Christmas is almost upon us and it’s been a very busy week here at the Marshall household. The kids are out of school for two weeks, family is coming in from out of town and I don’t plan on being home much to do any blogging or podcasting. I will be getting CCL #298 out either today or tomorrow, but as far as my Year End Wrap-Up and Top 10, #299, that will have to wait until January. Also coming in latter half of January will be my extra special #300. The interview I had scheduled had to be pushed back. Trust me; it’ll be worth the wait.
2011 should bring about more interviews for the podcast. I already have a few lined up and even follow-ups with past guests. As far as the site itself goes, I hope to add in a few more pages to the Library Section and I’m even working on a reprint specific Whitepaper. However, I am considering cutting back the podcast to every two weeks. I welcome your comments on that. The Twitter and Facebook pages continue to create a buzz and a following. I thank everyone who is involved with me on those platforms.
I’ll also continue to record monthly with my good friend John Mayo on his Comic Book Page podcast. John loves to crunch the numbers whether it be on the Trade side with me or on the monthly side with Bob Bretal (another good friend).
Professionally, I’ll have a one page short list on collected editions for the 1970s-80s Batman for Back Issue Magazine #50 (TwoMorrows), due out later this year. I hope everyone was able to get a copy of my previous work in Back Issue #44; you can buy a digital copy for only $3. I bet you forgot that I host the Tune-In Podcast. I almost did, too! The show will return in 2011. Seriously, I can’t thank John Morrow enough for the opportunity of freelancing for such a fine and professional company. I’ve made several new friends and I enjoy every minute of it.
In case you didn’t know, in 2010, I was also a ghost-writer on The Romita Legacy by Tom Spurgeon (Dynamic Forces/Dynamite). I had to pinch-hit for Tom on two occasions for interviews with John Romita Jr. I can’t thank Joe Rybant, Director of Marketing at Dynamite, enough for calling me at the last minute. I was nervous, like anyone would be, but I wouldn’t trade the experience in for anything. The soft cover version of the book will be out in February, 2011.
I was also mentioned in another book this past year, The Linked Photographers’ Guide To Online Marketing and Social Media by Lindsay Renee Adler and Rosh Sillars. I’ve known Rosh since high school and we’ve shared good times and good brew over the years. He was the initial inspiration for me to get into podcasting (before it was podcasting) long ago. It’s been so fun to see him grow professorially and I thank him so much for including me in his book.
I’ll be attending C2E2 in Chicago, March 18-20. If you plan on going, please let me know and I’ll be happy to meet! There is a strong possibility I’ll be going to Comic-Con in San Diego. It’s been too long since I was last there and it’s about time I get back. Motor City Con and the Detroit Fanfare are both on my agenda, but the MCC always falls on the same weekend as my annual golf tournament and the Fanfare will be in downtown Detroit in late summer. Guess which one is a higher priority for me?
Mobile. That’s right – MOBILE. You should know that everything is now mobile – including this blog and podcast. It’s optimized for all platforms: iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Go to it right now and bookmark this site on your phone. It doesn’t cost anything and you’ll have all this wonderful Collected Edition information at your fingertips 24/7!
As for what I’m reading this week? Parker: The Outfit (IDW). Darwyn Cooke’s sequel to The Hunter, one of 2010 best graphic novels. I made the mistake of diving right in without going over the previous book and I was a bit lost. I got about halfway through, stopped and started over with the first book. I’m glad I did because it made for a more concise story. But that’s just me; it may be different from you.
I have a stack of other books to get to and I plan on getting to all of them ASAP. It’s going to be a fun 2011, full of surprises, superheroes and of the cuff books that you may not be aware of.