Kirst Words

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June 13th, 2015

So it’s fun and if you’ve liked past Jurassic movies you’ll be fine with this. That’s it. FYI–no stinger.

Early on, when it was surmised Owen (Chris Pratt) had a raptor posse I wanted to know how this amazing, insane and completely credible concept had come about. My silliest (and best!) guess was part of a raptor brain had been implanted into his allowing him to communicate with them. My fanfiction storylines centered around Chris and the raptor posse involved in Charlie’s Angels or after school special type situations. Jimmy’s being bullied, what can the raptor posse do? Cutting to a bloody mouthed raptor and screaming. Lots of screaming. That’s how they all ended. Occasionally raptor instincts would overtake Pratt and he’d claw, with his human hands, at someone’s belly. He’d then realize what he was doing and casually admit “raptor brain.” Up until I sat down in the theater this morning I still hoped against hope I would see something like this. I didn’t but I wasn’t disappointed with what I saw either.

Next week the raptor posse goes undercover in a prison!

June 9th, 2015

I apparently have Mansfield 211 flush valves in my upstairs toilets and was very happy to find that the 210 valve seal works fine. The seals have a design flaw which eventually causes the plunger to stick. I actually broke my toilet handle in the guest bathroom the valve seal was stuck so hard! Everything seems fine and now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some business to attend to…

[Follow up]
Of course I had to push my luck. The master bathroom handle was sticking a little as well so I swapped that one out finding the old valve seal as deteriorated as the other. When I replaced it, the seal was not perfect causing slow drainage and, as I was clever enough to do it in the morning before work, had to leave it until after work to fix. Long story short, there may be an upside and a downside for the seal as the flip side is now working perfectly.

June 7th, 2015

I’m an introvert. That means a lot of things and it differs from person to person but for me it means I like being alone. It doesn’t mean I don’t like being with others but it can. Interaction with others on any meaningful social level is draining. The past week has been busy for me socially and it’s been incredibly draining.

Last Sunday was a wrestling PPV that was sprung on me. We agreed we weren’t going to do it which I thought still meant Pat and George intended to watch it — just not as a group. But minds were changed and we had it. Tuesday was book club (The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah,) Wednesday was drawing night, Thursday was office group dinner and drinks, Saturday was CAKE and today Bob had a party at JTs Patio in Lombard and Pat invited me to be his +1 as his “most presentable (to the real world) friend.” That and I know Bob and Teresa from earlier. If I didn’t have Bob’s I might have tried Printer’s Row, which I don’t consider a social thing because even though I’m surrounded by people, I don’t know anyone. CAKE was almost the exact opposite.

At Bob’s party there was a discussion about another friend who is even more introverted than I. He doesn’t hide his distaste at social gatherings and I tried to explain how introverts feel. I usually say “I hate people,” and this often gets a laugh but it’s not far from the introverted truth. I can be quite charismatic when called for and I have a good idea of how “the real world” will react to things but if I have my way, I’m mostly I’m quiet and don’t talk. (If you’re a cute girl I may also be scared of you.) After explaining all the things introverts hate to do I told them to remember this one thing: understand that if an introvert is socializing (even if it is being done poorly) they are putting forth a great effort and really like you.

This is not to say I don’t want to be invited anywhere. Even I cannot survive without human contact. And hopefully my social skills are such that you never realize that I’m uncomfortable. Gwen (? – I think it was Gwen: cute, short-hair, green dress) at Rachel’s party must have noticed it (I mentioned it in the board gaming post.) But I clearly like Rachel — I not only went to her party, but defied on-call which is a great introvert excuse because it’s a real one. The on-call Gods can be a merciless bunch. (All praise the on-call gods!) But I had a good time. I like people watching and her group of Ren-Fairers provided just enough difference from my comic groups that I was very intrigued by their socializing.

Of the events last week, the PPV was the most draining because it’s time I intended to spend alone that was replaced with a social event. And while I’m very comfortable with that group it still takes something out of me even when I’ve planned to go. But I did still go (which means I like them) and it was fun. It did end up being a very long week with all the other things that happened.

Perhaps the moral of the story is this: if you invite me last minute and I don’t go, I probably don’t like you as much as my wrestling group.

It’s Tony Awards time! Seeya!

