Reposting this from my Facebook feed:
This status update is aimed primarily at the folks who know me through Comics Ink, our customers. Steve recently announced his well deserved retirement from the comics retail biz. A deal has been reached for The Comic Bug to take over the space, to expand their business and take care of the folks who have been shopping at the Ink. This is good news.
In the last couple of weeks I have spoken with a few customers and, after informing the owners and operators of The Comic Bug, I am announcing that I will not be staying on, that I am finishing my comics retail days as well when Comics Ink closes its doors. As of this writing and barring unforeseen circumstances, my last days at the shop will be the 17th, 20th, and the 24th of September.
This is also good news.
Jason, Adam, and I have known for more than a year of Steve’s retirement. In that time, I have gone over several possible scenarios for what was going to happen. One of those scenarios was exactly what is happening now. Namely, someone taking over the space. I looked at my options carefully. One option, one that is quite logical in today’s marketplace, was the possibility of a new owner wanting to bring in fresh people. That is their prerogative.
This was my worst case scenario.
Because no one is guaranteed a job anymore in today’s America.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to look at all options best and worst, and make my plans accordingly. I usually like to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Be prepared, as the Boy Scouts say.
Knowing what the worst case scenario for me was, I had to think about what I would do next.
What I planned for is exactly what I am doing now, going back to school, and what I am moving towards in the days to come, in terms of writing and other endeavors. And at the time, I found that plan very exciting. So exciting that I was no longer worried or concerned about staying on at the store whatever form it took. So exciting that I was looking forward to this time and not dreading it.
Which meant it was and is time for me to continue my journeys elsewhere.
I wish Mike and Jun and the rest of The Comic Bug’s staff well and much success with the new location.
I would like to thank Jason and Adam for being the best brothers in arms anyone could ask for. I couldn’t have made it through so many New Comics Days without you guys!
And I would like to thank each and every customer of Comics Ink. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve you, to provide with good comics and comedy each and every week for the past 7 years of my encore performance and for the 9 years of my first stint. I cherish those memories and the friendships that came from the store.
I would also like to ask any Comics Ink customers not to assume I am being pushed out in any way. I am not. My announcement to the Comic Bug guys was as much of a surprise to them as it may be to some of you.
I am looking forward and I would ask you guys to do the same.
Namaste! See y’all in the funny papers!
Friday, November 15, 2013
After a long nap, the Omnium Gatherum returns to Comics Waiting Room to much fanfare. Well, at least a kazoo. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Howdy, folks. I'm not sure if anybody is actually checking this blog on a regular basis. I know I tend not to. But some may be checking here after my participation in NaPoWriMo or other reasons.
Well, I have good reasons for ya today.
Total Recall #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is out today. I wrote it, amazingly enough, and am proud of it.
But I'm also nervous and worried about the reactions. So to distract myself but also to share my insights into the process of creating this project I started a new series in my column Omnium Gatherum about how I got this project. I start off talking about pitching. I even learned a few things about the process as I wrote this column. Take a look.
See ya. Namaste.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Grand Finale. Five poems for two days.
A Summer’s Day, Part 1
The sounds of the city echo and resonate,
Telling of a useless busyness, a rush to nowhere.
And the wind, the glorious wind
Blows into the sails of my mind,
Leading to paths known and unseen.
A Summer’s Day, Part 2
A pool of still water reflects
The deepness of the world’s soul,
Full of the dreams of all,
Empty from the strains of the sky.
A pool of still water projects
The quiet of my own soul,
Peaceful within my world,
Hectic from the world outside.
A Summer’s Day, Part 3
The sun shines down upon the just and unjust,
Sharing its light with all.
Making no judgments of the kind of men
Who bask in its warmth.
Yet the eyes that use this summer light to see
Judge all that falls within view,
Seeing without fully seeing
The souls beneath the flesh
That karma and kismet tend to all.
bittersweetness fills the air,
wiping away all my care,
strips my soul and lays it bare
to all the beauty that’s there.
where does the glory come?
from somewhere under the sun,
as a new day’s just begun,
and what will we do when it’s gone.
At night as I sleep in the quiet calm,
My mind has to keep my dreams as a balm,
Soothing away all the troubles of the day
So that I don’t fall under trouble’s sway.
At night I find and hold just a little peace.
And I rest my hand as my problems cease.
I drift and float towards another shore,
Aboard my boat made from my hopes and more.
I live for a time in this dream place
Until the chime makes my heart race.
Then once again out of bed I must rise
To, at the world, shout under clear, blue skies.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Three more days to go.
Sunlight And Moonlight
golden rays bring lazy days
and good feelings.
silver lights bring romantic nights
and good times.
On Practicing Buddhism
Of life before I can only say
Fading into constant ashes day to day,
Then I heard the phrase
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
And my life had something to praise.
For causes I did make another time
The reward was to know this time
The Mystic Law and all it unfolds
Within and without my life lived bold.
So I chant in times good and bad,
When I am happy, when I am sad or mad,
To achieve enlightenment this time around,
And to set up the same chance next time around.
‘Tis not easy, this Buddhist life,
It isn’t always free from any strife.
The struggle is part of the game,
The drama that troubles this spacetime frame.
For the rest of my life, I will say
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Every night and every day.
With no regrets, this I vow,
From this one until another Now.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Two more poems for today.
I think, therefore I am, it is said.
Yet what is this that I am?
For I think as I am an ego,
And yet, I AM is the greater Self.
So, as the Self does think
Then it is therefore an ego, the Ego.
So the conflict between the Self and the Ego
Is silly, just as difference of viewpoint.
So no difference at all.
Just as ice and water are the same,
It all depends on your perception.
So the Self that thinks and feels
Is the Ego; as I think
Therefore I am because I AM.
Two sides of the same coin,
The ego and the self,
High and low,
Each defining the other
As the way of defining the one.
Yet the self is larger,
The ego more focused and local.
Still just as heart and mind
And stomach can’t exist without the others,
The self and ego need each other,
And to fall.
Liberation and Manifestation,
Two sides of the same coin,
A cosmic circuit,
Makes us human, fully human,
Yet carrying the seed of the divine within.