Hello everybody! I've been away for a while. It was a surprisingly exhausting vacation, with my wife being sick as well as emotionally fragile. We were at our usual place on the Oregon coast, and I discovered that there are no comics shops on the Oregon coast. On Free Comic Book Day I drove about 100 miles round-trip to visit Matt's Cavalcade of Comics in Corvallis. As several people noted, those were some of the most expensive free comics ever. This store's policy was to limit the number of freebies based on how much money you spent. Luckily the store was well-stocked and I had no trouble finding things to buy. I ended up with A Contract with God and other stories by Will Eisner, which I read the first chapter of years ago and always wanted to finish, and Book 1 of Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower. I've really liked everything I've seen by Shanower so I'm looking forward to that. Among the freebies, I got the Prince Valiant, Buck Rogers, the Bongo free-for-all, the Marvel Hulk/Avengers cartoon, the Archie digest, the one with adaptations of L'Amour and Kellerman novels, and The Tick. Then I went across the street to a supermarket that had some comics on the magazine rack and bought the first issue of Bongo's Professor Frink (the character from the Simpsons). That was a good day. I've been back at work since Monday and am still catching up with threads here.