June 6th, 2015

CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (I don’t know where the K comes from either, [EDIT: There apparently is a Charles CAKE, so there you have it!]) is a convention of very independent comics. If you know any of the names here then you’ve got yourself some indy cred and you’d surprise the heck me. This is comics indy cred, mind you. Except Los Bros. Hernandez. Gilbert and Jaime, creators of Love and Rockets, were in attendance and if you knew either of them before hand you’d still have indy cred but it wouldn’t surprise me.

CAKE is held at the Center on Halsted, a LGBT youth building in Chicago’s gay district, Boystown. I mention this because it’s a place where I set up the wireless years ago at my previous job. There is a gymnasium on the third floor which is where the convention was held. I found amazing parking just across the street. Being a comic guy, I have plenty of comic friends and many of them were present. Delia had a table where she sold her mini-comic Station In Life and other books. Everyone else I knew was just there as a fan.

I was there to see Los Bros. Hernandez and Jillian Tamaki, artist of This One Summer. I paid for a sketch from Jaime and after that it was whatever caught my eye. Evan Dahm complimented me on my Pixies concert t-shirt so I bought one of his books. I knew of Liz Prince and Eleanor Davis in name only so I corrected that. I bought stuff from Marian Runk because of her last name. Lucy Knisley had something new — that’s all it takes for her. My last purchase was from Dakota McFadzean who was away from his table for a while and that allowed me to look at his stuff without feeling I had to buy anything. And it worked. His comics were amazing. So good that when I showed it to Ashly and Jeanna they went and bought stuff from him as well.

The Money Pit — total $250
CAKE t-shirt $15
Sketch (Jaime Hernandez) $40
Heartbreak Soup (Gilbert Hernandez) $16
Frontier (Jillian Tamaki) $10
Haunter (Sam Alden) $15
Stop Paying Attention (Lucy Knisley) $10
The Magic Hedge 1 & 2 (Marian Runk) $20
Vattu: The Name and the Mark (Evan Dahm) $30
How to be Happy (Eleanor Davis) $25
Fuckwizards (Eleanor Davis) $5
Tomboy (Liz Prince) $16
Truce (Leigh Luna) $10
Nothing Special (Lane Fujita) $8
Hollow in the Hollows (Dakota McFadzean) $10
Don’t Get Eaten By Anything (Dakota McFadzean) $20

[Update: So I forgot Printers Row was also this weekend. I know went last year for the Fest's 30th anniversary (I remeber buying a Hot Doug's book as well as one on Charcuterie and eating from a Jamaican food truck) but I'm not sure about 2013. I'm guessing no for 2013 but didn't blog about either year. I really wanted to see Erik Larson and pick up his new book and maybe see LaVar Burton as well. Neither seems available Sunday and I already have plans. I also spent LOTS of money at CAKE. Worse, it's a rainy Sunday which is the perfect time to go to Lit Fest cuz it's outdoors. No, I'm serious.]

May 31st, 2015

Last February Irvine Welsh was to sign his new book, Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, at Anderson’s. This was the day after the Superbowl and if you remember (if you live in the Chicagoland area) that we had Snowmageddon, blanketing the area in several feet of snow. There was no driving that day and Mr. Welsh, rightfully, cancelled. Cut to end of May and Chuck Palahniuk is signing at Anderson’s with special guest Irvine Welsh. This was clearly to be an evening of rudeness and debauchery at the Naperville Marriott — it’s where it was held, probably because they served alcohol.

I had bought tickets earlier and was able to pick up pre-signed books which included Chuck’s new short story collection, Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread, and the Chicago Comics cover for Fight Club 2 #1, cover drawn by Tim Seeley. Also in the bag were two glow sticks and a blow up, medium sized, beach ball. We were told to blow up the ball, write our full name on the ball with markers being handed around, start the glow sticks and insert them into the balls. Yes, there were a lot of ball jokes.

While waiting two people sat in front of me and I eventually noticed that one of them was Tim Seeley. I didn’t know his companion. Tim explained Dark Horse called him at the last minute and told him they had reserved a place for him. Tim eventually got up and told people who he was and got to meet Chuck. They passed out a second set of balls for those who wanted them and because Tim was unable to inflate his (he couldn’t understand how the valve worked and that you had to bite down — maybe he wasn’t used to biting on things he blew…) I blew up a second and gave it to him.

