Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Phase 4ish

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I was trying to figure out what project I wanted to do this week, but it came rather late. And it came by necessity since I have a few comics I need to find from the Marvel and DC set for my daily comic reviews over at BW Media Spotlight. This project won’t start until Tuesday and with only four drawers and a few loose ones to go through, unlike the more massive work of the last phase, I expect to be done sooner than last time. But if I’m going to start looking for work I need to get this going.

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Comic Report: Batman: Digital Justice

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I went out for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday and grocery shopping earlier in the week. So I didn’t get a chance to do any clutter clearing. I do know what next week’s project will be, and it’s another revisit. It’s not one of the usual clutter magnets but it is one I need to work on again. In the meantime I get to swipe from my other website (it’s okay to steal from yourself, right?), and the Scanning My Collection series over at BW Media Spotlight, where I recently looked at a Batman graphic novel that gets little attention in the comics world. Enjoy.

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The world is an ever-changing place. Some are good and some are bad. Thus is the way of things. For example, I was a kid when video games became popular and we even had an arcade in walking distance (at a time when parents didn’t freak if their kid left the yard…if they’re even that “brave”). I was a kid when home video game consoles were first being sold in stores, from the Odyssey II to the Atari 2600. I was a kid when home computers were first marketed to homes. My cousin had a Commodore Vic 20, my friend had the same kind of TRS-80 that was in the corner of our homeroom in school, and my dad eventually bought an Atari 800 where my mom schooled us in Ms. Pac-Man.

This morning I took a walk since it’s good for my recovery and it’s unusually warm today. (It should be back to normal by the weekend.) In a case strapped to my belt was a device that was more powerful than all of those machines, can do everything those old machines can do and more, and was thinner than the manual for any of those devices. We are all now more connected than ever thanks to data plans, wi-fi, texting, and that rare moment someone actually makes a phone call. I still remember one day when I walked past someone talking to a friend on her cell phone in the days before smart phones, walked a little ways down and saw her friend as they were trying to find each other. (Of course I pointed her in the right direction. It still makes me laugh.) But in the days when the internet was just starting to exist and required a separate service that would tie up your telephone, people were still worried about what this brave new world would be like. Some people are afraid of it now as there are those who are more than willing to cause you harm in one form or another for their own benefit and amusement.

1990’s Batman: Digital Justice is a combination of Tron and Blade Runner, a predecessor or early contemporary of the rising “cyberpunk” movement of science fiction, where man and machine fought for control. And technology even played a part in its creation. While characters are drawn on the computer (long before programs were actually designed to make comics on the computer), 3D modelling was used for backgrounds and other imagery. It followed on the heels of Marvel’s gimmick of using a computer to create a comic, 1987’s Iron Man: Crash. While I have never read that comic, this one is more Tron that what I’ve read about it, while set in a computer-controlled Gotham City. But does Digital Justice go beyond the gimmick? Yes…until things get weird.

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“Darn static electricity. Why did I buy this carpet?”

Batman: Digital Justice

DC Comics (1990)

WRITER/ARTIST: Pepe Moreno

DIALOG: Doug Murray

ADDITIONAL DESIGN: Javier Romero

ART ASSISTANT: Bob Fingerman

PRE-PRESS: Anaya Systems

ANAYA PROGRAMMER: Vincete Sosa

The closest I could come to finding a computer drawing program called Anaya was a plug-in for Photoshop whose website hasn’t been updated since 2008. I know he made this on a Mac II. Computer geeks would find the full stats interesting, but there are better computer programs released for free now while most of the comic creators I know split between Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint (formerly under the more fitting name Manga Studio). But you’re here for a comic review, not a computer/art geek lesson.

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Mini-Comic Report: Transformers Armada vol. 3

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I was supposed to review a toy today, which was written on Saturday. The problem is I was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep and I don’t know why. So here’s another mini-comic review from my other site, BW Media Spotlight, that at least stays with the Transformer and Mini-Con theme of this month. I wish I could have done more.


 

 

With last week’s Mini-Con article over at The Clutter Reports, I thought for this month’s Free Comic Inside I’d take a look at what the Mini-Cons are up to. Plus I said in the last one I would be going back to this series. Hey, I remembered! This is when Dreamwave was still making minicomics for Hasbro, which would continue into the Energon toys before Dreamwave crashed. There is one good thing this round: no more trying to fit three translations of the same sentence into the word balloons.

“Maybe my bad donkey impersonation will stop them!”

No, this time it’s all one language, and luckily for me I got the English one. Let’s see what happens this time.

What are the odds we could get a Star Saber for “Man At Arms: Reforged”?

Transformers Armada vol 3

CREATED BY: Dreamwave

FOR: Hasbro

WRITER: Chris Sarracini

ARTIST: Guido Guidi

COLORISTS: Shaun Curtis, Gary Yeung, & Rob Ruffolo

COVER COLORIST: Ramil Sunga

(geez, even in a mini-comic they can’t have just one colorist)

LETTERING: Dreamer Design

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project finale

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Sick of seeing this yet?

Well, I did it. Part of it. The part I wanted to this week. This project was about organizing the loose comics so I could find what I want out of that group, and I did it. I wish that was it and the comics were now all nice and organized, but that’s not what’s happening here. This mega-project is not the last one for the comics. But it’s another phase done. And I only had to make more work for myself down the line to finish it.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 4

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I got further today than I was expecting. I was able to get more alphabetizing done today and I started to put the comics back on the racks in their configuration. This time they’ll be in the proper order and I’m adding the graphic novels into the mix. When I redo the longboxes they’ll go in their proper place. That project however is a long time coming.

For example, I had to stop before I got to my larger “universal groups”. Sonic, Star Trek, and Star Wars have to be properly organized because in this case the alphabet doesn’t apply and without the time to read through them all there’s going to be some guesswork here. However, it’s very important to keep the reading enjoyment going.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 3

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Guarded by Zoids.

The first batch of magazine rack comics were put into the piles on the tables yesterday. Today I plan to grab the other set. After that I re-alphabetize them and take out the non reviewed comics. Maybe. I may come up with something else, perhaps along the same lines as the paper markers that I use in the longbox. Plus the reviewed comics are stickered like I noted yesterday.

At the same time I’m still doing comic reviews over at BW Media Spotlight and today I decided to pull a five-issue series out of the collection that doesn’t invoke the show it’s supposed to tie into, plus it wasn’t all that interesting. So the culling is still going on. So what new collection report can I make here? I found some comics I thought were someplace else. This just makes me wish I had been able to do this last year as I planned.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 2

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Because I don’t have enough pictures of these things apparently.

If one of the goals of this phase is to separate the comics I have and haven’t reviewed, then it looks like the ones I have on the magazine rack should be included. So that’s tomorrow’s plan (or today’s depending on when you read this), to bring these comics, numerous as they are, into the piles on the table. So how do I know which ones I’ve reviewed and haven’t?

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