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Yeah, I know a few other people who took the opportunity to get in at that point as well. Because of money constraints I really only get titles in the Batman sphere (Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman et. al.), and I've usually been happy. Batman especially. The Court of Owls arc way back in the beginning of New 52 was great.
I also get titles from Image, Titan and Marvel. Of those, Outcast is probably my favorite right now.
Honestly, New 52 is when I jumped in so I can't really make a comparison to past continuity. All I can say is that I've generally been pretty pleased with how they've handled things. There have been some excellent story arcs, IMHO.
One thing that did happen to Detective Comics recently is they reverted to the old pre-New 52 numbering system (I think they did it for Action Comics too). When New 52 happened they reset all the issue numbers back to 1, and that made some collectors unhappy because they wanted "Issue 1000". Eventually DC decided to go back to the old numbering system for a few titles, so the numbers jumped from Issue 52 to Issue 900-something after a recent storyline event.
I buy a lot of comics, actually. Mostly DC, because I like Batman and they're cheaper than Marvel. The one Marvel series I get, Amazing Spider-Man, is a complete pain in the butt to keep up with. Tons of little short side series, some issues of which never actually made it to my friendly neighborhood comic dude or any other retailer in the area, and every so often they'll release an issue (NOT an annual) that's three times normal cover price.
On the other hand, I'm generally pleased with how DC has done things since "New 52", at least with the series that I care about.
My best guess is this from the Clevenger Bros. Glass Works in Clayton, New Jersey sometime after 1966. The company did a lot of mold blown reproductions (would explain the seam), and started putting a "CB" mark on their glass in '66. So, maybe is this is a reproduction of an earlier design, done by that company.
Edit: by the way, rosemary oil is indeed one of those things that people like to use as a natural remedy. A right cure-all, if the exceedingly reliable internet is to be believed...
I haven't seen the live-action version, mainly because of lukewarm reviews, but I've always been a fan of the original.
Live-action adaptions are hit-and-miss for me. Some of the comic movies have been really excellent (like The Dark Knight) and others have been total dogs (see: every other recent DC movie outside of the Batman trilogy). The fact that live-action GitS turned out underwhelming isn't much of a surprise.
I'm really impressed by this, and by how multi-talented you are in general. It's inspirational. You really do deserve all the praise you get.
Just out of curiosity, how did you choose the album art?
Well, if it was much much much cheaper I'd actually find a use for this:
I like to have a few disposable, cheap flash drives on hand in case I need to present something, transfer files to somebody, or get something printed at a shop. If I don't get it back, no big deal, and I don't want people pawing through or seeing files on a drive that I'd regularly use. A while back I bought a super-cheap ten pack of these for precisely that purpose.