Yesterday, thanks to the Independence Day holiday, I was called in remotedly to help with some misrouted calls, and was stunned to find people waiting in excess of seven minutes to find out that the offices were closed.  My wife, in her job, had to sit on hold for another department for THIRTY MINUTES recently, with no option to drop the call, as her client needed the resolution from that external department.  My preference, when given the option, is to request a callback with the hold times are too long to wait, but as a comics fan, I’ve waited weeks, months and even years for the next chapter of my favorite books, leading to today’s delayed query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) did wait the better part of FIVE YEARS for issue three of ‘Ms. Mystic’ back in the day, only to find it kind of banal and insipid, which was a bummer, asking: How long is TOO long to wait?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I’d imagine that it varies wildly depending on what it is you’re waiting for. Would it be the same metric of time for the next GRRMartin “Song of Ice & Fire” book as it is for the next RLiefeld “Youngblood?”

  2. I was about to say 4 years between the Dresden File book, but George R. R. Martin was mentioned in a prior post.

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