So here we are, the first week of my new year’s resolution to draw every day. I did quite well, but unfortunately I left my sketchbook at work, so instead I had to crank off a few drawings this weekend to make up for the lack of reportable effort (I guess I have a head start for next week).
This week’s sketches were all done on my Wacom Intuos 3.
Well, since this is the year that our robot overlords come online and we make contact with alien life forms I guess I better shape up quickly. As is the usual rigamarole, I’ll review what I resolved to do last year, and what I actually did.
2009 was a pretty big year for our little family. Maks went from being a bag of need to a real little boy, Kaylin has become a big girl in her own right and started school this year. Somehow Char has done a great job of holding everything together. We got a start on our basement (it’s framed, wired, and drywalled, mudding happens this week, paint and carpet later in the month). At work we got our website redesign completed and started transforming the rest of the business, and I took on a new gig (Executive Producer…or a similar title to be named later). Oh, and All New Comics pretty much doubled our business again in 2009.
2009 was a pretty good year for comics sales. At All New Comics we saw our month-to-month sales rise by about 80% year over year, with a lot of that coming from new customers.
Our existing customers aren’t demonstrating any of the so-called “event fatigue” which retailers like Brian Hibbs are complaining about, and instead are subscribing to event based titles in record numbers for us, prompting us to place our first triple digit numbers for some titles!
For fun, here’s our top 10 subscription title on All New Comics right now.
Blackest Night – DC Comics 8 Issue Mini-Series
Batman – DC Comics
Amazing Spider-Man – Marvel Comics
Green Lantern – DC Comics
Batman and Robin – DC Comics
Captain America Reborn – Marvel Comics 6 Issue Mini-Series
New Avengers – Marvel Comics
Detective Comics – DC Comics
Captain America – Marvel Comics
Green Lantern Corps – DC Comics
That’s what we’re selling a lot of, but what were my favourites this year? Well that’s a slightly different story. Here they are (in no particular order).
I have loved movies since I was a kid, and in the summer of 1989 my buddy Ryan and I saw every flim that opened except Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Return of the Swamp Thing. That summer I decided I wanted to make films for a living. I went to school for TV production and did a brief stint in TV land, as a production assistant, editor, and graphic designer before discovering my true calling – the internet.
Since the arrival of Kaylin and Maks it’s been harder to get out and see movies, but since moving to London we have a combination of built-in babysitting (thanks Grandma), and Char and I go out some nights on our own to catch movies individually.
It turns out I saw a lot of movies in 2009! Good for me. We had a new theatre open up near us this year, the Westmount VIP is about a 5 minute drive from our house, and it’s a spectacular facility. I’d say I saw about 80% of my movies there. The VIP part is that you can pay about $5.00 more for a ticket with reserved seating in a theatre where they have plush leather seats, concession people come to your seat, and because it’s licensed it’s 19+ (which means no annoying kids!).
Here were my favourite movies of 2009 in alphabetical order (because ranking them 1-10 is kind of pointless).