Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hey Look... I'm in a Groo Comic book!

I've been reading comics for over 30 years now and one of my all time favorites is Sergio Aragones GROO the Wanderer which had been going on and off all most as long. My mother is not a big comic reader, but over the years of my collecting there have been a few comics they she always looked forward to each month, two of those being Kevin Smith's Bone and Groo. For years when I would come home from the comic shop, she would ask, any comics for me??
Dark Horse just published a 4 issue mini series of Groo titled Groo the Hogs of Horder. I read issues #1 and 2 and passed both along to my mom, but I had not read issue 3 yet. When I came home with issue 4 I realized that I had never passed issue 3 along to my mom, so I gave her both 3 and 4 before I had a chance to read them. A day or two later when I picked them up, she said, "Wow, you have a letter in there!" which was news to me! I quickly snagged the comic from her and flipped to the back to have a look at the letters page, and right there on the first page was a letter from Ronn Roxburgh... wowee! There was even a response from Mark Evanier and a silly little drawing to go along with it! This is so cool as I am a big fan of both Sergio and Mark. Have been reading the Groo comics since the first appearance in Destroyer Duck and I visit Mark's blog every day!
I was thrilled to get my letter in a Groo comic book, and I didn't even have to mention the word 'mulch'.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Little Golden Book Monday #118

Today's Little Golden Book is NOT a Little Golden Book, but rather a LGB knock off called A Happy Day Book. Its the identical size of a LGB and has a shiny spine - silver instead of gold. These books were published by Standard Publishing of Cincinnati, Ohio and featured religious stories such as Jesus Makes Me Happy, Bible Stories Make My Happy, and Buzzy Bee Says "Be Happy".
This one is called Buzzy Bee Story Book and is from 1980.
When I first saw this book, it took a few seconds before I realized it was not a LGB, and I thought the bee on the cover was the Romper Room bee. Boy, did they fool me!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Little Golden Book Monday #117

Today's Little Golden Book is The Wait-for-Me Kitten by Patricia Scarry with pictures by Lillian Obligado. This is the Fourth printing from 1977, with the original being printed in 1962. Patricia happens to be the wife of one of my favorite children's story writers, second only to my all time favorite writer/artist Bill Peet.
This story follows three mischievous little kittens and their tag along pal Wait-For-Me as they go searching for some fun. Along the way they get into trouble with a big rooster, Ms. Fox, Farmer Pig and Mrs. Dog. When the other little kittens cause trouble and run away, Wait-For-Me sticks around to help Mrs. Dog re hand her laundry, which prompts Mrs. Dog to say "A good little kitten must have a reward," and she gives Wait-For-Me a big tuna fish pie to eat, yum, yum, all by himself!
But the three little kittens came tumbling over the hill. "Wait for me! Wait for me!" begged the three little kittens.
Did the littlest kitten wait for those three, hungry little kittens?
Oh yes he did! And ever since then, those three little kittens have always waited for him.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Plants Vs Zombies

Where have I been the past 2 weeks? Fighting off the frackin zombies that's where! I heard about this game called Plants Vs Zombies while listening to the podcast This Week In Tech (TWiT) and it sounded like fun. Little did I know that once I started defending my home from the zombies, I wouldn't have time for anything else! I managed to go through a full week of spring break without doing much of anything other than playing Plants Vs Zombies. Even my 4 year old is now addicted to shooting zombies with frozen pee shooters and blowing them up with potato bombs! So, if you have stuff to do, DO NOT check this out. If you, on the other hand have a few empty weeks to fill, then visit Pop Cap games. But don't say I didn't warn you!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Little Golden Book Monday #116

Today's Little Golden Book is Another Monster at the End of This Book from 1996. I didn't actually clue into this until I was writing this, but this is actually the sequel to the original Monster at the End of This Book from 1971 which I remember reading when I was younger. You can actually read the entire original book online here.
The really cool thing about my copy of Another Monster at the End of This Book is that is seems to have been owned by one of Grover and Elmo's Sesame Street pals Zoe.