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Daniel’s (Early) Birthday Celebration

In exactly 2 weeks, Daniel will finally be 21.  But we celebrated a little early.  Daniel’s mother and sister surprised him by decorating the apartment with some streamers, baking a lovely 2-layer cake, and making stuffed shells for dinner.  I enjoyed the meal with an appletini in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.  The food was delicious and it was so nice to come home to everything just ready.

Daniel opened up a few gifts from his family, including The Amazing Spider-Man #49 and Fantastic Four #78.  He also got some new figures for his Heroscape game.  He convinced me and Nicole to play a game of that a few hours ago; Nicole won.  I’ll have to remember to knock her out early next time.

It was a fun evening after a long day.

Don't be fooled...he devoured that cake.


Free Comic Book Day!

Yesterday was Free Comic Book Day.  This event is held every year on the first Saturday in May.  This was the 10th Anniversary.  Comic book companies send comics to stores to help promote the local comic store and to try to reach a new audience of readers.  I’m unsure if stores have to purchase the comics or if the comic companies simply send them to stores that are participating in the event.

Daniel headed over to the Park Avenue Comics & Games around 10:30am wearing his Spider-Man costume, while I waited an hour and went over around 11:30am.  It was crazy!  I have never seen so many people in that store all at once.  They had a huge variety of free comics, ranging from the classics like The Amazing Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, and Green Lantern to Darkwing Duck, The Intrepid Escapegoat, and Sonic the Hedgehog.


Kate came wearing a Darth Vader costume, and brought a hula hoop for entertainment.  She let me try it out, and it was the first time I had ever successfully hula hooped.  I was very excited, to say the least.

Kate and the hula hoop.

Dennis was wearing his Steampunk outfit (hence the picture from yesterday’s post).

Dennis in his steampunk outfit wearing Kate's Darth Vader mask. Oh, and Daniel.

Adam showed up, and it was great to see him.  It’s been a couple of weeks (months?) since I’ve chatted with him, so it was nice to catch up a little bit, and it was even better that he made the trip out to the store from campus.

Matt didn’t arrive until much later because his son had his first T-ball game.  But he brought his trusty Robin costume.  We all remember that from last year’s Park Ave Fest.

Frequent customers Karen and Dan came out, and Karen brought her acoustic guitar to entertain the crowd with some awesome music.  Selections included Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”, Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle”, and Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There”.  It was a fun time, and Dan played the Banana/Maraca.

Karen and Dan

There were lots of little kids that showed up in costume and they were all adorable.  I have never seen so many cute kids in my life.  I guess Free Comic Book Day is more of a “Dad” event, because most of the kids were there with their dads.

It was great that so many people came out, and the store did its best business yet, so congratulations are in order for Matt and Jessica for orchestrating such a successful day.  Also many thanks to Karen, Dan, Daniel, Patrick, Val, Dennis, Kate, and Mark, and the artists Alex Williamson and Sean Carner.

The Amazing Spider-Dan!

In this issue:

Spider-Dan is unmasked by Green-Stine and fights for his life...and the woman he loves!!

This is what Daniel does while he waits for me to finish up meetings.  Awesome!

Mysterious Comics

This is another post that’s coming to you a little late.  Daniel and I didn’t get home until 3am last night.  After playing games with Matt at the comic store for a few hours, he invited us back to his house for some informal poker, pizza rolls, and brownies.  Needless to say, it was awesome.  I won one round of poker and then sucked the rest of the night, which was pretty unfortunate, but we all had a good time.

On Friday, Daniel got another package.  This one was not for me, but it was still pretty mysterious.  Daniel explained that he had ordered some comics from eBay, but he had no idea what they were (other than the fact that they were all Spider-Man).  The seller was trying to get rid of his collection, but what he had done was covered both sides of the comic with a comic board, randomized them all, and the buyer pays a flat price per comic.  Daniel purchased 5 so the guy threw in 1 free Spider-Man comic plus 1 more bonus comic (The Avengers).  The deal is that you don’t know what you’re getting, so it could be a key issue from the Silver Age or just some random 80’s or 90’s comic.  I thought it was a very interesting idea and a cool way to get rid of a comic collection.

So this is what he ended up with.


So tonight was Game Night at Park Avenue Comics and Games.  Now, originally I was not going to attend.  I was pretty tired when I came home this afternoon, and in fact ended up collapsing on the couch and sleeping for almost two hours.  But after eating some dinner, I felt a little better and followed Daniel to the comic store.

