Graham and I grew up with Archie Comics. Every time my dad came back from a business trip, I got a new Archie Comic. By the time he stopped traveling, my comic collection had grown to over 100 titles…but that’s another story.
I drifted away from Archie Comics about the same time that I began high school and then began to re-read them a couple years ago. It was definitely a bit of a change since the last time I read an Archie Comic, I was a young reader who hadn’t been to high school and now I was an adult who was reading stories about characters who were in theory, much younger than I was.
Changes come to everything. When I heard about Archie getting married in 2010, my first reaction was, “How big was the shark and how far will they be jumping?“. I later had a chance to read some of the “Life with Archie” series and I was pretty impressed. The gang at Archie Comics came up with sensitive ways to move the gang forward while staying true to their characters.
The “Life with Archie” series will wrap up when Archie takes a bullet for friend. Talk about going out with a bang.
In an odd twist, Archie Comics is advertising another story line for sale at the same time as “The Death of Archie”
“Afterlife with Archie”.
I kid you not.
Canada and summer all wrapped up on in video, made by Canadian Chris Hadfield, a retired astronaut who also made headlines singing “Space Oddity” in space last year when he left the International Space Station.
After three weekends of running hither and yon, we can report that Graham has successfully acquired a house, cleaned it, painted it, and moved a whole bunch of boxes into it. I can also report that since there was nothing left behind at the apartment, all of his tools and toys have made it safely into the new house (this also includes his wife, dog, and Lego collection, so everyone is happy).
As part of this move, whenever Graham had a spare moment, he was either in the old place getting ready to move, or in the new place getting ready to move in. Whenever I had a spare moment, I was doing the same. I did not spend nearly as much as Graham and his dear wife did. We are all tired, but relieved that the big part of the job is over.
There are now dozens of boxes cryptically labeled things like “Iron dish clothes” or “Books – Graham – Box M”. Somewhere in that pile are all of his tools of his trade. If all goes according to plan, Graham will find them sooner rather than later. In the meantime, to get everyone back into the habit of checking the website, we’re featuring a different commission each day.
Always find a reason to laugh.