Message Recall

I had one of those experiences years ago where someone direct messaged me asking about coming onto the podcast. This is someone whose work I had been following and enjoyed, but I was extremely surprised that they had reached out (and no, I’m not going to reveal who). My show was (is?) not well-known, let alone for the specific content this person was producing at that time.

So, I had to think about it for a while. I hadn’t done many interviews with people whom I have not already met or known, but after some thought, I decided to throw caution to the wind and take a chance! I responded with, “Sure! I assume you want to talk about the new —?” While I waited for the person’s reply, I started doing my homework: detailing who this person was, what they had been working on, and coming up with questions.

A day or two passed, but no response. I began to wonder: was the request a mistake? After all, there are other podcasts with “Longbox” in their title (let alone “Review”). Maybe this person meant to message that other podcast, or, just as likely, someone in their social media list who was before or after my name and they messaged the wrong person. Given that I never heard back, I assume the latter. I can only imagine that after I messaged them back, they thought, “Oh, shit! I contacted the wrong guy/show! What do I do?! If I say, ‘Sorry, I meant to send this to —‘, I’ll look like an asshole. I know, I’ll just pretend I hadn’t sent the message…”.

I don’t blame them for not responding. Who hasn’t accidentally sent a message you immediately wish you could recall and hoping the recipient hadn’t seen it? Still, it would have been interesting and probably a lot of fun had they responded and we did the interview (after all, more coverage is always a good thing). Oh well, maybe one day….

A Review of Treehouse Comic Shop

A while back, a friend (thanks Matt!) recommended Treehouse Comic Shop as an online source of mostly cheaper comic books, so I tried the service. Here are my thoughts.

As you can see, the main page lists “latest additions” to the site and that changes occasionally. As for the note about the service being on vacation (at the time of posting), I haven’t yet tried to order while this notice is active, but I get the feeling I should wait when the proprietor is back and focused). Finally, I wish the text and Add to Cart buttons under each comic book were larger to accommodate my old man eyes. Despite this surface objection, my overall experience was positive.

I have to say, while the prices initially caught my eye, the website itself looked and felt a bit dated and not as user-friendly as I would like. This is probably more on me, but it took me a little while to realize that I could click the main menu item to see even more of the category than I thought. For example, if I click AMAZING SPIDER MAN (1963), I see that era of books (despite the one #1 issue, at the time of this review, that doesn’t belong here), but I didn’t understand that at first and initially thought the service was focused on selling books from the 1980s onward (which isn’t a bad thing itself). I also don’t understand why some categories have a start year and others do not, but that’s a minor quibble. 

The search function worked fine (and is what helped me realize my misunderstanding with the menu), and I was able to find some issues I’d been wanting that I couldn’t find  as cheaply. For example, the Fine copy of New Teen Titans v1 #8 at Treehouse was listed for $1.80 while mycomicshop.com had it for $3.60. Given the books that I had ordered, I preferred not only Treehouse’s prices generally, but the ratings as well (see my review of mycomicshop.com for more on that). However, the selection of issues at Treehouse is far fewer in comparison. Another thing I liked was if an issue was out of stock, there was a red banner across the image indicating that. In fact, Treehouse has a SOLD BOOKS page whose purpose is three-fold:

3 reasons for this section: first, it’s a way to keep a listing active so a customer can review a purchase, second is to keep key books on the site to attract google hits, 3rd is simply to see what neat books have passed through the store.

I appreciate the owner’s candor.

Regarding the images, something I don’t care for is that when you select a book to see more details, the preview image is not the best quality all of the time. If you select the image as the page indicates, then you may get a higher quality image to look at or you may not. But these images aren’t supposed to show you the specific condition or quality of the issue, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.

Other things I liked about the site that you can access from the main menu:

  • $0.60 books
  • Complete sets and minis
  • Treasury books under the Variants submenu (as shown)
  • Graphic novels and trade paperbacks
  • Magazines
  • and Oddball Items, such as the Happy Days tie-in novel I saw featuring the Fonz

Once you’ve chosen your books, the shopping cart is easy to use and even provides a shipping estimation. One of the options is “No shipping outside the USA!” for $999. While it is a humorous deterrent, it is still selectable and I didn’t want to test the theory. The two cheaper options, Media Mail and Priority, are what you would expect for price. After I ordered my books (on a Saturday), I received a confirmation email that same day and a notification the following Monday that my books were shipping out the next day. My books arrived two weeks later (via Media Mail).

As you can see, the books came wrapped in comic book bags (the two larger books were on the bottom of the box and taped between two slabs of cardboard) and the box was lightly filled with packing peanuts.

The books were in good condition, however, so considering the prices, I will be ordering from this service again if I can find something I want.

Free Comic Book Day! #FCBD

FCBD Logo

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.
*Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

— Taken from http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Store locator: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator

Please remember to support your local comic book shop and buy some things. Also, take your kids, your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, the young at heart, and show them the joy that comic books can bring to their lives.

Stumptown Acquisitions

I show the comics I got when I visited Damian (sleepyreader666) in Portland, OR. The shops we visited were I Like Comics, Cosmic Monkey, and Cloud 9. Check them out!

Today Is Free Comic Book Day!

FCBD Logo

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.
*Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

— Taken from http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Store locator: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator

Please remember to support your local comic book shop and buy some things. Also, take your kids, your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, the young at heart, and show them the joy that comic books can bring to their lives.