A Wild Weekend – Hook Style!

Opening night of Thorfast food, and the second-to-last episode of Smallville, followed by Free Comic Book Day the next morning. Top it all off with Mother’s Day and you’ve got The Hook’s weekend.

Okay, so it’s not exactly The Hangover, but for a 41-year-old, married fanboy, it’s pretty damn sweet!

Some guys drink, some golf or slap on the skates and pretend to be Gretzky. Whatever your poison, there is one unifying element: the need to create a defense mechanism against the rigors of life. In my case, it’s the need to escape the daily grind of serving one D-bag after another!

Here’s how my weekend went down..


My daughter may not be a full-blown comic geek like her dear old dad, but her love of the genre is extending past Archie Andrews and his pals! She fires a steady barrage of questions about Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America – all the current movie subjects – and I blow her mind with all the details of their decades of comic book  history. Now she’s my constant companion when it comes to all things comic book.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Instead of starting with a bang, the weekend started with a thunder-clap. Sarah and I were both stoked about the God of  Thunder’s big-screen debut, and we weren’t disappointed. Kids these days like to research every activity they get involved with, so my daughter was armed with a full Thor film-universe primer and it served her well.

She was glued to the screen and she even starting yelling at people who got up during the closing credits! I should explain – Marvel films always have an extra scene following the credits and people often kick themselves for missing them, as they contain a glimpse of the larger story bridging the films. It was hilarious to watch a couple in their twenties sit down when ordered to do so by a twelve-year-old!

As if one superhero wasn’t enough, the penultimate episode of Smallville was next on our list. Fortunately it didn’t suck kryptonite!


After months of breathless anticipation and meticulous planning, the Big day was here. Last years’ Free Comic Book day was free-for-all in every sense, with hordes of douchebags ripping each other apart for a medium they don’t even appreciate!

This year was much smoother, especially since we waited until Hour Two to enter the fray. Oh sure, there was the guy in the Flash costume whose mom let him out of the basement for the day. He stood in front of Pulp Comics shouting “Greetings, citizens!”, to everyone unfortunate enough to cross his path.

Then a pretty girl spoke to him and he peed his uniform.

Of course, we almost didn’t make it to FCBD at all. My father-in-law is a big fan of garage sales and stumbled upon an old lady selling the Holy Grail (As far as Sarah is concerned, that is!) a box of Archie digests! Naturally, we  had to go haggle.

Garage sales are not for everyone, to say the least – people sell their old crap to other people who eventually throw it out or sell it again (!)  – but Sarah was on cloud nine after she decided my money was no object! Still, we eventually made it to FCBD, hit McDonald’s after, and had a great father/daughter day, which is ironic considering the next day was…


I didn’t actually get to see my Mom, but we communicate every day and she knows all her hard work and sacrifice paid off, (I’m not a douchebag, so she’s happy!) and Sarah’s Mom (VampireLover) got the new Vampire Diaries novel so everyone came out a winner.

Of course, the next day it was back to the frying pan, followed by the fire.

At least the weekend rocked, by my standards at least.

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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52 Responses to A Wild Weekend – Hook Style!

  1. darthsaeris says:

    Sounds awesome! I missed FCBD because of having to wait on d-bags all day, so I’m glad someone enjoyed it

  2. melsar93 says:

    I did make it to FCBD, but I didn’t get to THOR yet. Sounds like a great weekend.

  3. misplacedboy says:

    I love your daughter ordering people to sit down and watch the credits! That’s long been a pet peeve of mine, even if there isn’t a scene at the end I always stay and watch them.
    Sounds like you have a great family, and that can make up for a lot of douchbaggery.

  4. mairedubhtx says:

    Sounds like a good weekend. Lots better than mine.

  5. raisingdaisy says:

    It’s so great that you and your daughter enjoy the same thing – what a close bond you’re creating! Outstanding! Sound like it was a great time for everyone….except maybe your wallet LOL! 😉

  6. I just had a serious “Big Bang Theory” moment. You get that show there? I love it. Those guys just crack me up!

  7. mindslam says:

    Made me think of two things with that one Hook…Your “God of Thunder”…sure made me miss my boys of Kiss (my favorite band of all time)! The comic book stuff & Flash uniform made me think of the “Big Bang Theory”…love that show…so funny!

  8. Glad to see a “douchebag free” post, Hook! Jim took Devin and Brianna to see “Thor” on Sunday while we made Brianna’s birthday cake…they liked it a lot…


  9. Sounds like you had a super fantastic weekend Hook. That makes this Greek Girl happy! I want everyone to have a super great day!



  10. Yay and not a douchebag hotel guest in sight!! Simple joys man.

  11. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    Then a pretty girl spoke to him and he peed his uniform.
    Tee-hee! This comment and the one about your daughter deciding your money was no object to her had me giggling.

    I loved comics when I was younger, but I’m a bit of a dunce for all the stuff that comes up in conversation with my friends. They’re mostly guys and followed all the superheroes.

    I followed Superman–who I alternately wanted to be or marry–and every episodic sci fi/horror comic I could find. I loved them, and I loved that my mom encouraged me in my love, but I wish I’d had the prescience to also read the stuff my future friends would want to rope me into discussions about!

  12. Ipodman says:

    I went to FCBD and got 2 issues! 😀

    I’m not sure about Smallville tho… I think I gave up way back in season 7 or something…

  13. eva626 says:

    im glad you enjoyed your weekend!!! man, i missed freecomicbook day!!!

  14. Great weekend. Speaking of vampire novels did you get the new Charlaine Harris Novel “Dead Reckoning”?

  15. Jaan says:

    Sounds great!
    I can’t even remember what mine was like..see way better than yours 😉

  16. Kim says:

    Comic Book Free Day in Vienna on Saturday 😀

  17. renxkyoko says:

    Sweet!!! (^___^)

    Have you tried reading mangas ? Well, that’s another genre for you to read. One out of 3 books published in Japan is a manga. And in libraries here in the US, mangas are the only books that move. All the rest are just there, gathering dust. lol

  18. xeriouslywtf says:

    So I’m counting that Marvel has made their 2nd good (next to Iron Man) movie to date?

  19. renxkyoko says:

    Jump into manga already. lol There are thousands online you can read for free.

    Although I do buy the ones that I like…. that’s to support the publishers and the authors.

    let me know if you need some ” suggestions ” on what to read first.

  20. Woman says:

    Ohhh…. how was it??? Sorry I am late to the party!!!!

  21. jlheuer says:

    Big Bang Theory is opposite Vampire Diaries in my time zone, that might cause difficulties in your house.

    ps: I just made reservations at a hotel in Toronto. I hope I won’t meet any of those lovely customers you encounter. yikes!

  22. sounds quite fun, wish you have many such weekends ahead.

  23. brittany220 says:

    Glad you liked the new Thor movie! I haven’t seen it yet, but will probably watch it once it comes out on DVD. I’m looking forward to seeing the new Spiderman movie and X-Men though! Those were always two of my favorite cartoons, and Batman is good too.

    • The Hook says:

      Captain America and the new X-men film are coming soon as well. They’re not for everyone though. And they’ll be a new Batman flick very soon with Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Should be interesting…

  24. Caroline says:

    Sounds like you had a fun-filled weekend, and what a nice father/daughter day. Love those days myself. 🙂

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