Chuck took the stage. He asked how many people had never been to a book signing and by a show of hands about half hadn’t. “Chicago, you’re illiterate!” was his reply. He explained book signings were incredibly fun and even very much like sex. As he explained the similarities there were those who wanted to participate and shouted out things but “just like sex,” he said, pausing for dramatic effect, “I want you to stay quiet until I’m done.” He proceeded to throw bags of candy into the crowd. “The difference between the US and Canada is, without prompting, the Canadians will open the bag and pass it around.” He explained how Q&A would go. If you were chosen to ask a question, you would get a book prize. Then he explained the balls. The lights would be turned off and music would be played. We were to throw the balls as close to the center as possible and Chuck would select two. If he selected your ball you would win a limited, leather bound, silk thong “that smells like Jennifer Aniston’s ass” bookmark, autographed edition of either Fight Club or Beautiful You. And then we did it.

My video didn’t come out as well as this (from a previous signing) but if you really want to see mine check out my Facebook videos.

“This is how all book events are,” he said. “Everyone does it this way. Maya Angelou did it this way when she was alive.” Tim realized he (and everyone else) had been doing comic panels wrong all these years.

Chuck read a short story from the book, answered a few questions and did the ball thing again. He then introduced Irvine Welsh who read from Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Irvine has a thick, Scottish brogue but some of the characters he was reading were clearly American, white trash and he would try and do accents which made for an interesting audible experience. Irvine was no where near as hard to understand as I thought he might be. Irvine did not take questions. It was really Chuck’s evening. Even though Chuck suggested whenever he took questions that people ask Irvine something, no one ever did. There were about 10 questions asked and while his responses were long and wonderful I suspect there was nothing he had not been asked thousands of times. “Like a politician he didn’t always answer the question that was asked, he answered the question he wanted asked.”

Chuck’s last story was Zombie about high school students lobotomizing themselves with defibrillators which went in a very dark place as most of his audience was very young but I really enjoyed it. One of the questions he was asked was “When does a short story become a novel?” and he explained they were usually very separate things. For him, novels, because of the effort to read the whole thing, had some sort of closure while short stories tended to more open ended and close with new possibilities.

We did the ball thing one last time and then he thanked everyone from Chicago Comics, Anderson’s and even brought Tim Seeley on stage. They all then took Halloween-style severed arms that were autographed by Chuck and threw them into the crowd. Earlier one of the bags of candy that was thrown essentially hit a girl in the face and so this seemed a dubious proposition. Tim got one stuck in the ceiling. The girl next to me got one, which is good because she let everyone around her (and further) use her marker. She even asked Tim to sign her copy of Fight Club 2 allowing him to fulfill his dream of “signing my name next to Chuck Palahniuk’s!”

I claimed a ball (yours, Leslie Lottes Jr.) and went home.

May 26th, 2015

This was on Graham Norton last week and I found it so incredibly funny I must have watched it a good ten times right there. It’s one of those “it could only happen in a romantic comedy” things but it really happened!

I’m not sure how much coordination Graham’s show runners had with Thomas or if he’s just a hopeless romantic and went to the show hoping. [Edit: I am now of the opinion Thomas had very little coordination between himself and the GN Show.] As heartless as it seems, she did the right thing if she really wasn’t into him or was way more into her gay friends.

May 24th, 2015

I went to a party last night in Chicago. The hostess mentioned in the invite “I still have my old school apples to apples which I’m sure makes me very uncool, so if anyone wants to try playing games other than ‘keep Louie [her cat] off the buffet’ by all means please bring something.” I decided to bring one game and quickly narrowed my choices to King of Tokyo or Tokaido with King of Tokyo winning out for two reasons: rule simplicity and replacability. (King of Tokyo is even available at Target.) While Tokaido is a magical game, it is slightly more complex, has a few too many pieces to survive a drinking party well and is often hard to find, even at gaming stores.

Having my house for 3 years now, at some point I realized I didn’t have a lot of games so I started to buy some: Risk, Munchkin, Uno, Bananagrams and some puzzles. Things I had played before that were tried and true. Then came Kickstarter.

