I could follow the lead of about 843 other comics columnists and bring you a year-end review of Comics 2009. But then I might have to write the words "Blackest Night" and no good can possibly come from that.
I could list my big professional moments of 2009, but I think that would take all of three lines.
I could share my New Year's resolutions with you, but you've heard them all before. If I'd thought about it before right now, I'd have asked you to make resolutions for me and thus tricked you into writing this column for me.
Let's leave the whole resolutions thing at this:
I want to do better this year than I did last year. Which is setting the bar pretty damn low.
That came out more gloomy than I wanted. Let's see if I can change things up a bit...
I continue to be delighted by the wonderfulness of my family and friends.
My Sainted Wife Barb was a member of a team that won a major award from Kaiser Permanente last year. She was flown to an awards dinner in San Francisco. I'll give you more details about this in one of next week's column.
Eddie is on the downhill side of his junior year at The Ohio State University. He won a lottery to buy Rose Bowl tickets, so he and the Sainted One are in Pasadena right this very minute. Seeing the Rose Bowl Parade in person has been Barb's lifelong dream and I am incredibly happy it came true for her.
Kelly is in her senior year at Medina High School. So she's in the middle of deciding which college to attend, getting in shape for the coming softball season, and the thousand other things she has to do before June.
My cat Simba is still crazy and cute, which is all one should reasonably expect from a cat.
As for my friends, too many to name when I'm trying to get the house ready for the New Year's Eve party Kelly is throwing for her friends, they know how I feel about them. I cheer their success. I feel their pains. I get pissed when someone hurts them.
As for me, I stroll into 2010 not knowing what to expect, but hoping I can accomplish the many things I want to accomplish. It's a long list, but I still love a challenge.
Here's hoping 2010 is a good year for people of good hearts. Let's make this year one of the best.
Thanks for spending a part of your New Year's Day with me. I will be back on Monday 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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