TONY'S ONLINE TIPS for December 21, 2001 to January 7, 2002
This WORLD FAMOUS COMICS edition of "TONY'S TIPS" is going on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but I couldn't go on holiday without offering a few words of seasonal greetings. After all, in so many ways, this web community is my second home.
2001 has been a year that has changed my perceptions about a great many things and reenforced them in others. My nation and the world itself are facing great challenges on a number of fronts, and some fear the worse. I hope they are wrong.
Turning to the comics industry, I am encouraged by the slight upturn in comics sales from 2000 to 2001. Here's hoping that happy news will just get better and better in the new year, making things better for freelancers and readers alike.
For a more "real world" version of this Christmas message, I would ask you to visit Norman Barth's PERPETUAL COMICS website and read the "TONY'S ONLINE TIPS" column which will be available there until January 7. You can find it at
On a personal note, I am 50 years old as of December 22, 2001. My birthday present to myself is a two-week leave of absence from my online columns. This will allow me to enjoy the holidays with my family, winter break with my children, and even write a comics script for...ah, but *that* would be telling, and I'm trying not to be the kind of guy who kisses and then tells before the check is in the bank. However, I will tell you that I'm excited about this gig and eager to get started on the script.
Another reason for these reprints of my CBG columns going on hiatus is to give me some time to recover from the immolation of my hard drive. I'm up and running with a temporary hard drive and my new and improved and hopefully longer-lived hard drive will arrive in early January, but I need some time to reconstruct as many of my files as possible.
The CBG reprints will return on Tuesday, January 8. In fact, since I'll have fallen behind the usual reprinting schedule, there will also be "new" reprints on Thursday, January 10, and Saturday, January 12. As usual, each of these reprints will be expanded by a thousand or more words of new material. After that special "Back from holiday" week, the CBG reprints will post on this website each and every Saturday.
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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