I backed a game called Shadows of Brimstone. Until then all my Kickstarters had been comic (or beef jerky — luv my jerky!) related. Shadows of Brimstone is a grand miniatures game, not on the level of Warhammer 40K but bigger than most I was used to. That and Flying Frog had a good reputation for games got me to back it. Having had it for a while I can say Shadows of Brimstone is not a great game but it’s good. There’s a bit too much dice rolling (and that may be the kind way of saying it,) it has a little too much focus on RPG-style character growth over the course of a campaign and the miniatures were a hassle to put together. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have supported it but I wasn’t sure what I was looking for then. Even with that I grew fascinated with miniatures and for the past year I’ve been purchasing games and backing gaming projects. Some mini, some not.

After a year, I think I’ve got it mostly out of my system. When all those projects finally arrive, I will be swamped with miniatures for the rest of my life and will not want for games. I’m not going to go into detail but of the approximately 15 outstanding board game projects, half of them are mini based and the others are card games or more traditional board games. Of those outstanding games there are two I’m really interested in and both are card games: RESISTOR_ and Project Dreamscape. RESISTOR_ is a card game that simulates two devices trying to hack each other. It’s simple but very strategic. Project Dreamscape just looks magical and fun.

Recently I’ve tried to understand the current board gaming craze that may be really just starting. More and more people are playing board games. I read an article about how several of the Green Bay Packers get together and play Settlers of Catan, a very old school board game. That, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride seem to be the common gateway board games. My guess is mini games will never be all that big due the miniature themselves. The care and effort required to assemble, paint, store and travel with them will be too much to really catch on. All of this has been in effort to find some wonderful games everyone does not know about. I would have thought King of Tokyo was like that but… available at Target. Still, only one person at a party of Ren-Fairers* knew it.

The end of the story I started at the beginning is we did not end up playing King of Tokyo but the one person who knew of the game was impressed the hostess had a copy to which she gave me credit. I was the only person who brought a game but I only stayed 4 hours. I was on call and did get called which seemed my cue to not push my luck by staying longer in Chicago.

BTW: There is nothing wrong with Apples to Apples. I have two copies — a standard and a Disney version.

*The party hostess and most of her friends work at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. They are a nerdy bunch. One was concerned for what she may have perceived as fear brought about by their weirdness. (It was just my own introvertedness and being out while on call.) I merely had to explain that I am a comic nerd and she understood. Upon reflection she must have thought I was just anti-social.

If you’re wondering, here’s Wil Wheaton playing:
King of Tokyo


May 16th, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2
So I didn’t want this movie to be made. Pitch Perfect was wonderful and it would be hard to duplicate the magic of that first movie. Most of it was because as an audience we watched the introverted Beca (Anna Kendrick) grow to accept and be accepted by a social group. A second movie couldn’t duplicate that. Beca couldn’t grow again. Or could she?

Pitch Perfect 2 begins with the Barden Bellas performing for President Obama’s birthday when Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) has a wardrobe malfunction and ends up flashing the president and the world. The Bellas, now a national disgrace, are banned from all nataional a capella competitions and can’t even defend their title. Their championship tour has now been taken over by European aca-champions, Das Sound Machine. The Bellas only hope is to win the world championships where no American team has ever won. If they win Worlds they’ll be reinstated.

But it’s been three years and Beca has finally gotten an internship at a music production company. Beca is still queen of the mash-up but as the head of the company says “any kid with some talent and a computer can do that.” Does Beca have more in her than singing covers in an acapella group? She needs to prove that she does and is not able to devote as much time to the Bellas set list for Worlds. Beca is uncertain about proving herself after school and she is still able to grow.

There are more than enough silly moments: the Green Bay Packers, Beca’s strange attraction for the DSM female lead — Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen,) Bumper (Adam DeVine) and Fat Amy’s on again and off again romance. Speaking of romance, Jesse (Skylar Astin) is still there and still dating Beca and he and Benji (Ben Platt) are still part of the Trebletones. Even Benji has a love interest in new Bella, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld). And of course the songs. There is even more singing in this version and I found it welcome. It has it’s share of awkward moments. The first movie concentrated too much on Aubrey’s (Anna Camp) puking and some awkward jokes between aca-announcers John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (new aca-director, Elizabeth Banks). This one doesn’t have the puking but the banter between the John and Gail is even more awkward this time around.
I haven’t mentioned the other Bellas because apart from Chloe (Brittany Snow) none of them have any real development apart from some fun character moments. But they’re not supposed to, this is Beca’s movie and it survives on her character arc and it survives. On a weekend where I saw Mad Max first, Pitch Perfect 2 made me forget that movie for a few hours.

