Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019- Public Shootings and Batman's Butler!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I was going to start this blog with a single identifiable shooting from this year, Dayton, El Paso but there were so many I had to group them into the category of just, "mass shootings."  This alone is a sad and sobering statement.

     And the overall violence connected to these shootings ties in with Alfred, Batman's butler.  You see, earlier this year Alfred the butler died.  But he did not die valiantly trying to save Batman as he died back in 1964, (this IS comic books remember) no he was tied to a chair while Bane senselessly broke his neck to send a message to Batman!

     He sent a message alright, that comics (once the code was relaxed back in the 70s) have become more and more violent.  Heroes with names like, Punisher, Vigilante and Mad Dog have appeared.  Heroes like Green Lantern and Speedy have turned into Arsenal and Warrior.

     The violence is running rampant in comics and although I think in the end the death of Alfred might just be a dream sequence, I want to see more insight and investigation than anguish in my comic books, more knuckle bashing than bullets, more plot than pain and punishment...more heart than harm!

     Now that would be a great comic book!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Bad Accident and Signing

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Well there's been an accident in my family concerning a broken shoulder socket and is the reason I have not written in awhile.

     But I am forging ahead and blogging a bunch to wrap up "Batman 80."  I am also signing my latest book, "Crime Blaster 8PM Central (check your local listings)."  I'll be at the Barnes and Noble in Mentor this Saturday (December 21st) from Noon-4pm.  Come on over and we'll talk comics.

     Also, Christmas Eve day, Tuesday, December 24th from 11am-2pm, I'll be in front of Comics and Friends inside the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor signing the same above book.  Stop by and talk comics!

     And next blog, let's get back to talking COMICS!

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Batman, Willoughby, Writing, Pubishing and FREE!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  If you are free this Saturday, stop by Willoughby Public Library from Noon -3pm to experience a book sale/swap and a lecture on writing for independents AND a local publisher talks about the cost and benefits of self publishing.  It is all free, so come down and visit my table containing my 80th anniversary book... "Everthing Batman" and hear my short lecture and then stick around for Tim Woodside and hear his short talk on publishing for yourself.

     See you there on Oct. 12th (this sat.) Noon-3pm.

     Take care and remember to adopt a comic book (any comic) today!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sick, Writing (but not sick OF writing) and comics

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Boy, I've been on a comic book related book tour signing autographs for about six or seven weeks and my health was finally forcing me to rest.  So I did.  but guess how I rested?  THAT'S RIGHT...by reading a ton of comics.

     But right now I am getting ready to blog up a storm by tying the world of comics into current events.  for example, yes, Bruce Wayne filled in at a House Senate vote.  Yes, the bill passed because of Batman.  Holy Politics, Caped Crusader!

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Heat and Heroes

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  I have not blogged for awhile due to the extreme heat that affected my health, especially after my air conditioner broke down and I was forced to (without my computer) "take to the road."

     But it made me think of some of the heroes (Human Torch, Sunfire and others) and villains (Heat Wave, Split Man, Flame Master and others) that controlled the temperature rising rather tan falling.  Too many times I saw covers filled with melting tar (and other things) as these hot heroes and villains duked it out.

     But all this heat makes me wish for winter.  Of course than I'd have to worry about Mr. Freeze, Captain Cold and well, you get it.  I guess there's no pleasing some people.

     Take care and adopt a comic (one with the villain, Moderate Weather Man if there is such a thing) book today!


Friday, June 21, 2019

Aging Heroes

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Since this is still the 80th anniversary of Batman, let's talk age.  I nominate Robin (Dick Grayson) as the hero who ages the best compared to real time.  I mean good guys who have been around forever, still look they are on the good side of 30.

     But Dick Grayson started with Batman back in 1940 and 30 years later in 1970, Dick was off to college as an 18 year old.  For comic books, (a one year aged for every three in real time ratio) that's fairly realistic.

     I only bring this subject up because I am currently aging (aren't we all) because this weekend is my birthday...Yahoo!

     Take care and adopt a (Robin or Nightwing) comic book today!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Batman and Clint Eastwood

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  During this 80th year of Batman, I've been running across a lot of old comments from the Burton/Schumaker Bat flics starting back in 1989.  I kept reading how certain people wanted someone "tough" like Clint (who's name was also brought up with Burt Reynolds for Superman a decade earlier) Eastwood.  This had to be a joke since "Dirty Harry" was 59 years old at the time.

     BUT years later his name along with Paul Newman's for the role again, this time as Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond.  Many radio hosts thought this was ridiculous, thinking that both Clint and Paul were WAY too old for the role.  Only they did not understand the concept of Batman Beyond, being that Bruce was now an old man, guiding a new Batman through the new century about 20-30 years from now.

     Oh well, the media does not understand the true, deep, details of the comic universes, they only skim over the gloss, looking for sound bytes as they go.

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