Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Land of Peace

     Hello everyone, I hope all is well.  The other day I ran into aliens, furry monsters, weird looking heroes and lots of diverse and different types of people.  I ran into these strangers in a country I had never visited before, a particular country called...Nyancon, a land of Anime whose capital city last Saturday was Lakeland Community College.

     Another country I've been to has been the land of Geekfest, a land of Cosplay which I'm re-visiting later this month whose capital is the Spire building in Geneva.

     My point in declaring these places "countries" is that very large amounts of people gather together in these places.  Almost all are different from one another, yet all I see are smiles and friendly conversations and pleasant harmony and interaction. There are no drive-by shootings in these lands, no deaths, no hatred, no politics, no children, teens or adults dying...only having fun with their hobbies.

     So I plan to visit one of these lands again very soon, lands filled with joy, and costumes, friends and comic books.  For so many enthusiasts, a land of peace, a land I call...conventions.

     Take care and adopt a comic (promoting peace) book today!

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Captain with Colors

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Well speaking of colors that I mentioned in the title of this blog, I have to advise that all of you comic readers out there pick up on Marvel's, Captain America White.  It's a new series by great writer, Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale has some dynamic layouts.  The second issue is out this week and number one should not be hard to get.

     Take care and adopt a (Captain America) comic book today!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Goodbye, Jimmy Olsen.

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just the other day it was reported that actor Jack Larson, the actor who played Jimmy Olsen on the old, "Adventures of Superman," has passed away.  He was 87 years old.  Jimmy had his own comic book for over 150 issues from the 1950s to the 1970s.  But actor Larson found himself almost typecast and it was rare to see him on T.V.

     I enjoyed the show in reruns (I wasn't old enough to see it on first run) and have met most of the actors making up the secondary roles.  But with the passing of this fine actor (who appeared some years ago on Law and Order) all I can say is..."Jeepers, Mr. Larson!"

     Take care and adopt a (Jimmy Olsen) comic book today!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Batman Giveaway

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Tomorrow, September 26th (Saturday) I'll be appearing at Mentor Barnes and Noble from Noon until 4pm, signing autographs on some FREE Batman giveaways on national Batman day.  Hope you can stop by and talk some Caped Crusader with me.

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hero to the Root

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  A couple of years ago there was an issue of Batman where the Caped Crusader, in an argument with Robin (Dick Grayson), knocked a molar out of Robin's mouth to make a point.  The point being that there was a hidden transmitter in the tooth placed there by a villain years before.  I said at the time that maybe a simple x-ray would have done the job just as nicely.  I mean, tell me Batman doesn't have an x-ray machine in his Batcave.

     I thought of this recent comic book because my dear friend Bruce, fell in a parking lot and cracked a tooth, needing surgery.  Just last month, I too, had to get an emergency root canal.  A month later, the tooth still bothers me and it is hard to concentrate on reading my weekly comic books without painkillers.

     Now you might say to me that, "what's the big deal about heroes and their choppers?"  And to that I reply, "Hey, heroes need their teeth in good working order to take a "bite" out of crime."

     Take care and remember to adopt a comic (that won't set your teeth on edge) book today!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Final Call, Final Art, Final Irony

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Now anyone who has read this blog or any of my other sites, has heard me tell or seen me write of the relationship I had with comic book artist supreme...Gene Colan.  We took turns for years calling one another on the phone, keeping in touch.  I considered him a friend and he was always kind to me, inquiring about my father's health and my dog Ripley.  I looked forward to my monthly phone visits with Gene and his lovely wife.

     Of course when my birthday arrived four years ago and Gene did not call, I was dismayed and a little worried since I knew he had health problems.  I found out the next day that he had passed away.  I was distraught (not feeling too well myself at this point) and a few days later collapsed with the first of multiple heart attacks, heart ailments and heart operations.

     Flash forward four years and I found myself engaged, as I always do, with the Heritage comic book art auction last Friday.  I was bound and determined to win an important piece of original from my old friend, Gene.  I won the piece and when I did some further research on my newly acquired piece of Gene Colan art, I found that it was found on his easel, the day he died, the last drawing he ever made, and now the art has passed into the hands of his great admirer and someone who very much enjoyed the kindness he showed me.

     In a way, I think I finally got Gene's last phone call.

Friday, August 21, 2015

1872 in 2015

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  If you want a REALLY good comic to try, then get hold of Marvel's 1872, a re-imagining of the Marvel Universe set in the old west.  The series is only on the second issue so there is still time to jump on board for this enjoyable comic.

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