I also get to go to movie screenings from time to time and occasionally receive DVD screeners in the mail (although these are sometimes sent for purposes of revenge, like when a publicist sent me Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle in the mail because I hated the first one so much). I review restaurants on a semi-regular basis, which means a free meal for two; I constantly get put on the guest list of concerts that I don't go to because I am an old man; and I'm never lacking for free music, even if it's not always good music (and it frequently is).
The one place I'm seriously lacking is books. Since I've done very few book reviews or comics reviews for money, publicists do not tend to include me on their swag list, and I am forced to pay for all of it like a chump. Luckily, however, there is calamityjon, who sent me a box chock-full of CD scans of about a kerjillion comics! Thanks, man, for completely destroying my productivity for the next several years. The box includes a bunch of classic Marvel and Golden Age DC stuff; a handful of new(ish) comics; and some noteworthy honkers which should be fun to revisit, including the abysmal "Obnoxio the Clown vs. the X-Men" one-shot, a whole slew of "Super-Villain Team-Up", some supremely dopey "Superman's Douchebag Pal, Jimmy Fucking Olsen", and the unspeakably deranged "Brother Power the Geek". There's also plenty of stuff I've wanted to get my hands on for a while, like some Steranko "Nick Fury"s, some "Doom Patrol"/"My Greatest Adventure" scans, some really choice Fred Hembeck material, some classic "Justice League", some prime "Heroes for Hire" stuff, and, yes, Virginia, there is a Giant-Size Man-Thing. There's a couple of Dell's "Peanuts" collections, at least one issue of "PREZ" (!), and, representing the definitive collection of second-rate Marvel super-teams, over 100 issues of "The Defenders" and "The Champions". (By the way, y'all need to check this.
Anyway, with that itch scratched, I now have to focus on getting paying gigs reviewing the following things so I can start getting them for free:
- Baseball games
- Houses in the south of France
- Prescription drugs