Okay, I realize the post is late, once again. I’ve had an interesting week. I’m in the midst of a rewrite for volume 3, Peter and I will resume production meetings this week to get production going. The biggest news? My work desk exploded. Yeah, that’s right. My glass desk from IKEA literally be up. It was a startling experience at 2:30 in the morning. It sounded like a gunshot in the dark (poetically). My desk had a few knick knacks and my computer on it. The computer was damaged and I’m typing on a brand new MacBook Pro that replaced it. I’m going to miss the old girl, I had that MacBoo since November 2007. I was hoping IKEA was going to help me out, seeing as it was a poor product design that led to this. There were no warnings or disclaimers that the glass they use can explode well after initial damage occurs. It just… happened. Instead IKEA is stating that since there is no way to tell if the damage to my computer was caused by the incident or not, they won’t cover the damages. So, after thousands of dollars, IKEA is gracious enough to offer me a $169 store credit towards a new desk. Great job, IKEA. I’ll be buying my furniture from Ashley’s from now on.
The day is almost upon us when we can all dress like fools and not be confined to a convention center or hotel conference room. I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was fifteen years old, even then my costume was nothing more than a generic wizard. That was even before wizards were cool, before Harry Potter and Gandalf made silver screen appearances (making me a hipster wizard). I still like seeing people in costume though. It’s fantastic to see my fellow nerds on Halloween, because in a race to make something better than their typical cosplay faire, nerds tend to go all out on Halloween.
It’s like a parade of geekdom when nerds find that special costume for Halloween. Out goes the cross-playing (as imaginative as it is to see Ghost Busting Pikachu, we’re all getting a little tired of guessing what everyone is at conventions), gender bending is no longer reserved for “that kind of cosplayer” and the costumes reserved for Halloween take months to prepare and make (in most cases).
So, fellow geeks and nerds please rejoice. Halloween is a day we can all shine and show the world that our hobbies and past times (be them reading comic books, playing video games or watching anime) aren’t a complete waste of time… at least for one day.
I realize that Canadian Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I haven’t been well and there’s still too much seasonal poultry in my blood to feel normal. So, I’m declaring this a free day. Now, put your heads on your desks and sit quietly until the bell rings.
We’ll have an entry/update next week.
Happy October, folks! I have this inkling that Lucky’s script for this month was inspired by two things.
The first and most obvious answer is that Halloween is soon to be among us, which I would say is one of my favourite days of the year. The second reason, which may be less obvious for some of our readers, is that we both got the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which has the character that Boom Boom is dressed as (Wario). Lizzie is dressed as Wario’s probably-not-as-popular (and not-in-game) brother Waluigi. So with that, Nintendo’s been on our minds for the past little while.
We’ve…played a lot of it, if that says anything.
Comic books aren’t impervious to work seasons, but back when I still collected them, they seemed fairly resilient. This is evident in my memories of trudging through snow and slush just to pick up the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men or as I dried out in Summer heat so I could have my copy of Spectacular Spiderman. Comic books seldom have a lull or a break season (at least the permanent running series) so it’s easy to forget that every issue takes a formidable amount of work.
However, it always feels like an end when Fall starts to roll around, the crisp smell in the air is overpowered by the sharp smell of poly bags and the rustle of leaves is the perfect harmony for the score of swishes from turning pages made of newsprint in comic books.
It’s been years since I collected comic books, but the turning of season makes me feel nostalgic for those days past.