Saturday, May 26, 2012

The last few weeks I've been battling a real bad ear infection. No pain but hearing loss and severe bouts of vertigo that would happen at the slightest wrong move. After several doctors visits,medications, and an MRI it seems I have a viral infection. The specialist put me on a series of Steroids that are supposed to clear this up. It seems to be working, its even cleared up a recurring knee injury that had recently flared up.
I actually felt good enough to finally catch the Avengers with my wife. Great movie.

Unfortunately I've been so out of it that I've been away from gaming, writing, reading and the internet in general. Hopefully this steroid treatment will work and I can get back to work on stuff like Dicey Tales and Sulan.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Disappointing Free Comic Book Day

I've been a customer of Worlds Best Comics in Sacramento California since the 80's. After today's incident I won’t be returning.

According to the Free Comic Book Day website -
"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 shop for their participation and rules."

Today, my son and I went to Worlds Best Comics and Toys (2608 Watt Ave. Sacramento, Ca.) for "Free Comic Book Day", when I asked if they had any of the  Free Comic Book Day Heroclix figures, the sales clerk stated that they did but we had to buy $10.00 worth of merchandise in order to get one for free. 

I can understand a one per customer rule or a first come first served rule, but to make someone pay for the privilege of a free item seems to me a serious breach of the spirit of the entire event.

"The sales clerk said that the figure was "free", we just had to spend $10.00 in store to get it.

I put the comics I was going to purchase back on the shelf and my son and I left without the Heroclix.  It wasn't about the money, over the years I have spent hundreds of dollars there, it was the principle.

As a father it was difficult to see the disappointed look on my sons face, but I also felt it was an important lesson for him, about sticking to a principle.