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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Market Is Down But I'm Still Getting Paid

Back in July 2012, I estimated that I'd see my first profit from the advertising on this website in December 2014. I want to congratulate all of you for beating those expectations! Google tells me that my check for $100 in advertising revenue is in the mail. Whoo-hoo!

On the flip side of the coin, has told me that since I haven't generated a single penny in sales for them since 2009, they are going to confiscate the $4.63 they've been holding for me since then. Google's payment threshold is $100, but Amazon sets the bar at only $10. In 4 years, I haven't been able to clear that bar, so it seems only fair that they sweep me from their ledgers.

The side effect of this is that Amazon isn't just emptying my account, they are deleting it. That means that I will soon be removing all links on this site. I don't suspect that anyone really cares: obviously no one was using them anyway.

Once again, thanks to all of you who click through the (real) ads on this site. That income is going to pay for web hosting, so your actions have ensured that will be around for another year. Thank you.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Booster Gold Speaks Again for the First Time

The Robot Chicken "DC Comics Special" that aired on Cartoon Network back in September 2012 was amusing, but the DVD is going to be way better. Why? More Booster Gold.

As we already knew, Booster's lines were cut from the final episode, but they were saved for the DVD extras. describes Booster's cut sketch as "Booster Gold's Politics Are...Complex." Robert Greenberger reviewed the DVD for, and he described the deleted Booster Gold scene thusly:

...Booster Gold debating time traveling to kill Hitler with the JSA felt inappropriate (I guess you still shouldn’t make fun of the Holocaust).

That sounds harsh. I feel compelled to defend Booster, but I also realize that there's usually a reason when something doesn't make the cut. We shouldn't expect deleted scenes to be better than what was used, even if they feature more Booster Gold.

You can find out whether or not you agree with the decision or the review when you watch the DVD yourself. It is released today with a suggested retail price of $14.98 ($19.98 for Blu-ray). You can find it wherever fine videos are sold, such as on

(Thanks to Eyz for the release notification.)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New-ish Release: The Man of Gold

First of all, today's feature isn't exactly a new release; it was published 3 weeks ago. But given that Booster Gold doesn't seem to exist in the DCnU right now, we'll have to take what we can get. Lucky for us, what we can get is a delightful easy reader for second graders that is at least as entertaining as anything DC Comics has published in the DCnU to date.

The Man of Gold at

The Man of Gold by Paul Weissburg and accomplished Batman: Gotham Adventures artist Tim Levins is not a comic, but a 5-inch by 7-inch book with illustrations. There's a lot to like in the book's simple, direct prose narrative of how Booster Gold's drive for fame and glory soon threatens both Superman and the safety of the Metropolis itself. While Booster's origin herein may not be exactly what Dan Jurgens wrote, this Booster's personality isn't too far afield from what we saw in his earliest comic book appearances. This Booster is a jerk with a heart of gold.

Booster's primary antagonist in this adventure is the Jack Kirby-created Stompa, a member of Granny Goodness' Female Furies of Apokolips. Despite both characters having decades-long careers in comic books, this is the first encounter between the pair. Their refreshing face-off results in a battle which sees Booster's force field creatively used as an offensive weapon.

Because this book was designed to encourage children to read via the Advanced Reader system in the classroom, it ends with Discussion Questions. Question 3 encourages readers to explain which of the book's 10 illustrations is their favorite. Tim Levin's JLU-inspired art deserves the attention. Detail-oriented readers may spot that Booster wears the collar-less version of his classic power suit in the published book, but Tim Levins' original art online at his Deviant Art page has the more familiar collared powersuit that Booster has worn in all of Justice League Unlimited appearances. The book doesn't have any Discussion Questions encouraging thoughts about the motivation for this change.

Original Man of Gold art by Tim Levins

This book is just one in a series of similar books published under the DC Super Heroes license by Capstone Publications (who also re-publish DC Comics with "durable hardcover" bindings for grade school libraries). While your Local Comic Shop may not carry "real" books, you can find a copy of this book at I'd like to see DC publish 81 pages of story for $5.95! Thanks to Eyz for bringing this book to my attention.

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