Monday, November 28, 2016

The Long Orson and Me

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I'm stepping aside from comic books (although he liked them and appeared in them) for a minute to tell all of you that I have been asked to perform the full almost 90 minute version of my "Evening with Orson Welles" stage play at Lake Erie College this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Dec. 1st-3rd) all 3 nights start at 7 30.

     Join in on the last of the 75th anniversary celebrations of  the release of "Citizen Kane."  I will act out many of the films and stories from Orson's life using his direct quotes.  Come to C.K. Rickel Theatre, Royce hall for the fine and performing arts.

     Located at 391 West Washington Street, Painesville, Ohio.  440-375-7455 tickets are $10 at the door, LEC students, faculty and staff, free.

     Hope to see you one of those days, but don't worry, I won't try to sell you any wine...at least not before its time.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cry Uncle

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Today is actor Robert Vaughn's birthday, or would have been had he not passed away last week.  Best known for "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." television show from the mid-60s.

     Of course I remember him from the comic books by the same name.  They were published by Gold Key Comics and featured photos on the covers from the show.  There were not very many of them, but most had decent artwork by either Alden McWilliams or Mike Sekowsky who also drew Justice League of America during the mid-60s.

     And now that I've got the superb actor on my mind, I'm going to pull a few issues out tonight of U.N.C.L.E. comics and read some.

     And in honor of Robert's portrayal of spy, Napoleon Solo, I'll give out a quiet plea of, "Open channel "D" please.

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

Hijacking a Panel

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  A few weeks ago I went to the Akron Comic Con.  I sat in on a Bat Panel with guests I wanted to hear from.  All I heard was con organizers running around saying, "No moderator, no moderator."

     My friend nudged me and stated that I knew as much as anyone on Batman, and since 15 minutes had gone by with nothing going on, I smiled and shouted out, "Let's get this this show on the road."

     An hour later and everyone had a wonderful time and applauded my efforts in  running a panel on less than a seconds notice.

     I called it, "Attending a panel and a lecture broke out."

     My wife called it, "Hijacking a Panel."

     Take care and adopt (one reviewed by a panel) a comic today!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Wait

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Tomorrow is comic book day.  I've read everything, so I think companies need to put out more GOOD comics to keep me going from week to week.  I just cannot stand the wait any longer.  LOL.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Green Arrow

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Today I'm talking about bad-guy bashing bowman Green Arrow.

     Created by Mort Weisinger in the early 1940s, Green Arrow first appeared in More Fun comics #73.  But back then and for many ensuing years, he was nothing more than a bland "Batman with a Bow."

     But a quarter of a century later, this perennial back-up feature got a face lift from artist supreme, Neal Adams, streamlining Oliver Queen's former baggy costume and giving the bowman facial hair in Brave and Bold #86 from 1969.  A few years later, writer Denny O' Neil grafted a new liberal firebrand attitude onto the character and the new look was so popular that it was even mirrored in the toys of that era.

     Almost another 20 years later, writer/artist Mike Grell gave the Arrow a new hooded monk look in "The Longbow Hunters."  The mini-series was popular enough that Ollie finally got his own ongoing comic book.

     And now in this new century, the Arrow has finally received his own popular television series on the CW Network.  So we've now been informed on where Oliver Queen came from, but where is he going?  What is his future?  As straight as an arrow, follow his CW show every week and find out.

     Take care and adopt (one with an arrow in it) comic book today!  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Geek Expo, You be the Hero!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  And all will be well tomorrow at the North East Ohio Geek Fest located at the Spire building located in Geneva off 90 and 528.

     Lots of Cosplay and items for sale.  My new book, "The N-Hanced" will debut as well as the actors who posed for the cover, they will be posing (with you) recreating the cover of the novel with superheroes and YOU!

     The Bystander Group LLC, will feature the book, the heroes, myself and David Russell who is the painter of our cover and is the featured artist of the convention.  We'll be there from 11am to 6pm.

     See you there.

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

Capes and Hearts

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  In all of the comic books I've read over the years, I've always seen heroes who save the day in the "nick of time."  And the heroes have always been equipped to take on the job before them.

     A boulder about to fall on you, call Superman.  You need a super agile helper to get you out of the way from some danger, get hold of Spiderman.  In need of a detective to figure out your problem, get the best and call for Batman.  But you get my drift.  If you are in big trouble, call the big heroes.

     But what about the small problems, the small dangers, the small emergencies?  I mean if someone is crying, there's no need to call The Flash and if someone is sad, don't bother The Avengers.

     All you need is a neighbor or friend.  And to fix the problem you don't have to come from Krypton, or be bitten by a radioactive spider.  But you do need something that all of us regular folks have already, a power that we were all born with, the power to listen, to give a hug, to hold a hand...to care.

     So if you want to help and do something to help those in distress, you don't need a shield or a special car or a jet-pack.  You can put on a cape if you want, but don't forget the greatest weapon a hero can have, that you already have...a heart.

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