He’s been so excited about the game Heroscape.  He bought the game about two weeks ago and tries to get me to play it as often as he can.  Last week he also purchased some new figures, like Moltenclaw the dragon and Quasatch Hunters, which are weird little ape-like creatures.  Anyway, tonight he was so excited to take his new figures to the store to play a giant game of Heroscape with Matt and Mark.  We didn’t get very far; the store has a huge collection of Heroscape figures and board pieces and the game could have gone on for hours.  I was lucky enough to get first pick in drafting our armies, and I chose Marvel’s Silver Surfer.  Yes, there is a special Heroscape set with Marvel characters like Spider-Man, the Silver Surfer, Captain America, and many others.

The game consists of getting close enough to another player’s army figures to attack them.  You roll some dice to attack, they roll some dice to defend.  If all goes well for you, you will do lots of damage to their character, and they won’t be able to defend against it.  There are also campaigns or missions you can play.  But Daniel and I have found that it is most fun if you are just drafting armies and having a free-for-all.

What’s great about this game is that you can add dozens of different types of characters to your army and you can build a giant board with lots of customization capabilities.  For example, tonight we built a castle in the middle of the board, but we could have just built swamps or mountains, etc.

It’s a great game and I hope we play it again at the comic store soon.  It’s more fun with more people.


Don't worry: my "Most Embarrassing Songs" list is still on its way!

Game Night! (And a shameless plug.)

Every Wednesday evening (starting around 7pm), Park Avenue Comics & Games holds their weekly game night.  It’s very informal, but a lot of fun.  This past summer, when Daniel discovered there was a new comic store just blocks from our apartment, he made it his personal goal to become friends with the owners.  Considering the fact that he is now employed by these people, I think he has succeeded.  The store is owned by Matt and Jessica Phillips.  They are two of the nicest people I have ever met.  Daniel and I are frequently invited to their lovely home on Saturday nights to play even more games, and usually to enjoy a few…beverages.

Tonight we played Pirate Fluxx for the first time.  The first time we went to the comic store for game night, we played Zombie Fluxx.  We ended up purchasing the game because it was so much fun.  If you’ve never played a Fluxx game, try it out.  There are a number of variations on the original, including, but not limited to, Jewish Fluxx, Martian Fluxx, Monty Python Fluxx and Eco Fluxx, in addition to the two versions mentioned above.  We also played Killer Bunnies, which is one of my current favorites, and there are a number of expansion decks for it.  I did not participate in Monsterpocalypse tonight, but I have in past weeks.  It’s a confusing game and sometimes I think Matt just makes up rules on the spot.  The problem is that the manual is practically in a different language, so I cannot verify this.  You have to learn a whole new vocabulary to play that game.  But, once you get the hang of it, it is fun.  We have also played games like Settlers of Catan and Zombie Ninja Pirate, as well as others.  Settlers of Catan is my favorite game, by far.  Daniel and I bought the 2-player version, Rivals for Catan, and play it frequently.

In addition to weekly Game Night on Wednesdays, they also have Magic Night on Thursdays (also at 7pm), if you are into that sort of thing.  Daniel and I are not.  This is also very informal, but every Thursday evening, when Daniel and I walk down to the store, there is always a large crowd.  Occasionally, they hold Magic drafts.  I have no idea how these work, but I’ve heard they are pretty laidback and fun.  If you’re looking to meet some new fellow Magic players, I suggest attending Magic Night.

They also have the largest selection of Kidrobot merchandise in the greater Rochester area.  Although I personally struggle to understand why people collect them, they do look pretty cool, and this store has an impressive stock of Dunnies, Chumps, The Simpsons, Futurama, various Kidrobot zipper pulls, and plush toys.  Last Friday, they held a Kidrobot trading event, allowing people to come and try to trade any duplicates they had acquired.  This was only the second trading event they have held so far, but I know they will plan another one soon.

Of course, Daniel’s favorite part of the store is the comics.  They have a huge collection of both current and back issues.  They also carry graphic novels and manga.  Having a comic store right here on Park Ave has made gift-getting an extremely easy task for me, since he collects practically anything related to Spider-Man.  In the past I have surprised him with such issues as #40 and #90 of The Amazing Spider-Man.

So, if you want to check out some new games, to build up your Magic deck (am I using this lingo correctly?), buy a new Dunny, or if you just want to look through some comics, then I suggest you visit Park Avenue Comics & Games.  You can also find them on facebook and twitter.

I did not have the opportunity to take a photo of the storefront this evening, but one will pop up on here eventually.  For right now, I will leave you with this photo.


Park Ave Fest, July 2010


This picture was taken last summer outside of the store.  Matt is in the Robin costume.