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Fastest Cab Alive

Flash Taxi Cab on the streets of Chicago

Flash…speed…lightning logo…round shape around the bolt…

I remember a trio of speedsters going into the super-speed courier business (Kapitalist Kouriers), but taxi cabs?

Spotted all over the place in Chicago during my trip to sightsee and attend Worldcon 70/Chicon 7. My convention photos are up on Flickr. Update: And here’s my write-up of the con.

On the Hunt: Finding Back Issues, Then and Now

How I searched for back issues of comics in…


  1. Look at the local comic store.
  2. Wait for a convention that my parents were going to.


  1. Look at the local comic store.
  2. Drive around to other stores.
  3. Save up for San Diego Comic-Con.
  4. Look on this new site called eBay.


  1. Look at a couple of local comic stores.
  2. Look on eBay and Mile High Comics (singles)
  3. Look on eBay and Amazon (for trades & hardcovers)
  4. Look at a convention.
  5. Look for other sources on the net.

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Convention Plans for 2009

I’ll probably be attending two or three conventions in 2009:

wondercon-sf-thumbnail2WonderCon (February 27–March 1, 2009; San Francisco, California). Definitely. My wife and I went last year and enjoyed it, and combined it with a trip to visit friends and family in the Bay Area. What with the money crunch we were going to skip it this year, but we were planning to make another trip up to visit people…and discovered that the perfect time to do so would be the week leading up to WonderCon. If we’re going to be in the area anyway, membership is pretty cheap at $12/person for a one-day pass. (See also: 2008 WonderCon report.)

Wizard World Los Angeles (March 13–15, 2009; Los Angeles, California). Maybe. It’s within driving distance, so travel expenses aren’t an issue. That said, it’s only two weeks after WonderCon, so whether I go will be based entirely on the guests & panels. (See also: 2008 WWLA report.)

Comic-Con International (July 23–26, 2009; San Diego, California). Definitely. I’ve been going to what was then called the San Diego Comic-Con since 1990. We pre-registered at the last convention, and I’ve lined up a back-up hotel in case I can’t get a closer one when the convention blocks open up. (See also: convention reports.)

Some other conventions I’ve looked at, but probably won’t be attending:

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