Fuck illness. Fuck being sick.
My medical odyssey began with a cold on January 2nd… That lasted almost 3 weeks– complete with sharp, lingering abdominal pain that had me banging back and forth to different “Healthcare Providers” like a silver ball in a pinball machine.
Was my liver damaged? My kidneys? Did I have an intestinal obstruction? Was I suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm– the same thing that almost aced my Dad in 2004? Why was I in such pain? Why were my ears ringing (loudly)? Why was I always dizzy? Why couldn’t I eat without feeling like I wanted to vomit?
After massive blood work, an abdominal ultrasound and various other tests… Everything looked perfect. Not that I was complaining about the good news… But my questions and symptoms still remained with no explanation… Until Monday night after dinner– when my mouth exploded in pain.
I finally gave in and called the Dentist on Tuesday afternoon… All the time thinking, “Are you kidding me?! I have to get a toothache on top of all this shit?”
Then the answer became crystal clear: An old capped tooth (which had already been killed off by a root canal) had cracked underneath the cap… Just by a few micrometers… Which was just enough to allow the potent bacteria (that inhabits all our mouths– think about that next time you’re french kissing) to seep in and get redistributed through my entire bloodstream.
I hadn’t felt the crack or pain because 1) I brush my teeth regularly and 2) the aforementioned root canal had deadened the tooth. But now there was huge swelling near my right jaw (directly underneath the tooth) and massive pain– which overshadowed whatever was going on in my gut. The Dentist listened to my story over the phone and immediately ordered the strongest oral antibiotic that can be prescribed outside a hospital. I started taking it Tuesday night… And by Wednesday morning, the pain had gone from 1,001 (on a scale of 1 to 10) to a 4.
A quick trip to the dental office and one x-ray later, all was confirmed. Now there’s only minor jaw pain. No abdominal pain. Little swelling… And I finally get this tooth (which I have already sunk close to $2,000 USD into) yanked on February 9th– once the rest of the antibiotics are finished.
There I sat, literally thinking I was going to die (and I am not melodramatic)… Only to find the cause of quite possibly everything was one single tooth I had long since forgotten.
For those of you who deal with illness on a daily basis, I salute you. You are the true unsung heroes of this world. In truth, since I’ve been the legal guardian of a woman suffering from MS (and watched helplessly as she has continued to deteriorate)… I already knew you all were heroes.
I just wanted you to know that I know.
I first read Global Frequency a while ago… When it was first published as a Trade Paperback. And I don’t remember a damn thing about it. This is the point where the alarm bells should go off, with loyal IMJ Nation™ members screaming, “If you read this book and don’t remember a damn thing about it… Then it must not be that memorable… So Why in the HELL are you picking it as this week’s Hot Pick?!?”
Hey, I’m just being honest. That’s what we do here at Inveterate Media Junkies. I am inundated with Movies, TV Shows, Scripts, Books and Short Stories every day. So I actually like forgetting stuff. Makes it all the more enjoyable when I experience it again. (Now if I could only forget every damn frame of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…)
What’s weirdest: I often don’t remember the details of things I really like. I think it’s because I am too busy enjoying it… Not sitting for hours dissecting why it sucks.
So, I don’t remember a damn thing about Global Frequency… Except the title and that I do know I really, really liked it. And by like it, I mean I thought it was absolutely one of the best things creator Warren Ellis had ever written. I also remember being really, really bummed when Fox decided not to pick up the Global Frequency TV Pilot.
So I bought the Vertigo Trade again. (The original book has long since been lost or “loaned” to one of my “friends”.) I strongly suggest you buy it too.
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We got the most ridiculous email the other day.
And while I usually forward 99.999999% of all emails the IMJ Inbox receives to Jose, I just deleted this one the second I finished reading it.
Why? Because this mook was lambasting IMJ for “going soft.” Seems our recent IMJ Capsule Reviews™ comic book review column (1.16.13) didn’t sit well with the guy… Because we were “…too positive…” about the comics we reviewed that week. Apparently this irate reader is certain all the positivity was absolute proof we had sold out to the comic book publishers… And we were now reviewing comics in a better light because of it.
There’s more than a few problems with this assumption– the most prominent ones being, 1) IMJ doesn’t display any advertising and 2) We have never received a FREE comic book, trade, hardcover or product in our lives… Except as promotional/giveaway items from actual Comic Book SHOPS.
We’re used to having idiots call us Marvel Haters or DC Haters. (Take your pick– the hate emails come in fast and furious whenever we knock almost anything in our review columns or a podcast.) And it doesn’t matter that we have spread our like/dislike evenly amongst every major publisher. (Don’t believe me? I counted up the “stars” doled out for every single review we’ve published from the beginning of the IMJ Capsule Reviews™ column until early November 2012 and saw the proof for myself. You can too… The truth doesn’t lie.)
Make no mistake about it: There may very well be a day when Inveterate Media Junkies displays advertising. (We’ve already received several bona fide offers.) When we do, you can rest assured that our editorial focus– providing honest exchanges and points of view– will never change… Regardless of what a few dipshits might think.
And anyway, what’s wrong with liking comics? If all you’re here for is doom and gloom… I guarantee you’re going to be disappointed.
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I’ve never responded well to anything smacking of Political Correctness. I’m not big on censorship of any kind. I think people are far too sensitive nowadays and many who claim to be offended, really aren’t. They may think they are, but if they took a moment to dissect how or why they really felt the way they do– they might dial down their contempt/disgust a notch or two. That said, almost anything Howard Chaykin has ever created outside the auspices of the Big Two Comic Book publishers pushes the Politically Correct boundaries. And I like that. It’s called having balls… And more comic book creators could do with owning a pair.
Balls is why I attempt to read everything Chaykin creates… And Marked Man (a hardcover collection first serialized in the latest incarnation of the Dark Horse Presents comic) is the epitome of Howard Chaykin at his best. While most artists with his number of years in the comic industry have drifted off to the more lucrative worlds of advertising, licensing and animation– Chaykin steadfastly produces a few comic book projects a year while juggling his other commitments. And unlike his peers, Chaykin has embraced the new computer techniques (especially the advances made in computer coloring) and turned them to his advantage– quite possibly turning out the best work of his entire career.
Chaykin has been hip-deep in what a call “Flippant Mickey Spillane” storytelling for the last few years… And Marked Man is a prime example of his side genre. The main character is a very talented gun-for-hire and a complete louse. His home life is a joke– he has a love/hate relationship with his wife (which includes angry sex) and his partner in crime is a professional stripper. (Anything sound politically correct here yet?)
I’m not going to tell you the story… Other than to say it is fun, in-your-face and well worth the $14.99 price. ($14.99 for a FULL COLOR hardcover? What’s wrong with Dark Horse? Marvel would’ve charged $24.99 for the same book!) I liked the story so much, even after reading the first four installments in Dark Horse Presents (and owning all the other issues the story appeared in)– I still purchased the hardcover.
There’s crassness, some bare breasts and poor behavior throughout. If that kind of stuff turns you off, then pass on Marked Man. But if you want to read an intriguing contemporary noir action/mystery that could easily be turned into a film (but doesn’t– for one second– act like it was written for that express purpose)… Then, by all means, go for it.