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 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!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kid's Fest and Comics

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  This weekend I'll be at the Great Lakes Mall Kid Fest.  My table will be down by Sears.  Look for me, I'll have some kid's comics for sale as well as some kid's paperback books good for children ages 8 and above as well as some FREE coloring page giveaways!  So stop by from 2pm-6pm Saturday and 12 noon -5pm on Sunday.  See you there.

     Take care and adopt a (kid's) comic today.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spiderman Dailey Comics

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Today I was checking out the funnies from the daily comic strips and saw that Spidey was having some trouble with HobGoblin (a Green Goblin wannabe) and I noticed that our favorite Web-Slinger guessed right off the bat who he really was.

     Well that instantly made me laugh since that same storyline and unmasking took over a half decade or more in the comics.  Maybe Stan Lee (who writes the strip) learned a lesson from the writers who followed him on the Spiderman comic book...cut to the chase.

     Take care and adopt a (quick and to the point) comic book today! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Batman, Badfinger, Blood Pressure

     Hello everyone hope all is well.  I'm not because I overdid it at last week's Rubber City Beatlefest where I spent time with my old friend Joey Molland, from the Apple Records band, Badfinger.  After a nice dinner with my old friend of over four decades (I was a teenager when we first met), he made me a guest of the event and surprised me by inviting me onstage to sing Beatle songs "Ticket to Ride" as well as the Fab Fours' version of "Roll Over Beethoven."  By the time the second song was rolling to a finish, I was out of breath but stuck to harmonies only.  Don't believe me?  Check out You tube "Rubber City Beatlefest 2015"  When you see the 11:57 second offering click on it and slide forward almost to the 10 minute mark (right after "No Matter What") and you'll see me standing stage center looking like an English professor directing traffic.

     What does this have to do with Batman?  After overdoing it, and rushing to the hospital to get my blood pressure under control, I've been resting at home reading Batman, well actually Detective Comics #488, one of those great Dollar Comics from the late 70s and early 80s.  It's almost worth getting sick.

     Take care and adopt (a Batman comic and you tube video) comic today!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spock is Gone

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  It was reported today that Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise has passed away at the age of 83.  Chronic Pulmonary disorder was given as the cause.

     His connection to comics are plentiful but mainly through the DC and Marvel versions of the well-known television series that both companies took turns controlling over the decades.

     I had a chance to converse with him over a conference call 20 years ago when the President of the Sci-Fi (as it was known as then) channel and Mr. Nimoy and myself discussed some articles to be written about the Nimoy created comic book, "Primortals" as the television station was thinking of getting into comics.  I was then hoping to get a chance to write for the comic, but the opportunity did not arise.  Still, I found Mr. Nimoy to be pleasant, considerate and cordial to this journalistic stranger back in my News-Herald columnist days. 

    Also, back before their were so many original books on the subject, Only Star Trek had a continuing series of paperbacks produced from the series, but only adapting the stories from the television series.  But the first original novel was Star Trek #8, "Spock Must Die!"  This was written by James Blish, which started the whole original book series of all those old sci-fi shows.  See what Leonard Nimoy started.  Long live the memory of Leonard, he indeed did, "Live Long and Prosper."

     Take care and adopt a (Star Trek) comic today!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bat Gone Too Far?

     Hello everyone, I hope all is going well.  Today I read the newest issue of Batman, a book I like a lot.  But in this issue, Joker, who has already had his face removed a few years back (and liked it), chopped off Alfred's right hand with a meat cleaver.

     So when did mystery, suspense and good storytelling get replaced by horror, extreme violence and gore?  Don't know how much more of this I can take.

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