I’m in pretty good shape right now. I have a full closet of clothes, more comics than I can read and a nice stack of new books sitting on my shelf. I don’t really need anything. Yet every comic book I read reminds me of another one I’m interested in. Every novel I read reminds me of something else I want to peruse. And almost every purchase reminds me of something else that would be fun to own. So think of this a Christmas list for future wishes.

  • Ka-Zar by Mark Waid and Andy Kubert (I have half of the issues but I’d like the rest)
  • A few missing X-Men mini-series like The Rise of Apocalypse with Adam Pollina
  • Some short-lived late ‘90s series like Heroes for Hire and Maverick (with art by a young Jimmy Cheung)
  • Tomb of Dracula by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan (the black and white Essential collections will do nicely)

  • The complete Master of Kung Fu (probably through eBay, and probably not for a couple of years)
  • Recent volumes of BPRD, Dark Horse’s MySpace Presents and Jack of Fables
  • New volumes of American Vampire, iZombie and Batman and Robin (some of which won’t be released until after the New Year)
  • Some big X-Men collections like Inferno Crossovers and Acts of Vengeance Omnibus
  • Classic comic strips like Little Nemo in Slumberland (Vol. 2) and The Spirit Archives
  • A Hero for Our Time by Lermontov (because I enjoy classic Russian literature)
  • The complete works of Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson (because I enjoy Elizabethan drama)
  • 1001 Arabian Nights (because)
  • New fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb (when they’re finished writing them, of course)
  • LL Cool J’s Greatest Hits album All World
  • Shakespear’s Sister’s Hormonally Yours
  • Bruce Springsteen’s The Promise
  • Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever (because I don’t actually have this on CD)
  • A Firestorm T-shirt (not that I need any more T-shirts)
  • The complete set of Green Lantern T-shirts (though I’d probably settle for the orange
  • one) (they’re good enough for Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory)
  • A white lantern ring
  • A Team Canada hockey jersey (plus, my Red Wings jersey is getting a little ragged)

I’m pretty sure that would keep me entertained for a couple of years. And I’m pretty
sure that if I actually got these wishes, they’d inspire me to be interested in other similar objects.

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Comment by Figserello on December 23, 2010 at 8:59pm

I hadn't really verbalised it, but if I'd really thought about it, I've been wanting to own the Muhammed Ali/Superman team-up for ages. 

 

I happen to know I'm getting it for Christmas, as I went into the comicshop and bought it with my customers discount, but I didn't break the cellophane cover before handing it over to be wrapped.  Something to look forward to...

 

I'd love to get my hands on the last few issues of Micronauts that I'm missing, and after that, in the same vein, I'd love to have a complete Rom collection.  Rom rocks!

 

I'd also love to own the complete Deadly Hands of Kung Fu too.  Stupid licensing laws!  I'm sure they're fascinatingly of their time.  Like watching 'Life on Mars' again.

 

What I'd really love is all the Grant Morrison floppy comics that I had to leave behind me in my parents house.  I have to make do as best I can.

 

Anyway - Happy Christmas Chris*.  Hope the season brings you good things.  Thanks for all the Blog-posts throughout the year.  I read them all and take stuff from them, even if I don't comment on them.

 

*Or should that be "Happy X-mas, X-boy? 

 

(I joke, I joke!)

Comment by Chris Fluit on December 24, 2010 at 7:56am

Thanks for the comment, Figs.

 

I'd love a copy of the Muhammad Ali/Superman team-up, too.  My regular store didn't get any copies so I'll have to try around town.

 

Also, like you, I know a few of my presents under the tree.  I bought a bunch of trades at a Nick and Dent sale a month and a half ago.  Anacoqui suggested that such a big purchase should be my Christmas present.  I agreed and handed the boxes over to her unopened when they arrived.

 

And Happy X-Mas* to you, too.   

 

 

*In the original language of the New Testament, the word for "Christ" begins with X (X = ch in Greek).  That's where the substitution comes from.  So I have no problem with X-mas instead of Christmas and I shake my head in internal laughter at those who get upset it.

Comment by Figserello on December 27, 2010 at 8:46am

In the original language of the New Testament, the word for "Christ" begins with X (X = ch in Greek).  That's where the substitution comes from.  So I have no problem with X-mas instead of Christmas and I shake my head in internal laughter at those who get upset at it.

 

In the same vein, I wonder if the little fish symbol used by the early Christians was a secret way of writing the letter X, but disguising it?

Comment by Chris Fluit on December 28, 2010 at 8:44pm

In the same vein, I wonder if the little fish symbol used by the early Christians was a secret way of writing the letter X, but disguising it?



Exactly.  The Greek word for fish is IXOYE (actually, it's not an O, it's an O with a line through it which was the symbol for "TH" but I don't have that on my keyboard.  The I is Jesus (Iesus in Greek).  The X is Christ.  The O and Y are Son of God (O with a line=TH for Theos/God; Y is the capital U for Uios/Son); and E is Savior (the Greek word starts with E).  It was originally a symbol that Christians could use to identify each other secretly.  Now, it's a symbol that most people recognize as Christian without knowing why.

Comment by Figserello on December 28, 2010 at 10:29pm

an O with a line through it which was the symbol for "TH"

 

'Theta', as I recall from my year in Greece.

 

That's interesting about the word for fish being an acronym.  I just thought it was because the fishes tail looked like an 'X'.

 

(And now I see where they got the word Icthysaur from too!)

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