Hibou

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  1. Hibou

    Digital Staples.

    And now we're back... As July came around so did the opportunity to start going back into the ("non-essential" their word, not mine) stores that had now reopened and were allowing limited amounts of people with guidelines of course. I visited the last LCS I went to right before the shutdown and it was a bit surreal. The last time I was in there, I wasn't sure what our futures held not to mention the fact that I didn't think that this store would be open ever again. They had tried to set up curbside pickup a couple of months prior but there weren't any new books coming out due to Covid ru
  2. Hibou

    Digital Staples.

    Consider this the intermission... (Ok, apparently I can't use the Thompson Twins video )
  3. Hibou

    Digital Staples.

    My daughter graduating was a big point of happiness in my life for 2020. The fact that it didn't all go as planned was (kind of) OK because nothing ever did go as planned for us. Those are stories to be told at another time but to be able to have this time, after what was seemingly doom, was a blessing. I continued my (somewhat) involvement here on the boards and decided that this one book was too good to pass up as it was offered in the Marketplace. It brought me back to an older time, certainly, but it was a book that I just felt that I needed to own again. The draw and passion was too
  4. Hibou

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    Buying that Flash 123 was a bit of a turning point as it reminded me of interests that I hadn't recently given much thought to. Even though the local comic shops were all shut down (and in my mind, never able to reopen) this quiet period gave me the opportunity to sit back and reflect a little on my main hobby, interest and yes, passion. The collections that I had assembled and sold over the many years, the books that I would say to myself, "one day I'll get a copy" and the books that I just enjoyed as a child all became front and center. As this is a point I'll get to later, I wonder if it w
  5. Hibou

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    This was right at the end of April and the perfect bookend to what was an insane period for most of us! @skypinkbluhad a sales thread in which she was selling off her Flash collection. It didn't take me long to realize what was being presented here. The last thing I wanted to read before the end of the world was Flash 123 and so, I bought the deluxe hardcover edition. But thinking back... wasn't that the book that introduced me to this place? It was. Way back in 2009... 11+ years ago. I came to these boards to understand what "cover reinforced with glue" mea
  6. Hibou

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    Was my world staring to fall apart? Absolutely. Even my best friend, Rob couldn't convince me of any better as he worked at a major university and it was nothing but doom and gloom there too! On the early morning of my daughter's 18th birthday, we had snow. Our stores looked like this as we weren't allowed to buy 'non-essential' items... Thankfully they left the liquor stores open here as I decided to splurge on higher end Scotch that I hadn't tried before. And on social media, we had enough to keep our spir
  7. Hibou

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    April of 2020 was definitely a reflective month to say the least. We were all shut down, yet I was still working (now more than ever) but the world had changed. This may sound strange and it's certainly weird to write this but I 'felt bad' for Easter. All of those baskets and chocolate bunnies in the stores... no one gave a care about that. The stores had shuttered and with that, Easter would be frozen in time. I'm sure some of you can decipher what I'm trying to convey here. It was just weird. Our family still tried to carry on our tradition of doing Easter eggs but it was dif
  8. Hibou

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    I'm guessing some people might've turned their social media accounts into hourly PSAs as the news was updating by the hour. Through the remaining weeks of March and going into April so much was changing that many of my family resorted to the same activity of informing other family and friends of these changes or where certain stocked items might be found. It was also around this time that in multiple states they were asking people to restrict travel... and that's when I received my Travel Authorization papers from my employer. That was weird. As if everything else that was happening wasn
  9. Hibou

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    As things progressively got worse around the country and around NY, I still had my job to do and that was actually going to be required more now. As I went from state to state and city to city the signs were all starting to point in the same direction... This was figuratively speaking of course... my roads that I would travel daily remained opened, but for pretty much everything else, things were closing by the day and by the hour. Ultimately things turned for the worse when they announced that the public schools were going to close followed by hints that soon all 'non-
  10. Hibou

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    When we entered the store, at first it just seemed 'busy' but it didn't take long to evaluate the severity of what was going on once I saw the lines of people. We quickly found my daughter at the register and I asked her if she was about done and how long things had been this way. She said she would be relieved shortly by someone else coming in and that the situation had been this way for a couple of hours in her view. My wife and I waited for her to punch out and then we all just stood there for a moment to take in the moment. In Upstate New York we had been through many heavy winter storms a
  11. Hibou

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    This next part is where we all will have our own personal stories and experiences to tell. For many of us, these won't be memories that we'll wish to hold on to (or retell) but for others, they will almost feel as ubiquitous as when we hear the phrase, "Where were you when _____________". Kennedy was shot. We landed on the Moon. 911... For me, the first images and video I began to see online made this appear as some sort of weird propaganda campaign coming out of China. Images of teams of people in hazmat suits spraying some kind of aerosol on public transportation were f
  12. Hibou

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    February begins. The Superbowl is here. Things are starting to get 'different' out there... Whatever. It's my father's birthday and we'll go over there and have a visit and then go to a small Superbowl party. Wait, what?! The Chiefs came back? WOW. February.
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    January comes to an end... Life is good and much to look forward to. The past few weeks were wonderful for my family and I... especially for my daughter who had been through more than I had hoped for but ultimately was able to enjoy and experience something of what I'll call as of this entry, "The old World". As the days in January passed and progressed to February, my mind is starting to reconfigure to what will be this new reality when she's gone away to college and starting her own life. The days of silly jokes and silly drawings are... well, drawing to a close. The days (of which
  14. Hibou

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    This is where things get weird. I've been holding off on writing this next part because we all know what happens here. It's almost like this: "The last thing I remember is my friend and I were drinking beers at the brewery..." So Rob and I were discussing the sickness of Art Adams' Instagram posts and how he can just decide to do an amazing piece whenever he wants. We were talking about these Batman 'Black and White' mini statues and how he wanted to get the Mike Mignola one. The beers were delicious and the popcorn was an option but needed. The weather was normal, as it wo
  15. Is there an estimate of how long it takes from the time books are delivered (via USPS Priority Mail) to the time they are marked Received?
  16. Since this one looks a lot better than my copy...
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    And so, the day arrived... my big get together with my best friend. I had acquired all the pieces, assembled the gift and lit the fuse. It was time! We would agree to meet at a local brewery but this time there would be a twist! You see, this time he would have to guess the gift I gave him or face the consequences... and that would be, his car blowing up! Yes, I assembled a true to life, shark repellent Bat Bomb! I made a game... over beers. I placed the 'Bat Bomb' in his car and explained what we were d
  18. Hibou

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    January, 2020. Hey Rob, are you busy next week?
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    The new year came in right on schedule. The chaos of the holidays now behind us, it was time to get ready for 2020! I still had to meet up with my friend for our annual Christmas get together / gift exchange / beer fest but that was still a couple of weeks away... a good thing too, because I still needed to acquire some 'parts'. The second week in January, we heard about this Alphonse Mucha exhibit that was nearby and so we decided to make a day of it and go. It was a fantastic show with over 80 pieces from his printed commercial pieces to his original drawings and designs. I was ve