online Comic
- Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
Promising New Talent
- Darryl Ayo Brathwaite
Browntown, Jaime Hernandez
- Outstanding Series
Everything Dies, Box Brown
- Lose #3, Michael DeForge
Outstanding Graphic Novel
- Gaylord Phoenix, Edie Fake
- Joseph Lambert, I Will Bite You
Sad news today: Cliff Robertson, beloved star of Spider-Man and Charly, has passed away, one day after his 88th birthday. His secretary of 53 years, Evelyn Christel, reports that he died of natural causes.
And here's a SIMPSONS production sketch from many months ago. Me and Moe encountering each other. Possible Spoilers for Nov 13th episode.
Best clothes ever!
We've just received word that Dylan Williams, Sparkplug publisher, has passed away. Williams had been battling cancer, and several benefits for him were underway here at SPX.