September 11th, 2007

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This And That

According to Dan Vado, the Milk and Cheese vinyl toys have cleared U.S. customs, and they should be delivered to SLG HQ in the next day or two. If all goes well, those of you who ordered the set through SLG could have their shipments sent out as early as this Friday. For those waiting for them to hit comic and toy shops, well, we don't have a street date for you, because Diamond hasn't turned in the paperwork for the order adjustment. Dan estimates the figures might hit shelves in October. Wish I had a more definite date. If you need the toys sooner than later, you can always order them directly from SLG.

Biff Bam Pow #1 should be sent out to SLG tomorrow or so. Finally. I hope it will be on shelves by early October or so. I have no idea how long it takes to print and ship a comic anymore, that's how out of touch I am with things. My apologies to anyone actually waiting for our goofy little comic book. It'll be out soon, and you'll read it, and you'll forget it, and we'll all die and crumble to dust in the wind just like the violin hippies in Kansas said we would

The soon-to-be-released Mad #482 features an article on the "50 Worst Things About Advertising", which includes 49 spot illustrations by members of the "usual gang of idiots" (I guess we're now sort of semi-usual idiots, which is pretty geeky-keen, come to think of it). Sarah and I contributed the art for #41. Other contributors include Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker, Pete Bagge, Al Jaffee, Marc Hempel, Bob Staake, Paul Coker, Drew Friedman, Angelo Torres, Sam Viviano and Peter Kuper. Oy, such company.

I received a mass e-mail regarding the upcoming Hero Initiative tribute event for the late Mike Wieringo, which will be held in New York City on September 19th. I didn't know Mr. Wieringo, but I thought I'd help spread the word on this. Wieringo seemed to be an incredibly well-liked artist and person, I'm not really familiar with his work, but what I've seen struck me as swell superhero work I'd be more than happy to pick up if I was into the modern capes. I can pretty much say I'd have been a huge fan if he was working during my superhero buying days, his work is super-solid, energetic, he obviously enjoyed what he did and it showed on the page. Anyway, the event is free, I believe there will be a number of comic creators in attendance, and they'll be raising funds for the Hero Initiative and the ASPCA. It sounds like it will be a nice time and a fun, heartfelt tribute to the artist.

We should have an updated art for sale list up on the site soon. A batch of new pieces, pin-ups and pages, a few new prices. if I knew how to do website-type stuff it would be up sooner, but it's on a long list of things Sarah has called "stuff I have to do because my husband is a pecan-brain". She really does have a list like that. It's fifteen feet long.

Guess that's it for now.  You can all return to your homes, folks, everything is under control here. At least for the time being.