I start with an apology. I was expecting to bring you a full-sized column today, but that isn't going to happen.
I find myself at something of a crossroads. There is a whole lot of stuff going on at Casa Isabella and with my life. Some of it good. Some of it not so good. A great deal of it frustrating. I'm taking a few more days to sort it out.
I love writing TONY'S ONLINE TIPS. When I read a great comic book or even an awful comic book, I want to tell you about it. I want to tell you to go out and get the great comic book and run as fast as you can from the awful one.
I love to share my thoughts on the comics world and the real world with you. I love to read your responses to those thoughts of mine, either via e-mail or my message board.
There's no getting around the sad fact that neither TOT or my message board are rewarding myself or web-wizard Justin in the one way that would ensure their continuance. Financially.
Ironically, were I flush with good paying work, I would have a much easier time supporting and writing for this column and the message board. Oh, I might have to take a day off here and there when a deadline loomed, but, overall, the busier I am, the faster I can write and the more I don't have to worry about paying those household and college bills.
On Free Comic Book Day, I walked into a comics store for the first time in three or four years. I won't go into detail because I do plan to write about the experience. I walked out of the store realizing how much I miss writing comic books. As much as I love writing about comic books, and that's considerable, I miss writing comic books...and I believe I can write them better than many of the people writing them at the publishers who actually pay a decent wage for such labors.
I don't really have a good answer for the fans who ask me why I'm not writing comics anymore. It's not that there aren't reasons a'plenty. I'm just tired of talking about them.
So...here I stand at something of a crossroads.
TONY'S ONLINE TIPS will return on Wednesday, May 19. Or it won't. I guess we'll find out together.
Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I hope I'll be back 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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