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Sorry, pals, but due to equipment failure at the old homestead, I have no internet service there and service technicians won’t be out to take a look at it (much less fix it) until the following week. Thus, Progressive Ruin Industries will be entering a brief hiatus until at least March 6th, when, with any luck, I’ll return with the latest installment of the End of Civilization. Between then and now, I’ll try to put up the occasional something, if I can prepare it at home and bring it on a flash drive to post with the work computer, but we’ll see. In the meantime, please enjoy the website’s 13+ years’ worth of archives, at least some of which have working links and unbroken images, and you can always see what I’m up to on the Twitters.
Thank you for your patience, and I should be up and running again as normal (or “normal”) soon
EDIT 2/26:: Belay that Low Content Mode, mister! The internet ‘n’ phone people squeezed in an earlier appointment for me, and the situation has been resolved! The Progressive Ruining will continue unabated!
Well, the intention was to start going over your predictions for 2016 today, but I’ve been trying to shake an illness that’s been hanging on since Christmas and perhaps I’d be better off resting than blogging. I am feeling better, but at this stage spending hours typing away my usual pages of text into the wee hours will likely be more harmful than helpful. Blogging and family stuff and the holidays and running a store and household chores all at once while sick results in not doing any of them well (particularly at work, where errors are interfering with making a living), so now that things have calmed down a bit on most fronts, I’m going to enter “low content mode” on the blog as well. Just for a few days, while I finally, hopefully, get over this bug.
Current plan is to start tackling those 2016 predictions next Monday. I may check in here with a smallish post before then, and you can always email me or catch me on the Twitters.
Also, in the meantime, don’t forget to submit your comic industry predictions for 2017, so I can write about them in excruciating length in early 2018!
Thanks for your patience, pals, and we’ll be back to full operation soon.
…I just don’t have it in me today. Be good to yourselves, watch out for each other, and I’ll see you Friday.
Taking the week off from the site, and I’ll be back next Monday. Thanks for understanding.
In the meantime, you can hear Gerry Conway answer my silly question on the latest episode of War Rocket Ajax, and the new Question of the Week featuring my response should be posted at Trouble with Comics any time now. (I’ll update this post when it does.)
And, of course, you’ll likely see me popping off on the Twitterers.
See you soon.
…I said yesterday there’d be more stuff today, and as it turns out, I don’t. I’m currently occupied with some other things and while I’d rather be having fun with comic book type stuff, unfortunately this other business has to come first.
Again, sorry, gang…I’ll hopefully be up to speed again this Monday. Thanks for reading.
…so please accept this scan of a Linda Ronstadt book from 1978 in its stead:
I currently have this up on the eBay, so I’m using this as an excuse to plug my eBay auctions, I guess.
Oh, this does remind me, I did recently list some other music-related magazines that may be of interest to funnybook fans, such as these issues of the music ‘zine Who Put the Bomp. Issue #7 from 1971 has a cover by underground comics artist George Hansen:
…while #9 from 1972 has a cover by another underground cartoonist, Jay Kinney:
Later the mag shortened its name to Bomp and went to slick color covers, such as this one for #18 from 1978 by William Stout:
Also, I’ll put up actual scans of those first two Bomps here when I get a chance…the digital photos didn’t work as well as I thought they would.
So there you go…I started off claiming there would be no content, and lo, there was content. Just how do I do it? I must be some kind of miracle worker.
More stuff tomorrow, pals.
Alas, my duties as King of Los Angeles have cut into my blogging time, so my planned post for today will have to wait ’til tomorrow. I suspect I’ll be deposed by then anyway.
from Dennis the Menace #109 (July 1970) – art by Ed Nofziger
Still in kind of a low content mode here at the site, but I’ll be checking in with a longer-ish post tomorrow about a certain free funnybook event that may be happening this weekend.
In the meantime, here’s pal Dave dressed as his favorite comic book character.
…or “no content mode,” as this site sort of took a vacation after last Wednesday, due to my recovering from a chest cold only to go full bore into a nasty headcold I’m still recovering from. And, as it turns out, when you own your own business and you’re the only employee, you don’t get a day off to shake off the sniffles. Ah, well, “as a wise man once said” an’ all that.
To follow up on my last post, all those Groots that once danced their little hearts out in my shop are now scattered to the four winds. I knew Groot was fairly beloved in my area, judging by the mostly positive reaction to that giant cardboard standee of Groot in my window, but it was still pretty shocking how quickly the Dancing Groot toy hightailed it out of here. And despite my initial trepidation, the demo-ing of Dancing Groots did not drive me crazy, possibly due to the brevity of their presence, but several customers would push the demo button and immediately apologize to me, figuring I was sick of listening to that clip of “I Want You Back.” Honestly, it didn’t bother me, though I was quick to remind folks that pushing the button again didn’t stop the clip, but rather, extended the play.
Also, the melodious strains of the Jackson 5 have been haunting me in my dreams, but perhaps that is an unrelated issue. Not unrelated, however, is this amusing image contributed by reader Brian, combining our favorite ambulatory plantlife that isn’t Swamp Thing with one of our favorite Lois Lane covers.
Another little adventure I undertook this weekend was making a quick trip to Los Angeles to the studio of famed artist Coop to acquire a largish collection of comics he was looking to get out of his way. I probably could have just stayed there all day, looking at all the neat things he had tucked away in all corners of his workspace. And Coop himself is a swell guy…I recommend Coop to all my friends and family. Here is some photo evidence of the gentleman artist tolerating my proximity.
Speaking of artists and their endeavors, there’s another Kickstarter I’d like to promote…it’s already met its funding goal, but you may still be interested in getting a copy of Death Saves, a comics anthology about characters in role-playing games and how they met their respective demises. I’m specifically recommending it due to a story written by blogging-and-birthday-brother Andrew Weiss and illustrated by longtime ProgRuin pal Matthew Digges. So contribute already!
Remember the last Kickstarter I recommended to you guys? It just wrapped up, making over three times its goal! I’m pretty sure that was all thanks to me, so let’s try to do the same for Death Saves, too!
…I’ve been tied up with some additional store set-up stuff so your pal Mike’s blogging goof-off time has been curtailed a bit of late. I am working on something for this Friday (it may be a certain somebody’s blogiversary that day), and my End of Civilization post should be up next week. I’m not goin’ anywhere, I’ve just got a full schedule. Thanks for understanding!
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