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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2008

Dave!Has the internets been painfully slow for everybody tonight... or is it just me?

This morning I stopped by the mini mart on the way to work to pick up some chocolate milk so I could face the day. As I was pulling into the parking lot, I noticed somebody I don't like at the gas pump and immediately turned around and drove off. The last thing I need is to deal with this crap first thing on a Monday morning. Unfortunately fate had other plans, and I ran across that same person later in the day. Everybody is karma's bitch from time to time.

Fortunately I managed to escape unscathed, because things stayed relatively civil. They didn't badmouth my friends and I didn't have to bitch-slap their stupid ass back into last week.

And now it's time for Current Events!

Cool Fool Drool

  • Ben Affleck & Jimmy Kimmel... funny-ass cool. I'm f#@%ing Ben Affleck!
  • Ralph Nader... crazy-ass fool. I'm saving the world! If I drop out of the media spotlight, the earth will explode.
  • Tina Fey... sexy-ass drool. People call her a bitch. Hillary IS a bitch. Bitches get stuff DONE!
  • George W. Bush... scary-ass tool. I understand the mentality of the American people! Because I spy on them.
  • Ann Rice... freaky-ass ghoul. I've found God and will never write another vampire novel. And I'm a hypocrite.

GIT archive library

But before I go, I feel compelled to share some old news that's new news to me... and may be of interest to you if you are a comic book fan.

For a couple of years now, I've been an avid collector of GIT Corp's wonderful CD/DVD-ROM archives of Marvel comic books. Each tome collects hundreds of comics in PDF format, giving collectors the ultimate affordable resource for reading books that are hard to find or too expensive to own. There's something magical about being able to read 44 years of The Fantastic Four while stuck on a long airplane ride. I've bought every volume GIT has released, and was anxiously awaiting the release of their forthcoming Thor and Daredevil DVD-ROMS.

Except that's never going to happen now because Marvel refused to renew their license with GIT.

I'm sure this is because Marvel feels they can make more money by selling access to their comics online, but I have some major problems with that...

  • Marvel's Digital Comics Online collection is woefully inadequate. GIT provided complete runs of comics. Marvel currently has only bits and pieces of runs available. This makes it hard to follow continuity and establish the history of the characters.
  • Marvel's Digital Comics Online is incomplete. GIT scanned in every single page of a comic... including the ads and letter pages. Marvel doesn't.
  • Marvel's Digital Comics Online requires an internet connection. How the heck am I supposed to read the comic archives on an airplane now? GIT released the books in standard PDFs that could be copied to your hard drive and kept or printed for future reference. Marvel's offering can only be viewed if you have internet access, and cannot be saved or printed.
  • Marvel's Digital Comics Online "reader" software sucks. Since GIT uses regular-old PDFs, reading their archives is quick and easy. Marvel's online reader is slow, buggy, and skips over dialogue balloons when you use their preferred "Smart Panels" mode.

GIT says since they no longer have a license that once the existing products are gone, they're gone. So if you have even a passing interest in Marvel Comics, this is probably your last chance to pick up these archives. I buy most of mine from Tales of Wonder, which sells them all at discount, but good bargains can also be found at Amazon.

And now, since work is over and blogging is done, I think I'll go to bed and re-read George Perez's awesome run on The Avengers from the 1970's.

Boy how I will miss GIT's comics archives. If only DC Comics would give them a license for their books...


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Comments

  1. Mike says:

    I’m giving a workshop in Dakar, Senegal this week. The internet is painfully slow at all times here. ;-)

    And I’ve checked: No HRC!

  2. jodi says:

    I can’t watch the ben affleck/ jimmy kimmel thing because I’M IN CANADA!

    bastards.

  3. Mr. Fabulous says:

    I know that I can go to jail for threatening the President. Can anything happen to me for threatening Ralph Nader? Can anything happen to me if I actually kill him?

  4. PocketCT says:

    Maybe after that last, sworn never, vampire book Anne Rice can make sequels to the Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty. That’d be sweet.

  5. Tracy says:

    Dave’s a poet…I didn’t know it!

  6. Avitable says:

    I can’t read comics on a computer. I’ve tried.

  7. Dear Dave2,
    You read comics, too? I’m. In. Love.

    Yours,
    CMG :-)

  8. Rick says:

    GA-A-A-A-A-H! Damn you, Dave, yet another comic breakthrough I HAVE to have!

  9. Iron Fist says:

    Ahh! Comic archives on CD-ROM?? Where have these been all my life? I need to go grab some of these.

  10. Dave2 says:

    Mike… I’ve been following you on your blog… but the one entry where you seem to dish the most on your trip is written in French! My French skills are pretty bad, so I hope you will translate it when you get back! Safe travels. :-)

    Jodi… Search on YouTube. It’s everywhere.

    Mr. Fab… Not to YOU… they’d never punish YOU… you’re just entirely too fabulous for that!

    PocketCT… Well, considering that her last vampire book will have Lestat finding God… somehow I doubt it, but never say never!

    Tracy… Oh yes. Totally a poet. And a songwriter too!

    Avitable… Then reading them on an iPhone is probably not going to work either? I prefer the actual comics, but can’t lug hundreds of them with me when I travel… and can’t afford to get those earlier issues… so I’ve done my best to adapt to reading on the computer. Doesn’t bother me so much anymore.

    Granddaughter… Oh yes. I’ve been a comic book addict for decades! They aren’t as essential to my life as they used to be, but I still buy a load of them every month. :-)

    Rick… Warning… they are SO addictive! I ended up buying archives of books I don’t even like just to have them!

    Fist… Most of them are on DVD-ROM… but they released a few smaller collections on CD-ROM. Half of the titles are cheaper at Tales of Wonder, and half are cheaper at Amazon. I have no idea why, but it pays to shop around.

    Sizzle… No doubt! Sexy AND smart… SNL hasn’t been the same since she left.

  11. Miss Britt says:

    “Bitch is the new Black!”

    HA! I hadn’t seen that one. Funny stuff.

  12. Dan says:

    I’ll have to look into those comic archives, although i’m more a DC man.

  13. SeaSlug says:

    Thanks for the tip re: Marvel Comics DVDs. Just bought a couple for my husband’s upcoming birthday.

  14. Jon says:

    I have been aware of the comics on CD for a while, but always told myself I would buy them “later.”

    I guess now is the new later.

  15. John says:

    Dude! Totally down with you on Tina and Dubya. I don’t pay enough attention to the others to have an opinion.

  16. yellojkt says:

    Tina Fey was great. “Bitch is the new black!”

  17. Robin says:

    If only we COULD bitch-slap people, I think we could relieve a lot of frustration

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