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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Why Free Comic Day?

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Concerning the question I've posted in the title, I've just a few things to say.

1. Comics can help the young kids read and stretch their mental creative muscles.

2. It can help fathers and sons and daughters bond over cool characters.

3. You can pick up some advance preview material from DC and Marvel.

4. The comics are FREE for gosh sakes.

     I'll be appearing at Comics and Friends at the Great Lakes Mall for FCD from Noon to 6pm.

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bat V Superman...Novel Idea

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  After having almost a month of health problems and figuring out my Dad's estate after his recent passing, (which explains my absence from this blog) I finally had time to see the Batman V Superman movie.

     And in the first half hour the film bored me, in the next thirty, I hated it.  But like all other Zack Snyder films (mostly Watchmen) they are quite condensed, and very much detail laden.  By the halfway point I loved this movie and considered it great.  And the Doomsday tack on part at the end worked because it was secretly part of the plot all (unlike the tack on Two-Face in the 2nd Chris Nolan Bat flic) along.

     It was a good film but I must say that it was more like a novel AS a film than a straight film and I would very much love to read the adaptation to see how the novelization reads, since this film views indeed like a novel reads.  And Affleck is the best Batman since Keaton's first outing.

     Take care and adopt a (thick, novel-like) comic book today!