Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dr. Who and Mangled Arm

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Stop by and see me and David Russell talk Dr. Who at Mentor Barnes and Noble, today July 3rd, from Noon-4pm and then again from 7-8pm.  Free give aways and contests will be happening with costume stuff.  PLUS see me try to sign autographs with my left hand since I've mangled my right hand and arm.

     Take care and adopt a comic (that won't hurt your arm) book today

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Major League Book

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I'm not doing so great right now, I recently mangled my right arm in an accident.  But you know what's making me feel better?  I'm reading the GREATEST book of the summer.  It's called, "The Making of Major League," that funny movie about how our own Cleveland Indians (remember, I'm from Cleveland) at their most darkest hour back in the 80s, went to the playoffs.  Well our fictional Indians anyway.

     Read all about the behind the scenes goings on and how the movie got or almost didn't get made.  I'll write more on this as my arm heals.

     Take care and adopt a comic (but read this tremendous book by Jonathan Knight first) book today!

     PS: check out for more info and how to get this book.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Lake Effect and Atlas

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I want to take the time to say what a great time I had at the Lake Effect Comicon, meeting lots of new customers and friendly people.  Many thanks to John Haines, the producer of these shows.  But I must admit, a seven hour signing will wear a guy out.

     Then, just a few days later, I appeared for four and a half hours at the same Mentor (Great Lakes Mall) Atlas Cinema and performed my Orson Welles one man play.  I met even more new friends and happy, knowledgeable people who really seemed to know their Orson trivia.

     Well I'm gearing up for a busy July at Mentor Barnes and Noble almost every Saturday.  Check B & N events calendar for my appearances.  PLUS...look for an exciting book that I'm going to talk about Monday because I think you should ALL be reading it.

     Take care and adopt a comic book today.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Free Orson Movie/Free Play

     Hi everyone, hope all is well, or in this case should I say "Welles."  Thursday, June 4th, starting at 6pm at the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinema, I will be performing my one hour "Night with Orson Welles" one man play talking about the great filmmaker's life who would have turned 100 this year.

     Afterwards, a free showing of "Touch of Evil" an Orson film starring himself, Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh will be presented starting around 7:30 pm.  After the movie, I'll answer questions on the film.  During the film, I'll be in the lobby with the Mentor Public library people at their table signing autograph pictures as well as selling and signing my new Orson book, "Orson vs Alfred...Linking the Legends."  This is a fun study of the rivalry between Welles and Hitchcock.  I think you'll like it.

     Hope to see you Thursday night.

     Take care and adopt a comic (but not on the Fourth) book today!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Comicon at Atlas

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Tomorrow, Sunday, May 31st, The local Lake Effect Comic Con will be held inside the Atlas Cinema in Mentor across from the Great Lakes Mall.

     Plenty of comic guests, such as myself, David Russell and many more will be there to chat with and get sketches and autographs from.  A panel discussion will also take place at 12:30pm.  Hope to see you there.  And don't forget to check out my new paperback...The Mass.

     Take care and don't forget to adopt a comic (get plenty, there will be 50 cent boxes to look through) book today!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Comics

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Because of the holiday, I must say that many of my family have served in the armed service and pretty much all were shot at during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  One died while the others all made it back including my brother and father.  They were all bestowed upon them the ranks of Brig. General, Major and Lt. (3rd class).

     And three of the members of that illustrious group got it, comics!

     So a salute to all soldiers everywhere, especially my family members

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Non-Comic Lady

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I'm guessing that most of you reading this are stymied by today's title.  Well don't most of us comic collectors have someone in their lives that gives us a hard time about collecting, I know I did.  And that person for me would be my Mom.

     You see, she hated my collecting comics and yelled whenever the collection of mine got unruly.  Of course unruly to her meant anything over five comics.  Heck, before I was ten years old, I had more than five boxes of comics to my name.  Now my Mom was proud of the fact that the creativity that spurred me on (partially from my love of reading and comics) led to writing, at least early on.  But she always preferred me to be a, that's right...plumber!

     I bring this up because today is my Mom's birthday.  She's been gone now around thirty years and when she passed, she still wasn't 50 years old.  So she never got to see me get published hundreds of times, or smile at the column that I wrote for twelve years for the News-Herald, nor the many novels that I've sold to publishers, nor the many lectures I've given both on the subject of comics and academic subjects as I lectured at Lakeland Community College for over two decades.

     Maybe now though, she's looking down at me from heaven and finally smiling to see the wonderful career I've had over the last thirty years.  But maybe she's also cringing at the sight of over a hundred boxes of beat-up comics I have in the garage.

     Because Moms would do that.  So would non-comic ladies, but sometimes they're one and the same.

     Take care and adopt a (not one that has to do with plumbers) comic book today!