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Now is the time to pre-order Halloween comic books!
Last year, this post of my Halloween offerings received a lot of praise, and a lot of people wanting to do the same. I thought I should let everyone know, since most comic shops do not usually carry these Halloween comic bundles to sell directly to customers, it is in your best interest to put your pre-orders in now!
Why comics on Halloween?!? As somebody who loves the medium of comic books, I feel a personal responsibility to do my best to pass this love on to the next generation. I can’t imagine a better way than passing them out to a steady stream of impressionable youth on Halloween. Do you remember the first person who handed you a comic?
Do kids get angry for getting handed comics on Halloween? Well, I always choose to supplement my comics with some cheap candy (lollipops, tootsie rolls, etc.), just in case there is that one kid who needs candy. That said, I have NEVER had a kid be anything other than ecstatic when I drop comics into their bags. I don’t think a single one has even noticed the candy. Since I started doing this 5-6 years ago I have kids excitedly returning each year, and you can hear the first-timers yelling their excitement to other kids down the street as they walk away. I have had neighbors tell me that their kids now drag them into comic shops every chance they get. And the parents absolutely love it, what parent would rather have them gorging on sweets instead of sitting down to read?
Isn’t it expensive? A mini-comic bundle of 20 books retails for $5, that comes to about .25 cents per comic. There are also full size Halloween comics that are more expensive, but I personally like the mini-comics, not only because they are cheaper but because they fit in the candy bags better. I usually get 60-80 kids on Halloween, and I like to give out at least 2 comics each, so I plan on spending about $40-50 on comics alone. That doesn’t account for any discount your local shop or online shopping may give you (more on that below). How much are you going to spend on the mixed bag of mini-Kit-Kats that you are going to rush to the store for at the last second?
Couldn’t I just pass out my old comics and not buy new ones? Of course, I just like the option of buying the new Halloween ComicFest mini-comics because they are current with pop trends (Adventure TIme, etc) and you always know they are kid friendly (beware: some of the standard size HalloweenFest comics are adult oriented). I also try to order an assortment of boy / girl / infant oriented comics (if available) to mix it up, as I imagine kids afterwards sitting around with their friends swapping different comics and candy.
So where do I get this Halloween comics? Since these comic offerings are marketed for comicbook shops to pass out as freebies to get Halloween traffic, the first thing to do would be to take the titles and Diamond codes from the list below and go to your local comic shop (support local!) to see if they will let you order them from their comic store. These are in the July’s Diamond catalog, the industry standard comics distributor, which have a cutoff date sometime before the end of the month, I believe (a shop owner may be able to correct me?). If for some reason, they don’t want to order them for you, you can always find them online. I will list a couple sources below that I have used, and if anyone has an additional online resources, please comment and I will update the list.
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Did a lot yesterday, but the best thing was cleaning off this bat skull. So tiny! Such teeth!
I have been cleaning off bones since we moved into a house. Most of the bones I find on walks are clean, but sometimes there is a little flesh left over in a nook or cranny — skulls are sometimes mummified.
Two winters ago I found a little dog skull in the park near my house. In my head it is a poodle. There was a patch of mummified skin and white hair on their forehead. So i buried it in a small heap of compost in a flower bed out front.
For all the bones I collect, I don’t really like touching dead things. I think that is how we are built. It was late in life when I learned to cook meat, and even touching raw hamburger or bacon still icks me out. So I could scrub or boil bones, but I’d rather bury them in the yard and let the bugs of my compost do the work for me.
My dad gave me this bat, which died in my aunt’s chimney, and which he then mummified.
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so I set about reconstituting the bat. I did not want a neighborhood dog, cat, possum, or raccoon to make off with my bat, so I punched holes in a plastic one-quart container, filled it a third full of compost, and put him there. The compost brought a nice selection of detrivores, so I added some water and away we went!
A month later I opened up the container, held at arms length. The bat was unrecognizable — it looked like a couple of itty bitty bones (the wings) in a puddle of mud.
But, upon gently rinsing the mud with water, I found the skull. It was so water logged it was completely translucent! It also had a little brain left in it.
If a skull is left to soak too long, it will break and teeth will fall out. This guy had such perfect teeth that I didn’t want to risk that, so I put him in a tiny container with a fresh spoon of compost, hoping the buggins would clean him up.
I meant to leave him there a few days, but I couldn’t wait more than one day. Those bugs did a good job — he’s very clean now, inside and out.
Next thing I’ll do: give it a few days to dry out again, then see about sealing its teeth in somehow. I have a PVA glue that might do the trick.
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Raising a child is like taking care of someone who’s on way too many shrooms, while you yourself are on a moderate amount of shrooms. I am not confident in my decisions, but I know you should not be eating a mousepad.
The Potoo - Either the most unphotogenic or the most ridiculous looking bird in the world.
unphotogenic? these are my favorite pictures of any bird ever
my spirit animal
they look as beautiful as they sound.
That’s not a bird, that’s a MUPPET
Discussion topic of choice on this week’s Happy Go Lucky Podcast: The Potoo.