Monday, March 19, 2018

All blogs go to heaven Part IV

OK, I get it. You folks aren't into this project. My readership has dropped by 50% since I started the dead blogs project. You want Cool Links? Fine. Cool Links will be back ALTERNATING with ABGTH starting tomorrow.

I like digging through digital graveyards. I find it interesting to see the remains of the wonders of the pre-Facebook world. So I'm gonna keep going until I get bored. So there.

Today's 10 contestants:


COMIXTALK - Xaviar posted in Jan of '16 regarding his three year Comixtalk absence, and now can be found over at Altertainment. Comixtalk seems to be over now.

Doomsday Thingy - Dead Thingy

Always Bet on Bahlactus™ - Someone from China(?) now owns this blog. I Google-translated from Chinese(?) and I think a bot is having fun with it. Latest post headline? "The idea was not!" I kinda like that.

comiXology - Eaten by Galactus Amazon a few years ago, comiXology is now e-commerce only. - Paper Girls is keeping Cliff busy, and that's fine by me. No posts since 2014.

Again With the Comics - Blogger redirects to AWTC's own URL, but nothing to be found there.


The Aquaman Shrine - Nah, nothing. Just a placeholder page now.

Jim Salicrup’s Addicted to Comics - Jim is now EIC at Papercutz, but he's not involved in the blog there. Probably busy making great graphic novels for kids. And this blog is gone anyway.

Portrait of the Artist - Randy is still going strong! That's good to see.

News and Views by Chris Barat - Damn. Chris passed away three years ago. RIP.

Pensive Mischief - Stuart Moore has been working on Deadpool comics lately, among other things. He's been away from PM for a couple years, working on Botfriend as well.

(* Permanote: I'm using Comicblogupdates and Update-A-Tron to facilitate this project. Quite a few of the links on these two sites rely on RSS/feeds. Some sites are still there; the link is just defunct)

See you with some Cool Links tomorrow. And MORE DEAD BLOGS.

Friday, March 16, 2018

All blogs go to heaven Part III

More bloggy updates...

CBU - Long since graduated to full fledged website with nearly 200K followers on Facebook. Part of the Crave Online family, which also owns Sherdog, a leading MMA site.

Comics212 - Chris Butcher's Wordpress blog is still alive, but perhaps Chris has moved to other platforms as the only recent work is three posts from 2017. Comics212 was a regular stop for me a decade ago.

Blog von Brad Meltzer - You didn't really think this Myspace page would still be around, did you?

Super Friends of Dorothy - Nope

Polite Dissent - "Error establishing a database connection" - a temporary problem?

Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog - John Martz shut it down in 2013. You can find John at Tumblr - this post is a nice explainer for, what I'm guessing, is the reason for most of these blog deaths.

Sariling Atin Komiks [Romeo Tanghal] - There never really was a ton of activity on Romeo's blog. His website is here.

JetLagIdeas - Marco was blogging briefly between 2010-2013. That is all.

SEQUENTIAL - Sequential has reeaaallly tailed off in output over the past couple years. 10 years ago, this was also a regular stop for me.

Shadowhawk's Shade - Shadowhawk is very active on Twitter but the blog posts stopped in 2014.

(* Permanote: I'm using Comicblogupdates and Update-A-Tron to facilitate this project. Quite a few of the links on these two sites rely on RSS/feeds. Some sites are still there; the link is just defunct)

30 blogs down, a gazillion-30 to go...

See you Monday!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

All blogs go to heaven Part II

Continuing on from yesterday...

As I said yesterday, I'm using Comicblogupdates and Update-A-Tron to facilitate this project
(Note: a lot of the links on these two sites rely on RSS/feeds. Some sites are still there; the link is just defunct)


Fanboy@50 - @dead

Left Turn Only - not a trace of it to be found

WildStorm: The Bleed - The Wildstorm comics blog has been eaten and completely digested by DC. Nothing is archived at the DC site either.

Vertigo: Graphic Content - A spelling error ruins this CBU link. The proper link is here, and the latest post is a recap of NYCC '12. So, yeah...

