As we (well, Dan, let’s not dilute the blame here) get our forces marshaled, take a breeze through four of our most Octoberal Fowl segments — ranging from the horrifying to the spooky to the existentially troublesome. Featuring crack detective work, ghosts, and a suprising amount of casual meal dates. Links and credits below.
THE PLAGUE WARD - Jesse Snavlin & Dan Schkade
SIGN/THEORY - Jesse Snavlin & Dan Schkade
STARVE RATHER SURRENDER - Jesse Snavlin & Adam Hurley
THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE DESERT I THINK - Jesse Snavlin & Dan Schkade
Having to buy subs bootleg on VHS. Sent a check. Received a box.
how the hell are some of u guys 13/14
when i was that age i was unironically watching shitty amvs on youtube and roleplaying on gaia
BACK IN MY DAY SMUT FICS WERE CALLED LEMONS
BOYXBOY DONT LIKE DONT READ
Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.
What a beautiful badass woman.
King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.
MORE FEMALE KINGS.
Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.
BITCH PLANET #1 - GEM OF THE MONTH
STORY: KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
ART / COVER: VALENTINE DE LANDRO
DECEMBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
2014 Best Writer Eisner Award nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) team up for the very third time to bring you the premiere issue of BITCH PLANET, their highly-anticipated women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.
Bill Sienkiewicz 2007: Dark Sector: Zero
Dark Sector: Zero was a tie-in comic to the Dark Sector video game, setting up the premise to the gameplay. Although it’s skews a bit more commercial comic product than typical comics, it gave Sienkiewicz a great opportunity to mix together a number of elements into painted splash pages: video game horror with a veneer of shadow government operatives in eastern Europe.
|Customer on the phone:||Hey, um, I got like… I got like a bunch of 1960s Spidermans, can you give me a price range on them?|
|Me:||Oh! That's great! But with things like that I really can't without seeing the condition.|
|Customer:||They're like, brand new. Like brand brand new.|
|Me:||Yes, they sound great! We'd love to take a look at them. Our buyer's in six days a week, from open to close, just not today. You should definitely give us a call tomorrow or bring them in.|
|Customer:||You mean you can't give me a quote?|
|Me:||Unfortunately, sir, especially with books of that nature, I can't give a quote over the phone. What looks brand new might not be, and if I promise a price based on your assessment it sort of makes it murky.|
|Customer:||I'm just asking for a range, you don't have to nail anything down or nothing.|
|Me:||Sir, without issue numbers, condition, printing, etc, I can't guarantee any sort of price on those books, or even a range… I know it's frustrating for me, too.|
|Customer:||But I live in NE Portland! (note: I live in NE Portland)|
|Me:||I'm so sorry, you could always call back--|
|Customer:||This is fucking ridiculous, I can't even get a quote out of you [mumbled, sounded like bitch? could've been fuck this.] Are you kidding? Not just a number? Not one number? I won't hold it against you or anything, girl!|
|Me:||Sir, I-I really can't--I'm not trying to--|
|Customer:||Fucking whatever, seriously? *click*|
|If I may, a bit of a discussion, here:||buying comics is like buying an armoire or a faberge egg or any sort of other collectible. Especially if you are selling something that predates 1970, we need details, and we need to physically see the book. No matter what. That's why all eBay listings have scans. If you want to email me a picture, that's fine: but my boss just drove three hours to Tacoma to find out the guy said he had '60s stuff and had '90s stuff. Glorious worthless pouch.|
|If you want to be selling comics in the future, don't be this guy:|
|1. Use the internet.|
|2. There are whole books devoted to comic pricing (Overstreet, etc.)|
|3. Understand that no matter what you think, the exchange of goods or services for money is business, and when you are bartering over the value of collectors goods, you will certainly never offer a "range" at all. You can pretend all you want to "not use it against me," but that's not the point:||why should I put my job and my negotiating power at risk when you have so many resources?|
|4. If you tell me Brand New, you're meaning Near Mint. If you don't use the words Near Mint, or a grade, when addressing your comics over the phone, I'm not going to bother giving you a quote because I'm going to have to give you a lesson, too. My shop does a significant amount of business through eBay. I have like 150 books to post today and customers in the store who are needier and much kinder than you. I don't have time to explain what a grade is.|
|5. But for you who are reading this, a grade is a recognized numerical system to determine the quality of a comic. Things like spine dings (small creases near the spine), bent corners, page color, and color breaks all add up to a numerical equivalent of "has this comic seen better days."|
|For example, a 9.8 First Punisher (Amazing Spider-Man 129) CGC'd, so the grade and quality are guaranteed, goes for 7k. A 9.6 goes for 2100. (also if you want an Amazing Spider-man 129 9.8 CGC'd you should contact my shop, I Like Comics in Vancouver, because we can hook you up.)|
|7k->2100! THE DIFFERENCE IS FAR TOO VAST FOR ME TO EVEN BEGIN TO ENTERTAIN PROVIDING YOU A RANGE FOR ANY SORT OF QUALITY BOOK.|
|6. Really, if this guy'd just been really nice about it, I would've probably spent a lot more time giving him that mini-lesson as I was about to take my dinner break of my 9 hour day of lots of work to do. And I would've chatted him up about how exciting it sounds because Spider-man STARTED in 1960, so they must be really low numbers and really cool. and he probably would've said, "It's like 320," and I would say, "how much is the cost on the cover," and then we would go back to driving 3 hours to Tacoma.|
|So in conclusion:||Do not be this guy, and this is a bit of the process, just the mere surface of the water, just the bare skimming of what we do here to buy your comics.|
Our latest Fowl serial continues in a customarily serial fashion, as the man in the mask recounts firsthand the ins and outs of who he is — and, if you read between the lines a bit, how he came to be.
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