It’s that time again, where I tell you what’s really grinding my gears for the week of February 20th, 2019.
Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week?
Once Our Land HC Volume 2
Sorry Alana, I’m still onboard with Once Our Land and I was happy to get my new Volume 2 HC last week.
As you all know (or maybe you’re not aware), Once Our Land was recently optioned.
It had previously heated up due to just sheer popularity but after the option, we saw another round of heat for the first volume. This was originally a kickstarter campaign but Volume 1 was also picked up by Scout Comics with a 2 issue series.
Fast forward to Once Our Land Book Two now, which is also being picked up by Scout as a mini-series. Number one of Book 2 is scheduled to hit shelves at the end of the month on February 27th.
As I backed this kickstarter again (I did the first round which I opted to get the HC with a sketch inside), I went a bit further to also get not only a sketch on the inside but also a 7×10 sketch board included. The pic on the left is in the book while the one one the right is the sketch board.
I know a few people sold their first HC with sketches after the media option was announced but I’m glad I kept mine. I might be trying to rid my small hoard of comics currently but these are staying put.
I’m Pumped for Ascender
Descender was optioned and the series ended. But did it? Ascender is the next installment in the story that quickly became one of my favorite ongoing Image titles by Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen.
As I knew Ascender was upon us, seeing the image for issue #2 really got me pumped for this series now (discovered in my news feed from Reddit). I must say, this is just one bad ass cover by Dustin Nguyen.
Ascender #1 hits stands April 24th and is available for pre-order now but I can’t wait for issue #2 and hope the covers continue on this same path of just being pure awesomeness.
Austin Books Sidekick Store Closing
For all of you in the Austin area or familiar with Austin Books and Comics, they’re closing down their Sidekick store, that’s behind their primary store.
I must say, this isn’t really a like or dislike but I’m surprised this store lasted as long as it did with the rising rent costs in Austin. The few times I actually ventured into it I always left with nothing and it was usually empty. I’d find myself alone along with the one person at the counter looking quite bored.
If you’re not aware, this was pretty much the store of all the back issues they likely got stuck with in buying up people’s collections that weren’t really worthy to make it to their front end store. I could only recall most if not all the issues and graphic novels would likely net nothing even if listed on eBay.
Even now with the huge sale going on with comics at 10 cents each and graphic novels at a dollar each, I’ll be surprised if most of this stock makes it’s way to Half Price or even the landfills for that matter. Even at such rock bottom prices, I have zero desire to waste any time making my way down there. I’d probably spend more time trying to find a parking space (ABC has the worst parking) than spend inside the store finding anything closely worthy of picking up.
So long Sidekick store, where unworthy comics went to die. I guess this turned out to be a like, the store was just a depressing pile of comics in long boxes.
That’s all I got this week. What’s grinding your gears this week? Except you Alana, we know you dislike Peter from Once Our Land.. 😉