Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Comics

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Because of the holiday, I must say that many of my family have served in the armed service and pretty much all were shot at during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  One died while the others all made it back including my brother and father.  They were all bestowed upon them the ranks of Brig. General, Major and Lt. (3rd class).


     And three of the members of that illustrious group read...you got it, comics!


     So a salute to all soldiers everywhere, especially my family members


     Take care and adopt a (war) comic book today!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Non-Comic Lady

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I'm guessing that most of you reading this are stymied by today's title.  Well don't most of us comic collectors have someone in their lives that gives us a hard time about collecting, I know I did.  And that person for me would be my Mom.


     You see, she hated my collecting comics and yelled whenever the collection of mine got unruly.  Of course unruly to her meant anything over five comics.  Heck, before I was ten years old, I had more than five boxes of comics to my name.  Now my Mom was proud of the fact that the creativity that spurred me on (partially from my love of reading and comics) led to writing, at least early on.  But she always preferred me to be a, that's right...plumber!


     I bring this up because today is my Mom's birthday.  She's been gone now around thirty years and when she passed, she still wasn't 50 years old.  So she never got to see me get published hundreds of times, or smile at the column that I wrote for twelve years for the News-Herald, nor the many novels that I've sold to publishers, nor the many lectures I've given both on the subject of comics and academic subjects as I lectured at Lakeland Community College for over two decades.


     Maybe now though, she's looking down at me from heaven and finally smiling to see the wonderful career I've had over the last thirty years.  But maybe she's also cringing at the sight of over a hundred boxes of beat-up comics I have in the garage.


     Because Moms would do that.  So would non-comic ladies, but sometimes they're one and the same.


     Take care and adopt a (not one that has to do with plumbers) comic book today!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Feeling Better with Comics

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Things are finally getting better with me after another trip to my heart surgeon.  Of course what type of comic do I instantly start to read once I'm home? 


     Danger Trail...what else since most of my directions in life lead me down that specific path. 


     Take care and don't forget to adopt (a non-dangerous comic) today!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Orson Welles X's 2

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  After a great and fun time at Free Comic Day, I'm gearing up for my Orson Welles one man play.  Tonite, I'll be at Barnes and Noble in Mentor (May 5th) at 7pm.  The presentation is about an hour.  Afterwards I'll be selling and signing my new book, "Orson vs: Alfred: The Linking of Legends."  I'll also have some free Orson giveaways and the event is free as is the coffee and cookies served during the show.  Tomorrow on May 6th (Orson's actual 100th birthday) I'll be at the Geneva library on Sherman street at 7pm performing the same show.  Check out the special events section on their website.  Free cake will be served.  This event too is free.  Hope to see you at one event or the other. 


     Take care and adopt a (Welles) comic today.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Free Comic Day Signings

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Free Comic Book Day (a national event for over ten years) is upon us (May 2nd).  And this Saturday, painter/artist David Russell and myself will be at Comics and Friends (located at the Great Lakes Mall) from Noon till 3pm.  Then from 3:15 on, we'll be at Comic Heaven located on Robinhood Dr. until around 6pm.  Our new comic magazine The Lawtroopers will be debuting that day.  Come talk, get books signed and have some free sketches done of some of our superheroes.  Hope to see you then.


     Take care and adopt (a free) comic book today!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Steam AND Punk!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just want to tell you about another couple of books I latched onto.  It seems the Dynamite comic company has started a sub print of a few of their titles.  Try them out....I did, they have transformed a few of their titles to Steam Punk.


     Legenderry is the sub title.  Green Hornet is the character.  I really enjoy this one and it's only on issue #3, so there's still time to hop on board


     Take care and adopt a comic (with lots of steam) today!


    

Friday, April 10, 2015

Convergence or Reboot?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Lately, DC Comics has started a new weekly series meant to rid themselves of all of the many Earths and dimensions that DC has piled up over the years.  Or maybe they're trying to revive reader interest in the readers that they do have left that are still reading their books.


     Either way, it seems like every half generation or so, DC tries to clean the deck of all continuity problems.  It seems as if telling good stories are no longer enough.  Well, maybe if they were telling good stories it would be.  Soon maybe, the revamps will come sooner and sooner, the events almost a monthly thing, like good comics were in the old days.


     But I'm going to continue with this weekly series because so far...it is a pretty good story.  Lately, that is an oddity in itself.


     Take care and remember to adopt (and converge on your comic shop) a comic today!