4thletter! - Now this one I remember well. Though the blog ended in 2014, David Brothers had a great crew, and is still active in other places. Go here for a rundown on DB's activity, and check this out too.


JH Williams III - One of the finest artists working in the field, his blog is still active but infrequent. Visit occasionally if only to see some very pretty pictures. By the way, if anyone has five large lying around, you can buy me this now.

Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict - The blog seems to be gone, but there is a Facebook page. However, the latest post from Sept '17 said "something's coming!". I'll reach out...

The Pulphaus Publitorium - "This page has been reserved for future use". I think this was Brandon Schatz' blog. If so, he can be found at the Beat and Twitter. UPDATE - yes, this was/is Brandon's thingy.

Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center - This is the proper link, and there are four blogs to be found onsite, all of which have been updated in the past year

Studio Foglio [Kaja and Phil Foglio] - Girl Genius is still an ongoing and they ran a very successful Kickstarter last year. This is where you want to go for everything Foglio-related.

20 blogs down, a gazillion to go...

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Old comics blogs never die, they...well, actually they do, mostly

While looking for something in my bookmarks (remember those?), I found a link to Dirk Deppey's final post for Journalista on the Comics Journal website. As I re-read it, I started reminiscing about those glorious days of yore, when comics blogs roamed the earth, and I could spend hours just reading commentary, reviews, essays and other nonsense, instead of, you know, reading comics (and books and magazines and watching movies and TV).

I also wondered if any of those blogs were still functioning. I am actually in the process of weaning myself off Facebook and returning to email newsletters and visiting sites directly. (It's all an attempt to do my part in helping support those that actually create stuff. In your face, Facebook!). A few years ago, I figured out a way to use Facebook as a newsreader, and receive everything from my "Likes" (not including friends) in chronological order. As of February, I had nearly 400 different sources in my custom feed, and still, I missed posts just by not being on Facebook 24 hours a day. I have a life, you know.

Tangent: I am a compulsive reader. I hate to miss things written about things I like, or might like. At first Facebook seemed to be the answer to my obsessive need to be constantly fed information in real time, and it still is. There is one major problem with this: Facebook keeps you on Facebook. When you click a link to read an article about, say, the resurgence of pinball or the new trend of axe throwing bars, the writer and originating website is not "credited" with the visit. Facebook is. Therefore advertising dollars stay with Facebook, and the writer opens another package of ramen.

At the same time, I began to really hate Yahoo as an email service, for reasons I can't explain, to be honest. Yes, I know, Yahoo...haha etc. I got the email back in the 90's and stuck with it due to laziness mainly. So I started moving everything over to Gmail. I use Chrome, I have a Chromebook, others I work with use Docs blah blah.

So, in an effort to streamline my digital life, I am returning to reading things online in their original state (plus books. Always books. Paper ones.) I am in the process of signing up for email newsletters from most of those 400 sources (about 95% of them offer a newsletter service). Already I'm seeing a difference - I am getting all the content I can eat plus I'm eating it at their house. Win-win, I think.

My relationship with comics has been somewhat estranged over the past five years. I sold my collection, I stopped my pull list at my LCS, and have focused buying trades online, almost exclusively. Other than visiting Heidi, Tom and Mike, I haven't been immersed in comics culture in quite a while. Back to my original point, there were many blogs that were an absolute delight to read, and I miss them now. So let's go back to a more innocent time, when the information superhighway was a random chaotic place where only AOL and their insidious chatrooms seemed to be the biggest threat.

For this exercise, I'll use Comicblogupdates and Update-A-Tron as my online sherpas, and I'll start at the bottom of these lists. That's the place to find the bones.

(Note: a lot of the links on these two sites rely on RSS/feeds. Some sites are still there; the link is just defunct)

Neurotic Ninja - dead and gone

Tales from the Longbox - Chris Mosby posted a note about Peter David about a year ago, but really lost momentum a couple of years before that. I've contacted him regarding the status of TFTLb.

