TONY'S ONLINE TIPS for Saturday, November 11, 2007
TONY'S ONLINE TIPS remains on indefinite hiatus. There are many reasons for this, but some of them being our web-wizard Justin's move to San Francisco, his burgeoning career as an artist, and the difficulties of juggling getting settled into his new digs while creating his art and keeping the World Famous Comics web-empire functioning.
Some of the other reasons are on me. As Program Director of Mid-Ohio-Con, I've been putting together this year's panel program schedule. The process usually requires hundreds of e-mails and a few dozen phone calls. I haven't kept track of the latter, but the former topped 300 last night.
Besides working on the convention, I have my usual family and work responsibilities. Sainted Wife Barbara and I invited a large number of people to Casa Isabella for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey sandwiches from Subway, tasty as they might be, just won't cut it. We're planning the menu tonight.
I had several columns and pitches to write. Additionally, I have started writing the first issue of "the most dangerous comic book I ever did." It has no publisher at the moment, I have grave doubts that there's any publisher with stones enough to publish it, and it could possibly get me killed. I'm doing it because I think it's funny, meaningful, and ultimately uplifting. I wonder if all that will fit on my tombstone.
Justin and I want to bring TOT back to active status as soon as possible. Our current target date is Tuesday, January 1, 2008. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime, I'm shooting to write five reviews a week for the Comics Buyer's Guide website:
Between now and December, if Lady Luck is kind to me, you'll also see some new reviews and other writings there.
There remains the possibility that Justin and I won't be able to return TOT to its traditional home. If that's the case, we'll probably be looking for a new home for it. On my end, what I need is someone who can take my copy and whatever scans I e-mail them and put them all together to make the columns look nice. They don't have to be showy, just nice.
There would be other considerations as well, but none of them are such that they would dissuade anyone who would like to see TOT continue. Just keep in mind that I write what I write...and that trying to teach me how to prepare and post these columns myself is just asking for trouble.
When TOT returns, I'll post an announcement to all the places where today's column is being posted. In the meantime, you have my thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I hope to back soon 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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