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Low content mode continues…

§ February 2nd, 2015 § Filed under low content mode, pal plugging, retailing § 4 Comments

…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!

Sorry, friends…

§ December 3rd, 2014 § Filed under low content mode § 1 Comment

…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!

The Low Content Mode continues…

§ August 28th, 2014 § Filed under blogging about blogging is a sin, low content mode § 1 Comment

…though I should have an End of Civilization post up tomorrow. Sorry, gang, I’ve had some long days of late and my blogging muse has temporarily flown the coop, apparently. I’m not asleep, I’m just resting my eyes.

Here’s a thing about my site that you probably don’t know about. When I started, waaaay back when, the plan was to some some kind of audio programming…I’m not sure “podcasting” was even a thing in late 2003, but I had half an idea of somehow broadcasting my dulcet tones across the internettings and into your earbuds. (Hmmmm…”PODgressive Ruin,” maybe?) I even have a soundboard here donated to me by pal Dorian toward such a purpose.

Alas, that never came to pass, but “never say never” I suppose, as someday the bug may bite me and I’ll put the effort into actually speaking to you, instead of hunting and pecking at the keyboard with this pen in my mouth, please, someone send help, I’ve been tied up here for days. Anyway, I created a subdomain on this site back before I even posted my first post, and that subdomain is right here. No idea where I snapped that clip art, though I’m pretty sure the coloring of said clip art is my fault. Also, that’s your reminded that my original color scheme for the site was going to be bright green lettering on a dark background, like the clunky ol’ personal computers of my rapidly receding youth. Friends advised me “that’ll make me want to put my eyes out,” so I wisely opted not to go with those colors.

It’s also a reminder that I should never use the phrase “coming soon” because that’s almost a guarantee I’ll not get around to it. Or only get around to it grudingly.

Well, enough about that. Remember, a new End of Civilization is coming…er, soon. Yeah.

“Start? I’ve never stopped!”

§ July 14th, 2014 § Filed under low content mode, peanuts § 4 Comments


from Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia Vol. 15 (1981)

Hi pals…I realize posting and content on this here website thingie has been a little more slight than usual lately. I’ll be back up to speed soon, but I need a bit of time to recharge the ol’ batteries. Thanks for understanding!

Sorry for the hiatus.

§ May 9th, 2014 § Filed under low content mode § 8 Comments

I’ve been ill, so my online shenanigans have been curtailed. I’ll be back up to speed next week, with any luck.

The End of Civilization is postponed until tomorrow.

§ March 27th, 2014 § Filed under low content mode Comments Off

Sorry, pals. It needs to sit on the stove a little longer before I serve it up.

In the meantime, get a load of this.

I had one heck of a busy and crazy day at the shop on Tuesday…

§ March 19th, 2014 § Filed under low content mode, trading cards § 7 Comments

…with this being the least of it, so I’m just going to contemplate card #49 from my complete set of Superman III trading cards:


…and relax while basking in the glory of Richard Pryor.

No time for posts, Dr. Jones.

§ January 20th, 2014 § Filed under low content mode, pal plugging, sir-links-a-lot § 3 Comments

I may or may not be in Low Content Mode this week, but I’m certainly in Low Content Mode today, hence:

  • Congratulations and / or my sympathies to my blogging brother Tim on his ten year reign.
  • Employee Aaron’s wife Kempo has drawn Judge Dredd. If this is how he appeared in that most recent movie, maybe it would have made money.
  • Yes, I’ve seen the Onion article. And they’re wrong; those are the only two movies. Well, and The Spirit, too.

Just so you know…

§ October 23rd, 2013 § Filed under low content mode, swamp thing § 4 Comments

…I’m taking the rest of the week off. I’ll be back Monday, though I may have some kind of thing on Saturday. We’ll see.

In the meantime, that Swamp Thing cartoon I posted here the other day? You can totally get that as a high quality print now. Tell ‘em your pal Mike sent you! (And they’ll respond with “…Who?”)

See you Monday (or maybe Saturday).

Gone zooin’.

§ August 5th, 2013 § Filed under low content mode, superman § 6 Comments


Hopefully I will be at the Los Angeles Zoo today, taking pictures of buff-cheeked gibbons and pointing imprudently at the mighty mandrill. In the meantime, all of you behave yourselves and also try not to think about why, why Superman would keep these innocent creatures in such inappropriately tiny cages.

UPDATE: Alas, the trip is postponed. The mandrills are safe…for now.

 
 

image from DC Special Series #26 (Summer 1981) by Roy Thomas, Ross Andru and Romeo Tanghal

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