Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kevin and Cardiac!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  It was reported last week that writer/director/comic guy Kevin Smith had a massive heart attack, but tweeted from his hospital bed that he was still, "above the ground."

     Although he had lost weight recently, I know from personal experience that clogged arteries do not diminish as do belt sizes once you hit the treadmill.  Hopefully, this will help him give more of a nod to his own health problems than buying a larger size hockey shirt every few years.

     Hopefully, the 100% blockage (it was reported) can be fixed with stents and meds.  I had the same problems twice myself with almost identical percentages and it is no fun.

     I met Kevin at a lecture series years ago (I'm sure he does not remember me) and he is a very funny and talented man.  Hope his recovery is quick.

     Take care and adopt a comic (anything written by Kevin) book today! 

Mentor Bookfair Signing!

     Hello, hope everyone is doing well.  March 10thth through the 17, the Mentor, Ohio Barnes and Noble is having a bookfair to help the Mentor school district.

     I will be signing copies of my new book, "Cillia Ward: Dimensional Detective," on March 10th and 17th from 1pm till 4pm I will be at the store signing autographs and talking sci-fi, comics and just about everything pop culture related.

     On the 17th, I'll be back again at Barnes and Noble with the model for my new book.  So stop by and get a picture taken with Marybeth, the lady who modeled for Cillia Ward.

     Also on the 17th, since it is St. Patrick's Day, stop by and talk to me and model Marybeth and meet and chat with my wife Liz, who is displaying her collection of green super heroes!  Go Green Arrow! (among others).

     Take care and adopt a (Bystander Adventure Series) paperback today!  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

James Bond Director Dies

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  A few days ago, British film director Lewis Gilbert passed away just a few days shy of his 98th birthday.

     He directed one of my favorite Bond film (tied with Goldfinger for 1st in my mind) You Only Live Twice, along with The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (well, two out of three's not bad).

     He also directed two important Michael Caine movies, Alfie and Educating Rita. 

     Of course I talk about Mr. Gilbert today since his James Bond films have been adapted into guessed it...comics!

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

Surrender to The Avengers

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Now I've been reading this great multi-part storyline lately and I am here to beg you to read this piece of excitement.

     It's called, The Avengers...No Surrender!  It is one of the best and most exciting reads I've picked up in a while.  It's a tale that Marvel Comics excels at...the cosmic epic!

     The tale is going to run 16 parts and it is on #6 right now, but it is weekly so it is almost half over.  Pick up on it soon or wait 3 months and get the trade.  Either way, get hold of this exciting comic!

     Take care and adopt a (cosmic epic) comic book soon!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Why Write About John Gavin?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  You know there is a reason to write about John Gavin in a comic book blog.  You see, the recently departed actor was once paid $100,000 to play James Bond on the big screen.  But when Sean Connery came back for the "Diamonds Are Forever" flic, Gavin was paid off (not to be in the film) and became a Bond trivia point.

     And Bond has appeared in comic books as well as comic strips, hence, his mention here. 

     Also, on a stranger note, there was an artist by the name of J. (Jay) Gavin, (whose real name was Werner Roth) who drew the X-Men for about five or six issues starting around issue #20, right about the time Roy Thomas began writing the comic containing mutant teams.  Not bad, trivia about two different J. Gavins.

     Take care and adopt a (Jay Gavin) comic or John Gavin (movie) today!

Friday, January 19, 2018

What's That They're Saying About My Stan Lee?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I just heard a news report that Stan Lee has made sexual comments or offered crude acts towards some of his female staff/caregivers.  I don't know if this is true, but I do know that the one time brilliant comic book writer has been having health problems recently and that his wife Joan passed away some months ago.

     I don't know if health, loss of loved ones and health situations could muster up the incidents that the news recently reported on, but until I see it or hear more evidence, well, in the words of Stan himself...

     ...Nuff Said!

     Take care and adopt a (Stan Lee written) comic book today!

The Death of Death?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  About a week or so ago I learned that Cinnamon Hadley, age 48, just passed away recently.  Hadley was a friend of award winning writer, Neil Gaiman, who reconfigured DC's "Sandman" comic book character lo those many years ago.  Neil thought she would be a great model for the character...Death.

     That's right, no more ugly, sickle-wielding, hooded, spooky guy to take you to the "other side" but now a very pretty young woman to put you at peace when you shuffle off the old mortal coil.  So as an 18 year old, Hadley did her friend a favor and the rest is comic book history.

     But now sadly, Hadley has left us far too soon.  Hopefully, she had as wonderful entity as Neil's own Death character that she modeled for, to help her on her own journey.

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