There is a wonderful stinger after the curtain call well worth staying for.

Mad Max: Fury Road
I’m not even sure how to talk about this movie. I spent most of my time with my jaw dropped or giggling at the sheer insanity of this film. Fury Road is easily one of the best things I’ve seen in years.

Occasionally you get a movie so simple and well done, you cannot help but love it. Dredd, The Raid: Redemption and John Wick are examples of this. John Wick just wanted revenge on the guys who killed his dog. But the world they created, a world of assassins, was a fascinating if slightly alternate reality from what we know.

The world of Fury Road is a drastic, dystopian world, far different from our own. Created by George Miller who wrote and directed not only the other 3 Mad Max films but also Babe: Pig in the City (he only wrote Babe) as well as the Happy Feet movies. I freely admit I find Pig in the City to be one of the most surreal, horrific films I’ve ever seen because of the world building Miller did in creating the City. There is a moment when driving through the salt marshes where we see people crawling on stilts and I just shuddered at how creepy the imagery was.

Mad Max is not really about Max (Tom Hardy.) He, like Clint Eastwood in the Stranger with No Name films, is just there. It’s someone else’s story and he, however pivotal, is just along for the ride. We don’t even learn Max’s name until the very end. This story’s about Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). She’s a driver for Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne,) a cruel despot, who rules a large population by controlling the water. Joe and all of his people are, genetically, a mess with deformities and disease. He has a harem of wives and Furiousa is part of a plot to rescue them. What does this have to do with Max? Well, he was captured by Joe’s forces and is being used as a living blood bank. When Joe discovers Furiosa’s treachery he leads a force after her and Max is brought along to provide blood to Nux (Nicholas Hoult,) one of Joe’s warrior drivers. Max escapes and commandeers Furiosa’s truck but takes them with — the two hardened individuals eventually respecting and trusting each other.

I started by talking about simplicity. None of that sounds all that simple, and it isn’t. But the story, the real story is just driving to escape Joe. All the other parts just add to that story. Max and Furiosa don’t say much, they don’t need to — they understand what needs to be done and with a glance they understand if the other does as well and then they do it. The movie is just about driving and surviving. When I saw Hobbit 3 I felt worn down by the endless action. Avengers 2 had this to a lesser degree but Fury Road has no such issues. It was nearly endless action and none of it was boring.

It’s one of the few recent movies I really wanted to see again and I almost snuck in after Pitch 2 but wasn’t sure I had properly digested what I had seen. I plan to see it again. This viewing was in 3D just due to how things fell. I sat in the front of the stadium seating (not in the pit.) The movie mostly day, desert scenes were so bright, the added darkness of 3D was mostly not noticeable.

I saw the following trailers before Fury Road: Dope, The Gift, Sinister 2, Entourage, Fant4stic, Jurassic World, The Walk. I was really surprised because I had no idea at all of the first two and Dope (also staring Zoe Kravitz who was in Fury Road) looked like a lot of fun.

A few weeks back I also saw Rifftrax: The Room and it was hilarious.

May 1st, 2015

Let’s get to the most important part. There is only one stinger and it’s early in the credits! You can leave! You don’t have to wait until the end and see something completely irrelevant and makes you angry you waited that long or even worse, include something that should have been in the movie.

Avengers:Age of Ultron is good. It lives up to the first film but doesn’t come close to surpassing it. A lot of the reviews claim of bloat created for future film entries and while that is present, I didn’t find it all that painful — though it was a little blatant. The movie loses itself in that it has too many characters and writer/director Joss Whedon does his best to service all of them. Now characterization is one of Joss’s strong points and he does not fail. The character bits are the best part of the movie. Seeing CG robots fight CG heroes is fun, and the Hulk vs Hulkbuster Iron Man ended up being far more fun that I expected, but a film’s success lies with how you care about the characters and Joss does the most with the very little amount of screentime he has for them.

Of the big three, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) gets the most character development as he creates Ultron in hopes of having better first line of defense for the team, while Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) don’t really get story arcs, just moments to show who they are. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has a strong character arc involving her past and along with the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) potential romance. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has far more this time around (from nothing last time) though I thought his story felt tacked on but still worked to service the overall story.

