June 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
Going to give it to your straight readers: I did not do any card activity at all this week. My budget simply didn’t allow it.
I have two packs of cards that I need to open but am waiting until I absolutely need to squash my appetite to open some packs; even though the packs I have are retail. I even have a few posts written as backup in case I have a week where I am sick. I am just using this entry to point out that even though I wish that I could have something newsworthy to my card collection every week, it is not doable.
I am working on a e-book. Look for announcement on that soon.
I have been obsessed with this site of late:
– Punched.com <<<Check out the “Knockout Deals.” I have been able to load up on gifts for my my loved ones.
June 7, 2017 § Leave a comment
I have been so good about not buying blaster boxes this year and only buying packs or singles; until May that is. I saw a repack product with hobby packs that had Prestige basketball on the cover and took the dive at $11.99.
They also hooked me with the 2 jumbo packs, which I was curious about.
To my surprise, every pack shown on the box was what they gave me.
I started with the Prestige pack. 2 of the better rookies from the set in Noel and Dieng.
Pinnacle has always been one of my favorite products. This pack didn’t disappoint. I got an Artist Proof and a jersey card.
The Hoops pack was also fun. Pulled a Dennis Schroeder and Noel rookie. The only thing better would have been pulling a Giannis or CJ McCollum rookies.
NBA Hoops had some seriously underrated insert sets. My personal favorite are the Hoops Dreams inserts; something about the design screams premium insert to me. I also liked the Class Action insert. Look at the photography on the Howard card.
Overall I was very happy with this product. Of the 88 cards in the box, I will only donate the ones below, the rest all keepers. Basketball is my main personal collection so I might be more enthusiastic about this product compared to the average person. Definitely worth a flier if for under $15.
June 4, 2017 § Leave a comment
May 30, 2017 § Leave a comment
In remembrance of my uncle, one of the first things I did when I found out that he died, after asking my mom a thousand questions like is she okay, was hit Ebay to snatch up his work that was on my want list. Random side tangent, despite being in the business, artist and their families have a bad tendency not to appreciate what they do. Drawings are just work supplies to them like does a tattoo artist keep his multiple rough drafts, no he tosses them. Well that is what comic book artists have had a tendency to do and that is why original artwork from back in the day is so scarce. (My experience relates to hearing a bunch of these stories second hand and also experience with my dad Bill DuBay, not my Uncle for the record.) My family wishes that we kept all of my dad’s old stuff. Tangent over. Although that does lead me to one of the pics. I thought that I was getting a steal and buying original artwork but in my haze regarding my uncle’s death, I realized that I overpaid for a print. All is well that ends well though as I will definitely hang it up.
As a low budget spender to begin with, I didn’t have much to but I bought a few things. I mainly bought what I would regret passing on, if in hindsight said comics don’t turn up for sale again. Thank you credit.
So 4 comics, 1 print. I spent about $30 and don’t regret it, even if I thought I was getting something better than I actually did.
I had to grab a bunch of his Ninja Turtles work. They were a special part of my childhood. I had no idea then that my uncle worked on these until very recently; interestingly my mom didn’t either because if she did, I would’ve had these around as a kid. These comics predate the Turtles phenomenon as they were made in 1986 so it is cool that my Uncle got in at the ground level of one of something so relevant to me. Seeing his name next to Kevin Eastman is as cool to me as him working with Jack Kirby is to most comic book lovers; seriously though my uncle worked with greats and I am so proud to share the same blood as him because he was great himself.
I took a $2 flier on a Ninja Turtles parody type deal that he did. Below is the artwork that will be up on my wall soon. I regret not getting an original piece of his when he was healthy.
May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment
It took a while to hit me but I am finally melting over losing my uncle. Probably because my mom is back in town after traveling to his funeral. The amount of people that have come out of the woodwork to send their condolences has been amazing. I am passing them all along to my mom who appreciates all the love. My family has had a field day sharing all of the links and photos that people have shared.
It is crazy to think that my mom would have never met my dad if it wasn’t for my dad being roommates and fellow artist with my uncle. They were struggling artists trying to make ends meet by doing something they loved. Comics literally helped breed my immediate family into existence.
