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February 26, 2012

A Few, Brief Notes On A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

* I apologize for not having a feature up today. I have six interviews out with folks, which is usually enough to generate a steady flow of content, but the stars didn't align in a way that gave me one for today. I thought I might write a short feature but I came up empty. I hope for this not to happen again.

image* At left is an image of the greatest prose work for the back of your toilet of all time: Clive James' Cultural Amnesia. I'm not kidding about that; it beats that giant Bill Moyers interview paperback and the original Book Of Lists (the book after which they modeled the Internet) by a significant margin. I recommend it. I know this site doesn't talk about prose works all that frequently -- a) it shouldn't, really, and b) I'm barely qualified to talk about comics -- but I figure as long as I'm writing a post of whatever comes into my head someone might get some value out of that particular recommendation.

* I'm introducing a new reader-participation feature on Tuesday. If anyone out there wants to get an advance jump on it, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

* Speaking of participation, reader and otherwise, I'm trying to learn how best to use the bigger social media tools available to me. I'm not sure I've figured it out yet. We have a Facebook page and I have a CR-related twitter account. I think they're both good for letting people know about content on CR, for being more widely available to people, for asking questions of knowledge and comics-interested folk, for first-reactions to breaking news and for making wisecracks about the news of the day. Facebook also has a comments feature this site lacks because I'm not a fan of comments that aren't letters. My recent use of Twitter as a way to get around my New Year's Resolution about not using message boards and comment threads by entering into tedious arguments with people 140 characters at a time is, I think, a bad thing.

The reason I bring this up is two-fold. First, if there's something you think CR should do differently on Twitter, or start doing that it doesn't do know, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Second, if you know some blogger or person out there that uses their social media tools extremely effectively, and want to point them out to me, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

* I've been thinking about conventions recently. I like conventions in sort of the same way I like comics shops: unreservedly, but with a clear head as to the limitations of certain members of the species. I'm going to Emerald City Comicon and Comic-Con International for sure this year; I hope to add SPX and The Brooklyn Comics And Graphics Festival (depending on when they're holding one) this Fall, and I can usually muster a last-minute sneak attack on one more. The thing is, I'd do a ton of those things if that were available to me. Just off the top of my head, I'd add Angouleme, Image Expo, WonderCon, C2E2, TCAF, Heroes Con, MoCCA Festival, Stumptown Comics Fest, Lucca, Fumetto and APE if I could. I'm sure I'm forgetting one or two.

One thing that's changed for me as I've become older is that it's not solely about the convention anymore. Cost is an issue, as is the bang-for-buck notion of how much work I can get done at a single site, but so is the proximity of the event to some sort of family member or friend that I can visit while I'm in the area. If there's no loved one in close proximity, then I tend to look for some other added inducement to make it more than just a trip to the comics show. That's not a make or break thing, but it's a factor. I'm quite grateful for the array of options. The convention scene is pretty terrific right now. That wasn't always the case.
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