And then there are the newbies. Ultron (James Spader,) subtitular baddie, who is a literal product of Stark’s fears and ego. Spader plays Ultron very Raymond Reddington (Spader’s character from The Blacklist) which is nothing like how I ever envisioned the robot but found the portrayal entertaining. Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are twins from a war torn slavic country where Stark Industries weaponry killed their parents and became a focus for their revenge. They’re very one note but some of their personalities shine through. And then there’s the Vision (Paul Bettany.) He could easily have been left out except presumably he’s part of the next wave of films. So he gets his introduction.

That’s a lot and I haven’t really gotten to the story! And I’m not going to. Even if we hadn’t had the exceptional Avengers and Winter Soldier films preceding Age of Ultron, this would still only be a good film. I think the strength of those predecessors emphasizes the flaws of this one. But overall it does what it needs to do and more as a summer, action blockbuster.

FYI — The Scarlet Witch is one of my favorite characters though that may have something to do with her traditional, comic book costume. One can only dream.

April 26th, 2015

Strangely (for you) I have no pictures to accompany an entry about cosplay. On Friday I went to C2E2 as Russell from the Pixar film Up. The costume is pretty good but not perfect. Now Russell, for those who don’t know, is a boy scout (wilderness scout) of Asian descent. I, being asian, have a limited amount of Asian characters I can choose from. I’ve been Lo Pan, Mr. Sulu and Bolin (from Legend of Korra). These characters are commonly cosplayed but it’s rare I see a Russell. And it apparently was rare for the C2E2 attendees as well. I got a lot of picture requests. And not just from girls. There were a lot of guys too. I discovered whenever I stopped, that’s when I got mobbed with picture requests. If I kept moving, I still got requests but they were spread out.

The most interesting one was a Disney fanatic (you know the type) who came up to me and explained how when she was at Disney their Russell wasn’t available and she wasn’t able to get a picture with him or (and I am not exaggerating) his autograph. Fortunately she brought her autograph book and began rummaging through her large bag, searching for her Disney autograph book. While she searched, because I was stopped, two other sets of people requested pictures. When she couldn’t find the book, her husband/boyfriend eventually just made her take the picture. Perhaps he saw the concern on my face (let’s be real, it was fear.) I promised to be around for all of Friday if she found it. I actually did stay til 7 mostly because I knew traffic would suck until then.

I did not dress up on Sunday.

C2E2 Money Pit Listing:
McCormick Parking $21
Strawberry Churro $3
Jenny Frison Sketchbook 6 $20
Jill Thompson 9×12 print $20
Nei Ruffino Sketchbook $40
Clayton Henry Sketchbooks $40
Naruto figurine $12
Delia Jean zines $10
Adult Swim figurines $10
Blade of the Immortal 24 $10
Blade of the Immortal 25 $10
Blade of the Immortal 26 $10
Blade of the Immortal 27 $10
King Conan 1 $8
King Conan 2 $8
Bat Manga $7
Sloth 8
Astonishing Thor HC $4
Claws 2 HC $4
Saga of the Swamp Thing 6 $7
Submariner: The Depths $5
Fantastic Four (Robinson/Kirk) 1 $4
Fantastic Four (Robinson/Kirk) 2 $4
Mighty Avengers (Ewing/Land) 2 $4
Mighty Avengers (Ewing/Land) 3 $4
Savage Wolverine 2 $4
Nova 1 $4
Powerpuff Girls Vol 1 (Second Chances) $4
Mister X vol 2 (Eviction) $4
Hing Kee (Shao Lom Bau x2 and Scallion Pancakes) $25

Parking $21
Strawberry Churro $3
Tokaido $35
Rain POP! Vinyl $10
Lighting POP! Vinyl $10
Thunder POP! Vinyl $10
Gracie Law POP! Vinyl $10
Manolo (dead) POP! Vinyl $10
Ray Fawkes Sketchbook $10
New Mutants Classic 6 $15
Asylum (John Carpenter/Manco) $20
All-New Invaders 1 $4
All-New Doop $4
First X-Men $4
Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu $4
City of Silence (Ellis/Erskine) $4
Executive Assistant Iris 2 $4
Drain $4
Artifacts 6 $4
Axe Cop 1 $4
The Occultist 2 $4

Sweet Station (Beef Chiang Fun, Shu Mai, Ha-gow) $22
Great Wall (Chinese style BBQ pork) $17