The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet is Available Now

doomsters monolithic pocket alphabet cover (photo by Suze Wright)

When I was a kid growing up in Parsippany, New Jersey, the place to buy comics was Fat Moose Comics and Games. At the time, the shop was located at the Morris County Mall on Ridgedale Ave. — not a nice place, but there was an Alwilk Records andSam Goody and the Bradlees store where I got my first CD Walkman, so it will forever hold a spot in my heart. Anyway, the dude who still runs the since-relocated Fat Moose — his name is Moose, naturally — was always cool to the kids who came through, myself included, and made time to talk shop even though there were no doubt adult geeks around who would provide more stimulating insight or whatnot. He was the kind of guy who made you want to buy more comics, which, frankly, is something I continue to think we as a species need to do anyhow.

The above picture was sent to me last night by my sister, who still lives in the area and now shops at Fat Moose with her son, who is about to turn 10. They picked up a copy of Image Comics‘ new hardcover, The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet, with words by Theo Prasidis and art by Maarten Donders. Each letter of the alphabet is given some doomly representation — G is for goats, X is for xanax, etc. — and lo and behold, yours truly is featured for the letter J. I shared the artwork on the social medias a while back — because how could I not? — but here’s what the actual page looks like:

doomsters monolithic pocket alphabet j page (photo by Suze Wright)

No joke, I could cry. I spent over a decade working in print media, and I wrote a collection of short stories (that you can purchase here), so it’s not like I’ve never seen my name published before, but what an honor it is to be included in this thing. Imagine: members of my own family being able to go to the comic store I shopped at as a kid a quarter-century ago and buy a copy of this gorgeous book of which I’m stupid-lucky enough to be part. I can’t thank Theo and Maarten enough for the work they’ve done, Image Comics for putting it out, or hell, Fat Moose for stocking it. I am so deeply honored and deeply humbled by the entire idea. Thank you all.

Whatever this site has become over the last eight-plus years, it cannot possibly be that thing without your ongoing support, and I say “thanks for reading” as much as I possibly can, but let me reiterate that I consider myself so fortunate. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Every single day. Thank you. Things like this would never happen if nobody cared about this project other than me, and while we may not agree on everything and while I may not get to cover everything I want to cover and while some days may prove frustrating for lack of time, lack of energy, lack of proper synonyms for “heavy” or whatever it might be, please know that I would not trade the last eight-plus years of The Obelisk for any other experience of critical writing. It’s become a core part of my every day and of who I am. Thank you for making that possible.

The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet is out now from Image Comics. Buy a copy. Hell, buy 10. And buy them at a brick and mortar store if you can. He’ll have no idea who I am, but make sure you tell Moose I said hi.

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2 Responses to “The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet is Available Now”

  1. william miller says:

    Beautiful brother, congratulations. It is a pleasure getting to read your reaction. All your hard work is appreciated by so many. Truly.

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