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for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ballard Street

This week, I haven't been sure when my days are starting. I'm working around insomnia, my daughter Kelly's softball schedule, and the latest Casa Isabella renovations and repairs. I was asleep at 9 pm Tuesday night, writing at 3 am Wednesday morning, and back to sleep for maybe a hour around 5 am. I can't say I've been wildly productive during all this mishigosh, but I've used the odd moments to gather my thoughts for the work ahead, the work I should be able to begin in earnest by the weekend and heading into what should be a full week of no workmen while we await the arrival of our kitchen counter tops. I'm downright giddy at the prospect.

As for today...



The Creature From the Black Lagoon is one of my favorite movie monsters. While I'm keeping an eye out for "Comics in the Comics," I'm also on the lookout for comic strips and panels featuring the Gill-Man. I have a trio of them for you today, starting with Jim Meddick's Monty from July 3, 2006:


Here's John Deering's Strange Brew panel from September 17, 2006:

Strange Brew

And Mark Tatulli's Lio from April 6, 2007:


I'll have more "Comics in the Comics" for you tomorrow. From time to time, you can also expect to see an installment of "Kaiju in the Comics"...because what's not to love about Godzilla and his fellow city-stomping cinema stars?



Mystery Date

"Tony's Other Online Tips" posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Comics Buyer's Guide online forums. These are "exclusive to CBG" and don't appear anywhere else on the internets. For Monday's TOOT, I reviewed Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol. 2: Mystery Date by Peter David with artists Todd Nauck and Scot Eaton. You can read this review at:



Most every Tuesday, I post new "Tony Polls" questions for your balloting entertainment. Here's how you voted on the questions you were asked in early March:

Civil War

Marvel's CIVIL WAR has more or less ended. How would you rate this company-wide event?

Very Good.....8.57%

I didn't vote on this question, partly because I fell behind in reading the main title and its spinoffs. Overall, I liked the event more than most of you, but I was a mite disappointed by some elements of its conclusion. It'll be interesting to see what comes next in the Marvel Universe.


The finale of DC's 52 draws near. How would you rate the weekly series?

Very Good.....19.59%

I didn't vote on this one either - same reason - but, based on what I have read of the series, I'd probably have put it somewhere around "good" and maybe even "very good."


Do you plan to buy DC's weekly COUNTDOWN series?


I didn't vote on this one, but that's because I'll be reading this either through borrowed copies or review copies, as has been the case with most of the DC and Marvel comics I review. If I were a paying customer, my decision to buy or not to buy would depend on whether or not I care about the characters who will be featured in this series.


Would you like me to go through Diamond's PREVIEWS catalog every month and make recommendations in TOT?


I voted no on this one because there are so many other reviewers already doing this. But, in my endless effort to curry your favor, I'll give it a shot as soon as possible, certainly no later than next month.

Darrin from Bewitched

If an actor/actress leaves a TV series, should his/her character be written out or recast?

Written out.....70.75%

I'm definitely in the minority here. I'm not against writing out a character if it can be done well, but, most of the time, it's not. So why not give some other talented actor or actress a shot at playing that character?

This week's "Tony Polls" questions ask you to vote your choice for the next President of the United States...and also weigh in on the nominees for the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards, awards that "recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year. You can cast your votes by going to:

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back tomorrow with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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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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