Took a day or so off from the blog; it was a busy weekend, and last night I spent all night doing a scintillatingly challenging (not really) graduate school assignment, and by the time I was done my brain was fried.
Our big news – we got robbed Saturday night. Somebody went into our garage, smashed the front passenger-side window out of Mel’s SUV, and stole her purse. Garage was unlocked; car was locked. We called the cops, could tell which direction the person went after s/he left the garage, but that’s about it. We had to do the whole cancel-credit-cards-and-get-new-driver’s-license thing for Mel; luckily, the checkbook wasn’t in her purse, and we basically don’t use cash, so mostly it was just an annoyance. The only significant loss was the actual purse; Mel came back from her trip to New York City with a shiny gunmetal Coach bag, which happened to be the bag that got stolen. Not even two months old; she’s pretty crushed about losing it.
As we were discussing the break-in on Sunday, she said something along the lines of “well, that’s what I get for buying something nice, I guess.” That upset me, the notion that finally getting to the point where we could buy something that she had wanted for years, something that’s just really nice and not really even extravagant or anything, somehow just makes us targets for thieves and we’re supposed to be OK with that. That’s total bullshit. We both have decent jobs, and we’re raising our kids and paying our bills on time and generally doing things the way it seems we’re supposed to be doing them in order to be a decent, productive family. The idea that taking an opportunity to enjoy some of that hard work means we should automatically expect someone to steal from us is disgusting.
What I’m Studying
Last night, I undertook the massive mental challenge of writing a… [drum roll] chapter outline as my assignment this week for graduate school. While these ridiculous assignments are, in fact, the only reason I’m bothering to pay a shred of attention to the textbook, to have mindless busywork in grad school is bothersome.
What I’m Buying
I finally made a relatively significant purchase with birthday loot; there are a crapton of comic books on their way to me from an Amazon warehouse somewhere. I bought the most-recent four volumes of the Invincible hardcover collections, which will bring me current on those; I picked up the hardcover trade for the first half-dozen issues of A Game of Thrones (I had meant to keep up with the singles, but fell behind around Thanksgiving and since the shop here doesn’t keep back issues in stock as a matter of practice I had no way to easily catch up); I got the second hardcover collection of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca’s Invincible Iron-Man series; I picked up IDW’s prose G.I. Joe story collection, “Tales of the Cobra Wars,” and I also bought both of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez “The New Teen Titans” omnibuses collecting the Teen Titans stuff from the 1980s (that’s a series I followed quite a bit as a kid). It’s going to take some effort to make sure I find time to read all of that; the timing with summer coming up is perfect. I’m pumped.
Who I’m Supporting on Kickstarter
My last “me” purchase with birthday money will likely be throwing my meager financial weight behind a couple of projects on Kickstarter. I went in on the $40 signed copy/PDF/sketchbook level of support for “The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay,” written and illustrated by Erik Evensen who lives right here in Bemidji. I have met him a couple of times, and his wife works at BSU; cool dude, very talented illustrator. I hope he pulls this off; the concept for his book is pretty cool. I still need to get a copy of his first book…
I also threw some money behind Rachel Deering’s effort to publish the final five issues of her six-issue “Anathema” mini-series. I don’t know Rachel; I have ordered the first issue of Anathema from her but it hasn’t arrived yet, so I haven’t even directly experienced her work. So, this is a total departure from my first two Kickstarter backs, where I actually know the people trying to fund their projects. I’ve been following Rachel on Twitter for awhile (we’ve traded some messages back and forth even), and she’s really funny, very talented, and really passionate about what she does — and she’s made it perfectly clear that it’s a dream of hers to finish this project. I just think it’d be fun to see her succeed. If I get some comics I enjoy reading out of the deal, that’s just a kick-ass bonus.
Kickstarter is pretty much the coolest thing that I have seen on the Internet, maybe ever. It’s regular people empowering creative people to fulfill their dreams of doing amazing things by speaking directly with their wallets – “I believe in what you are trying to do, and I want to support your efforts to do it.” Amazing things are being funded there, and it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to say “I helped make that happen.” It’s a much different feeling than buying something off the shelf or getting a ticket to see a movie, even though the end result is ultimately the same. With Kickstarter, though, there’s a real sense that you’re helping support an actual person, rather than supporting a corporation that eventually pays its employees.
I’ve already kinda decided that if I ever win something like Mega Millions, a significant chunk of that money will be spent max-funding Kickstarter projects.