Thursday, June 16, 2016

Meeting Comic Book People

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I just finished a nice day at the Lake Effect Con a week ago with my fellow Bystander members, artist David Russell and publisher, Tim Woodside.  And believe me it is a fun, joyous time to spend eight hours chatting with people that have shared likes and joys, so make sure that all of you attend at least one convention this summer and talk with the artistic guests and have a lot of fun.  I'm betting you will for sure.

     Take care and adopt a comic (one purchased at a convention) book today!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Same Convention, New Site

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Yes it is convention time and one of the best ones in Lake County at this point of the year is the Lake Effect Con NOW being held in the Holiday Inn on Reynolds road (rt. 306) in Mentor this Saturday, June 5th, 2016.  It used to be at the Atlas theatre if that jogs your mind, yes it is THAT great con.  It starts at 10 am and runs thru 5pm, $5 entrance fee at the door.  Google the con for a list of guests.  I know I'LL be there with artist David Russell and our new Bystander Adventure Series from Bystander Group LLC.

     And feel free to talk comics with me while you are there, because I've got lots of stories and I'll tell you about the new books I'm working on.

     Take care and adopt a comic book (from the convention) Saturday!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Service and...a Comic Book

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Over the weekend I had the memorial service for my late father, James. This is the man who taught me to read on comic books.  He gave me a stack of his old comics circa 1936-42 when I was a kid, and I still have them.  I had pictures of the two of us displayed around the church from various point of our lives as well as his super hero night-lite globe and his Cleveland Browns knick knacks.
     And needless to say, during the service, the subject of...Batman came up.

     Take care and adopt a (one that your Dad used to like) comic book today!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Not the First Marvel Civil War

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Of course with all of the Marvel "Civil War" talk lately, I think this is not the first time Marvel heroes went toe to toe.

     The Avengers went at it with Hulk in Avengers #3 and went at him again with the FF in Fantastic Four #25 and #26.  The Avengers and the X-Men duked it out in X-Men #9.  And none of these battles were very civil.  But you get my drift.  Marvel heroes have always gone at it for years.  Now the registration part was interesting but even that concept I believe was used before, possibly X-Men's "Days of Future Past," but I can't quite remember since I'm writing this at two am. 

     And that is a time when I'M NOT very civil.

     Take care and adopt a (very civil) comic book today!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

High Standards for Heroes

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I was looking through some old comics the other day and saw many of the super fellows flying high over the heads of regular people on the covers.  I thought to myself, how great it must be to be flying high in the air, to have all of those powers.

     But then I thought that there must be a certain accountability involved.  Because there are lots of heroes that fly and many that are very tall.  But as Stan Lee once said, "with great power, there must also come great responsibility.

     But we normal folks do all that we can to get through life and its problems also.  In our own way, we have it just as rough as the heroes, just without the super-villains.

     So heroes can always stand, fly, float and hover over us, but they must never...look down on us.

     Take care and adopt a (non judging) comic book today!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Free Comic Day May 7th. Check out the Mall

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Tomorrow, May 7th, 2016, I'll be at the Great lakes Mall right in front of Comics and Friends from Noon-5pm, selling our new book, "Expediters II."  Artist and friend, David Russell will be with me at the table, sketching and chatting with everyone who stops by.  Plus check out all of our other recent books on sale.  But CERTAINLY do not forget to pick up you FREE comics from Comics and Friends.

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

History of Comics, Willoughby Library

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Tonight in the honor of the upcoming Free Comic Book Day around the country, I will be giving a power point presentation of the history of comic books, decade by decade, at the Willoughby Library tonite in downtown Willoughby.  The show starts at 7pm  Hope to see you there.

     I will also be appearing at Comics and Friends on Saturday, May 7th (Free Comic Day) with my artist and friend, David Russell.  Noon-5pm I'll be there, talking, signing autographs and selling me new book...Expediters II.

     Hope to see you there.  Take care and adopt a (free) comic book today.