JASON MICHELITCH - "Permission denied - This blog is open to invited readers only" Well, then, there's that.

Half Hour Wasted and The Legion of Dudes - now a podcast. A blog link exists but really nothing bloggy since 2015

AiT/Planet Lar: Making Comics Better - now known as Spectacularry; but other than 5 posts from 1/1/15, dormant since 2013.

Product Management Meets Pop Culture - Christopher Cummings is still there on a semi-monthly, but not all posts are about comics. Some are about product management. I guess that makes sense actually.

Chuck Dixon - appears as though someone has hijacked Chuck's site. There's still a Dixonverse post pinned at the top, but unless you're into baseball stadiums, reputation management or water heaters, go elsewhere.

Broken Glass Makes Me Laugh - another permission denied/invite only situation

Marv Wolfman - Marv moved over to Facebook about seven years ago and is active there (the FB link on his site is out of date)

Paul Gravett - still going strong, both on his site and via FB/Twitter

That's all for today. Stay tuned for more hot dead blog action!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cool links for 3/1/18

It's March already?!

OK, that means Winter is on it's last legs for the year (I think I may have just accidentally conjured a blizzard/ice storm/slush fest). I'm ready to be warm again.

And as it gets warmer, I begin to think of enjoying a nice crisp cold hard cider. It's the Ultimate Lawnmower Beer (so to speak). Wanna check out the fast-growing world of cider? Here's some good work done by Eric West at his site CiderGuide - I believe it to be a fairly comprehensive listing of every cider fest in North America.

Does anyone know of a well-detailed, chronological, Marvel Comics reading order, starting with Fantastic Four #1? I'm thinking of starting a new reading project...

Next up for me on Netflix:

The thing to buy today - these t-shirts depicting fictional bars from your favorite shows support Feeding America and local food banks:

While you're spending your hard-earned bucks on a worthy cause, why not give the bees a hand by supporting one of these local apiaries. Seriously, we need those little guys to get the job done and keep our overall ecosystem working right.

The weekend's almost here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cool links for 2/28

Oh boy. My head hurts. No one told me vodka and wine and bourbon don't mix well. Still, duty calls.

Today's very quiet post includes:
Mr SKU no longer updates this very comprehensive list but I'm sharing it anyway because it is very comprehensive:
The Complete List of American Whiskey Distilleries & Brands

Here's a 100,000 year old tequila:

I'm not kidding

I like to laugh. This guy made me laugh for decades, and The Larry Sanders Show is still the standard by which I judge all others. Now, Judd Apatow has finished his labor of love. We'll all be able to enjoy it on March 27:
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

I lived in Florida twice, California once and surfed one time. I also wore OP shirts in high school constantly. I had checkerboard Vans! I now live in Wisconsin and I like this:
This is my next binge watch:

Ugh. Tired. Bye.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cool links for today

OK, yesterday's email seemed to go OK. Hundreds of you read it - thanks! And, hey, I don't mind at all if you pass this along to anyone else interested in random bite-sized bits of information. Don't be afraid to share via email or social. I like doing this kind of stuff, and if people are reading it, I'll keep doing it.

So, for the foreseeable future, I'll pass on some more stuff that's worth checking out...

Drinking in the street - who doesn't love it (and don't you feel like you're getting away with something you shouldn't be doing?)

Anyway, here's a good list for anyone in the 50 states looking to make their drinking-in-the-street plans ahead of time:
The Drinking Festival in Every State You Don’t Want to Miss

Gotta eat, right? Use this excellent BBQ sauce from Wisconsin:

This is NOT a paid endorsement - it's just tasty.

Speaking of booze, if you're looking for a good gin that won't break the bank, try this one:

While enjoying some Beehive & tonic. plant yourself on the couch for the next few days/weeks/months and get set to watch all eleventy jillion hours of the shows on this list:

I'm excited for Silicon Valley, myself. But much TV.

Here's a randomly chosen pulp magazine cover! It's awesome.

Bye for now!

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