Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jeez, I haven't posted in almost a month?

Been a weird month. Busy life + depression + sleep issues + migraines=no scanny teh cardy.

I have gotten some cards, though.

This is #58/61. Got it yesterday in with some inserts. Only my 2nd from this set. Still, as I did when I got the Panda (which I can't believe I haven't posted here, gotta check into that), I thought "I wonder how hard it'd be to put together the set...".

Speaking of "can't believe I haven't posted it yet"...

Yeah, this card's kinda ridiculous. It was pretty cheap, too, if I'm remembering correctly.

I've been dabbling in my other hobbies this month, too.

Yep, this is a quickie headshot sketch of The Huntress (Helena Wayne) by the great George PĂ©rez. Got this at a comic con in NYC last weekend. Here's George and I, after he drew it...

While I was at said comic show, I also snagged an autograph from Neal Adams...

(Check the bumper.)

Oh, and I met this guy. Yep, that's The Fonz. He and I talk on Twitter sometimes, so it was cool to meet him face to face. Great guy.

One more example of me hobnobbing with folks I talk to on Twitter before we get back to cards. On Wednesday, Kristin Hersh was up at Fairleigh Dickinson University for WAMFEST, doin' a talk and a few songs along with Tom Sleigh and Wesley Stace (a.k.a. John Wesley Harding, though I couldn't place him as his alter ego until after the talk was over, damn it!). Kristin's perhaps best known for her band Throwing Muses, though she's done a ton of other stuff, including her solo records, records with her band 50 Foot Wave, being a board member at CASH Music and her books. I got her to sign a copy of her book "Rat Girl" (pictured above) while we were talking, as you can see below...

Kristin's an awesome, awesome lady, a true artist in every sense of the word (and I can say this with confidence, even as a guy who's waaaaay behind on her back catalog), and her Twitter account is pretty dynamite, too. Thanks, Kristin!

So yeah, been busy. If you saw me mention "depression" above, yes, despite all of this, it is entirely possible to continue to suffer from it. Don't wanna spend too much time talking about it here when I'm supposed to talk about the bubble gum cards, but we'll just say that in between all of these moments of awesome, it was a constant struggle to stay out of bed really over the past 2 months, still kind of one now, and a lot of these awesome things didn't happen because of the kinda crushing inertia that depression brings to the table. It sucks, because it probably seems like I'm ungrateful for all the cool things that do happen (unfortunately, illnesses can be neither grateful nor ungrateful), and sometimes I do feel ungrateful when I'm physiologically unable to totally enjoy awesome things, which makes the struggle a little worse, but I try not to do that to myself as much as I develop a greater understanding of the mechanics of things. Not throwin' a pity party here by any means, just explaining why I get so damn quiet sometimes.

OK, back to the bubble gum cards!

Yep, I did. I got my first-ever proper, intended-as-such Bipping this past month from dayf. I won't bore you with the '97 Toppses (which were really borderline Bip material as I needed most of 'em, but we won't split hairs). Ready to see the front of the sketch card? I know you are.

(Amazingly, I don't have the card this wonderful sketch was based on yet. That really belongs in my Top 25. Gotta make a note of that.)

dayf also keeps rather perversely sending me '56 Topps Kansas City A's. Again, like the '97 Toppses, not unwelcome, but...odd.

Imma finish off with 2 base cards from Topps sets I won't be collecting this year...

The base cards on these really don't look so bad, but I keep seeing people post the "hits" on Twitter,, not so much. ZOMG ON-CARD AUTOGRAPHS doesn't make me like the designs. Even this design kinda looks like a knockoff of UD Masterpieces, but the picture's decent enough and it's of one of my guys, so I snagged the card.

Holy Sacrilege, Batman! I'm not collecting Heritage this year? Nope. Seeing the '63 design on Heritage reminded me that I'm not much of a fan of the '63 design. Just gettin' the players I collect, then calling it a day. It'll save me some money and hassle. Series 2 and Update, Ginter, Gypsy Queen, etc. are more than enough to keep me busy.

That's all for now, but I still have a pretty big backlog of stuff to cover. I will try to do this soon!