What's happening is that "Tony's Online Tips" will not return until Monday, June 4, and, at that time, I hope to be able to tell you with confidence that this feature will continue. It is my hope and intention that it will continue and on a Monday through Friday basis. I love writing this column.
What's happening is that there's a lot going on in my life at the moment. I have two comics writing gigs that I need to and want to finish by the end of the month.
My son Eddie is graduating from high school and there's much to be done before his graduation party. Having built an addition, having renovated our kitchen, we are also going to be painting and replacing carpeting in our hallway and living rooms. Sainted Wife Barb has been amazingly understanding about the boxes of comics and books that have steadily encroached upon said areas, but that stuff has to be moved before the end of the month.
My dusty and messy office is literally making me sick. Once I finish the comics gigs mentioned above, it has to be cleaned out and sanitized. More books to be moved.
Lest you think this latest hiatus decision is all about me, Justin (our wondrous web-wizard) is also overwhelmed of late. Later this month, he will be hitting the road for two back-to-back conventions: Motor City Con (May 18-20) and Star Wars Celebration IV (May 24-28). His career as a sketch card artist has been going great guns as well, judging by the looming deadlines he's currently facing. Even if I weren't bouncing off the walls, TOT would have had to go on hiatus the last two weeks of this month.
Some other notes:
Our Tony Polls will continue without interruption, but the next three weeks of questions will all concern TOT. I want to find out what you enjoy most about the feature and...shudder...what you enjoy least. Poll question answers don't allow for much more than a quick yes/no or a "rating," so I encourage you to share any further thoughts with me via the official Tony Isabella Message Board at...
I won't be spending much time online during these next three weeks, but I'll be visiting the Tony board at least once a day and checking my e-mail every few hours. I'll do my best to respond to posts and e-mails as swiftly as my time permits.
...almost as long as I've been online. That will be changing in the next month. Of late, AOL users haven't been able to receive e-mails from me and it looks like the same thing is happening with some Yahoo users.
All e-mail sent to my World Famous Comics address is forwarded to my main e-mail address automatically. That will continue to be the case when I get my new e-mail address, but there might a glitch or three during the transition. If you get to wondering if I sent you an e-mail that never reached you, contact me via the message board and I'll get in touch with you as soon as I can.
The message board will remain the best place to get your late-breaking "Isabella News" during the TOT hiatus.
At the Comics Buyer's Guide forums, I took a week off. "Tony's Other Online Tips" usually appears every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The feature will return next week and, should I start suffering from TOT withdrawal, I may even post the occasional extra TOOT there. You can read these reviews at:
One last bit of business. In yesterday's TOT, I wrote about voting on two local issues. The first...
Medina County voters will decide whether to pass a 30-year, 0.5 percent sales tax increase for permanent improvements for all public school districts in the county.
...passed by a vote of 16,844 to 12,980.
Unfortunately, the second...
The Medina County District Library is seeking a 10-year, 1.25-mill replacement levy for current expenses.
...was defeated 12,227 to 11,929.
The library is considering putting the replacement levy, which represents all of the district's local money, back on the ballot in November. If the levy doesn't pass then, the district will have to reduce its hours of operation drastically. This is a particular shame as new libraries which the voters approved previously will be opening later this year.
That's all for now, my friends. Thanks for spending a part of you day with me. I'll be back as soon as I can with more stuff.
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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