Sunday, September 28, 2014


Throughout last evening and when I woke this morning, my body felt like the patient in the Operation game who has the worst doctors in the universe. But this was the good kind of pain, following all the work I put into my last Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sales of the year. I was thrilled by the results.

My customers were happy with the great selection and great prices at the garage sales. I autographed a couple dozen Isabella-written comics and books over the two days of the sale. I sold 14 of the 16 mystery boxes I had put together for the sale. Facebook friend Rick Blair was so excited by the mystery box he bought that he posted photos of its contents on Facebook.

From a purely financial standpoint, I achieved 152% of my goal for the weekend.  Of course, there’s no putting a dollar value on how much fun I had chatting with the customers. Afterwards, I told my Sainted Wife Barb that these garage sales were like the best part of the Cosmic Comics store I owned and operated back in the 1970s and 1980s. I got to make money while making comics fans happy and
I didn’t have to worry about any of the negative stuff that clouded my enjoyment of my old store.

Starting today or tomorrow, I’ll start packing up the garage sale for storage. Then I will commence this month’s master plan for the Fortress of Storage and Casa Isabella. I’ll probably write about my progress as that goes forward.

Casa Isabella and yours truly will be facing some challenges over the next few months. There is a water pipe leak in a pipe running to and through part of our foundation. We might be looking at close to ten grand in repair costs. I’m not sure how we’re going to pay for that and for the dental work I so desperately need done, but we will figure out something. We always do.

I’m doing four conventions this fall, but that’s a subject for my next bloggy thing. Coming up in October, as I return to full-scale blogging again, I’ll be commenting on the settlement between Marvel Comics and the Jack Kirby family...on the changing nature of comics conventions...on the role (if any) an old warhorse like me can play in the comics industry of today. Some of these pieces are already in various stages of completion. Others are notes on fragments of paper in a folder. I’m also taking requests.

You’ll definitely be seeing the return of my “July 1963" series and the popular “Rawhide Kid Wednesday” feature. You’ll be seeing more reviews of comics, books, TV shows and cheesy monster movies. You will see some political commentary, but probably not a lot of that. You might see some tidbits from my comics career. Writing my bloggy things brings me joy and I hope you feel something akin to that as you read them.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back soon with more stuff

© 2014 Tony Isabella


  1. Keep it going, Tony - I love reading your stuff! I currently write seven (!) blogs (go here if interested: I'd appreciate any feedback if you're in the mood.



  2. The human experience is worth sharing and yours are quite interesting. Thank you and good luck with your future ones.