Comic Organizing Mega Project: Sort To Sell

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More of a quick report this week but the project did take all week to do. Granted it’s only because of other projects I had to do. This is an old picture but I broke out the sorting table and organized the piles (well, three bags) of comics I plan to sell. I want to look up what they’re worth and slowly add them to the comics for sale section of the site. I put them in a better order to post them to the section, using the same layout I use in my regular comic collection (like combining titles of the same continuity: i.e. DC universe, Marvel universe, Elementals universe, franchise, etc.)

I have two more comic I know are going into the pile after I review them over the next two weeks and there may well be more in the future, but I do plan to do a comic a day minimum (though we know how my plans work out) if I can and add them to the sale section, so keep an eye out in case one you might be interested in shows up. By the way I’m STILL finding comics in the wrong order but at least it’s not as bad as it was and adjusting is easier than before this megaproject began. This is still far from being done.


Book Report: Spider-Man–Carnage In New York

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While comics being turned into movies and TV shows are nothing new I wonder how many people realize that even prose has seen superheroes cross over from the panel to the text? Here at The Clutter Reports I’ve already reviewed The Death & Life Of Superman by comic writer and novelist Roger Stern. I have very few prose stories based on the DC and Marvel heroes but most of them are DC, mainly Superman and Batman. (I also reviewed a “Which Way” gamebook starring Superman.) I only have one Marvel novel, a co-authorship between a comic writer and a novelist.

In the 1990s Marvel published a series of novels starring their superheroes through Byron Press, one written by another crossmedia writer, Peter David, focused on a character he knew very well, the Incredible Hulk. David Michellie is mostly known for his run on Iron Man in the comics but did spend some time on The Amazing Spider-Man so he does know the character. (I do not know if there was a novel about Iron Man but if there is I hope he worked on it.) Aiding him was novelist Dean Wesley Smith. Together they penned a story about Carnage, an offshoot of Venom. Venom has a long backstory even before Marvel tried to fill out the symbiote race. Symbiotes are goo-like beings that bond with hosts, forming a sort of costume and granting the host special abilities while symbiote feeds on his I think adrenaline and sometimes uses the host to feed on other lifeforms. Carnage is a spawn of that symbiote that found a willing host in mass murderer Cletus Kasaday, forming a bond so perfect Carnage speaks in “I/me/my” rather than “we/our”. He is one of if not the most dangerous foe in Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, making him a good choice for this novel.


Quick Project: Sorting The Records

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Yep, it’s that time again. I don’t get a lot of files I need to save usually but 2016 dealt with a lot of extra paperwork because it dealt with my surgery. And during the recovery I kind of let the paperwork go, and it piled up. By paperwork I mean there were a bunch of records I didn’t need anymore and it kind of built up in my folders. This week, with help from my dad, I went through and figured out what I needed to keep, what I needed to shred, and what I needed to pop into the recycle bin (anything without my name on it…for example, government files often include uses information that they send every time in case it is useful to a particular situation but afterwards means nothing if I don’t have a grievance or since I’m already registered to vote). I keep thinking I’m going to do this at the start of the year but for some reason it never gets done until June and this features a lot of stuff dating back to before the surgery.

So I broke out the sorting table, had my dad go through what I wasn’t sure about, and now my folders aren’t so jam packed with junk. Now if I keep my goal of doing it the first week in January (my dad says I should do it more than once a year but normally I don’t have that many papers to go through since the most I get I already know are only necessary for the next month and I’ve been good on the incoming lately but not the backlog) maybe I won’t have to make this a project that takes up my day. Maybe.

Quick Report: Some Minor Cleaning Up

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Not a big report this week. I didn’t tackle some major mess or reorganize a disaster location, and I didn’t get to review anything, although at the current rate I should have a book review in the next two weeks. Instead I just did some minor clean-up:

  • Now that the weather has decided to pick a season I was able to put away my thermal blanket until next winter.
  • I went through some remaining convention promotional material for websites that I found among the stuff I was organizing last week. Part of it was curiosity because I don’t have time to take on yet another podcast or regularly visit a site that hasn’t been updated in a few years. I mostly wanted to see if any of them still existed and a few of them didn’t. I don’t think I added anything to my regular web reading.
  • Put a small pillow away and cleaned up the pinball table.
  • Also put away a few things I had lying around and for some reason didn’t get to.

These are all minor projects but while it clear out a ton of room it did make the place look better, which was the goal. Not every project has to be a huge megaproject. Sometimes it’s the smaller projects that have the greatest positive impact. In this case it’s not a huge impact but still a good one.