Friday, June 2, 2017

Lake Effect Convention and New Book!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Sunday, June 4th, 2017, The Lake Effect comicon will be held at the Mentor Holiday Inn from 10am-5pm.  I'll be there signing copies of my new book, "My Favorite Year in Comics...1968." (an unauthorized collection of essays on how 1968 saved DC Comics!)

     Stop by and pick up a copy and talk comics!

     Take care and adopt a (new book about comics) today!

Wonder Woman/Pop Culture day at Barnes and Noble

     Hello everyone hope all is well.  On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, Barnes and Noble in Mentor, Ohio is celebrating Wonder Woman day.  Also they will be celebrating all things pop culture related.

     My wife and I will be appearing there from Noon-4pm showing off our Wonder Woman knick-knacks as well as giving away free drawings of the Amazon hero.  Also we will be showing off 60s and 70s t.v. tie-in paperbacks and big little books of Man from Uncle, Hardy Boys, The Avengers, Beatles, Monkees, Wizard of Oz, comics and much more.  Join us and stick around to talk cool stuff!

     Take care and adopt a (pop culture) comic book today!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Locked in Death...Goodbye, Mr. Buckler

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Within the last few days, 70s stalwart artist, Rich Buckler, creator of Deathlok, the hero literally "locked in death," lost a long battle with cancer.  He was 68.

     Rich came out of Detroit in the late 60s and began instantly getting work from Marvel Comics.  throughout the 70s, Rich drew Fantastic Four as well as The Avengers, before creating his own character, Deathlok."

     In the 80s, Rich co-created "All-Star Squadron" with Roy Thomas.  Later in his career, I met Rich after a panel discussion and found him a very personable and bright student of the times in which he was working.  I purchased that day, a drawing of both Batman and Silver Surfer.  He was a very nice man and tremendous artist.

     Take care and adopt a (Rich Buckler) comic book today!

For Your Comic Book Eyes Only

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just an hour ago, it was announced that Bond and Saint actor, Sir Roger Moore, passed away at the age of 89.  Although this is not a Bond website, agent 007 did make it to the comics more than once.

     Back in the 60s, DC put out an adaptation of "Dr. No" with a cover by "Challengers of the Unknown" artist Bob Brown.  But alas, no follow-up.

     In the 70s, Marvel Comics put out a Marvel Super Special version of a few of the Roger Moore movies.  By the 90s, a wonderful new story, featuring art by Paul Gulacy, "The Serpent's Tooth," (I think was its name) hit it out of the park.

     Then, Titan Publishing began collecting the James Bond Comic Strip.  There have been several editions collected by now as they take up most of one shelf in my den.  And now a small press is reviving Bond in the comics but I have so far been not too impressed with their output.

     But rest easy, Sir Roger, the monarchy is still safe, Bond still lives.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tension for Wednesday!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  It is Tuesday as I write this and I am looking forward to that day of days...comic book day!

     I am getting a little "antsy" as I await noon tomorrow.  That's when I walk into my local comic shop and bask in the greetings from so many like hobbyists.

     So I guess all I've got to say is... "Wednesday, come on down!

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Great Free Comics!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  The other day I certainly had a wonderful time at my local comic shop.  Many folks stopped by our table and checked out our new "Bystander" universe of comic and sci-fi related paperbacks.

     Plus, I picked up a free "UnderDog" comic book.  Ahhhh, comics, just love 'em!

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Free Comic Day and Me!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Yes, it's that time of year again, Free Comic Day, which falls on May 6 this year.  Look to your local comic shop to have at least a dozen different samples from various publishers...and all for FREE!

     I will be appearing with my artist friend, David Russell, at Comics and Friends, located inside the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio.  We'll be set up in front of the comic shop (right next to Macy's) from 11:30-4pm talking comics and signing copies of our comic and sci-fi type adventure paperbacks, Bystander Adventure Series.

     I'll look forward to seeing all of you fellow fans tomorrow.

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