Anyway, I am sick of writing about me on here. A lot of tributes have come in for my uncle and below is just a small glimpse:
Deathlok was true subversive 70’s sci-fi and quite a good looking boy. R.I.P. Rich Buckler, one of my early Marvel art gods pic.twitter.com/k0SQ8Il4Ix
— Joss Whedon (@joss) May 21, 2017
Marvel posted a nice remembrance that can be found here: https://news.marvel.com/comics/65645/marvel-remembers-rich-buckler/
5 Rich Buckler comics you must read: http://comicbook.com/comics/2017/05/23/5-rich-buckler-comics-you-need-to-read/#1
Not sure how legit this is but someone started a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name: https://www.gofundme.com/RichBucklerScholarship
Bleeding Cool seems to be the go to source for his obituary as many places are linking back to their article on his death: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/05/20/deathlok-star-squadron-co-creator-marvel-dc-comics-artist-rich-buckler-passed/
Hollywood Reporter was on of the sites that mentioned the Bleeding Cool article: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/rich-buckler-dead-marvel-dc-comics-artist-was-68-1005867
Smash Pages has a well written piece on him: http://smashpages.net/2017/05/26/remembering-rich-buckler/
Mentioned in the Smash Pages article was this: http://www.inkwellawards.com/?p=5853
This post mentions his “how to” books. Those were fun reads as a kid: http://www.ibtimes.com/rich-buckler-facts-things-know-about-marvel-dc-comics-artist-deathlok-co-creator-2541672
A comic book artists death covered appropriately on ComicBook.com: http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/05/20/rich-buckler-passes-away-marvel-dc-comic-artist-deathlok-creator/
I also wrote a letter to him following his death that gained this site traction. That can be found here: Dear Uncle Rick
More can be found:
The tributes on his Facebook page have been beyond amazing. Over 150 people from several different countries, and even in different languages have shared their well wishes; amazing. (Side note: this also happened when my dad died but it still crazy to see the impact that my family had on people. I still can barely comprehend it.) I wish that I had enough room to share all the screenshots that I have taken of the tributes. Instead here is a sampling:
“The Hendrix of comics art.”
Tomorrow I am going to post some of my pickups of his stuff. I will gladly add your link if you wrote a memorial on my Uncle, just Tweet me or any other avenue.
May 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
Quick one off post: I had this sitting on my desk since the end of last year and never opened it. What is that, six months?
This is an Allen Robinson signed hat compliments of Vizio from their Fandemonium program. It was one of those programs where I paid attention to it for a few months then off and on every few weeks. The points added up though. It didn’t come with a certificate of authenticity or anything. No big deal.
Here is my refferal link: https://www.vizio.com/customer/account/login/register?_cts_=0V8rOknc
Program isn’t exciting but it added up. If you buy Vizio products, I do recommend it though. Robinson has turned himself into a heck of a player.
May 21, 2017 § 1 Comment
Dear Uncle Rick,
Your fans know you as Rich, your wife as Richard, my mom as Rick or pain in the ass. I know that we weren’t close but I was closer to you than I was any of my many aunts and uncles. Perhaps it is because we are both six and a half feet. Perhaps it is because we are critical thinkers. Who am I kidding? It is because my mom thought the world of you and only said good things about you. We had a lot more in common that you realized. In reality we were closer than either of us gave credit for. Like a true Buckler, you were humble. You probably didn’t think our email exchanges meant that much to me, and I probably didn’t think our email exchanges meant much to you. We both know the truth and I am sure that we each held each other closer to our hearts than we realized.
I was proud that you were my Uncle. I love my family but it is not easy to be open about it. It’s not like it comes up in conversation how one’s mom or uncle is cool. Comics gave me that opening to brag about family when I wish I could talk about them constantly. “Oh you liked the Fantastic Four movie, did you read the comic? Oh by the way, my Uncle worked on it.” You came up in conversation at least once a week. I am sure people around me are sick of me bragging about my Uncle Rick.
You had a hand in so many great comics that it is crazy. I don’t even need to go to your Wikipedia page to rattle them off and I have never been a comic person. Off the top of my head, Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eerie/Creepy with my dad, and everyone’s favorite: Deathlok. That is just what I can rattle off the top of my head without checking. You worked with the greats: Ditko, Sinnot, and you were mentored by Jack Kirby. Your peers were all times greats because you were an all time great. My personal favorite thing about you is that your art was turned into a stamp by the United States Postal Service. It is so easy to get 15 minutes of fame this day and age but your 15 minutes are an infinity because your legacy cannot be ignored.
My favorite memories with anyone, were going to San Diego Comic Con when you were there and we would hang out together. I know how much you were suffering the past few months and it pained me. Every time the phone would ring from New York, my heart would drop because it never got better. You said that you had good days but I know how strong you tried to stay for your family. I know that you didn’t want to be sick and would rather be drawing or at a convention than in bed. You are a fighter and while cancer may have won, I know that it rued the day that it ever messed with you because you gave it the fight of your life. Hopefully you scared it away for the rest of us.
Even taking away all of your comic achievements I would still think the world of you. Your comic achievements just make it easier to bring up how awesome my family is.
You were the reason why my parents met for crying out loud.
We come from a great family full of great people. You were no exception. I mean you were the reason that my parents met.
Have fun in heaven Uncle Rick and buy Jack Kirby and my father a beer for me while you are up there. Meanwhile, here is to you: my great Uncle Rick.
Your favorite nephew